• Weekly Reflections W4 T4 2018

    7 November, 2018

    The weeks are filling up as we approach the end of the term.

    Firstly, my thanks to those who packed a Christmas Box. We gave just over 50 to be distributed and most of the postage was paid through our Chapel giving. There was one Year 7 student who had the great love to pack 5 boxes!

    I am all packed and ready to visit the Year 5/6 Camp tonight.

    This week is All Saints’ tide, and I leave two quotes for your consideration:

    The saints in each generation, joined to those who have gone before and filled like them with light, become a golden chain, in which each saint is a separate link, united to the next by faith and works and love. So in the one God they form a single chain which cannot quickly be broken.

    St Symeon.

    Without sacrifice there is no resurrection. Nothing grows and blooms save by giving. All you try to save in yourself wastes and perishes.

    Andre Gide.

    We are remembering the Centenary of Armistice and tomorrow (Friday 9 November) the College will gather around the newly built Bean and Long Memorial walls. I am so pleased that our Federal Member for Calare, The Honourable Andrew Gee will be present and speaking. We plan to raise the new flag which he will give us at the Memorial. I counted 284 men who enlisted in WW1, the names of which are on our dining room Honour Boards. The 34 who died will be named on the Day.

    House names for the new school were proposed earlier this year and have now been announced.

    Following is the welcome address our Head of Senior School, Mr Greg Jones will say at the Armistice Centenary on Friday morning.

    Welcome this morning to our celebration of the Centenary of the Armistice. 

    We are here in front of the newly constructed Memorial for Bean and Long.

    We also welcome our Federal member for Calare, The Honourable Andrew Gee. He will also provide us with a new Flag which will be raised this morning. There are representatives from our Old Bathurstians here too, as they have provided the finance for this Memorial. Their President, Mr John Cranfield, will do one of the readings. The Prefects will be leading us and my special thanks is extended to Emma Russell who will play the Last Post and Reveille.

    The names for our Bean and Long Day Houses were proposed in 1928, 90 years ago, by the then Headmaster, The Rev’d Lindsay Watson. He also proposed that there be a Barton House and behind us is the home which the Barton family lived in and in which some of our first students were born before it was sold to Watson, Long and McLeod in 1923.

    Back to Bean and Long. Mr – and later Rev – Edwin Bean was Headmaster for 10 years at the first All Saints’ College site, on the hill, from 1878. Charles was born while he was Headmaster and left at the age of 9 with his parents in 1888. He was to become the revered Historian of WW1. So the Bean wall represents the line of hardworking people who, for a time, had this College as their home.

    There is another line in the Long tradition. This begins with Bishop George Long, who was appointed Diocesan Bishop in 1911. He stepped up to become Chaplain to our WW1 forces and returned to re-establish the Diocese after WW1. It was he and Rev Watson who re-started this College in 1923 after they had purchased the Barton homestead, Esrom House. Rev Watson had Bishop Long in mind when he proposed the Day House name but Bishop Long’s son Gavin who was a student here was mentored by Charles Bean to step into the role of official historian for WW2.

    We acknowledge the great contribution which these generations made to our Nation. We remember and then seek to continue that tradition of service to our generation.

    Joining the old with the new.

    Father Paul.


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