From the Head of Senior School
Two stories from the fire…………………
I have not had any previous experiences with fires but one hears stories from others. Upon seeing the damage in daylight the following day, the Student Office was unrecognisable being covered in black. On the table near the door were the house group folders virtually untouched by the fire. The yellow, blue, red and slightly tinged green folders were like a beacon amongst the black. A sign of the importance of our House system and students.
The other story is on Friday last week upon the return of our Year 11 and 12 students, a Year 11 student came to the new library area and saw me. In her hand she had a laptop charger that she had not returned to the library and was worried she would get into trouble. We were elated as it was the only charger we now had.
Who Feeds Your Child?
Our canteen at senior school is an exceptional place where students gather and purchase welcoming food and drinks. Heather Smith is a legend! She knows all the students and caters for them in all ways. The respect our students have for Heather is very touching.
Assisting Heather is a loyal band of volunteers who give freely of their time so that your child may enjoy friendly service and a wide range of choice. These volunteers are often, but not always, parents and are the lifeblood of our canteen. In a time when we are often served by a machine and have little time ourselves, there is a group of volunteers who support our students. Please remember that your child may be fed from our canteen, served by a volunteer.
The Senior Campus celebrated Harmony Day on Tuesday 1st May and we have just counted the funds raised. An amazing $777.20 was raised with all money going to Braveheart. The Bravehearts Organisation (https://bravehearts.org.au), is a child protection organisation working to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
Funds were raised via our plain clothes day and also by the selling the beautiful food on offer. The Japanese Curry Rice was very popular as was the Indonesian Chocolate Pudding. It allowed students and staff to mingle at lunchtime and enjoy their lunch. We thank the LOTE department for their efforts and especially Yuji Nakayama and Hany Smith for leading this.
Sleep out for the Homeless
On Wednesday 23rd May Jane Smith has been organising the sleep out for the homeless at Senior School. Last year was a huge success with the students not only experiencing sleeping on cardboard but listening to the plight of the homeless from those who work so closely with them.
The Debutante Ball
The rehearsals for the Debutante Ball are progressing very well. The girls are light on their feet and in perfect harmony with the music. The boys are exceptional in all areas and will excite all with their co-ordination.
We look forward to the two evenings and sincerely thank all staff for their continued support and commitment to date and in the near future.
Just a quick update from Alice Springs to let you know that we have arrived safely and everyone is in good spirits. It has been a busy day of travel, shopping for the week and organising our first night in camp.
The weather is cool with very clear sky’s, students seem well prepared with warm clothing. We are heading to Uluru tomorrow and I will send another update Sunday night before heading out to Finke.
From Mia, Jacqui, Mark & Cassidy
There is an Australian History and Legal Studies trip to Canberra departing on Sunday 20th May and returning on Tuesday 22nd May. It will be a fabulous trip incorporating a range of visits around our nation’s capital. It will enhance their learning in both Australian History and Legal Studies. We wish to thank the staff for volunteering their time to lead this trip.
Due to the fire last week, our full library is out of action, but we have received a very kind offer from Deakin University. Our students are able to use their library at the Waterfront and also at Waurn Ponds. Our temporary library is situated in the Chapel, minus the books which are being cleaned. When the portable buildings arrive the library will be situated in rooms 16 & 17. Students are still able to use the Chapel after school to 4.30pm in a supervised area. We thank you for your understanding and please contact us if you have any questions concerning the library facilities.
Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds