I am certain that all who attended St Paul’s Cathedral for our annual Carols Service last night will agree that it was indeed a “night divine”! The girls, as always, made me incredibly proud as they lifted their voices together in song with great enthusiasm. An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to the service, particularly our Director of Choral and Voice, Ms Joanne Carroll. It was a highlight this year to premiere a new carol written by Director of Music, Mr Darren Emerson with lyrics by English staff member, Ms Ruth Ball, One Candle. As student representatives passed candle light down the central aisle and the music filled the Cathedral, we were transported to a special place and it truly felt that Christmas had arrived. We were also joined by St Paul’s clergy and the Archbishop of Melbourne along with Bishop Kate Prowd who gave an inspiring message about the meaning of Christmas within the Anglican tradition.

Today we have celebrated the achievements of the girls across the School in 4 Assemblies: Blinkbonnie House, Raymond House, Sampford House and Grant House! These occasions allow us to reflect on the year and to acknowledge girls who have worked hard and achieved excellence in both academic and co-curricular pursuits. They remind us just how involved and invested in their school experience our girls are. It is wonderful to see so many of them taking up the opportunities available to them and working hard in so many subject areas. It continues to be a privilege for me and for the staff, to spend each day with such an enthusiastic, gracious and happy group of girls!  

As we finish the year, I would like to acknowledge the work of the staff across the School. I know that the girls are very appreciative of all the adults within our community and many of them have shared words of gratitude in cards as the year has drawn to a close. I am particularly grateful to be working with such a wonderful team of professionals who care so much for the girls and who do so much to make our school what it is.  

Thank you also, to the parents and the girls for their support of the School throughout the year. There have been many high points, a great deal of hard work, much fun, many different activities and, of course, lots of learning! I wish all families a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. To those whose time within our community has come to an end, I thank you for all you have contributed and wish you well for the next stage of your journey. To those returning in 2023, have a good rest and come back ready for more excitement next year!  

Ms Elisabeth Rhodes