I know many families are missing contact with other families and members of staff that were a normal part of school life in the past. It was often on the sidelines of a Saturday during the sporting fixtures that you would see parents and staff catching up for a quick chat and to say hello. The community building opportunities simply have not been available this year and the many activities normally held have been missed by our families. I know I am missing the opportunity to meet families on the sidelines and around the sporting and cultural events.
We are taking a very cautious approach as school activities open once again. Thank you for your co-operation with the current restrictions on sport spectators. I appreciate it is difficult for parents not to be on the sidelines, cheering on their son. However, we all understand the need to be vigilant against this virus that can so easily be spread from person to person.
The use of video-conferencing format for Parent-Teacher Conferences went well yesterday and I thank the many families who took advantage of the opportunity to discuss their son’s academic progress. Our teaching staff were also pleased with the format and many staff commented to me that they were thanked by parents for the work they are doing and the efforts they have made during this challenging year. The thanks received from our parents certainly buoyed our staff and gave them a real boost.
The video-conferencing platform allowed the students to be present and it was pleasing to know many students also sat down to receive feedback. As we move through these first weeks of the new semester it is important our students are listening to the feedback and taking the appropriate actions to ensure they are addressing any issues with their studies.
It was great to see the students back in the “Green and Gold” representing the College in basketball and tennis. Our results over the weekend in basketball were outstanding. The tennis players gave their all in the matches against very talented and polished teams from St Peters Lutheran College.
This year the AIC Competition has adopted the concept of fellowship as a key characteristic of the AIC Competition. Fellowship emerges from our common interest in developing good men. On the sporting courts and fields, young men have the opportunity to test themselves and discover their strengths and challenges. They learn to win and to lose gracefully. They learn how to be part of a team.
Last weekend we received the sad news one of the Year 11 students from St Augustine’s College, Sydney was killed in a vehicle accident. We offer our prayers and condolences to their Principal, Mr Jonathan Byrne, the family of the Year 11 student and the whole community of St Augustine’s College.
We also keep in our prayers the Iona College community following the tragic death of one of their Year 10 students this week.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in Peace. Amen
Mr Mark Stower, Principal