Welcome to 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back and a very warm welcome to our new students, parents and staff. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday with your sons and daughters and that they were excited about coming back to school this week. The first edition of our school newsletter ‘Strathallan News’ can be found here and it will be updated every month with new news, events and stories about students and staff.

It is my pleasure to welcome a number of new staff to Strathallan and I’m sure you’ll join me in welcoming the following people to the campus: Primary School – Liam Shepherd (Year 6), Joelline Speirs (Year 3), Anais Vergara (Spanish), Emily Hempstapat (Chinese); College – Louise Kuo (English), Tasha Richardson (English), Emmy Pitman (Art & Design), Daniel Smart (Science & ICT), Tatyana Strelets (Mathematics), Liz Smith (Assistant Sports Coordinator) and Sony Sidhu (Teacher Aide).

After a turbulent 2020, there were a number of anxious students (and teachers) awaiting the release of the Cambridge examination results last week. However, despite the numerous interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, our senior students achieved some of the best results we have achieved in the history of the College. The Cambridge International programme is widely regarded as one of the best pre-university courses in the world and our overall pass rates were outstanding with 100% at A-Level, 91% at AS-Level and 92% for IGCSE. A staggering 52% of the grades at IGCSE were A*/A. I am immensely proud of our students’ results and the staff that supported them to achieve such high levels of performance.

I had the pleasure of addressing College students at their first whole school assembly of the year on Monday. The start of a new school year is a key time to remind our students of the importance of our core values – pride, integrity, respect and compassion – and the expectation that their actions on a daily basis are guided by these values. We know from experience that students thrive in an environment characterised by high standards and clear expectations and we will continue to insist that your sons and daughters work hard at school and treat people with dignity and respect.

The ‘Strathallan Family Fun Night’ on Friday 19th February (4-7pm) is a great way to have some fun and meet other families. Organised by our ‘Supporters of Strathallan’ parent group, the top field will transform into a large picnic and games area with a range of fun activities for all ages to enjoy. I hope that you’re able to join us for what I’m sure will be a great family event. This is the first of many events that the SOS Team will organise throughout the year and I would encourage you to get involved. Please email Kirsten at strathallan@acgedu.com if you would like to help.

All the very best for the year ahead. I have no doubt that your sons and daughters will have a fantastic experience and I look forward to meeting you at some stage this year.

Warm regards,

Danny O’Connor
Executive Principal