I trust that all members of our school community were able to take a break over the school holidays, or at least appreciate the change in routine.

I imagine that our Shire Prep and Kindergarten students would have been quite tired at the end of the term, given that many of them have not been at school from Monday to Friday before.

I trust that the school holidays have restored their energy.

Anzac Day Commemoration

The school took the opportunity on the first day of this term to commemorate Anzac Day. Our Junior School students heard from two of our Year 10 students about the meaning of Anzac Day, followed by a respectful period of silence.

The Secondary School conducted a very tasteful, respectful Anzac assembly after recess. In the words of the RSL, I believe it is important for students “to remember all those who lost their lives in service to their country, in all wars”.

The challenge for schools is to construct a collective remembrance that is age-appropriate and sensitive for young people.

I read a Christian blog site sharing a Christian perspective on Anzac Day and found the following excerpt from that blog interesting.

The writer said “…….in this context I think also of Anzac Day, a day on which we as God’s people do not boast in men and what they have done, but we reflect on God’s hand in history.

For it is God who throughout World War I and II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam War gave freedom to thousands of people”.

Student opportunity

As I look forward to the term ahead, I’m excited by the large number of opportunities for students over the next few weeks, with a substantial number of excursions and sporting events, including the crosscountry and athletics carnivals.

We also have our school photos next week. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our students sharply dressed in their winter uniform and smiling for the camera.

The school booked the photographer as early as possible this year, so that the photos could be developed and delivered to families earlier than last year.

Mrs Cole exploring new opportunities

Before I close, I would like to advise you that our current Head of Secondary School, Mrs Marilyn Cole, recently advised me of her resignation.

Mrs Cole has decided to finish her time with us at the end of this term and is looking forward to exploring new opportunities in teaching and learning in the future.

In the five terms I have worked with Mrs Cole, she has been a godly Christian woman with a deep-seated concern for others.

She has made astute contributions to executive meeting discussions and has been a highly regarded Legal Studies teacher.

Mrs Cole has invested many long hours in her welfare role, treating students thoughtfully and compassionately.

I am sure that all members of our school community will join with me in wishing Mrs Cole all the very best for her future.