This term is an unusually long one for our school; we would normally expect a ten-week term to start the year, which is certainly long enough. The fatigue in the eyes and faces of Year 7 students and Kindergarten students is particularly noticeable. Having stepped up to a new level of intensity in their school experience, many are at the point now where melt-downs at home are not uncommon. Likewise, our Year 12 students are feeling the pressure mount as they reach the half-way point of their HSC year. The Easter break has come at a great time to provide some physical and emotional replenishment.
In our largely secular society, the traditional religious holy days have been co-opted in the causes of rest and celebration. Christmas marks the beginning of the summer break for many of us, providing the catalyst for us to gather family and friends to over-indulge in food and drink. Easter has really become the landmark long weekend, providing not just a three-day break, but a bonus day as well!
It really is remarkable that, in the Easter holiday, we mark the anniversary of the crucifixion of an obscure figure from the backwaters of the Roman empire nearly 2000 years ago. Actually, the reason it is such a big deal is that we don't just remember the crucifixion on the Friday, but also the resurrection on the Sunday. Rather than writing at length on this subject, I would like to point you to this piece for your thoughtful consideration.
I am a big fan of the Easter break and the rest and refreshment that it can bring, but I also fear that we are selling ourselves short if we settle just for a brief holiday. Our needs are not just physical and emotional, but spiritual as well. Why not make the time on the break to join with billions across the world and throughout time to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus?