From the Principal
Many in our school community had a chance to say their final goodbyes to our beloved boarder Amelie Borella yesterday as she was farewelled in a moving ceremony at her funeral in Griffith.
Head of Girls Boarding Elsa Kilgour was among a very small and select gathering of family and friends who were invited to attend under strict COVID-19 guidelines. I spoke with Elsa after the funeral to thank her for representing the School in such difficult circumstances. She was, understandably, very upset but hoped her presence had, in some way, provided comfort for the family. Amelie was a member of our tight-knit boarding community, a lovely Year 10 girl who was funny, intelligent, sporty and a good friend to many. She will be sadly missed here at Scots.
We have collected a wonderful treasure trove of memories from all of you in our school community through our dedicated 'Room for Amelie', where students and parents have been able to show their grief and love through messages, photos, poems and other tributes. In the coming days, we will collate all the tributes and gift them to the family. I’m sure the heartfelt messages will be a source of comfort for the family now and in years to come.
Return to school - and lockdown again
It was wonderful to have our students back in the classrooms this week even if it was only for four days. But when it was announced that we would be plunged into lockdown again last night, it made sense to finish our term at the end of the school day yesterday.
It means students and staff can enjoy an additional day of school holidays after what has been a tumultuous term. I am very grateful for the amazing positivity that has existed in our community - students, families and staff - as we have adapted to each new Covid change.
Your support for our teachers has been fantastic. I have received many, many emails and phone calls of appreciation for the lengths to which our teachers have gone to ensure learning continues uninterrupted. I must add my thanks to the teachers, who adapted to online learning - and then our hybrid program - quickly and seamlessly.
This week, thanks to a kind member of our strong school community, staff were given a DoorDash gift voucher to recognise their hard work. And yesterday, Cakes by Kath delivered trays of cupcakes, donuts and a huge cake with RUOK? written in icing.
These kind gestures have been welcomed, enjoyed and appreciated by all our staff.
We must finally farewell Neale Poole, Liz Heitmeyer and Belinda Cottrell today. We’ve known this day was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to say farewell to these long-time staff members who have given so much to our community and will leave big shoes to fill.
On behalf of everyone in the school community, I would like to thank them wholeheartedly and I wish them well in the next phase of their journey.