By the end of this past week, we’ve experienced something approaching a ‘normal’ school day with all our year levels back on campus at once, and we’ve begun the process of farewelling our Year 12s, as they concluded Celebration Week and shifted their focus to examinations, which begin on Wednesday.
Even though these things have occurred against the backdrop of COVID-19 and its associated acronyms of PPE and PCC, the return to school signals the switch towards enacting a new normal in schools where face masks, ventilation, and sanitiser are integrated and ongoing, rather than short-term exceptions.
One the wonderful and important things about schools is their rhythms – the rhythm of the school day, of the term-then-holidays oscillation, and the rhythm of the school year punctuated and marked by major College events. Rhythms and patterns provide predictability and therefore hold a space for the really important stuff of learning and relationships. Without that space and predictability our focus and energies can shift to ‘what’s happening today?’ or ‘what mode are we in?’ or ‘which uniform can I wear?’. As we move towards a new normal, I’d ask your assistance in speaking with your children about the importance of getting back to routine, not for its own sake but because it allows learning to occur; those routines including those of uniform, of academic effort, and of approach to relationships.
We understand that returning full time to school will require some time for adjustment for many students, but also believe that the sooner we are back into the College’s normal rhythm, the sooner we create space for learning.