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September 18, 2020

Head of School’s Comment

Our current Value in focus is Respect. During this term we have explored respect in relation to giving full attention, being aware of the needs of others, and offering thanks. This week we explored community at our assemblies through one of our readings on the term ‘Ubuntu’. In the final weeks of this term, we shall address the benefits of acknowledging what someone does well; praising those that do something better than you. “We need other human beings in order to be human. We are made for togetherness, we are made for family, for fellowship, to exist in a tender network of interdependence.” Desmond Tutu on Ubuntu – No Future Without Forgiveness Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

With the break in the rain, our builders have today finished securing the main roof for our new building and will be in a better position to continue in inclement weather. That being said there are predictions for a wetter than usual winter, and this combined with supply chain issues, has led us to again re-evaluate the date for our Open Day this year. While we do expect the building to be completed in late August, it will take additional time for the landscaping and particular the turf on the field to establish. Our Open Day will move from the 28th August to Sunday, 16th October. Monday 29th August will be a regular school day and instead Monday 17th …

Head of School’s Comment

Next week we will hold our annual Sanskrit recitation competition and finals. Sanskrit instruction, from Lower 1st to 6th Class, is one of the unique features of our curriculum, and has been an integral part of our school since it was founded. Our students benefit from learning this ancient classical language, which like Latin has influenced languages, literature and culture throughout history. The simple, clear grammar used in Sanskrit helps in the development of learning other languages, including English. The recitation of Sanskrit lends itself to a beauty of sound and structure that when combined with some of the universal themes of spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health, produce work of the highest standard. The recitation is also one …
Our Lower 1st students were very proud to share some of their wonderful writing examples with me this week. We will look to celebrate this further in next week’s assembly with all of Infants. They have certainly come a long way in such a short time, and are rightfully proud of their progress. Thank you to those parents who have been in the position to help out in class with our younger students. It is greatly appreciated by our teachers and the children love having their parents visit. Keeping our fingers crossed for some sunshine next Friday for our annual Walkathon! Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

Our Value in focus this Term is Truthfulness. In the first half of this Term, both as staff and students, we have worked to ensure that we speak the whole truth and when we do, it is for the benefit of all. In the coming weeks we shall be exploring why it is important to seek the truth, not necessarily to find it, but the journey itself. This is the definition of philosophy, from the Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, ‘love of wisdom’. It is also the basis of modern scientific theory, always open, never closed. A never-ending road trip; are we there yet? Julian Wilcock Headmaster …

Head of School’s Comment

Our students and staff have shown great resilience over the past couple of weeks with the constant heavy rain. While our Primary Swimming Carnival and PISA competitions have been postponed, and the regular sport and playtimes kept indoors, spirits remain high! A big thank you to our parents who have braved the traffic, and shown great patience, care, and understanding during drop-off and pick-up times. The rain has slowed the progress of our new building; however, it has been a great test of the drainage and water flow for this area. It has performed better than expected and we look forward to moving along swiftly as the weather improves. Julian Wilcock Headmaster …