This week I want to ask our community to keep our New South Wales families in your thoughts as they are challenged by the border closure and, in most instances, are divided as a family. With nearly 30 families in our boarding community stemming from across the border who are currently unable to visit their daughters, and their daughters return home, the feelings of isolation are very real. We appreciate the supporters who have offered to host students on leave and deliver home baked goods. We thank our Boarder Support Group parents who are reaching out and making contact with these families.
My message in all of this is that we will be in this together as a community. When I met with the student boarding committee they put it simply “We’ve got your back NSW!”. Our Year 12 girls had already had a meeting with students and will continue to do so. We are contributing to submissions for parliament and lobbying our local members; they are hearing what we are saying and understand the need for a better strategy.
So while we are currently in this situation we will work together to look after those affected while the powers that be come up with a better plan. We will remain optimistic and continue to get the message out that there has to be more support. Our boarding community refuses to be divided by state borders – we are one community with many homes.
Mrs Donna Grant
Head of Boarding
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