This week as I write, the sounds of the Lowther Singers rehearsing for the Story of the Cross and the Easter Eucharist can be heard across the campus – it is truly beautiful! It has been another busy week at the School and I have been particularly thrilled to be able to participate in a number of face to face meetings with groups who have been convening via zoom for many months! On Monday I had the opportunity to sit around the table with the School Council Governance and Strategy Committee as we reviewed the School’s Delegations of Authority and Conflict of Interest Policies to ensure that there are strong accountabilities in place for the sound running of Lowther Hall. On Tuesday I met with the newly elected President and Vice President of the Old Grammarians’ Association to share ideas about how to extend communication and contact with our community of 2000 plus past students. On Wednesday evening I was in the Foundation meeting where there were enthusiastic plans made for fundraising during the year. These get togethers were energising and inspiring and filled me with excitement about the year ahead. They also reminded me how fortunate we are to be part of a community supported by many generous volunteers who donate their time and their skills to further the mission and vision of Lowther Hall.

Of course Board members and other Committee members are not our only volunteers. Many parents also assist by generously giving their time. Whether it is through service on the Parents and Friends’ Association Committee, by being a Year Level Representative, or as a helper at Athletics Carnivals or in the Perceptual Motor Program, many parents and friends are visibly present, providing tangible examples for the girls of the School motto, non nobis solum, being lived out. How lucky we are to be part of a community with such a spirit of generosity and a willingness to invest in our girls.

Ms Elisabeth Rhodes