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 prepare for lives of much greater autonomy.
Our students set the mood and culture of the school and this year’s Year 12 cohort has set a fine example for their peers and have worked together to nurture the school values that are important to them. I wish each student a productive study period and on behalf of the Board and Staff, all the very best for the imminent VCE examinations.
At the other end of the educational journey this week, we were treated to some spirited performances on stage by our younger students in the Junior School Production of Alice in Wonderland. It was an action-packed, kaleidoscope of colour and unstoppable energy, and a joy for the audience at every plot-turn. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents who helped to create such a memorable show, contributing to the positive experience of School that our younger students will carry with them for many years to come.
We received the exciting news last week that one of our Tournament of Minds teams won the Final of the international competition in Darwin. The Senior School ‘Social Science’ team competed superbly and are the first Victorian team in the history of the event to gain first place in the Social Sciences category. The STEM team achieved Honours in the competition, the equivalent of second place, and the Junior STEM team worked very well in the competition and learned plenty from their older peers. It was a wonderful achievement to have three teams compete in Darwin.
Two medals were secured at the School Sports Victoria State Track and Field Finals in Melbourne this week, a mighty achievement against a field of very competitive athletes. Congratulations to Anastazia Robinson (10 Jenkin) on her 100m sprint, which secured a third place and a personal best, and to the 4 x 100m boys relay team (18-20 years) who also won a bronze medal.
Two important Head of House appointments were announced in the Senior School this week. Ms Joanne Grech has been appointed as Head of Riley House and Mr Scott Langan has been appointed as Head of Frew House. My congratulations to these capable and dedicated staff members who will support the tradition of a strong House culture at the school.
Finally, I wish to inform you that the Chair of the Girton Grammar School Board, Ms Sally-Anne Ross, has resigned her position on the Board to move with her family to Brisbane. Ms Ross was appointed as Chair of the Board in May this year and whilst she held the position briefly, her contribution and impact have been highly valued.
I am now very pleased to announce that current Board member, Mr David Jemmett, has been elected into the position of Chair.
Mr Jemmett has been a member of the Girton Grammar Board since August 2017 and has children in both the Senior School and Junior School. He brings to the position of Chair outstanding Board and business experience.
Mr Jemmett has a professional background and university qualifications in Business, Agriculture and Science, having this year completed an Executive Masters of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School/Melbourne University. Mr Jemmett is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Southern Stockfeeds and holds Board positions on both the State (Victorian) and Federal Stock Feed Manufacturers Associations.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to wish Ms Ross and her family all the very best with their new life in Queensland and I look forward to working with Mr Jemmett, in overseeing the School’s Mission and Values, Master Plan and Strategic Plan.
Matthew F. Maruff