Roses, Favourites and Celebrations, if these product names mean nothing to you then you have not taken a walk down the confectionery aisle in your local supermarket. Brightly coloured boxes containing equally brightly wrapped chocolate morsels tempting us with selecting the one that is just right for us. So many choices. A famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump comes to mind. “My Mom always said, life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. Well, Forrest, I beg to differ. In any Roses box I know that by selecting the red wrapper I will be engaged by the delicious strawberry notes of soft fondant wrapped in delicious milk chocolate or if I select the green wrapper, on biting I will be regaled by a refreshing burst of mint that gently tapers off leaving a cleansed palate. Indeed by selecting the caramel fudge — after carefully checking out the list on the bottom of the box — the experience will hopefully be one of chewing with enough vigour to include the next few moments as part of my daily exercise routine while not straining so much that my dentist might be fixing broken molars. In this box of chocolates, there are choices to make but we will know what we are going to get.
In any given day, our young men are spoiled by the number of choices offered to them. After waiting in the tuckshop line at first break — which is now longer because of the need to social space and sanitise — do I choose the spicy chicken burger, the nachos or the pizza; or the pork riblet, perhaps the salad roll or maybe, the pizza? If I choose the pizza, do I choose the supreme, the Hawaiian — I still can’t see the combination of pineapple and ham as viable for a pizza topping — or the pepperoni? Do I do my homework or relax and play a game? Do I focus on my classwork or talk to the guy next to me? Do I play rugby or football? Do I go to university or take on an apprenticeship or traineeship? All these choices may sound daunting, but, check out the bottom of the box, look carefully at the wrapper, and you will have a good idea of what you are going to get.
Last week the choice for our Eddies men was stark, and spot lit by continuing world events, stop and think. Next week our young men are given a choice to support the homeless. By simply buying a cup of noodles they will feed not only themselves but also a person they may never meet, yet who is in desperate need. Next term, there will be more choices. For our young men of Year 12 who graduate from Eddies, to the world, the choice may be, which degree, which university or which job. For our Eddies men whose journey here continues, choices could be which subjects to choose, what sports to play, how do I want to finish the year. Unlike Forrest our Eddies men can know what they are going to get. Whether in the subjects they choose, in the way they act, in the life they lead, as Eddies men who are strong, kind and gentle their “box of chocolates” will be coloured blue and white and will contain many opportunities and pathways wrapped in each day of College life. Possunt quia posse videntur. At the end of the day we wish our young men to achieve because they see they can, to make wise choices based on knowledge, passion and the good heart of an Eddies man.
Ray Celegato, Principal