I was chatting to Father Theo last week and we were reflecting on our preparations for Easter. We are in the midst of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter and traditionally a time of spirituality and altruism.

It is a time to reflect on our connection with God and consider the bigger picture. We encourage the boys to think about their faith and their relationships with others. As a School we are proudly Anglican and we celebrate the great traditions of Christianity, including Holy Week. In doing so, we encourage boys of all faiths to think about how they can live meaningful lives and contribute to our community.

We marked the beginning of Lent with a service on Ash Wednesday and during Holy Week simple services will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week in Memorial Hall for Senior School students. On Maundy Thursday The Rev’d Canon Dr Matthew Anstey will be preaching at a Holy Communication service. Matthew is a member of the Council of Governors and Principal of St Barnabas College, and we are delighted to welcome him as our guest preacher for such an important service.

Our School motto ‘Pro Deo et Patria’ (‘For God and Country’) emphasises a sense of service through selflessness; a value that is strong and constant in the fabric of School life. We urge all students to do what they can to have a positive impact on those around them and to serve the wider community. Each Easter, the Captains and Prefects organise the hot cross bun fundraiser to raise money for a worthy cause. Today is your last chance to place an order (click here) and all proceeds will go to the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) to support a range of projects in the Philippines. This fundraiser is a great example of student leaders within the School working together to help others and to continue our tradition of altruism and benefaction.

Simon Murray