A well-earned break ahead

Where has the year gone? It is already the end of semester 1 and we are heading into our three-week break. Each week you have read about the many exciting, engaging and wonderful events and achievements that have taken place; suffice to say that I am very appreciative of the efforts of everyone and proud of what our students have attempted, learnt and achieved.

In speaking to a number of students throughout the week, it’s clear that the break ahead contains a huge variety of experiences for our community. From getting some rest, spending time with family and friends, to travelling overseas and interstate, I trust everyone will manage to recharge their batteries in the coming weeks. Amongst those many different holiday activities, some of our students will be involved in school-organised events.

Next Tuesday Year 7 to 12 students are representing the College in the State Inter-schools Cross-country championships, the TCE Outdoor Education class go on expedition and there is a Ski Trip to Mt Buller in the third week of the break. I wish all those students and staff the very best for their adventures.

I was interested to read in the Age on Tuesday that Victoria is banning the use of mobile phones at all government schools, primary and secondary, by students. The following is from the Age’s online news, Tuesday 25 June:

Mobile phones will be banned from Victorian state primary and secondary schools under strict new rules aimed at tackling cyberbullying and distractions in the classroom. The Victorian government has adopted one of the world’s toughest stances on mobile phone use in schools and from the start of next year, students must switch off their devices and store them in lockers during school hours. Students from Prep to Year 12 will not be allowed to use their phones during recess and lunchtime.

Due to the fact that our students are not to use mobile phones during school hours, spaces around our College are vibrant and noisy, filled with chatter, laughter and conversation at recess and lunchtimes. This is how schools should be, we are a community and people are social beings. We live and learn together and in times of need, we lean on each other for support. To our students I say, “These holidays, put down your phone and practice the art of conversation. Be interested, not just interesting”.

To all of our community, I wish you all the best for the break ahead, I hope it is a relaxing and rejuvenating time for all.

Andy Müller