We started 2021 with a lockdown that no one saw coming and prepared ourselves for another year of interrupted online learning. Thankfully, that did not eventuate and we were able to welcome kids back into our classrooms and get back to some sense of normality.
It was certainly tough to try identify kids simply through their eyes as the masks covered most of their faces, but we are sure it saved heaps on makeup and other expenses. Our hands had never been so clean with the smell of hand sanitiser pervading every classroom.
We had our challenges in 2021, but we also had numerous triumphs including having Year 10 student Ewan Smith selected to join the 2022 Premier’s ANZAC Tour and Year 8 student Holly Briggs was awarded a prestigious Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship.
During Term 3, our Specialist Programs had some fantastic wins with our incredibly talented Cheer-Dance teams cleaning up at the Aussie Gold Cheer & Dance WA State Championships. Our Specialist Football Program Intermediate Boys team had a nail-biting close match against Woodvale Secondary College to clinch victory in the School Sport WA State Final in penalties.
There was no denying that our school community had to overcome some adversity this year, but the resilience shown by staff and students certainly shone through. The one thing that students and children teach us is that every day starts anew, an attitude we love and welcome in our school community.
No group epitomised this resilience more than our Year 12 class of 2021. This fun and vibrant group of students took the challenge of COVID-19 disrupting their Senior School years in their stride. We wish them well in their future endeavours, whether that be work, study or just taking some time to figure it all out.
Together we are developing our new business plan and the valuable feedback we have gathered so far from parents and staff, will put us well on the path of improvement in the near future and beyond. Next year, we hope to continue the ongoing journey of improving the quality of teaching and learning here at Safety Bay Senior High School and we know the steps taken this year have put us in good stead to have a strong focus on the pathways available and performance of each and every one of our students.
I would really like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication from all our staff both teaching and non-teaching across the school. You have all made a solid contribution to our school and community and without your ongoing efforts our students would have a lesser experience.
To our students and their families, I want to thank you for all your efforts and for making school a fun place today. We hope that you have enjoyed the experience with us and the journey it has taken you on and we look forward to seeing that continue to develop over the coming years.
To all of you I say thank you for all your efforts and understanding through what has been a challenging year. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a safe and happy school holidays. We look forward to further embedding #thesafetybayway and having a fantastic 2022.