Dear PLC Sydney Community
Welcome to Term 2.
We have a number of important events at the start of this term. I warmly invite you to join us.
We have already held our inaugural PLC Sydney 360, where Years 10–12 heard from a range of speakers on the Middle East. The Islamic Council, the Assyrian Christian Alliance and the Jewish Board of Deputies each provided their selected speakers for us, and Dr Ricklefs and Ms Tayah, high level negotiators with great experience in Iraq, Libya and the broader region, each provided insights and views. I gave an overview of the history. We will now seek feedback from the students on the value of the day. It is part of our goal of developing a strong understanding of global affairs. I am very grateful to all who took part and to Newington for sharing their facilities.
Our Pipes and Drums have represented us at the ANZAC March in the city and our Junior School leaders and students have represented us at the Burwood Memorial Service. Thank you for assisting us to honour this important day.
This week we will all be singing the tunes of High School Musical as our talented students put together this happy and uplifting production. This is a great show for the whole family. If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet you can do so online here.
We also launch the Students' Photographic Prize in the Adelaide Perry Gallery tonight. I am really looking forward to viewing the student work.
Some of our teachers have their own book launched this Sunday. Our Chinese teachers Faraday Pang, Doreen Hsiao, May Li and Lin Xu are authors who have played key roles in the Nishan Book Series Launch.
On Monday 1 May, at the P & F meeting, you can hear from our Deputy Head of the Junior School, Mrs Melissa Watters, who will be presenting on the Core Curriculum of the Junior School. Please join us at 7 pm on the top floor of the Macindoe Research Centre.
We are holding a special workshop on Sleep on Wednesday 3 May, for students in the day and parents in the evening. Parents can register online here.
And after a highly successful tour in the recent holidays, our Year 11 students will be hosting the Vietnam Trivia Night. They will be discussing and raising money for Ba Vi Orphanage, where many have recently served.
IGSSA Cross Country Carnival is on Friday 12 May, the day before our Open Day and Fair.
Come one, come all to this highlight of the school year. Open Day and Fair is a marvellous event. I wish to thank our P & F for organising the day in such a highly effective manner. It is compulsory for all students. I urge all parents to get involved. Click here for more information.
So a warm welcome to Term 2.
There are some wonderful things to celebrate from the holidays. Our Year 11 students represented us very well in Vietnam. Our Chinese students were exceptional on their tour.
And at the World Student Public Speaking Championships all four of our students – Kelsey Lu, Lina Bang, Jade Lin and Eleanor Lawton-Wade, were magnificent. Jade finished fourth in the championships in Debating and Eleanor finished fifth overall. Stunning results. To top it off Eleanor found out whilst involved in this that she finished ‘Top of the World’ in her Cambridge Physical Sciences examination – that is, equal first out of 11000 schools worldwide. This is no small feat and our hearty congratulations go to her.
I had a lovely experience on Monday 24 April. I was able to announce the birth of our third grandchild – Audrey Maya Van Heerden – to our daughter Tiffany and her husband Neil.
All the best for the term ahead.
Dr Paul Burgis