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                                                 PRINCIPAL’S REFLECTIONS

                                                                                                                                     As I write my reflections, we are in the midst of the pandemic; the US and Europe
                                                                                                                                     are recording high infection rates and new lockdown restrictions are being im-
                                                                                                                                     plemented. But what have been the lessons for our college community over the
                                                                                                                                     last 9 months?

                   MR BERNARD LANGTON                                                                                                At CBC Mount Edmund, we were swift to preserve our strength of providing quality
                                                                                                                                     education. The migration to online teaching and learning, despite the challenge
                        College Principal                                                                                            of an inadequate network infrastructure, was immediate. Our staff were amaz-

                                                                                                                                     ing in their positive attitude to new ways of teaching. Learners and their families
                                                                                                                                     adapted to the new methods. The use of Information Technology (IT) language
              Dear Friends,                                                                                                          became the new way of communicating. Our marketing followed suite and went
                                                                                                                                     100% digital, with this year’s magazine doing the same. For our sustainability, the
              This has been a year like no other for all of us. Like most of you, we too had plans                                   need for the complete upgrade of our IT resources was non-negotiable and this
              for another successful year, Seeing the Unseen, but we were totally oblivious to                                       has been supported by our  Board of Governors.  This will  greatly enable us to
              what was going to unfold.                                                                                              give our children 21st century skills – the knowledge and practices required for
                                                                                                                                     participation and success in a technological world. We are also expanding our
              Then, on the 23rd of March 2020, President Ramaphosa announced that South                                              academic online offerings.
              Africa was going into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from March 26 to April
              16 to contain the spread of the coronavirus. What a surreal experience as our                                          Something we’ve always known is that parent involvement in education mat-
              entire country, and many other countries across the globe, came to a complete                                          ters. The migration to online learning during Covid has seen parents and families
              standstill  with very few essential services still operating and the movement of                                       become a lot more engaged. What matters most in a child’s life is their family.
              people severely restricted.  As we come to the end of the year, a year with the                                        Family connections matter more than connectivity. The way we, the school, com-
              devastation and loss of precious life, here are my reflections, not focusing on the                                    municate with our community has also changed from a formal style to being a
              doom and gloom, but on some of the green shoots and silver linings from the                                            lot more relaxed. As a result of this new reality, our theme for 2021 will see a focus
              pandemic.                                                                                                              on the family. The support we received from our parents was most encouraging.
                                                                                                                                     The parents’ desire to help others was evident in the response to our Mandela
                                                                                                                                     Day campaign, Clothes to Good. Despite the effects of the lockdown on our
                                                                                                                                     families, clothes kept coming in. Thank you once again CBC Mount Edmund for
                                                                                                                                     your generosity.
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