At Launceston Grammar we always ask our students to tell us what they are thinking? What worries them. What could we do better? What do we do well? To that end we have a Student Representative Council as well as students presenting to both Senior Management and the School Board throughout the year.
At our Junior Campus, two students Nancy Tucker and Maggie Clayton, commenced on a journey for the School to provide trousers for girls as part of the uniform. Supported by their teacher, Jude Coombe and staff, they conducted a survey of students, sourced some samples, and a trial commenced. In the recent Junior Campus assembly they presented to the students proudly wearing their trousers. Students from the Student Representative Council on the Senior Campus have also been lobbying for trousers, and as the French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo wrote;
“Nothing is more powerful than as idea whose time has come”
Well done to Maggie and Nancy who have helped make their idea a reality. Next Wednesday Mrs Carter and I will meet with the girls and Parent Grade Representatives to finalise the trouser design. The Grammar Shop will then make them available to students across both campuses.
It was also wonderful to hear poetry from Jamari Lockhart at the Senior Campus assembly on Thursday. Jamari delivered a powerful address which was follow by an amazing interpretation of dance base on the concept of reconciliation.
It is wonderful to see student voice and expression across both campuses in different mediums.
Last week we also saw the final Presentation Evening for our rowers. In what has been a successful season, our rowers, coaches and parents came together to celebrate and give thanks for all involved in the 2021/22 season. A special thanks to Miss Sarah Ashlin, our Head of Rowing, and Mr Ash Dunn for producing an incredible film showcasing the season. There was also a special thank you to Mr Peter Ferrall. Peter has been a coach and supporter of our rowing programme for many years and recently acted as our boatshed manager. Peter has ensured our rowers have functioning equipment and worked tirelessly in supporting our coaches. Peter has indicated that this season will be his last.
In closing, I once again commend Maggie and Nancy on their commitment to their idea. Their actions are testament to the words of the American President Calvin Coolidge;
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
I hope you discuss with your children that their voice is important, it will be listened to. It has merit. It has power. Persist. Be determined.
Have a wonderful weekend with your families.