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Head of School’s Comment

As is customary at this time of year the elections for Head Boy, Head Girl and House Captains take place. Many 5th Class children were nominated for positions and some children accepted and others declined to accept the nomination. Those who accepted a nomination were given an hour to prepare a speech on leadership. The speeches were then delivered to an audience of 4th, 5th and 6th Class students and teachers, who were later to cast a vote.
The speeches were quite outstanding.  The children spoke honestly, sincerely and forthrightly on what they felt constituted a good leader.  Among other things they spoke of kindness, tolerance, fun, inspiration, strength, courage and honesty.  It was extremely impressive.
The audience listened attentively, obviously considering the quality of the candidates and for whom they would vote.  At the completion of speeches the duties of each position was read out, then the children and teachers cast their vote.
The votes are in the process of being counted but everyone (except a select few) has to wait til Speech Night for the results!!
On another note, for the past term the staff has been reciting a verse from the Katha Upanishad, which, in translation, refers to showing courage together. As a school we are joined in unity to meet each day with courage. The children have also been practicing this and as the term has progressed it has been evident in the little things.
It’s the child who moves over at the lunch table to let another child in, the older child who helps a younger buddy,  the children who offer to play recorder at Assembly even when their teacher is absent, the child who held back the tears when she didn t win the race, and the children who just give it a go. It’s also the teacher who offers to do extra duties, the office staff who are continually willing to help & & &..  It’s working together on the small things, that’s what  matters.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to parents, children and staff who have been so very supportive and who make my job an absolute delight. 
Wishing you a very happy Christmas, and all the best for the New Year.

Mary McKendrick