Last week, it was a pleasure to hand over prizes and awards to your Years 12–13 students. It is a time when we celebrate just how high the tide has floated as a result of the collective efforts of our boys.
We always take the opportunity at these events to remind everyone that although prize winners are lauded, their success is on the shoulders of their family and friends and the culture of their school. The day also underlines that the journey towards graduation and the level of all-round achievement at that point falls fundamentally on each boy.
In my speech, I have highlighted the truth that at any point in time, we find ourselves the sum of our choices, and for young men ending school that can be both affirming and an informing truth as they take this pivotal step towards adulthood.
As the school looks ahead, the next few weeks are busy and active for boys in Years 9–11. The conclusion of academic programmes combined with opportunities for outdoor education, community service, and career considerations make for an interesting end to the year.
College looks forward with our strategic themes of Motivation, Connection, Philanthropy and Sustainability becoming more overt given that, like the wider community, we hope to be able to plan more effectively rather than guess what may be the next pandemic-related challenge. It is encouraging to do so in an environment where there is strong demand as evidenced at our Information Evening last week, attended by more than 400 parents and students.
Giving Day – help us grow future champions
Our annual Giving Day will be held on Thursday 24 November.
Giving Day is back again as this year’s Annual Appeal. With the development of our new, multi-purpose sports centre, Upper West, now is the time to restore and enhance Upper. Giving Day will set up the sporting success of generations to come with a world-class turf to train and play on all year round. All donations made on Giving Day will be tripled thanks to contributions already pledged by matching donors.
We hope you choose to support Giving Day and College students, now and tomorrow. Further information will be shared with you over the coming weeks.
How to leave your mark on Upper
We are offering a very limited number of named plaques to be installed on the exterior of Upper West. The plaque will feature your family name and initials of your choosing. You may want to make an individual contribution or a family one.
In acknowledgement of your commitment, you will be recognised as a matching donor on Giving Day. Click here to find out more. If you want to discuss this opportunity further, contact Shelley Keach on 03 364 6818 or email email@example.com.