As the sun peeks over the horizon on Thursday, it’s not just another day at our school – it’s Primary Cross Country day! Get ready for a rollercoaster of laughs, chaos, and some serious competition.

Picture this: Preps darting around like little energizer bunnies, not quite sure which way the track goes. You’ll see them chasing after fallen hats and shoes or holding hands with their buddies, giggling their way to the finish line. It’s like a scene straight out of a comedy movie!

But as the grades ascend, so does the level of seriousness in the competition. With each step forward, the determination on the faces of our older students becomes more evident. They understand the importance of pushing themselves, both physically and mentally, to achieve their personal best.

Among the sweat and striving, there’s a sweet reward awaiting at the finish line – the coveted ice block. Symbolic of the hard work and perseverance displayed by each participant, it serves as a tangible reminder of the joy that comes from pushing oneself beyond one’s limits.

But hey, it’s not just the students getting in on the action. Parents are invited too, and we’re not joking when we say bring your pom-poms! There’s nothing quite like seeing mums and dads cheering on their little speedsters with all the enthusiasm of a sports fan at the Grand Final. As you cheer on our students, take a moment to reflect on how their Cross Country race mirrors our own path through life. Just like our littlest competitors, we often find ourselves easily distracted, lost in our own worlds, and looking in the wrong direction for answers. However, in the Bible, we are encouraged to instead fix our eyes on Jesus as we run our race.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3.

We each have a unique race set before us, with Jesus as our ultimate example.  So, as we watch our students dash across the Cross Country course, let’s remember the example set by Jesus. As we set our eyes on Him we can find rest, resolution, and courage to persevere, knowing that He’s running alongside us every step of the way.

Sarah Grady

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