On Saturday 3rd November – Sunday 4th November approximately 60 of our Year 9 students were involved in the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life in Belair National Park. This is a commitment that the Year 9 students made as part of their Rite Journey year, and in this final term of Rite Journey, has allowed them to think about how they can live beyond themselves, and make a difference in the lives of others. Their task: to keep a baton continually moving around a track at Main Oval for nineteen hours – and all through the night. The event aims to raise awareness of the work of the Cancer Council and also raises vital funds that support the care of cancer patients and their families. Together, our Year 9 students, with the support of our school community, raised over $5000 for the Cancer Council SA. That money goes directly towards cancer patients, their families and carers, providing regional patients with accommodation at Flinders Lodge, when travelling to Adelaide for treatment.
Relay For Life ensures that everybody has a good time at the event, so there was a range of activities being run throughout the day such as mini Olympics, tug of war, a jumping castle, face painting and many more. Our students embraced the spirit of the event and made the most of every opportunity to participate, connect with their wider community, and represented our school with great pride.
As the night drew near, a significant part of the Relay took place. The Candlelight ceremony provided a time to reflect, to honour those lost to us from cancer, and to live with great hope for a future without cancer. The service involved a very moving speech from a cancer survivor and carer, and one of our students, Georgia Goodwin was involved in this special ceremony, by lighting a candle on behalf of everyone. She then continued to lead all other participants in a lap at the end of the ceremony, symbolising our hope for a positive future. TeThis was a very emotional time for many students and led to a better understanding of cancer and its impacts. Another one of our students, Joel Ransom, was involved in the opening ceremony, by reading the Relay For Life poem. The poem, “ If I Had My Life To Live Over” can be found below.
The Year 9 students and Rite Journey teachers would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors and to all the students who donated money in our M&M competition and through our collection boxes.
We are very proud to have raised more than $10 000 in the last two years, and the Rite Journey team are keen to continue this legacy in 2019.
“If I Had My Life To Live Over”
By Erma Bombeck
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the GOOD living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I wasn’t there for the day.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment realising that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist god in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never had said, “Later, now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I Love You’s” and more “I’m sorry’s” but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute …. Look at it and really see it …. Live it.
And never give it back.
Leader of Wellbeing