A Thriving Community At Grammar
A Thriving Community At Grammar
I have to tell you, I'm proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people's lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community. Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr
A community is like smoke - intangible, warm, it carries messages, and sometimes it even makes your eyes sting - but above all it is real. It’s a Pre-Primary and a Year 12 student sharing a high five on the cross country course, a Boarder helping up a friend who’s just been dumped by a wave, current and former staff members gathering together or communicating on Facebook, or Old Grammarians’ offering advice and support to our current students and each other.
It’s our School entering student teams in local sporting competitions, welcoming students and visitors from further afield to our unique bushland campus, sharing the School Chapel with the Gelorup Parish, building a production family in primary or secondary, transitioning students in our Year 7 Centre, taking part in the Meelup Run and even raising funds for those less fortunate than ourselves.
It’s a hug from your friend when a test result goes wrong, or a pat on the back when you’re directly in front of a goal and manage only a point. It’s picking yourself up and then helping someone else get to their feet – offering your strength in order to share the load. It’s treasuring a new born baby, or sharing moments of grief at someone’s passing – remembering the good but also caring for others in their difficult times.
Community extends to teachers doing yard and bus duty, to parents and staff coaching and mentoring sporting and co-curricular teams, to parents and friends holding social functions, and to the School Board making considered and wise decisions to progress our School. It’s the formal and informal networks that promote new ideas, generate enthusiasm and coordinate the effort and skill needed to get things done.
It’s the Chaplain, Nurse, Counsellors, Heads of House, teachers and staff that are present in students and parent interactions every day – consistently being there and offering a friendly smile. It’s every single one of our friendly community who say hello to each other, to you and to all visitors.
Our School is made stronger by our volunteers, our donors, our partnerships with other organisations and our students, parents and staff working alongside each other with the same goals in mind. By valuing each and every person for their contribution we are accepting them into our community, making a place where they feel welcome and protected – providing the web needed to catch someone who has taken a fall, suffered a loss or is feeling bewildered. By celebrating the successes that demonstrate learning and service, both individually and collectively, we gradually build role models that will lead us into the future.
Opening your heart and your home (or School) builds community. It’s being there, in the truest sense of the word, when you are really needed. We are all a reflection of our community, a community that encourages us to flourish, and we thank you for being part of ours.
Ashley Kershaw :: Marketing Manager