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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 15 Nov
The Blue, Black and Gold Ball was a wonderful occasion on Saturday night. Once again the event was very well supported by the wider school community with almost 300 in attendance. It was particularly good to see the number of old boys and girls who were present. The traditional photo on the stairs was incredible. Gordon Larkings (President of the OBGA) and Tess McPhee (Vice President of the OBGA) welcomed the past students and the newest members of the OBGA, the Year 12 of 2017, into the OBGA Association.

The Pipes and Drums provided much of the entertainment under the leadership of Gil McKenzie and Drum Tutor Millaine Longmore (Old Boy and School Captain 2011). They entertained the audience with a wide range of pieces which were well received by all present. Our Highland Dancers are going from strength to strength under the leadership of Mrs Kim Durie who has been working with our dancers for the last three years. This year, both the Senior and Junior Troupes performedaccompanied by Gil MacKenzie and the Pipes and Drums.

I wish to acknowledge the tireless work of Mrs Belinda Boshier for her organisation of the Blue, Black and Gold Ball, ably assisted by Mrs Michelle Simcock and the team of helpers who assisted with the set up on Friday afternoon.

The academic year is rapidly drawing towards its finale with Year 7-10 Examinations concluding this week. Of course, many wonderful educational opportunities will take place over the next few weeks as curriculum programs are completed and excursions take place for some units of work. The Senior School students have been very busy preparing for the House Drama Competition on 24 November and the Junior School students have been preparing for their School Musical to be held on 30 November. The Year 6 Graduation Dinner on Wednesday 29 November is another highlight for students and their parents too.

The Cadet Ceremonial Parade and Carols at Karralee Garden promise to be wonderful occasions on Thursday 7 December from 4.30pm. I encourage strong support for these whole school events that represent so much that is important about our school. Our Cadet leaders are busy preparing Year 7 students for the Cadet Ceremonial Parade and Mr Gittins and Mrs Garland are working to prepare a wonderful Christmas celebration at the front of the school.

I wish to commend Year 11 for the way they have embraced the opportunity to take a strong lead in theSchool. Many of the new Prefects and Program Leaders have made a real impact already and their presentations on Assembly have been impressive. I particularly wish to acknowledge the outstanding Remembrance Day Service lead completely by the students under CUO Julia Ross and RSM Jaimie Balske. Once again the Catafalque Party were impressive too as they set the tone for the occasion through their respectful demeanour and attention to excellence in presentation. I also wish to commend the Junior School students for the proud way they sang the National Anthem. I think the older students can learn a great deal from our younger students in terms of the pride we should show as we sing our National Anthem. This is something we will work on in preparation for Speech Day!

I will be absent from School from Wednesday 15 November until Friday 23 November. Please refer any matters which would normally come to me, directly to Ms Tracey Leaf (Head of Senior School) or Mr Anthony Roohan (Head of Junior School). I am visiting China during this time with a small delegation of Heads of School and Educational Agents. This recruiting and promotional trip to China is to meet educational agents and prospective parents and students. It is also a fact finding trip to consider the possibility of setting up a separate educational ELICOS Centre. ELICOS is an acronym for English Language Intensive Centre for Overseas Students. Should such a centre eventuate, it would bring many wonderful benefits to the school.

2018 OPEN DAY PROGRAM- Bathurst Campus

Monday, October 16, 2017 16 Oct
11.15am Pipes and Drums Display
11.30am Senior School Tour
11.30am Junior School Tour
11.45am Cadet Unit Display
12.00pm Headmaster's Address
12.30pm Pipes and Drums Display
12.45pm Senior School Tour
12.45pm Junior School Tour
1.00pm Yrs 5 -9 Highland Dancing
1.15pm Cadet Unit Display
1.30pm Boarding House Tour

Other Displays
Pre-Kindergarten Classroom- Cooerwull House
Kindergarten- Cooerwull House
Performing Arts –Performing Arts Centre
Visual Arts Room

Something to Eat
Aikman Hall: Morning and afternoon tea
The Green: BBQ lunch (Parents' & Friends' Assoc)
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Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6
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