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              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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