Today in our very first Virtual Assembly, our Principal, Ms Hanney and our College Captains welcomed us to a very different Term 2. However, as we were reminded by Ms Hanney, Siena girls are strong, kind and smart and will "bring their best" to these challenging times.
Deputy Principal Mission and Identity Ms Levett used the Dominican symbol of a sunflower to remind us to live in gratitude and hope for the future, open to what ‘can be’. Sunflowers get their name from turning to face the sun, their source of life and energy. They track its path during the day, but with no sun to follow at night they re-orient during darkness to face east, sure in the hope of the sun rising again.
Ms Rosati, Deputy Principal Wellbeing asked us to be kind to one another, to our parents and teachers, and to reach out for help without hesitation. All students should use the tiles on Siena Central which unpack key skills for resilience, and be reassured that despite the missed opportunities for celebrating special occasions and key milestones, this time will pass and we will get through it together.
Ms Donnelly, Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching, encouraged everyone to seize the chance to show you are strong, resilient, open-minded learners and reassured our Year 12 students in particular to stay focused on their goals. Teachers are working hard to support all students in their learning and although there may be bumps along the road, there is nothing that we cannot handle together.
It was wonderful to also hear from our Heads of Student Wellbeing and other staff members who shared how they have spent their holiday period at home in isolation.
We've got this Siena girls - let's approach this term with creativity, hope and purpose!