From the Principal (Issue 05, 2022)
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome to Term 2! We are so excited to welcome students back to school. We have a great term planned and are so thankful that the Covid restrictions are easing so we look forward to welcoming families back to many of our school events in a Covid safe way.
We will continue to take care by taking necessary precautions, Covid planning and asking parents to follow health advice when attending any school event while Covid remains in the community. It will nonetheless, be wonderful to see parents at assemblies, music and drama performances as well as many sporting events.
I hope that many of you had time off to rest and recharge and were able to take some time out with family over the Easter and school holiday time. It seems that everyone I have spoken to feel exhausted and we are only at the end of April! It seems that the amount of zoom meetings, online activity and working from home has taken its toll on so many people. Teachers and school staff have certainly worked extremely hard and many went above and beyond in Term 1 and I thank them for their hard work and care of our students.
Many years ago technology was promoted as the change that we were all going to need. It was going to make life easier and give us so much time to do other things! In some ways technology has been a blessing and other aspects it has made life challenging. It would seem from the amount of people I talk to that we are spending so much more time on technology and what is worse, our children are spending hours and hours online or on their devices. When we look at wellbeing and what strategies we can deploy to look after each other there is a quick and easy one that we can all do collectively. I have talked to my staff about setting some limits to their own workloads and in particular reducing their online presence in the email/communication space. Our staff work extremely hard and while their care is admirable we don’t want an exhausted workforce. We know from the medical field the importance of sleep and the impact of computer light on disturbing sleep rhythms. So reducing some email/communication traffic could make a very positive difference.
I have asked staff to avoid sending and replying to their emails after 6.00pm and on weekends so that we can show care for our staff, they can focus some time on their own families and that they can feel refreshed when they come to school. Perhaps this wellbeing initiative can be extended to every industry and we can encourage our students and family members as well, as I know sending and receiving emails all day and night long is not just isolated to education. Almost every industry is plagued with staff that work all hours of the day and night writing and replying to emails. Thank you in advance for supporting our dedicated staff who care enormously for your children. If we all accept the challenge to go offline after 6.00pm and spend this time with our families we would all benefit in so many ways. It is a wellbeing initiative that is very worthwhile for every one of us.
I look forward to properly meeting and connecting with families that make this community the special place that it is.