Dear Parents and Carers,
The end of a busy but fruitful week which saw us welcoming, today, over forty Year 6 students for Transition Day, with six of these as boarders. This level of enrolment is very encouraging indeed and augurs well for the future of the School.
The Year 6 students enjoyed a rich variety of activities on their day with us: art, technology, music, science, food and drama all figured, with a treasure hunt to aid orientation. The boarders also enjoyed the soirée, a barbeque and soccer. A selection of our Year 11 students did a marvellous job of shepherding and encouraging our young guests.
This new tradition started in the McVay Courtyard which was a wonderful setting…until the sun went down and the wind continued unabated. A retreat to Doug Murray Place did not take away from the enjoyment and success of the evening, which saw accomplished performances from the Senior and Stage Bands, the Choir and soloists Max Bosworth and Keely Parnell. The standard and variety of music we now offer is astounding for such a small school and this is attributable almost solely to the passion and unassuming direction of Mrs Gail Saunders. Last night was a real testament to her considerable talents.
Big Picture Exhibitions
Prior to all this activity our Year 10 students presented their projects in another enjoyable evening. Again, I was genuinely touched by the knowledge shown by the students, and the enthusiastic and confident manner in which they spoke of their work. As a trial run, our experience of Big Picture has been good and has certainly inspired us (and the Big Picture organisation) to develop the design next year. Our second information evening, on Monday of next week, has been well-publicised and we look forward to another informative and productive occasion.
As you will be aware, this takes place on Thursday 7th December at 6.30pm in the Civic Centre. It usually lasts for about two hours, with refreshments afterwards provided by the PFA. Photographs of prize-winners will take place after the formal ceremony, in the ante-Room. Students must be in full winter uniform with neat hair, clean and tidy clothing and polished shoes. As with last year we will reserve seats for invited guests and for families of Year 12 students, which will be clearly marked. Otherwise it will be free-seating so I would advise arriving early to avoid any disappointment.
The School Ball
Some fifty responses were received and fifty-six percent were in favour of the end-of-year option; thirty-six percent wished the Term 1 option and eight percent put forward a range of ideas. I shall now ask Mrs Lisa Marquis to give some thought to the specific timings, venue and other arrangements to ensure that the Ball will be a resounding success, and a fitting celebration of the year, and the time spent at the School. It will be interesting to see how the change in timing works but, whilst there will be concerns because of the change to tradition, I am sure we will all want to work to make the event a memorable one.
As always the School Calendar, on SEQTA and the website, gives up-to-date information but a summary may be helpful:
The Week Ahead
Week 8 Jackman on duty
Monday 27th – Year 11 Outdoor Education Expedition (until 1st December)
- 1730 Second Big Picture Information Evening (invitations will be sent later)
Tuesday 28th – 1715 PFA Meeting in Dempster 1
Wednesday 29th – 1730 Meeting on our new “Good Standing’ policy and procedures (invitation has been sent)
Thursday 30th – Cliffs Work Experience departs
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th – GSSSAA Athletics Carnival in Albany
Tuesday 5th – Visit by the Chief Executive of the Anglican Schools Commission, Revd. Peter Laurence, OAM
Tuesday 5th – 1800 Graduation Dinner for Year 12 and parents (and attended by Revd. Laurence)
Wednesday 6th – Inter-House Beach Volleyball Competition
Thursday 7th – Last day of School – rehearsal for Awards Night will take place in the morning
- 1830 Awards Night in the Civic Centre – full winter uniform please (including tights for girls)
Friday 8th – Staff training day on the new ‘Protective Behaviours’ curriculum
With my warmest wishes.
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles