At a recent staff meeting we explored the positive and negative aspects of the recent shutdown of on-campus schooling. To prompt responses there were some guiding questions. Students in the Senior Years have also been asked about their experiences. The results have been fascinating. Both staff and the girls have been generous in their responses. I do not mean by this use of the word “generous” that all comments have been glowing and positive. I am using the term to suggest that many have been deeply thoughtful and have been willing to take the time to articulate how they found the recent experience. It will take some time to consider the many responses. The intent is to see how the positive aspects of the recent experience can be retained as we return to post-COVID life. There is much to think about. Parents may like to join the process and write to us about the recent experience. The good ... the no so ... what should we aim to retain ... will guide the flow of ideas.
Every week I seek to find a “staff member of the week”. I receive many nominations every week from all parts of the School. It is not easy to make a single selection. I really make no claim to having absolute wisdom on how I make the final selection but I do enjoy reading the many nominations and always write to those so nominated. Really, there are so many ‘winners’. Since the return of the senior girls to the campus we have been holding the “Award Ceremony”, really Friday morning tea, in the Centenary Gardens. This area is the usual sitting place of a large group of Year 11 girls. The first week I announced the winner a wave of perplexed looks passed over the girls’ faces as they watched on. The second week they were ready for the announcement. They were suitably hushed! This week they decided to join in and select their “student of the week” congratulations goes to Olivia Smith. They nicely mimicked our award by presenting the winner (in their case drawn from a hat from the nominations) with a box of chocolates and a bottle of non-alcoholic (gold-topped) grape juice. It was a nice touch. It was nice to watch. We had the intent of thanking the staff for all they do and by seeking nominations connect us all a little more closely to the wonder of each other's contribution. They achieved the same within their group. While it was humorous it was also a delight to see the maturity of the way it connected the group.
I thought it felt good to be part of a school where the students thought of such a nice way to mark the end of the week.
Mr Peter Crawley
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