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I recently read two articles that attempt to describe the true value of education, or what it means to be an educated person. The first speaks scientifically about achievement, growth and statistics; the second highlights the values of freedom, fairness and democracy. It also describes citizenship and decision making as essential skills for informed decision making. Both articles were thought provoking and compelling and prompted me to think about a Gippsland Grammar education and how we would describe ourselves.

My musings coincided with a busy fortnight where I was fortunate to be present and support many student led activities; a weekend in Geelong with our female rowers at the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta, watching Sinfonietta and Schoir perform with Kirsty Bromley at the Stratford Courthouse, or walking with Year 10 and 12 leaders as they participated in the ‘Relay for Life’ challenge on the weekend. I have also been involved in many other wonderful events at all three campuses in recent weeks.

As a School we certainly value academic progress and recognise that learning is our core business. We spend a large amount of time working with teachers to refine their skills and support them to be the best teachers that they can be; however, we also value the broader opportunities that are available at our School and encourage all of our students to find their passion during their time at Gippsland Grammar. We encourage them to give their best effort in everything they attempt and to find their own level of personal excellence.

At each of the rowing, music performance and ‘Relay for Life’, I saw students represent the School superbly, interact with others in a respectful and thoughtful manner and demonstrate real passion about a cause. I was incredibly proud of their efforts but, most importantly, I was proud of the citizens they are and the values they display.

I would like to congratulate all of our students for their efforts this term. In particular, I would like to commend our Year 12 cohort for the manner in which they have started their final year of secondary schooling, and I thank all of our staff for their care, compassion and influence on the character of our students.

I wish all of our families a very enjoyable and safe holiday period. May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday.

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