Note of Encouragment
by 5Y Teacher, Ms Rizzo Naudi
Friday 20 March 2020
It's been a week already, and what a challenging one it has proven to be! Yet, we have managed to come out trumps; well done all! From now on, matters can only improve as mistakes are not likely to be repeated.
Speaking for myself, the most challenging aspect of this past week has been the sense of isolation: not actually knowing and having to assume....having to assume that what one parent requires, meets with the approval of other parents; assuming that all children are being kept inside the home all day, and needing to be occupied....I suppose that the cliché about what assumptions make of us all, is true after all.
I wouldn't dare make assumptions about what has been the most challenging aspect for you all, but I wish to repeat the message which pulled me out of my hospital bed way back in September, on the first day of this scholastic year: I am not your sons' teacher during school hours only; I am your sons' teacher 24/7. Little did I know back then, when I imparted this message and my contact details, how relevant this message would turn out to be. If we do not communicate and if we do not work as a team, it will be our boys who suffer most.
For this reason I would like to thank those parents and children who have been on the forefront, seeking solutions rather than problems. I am not going to attempt to mention you all because I am afraid of inadvertently creating offence, however I must mention Ms. Michaela Gonzi and Master Craig Pellicano; heartfelt gratitude.
My parting note is this: children watch and children learn through what they see. Right now, our actions are teaching them how to cope with adversity. Let's put them on the right track.
Please keep safe,
Ms Doriette Rizzo Naudi