Wow! Who would have thought that when we started Term 3 online on 20 July that we would all still be here, online at the end of term!
A huge congratulations to everyone for surviving another term online. It hasn’t been without its challenges and I know how incredibly difficult being online for so long has been, especially for younger students, their parents and teachers. Over the last few weeks I have found it particularly difficult to maintain my own motivation, positivity and enthusiasm when faced with the prospect of more days online, so I can only imagine how difficult this has been for the students.
I have been so incredibly proud of everyone and how the best has been made, often in very difficult circumstances.
The students have been absolutely amazing adapting to their new schooling online so well, every day. I have been very appreciative of all the support our parents have given their children and the school. Your involvement in your child’s online learning and your ability to juggle your own lives with these many new competing demands has not gone unnoticed by myself and our staff.
Similarly, our teachers have also been brilliant at committing to their job each and every day – tirelessly adapting, adjusting and modifying the curriculum to ensure that successful student learning has been achieved under unique conditions.
There is no doubt that for many this has been a difficult and challenging year so far. It has, at times, felt overwhelming. As the saying goes, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’ While we have definitely had a few lemons thrown our way this year, we have made the most of things.
I am extremely proud that, as a community, we have pulled together to ensure our students have been well-cared for, well-educated and well-entertained through what has been a tough period in the world’s history.
Please keep our amazing Year 12 students in your thoughts as they finally get the opportunity to complete their Trial Exams next week. I have never more proud of a group of students as I am of this group. They have faced every obstacle put in their way with poise and have risen to each challenge without complaint, making the most of the circumstance they find themselves in. They are the most exceptional group of young people and I’m sure you will join me in wishing them all the best with these exams.
As we look forward to the end of Term 3, we are incredibly excited about welcoming our students back to campus on 23 and 29 September respectively. I can guarantee you I’ll be at the front door early, waiting with the biggest smile I’ve had all year. I can’t wait!
So now, it’s time to take a break from our screens, to put down our laptops and find alternative ways to enjoy time with family and friends, as we get ready for a busy and enjoyable Term 4. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Mark Hemphill | Head of School