Every now and then, as Junior School students are learning how to send emails or write persuasive texts I receive emails from them directly.
They often ask if we can get amazing things for the school – like swimming pools and water slides or even pet Emus!
Last week I received an email from Rachael in Year 2 that simply asked,
“Is it hard being a Principal?”
This was my reply to Rachael:
Thank you for your email.
I love being a Principal!
It can be hard sometimes, but in life, sometimes the right thing to do, or the good thing to do is hard or difficult. But that can mean that it is also very rewarding.
For example, it is hard to teach children to read and write, but it makes teachers so happy to see students learning and growing every day.
I hope you have a good day.
Doing the ‘right or good’ thing is often difficult, and we don’t always get thanks or praise for doing it.
I do love it though, when as a school we can recognise the hard work, the right choices, the perseverance, and the dedication of our students.
It was exciting to recognise our Zone Age Swimming Champions this week as we won nearly every age category this year. And more recently as one of our students, Denzel, was awarded Secondary State Swimming Carnival Age Champion.
All of these competitors achieved because of their hard work and dedication.
At Cedars, we do the ‘hard’ things because they are the right things to do for ourselves, for our school, and for each other. Often the easy thing to do is to do little or nothing.
Not studying, not training, not trying your best is the easy option, not the difficult one.
Often God asks us to do hard things.
Ephesians 2:10 says that, “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
The Apostle Paul is telling us that God prepares the work for us to do. At times it may be hard, but if He has prepared it for us then we know it will benefit us and others too.
The good news is that we don’t need to do that hard work alone or in our own strength. Philippians 4:13 says that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And God says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5.
The greatest example of doing the right thing, the hard thing, the thing that God prepared in advance to be done was the incredibly hard work of what Jesus did on the cross, through His death and resurrection. Jesus knew the work that was ahead of Him. It could have been so easy for Him to walk away. But He knew that because it was work that was laid out before Him by His Father, that the result of doing it would be so worth while. Taking on all of our sins, defeating death and making a way for us all to have a real and daily relationship with God was hard work and I am so glad that He did it.
When I look back over this term I am so happy that many of our students chose to do the hard work and have achieved the reward.
I love hearing about the hard work that our youngest students have done in learning to read and the hard work our student leaders have taken on to lead, serve, sacrifice and grow as leaders.
I am excited about our new Middle School Buddy Program where the goal is to strengthen relationships by partnering Year 7 and Year 8 students with Year 5 and Year 6 students, so the older students can be role models to the younger students. Once again, the easy choice would be to not participate.
It can be a challenge in our world for women in leadership. I was so proud of Holly, Michelle, Sharon and Racquel who represented our girls for International Women’s Day.
So, to come right back to Rachael’s question, “Is it hard to be a Principal?” The answer is yes.
Because at Cedars we do the hard things.