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We will congratulate and formally farewell our Year 12 students tonight at the Valedictory Dinner, one of my favourite school events. It is a wonderful evening of reflection and friendship where we remind students that whilst their school studies are complete, lifelong learning is just beginning. Whether this is through formal study or through emotional…

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With our Year 11 and Year 12 students currently undertaking examinations and Year 7 to 10 students commencing examinations next week, the Senior School has a distinct end of year atmosphere. This includes a power of activity to finesse the new Speech Night format, which as you know, will entail three events at the Ulumbarra…

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Today we formally marked the last day of a thirteen-year academic journey for our Year 12 students with a Church Service, Luncheon and final Assembly. It is a day of mixed emotions from both the students and their families but it is always wonderful to feel the excitement in the air as these young adults…

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Welcome to Term 4. I hope that you had an enjoyable School holiday break and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. It is a pleasure to be back at School with the students following my short absence last Term as part of Harvard University’s Leading Learning That Matters program. Unfortunately,…

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What a performance from our Year 8 students in last week’s production of Guys and Dolls. Audiences were entertained from start to finish in what was an outstanding rendition of the classic 1950’s Broadway musical. Our Music and Drama staff have excelled in getting every Year 8 student onto the stage, singing and dancing en…

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The annual Performing Arts Showcase was held last Thursday in the Black Box, and Alicia McGovern (12 Riley) was awarded the 2018 Performer of the Year and the 2018 People’s Choice award. Alicia delivered a stunning and unforgettable portrayal of Captain Hook in this year’s Senior School production of Peter Pan a Musical Adventure and…

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Cultivating intrinsic motivation and the sense of value that follows is one of the most important things a teacher can understand. The carrot and stick method of motivation works, but the result is usually short-term and produces behaviour or work of low quality. Conversely, when a person understands the ‘why’ of what they are doing,…

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As humans, we tend to move towards the easy and the comfortable and this may not include singing and dancing on stage. In some way, this is why the compulsory Year 8 production is so delightful and so memorable. While some students flourish given the opportunity to express themselves through movement and music, others summon…

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Welcome to Term 3. I hope that you enjoyed time with family and friends during the holidays and that students are refreshed for another eventful school term. I know that many parents will be glad to return to the normal school routine, which is understandable, given the degree to which modern parenting is sometimes overcomplicated.…

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We knew that this year’s Senior School production was ambitious, if for no other reason than its sheer scale. We knew that both the cast size and the staging was vast and that it was going to be visually exciting. We also knew there would be capacity audiences at the Ulumbarra theatre and that the…

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