Liam King, Principal
This weekend in Australia we will see a celebration of two of the major sporting codes, when the Australian Rules Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) host their grand finals. These events in a normal year would dominate the news cycles in Australia and world events would be put aside for a couple of days, as the community celebrates the achievements of the teams and players in these contests. Today, online, we captured some of this excitement as students wore sporting colours from their favourite team or country as it was the scheduled date for our rescheduled International Tabloid Sports fundraiser. The focus is to raise money for the Matilda Project and we hope that our families will continue to support the fundraising efforts for this worthy cause in any way they can, as we seek to continue to support young students from remote areas of Sabah to attend primary school.
2020 has been a very different year in Australia, as it has been all around the world. It is a miracle that these competitions have made it to their conclusion, because like many organisations, they have had to demonstrate agility and flexibility as they responded to the changing landscape of 2020. Once the season is over, the conversations will move on to next year and the planning will begin for the new season; this is where a new challenge will begin as they make decisions as to what to embrace from the lessons in 2020 and what do they discard.
This is an organic process of change that is seen in all levels of life. Whether at the individual, the corporate or the global level of human life, the process of change involves natural periods of chaos and order, times of conflict that underlie the movement toward transformation and developmental shifts that may be painful, as well as pleasurable.
This will be a similar challenge for us, as a community, as we reflect on 2020 and plan the future for our great school. The ‘Continuity of Learning Program’ has been very successful, but I also believe that we have made significant improvements in the operational aspects of our school through regular and clear communication. Next week, the Senior Leadership Team will begin the process of reflecting on the year and putting plans in place for 2021, where we have an opportunity to reset, learn and grow together.
Parents, staff and students will have the opportunity to provide feedback next week through our annual survey and we hope to use this feedback to continue to grow and improve AISM.
We look forward to this feedback and continuing to work together, through the final six weeks of the year, to celebrate our collective achievements in 2020.
Enjoy the weekend.