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Welcome back to students and staff, as we return to home learning and teaching online or in school for Term 2. We are living in unprecedented times, keeping health and safety to the fore day-by-day. Some of us have found the self-isolation at home delightful and for others the silence is extremely difficult. New ways of communicating online, which will outlive COVID-19, have necessarily come to the fore and for many of us new found resilience and independent learning capabilities have emerged.

Our College Motto, Carpe Diem – Seize the Day encourages all of us to have a positive mindset every day. More than 2000 years ago, Roman poet Horace (23 BC) penned this, one of the oldest philosophical mottos on record. In today’s language we could interpret our College Motto as leading us to be courageous and take that first small step; leave the past behind and welcome the future; make change decisively, now; and set personal goals and stick to them. All of us working from home and online can do with some of this positive talk as we commence Term 2.

ANZAC Day is still fresh in our minds, not the least because of the unique way this important event was honoured in 2020. Sadly, at Bishop Tyrrell we were unable to host our usual Service of Remembrance to pay our respect and demonstrate our support for Australia’s Defence Forces in a public way. Nevertheless, the very poignant silent candle light in our front yards at dawn, will linger in our memories for years to come.

Most Australian families feel connected in some way to those who have served our country so that we may live in peace and safety, are touched by the silence of the dawn and the Last Post. Whether it’s the family story shared by long standing staff member, Mr Swain, whose Dad served in the British RAAF as a pilot of a Halifax bomber and was awarded the (DFC) Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery; or, the descendants of William Currey VC (after whom our Currey House is named) an early resident of Wallsend who resiliently served in both WW1 and WW2 and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery on the battle fields of France. For me, as a daughter raised in a Defence Force family, ANZAC Day meant Marching Bands complete with bagpipes in the Annual March, and the footfall of row upon row of Defence Force men and women in service or returned from active service, proudly passing by.

As 2020 ANZAC Day passes, let us remember the fallen in war and conflict, care for and honour those who have returned and pray for those in active service at this time. Lest we Forget.

Ms S Bain