A word from the Headmaster, Ross Featherston
Working hard on academics
The 2016 NAPLAN results for boys in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 were recently released and overall, I am pleased with the results – especially given our School-wide focus on improving academics (particularly in the secondary years).
Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 parents should have received their son’s individual results by mail. Parents can also view how NAPLAN results are explained by clicking here.
While NAPLAN results are not an all-encompassing tool of measurement, and do not tell the whole story of academic success, the results do provide us with one measure to monitor the effectiveness of our focus on an improved academic culture.
Our current Year 9 boys have made pleasing progress since they were in Year 7. This validates our teachers’ focus on their classroom practice, including raising each boy’s academic expectations and standards.
However, there is work still to be done. Across the School, our leading teachers are looking at our results to see where improvements can be made within the four domains of NAPLAN (Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy). And of course, all teaching staff from ELC through to VCE continue to be engaged in our work with the Visible Learning program.
From the Head of Senior School, Ray Swann
The School House boys addressed Blue Head this week in house chapel. Their message was to look at ways of finding improvements yet being in balance and to be mindful. Angus Wells led the school in a meditation on finding peace.
This week it was great to see a number of Senior School boys at the address by Australian of the Year, Lt. Gen. David Morrison AO. David’s message about inclusiveness and creating legacy resonated strongly with the School messages this year. His challenge to us was to keep telling the right stories; the ones that will lead us to enable all people to truly become their best selves.
Senior School Chapel
Do you remember or know the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? It can be found in the Bible, Daniel chapter 6. It is a rather convoluted account of a plot to assassinate Daniel, a senior level administrator – a regional CEO, using the laws set up under the Persian King Darius.
The point of this reference is simply to highlight the fact that Daniel in the face of catastrophic events kept a “blue head”.
Keeping a blue head was the theme chosen by the leaders of School House for the final House Chapel for 2016. They ably displayed not only the substance but also the practice they were offering the whole Senior School.
Referring to the work of James Kerr in his book Legacy, they recounted the impact upon the All Blacks, and the idea that to keep a “blue head” means to keep confident, tranquil, wise and faithful.
In our modern high-pressured society and culture, such advice is timely, but not always easy to hold onto. What the All Blacks, and indeed Daniel, found was that to have an anchor – something to which they could return easily and immediately, to ground them – was the catalyst necessary to enable them to stay calm and focused.
For many God is such an anchor. For others the language and practice of meditation or prayer or mindfulness is the anchor.
Keep a blue head.
Fr Tony Poole
News from the Careers Centre
Items in the Career News include:
• Monash University’s Take CTRL Event
• Projects Abroad Alternative Schoolies Program
• Career in Focus: Urban & Regional Planning
• Important Changes to Teaching Qualifications
• Nutritionists and Dietitians
• Upcoming Open Days 2016
To read more, please click Career News 25 August 2016 or see Sophie Keele in the Careers Centre.
Senior School dates for the diary
For updates on important dates and events, see School Stream or click here for the online calendar.