From the Interim Principal
At the end of Week 4 we can say that Term 1 is well under way, with many endeavours and successes to celebrate. New staff report feeling welcomed and are settling in quickly. The feedback about the new members of staff has been uniformly positive. Our new students are also settling in and most appear to be happy and thriving.
The refurbishment of the science laboratories on the Secondary Campus was completed slightly ahead of schedule and the students are enjoying their new facilities. We appreciated the cheerful way in which students and staff coped with restricted access to some areas during the building project. Work continues on the Centre for Senior Learning, which is the major project for 2020, and the recent rain, while most welcome of course, has caused some inevitable delays to progress.
The Year 12 leaders have made an impressive beginning to their year, delivering Valentine’s Day messages to every secondary student and selling roses to students who wished to deliver them to others. Their efforts raised $310.00 for Salvation Army Bushfire relief.
The Secondary Inter-Clan Swimming Carnival proved a great success, with plenty of enthusiasm, high rates of participation and great sportsmanship in evidence throughout the day. Many members of staff judged it the “best one yet.” Senior students from Years 11 and 12 helped keep the others involved and cheering on their swimmers.
The Years 4 to 6 Swimming Carnival was also a great success, with excellent student participation levels, it was truly a fantastic day. The Year 10 student helpers should also be congratulated for their assistance provided to College staff.
Many congratulations to Clan Sinclair on their resounding victory at both the Secondary Inter-Clan Swimming Carnival and the Years 4 to 6 Swimming Carnival. We look forward to strong representation from TSAC in the Inter-School JTAS and GBC Swimming Carnivals later this term.
On the Primary Campus, new and returning students have embraced the new school year with great enthusiasm and the beginning of the year has been smooth and settled. Rain events have meant altered pick-up arrangements for the students but these have proven to be more efficient than the dry-weather arrangements and are being trialed until the end of term.
The Induction of Leaders took place on the Primary Campus and it was clear that the students are taking their responsibilities as leaders seriously and thoughtfully. We wish them everything of the best for the year.
The Year 11 Camp took place at Noosa North Shore but was brought to a premature close after torrential rain on the Sunshine Coast made conditions unsafe to continue. Staff and students handled the situation with a positive attitude and the camp was nevertheless judged to have been a success.
The roll-out of Nexus, the College’s new communications platform, has been not without its teething issues, and we appreciate the patience of parents as the system is fine-tuned. As always, we are happy to receive feedback and help sort out difficulties as they arise.