Principal Reflections

A Short Message from Dr Jake

Dear Parents & Friends, 


This week, I had the opportunity to address a group of students about the importance of being friendly to everyone we encounter in our lives and workplaces. True friendship is undoubtedly one of life's most cherished gifts, encompassing the joy of sharing common interests and experiences, fostering deeper levels of understanding and communication, and standing united during times of adversity and hardship. In a world that often feels disconnected and driven by materialism, the presence of genuine friends is truly invaluable and should be treasured.


Deep friendships are becoming rarer these days. We have acquaintances and casual friends, but few of us enjoy the intimate, life-changing relationships that last. No real and lasting friendship just happens; it is built and continues to be built over a lifetime. It needs to be nurtured, encouraged, and cared for, just as any other living thing must be. The quality of the bricks we use will determine the quality of the friendship.


I'm sure we all have good friends—people we can rely on to be there for us no matter what. It may be a spouse, relative, or another friend. There are some special qualities that make these individuals such good friends. Some are obvious, like being a good listener or having shared interests, while others may be less apparent, even hidden.


The first essential quality of a lasting friendship is giving. True friendship begins with the decision to be a friend, not just to have a friend! What we put into a relationship is usually returned many times over.


The second quality is the breadth of interests that we share. If we are real friends, no jealousy or competition will twist our relationship; instead, we will work together, sharing a commitment to a common cause.


The third vital quality is encouragement. We need to be there in the hard times, offering help and support. If we fail our friends here, we fail them in their deepest need. Just being available and knowing that you will always be there can provide great comfort.


The book of Ecclesiasticus says, "A faithful friend is the medicine of life." Good, deep friendships must be the elixir of life, for without friends, we cannot be fully human. We have to be, and have, friends. Friendship is much more than words; it must show itself in the loving actions we have for one another—the way we greet others, talk to them, and talk about them—the way that Jesus would have been a friend to us.


"A friend is one who knows all about you and loves you just the same."


Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us as we are only too happy to help.


Peace & Best Wishes






Dr Jake Madden

(Principal, St Edward's Primary School)