The last week has been interesting. The return of the Kindy to Year 1 and Year 11 to 12 groups to the School has been a very joyous occasion. Plenty of smiles, laughter and good grace was in abundance. The older girls were able to be very thoughtful about the experiences of the last few weeks. It was fascinating to hear their thoughts. Many had learnt a considerable amount about their personal learning style. The time at home had made clear to many their preferred way of learning and some admitted it had exposed and made very real their personal weaknesses. Most would say it had made them more capable of articulating how they should be approaching their learning for the best results. It was a delight to hear that the connections with their teachers and fellow classmates had remained very strong. Indeed, most would say they were dependent on these relationships. Some in remote locations had experienced a weakness in local internet connections that had annoyed, but none seemed overwhelmed by the outcome. Some of our boarders had clearly been engaged in work around the property in addition to their school work but this seemed to have added to the experience. It had been a pleasure of life rather than a distraction. I have been absolutely struck by the resilient manner of the girls. They have presented with calm confidence about the weeks ahead. They have returned to school with just the right combination of youthful energy and focussed maturity.
Is it better to be back at school? Such a simple question to answer. Yes.
The girls in Years 2 to 10 continue for another week the online program. We have had the opportunity to watch those who are completing this program here at school. They are an impressive group. I would ideally love to be able to show the whole community how well they are managing. In all sincerity, it would make a great 30 minute ABC program. I hope all at home are able to brag about how well they are managing. I look forward to their stories that I am sure will come flooding out in a little over a week as they return to the campus. Such a good thought for the week ahead!
Mr Peter Crawley