From the Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

On behalf of the School, I would like to express my gratitude for your trust and encouragement over the course of this term. It feels to me that the School community has coped remarkably well with the restrictions and disruptions to the normal programming of events and routines, and the significant challenges posed by an extended and ongoing period of Remote Learning. Your sons have been outstanding in their resilience and flexibility, and your support and patience has been appreciated. Let us all hope that we will never again have to utter the words, “you are on mute”, in the very near future.

At this stage, and with what has become our customary caveat around advice from New South Wales Health, we hope to move to the next stage of the return to attendance on Campus during Michaelmas Term. More information will be provided in the first weeks after the break, but we hope to be in a position where your sons can begin to resume something resembling normal School life towards the end of October. It is likely to be a staggered return in the first instance, as we implemented in 2020, and there is the added complication of the delay of the HSC examinations to consider, but I am optimistic that we will have boys and young men, and not just tumbleweeds and pigeons, on the Quad before the end of the year. Prizegiving ceremonies are planned for Year 7-11 on Wednesday the 8th of December, by Year group, as we did last year. It is highly unlikely that the Public Health Orders will allow parents on site, so these events will be streamed.

Year 12 are fast approaching the end of their secondary schooling, and I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate my encouragement to view the coming break as study leave rather than holidays. May I also encourage you to encourage your sons to regulate their sleep over the holiday break. Eight hours of continuous and uninterrupted sleep is the general rule of thumb, but it is especially important for Year 12 to be rested and fresh as they approach their public examinations. Likewise, good nutrition will ensure that they put their best foot forward by being healthy as well as refreshed.

Also for Year 12, looking beyond their public examinations, I am now in a position to confirm that the School has secured bookings on the 8th and 9th of December for our proposed Valedictory Dinner(s).

Bradley Barr | Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill

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