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Did you see our production of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe last week? What an enormous amount of work went into making it happen. A massive thank you and congratulations to Miss Katrina Harris who directed and produced the show. Miss Harris did an incredible job of taking students from Year 1 to Year 12, with varying degrees of theatrical experience and putting together the professional production that it was. There were many people who made Narnia happen; director/producer, teachers, cast members, backstage crew, makeup, costuming, sound, lighting, advertising and media. Something like that doesn’t just happen. It is a testament to the commitment of the broader PCS community who were prepared to get in and work hard to provide our students with another opportunity to do something different and exciting. So to all who were involved, parents, teachers, students and extended family, thank you! Our students are richer for the experience.
Confidence is a funny thing. All of us generally want more of it, but most of us are reluctant to put ourselves in positions where it may be developed. Whether it’s public speaking, performing or just being able to look someone in the eye and have a conversation, confidence is key. Over the course of the Narnia production, the thing I have noticed most in our cast members is the increase of confidence in their own abilities. Witnessing the growth in confidence from auditions, dress rehearsals, matinees to final performance was nothing short of remarkable. We need to stop for a moment and consider just how significant performing in this play has been for some of our cast members. I know I am not alone in saying that I could never have imagined myself being so young and performing so confidently in front of any audience, let alone a large one.
The thing about confidence is that it doesn’t isolate itself to just one area of our lives. Overcoming fears in one arena generally spill over into others in some capacity. The Narnia cast, particularly the main cast, knew that they had the support of their director, parents, teachers and school community. What a great platform for confidence! However, at the end of the day there was only one person who had to stand on stage and deliver the lines, and that was themselves. I don’t know who is behind the scenes in your life encouraging and supporting you, but know that Jesus is always in your corner and at PCS, we are too. Take confidence in that. For each of us there is a plan and a purpose. If you don’t know what that means for you, then be encouraged that the simple act of loving, encouraging and meeting the needs of others is what God calls all of us to do. So take confidence that you are not here by accident and that you have the ability to make a positive difference in someone’s life today. That should give all of us confidence!
So, to the Narnia cast members, we are so proud of your achievements, but more importantly, we want you to be proud of yourselves. Each of you is an example to all of us of what it looks like to stretch yourself, be uncomfortable and come out the other side richer for the experience. Don’t leave that confidence on the stage, but use it to help overcome other obstacles as they arrive. Well done to you all!
Have a great week and then a great holiday everyone. You have earned it!