The Senior School Swimming Carnival will be held on the afternoons of Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February. This is the first inter-House event for the year. The Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be competing on Thursday and the Year 10,11 and 12 students will compete for their Houses on Friday.
While there are many competitive swimming events that will showcase the more able swimmers there are opportunities for other House members to be involved in the Carnival, including a range of novelty events designed to increase participation on each afternoon. The Carnival will begin at 1.25 pm on Thursday and 12.45 pm on Friday.
Most student items that are misplaced or forgotten by students tend to find their way to the Senior School Office where Bev Le Cornu sorts and returns named items. Unfortunately items that are not named rely on students and parents to ask Bev if she an item that may have been handed in. I would encourage all families to ensure any item of clothing or other personal possessions are named so that they can be returned. At the end of each year there is a significant amount of lost property that is not claimed, some of which ends up in hard rubbish. There is still many school uniform items in the Senior School Office and I would encourage students or parents to come in and see if any of the clothing belongs to them.
As we approach the end of our fourth week in the Senior School, the Year 7s are doing an admirable job of finding their way around the school, organising their lockers, learning to use SEQTA and their laptops, as well as making new friends. It has been wonderful to see the really positive way they have approached all the challenges that Senior School presents for them. They are such an enthusiastic bunch, thoroughly enjoying the movement between classes and the different teachers and subjects they each have throughout the day. I have seen so many examples of students emulating the school values of curiosity, kindness, courage, inclusiveness, mindfulness and resilience. It is wonderful to see.
There are still opportunities for parents and caregivers to engage with their new senior schoolers around how to ensure that Year 7 is a success for them, and this advice can extend to students in all other year levels as well. Andrew Fuller, clinical psychologist and education guru, has some wonderful advice for our students as they begin their school year. Many of the following suggestions are things we discuss and develop through our Pastoral Care and Wellbeing classes, but it would be great for parents and caregivers to talk about these as well. Andrew suggests, (along with some editing from your Head of Year 7):
So, with all of this in mind, I look forward to a great year with our wonderful, enthusiastic, joyful, curious, hardworking and helpful Year 7s. As always, open communication between school and home is so important. You should have received the contacts list for all the people who care for your Year 7 student. I encourage you to make use of it should you need anything.
Head of Year 7
Being added to the School winter uniform as from this year are girls’ trousers, optional for all girls (Reception to Year 12). Girls’ trousers will cost $75 (same colour, similar fabric as for the boys but with a different cut). These trousers will need to be ordered and paid for by Thursday 5 March - please visit the West Shop (now on Alison Ave) to use the sizing kit. Girls’ trousers will be available for supply once a year via a West Shop order only - no stock is being held in the West Shop. Girls’ trousers are to be worn with the marble socks, white blouse and tie. We expect girls’ trousers to be available from the start of Term 2.
For the third year in a row our Head of Senior Students, Tony Ritson ('93), has taken up the challenge to ride from Adelaide from Melbourne! Tony is participating in Road Raise for CanTeen, and will cycle a total of 1100 kms in seven days, travelling along the Great Ocean Road, to raise vital funds and awareness to support young people who have been impacted by cancer.
Tony would love your support with his fundraising efforts and you can donate to him below.
Head of Senior School