As a child, I dreaded November. This time of year meant saying goodbye to the teacher I’d learned so much from, the group of peers I’d become comfortable with, and the classroom I’d spent much of my time in. I still remember getting into the car after the final day of school as an 8-year-old and crying giant tears because I already missed Mrs Lovies – the best Year Three teacher in the world.
Endings can be sad, but they always come with new beginnings. It feels good to start again and refresh. Come January, there will be plenty of ‘newness’ around campus. New name tags on desks, fresh classroom displays, unused pencils and books, crisp uniforms, and plenty of new students.
This week, we welcome 125 new faces on campus for Prep Orientation morning. For these young students at the very beginning of their schooling journey, everything will be new and exciting! These little ones have been eagerly awaiting the chance to meet their teacher and have a play date with their classmates. We can’t wait to welcome the 2023 Preps to school for the first time and spend the morning learning names, reading stories, doing craft, and showing them around their new classrooms and playground.
The Bible has plenty to say about new beginnings. As we approach the end of another year, I’m reminded that one day, all earthly things will fade away, but we can have hope for eternity because of the sacrifice of God’s Son.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ; he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17