From the Principal

Well, term holidays have finally arrived and I must say, our term certainly finished with a bang, not a whimper!

The Boys’ Junior School production, “Seussical”, celebrated all things Dr Seuss most impressively and was admired by the Girls’ Junior School students who were fortunate enough to attend the matinee performance! Although there were some outstanding individual performances, it was the collective that was most impressive and I thank Mrs Casey for her commitment and energy that resulted in such a terrific event!

Our Girls’ Junior School’s “Tintern’s Got Talent” was conducted over the last three weeks of term as a social service activity as well as a performance opportunity. This was a student-led showcase of singing, dancing, and art and really adopted the 2017 GJS themes of “GRIT” and “Growth”. Many of the girls were clearly nervous, some performing for the very first time and all showed real bravery in completing their piece despite this. The standard of performance by some students was certainly very high but the courage required was impressive from every single one! Perhaps most significantly, the efforts of Elizabeth, Tahlia and Ella resulted in the girls raising an impressive amount for brain cancer research.

Monday of the final week saw the first of our Orientation Days for 2017 Year 7 students. Although many (both from other primary schools and our own Junior Schools!) began the day uncertain and more than a little anxious, a number of current and future parents later reported to me that by the end of the day, their children were already looking forward to the next Orientation Day! Based on Day 1, all signs are that we will have a terrific Year 7 cohort joining our Middle Schools next year!

In the secondary school, the highlight of the final week was definitely our final Principal’s Assembly; student-led and with the theme of “Expect the Unexpected”! Our school leaders created and ran this event most impressively, managing the difficult combination of terrific humour, appropriateness and aplomb; much of it was certainly unexpected! While certainly funny and engaging, there were also messages of significance, particularly continuing our exploration of diversity and inclusion within our school and in broader society.

Although everyone was definitely looking forward to the holidays by 2.00pm on Friday, there was no shortage of attention during the Assembly and I thank the School Leaders and staff, particularly Mr Acebron and Mr Lo, for their great work in making it happen.

I offer best wishes for the break and hope you are all able to enjoy an enjoyable, refreshing and safe holiday and we look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday 4 October ready to throw themselves into Term 4 with renewed vigour!

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Bradley Fry
Principal

 

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