Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Congratulations and thank you to all students and staff who supported the Cancer Council Relay for Life last weekend. Our College has hosted this event for many years now, and it is always well attended. Students raised over $9000, which is a fabulous effort. Well done everyone.
I spent the weekend in Daylesford in Victoria where I attended a school reunion: 50 years since we started High School. You may think that is an odd event to celebrate, but in 1968, around 100 of us started in Year 7 (Form 1 as it was then). Six years later only 20 completed Year 12 (Form 6). It seemed more likely that the organisers could track down a reasonable number from the hundred who started. Around 40 of us gathered on Saturday evening to renew our acquaintances and talk about the 'Golden days' with stories that had no doubt been embellished over time. There were plenty of laughs and many photos of our families shared. It was interesting to see where life had taken each of us. Some still lived in Daylesford, some had moved away to other towns or cities, while others had moved interstate or overseas. The most interesting thing to me was the connection that was still evident between us. Here we were speaking to people we had not seen in a long time and all the memories of past friendships came flooding back. I guess that is the thing about belonging to a community- there is much more that connects you than divides you. We are now planning to gather again in 2023 to celebrate 50 years since we completed Year 12.
This is rather pertinent now, as we are preparing to farewell Year 12 in just over two weeks' time. I imagine that such reunions may not have the same significance in the future given the social media connections that exist amongst our senior students. It is hard to imagine the current Year 12s losing touch with each other for 30, 40 or 50 years as we did. It is also far less likely that many of our Year 12s will remain living where they went to school, as this generation will be far more mobile than many of us were. I find this a fascinating study of social demographics and generational change.
The final Principal's Tour for 2018 was held this morning. This allowed prospective families to come into our College, to hear about us and what we do, and enjoy a tour conducted by some of the Junior Secondary Student Leaders. This is always well received by families and gives them some first-hand information from current students. Our students are excellent ambassadors and love to show off their College. Thank you, particularly to the enrolment and support staff, the students and their teachers, who make this important event so successful.
Next week I will be in the USA at a conference in Atlanta. In my role as President of Anglican Schools Australia (ASA), I have been invited to attend the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) Biennial Conference. The programme looks very impressive and I look forward to hearing about how Episcopal (the USA equivalent of Anglican) schools operate. While the timing is not ideal, I am grateful to the College Council for allowing me to attend this important conference.
This week I have enjoyed listening to the rehearsals for the end of year events, as students prepare for this busy time of year.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mark Sly - Principal