Season's Greetings from the Principal • Mark Geraets
What a wonderful whirlwind of events we have been blessed with over the past two weeks!
Grandparents Day, Carols@Scots, Year 6 Graduation, Class of 2021 Graduation and finally, Speech Night - all combined to alleviate the disappointment of cancellations and postponements throughout the year due to COVID-19.
This newsletter is a pictorial celebration for our whole community and our way of saying thank you for being a part of it.
Thank you to our families, your continued support is appreciated. This year has seen unprecedented growth. Next year we are already having to place caps on some classes. While we have incredible marketing, we all know the key to growth is through word of mouth. Thank you for spreading the word: Scots IS going places, Scots IS the school to be at. Thank you for working with us through the challenges of COVID. Thank you for being there for all of: the changes, the disappointments as well as the celebrations and spectacles.
Thank you to our students, who continually amaze me. My happiest moments are when Fabio and I are out in the playground; when I see our students huddled in conversation circles, kicking a footy, shooting hoops or playing amazing tunes on our Feel Good Fridays. Our students are the lifeblood of our school and the reason we are here.
Thank you to our Staff. Be that in the classroom, the field, Boarding House, Front office, Cafeteria, Cleaning or balancing the books; I can’t thank the staff enough for their efforts throughout the year. We have witnessed much change again this year. Each staff member has evolved and adapted as this pandemic kept throwing us something new. Online, offsite, Scotty, Teams, Google Classroom, Scancast, Hybrid, sanitise, masks, first, second, third contact, double-vaxxed; these are all words that not so long ago were seldom used and are now part of our everyday conversation! The Scots staff is an incredible team with a focused intent: the happiness and development of those in our care and our School.
So, as we head into the Christmas break, I hope you can all reflect on a year of triumph. We did not let COVID-19 beat us or break us. We forged ahead as a strong community which is only getting stronger; and we have much to look forward to next year.
We will celebrate 50 years of Scots in the Albury community and we are busy planning some special events to mark the occasion, including our Country Fair in March, a 50 years Gala Dinner and a series of Alumni reunions.
But first, we must enjoy some cherished family time over the festive season. Relax and recharge your batteries, spend time with those closest to you and celebrate Christmas and the New Year in a safe and happy way.
Season’s Greetings to all. Stay safe and see you in 2022!