Connecting with the community is a concept that I believe is crucial to successfully supporting young women in a residential environment. This year we have had several key projects on the go in an effort to establish and strengthen ties with the areas from which our students come. We have also been busy establishing projects in our local community to support the vulnerable. It was with great pride I observed our girls preparing entries for our "Show Stoppers" events. Whether it was cooking, knitting or crafting there was a busy hum and a sense of achievement when it was time to enter.
Mrs Ash has been instrumental in this program and was extremely excited with the results from the first show:
4 x 1st place
3 x 2nd place
2 x 3rd place
1 Highly Commended
1 Steward's Encouragement
While the results were wonderful what was even more important was the reconnection with rural communities while residing in the Boarding House. This small connection has an impact in building bridges between school and home and creates a sense of partnership. It also instils a sense of pride for where we come from and what our skills are. We have four more shows coming up and are enjoying celebrating the results.
I would like to extend my appreciation to families and students who have shown resilience for the start of term 1. Our Year 8 student community had adjustments to some of the routines and have worked through the challenges of these, and have now begun to settle into what this looks like. The definition of resilience is "the capacity to recover quickly and adapt to change" and this is a skill that is valuable to young people. It's not always enticing to be faced with a change, however, it has been rewarding to walk this journey and observe some of the inherent leadership that has been shown at times during this period. Always be aware that decisions to change routines aren't easy to make, but more importantly, these decisions have the primary purpose of providing great outcomes for the girls.
Mrs Donna Grant
Head of Boarding