Published on: 8 February 2018

We have hit the ground running with an incredibly productive start to the term, and I would like to extend a genuine thank you for the wonderful manner in which we have started the year.

Over the past week we have initiated the parent/tutor/teacher meetings for all boys of the Senior School and Preparatory School. These meetings are significant as they help the School  establish and grow relationships with parents, and assist the boys with planning and goal setting for the term and year ahead. The rowing season is also in full swing and Champion Lakes was the scene of some remarkable rowing last Saturday morning as we competed against the other PSA schools in the lead up to the Head of the River on 17 March.

Tonight our wonderful Music Department host Meet the Musos, and all the school community are invited to enjoy live music, food and drinks in the School Refectory.

Next week I am looking forward to meeting all of the families new to our community, and sharing information with them about this great school and the plans we have for the School’s future.

This week our Year 9 The Making of Men program commenced and we welcomed the Jupp boys to the first component of the program, the live-in experience known as On Queenslea Drive (OQD). It has been such a positive start for the boys and the staff and I was very proud of the boys as I watched them enter the program with excitement, team spirit and an attitude that will assist them in getting the most out of the next three weeks.

Although we are only in Week 2, I have already hosted a tour of the School with prospective parents who often want to discuss the ATAR results. We are in a very fortunate position as our recent ATAR results were outstanding and every parent wants to give their child the best education possible. I do however continue to talk about the numerous criteria for gauging success. Yes, the results were wonderful and fabulous for the boys and the School, however equally as important is strength of character, compassion, strong work ethic, how much a boy has improved since joining the School, contributions to society, imagination and embracing diversity. We are committed to focusing on the whole boy and when we do this – the results speak for themselves.

Alan Jones