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Last week we celebrated our students’ love of reading and imagination with the annual Book Week Festival. In what was a true team effort, with invaluable contributions from parents and staff, a host of creative costumes were paraded around Girdlestone Oval in an event that evokes such joy! Congratulations to our Librarians for creating a magical week of activities and for helping inspire a love of reading in a generation of young people.

A number of outstanding Music achievements have been recorded in recent weeks in the Independent schools ABODA Music Festival and Adelaide Eisteddfod. These achievements are testament to our extensive Music program that commences in the Early Years with our three and four-year-old-boys, is nurtured and developed by our excellent teachers through the Junior Years, supported by our parents, and embraced by our students through hours of individual practise for their collective band, ensemble or choir. Congratulations to all involved.

With the traditional Intercol fixture ending the majority of our winter sports programs, it was terrific to witness the character and spirit of engagement from our students and spectators. Our spectator spirit peaked in the second half of the 1st XVIII Football on Saturday afternoon with an incredible display of cheering and chanting, enhanced by our School drum line. Well done! It was fun, it was joyous, it was positive spirited, and it was great to see the whole school of spectators, arm in arm supporting our players on the pitch. A special mention of Thomas Hamilton-Smith (Year 12) who set a new standard of engagement and enthusiasm; one that he maintained from the first fixture on Wednesday to the last on Saturday.

Congratulations to Shreyus Arramraj (Year 7), Archie Braithwaite (Year 9), Stephen Lacroid-Sneyd (Year 9) and Jonathan Harris (Year 11) who competed in the Australian Cross Country Championships held at a very muddy Oakbank Racecourse last Saturday. Jonathan secured a bronze medal in the Men’s Under 18 race finishing third behind two New Zealand competitors.

As our Year 12 students approach the end of their schooling at St Peter’s College, we commenced valedictory celebrations this week with Senior School House dinners. These intimate and personal occasions provide a wonderful opportunity to authentically acknowledge every Year 12 student and for the boys to thank staff who have supported them throughout their school journey. With House dinners underway, I remind all students that it is an expectation of the School that everyone should be able to give a toast at the drop of a hat. So be ready boys! It is important to be able to fulfil these aspects of formal occasions.

It was wonderful to welcome over 700 students, along with their father or significant male figure, to our Father-Son Breakfast this morning. Held in the redeveloped Big Quad Precinct, this breakfast provided a wonderful opportunity to thank fathers for all that they do to support, nurture and champion our sons to be strong and lovely contributors to our community.

Enjoy your weekend.

Tim Browning