This is the year and term we will all remember as a very different time for education and life as we knew it. There have been challenges and frustration for everyone but from this there has also been joy, new skills, resilience and banding together as a community to support each other in this very unusual time. During this period of lockdown we have all have the opportunity to slow down as there were less places to go but somehow we were busier than ever as our minds were overloaded with new and different responsibilities. We embraced new learning and different ways to be even if it was a little scary! We have learned that material things while lovely are not what most of us crave and miss but it is hugs, personal interactions, socialising and celebrations with loved ones that we are missing. It was never about the fancy birthday dinner or the smashed avo at the cafe, not the bottle of wine over the kitchen bench or the backyard bbq. We have learned that it was about being together at the birthday dinner, sharing a story with your best friend at the cafe, chats with your mum in the kitchen and watching the kids play in the backyard with their friends at the family bbq. This has been a time for reflection and bonding with those that matter the most, a time to stay connected in different ways, driving by for a birthday wave, a zoom catch up and remote learning, oh and maybe a tiny bit of online shopping! Next week we all get to come back to school this will be an emotion fueled time for all. Some will be jumping out of their skin with excitement , maybe a little anxiety for others but most likely a mix of both for the majority of us. Let's continue to support each other through the return to school plan. Kindness, Understanding, Respect and Resilience will support our community through this new chapter of an unforgettable history making term 2 2020.