Dei to Dei

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the start of another term – I trust families had an opportunity at some point over the school vacation period to have a break and spend some quality time together. On Thursday this week we held a very moving Anzac service in the Bernie Boss Hall that was primarily organised by the HASS department. It was wonderful to witness the very respectful manner in which our students engaged with the service. Despite the passing years, respect for the ANZAC tradition is something that appears to be going from strength to strength among the young people in our broader community.

I hope students and staff feel well rested after our holiday break, ready for the many challenges that confront us in the weeks ahead. For our Year 11 and Year 12 students, there are very important examinations ahead during Weeks 6 & 7. For many, these assessments will provide a more genuine indication of just how well they are coping with their courses, particularly at an ATAR level. Year 10 students will have some examinations in Week 8. A number of Year 12 students have shared with me that they used the recent vacation period to catch up with school work, so hopefully the hard workers among our senior students will reap the benefits when exams come along.

Our Indonesian and Japanese language students who visited their respective countries to hone their language skills and immerse themselves in the local culture have now returned, hopefully their experiences were both memorable and worthwhile. Thank you to the staff who gave up some of their holidays to enable students to benefit from these experiences. Our Yr 12 ATAR Outdoor Ed students and staff have also sacrificed some of their holidays to spend this week in Walpole, enhancing their skills. Next week is our Arts and Musical Production camp, followed up by the Inter House Athletics carnival on Friday – so a very busy start to Term Two!

Regards and God Bless,

John Aldous

Acting Principal