Kindness and care give reassurance in uncertain times

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every year on March 20th, today. It is quite thought provoking, given the environment in which we are currently living in. As we face a global crisis together, and feelings of anxious uncertainty bubble to the surface for many, let us try to find positive ways to look after ourselves and each other.

I write this from a personal point of view as I, like many of you, have loved ones who are not near us. Some of us have family living overseas, interstate, in regional Western Australia or are in hospital and aged care facilities where we might not be able to visit. It is during these times that we must try to do what my father would always say; ‘focus on what you can control and let go of what you can’t’. It is easier said than done!

For me, in unknown situations, this means to treat myself and others with kindness and care. Take time to sit and enjoy the natural world, enjoy family time, perhaps listen to your favourite piece of music or read your favourite book again, knowing that through faith and the grace of God this will ultimately pass.

Psalm 91 :1-2

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our teaching staff – teachers & learning assistants - for all they are doing in classes every day providing quality education in a calm and consistent manner ensuring that learning experiences are engaging. They are also planning ahead for many possible scenarios that we may encounter over the next few weeks or months.

To our administration and support staff who work in the background, often not seen by our students and others in the community, thank you for your positive contribution in these uncertain times.

To our families, thank you for your ongoing support of St Stephen’s. As I have said in many of my communications, we are navigating this together.

While we may not know exactly, what is going to happen in the near future, one thing I do know, and encourage others to embrace, is that a smile, checking in on others and simply being kind will never be a bad decision.

Take care and God Bless,

Mrs Donella Beare