Do you sing in the shower? That could be construed as slightly personal, but I do wish to share with you that singing to me is the ultimate expression of personal happiness. The mere act of belting out your favourite song be it in the car on the way to work, or as you do the chores or even performing at the Rockin Hot Pizza Karaoke Bar does wonders for your wellbeing. The endorphins are supercharged, and the happy chemical dopamine is released into our systems lowering our stress and anxiety. A natural prescription for joy in our lives!
You can only imagine how happy the Senior School students were this afternoon with the annual House Singing Competition (aka the Singing Carnival) being held in the gym. What a spectacle and what a show. Maybe Broadway won’t be on our doorstep any time soon, but gee Grammar students know how to perform! The teamwork, choreography and enthusiasm captivated the audience. Grade 6 students joined us for a “sneak peak” of life on the Senior Campus and I am sure many of them cannot wait to be a part of the fun next year. They also had the opportunity to award the Peoples Choice award and emphatically chose Roff House. I felt for the judges who knew by the end of Friday that 1/5th of the campus would love them, and the remaining 4/5ths may be feeling robbed of their “glory moment”. The winners were Roff House and their performance of Voulez Vous had us all grooving along to ABBA on a Friday afternoon. And yes, we do want more of this in our lives.
This is the stuff of lifelong memories and strengthening the community. Congratulations to all students on a great afternoon’s entertainment!
I am looking forward to welcoming Jodi Richardson to the School next week to share with our staff and students her wisdom about how to deal with anxiety when it shows up in our lives. One of the protective factors to deal with anxiety is engaging in opportunities that “fill your bucket” and I am heartened by the fact that life at Grammar is rarely dull with the numerous activities which students participate in. We need to seek challenges in our life that contribute to the maintenance of our personal well-being.
Next week is also National Science Week and I know our science staff and students have an action-packed week exploring the power of innovation. STEM is alive and well at Grammar and is one of our core learning pillars. Each year many Grammar graduates pursue a future in the applied sciences and with the dynamic growth in artificial intelligence I would assume that this trend will continue. I saw a few of our leading science students engaging fully in the singing this afternoon so perhaps we need to consider rebranding to STEaM education. You may like to muse upon how the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Maths may come together to create dynamic and creative learning experiences for our students. Or alternatively, perhaps you are considering what tune you will bust out tomorrow morning in the safety of your own shower! Either way, have a great weekend and take time to “fill your bucket!”