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From the Principal's desk

From the Principal's desk

Author: College

Term 2 has commenced in true CHAC fashion­­ – a hive of activity bustling with opportunities. Several important events have already taken place this week, and the next few days will see us celebrate a number of significant milestones in the College’s history. 

On Monday, our Secondary students enjoyed the annual Inter-House Cross Country Carnival. It was truly wonderful to see such a show of House spirit and teamwork, and I congratulate Peel on winning the carnival. The Social Justice BBQ Fundraiser was a hit, with all funds raised going to supporting the vital work of Zonta. Thank you to everyone who supported this activity.

This morning, our Year 11 students left for camp. Over the next few days, students will participate in a range of leadership development activities and personal growth opportunities, including the all-important Year 11 Semi-Formal, which is always a highlight. This is a vital stage in the development of the leadership capacity of CHAC students, and I look forward to visiting them during the week.

Tomorrow the College will join together to commemorate Anzac Day and the sacrifice of servicemen and women, both historically and in the present day. Anzac Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on selfless service and honour those who gave so deeply for their country. It is an opportunity to contemplate our privilege and show gratitude for the freedoms afforded to us as Australians.

On Friday we will celebrate the College’s 33rd annual Foundation Day with a special service, and this will be punctuated with the official dedication and opening of D Block, and the unveiling of the plaque on the Robyn Bell Enterprise Centre.

Foundation Day is a significant event for our community. It is a time to reflect on and celebrate our school’s foundation and the blessings we experience today as members of this flourishing and vibrant community.

Our College is underpinned by a steadfast moral purpose. We are dedicated to the care and development of every student, and we are committed to encouraging each to become the very best they can be. Foundation Day provides us with the opportunity to accept and affirm our responsibility to contribute to the fortification of our core values, Anglican traditions and vision for the future. We are custodians of this College’s distinct and valuable culture, and together we must celebrate the past and embrace the future with courage.

During Friday’s service, the following staff will be congratulated for their service, and we will acknowledge their commitment to the growth of our College with Service Pins:

25 Years’ Service – Ms Carmel Mungavin

20 Years’ Service – Mr Les Fergus

15 Years’ Service ­– Ms Shelley McMahon, Mrs Marion Rutter

10 Years’ Service – Mrs Kim Andrews, Mr Martin Burke, Mrs Kerryn Campbell, Mrs Katrina Collard, Mr Anthony Florido, Mrs Janine Grantham, Mr Justin Leegwater, Ms Melinda Myles, Ms Maria Thompson, Mrs Elsa Van Wyk   

As part of our Foundation Day activities, the CHAC Foundation will launch Future CHAC, The Day of Giving - an initiative that wishes to support our College’s core purpose: the holistic education of our students. This initiative will raise funds to support the construction of CHAC’s new Sport Precinct. This venue will enhance College facilities and help produce CHAC’s athletes of the future.

The CHAC Foundation is inviting the College community to support this important initiative, which will enrich the lives of current and future CHAC students. All donations are tax-deductible, and all support is valued.

Further details, including an indicative artist’s impression of the new build, will be emailed to families on Friday 23 April.

Tickets to the College’s upcoming musical The Addams Family have gone on sale. I encourage you to book yours early, as these productions always sell out quickly and numbers are limited. I’ve popped my head into the production engine room, and I can assure you, this year’s show is going to be a hoot! I applaud our students and staff who have tirelessly worked on this for months. I know our community will be thrilled to support this wonderful College production.

Following on from the reports in the press regarding consent education and the social behaviour of many in our community, the federal Minister for Education and Youth, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, launched The Good Society website, which hosts free, online resources for teachers, students and families to teach and inform respectful relationships to students from Foundation to Year 12. While some components have received some negative press and been withdrawn from the site, there are many other worthwhile elements to this site.

The website is a significant element of the government’s Respect Matters program, agreed by state and territory governments under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Developed in conjunction with Our Watch, the e-Safety Commissioner and the Foundation for Young Australians, as well as parent, community and principals’ groups, The Good Society resources include more than 350 videos, digital stories, podcasts and other materials. Content is age-appropriate and aligned with the current Australian Curriculum. As an overview:

  • Foundation to Year 6focuses on building healthy relationships and friendships, including content on empathy, peer pressure, interacting respectfully, and challenging discriminatory behaviour. It also provides the building blocks for later content.
  • Years 7 to 9 focuses on moving from pre-teen to adolescence and looks at relationships and power, and abuse. There is content in this age section that specifically deals with abuse and violence against women.
  • Years 10 to 12 builds on earlier topics and also includes materials on intimate relationships, sexting, sexual consent and decision making.

I encourage all members of our community to take the time to visit this resource and to initiate appropriate conversations with family members.