Welcome to Semester 2. It’s fantastic to see our students back on campus, energised and enthusiastic to return to their studies for the final two terms of the year and what will be the final full term for our Year 12s.
As many of you will have seen, the building works have progressed steadily over the holiday break. It’s been fascinating to watch the machinery and labour that has taken place so far. I’m pleased to say that the building is currently on track and will be ready to house Junior School students at the beginning of 2020.
Other work that begun over the holidays was the construction of two half basketball courts/keys, futsal goals and netball rings. These are close to being finished and will be a fantastic addition to the playground facilities.
The inaugural Year 4 Overnight City Camp took place this week. Students explored the city sights with a highlight, a viewing of The Lion King at IMAX Cinemas. Our Chaplain, Mr McKenzie and I made a surprise lunch delivery to the students at Captain Cook's Cottage. It was great to see the joy on their faces and to hear about their morning adventures.
Thank you to Mr Bushell, Mrs Morgan, Ms Roffey, Mr Brown and Mrs Schreuder for leading our students on the second Snow Camp. The students were lucky to have perfect weather and a large snow dump just before arriving. I would also like to applaud the attending students for their commendable behaviour and their enthusiasm to make the most of their camp. It is always pleasing to hear how well our students represent Casey Grammar in the community.
In Week 3, we will welcome students from Kaichi Junior and Senior School in Japan. This opportunity arose via our involvement with OutBeyond (our Year 7 and 8 camp provider). The students aged 15 to 17 years, will immerse themselves in the Casey Grammar community by attending classes, assemblies and other activities throughout the week. I look forward to providing an update of their time here in the next newsletter.
Finally, I’d like to welcome back Mr Anthony Brown from long service leave as well as thanking Mr Subban for standing in as Head of House (Reid) in Mr Brown’s absence. I would also like to mention that we have added a new member to the CGS community, with the arrival of Mrs Riviere-Pendle's first child, Isaac John. Both mum and baby are doing very well.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL