In four weeks many of us will be gathering with family members to celebrate Christmas. It usually takes a team of cooks to prepare the food. Other family members will ensure that the house is clean, and the yard is tidy. Let’s not forget the Christmas tree that needs to be decorated! When the celebration is over, hopefully we will reflect that the combined efforts of all made this special celebration possible.
Across our learning communities we replicate this Christmas celebration each day. Teachers put together just the right ingredients to stimulate students’ learning. Support staff offer friendly greeting to a student, parent or visitor needing assistance. Teachers and students provide words of encouragement to each other. A coach/team manager helps a team prepare for a sport competition. The combined efforts of staff and students in a musical or dramatic performance captivates an expectant audience. The students and staff share in chapel devotion that invokes God’s presence in these special gathering times. Parent volunteers generously give of their time to support learning communities. In all, the combined contribution of many people enables our learning communities to flourish.
Similarly, the LESNW Secretariat continues to be blessed by the generosity of those who give of their time and talents to serve our communities. The tremendous leadership and support provided by the LESNW staff team and the many reference groups and individuals who have assisted throughout the year is gratefully acknowledged. In particular, we thank the respective members of LESNW Council, Finance Committee and Indigenous Education Committee, and the Enterprise Bargaining Working Groups in SA and NT who have generously given of their time and talents in service to the broader LESNW community.
These last days of the school year are going to be busy for all of us. No doubt the period before Christmas will be frenetic with preparations for Christmas and related celebrations. It is important, however that we do not become so consumed with the busyness of our lives and what must be done, that we leave no time to consider the true reason for and meaning of Christmas. As we exchange gifts with family and friends as signs of love and affection, may we ponder on the greatest gift of all, the gift of the Christ Child Jesus who was born on Christmas day. This free gift from God has transformed the world yet many are still to realise what this can mean for them. The best gift that we could share with others is the CHRIST in Christmas