Posted on May 8, 2018
Last week our Middle School assembly was a powerful reflection of our theme this year of ‘Courageous Not Perfect’. Our Middle School leaders enlisted the help of Ms Cain to engage the entire Girls’ Middle School into mass singing to lift our spirits and to increase unity amongst the different year levels. They encouraged the girls to make one massive circle of every girl from Year 7 to 9 and then we sang the song ‘This Is Me’ from the film ‘The Greatest Showman’. This inspiring song has lyrics which encourage girls to feel supported in expressing themselves as they are, and not feeling pressure to conform…
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me.
The girls were initially a little awkward about singing this to each other, but as the song progressed they soon reached an impressive level of passion in their singing and dancing and the energy in the room was very evident. It was wonderful to see our girls working together, encouraging each other to give it a go and not worrying about how they might appear to others and enjoying being free to be themselves during this experience. I certainly found it a wonderful experience as I am sure our girls did as well. Watch the video here.
A reminder that our Annual Cathedral Service is coming up on Sunday 20 May and parents, friends and family are all welcome to attend. Please be aware that this event is compulsory for students and as such all students are expected to attend. If your child is unable to attend please send an email to Catherine Groseclos (Assistant to Heads of Middle School): firstname.lastname@example.org
This week our Year 9 students attended an introductory session on organising work experience for 2019. They were encouraged to start considering where they would like to apply and to do so as early as possible as some of the more popular places fill up well in advance or may have a lengthy application process. On the Year 9 Portal page there is a copy of all the information that was given to the students including dates for 2019 work experience as well as the process to follow.
A large group of our Year 7 girls have been very faithfully attending the farm each lunchtime to prepare our sheep for the upcoming Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show. Farmer Gavin remarked that they have all shown themselves to be very mature in their approach to handling the sheep and are also showing strong teamwork as they encourage and help each other.
In Pastoral sessions, our Year 8 girls have been talking about the concept that we are all like trees. We need to have our roots firmly grounded in family, school and a clear idea of who we are so that we have the strength to grow and change and stretch ourselves to achieve new things.
During Term 2 each House Group has been busy practising their House Music songs based on a Disney theme. House competitions and activities add great life and energy to our school and are a wonderful opportunity for students to work with groups outside of their friendship and class groups. It also allows for interaction between students from different year levels and I’m really pleased to see the positive approach students have demonstrated towards these activities.
Last weekend our wonderful Equestrian Team competed and hosted the Tintern Horse Trials at Wandin. Read about the event in Sport Matters. Many thanks both to the students and our parents for your enormous effort in making sure that the day ran smoothly and to such a high standard.
Congratulations also to our Year 9 students who recently competed in the Horizon Academic Challenge Day and represented the school across many different challenges. Click here to see our outstanding results!
I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Jazz Night this Saturday 12 May.