Many people have commented to me how much they enjoyed the College’s Arts Showcase which was held in August at the QPT. Over the past few years, the Music program has grown significantly, under the guidance of our Head of Music, Mr James Softly. This program now provides numerous opportunities for students to demonstrate their impressive talents. The show featured a variety of musical and dramatical acts with additional items from St. Francis Xavier Primary School and St. Lawrence’s Primary School. The final song which featured students from all three schools together on stage was a highlight for me! My sincere thanks and congratulations goes to all staff involved in making the evening such a success. Well done!
My thanks goes to all staff, and especially Mr Joe Italiano, Sports Coordinator, along with the Health and Physical Education Learning Area, for organising our Interhouse Athletics Carnival. It was a fantastic event, and it was great to see so many of our students competing for their Houses and enjoying the day. Congratulations to all our students who tried their best, regardless of where they finished in an event. The most important thing is that you try your best. A special congratulations to our students in Kelly House who were the overall winners for the second year in a row! In addition, I offer my congratulations to all our students who were chosen to represent the College at the ACC Carnival in Week 9 where we finished second in B Division.
The College celebrated Book Week recently with this year’s theme being ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open…’. It was fantastic to see so many of our students and staff becoming involved in the various activities organised by the English Learning Area and Library staff. Our Year 7 students, along with their senior school buddy, looked fantastic in their costumes and the ‘Book Week Parade’ proved to be a huge hit. I am not sure who enjoyed dressing up more, our students or our staff! My thanks goes to the many staff who made an effort to dress up for the occasion. Our students certainly loved seeing you dressed as your favourite book characters!
Year 9 Fathers’ Day Breakfast
The Year 9 Fathers’ Day Breakfast event was held at the end of Week 7 to acknowledge the contribution of fathers and significant males in the lives of our students. It was fantastic to see so many gentlemen come and enjoy the morning with our students. I asked our students to take the time on Father’s Day to tell their Dad (or significant male role model) how important they are to them, and thank them for everything that they do. Whilst our young people may not realise it just yet, Dad’s, and male role models, play a key role in shaping who they are as a person and who they will become in the future. This is a truly essential role in society, as much now as it has ever been. My thanks goes to Mr Kerry Pile, Director of Students – Year 9 and Ms Jacky Patience for coordinating the event. Thank you also to our many students and staff who came in early to set up and prepare breakfast.
Randolph Stow Awards
Winners for this year’s Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards were announced at a ceremony held at Geraldton Grammar School. This is an annual competition held by the City of Greater Geraldton Regional Library for all schools in the Mid-West to demonstrate their prose and poetry writing skills. This year, the Library received 573 entries from across the Mid-West region. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Ms Kerry Faichney, Head of Learning Area – English, Mrs Sarah Clune, Library Manager, and our English staff. It was wonderful to see so many of our students recognised for their fine work at this event. Well done to all our students who submitted entries to the competition and especially those who had their work recognised by the judges.
Grandparent’s Day Morning Tea
It was wonderful to see so many people able to make it along to our Grandparent’s Morning Tea held on a very wet morning in August. Whilst addressing our Grandparent’s, I noted the unconditional love that can exist between a grandparent and a grandchild. Grandparents being a presence in their grandchildren’s lives is so powerful. Being there to support them, listen to them and watch them grow, much as they may well have done with their own children, but through a difference lens and perhaps with the benefit of wisdom.
Year 12 Farewell
Our Year 12 students celebrate their final days of formal schooling this week. Their final Assembly was a great celebration and conclusion to their time at the College. It is important to stop and reflect on their achievement of finishing their secondary education. The College has valued the contribution that they have made as leaders. We thank them for their efforts and for further developing and nurturing the important sense of school spirit which we value so deeply. Our Year 12 students exited the College through a guard of honour. The front gates are then ceremoniously closed signifying that when one door closes, another door opens. We are proud of each and every one of our Year 12 students and we wish them every blessing and happiness as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
Mr Michael Williams