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As we approach the culmination of another busy year, I would like to reflect on the dedicated service of our Head of Junior School, Mr David Hine, who is retiring at the completion of Term 4.

Although it has only been one year of overlap, I feel privileged to have been at St Peter’s College to work alongside David as part of the Leadership Team. David is held in high esteem by students, staff and parents and his pride in St Peter’s College has been evident in every aspect of his work. David is a professional who takes great pride in putting the needs of students at the centre of his professional focus. It has been pleasing to see him take such joy in the progression of individual students with their learning in addition to the collective achievement of all students in each year level. His management of a large and complex School has been exemplary and his presence across all areas of operation has been second to none.

David’s commitment to high standards is obvious and his clear expectations have been well balanced by his care and attention to the welfare of students and their families. His clear communication of standards and values has provided great consolation to every member of the community. During David’s Headship at St Peter’s College he has grown the Junior School to a historic enrolment and embedded a culture of excellence both in and beyond the curriculum.

As an incoming Headmaster I have greatly valued his warm advice and wise counsel during 2018. Although I did attempt to talk him out of retirement, after four Headships across leading schools in Australia, I believe he has earned the right to decide to pull up stumps.

We will all miss his dedicated leadership and passion for St Peter’s College. May I encourage you to pass on your thanks to David over the remainder of the term before he departs with our good wishes.

On a different note, I would like to extend my congratulations to Eton Williams (Year 9) and Jules Sheedy (Year 9) who will both receive prizes at the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Showcase and Awards Ceremony on 9 December at Elder Hall. Their awards were recommended by the Advisory Board’s Prize Committee, Eton for saxophone and Jules for singing.

Congratulations also to Gunin Singhal (Year 7) who won first prize in the Oliphant Science Awards for his entry Extreme epidemics over the years in the Year 6-7 Science Writing category.

Tim Browning