To the fathers of Peninsula Grammar School, I write to wish you a Happy Father’s Day.
I do so not with a willingness to look back over the challenges faced, but rather to look into them and better understand what this time has given us.
For many of you who spent your days travelling around our country or internationally or into the now empty offices of our city, working innumerable hours and rarely being at home, this challenge has gifted you time to spend with your family, time to reconnect with your children and to reflect on the work you have done and the work you need to do. For others, you have found yourselves working harder, longer hours, and doing so with selflessness but a determination much admired.
The months gone by have brought to the fore the true character of our Peninsula Dad’s, many of whom have traversed difficult paths, overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and found new opportunities where once there were none. I acknowledge each of you today for your resolve and for your resilience.
To the fathers who have taken the time to write to me, those who see similarities in the struggles of their own businesses and the uncertainty of this new landscape, thank you. Unknowingly, you have provided me with sage counsel and for that I am immensely grateful.
Perhaps this time has taught us to learn to enjoy what we once took for granted, and to take stock of what matters most.
It is my hope that this weekend you enjoy doing what makes you abundantly happy. An enjoyment which, as Epicurus so clearly defines, cannot be measured in possessions.
Happy Father’s Day.
Stuart Johnston | Principal