As we approach the end of what has been an extraordinary year, it is important to take the time to reflect on the year that has been; the growth of our students both personally and in their learning, the way our whole community has adapted to change and how we have all met the challenges of COVID and e-learning. COVID has magnified so many elements of our lives, none more so than our need to connect with our family, friends, peers and colleagues. In a moment of reflection recently I thought about what constitutes Scotch Oakburn; it is our people. If we took the buildings away, we would still be ‘Scotch Oakburn College’ and would continue to exist. As history has showed, communities come together in times of adversity and I have certainly felt a heightened sense of who we are as a College community this year. For that, I thank all students, staff, parents and supporters of the College for your attitude and efforts throughout a most trying year.

Over this week, a number of wonderful events have been held that signal the end of the school year as well as celebrating the learning of our students. Given the current restrictions, Junior School end of year events have typically morphed to class celebrations, whilst final Assemblies and Graduations were held for our Year 5, 8, 9 and 10 students as separate, smaller events. Next week, in another first for the College, we complete the year’s farewells and recognise our Year 12 and 11 student achievement at Celebration on the Green, an outdoor event on Tuesday evening.

This being the final news for 2020, I trust you will all have a safe and relaxing summer holiday break and enjoy time with family and friends. As I have said at this time in previous years, “If the very least that Christmas accomplishes is to bring families and friends together, to share a meal, laugh and enjoy the company of those we love and hold dear, then that is a wonderful thing.” Merry Christmas.

Andy Müller