This week at Westminster we farewell the 2020 group of Year 12s. As one of their final acts of participation, the 2020 School Leaders led Chapel last week, and together, they reflected on their learning experience in a year dominated for all of us by a world pandemic, COVID-19. Here’s some of what they shared:
[Of Term 1] “Little did we know things were about to change. As Week 9 Term 1 rolled around we were sent home, to study online, a new and challenging experience.
This term reminds us to never take anything for granted. Reckoning within us was a realisation of the loss of special moments. This term we looked back upon and it motivated us to appreciate the times we had."
[At Year’s end] “We have learned that life isn’t always fair, and despite the immense privilege we have had to come to Westminster, not everything will be given or turn out exactly the way we’d like.
We have learned the importance of the people around us. It is the individuals in this community that make it so unique and influential – more so than the incredible opportunities and facilities.
Through all this, the year has brought the most immense feeling of gratitude."
I find this amazing wisdom for 18 year olds. Whilst we at Westminster take only a part in this with the parents and families of this group and indeed the students themselves, if the role of education is to shape fully-formed people, to develop character and prepare students for life ahead, there is evidence here that the 2020 Year 12s have taken huge steps towards that goal.
Rev Phil Hoffmann