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One of our goals at St Peter’s College is to lift the horizon of each child to look beyond this postcode and outside South Australia and benchmark our practice against national and international partners. In so doing, it is our aspiration that all of our graduates may go on to meet the challenges of the wider world with confidence and success.

This week our rowers have done just that. Winning the Schoolboy VIII at the National Championships in Tasmania is an immense achievement. A lot has to go right for a significant period of time in order to perform to such a high standard. I congratulate Year 12s Nick Burr, Tom Oldfield, Felix Packer, Jeremy Beale and cox Aidan Hughes and Year 11s Edward Chipperfield, Faris Harb, Jake Nesbitt and William Howard. I also acknowledge the efforts of the entire senior squad who have all played a vital role in pushing each other to perform to such a high standard. The culture of high performance and striving for continual improvement has been a legacy created by senior squads over recent years.

The nationals win was but one highlight of another successful summer sports season that concluded with the longstanding intercollegiate fixture last week. Amidst many wonderful moments across all disciplines, it was the sportsmanship and integrity in which competitions were contested that was most pleasing. Additionally, it has been wonderful to witness the wave of athletic development in individuals and sports that is testament to the team effort of our Sport, Athletic Development, Health and Physical Education (HPE) department.

Congratulations to the following nine students who have been selected to represent South Australia in Water Polo – Oliver Maddern, Nicky Lockie, Charlie Harrington, Donovan Fahey and Jonte Reimann Alek Dobrijevic and Daniel Spiby, and reserves Will Disney and Michael Lazaravich. I note the outstanding efforts of the Open A Water Polo team who on Sunday swam over 124kms and raised $11,500 in vital funds for the HAS Foundation.

It was wonderful to be joined by our Junior Primary community and a menagerie of animals for our Pet Day. Alison from the RSPCA reminded us of the many benefits of pet ownership including teaching the important skills of responsibility and how to care. We were also fortunate to hear from parent and vet Dr Reeve who answered all our boys burning questions in relation to their pets.

With the school holidays upon us, I wish you a happy Easter and a safe and relaxing break. I look forward to seeing you all in Term 2.

Tim Browning