I have been continually impressed by the way parents, students and staff have engaged with learning and supported wellbeing, whether at home or at school. There has been a lot of creativity and commitment as people have worked together to provide the best possible experiences for our young people in this online learning environment. The appreciation expressed by students and parents to our teachers has been greatly appreciated and our senior students have led our community well through this time. I imagine that everyone enjoyed having a long weekend where we all could relax for that extra day. Thank you to you all for the extraordinary role each of you are playing.
We look forward to the return of our Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students to the College campus on Monday. Families and senior students are encouraged to revisit the information sent earlier this week via email to ensure that they understand and meet the requirements that have been put into place to protect the health and safety of staff, students and parents on campus during this transition time. Parents are asked to take careful note of requirements to support social distancing between the adults in our community during drop off and pick up and where they need to enter the school grounds. Further detail regarding the day to day arrangements for senior students will be sent to them tomorrow afternoon via email.
Parents, students and staff across Prep to Year 12 also took the opportunity to connect for parent, teacher and student conferences this week via phone and for the Middle and Senior College a new videoconferencing app. Thank you to our teachers and families for using this opportunity to connect with each other to refine the learning that is occurring and for many, bravely trying another first for the College.
Mr Jim Tamvakis submitted his resignation at the end of last week. We appreciate the role that Mr Tamvakis has played in the short time he has been at the College and we wish him and his family every blessing for the future. Mr Tamvakis’ classes are currently being taught by a number of our Mathematics and Science staff. Continuity for students with teachers who are known to them has been important in this online environment and we thank these teachers for taking on these extra classes at this time. We have advertised this position this week and will keep families informed of decisions as we move forward.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mums on Sunday. Hopefully it is a day where you can slow down and enjoy your family sharing their love and appreciation for all you have been and are to them. We appreciate all that you do in making this a great community in which children can grow.
We thank God for all the blessings that He has given us through our mothers and pray that they know how much they are valued within their families and this community. May God equip us all to strive for quality in all that we do and are.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal