“And he said the answer’s in the story and the story’s just unfolding.”
Narrative Theology by Padraig O’Tuama
What memories will you keep from the past months? This COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted so many mixed emotions upon our community. Uncertainty, anger, frustration, dismay. However, if I am honest, there were many more good outcomes for me than bad over the past weeks. Our connection as a College has never been stronger and our emphasis on partnership ensured the importance of relationship was never lost. ‘Remote Learning’ enabled us to revisit many traditional educational orthodoxies and we were clearly reminded that ‘one size does not fit all’. We watched many students flourish and undoubtedly, the shorter period of instruction worked well for the majority. Remote Learning also offered a genuine opportunity to promote learning, as opposed to assessments, and such lessons cannot be forgotten as we return to the classroom. Most importantly, our five core College values of respect, optimism, compassion, resilience and gratitude held us in good stead to pivot when required and formulate plans that sought ‘the best for and from all our students’. The joy of welcoming our youngest and oldest back to the classroom this week was palpable. Yet we will not be complete until every student returns. So when I reflect on recent events, I feel blessed to be surrounded by a strong, supportive community of people who care deeply and who put the needs of our children first.
This Monday 1 June, we will host a Virtual Information Evening for families from the south east of South Australia. If you know anyone who might be interested in exploring the opportunities at College, please encourage them to register at https://www.hamiltoncollege.vic.edu.au
Dr Andrew Hirst