Secondary – Pastoral

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. This year, the College has not been able to run its traditional “Pancake Breakfast”, but this gives us an opportunity to focus on the meaning of this celebrated day. There’s more to Shrove Tuesday than eating lots of pancakes! Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them.

Admitting Mistakes – Makes you a Better Leader

Recently, Joe Biden raised his right hand to take the oath of office and become the 46th president of the United States. Two years ago, almost to the day, he made a confession. His earlier imposition of harsh penalties for crack cocaine possession, he lamented, “was a big mistake.” Some might have predicted this admission to be career-killing. Plenty of public officials have been condemned for a single offence. But as a presidential candidate, Biden instead made a habit of acknowledging the errors of his ways.

Don’t hide your failures under a rock. Good leaders display honesty and vulnerability, which includes illuminating a flawed past. Perhaps that’s why some voters chose Biden to lead the way ahead.

So, we all should tell our students and children to “learn from our mistakes.” Just saying it hints that you know what you’re talking about—which never hurts when trying to get someone to listen. Nobody’s perfect, and you can use that fact to build credibility. What better way to persuade than through intellectual humility?

From the Heads of 7-9 – Mr Brian Bull and 10-12 – Mr Mitchell Cummings

Well in the words of the great Ron Burgundy “Boy, that escalated quickly”. Its the end of Week 4 already and our first Term of 2021 is off to a cracking start. Students are now well and truly into their learning and it has been a wonderful time to watch new students join us and become a part of our vibrant secondary school community. We have new students from Year 7 all the way through to Year 12 join us in 2021 so please make sure to say hello when you see a new face around our College.

Mr Bull and I want to take the opportunity to genuinely thank our secondary students, who have engaged in wearing our college uniform with pride and it has been pleasing to watch the number of students in room 70, reflecting on their choices regarding uniform, steadily dwindle over the last three weeks. We gently but firmly encourage all students to wear our College uniform correctly and whilst we hold the values of creativity, personal expression and innovation highly – it is a great idea for students to channel these things productively in their lessons rather than in the interpretation of uniform expectations.

The College calendar has been steadily filling up and this last fortnight alone has seen Year 12 parents chatting to teachers via Zoom about their senior studies, Year 7 bravely lined up for their routine immunisations and on Wednesday, the entire Secondary School took to the pool in the hotly contested annual Swimming Carnival. It’s not for me to spoil or share the results – I am sure you will be hearing about them from our sporting staff soon! Needless to say, swimmers swam, records were broken and most people left the day with a smile on their face.

Lastly, I want to encourage students to take advantage of our diverse and healthy College co-curricular programs. It is that time of year where these programs spring to life, so keep an eye out for lunchtime clubs, HRIS sporting challenges and opportunities to perform both musically and dramatically. These experiences complement the learning that takes place in our classrooms and gives students the chance to try something new, pursue excellence in a hobby or passion of their choosing or both!

Mr Bull and I look forward to seeing you all around the College but if we can help with anything please don’t hesitate to pop into our office and say hello.

A reminder of the Out of Uniform Day for Currey House fundraising

This term, Currey House is organising the first out of uniform day for 2021 on Tuesday 23 February, supporting the Beyond Blue Foundation. Currey House is looking forward to raising funds to assist Beyond Blue in its mission to provide information and support to help Australians achieve their best mental health. To read more about this cause, please click here.

The Currey House Year 12 students have decided on the theme of ‘Cartoon Characters/Childhood Memories’. Students can come dressed as their favourite character or wear cartoon-inspired clothing.

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary School