Thank you to all students, staff and families who attended the Leaders' Induction Ceremony on Monday and congratulations to our 2020 Student Leaders.
It was a wonderful opportunity to induct new student leaders from Junior, Middle and Senior Schools who were presented to the school community and took an oath of commitment. Collectively, they have been elected by their peers and staff.
Also part of the ceremony was the presentation of Academic Excellence awards for the Class of 2019 to:
- Amelia Page, outstanding VET student
- Jorja Williamson and Austin Wingard, joint Proxime Accessit, (95.05)
- Riku Okada, Dux, (99.3)
Unfortunately, Riku was unable to attend as he has begun studying his Mathematical Science degree at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Please find below the speeches by our Head Girl, Zara Knight and Head Boy, Ben Jones, as presented at the Welcome Back Assembly in Week One. They set an excellent tone for the year ahead.
"Students around Australia are coming back to school from very different holiday experiences. We’ve all heard about the bushfires. It’s hard to imagine losing a home or spending Christmas crouching on a beach with nowhere else to go.
Amongst the heartbreaking stories, there have been powerful acts of kindness. For example, the wombat — other animals have been sheltering in wombat burrows to escape the fires. Wombats dig very deep burrows and don’t usually like to share them with strangers. But in these extreme circumstances, wombats have tolerated these strangers, which, I must say, is a big character development for wombats. The wombats and the firefighters: both doing the same thing, showing compassion. We can learn from this.
We’ve got homes and this great school. We shouldn’t need extreme circumstances to be kind and show compassion. Over the holidays, we opened our boarding houses to accommodate firefighters. This term, we have new boarders and new students with us here for the first time. Think of some simple acts of kindness. Smile. Say hello. It’s very easy to do.
I know that there are many mixed emotions in the gym as we gather here; apprehension, excitement, fear of not being accepted by those around you... With my last year upon me, one thing I’m sure of is that time passes very quickly. Whether you’ve been here for years or you’re joining us for the first time, seize this new beginning. Be curious. Be authentic and, like the wombats, be kind."
"A special welcome to new students and borders and a welcome back to those returning from last year. We hope your holiday break was filled with great moments spent outside the house and you’re ready to start the new year.
We imagine there are many of you feeling nervous today, or perhaps not. Maybe [you are] hesitant to be back in your school uniform, or perhaps you’re still torn up about the Australian Open tennis results. Whatever you may feel, we hope you are welcomed and excited for the year ahead.
Last year, the school’s vision statement was updated, bringing in an emphasis on belonging. The best way to do this is by getting to know one another. There are many things in our control, one being how we treat each other.
The 2020 year brings with it a new year, a new decade and a better time than ever to branch out beyond our group of friends and talk to those we are less familiar with, [whether they are] our peers or teachers. We can positively impact each other’s days in many ways, through a smile, a friendly greeting to an unfamiliar face or simply by remembering a name. These actions go a long way in creating an inclusive culture within our school community. I hope everybody looks out for one another this year. Next time we talk, we’ll all know each other a little better."