Chocolates and Chalk

As the Term 2 draws to a close, I keep reflecting on the last 10 weeks. As I do, I am continually drawn to the Forrest Gump quote “mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. That quote is as close as I can come to describing what this term felt like.

Over the last week or so, one the highlights (or my favourite chocolate) has been our Year 12s as they enter an important period of assessment. During this time many of them have availed themselves of some chalk (now a rare commodity in schools) and written inspirational messages on the concrete path outside of their Year 12 room. They didn’t ask permission, they didn’t make a fuss over it, they just started something and others got on board and it grew and grew. True leadership is demonstrated by our senior students. How good?!

I discovered the messages one day when I left my office to clear my head and bumped into two girls who rather sheepishly showed me and apologised for not asking permission. If ever there was a case of doing what you think needs to be done and beg forgiveness after, this was it.  Well done again girls. My interaction with these Year 12s made my day. It actually made my week.

I share some of these messages with you:

‘Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today”

‘If you can dream it, you can do it’

‘It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you get up and start’

‘You can’

‘Don’t count the days, make the days count’

‘Enjoy the little things’

‘If you fall make it part of the dance’


‘If you can believe in Santa Claus for 8 years, you can believe in yourself for 5 minutes’

And a whole more……..

So why do I reference this? Why do I feel that this ‘small’ gesture of a path of words is far more significant than just the words? I think I know but it is almost an intangible thing to articulate. This ‘path of wisdom and inspiration’ shows the true SCOTS. It shows how our kids care. They care about each other, the staff, and their school. It shows wisdom beyond their years in supporting each other and through that, support for all SCOTS, including the staff. It shows that our boys and girls are happy to stand side by side with their mates, united and helping each other whilst they help themselves. It shows the generosity of spirit, it shows character, it shows leadership and it shows culture. That path reinforces what it is to be part of SCOTS and what SCOTS gives to our students. Sometimes our boys and girls don’t know the positive impact they have on each other and those around them. Thank you and well done to our seniors!

I must confess, as the holiday approaches, I feel we are all ready, perhaps needing, of a break. I look forward to our students returning refreshed and ready to move forward. I wish our staff a time of rest and renewal. And, mostly I look forward to that box of chocolates, and whatever it brings in Terms 3.

Mr Kyle Thompson – Principal