I know that everyone in our School Community who visited the 2019 Art and Design Exhibition will have been impressed with the variety of work on display. One of the advantages of being a school where every girl from Kindergarten to Year 12 is located on one campus is that we can hold events such as this across the whole school and see the development that occurs as a student progresses through the years. I was delighted this year to present the Principal’s Art Acquisition Award, to Madison Adams in Year 9, who produced a work which demonstrated careful attention to detail, finely honed drawing skills and impressive use of space.

During the recent break I had the privilege of travelling with Ms Healy to Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa and to undertake a range of school visits, safaris and wildlife encounters.

​This week I travelled to Canberra to join our Year 6 students on their Study Tour. During the time I spent with the girls I was impressed with their curiosity, knowledge and their support of one another as they explored various aspects of our nation’s capital.

​With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, I have been prompted to reflect on the important role dads have in the raising of daughters. I have particularly enjoyed seeing so many dads come to Lowther Hall this week for our special Father’s Day events!

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 took place this morning. Once again this year we were delighted that the Year 7 and Year 12 girls joined the Blinkbonnie and Raymond House students in costume to celebrate reading and end the festivities.

I am proud to be representing the School in Sydney this evening at the Australian Education Awards where Lowther Hall is one of 10 finalists from across the country in the category of “Best Student Wellbeing Program”.

​This week I am writing from Hobart where I am attending the Anglican Schools’ Conference. The theme for the conference is “Awe and Wonder” and I have enjoyed hearing various speakers reflect on this theme in the context of Anglican schooling.

This week has been full of highlights. Firstly, on Wednesday I joined the Raymond House and Senior School Captains, Faith and Worship leaders, Heads of School and Chaplains to attend the Anglican School’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

​Congratulations to all staff and students involved in this week’s Winter Strings Festival which was a wonderful showcase of the talent of our string players from Kindergarten to Year 12. It was a joy to see the enthusiasm from each performer and I was very proud of the standard of each item presented.

​It was wonderful to welcome the girls back to school for Term 3 on Wednesday and I enjoyed meeting with them in each of their respective assemblies through the morning where we greeted new girls and staff, sang together, gave thanks for the break and focussed ourselves for the term ahead.