Firstly, I hope everyone is staying well and healthy during these times of uncertainty and disturbance. The current situation we are in is full of unknowns, but I hope that everyone is maintaining a positive mindset and holds an optimistic outlook for the future.
The switch to online learning has now become a reality and as frightening the thought may be, we as a community will adapt and endeavour to utilise this new way of learning to maximise our potential.
Online learning may initially seem to be a challenge for all of us, however it enables everyone the opportunity to gain a sense of independence and responsibility in our own learning. Many challenges and issues may arise along the way however, we must endeavour to keep our mindsets positive and we are still able to do so by seeking the support of our friends and teachers, just through different outlets.
Trust me, I personally run on a social lifestyle and being without my friends and teachers will be a personal challenge for me especially. I will miss the opportunity to study on Wednesday afternoons in study groups and sitting in class bouncing ideas off one another, however, switching to online learning does not mean this has to stop.
Most of us have a phone, some of us are connected via Microsoft Teams and the opportunity to email is also very accessible, meaning just because we are unable to have face-to-face contact, we still have the opportunity to ask questions via facetime, email or texting.
At this current time, I would like to say a huge thank you to all our teachers for their support now and into the future. Some of us may be unaware of how much extra our teachers have been putting in, whether it be uploading lesson plans, resources or setting up online programs or access points for us as students. If you do get a spare moment, ensure to thank your teachers for everything they have done to help us adapt during the current situation.
I understand the difficult nature of these turmoil times, however, we are able to take these coming weeks as a time to reflect and improve on our personal development, along with continuing to develop our Bentleigh community by staying united and connected with one another.
I encourage you to continue checking up on your friends through technology and online pathways and continue to self-isolate and distance yourselves in order for us as a community to come out of this challenge as more open-minded, well-equipped students and people.