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Head of College – 2018, Term 4, Week 5

Dear Families,

After 13 years of school life, our Year 12 students enter their final five days of school next week. At Groves, we celebrate our graduates and the milestones of all our students through a range of events. The following schedule outlines the main end of year ceremonies. We look forward to your support at the various events.

Date Time Event Attendees
13 November 7:00pm – 8:30pm Senior Phase Awards Night Year 10 – Year 12 students & families
14 November 4:00pm – 6:00pm Year 12 Pre-Formal Year 12 students & families (Day School + DE)
14 November 7:00pm – 11:00pm Year 12 Formal Year 12 students (Day School + DE)
15 November 4:00pm – 6:00pm Distance Education Awards Night Distance Education students & families
16 November 8:45am – 10:00am Year 12 Graduation & Guard of Honour Year 12 students & families
20 November 1:00pm – 2:30pm Foundation Phase Awards Ceremony Prep – Year 3 students & families
20 November 7:00pm – 8:30pm Intermediate Phase Awards Night Year 4 – Year 6 students & families
21 November 7:00pm – 8:30pm Middle Phase Awards Night Year 7 – Year 9 students & families

Remembrance Day 11-11-18 at 11:00 am

It is 100 years since the guns stopped to mark the end of one of the most horrible wars in human history, the First World War. Many of us have relations who fought in WW1. Tragically as you travel through Australia you see war memorials full of names of those who died while answering the call to defend our way of life. Many countries, such as, India, New Zealand, U.S.A, Canada, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England joined the French and other allied countries to defend themselves against the enemy. On August 22, 1914, 27000 French soldiers died in a single day. In total 61527 Australians died in WW1. It is hard to think of this scale of death and destruction. I know my grandfather who fought at the Battle of the Somme never spoke of the war except to say he was gassed resulting in the loss of a great deal of his hearing.     

Take time to stop and reflect on Sunday. War is a hard topic to discuss with children. I believe it is best to be honest. War is a horrible undertaking full of complex decisions that brings out the best and worst in human nature.   

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).  

God bless,   

Allan Weir
Head of College