From the Principal
As this year draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone in the Scots community for their continued efforts and support this year. There is no doubt that education has looked very different in 2020 and we have all remained agile and responsive to the many changing parameters and guidelines in an effort to provide the best education and to keep our communities safe. Whilst it is always difficult to communicate my gratitude adequately in a Newsletter, I wanted to express my sincere thanks to our school community.
Thank you to our students for their diligence, their unwavering efforts to turn up to class, either here, or on a screen at home. For smiling, even when they didn’t feel like it. For knowing that it is sometimes okay not to be okay. Thank you to the families who supported our students – it was a privilege to be a part of your home life during lockdown.
Thank you to our teachers for their gentle, inspiring and measured approach to teaching and guiding students through a year in which the teaching landscape has immutably changed. Teaching at school, designing an accessible curriculum for Scots@Home, mobilising educational forces, employing a varied digital landscape, managing a hybrid model of teaching during Border closures, looking after our students and each other, as well as being a constant presence and connection to our community of young people is hard to measure. Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to be the best.
I would like to express gratitude to all our support staff for always being there to assist, helping with IT issues, maintaining the grounds and buildings, staying in touch with families, producing amazing eLinks, live stream events and recorded performances to ensure that Scots continued to have as normal a year as possible. A special thanks to those staff who will be leaving us this year. We thank you for your dedication to Scots and helping to build us to this great level. We wish you every success and happiness as you move to new frontiers and challenges and hope that you will always carry a warm memory of Scots.
I also acknowledge the unprecedented efforts of the Executive and the School Board for driving and supporting the provision and delivery of an excellent education and understanding the needs of our families whose businesses suffered through the impacts of drought, bushfire and COVID-19. As Wilma Rudolph stated “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lives within each of us.” We look forward to continuing to support you all in 2021 and beyond.
To the students who are departing: I wish you well. Your contribution during your time at Scots will always be remembered and we hope to welcome you back on campus at Alumni events and occasions; you are forever a part of the Scots family.
Merry Christmas to everyone and may 2021 be a year that celebrates our strength, our community and a new chapter for The Scots School Albury.