Headmaster's Weekly Address

Dear Parents

Sincere thanks to all parents who have attended the Glendalough, Waterford and six Senior House Information Evenings.  Your sons’ teachers greatly appreciate the building of strong and open relationships between the College and home.  I am looking forward to the Year 7 (7.00pm Monday 17 February) and Year 8 (7.00pm Thursday 20 February) evenings.

In my first letter of 2020 to our parents, I wrote in part about the need for perspective.  That commentary arose from the challenge and sorrow following the deaths of a colleague and a family friend during the break.  At staff meetings and at Glendalough, we have remembered the wonderful contribution Mrs Kate Carman (SKC 1999 – 2019) made to the boys of Glendalough and privately mourned the passing of another remarkable woman.  The suffering endured across the country from the bushfires certainly ensured I maintained perspective when our home was literally hammered by the extreme hail storm.  Last Friday another event demanded I maintain perspective in my life.

Across the years I have written in this Newsletter and spoken of our family.  Those that know the Russells will be well aware that there has been and continues to be from our whole family, and in particular my wife Kate, commitment to St Kevin’s and the families and staff that comprise our community.

On Friday morning last, Kate was close to home after her daily walk when she was knocked down by a car as she crossed at the lights near our home.  It was witnessed by some of our community and the enquiries and well wishes of so many is why I write.  The care of the Ambulance Service and the Trauma Unit of the Alfred across some challenging days, combined magnificently and Kate is now recuperating at home.  We wish to thank the community for all the support and prayers extended to us at this time.  I had little idea when writing to you in mid-January that I would be called upon so often and in such a challenging way to maintain perspective.  Do keep Kate in your prayers as she recovers. 

Given the ABC proceed with the 4corners program focusing on our school, I will be communicating with you all next Tuesday morning.

I conclude this week with the prayer that we shared around the table in my office as senior staff met this week.

 

This is the time to be slow,

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.

 

Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitate light.

 

If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.

 

To come home to yourself, May all that is unforgiven

In you be released.  May your fears yield Their deepest tranquilities.

May all that is unlived in you Blossom into a future Graced with love.

 

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Kind regards

Stephen Russell