I hope that you and your family have had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter and holiday. I was fortunate to be at a Conference in beautiful Hobart, where some rain and cooler weather made for a pleasant change. One of the guest speakers was Stephen Biddulph, who is always engaging and offers so much wisdom and reinforcement about teaching and caring for children. A large focus of the Conference yesterday was Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.
Term 2 is always a very special one for us in the Junior School, with a number of unique and very enjoyable events such as the Mother’s Day Breakfast, Cross Country and the Year 3-6 Cabaret Evening, complementing classroom opportunities.
We continue with our This Is Me theme, again providing a wide cross-section of guest speakers who will share their unique journeys with us, reinforcing to the boys that individuality is special and to be applauded, that everyone confronts times of adversity, and that resilience is a much-needed value….or as one of the lyrics in This Is Me states;
“…I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be, this is me…”
MOTHERS’ DAY BREAKFAST
As mentioned, our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast is always a special occasion. With choir performances, lovely food, slideshows and the warmth of sharing the morning with others ‘mums’ and Tintern Grammar children, the Breakfast is always memorable. Please note that seating is pre-arranged, and an early RSVP is essential…please book (free!) through the following link.
Our ANZAC Service has always been a special part of our Boys’ Junior School and this morning, our combined Junior Schools Service, was another special event. It afforded us the opportunity to reinforce the importance and significance of not only ANZAC Day, but remembering all Service men and Women, and communities affected by wars, in the past and present.
I spoke to the girls and boys about the amazing links between the tiny village of Villers Bretonneux in France, so badly destroyed in World War One, yet ‘reclaimed’ and saved by Australian Troops. The village school children tended to the graves of ANZACS killed during the fierce fighting that saw more than 1200 ANZACS killed on 24 April 1918.
In the early 1921, Sir John Monash oversaw the collection of funds in Victoria to assist with the rebuild of the village, and subsequently, what became known as The Victoria School. Still in it’s playground stands the sign “Do Not Forget Australia”.
Sir John Monash, and his planning and overseeing of the famous Battle of Hamel was also discussed.
We were delighted to be joined by Colonel David Jamison, from the Ringwood RSL, who read the ode and then Josh Apsey and Charli Victoria played the Last Post, a very moving moment.
At the completion of our Service, Colonel Jamison planted a Gallipoli Oak, descend from acorns originally brought back from the hills of the battlefield.
Maintaining an understanding of The ANZAC legend, hearing of the ‘good’ stories that have grown from the tragedy and ensuring that we will always remember those who sacrificed so much for us, is a right and privilege.