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Over the past two weeks we have been treated to a number of incredible music concerts. On Wednesday, 120 Years 1 and 2 boys performed their ‘Songs from our Animated Friends’ music and dance spectacular with joyful abandon across matinee and evening concerts. To witness the earnest endeavour on the faces of the boys when performing, was a true privilege. Our Junior School House Singing competition was contested with wonderful enthusiasm and passion combined with inspired dance moves expertly choreographed by talented Heads of House. And the Music Festival was just phenomenal! The quality of performance across all ensembles was superb. I have been delighted to see more and more boys from across the School attend concerts and support their peers in their pursuit of music. And the peer reviews, the real litmus test, have been most complimentary and replete with respect.

Across the School the Athletics season has culminated in three successful carnivals in the past two weeks. Wonderful House spirit was on display at our Years 3 to 6 Sports Day, once again held on the Caterer and Wilson ovals. Despite the challenging weather conditions excellent performances were exhibited across our Senior School House Athletics Carnival last Friday. Congratulations to Jordan Primaro (Year 10) who broke the U15 Javelin record and to every student who put in their best individual effort in support of their House. This healthy competition, combined with hard work, dedication and commitment, breeds success and yesterday’s Achilles Cup victory, the School’s 49th win in 50 outings, is just one such example. Thank you to our Property Service and Grounds teams who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare the grounds for our School events.

Congratulations to our four Pedal Prix teams who entered the 24-hour Australian endurance race held at Murray Bridge on the weekend. In what was an impressive display of teamwork and resilience, our boys recorded excellent results with our senior trike ‘Vector’ crowned Senior School winner and Australian HPV Champions. Averaging over 40km/hour for 24 hours and covering just under 1000 kilometres, the team won by the narrowest of margins having trailed by six laps at 4am. An incredible result in such tight circumstances.

After a successful Under 16 National Soccer Championships, Year 11 students Bailey O’Neil and Oscar Page have been selected in the U16 Australian Team to compete in Europe early next year. Congratulations boys; this is a wonderful achievement.

As the winter sports season officially draws to a close, we acknowledged student involvement in co-curricular activities at the highest level within the School, with the award of colours and symbols. I congratulate these students for their diligence, hard work and for being wonderful role models for their peers and younger students.

After a busy Term 3 our Years 11 and 12 students will come together, with their guests, tonight to celebrate the Blue & White. With origins dating back to 1907 the Blue & White remains one of the most anticipated events on the School’s calendar and our students appreciate how fortunate they are to attend this special event on campus; SPSC is one of the few schools in Australia to still host a formal on campus. With students brushing up on general etiquette expectations to be practiced at such events, I am sure it will be an enjoyable evening for all who attend.

I wish you a wonderful break with your family. If you are heading away, travel safely and I look forward to welcoming students back to campus on Tuesday 18 October.

Tim Browning