Update, 6 August

Welcome to the Week 4 Parent Update.


Q. What takes nine months to deliver, requires tens of thousands of hours of work, costs several hundred thousand dollars to develop, for which there is no training, little preparation, no licence, little support and sometimes with little or no thanks?

A. A child.

I think none of us will regret having children. However, we have our moments, and so do they. We do our best, but we are never perfect and nor are our children. No one has ever said having children is easy. Raising them is even harder.

Almost of all of us parents do our best. We are the bakers, taxi drivers and launders. We apply first aid, care and love. We clean, organise and then clean again. We always pay. We are the huggers, barrackers and friends. Sometimes we are the recipient of a slammed door, a harsh word or a cold shoulder because we have enforced the rule, which our child tells us is unfair because ‘everyone else is allowed to do this’. Our shoulders are there to cry on, our hands mark footies or pass netballs and our fingers are covered with paint, or sometimes during that school model project become tied together with super glue. We laugh, cry and sweat. We hope to sleep, but sometimes we lie awake at night hearing our new baby cry or later on for our teenager to get home safely from a party. 

As parents we are blessed. Please enjoy these messages of blessing for parents.

Beatitudes for Parents

Blessed are parents who make their peace with mud and spilled milk, for such is the kingdom of childhood.

Blessed are parents who refuse to compare their children with others, for each is precious.

Blessed are the fathers and mothers who have learned to laugh, for it is the music of their child’s world.

Blessed and wise are those parents who understand the goodness of time, for they make it not a sword that kills growth but a shield to protect.

Blessed are parents who can say “no” without anger, for comforting the child is the security of a firm decision.

Blessed are parents who accept the awkwardness of their growing children, letting each grow at their own speed.

Blessed are parents who are teachable, because knowledge brings understanding, and love.

Blessed is the gift of consistency, for it is heart’s-ease in childhood.

Blessed are the men and women who in the midst of a hostile world give love, for they bestow the greatest of all gifts to each other, to their children, and—in an ever-widening circle—to their fellow men.

Marion Kinneman (1895-1985)

New spiritual messages

The Psalter – a prayer book for every season

This Homily explores how the psalms found in the Psalter might help us to find words for feelings we may be struggling to express. It was preached for Melbourne Grammar students and staff by Rev’d Hans Christiansen, Senior Chaplain, in the Chapel of St Peter on Monday 3 August 2020.

Building Hope

The third Bible Study in a series sponsored by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Building Hope presents the biblical understanding of hope as a confident expectation that good in the future will come. Scripture also contains the idea that, while hope is something that comes primarily from God, it is also something in which human beings have a part to play and a contribution to make.

Changes to on-campus supervision

As previously advised, from Wednesday 5 August, the categories of families to whom the School is able to offer on campus supervision of their children will be limited in line with direction from the Victorian Government.

Contact points for the service have been provided in previous Parent Updates and are available here.

2020 Non-Government School Census collection notice

Each year the School must provide the Australian Government with certain information about the school, its staff, and student body to ensure the school’s federal funding is properly calculated and appropriately managed. The Government also uses the information to provide information about schools to the public and for research, statistical analysis, and policy development on school education.

You can find more information about this matter, including what information is collected and how it is managed here.

With my best wishes,

Philip Grutzner