August 28, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I was checking my Twitter last night and saw a post saying, ‘Looking forward to precedented times again.’ I couldn’t agree more!

It is interesting that, during our school terms, we often feel a cycle of energy – times of real flow and other times when it feels like you are pushing against a tide. At this stage of Term 3 it is usually the latter and I am wondering if you are also experiencing this at home.

During these times at school, we often need to encourage and motivate the students as tiredness begins to set in. This is certainly much easier to do when you are in face-to-face teaching. Often it can be as simple as prioritising time for more joyful activities, having a bit of fun and bringing humour into your day, exercising or even just spending time outside as the natural environment plays an important role in our wellbeing.

As we move towards the end of term, I am focussing ahead to the impending announcements on 13 September, and there may even be further ones during the holidays. When the time is right, I am particularly looking forward to enjoying the sounds of friends reuniting and students playing together.

Our teachers are planning for both remote and face-to-face learning next term and we are doing the same for our trial VCE Examinations in the holidays. Plans are also underway for alternative Presentation Evening, Leaver’s Service and Valedictory celebrations for our Year 12 students.

I would like to say thank you to our CGGS parents and guardians. Thank you for your work in supporting your daughter’s education at this time, whether she is 3 years of age or 18 years of age. This is one of those critical times when we all need to work together for our children. I have always believed that school communities are about partnerships, and this could not be more important than right now.

I don’t underestimate the challenges that families may be facing including working from home whilst supervising your children. I have also expressed this gratitude to our teachers and professional services staff, many of whom are in a similar situation.

Please stay safe, stay connected and know that we are here to support you. We are never more than a phone call or email away.

I hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend – within the Stage 4 restrictions of course!

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody