Hope, belief and determination. We’re back!
Traditionally, September has always been one of my most favourite months as I delight in seeing the enthusiastic and spirited return of our students. And, while I was looking forward to it this year, I was aware that it would be different.
The past several months have been exceptional in almost every way possible and there has been so much water under the bridge that I’m sure we’re all feeling a little numb.
On the first day back however that numbness vanished. I wrote the following text to a friend that very day in an attempt to communicate the depth of feeling I was experiencing. It was an immediate reaction to my first walk through the school in six months with a full population.
“Our smallest kids staying in their chairs with their little masks on, and their belongings bundled in a bin under their chair, madly waving to their friends in other cohorts as they pass them by, going in and out of the front doors at different recess times.
“I was surprised at how easy it was to get used to everyone in masks and seeing plexiglass screens on all the desks. Parents handing their precious kids over to all the masked staff in the parking lot and straining to see them as they drive away and we escort the kids into the unknown space of the refitted COVID-19 school building.
“Teachers discussing how great the new masks are or where to buy the ones that are clear in the middle – the primary kids need to see the teachers lips when teaching them how to sound out a word, or just to see them smile.
“We all really feel like a community that is doing our best to protect the children physically and mentally.”
I have never been more proud of the MAC community. Through all of the trials and tribulations of the pandemic we have put into action the reality of re-imagining possibilities. Students, parents, teachers, friends and family all rallied around to ensure that our devotion to preparing future-ready individuals would continue to be fulfilled.
And, now we’re back!
What about the lessons learned since mid-March? I could fill a fat notebook with mine. There is one that stands out to me.
When you keep hope, belief and determination at the forefront virtually anything becomes achievable. All of us will have experienced moments over the past several months when we wondered if we’d ever find a way back and while we’re not out of the woods yet, we have collectively created an environment where your children and our team can deliver the quality of education you’ve come to expect from MacLachlan College.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
As we move forward throughout the next several months we will carry on keeping you up to date on further developments and I look ahead with optimism to your continued involvement with our approach. Your commitment and contributions are valued by each one of the MAC team.