From the Principal
I am tempted to start this update with the sentence, 'A Journal of the Plague Year... page 1'.
What a strange time we are in. Over the holidays, my wife summoned me to help with something and my response was, 'I can't right now... I'm learning German'. I just cannot imagine any other experience where I have had so few distractions that my go-to was so productive. I know that I am not alone in that; I have had a lot of conversations with others who, faced with an inability to pretty much do anything over the Easter break, focused on old passion projects, DIY, books they'd cherished, movies they'd forgotten and so on.
School has been back for two weeks though, and all of us at the College are working harder than ever. Staff have been as one voice in stating that this experience has seen them working extremely hard. I know also that parents and carers are similarly working incredibly hard to ensure that learning is maintained. As you will have seen from the blogs on https://mmcconlinelearning.com, learning and engagement from the entire P-12 community has been really good. Thank you so much for that.
Isolation has been hard, but we should be encouraged by Isaac Newton. Although he made it into the University of Cambridge in 1661, he was by no means a great student. That year, the university was closed and he had to return to his family home in Lincolnshire, and, whilst housebound and presumably bored he started doing experiments. It was there that he watched an apple fall from a tree in the family orchard and first theorized gravity. When he returned to Cambridge in 1667, he exhibited such commitment and promise that he was almost unrecognizable. This momentum never left him, and when he was knighted by Queen Anne in 1705 he was the first scientist to receive that honour.
In a similar way, we can take positives from this intensely strange time. Whilst scrabbling up a steep learning curve, teachers at the college have developed new skills in developing on line resources, and I can see so many positives for elements of these that we will consciously keep post Covid. It has been wonderful also to hear feedback from teachers of the resilience and positivity of our young people. Thank you!
Finally, I want to acknowledge the Feast Day today of St Joseph the Worker. This Feast Day was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to coincide with the celebration of International Worker's Day (May Day) in many countries. As a College inspired by St Mary MacKillop it is right that we do so.
Thank you very much for all you are doing to support us.