Hello again everyone. As another year draws to a close it always amazes me how fast each year flies by, a thought which is usually triggered at the back end of each year by the first news reports of year 12 “about to conclude their HSC”. Is it just me or does the first mentions of the HSC finishing seem to happen earlier and earlier every year! Anyway, I am sure that the JRAHS 2011 year 12 alumni are now enjoying some breathing space before the pre-Christmas delivery of HSC results and the need to decide what‟s next on their life journeys whereupon, also, we will welcome them into our “Old Boys (and Girls) Union”. This year, around the globe, has been fraught with human tragedy with seemingly end-on-end natural disasters thrust upon the inhabitants of Japan, New Zealand, Australia and many less reported but just as devastating events across Asia. The human spirit, through all of this has shone brightly and continues to show what an amazingly adaptable, supportive and resilient race we all are. We all hope, of course, that the people of these regions find stability and settlement in their lives and that 2012 is of course less eventful.
Compounding these events are the economic woes of Europe and the stuttering attempts of North America to restart its economy. As with natural disasters and their “ripple effects”, we are all unavoidably linked to this global economy which has variously collapsed, re-started and again faltered since 2008. We in Australia, albeit insulated from the full impacts by the tiger economies of Asia and the sub-continent, still look to the politicians and business leaders to look past the point scoring and lead “Australia Incorporated” to a better 2012 and beyond, economically, environmentally and socially. Make your new year‟s resolution to find those Rusians of your era and reconnect, in a real way, with them in 2012. Like I have found in 2011, with little effort and some collective enthusiasm, you may find those school friends of years gone by are just the people who you will enjoy reconnecting and spending time with. So, until 2012, may I wish you and your families a happy and healthy conclusion to 2011 and all that you may wish for in the New Year comes within your grasp.
“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then, this parting was well made” (Julius Caesar, Act V)
Till next time.
Paul Harris (1979)
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