Part of the focus of our school is teaching for gratitude or thankfulness. We try to encourage our children that thankfulness ought to characterise their lives.
This is quite counter cultural, though there is a “thankfulness” movement that seeks to counter the common place thinking of rights and expectations. The problem with the movement is that the “thankfulness” movement has no direction. Thankfulness makes more sense if we have someone to thank.
Children can thank their mums and dads their significant others, including their teachers. We all ought to be thankful to our Father who loves, sustains us and gives us our daily needs. It is why we are thankful, both for and to you. Without you, our school would be the poorer. Without you and your willingness to do what you do, we would not be able to do the things we want to do. You are the people who are often behind the scenes, not receiving many compliments, but faithfully doing your job.
The body language of the Bible is a wonderful reminder of the way in which each part of the community supports the other, each no more or less important than the other. Your work IS significant, you ARE worthwhile, and you ARE appreciated. Most of you will be here next year, and we are grateful for your continued support and work. For those who will not be here, thank you for what you have done for us, and we wish you well.May the Christ of Christmas reveal himself to you, may he bless you, may he give you joy and peace in this time when we remember His birth.