Acacia Campus Principal’s Report

I was rushing around the school earlier this week with a stack of things on my mind and I stopped right in the middle of the green lawn. I stopped because I realised I was missing out on what was a glorious day. The sun was out, there was no wind and it was incredibly quiet. I was too busy, one of my least favourite words, to enjoy the moment. So I stopped. I looked in one direction for about thirty seconds then rotated a quarter circle and paused again and did so until I’d completed a full circle. I choose the nicest direction and lay down, in the middle of the area and soaked in some real sunshine warmth.

I went from feeling tense to relaxed and clear minded in the space of about ten minutes. I know the students in the senior library probably looked out and thought it was a strange sight but for that ten minutes I was just enjoying the school, the view, the sunshine and then reflected on the great place we are part of. It reinvigorated me but it made me think of how much of the small things we miss out on because everything else seems more important. We often get caught up in completing things without taking the time to consider ourselves. As Christmas comes closer and closer I would like you all to consider the small things that you should ensure you appreciate. Take a little time every day to make sure that you appreciate what you have.

Don’t always look for the next ‘busy’ thing to do. The best thing to do might actually be nothing. Take time to reflect, enjoy your holidays and come back re-energised for 2017. I know that my short stint on the lawn made me far happier, don’t miss out on the small things!

Nelson Mandela: ‘After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.’

Richard Hastings
Campus Principal