Message from the Principal

Thought for the week:

"Be responsible for the energy you bring."


Have you ever walked into a room and felt the joy being drained out of you as if you were Harry Potter being attacked by a dementor? For those of you who are not Harry Potter fans, a dementor is a phantom-like creature that drains all the joy and happiness out of its victims until they eventually die. The counter to a dementor is a charm called a patronus charm. Of course 'dementor' is a word derived from 'being out of one's mind' and 'patronus' comes from protector (father) or carer.

There are those among us who naturally bring positive energy into a space. We feel good when they are around; they uplift us; they seldom say negative things about others and other people don't feel the need to be negative around them. They make us smile; they make us feel good; they turn on the light within us while they shine their own light.

Then there are those who act like dementors and as they enter, they drain the energy from you and leave you feeling really sad. They dump all their negative thoughts and ideas on you and feed on your energy until you wonder why the light went out. They tell you how bad everything is and of course, who to blame for it.

We all have a patronus charm at our fingertips - we don't even need a wand. Your patronus is your God-given ability to shine your light on every situation. Bring your joyous imaginings, your happy visions and your uplifting words to your own thought and to all those with whom you come into contact. As you look at others, see the spark of joy in them, even if they can't see it themselves. You will bless and heal the world with the power of Love.

We had such wonderful news about our choirs who performed so beautifully in the Waverley Eisteddfod recently. A First place for the Senior Chamber Choir and two second places for the Middle School Chamber Choir. The Middle School Chamber Choir was also awarded the "Howard Friee Trophy" for Choral excellence. Congratulations to Lisa and Rhianwen for their wonderful leadership of these groups and to all the wonderful choristers who sing like angels. They will be performing again at the Kodaly Concert at Scotch College on Friday evening.

Both our Senior and Middle School Chess teams have made it to the State finals once again this year. This is the sixth year in which they have achieved this feat. Congratulations to all players and grateful thanks to Mr Jones for his enthusiastic leadership of Chess at Huntingtower.

I would like to thank and congratulate Rayner House on their recent charitable drive to raise funds to sponsor children to attend the Sunrise of Africa School in Nairobi. So much was contributed by staff and students that Rayner House will be able to sponsor 7 children to attend the school. Well done to the Rayner House leaders and thank you to all those who contributed.

The Senior School Musical production of "Grace" is almost upon us. In the absence of a Performing Arts Centre, we will enjoy an intimate experience in the Drama Studio. Thank you to Mr Borbely and the entire cast for their hard work in preparing for this. We are all looking forward to it.

Sholto Bowen