Empty shelves, empty buildings and empty streets. A pandemic cripples countries around the world but resets our values.
The COVID-19 virus outbreak has sent the world into a state of worry and uncertainty. As the coronavirus spreads, the repercussions include social distancing, severe travel restrictions, the stockpiling of long-lasting home and pantry goods, and an unprecedented level of anxiety among individuals, companies and countries.
This information comes from global trend spotters, Wunderman Thompson Intelligence and reminds us that this global health threat has united our concerns but divided our strategising. Consumers are losing sight of who to turn to for comfort. No surprises, then, that leadership now entails helping communities to feel safe and to identify certainties they can rely on.
I am so delighted that the College Community is getting behind the Swan Community Outreach program that we launched yesterday. It is wonderful to see the donations coming in and parents and staff working closely together to ensure that we are a place of care and comfort for those who are vulnerable and in need of support.
While this is happening, the College continues to prepare to provide quality learning for our students should they be required to stay at home in the future. Teachers today tested the process in some of their classes and I am confident that much will have been learnt by teachers and students that will further refine the process.
As we continue into an unknown future, I am reminded that our God already knows how this will end. Let us remember his words through the prophet Isaiah where I read “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. Chapter 41, verse 10.
Let us continue to pray for our community, our land and our world as we journey from day to day.