Take time to listen – it is the basis of learning.
Take time to think – it is the source of achievement.
Take time to read – it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to rest – it is the foundation of health and vitality.
Take time to play – it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet – it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to share – it is too short a life to be selfish.
Take time to be aware – it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to laugh – it is the music of the heart.
Take time to love and be loved – it nourishes the soul.
Take time to be friendly – it brings happiness.
Take time to pray – it is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to dream – it is the well of inspiration.
There is a time for everything.
There is a season for everything, a time for everything under heaven.
Based on Ecclesiastes 3:1
In an altered reality this year, many have spoken of the gift of time – time with family, time for quietude, time for exercise, time to reprioritise or recalibrate. Perhaps for others there is never enough time, as life goes on and more time is spent doing the same things differently, with more pressure on our time. Within our community, we are seeing this time of pandemic impacting each of us in so many ways. For our young people in particular, it is an important time to dig deep in learning more about themselves – who they are, the strengths that they can draw on, the opportunities to grow and connect within the positive and supportive environment of home and school. My hope is that staff, students and families can find and take time to consider one or each of the suggestions above. In it, we are reminded of the precious gift of time and the many blessings contained in how we use that time.
Congratulations to Donna Laughlin for being included in The Educator ‘Hot List’ Awards for 2020. This acknowledgement is in recognition of Donna’s humble but relentless commitment to excellence in learning and teaching leadership – as evidenced this year in building staff capacity in readiness for online teaching and in the development of Siena Inform, our data analysis platform in support of student learning and growth. Donna’s success in this and every other aspect of her work has been marked by her relational approach, her commitment to detail and her generosity in ensuring that staff feel supported and confident.