News from the Executive Principal’s Desk

| October 16, 2019

Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff,

Welcome back to the new term. I hope you had a relaxing break and are ready for the opportunities the new term presents.

Each year the school chooses a number of causes to support across the continuum, from Pre-El to senior High School. This week, we are supporting World Food Day (WFD). WFD is celebrated each year on the 16th October, “to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the United Nations calendar”. Source: Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. As a school it adds to our international perspective and is aligned with our vision.

The elementary school has collection boxes set up for donations of staple food products like rice and oil that will be distributed to the needy. Each morning after the national anthem, a “fact” will be read out, this is designed to both raise awareness of issues around food as well as to take action.

During September, High School students also managed to bring a staggering amount of staple food items into school, including 40 pouches of oil; 54 packs of salt; 66 packs of sugar; 124 bottles of soy sauce; 301 packs of noodles; 71 5kg bags of rice and 68 cans of corned beef. All of these items were then sorted and packed into 50 boxes by Grade 11 CAS volunteer students in readiness for dispatch. One of these students, Davina Faith Hadinyoto remarked when packing the food items ‘It is quite exhausting work, but it also satisfying to see everyone working together and this is honestly the least we can do to help families in need’. These boxes will be distributed by local food charity Garda Pangan with the help of Grade 12 students.

Our thanks to all the students and staff across the continuum who have helped make this event so successful. We are very grateful to Mr Justin and Ms Gramelia in the High School and Ms Corry in the Elementary School who has spearheaded this event.

Have a great week.

Martin Blackburn

Executive Principal