In the 1950s a group of young boys entered the gates at the end of Button Street to become students of Launceston Church Grammar School. Their first classroom is now office space, in fact, part of that first classroom now houses my office. Young boys, fleet of foot and keen of eye beginning their educational journey, meeting each other for the first time. I am sure for those young boys that are now older men, the time from the 1950s to 2022 has gone by in the blink of an eye. Just yesterday one of those men, Mr John Roberts (1956), left Launceston Church Grammar School for the last time after a funeral service in our chapel. The School Chapel was full of alumni proudly wearing their alumni ties and farewelling a friend, a friend that they first met as young boys coming to Grammar. A friendship that has lasted for our over 70 years from those first days together so many years ago. It really emphasised for me the strong bonds that this School helps create in those who cross its path. I know speaking to recent alumni that the friendships forged in school years are friendships that last beyond the gates of Grammar and their graduation from the School. As I have written before, an education is much more than an ATAR score, it is about the development of our character. That character is developed by so many different people that help meld both our students, but also our staff and the wider community as we all grow together.
Along with Mr Roberts, we also recognise two alumni whose passing we have been made aware of this week, Mr John Perkins (1971) and Mr Christian Sundstrup (1978). We offer sincere condolences to their families.
As I write this article it would also be remiss of me to not mention the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Anglican Church. I know many people have varied views of the monarchy, however, I think her example of service and stoicism is an example to us all of servant leadership. An example that puts the needs of others before the needs of themselves. It certainly is a passing of a generation.
It was also great to welcome the Principal for 2023 Mr Dale Bennett to the School this week. Dale spent time with staff and students getting to know our community and we look forward with much enthusiasm to Dale and his wife Jane joining our community in 2023.
Thank you to our Junior Campus staff and parents who helped make the athletics carnival such a success this week. I am always buoyed by the infectious enthusiasm that our young students have and the support they show one another in competing against, but also with, their friends. I am sure moments like these create friendships that will last a lifetime just like those of the young boys from the 1950s.
I wish our Grade 7 netball team good luck in the grand final Saturday at the Silverdome, and also our senior musicians as they embark on their music camp this weekend.
Finally, I would like to thank the Old Launcestonian’s Association for organising the OLA Spring Cocktail Party being held this Friday night.
Enjoy your weekend with your children