‘Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish’ – John Quincy Adams
Who would have thought that, at the start of the 2020 school year, our little school on the peninsula would be affected by the world around us?
Who would have thought that our school of 381 students would be reduced to less than 30 on any given day?
Who would have thought that the advice from the NSW Department of Education would be to encourage learning from home, unless absolutely necessary?
What a year we have navigated ourselves through!
Students have, and always will, remain at the forefront of our priorities, as education is our core business.
Our students have been continued to be supported by their teachers and staff, despite the challenges we have faced.
Out of adversity, our connection with the community has further strengthened. Without hesitation, we saw our school community come together to support the teachers, staff and school; we, in turn, tried to pay that generosity forward, by supporting our local community, too.
Out of adversity, our students have developed such a variety of skills: resilience, patience, perseverance, independence, determination, problem-solving, time management, grit and, of course, using the Google Classroom platform.
Out of adversity, our students have learnt to get along with siblings, spend more quality family time at home, as well as to learn new skills such as cooking, gardening and learning new instruments.
As restrictions have eased, we’ve all learnt to adapt and improvise with the ‘new normal’ of life…hopefully, one day, in the not too distant future, life at Balmain Public School will be as we have always known it!
Thank you to our Balmain Public School family - students, staff, parents and carers, P&C and extended community - we are so grateful for your ongoing support of all our students and incredible school!
To our Year 6 students and families that are leaving us, we'll miss you all and wish you the very best for the future!
Wishing everybody a safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year, filled with love, joy and great memories!
Maria Lambos - Principal