Director of Boarding
Main photo: Girl Boarders Amelia Spriggs, Molly Turnbull, Emily Rhodes and Renee Judd awaiting the arrival of the Governor.
We are only in Week Two and so much has happened in all the boarding houses in that short time. The Senior Boys Boarding House welcomed Mr Fraser Bolton as Acting Head of House. Fortunately the senior boys knew Mr Bolton well in his role as Head of English. The transition has been seamless and Mr Bolton is already putting his stamp on the house in a positive way. I commend the boys for their welcoming of Fraser and their willingness to adapt and accept change.
This last week has been particularly busy, beginning on Saturday with a visit from the Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul De Jersey, his wife, Mrs Kaye de Jersey and entourage. The boarding house at Locke Street looked truly beautiful and welcoming. This was commented on by all our visitors. I must say a particular thank you to groundsman extraordinaire Greg Free, who transformed our parched and wilted grass and gardens into a magic setting for an afternoon tea with the Governor. Our student leaders, both boys and girls, stepped up and conversed with natural aplomb and perfect manners.
All boarders also did the College proud for the Dawn Service on Tuesday and the ANZAC parade on Wednesday. The standard of dress and grooming was high and just goes to show that, when we are on show, the students know how to present themselves and behave. You as parents should be so proud of them. Two of our Yalari students, Thalia Saunders and Bryoni Marshall donned the College kilt and did their first performance as tenor drummers in the Pipe Band. They loved the experience and being on show made all the practice worthwhile. All our pipers and drummers show a real commitment to the Pipe Band and spend many hours honing their skills. Well done to all concerned.
The boarding houses have all been busy with sporting, cultural and academic pursuits. Rugby season has hit with a vengeance for both boys and girls. We have students involved in Choir, Pipe band, Debating and Equestrian. Attached you will find the Activities Schedule for Boarding for the term. We have tried to keep a balance for the students, many of whom are up early every day, work solidly during the day and then have training and games in the afternoon and at night. We have planned a wide variety of activities and have tried to cater for as many student interests as possible. We really want the students to experience new things and many of the activities are compulsory to encourage them to have a go at something new.
This term the senior girls will be involved in working with the local ZONTA Club in the preparation of birthing kits for African women. Later in the term all boarders will take turns collecting at the shopping centre for the Red Shield Appeal. This service to the community is important and we are looking at one or two activities each term.
On a housekeeping note – can we please ask that all leave is in Reach by Thursday night? If you are having issues with Reach please ring Andrew Millard (4666 9807) and he will help you sort them out. It has a huge flow on effect for the boarding staff if leave has not been submitted by Thursday. We have to supply catering with numbers and arrange activities around who we have in the houses. Staff also have to spend valuable time trying to contact parents to find out what leave their child has organised for the weekend. The Leave Procedure document asks that, if your child is going to a host for the weekend, you must indicate in the comments box on Reach that you have had a conversation with the host around the activities that your child will be participating in whilst at their house. This is to ensure that you know what your child will be doing – this is particularly important for things like riding quad bikes and other ‘farm’ activities.
Only eight weeks to go till holidays. Already the pace of academic expectations has ramped up but students are becoming better at ensuring that their academic work takes priority. Staff are offering support but, at the end of the day, each child must take responsibility for meeting deadlines and preparing for examinations. Please encourage your child to ask for assistance as soon as they experience a speedbump with assessment. If boarding staff can’t help directly they can refer them to academic assistance in the boarding house or contact their teacher.
Michelle Brown – Director of Boarding
Mrs Brown awaiting the arrival of the Governor to PGC.
Year 8 students Thalia Saunders and Bryoni Marshall were part of the Pipes and Drums Band which participated in the ANZAC Town Parade on Wednesday.