Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

I lived in Alberta Canada for nine months when I was in my twenties. I landed in January from a balmy 28 degrees Sydney summer to a whiteout in 25 degrees below zero. During that winter there were several blizzards that swept across Edmonton. Our Snowy Mountains blizzards are just a shadow of a true Canadian winter storm. There are no bearings, no visibility, no shelter and no hope if you are caught outside. All around is white, wind, snow and ice. I was once travelling from Edmonton to Calgary and the blizzard struck so hard we had to exit to Red Deer and find shelter. Not a road sign could be seen, not an emergency vehicle was visible. We stayed in Red Deer for two days before the storm finished.

One of the negatives from COVID-19 is the online snowstorm. So much information, with so many people thinking they are experts in all manner of medical and political decision making. While freedom of expression is commendable, too much can lead to a blizzard of opinion, misinformation and just plain speculation. What is important, where is the right direction and who is in charge are good questions in such a time.

Thankfully the College has a plan that is guided by good health advice and good policy. We are looking out for each other – for families, for relatives, for children, for staff. The blizzard will blow away, the landscape may be different for a while but we will have playgrounds and classrooms filled with optimistic, engaged and energetic children.

I have many stories of what the ‘storm’ of COVID-19 looks like for our families and want to say thanks and well done for all the little and big things. Teaching is hard work, rewarding and aimed at the long term as well as the day to day. Your career may not have included teaching up to this point, but now you can add it to your resume!

Mr Andrew McPhail