There is a verse in the Book of Ecclesiastics in the Bible that reminds us that to ‘everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… a time for being born and a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to cry.’
For me the time has come when I have arrived at the end of my career as teacher, educator and administrator; a time to say goodbye, not only to the students of Our Lady of Mercy, but in a way to all the many students that I have taught over the last 40 years, whose lives I have touched and whose lives have also shaped me and contributed to my development, not just as a teacher, but as a person.
I will miss you especially, students of Mercy, for your wonderful presence in our school. A school may comprise of buildings and structures, but the living, beating heart of the school are the human beings, both students and staff that keep it alive.
As a community, you have indeed embraced life to the fullest – on the playground, in class rooms, in workshops, in theatres and dance studios, in laboratories and libraries.
Continue to make the most of the education that Our Lady of Mercy offers, as well as the values that lie at the core of its education. Continue to enjoy the friendship and comradeship that you show in your relationships with others and the support you demonstrate for one another.
Keep the fun going, because schools are meant to be happy, joyous places of learning.
I take with me wonderful memories of cross country races, carnivals and class rooms – and Feast Day will always be at the centre of some of the times we shared.
I wish you the best, not just in your education at school, but in the eternal learning journey of life.
Take care of yourself and those you journey with.
Mr Eugene de Lima