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tapostolopoulos
Apr 11, 2022
In General Discussion
What a sad and lonely world we would live in if we remained bystanders or did not act on our curiosity. There would be little dialogue and little personal growth. Worse still we would lose our humanity. Relationships are vital to the individual and to the community. If we do not encounter the other and ask questions, how do we learn from each other and from our world? How do we empathise and celebrate what we have in common? How would we support each other? Hope requires more than thought, it requires action as Rabbi Fred shared with us. What an inspiring presentation! Tina Apostolopoulos Melbourne Australia
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tapostolopoulos
Aug 08, 2021
In General Discussion
Listening to the voices of our Sion students from around the world is a humbling experience. What stands out for me are their thoughts around what brings them hope. Most have identified the importance of belonging to a school family beyond their own family; the importance of relationships with their peers, teachers and families; the importance of social justice opportunities and how bringing hope to others also brings them hope - that their actions can lead to positive change. In particular, today I reflect on two comments and the questions they raise for me: - The young student from Worthing who feels a sense of hope when her teachers and friends 'notice her' is a timely reminder of the human need for connection and affirmation. Our existence is affirmed by the acknowledgement that we actually exist. What a tragedy it would be when no-one does this. In our various roles as staff in a Sion school, how do we ensure that we affirm the existence of each of our students and of each other? - The second comment that resonates with me is from the student from Higienopolis who says that he appreciates the 'dear teachers who taught us how to be human'. What does it mean to be 'human' and how do we educate our young people to appreciate what it is to be fully human? His statement takes me to Dolene's explanation of 'esperance', the hope that is beyond the hope for material things. I thank our young people for sharing their deepest yearnings with us and for prompting these questions which I look forward to reflecting upon in the coming months.
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tapostolopoulos
Jul 14, 2021
In General Discussion
Hello everyone and welcome to our Sion family gathering. I met some of you in Paris in 2018 and I am really looking forward to reconnecting in the coming months as we share, reflect and grow together. I am also very much looking forward to connecting with colleagues I have not met so that we can begin our relationship and journey towards a deeper understanding of what educating for hope might look like. We had hoped to meet representatives of your school face to face as we welcomed you to Australia but this online experience may be even better because more staff from each school can join us. I hope you enjoy the program we have developed and that we are all enriched by the experience.
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