Message from the Principal

Thought for the week:

"You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it".

Mahatma Ghandi

I recently received a wonderful email from a woman who got on a full train and immediately 4 or 5 of our students stood up for her and offered her their seats. She was so pleased to see that good manners are not dead and that our students showed such respect that she took the trouble to write to me to congratulate us.

The effect of such an act is to lift the reputation of the entire school. A positive act by one of our students in the community reflects on every Huntingtower student in the same way that a negative act would bring down the school's reputation. This reminds us that out in the community each member of our school body IS Huntingtower.

All parents are aware of our expectation that while students are enrolled at Huntingtower they will not get involved in smoking, drinking and drug taking. I would like to remind parents that you place enormous pressure on teenagers if you host a party and do not prevent alcohol, drugs etc being brought in or provided (albeit from people not associated with our school). At this stage of a young person's life, they need the understanding and guidance from adults so that they can grow in a safe atmosphere. If you, as a parent, do not care if your child drinks, please respect the school's position and do not make it available at social gatherings where our students are attending. If you are sending your child to a party at another home, please find out who is supervising and what the expectations and controls are regarding alcohol.

Occasionally, students are taken out of school for a family overseas holiday and may miss a week or two of school. While we do not encourage this practice, we understand that sometimes it is necessary for a variety of reasons. If you do find it necessary to take your child out of school for a holiday, please get permission from the school beforehand. Unfortunately, we cannot provide your child with extra catch-up work or extra lessons as a consequence, but we recommend that your child (or you, in the case of younger children) approach the teacher to find out what will be covered while they are away so that they can keep up to date. The teacher may be able to indicate exercises or worksheets that would be useful.

Our Fete is almost upon us. I am so grateful to the hard working Parents and Friends Committee and all the Class Representatives and Fete Representatives who have been working so hard.

Can I please encourage every parent to consider the way in which they can support this major event in our calendar? You could provide an item for the Silent Auction, bake some cookies or a cake for the cake stall, donate some books for the bookstall or volunteer your time to assist on the day. If you would like to sponsor a ride or activity, please let us know. I look forward to seeing you at the Fete on Saturday 5 November from 10am.

With the building going on, it is very important that we are aware of the safety of our children when we drop them off at school. I would like to encourage you once again, to consider dropping your child off a little further away from school and let them walk in. If you are driving in to the school, please be aware of the other cars entering and leaving the roundabout and do not drop your child off in the middle of the road or in an undesignated drop off area. This is for the safety of all children. Thank you for your understanding.

Our Year 12 students have their last school day at Huntingtower today. We will miss this amazing group of students. The leadership they have shown has been exemplary. We all wish them every success for their final school exams and know that they will forge exciting careers in the years to come.

Sholto Bowen