Posted on: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Posted in: Religious Education
So we come near to the end of an academic year with another group of young women passing through the gates of St Hilda’s for the last time as students. All full of hopes, dreams and expectations on the one hand and on the other, an awareness of how different life will be without the security of such a community as our school to support them. We can but trust that the modelling and guidance that they have received from home and school will set them in good stead for the usual buffeting of adult life. Nevertheless, it certainly is an exciting time with new driver’s licences, OP ratings and job or University offers. One could hear these conflicting emotions in the speeches the students gave in the Year 12 Reflection Service on Wednesday morning as well as within the more formal speeches delivered as part of Thursday evening’s Year 12 Graduation ceremony. Therefore, it is of no wonder that the Graduation Service began with this prayer:
God of all wisdom, your Spirit shelters us here in this community of St Hilda’s.
We thank you for all that Year 12 have contributed to the life of the school.
As they prepare to leave, guard and guide them with your love.
May their lives be shaped by the grace and truth
which you have made known through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
It is these occasions which mark the end of formal schooling which often remind me of the words of Jesus himself: “A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.” (Luke 6:40). It makes me wonder how much we as adults were influenced in our academic interests by our own teachers. It is a saying that also brings home the true nature of education which is not just the acquisition of knowledge but the development of the whole person.
Fr Patrick Duckworth