18 June 2018

Over the last couple of weeks I was reminded about just how important it is for our boys to experience an opportunity to step up and have the chance to lead. This was particularly relevant in our Senior School for our Year 10 students who were required to take on a number of the leadership tasks in the absence of our Year 11 and 12 students who were sitting their examinations. Congratulations to all of the boys who took on new roles whether it was part of the Concert Band, Pipe Band, marching, leading Houses, assembly and assisting or with any other activity that had to be carried out.

Over the last fortnight I have witnessed or participated in a number of activities across the whole school. Opportunities such as these reinforce the uniqueness each boy brings to our School. Furthermore, it provides me with the chance to see first hand how the passion of our staff can produce such amazing outcomes for our boys. It is very easy to become complacent and just expect great things as commonplace. It is very important that as a community we never take things for granted and understand that there are so many things happening day in and day out to ensure our boys have an eclectic Scotch experience.

While we may have become familar to the presence of our beautiful new Middle School, we have still to officially open the various facilities that make up the whole complex. An opening is now being planned for Tuesday 23 June late afternoon. More details will be made available as the planning gets underway.

By now all of the boys should be well and truly settled back into their routines. It is important for boys that they have structure and meaning built into their days. This ensures that they maximise the time they need to be on task, but more importantly that they maintain a healthy balance that includes suitable downtime and relaxation. Balance is the key ingredient to achieving a positive state of well-being. Remember this applies to the whole family, not just the son(s).

Dr Alec O'Connell