Last week the Middle Years boys were privileged to hear from David Q, a current Year 11 student and winner of the 2017 Day Family Foundation Prize for Social Entrepreneurship. David presented information to the boys on Huntington’s disease, a disease very close to the heart of the Saints community. As part of David’s work throughout 2017 he is driving an awareness campaign, culminating in an ‘Awareness Day’, and is enlisting the support of Middle Years boys who are keen to make a difference through service to the community. I’d like to thank David for his outstanding contribution to the school community in this way, and for the work he has already put into preparing for the campaign. I also congratulate the Year 7 and 8 boys who have expressed their interest in working alongside David throughout Term 3, supporting our community to gain a better awareness of this debilitating disease.

Service Learning of this nature provides opportunities for participants to explore and grow a range of skills, develops a deep sense of empathy for others, opens doors to establishing new relationships and fosters a personal connection for participants with a range of causes. As David highlights in his planning for this campaign, service learning also exposes boys to the concepts of entrepreneurship and its benefits, it unleashes creativity and innovation to make a positive difference in the world, it encourages an appreciation of diversity and celebrates difference. With the recent appointment of Kerry Skujins to the role of Service Learning Coordinator at Saints we look forward to growing the opportunities for the Middle Years boys to experience the joy and reward of serving others, and inspiring others to make a difference also.

A reminder to parents that Middle Years Semester One reports will be issued electronically during the upcoming school holidays. These reports provide a summary of achievement and application throughout the semester, and are designed to support the information already provided through Learning Curve. I encourage all parents to speak with their boys about their progress within the reports, and complement these conversations with the information contained in Learning Curve. Are there certain types of assessment that your son is performing well in, and others where there might be opportunities for growth in Semester Two? Are there patterns of advice from teachers in the feedback provided that could form the basis of goals to commence the new semester? Please feel free to contact mentors if you would like any support in navigating or interpreting the information in reports or Learning Curve.

I hope that the school holiday period provides opportunities for you all to spend some quality time with the family. We look forward to welcoming the boys back in the new term, refreshed and ready to launch into the second half of the year.

James Tamblyn
Head of Junior Years