Message from the Acting Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

The events in the world during the past fortnight have disturbed everyone’s sense of peace and equilibrium. It can be hard to know how to respond. Who better to turn to than Pope Francis who, in this week’s Tablet, highlights our obligations as Christians in times like these to denounce violations of human dignity and human rights and to expose attempts to justify every form of hatred in the name of religion… ‘peace alone is holy’. Two weeks after the Westminster attack, the Pope met with four British Imams inside the Vatican where he urged for dialogue where followers of different faiths respectfully listen to one another.

The Pope’s message of peace, dialogue, understanding, respect and unity is one that is part of the everyday fabric of life for us at Stuartholme. It is one that can guide us through challenging times.

I saw this message in action this week as our girls spent time in conversation on a very chilly Monday morning with the patrons at the Orange Sky Laundry vans. I saw it as Ms Sarah Daff worked with our ATSI students and Indigenous Professors from QUT and UQ on a Cultural Identity Project. I saw it at the incredibly joyous Interhouse Athletics Carnival last week, where so many girls of varying abilities gave events their best shot and supported each other in a sea of cheering. I see it in the Boarding House every evening as girls help each other get through the last round of assessment. I see it in the daily support our dedicated teachers and staff give our students. I know that Ms Kristen Sharpe, Miss Ellen McLean (Assistant Head of Boarding) and Miss Natasha Skelly (Registrar) will be living out this message at the Isolated Children and Parents’ Association State Conference in St George this week as they dialogue with rural women about the educational needs of rural and remote children and their families! We are surrounded by mini-scenes of peace, dialogue, understanding and unity – if we only took the time to notice them! A renowned champion of reconciliation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu says,

“We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome… We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.” 

Good luck to all our girls with the current assessment period! May a spirit of peace be accessible to each of you even in the midst of this intensive work schedule. Take good care of yourselves.

God bless and take care,

Andree Rice
Acting Principal

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