As we conclude the second week of what can only be described as a strange commencement to 2022, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to our resilient students, committed parents and dedicated staff for the patience and persistence displayed over the last 10 days.
I am particularly appreciative of the efforts of staff whose classes have been online. While remote learning is not ever likely to replace the richness of a person-to-person interaction and a personal learning experience, our attempts to improve our online interactions have been well received.
I have had lovely conversations with parents expressing appreciation for the ‘check in’ phone calls they have received from class teachers in these first days. As I often say, at King’s we seek to be in partnership with parents, providing rich learning experiences in a Christian community. Given communication is key to success in any partnership – my ongoing prayer is that these communication channels remain strong.
Each of us, I am sure, can recall occasions when our expectations have been ‘dashed’. Whether that be a friend letting us down, a result that hasn’t been what we had hoped, or indeed a difficult start to a new school year, despite the promise of a return to ‘normal’ only weeks ago.
Paul reminds us in his letter to the Philippians that we are to strain towards what is ahead. He writes:
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Monday heralds the arrival of ALL our students on site - it will indeed be a wonderful celebration! As we strain towards the year that is ahead, let us appreciate (but not dwell) on that which has gone before.