It may not have been the warmest June day on record, but at least we did not have to contest with extreme humidity today.
It is hard to believe that we safely and successfully managed another Covid school year. It has not been easy, and, in some ways, it has actually been more challenging than last year. I think it was slightly more difficult this year because we were seeing the effects of two years of Covid restrictions (isolation, increased screen time, and a lack of socialization opportunities). However, despite all the difficulties encountered, our students and staff overcame every challenge. In fact, our innovative and creative solutions throughout this Covid era will undoubtedly continue to shape our educational thinking as we move into a post-Covid world.
We had a full end of year assembly on the junior playground today, and for the first time in two and a half years we had the entire school together. It was great to have everyone together to acknowledge and celebrate the end of another truly unique and successful year.
Incredibly, throughout the year, we were able to document this historic moment in time with the filming of a documentary:“Taking the learning outside”. The documentary spans one year in the life of a school and highlights the innovative ideas and practices of our school during Covid. Once completed, I will inform our community of a release date. Susannah the film maker showed Ms. Georgeadis, representatives from the Lego Foundation, and me, the trailer for the documentary and it was incredible. In fact, we were amazed to see how the story of PETES could be told through cinematography. This will be something for the entire community to look forward to next year.
In closing, I would like to thank our PETES staff who have demonstrated incredible resilience over the past two and a half years. You have look after our students during the most extraordinary circumstances, and you did it with kindness, courage, and grace. THANK YOU!!!!!
And after 180 daily communications I am officially signing off for the year. Thank you for your indulgence for reading my daily ramblings about the weather.