Welcome to the start of Term 2 and particularly new students and their families. We also welcome Mr Rhys Hurren who comes to us from St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace as a Middle and Senior College Humanities and English teacher while Mrs Elley Wood is on maternity leave. We also welcome back Mr David Druery as Head of Staff and Students P-5 and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine as Head of Music.
Thank you to the many staff and students who took the time to participate in the ANZAC Day March on Thursday. Participation in these events is one small way that we can say thank you to our defence personnel. Thank you to our parents for your support and to Mrs Leanne Bevis for her overall organisation. Thank you to Pastor Tim Jarick and past student Captain Jacob Frahn for their meaningful messages as part of our College ANZAC Day services and to parent Mr Duncan Buchanan and RSL representatives Mrs Heather Christie and Mrs Melissa Evans and our musicians for their contribution to our services.
It was a delight on the last Friday of Term 1 to watch our Dance Academy team perform at the Get The Beat competition. Two pieces, beautifully choreographed by the students, showcased their skill, strength and elegance and saw them win first and second place in the high school large group lyrical section of the competition. Congratulations to the girls and teacher Mrs Kristy Astwick.
Our U12s rugby team also performed well over the break at the Armidale School Rugby Carnival, which involved more than a thousand students from Queensland, Western Australia, Canberra and New South Wales. The boys were undefeated and won their division having only two tries scored against them for the entire carnival. This is a good achievement and we congratulate the boys who have been training hard since Term 4 last year. We thank Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Josh Cummins and Mr Scott Crompton for their coaching and leadership of the boys and the many parents who supported the team in Armidale. Thank you also to Mr Josh Danzey who assisted with the development of the boys leading up to the carnival.
We look forward to sharing Open Day with the broader community on Sunday. Families are encouraged to take advantage of the day to learn more about current and upcoming opportunities at the College and to invite new families who might be considering a Pacific education.
We say a prayer of thanks for those who have made sacrifices that we might live in peace. We pray that God would equip us to make the most of this freedom and our gifts for the betterment of others.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal