This week, we celebrated our final College Assembly for 2019, and took the opportunity to recognise many award winners across a number of areas of our College – academic, sporting, community commitment and service.
Firstly, I’d like to congratulate each of the award winners who have been recognised. They have been noticed for their outstanding effort, their citizenship, their excellence and their generosity in our community. St Luke’s has a reputation for turning out fine young men and women and I’m so very proud to see them continuing that tradition. Parents, and us as teachers, have many hopes and dreams for each of our students as individuals and we fervently want for them to reach their potential. It’s been particularly gratifying to see several students recognised across multiple areas, showing that they are truly well-rounded young people.
This was my last opportunity for the year to address our students as a group. Sadly, we need to bid a very fond farewell to two of our wonderful teachers. Miss Mears leaves us to return to family in Perth and Mrs Cohn finishes for reasons which are becoming more obvious each day. We thank each of these teachers for their dedication, commitment, hard work and love they have shown their students. They have already received many farewells and thank yous, and I hope there will be many more throughout the week.
I’m sure you’re aware that this is your last week of school. I would like to thank all students of the College firstly, for the excellent way in which they have conducted themselves throughout the year, the way in which they have completed their studies, competed in our sporting teams, volunteered time at events and the ways in which they have all continued being great mates to each other. As a Principal and as teachers, and I speak on behalf of all your teachers, we are truly blessed to work with such amazing young people who are willing to work hard to be their best. Each of our students adds a very special dimension to our school and I am very proud of each of you.
To our staff, they too are looking forward to a well-earned break. Not only have they delivered lessons and marked work, they have listened to problems, offered good advice, helped with lost property, slept out and planned so that our College can have camps and rep teams, they have had long conversations with parents about how to better support students and they have committed many many hours above and beyond the expectation to make sure that the massive number of events we have at the College can take place. Of course our staff are not just the teachers, the cleaners make sure the school is sparkling every day, Mrs Guthrie ensures we are fed so well, the library, careers and office staff help us at every turn, the teacher assistants help students in class when they need extra support and of course, Tuan makes sure that our grounds are always so beautiful.
Finally, I will take this opportunity to wish each of you a most wonderful Christmas break. Enjoy time with your precious families, enjoy not getting out of bed for school, enjoy too much video game time and please remember to count your blessings every day.
Thank you, God Bless.