As I write this week, I am at a conference examining best practice in education and research relating to teaching and learning. It is always invigorating to take the position of a learner for a few days and to hear from experts and other practitioners about new ways in which we can continue to provide an education that ensures every girl has a relevant and purposeful experience in every subject every day!

​At this time of year I meet with each Year 12 student in her House group to hear how the year has begun and to receive feedback about the classes and programs that the girls are undertaking. It is always a delight to touch base with the girls and share time together with them. I am incredibly impressed with the focussed and productive start to the year that the girls have made. They are managing their time effectively and engaging with their subjects in a very mature and disciplined manner.

I am excited to be heading down to Geelong today to cheer on our Senior School Rowing Squad at the Head of the Schoolgirls Rowing Regatta! Rowing is just one of the many cocurricular activities that are well underway this year, with girls passionately pursuing a variety of sports, musical endeavours, debating, chess and public speaking.

​In celebration of International Women’s Day I was delighted to be able to join with more than 200 members of the School Community for the annual Lowther Women Lunch on Thursday this week, where past and present students, staff, parents, board members, donors and friends of the School enjoyed a two course meal and a wonderful presentation by a panel of Lowther Women addressing the theme of “Balance for Better”.

​It has been another busy week at Lowther Hall. In Senior School the girls are rehearsing for the forthcoming House Performing Arts Competition and every day we see and hear the rehearsals and observe the increasing confidence and cohesion in the dances, acting and singing!

​It has been wonderful to have had so many opportunities to connect with our community during the last week. I was inspired by our student leaders on Tuesday when the Year 12 Prefects and Captains ran activities for the Year 6 leaders.