It is rather interesting returning to a girls’ school after many years absence. The last five have been spent in a co-ed school and prior to that 18 years in boys’ schools. It was back in 1987-89 that I taught all girls. Of course it’s very different today in that technology plays a very big part in learning life, but still, they have certain preferences and behave differently to the girls in co-ed schools. I was fascinated to watch them today after explaining to them their journeys task.
Around the room I had prepared bits and pieces from the life and time of St Paul the Apostle and at each station I wanted them to reflect on aspects from the time in relation to their own life. So, for example, when Christians were pining the loss of Paul I wanted them to tell the story of a time when they too had experienced loss in their life. It didn’t have to be a death as such but just about a loss. I got some amazing responses, some very deep and personal reflections about their loss. Another asked them to tell of a journey on which they had been. The girls’ responses were so varied and yet so personal that I felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to read their responses.
I’ve been at this school just two weeks and yet I feel that I have been there forever. I’m going to enjoy this journey even if it is for only a short little while.
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