From the Head Master

Over the last week, I have noticed a much greater sense of normality emerging in School life as the COVID-19 restrictions continue to be wound back.

I was particularly aware of this sense yesterday, with the various events around the 90th Annual CAS Swimming and Diving Championships. Around this time last year, we were on the verge of our first major restrictions, and were limited to taking only sixty students to the Championships as spectators. Last night we were able to take a couple of hundred spectators, which significantly added to the spectacle and volume of the carnival.

We were also able to host the parents of the swimmers and divers on the site to witness the traditional departure of the teams on the quad. After all this time, in which parents have been unable to come to the campus during school hours, it was lovely to have them share this experience, albeit in a physically-distanced, non-mingling with students kind of way!

Our students distinguished themselves last night, finishing in second place in both the Swimming and the Diving. Knox retained the Thyne Challenge Shield for swimming for the fifth consecutive year, and we finished second for the fifth consecutive year. In the Diving, Barker won the Stephen Barnett Shield by two points in a tight competition with Trinity; our boys won the Junior and Intermediate Divisions, but were not able to hold off the Barker team in the Open division. Our School congratulates Knox and Barker for their achievements, and we are already looking forward to the Championships in 2022.

While the details regarding the conclusion of the sports season for all of our summer sports are found elsewhere in this Bulletin, it is appropriate for me to acknowledge the joint Premiership won by our First V basketball team, and the undefeated Premiership won by our First VI Volleyball team. Congratulations to those boys and to the staff who have worked with them over the years to develop their skills and sportsmanship, particularly to their respective coaches, Mr Morrissey and Mr Simos.

The return of parents to the School site was also seen at the finals of the Soloists Competition on Wednesday night. This set of performances was the first time that our musicians have been able to perform to a live audience since March last year. It was also the first musical event to have taken place under the leadership of our new Director of Co-curricular Music, Dr Michael McGregor. My commendations to all those who took part in the competition, particularly those who progressed to the finals, and to the eventual winners.

In the last week we have also run a series of School tours for the prospective parents for the Year 7 class of 2023. This is the cohort who are currently being interviewed in the enrolment process. It has been very encouraging to see the ongoing high level of demand for enrolment opportunities in the School. Parents, who are the primary educators of their children, continue to be keen to engage the School as partners in their sons’ journey from childhood to adulthood, and we are honoured by the confidence that families place in us.

As parents have previously been informed, the School is seeking a State Significant Development Approval for The Renewal Project, which is a major capital development on the Summer Hill site. This process has been burbling along since mid-2019; our current estimation is that approval is likely to be granted around the middle of the year. In the meantime, design and planning for the early stages is continuing to take place, as indicated by the ubiquitous obscure codes and squiggles sprayed on the ground around the campus. When we get to the point that we can speak confidently about the timing, scope and staging of the plans, more information will be provided.

Detur Gloria Soli Deo.

Tim Bowden | Head Master

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