Dear Parents, Staff and Students
The time has come for us to farewell another cohort of Year 12 students. Each year at this time we ask, how did this happen so quickly?
Last night the Celebration Evening for Years 10-12 was a lovely celebration of a most productive year. It was delightful to see so many students being recognised for their hard work throughout the year. However, while there were many students acknowledged in this way on stage, it is not possible to recognise the individual growth and development in each student in the same way. All students are to be congratulated for their efforts throughout the year. I encourage those who were not on stage to continue to work hard, set achievable goals and celebrate when they are achieved. The best growth is always incremental. Some students blossom early and some take longer. The rewards eventually come to those who persist.
I was so impressed with the quality of our music and singing last night. The Senior Strings and Vox Collective performed a beautiful rendition of May the Lord Bless You and Keep You. While the Senior Jazz Band’s performance of September was excellent. The other student performances prior to the official start of the evening were also wonderful. The quality of the music continues to improve and is a credit to the students and their tutors.
Tomorrow we farewell 88 Year 12 students. While this is a relatively small cohort, 31 of them have been with us since they started in Prep in 2006. This is an achievement worth noting. Given that we are a P-12 College, this number will no doubt increase over time. The Valedictory Assembly is a special event that marks the end of their time as students at Coomera Anglican College, and the dinner with their parents tomorrow night is a fitting way to complete their journey.
While this time of year is frantic for many of us, it is also a great time to celebrate all that has occurred in 2018.
Last week I was at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The conference was about Anglican education in USA and was great. I will write more about this in time. It was also a very interesting time to be in one of the Southern States during the mid-term elections. The anticipated protest vote against the Trump Administration did not eventuate. While the Democrats did win control of the House, Trump increased his majority in the Senate. There were a number of firsts during this election. The first Muslim women were elected in two states, the first openly gay Governor was elected and the youngest female Senator was elected at 29 years of age. When I left, the votes were being recounted in a close race for Governor of Georgia. While the Republican candidate was claiming victory, his Democrat opponent was not willing to concede defeat. She would become the first female, African-American Governor of Georgia should she be successful. There certainly is a lot of hype around American politics as you might expect, and I witnessed a country quite divided in their views.
I look forward to farewelling the Year 12s tomorrow, and take this opportunity to thank them for their contributuion to our College.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mark Sly - Principal