Dear PLC Sydney Community

Connections_Paul Burgis_horizontal‘I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle’ Psalm 49.4.

Music plays a very important part in our lives. It reflects our feelings. It motivates and persuades us. It combines skill and passion. It tells us that we are more than material things, that materiality is not all that is.

Some of the great joys of being a principal are: dropping in on the Chamber Orchestra in the early morning; hearing the Pipes and Drums resound in the gardens on a Wednesday afternoon and listening to one of our choirs sing a song of praise.

I love it.

It is therefore with great joy that I inform you that in 2017 PLC Sydney will form a full Symphony Orchestra under the expert care of Mr Michael O’Dea. It has been our ambition for a little while to move to this stage. With Mr Phil Harper now our Director of Performing Arts, this will be the first in a number of initiatives that will aim to further develop the souls of our students, and to create PLC Sydney as a school that inspires young women and girls.

On the subject of Music, congratulations to the students and staff on their tremendous performances and leadership at the Annual Music Festival, as well as in recent interschool competitions. Our Chamber Orchestra finished second in the recent interschool strings competition and one of our choirs is in the Australasian Final of the McDonald Challenge next Sunday. Our Junior School students have been magnificent as well.

I am looking forward to the Year 12 Father Daughter Dinner. I have asked one my own daughters to accompany me. It is a wonderful opportunity for dads to take out their daughters and to celebrate their youth with them. This marks the commencement of the time when our Year 12 students will leave us. They are a wonderful group of young women of whom we are very proud. 

The Tennis Review is now complete. I will be publishing the results soon. It is envisaged that we will accept and implement all of the recommendations.

The Review was conducted by Emma Doyle from Tennis Australia. She is currently working at the cutting edge of tennis coaching of girls worldwide and is keen to assist us to adopt best-practice from recent ground-breaking programs from Scotland that build in girls a love of the sport as well as skills, tactics and a knowledge of how to improve.

Thank you very much for your support. 

Dr Paul Burgis