From the Principal
Schools have a lovely way of refreshing each year; indeed, they most certainly never stay stagnant. A keen reminder of that fact is that we are hosting our 2020 Year Seven students for their second Discovery Day of the year today. It is wonderful to see them becoming familiar with their surroundings, classmates and key personalities. It confirms, of course, that Term Three has gone quickly and we are approaching its end at a rollicking pace.
One of the term’s great highlights has been the practical arrival of our new library. Many of us have waited many years for the facility and expertise, and it has been worth the wait. Mrs Bernadette Quinn has fostered a library culture (already) that promotes continual use of the facilities across a wide range of activities. Lunchtimes find the areas full of students reading, playing chess, researching for their classwork, playing interactive games of cards or doing jigsaws, and generally enjoying the magnificent space. The space itself has proven most accommodating to the needs of the students and staff. We have regular reading classes for Middle School groups, excited Junior School students visiting for activities, senior students retreating for private study and the school’s staff utilising the wonderfully placed Boardroom for meetings. We hosted the Rural City of Wangaratta’s Council for its meeting here this week, taking advantage of our willingness to engage the broader community.
Libraries do many more things in 2019 than they did when I was at school, but there is a good deal of core business still in place too. Many students are regular borrowers from our fiction and non-fiction sections, and it is fun to note that the following books have been the top three borrowed so far (and therefore our young people’s recommendations!):
- Nephilim, by John and Carole Barrowman
- Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
- 13½ Incredible Things You Need to Know About Everything – Non-fiction compilation
Happy reading, everyone!
Mr Adrian Farrer