We have only three weeks remaining in the College year for students in Prep and Years 1 to 11; and one final week for our Year 12s before they conclude their twelve years of Primary and Secondary schooling. This is a significant milestone for the Class of 2018.
It is an important time of reflection for all students, especially those embarking on a new transition – from Secondary to post-schooling pathways and from Primary to Secondary. It is also a time of very meaningful conversation, when students and staff express to one another the privilege to have walked in one another’s company and to have been enriched by their shared relationship.
It is a time during which I appreciate the extent of the personal development and community contribution that each of our students make in their lives at the College. Students speak passionately about the value they place on the breadth of their opportunities, the importance of being part of an inclusive, friendly and encouraging co-educational community, and their aspiration to ongoing pursuit of their personal best.
On last week’s final ‘ordinary’ Assembly for Year 12s, who undertook their final assessments this week, we were held spellbound by the performance of Neo Kinnunen-Ivanovic’s First Movement of his First Concerto – with Neo on piano accompanied by a specially formed College orchestra. Families who attended the Classical Spring Sonata on 18 October will recall with awe this premier performance. How wonderful to be able to share this with all Secondary students and staff. Across their Secondary schooling years, our graduating students would have attended over 200 wonderful musical events, just by being present at Assemblies. Many of these have been moving, energising and uplifting performances, showcasing a great breadth and depth of talent in the CHAC student body and this occasion was uniquely beautiful and inspiring.
News of student achievements at this time of the year is extensive, and snapshots of this diversity are captured as always in the articles posted to the Newsletter. So many of these achievements come on the back of the inspirational and encouraging efforts of our teaching staff. I particularly congratulate all students and staff who were recognised at the Sports Awards and Music Awards evenings of the past fortnight.
May I thank all parents and our broader community for your support of our profession and our work with your children – it is an honour and a privilege to serve the greater wellbeing of society through this challenging and exhilarating work.
Over the past few weeks we have welcomed our 2019 new students and their parents through our various orientation days and information evenings. The year ahead is certainly exciting to anticipate on many levels. Right now, our focus remains on ensuring the best finish for 2018 – with our Annual Awards Evening and Valedictory events in the week of 12 November, and our Primary Awards and transition celebrations to come in the final week of school. To our Year 12 families, who conclude their partnership with CHAC this year, you have a wonderful sequence of graduation events to enjoy. Thank you for your contribution to the life and the character of our College.
May I take this opportunity to flag my personal gratitude to students, staff and families of CHAC that I will express in person at the events of the next three weeks. The tributes I received from our wonderful students at last week’s Assembly; from our beautiful parent community at the Gala Ball; and the special performance of our musicians accompanied by the sensational Troy Cassar-Daly at last week’s Music Awards will stay with me always. I pray for God’s blessing on this community and wish you every success for the future. You will forever remain in my heart with profound love and gratitude. I have been richly blessed in life to have journeyed with you, Cannon Hill Anglican College.
I look forward to sharing the weeks ahead in your company.