It was a joyous morning today at Lowther Hall as we held our "Blessing of the Animals"! Girls in Raymond House brought dogs, cats, rabbits, fish (even stick insects!) to the blessing held by our Chaplain, Reverend Raike, and we gave thanks for them and the animals of the world.

Today is our 101st birthday! Each year on this day we celebrate Founder Day, to commemorate not only our Founder, Archbishop Henry Lowther Clarke, but to give thanks for the many students, staff, principals, parents and friends of the School that have helped make Lowther Hall into the wonderful community it is today.

The Victorian Government has announced renewed restrictions for the entire State in an attempt to control the outbreak of COVID-19 linked to the quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport. This announcement includes serious measures affecting all schools. The mandatory measures, which come into effect at 11.59 tonight and operate until 11.59pm on Wednesday, mean all schools will revert to remote learning, with limited exceptions. Lowther Hall will be in remote mode on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, with the exception of Kindergarten, which will continue to operate onsite. Onsite learning will also be available for vulnerable children in Prep to Year 10, and the children of permitted workers who can't work from home.

Welcome to the new school year to all of our Lowther Hall families! Our Prefects were on hand to cheer for each girl as she entered the gates this morning, and it was delightful to hear the grounds abuzz with laughter and chatter throughout the day as students reunited with one another. We look forward to sharing our 101st year with you all!

Best in the west! Our girls' VCE results have placed Lowther Hall within the top 5% of all schools in Victoria. Congratulations to our Class of 2020, and dedicated teachers and staff.

You may have noticed we were featured in the Sunday Herald Sun over the weekend! The article referenced the work we and other schools are doing to provide students the same valuable experiences in creative COVID-safe ways. In addition to our ‘reimagined’ Prep & Year 12 Gift Exchange, new initiatives include Auslan and body percussion in our Choral program, dry-land training for our rowers and virtual music and snowsports camps.

Our treasured ‘Prep & Year 12 Gift Exchange’ ceremony was held yesterday, virtually! Each Prep girl pre-recorded a video message of thanks to each Year 12 girl, as well as making her a paper flower. In return, our Preps received special envelopes of sunflower seeds as well as handwritten cards from each Year 12. This annual ritual symbolises the growth of all girls during their time at Lowther Hall.

​Congratulations to Year 7 student, Lucy, whose composition A Trumpeter's Delight has been selected for Artology's Open Fanfare program at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to be performed by the Queensland Youth Orchestra!

We officially launched ‘live streaming’ at Lowther Hall this week! Our students tuned in for the Whole School Assembly, which 'united' us online despite being physically apart. We look forward to presenting more live streamed events to our School Community in the future.