An Attitude of Abundance
Mr Geoff Lancaster | Principal | Grammar News 29 January 2021
It has been wonderful today to see so many smiles and feel the buzz in the air as students arrived excited for the new school year.
At the Year 7 and New Student Assembly this morning, I repeated a message I shared with all students when I commenced as Principal at St Luke’s, in July last year. I thought it was a message that is easy to remember on a day that I am sure will be overwhelming.
I asked the students if they have ever been to an ice cream shop and been disappointed with the small scoop they were given. I have been. I explained that I like it best when the person serving me ice cream presses the ice cream right down into the cone and then gives me another scoop on top. I like it when the serving is generous. The shop gave me “just enough” but I really hoped for 'more than I asked for.'
I challenged the students to consider this concept in other areas of their lives. If a parent asked them to clean their bedroom, do they just move a few things and half make the bed, or do they do a great job they are proud of? Do they do 'just enough' to keep mum or dad off their back, or do they try to do 'more than they’re asked for?'
I spoke about this concept of 'more than you’re asked for' in the context of school. If they are asked to create a piece of writing or work together in a group, are they cutting corners and doing 'just enough' or putting in an effort to do 'more than they’re asked for?' 'Almost enough' shows we are not really interested and might be being a bit lazy. However, if we give people 'more than they asked for,' it might help others to trust us a little bit more.
There’s a passage in the Bible about God’s abundance in Luke, Chapter 6. It says:
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
I like that phrase “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” It’s like the ice cream mentioned above - a good scoop, pressed down and overflowing. That’s the sort of ice cream I’d be going back for.
As we begin the school year, my hope is that St Luke’s community is known as a group of people who are generous with our time, skills and abilities. I want our attitude at School to be one of abundance, kindness and generosity, rather than stinginess - where we, as students and staff, are known for giving more than we were asked for.