From the Head of Senior School

It is with enormous excitement that we announce that Carey has finished outright first in the overall results for the Winter Boys APS Season, with Premiership wins in Basketball and Hockey, whilst our girls finished a strong fourth in the APS/AGSV competition, earning themselves a Premiership in Hockey too! Another particularly notable effort was by the Firsts Footballers who finished second in the competition overall, having recorded nine wins and one loss.

These results are nothing short of outstanding, made all the more sweet by our performance in the Snowsports with the Division 1 boys winning the Relay and Individual team events on the back of a number of personal bests recorded by students in all divisions across the course. With Presentation Nights looming, it is clear we have much to celebrate, some of it on the scoreboard, and much of it immeasurable but recorded for posterity in the hearts and minds of the boys, girls, mums, dads, coaches and teachers who have made this Winter Season such a success.

From a personal perspective, I can’t remember a Saturday morning in my entire working life when I haven’t been hurtling down the highway in a bus bound for Geelong; wandering around one of the myriad of sporting fields atCaulfield Grammar’s Wheelers Hill campus; or shielding myself from the bitter wind at Flack Park in the shadow of the shipping containers. And I have to say, I’ve loved every minute of it; not least because our participation through the APS/AGSV connects us to a fixture with deep-rooted historical significance which, in turn, strengthens the ties that bind us in community with each other.

And it’s this sense of community that is such a key feature of why we love sport. Take the Hockey for example: both the Coach and the Assistant Coach of the Boys team, Charles Norbury and Matt Drakos, captained the Boys Firsts team when they were at Carey; Charles played in the last Carey Hockey Premiership in 2006 when he was in Year 9, whilst Matt’s younger brother Adam is the current Captain of the Boys Firsts team.

Meanwhile, Campbell Wansbrough in Year 10 played in the Boys team, his younger sister Ally in Year 8 played for the Girls Firsts Team, and their father, David Wansbrough, also played for Carey – and then went on to play for Australia! Moreover, the Girls coach Sophie Taylor played for the Firsts from Year 7 to Year 11 and was a member of the Girls Premiership Teams in 2011 and 2012.

I’m sure that all of our sports featured examples of multi-generational connectedness like the ones mentioned above, and they’re well worth celebrating because they are the stories that speak to passion, commitment, talent and tenacity. Indeed, as Theodore Roosevelt so rightly declared:

Credit belongs to the man (or woman) who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again … who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The APS/ASGV Winter Sports Season has given our students the opportunity to be ‘in the arena’ where, in their own way, they encountered the life lessons that only triumph and defeat can teach.

Natalie Charles
Head of Senior School
natalie.charles@carey.com.au

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