I have forwarded the latest Principal’s Update concerning the COVID-19 management process to parents and caregivers this afternoon. Thank you for your outstanding, ongoing co-operation and support in this rapidly changing and evolving situation.
In late 2017, Mr Michael Senior wrote to our College community following a tragic event that occurred outside the College. On the morning of November 1, the community were all shocked to be greeted with the sight and the news that a cyclist had been killed on Kate Street. At the time Mr Senior did not know the name of the cyclist. His name was Mr Richard Pichlmann. Like many stories this accident left a family without a loved husband and father, and for others, a wonderful friend. Life can be very cruel when we least expect it.
Camp Week 2020 was an enormous success. As I visited campsites last week, communicated with staff in Canberra and attended the Year 12 Claddagh parent debrief, the reviews and feedback from students, staff and parents have been most positive. Something that particularly struck me on my visits was the calmness and positivity of most of our boys as they worked together on the challenges presented to them. Feedback from instructors and facilitators across the sites was also very positive which is very pleasing.
I remember the first time I went on camp. I was in Year 3 and was a first-year member of the Bunya Park Cubs in Toowoomba. We had one night camping in Jubilee Park on the edge of the Great Dividing Range near my friend’s house in a paddock where his pet goat, ducks and chooks lived. It was brilliant!
Our Leadership assemblies are great opportunities to recognise and congratulate students who have been selected to represent their year level, House or aspect of our community identity in a leadership role. Warm congratulations and well wishes to all of the students from Years 7 to 12 who have been tasked with this responsibility. In a special way, I acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Mentors, Zeke and Ezra who have been invited to pave the way in 2020 for this inaugural role. I also look forward to the Junior School Leadership assembly in Week 7.