Term 3 Week 5
A recent announcement by the Australian National University (ANU) that they will now be taking more factors than the ATAR into account when enrolling students, reflects the importance of a broad, holistic education filled with a wide range of opportunities and experiences. ANU will be interviewing applicants and looking for graduates who demonstrate a range of engagement with co-curricular activities, community service and an outlook that looks beyond their own needs.
This approach directly links to our School’s Purpose and our focus on providing our students with an exceptional co-curricular program that is integral in their personal development and enriches their experiences at school. A range of recent examples highlight the wonderful opportunities available.
I was invited, along with Mr Martin Dell, to attend the 60th Anniversary Celebration Evening for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, at the Government House Ballroom. On behalf of the School, I accepted an award from the Governor, the Hon Kim Beazley, which recognised Guildford Grammar School’s contribution as an Award Centre for over 50 years, having run the program since 1963. Mr Dell was separately recognised and received an award for his extensive contribution to the program as a leader. There is no doubt that students who demonstrate the necessary commitment and service to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award are adding to their breadth of experience and personal development.
I commend all students and staff who were involved in the wonderfully entertaining musical production of Little Shop of Horrors. So many people commented on the exceptional performance standard of the actors and the musicians, with a number of our students destined to tread the boards of future professional productions if they choose that path. My thanks to the members of the P&F Guildford Arts Supporters group who gave so much of their time to support the production and to all of the staff and students involved. It was a most memorable event!
Through the Foundation’s support and the work of the Community Relations team we are fortunate to be able to provide a range of exceptional speakers for students, staff and parents and the broader community at various times during the year. Mr Glen Gerreyn is someone who has been a regular visiting speaker, largely due to the phenomenal feedback we receive from students regarding his life changing impact. Glen recently led a workshop for all Year 10 students and then followed up by presenting to all staff at our Professional Development Day, as well as to the Year 11 students at their leadership day last week. Glen’s message is full of hope and inspiration as he challenges us to look beyond what we think is possible in our lives. I would encourage all parents of Year 10 students to have a discussion with your sons and daughters about Glen’s message. You can find more information about Glen’s work via his website.
Our Senior Girls’ 1st Hockey Team is competing in the Buchanan Cup Hockey competition at Perth Hockey Stadium this Thursday, by invitation, following their second place at the ACC Championship Day. They will be competing against the top schoolgirl hockey teams in the state and I wish them every success. This is an outstanding achievement considering a number of the girls have only recently started playing hockey and we have a number of young players in the team.
The following students have gained entry into the ASME (Australian Society of Music Educators) Student Composition competition for 2019. There is normally only one student chosen per state, but the organisers could not choose between the three Guildford Grammar School students, who were the best in the state.
Isaac French (12Be)
Kale Kendall (12Be)
Nathan Cattell (12Sc)
Lachlan Grime (10St) has been selected for the U15 State Touring Squad for Rugby Union and will play in the Junior Gold Cup Competition in Ballymore, Brisbane.
Tjahkai (TJ) Walker (8Fr) was involved in filming a new welcome video for the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Jack Allen (12Be) and Eleanor Disselkoen (10St) won their respective Chapel Gift races.
The Titration Team finished 5th in the State Finals. Their combined score gave them an “Excellent” team position. Tia Mackenzie (12Wb) achieved a silver, Tom Hodgins (12Ha) and Ben Bozich (12SG) achieved gold. You can view a video of the team preparing for the competition by clicking here.
Andre Officer (6D) and Adoni Zhang (5T) have both been selected to represent Western Australia in the 2019 Touch Football Championship. This team will be competing at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Canberra at the end of October.