Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

What a week it’s been! The bomb cyclone did its damage and showed how powerful nature can be. Trees down, roofs off and roads blocked. Our very own Prep fig tree was damaged and needed a good trim. There will be new growth in time but the scars will remind us of the infamous Illawarra August winds and the exposed hillside our school is built on. Great views on a calm day, but brutal in weather like this week. I imagine it is one way to provide the conditions for growing resilience!

As I write, several classes are engaged in Zoom connections. These have been very important especially for students who are learning from home and are missing the social interactions school provides. Teachers are also leading opt-in Zoom teaching sessions for Stage 2 and 3 to allow students to have 1:1 explanations for topics such as maths. These opportunities are some of many that our staff and students are learning to utilise and enhance learning in the Junior School during lockdown.

Return to school is still uncertain at this point, although there will be further messages from the NSW Government in the coming days. There will be a College plan for return to school sent home as soon as there is clarity around the date and details.

Mr Barry Luke and Mrs Sonia Rose will be leading the Junior School in the last two weeks of this term as I will be taking Long Service Leave. I will be taking time to do some academic reading and creating artworks for my exhibition at Fern Street Gallery, Gerringong, in the final week of the holidays. If it’s open, please pop in and say hi!

Mr Andrew McPhail