From the Principal
One of the oldest carved figurines in world history is the Venus of Willendorf. It was found in the early 20th century in Austria, and is believed to be about 25000 years old. Historians and Archaeologists are still not entirely sure as to its overall meaning. It has become a discussion point in the senior school recently as a result of the art work of year 12 student Anabel Austin, who has carved quite a few smaller 'venuses' and encased them in a resin model of a female torso. It is a really striking piece of work. It will be entered into the 'Creative Generation' awards this year. I am referencing it here because Anabel's goal in creating this has been in part to comment on femininity and women.
We had the same opportunity in a more relaxed setting on Friday when so many mothers visited the College for Mother's Day. What a fantastic event! Thank you so much to the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and fathers who took the time to have breakfast with us, and also to join the four liturgies that took place throughout the College.
Mr Naiker commented on the day that the COVID limitation on parent visits to the site, and classrooms, had meant that we had allowed ourselves to forget how magical these can be, and what a positive thing they are for children. Thank you so much for finding the time to join in your child's learning journey.
The love of our mothers, and the love we have for them, is our first glimpse into the divine. The limitless, selfless and compassionate maternal love that we grow with defines us and, I think, helps us to better understand how to live and how to love others. The vibrant noise that we had in the cafe during the Mother's Day celebration last Friday was so wonderful - a sound of excitement and love. Thank you so much for coming.
We have had a busy two weeks aside from that! The Special P and F AGM was on Tuesday. We took time to honour the fantastic work of Leanne Andrews, the outgoing P and F president, for her 6 years on the executive (5 as president). Leanne has been a powerhouse of change at the College through this role. Other committee members were vocal in their celebration of what she has achieved. Thank you so much Leanne! I am pleased to say that all members of the executive will be joining the Parent Partnership Forum.
Of course, we are in the midst of NAPLAN. Please do keep our years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in your prayers over the next two weeks as they complete these assessments.
Mr Chris Gabbett