The Year 5 students were full of enthusiasm as they joined the lines and prepared to march down Old Cleveland Road to the Coorparoo RSL yesterday. For many of these young people the Anzac stories and spirit may not be deeply entrenched but they realise the importance of the day to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice for peace in our country.
At the Anzac Day Service, the message was one of peace. The men and women of Coorparoo who enlisted were remembered during the Anzac Day address by Lt Col Andrew Kirby, Commanding Officer, 9RQR. These young men and women went to the same school as many of the students present at the service. They walked the same streets, sat in the same classrooms and fought for our way of life. Our peace and prosperity as a nation are built on the sacrifice of so many young men and women.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them”
We will remember them.
Thank you to the many parents and students who took advantage to meet with the teaching staff at the Parent-Teacher Conferences held on Tuesday of this week. It was pleasing to see so many students in attendance with their parents to hear first-hand the feedback from the teaching staff. More and more often we are asking our students to reflect on their own learning and progress and to put in place strategies to ensure progress continues to occur.
RUGBY AND FOOTBALL SEASON
This Saturday we begin our AIC rugby, football and chess competitions with a trial round against St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. I remind all players, supporters and spectators of the Code of Behaviour and our expectations of good ‘sportsmanship’ and fair play at all times. Spectators to our games need to always support the teams and the officials in a respectful manner, ever mindful that it is school sport and the officials, coaches and managers are often volunteers who give generously of their time.
The AIC Sports Association has developed a Charter for the Association to define the purpose of our sporting activities and to explicitly state what we value about the sporting opportunities offered to students from the eight Colleges.
The chosen motto for the association, “Learning and growth through sport and competition”, places a clear focus on students developing their character and growing into adulthood through the experiences found in sporting competitions.
To develop good and healthy young people of character through sport and competition within a Christian context.
The AIC will provide well-organised competitions in sport and other activities that foster participant engagement and pride in communities in a holistic Christian context. Our students, staff and families (both past and present) will nurture spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development through respectful and compassionate relationships in a safe environment.
We keep in our prayers the Christian communities of Sri Lanka and offer our sympathy and care to those who have lost loved ones. We also keep in our prayers the family of Fr Peter Jones OSA, Prior Provincial following the recent death of his father, Warwick Jones.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen
Mr Mark Stower, Principal