Head of Junior School
“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.” David Weatherford
Let’s be frank. This term has been hard! None of us could have predicted that Term 3 this year would be a full term of online learning. It has been a time of significant change and disruption to our normal lives. Not one of us could say that we have been unaffected by the global pandemic unfolding around us.
Many in our community have faced considerable struggles and challenges. Work suddenly disappearing or needing to be done from home. Dealing with online learning as everyone grappled with the seemingly constant changes to restrictions. Social isolation from friends and family. Trying to maintain a healthy state of wellbeing for all in our care under difficult circumstances.
We teach our students about the idea of a growth mindset. We know that from struggle, growth can occur, depending on our attitude and the way we choose to react. We know that we learn from mistakes and develop stronger learning pathways as we try but don’t succeed. Instead of giving up, we should try another way. Well, we have certainly been put to the test!
Staff at the College have worked hard to provide our students with learning experiences that have enabled them to continue to grow and develop in a very different educational landscape. Our students have shown substantial adaptability and perseverance. As educators, we have been amazed at their resilience and diligence in completing tasks set. We applaud you, their parents and carers, for the immense task you have undertaken and the loving support you have shown to your children throughout this time.
We would like to wish you a restful holiday, even though it will be a staycation at best, or perhaps just an opportunity to get your work done without the added pressure of your children’s learning needs. Enjoy the break from school and the increased opportunity that will bring for more free time and fun activities.
In the words of Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28