From the Principal
Written on the 2 February 2017 by Mr Paul Belton
Dear Parents, Caregivers, Students and Friends of St Paul's, on behalf of the extended St Paul's community I'd like to warmly welcome all of our new students and their families as well as all those returning for 2017.
Each New Year we choose a theme that will act as a constant reminder to us all, that we are committed to our mantra as a Catholic school for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition. These themes link closely to the EREA Touchstones and our own core values. 2017 will be known by our community as the 'Year of Living Justly'. Obviously the concept of justice is very important in everything to which we aspire, as it relates to the value of fairness and the equality of all. As a Catholic school that is very inclusive of all students and their cultural or faith backgrounds, we aim to foster an educational environment that enables each and every member equal opportunity to become the very best person they can be and to maximise their God-given potential.
At the opening assembly it was explained to the staff, students and parents in attendance that the value of justice is not that difficult to live out. All of us who are blessed to be living in Australia are indeed among the most privileged people alive on our planet. Having experienced a very different world in India last year, I fully understand just how grateful we should be for all we have and for all the opportunities that are presented to us. While we hope every staff member and every boy will be kind, compassionate, caring, thoughtful, generous, respectful, trustworthy, happy, thankful, tolerant, forgiving and committed, we know that to constantly demonstrate all of those virtues is a challenging task. However, I sincerely believe that if we can all accept the importance of gratitude and embed the words 'thank you' into our everyday words and actions then we will go a long way to making our own community a very just one. From the words of Melody Beattie: "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, and a stranger into a friend."
We very much look forward to a successful year in 2017 and hope to strengthen even further our community connections. Please look out for Parent Information Evenings that are happening during the early part of this year.
Author: Mr Paul Belton
About: Mr Belton is the Principal of St Paul's College and passionate about holistic education for boys. A former member of the SANFL grand final winning, Port Adelaide Magpies, he is also the Coach of the Year 10 Football Team.