Change is always happening…. and I love it! It makes me worried when things stay the same for too long. Whether it’s re-arranging the lounge room furniture, taking up a new hobby or even getting a new haircut; I like it when things change … just a bit.
It’s the same with school. I like fresh ideas, new classroom displays, a quick office makeover. I like finding a way to make something more functional, more usable, more attractive.
For some of us, the restrictions of last year enabled us to move into new areas, fast-track initiatives, find new ways of doing things…and some of them were great! Some changes were forced upon us and we now need to judiciously think through what we keep doing differently and what we forget about!
For some, change is always hard. You might be suspicious of doing things differently, worried that important things might be lost or set aside. I get that too! Changing things requires wisdom and care.
So, as we begin this 2021 school year, there will be inevitable change and planned change!
One thing we have been thinking about for a while is the printed newsletter. Whilst we have delighted over the years in the beautiful front covers and have enjoyed the opportunity to browse through the newsletter at our leisure, we have been conscious of the environmental impact of printing such a newsletter every week, as well as the human resource used in distribution.
Last year gave us the opportunity to ‘experiment’ with an e-newsletter and we were thrilled with the feedback and opportunity to do a few new things by the inclusion of links to further content, videos and the like. As the year went on, we realised there was no turning back and we looked at various platforms that would enable us to present the best user-experience we could on multiple devices.
So, today you have it! A newly launched MECS Matters in an e-newsletter format.
We hope you enjoy it, that it is easy to navigate and that you still get all the great information and photos that you are used to. Of course, the temptation is now to just ‘curate’ your own news by only ever looking at the things that your children are part of! Can I encourage you to be inquisitive and curious about all aspects of the school and use this new format to facilitate a strong sense of partnership with us in all that we do?
We welcome you all back and trust that 2021 will be another great year of learning, partnership and transformation as we continue to ‘seek the Kingdom of God in education’ here at MECS.