Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Not surprisingly, this past term seems to have flown by as students, parents, and teachers have returned to a sense of normality, free from lockdown restrictions. It has been pleasing to see just how quickly we have been able to return to normal after such an extended period of uncertainty. The usual busyness of a typical school week has resumed, with schoolwork, homework, sport, music, activities, and other school events now in full swing.
End of term assemblies this week have been thoroughly enjoyable and a welcome return to one of the many school traditions that we missed when we operated as a virtual school. The highlight of the end of term assemblies is always the presentation of the Principal’s Awards, given to Primary and College students that demonstrate a strong commitment to their learning throughout the term. The award specifically focusses on attitude and effort as we know that these qualities will ensure future success.
It has been wonderful to watch our students in action outside of the classroom as extracurricular sport and activities have started in recent weeks. Watching students grow and develop as they step outside of their comfort zone to participate in Interhouse competitions, cross-country, production rehearsals, speech finals, open day, inter-school sports fixtures, exams and drama performances, reinforces the value of these events and activities. There are so many opportunities available to students over their years at Strathallan and I would urge you to continue to encourage your child to get involved and try something new.
The Term One holidays were spent within the confines of your house so I’m sure you will all be looking forward to the freedom to be able to head out and explore New Zealand over the next three weeks. We are all very fortunate to be living in such an amazing country and I wish you a safe and enjoyable break with your sons and daughters.