When, on Thursday, the Premier announced that on Friday schools would have to “do the best they can” as we entered the 5 day lockdown I felt proud to know that at Lowther Hall this would mean that girls would be engaged in meaningful learning, with students from Years 2 to 12 experiencing a full timetable of classes from Friday morning. It is sometimes easy to take for granted the ways in which teachers, IT staff, administrators, girls and parents at our school can mobilise at a moment’s notice to enable learning to continue for the girls! Thank you for your support to facilitate another “pivot”, even as we all manage our own disappointment about the latest round of restrictions.

Despite not getting through the first full week of Term 3 onsite, there was still much to celebrate as we began the term. In our whole school assembly with the girls on Wednesday I reflected that we have much to look forward to and that we have been fortunate to have so many wonderful opportunities already this year that have enriched us. One particularly enriching experiences was shared by a group of 15 Year 10 students and 4 staff who were able to travel to Central Australia during the break and whose encounters with the people and places they visited in South Australia and the Northern Territory provided them with new insights and a deep appreciation of culture, country and community. I too, was fortunate to travel to Alice Springs during the break (not during the lockdown fortunately!) and to drive down to Uluru. Like the Year 10 group I found the experience of returning to this special place re-energising and I enter the new term with a fresh perspective and some additional energy derived from warmer weather and time outdoors in the natural world. I hope that in spite of the changes and challenges that we are all navigating at the moment, you and your family can draw energy from each other and from the world around us.

Ms Elisabeth Rhodes