We welcome everyone to the start of a new term and hope that you all had some time over the Easter break to rest and rejuvenate. We extend a particularly warm welcome to our new families and students and trust that all are enriched as we grow together as part of the Pacific community over this coming term.
There was tremendous energy at the end of last term as students competed in their cross country. Well done to all students for their spirited participation and to Buran and Wira who won the Year 7-12 and Year 3-6 carnivals respectively. Thank you to our parents for their attendance and to our staff led by Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Cameron West McInnes and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their leadership and organisation of the carnival.
Congratulations to our U12 rugby boys who greatly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in The Armidale School Rugby Carnival over the holidays. The team played well winning three of their four pool games. They can be proud of the spirit and skill shown in the final where they lost narrowly to Port Macquarie. Well done to the boys and thank you to the parents who travelled to support the team. A particular thank you to Mr Scott Crompton, Mr Josh Cummins and Mr Darren Hooper for their generous preparation, coaching, and leadership of the team.
The cast of Dracula enjoyed the opportunity to come together for rehearsals earlier this week and are looking forward to sharing this gripping tale with our community in May. The strength of characters highlighted within short video clips to be posted on Facebook suggests that this will be another great Pacific production not to be missed. We wish Mrs Janine Delaney and the cast and crew all the best.
At the end of this week, we farewell Ms Sarah Johns who will be taking on the role of Director of Volleyball and teacher of Humanities at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. We thank Ms Johns for her contribution to our Humanities Department and wish her all the best for the future. We welcome Ms Ruth Douglas who has taught university pathway courses at RMIT and most recently at Thomas Carr Secondary College in Victoria. We also welcome Mrs Samantha Barrass as our Community Liaison and Communications Officer, Ms Gwen Lledo as a Science Lab Technician, and Mr Clinton James as a new member of our grounds staff. We also welcome back Mr Josh Danzey (Head of Mumba House). We look forward to each of these staff making a strong contribution to our community.
May God bless us as a community and others through us as we come as guests into each other’s lives to grow together over this coming term.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal