From the Principal
Welcome to the second term of 2021.
We are awash with short weeks for the first third of it, so it does feel a bit ‘part-time’. The two public holidays we are acknowledging are so incredibly important though.
Thank you to those community members who came to watch our students march for the ANZAC Day service at Highfields on Sunday. I was so proud to see us so well represented – and the Drumline were fantastic ambassadors for our Arts department. Our on-site ANZAC service last Friday was intensely moving and we were fortunate to have former student Midshipman Caleb Hayes give the address and lead the ceremony. Big thanks also to Mr Abbott who brought a genuine Australia-built World War Two military jeep on site too.
The respect that communities show for ANZAC Day is such a wonderful thing. When my father was in the RAAF in the 1960s he and his colleagues saw the dwindling numbers at dawn services and believed that it was a day that would stop being celebrated within their lifetimes. That it is still such a key part of our national calendar and our personal commitments says a lot for how we view service, sacrifice, community and history. I am really proud that our College celebrates these too.
Our public holiday on Monday is to acknowledge the awarding of the 8-hour working day in the 19th century. One of the first organised protests to this end was in Melbourne in 1856 – and it was successful, with stonemasons and builders being awarded an 8-hour day with no loss of pay. Whilst this day has been a bit ideological (being called at various times International Worker’s Day) I think of it as being a really strong victory for the common good, and for community, and for the rights of ordinary people to enjoy leisure time with their families.
I do ask that you find time to read the various success stories and calls to action in this newsletter. This will be a busy term, and we are planning a lot of events that touch on all students from P-12. Lastly, please keep our NAPLAN students in your thoughts and prayers as we engage with these exams in week 4.
Mr Chris Gabbett