Next week is the final week of Term 1. It includes the culmination of our summer sports programme, with many students away representing College during the national secondary schools’ Summer Tournament Week.
College will compete in a wide range of sports, reflecting the variety of opportunities open to our boys. We wish all our athletes the very best in their respective competitions as they represent themselves, their families, and our school.
Several ‘close calls’ outside our main gates prompt me to ask everyone within the community to take care around all types of vehicles. This term, we have had to respond to community complaints and concerns about the driving of some students and we also ask student cyclists, skateboarders, and scooter riders (including electric) to slow down and disembark on entering the campus. To be safe on our roads and paths, everyone has to take personal responsibility. The rules are there to protect everyone and accidents can have dire consequences for many people.
I am grateful to the Board of Governors who have granted me Sabbatical Leave. I will be away from College from mid-next week until 29 May 2023 (five weeks into Term 2),
I appreciate this opportunity to take an extended break from the school. I will visit family in Brisbane, Sydney, and Perth and, while there, connect with schools to gain insights into any new and interesting programmes and initiatives that reflect aspects of our current Strategic Plan and may inform our future direction for College. I am particularly interested in programmes that may develop an entrepreneurial disposition in our graduates.
I will also take the opportunity to visit Egypt and Israel on guided tours. Both countries are ‘bucket list’ destinations for Annie and myself.
During my time away, Rob Donaldson will be Acting Executive Principal (while continuing in his role as Deputy Principal). He will be supported by our three Assistant Principals, Darrell Thatcher, Nicole Billante, and Ben Vink.
Work is well under way on Upper West – our long-awaited multi-functional sports facility. This week, a series of concrete trucks have signalled the start of the laying of the main gymnasium floor while the roof is taking shape in layers. Hopefully, we will open Upper West in early 2024.
You can see all the work on Upper West via our time-lapse video.Read on