Despite the record heat and humidity for the return to school on Thursday (which is just part of the start of any new school year), it was wonderful to have a cooler day on Friday. In our Opening Assembly all students from Years 3-12 were seated in the Hall; they arrived to the sounds of Ocean Alley’s Confidence… the winner of Triple J’s Hottest 100 is noteworthy and exciting for us, given that 3 members of the band are Alumni: Mitchell Galbraith (Class of 2009), Lachlan Galbraith (Class of 2010) and Baden Donnegal (Class of 2009).
We celebrate their success and look forward to their great future. As part of the Assembly, it has become our custom to welcome back the Dux of the Grammar School and the Dux of the College from the previous year. Unfortunately, Rebecca Wu is still overseas, however Finlay Dennison received his Dux Medal and both he and Rebecca will have their names placed on our Honour Boards as a permanent reminder of their achievement. Finlay spoke of his wonderful achievement and provided some tips; I trust too that his words inspired the students to get the very best from their time at Pittwater House. Our congratulations to our graduating Class of 2018 for the next phase of their lives. An increasing number of our students are pursuing degrees at the ANU in Canberra as well as the well-trodden paths at USydney, UNSW and Macquarie Universities.