It’s hard to believe that this time last year the country was experiencing devastating bushfires and then floods and a drought that was wreaking havoc across regional Australia! We watched as the nation came together to support one another in these challenges and, in doing, so highlighted what is good and strong in our community- a deep sense of shared purpose and a commitment to the service of others and their wellbeing. We thought, initially, that these experiences would test us and then we would move on. We understood vaguely that they had shaped us as a nation in some way and but no-one knew that this would become more apparent as the year progressed.
Instead of returning to normal at the start of the school year in 2020 we returned to a developing global pandemic that has tested us beyond our imaginations. COVID 19 has challenged us as did the environmental distresses of 2019/2020 and it has also brought out the best in us as they did. We are stronger and more resilient now as individuals and as a community because we have focussed on our own and each other’s safety and wellbeing.