Newman News Term 1 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Wellbeing Secondary

As I reflect on the Term that has been, the challenges we have faced as a community are astonishing, but the way in which we have come together in support of one another is heart-warming. We started 2020 in a positive manner and I was impressed by the way our students began the year and the energy they showed. While our Capital Development Plan required us to make adjustments, our students continued with their studies and maintained a positive attitude. With the developing global situation in recent months, families have faced some very challenging moments, and continue to do so. However, it has been impossible not to notice the positive attitude exhibited by our Marist community and the readiness shown to support those around us.

We have now successfully moved to a remote learning platform and I hope students still feel connected to their classes, year group and the College community. While our primary focus to date has been rolling out our curriculum units, we have also put out several wellbeing resources that we hope can assist students and families. As we continue to develop our remote learning platform into Term 2, you will see increased connection for students with their Guild and year groups via several challenges and games.

While I am very appreciative of the support the College has received from families, on behalf of the community I would like to thank our wonderful staff for all they have accomplished in recent months. Staff have spent many hours getting our remote learning platform ready for students and families and are always looking for ways that we can connect with our students and help them feel less isolated as they carry out their education from home. Without their positive attitude and hardworking manner, none of what we have accomplished would have been possible.

As we break for the Easter holidays, I would like to wish all our families a safe and holy Easter. While there will certainly be a different feel to this break, I hope you find time to relax, stay safe and continue to give each other support and strength during these difficult times.

May we always remember to pray for one another.