As another busy and successful school year draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on its many achievements. No matter what else has happened the most significant achievements of any school are those of its students and it is with great pleasure that we look back at the learning, intellectual, physical and social development of our students over the past year. There have been successes in so many areas by so many students. These achievements have been encouraged, supported and, often, initiated by our dedicated teachers and support staff.
Congratulations to James Bashford of Year 10 who has been selected to be part of the Victorian Delegation to attend the 2011 National Schools’ Constitutional Convention to be held in Old Parliament House , Canberra next March. James was selected because of his excellent participation in the state convention this year.
It was very pleasing to learn that Emily Rushford of Year 10 has been selected by The University of Melbourne to participate in the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program which will make her part of a large network of high achieving students attached to the university’s program.
Our annual Valedictory Dinner was a wonderful evening where students, parents and teachers celebrated the achievements of our Year 12 Class of 2019. The school captains were excellent speakers on behalf of the students and Mr Garrett entertained us all with stories about the students as they have grown up.
Our final music concert for 2019 was held recently and I would like to congratulate our wonderful student musicians and their teachers on the outstanding quality of the performances. Each year we have seen a raising of the standards of musicianship among our students and this year we were treated to many performances of a professional level. Particular thanks to Ms Sakkas, for her excellent leadership of concert planning as well as to all the music staff.
The following staff members will be leaving us at the end of 2019
April Gallo, Tom Hogan, Erin Immel, Chris Dunn, Raf Hammond, and Rachael Conway. I would like to thank these staff members for their work at Buckley Park College and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
Anne Sced and Joel Smith will be taking leave for 2020 and we will welcome them back in 2021.
I am pleased to report that we have a number of equally highly skilled and passionate educators joining our staff in 2020 to fill the gaps left by these people.
I would also like to thank all those parents and community members who have been so supportive of the school, its staff and students and, especially, to the many who volunteered their time and effort to support various programs and activities throughout the year.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff who have worked tirelessly in ensuring that our students are given excellent grounding on which they can confidently approach their future challenges. In particular I would like to thank Craig Dunstan and Geoff Currie for their assistance and support in all aspects of their work. I have enjoyed my time at Buckley Park College and welcome Harold Cheung as the new principal in 2020. While we say goodbye to 2019, I look forward to the challenges 2020 will bring.