Posted on October 24, 2017
Term 4 is off to a flying start and it has been terrific to see students and staff return from the September break revived and ready for what is always a busy but enjoyable term. At this time of the year we begin to reflect on the year to date and it still surprises me how quickly time flies. With Year 12s saying their goodbyes as they prepare for their end of year examinations and life after school, it is heartening to hear them reflect positively on their time at Tintern and laugh as they share their memories of the Middle School… which seems like a lifetime ago to them, but it feels like it was only yesterday to the staff!
On Tuesday 17 October, all ELC – Year 12 girls and staff joined together for a wonderful assembly to recognise, congratulate and celebrate the Year 12 girls as they come to the end of their school journey. During the assembly, we heard reflections from Sarah Brown, Ada Chen and Emily Cowin about their experiences at Tintern and we enjoyed looking at a slideshow that showcased 13 years of memories. Our Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 girls presented the Year 12 girls with a card.
One of the exciting things about Term 4 is that we continue to welcome our new Year 7s for 2018 as they take part in their orientation program. Their second orientation day was last week and there was great energy and enthusiasm as the girls participated in a range of activities including taekwondo and circus skills. Our next orientation day is being held on Monday 20 November and on the day girls will spend the whole day at school and will be placed into their 2018 Pastoral Mentor and House groups.
It was great to see so many families at our 2017 Celebration Evening. The night was most enjoyable, not only as we recognised the achievements of our Middle School Award recipients but also as we celebrated and reflected on the many aspects of school life our girls participate in. Year 8 students were impressive as they performed on the Taeko Drums and many other students performed as part of ensembles and of course for the Les Miserables finale! Our Middle School Captain, Ashleigh Dowling summarised the highlights of the year so far and I have every confidence that in our remaining weeks there will be more ‘highlights’ added to the year. The Year 7s can look forward to their ‘Night of the Notables’ next week, Year 8s their Performing Arts Night and ‘Days for Girls’ and Year 9s their forthcoming exams and summer expeditions.
On Wednesday we have our House Swimming Sports and on Thursday and Friday we have many girls performing in the Year 9/10 Production – Virtuous Burglar in the CM Wood Centre with performances beginning at 7.30pm, I hope to see many of you there.