Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter break and is ready to make Term 2 a success. Our buildings are very close to being finished and our grounds are looking so much better without the construction sites. We have some new grass already visible, as well as some garden areas starting to take shape. With new buildings and less disruption, it’s timely for us to revisit our school culture. We will explore this in a variety of ways over the next few terms starting with a re-examining of our Focus Areas of: Respectful Relationships, High Expectations and Excellence and our associated Values and Beliefs. I’m looking forward to working our way through this with our staff, students and community.
Our Year 12 students did a terrific job presenting our ANZAC service last Wednesday under the guidance of Miss. McGinty. Our students took on the key roles in the ceremony and contributed to the service in some form or another, mostly with speaking parts in front of students, and staff, as well as community representatives. It was a formal, yet engaging ceremony and the rest of the school demonstrated the expected high level of respect for the occasion. Our Choir also sang two items, leading off with the National Anthem. The service was very well received by all who were present and, as Principal, I was very proud to see our students deliver such an important ceremony marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Our students were also involved in laying wreaths and marching in Beaufort and Skipton. I attended the proceedings in Beaufort on ANZAC Day and was once again impressed with the community involvement and the general atmosphere throughout the various aspects of the morning. Our School Captains, Rhiannon Goossens and Tiarna Prattley, represented our school admirably, with Rhiannon acting as a flag bearer on the day. Our Sports Captains, Willem Greymans and Isabelle McLinden, represented our school in equally admirable fashion at the Skipton Service where they read The Ode and laid a wreath. We had a number of students present at the Beaufort ceremony in various uniforms from a broad range of organisations – it was terrific to see so many from our community present on the day and I’m aware that a Dawn Service was also held in the morning.
Well done to all involved for bringing the community together and making it happen!