Our school communities faced many challenges in 2020. Students, parents and school staffs showed great dedication in making the adjustments that were necessary because of the COVID pandemic. As we look to the 2021 school year, I am sure that same spirit of dedication will be there as we respond to whatever challenges this new year may bring.
After the times of remote learning last year, we will appreciate even more the opportunities for in person learning this year. For those returning to the same school, it will be good to meet up again with school friends. For those starting school this year or moving to a new school, may you soon feel at home in your new school community.
Best wishes to all the students, staff and families who make up the school communities throughout our diocese. May 2021 be a year of blessings for us all, helping us grow towards fullness of life – in the spirit of Jesus who came that we might have life and have it to the full.
Bishop Paul Bird CSsR
Bishop of Ballarat