There is a lovely parable that describes community and the people we find ourselves doing life with. It is called ‘The Train’ – it goes something like this….
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
Living in community is very much like this.
Investigator College values the individual gifts and talents that each member brings to the classroom, to the playing field, to the stage and to the pool of volunteers. One of our core values is to Foster Community – ‘We want every person to belong, to feel welcome, encouraged, valued and supported to be their best self.’
It is the case that our students, staff and parents are from a range of backgrounds – we have rich [but limited] differences and diversity and this is what makes living in a dynamic community so special and exciting. While, as individuals, it is always easy to value the input and encouragement of people who are like us and who see eye to eye with us, there is a danger [particularly in a small community] that we only associate with these people.
There are probably many who we do not know and it takes added effort on our part to meet and get to know these people.
Even more difficult is associating with those with whom we disagree or have had a disagreement. It is from these individuals that [potentially] we have the most to learn – even if we choose not to send them a Christmas card at Christmas! They challenge us, stretch us and develop our tolerance and understanding – important qualities in a well-rounded person.
Our annual Plaza Sessions event is to be held on Friday 22 March commencing at 5:30pm [see advertisement overleaf] and represents a wonderful opportunity to meet with close and not so close members of our College community.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
Don Grimmett | Principal