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1 05, 2020

Silver linings: how to stay positive during the coronavirus crisis

2020-05-01T10:40:07+10:001 May, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Lea Waters AM, PhD, is a psychology professor at the University of Melbourne and executive board member of the International Positive Psychology Association


With all the tragic things that are happening in the world as a result of the coronavirus, now might seem like an unusual time to talk about being positive. Yet staying positive is a core ingredient in the recipe of successful coping in a crisis.

Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days, given the findings in psychology research that positive emotions help us […]

30 04, 2020

Middle and Senior School Inter-House Swimming

2020-05-01T10:19:14+10:0030 April, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

Congratulations to the following age champions and record holders at our House swimming carnival held on 20 February 2020.

Age Champions


Year 6 Champion – Kai Randall
Year 6 Runner-up – James Walker
U13 Champion – Oliver Atkins and Atlan Devin
U13 Runner-up – Samuel Mulford and John Skipper
U14 Champion – Xavier Nesbit
U14 Runner-up – Noah Wallis
U15 Champion – Lachlan Robins
U15 Runner-up – Benjamin Atkins
U16 Champion – Wylie Howell
U16 Runner-up – Harry Birchmore
U/17 Winner – William Gray
U/17 Runner-up – William Scott
Open Winner – Jonty Pretorius
Open Runner-up – Edward Watson


Year 6 Champion – Emily Atherton
Year 6 Runner-up – Madeline Hassell and Isabella […]

9 04, 2020

An Easter thank you

2020-04-09T10:18:25+10:009 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School|

We arrive at Easter after what has been an extraordinary period in everyone’s lives.

Personally, I am reminded of the stories my parents told me of the Great Depression and World War II, when everyone’s lives were turned upside down and individuals, families, communities and countries the world over had to adjust to a ‘new normal’. Similarly, over the past four weeks, we have had to adjust to our new and confronting way of life and with changing daily directives that vary from state to state, it has definitely been a surreal […]

9 04, 2020

From the Senior School

2020-04-09T09:59:19+10:009 April, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

Virtual Parent Student Teacher Conferences (Year 8-12) Monday 27 April

On Tuesday, parents were emailed a Progress Report for Term One for their son or daughter.  Due to the current restrictions in place, face-to-face parent/student/teacher interviews are no longer possible and the College is offering a choice of:

A Microsoft Teams video conference (these will take place on the scheduled day of Monday 27 April)
An email from the teacher providing thorough feedback on the progress of your son/daughter
A phone call from the teacher

A link has been sent to all parents to allow them to choose an option for each teacher.  After doing […]

9 04, 2020

From the Junior School

2020-04-09T09:51:27+10:009 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School|

End of Term

Thank you to every member of the College community for the amazing support of student learning and family well-being over the latter half of a school term that has yielded challenges like no other in our lifetime. Compassion, creativity, collaboration and many other dispositions and personal attributes that we talk about and seek to develop among our students of all ages have been at the forefront as we strive to ensure the best possible stability of learning, good health and personal wellbeing for students, families and staff at the College along with our wider local community.

As we move […]

8 04, 2020

TCE Chinese

2020-04-09T10:19:02+10:008 April, 2020|Categories: Senior School|

On Wednesday, the TCE Chinese class had summative Term 1 oral tests via Teams.

Each student spoke fluently in Chinese for around 7 minutes; an impressive effort! They all did an exceptional job and it really highlighted for me the way that these students have handled the transition to online learning.

Well done students of TCE Chinese!

Leigh Cordell
Head of LOTE







8 04, 2020

Does your parenting rulebook still apply?

2020-04-09T09:21:04+10:008 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose

The current social isolation policy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has confined people to their family cocoons. Life for parents is very different now that we can no longer share the parenting load with relatives, friends and professionals outside the family home.

Parenting success will require you to quickly adapt to new circumstances, by replacing some of your current parenting practices with methods more in tune with close-quarter living. This may seem uncomfortable at first, as you may be going against some current beliefs that are in vogue. In effect, you may have to create a […]

7 04, 2020

Posting materials home

2020-04-09T14:43:20+10:007 April, 2020|Categories: Middle School, Senior School|

On Thursday 9 April the College will be posting home books to students.

Year 7 will receive A Long Walk to Water ready to Term 2
Year 9 will receive Of Mice and Men ready for Term 2

These books are set texts for English classes.  The loan period will be for as long as the English course requires.

Last week we posted out the following:

The Wave for Ms Poynter’s and Ms Lester’s Year 10
To Kill a Mockingbird for Mr Hughes’ Year 10
Various titles for Year 6 literature circles.

If you believe you should have received […]

3 04, 2020

Do you have an Orchid or a Dandelion?

2020-04-03T08:43:47+11:003 April, 2020|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Over the past few weeks, I have been speaking to many parents about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health. Some have asked why one of their children is far more effected than their others, other parents are concerned that their child doesn’t seem at all concerned about the pandemic.

In my response to them I recall a metaphor developed by Dr Thomas Boyce where he compares children to dandelions and orchids. In it, Dr Boyce estimates about 20 per cent of children are “orchids”. They are the ones who are more sensitive and reactive to environments, […]