It is wonderful to welcome back staff and students for the start of Term 2. As we start the term,
I congratulate Mr Adrian Finch who takes up the role as Acting Head of Senior Campus. We also welcome two new members of staff to our team, Mr James Sheffield to our English staff and Mr David Jones, who is working as an Aide in our Technology Centre.
Yesterday, as I was at the ANZAC Commemoration Service, several leaves from the oak tree above me fell to the ground. It made it very evident that the change of season is upon us as we move from summer to autumn. The changing of the seasons brings new opportunities as we move from one thing to another. As is written in Ecclesiastes, “to everything there is a season and a time to purpose”.
For our students, the term to come is filled with opportunities to learn and grow; to grow into the best version of themselves. As I have mentioned in previous newsletter articles, we are all continuous learners, and it was wonderful to have an opportunity for professional learning with our staff on both Monday and Tuesday this week. The key focus was on wellbeing and self-care. Staff across both campuses came together to spend time with Paul Taylor from the Mind, Body, Brain Institute. HOME | Mind Body Brain Performance Institute
Paul shared with us some practical ways in which we can look after our wellbeing and which I know staff are looking forward to sharing through our Pastoral Care Programme with our students. Paul gave some practical tips about the importance of sleep, the ability to use positive self-talk, as well as the importance of both exercise and nutrition. Reflecting on his sessions, there were similar messages in a book I read over the holiday break, “Big Panda and Tiny Dragon” by James Norbury.
In it, the tiny dragon made the observation “it is hard being kind to everyone.” “True,” said big Panda “and hardest of all to be kind to ourselves, but we must try.” Some takeaway messages that I know I have discussed with our staff and I encourage you to discuss with your children, are the importance of taking time to reflect, to exercise, but also spend joyful time with others. To be kind to ourselves. To switch off from the social media that invades our space, to sleep well and sometimes do little more than enjoy the sound of the falling rain.
As our winter sports season kicks off with football tomorrow, I am sure that our students, based on the weather conditions, will get to enjoy both the exercise and the falling rain all in one venue!
I look forward to catching up with you this term whether around a sports field, a stage, or gallery.
Enjoy the weekend with your children.