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The whole school gathered on the Memorial Hall Lawns this morning for our Remembrance Day Service. Time was taken to remember those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and the freedom we enjoy today. As part of the recent Big Quad redevelopment, war memorials throughout the precinct have been brought to life; the tradition of silence as we traverse though the Arch of Remembrance has been amplified with lettering “In silence we remember” engraved into the slate, the George Rischbeith Jury Fountain is now a prominent centre piece and a new brass etching has been installed. The faces, names and ages of the newly graduated scholars, who were among the first to sacrifice their lives in WWI, can be identified on the brass plaque. Hidden behind their faces is a letter penned from the Western Front to the mother of one of the deceased. I encourage all to read it as they next pass by, and to be grateful and respectful and to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have come before us.

In Muster we recognised and congratulated students who have been appointed to positions of sports leadership. These students have been recognised for their role modelling and for their capacity to influence. Their responsibility is great, as is our responsibility to support them and to be a part of something far greater than ourselves; a team. As Father Theo often reminds students, rather that being the best player in your team, strive to be the best player for your team.

Last Friday our Prep to Year 2 students embraced their House spirit at the Junior Primary Sports Day  and I thoroughly enjoyed watching all boys actively participate across many events. The Year 3 Strings Concert last Wednesday evening was a wonderful celebration of our young musicians’ learning. Students came together to perform in front of their family and friends and showcase their hard work throughout the year.

I am already excited about the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed by SPSC and Walford students next year. As promised workshops are being provided by vocal coaches to help lift participant’s competence and ability before final auditions are held and roles are assigned. A great core group of students are already involved, but if you’ve (or your son has) always fancied himself behind the mic, there’s still room to be part of this awesome rock musical. Anyone who is interested should contact Ms Cook as soon as possible.

Tim Browning