Wow – how nice is that. I think we really needed to hear from Ms Satchwell and know how she was going. Life is a crazy thing – one minute you are enjoying your holidays in Bali, and next minute… well you know what happened. The same goes for Mr Tudball. It makes us really appreciate the life we have been given and the connection we have with one another. As you have seen, losing people in our community can be destabilising. But I feel really proud that Ms Satchwell is really proud of us.
Whilst my absence was by no means as serious as Ms Satchwell’s or Mr Tudball’s or Ms Allsep’s, I too have had a week off and it was quite a lonely time. It meant so much to me to have parents and teachers message me in support and wish me a speedy recovery. It really made me reflect on our wonderful school, this community we call Chelsea Heights Primary School and the values we stand up for. Not just what we stand for, but more importantly, what we stand UP for.
So what does CHPS stand up for? I sat down and thought about it… We have all been trying to get the school through such a difficult time. Teachers are taking on lots of jobs, there are CRTs supporting the classroom, students are dealing with change and newness… so that tells me Chelsea Heights stands for CHARACTER. I have the strength to do the right thing, particularly in times of adversity.
I thought some more… During my time off, people went out of their way to help me with things, send messages of support, to make sure that I was getting proper care and enough time to heal and overall, just making me feel wanted. That tells me that Chelsea Heights also stands up for KINDNESS which keeps us all safe.
The other value I think Chelsea Heights stands up for, and Ms Satchwell also touched on it in her letter, is Self-Control. We need to show self-control as it makes us trust worthy and reliable. I knew that in my absence, my students would show self-control and could be relied upon to support the CRTs and continue with their learning. Ms Satchwell takes comfort knowing that in her absence, Ms Licciardo, the teachers, students and parents, can be relied upon to support each other and get the job done – that they would show self-control.
But boys and girls, these are just words unless we mean them. Now I am going to speak from my heart. You are all sitting down. But if you think you can stand up for Character and if you think you can stand up for Kindness and if you think you can stand up for Self-Control, I invite you to do that now.
I want you to know that I stand up for Character, Kindness and Self Control. Thank you to Foundation B for standing up to those values. Thank you to… And thank you to…
So guess what… We are standing up for our community and we are standing up for Chelsea Heights Primary School. Boys and girls, this was being recorded. The recording will be put away for safekeeping as we have just been part of a very special moment. This is part of our history. This was the day that we all stood up!
And finally now that we are all standing up, standing up for Character, Kindness and Self Control… We need to also stand up and smile. Smile because it is good for you and good for others too. Smile and shake the persons hand next to you and let us all have a good week. Thank you.