Words from the Head of School
Wednesday, 30 August 2023
‘The God of Small Things’, Arundhati Roy’s spellbinding (and deeply hopeless) debut novel set in 1960s, Kerala, India, is a family drama that focuses on the experiences of dizygotic twins Estha and Rahel Ipe. The novel hosts the magnetic and singularly virtuous character, Velutha, a powerless ‘untouchable’, who the narrator reflects is the god of ‘small’ things. He is powerless in the ‘big’ things – society has made sure of that.
Whilst reflecting on this novel in Year 12IB Literature last week, one of the students and I discussed the position that culture and cultural change is really the business of the ‘small things’ rather than the ‘big things' that we often perceive to be the culture makers. This discussion made me acutely aware of the 1000s of ‘small things’ that make up St Andrew’s culture and that repeatedly replenish and renew such a rich and diverse culture. Some that I noticed this week are as follows:
So, why am I telling you all of this? By way of encouragement. Your contribution as Old Andreans in this community, the thousands of small things that you do in our community every day makes St Andrew’s what it is today. It matters. We are all ‘gods of small things’. Each of those small things matters. We are culture makers, change bringers, leaders. Thank you for all that you bring – that which is noticed and that which isn’t. For those of you who don’t think you make a difference – you do.
For those of you who want to make even more of a difference – start this week by paying attention to all of the small things and making each one of them value add to those around you. Together, let’s make our community the best there is.