Friday 29th July 2022

Dear Parents,

Our school holiday weather was certainly challenging, so I hope you managed to enjoy a few outdoor activities between storms. I have heard that many families were relieved to see relatives previously unable to travel due to Covid restrictions. I am sure this has been a relief to many.

School reports are out and staff are encouraging boys to consider the next steps in their learning. Form teachers, in particular, will focus on holistic goal-setting across academic work, cultural activities and sport.

Senior internal and external exams are just around the corner. Boys should seek assistance from their teachers and engage in tutorial support where appropriate.

Winter sport has just a few more weeks to go. I have been proud of the boys who have been playing and supporting, and I thank them for the way they have represented their college. The depth of extra-curricular competition is strong and we can look forward to many good contests as Term 3 progresses.

On that note, our band, Súe Chef (band members Theo Hannagan, Nicholas George, James Palmer and Angus McMillan), has won first place in the regional finals of the Smokefree Rockquest. Rylan Urquhart also claimed second place in the solo/duo category. The boys put in many hours of practice and are ably supported by Mr McNulty, so it is great to see their hard work rewarded. They have won a generous voucher for musical equipment from the Rockshop. Congratulations boys, a huge achievement. They will now be considered for the top 30 nationally. Good luck!

And just in case you thought we had forgotten about Covid.

Media reports indicate that waste-water testing shows a drop-off in Covid cases, but recent epidemiological advice shows that a wave of transmission is upon us. Be reassured that we will continue to manage daily life at the college and, where practical, will carry on with college activities and field trips. As much as possible, we continue with mask-wearing and distancing in the school environment.

We have had continuous rain in the first four days of the new term, so many of us are suffering from cabin fever. We look forward to getting the boys outside again for some fresh air as soon as possible.

Best regards for the term.

Neil Garry