It is hard to believe that three months ago we went from the hustle and bustle of a busy first term filled with the usual sports, cultural and academic activities to an online digitally-driven academic program filled with creative and positive energy. Little did we realize when 2020 presented itself, that we would find ourselves living in a world that has shifted dramatically, and reeling from the impact that this pandemic has had both locally and globally. We cannot begin to estimate the social, economic and political impact that this has had both short term and long term on our country and world. Environmentally we are seeing a reduction in CO2 emissions and wildlife claiming back urban and suburban streets, a greater appreciation of how tenuous life on earth can be and a reconnection with families and friends. This connection hopefully makes up for the disconnect that our students are currently feeling from their friends and teachers and lack of routine.
We are deeply conscious of our privilege as a school community in being able to continue to teach and learn, have a holiday and then resume our teaching and learning when there are a significant majority of students who don’t have that opportunity despite their best efforts and through no fault of their own. As I write this Mark Potterton our Primary School Principal is presenting a weekly educational program on Radio Veritas to reach our Three2six students who don’t have the same privilege and opportunities to learn like the other students at Sacred Heart College.