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Over the past few weeks, we have been treated to wonderful creative arts exhibitions. Our Junior School Art Exhibition was a spectacular display of beautifully curated multidimensional, hanging art. Congratulations to the boys, Ms Sally Houston and the Junior School Art Department for bringing together such a magnificent collection. Across four performances, our Year 12 Drama students brought a bleak vision of Sam Shepard’s rural America to life in the production of ‘Curse of the Starving Class’. Bravo to the cast, crew and Director Mr Paul Fabbro on outstanding performances. Next Tuesday 23 August our Senior Art Department are hosting a SALA Festival Artists-in-Residence Exhibition showcasing the collaborative work produced during each residency since 1999, alongside a piece from each artist. I look forward to joining members of our community for the Opening Night. Complimentary tickets can be booked here.

Well done to our talented Junior and Senior School musicians who performed at Jazz@the Gov last week. Our Music Departments should be incredibly proud of their performances and ongoing achievements. At the recent independent schools ABODA Music Festival our Junior School Concert Band were the recipients of the Gold Award and overall section winner while our String Orchestra and Orchestra ensembles both achieved Gold awards. Our Middle School String Quartet and Junior School Chamber Strings competed in the Adelaide Eisteddfod achieving a first and second place respectively. These outstanding results are a credit to the boys, to their conductors who direct their ensembles with such skill and precision and to their parents who support these wonderful partnerships.

Across the School, Blue Week has been celebrated in Week 4 to raise awareness around men’s mental health. Whilst only a week-long activity it is important that our community normalises discussions around mental health and emotional literacy on an ongoing basis in an inclusive community. In a community where our most diverse members find their place to flourish. I commend Will Fitzgerald (Year 12) and Farrell House on sharing their plans for Wear It Purple Day, a day on which we strive to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for young rainbow people. I also acknowledge the positive way in which Will’s message was received by our students.

Following two years of widespread pandemic disruption, St Peter’s College is looking forward to welcoming both of our school communities to our campus for the four-day Winter Intercollegiate Program. From next Wednesday eight sports will be contested across the program. It is our hope that these fixtures will reset a culture of spectating school sport that has been reduced in recent years. I encourage supportive, respectful, generous behaviour from our students and spectators alike. Boys, enjoy the challenge, play hard, play fair and remember the goal is to win. And once you’ve won the fixture, make sure you win the speeches!

Tim Browning