A FIRST YEAR
(1974, for the 'Boarderline
The overriding 'impression' that
I receive from this first year as Housemaster of Adamson is the problem
one faces in a community life like ours in, as John Kennedy and Mr. Prest
both mentioned in their recent addresses, dovetailing the worth of the
individual and his rights into the worth of the community and its rights.
No two situations are alike in House
life. There is always a varying factor, however slight. Because
of this it is not always easy to appear consistent, especially when to
all outward appearances two situations are identical. This truth,
coupled with the dilemma described above, have provided me with the challenge,
this year, of finding (and it's difficult) a path of action and guidance
which meets the requirements of fruitful development and growth for all
Another impression I receive is the
intense value that boarding life offers each of you. It's not the
kind of life that "makes or breaks" you, but it certainly moulds you -
like it or not. Here, in Adamson, each of you is constantly in circumstances
where you must make important decisions about your own moral and ethical
attitudes and physical and mental goals. You get prods from others
and you'll even get help and guidance if you want and ask it but, finally,
it is you that decides in Adamson.
I believe we take a risk in pursuing
this approach. Some boys make decisions that are inappropriate and
destructive to their own welfare and the welfare of others; some make them
often. For some boys this is damning but most, we believe, learn
and most, we hope, grow in understanding social life and in understanding
their own personally fulfilling participation in it.
The achievement of such an understanding,
characterised by the Christ-like love and respect for our fellow and the
attainment of joy in offering our talents to social living, are important
goals in this place.
In conclusion, Rati Ram said to me,
as he prepared to leave on Sunday night, that he considers this year the
most enjoyable of his secondary schooling. He was totally impressed
by his acceptance in the House and the close friendships he made.
No-one here will doubt his sincerity. His, perhaps, is the most rewarding
impression for all of us.