Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools
Last week we had the joy of celebrating our Language Week, culminating in International Day on the Friday. They were wonderful occasions, with each of these well-planned and incredibly comprehensive experiences conducted smoothly and with fabulous commitment from all involved. I would like to thank ALL of the many parents, students and staff who contributed an inordinate number of hours to ensure the success of each of these events. There is nothing more thrilling in a community than togetherness -and in each of these events there was a tangible sense of oneness in purpose and true intercultural understanding. I truly thank every person involved.
This past fortnight has also been a very busy time for our Head of Humanities, and Careers and Pathways Coordinator, Mr Chris Broadbent. Students in Years 8 and 10 were given the opportunity to speak with teachers and Heads of Department regarding possible subject choices for the next stage of their education. These choices are very important and advice was given about the need for students to consider what they will really enjoy studying in the future and also what they will be successful in studying. As a follow-up, Mr Broadbent has also been interviewing all Year 10 students individually to confirm their subject selections for 2020.
In addition to the information received on subject selection, students and families were invited to partake in the forthcoming AUG University Fair on Thursday 1 August. Representatives from all major universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and also from South-East Asia, were present. Students hopefully gained valuable information on courses offered at more than 50 institutions; which indeed made it a large University Fair. I know that our students and families appreciated this valuable time and opportunity to investigate potential university pathways and courses, especially those seeking to make informed choices about subjects and setting goals for tertiary study.
Finally, next week our Year 12 students will begin their Trial HSC examinations. I wish them well for the duration of their examination period and look forward to seeing them all return on Tuesday 20 August for our MSS House Swimming Carnival.