Liam King, Principal
During the last 12 months, many of us have been faced with challenges that have tested our resilience and at times it has been hard to remain positive in the face of such adversity. However, this has also allowed us to discover new talents or routines that perhaps we would not have done otherwise.
One of the things that I have started this year, is that each Sunday I go for a ride on my bicycle, as an addition to my regular fitness routine, to try and keep healthy, but it also adds to my wellbeing. Quite often on these rides, I find myself reflecting on the current situation and recalling memories from my childhood that have impacted and shaped my life.
Last Sunday, when I was riding, I found myself remembering dinner time growing up, when the eleven of us would sit around the table and enjoy a meal together. This was a daily routine that happened with a high degree of precision. Whilst the meals were important, more important was the time we all spent together, discussing our day and often debating the issues in news of the day and this continued throughout the time afterwards cleaning the dishes. One of the funniest moments was often after dinner, when my mother would pretend to read our tea leaves, this was a clear technique for her to dive deeper into conversation with us, about what was happening in our lives and she would make up what she saw as an excuse to find out what was on our mind at the time. I always remember, as we were approaching a heavy exam or assessment period, that the letter - A, B or C might appear.
At this point, you might be wondering why this is so significant and why it is important in today’s context. One of the positive things of the last twelve months is that we have had time to reflect and spent additional time with family or had time to focus on the things that are important to us. This additional time has been a gift and has often led to some really important and insightful conversations. We have seen our children develop their resilience and grit. We have seen them be flexible, creative and independent in their learning. It has also given us the opportunity to appreciate one another more. We are always looking for opportunities and time to have conversations with our children, so building some fun into the nightly meal or clean-up can be a very natural and non-threatening way for this to occur.
One thing that is clear, is that the challenges from the last twelve months are far from over and that during the coming months we will be required to once again be agile and respond to restrictions and protocols that are put in place to keep us all safe. But what we know is that the past is a good predictor of the future and that the AISM Community will continue to support one another and therefore we will emerge stronger.
Perhaps we should see it as another opportunity, that we are being given to connect with our children and establish the routines that we know will be good for them. If we do, perhaps one day, they will reflect like I have and appreciate the complexity of the little things that we do that make a difference.
The current CMCO has been extended until 17 May which is just after the Hari Raya holiday period. We also know that this week the Malaysian government announced that all schools in Malaysia will return to remote learning after the Hari Raya holidays for two weeks.
The details of this announcement are still uncertain as to whether it applies to International Schools. We are still waiting on the official clarification but as many of you will be aware some International Schools have decided to announce that they will remain open. We have always based our decisions on the official advice from the Ministry of Education so we will not make any decision until we have some official ruling.
Have a great weekend!
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