“Welcome Back” Day

Monday 25th October, 2021 saw the return of our entire student cohort to onsite learning. The occasion was commemorated by the SRC who hosted a welcome back ceremony, attended by all students and staff; Jennifer Shumack, our school principal; and Maria Serafim, Director of Educational Leadership.

The ceremony took place at the Thomas Walker Estate’s foreshore, under a blanket of clear blue sky with a beautiful soft breeze coming off the water. The SRC took this opportunity to highlight the importance of paying respect to the traditional custodians of the land upon which we are able to learn and grow, the Wangal and Gadigal peoples.

To reconnect with our local community, students and staff alike created a giant memo board featuring everything we have missed since moving to a learning from home model. Of note, our students named spending time with friends, face-to-face learning and many of the Rivendell wellbeing initiatives such as fishing and bird watching as things they had missed during this period. Having shifted learning models, since the beginning of Term 3 the routine of students has had a dramatic change that cannot be understated. If the memos are anything to go by, we are all relieved to be back to a relative state of normalcy.

The Rivendell School motto is, in Latin, “per varios casus”, which can be roughly translated to “through various journeys”. The past 122 days have seen our respective journeys take an incredibly unique and unprecedented turn. We are grateful to once again have our paths intertwine through our schooling at Rivendell – none of which would have been possible without the resilience of the community.

Thank you for acting responsibly during this time. Thank you to all members of the community who have kept up to date through these blog posts: your engagement has been invaluable and we’re happy to announce that the students will take over the blog for 2022. We will continue to connect with the community, with a further emphasis on giving the students a voice and allowing the SRC to discuss topics relevant to them.