Not a word I would usually use to start my article for the newsletter, but I think it sums up the last few months quite succinctly!
Earlier this week, I had a look at an old version of the Term 2 College calendar. If COVID-19 had not existed, the newsletter would have mentioned the College Ball, Anzac Day commemorations, Year 9 & 10 Lightning Carnivals, the Interschool Cross Country championships and NAPLAN testing. I would have been singing (badly!) the praises of all those involved in the College Musical; whilst congratulating Year 12 students on their Semester 1 exam results (their exams start in the final week of term and continue into the holidays).
There are many events and experiences that have been missed over the last few months (both at school and at home); and – even though we know we should be satisfied by having good health – it is really easy to feel really disappointed and disheartened. I certainly found myself feeling that way for a period of time… until one of my colleagues (thank you, Mrs Woods) showed me an article that started with the words, “But what if…”. It made me start to think about things differently. Here are just a few thoughts:
- Our ability to use technology for good (e.g. for learning) has improved
- Our empathy for others has grown
- Our community spirit has been enhanced
- Our connection with family has strengthened
- Native animals have reclaimed our parklands
- Pollution throughout the world has decreased
- Dog adoptions have increased
What if we could keep all of these good things… without the isolation?
We still have a long way to go before we are free of COVID-19; but we also know how much stronger we have become – individually and together – so we will overcome the challenges ahead.
I sincerely thank the wonderful staff who I have the honour of working alongside at the College. They are committed professionals who have gone above and beyond all expectations to make sure our students continued to engage and learn.
To our students, parents and carers; I also thank you sincerely for your commitment to learning and for your support throughout the last few months.
Together, we have kept our community safe. Enjoy a well-earned break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.