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From the Chair

This year, the world, our community and each of us personally, has been put to a test in a way in which few could have expected or possibly imagined. The impact of COVID-19 across society and its impact globally is still unknown. For each of us it has presented both a challenge and an opportunity as to how we respond. The values, which are deeply embedded in our school of self discipline, integrity, courage and compassion have all been drawn upon in recent times.

In any crisis or period of sudden change, our values and character will be tested and the leadership required to manage through a challenging period will be tried. We have endeavoured as a school to respond by providing sound governance and support to our families and community, while also taking the opportunity to adapt and change.

In light of the health crisis, we have seen leadership from the selfless commitment of our health workers, political leaders and our teachers, and also in our own homes. Our daughters have been agile in adjusting to remote learning, being away from friends and taking responsibility for adapting to a new school environment, and our families have also made changes required to support education from home.

Remote learning has allowed us to be creative. Our teaching staff have compassionately developed programs, engaged with our students and developed ways of evolving our education programs to ensure the highest possible standards.

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"Remote learning has allowed us to be creative. Our teaching staff have compassionately developed programs, engaged with our students and developed ways of evolving our education programs to ensure the highest possible standards."

— Mark Burgess, Chair of Council

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Our girls are finding ways to engage with their friends, in a remote way. Families are also doing this so that we remain in touch with our community and support those around us. Innovation and adaptability are uniquely human skills.

Our school’s ability to move to remote learning quickly and adjust to a completely unanticipated environment highlights the strengths of innovation and longer term planning. It is past decisions by our school, together with nimble and agile leadership today, which enabled the quick adjustments to our program. It is also a reminder that in a period of change, we have an obligation to consider finding solutions not just for the short term challenges but also to ensure our school and community sustains long term foundations for the future – the return to school, support of our teaching and professional staff, environment and school values.

Our families have taught us the value of caring and compassion for others through this period. We have seen families express their gratitude for the advantages they have while also expressing concerns for the community around us. Council and the School have focused closely on our role of support. Keeping our Community together and extending support to those among us who need some assistance is critically important. It is no surprise that our community has responded in this way.

Who would have thought that a sudden change to our way of life could occur in such a way? The response of our community has been testament to who we are and our commitment to each other. The leadership from parents, teachers, and our school, will have a positive impact on how our girls perceive their own values and potential.

Our girls are finding ways to engage with their friends, in a remote way. Families are also doing this so that we remain in touch with our community and support those around us. Innovation and adaptability are uniquely human skills.

Our school’s ability to move to remote learning quickly and adjust to a completely unanticipated environment highlights the strengths of innovation and longer term planning. It is past decisions by our school, together with nimble and agile leadership today, which enabled the quick adjustments to our program. It is also a reminder that in a period of change, we have an obligation to consider finding solutions not just for the short term challenges but also to ensure our school and community sustains long term foundations for the future – the return to school, support of our teaching and professional staff, environment and school values.

Our families have taught us the value of caring and compassion for others through this period. We have seen families express their gratitude for the advantages they have while also expressing concerns for the community around us. Council and the School have focused closely on our role of support. Keeping our Community together and extending support to those among us who need some assistance is critically important. It is no surprise that our community has responded in this way.

Who would have thought that a sudden change to our way of life could occur in such a way? The response of our community has been testament to who we are and our commitment to each other. The leadership from parents, teachers, and our school, will have a positive impact on how our girls perceive their own values and potential.

We greatly thank our families and girls for your commitment to each other, to adapting to enable the continuation of the best possible education, and to the commitment to our values at this important time.

We greatly thank our families and girls for your commitment to each other, to adapting to enable the continuation of the best possible education, and to the commitment to our values at this important time.

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Article written by

Mark Burgess

Chair of Council

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