A Feast of Hope
Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
There’s a tree near my house — in fact there are many of them — that I pass on my way home. This tree is very much like the hundreds of other gums by the roadside: tall, grey bark and grey-green leaves, a nice home for possums and koalas. What makes this tree different, however, is a sign quite prominently nailed to its trunk. Even passing by at speed, this sign is easy to read. In large friendly letters my day ends with “Always look on the bright side of life”.
Recently, life has been filled with constant updates, new social norms, altered shopping hours and flattening curves. Our Eddies men have navigated an end to the term that has been at best unusual. Our Eddies parents have had to prepare for the implementation of remote online instruction and our Eddies staff have converted an institution of bricks and mortar into a virtual learning environment. For our community, all this and so much more, has been experienced “at speed”. It might be understandably difficult, then, to look on the bright side of life.
As we finish the term and look to the break with uncertainty we may reasonably ask: what will next term look like? In between now and then, however, lies the celebration of Easter. Easter: a feast of hope. In fact, could we say, a way of always looking on the bright side of life?
As easy as it would be to lose hope, I have seen the spirit of Easter and the sacrifice of Jesus already being lived in our community. An “at speed” finale for the term was greeted with resilience, fortitude and good humour by our young men. An “at speed” move to online learning has been welcomed with support and care by our parents. An “at speed” transformation from one mode of learning to a very different format has been pursued unrelentingly and with enthusiasm by our staff.
The Coronavirus may have accelerated our life to something experienced “at speed”, but I see an Eddies where there is hope, where we look on the bright side of life, where these coming weeks may be a challenge but they are first and foremost, an opportunity. All we have done and all we will continue to do, we will do as the Eddies Team. For the benefit of our young men, with the support of all, parents, students and staff, we can re-imagine 2020 into more than is presented to us now.
I wish all in the St Edmund’s Community a happy, restful and safe Easter, and I look forward to working with you, the Eddies Team, to re-imagine our year and take up the new opportunities that 2020 will present.
Ray Celegato, Principal