Department Head of Life Orientation – Mrs A Rix

It has taken me a very long time to decide what I want to say in this year’s article. With the kind of year we’ve had, there are many facets I could discuss, but nothing that hasn’t already been discussed at length by experts in every conceivable field.

I have decided to focus on the following:

It is a well-known fact that we have all been living in a perpetual state of trauma since March. People have lost loved ones, jobs, hope, normalcy, and positivity. Given this, it is hardly surprising that many of us have struggled emotionally. Parents have been expected to work from home, teach their children, maintain their homes with less money, keep positive so that the children don’t become anxious, and so many more adjustments.

Children had to be self-disciplined enough to learn from home, cope without their friends and teachers, not see their extended families, and try not to be appear by their parents’ stress.

It is no wonder that we keep “messing up”. We may have put on weight; we might not have been hands-on with our child’s home schooling; we may have struggled to be nice to our spouses; we may have become negative and complacent; we may even have become “criminals” to obtain contraband items! There are many ways in which we may have – and probably have – failed ourselves or our families during this time.

But the message I want to give to all of the members of this big, beautiful Montrose family, is this: it is okay. You have done the very best that you could possibly do under these unprecedented circumstances. Don’t judge yourselves too harshly. Take time during the December break to be kind to yourselves, to read a book, to listen to music, to walk barefoot on the grass, to cry, to eat chocolate. Do whatever it takes to show yourselves some love.

Keep wearing your masks, keep social distancing a priority, keep safe, keep perspective.