2020 had come and gone and it has been a very challenging year for everyone who is involved in the education industry.
WMSBSC is not short of its own laborious journey of switching between face-to-face learning, online classes and back to school with tight SOP’s. There were constant meetings, brainstorming, changing of plans and feedback on how we may as a school best serve the community and our students. We thought the journey would end in December 2020 and we had hoped 2021 would start on a different note. However, just like the quote, “ Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery , today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present “ by Bill Keane, we did not for-see that we would begin with another challenging year ahead of us.
Therefore for that reason I truly want to thank God that we are still here today despite all that our nation had gone through in 2020 and I would like to start this year 2021 with these 5 R’s in mind.
- Be Resilient
Resilience by definition means the ability or the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness, much like the rubber band that can go back to its original shape despite being pulled in all ways. The ability to bounce back, to get up and walk again and try again despite all the hurdles and uncertainties that one had gone through. That’s one of the principles I have held for years as a principal. We can never predict what may come; we can be prepare but if we need to change, we will, if we need to adhere, we will, if we need to bounce back, we will.
- Be resourceful
I am truly grateful to God that we still have food on the table. I have heard of many families who had to go through very difficult periods. Yet some bounced back and took this as an opportunity to be creative and think out of the box. We heard of hoteliers selling meal packs, of air-stewards becoming chefs, of professional people becoming food vendors and the list goes on. This is a time we need to choose to be resourceful and not to give up.
- Be revolutionary
Here I am advocating that we be revolutionary in our way of doing things, our perspective of things and our habits of old. If today we do not understand how to teach online, we change our perspective and learn. If we have to be a mother and yet work, then let’s revolutionize our routine and adjust. If we have to find new methodology of doing things, let’s do it. In this revolution of our internal being, we may even become a famous influencer or celebrity of some sort because we decided we should push forward and not stay where we are. “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” was my old secondary school motto which means I shall either find a way or make one in Latin or in my own version, if there is a will, there is always a way.
- Be radiant.
In the Bible, in Proverbs 17:22 it says ‘ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.” There is a saying “Happiness is a choice.” No one can force us to be happy. We choose to be so. Laughter is contagious. Happiness is a like a flowing river, it brings everyone into it. Sometimes happiness is not in the big things but in the small little things. Find them and choose to be happy despite all that is happening.
- Be reflective
Time waits for no man. Let us start 2021 with a reflective heart towards God and our love ones and people that are precious to us. Perhaps this is the year to make amends, to speak more encouraging words to our children or spouses, to hug our love ones more, to visit those who needs to be visited more or to try new hobbies, new recipes, new exercise routines, or just learn to be thankful and grateful for the things we have and don’t have.
Lastly, thank you WMSBSC staff for staying faithful till the end and for another great year ahead. Thank you, parents and students, for believing and trusting us in this journey of your education with us. We will continue to do our best and be above and beyond in all that we do.
God bless and welcome back students. We look forward to seeing everyone in school again.