Good to great

One of our goals is to move from being a good school to being a great school.  Towards achieving that goal, many visiting speakers, and our own learners too, have left us with thought provoking and inspirational messages.  These messages will be placed here.

Humble tasks

posted Feb 11, 2013, 11:07 AM by Mike Montgomery

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Helen Adams Keller, lecturer and author (1880-1968)

I am Crystal Meth

posted Apr 12, 2012, 12:01 AM by Mike Montgomery   [ updated Apr 12, 2012, 12:22 AM ]

My name is Tik.

I destroy homes.


I tear families apart, take your children,

And that’s just the start.

I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold.

The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.


If you need me, remember, I’m easily found.

I live all around you – in schools and in town.

I live with the rich.  I live with the poor.

I live down the street, and maybe next door.


I’m made in a lab, but not like you think.

I can be made under the kitchen sink,

In your child’s closet, and even in the woods.

If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.


I have many names but there’s one you know best.

I’m sure you’ve heard of me.  My name is Crystal Meth.

My power is awesome; try me and see.

But if you do, you may never break free.


Just try me once and I might let you go.

But try me twice and I will own your soul.

When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie.

You’ll do what you have to, just to get high.


You’ll lie to your mother and steal from your dad.

When you see their tears, you should feel sad,

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised.

I’ll be your conscience!  I’ll teach you my ways!


I take kids from parents and parents from kids.

I turn people from God and separate friends.

I’ll take everything from you – your looks and your pride.

I’ll be with you always – right by your side.


If you try me – Be warned!  This is no game!

If given the chance I’ll drive you insane.

I’ll ravish your body.  I’ll control your mind.

I’ll own you completely. Your soul will be mine.


The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed,

The voices you’ll hear from inside your head,

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see…

I want you to know these are all gifts from me!


You’ll regret that you tried me; they always do.

But you came to me, I didn’t come to you.

You could have said no, and just walked away.

If you could live that day over, what would you say?


I’ll be your master, you will be my slave.

I’ll even go with you when you go to your grave.


Now that you have met me, what will you do?

Will you try me or not? That’s all up to you.

I can bring more misery than words can tell.

Come, take my hand; let me lead you to hell!


Written by a girl arrested for drug possession.
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Character, Courage, Creativity, Confidence, Compassion

posted Mar 30, 2012, 3:16 AM by Mike Montgomery   [ updated Mar 30, 2012, 3:16 AM ]

At the start of the first term of 2012, Enzo Scarcella addressed the assembly.  He shared with us how his years at St Barnabas helped to influence his later life. 
His talk spoke of the factors he regards as the key influencers in our life:  our parents, our selves,  our school and our teachers.  With reference to our school and teachers, he said:

As a summary as to what this school can do for you I’d like to summarise the five key character traits I learned at St Barnabas and have used successfully in my life

                 i.          Character

a.      The ability to do the right thing even in the face of pressure and adversity


               ii.          Courage

a.      The ability to speak truth to power. Having the moral courage to stand up for what is right. Great societies need people of moral courage to keep the balance of power

             iii.          Creativity

a.      Great invention happens when science and creativity meet. The meeting of the left and right brain. Great examples of this are Steve Jobs from Apple and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook. They had the ability to see the white spaces where nobody else could. A good education is that baclance between, academics, arts & culture and sport. Great schools like St Barnabas give you that balance


              iv.          Confidence

a.      Is simply about believing in yourself. Getting up when you’re down and trying again. Simply believing that you will succeed


                v.          Compassion

a.      Helping those for at that moment in time can’t help themselves. I remember when I was at school USA for AFRICA created the song “We are the World”. The words spoke “….we are the children, we are the ones that make a brighter day, so let’s start giving”. It seems we have forgotten how to give. We have forgotten how to help. We have forgotten how to care. St Barnabas taught us to care.

The full text of his talk is available in the file attached to this document.

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

posted Mar 15, 2012, 12:12 AM by Mike Montgomery   [ updated Mar 15, 2012, 12:13 AM ]

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?”  Actually, who are you not to be?


You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.


We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.


As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


By       Marianne Williamson,

From   A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles",

Ch. 7, Section 3 (1992)

The famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to the inaugural address of Nelson Mandela.  About the misattribution Williamson said, "Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 inaugural address.  As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not.  I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people."

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