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Head of School’s Comment

There will be many Australians this week in Rio who are wrestling with some self-doubt and nerves as they compete on the international stage. To get to this level our athletes and those from around the world have had to overcome many roadblocks in their lives to become the successes they are. They would have had to push themselves through long training sessions, manage their fitness, watch their diet and choose not to indulge in many of the easy pleasures that their peers experience.

We continue with our school Value of Courage, moving from its application to honesty towards giving our best and completing our work. The Olympics are a wonderful example of what can be achieved through dedication, self-knowledge and perseverance. Moving through fears, self-doubt and procrastination and completing a task to your best ability is a wonderful feeling. It requires discipline and resilience and is something we must continually practice throughout our lives if we want to get to where we want to be. While completing that assignment to the best of your ability may not feel like winning the 50m sprint, all of those athletes have had to gain little wins along the way to get to the Olympics.

It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication. – Australian Olympian Herb Elliott.

Julian Wilcock