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Message from the Head of Primary - Mike Wolfe

23 June 2020

We have in recent times needed to adapt the way in which we live, work, socialise and interact. As we entered 2020, none of us could have predicted what lay ahead as we busily laid plans for the upcoming year. I am sure for most, there was an expectation that much of what was to come would be replicated from our previous experiences. How wrong we were. 

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During this period of necessary isolation, we have found new ways of working, learning, interacting, communicating, re connecting, shopping and so much more.  We have reflected and thought differently about how we go about our daily tasks and with the use of technology. We have managed to overcome many of the challenges we thought we would face as we became aware of our new future at the beginning of March. We have in essence, found solutions to what we thought would be problems, have shown resilience and have adapted to new ways of thinking and operating. As a result, we have adapted to the change and learnt many new things about ourselves as individuals, causing us to question how we operated previously.

Rationalising this and coming to terms with change can be unsettling for many but what is clear from this period of time is how well our students have adapted and overcome the challenges specific to them. The socialisation and interaction has undoubtedly been challenging and I have no doubt that everyone, regardless of age, is looking forward to seeing friends again. Our students have shown themselves to be highly resilient and adaptable to change through the way they have engaged with our Virtual Learning taking so many things in their stride.

As we approach the end of the academic year, there are many more changes ahead. Some families may be re locating to other parts of the World, some students will have met or be meeting their new teachers in preparation for the start of our next academic year. Hopefully for those of us remaining in Abu Dhabi, the changes in how the country opens up during the weeks ahead will cause us to reflect on what we have learnt and how we move forward. The only thing that remains constant in our lives is that change is inevitable, adapting to it and embracing it in a positive way helps us all move forward. 

Mike Wolfe
Head of Primary