Those members of the House Vice Captain Student Leadership Team listed below are requested to see Mr Brannan to confirm whether they are available to represent the College and lay a wreath at the Chatswood RSL Willoughby Remembrance Day Commemoration Service in the Garden of Remembrance, Albert Avenue in Chatswood at 10.35am until approximately 11.30am on Saturday 11th November.
Many of our School Leaders have sport commitments and thus we will be led by College Vice Captain Nikita Papastamatis (Year 11) who visited the Western Front Battlefields with the NSW Premiers Tour for the Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. He will be accompanied by Daniel Fileman (Year 9) and other Student Leaders, House Vice Captains and College Representatives who are available. Please see Mr Brannan after the Year 9 camps conclude this week to confirm your attendance status.
Leadership with Integrity Forum
Preparations continue with our Year 9/10 Wellbeing Coordinator Ms Foord organising our 2017 Leadership with Integrity student leadership forum on Monday 27th November at Oxford Falls. Ms Foord has organised some inspirational guest speakers on the topic including:
- Dr John Honner of the EREA Council: His father Lt Colonel Ralph Honner, was a child of the Great Depression, WA teacher and lawyer before inspirationally leading troops in WWII in the Middle East, Greece, Crete and Kokoda. Before a post war career in law in NSW and as Australian Ambassador to Ireland 1968 – 72.
- Greg Growden: Renowned Rugby and Sports Journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, Foxtel, ESPN and writer who Ms Keighery recently hosted at a Senior library writers guest breakfast to celebrate the release of his book on Brad Hogg and to encourage our students to develop themselves as writers of the present and future.
- Our own recent College Captain Stuart Maclaine who will reflect on his leadership journey and current status as a University Student and leader of the future.
At this point all of Year 7, House Vice Captains, MindMatters students and identified students from Years 8 and 9 will attend the day at Oxford Falls. Please see Ms Foord for details
Class of 1967 50 Year reunion
Congratulation to the SPX Graduating Class of 1967 who held their 50 year reunion last Thursday at the Kirribili RSL Club. While their numbers are thinning out the spirit and friendships forged in Blue and Gold remain indomitable. The photos below shows each attendee last Thursday, and also with their school boy alter ego of 50 years ago.
Members of the cohort include Richard Lund who knows some of our staff from Hornsby Rifle Range Club and Bill James whose sons Richard and Andrew run On Track Expeditions facilitating our Kokoda Track expeditions of 2014, 2016 and 2018.
Prefect Speech Craft
Our Prefects and Student Leadership Team continue their hard work in honing their speaking and presentation skills for their tenure as school leaders. On Monday 13th November they will host a Speechcraft Graduation Ceremony at Chatswood RSL to practice their speaking skills in front of a “live” dinner audience.
Year 9 Students will host Brigidine College St Ives at Oxford Falls on Monday 20th November to continue to hone their Ceroc Dancing skills as a part of the PDHPE Curriculum. The event also provides the opportunity for our young men to host our guests and run an event complete with welcomes, acknowledgement of country, prayer and thanksgiving.
Hopefully the skills in integrating with the girls on the dance floor can be replicated at lunch and recess breaks with chivalrous inclusive conversation not overridden by the need to take advantage of every second kicking a football around at Oxford Falls.
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services