Well – what a week! Trials are sent to test us, and the perception here is that we passed the test! Little electricity, no internet, no playground, no outdoor sport on some days and a crippled kitchen! But everyone got on with it.
This is a real test of resilience in the face of life’s difficulties, and this is a particular focus at John Colet at the moment. The test is not what you have to face, but how you face it. It’s a positive attitude of mind, a change of thinking. This is what we want to foster in the children. Of course, we begin with ourselves as this is the most powerful teaching tool – example. Challenges and difficulties can be met in a positive way. An example of this at school this week was the attitude of the 6th class children who were unable to attend the ANZAC Art Award winners announcement event. Several children had to be asked to stand aside as numbers were too high, and the disappointed ones responded positively. All signs of a good term to come!
The children have been treated to several talks in the spirit of the ANZACs this week: One from Mr David Rundle, grandfather of the Trowbridge children, and others from Cdr. Quain and Lt.Cdr. Lain, our perennial presenters at our ANZAC ceremony today (Friday).
By-the-way, we welcome back Mrs McKinley from a term off on long service leave, and we say “au revoir” to Mrs Dawson who will be off on maternity leave. She will largely be replaced by Mrs Sjogren with a day per week by Mrs Anika Little, who came to John Colet as a practicum student.