Well, this is certainly the most unusual term 2 of my career! Who could have predicted how this term was going to unfold.
We were given two days warning that schools would shut and then three days later were told that school holidays would be brought forward and start immediately. We were told to prepare for on line learning with our students and that we had the school holidays to do this– a major task which teachers undertook willingly.
You were all given the same notice as us, but instead of preparing the learning, you were expected to take on the teaching role – a major task which you all undertook willingly.
We got through that time very successfully and then it was back to school, but a different kind of school. You were essentially locked out of the school for a couple of weeks and we had to develop new ways of dismissing children each afternoon. We all were willing to make the new system work and it did.
Back in the classrooms, teachers were given a mandate to concentrate on the basics, to make up for any slide in achievement over lockdown. We were all delighted when our schoolwide assessments showed little or no sliding back, you were all such great teachers!
It feels normal, but it also feels like there has been a shift. None of us are quite the same since lockdown. Some of us made life changing decisions and others are struggling to feel normal. What has remained constant though, is the collegiality of staff, the kindness of parents and the resilience shown by children as they overcame everything term 2 threw at them.
At the end of this very long term, we all want to thank our parents for their positive approach to the new way and for their kindness to the staff. Thank you for your kind words sent in emails and the superb morning teas. We have a wonderful community!
Enjoy these holidays! No restrictions on where you can go, who you can mix with, what you can do!