Principal's Update Week 3
Posted: 23-Oct-2019

Today marks the final day of classes for the graduating class of 2019. It is always a day filled with high emotion as young people move across the threshold from adolescence to adulthood. We had a lovely assembly this afternoon – one of the biggest events in the College calendar with nearly 1,500 participants and for me, one of the highlights were 40 plus students who rehearsed a choral performance of Seasons of Love. To see young men and women singing joyfully together was a great expression of the completion of a co-education. I congratulate our graduating class and wish them well for this next phase of their education.

This week the College is also recognising the beautiful surrounds in which we sit, as we celebrate Enviro Week. There has been a range of activities across the week culminating in a sunset walk on the Myrnong trail on Friday evening. I acknowledge the leadership of Sustainability Coordinator David Neate and the Green Group here at the College across the week.

There were some wonderful celebrations across the College over the past week. The exhibition of VCE Visual Arts work has been exceptional, and I congratulate the students and their teachers on the quality of the work. I thank Arts Learning Area Leader, Nick Yandell and the Year 12 teachers on their work in preparing for the exhibition.

It was great to welcome back past students of Performing Arts to the College on Saturday afternoon. The events of the afternoon led some great opportunities to reminisce, and current students Lewis Clark, Milly Frost and Patrick Western showcased existing students’ talents. I thank everyone who supported it. Our Development team of Sarah Boswell, Korina Hegert and Natasha Adam have been working tirelessly in preparation for the different reunions across the year. I also acknowledge the great preparation of our Performing Arts Coordinators; Maria Russell and Andrew Seeary and the other Performing Arts staff.

Tomorrow night from 6.00 pm we will launch the 2019/20 rowing season with a BBQ adjacent to the John Shannon Centre. We encourage rowing families to join this event. We wish our senior rowers well as they head off to their first regatta of the season this weekend.

On Friday, 2020 student leaders will undertake a day of preparation for their role next year. Students will work with House Leaders and Assistant Principal of Student Wellbeing, Andrew Robertson on how their leadership can be expressed to support improved student engagement and culture. I wish them well for a productive day.

Please keep our Year 12 and Unit 3 / 4 students in your prayers as they commence their exams from next Wednesday.

Families should have received information regarding TA interviews next week. Wednesday 30th October is a non-teaching day; please take this opportunity to meet with your TA regarding your student finishing the year positively. Once bookings have opened we encourage families to book in ASAP.

This Friday is World Teachers Day, and we will celebrate it here with morning tea. We are very fortunate at Damascus to have a hard-working and committed staff team who approach their work in a professional way each and every day. On Friday we will celebrate all those involved in the educational endeavour in our school and thank God for their contribution. We pray for all those who educate our young people.

Giver of all wisdom and greatest of all educators,
Look upon our teachers and educators with love,
Grant them the resolve to nurture our students’ eager minds and to never give up on those who fall behind.
Bless their hearts for they rejoice when young people succeed and encourage them when they fail.
Kindle a spirit and passion in them that ignites the love of learning
Help them see the potential in each student
Instil in our educators a commitment to keep on learning so as to model not to fear new knowledge and experiences
Inspire them to touch the future
Let the light of your loving example shine upon all who work with young people at Damascus
To build up with their words
To love with their mind
To share with their heart.
It is to the first and greatest educator that we make this prayer
Amen

We also remember in our prayers Jo Lawrence (staff) and her family this week as she mourns her loved Dad. May the God of love and peace be with the Lawrence family at this time.

Until next week ….

MATT

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