Principal’s Corner

Mothers are incomparable.

It’s often said:  They hold their children’s hands for a little while …… but their hearts forever.

Mothers are the first people we know when we enter the world and they love and care for us as we grow up. They teach us life skills like cooking, driving, working and independence. They show us that it’s okay to be scared sometimes, but that it shouldn’t stop us from living our lives and pursuing our dreams. They show us how to listen, to care and to love – ourselves and others.

Once a year, countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day; a day dedicated to all mothers that serves as a reminder of what our mothers, do for us each and every day of the year. We hope that all of the mothers in our community were able to appropriately celebrate their special day on Sunday.

Our Year 9 boys have had a couple of busy weeks with the successful, character-building Year 9 Outdoor Learning Program taking place in country Victoria last week. This challenging venture relies on increased resilience and group cooperation as the students undertook activities at Eildon, the Grampians, Wyperfeld and Wabonga. The feedback from the boys has been very positive.

This was followed by their NAPLAN testing for all boys in Year 7 and 9 this week. NAPLAN tests assess student knowledge and skills in Writing, Reading, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. The results of the tests provide information for students, parents, teachers and principals, which can be used to improve student achievement. There are often conflicting views on testing and using data for cohorts and individuals. The College makes use of a substantial amount of data for all boys to inform staff, parents and students of real progress over the short and long term, one of which is this testing. In the end, personal growth, with the assistance of good data, can be very helpful.

The Alawa people of Minyerri have lived in South-Eastern Arnhem Land for thousands of years. Minyerri (Hodgson Downs) is a remote Aboriginal community around 250kms southeast of Katherine in the Northern Territory. The Minyerri school caters for students from years 1 to 12 and has a good reputation for both attendance and academic results. The 2-week Indigenous Immersion experience to Darwin and the Minyerri Community late in June has already begun, with the participating boys having engaged in an educational student workshop earlier this week. This workshop was the precursor to a student and parent information session that followed. Thank you to Mr Worner, Mr Ciardulli and Mr Cetin for ensuring that the boys are well informed with regard to the nuances of such an experience.

Our thoughts are with:

  • Teacher and friend Vin Burton, whose partner Rhonda passed away during the early hours of Mother’s Day. We pray that God’s peace is with Rhonda and brings comfort and courage to her family in the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in their hearts.
  • The Blower family on the passing of Sean and Kevin’s Grandfather.

 

Greg Stewart

Principal

In the care of a loving mother

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