​In my Year 8 class last week, we reflected on blessings – and even wrote some of our own. Similarly in my Year 7 Tangara class, we have been reflecting on the people we are thankful for who have supported us throughout the last few months.

Centenary Celebrations Begin! Launch of the New History, Founder Day Assembly, Lowther Women Centenary Luncheon, Lowther Hall's First Students

​This week our remote learning has continued and I have enjoyed visiting many Raymond House girls in their Home Groups every morning. Many girls across the School have been preparing for Mother’s Day in different ways.

​This week has seen the re-introduction of the cocurricular program in “remote” mode and we have received a great deal of positive feedback from girls and families about the joy of participating in their regular activities. I know that girls have been up early running, dancing and playing their instruments and I am sure that this has brought a great deal of colour and movement to households!

Did you know? We have a new sister school in South Africa! In early March, six students from Years 11 and 12 joined our Principal, Ms Elisabeth Rhodes, Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School, Ms Tracy Healy and Year 10 Coordinator, Ms Liza Hiles on a trip to St Mary's Anglican Girls' School in Johannesburg, to consolidate our new connection. We look forward to welcoming students from St Mary's to Lowther Hall in the future!

In Modern Theatre Styles this week students our Year 9 students were set the task of recreating a famous piece of artwork from which to develop a scripted performance. Upon selecting the work, the girls were tasked with outlining the key features and intended effect on the viewer. Students then identified and set about locating items and objects in their homes they could use to reconstruct the image. They certainly demonstrated their resourcefulness, creativity and imagination in meeting the challenge in their home setting.

Our Year 12 girls got a nice surprise when they came to the School on Saturday to collect some class materials and their Term 1 report - their long awaited Year 12 "hoodie", delivered drive-thru style by Ms Healy, Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School, and Ms O'Brien, Year 12 Coordinator. It was a great chance for a quick catch up through the car window!

​This week I have felt privileged to be able to touch base with so many families across the School during the Raymond House and Senior School Learning Conferences. It has been wonderful to “see” parents and girls and share our experiences of separation and remote learning.

Our Year 5 cohort experienced an interactive and engaging musical event today - via livestream! Renowned performance ensemble 'Taikoz' delivered a remote incursion to students, that included a thrilling performance of Taiko (Japanese drumming).

​What an amazing start we have had to this very unusual Term 2! Thank you to all the girls, parents and staff who have embraced the new platforms and approaches in our improved and evolving remote learning model.