As the Term draws to a close, I congratulate our students for starting out the year in such a fine manner. There is such a positive energy around the school and I look forward to a great year ahead. I am pleased with the way the community has embraced the new House System and the modifications to the timetable in both the Junior and Senior School. I believe the vertical House structure has given our students the opportunity to cultivate friendships, goodwill and camaraderie, whilst developing a spirit of cooperation, courtesy and consideration toward others. At times it is good to put ourselves outside our comfort zone in a safe and structured environment in order to meet others and share our wonderful Casey Grammar experiences.
Since the beginning of the year, we have focused on wearing both the School and House uniform with pride, and I have been extremely pleased with our students taking this on board. I ask all students and parents to maintain this pride as we transition to wearing the winter uniform next Term, whether it be when stepping out of the car in the morning or getting onto the bus of an afternoon. I also ask students to be aware of expectations regarding hair and grooming; and to continue to think about how we treat those around us.
This final two weeks of Term 1 has seen a plethora of educational opportunities explored by our students, including:
- Easter Services in both the Junior and Senior School
- Fit to Drive Education Program for Year 11 students
- Road Smart Program for Year 10 students
- Excursions and incursions in the Junior and Senior school
- Final rounds of boys and girls SIS Sports
- The SIS Big Night inaugural music performance at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong
- Senior School tours run by our School Leaders
- Guest speaker and double amputee Mike Roll for Years 7, 8 and 9 students
- Year 1 and 2 Athletics program and sausage sizzle which also featured the ‘Staff v Student’ Relay Race
- The Senior School Athletics Carnival
- Year 8 Camp Information Evening
- Junior School “Trist House” Pyjama Day Fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
- Year 7 - 10 Days for Girls (where students assisted in making reusable sanitary items for women in developing countries)
The end of the Term also brings some changes to staffing. It is with mixed emotions that we farewell the following staff members:
- Mrs Marita Elvish (11 years’ service)
- Mrs Jenny Sparrius (19 years’ service)
- Miss Dimitra Tsoukalas (just shy of 2 years’ service)
I’m very grateful for the service and dedication that Mrs Elvish, Mrs Sparrius and Miss Tsoukalas have brought to the Casey Grammar community and I know you’ll join me in wishing them all the very best for their future endeavours.
Mr Anthony Brown will be taking long service leave for the duration of Term 2. I wish Anthony safe travels as he sets off around Australia with his family. In Anthony’s absence, Mr Ryan Subban will step into the role of Head of Reid House (Senior School) and we will have a new teacher join us, Miss Jess Delgos, who will be the replacement teacher for Mr Brown’s classes.
In the Junior School we will welcome two new Learning Assistants who will work from 8:30am to 1:30pm Monday to Friday.
Finally, some holiday advice from Michael Grose-Parenting Ideas
“Confident kids are competent kids. Past experience has taught them that they can be successful. The easiest (and most neglected way) to help develop competency is to give kids opportunities to help out at home. Don’t overburden them with jobs. Sensibly allocate chores according to their age, interests and study requirements. Expect children and young people to help without being paid”. Michael Grose
Enjoy the break and I look forward to seeing our students and their families return for Term 2.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL