As I write this week’s newsletter on Thursday evening, I am mindful that it is the opening night of ‘The Addams Family.’ As a recent inductee to the world of theatre performance, I appreciate the nerves and excitement felt by the cast as they wait for the curtain to rise; as they say in the theatre, ‘chookas.’ I have been privileged to observe rehearsals on a couple of occasions, along with a sneak preview in assembly on Monday, so I know that this will be a wonderful production. I would like to congratulate the students on their commitment and wish them well for the remaining performances. As they say in the trade, ‘it will be alright on the night’.
A special note of thanks to Darren McCubbin for directing this year’s production. Darren has been directing two productions this term, which is an enormous commitment and one we appreciate greatly. I would also like to thank our wonderful music staff, ably led by Mr Goss with strong support from Mrs Candy, Mrs Boyd, Ms Bryant and, of course, the Friends of Performing Arts, who give much support and assistance behind the scenes.
Early next week I will be sending our families an email with a link to the 2017 LEAD survey. LEAD stands for Lead, Evaluate, Act and Deliver. We complete this survey biennially as part of our strategic development. The survey is prepared and administered by Independent Schools Victoria and provides an insightful snapshot of our progress as a school. We use the same survey tool every two years, which has given us a useful longitudinal view of our performance. LEAD survey results were unpacked by the School Board and influenced our decision making and planning in the development of the current Strategic Plan. I would ask all families to take the time to complete the survey and thereby help us to become a better school.
Finally I would like to congratulate our runners and our shooters. The cross country team competed in the Independent Country Co-Educational Schools carnival on Wednesday and won with a significant margin. Thank you to Ms Dyke for her efforts in preparing and inspiring the team. I also congratulate Mr Kuch and the shooting team for an admirable performance at the Frankston ‘down the line’ DTL shoot this week. The students were competing against schools from across the state and, as always, represented the School admirably.
Have a relaxing weekend.