From the Headmaster

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Good times never seemed so good for Jones House last Friday when they won the Senior School House singing competition with a hearty performance of Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. After nearly 50 years, the soft rock song endures into its third generation of renditions and the version that students and teachers enjoyed on Friday in the Girton Grammar School gymnasium is one for the ages!

In stark contrast and as a demonstration of our students’ agility in adapting to occasion, the 135th Foundation Day service was held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday 4th May, with magnificent music bringing the venue to life. A special candle-lit procession of the current students who have parents who were in the Senior School in our founding year, 1993, made this year’s service unique and gave pause to the importance of our forebears.

Thank you to all teachers and parents who supported our Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students through NAPLAN testing with the appropriate level of meaning and composure. Our students are well guided and supported in the NAPLAN process and are familiar with test formats. We encourage children to do their best and trust in the fact that this testing is only one part of the school program and I believe that the school and parents have achieved the right balance where NAPLAN testing is concerned.

My congratulations to our Intermediate boys and girls Volleyball teams who won their respective Loddon Mallee Regional Finals and have qualified to compete in the School Sports Victoria State Finals. Congratulations also to the Year 7 and Year 8 girls Tennis teams who have also qualified for School Sports Victoria State Finals.

I also offer sincere congratulations to Jarrod Slot (12 Aherne) and to Alexander Neilson, who graduated last year, on this week receiving a prestigious VCE Premier’s Award for Systems Engineering and French, respectively. More detail is within this edition of eLink.

It was my privilege today to welcome prospective parents and students to the School for our Open Day, along with special guests of the founding Chairman, Mr John Higgs OAM, who joined us for morning tea and a school tour. Many of our guests, including some current teachers, were instrumental in the resurrection of Girton Grammar School 25 years ago and today was an opportunity for them to enjoy seeing the fruits of their tenacious labour.

Matthew F. Maruff