Factis Non Verbis

The last 10 days have certainly been memorable for our boys, with a range of activities and experiences.

We were delighted to welcome back our Year 5 Boys from their Surf Camp at Phillip Island last week, on Wednesday our Year 6 boys each flew a Piper Warrior plane, last Thursday our Year 2s had a wonderful ‘Dads and Lads’ evening, our Preps and 1s had their special  PJ Party Friday evening, and this week, our Year 3 and 4 boys head to Camp Manyung for their 3 day camp.

Our smaller community and class sizes enable us to be offer unique experiences for our boys, and ensure that every boy is able to fully participate in all opportunities offered. Our upcoming P-2 Fun Swimming and Year 3-6 House Carnival will see every boy, regardless of ability,  participate in at least 6 events…this certainly builds upon House spirit, and self-esteem.

In our Assemblies, we have discussed the Presidential election, focussing upon the leadership characteristics of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. Prior to the result, we made reference to comments that didn’t reflect our Compass values, and discussed why these were inappropriate. Post the election, we have looked at both Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, focussing on his apparent graciousness, his praise of Hilary Clinton, “She fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very seriously.” and his comment, “For those who have chosen not to support me, of which there were a few, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unite our great country.”

We did all agree that we hoped this as a case of Factis Non Verbis!

Our focus on Hilary Clinton revolved around her strength and fortitude:“I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans, …..we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” and her role as a ‘champion’ of women… “”To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion…..someday someone will” break that “highest, hardest glass ceiling.”

Most importantly, we have endeavoured to leave our boys with a sense of hope, rather than one of doom!

Monday’s assembly also gave us the opportunity to celebrate the 125th birthday of Sir Frederick banting, co-founder of insulin….with Diabetes playing a large role in the life of two of our Junior School boys, this was a very well celebrated milestone

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