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Author: Gary O'Brien
Author Role: Principal

It is hard to believe we have reached the midpoint of the year already. During the past few weeks, we have had the opportunity to observe our 2019 theme Pursue the Possibilities coming to fruition in the actions of our students.

The last day of term saw the opportunity to give something back to our community. The free dress day raised funds for Anglicare's Homeless Youth. It was pleasing to see that as a College we are able to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Events such as these affirm the College’s desire to be an active participant in service opportunities that allow us to recognise all the advantages we have that many others don’t.

Anyone attending the College’s Gala Concert series clearly saw the passion and excellence on display in the performances of our youngest Primary members through to our most senior students. The quality of these concerts continues to rise, and the obvious joy and pride displayed by the students is a great testament to the culture that exists within the Performance Music program.

Last Saturday saw the culmination of Trimester 2 Sport, with many of our teams playing off for Premierships. While we may not have won as many as we would have liked, the determination, commitment and comradery on display across all our teams was exceptional. A big thank you to all the parents who attended these finals and rode every second of the games with our teams and even shed the odd tear with them. This week also saw the inaugural Gordon Mathieson Cup Football match between CHAC and Canterbury College. This cup was struck in recognition of long-standing and recently retired staff member Mr Gordon Mathieson, who was an integral part of the growth of our College from the beginning. It was great to be able to catch up with Gordon and have him present the cup to Canterbury following their win.

On an academic level, students of the College have continued to individually and collectively achieve highly. Jade Glasson in Year 12 received the Outstanding Student Portfolio Award for her photography at the TAFE Showcase held last week, while Charlie Fraser of Year 9 will be speaking in the State Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition. This is the first time CHAC has reached the state final of this competition, we wish Charlie the best of luck. Over the midyear break our Year 7 da Vinci Decathlon team will be representing Queensland in the National finals. We wish Toby Chippendale, Ryan Glennon, Mischa Mossman-Postula, Sidney Marshall, Amelie Borman, Dominik Beveridge, Callie Bannister and William Meng well in this competition and thank Ms Mossman and her team for all the work that goes into preparing for such a competition.

I also wish well to the French and Fiji Tours that will be overseas during the holiday period. These are truly life-changing experiences which can provide opportunities and challenges that are so removed from those of the classroom, but an integral part of the overall education offered by the College.

During the semester, I have spoken with students about the theme, Grit. Grit is the passion and perseverance required to overcome the obstacles and challenges that lie in the path of worthwhile accomplishments. In touching on just some of these accomplishments, I think we can be well satisfied with the progress we have made so far this year.

The end of semester is always tinged with a hint of sadness as we farewell a number of staff. To Mrs Joanne Hopkins and Ms Hannah Cromarty, we wish you well with your new appointments. We know you will bring the same passion and drive to your new roles that you have brought to your roles here at CHAC. To Ms Jan Unsworth and Ms Josephine Grigg, we thank you for your willingness to step into contract positions and hope to see you back with us in the future. To Mr John Gothard and Mrs Elizabeth Chaplin, who will be on long service leave and Ms Sarka Biaida who will be on maternity leave in Term 3, we also send our best wishes.

In closing, I wish everyone a relaxing, refreshing and safe holiday, and I would like to thank all the staff, students, parents and the broader community who have supported me through the first six months in my new role. I appreciate the openness and engagement we have had, and I look forward to further opportunities to work with our community to grow Cannon Hill Anglican College into the future.

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