Term 1, Week 11: Boarding Newsletter
Dear Parents and Guardians,
A long and hectic Term One has come to an end and I am sure you will be as glad to have your
son(s) home as much as they are glad to be home. It was nice to catch up with a number of you
when you picked your son up and can I thank those parents who came in early to be part of the
ECU focus group and for those that took the time to do a phone interview. The extra week does
seem to contribute significantly to increased fatigue. For those of you who remember the three old
term year, I am not sure how we all coped!
This last week began with the tragic news of the young diabetic girl from Santa Maria College who
slipped into a coma in her sleep and died. The boys were visibly stunned when they read what had
happened and we discussed it at our morning briefing. Some of our Yr 11 and 12ʼs had been on a
river cruise with the girls from Santa Maria the previous Saturday night which I think made it hit
home that much harder. For us as a community we can only imagine the grief that they are
experiencing right now. On behalf of the residential community I have contacted the school and
expressed our sincere condolences.
For us as staff here at CCGS it does provide a salutary reminder of the need to be ever vigilant in
the care of the boys. The boys sometimes wonder why we want to know where they are every
minute and why I insist the staff sight them last thing at night and first thing in the morning. You
have entrusted the care of your sons to us and it is our responsibility to do that to the best of our
The term may be over but the school activities that the boys are involved in never seem to. We
have 4 boys going on exchange to the UK and Sth Africa next term. We wish Kirk Lewis, Cameron
Schoonakker, Campbell Draper and Kyle Forrester all the best for a fantastic experience. I know
they will represent the school well and make the most of the opportunities available to them. I look
forward to getting some emails and photos that I can pass onto all the boys.
A large number of boarders will join Mr Foster on a football trip to the Melbourne in the second
week of the holidays. Some games, training and the ANZAC clash between Essendon and
Collingwood will provide a good launching pad for their season.
Sam Gardiner will represent the school in sailing in the second week of the holidays and we wish
him and the other boys involved good luck as they try to hold onto the trophy won last year.
To all the members of Walters Residential Community I hope you have a fantastic holiday together.
I wish you all a happy Easter and look forward to seeing all the boys upon their return.
Director of Walters Residential Community