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From the Principal

Fri , 16/06/2017

Throughout Semester 1, I have lost count of the number of times that I have said that ‘TSAC students are our best recommendation,’ and that is abundantly clear as the Term draws to a close. At a variety of activities over the last fortnight, our students have shone and been such an inspiration.

The examples of this are everywhere: Year 11 and 12 students have recently emerged from their exam blocks, and their results will give them information and an excellent platform for further success; our The Addams Family musical cast, staff and students, continue to dedicate enormous hours to ensuring that the production is a triumph; Primary students spent a day this week engaged in Growing Your Mind activities, helping them to understand the ways that their brains work and how grit and resilience are the pathways to mastery and success; and last weekend I was proud of the three TSAC sports teams, the Intermediate Girls Soccer, Junior Girls Soccer and Seconds Netball, who all won their GBC finals. And this is not to mention a variety of other events in our busy College – the Year 9 and 10 theatre trip to see Noises Off in which our students were impeccably behaved, the Year 6 Solar Energy Expo, the Eisteddfod wins of our dancers, and the competition wins for our Cheerleading team … success is everywhere.

These events were perfect examples of the qualities that our students have displayed all year – hard work and striving for excellence, dedication and passion, full of humour, humility and good grace, teamwork, demonstrating grit, a willingness to serve, being a proud ambassador for the school – our students make TSAC the wonderful place it is today, and they will continue to embody its spirit many years after leaving. From the children in Kindergarten through to our Year 12s, I have observed remarkable enthusiasm, curiosity, energy, love of learning and participation.

These attributes have been carefully, caringly and positively harnessed by our excellent teachers, administrative staff, tutors and coaches. Of these staff, I would like to make special mention of three who leave us this week.

I offer thanks to Anita Broad, who has been acting as my Personal Assistant in a temporary capacity for Term 2 and who has done a wonderful job. From June 19 onwards, the role of PA to the Principal will be filled by Melanie Ellis, who has previous held the role.

My thanks and a fond farewell too to Brenda Johncock (BJ), our Secondary Library Technician. BJ has worked at TSAC for three and a half years, and retires this week to spend more time with her husband and to embark on some travel. BJ is known by the whole community as a loving, caring and gentle woman who has over a long career been highly dedicated to helping students, and to encourage their lifelong love of reading.

Finally, we bid farewell to Lorraine Breingan, who leaves us to take up a post of Year 5 teacher at Springfield Central State School. Lorraine commenced work at TSAC in 2002, and over 15 years has made an enormous contribution to the lives of the students, families and staff of the community. Lorraine is an excellent teacher, and has demonstrated her adaptability and talents by holding a series of varied positions in her tenure, from Primary Teacher, Secondary teacher in Maths and Science, Learning Enrichment teacher, and has the distinction of being the form teacher for the very first graduating class of the College. Lorraine’s contribution has been immense, and she is woven into the fabric of the College.

We shall miss all of these staff, and wish them well in their new endeavors.

This week we have also launched our new Virtual Tour on the College website, and I encourage you to visit and experiment with it here.

I am very proud of it, and understand that it the first of a kind and unique to TSAC. I thank Bunker Media for their excellent work in realising the idea.

May I wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing holiday after a busy and successful Term. I look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.

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