So this will be my last entry into the newsletter. At the end of this term, I’m finishing up in my role as chaplain.
SPS is such a special little community and until you are a part of it, I don’t think you really know how important it will become to you. Maybe that’s true of every community you choose to invest in. Still, every day I am here I get to see the small and beautiful ways that we care for each other. It might be the way a parent rushes over with a hug for another parent. Or the way in which one of our staff stops to listen to a child on the oval. Or maybe when one student bends down and ties the shoe lace of a younger child. I’m a firm believer that the small stuff matters and makes a difference, and this stuff happens every day at our school.
I love stories. Reading them, listening to them and writing them. There is something powerful that happens in the telling of a story, particularly when it is a shared story. I know that chaplaincy means different things to different people, but if I could best describe the way I have seen my role it would be as someone who has tried to be available to help people walk through (and share) pieces of their story. I’ll always be humbled by the way I was accepted into the community to do that job, and I hope I’ve done it well.
So, thank you. It’s time for me to be ‘just dad’ in our community, and I’m really looking forward to that too.