Life Lessons from COVID-19

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – The Alchemist

Miss Caitlin Anderson – Wellbeing Health Promotion Officer

The end is near.

In light of the recent update from our Queensland Premier Ms Palaszczuk, there is a positive energy building within our TSS community fueled with hope and optimism at the thought of transitioning back to a ‘normal’ school day.

But what is the new normal? And what has this challenging time taught us about ourselves, and about each other?

In our recent virtual Year 10-12 Wellbeing Health sessions via Big Blue Button, we shared the story of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It follows the journey of a young shepherd boy who leaves his village in the quest of a treasure that he believes exists. A quest that no-one has ever embarked on nor considered, not even his own father.

Along the way he encounters a number of strangers who were once in his position. They too took risks to make their dream come true. However, when faced with a challenge they lost hope and momentum. He, on the other hand, learnt to greet each setback with reflection by stopping, reviewing, and adjusting his course accordingly to bring him closer to achieving his goal.

As we prepare to transition back to face-to-face learning, we asked students to reflect on our A pillar in MENS REMAP – Achievement, specifically in relation their journey through COVID-19. We discussed what this experience has taught them, and how they can use that as a source of strength and inspiration to get through any future challenge. Here are some of their reflections:

Self discipline.”

“Everything happens for a Reason.”


“Knowing that hard times will pass.”

“Importance of Sleep and Exercise.”


“Patience and Gratitude.

We look forward to welcoming back all students in the near future and wish you a safe and happy weekend!

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