Lowther Hall won the 'Marketing and Communications Campaign' Award for Excellence at the Educate Plus Conference Awards in New Zealand recently! We won for the way in which we launched our New Academic Wardrobe in 2017. The awards were open to hundreds of schools across Australia and New Zealand. Well done to all students and staff who participated in the launch campaign last year.

​I know that those of you who attended the Annual Music Concert on Wednesday evening will agree that we were treated to a wonderful night of music with outstanding performances from our bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists. It brings me an enormous amount of joy to see so many girls delighting in their music making and to reflect on the skills they have developed in working towards their performances.

​Political leadership in Australia at the moment could generously be characterised as somewhat mystifying at best and deeply embarrassing at worst. The backstabbing, power playing and internal bickering detracts from the truly important business of policy development and governing.

​A group of Year 5 Lowther girls were the youngest to speak at the National Council of Women of Victoria’s, ‘My Voice My Vote’ event at the Parliament of Victoria last week! They presented views on their chosen topic, ‘Gender Diversity in Leadership’ and interviewed local organisations and politicians in their research of this theme. Well done, girls!

​With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, I have been prompted to reflect on the important role dads have in the raising of daughters. My own dad, though not living at home with me and my mum from the time I was 7, played an important part in my development.

This week is Book Week and the School has been enlivened by workshops with authors, special book related activities and preparations for the big parade that will conclude the week on Friday.

"Hello!" from our Senior School girls currently at the Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller! There has been lots of action with the Alpine GS and Ski Cross events, with more racing to continue. Good luck, girls!

This week, we are officially launching the 2018 Parents and Friends' Association Twilight Festival, and I am confident that it is going to be spectacular! A great deal of work has already gone into the planning of stalls and entertainment and we are particularly looking forward to spreading out the rides across the new grassed area adjacent to Raymond House and the multipurpose court, giving plenty of space to move around and a chance to provide a range of rides for all ages!​

We recently celebrated 100 Days of Prep! As part of the celebration, our Prep girls decided that they would share '100 acts of kindness'. They wrote 100 cards to hand out to students and staff today, to tell them how terrific they are!

It has been an amazing week and a half! The Fundraising afternoon last Friday was a great success and the girls had a ball, while raising money for some very worthwhile causes. Thank you to the Prefects for their organisation of this event and to all the staff who supported it. In addition, we have had visitors to the Mansion for Open House Melbourne, Raymond House and Blinkbonnie House Learning Conferences, the Principal’s Soiree, the Lowther Hall Society Lunch, the Winter Strings Festival and all the other regular things that go on: all things that make Lowther Hall the wonderful place it is!