Thought for the year
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”The Bible
At the commencement of a new year I think it is important to reaffirm that the government and wisdom of the one Mind is always with us to guide us, to help us and to keep us in all our ways. That means to care for us in every situation in which we find ourselves. Sometimes all we need is to quietly affirm our oneness with the almighty to feel a sense of great calm because it is not up to us. As many great thinkers and leaders have said before: “let go and let God”.
In all that we do this year I hope that we can keep uppermost in our thoughts, the ever presence of God so that we don’t get totally caught up in the busy-ness of the activities that we undertake and think that it is all up to us. We also have a new government in place in Canberra and we wish them well as they tackle the economy, the environment and all the unique issues facing Australia and the world.
This is going to be a wonderful year for everyone. We have over 575 students enrolled this year and we welcome over 90 new families to the school.
Our new Multipurpose Astroturf as almost complete and we hope that it will be commissioned soon. This facility will provide us with a new dimension to our sporting facilities. Six new tennis courts, netball courts, a new Cricket practice net and a full size Hockey field.
For those of you who were unable to attend our commencement assembly I will say a few things about our VCE results. We are very proud to report that we once again had a 100% pass rate and 100% tertiary acceptance rate. Our median study score was 36 which placed us very high on the school ranking as the highest ranked school (MacRobertson’s Girls High) had a median study score of 39. The highest Co-Ed school (Bialik) had a median study score of 37. So you can imagine how pleased I am with our 2007 graduating class and their teachers as they achieved a median study score of 36.
25% of our ENTER scores were over 95 which essentially means that these students can really choose whatever course they wish to follow. As Huntingtower is not a selective school, it is important that all students’ needs are catered for and this makes it all the more pleasing that all students have a tertiary course to do if they wish. Our congratulations go to Elizabeth Debicki who was dux and achieved her aim of being accepted directly into Melbourne University – Victorian College of the Arts in Performing Arts; could she be the next Nicole Kidman? – no I think she will be the first Elizabeth Debicki and will set a new standard. Elizabeth also achieved a perfect score in both English and Drama. Other perfect scores included Anne-Marie Johnson (Indonesian), KJ Tsanaktsidis (Information Technology) and Karen Androulakis (Visual Communication). Our 2007 school captain Genna Verbeek achieved her dream of getting into Medicine at Monash. We are thrilled for her.
We are so proud of all of our students.
We congratulate our new 2008 leaders who were inducted at the commencement assembly. Special congratulations to the new School Captains Ben Carthew and Bianca DiFede and Vice School Captains Adam Jahnke and Kathleen Mann.
We welcome our new teachers: Mrs Jenni Deubel (Year 4), Miss Meredith Stevens (VCE Biology and Year 10 Coordinator), Miss Brett Fletcher-McGookin (Maths), Mrs Judith Borrell (English) and Mr Leigh Parsons (Physical Education, sport, History). We know that you will all make them most welcome.
Have a wonderful year and keep smiling.