From Mr Phillips
Our Year 12 students enjoyed a positive end of their secondary schooling earlier this month and it was a delight to share this experience with them and their families. Most of the students are now well into the VCE exam cycle and our community looks forward to celebrating the formal completion of Year 12 at the Valedictory dinner to be held at Marvel stadium Docklands, on November 19th.
The building works for our Senior School are now in full swing following a ceremonial “ Turning of the Sod” with the Member for Eastern Melbourne, Sonja Terpstra. All of the demolition work has been completed, as have critical services such as gas, stormwater, fire services, data and other slab services. Benching and pre prepped crushed rock has been laid and in the coming fortnight we expect to see the first of our concrete pours. It will be exciting to witness the structural form of the building beginning to take shape before the end of the school year too.
On Monday 11 November 2019 we mark the 101st anniversary of the end of the First World War (1914–18). In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the post-war decades. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. This Monday, a number of our senior students from Year 11, will join with me at the Ringwood Clocktower for this year’s Ringwood RSL Remembrance Day Service.
Another successful Band Tour was held in Central Victoria last week as nearly 130 students from Years 7 to 10 worked together to bring their love of music to students throughout this region. Multiple performances were staged at schools throughout the region including Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Sebastapol and Daylesford areas and provided an excellent opportunity for our students to work together and improve their music skills at the same time. The opportunity to interact with students from schools across these rural areas of Victoria was a great highlight too.
Typical feedback has included, …..”couldn’t believe the brilliant “team work” to unload, set-up, perform, change bands and pack-up all of the music gear. An extraordinary feat. There was no “dead” time in the performance.”
Congratulations to all involved and it was such an enthusiastic homecoming concert on Wednesday evening.
Speaking of productions-
Tickets for Aladdin Jnr are now available online. Book your tickets for this great show - www.rscproduction.com.au
In the coming weeks our senior students in Years 10 and 11 will be completing their semester two exams. These serve as great preparation for VCE Unit 3 and 4 studies. Regular feedback continues to be available through the Compass portal.
During the most recent term break, whilst I was on leave, I received a road safety School Information Sheet from Maroondah City Council. It provides details of:
· Some of the existing illegal/inappropriate driving behaviour in the area;
· The traffic devices in place (i.e. turn ban signage);
· Why the traffic devices are in place (to prevent certain dangerous scenarios and operational issues).
I have included the full letter with the newsletter for your consideration and action.
Save the Date:
This year’s presentation night will be held at the Camberwell Boys Grammar School Performing Arts Centre. Save the date for Tuesday December 17, 2019 at 7.30pm.