Head of Senior School
My continued message to the Senior School over the last few weeks has been to focus on the “little things” and finish the term strongly. Indeed, it has been said, “many will start fast but few will finish strong”. Such relevant words can be quoted in a variety of contexts, particularly at the end of Term One! I’ve been so impressed by the manner in which the Senior School students have finished the term and this strengthens and enriches our school culture.
The last few weeks have been packed with many events and opportunities. Aside from Year 12 Examinations and academic pursuits, the House Public Speaking Competition has been held and preparation for next term’s House Music Festival is well under way. There have been students involved in Debating, Chess, da Vinci decathlon, Art Club, music rehearsals, La Club Francais (French Club) and Duke of Edinburgh. Students have also represented the College in football, netball, triathlon, tennis and swimming. Student commitment to morning training sessions has been very good even as the mornings have got darker in the last weeks of term. I wish to commend the students for their commitment to the College, their team and their personal best. I also extend my thanks to parents for supporting their children in transporting them to school in the mornings for training.
Last weekend our CRU Camp was held. It was really well attended. A big thank you Mr Odell, Mr and Mrs Young and Ms Close for organising and supervising the students over the weekend. This week our Gold Duke of Edinburgh students and staff have been putting the final touches on preparation for our annual Service Learning Trip to serve the people of Gilgandra in Western NSW. I’m grateful for the work of Mr Barter and Mr Alterator who have spent many hours organising the trip. I’m also thankful for the donations and assistance given by members of our community to support this trip.
We welcomed Mr Thorton back recently. Greg is our Coordinator of TAS and is on leave this year as he recovers from brain cancer surgery. He has been through a great deal and it was so good to see him growing in strength. He spoke at Chapel about his story and the challenges he faces. His message was very clear, no matter what happens to us in our lives, Jesus is the rock we can rest and rely on.
Whatever your plans are for Easter, I encourage you to make church a part of your routine. This may be foreign territory for you but it will be worth the effort as we stop and think what has been done for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God bless you all over the coming holiday period.