“Practicing the technique of savouring intensifies and lengthens positive emotion. That makes for wonderful days and afterglows.”
– Martin Seligman
Over the past few days, I have been trying to put into practice what Dr Seligman explains. My Commissioning on Friday was a highlight and in savouring this moment thought I would share my words from the ceremony:
‘When I heard that the date was set for this Commissioning, I immediately wanted to turn into a turtle and retract my head into my shell. Because I have been known to get quite embarrassed when I am being spoken about.
I then thought about it some more and I realised that wasn’t necessary, because while it is the Principal’s Commissioning, I don’t actually feel like this event is about me; it is the story of all of the people sitting in the room and a new beginning for our School.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported me, including (in no particular order)
For me the appointment as Principal is an alignment of the School values with my own and I sincerely believe that we are a perfect fit.
I asked to have some words for the gospel of Matthew as part of the Commissioning proceedings, which are:
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)
I am so very excited for the future of our School and look forward to the service I can provide to you all and our community. As a cohesive team, I am confident that we will do great things.”
Some final housekeeping: this Term’s edition of Veritas has just been published, which you can read here: https://www.gippslandgrammar.au/discover/veritas
Sometimes it feels like our terms whiz by in the blink of an eye which is why I love taking a moment to reflect on what we have learnt, achieved and celebrated over the past 10 weeks. My favourite story in this edition is the reflection on the colour green and how it represents so many things within our School Community.
And finally, in Term 2 our newsletters will be published in Week 3 (Friday May 12) and Week 9 (Friday June 23).