Term 3, Week 7 - Friday 6 September 2019

Term 3, Week 7 Update

Blue Week
Congratulations to all of the students for their sincere engagement with our Blue Week activities.  As you know, the purpose of Blue Week is to raise awareness of the incidence and impact of mental illness in our community.

Mostly, the week is designed to help reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues thus making it more likely that young people will seek help early.  It also serves as a reminder of how wonderful life is and that we need to savour every day.

We are especially grateful for Old Collegian, actor and poet Alex Cusack who shared a personal account of living with depression while completing school and making his way in the world.  Today's Advertiser carries an excellent story about Alex on page 27.


Prefects vs Staff Netball Match 
(Blue Week Activity)
Despite the efforts and determination by our team of male and female staff members, they were no match for the athleticism and shooting skills of the Prefects.  While the staff team played a well-structured game, the highly creative and instinctive game style of the boys was difficult to match. Congratulations to everyone involved.  The match offered an entertaining spectacle for the few hundred boys and teachers gathered around the walls of Purton Hall.

Come and Try Day
We were delighted to host the latest group of 34 boys who joined us for a day of activities and learning on Tuesday.  It is an important step in the enrolment and transition process for boys coming from surrounding primary schools and it provides many opportunities for current students to host and care for our visitors.

ICAS Competitions and applying our Learning
Earlier this week, I attended a breakfast meeting with local Principals to hear Professor Martin Westwell (Chief Executive, SACE) speak on the importance of critical thinking and being able to apply our knowledge in new contexts.  As you may know, learning the content and skills required to pass a school or university test does not always translate into being able to use that knowledge to solve problems in the 'real' world.  Interestingly, the breakfast was part of our ongoing professional learning program for Principals; something that hopefully helps us shape our schools in ways that better prepare young people for life beyond the classroom.

This week the participation of 34 of our Junior Years students has provided them with a great opportunity to test their developing abilities in this area.  The ICAS tests are designed to test the ability of students to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills.  While ICAS provides strong recognition for the achievement of students, it has been my observation over many years that those who are regular participants simply enjoy the challenge posed by this annual competition.  Congratulations to all of the boys who participated.

Finishing Strongly
Hopefully, the recent long weekend has provided everyone with a little extra energy required to finish the term strongly and making the most of the remaining three weeks of Term 3.

Finally, to finish where we started the week; may the daily emergence of more blue skies fill us with wonder and joy.  May they also help to open our eyes and hearts to the many opportunities that we have to lighten the load of those around us.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Brian Schumacher


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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