One of the highlights of the school year for Year 7 students and their pastoral teachers is the camp to Merricks. As the girls come to the end of their first term in secondary school it is great to have 4 days away to further develop friendships and get to know students in their year level. I happily spent a couple of days with the girls and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see students interact so positively with each other and with their teachers. Their willingness to try new experiences and ‘give everything a go’ as they stretched themselves, both physically and mentally, was impressive! The weather was fantastic with conditions perfect for snorkelling, horse riding, stand up paddle boarding and the campout. In the outdoors, whether on camp or playing in a sports team, students approach challenges so positively. It is equally important that this translates to the classroom and learning environment. It is important for our students to understand that we learn equally from our successes and our mistakes. With mistakes, we teach them to go back and try again, to consider the process and have another go; with success we look at what aided the result and how we can apply that learning to other parts of our life.
As Term 1 comes to an end we have celebrated together many successes, most recently was the fantastic Musical Production ‘Oklahoma!’ Those of us lucky enough to see the production were impressed by the many talents on show throughout the performance. After months and months of practice, hard work, commitment and dedication put in by students and staff their efforts were rewarded with brilliant performances from our actors, singers, dancers, musicians, stage and backstage crew.
Our Year 9 Girls Tennis and Softball teams performed really well in the EISM Summer Finals, winning their grand finals!
In Term 2 there are many opportunities for girls to further ‘stretch’ themselves and take part in a number of House events. Year 7 girls will begin learning their routine for House Cheersports, the Middle School House Cross Country on Thursday 28 April promises to be a colourful event and we have been busy rehearsing for the House Music competition, involving all Year 7-12 students, which will be performed on Tuesday 17 May. These activities provide girls with the opportunity to further demonstrate team spirit, co-operation, a sense of pride and commitment. Additionally, students get the opportunity to work with other students from different sections of the school. Some students are more experienced in these areas than others but all students have the ability to contribute. House events are a collective effort and success comes about when all students ‘do their best’ and support each other to achieve a common goal. I’m certainly looking forward to watching students as they work together under the leadership of their House Captains.
I would like to congratulate Bre Turnbull on placing 2nd in the State for Under 14 Javelin on the weekend. She threw the javelin a massive 32.24m which was a personal best!
Erin Doupe has also had great success at the recent State Nippers Championships in Warnambool placing 5th in the beach sprints and winning the Under 14 Flags Competition!