A year like no other

Mr Kyle Thompson | Principal

Again as we come to the end of this year, I have reflected on my last newsletter article last year titled ‘A Year like no Other’. It would appear that this title may become a standing title for every article I write at this time of year! So to coin a phrase: It has been, as we all know, a year like no other.

However, it is with great pride that I look back at the many achievements of our students, families, and staff as they have processed, implemented and engaged with the continued significant changes we are all continually presented with. Our students have generally worked hard and adapted to the demands placed on us all.

Our values of Spirit, Tenacity, Authenticity, Respect and Excellence have been on display throughout the year. All of our staff and students, indeed our families in have shown great tenacity when tackling particular difficulties and changes, problem-solving new ways to do things and collaboratively sharing solutions to ensure the best possible outcomes for our boys’ and girls’ education.
There continues to be a demonstrated importance of schools as a pillar of community, a place of consistency and caring, and a hub of social interactions that are so important to society as a whole. This year has seen more of our individual ‘character’ demonstrated and strengthened. There is plenty of ‘character’ at SCOTS PGC. This character and our ability to make the most of every aspect of school life will stand our students in good stead beyond school.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff. They have gone above and beyond staff and achieved some great things for our students. Every year is a year of change and they continue to embrace this with goodwill, professionalism with our students at the centre of what they do.

I would also like to thank all parents and carers for their support this year. A great deal of what we do at school cannot be achieved without you and your co-operation and support. I again sincerely thank you and we look forward to working closely with you again next year.

So as my thoughts turn toward the beach, I will leave you with some Hawaiian rules to reflect upon as we slide into the Christmas holidays:

  • Never judge a day by the weather
  • The best things in life aren’t things
  • Tell the truth – there’s less to remember
  • Speak softly and wear a loud shirt
  • Goals are deceptive – the unaimed arrow never misses
  • Age is relative – when you’re over the hill you pick up speed
  • There are two ways to be rich – make more or desire less
  • No rain no rainbows

Have a wonderful holiday, enjoy not being or enjoy the just being. We all look forward to seeing you all again in 2022, which no doubt, will also be a year like no other.