Senior School News
The celebration of one hundred years of the School Chapel holds our thoughts and attention this week, so much so that I had to be reminded last night it was my birthday today. For me, there’s significance in the crossover of the two events.
For my thirteenth birthday, my parents gave me a brown fluorescent desk lamp. With it came the encouraging message that it was to help me with my new high school homework routine. At fourteen, I recall the gift was a family dinner at The Heidelberg Restaurant, a place where I could practice my study of the German language by ordering everyone’s meal in the language I was learning at school. It was the first time I ever remember going to a restaurant and my limited vocabulary meant everyone got sauerkraut rather than chips, teaching me forever that they were called kartofflechips. I also learnt that if I had given it a go, I probably would have managed to order what we all wanted. Amidst other memorable birthdays and gifts was the year when everyone contributed bits of equipment for a black and white photographic darkroom; and a birthday card every year without fail, written in my grandmother’s curly cursive. On the evening of my birthday, the telephone would ring and on this one day of the year, all the calls would be for me.
That the Chapel was a gift to the School, and that we celebrate its birthday this week is the point of my reflection. Gifts which come with a connection to those they are given, with thought, and purpose and meaning, have real significance in our lives. My parents’ birthday gifts were always thoughtful, and given with a message of purpose or hope for their use. I can’t help but think that Cecil Oliverson, the man who gave us the Chapel of St Mary and St George and who never had an immediate family of his own, had similar hopes for the sons and daughters of Guildford Grammar School.
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SPORTS FIXTURES AND RESULTS
The Senior School sports fixtures and results are updated on the Go Forward portal each Wednesday. Click here to go directly to the Senior School sports page.
SENIOR SCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
The Senior School Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 4 April, at Ern Clark Stadium. Please note this date in your diary, as it has moved from being held in Term 3 in previous years, to Term 1. FOSS is seeking donations of baked goods for sale on the day. If you are able to assist, please contact Jill Dawson.
We are still seeking a few billets to host some Year 7 students who are visiting from a private school in India from 17-24 May. If you can help, please contact Mr Graeme Plummer on 9377 9216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
YEAR 7 REPORT FOLDERS
All Year 7 students will receive and sign for a special Presentation Folder which they should bring home. The folder is provided by the School and will hold a student’s reports, commendations and certificates for his whole Senior School career.
WORLD'S GREATEST SHAVE
This year the prefects and other willing participants will be shaving their head for the World’s Greatest Shave on Wednesday 2 April. The Leukaemia Foundation contributes greatly to the people suffering from this broad spectrum of debilitating diseases. We need help from members of the community; mums, dads, aunts or uncles, who have the time and the equipment to shave these mops. Any involvement would be greatly appreciated. If you can help, please email Jack.email@example.com or Selinna.Forward@ggs.wa.edu.au.
2014 RUGBY CAMP
Guildford Grammar School Rugby players, from the Preparatory and Senior Schools, are invited to attend the 2014 Rugby Camp. The Camp is for all players from Years 5-12 and will be held from 12-15 April. Further information will soon be emailed to all rugby parents.
SPECIAL GGS SCREENING OF NOAH
We have organised a special Guildford Grammar School screening of the movie Noah, at ACE Cinemas in Midland, at 4.30pm on Sunday 13 April. Tickets are available at the reduced price of $10 each, with only 120 tickets available. If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
WOODBRIDGE PARENTS' DINNER
All Woodbridge House parents are invited to attend the 2014 Woodbridge Parents' Dinner in Thursday 10 April from 6.45pm at 7th Avenue Bar and Restaurant. Tickets cost $42 each and can be purchased by clicking here.
FOSS MOTHERS' DAY EVENT
FOSS is holding a Mothers' Day luncheon on Thursday 29 May from 11.30am-3.00pm in the Foundation Pavilion. Mark the date in your diary! Further information will soon be available.
YEAR 10 PARENT GATHERING
A gathering will be held on Thursday 3 April at Taylor's Art & Coffee House for all Year 10 parents. Further information is available on the Your School Community page.
WATER POLO DINNER
The 2014 Water Polo Dinner will be held on Saturday 29 March from 6.30pm in the Foundation Pavilion. Tickets cost $45 for adults and $40 for students. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
The 2014 Cricket Dinner will be held on Thursday 3 April from 6.00pm in the Senior School Dining Hall. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS
ECU – Sunday 27July, 10.00am-3.00pm, Joondalup
Curtin – Sunday 3 August, 10.00am–4.00pm, Bentley
ECU – Sunday 10 August, 10.00am–3.00pm, Mt Lawley
ECU WAAPA – Sunday 10 August, 10.00am–4.00pm, Mt Lawley
UWA – Sunday 10 August, 10.00am-4.00pm, Crawley
Notre Dame – Sunday 17 August, 10.00am–4.00pm, Fremantle
UWA Albany – Friday 22 August, 10.00am–12.00pm and 4.00pm–6.00pm, Albany
Murdoch – Sunday 24 August, 10.00am–4.00pm, South Street
DARE TO DREAM HOCKEY GALA DINNER
The Guildford Grammar School Hockey community presents the Dare to Dream Gala Dinner on Saturday 3 May 2014, from 6.30pm-late in the Guildford Grammar School Dining Hall. Please join us for a night of great food and entertainment, hosted by Mr Shane Tonkin. Be there for the announcement of the Champion Team from current and past GGS Hockey players. Tickets include a three course meal, beer, wine and soft drinks. Help make the new GGS Hockey Pitch more than just a dream! Tickets cost $90 and can be purchased by clicking here.
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