Last week I attended the opening night of Les Misérables and it was an excellent and heart-warming production. It was deeply moving, and the singing and music from both the boys and girls was tremendous. Staff and students worked relentlessly in all areas from lighting and staging to acting and performing. It was the ultimate team effort and everyone played their part in making the show a huge success. There was an unprompted standing ovation in a hall packed with parents, families and friends delighted and moved by the show. Well done to all.

Last week was also Reconciliation Week and the School was rightly focused on our efforts in this area with the Indigenous football round, the muster focused on reconciliation and a range of other activities. As a School, we encourage all students to serve their communities and stand up for what is right and just. The Reconciliation Committee has been working hard to foster recognition and reconciliation within the School but recently decided to make a big impact overseas. Ryan O’Callaghan is Yalari Captain and a proud Indigenous man, studying at St Peter’s College through the Indigenous education scholarship program. He became aware that Australia House in London doesn’t fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and he strongly believes they should. On behalf of the School’s Reconciliation Committee, Ryan has written to the Hon Alexander Downer AC, High Commissioner to the UK to ask him to fly the flags. He has also provided a flag, a gift from the committee, for Australia House to use. From small actions, big change can occur and we await with great interest to hear their response. Ryan is an inspiring young man of action and conviction, and a shining example of Pro Deo et Patria in action.

Simon Murray