I sat in front of my Year 9 Bible class today and found myself very excited to have them back in the room face-to-face. I think that they, too, were pleased to be back even if returning meant giving up the onesies and unlimited fridge access. I know that parents, too, are pleased to see students return to school and life take another step to getting back to some semblance of normal. With every passing day, the remote learning experience slides slowly, but inevitably into the past.
But before the remote learning experience becomes the stuff of legend, I would like to acknowledge you, the parents and carers. Much has been said (and rightly so) regarding the work of front line staff during the lockdown. But I am concerned that credit has not been given to those parents and carers who stepped up to the challenges of juggling other responsibilities while overseeing distance learning for their children.
So, let me take this opportunity to let you know that we felt your unwavering support. It’s easy to talk about ‘partnership’, but it’s not until you are tested that you know if it is real. I was profoundly pleased to see that when our partnership was tested, it did not break, but thrived.
Exodus 17, tells the story of the Israelites battling the Amalekites:
Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword... And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner [Jehovah Nissi]...
Just as Moses, Aaron, and Hur chose to do in Exodus, we stood together (upholding each other when needed) and got done what needed to be done. In a demonstration of true partnership, we went through good times and some not so fun moments, yet we prevailed. Although I continue to grieve the capacity to gather physically together so that I can thank you in person, on behalf of the staff please accept our sincere thanks in this form.
Finally, to those parents who blessed the staff with everything from coffee at the Roundabout Cafe, cakes, doughnuts, cards to words of encouragement and prayer, thank you. You may not have seen the impact these small acts of kindness made but rest assured each one made a difference.
Pray for Bayside
Please pray that our online Year 7 Information Evening Webinar runs smoothly tonight.
Pray in thanks for the resumption of classes in all year levels over the last fortnight.
Please continue to pray for safety within our community, and for provision for families financially impacted by COVID-19.
Give thanks for the amazing gifts of God in our community - wonderful families, committed staff, fabulous facilities and grounds.