As I’ve been reflecting on the events of 2020, I was reminded of a message from Pope Francis that he shared in May. In his message, he challenged us to see the impossibility of gathering as a church to celebrate the Eucharist, as an invitation to ‘love of our neighbour.’ He challenged us all to take up the opportunity to act with compassion, to share, to serve and to pray.
The unpredictable nature of 2020 has certainly tested our adaptability, resilience, and of course, our patience. This year, I have experienced the very best of qualities in our Star of the Sea community. I have witnessed the genuine care and concern for others and the commitment to service of our amazing teaching team and support staff. They have met every challenge with grace and perseverance. Their creativity and innovation has ensured that we could continue to do all the things that we value at Star of the Sea, just a little differently.
I am immensely proud to lead a community who have so willingly worked together for the safety and wellbeing of our students (your beautiful children), our families, our staff and our community.
Our 2021 School year commences on Wednesday, 27 January, and I will share the arrangements around our start of year routines closer to the time. I know that we are all looking forward to a time when we can come together again as community. Regardless of what 2021 brings, I know that we will welcome the new school year with a renewed perspective of our values that make us such a special community, and that give us a sense of belonging.
Thank you to all in our Star of the Sea Community for another fabulous year. I would like to wish you all God’s blessings for the Christmas Season, and I look forward to welcoming you back to school in 2021.