The year 2020 has been plagued with significant challenges for all of us. United, we have overcome the challenges of lockdown, virtual online remote learning and numerous restrictions imposed on us to keep our school community safe.
As a School, we have achieved great things under the circumstances. Our committed staff worked tirelessly throughout the year to ensure our students’ wellbeing and learning needs were held to the highest of standards. We have marvelled at our students’ resilience, perseverance and courage. Our parents continued to support us by offering kind words of support, encouragement and appreciation towards our school and staff. This was uplifting, and provided us with much needed strength.
Valuable lessons have been learned from this experience. We learned that our success is limitless when we work together. We are a resilient and courageous community. These lessons put us in good stead for challenges the future may bring.
We have made it to the end of another academic year. In the next few days, you will receive your child’s end of year report. I encourage you to take the time to go through it with your child and focus on their application to learning. Acknowledge their efforts and perseverance, and discuss any strategies they will need to take with them into the next stages of their education. This is an opportune time to set goals and plan the way forward with your child.
We have concluded the year with lots of activities for our students. In line with our school philosophy to develop better learners and better people, all of our students have taken part in social awareness and community support activities, physical challenges and recreation.
We have also incorporated time for reflection and acquaintance with important elements of our Orthodox faith, by visiting the St Dionysios monastery at Mangrove Mountain and the Holy Monastery of St George at Yellow Rock. There has been a high level of energy and enthusiasm on the part of our students to get involved and make the most of the opportunities organised for them.
As you know, we have undertaken the task of redesigning our school uniform. The design process is moving along nicely and we look forward to sharing the progress with our community in the very near future.
We are aware that stock levels are very low with our current supplier. As previously advised, all new students in Pre-Kinder, Kindergarten and Year 7 can continue to wear the current sports uniform. Year 10 can continue wearing their current uniform. We understand transitioning to a new uniform can be difficult, however we believe this renewal is well overdue, and will serve us well into the future.
We need your feedback. As a school, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve our services to our community. We kindly ask you to complete the survey that was sent earlier in the term. The responses to the survey are anonymous.
The closing day for the survey is Friday 18 December. Please take the time to go through the questions and provide us with your insights and opinions. It would be greatly appreciated.
I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continuous support throughout the year. Your goodwill and kind words of encouragement have helped us get through, so thank you.
We look forward to welcoming you back on Friday 29 January, 2021. More details about the first day back will be sent to you closer to the date once we have greater clarity about the COVID-19 restrictions that may still be in place in the new year.
From everyone at All Saints Grammar, we hope you enjoy a Blessed Christmas with your family. May the New Year bring health and happiness to us all.
May God bless you and your families.
Head of School