FROM THE HEAD OF CORIO - CHARLES SCUDAMORE

It’s the last day of the 2013 academic year.  It is a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning and I have just sat down at my office desk having had a delightful 10 minute conversation with Josie and Pam, two of the School’s cleaners who always do the early morning shift.  We chatted about our families – the two of them have a total of 29 grandchildren; both are excited about Christmas and have, over the year, bought every person in their large extended families presents.  They commented on how their families bring them great happiness and joy and proudly spoke about their children’s achievements: one of Josie’s daughters is a veterinary scientist.  Pam often comments about how she loves life, enjoys her work, and feels very much engaged as part of the Corio community.  A picture of Pam is often used during the Positive Education training courses as somebody within this community whose positive approach to life is quite contagious.

I have used the word ‘contagious’ on quite a few occasions in recent weeks.  Scientific research is discovering much about the impact negative and positive actions can have on others.  Bob Randall, an Indigenous Elder who visited the School in 2010, spoke to students about the concept of ‘vibrations’.  He articulated that actions reverberate beyond the individual.  He associated these ‘vibrations’ with the indigenous term ‘payback’.  He told all who had gathered that ‘payback’ through one’s actions could be either positive or negative.  Positive ‘payback’ or ‘vibrations’ have been distributed throughout the community these past few weeks.  The atmosphere in the School has been intense, but purposeful, joyous, with a sense of celebration.  Examinations were completed, papers handed back and discussed.  Year 10s and 11s attended ‘next year’s’ classes during the last few days of term to find out about their 2014 courses, collect reading materials and holiday work.  Senior students enjoyed a trip to the cinema, a SAVE concert, Darren Pereira’s Year 11 seminar on ‘Shape Your Destiny’ and a Year 10 lecture on ‘Achieve Your Best’, the Senior School Christmas Carol Service, House outings and House clean-ups (I’m not sure how enjoyable this was).  This afternoon’s Senior School assembly will once again be an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about this community.  The Principal will conclude the assembly by acknowledging the service given to the School by staff who are retiring or moving on to new schools.

This will be my last Newsletter article as Head of Corio.  I am not leaving the School, but the Head of Corio baton is being passed on to Dean Dell’Oro.  For the past 10 years I have thoroughly enjoyed my direct involvement in the day-to-day running of this vibrant community.  My interactions with students have always been a highlight for me.  Whether it is in a classroom, assembly hall, on a sporting field, in a meeting, at a concert or with an individual, I always gain from such involvement.  The ‘payback’ or ‘vibrations’ from student interactions are always positive.  Balancing the needs of such a wonderfully talented, eclectic, hardworking teaching staff is challenging and invigorating.  I have a deep respect for my colleagues.  The non-teaching staff are full of characters who all have wonderful stories to share.  Their input is so vital to the smooth running of this institution.  

Next year I will focus more on Geelong Grammar School matters.  I will visit the other campuses more frequently, oversee and support Positive Education and the Institute of Positive Education, research and look for ways of implementing ‘Creativity’ in the curriculum, support the Directors of Learning and Student Welfare with whole School initiatives, continue my involvement in Indigenous matters and so much more.  This genuinely excites me.  There is much to look forward to.

I do wish Dean Dell’Oro every success in his new role as Head of Corio.  He is a passionate, committed and highly respected member of this community.  I thank all parents for their support over the years.  It is good to build honest and strong relationships because, ultimately, our combined efforts are aimed at securing for each child solid foundations that will support their future aspirations.

Josie and Pam speak about their families with great pride.  No doubt they experience tough times, but they focus on what brings them joy.  Their positivity is contagious.  I can genuinely talk about Corio with great pride.  It is a good community.  There are tough times, but the good far outweighs the bad.  The good is contagious – a lot of positive vibrations have been released throughout the year and been absorbed, I am sure, by all.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas with your extended families.

 

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