Uniform and Year Level Coordinator Information

Dear Parents,

The start of the College year can only be described as hectic. So many things on the calendar, camps, carnivals, assemblies, masses, the list goes on.

It was particularly pleasing to go along to the Year 12 Retreat in the first week of term. The Year 12 boys took a little time to spend with the staff and each other to talk through their hopes and aspirations for 2016. It was a very powerful experience facilitated beautifully by Miss Sarah Rapson under the guidance of Assistant Principal Faith and Mission, Nadia Knight.

The Year 7 Camp at Camp Rumbug in Foster is an exhausting experience, marching up and down hills, participating in challenging exercises as well as getting to know so many new faces. I was able to bring down 10 of our Senior College Leaders on the Tuesday. The senior boys interacted so willingly and positively with the youngsters, it truly was wonderful to see.

A packed house at the Dux Assembly welcomed back high achieving students from 2015 as well as acknowledged the wonderful work of current students at the College. It was terrific to see the boys acknowledged for their hard work in front of their peers as well as their families. A standout of the assembly was a musical performance by Jack Robertson, Billy Drakopoulos, and Blake Swaris. Their version of Tracey Chapman’s Fast Car was truly outstanding.

Attendance at our Swimming Carnival last Friday was exceptional. The boys behaved themselves well and school spirit was particularly evident as they competed for the 2016 Swimming Trophy. Congratulations to our sport staff ably led by Mr Paul Groves as well as the Heads of House Peter Bermingham, Dan Campisano, Marianne Marshall and Chris Ryan.

It’s pleasing to see the boys wearing their uniform with pride to and from school. With Melbourne’s notorious changing weather, it may be important to ensure that boys bring their blazer to school in case of temperature change. The wearing of the College jumper or the sports jacket as the outer garment is not permitted.

Boys are expected to be clean shaven when they attend school. On school photo day I noticed a number of boys who are in need of a shave. If your son is new to shaving, it may well be pertinent to ensure he has instruction at home as to how to shave. If boys do attend school unshaven they will be given a disposable razor and asked to shave at school. This of course is undesirable. Your support in ensuring your son down not leave home unshaven is much appreciated.

Finally, Oratory leaders have been spending time discussing with each individual boy in their class how they are going. The purpose of this conversation is to mentor our boys, checking in with how they are going personally, if they have any study concerns or whether absence, lateness or submission of work is an issue. Oratory leaders will use this opportunity as a chance to praise the efforts of boys who seem to be managing well. Communication between the school and home may well occur following on from these conversations.

Kind Regards,

Brendan Douglas
Assistant Principal – Students