As we come to the close of a year that presented unprecedented challenges, I want to thank the staff, students and families of Bowness High School for your support, patience, flexibility and encouragement.
I have watched students go from face to face learning, to online learning, to isolations and back again and, at each step, remain positive and moving forward. Students, your resilience is inspiring. Thank you for complying with the health and safety guidelines, for keeping your sense of humour and for looking for the positive in situations. I am so proud of you and look forward to having conversations with you that do not include facemasks or hand sanitizer.
Staff, I have worked alongside you as you honed your online teaching skills, helped students deal with high anxiety, provided fun “normal year" activities for students, kept students safe daily and supported one another as we all dealt with our own personal stress. I could not be more proud to be part of this team.
Families, thank you for your support as we navigated the school year. We never knew what was around the corner and you have been incredibly generous in your willingness to be flexible, caring and considerate throughout.
There were many lessons learned from this past year but foremost in my mind is the need for empathy. I witnessed wonderful examples of people caring for people each and every day. The sense of community at Bowness High School is strong and I look forward to building on that foundation as we look towards the new school year – hopefully one that feels much more “normal".
Wishing you all a wonderful summer. Be safe, have fun, get some rest and take care of you.
Proud Principal of Bowness High School