YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
How quickly Term 4 has arrived! It is a time when there is so much learning still to be engaged in, yet inter-laced with one celebratory event after another, seemingly that we just lurch from one to the next. But then, that only reinforces that there is indeed much to be celebrated and as such deeply thankful for. At a time when fatigue also factors, it is ever so important that we maintain an authentic ‘attitude of gratitude’.
This weekend the College will host its first 20-year reunion. The Class of 1999, our first Year 12 graduates, will literally “go back to school”. There won’t be any doubt that some will be agog with how the College has changed physically – much of that has occurred in just the past five years alone. More important, though, is what remains the same. Specifically, that is our focus on our Mission Statement and people and relationships. That Vision and those Values are held dear, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Over my 35 years in education, I have known schools that simply don’t represent the values which they espouse in their promotional material. Amongst the very real complexity of a contemporary schooling environment, here at St Andrews it is wonderfully simple (and not negotiable) – Celebrating the Gospel; Nurturing the Individual; Empowering Lifelong Learners.
Last Friday morning we joined together for the Prep to Year 12 ‘Journey’ Breakfast. This is an occasion to celebrate students who will soon graduate, having spent all of their thirteen schooling years at St Andrews. Choice of school is one of the most significant we make as parents. Who we trust their formative years and education to, no doubt, plays such a significant bearing on attitudes and aptitudes formed in emerging adults. Thank you for giving us the profound responsibility of working with you in the care and development of your children.
2020 COLLEGE CAPTAINS
Last week we announced the 2020 College Captains, who will increasingly assume these responsibilities across the term, ready for full launch in January. Hearty congratulations to Basia Shelly, Mariel U’Ren, Callum Ahern and Peter Thomas. These fine young people will do a marvellous job as the leaders of our College. Further leadership appointments will be announced in the coming weeks.
Some months ago, we transitioned to a fresh newsletter format. As its readers, we would like to know your perceptions about preferences. To that end, in the next few weeks, we will distribute a very short survey so that you can provide us with feedback. We encourage you to have your say.