As the holidays approach it’s right to acknowledge all within the community for what has been an exceptional term. Much of this effort will be revealed in the soon to be released student reports. It is appropriate to thank all of the staff for their incredible work in preparing the reports that will add to insights gained through parent-teacher evenings throughout the first half of the year.
This week I attended the Ellington Jazz Club with a number of staff, families and friends. The Christ Church boys performed numerous Jazz numbers, all showcasing the extraordinary musical talent that we have in the School. Thank you to the Music Department for arranging such a superb evening. Special mention of Paul Millard, who has an amazing passion for Jazz and as such really provides these boys with an outstanding understanding of all aspects of this music genre, and to Rhiannon Hodgson for her master of ceremony skills.
On Tuesday, together with many others, I watched the Year 12 prefects do their very best against MLC in the Great Divide netball match. Some excellent shooting and passes from the boys kept the spectators guessing who might be victorious. At the final whistle, it was MLC who claimed the trophy for another year. Here are a couple of photos from the match.
During the break I will have the pleasure of hosting two community gatherings for our alumni, one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne. If you would like to join me at either event please follow the links.
Jazz is alive and well at Christ Church! It was a pleasure to experience the wonderful performances by the various Jazz bands at The Ellington Jazz Club on Tuesday evening. Led by Mr Paul Millard, 50 of our Jazz students embraced the venue’s mood and entertained a captivated full house.
This week we are again pleased to have Jonathan Doyle, author of Bridging the Gap, visit the School 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.
The final week of term is shaping up to be another busy ‘normal’ week in the life of a Christ Church boy; sporting fixtures for Firsts teams on Thursday; academic assessments and importantly for Year 10 boys, the parent-teacher-student interviews next Monday afternoon.
As we conclude the first semester, it is always important to reflect on what has been achieved. To that end, I encourage all families to take the time and review student reports when they arrive in the first week of the holidays. The report outcomes should be considered in light of the goals set earlier in the year and adjustments and new plans put in place for Semester 2.
I wish all families a restful, relaxing and enjoyable holiday period.
Head of Senior School
Our Future Problem Solvers team comprising of Year 6s and 7s returned to Australia following a wonderful tour and competition in the USA. The boys enjoyed Dallas and La Crosse, Wisconsin, where the competition was held. The boys represented the School in the manner we would have expected, consistently demonstrating courtesy and respect for others. The boys gained valuable experience on a world stage and felt like the global citizens we all are in 2018. My thanks to Mrs Wisker and Mr Pyefinch for their time and effort in preparing the team, planning the tour and giving two weeks of their time to ensure these boys had this experience. Read more on the tour, here.
My congratulations to our Years 3 to 6 boys for their resilience demonstrated at the Athletics Carnival on Monday. Conditions were not ideal, but there was still plenty of energy at the end of the day. The Champion House, Spirit Shield and Champion medals will be presented at assembly tomorrow.
This afternoon our JPSSA Cross Country team will compete for the annual championship. I wish them all the best for this trying and testing event.
Head of the LW Parry Preparatory School