27 November 2017

Time to rest and reflect

The Summer Term is concluding in much the same way it began with news of outstanding results across a wide range of areas. In recent weeks we have learned of very strong performances in the Have Sum Fun Mathematics competition, two Senior School teams qualified for the global round of the World Scholar's Cup in Singapore, McCarthy Hanlin (Year 11, Stuart) has been selected in the State debating team to compete in Melbourne, William Goyder, (Year 11, Ross) has reached the State finals in the Lions Youth of the Year Speech and Leadership Competition and Daniel Bloch (Year 12, Ferguson) is about to head off to the IE University's 2014 Junior Advisory Board in Madrid and Segovia in Spain.

In the co-curricular programme, the end of the Summer Term has seen the 1st Cricket team win the Darlot Cup for the second time in the past three years, the Rowing programme win the Hamer Cup and volleyball develop significantly over the Summer term under the direction of Mr Creighton. The Music department showcased the breadth and depth of musical talent in the Summer Music Concert, rehearsals are underway for the Year 11 and 12 production of White Flag Albert and Inter-House debating has attracted an unprecedented level of interest and standard amongst boys in all year levels.

As the end of Summer Term marks the mid-year point of the academic year for boys in Years 9 to 12, it is time to stop, rest and reflect on the term just passed. It is now time to consider the feedback provided from teachers at recent Student Review Meetings and the upcoming Interim Reports for Year 8, and semester reports for Years 9 and 10 in order to set new goals for the coming semester. Conversations with your son about the past term that encourage him to identify opportunities and strategies that build on his experiences in Summer Term are essential.

In particular, I congratulate all boys in Year 8 for a wonderful first term in the Senior School. The boys have embraced the opportunities available to them and 'hit the ground running'.

I wish all boys a restful break and look forward to hearing of the experiences gained by those attending the Megacity tour to the USA, languages tour to Indonesia, hockey tour to South Africa, soccer and rugby tour to France, drama tour to NIDA, Sydney and football to Melbourne.

I wish all families a happy Easter and restful term break.

Dr Rob McEwan

Head of Senior School