The world has changed but our commitment to each other, our community and our students remains steadfast.
When we talk about having 20/20 vision we are referring to the clarity or sharpness of our vision. On the back of outstanding 2019 results, we had a keen eye on the plan for our school. I started the year asking specific questions as we looked to the year ahead. To be at the end of Term 1 traversing unchartered waters, we have to the best of our ability kept our eye firmly fixed on our mission to provide learning opportunities and experiences in a constantly changing landscape.
Our students are guided by what they see in us. We remain anchored to our core values and have made conscious choices about our behaviours, words and actions to ensure we are exemplary role models in a world where we have seen the best and worst of humanity.
At this school, we have made a purposeful commitment to building resilient, courageous, agile and creative students. In these most testing of times, we have been called to demonstrate these very skills ourselves.
31 March 2020 was a historic day at Grammar. We introduced ZOOM to as many classes as we could. Some 368 plus ZOOM lessons occurred throughout the day. To see and hear our students reminded us of the importance of connection and emotions were high. We experienced in action our core values of relationships, care and community. It was important to create some normalcy of school routines, but when our students have not seen or spoken with their teachers, this day of connection was one of the most significant in 2020.
We remain committed to seeing it through – a relentless pursuit of excellence in all we can provide for our students as we face uncertainty beyond the Easter break. We chose wisely in our bible verse for 2020 – Jeremiah 29:11. May we be sustained by our faith, family, the Grammar community.