From the Headmaster

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The clock is officially out of the crocodile! Today, we announced beyond the school community, this year’s Senior School Production of Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure. When tickets go on sale, things become very real and the Drama Department is buzzing with activity.

A thirty-piece student orchestra will support this all singing, all dancing, theatrical production, with plenty of surprises along the way, including the ‘boy who would not grow up’ appearing in a form you might not assume.

As is the want of our Drama Department, the original Disney classic has been thrown into a menacing new light and characters will be twisted in unpredictable ways. Tickets are on sale today and I urge you to support the 145 students who will take to the stage for what is shaping up to be an incredible show.

Last week’s One Act Play festival was the perfect prelude to the Senior School Production with students from Year 7 to Year 12 coming together for this popular co-curricular activity and taking to the stage in an array of comedic, creative and dramatic ways. Many of the twelve short-form plays featured quick-witted ad-libbing from students and imaginative re-interpreting of classic scripts, as well as a range of scripts written especially for the festival. Students also worked hard backstage to cast their peers onstage in the best possible light and the overall results were exceptional.

For the first time in fourteen years, Girton Grammar has laid claim to the coveted School Summer Sports Day Cup, in which we compete annually against Goulburn Valley Grammar. Well done to our Junior and Senior Tennis and Cricket teams who have proudly brought the trophy back to Bendigo.

The Intermediate boys and girls Volleyball teams won the Sandhurst Division of their competition this week and will now play in the Loddon Mallee Final. The Junior girls, Intermediate boys and Intermediate girls Volleyball teams, as well as the Year 7 and the Year 8 girls Tennis teams have also competed successfully in the Sandhurst Division and will compete in the Loddon Mallee Regional Finals.

My congratulations to the 18 students who competed in the Loddon Mallee Regional Swimming Finals yesterday and qualified for the forthcoming School Sports Victoria State Finals, and to the Junior and Senior Table Tennis boys and girls who all placed either first or second in the ICCES competition.

Professor Marc Brackett, founding Director of the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, has been at the school this week, speaking to both students and staff. Having worked with the School for seven years on implementing the RULER Approach to emotional intelligence, Professor Brackett’s input is extremely valuable in supporting our training methods within the school and we were delighted to host him this week while he was in Australia.

This is the final edition of eLink for Term 1, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their fine work in engaging our students academically and also for the tireless encouragement that they provide to students beyond the classroom. I would also like to thank our parent community for the enormous, and often thankless, part that they play in supporting children every day in a myriad of ways.

Please have a safe and enjoyable Easter and School holiday break and I look forward to a productive Term 2.

Matthew F. Maruff
Headmaster