From the Headmaster

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As humans, we tend to move towards the easy and the comfortable and this may not include singing and dancing on stage. In some way, this is why the compulsory Year 8 production is so delightful and so memorable. While some students flourish given the opportunity to express themselves through movement and music, others summon great courage to tread the boards.

The Year 8 students for whom singing and dancing does provide pleasure, took part in the promotional photo shoot for this year’s show, Guys ‘n Dolls, on Sunday. The Shamrock Hotel’s glamorous exterior and Gold Dust Bar provided the Manhattan style backdrop for this musical romantic comedy. Rehearsals are coming along nicely and as always, it will be a joy to see the whole cohort come together and in the end, put their best foot forward for themselves and their friends. Tickets can be booked at www.trybooking.com/405519.

Also in the Performing Arts arena, it is apt that we reflect on a job well done. Please enjoy the photo gallery from the Senior School production of Peter Pan in this edition of eLink.

The Junior School and Senior School Ensembles Concerts will take place next week at the Ulumbarra Theatre, providing Bendigo with one of the most extensive and inspiring musical events at one of the City’s most impressive venues. Tickets are on sale via the Capital Theatre and I urge anyone who is interested in a magical evening of music to support our students at this wonderful annual experience. www.gotix.com.au.

Thank you to the parents who attended parent-teacher interviews this week. Your level of engagement in your child’s learning constitutes one of the main determinants of their schooling success. Please feel free to follow up with individual teachers as needed or to contact the relevant Head of House for discussion about matters related to Student Wellbeing.

It has been a very busy time on the sporting front with some wonderful achievements over the past two weeks. Both the Year 7/8 Boys Badminton and Year 7/8 Girls Soccer teams have qualified to compete in the State Finals after success at the School Sport Victoria (SSV) Regional Finals. Our Junior School students had a successful day at the Aeroschool State Championships last week, and we now have State Champions in our midst for the Aerodance Division 1 category. Five Junior teams competed against 29 schools in the Level 3 Junior pair section. Two Girton teams made it to the top fifteen and qualified for National finals. Ruby Conti (6 Millward) and her team mates from Melbourne have won gold representing Australia in the Age Group 1 Trio section at the International Aerobic Competition in Phoenix, USA. My congratulations to all three Girton Volleyball teams who competed in the State finals last weekend. The Year 8 Girls, Year 11 Girls, and the Open Honours Boys all won a Silver medal at the competition and have qualified for the Australian Volleyball School Cup in December.

Our debaters argued their cases beautifully in the final round of the Debater’s Association of Victoria School’s Competition, with the VCE team and the C1 Team of Year 10 students winning their debates. Two Girton speakers in each team were awarded equal best speakers.

This week was Millward House week and a range of fun activities was organised to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, including a soccer match and the ubiquitous sausage sizzle. These student-driven activities have over time, become the glue that binds providing students with a way to have fun whilst opening their minds to the lives of others.

It was my delight and privilege last Friday to show prospective parents and students around the school at our July Headmaster’s Tour. As always, the impromptu interaction with students demonstrated the confidence and the pride of our students in their school. At the conclusion of the tour, I felt energised, positive and very grateful to serve in such a fine community.

Matthew F. Maruff
Headmaster