From the Headmaster

From the Headmaster

By Admin on 23 November 2018

Tuesday night was the first time in a long time that I missed living in Sydney. It is the city I grew up in and the city I need to go to for a range of family and work activities but it is no longer my home and please don’t tell anyone but I cannot imagine it being my home again. Tuesday night though, the pangs of jealousy were there.

Tuesday night saw the retirement of one Tim Cahill from representing the Socceroos. Not only that but the Socceroos were playing Lebanon. Given my love of soccer and my admiration for Mr Cahill and my Lebanese Heritage it was a perfect storm of goodness.

So why would you admire a soccer player I hear you ask. Well my point is pretty simple. Mr Cahill is worthy of admiration because he is not the most skilled player Australia has ever produced but he is our greatest player ever because he used what he had and worked hard to make it as good as it could possibly be.

It took him until the age of 24 to first represent Australia. He wasn’t put off by the length of time it took in fact he used the time to make himself a better player. He has achieved great longevity in the sport because of the fact that he continues to strive to be better at what he does. He retired from the Socceroos at 37 years of age. He retired as arguably Australia’s greatest ever player and certainly as Australia’s greatest ever Goal Scorer.

This is all important because we live in a world that tells us we can have everything now, in fact we deserve to have everything now. If I am losing at my PlayStation game I can just restart it and go again. Seeing things through to the end seems to be of little importance, the message is when things get hard pick something else. Yet imagine for a second if Mr Cahill had.

4 World Cups, one of the Great World Cup goals of all time, 50 Goals for Australia and a career that has provided many opportunities for him and his family, including the chance to live all over the world.

In a couple of weeks our Class of 2018 will receive their HSC results; for some the results will be better than what they had hoped for, others not so and others will receive exactly what they had hoped for but HSC results are not the measure of them. The measure is what they do next and what they do after that. The measure for the Class of 2018 and each of the classes that have gone before and each of those to come at Macquarie is to take all you have been blessed with and make the most of it.

In this world that talks resilience but does little to train it, I hope that stories like Mr Cahill’s remind us what we can achieve if we stick at something. I am certainly glad he chose that path.

Which path will you choose?

Craig Mansour


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