As the mist rose off the oval this morning our Boarders who live in country NSW headed off home on the bus full of excitement. Everybody in the school has a spring in their step today as the community anticipates the next three weeks of rest and relaxation. I hope that families and our students enjoy a slower pace together. The school will still be open and many of our staff will work through this non-term time keeping the school ticking over for the students’ return in July. I thank everyone for their work and commitment to the school this term. Term 2 has gone so quickly and the students and staff have worked hard for good outcomes. The reports that parents receive demonstrate the work the girls have done in all facets of the FACE curriculum and we are proud of their efforts.
The students from Years 5-11 have been told that there is no homework over the break other than reading for pleasure. For Year 12, they need to rest first and do a bit of ‘time wasting’ before they hit the books for their Trials. We keep Year 12 in our prayers at this time – the busiest time for them in this HSC year where they are finishing courses and practical projects and preparing for the Trial Exams all at once. We wish them well.
What a great Primary School Athletics Carnival we experienced during the week. The students were enthusiastic and determined and I am pleased to say that we had more nominations for races than ever before. When I attended it looked like the whole Primary School was participating as there was no one in the stands. Congratulations to the students and staff for a great day.
Congratulations also to Maye House who were the winners of the Senior School Athletics Carnival with an incredibly high point score and to Kendall House, who won the Spirit Cup. Well done to all of our athletes and everyone who took part in races on the day to secure House points.
Well done to all teams who participated in ‘Write a Book in a Day’ on Tuesday in the LRC. The girls formed their teams and planned their day choosing a leader and delegating tasks to each other. The books students produce and publish for ‘Write a Book in a Day’ are all sent off to the Kids Cancer Project and are given to children in hospital. Congratulations to all teams.
Yesterday Year 12 attended the Careers Conference in the gym where they heard from keynote speakers and ex-students about life ‘Beyond the School Gates’. It was a great day for the girls as they listened to some of their former peers talking about university, part time jobs, travelling, interviews and friendships. The girls also heard about networking and work place relations and had the opportunity to practice what they had learnt at a networking lunch. Thank you to everyone involved who took time out of their day to help Year 12 to prepare for life after school.
Congratulations to Tatum Bird, Captain of Sport, who was today awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Award for her dedication to sport. Tatum will formally receive her award from the school at the Year 12 Graduation later in the year.
Thank you to all the parents who attended a fun and frivolous PAL Trivia Night. It was a great night and it was brilliant to see so many parents dressed to impress. It is great to get together in such relaxed circumstances and stretch our brains around the trivia as well. Thank you to the PAL Executive for organising the event.
I wish everyone a safe and happy break and look forward to seeing you all next term with classes commencing on Monday 23 July.
Plenary Council Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia
and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another
and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.
Give us the courage to tell our stories
and to speak boldly of your truth.
Give us ears to listen humbly to each other
and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,
that we may live the joy of the Gospel.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
bread for the journey from age to age.
With prayers of peace and hope,
Ms Barbara Watkins