A short but action packed week at Lowther Hall this week with the magnificent Raymond House Music Concert, Year 2 Camp, examinations for girls in Years 10 to 12, a concert for Old Grammarians and the usual lessons, rehearsals and meetings! It is incredibly gratifying to watch the girls throw themselves into every experience and to have so many members of the broader Lowther Hall Community – staff, parents and past students, coming together to support the school in a variety of ways.

I know that one issue that many girls and parents have been concerned about is pedestrian safety around the School. At the end of last week I met with our local Member of Parliament, Danny Pearson MP, and representatives from relevant traffic authorities and other bodies, to review the pedestrian and traffic flow near Lowther Hall, particularly near the corner of Sherbourne and Buckley Streets. I am pleased to report that all parties resolved to take action to advocate for better pedestrian safety and steps are now being taken in order to make improvements. Specifically, the Moonee Ponds Police Department have committed to increase patrols in the intersections around the School and in Buckley, Rose and Sherbourne Streets to try to reduce the number of motorists who are flouting traffic and parking rules. Also, the Honourable Lisa Neville, State Minister for Police, has been contacted in relation to having a red light camera installed on the corner of Buckley and Sherbourne Streets. These are just the first two concrete steps in what I hope will be many measures to improve the safety for girls as they come and go in the mornings and afternoons. I have been very pleased with the support I have received from Minister Pearson’s office and with his personal commitment to assist with these matters. We can all assist by ensuring that as members of the School community, we seek to car pool wherever possible, encourage girls to walk or take public transport if appropriate and that we model the correct behaviour in the obeying traffic and parking regulations. Your support in these matters is greatly appreciated. 

Ms Elisabeth Rhodes