Dear Boarding Families
The end of the School year is rapidly approaching and as I reflect on how fast this year has been for me personally, I am reminded always about finishing off on a good note. Tricky conversations are not about how they start but how they end and after a rough start to the year for our boarding community, I feel from the seat I am sitting in, a sense of pride developing again in small ways with our community.
Last week we hosted a new generation of Grade 7 boarders who are starting next year by doing an overnight boarding experience and orientation day. Thanks to our boarding families and staff involved in this process, it has been a great way of meeting our new boarders and for them to transition into boarding. What I liked about this night was that we had already done an ice breaker last term for the boys, so they had a sense of belonging and from all accounts were keen to connect again. Each new face has a character and mannerisms that are unique, this is what makes a great boarding house community. One of the many benefits of boarding is learning the skills of living with each other and with this build’s resilience in everyone. For these new grade 7 boarders this will develop as their journey in boarding begins.
In the last two weeks, our Grade 11/12’s have sat through their exams. I have been impressed with how they have gone about preparing for these exams. I gave them an email that had a study routine to follow for the day so they weren’t left to their own accord this was well received and seemed to value add to their exam preparation.
The Grade 10’s are about to go through the same process with exams starting on Thursday 18th until Tuesday 23rd November. We will keep the boarding house open during the day for students to study and I will send a similar program out to all boarders involved via an email.
The following Thursday the Grade 9 Outdoor Education programme will be conducted in the Mt Cameron and Musselroe Bay region in the northeast of the state. I will be going from Monday-Friday to assist in supporting the ODE group and look forward to seeing our Grade 9’s in action.