End, and Beginning

10 April 2020

We end the term in a very different place from where we began. How the world has changed, and with it, all our lives! Who would have predicted our move to online learning in so short a time? Who could have predicted how excellently our teachers from Kindergarten to Year 12 have transitioned to a mode of delivery so different from their natural form? Who could have predicted they would do so in such a seamless manner without skipping a beat? 

I confess to being not just impressed but somewhat awe-struck that the school has moved so fast, so quickly, and so well. Thank you to all our teachers for the work, and to all our parents for the support and good will you have shown us. Glenaeon Learning Online (GLO) is a thriving marketplace of learning and education. 

Teachers are reviewing how the platform works and how we can refine and develop for the future. The advice from government is that remote learning in its present form will continue in Term 2.

Now however is the time to rest for everyone and our teachers look forward to a well-earned rest and recovery, as I am sure all parents and students do too. I wish everyone in the Glenaeon community a restful and refreshing break. 

May the Easter message of renewal, of death in life, and life in death, be as fresh and real as ever. I share with you a meditative verse by Rudolf Steiner, given over 100 years ago, but perfectly suited to our time.

A Verse for Our Time

We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards us out of the future.
We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.
We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.
And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.
It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.
Trust in the ever present help 
Of the spiritual world.
Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.

 -Rudolf Steiner