The last few weeks in the Senior School have really showcased the huge benefits for students of participating in our co-curricular program. Firstly, the Winter sports season was remarkably successful. The Hockey program, which has been expertly guided by Jacki Magee for over a decade, achieved the extraordinary feat of taking out both the Girls and Boys premierships, and we also won the premiership in the Boys Basketball. In addition to these achievements, we came agonisingly close in the Football, and the Girls Soccer. Overall, we finished first for Boys and fourth for Girls – a wonderful achievement.
We’ve also seen some really excellent performances on the stage. The Crucible finished up last week, after playing to packed houses, and receiving rave reviews. Of course, our Year 10s are off at the moment either on outdoor education or completing their Enrichment Week. All this colour, movement and success led Mr Grutzner, Rev Riviere and me to talk with our students about the real purpose of our co-curricular program at our most recent Assembly. We spoke about teamwork and giving back to the school. We also spoke, as our school song says, about ‘playing the game’ – always giving your very best no matter what the pursuit and no matter whether you are very good at it or not very good at all!
I want all students to habituate themselves to doing their very best – in the class room, on the sporting field, on the stage. I want them to do this because my analysis is that those people who really succeed – meaning, genuinely make a difference in the lives of others – are those people who always ‘play the game’ with vim and vigour, regardless of their own aptitude.
Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Welfare