FROM THE HEAD OF CORIO

As we near the end of Semester 1, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Corio community for their support this year. It has been a very strong first semester and I am delighted with the progress students have made, in all aspects of their education. In the many conversations I have had with parents and guardians, I have appreciated the positive support for our programmes and also your comments and suggestions about how we can do things differently. 

As I think about the semester there is much that I feel grateful for and so many highlights. When I consider what has been achieved, completed or just attempted, you start to appreciate the breadth and enormity of what our students experience in the context of their schooling. It’s always difficult to list particularly memorable events in fear of causing offence - but here I go…..

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I have to mention the magnificent Girls’ 1st VIII Rowers and their dominant season this year. Geelong Grammar School continues to be represented with five girls continuing onto the World Junior Rowing Championships to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August. I know Maddison Brown (Yr12 EM), Sasha Culley (Yr11 Cl), Kirstie Green (Yr12 A), Bridgette Hardy (Yr12 Cl) and Sarah Harte (Yr11 A) have continued training very hard right throughout this semester. 

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The 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli saw a very special ANZAC Day service. To mark this milestone, a choir was in attendance as was the wonderful Boz Parsons (M'36), an OGG, staff member and decorated World War 2 veteran. Also on the eve of ANZAC Day, representatives from each House together with a number of staff, participated in Camp Gallipoli at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Similar events were held at key locations around the country and it was a privilege for Geelong Grammar School to be involved. 

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The opening of the new School for Performing Arts and Creative Education (the SPACE) had it all: memorable speeches, electronic displays, musical and dramatic performances. It was a significant day that I am sure will be remembered by all who attended. The building has already, in the short time it has been open, created so many new opportunities for our students. We are very excited with what lies ahead as a result of this new building’s features.

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Over 450 grandparents arrived to help us celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Following a service in the Chapel of All Saints, students met their grandparents to take them on a tour of the school, followed by afternoon tea. Having loved growing up with my own grandparents I know how special this occasion was for so many families. 

The 20th Mothers' Day Jazz Festival was held again this year and for such a milestone it was wonderful to have this event in The David Darling Play House. Paul Rettke was honoured for his commitment to the event throughout a wonderful afternoon of current student and OGG performances.

We held possibly the first ever House Public Speaking competition this term. Rhiannon Cunning and Father Howard Parkinson masterminded the programme of heats within Houses and then the final with over 150 students as the audience. Manifold House won the competition with Tom Dodds’ (Yr12 M) clever thinking and quick wit.

The annual Geelong Grammar School round of the APS Cross-Country season attracted a large home crowd to witness Lauren Ryan (Yr11 Cl) and Lucas Shugg (Yr11 Cu) win their respective senior races. I don’t remember a time when the one school has received first place for both races. 

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The Year 10 workshops were another highlight during the semester with the eclectic mix of people descending on our school. Evening performances also added to the experience, with ‘creative guy’ Jeremy Koren (FB'02) a real highlight from the students’ perspective. Jeremy is an OGG and a talented musician, film maker and graphic artist.

Just this week we were honoured to host the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival at this campus. Three schools, including ours, participated in the evening that showcased work created by Year 10 students across the term. Ellie Dawson (Yr10 EM), Dugald Felton (Yr10 Cu), Grace Harding (Yr10 EM), Hamish Hood (Yr10 P), Ted Illingworth (Yr10 Cu), Jorja Lewis-Jackson (Yr10 Fr), Phoebe Parsons (Yr10 Ga), James Verheggen (Yr10 M) and Melrose Zaldarriaga (Yr10 Fr) are all to be congratulated on their efforts.

The Year 11 Positive Education Focus days were held at Deakin University’s waterfront campus. It was a brilliantly planned conference that focused on the themes of resilience and positive purpose. There were many inspiring speakers over the two days and I would highly recommend you ask you Year 11 son or daughter about the programme.

Finally, I wanted to pay tribute to a member of our staff, Gordon Agnew, who has worked within our community for over 20 years. Most parents and students know little of him, but he has had a huge indirect effect on their schooling on this campus. Gordon is a maintenance supervisor and has been responsible for so many things over the years, but in particular the maintenance and improvement of staff housing. He is one of the kindest people I know who has worked tirelessly for the School. He has made a huge difference to staff morale over the years because of his care and consideration of others. We wish him the very best for his retirement.

I trust that you and your family will have some rest and relaxation over this coming school break. 

Dean Dell’Oro


 

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