In the early hours of this morning, the $23.5 billion school funding package passed in the Senate. Commonly known as Gonski 2.0, the legislation has secured a consistent funding model for all schools and increased funding for the vast majority of schools across the country. We believe the funding arrangements outlined in the bill will not adversely impact our School and our current funding levels will not be reduced. We will keep you informed as more information about the implementation of the new legislation is released.

On another matter, over the past year we have had a number of near-miss car accidents on campus and it feels pertinent to request that all parents take care when dropping off their sons at School in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon. Please be mindful of each other and the boys, and remember that the road rules apply when driving onsite. There are frequent occasions when people have illegally parked in the disabled parking spots, used the roundabout near Oval House as a drop-off point, and driven faster than 20km/h through the School. We understand that it is difficult with the ongoing roadworks on Hackney Road and the frequent works on Trinity Street, and in the mornings when everyone is in a rush to start the day. We ask for your cooperation and consideration, and to please use common sense. In light of the recent near misses and as part of a longer-term plan, we have recently been looking at traffic flow through the School and how it could be improved. We are currently seeking expert advice for a traffic management plan update with a view to making changes in due course.

In everything we do at the School, the care and support we provide is done in a partnership between parents and the School, and we achieve the best results when we work together. Traditionally we have sought feedback from parents of Year 12s but we are moving towards a more comprehensive approach for feedback from parents at all year levels. This year’s survey has been sent to all parents (ELC to Year 12) as well as students in Years 6 to 12. The survey is currently live and is conducted by an external supplier, MMG, to ensure confidentiality and anonymity. We are delighted that so many parents have completed the questionnaire, thank you. The survey is live until Tuesday 27 June so, if you haven’t already done so, please take the time to share your opinions with us.

Simon Murray