As Term 3 commences, I continue to feel a great sense of pride during this challenging and unprecedented time. The Mooroolbark College community has truly come together to ensure our students are supported and their learning journey continues in a positive and meaningful way.
Given our current challenges, it is so important that we continue working collaboratively to ensure that we provide the very best possible support for the ongoing wellbeing and learning of our students and your children.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for their collective and compassionate support. To our staff, the extraordinary effort you have made to deliver high quality teaching for our students is appreciated. I know I speak on behalf of our parents and students when I thank you all for your wonderful work during this period.
To our parents, your ongoing support of our work and your children’s learning has ensured the impact on your child has been one of growth in both resilience and learning. Your positive and affirming feedback has been well received and without doubt has been an ongoing source of inspiration and motivation for staff.
To our students, you have embraced the College values of respect, resilience, endeavour, and compassion during this time. Your flexibility, optimistic attitude and support of each other has been exceptional. We look forward to the time when we can again see your smiling faces.
To our Year 12 students, whilst I know this year has been challenging, your final year of secondary school is one you will not forget. We cannot ignore the fact that your experience is distinctly different from any other year, and although you may miss what we know as the traditional events, your connection to each other, to your education and to your teachers during this time has been exceptional. You have inspired us with your resilience, determination and optimism. No other Year 12 cohort can claim to be the class of 2020. No other cohort can say they triumphed during the year of the COVID pandemic.
Your experiences this year have built a new level of skills and abilities, and your parents and teachers will celebrate with you at the end of the year, be that in a traditional or non-traditional manner. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. What lies ahead remains somewhat unknown but I am confident that the strength of the Mooroolbark College community will ensure we move forward together, supporting each other to overcome the next obstacle.
Thank you to each and every student, staff and family member for your effort and attitude during this time.