I know that those of you who attended the Annual Music Concert on Wednesday evening will agree that we were treated to a wonderful night of music with outstanding performances from our bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists. It brings me an enormous amount of joy to see so many girls delighting in their music making and to reflect on the skills they have developed in working towards their performances. Thank you to Mr Darren Emerson and the team of music teachers and other staff who facilitated the event and particularly to the conductors of each item for their leadership of the girls. It was a truly spectacular evening with many, many highlights.

This morning the Senior School community had an opportunity to farewell Bishop Philip Huggins, who will retire in October. We recognised Bishop Philip’s gentle contributions to the School over many years, including his commissioning of Year 12s and Prefect bodies, his role at special services – especially the annual Easter Eucharist, his participation in significant events such as my commissioning, our Chaplains’ commissionings and the opening of various spaces as well as his inspiring engagement with us as our Bishop in Residence and as we have tackled various issues of social justice over the years. Our Faith and Worship Prefects for 2018 and 2019 presented the Bishop with gifts from the School and we heard a message from him for one final time. It was a very special morning. Following this, the Year 9 girls set off for their Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey and the Year 12 students headed away for their two day Retreat. Our Study Tours are ready for departure to France and Japan, finishing off what has been another busy but highly successful term. I wish all families a restful and enjoyable break and look forward to seeing everyone back in Term 4.