Happy new year to you all.
Although we hope that 2021 will be better than was 2020, it is important to remember that last year was not a hopeless year. It was certainly a year where we all faced unprecedented challenges as a country, as a school and as individuals, challenges that are too numerous and familiar to need mention. And yet when I reflect on 2020 I am struck by how well we met these challenges. We were able to discharge our mission - service to students - as effectively as we could. Parents and teachers worked together to make sure students were supported. We have all had to make sacrifices, but we were able to weather the storms of last year and can look back with graceful pride in our achievements.
Looking ahead to 2021 it is obvious that the situation is not that for which we had hoped. The second wave of the virus is most definitely here. We have already more than double the number of cases that we had before and the numbers are going up fast. As an initial response, we have closed campus for two weeks. Safety must come first - please take this seriously and keep yourself well. There is no substitute for in-person education so opening our campus is our priority when it is safe and responsible to do so.
I want to end by thanking all of you for your support through these testing times. I am confident that whatever challenges 2021 brings we will find ourselves once more equal to that task.
Please stay safe.