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Making a Memorial

Found in: Leadership Blog

Today was a great day at the Secondary Campus. We had our first House assembly. Students divided into their four Houses and conducted their own assemblies.

Our Houses are named after founding families of MCC. We invited these families to come and speak to each of “their” Houses.

Afterwards, we had morning tea together. Our “forefathers” were overwhelmed for a number of reasons. Firstly, they felt honoured to be remembered. They were astounded at how our school has grown and the beauty of our buildings and environment. They deeply appreciated the maturity and respect our students showed them as they listened to their stories about our beginnings and days now gone (I love the way our students consistently rise to these occasions). I heard stories of how ably our younger student leaders organised their assemblies; the Year 12 students were doing an exam.

This was a good thing to do. It is right for our college and our students to show respect for the past and work that has been done by previous generations. I think this is something God honours as well. We recently taught students the proverb, “Honour your fathers and your mothers that your days may be long upon the earth” (you’re welcome 😊). Honour, respect, memorials to the best of our past are the building blocks of a good culture, community and our broader society. Amidst so many distressing elements of contemporary culture, I think one of the most encouraging developments for Australians is the resurgence of young people going to ANZAC Day memorial services and showing respect. The coming Eastern States trip features our students attending a closing day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

There is a story in the Old Testament of the people of Israel crossing the Red Sea into a land of hope and promise. A member of each tribe was to pick up a stone from the centre of the parted sea and place them as a memorial on the other side. Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ (Joshua 4:21–22).

There is a deep gratitude and need for us to be thankful for what God has done in our lives and of those before us. There is a thankfulness we ought to develop beyond ourselves. 

There is a flippant but poignant remark I remember picking up when I was young, “He is a self-made man in love with his creator.” It is a sad comment on an individual. The heart of a well-centred life is a recognition and gratitude for the investments of others and that it is not all about “me”. We are the product of a community and a loving Creator. This is the heart we want our students to have.

Thank you, Mr Meyer and all our staff and students, for making today happen, and a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Hedley, Mrs Scott, Mr and Mrs Mackenzie and Mr and Mrs Tester for their investment in our College - today and over the past 30 years.

Mr Rod McNeill