The Measure of Who We Are
Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
Not so many weeks ago I sat in a full school assembly. As the person at the lectern addressed the gathering, I noticed a young man staring intently at the face of the Apple watch attached to his wrist. These amazing little bits of technology have become so much a part of our lives, measuring our heartbeat, alerting us to messages and playing music; even telling time! So versatile are these technological wonders that you can also personalise their appearance.
What was enthralling to this young man was the watch face he had chosen as his own. His fingers gently turned the crown, and as he did, the pattern on the watch face changed. Much like looking into a kaleidoscope: with each movement of the crown there was a new and intricate pattern.
I’m reminded of this because over the past weeks it seems that with every hour our scenario changes. The coronavirus has created an environment for our leaders that necessitates new plans, new actions, and some sacrifices; all on an apparent daily timetable.
For St Edmund’s, as I mentioned last week, life has been “the same, but different”. As we move towards the Easter break however; new plans, actions and sacrifices will make what we consider “the same”, look very different.
In Term 2 learning at home may become a familiar part of the daily routine. Classrooms may be replaced by lounge rooms, desks by kitchen tables and white boards by computer screens. Like old friends, names like Atomi, Clickview and Infinity will show up in dinner time conversations. Yet as capable as our young men are, as motivated – when they want to be – as we know they can be, it will be the support of our Eddies Team, parents, staff and each other that will make the difference.
I believe we have a dedicated and committed staff who will work hard to ensure our young men are not disadvantaged in the face of this unprecedented event. I believe we have a community of loving parents and caregivers who will support their sons by creating spaces, boundaries and routines that support learning. I believe that with this assistance our young men will be able to overcome this radical change to their schooling and continue to learn. Until we can return to the type of “same” we have known; where lessons are face-to-face, relationships take place at less than social spacing and hand washing is a habit, not an imperative.
These coming weeks and possibly months will no doubt challenge us. In these times of challenge, how we support each other will be the measure of who we are. We are in this together, and we will get through, and we will, once again, be able to gather as a community to celebrate all that is strong, kind and gentle in the Eddies spirit.
Ray Celegato, Principal