Senior School Report

March 6, 2020

by Hamish McCrum, Director of Senior School

On Tuesday March 10 we are holding parent/teacher/student interviews. I encourage all to attend. Even if you suspect you may not learn anything new, attending reinforces to your son that you value him and his education. Your son should attend with you, it is their education and the student needs to be invested in it, even more so than parents or teachers. Students who do well in Year 12 invariably learnt in the earlier years that they, more than anybody else are responsible for the quality of their education.

On March 23 and 24 we look forward to our Year 12s participating in an overnight Retreat experience in Anglesea. We consider this a valuable opportunity for them to remove themselves from the busy-ness of their lives and reflect on who they are at this point in time and who they wish to become, and the importance of family, friends and faith in their adult lives. A letter providing specific details will be emailed to parents in the very near future.

Congratulations to all our rowers who competed at Head of the Lake. While our First Crew were beaten by a better crew, there were many other crews who were victorious on the day. As with all schools, there will have been many crews who trained hard, were dedicated and enjoyed great camaraderie over the season, regardless of the result on the day. I also thank our Spit Crew and their leader, Will Clark for the very positive interaction with other schools on the day.

The change at the College with regard to mobile phones is a positive one, with more positive interaction and attentiveness than there otherwise would have been. Students also have observed this. While the phones are not visible, there are a significant number of students who still need to take the next step and lock the phone in their locker for the day. It seems some may need an anaesthetic to have it removed. I also ask that you check with your son that he has a padlock on his locker; these are available at the uniform shop. Please also ensure that valuable items are named (calculators, uniform, texts, notes). This has often resulted in misplaced items being returned promptly.