Message from the Principal

​Thought for the week:

"If you only say one prayer in a day, make it - Thank You!"

Rumi

           

This is the last week of lessons for our Year 12 graduating class and I would like to say thank you to them. Despite all their trials and tribulations, they are a positive and beautiful group of young people. They have developed into a unified, supportive, empathetic and loving team who I know will go into the world and spread kindness wherever they go. We wish them all the happiness, success and joy that is possible and look forward to hearing more about their journey in the years to come.

They will have their last day celebrations today (Friday) and their Valedictory Dinner tonight. Congratulations to the 2017 Valedictorian, Morven Curr. We are also honoured to have Mrs Winnie Li, the mother of Matthew Mo speaking on behalf of the Parents.

We wish our Year 12's every success with their exams which commence shortly. As their exams will be held in the Orchestral Room in the Music Centre, we ask everyone to be particularly quiet in that area of the school.

Our exciting new building is nearing completion and we expect to take occupation by the end of February next year. Unfortunately, it will not be ready for the Commencement Assembly on 31 January and so we will hold Commencement in the Senior Gymnasium as we did this year.

I do hope you were all able to attend our 'Arts in the Round' afternoon last Sunday. It was such an amazing presentation of every aspect of visual art, media, drama, music, poetry, cultural expression and much more. Every level of the school was involved from Prep through to Year 12 and it was exciting to see how proud the students were of their work.

A huge thank you to Jan Tyquin, who pulled it all together and chaired the organising committee; to Lynley Bramble and her team of choral directors (Lisa Sutton, Anne Wilson and Rhianwen Bramble) for an outstanding afternoon of musical delights, Marion Power and the Art Department (including Janet Irving, Mike Blood and Marika Borlase), Mary MacDonald for the Junior School Art Work, Katrina Watson for the Environmental art display and sale, the English, Indonesian and French Departments.

I loved the 'Bits of the Bard' that Adam Somes directed. The Middle School students really seemed to enjoy performing it. Everyone did a great job, especially the students whose work we enjoyed. 

Anyone who sat down in the Media display room would have been forgiven for thinking they were seeing work from a professional studio; such is the quality of media produced by the Media students under the direction of Mel Beal.

Finally, a huge THANK YOU to the Parents & Friends who arranged afternoon tea and delicious items of food for all to enjoy. We are very grateful to you.

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that we will be accepting two Indigenous students into Year 8 next year. These two girls are from remote areas of the Northern Territory and have spent this year at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS). We are so excited to have them with us and I know that everyone will go out of their way to make them feel welcome.

Sholto Bowen OAM

Principal