The Mango Tree
What a great delight and surprise greeted my eyes as I walked into Glenleighden today. As pointed out by our ever observant Development Officer, the mango tree, which has basked in the glory of morning tea and lunch times for as long as I can remember and which has for a couple of years deemed to be at least in its last stages of life if not dead already, has sprouted leaves. Not just little leaves as a pathetic protest to its certain demise, but big fat purple leaves full of life and vigour and a message… I’m not ready to kark it yet! Maybe the rain and the warmth and other things of nature have had something to do with this sudden resurgence. However, I’d like to think that the tree is living up to our motto, Achievement over Adversity. I see this as a sign that we, as a community, can continue to achieve amazing things, despite cutbacks to tree branches and funding. When we have needed to shine and prove to the world that the kids and families we work with are worth it, everyone has stepped up and shown their true colours. Just as our tree is displaying its fortitude and resilience and its never give up attitude.
So, while we will listen to the tree and support it to be the best that it can be, while working out how to cater for its specific place in the world and the anomalies it creates, such as undulating pavers and squishy mangoes with that lovely turpentine smell once every couple of years, we strive to have the politicians listen to the pleas of our families to allow their children to be the best that they can be, catering for the specific anomaly which is excellent education in an individualised setting in the context of “inclusive education”. Anomalies create challenges that often require creative solutions rather than ignoring or trying to get rid of the very foundation on which quality is built. So I say, well done mango tree and well done families. The fight isn’t over and we will continue to grow and use our good foundations to do what we’re best at, providing shade and a high quality education for children with language disorders, regardless of any setbacks, cutbacks or challenges that might be put in our way.
I look forward to seeing many of you over the next couple of weeks as the school year winds down and we celebrate the successes of our students.
Vikki Rose Graydon
Tree lover & Executive Principal