FROM THE PRINCIPAL
by Mr Tony Kent
Welcome back to Term 3. It was lovely to see all our students walk through our gates on Monday and settle back into the routine of class. I hope that families were able to enjoy the extended mid-year break. It was also nice to be able to welcome 19 new students to our school this term (yes, that is a lot of new students) and to see how quickly they have settled into our community. I do love the way our students welcome and support new students, through what can sometimes be, a scary transition – it is one of the real strengths of our school and particularly our students.
During the first week of the break I had the privilege of accompanying 31 of our Year 11 students on one of the two STORMCO trips to Western NSW – Year 11 went to Brewarrina and Year 10 to Walgett. We have been running these service trips for a number of years, but this was my first chance to experience this unique opportunity first hand – and what an amazing experience it was. I believe in the joy of service to others – it is one of the key elements of our school mission statement – but the true privilege was to watch our students immerse themselves into this opportunity. The students were giving freely of their time and energy to bring some joy into the lives of children less fortunate than themselves, and watching them grow personally as a result of this experience was such a privilege. From all reports the Year 10 group had a similar experience, and I want to say how proud I am of our students and how they represented themselves, their families and our school.
I hope you enjoy our first newsletter for the new term.