I would like to thank all of our parents and other members of the School Community for allowing the School time this week: Time to finish the 2017 academic year and time to begin planning for 2018.
I am amazed every year at how our staff manage to move from completing assessments and finalising reports, straight into planning mode for 2018. For our Garnsey staff, this involves a complete turnaround as the rollover program begins on Monday. Without the time to complete these activities, the worth of our rollover program would be questionable; however, I know that our Garnsey teachers will begin a new year full of enthusiasm, ready to challenge their new classes.
For our Junior School teachers, this is time to plan and time to prepare. Today, all of our Junior School teachers met at our Bairnsdale Campus. The purpose of this day was to challenge themselves with regard to our learning culture at the School. It was also a time to think about creating genuine and rigorous thinking opportunities for our students. It was a very productive and engaging day of professional collaboration.
It was also very pleasing to see our students letting off a little steam and enjoying their time together at various activities on Thursday. I managed to spend part of the afternoon with the Year 7 and 8 students at Seaspray beach. It was a beautiful day and I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of our students enjoy each other’s company, engage in the fun activities and ultimately smile throughout the day.
As you are reading this article, we are preparing ourselves for tonight’s Valedictory Dinner. This will be the final formality for our graduating class of 2017 before they officially become Old Scholars and move into the big wide world. This is always a great night, tinged with excitement and sadness as we farewell another wonderful group of young men and women; however, for my wife and I, this will also be an emotional event as we watch our eldest daughter complete her secondary education. While we are thrilled and excited for our daughter and the wonderful opportunities that await, it is also a little sad to see your little girl grow up and leave home. I will be attending tonight with mixed emotions and mixed roles, as I speak to the audience as both a parent and the Principal.
I wish the class of 2017 well for all of their future ventures; I encourage them to embrace life and the many great moments that await them. I urge them to keep in contact with the School and with each other.
Veritas Liberabit Vos