As the Southwood song states we’re ‘Moving on with the course of time’; the time has come for the school year of 2016 to come to an end. To me, it’s been one of the busiest years I have been associated with at Tintern and the boys have certainly kept me on my toes throughout. When the dust settles on each school year I always take the opportunity to reflect back on how it went; I try to celebrate the successes, look for areas of improvement, and especially enjoy the connections and relationships we have formed with our boys and their families. This is something we highly encourage our boys to do as well. After they have had a chance to read through their academic reports in the coming weeks, ask the boys to reflect on their own year (getting boys to reflect thoughtfully isn’t the easiest of things to do, but it is very worthwhile), get them to look at how they have gone across a broad array of areas. They should consider things such as their behavioural indicators; was their effort as high as it should/could be, are they developing sound organisational skills and habits, did they follow the them this year of being the ‘best you’. Get them to look at their results and recognise areas of strength (praise these) and also areas of weakness that could form part of their goals for 2017. They should also look at their involvement in school life. Did they put their hand up to do lots of things or only a few things? Where they involved in music, sport, drama, academia, etc. Is there opportunity for them to do more of this next year? This reflection is so important for boys so that they build habits of doing this into later life.
I would like to congratulate our Year 7 boys (and families) on successfully completing their first year of Secondary School. Your contribution to our Middle School this year has been fantastic across all areas of the school and I certainly look forward to the impact you will continue to have on our Middle School over the next couple of years. The Year 8 boys traversed their way through what is often considered the most challenging year for them (and for mum and dad) with absolute aplomb. The increased level of maturity that has been shown by them as the year has progressed leaves me with a great deal of confidence for when they return as the leaders of our Middle School next year. And it is at this time each that we bid farewell and good luck to our current Year 9 boys who make their way to the Senior College. As a group of boys you have made a fantastic journey through the Middle Years and will no doubt continue to do so.
I’d like to wish all families a very happy and safe summer holiday and festive season. I’d like to thank you for entrusting your son’s education with us and for allowing us to be part of this stage of their life. Puberty and adolescence is never an easy time as I’m sure many of you are aware and experiencing, but I can assure you that it is a wonderful age and the boys we have at our school are a wonderful bunch of young men who are growing into the type of young men we want contributing to our society. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to hearing from you all in 2017 and I especially look forward to seeing our boys return for another big year next year.