On Monday morning our staff and student body gathered at the beachfront below the College to participate in a commemorative service for ANZAC day. It was a short, but very poignant service, highlighted by an address from Major Jim Boubouras and the playing of the last post by Mitchell Bell from Year 9. Major Boubouras is retired from full-time service but is still very active in the reserves and also the owner of the Sandgate NEXTRA agency next to the Coffee Shop in Sandgate. During his address he spoke to our young men about the enduring qualities of sacrifice, courage,...
On Monday morning our staff and student body gathered at the beachfront below the College to participate in a commemorative service for ANZAC day. It was a short, but very poignant service, highlighted by an address from Major Jim Boubouras and the playing of the last post by Mitchell Bell from Year 9. Major Boubouras is retired from full-time service but is still very active in the reserves and also the owner of the Sandgate NEXTRA agency next to the Coffee Shop in Sandgate. During his address he spoke to our young men about the enduring qualities of sacrifice, courage, mateship and resilience. He framed these qualities into the lives and actions of two soldiers from different conflicts. The connection between the stories was that both men were only 19 years of age. Major Boubouras concluded his address by reminding the young men that it is not the fighting that we celebrate or commemorate but the qualities and attributes that were renowned from our original ANZACS and he challenged each young man to look into his own life to see where these qualities sit with him.
Yesterday we held our Spirit Assembly for Chess, Football and Rugby. As is usual practice we introduced our “Firsts” teams for these activities to the College. I mentioned to the students that each of us usually set goals for what we want to achieve when we become involved in various studies and pursuits. Most young men involved in Rugby, Football and Chess aspire to one day make the First team, and our Spirit Assembly recognised the efforts of those who have made it this year. In my address to the players and students I pointed out that we have two aims this season. Firstly, to be the best sports teams in the AIC competition and also to be the best sportsmen in the AIC competition. This can be achieved by aspiring to the following:
- (1)Respect coaches, officials, opponents and fellow players from the team.
- (2)Be a champion player not a coach killer.
- (3)Listen to and respect our coaches and learn from them.
- (4)Compete to the best of our ability, but accept the result at the end. It is only a game.
- (5)Enjoy each training session and every game and do your best to make sure that everyone around you also enjoys themselves.
We play sport for fun and enjoyment.
I also thanked our young men for being involved in our sporting teams this season. Our numbers of student participation has been at record levels over last term and this term. The students were also reminded that each week they represent our College and therefore we invite them to be a part of the team. This comes with expectations and responsibilities. In a nutshell these include sportsmanship and respect for coaches and officials and accepting decisions on and off the field. These are further elaborated in the above 5 points.
I did spend some time explaining the difference between a Coach Killer and Champion. Champions are hard workers. They persist and increase the efforts when the ‘going gets tough’. A champion player always has a positive attitude, they listen and learn from their coach and always consider what is best for the team and their role in a team. A coach killer has lots of potential but rarely reaches it because they do not listen to the advice and coaching of others. They tend to be self-centred and teammates often prefer not to have them in a team. Consequently, when I refer to a team of Champions, I am not talking necessarily about the best players, but players with the best persistence, effort and attitude.
Our school reports have been published and the Parent /Teacher portal is open to book meetings. We have encouraged staff to request interviews with young men and their parents with whom they may have greater concerns within their subjects. I would strongly encourage parents to meet with these teachers with your son. I have been impressed with the overall results of our student body across the College over the term. The College Leadership Team, Heads of Curriculum and teachers will review this reporting data to assist us with identifying any trends within cohorts or classes to inform our future planning.
This week we compete against Villanova College in Chess, Football and Rugby in the first round of competitions. I am sure that it will be an enjoyable day and I hope that all players and parents enjoy the game.
Ms Tayla Michael and Mr Andrew Ellison completed their
employment at the College today. I would like to thank them both for
their work and efforts during their time at the College and on behalf of the
community wish them both well with their future endeavours.
The College Leadership Team understand that many of our parents work and have lots of other commitments. Consequently they are very time poor and the opportunity to meet and speak to one another is very limited. Consequently we have tried to make some opportunities for this in our existing calendar. One such event is our Mother’s Day morning tea at Curlew Park on Saturday 13 May. Invitations are open to all mothers (and their partners) to catch up over a ‘cuppa & cake’ during this time. Our CLT will be present and look forward to meeting with you during the morning. I hope that many of you are available to meet with us for an enjoyable morning.