Term 4 Week 1
This morning at assembly I announced the 2020 Prefects-Elect Group and I have every confidence that the following group of students will lead the School with distinction. As reinforced at our assembly the process of selection is highly democratic with students needing to secure the support of both their student peers and staff to be selected.
Prefects-Elect for 2020
Jade Begovich (Sc)
William Bond (Fr)
Lauren Byford (Sc)
John Carter (Wb)
Ellen Cutler (St)
Mackenzie Hall (SG)
William Kail (St)
Olivia Park (Wb)
Trent Sherlock (Be)
Max Stewart (He)
William Tang (Sc)
Lewis Tester (Be)
Charlie Weston (He)
Terrence Win (St)
Individual leadership roles are still to be finalised and these will be announced next week along with our House Captain and School Sacristan positions for 2020. This will occur at the final Year 12 assembly during which the students symbolically hand the leadership baton over to the Year 11 group.
The following students were presented with Honours awards for various co-curricular activities at our assembly this morning. I congratulate them on achieving such an exceptionally high standard in each of these programs:
Jasper Berrington (12Ha) – Cadets
Hamish Adamson (10SG) – Hockey
Issac French (12Be) – Music
Ross Stone (12Be) – Music
Zachary Matthews (12Fr) – Oratory
Emerson Varris (12He) – Oratory
Luke Osborne (12Be) – Oratory
Benjamin Dewar (12Be) – Rowing
Chelsea Wulff (12He) – Rowing
Sienna Tolomei (12SG) – Rowing
Eleanor Miller (12Sc) – Rowing
Ellen Kozlowska (12Sc) - Rowing
Harrison George (12He) – Soccer
An Excellence Award for outstanding performance in an out of school activity was presented to Rourke Turton (12SG) for Weightlifting.
Also at assembly, Joshua Sharp (12St) was presented with a Headmaster’s Gold Commendation award for his outstanding ATAR Engineering Studies project. Joshua designed constructed and programmed a machine which sorts and recharges used battery cells from devices such as laptops.
This stage of the year provides us with the opportunity to thank and farewell our Year 12 students as the majority embark on their final period of examination revision. Other students have completed all of their internal tasks and are already looking towards work placements and TAFE courses. It is a time of reflection and the opportunity to take part in a number of symbolic rituals such as the final Congo and Valedictory Chapel Service.
These events are always memorable, particularly so for me this year, as they will be my last at the School and the first time we farewell a co-educational cohort of senior students. The Year 12 class of 2019 have led the School with distinction during a time of significant transition. Their proactive, positive and unifying approach have set a fine example and tone throughout the School. For this I am most thankful.
After the Year 12s go on study leave I will be taking a period of long service leave from Week 3 through until the end of Week 7, returning for the final week of term and our end of year events. During this period Brad Evans will be Acting Headmaster, Graham Lawson Acting Head of Senior School and Andrew Bacon Acting Head of Catalyst. We are most fortunate with the calibre of our staff leadership in the School and I know that they will each shine in their respective roles.
I thoroughly enjoyed our Turning of the Soil event on Monday afternoon to celebrate the commencement of our new Co-educational Boarding House Development. It was wonderful to have a number of students play key roles in the celebration, with our Captains of School Nick Sheppard (12He) and Rebecca Adamson (12SG), Captain of Boarding Zac Finlayson (12Sc) and current boarders Robert Harris (11Wb) and Blair Dunne (10He), along with their sisters Charlotte Harris and Holly Dunne (8He) all taking a shovel to symbolically turn the soil. Tjahkai Walker (8Fr) led with an Acknowledgement of Country, Amos Smith (12St) played the didgeridoo and past Captain of School Fraser Pensini (He 10-14) spoke eloquently of his time in boarding and the sense of community and connection in the School. It was a pleasure to have the President of the Foundation Dr William Ryan as part of the ceremony along with Fellow of Council Mitchell Wells, who spoke about the importance of the project and boarding in the life of the School. With_Architecture Studio have developed an inspirational design that captured the vision of the project and we are proud to once again partner with FIRM construction for the project.
Another recent highlight was the Old Guildfordians Annual Dinner, held during the holiday break. It was a memorable evening which included an inspirational address by this year’s Old Guildfordian of the Year, Commodore Simon Ottaviano (Wb 83-85) who is Director General Logistics – Navy and Head Maritime Logistics Community. My thanks to the Old Guildfordians Association for their gift to the School, which is a portrait of Simon to be hung in an appropriate location, following display in the Thwaites Centre Reception.
Olivia Crossen (8Be) was selected to represent WA and competed at the Nationals in tetrathlon in Sydney last week. It was only her third tetrathlon and she managed to win a bronze medal. The phases were swimming, running, shooting and show-jumping. She had to use a borrowed horse which is always tricky but did very well.