High School Excitement Ramps Up for Semester 2
Semester 1, 2020 has undoubtedly been one like no other. Within the first few weeks of school, high school students settled into their classes and weekly routines and off to camp, but what was to follow, no one could have imagined. Cyclones, the sudden stopping of most activities due to Covid-19, social distancing in the classrooms, online learning, Microsoft Teams meetings and then finally, in the last few weeks of Term 2, the slow emergence of some kind of resemblance of life as we used to know it at school.
Online learning this term certainly did not come without its challenges for everyone involved. Some students worked from home, others came to school every day, and our classes took on new ways of engaging in activities together from a distance. Our new dynamic after a little while felt normal. Thank you, students (and of course their families) for their hard work and commitment to giving their best during this time. The self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability you have learned and embraced during this unique opportunity are skills you will draw upon for years to come.
It has been exciting to watch the foundation work begin on our new High School building. I cannot believe that we will be running classes, in a little over half a year, in the new High School building. Our student’s faces light up when they talk about their building for 2021 and, they are very much looking forward to working in new classrooms.
As we move on into the second half of the year, we anticipate more opportunities opening up for our students to participate in at school. We are pleased to announce that in the High School we will be returning to Year Level Chapels and Assemblies in Term 3 and, at a reduced capacity, competition sport seems set to resume in a new format.
I pray for a safe, restful and rejuvenating holiday period for all of our High School families. Thank you for all of your support throughout Semester 1. Without staff, students and their family networks combining their efforts, we certainly would not have accomplished so much. The simplest message in the Bible about working together as a team is found in 1 Corinthians 12:14 “for the body is not one member, but many”. Everyone who combines to make up the body of Christ is a team. The body is not supported by one, but by us all and we are at our strongest when we are working together.
I look forward to working alongside you all in Semester 2.
High School Coordinator