Whilst we know that South Africa is in the throes of dealing with the expected escalation of the Corona virus pandemic, we are extraordinarily fortunate to be able to continue with the hybrid of on-campus and remote learning that we have been able to put in place here at College. Whilst this required meticulous planning and much sacrifice, it has been a very positive experience in many ways. Most of these have been in the realm of self-reflection, re-assessing our core values, perhaps re-aligning our future goals and never losing sight of the fact that we have so much to be grateful for. Of course, as the pandemic takes its course it has brought about enormous hardship and suffering for many, and the wholesale loss of life should not become acceptable. Most of those who have died have done so without the comfort of their loved one’s close at hand, and those left behind have had to struggle with the helplessness that they feel, only being able to provide support from a distance, and then the grief of having lost a loved one and what that may mean to that family. It is the responsibility of every one of us to treat the situation with the respect it deserves and to make absolutely sure that we are not contributing in any way to the spread of this virus. At school this means every staff member and boy of College observing the necessary protocols and precautions that have been put in place, not onlyfor oneself, but for all those around us.
I am pleased to be able to report that we have been able to keep most all of the boys busy and engaged. This week we have sought to introduce a bit of controlled play into some of our activities and this has proved popular. We plan to have a day of intraschool activity on Saturday which will see teams, in
small game scenarios, competing against each other, subject to strict protocols. Whilst this may seem to be a little adventurous, given what is able to happen in
our outside communities, we feel that the stringent controls and structure that we have in place, will safely allow for this.
As we move towards the holidays and the prospect of next term, there are still many unknowns. We continue to plan for the best with the possibility of having to cancel or postpone things as the situation at the time dictates. As we have tried to emphasis throughout, it is important for all of us to lead as active and healthy a life-style at this time, as possible. No-one wants to fall ill right now and the best way to prevent this is to look after ourselves properly. We will be encouraging all to stay fit during the holiday, to be sensible and adhere to all lockdown regulations and to return to school healthy and motivated to make the most of the rest of the year.