An impressive sense of camaraderie and interhouse spirit
In parent-teacher interviews last term, it was evident that a high number of students are taking personal responsibility for their learning. Many boys consistently set goals, critically review their progress and seek feedback along the way. I am reminded of a statement by the late Celia Lashlie, who suggested that parents should sometimes "...step off the bridge to manhood …" to allow boys to take responsibility for themselves. These lessons are best learned while in a nurturing school environment. When the boys leave school, their actions will have consequences, which will determine their future. The teenage years are often fraught with anxiety, so remember to tell them when they do well and support and guide them when things go wrong.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and encouragement of the staff and house leaders, the recent Swimming Sports and Cross Country were a huge success. Well done, boys; there was an impressive sense of camaraderie and interhouse spirit, which was even commented on by members of the public who were spectating.
After an extensive selection process, I am very pleased to announce that Tony Gomez has been appointed Director of Sport at the college. Tony is a fantastic advocate for participation and high-quality communication and coaching.
Unfortunately, there has been a very concerning level of absence recently. For example, 24 Year 12 boys were absent from school on the Friday before Kings' Birthday weekend. Curriculum time in the classroom is critical to academic success. Although absences due to illness and other important family matters are unavoidable, these must be kept to an absolute minimum. Some boys are pushing absence levels to the extreme with unnecessary skiving. Please consider your family's approach to ensure that we keep absences to essential matters only.
You will see from this newsletter many great things are happening around the college at the moment, and I want to acknowledge the boys who consistently honour their obligations and responsibilities.