On Wednesday morning, Trist House hosted the Senior School Chapel Service which focused on the School's value of Inclusion. As a Christian School, we strive to see beyond the superficial and be a community that identifies and appreciates how each one of us adds value and diversity.
The value of Inclusion is not a program or a five step process, it is a mindset that leads us to see and value the uniqueness of people. It helps us to understand their perspectives, cultures and practices that they share with us. Pastoral Care Groups have been looking at the Adam Goodes documentary that highlights the issue of racial discrimination and vilification in our society. We all know that discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender preference, physical ability or any other form, is causing separation within our society. As a school community, we seek to practise inclusion, not just tolerance and to embrace the value of each and every one of us.
Thank you to Trist House for their assembly and allowing us to reflect on the gift of inclusion, of which I encourage all our students to extend to their fellow students and peers.
The past fortnight has been an exciting one with a number of events including Book Week and Science Week. It was a delight to see the Junior School students excitement as they arrived on Tuesday to see the costumes their friends, classmates and teachers had come in for the Book Week parade. It's also been a busy time for the Junior and Senior School Science departments, who provided fun and exciting learning opportunities for students during recess and lunch times throughout Science Week.
Throughout the past fortnight, our students have been provided with amazing opportunities to showcase their performing arts and leadership skills. The cast of Matilda were asked to perform to patients at the Monash Children's Hospital. A rewarding experience for both the students and the patients and families. In addition to this, selected Year 11 students were invited to the 2019 VESS Leadership Forum in conjunction with The Rites of Passage Institute. The forum was an engaging and experiential workshop designed to support students as they step into the role of leaders within their schools. An added highlight of the day was the opportunity to collaborate and form connections with their counterparts from other VESS schools including Balcombe Grammar.
Mr Richard Baird MBA, B.Ed, ASAM, MACE, MACEL