2020 has felt so different. So many events, activities and functions have been modified or cancelled such that the rhythm of the school year is so completely different to normal. It is easy to dwell on this and be discouraged, especially for students who have missed out on so many positive school experiences such as camps. We know there have been many challenges for families and a profound sense of disappointment about missed opportunities and the disruption to lives.
However, the calendar has clicked over to September and Spring has started. In Queensland we don’t have the distinct seasons which many locations have where this change in the weather marks the appearance of ‘green shoots’ after a cold winter. We are hopeful though that there are some ‘green shoots’ appearing for the students and their school experience. It has been a challenging Autumn and Winter for many in the Mueller community and people are tired. However, we transition to Spring there is a sense of optimism about the remainder of the school year.
We are busy planning for many of the traditional school events which mark the latter stages of the school year, albeit under modified, Covid-safe conditions. The Arts festival, Presentation Night, Prep, Year 6 and Year 12 Graduations are all in the works. On top of these the Year 12s have External exams and their Senior Formal to look forward to. As Mr Valese has said, much of the Covid season has not been consistent with the community-focused DNA of Mueller. We are really looking forward to the chances, despite the limitations, to celebrate the students and engage with families on campus.
If you are in a particularly challenging season, we pray that you will see a change of circumstance and in the midst of the difficulties of 2020, that you will see the goodness of God revealed in your lives and your children’s school experience.