Welcome aboard for Term 2 – which got off to a beautiful, celebratory start this week! I trust all have enjoyed the welcome break of Easter and the spectacular achievements of our Commonwealth Athletes at the Gold Coast Games.
I extend an especially warm greeting to the nine new students and their families, and the five new staff who have joined our community this week. I also wish our staff members on long service leave for the term a rewarding time of refreshment.
With our 30th Year Foundation Celebration Assembly this morning, a bumper Grandparents’ Morning on Wednesday, Parent/Teacher interview evenings during the week and tonight’s Past Students’ and Parents of Past Students Busk at Dusk events – CHAC’s 30th Year is absolutely energised and in full swing.
We were honoured today to have the Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, at College to preside over our Foundation Celebration Assembly and to dedicate and officially open the Enterprise Centre and Stage II of the Science Centre.
Guests from across the past 30 years of the College’s life joined us this morning for a great Assembly, which honoured the past and confirmed our commitment to serve the present and future CHAC community. Eighteen members of staff were honoured for their service to the College, with special certificates and mementos to recognise their 10 years, 15 years, 20 years or 25 years at CHAC. Ms Kim Knott – inaugural Primary teacher in 1998 (20 years of dedication to the Primary school) – gave the response to the Principal’s presentation on behalf of the recipients.
Along with the fantastic learning opportunities ahead for our students, Term 2 will bring an action-packed Wetlands Festival, our Gala Concerts, the stunning biennial combined Anglican Schools Music Festival at QPAC, and numerous competitions and challenges.
Much closer to the hearts of our Year 12s is next week’s Senior Formal – a glamorous and sophisticated annual evening of friendship and fun to be held at Moda Events, Portside.
Parents – your turn for a fabulous night out is coming in Term 3 (25 August), when we will host our 30th Year Gala Ball at Cloudland – a special occasion not to be missed in 2018. Your invitation will be sent later this term.
As usual, CHAC will be represented at the Bulimba ANZAC Day March and Servicenext Wednesday morning. We gather at 7.15am at the Bulimba library, march down Oxford St with the veterans and other community groups, and the service concludes by about 8.30am. It is a wonderful way for our College to be represented in the community, and students and staff are proud to show our respect. The marking of the passing of 100 years since the end of the First World War will indeed be a solemn and reverent occasion. The College takes great care to ensure our nation’s history is carried into the future in the minds of our young people.
Following in this newsletter is the story of some outstanding achievements by our students who participated in the World Scholars’ Cup during the term break. Congratulations students and Ms Barbara Mossman, who supported them through their six weeks of preparation leading up to the event. I think you will be wowed by the results!
Warmest congratulations are also due at this time to our own Reverend Canon Sarah Leisemann and two outstanding past students:
- On 27 March, Sarah was installed as a Residentiary Canon of St John’s Cathedral by Archbishop Phillip, which is a great honour and further recognition of her dedication and service. ‘The Cathedral Canon requires Chapter members to exercise oversight of the Cathedral’s administration and ministry…and…are called to live a holy life, to pray regularly for God’s blessing on the work of the Church in the world and especially in this diocese...’
- Miss Emma Byrne (2017) – who has been awarded Queensland’s T J Ryan Memorial Award and Scholarship – to be presented next Friday
- Mr Sam Walpole (2010) – who has been offered by the University of Oxford, the Oxford-Hackney BCL Scholarship. This is a full scholarship to read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Wadham College, Oxford. Sam will commence at Oxford in late September and plans to call in to CHAC before he leaves. Sam is ecstatic to have received this opportunity, as studying at Oxford has been a long-held dream.
Current and past students of CHAC alike have every opportunity to shine – and shine they do!
I wish all at our beautiful College a wonderful term ahead.