Term 3, Week 5 - Friday 23 August 2019

Term 3, Week 5 Update

College Athletics Carnivals
Congratulations to all of the boys for their spirited participation in the Junior School carnival on Thursday and the Senior School carnival on Friday.  I offer thanks, on behalf of the staff, to the many parents, grandparents and carers who supported these carnivals. Your presence is very welcome, and it makes a huge difference to your sons and grandsons.

While there has been some negative commentary in the press recently about the value or otherwise of carnivals, I believe that they form an important part of the College calendar and offer something for everyone.  It is a great chance to celebrate the talents of those boys who are especially gifted athletes along with those who compete enthusiastically and generously to earn points for their Houses.  Likewise, the days provide a fun way for boys of all ages to work together in the common cause of winning the House Cup.  Most importantly, the different structure of the day gives opportunity for new conversations and the strengthening of friendships with people you don't get to spend much time with other than in the marshalling area or, in the case of adults, while you're watching your children compete.

The Final Round of Winter Sport
As the winter season winds up this weekend, I offer my thanks to the many parents, grandparents and carers who have supported our efforts this season.  I also offer a special note of thanks to the mothers of boys in the senior teams who have administered the afternoon teas throughout the football season this year. This simple but large exercise in hospitality has brought families from different schools together and provided a rich lesson for our young men in the role that sport can play in building community.  Finally, on this topic, I was delighted to receive an article from Leanne Berich celebrating the contribution of Natasha Aufderheide as our sport canteen manager this winter (a voluntary role). A fitting tribute to one of our most generous and passionate supporters. 

Book Week - Reading is my superpower
As you can see from the gallery, the Junior School Book Week Parade was a colourful affair and a wonderful reminder of the joy that reading brings to our lives.  While we each have different aptitudes and interests in reading, it remains an essential skill, and literacy is one of the strongest predictors of academic success.  Many boys will have heard me say that reading is one of the top three tips for success at school.  It even helps improve your performance in Mathematics.  It doesn't matter so much what you read, so long as you keep reading.  The more you do it, the easier and more enjoyable it becomes.

Did you know that Matthew Reilly, a popular author for adolescent boys, was once told by a critic that his books had the intellectual worth of a shopping docket?  Since then, Reilly has sold millions of books and, in the process, provided many teenage boys with an action-packed way into reading.

"What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world.  Worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.  Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave.  They show us what community and friendship mean.  They show us how to live and die." 

Anne Lamott

Best wishes for the week ahead and may you find a little time to enjoy the pleasure of reading.

Brian Schumacher


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Term Dates

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 30 January to Friday 12 April 2019
Term 2: Tuesday 30 April to Friday 28 June 2019
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 2019
Term 4:  Monday 14 October to Friday 06 December