Hello again everyone. Welcome to the James Ruse “old boys club” to the Class of 2010 and congratulations on your results achieved in your HSC. You did yourselves, your families and of course your school and teachers proud. I am sure you are still finding your way around your “brave new world” in whatever you are now pursuing in 2011 so good luck and best wishes in all your endeavours and as one of my teachers wrote on my last day at Ruse: Be careful where you tread as life is like snow, your footprints will be seen, if only for a short time. Like me, I am sure you were all shocked and horrified by the recent events in Queensland, Christchurch and Japan.
But, at once, uplifted by the human spirit, irrespective of nationality, to deal with tragedy help each other despite the odds and slowly see enough of a future to slowly start to move forward again. The work of rescue and recovery teams, volunteers has been phenomenal and serves as a reminder that we are, in the end, all in this together. My thoughts are with the residents of these regions and hope that they eventually can see the way forward and that if any of our Old Boys and Girls were affected, directly or indirectly, that they are all safe.
“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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