Welcome all to third term. I hope your break was enjoyable, refreshing and you are back ready for an eventful Term 3. We have many activities the staff and SRC have been busily organising, and I look forward to a high level of participation from all students. 

Towards the end of Term 2, Mr Nethery, Mrs Magee and Mr Johnstone conducted a GEM Parent Information Evening. Although the participation numbers were small, a very valuable and informative discussion was had with many questions and personal experiences shared.  

One of the key aspects of Mr Johnstone’s presentation revolved around being authentic, genuine, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable and share your life story with others. This allows for developing long lasting and rewarding relationships for all involved. This is an important aspect of the GEM program we are implementing across the entire school. 

As we are entering the business end of the year, it is important the young people in our care are supported to achieve their best. To do this, a balanced lifestyle around nutrition, sleep, exercise, study, and relaxation are very important. There is strong evidence suggesting that outcomes are maximised if individuals can achieve this balance correctly. 

Finally, just a friendly reminder with respect to students wearing the correct uniform. The majority of students are wearing theirs with great pride and are looking very smart. Please ensure the correct number of piercings (up to a maximum of two per ear lobe) are worn, and no facial piercings are allowed. Also important is the policy related to mobile phones which encourages students to focus on their study rather than their electronic devices and optimise interpersonal relationships through conservations among peers and staff. All mobile phones are to be placed in student lockers during school hours. 

Mr John Hamilton  

Deputy Principal Pastoral Wellbeing