Chaplain's Chatter

G’day Little Grove Primary community,

Once again, after a pretty great week of weather last week, we have returned to patchy kind of weather, but that’s alright there’s still a little bit of sunshine! I’ve been having a great time at school lately and am still meeting many new people! I cannot believe it’s already week 7, not too much longer left of term 3.

I’ve recently been enjoying bicycle riding with Mr Castlehow and the year 5’s and 6’s. It’s been a little while since I was last on a bike but I used to do a lot of riding in Geraldton so it’s good to be back in the saddle. Additionally, I’m always on the lookout for a good metaphor and it appears cycling has a lot of great metaphors to offer.

One that I’ve recently thought up and have taken to, is the idea of the spokes of a bike tyre reflecting an individual’s community. For a bike to function well and in the way that it needs to, without inflicting damage upon itself, it needs all of its spokes to be working with one another to help the tyre remain structurally sound. Once a single spoke snaps the tyre runs a risk of buckling and there’s an even greater chance another spoke will snap. A bike’s tyre is always stronger when all the spokes are functioning and working together to keep the wheel strong and secure, this is the same for people. When the community surrounding a person is stronger and working together then the individual can thrive and fulfil their purpose much more easily. There will still be bumps in the road for sure, but with all spokes working together then they’re fairly easy to get through. Let this be an encouragement as we go out and be strong “spokes” in each other’s communities and aid one another in life.

Cheers, Jed.