WelCom May 2020:
Jenny Gordon, Vicar for Education, Archdiocese of Wellington
Our Catholic schools are vibrant faith communities and the Church in action for their students and whānau. This has never been more evident than in this challenging time of Covid-19. This is not a normal situation and things need to be done differently. The creative solutions and initiatives that are happening both in our schools and our support for the schools are inspiring.
Schools have successfully put in place robust systems to support distance learning. Their preparedness, professional and pastoral support, creative prayer resources for their students and whānau has been outstanding. Our dedicated team at Catholic Schools Education Services (CSES) have also been creative in how they can support schools, embracing this new pathway with enthusiasm and innovation. Although many planned courses have been deferred some courses are being delivered on-line for individual teachers and whole school staff.
A big focus has been keeping in touch with all in the education sector making both personal and professional contact, offering encouragement, resources and advice. Regular contact with teachers, principals, DRSs, Boards of Trustees with the focus on connectedness and wellbeing has been really appreciated. CSES has also established a Facebook group for teachers and leaders in our Catholic schools as another way of staying connected and sharing great ideas and work.
There are challenges ahead but our collective strength and common purpose as a Catholic education network will support us through these. Of growing concern is the financial impact on many of our families and the need for additional support particularly with Attendance Dues.
At the core of all that is happening is a deep gratitude for the people, the wonderful leadership and gospel witness, imbued with the spirit of the Risen Lord.
We are blessed to have you – keep safe, kia kaha.