The "Aaah" Moment
The “aaah” moment, I hope, is one that most people would feel in their lifetimes. The “aaah” I’m talking about is not the “aaah” that is followed by an exclamation mark. It is not the short, sharp, sudden explosive realisation of something that was not clear but now comes into focus — the penny drops. Nor is it this “aaah”, the longer, slower response that starts low then moves to a higher pitch and finishes where it began. This “aaah” is normally accompanied by a nodding of the head. You might also smile and agree with an interesting point, in doing so, uphold your part of an intense discussion or conversation.
No, the “aaah” I am thinking of is a gentle breathing out that can be heard. Sometimes it may only occur internally. It happens after a long day of gruelling work when you are physically and mentally spent. You have been drawn to your limit and it is time to stop. That instant as you gently lower yourself into a comfortable chair or onto a welcoming bed, that instant as each part of a tired body surrenders itself, that instant where all the tension needed to keep your mind and body working has the chance to melt away. In that instant, without realising it, the “aaah” moment happens. Whether internally or out loud that “aaah” happens and there is a sudden appreciation of slowing down from the expressway of each day to the simple comforts of home.
This term has been one for the history books. So much has happened that has required all of us in the Eddies community to dedicate every resource, mental, physical and spiritual to dealing with seemingly daily alterations, modifications and changes to the rules and understandings of daily life. Learning from home, working from home and social spacing; hand sanitising, cardboard cut-out crowds and inter-state border closures. These are just a few of the hall marks of the new normal, and it has been hard work adjusting. There has been tension, frustration and no doubt exhaustion. I have been so proud our young men have adapted to this new playing field that is COVID-19. They have been ably sustained by the Eddies team to keep going.
A fridge magnet I observed recently proudly proclaimed, “Keep calm, the end of term is near”. As the end of term is upon us, I would hope these next two weeks are an “aaah” moment for our young men and hopefully all our Eddies families. This time is a chance to relax into the comfort of a different routine and slowdown from the expressway of daily school life, perhaps to prepare for the rest of the year and certainly to anticipate the opportunities ahead.
Ray Celegato, Principal
The end of term sees us bid farewell to Mr Tom Schad and Mr Timothy Hill. Both young men have lived up to our College vision in that they have made a difference in our community and they will be missed. They leave us to pursue and advance their careers at other schools, but I am certain that they will take a little bit of Eddies with them, making their new schools just a little bit bluer and whiter. We wish both Tom and Timothy all the best for the future.