It was a chilly four degrees when Year 10 returned home from their inaugural pilgrimage to Central Australia on Tuesday night. However, not even the cold weather could dampen our spirits. This twelve day adventure had provided us all with an opportunity to not only discover our nation’s heritage but to explore our own identities. As staff, we witnessed true growth in each and every child and it was a privilege to share quality time with such fine young people. Indeed, the Curtin Springs manager commented that in her forty years she had not encountered ‘a more appreciative, well mannered & respectful school group’. High praise and compliments our students thoroughly deserved. It is my hope that this trip continues on in future years and becomes a feature of The Hamilton and Alexandra College schooling experience. I do wish to thank every family who enabled this trip to happen and acknowledge the enormous contribution of Mr Leigh Alexander, Mrs Lou Williams, Beth White, my wife and the Auscamp staff. The children certainly embraced every moment of every day and were truly a credit to their families and school.
To return and discover that a record 52 families attended our “VIBE” festival yesterday capped off one of the best fortnights of my life! The College was on show and our wonderfully dynamic and inclusive community embraced all our visitors. It was a thrill to see the boys, girls and staff demonstrate such pride in the values and activities that are important to us. I thank everyone involved in this wonderful occasion.
Finally, I wish all families a restful and enjoyable mid-year break and look forward to your return on Tuesday 17 July 2018.
Dr Andrew Hirst