A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

From the Principal - Edition 7 - 2020

Out of the most trying and testing times often come great learning and innovation. In times of trial and tribulation, great leaps forward can be made with technology and, at times, humanity.

South Australia has been most fortunate in not having high numbers of COVID-19 cases. In all likelihood, this is due to the strict social restrictions we have embraced. Restrictions such as the temporary closure of club sports and dance schools have meant that many parents have not been driving their kids all over Adelaide on weeknights and weekends. Instead, they have spent time together. Limiting social grouping sizes has also meant that families have spent more time together. Furthermore, restaurants and eateries with only takeaway options have led to more families eating together and, hopefully, enjoying each other’s company more.

Non-essential travel and working from home have meant that many parents, whose work often requires them to be away from home, have spent more time with their families. As COVID-19 and isolation started to take place, home gyms began to grow across Australia, resulting in some equipment being sold out! Bike shops don’t have stock and importers are struggling to fulfil orders for them. Having been looking for one for a soon-to-be teenager's birthday, it has posed somewhat of an issue! All of this forms a clear sign that more people are exercising or at least exercising more, often together as a family.

Out of COVID-19, it could be divined that families have been spending more time in each other’s company, parents have had to travel less for work, people are working out more at home, and families are buying bicycles, leading to more shared rides. On top of all this, families have been eating more together, and it is well appreciated that those who eat together, share together. For many families, there may have been a reassessment of what is really important. In the press, we have been reminded of the importance of being kind and grateful that in South Australia, we are in one of the safest places in the world in relation to COVID-19. We have also all been reminded of the importance of time, family and our relationships. I hope as we all move forward together, we can remember these learnings. As life returns to ‘normal’, we will all have the chance to reflect on what has happened, learn from it and hopefully change what happens next for the better.

Once again, thank you to all of our community for your support.

Simon Shepherd