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From the Deputy Principal's Desk | Secondary

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Wellbeing is central to learning and an outcome of learning.

Creating and enriching our learning community is paramount to us. When we consider and reflect on our activities, it is evident that we are succeeding. The richness of our culture certainly abounds this week as we celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday. The English department, under the passionate guidance, of Mrs Hay declared that Friday 16th May to be a day of celebration. Staff and students have joined together and dressed in Elizabethan style. All are expected to be able to quote from one of the bard’s plays and at lunch we gathered together for an Elizabethan banquet. Stopping by a science class, our head boy Thomas Brien recited the Quality of Mercy and each grade seven student in Mrs Turnbull’s class proudly spoke their lines from various plays. The good will such a day as this brings is not only a rich blessing, but will, hopefully encourage learning of our students. We extend a big thank you to Mrs Hay and her loyal subjects for organising this and cooking the feast for the community.

What our students are saying:

I’ve been to quite a few schools and none have been as good as this. I love it here. Everyone is so friendly. Grant Cohen, year twelve.

There is an aura of warmth, welcome and acceptance here. Kasonde Shula, year eleven.

I love the home like environment and that we are given a voice. We know that we are heard and taken seriously. Ione Swanepoel, year eleven.

I used to hang out with the wrong crowd and get into strife, but the staff persisted with me. They continued to be firm, but kind, caring and forgiving. I just had to change. I feel much better about myself now that I am on the right track. Jaron Poisat, year ten.

Our students speak out. Tenika Delaforce, a year eleven student competed in the Rostrum Semi Finals Speech Competition on Saturday 10 May. Tenika was narrowly defeated by Ursula Frayne and Emmanuel Colleges. It was a superb effort by Tenika and we are very proud of her. For Tenika this is just the beginning and she is now spearheading Speech Club as part of our after school enrichment clubs.