Quality, though hard to define, is something we all know. We know when we see it, feel it, hear it, smell it, taste it, experience it or live it. Quality is a characteristic for us to strive for, in our relationships with others and with God, in our learning, in all that we do and who we are. As part of the Pacific learning community our goal is to live lives of high worth, where we do good and be good for ourselves and others as a habit in life.
Quality starts from within. It means having the courage and hopefulness to not settle for being or giving our second best. There is intentionality, choice and an uncompromising pursuit of worth, through always giving of our best. Every time we are to begin something, or interact with someone, we have a choice. The mindfulness and courage to make a choice and the persistence to see it through will determine the quality of the outcome.
We are challenged to be people of quality who together enhance a quality community where people thrive. We do so out of love for other people and a desire to make a difference for each other and for those beyond our community. In our relationships we show compassion, acceptance, humility, act justly and have the capacity to grow through forgiveness. As we start the year, this is what God is calling each one of us to do for ourselves and each other. As parents, students and staff, each of us has an important part to play. To make the best use of our gifts for the betterment of others. This involves us celebrating progress, learning through our mistakes, persisting through challenge and disappointment and having patience when stumbling blocks appear. It means bringing our best selves into every moment. It requires personal discipline, perception, prioritising, persistence, passion and is enabled through prayer.
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. (William A. Foster)