The Ellington Jazz Club is a favourite destination for our Music students this time of the year as they have the opportunity to experience playing in an authentic Jazz club. On Monday night our Jazz students entertained a full house of appreciative parents and friends with Stephanie Balfour doing a fabulous job as MC and Paul Millard partnering with our musicians to deliver some absolutely amazing music. You can see the gallery of photos here.
Tomorrow morning approximately 200 Year 12 boys and fathers will be treated to an engaging and thought provoking talk from Jonathan Doyle at the Father and Son breakfast, organised by the Parents’ Association. Jonathan Doyle is the author of Bridging the Gap, and is a regular visitor to the School, addressing the boys in Years 10 to 12 on how to be extraordinary men. Jonathan’s personality and direct presentation style engages easily with cohorts as he challenges boys to make the most of their lives. He emphasises the need to speak candidly about the nature of one’s identity and specifies areas that men need to work on to ensure a healthy transition to manhood. He will leave the boys with insights and strategies to consider, as well as identifying the significance of individual choice in how they will be defined moving forward in their lives.
As the holidays approach it is right to acknowledge all within the community for what has been an exceptional term for the School. So much has been achieved in so many areas. Much of this effort will be revealed in upcoming student reports. I wish to thank staff for all of their work in preparing the reports that will add insights gained through parent-teacher evenings throughout the first half of the year.
This is the final CCGS World for Term 2 and I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and safe break with family and friends.
There’s been a wonderful sense of buzz among our Houses this week as final rehearsals wrap up and we lead up to the annual House Shout competition, to be held during the last assembly for this term on Thursday 4 July.
Jazz is alive and well at Christ Church and I would like to congratulate our various Jazz musicians and guest performers on their splendid performances at The Ellington Jazz Club on Monday evening. This Saturday afternoon I look forward to attending the Rock Workshop – MOJOS Extravaganza at Mojos Bar in Fremantle, featuring students from Years 4 to 12.
Today we are pleased to have Jonathan Doyle, author of Bridging the Gap, on campus to address boys in Years 10 to 12 on how to be extraordinary men. Jonathan’s personality and direct presentation style engages easily with cohorts as he challenges boys to make the most of their lives. He emphasises the need to speak candidly about the nature of one’s identity and specifies areas that men need to work on to ensure a healthy transition to manhood. He will leave the boys with insights and strategies to consider, as well as identifying the significance of individual choice in how they will be defined moving forward in their lives. Jonathan is also our special guest at the Year 12 Father and Son Breakfast to be held this Friday morning at Frasers in Kings Park.
Finally, a reminder that the Year 10 Parent/Teacher night takes place next Monday 1 July from 3.45pm to 7.00pm. Thank you to those parents who have booked their appointments via the CCGS Parent Portal – for those who haven’t, please contact Ms Emmie Del Borrello, the Executive Assistant to the Director of Studies who will be happy to assist.
Head of Senior School
This week our Year 2 classes stepped back in time and participated in a History incursion with the Year 2s from St Hilda’s. Freshwater Bay Museum attended, sharing resources and engaging activities. The boys enjoyed having an olden day’s classroom experience, making peg dolls, playing olden day games, and dressing up – watch this clip!
Each afternoon I see many of our families on campus utilising the various facilities and programs. I would like to remind our community of their responsibility as parents or carers to provide the appropriate supervision and care for their son(s) and children outside of school hours. Christ Church Grammar School is an open campus and we hope that families can work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each individual.
Best wishes to our Years 4 to 6 Cross Country team, who will be competing in the JPSSA Inter-School Cross Country Carnival at Scotch College today. Many thanks to all of the coaches and support staff who ensured the Winter Sport program was so enjoyable and rewarding this term. Winter Sport fixtures will recommence in Week 2 of Term 3.
A reminder to all families that this week is the last week for all Co-Curricular clubs. Parents are welcome to sign up for Term 3 clubs from Thursday 18 July. Next week is the final week of Term 2 and I would like to remind all families about the staggered finish times for next Friday with Years 4 and 5 concluding at 12.30pm. After school care will remain open until 6.00pm for those families requiring this service.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Troy Higginbottom for all her contributions whilst in the role of Acting Director of Pastoral Care, Planning and Co-Curricular since last year. Troy will be taking maternity leave and I would like to wish her all the best, in what is an exciting time in her life. Troy will be returning to Christ Church in 2020. Additionally, I am also pleased to announce that Ms Kim Morcom has been appointed to the above-mentioned role and commences in Term 3. Kim has been at Christ Church since 2008 and is currently teaching Pre-Primary to Year 3 Physical Education and Health and Wellbeing in our Prep School. Kim is a wonderful educator and will bring much to her new role.