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For some, the end of year can be a stressful time, but in the Junior School, the last fortnight’s events have been a tremendous culmination of what has been an extremely successful year. We are blessed to be ending the year with family and friends in attendance at celebrations and performances.

On Monday we honoured an educational milestone at our Year 6 Graduation Ceremony held in Memorial Hall. It was a privilege to present the boys with their graduation certificates and see Headmaster, Mr Tim Browning, present Senior School House caps as a symbol of welcome. Congratulations to the students as they transition to their next phase of schooling!

Wednesday afternoon saw us celebrate effort, academic achievement, good citizenship, House Cups, sporting, public speaking and prowess in the arts at the Years 3 – 6 Speech Day.

Yesterday, year levels celebrated the culmination of the school year with festive crafts, activities, arcade games, sharing of food, swimming, dancing, Shakin’ the Shinkfield rock band festival before finishing off with a colour run.

Author Simon Sinek, known for his Ted Talk Start With Why, says ‘when we work hard for something we don’t believe in, it’s called stress. When we work hard for something we love, it’s called passion.’ So, the end of the year hasn’t been stressful, its been filled with passion; for the love of an exceptional community of learning.

I am grateful for the staff who have given the students such wonderful learning and life experiences this year.  A number of Junior School staff will be leaving us to take on new opportunities in 2024.  In addition to the Headmaster’s acknowledgements I wish to recognise the service of the following staff:

Jon Gelsthorpe
Wendy DiMonte
Paul Huebl
Michelle Cordon
Lachie Mudie
Laura Marchetti
Reverend Ben Bleby
Paige McMahon

To Donna Boerema and the Junior School Friends of Saints committee, and volunteers, my sincere thanks for another successful year of friendship raising and community building.

I thank Tyler Gao, Junior School Captain, and Felix Siow, Vice Captain, for their leadership this year and the following students for the leadership they have demonstrated in their respective houses, and subject areas.

House Captains

Alliston Jones: Bryan Wu and James Hollington
Brooks: Hamish Hill and Frank Maidment
Clayton Dyer: Isaac Campbell and William Bouchard
Stokes Ware: Samuel Brett and Oliver Larkin

Subject Captains:

Music: Harry Passaris
Sport: Leo Carter
Art: Thomas Wallett
Chinese: Zain Shahyan
French: Shrihan Kulkharni
Library: Aryan Shilotri and Ted Fabian
Robotics: Angas Hollington

I am extremely pleased to introduce our 2023 Junior School Student Leaders.

Junior School Captain: Beau Leon
Junior School Vice Captain: Lachlan Bell

House Captains

Alliston Jones: Kriday Patel and Ethan Lee
Brookes: Andrew Desyllas and William Dorman
Clayton Dyer: Will Galea and Hugo Matthews
Stokes-Ware: Evan Higginson and Luke Nyuen

Subject Captains

Art: Alastair Nguyen
Music: Hughie Manifold
Sport: Will Allgrove
Chinese: Shikhar Golla
French: Ronan Daly
Robotics: Sebastian Van Niekerk
Library: Oliver Skeer

Thank you parents for choosing St Peter’s College for your sons. Your partnership is truly valued.

Wishing you and your families a safe and joyous Christmas and I look forward to welcoming you in the new year.

Kindest regards,

Jasmine Taylor
Head of Junior School