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We are all part of a strong, loving and supportive community. Thank you to the very many staff, students, parents and Old Scholars that all contributed seamlessly to celebrate the life of Thomas Worrell last Friday. It was a very moving experience to share in. It will have profound effects for years to come. 

We enjoyed hosting Mr Hugh Dawson (S&A 2015) as part of the CEO in Residence program. Hugh connected beautifully with the student body at Muster and his takeaway message was: “Life is not just about being happy it is about being useful.” Thank you to Ana Christensen for her leadership and coordination of this great program. 

In Service Learning, the Pilot Respite Program is well underway with two sessions completed and two more sessions remaining this term. We have received wonderful feedback from the families attending and our students and parents involved. We are grateful to the Mission Guild for funding the program for Semester 1 2023. 

In sport, our students participated in the annual Blue Round during Week 4 and students were encouraged to support one another and reflect on positive sportsmanship. Dr Ben Haines PhD has been appointed to the role of Acting Director of Sport. Dr Haines has an impressive background in High Performance Sport, Youth Development and Athletic Development. Please reach out to Dr Haines with any questions about our comprehensive sporting program. 

Music is hosting the Alfresco Concert next Friday evening outside of Hill Wing in what will be another high-quality series of performances. Thank you to our wonderful Music staff who have prepared the students for this event. In a great collaboration across the Arts, students were able to enter an Alfresco Concert poster design into a competition. Congratulations to Kyran Cheung (FLL), who created the winning design. Student artwork will be on display at the concert. 

In Outdoor Education, our team has been busy hosting programs and information evenings in readiness for the expansive programs that will unfold across the year. Please visit the Outdoor Education tile on Keystone to gain access to information on upcoming programs and contacts. 

The Senior School Friends of Saints have had two meetings already this term and they are planning for events and activities that build community and bring us together. Look out for the Bottle and Plate nights that are happening soon. The group were also presented with a final draft of our Positive Behaviour Support Policy that has had significant staff consultation in recent months. The parent perspective on the draft policy will be considered before a final version is adopted.  

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend and a welcome deep breath before we make our final push into the end of the term and Easter. 

Barnaby Eaton
Acting Head of Senior School