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, for me, the Forever Young concert took place whilst I was away. A number of people from within the school and beyond have told me that, I missed a very special evening. The concert was again a sell-out at the Ulumbarra Theatre and our student musicians performed superbly. Kate Ceberano and her management have been extremely complimentary of all facets of the event but in particular, of the musical prowess of our students, which makes us all immensely proud.
The Evil Online event was also very successful. Our Thinker and Philosopher in Residence, Dr Dean Cocking, said that audience members raised several interesting questions. This has prompted us to look into further collaboration with Monash University and Oxford University, through Dr Cocking, particularly as pertains to parental education on online bullying.
The House Dinners are currently taking place and Riley House had a particularly memorable evening on Wednesday. Our long-standing Head of Student Wellbeing and Pastoral Care, Mr Rick McWaters, who is also a former Riley Head of House, will retire at the end of this year and in his honour, the McWaters Medal was introduced at the Riley House Dinner and the inaugural winners were announced. The McWaters Medal will herein be awarded annually at the Riley House Dinner to a Riley student in any year level who has consistently demonstrated the House values over time and the inaugural medal was awarded at the dinner, to Year 12 students Prue Whiteley and Liam Radford.
In a fitting moment of synchronicity, the McWaters Medal has been introduced under the stewardship of the current Riley Head of House, Mr Dave Martin, who I am delighted to announce, has been appointed as the new Head of Student Wellbeing and Pastoral Care, commencing in 2019.
In the national 2018 Australian Science Olympiad Examinations, Girton has received outstanding results with several Distinctions and High Distinctions across all of the Science disciplines. Congratulations are extended to Jordan Rogers (11 Millward) who has been selected to take part in the Olympiad Summer School for Earth and Environmental Sciences.
The Girton Basketball Club has also had some outstanding results with the Girton Topaz winning their Grand Final at the end of last term by just two points against a team that was undefeated throughout the season. Congratulations to Caitlin Richardson (8 Jenkin) who was awarded Most Valuable Player for the game. The Girton Silver (Under 16 girls in Division 3) also had a tremendous season and placed runners-up in the final season tally, whilst the Girton Emeralds finished the season in 2nd position on the ladder and won their Grand Final by one point.
Our three Tournament of Minds teams competing in the National Finals are now in Darwin to compete tomorrow and we wish them all the best for a successful event. This is the fifth consecutive year that Girton has successfully qualified to compete nationally in this wonderful competition of sharp wit and creativity.
The Junior School Production of Alice in Wonderland is coming together as only a Girton Grammar Junior School Production can, with incredible costumes, fantastical props and an incredible repertoire of musical numbers bursting with energy and action. The show will be a family-friendly 60-minute production at The Capital Theatre from 23rd October until 25th October and the whole school community is warmly invited to join us in Wonderland.
I hope too, that you will join us this evening at the Twilight Jazz event featuring one of Australia’s most talented singer-songwriters, Ms Monique diMattina, alongside the Girton Jazz Band and the Girton Big Band.
Matthew F. Maruff