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More Time Together

As a community, we pride ourselves on our connectedness and resilience. We all work towards the common goal of preparing our daughters for an indeterminate future, shaping them to be adaptable, resourceful, resilient and self-aware.

As parents, we embody the School values and model these to our children and in recent times this has significantly shone through.

Who would have predicted the start we’ve had to 2020 – drought, bushfire, flood and then COVID-19? These events have tested us all. The impact has meant that sports camps were relocated, competitions cancelled, and School and PA events postponed to yet-to-be determined dates.

We moved rapidly into a life of ‘self isolation and social distancing’; to school being delivered remotely, and the uncertainty of what the new ‘normal’ would look like.

We have all experienced an unsettling beginning of this new decade, and we are braced for what the future will bring.

Our personal resilience has been tested, but the strength of our School Community remains strong. Our wonderful families have approached the changes and challenges brought about with good humour, flexibility and a genuine concern for the wellbeing of others. These actions sum up the culture of our Community perfectly.

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Our personal resilience has been tested, but the strength of our School community remains strong.

Tammy Read, President, Parents Association

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The transition to remote learning across all areas of the School was embraced by our parents, confident in the knowledge that our daughters had already been well prepped for this style of learning. The change was exceptionally efficient, and the adjustments were easy to navigate. We were given remarkable insight into what our girls and their teachers do each day to foster their knowledge, skills and personal development. I observed my daughter enjoying an entertaining contemporary movement class in the lounge room as well as an early morning science experiment on the kitchen bench. Middle and Senior Years Zoom classes have shown the incredible amount of learning that our girls do every day, with many of us surely wondering if we could have answered these questions when we were their age. It was lovely to see how many pets came to class each day! We do seem to have an abundance of fluffy, well-groomed little dogs as members of our community!

Parents, students and staff at the Barbara Tolson Early Learning Centre created videos and activities, and enjoyed singalongs and books via the Seesaw App. Morris Hall parents were thrilled to see Dr Meath reading stories to the girls via Zoom and were delighted by the morning message from the teachers. By all reports, a highlight for our Morris Hall students was the Year 12 end of Term 1 message sharing tips for the holidays with their littlest sisters.

The transition to remote learning across all areas of the School was embraced by our parents, confident in the knowledge that our daughters had already been well prepped for this style of learning. The change was exceptionally efficient, and the adjustments were easy to navigate. We were given remarkable insight into what our girls and their teachers do each day to foster their knowledge, skills and personal development. I observed my daughter enjoying an entertaining contemporary movement class in the lounge room as well as an early morning science experiment on the kitchen bench. Middle and Senior Years Zoom classes have shown the incredible amount of learning that our girls do every day, with many of us surely wondering if we could have answered these questions when we were their age. It was lovely to see how many pets came to class each day! We do seem to have an abundance of fluffy, well-groomed little dogs as members of our community!

Parents, students and staff at the Barbara Tolson Early Learning Centre created videos and activities, and enjoyed singalongs and books via the Seesaw App. Morris Hall parents were thrilled to see Dr Meath reading stories to the girls via Zoom and were delighted by the morning message from the teachers. By all reports, a highlight for our Morris Hall students was the Year 12 end of Term 1 message sharing tips for the holidays with their littlest sisters.

Many of us have reflected on how education has changed since we were at school, I’m sure remote learning in the 80’s would have consisted of: “Read these chapters; answer these questions; and write these essays; then put in the mail and post back to school.” How fortunate we are to have the incredible resources of Melbourne Girls Grammar supporting our girls. The care, creativity and thoughtfulness put in by all of our teachers has been such a joy to witness and reinforced that whilst we are not together, we are still connected.

With the support of the Community Office, we too have connected through online platforms - workshops, activities and our first Zoom PA meeting where we welcomed so many members of our community – from their dining tables, work desks and overseas – to our meeting for the first time.  It has certainly given us cause to rethink how we can better engage with our community and be more inclusive.

Once the initial shock had worn off (the mess, constant eating, squabbles over data and trying to get the NBN to work were early trials in this house), we all had a lot more family time on our hands. How our families have filled this time have been as varied as our Community. Some embraced routine, some took a ‘go with the flow’ approach, many baked and cooked, played board games and rediscovered the joy of engaging as a family without the pressures and juggling act of managing school, sports training, work and activities.

Something I’ve come to appreciate more than ever is how precious it is to spend time as a family. This is something I’ve observed across our entire Community throughout this time, as we find ourselves appreciating the simple things in life and making the most of the extra time we’ve been given to connect with our families.

Many of us have reflected on how education has changed since we were at school, I’m sure remote learning in the 80’s would have consisted of: “Read these chapters; answer these questions; and write these essays; then put in the mail and post back to school.” How fortunate we are to have the incredible resources of Melbourne Girls Grammar supporting our girls. The care, creativity and thoughtfulness put in by all of our teachers has been such a joy to witness and reinforced that whilst we are not together, we are still connected.

With the support of the Community Office, we too have connected through online platforms - workshops, activities and our first Zoom PA meeting where we welcomed so many members of our community – from their dining tables, work desks and overseas – to our meeting for the first time.  It has certainly given us cause to rethink how we can better engage with our community and be more inclusive.

Once the initial shock had worn off (the mess, constant eating, squabbles over data and trying to get the NBN to work were early trials in this house), we all had a lot more family time on our hands. How our families have filled this time have been as varied as our Community. Some embraced routine, some took a ‘go with the flow’ approach, many baked and cooked, played board games and rediscovered the joy of engaging as a family without the pressures and juggling act of managing school, sports training, work and activities.

Something I’ve come to appreciate more than ever is how precious it is to spend time as a family. This is something I’ve observed across our entire Community throughout this time, as we find ourselves appreciating the simple things in life and making the most of the extra time we’ve been given to connect with our families.

While the times have been challenging, we know that we have the capacity to get through this. We are some of the lucky ones – we have so much to be thankful for, and we have a strong community behind us. While we await what the months ahead will bring, stay safe, and look after yourselves and your loved ones. I look forward to seeing everyone back together once this is over.

While the times have been challenging, we know that we have the capacity to get through this. We are some of the lucky ones – we have so much to be thankful for, and we have a strong community behind us. While we await what the months ahead will bring, stay safe, and look after yourselves and your loved ones. I look forward to seeing everyone back together once this is over.

While the times have been challenging, we know that we have the capacity to get through this. We are some of the lucky ones – we have so much to be thankful for, and we have a strong community behind us. While we await what the months ahead will bring, stay safe, and look after yourselves and your loved ones. I look forward to seeing everyone back together once this is over.

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Article written by

Tammy Read

President, Parents Association

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