Term 4, Issue 4 - Wellbeing | Siena College
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Counting Our Blessings…

It is hard to believe that we find ourselves in the final days of the 2020 school year. We have spent much of it working and learning from home and connecting with our family and friends remotely. Many of us have also had time to consider what is most important in our lives and have really counted our blessings as we watched, and are still watching, other parts of the world struggle to bring the pandemic under control. Many times, I have felt very grateful to be living in Australia and I am sure that many of you have felt the same way.

On a more local level, our students have also experienced so many mixed emotions this year and I think that I will always remember their excitement about being back at school in October. They counted their blessings that they were able to continue their learning, to engage in lunchtime activities, music and sport and to nurture their wellbeing.

We bid farewell this term to Maree Cody, Head of Student Wellbeing for Kurrajong House and Jill Foley, Head of Student Wellbeing for Waratah House. It is impossible to count the number of students they have supported and parents they have worked with over the years, but I know that they have made a positive impact on all in their House. Maree and Jill have led with joy and passion and we wish them every happiness as they embark on new adventures.

May this holiday period be filled with the true joy of Christmas and may we continue to count our blessings.

Student reflections:

This school year, I am grateful for the means I had to stay in touch with friends and family even though I was at home. (Sarah, MDD)

I am grateful for being able to stay in touch with friends and family while we were in lockdown. (Lia, SWB)

I am grateful for the inclusivity and connection of our school community throughout remote learning, and for the strength, love and support of my family. (Macey, SWC)

I am grateful for support and understanding. (Hannah, SWA)

This year I have been grateful for the opportunity to continue my education and schooling throughout remote learning despite the circumstances. (Hana, SDA)

I am grateful for all the friends and family that checked in on me throughout the year. (Beatrice, MKB)

I am grateful for having a family to support me. (Hannah, MDB)

This year I have been grateful for having a home to live in and the company of my family. (Hannah, MDB)

I have been grateful for the opportunity to continue my education through online learning during COVID-19, as some people around the world do not have the facilities or resources to be able to learn from home. (Sophie, MCC)

Antonella Rosati

Deputy Principal Wellbeing and Strategy
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