A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

From the Chaplain - Edition 14 - 2020

For this final week in Chapel, RAVE Teacher Sue Whiffen and I reflected with the students on, “Where we see God”. Of course, as the Gospel of John reminds us, ‘God is Spirit and is to be seen in spirit and truth”. Or as the later letter (epistle) of John says, “No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us”. This understanding is that God is ‘seen’ in people. In characteristics of kindness, compassion and care.

Then I reflect on what I have seen in these crammed last few weeks of Term 3, in part, a catch-up of events and activities from Term 2 held over by COVID uncertainties. I have watched the marvellous abilities of students in the Senior School Drama Production, “Four Pay Days”, as they depicted on stage the many varieties of homeless characters and their stories. From there Westminster ‘rolled into’ the double Music Nights of Week 8 and the talents of singers and musicians in a range of choirs, ensembles and orchestras. Then it was Intercol and sporting skills and prowess (and camaraderie) on many courts, fields and ovals. And finally, the stunning movement and expression of Dance students in the 2020 SACE Dance Show, “Remote Control”. All of them the result of many hours of dedication and hard work by students and teachers together.

In this packed program of activities, Westminster gives space and training to draw out the breadth and depth of natural abilities and talents that lie in our students. I have been privileged to be a ‘witness’ of each, leaving me in wonder at such an array of creativity, talents and skills. And perhaps, in total, a reflection of God.

Rev Phil Hoffmann