I hope you were all able to take advantage of the holidays to relax and to return to school refreshed to start the new school year. This school year, our students have some challenges ahead.
The students will certainly be looking forward to their upcoming school camps end of February ( Years 3 and 4 and April (for Years 5-11). But first things first are exams; Naplan tests for Years 3,5,7 and 9 in April and the Thüringer Competency Tests for Years6 and 8 at the end of February.
The upcoming exams for both Years 10 and 12 are of particular importance. Year 10 written examinations will take place late February, followed by the oral examinations in May. Our Year 12 IB students will also complete their final written examinations in May.
The highlight is undoubtedly the combined Graduation Ceremony (to be held 31st May) on board a ship on beautiful Sydney Harbour. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our students all the very best for the challenges that lie ahead and that they achieve their goals they have set themselves.
The American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved." In this sense I wish everyone involved in our school community an abundance of enthusiasm that will motivate our students to actively participate in learning and help shape them. The teachers and staff will be encouraged; not only meet their educational mission, but to also complete the diverse tasks at our school. Parents should be committed to actively support both their children and their teachers in order to shape the school community.
We can all achieve great things. I wish you all a successful year ahead.