Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford.
Over the past week, I have been constantly reminded about the fabulous role I have at College and the sheer joy that living in a regional community can bring. ‘Coffee and Conversation’ outings to Horsham, Ararat and Casterton provided invaluable opportunities not just to meet families but to learn where we can improve. The Hockey and Soccer Grand Finals at Pedrina Park generated enormous goodwill and witnessed tremendous support from friends and family alike. At the final Clay Target Shoot for the season brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers all shared their common interest in the sport and I began to wonder where else in Australia could families share in a hobby together on a Monday afternoon. Our Year 6 Concert demonstrated a combination of courage, talent and persistence while David Jones’ Percussion Concert was simply just class. At important community events like the National Centre for Farmer Health Conference and the Hamilton breakfast for GenR8 Change I felt immense pride in the contribution and vision of past and current parents like Professor Susan Brumby, Dr Alison Kennedy and Mrs Amanda Adamson. Finally the love and emotion invested in welcoming grandparents was tangible and it is hard to accurately describe the sheer pleasure of watching our Preps perform ‘The Cranky Bear’ at the Junior School assembly.
Tomorrow (Friday) we have House Music and another wonderful opportunity avails for families to support their children and watch real House spirit unfold. All families are welcome in the Simons Auditorium from 12.30pm.
I thank everyone for their commitment and support this term and I wish all students, staff and families a relaxing and safe holiday!
Dr Andrew Hirst