This week our Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students undertook the annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program in Literacy And Numeracy) tests. These Australia wide tests are designed to demonstrate the extent to which students across the nation are travelling against a range of outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.

One of the highlights on the Lowther Hall Music Calendar is our vocal solo concert, Celebration of Song. This popular and intimate concert celebrates and showcases our senior vocalists and is presented in the stunning Primrose Potter Salon, at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 21 May at 7.00pm.

​This week has seen a re-engagement with many special events that we have missed during the last 12 months: Year 7 Camp, Raymond House Cross Country, Blinkbonnie House Parent Maths session and the staging of the Senior School Production – 42nd Street.

​I am an optimist and I am fortunate to come from a family of optimists. Such is my propensity to look on the bright side, in fact, that my friends tease me about my “Pollyanna” approach to some of the challenges we encounter. I must say that I am grateful for my disposition and for my prevailing belief that difficulties will pass, but I do have to say that the last twelve months has tested even me!

​This term I have written and spoken many times about the joys of being back together physically after so many months of remote learning last year. I have focussed in particular on the activities and events that we have been able to enjoy together, the importance of re-establishing cross-age programs and the benefits of seeing parents and caregivers face to face once again.

We have been enjoying a re-engagement with singing across the School in recent weeks and as we were rehearsing various songs for Easter in Senior School assembly on Thursday, I was struck by the effect of the collective female voice. It is quite an experience to hear girls sing together – they can sound simultaneously powerful, angelic, inspiring and resolute.

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.