As we approach the end of the third week of the 2020 school calendar, it struck me as to how much happens behind the scenes – over the summer break – to have the school ready and operational for a new school year. Overall, by the time students arrive, few give a moment of thought to what has transpired to ensure a smooth transition for all.
Like great umpires or referees, who control a game but remain unnoticed and quietly go about their business in the background, with minimum fuss or profile, Frank and his maintenance team are the unsung heroes of the College, overseeing and orchestrating an army of tradespeople and contractors, who, by Day 1, are a distant memory. Samples of the work arranged and completed over the break include the:
- refurbishment of the toilets in the VCE Building,
- fitting of new awnings in the Kindergarten playground,
- polishing and waxing of indoor courts,
- health checks on and pruning of trees and garden upkeep,
- upgrade of electrical and plumbing works,
- overseeing of a graffiti artist bringing a tired wall to life and,
- coordination of the purchase, delivery and installation of new lockers in the Middle School
Added to that, consider the work by Finance, HR, Communication, Registrar and others to integrate effectively over 70 new students (not including those starting at Kinder 3) and 20 new staff. Each addition adds to the fabric of the College, bringing new ideas, new challenges and new opportunities. By considering all of these elements, one can gain some insight into the scale of human capital invested in getting things “just right” for a new school year.
With the unwavering optimism and energy befitting the young, we enter 2020 knowing that taking time to notice and not to take for granted that which is under our nose, are critical in keeping us grounded and connected. Whether it be our amazing Graduating class of 2019, where 36% volunteered as “buddies” on a Flying Fox camp (for young people with disabilities) the week after their VCE results came in, or our current cohort who helped make calls for JNF last Sunday, there are plenty of reasons to have Bialik up and running.
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