Message from the Principal
The second half of Term 2 has been a rigorous time for Secondary students in Years 8 to 12 with study and examinations being a focus during Weeks 5, 6 and 7.
I have been impressed by the calm manner in which our students have approached this stressful time. Of course, nervous energy has been apparent, that’s normal; but, in general, students have accepted that in life there are these ‘pressure cooker times’ and have ‘just got on with it’. Perseverance and resilience are so important in all aspects of our lives and it is imperative that we encourage these in our students during tough times at school, as the ability to persevere and the resilience they develop now will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.
The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970)
Now, teachers across the School are busily engaged in finalising results and report writing.
It is always a pleasure for me to attend Primary assemblies and I make a point of doing so whenever I can. The younger students in our school are always so engaged with the message they are hoping to convey to others in Class and House Official assemblies. This week’s Early Learning Assembly was no different with 1P reminding us that although we have many similarities as people, we are all different; and, as they reminded us emphatically, “That’s okay!”
We are excited to announce that our new-look website will be live later this month. Parents will be notified of the launch date on Skoolbag.
National Excellence in Teaching Awards
The National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) will be open for nominations until 31 July 2016. There is more information on how to nominate online later in this newsletter.
We are very hopeful that our beautiful Chapel will be ready by the start of next term. Parents and members of the school community will be kept informed about times when it will be available for you to visit. Of course, our students will be introduced to the Chapel shortly after completion, under the watchful eye of Father Noel as he sets protocols for its use as a sacred space.