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Student Thank You

Student Thank You

Dear Brisbane Christian College Teachers and Staff,

As many of you may know, I enjoy school immensely. It really is the best part of my life (and that’s not something you hear from teenagers often!) I was so incredibly excited to be at school in person on Tuesday and Wednesday this week! However, as my family had planned, I am learning from home most days from now into the foreseeable future. Anyway, I was saying goodnight to my Dad on Wednesday night and was sad that I wouldn’t be at school the next day. I told him, “I won’t really miss my friends, since most of them haven’t been at school anyway, but I’ll really miss the teachers!” Then he said, “Why don’t you write them all letter? Tomorrow, write all the teachers a letter, and I’ll print it out and give it all to them the next day!” So, I agreed, and here is that letter!

I want to encourage you all, on behalf of all the students, that you do an incredible job everyday, and we miss you immensely. Most private schools, you would say, care for their individual students in terms of their work and in terms of their grades, but I don’t know many kids from other schools where they feel such an attachment to their teachers as at Brisbane Christian College. The personalised focus on students goes further than academics – into family, interests, how we’re really going, etc. – it’s a real relationship as you would see from a family member. Every morning, teachers make me smile as I walk into school and they say, “How are you going? Have a good day!” Keep doing this, please! What I really love about our school is that our teachers are much more than just teachers – they really build a deep relationship, and almost feel like extended family sometimes!

Also, there are students like me, and parents I know as well, who are praying for our College and for our staff and for our students in this time. So hold onto that knowledge! Remind your students (and yourself too!) that this situation only has a short-term effect, but what we’re learning at school will last us a lifetime.

I want to leave you with some words from one of my favourite books of all time, The Ark, The Reed, and The Firecloud. Briefly, it is a fictional but accurate account of the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of a group of animals. Gillamon is a wise, old mountain goat in the book, and many of his sayings are called ‘Gillamonisms’. Here is one he says frequently: “Know that you are loved, and that you are able.”

May that be true for you. Brisbane Christian College Staff, I, and all of my fellow students, love you all and miss you.

Stay strong!

Amity Hooker,
Year 11 Student

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- May 5, 2020

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