Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff/Students and Well-wishers of SXG
“For what does it profit a man (woman) to gain the whole world, and forfeit his (her) soul?” This is one of the most influential sentences in the Gospel of Mark (Mk. 8/36) in The Holy Bible. As I was reflecting on the theme of this year “Build Character; Achieve Excellence” I was reminded of this sentence and I found it very appropriate to quote it here.
The ultimate purpose of life is to be happy. All human actions are undertaken in the hope that the actions done will provide contentment, happiness and joy in one’s life. However, we often think that our actions are good no matter what moralists may evaluate. Similarly, in the field of education we think getting more marks is the mark of excellence no matter whether a student has gained anything or not. As I see, the ultimate purpose of education too is to be happy, nonetheless in the relative terms education is making an individual ready for future. The question is what type of education will make the students ready for the future. Is it the high marks or is it the high morals? Which one is the most important? I strongly believe if we have high morals we are much more satisfied. I am sure the person with high morals can always get high marks and achieve more. On the other hand, ‘high marks with any means’ could ruin the future of the students.
The primary objective of Jesuit Education, as it has been for years, is “to form men and women (people) for others” and not to get the highest mark; high mark is only a byproduct. To be people of other calls for character building. This means that one who believes in Jesuit Education must be selfless in thought and action, which needs dedication. The theme of the academic year 2017-18 is an attempt in reaching closer to that objective. Building character with high morals is not a task of school alone we need support from every field related to the students. Change is not easily achieved but with a little support from everyone involved, it can happen. Change we all must or we will be stagnant and then decay!
Therefore, let us “Build Character and Achieve Excellence”.
Fr. Samuel Simick SJ