From the Principal • Mark Geraets
It has been a wonderful week of celebrating our Year 12s, who had their last day of formal schooling yesterday.
While our Final Chapel and Final Assembly were not the “in-person” occasions we all had hoped for, I think we can be grateful that we were able to send the Year 12s off to their study break with a fitting celebration of their time here at Scots.
During the final Assembly yesterday, I spoke about the uncertain year our Year 12s have endured. I know that some of them may, at times, have thought the Final Assembly would never come. It certainly appeared that way as HSC exams were shifted, finish dates were extended, lockdowns were on again and off again. It has been tough on them, and I for one, am amazed at their resilience, their grit to keep going and their determination to make positive out of the challenges they have met.
Our Class of 2021 is unique. The first to have endured COVID from Day 1 of Year 12, they are now part of the ‘new norm’. While this year has been oh so stressful it has equipped them with the knowledge that they can and will get through the challenges and the unknown.
I hope our students will place firmly in their memory banks, their final days and the great times school and Scots has given them. Moments like the competitive and hilarious swim sports, the Footy trophies, the musical masterpieces and performances, the gross dissection classes in science and those aha moments in maths. The laughs with teachers (and sometimes the tears), the camps and trips, the sleepovers, Girls Night In, Movembers and Moovembers, the clean-ups and fundraisers. School has been so much more than just the classroom.
I wish our Year 12s well for their exams, which are looming in a couple of weeks. I encourage each student to give it their best shot and remember they will always be a part of Scots, part of our community and part of our family.
Good luck Class of 2021!
December and beyond
We are all looking forward to the day when we can have our parents, grandparents and friends of the School back on our grounds to share and celebrate our fantastic school community.
We are hoping that day will be Wednesday 1 December.
If restrictions permit, we will hold our Junior and Senior School Final Assemblies, Speech Night, Grandparents Day and Carols with as much fanfare as we can muster! We hope to welcome everyone back on campus in a show of defiance to COVID-19, which has disrupted almost all our events in some way this year.
Of course, we will always comply with the NSW Health guidelines and safety recommendations and abide by any restrictions in place at the time. We will keep you informed of any changes in restrictions - cross your fingers!