The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

All in this together

These are obviously challenging times and we have all had to adapt to an ever-changing environment with the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking back to the start of the year, it is clear to see how much has changed since the commencement of 2020. The feeling of excitement and anticipation that our students were feeling towards upcoming events was palpable. That situation has now changed, firstly at a steady rate and more recently very rapidly. Obviously, with the modification, postponement and cancellation of different events there has been disappointment and frustration. The  manner in which  our students have responded has been impressive. No doubt, at times there have been feelings of angst and disenchantment in a situation that is beyond everyone's control, however, people have continued to respond with grace, understanding and an attitude of perseverance. Things that are happening around us,  and also  beyond our school, our state and our country are confronting. We are all in this together, no matter where we  live  and we have a responsibility to work together to overcome this pandemic.

The COVID-19 situation has affected everyone and the ramifications for some families and communities have been very serious. Therefore, it is important that while acknowledging the impact on us, we also think of the many other people experiencing incredible hardship and loss. As a school, we continue to look for ways to show our care and support for others and it is great to see so many boys maintaining their involvement in events such as the World's Greatest Shave or continuing to make meals for the homeless, despite the necessary modifications to these activities.

As a school, we often speak about the importance of connectedness and with the social isolation requirements currently in place that can be difficult, but it is important that we explore opportunities to connect. Our student leaders and  a number of  staff have already suggested ideas to help in this regard and these will be implemented going forward. There have also been some incredible examples shared from around the world.

These are difficult times and it is important to come together, to stay connected as a group, whether that be with our peers, our House, as a School or more widely. It is important to remember what others are going through at this difficult time and to do what we can to make a difference to someone else. It might feel like a small thing but even sharing a meme, a funny video or picture or just picking up the phone and talking to someone can help.

On that note, I would like to share something that gave me a laugh this week:


"No, I'm not coming down….. I've been walked by every member of this family today already."