From the Principal

We are now over half way through the term and there is so much happening around the school.  HSC exams have now finished (thank you to the whole school community for your patience and understanding in supporting the ‘quiet zones’ throughout the exams).  I am looking forward to the final Year 12 formal next week, when we will have the chance to celebrate and farewell our graduating class.

I am excited to be attending the Wearable Arts show at Shearwater tonight.  Several of our textiles students made wonderful costumes for this event and have put in an enormous effort so that their costumes could be part of the show.  Congratulations to all of these students (and to Vatika, who supported and guided them through the process).

I would also like to congratulate a group of Year 9 boys who went out of their way, whilst on a recent excursion, to assist a homeless man and provide him with some food.  Their actions were noticed by a member of the public who rang the school to say how very impressed she was with the way these students acted with such caring and compassion.  Our school vision is to enable each individual to have ….”the empathy, sills and initiative to a make a positive contribution to the world.”  What a fine example of this these Year 9 students proved to be!

Next week marks the beginning of our swimming program in the Primary School.  As we live in such a beautiful climate, with wonderful beaches, rivers and swimming holes, it is important that our young people can keep themselves safe in the water.  The swimming program is just a small but important part of this process.  I encourage all parents to consider carefully how they can assist their children to gain additional skills to swim safely in the varying conditions provided by beach, river and waterhole swimming environments.  Being able to swim a lap of a pool is quite a different thing to being able to swim safely in different natural environments.