From the Acting Head

in Headmaster

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 masse and as individuals, in time and in tune. This is one of the best Year 8 Productions that I have seen at the school and I congratulate the students for their best efforts and the staff for their dedication to this wonderful initiative.

It was Frew House at the Senior School Athletics Carnival who held aloft the winners’ cup for an incredible 15th consecutive year. We have some very relieved Frew Captains who will hand over the winning baton to next year’s Captains to defend yet again. Congratulations to Aherne House on winning the Spirit Cup with a rousing medley of songs, which they performed outside of the traditional grid formation, leaving the other Houses wondering why they too had not thought of ‘dancing outside the square.’

Last weekend three Tournament of Minds teams won the right to compete nationally after winning their divisions in the State competition. The Primary STEM, Secondary STEM, and the Secondary Social Science teams will go to the Nationals in Darwin in October and compete against teams from all over Australia, South Africa, and Thailand. This will be the fifth consecutive year that Girton has competed at the National level in this fantastic event and it is the second year running that a school has won more than two of the four categories of competition in the State Finals. My warm congratulations to the students on their efforts and my thanks to the Old Girtonians, staff, parents and to the Manager in Charge, Ms. Viv Bath, for supporting the students so well.

The annual Business Expo was held last week, giving our Year 10 Business students the opportunity to display their small business idea to students and staff during a lunchtime. Girton was successful in having two of these students selected as State Finalists in the 2018 Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition, with Cadi Kuchel (10 Jenkin) and Ellen Anthony (10 Aherne), traveling to Melbourne to present their Business Plan to a panel of judges.  Given only three students were selected as State Finalists, this is an outstanding achievement in this Victorian wide competition. Further,  I am delighted to announce that Cadi Kuchel has been awarded First Place and Ellen Anthony has been awarded Runner-Up. Cadi will now travel to Sydney next month for the National judging. Congratulations are extended to both girls.

Well done to the sporting teams who have recently competed in State Finals, including the Year 11/12 Netball team and the girls’ Senior Soccer Team. The Girton Jades and Girton Navy netball teams will compete tonight and tomorrow in Grand Finals in the domestic Netball competition and they are wished all the best. In Basketball, we have the Under 16 Division 1 and Division 3 teams, plus the Under 12 Division 1 team, all in Grand Finals next week and the Under 16 Division 2 Boys will play in a Preliminary Final tonight. Congratulations to all teams on such a successful season.

It was my pleasure yesterday to host a school Open Day and welcome prospective parents and students to the school. The student guides did a magnificent job of representing their school and the Junior School Art Exhibition added a wonderful element for our visitors to enjoy. Grandparents and Special Friends have also enjoyed the exhibition today in the Junior School. The Junior School Art Exhibition is a vision to behold with an incredible number and array of artworks filling the Higgs Hall. This year was the 18th consecutive year that this exhibition has been staged and Mrs. Nic James, Head of Junior School Art, is congratulated on not only making this incredible event happen every year, but for instigating it eighteen years ago.

There are two events next week to which I warmly invite you. Firstly, the annual Forever Young concert will be held at the Ulumbarra Theatre on Tuesday 18th September. This year’s special guest is Kate Ceberano so it will be a special show indeed. On Thursday 18th September, Girton’s Honorary Thinker-in-Residence, Dr. Dean Cocking, will launch his book, Evil Online. He will be joined by Professor Roger Crisp from Oxford University and Professor Justin Oakley from Monash University, in a lively panel discussion in the Black Box theatre, aimed at shining a light on the moral values attached to our identities and relationships to others as we live our lives online.

The Senior Formal is next week and is always a popular event with our older students and a wonderful way to end the Term in a safe and fun-filled evening.

Over the holidays there will be many classes for our Year 12 students to help them become examination ready, so the school will be a busy place for those two weeks as well.

This will be the last edition of eLink for Term 3 and I wish all families a safe and enjoyable September school holiday break.

Mrs. Robyn MacCulloch
Acting Head