Acting Head of Senior School

Acting Head of Senior School

Starting Well

It is already Week 4; can you believe that? I would like to thank all students and parents for the smooth start we have had to 2022. We are dealing with a range of disruptions, both with access to buildings and covid related, but you are all handling this well and with patience.

As we begin the year, I would like to raise three matters with you (parents) as you look to support our students, your children.

Students as activators of their own learning

Mrs. Hastie recently spoke to students about the importance of them being proactive with their learning. We want to see the students at our college who develop, work will with others, are aspirational and exhibit a positive attitude. To become this kind of learner it is important they set goals. In Tutor Group recently students were asked to set academic and cocurricular based goals. I urge you to discuss these goals with your child (written in their Day Book) as a way of spurring them on.

Getting involved in the life of the College

Many of our sports and cocurricular activities will kick off in the coming weeks. These programs complement our academic programs and provide our students with excellent opportunities to develop as whole people. Our 2021 HSC cohort did extremely well and a common theme for our top achievers was consistent participation in programs outside the classroom. Please speak to your child about what they might involve themselves in this year. Updated sport and cocurricular brochures for 2022 will be available shortly.

The importance of routines

To work to their potential, we believe whole–heartedly that students should attend school well groomed, wearing the uniform in its entirety and equipped to succeed in class. Upholding these basic standards and routines is well within the circle of influence for our students and parents. The American leadership author John Maxwell says it well: You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

Lastly, I would like to leave you with a bible verse. My hope is that this encourages you wherever you are and whatever you may be doing.

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

Mr Stephen Irvine
Acting Head of Senior School