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Supporting Each Other in Times of Need

I hope this newsletter finds you well and refreshed in whichever way the recent holiday period worked for you. Over the past weeks, while we have witnessed some tragic stories in our news headlines, I continue to be in awe of the displays of assistance, empathy, support and compassion among people. The invaluable role of our first responders, who bravely step forward in the face of adversity is inspiring. Their dedication and selflessness serve as guiding beacons of hope in challenging times. I believe it is ever more crucial to continue to nurture a culture of empathy and solidarity in our community.

Just recently, as one of our junior school families arrived at the Garnsey campus for a tour, a heart-warming incident unfolded. A senior school student encountered an unfortunate accident on her bike and, without a moment's hesitation, members of this family rushed to her aid. Their swift action, care, and concern exemplify the essence of what it means to be part of our school family.

As educators and parents, we have a profound responsibility to instil these values in our children. We must empower them to become the first responders in their own right, equipped with a readiness to lend a helping hand. It is through nurturing these qualities that we can foster a generation of individuals who are not only academically accomplished but also socially conscious and proactive in serving others.

In our School Community, there are countless opportunities for our students to embody the spirit of service. Whether it's through volunteering initiatives, peer support programs, or simply extending a gesture of kindness to those in need, each act contributes to the fabric of our collective empathy, where reaching out to one another in times of need is second nature.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Michele Wakeham