From the Headmaster

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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 Theatre determined by student year level.

We have over 100 families with students involved in both of the Senior School Speech Night events, a further ninety families have students involved in both the Junior School event and a Senior School event and a good handful of families have students involved in all three events. The ensuing logistics are complicated, to say the least, and our main priority is to give all families equal access to their children’s events. Whilst we cannot accommodate every family’s individual circumstances, allocating two tickets per participating student achieves a fair distribution of tickets across the school community.

Although there are some constraints related to ticketing at Ulumbarra Theatre which we have not needed to deal with previously at the Bendigo Stadium, we do believe that the refreshed Speech Night format will allow a more thorough and relevant reflection of the students’ achievements and of the highlights of the year for each of the age groups in attendance.

To assist in the planning of your attendance at Speech Night, within this edition of eLink is an outline of the performance items for each event so that you can see, for example, at which event a particular musical ensemble will perform.

As with any large event presented for the first time, a review of the event will likely reveal the need for refinement of future events and adaptations will be made as necessary. In the meantime, we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we establish this important school event and we look forward to two memorable Speech Night evenings for 2018.

I had the pleasure of hosting a Headmaster’s Tour on Tuesday of this week to show prospective parents and students around the school. This is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things that I do as Headmaster of this school. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to tell the story of a school that has risen from financial ruin in 1993 to become one of Australia’s finest regional schools with a culture of care and respect that drives outstanding academic outcomes.

A particularly moving Remembrance Day ceremony was held today for students from Preparatory classes to Year 10 on the Londonderry oval. Junior School students have been busy making poppies, which were placed on the oval to form a field of poppies. The behaviour from nearly 1,000 students during the ensuing ceremony was impeccable and a wonderful display of respect not only for fallen servicemen and women but for one another.

Matthew F. Maruff