Welcome back to the wonderful fourth term. It is a very exciting time, not only because of the lovely long evenings that mark the time of year, but also because we celebrate our 2015 Matriculants and it is the term of Trek. There is a palpable excitement in the air as students are consciously preparing for the various metaphorical and physical journeys they are about to undertake.
In the holidays our students were very busy on various tours – all of which were very successful. I was the fortunate recipient of many compliments about our students, especially those on the Music Tour and the Tennis Tour. In the main we have wonderfully polite, talented and special students at our College and it is rewarding to have your good parenting acknowledged by the general public. Manners still matter and it is wonderful when our young people behave in ways that make us all proud of them and concomitantly hopeful for the future. Vanbergh wrote, “The hardest job today is for kids to have manners because they don’t see any.” While he is cynical, I think there is some truth in his statement so it is particularly special that in spite of the lack of good manners generally, many of our students know when to behave.
On Monday it was International Teachers’ Day. And on Tuesday the Parents’ Association (PA) spoiled the teachers to a wonderful tea. Thank you to the PA for that unexpected and very special treat with which to start the term. We all felt affirmed and inspired by your kindness. Somerset College is blessed to have many good teachers and as education competition in the area increases we are reminded how fortunate we are to have the calibre and character of the teachers we do.
It is that time of year when we have Awards Evening where we honour the Matrics who have worked hard and contributed over the years. Awards often reflect the values of a school and it is important for younger students to understand what it is they are aspiring towards, not only academically, but also as people of character. It is a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate in the joy and success of another because then one can bask in that success too. Of course there are disappointments but therein lie lessons too and it is often from the harder lessons we learn the most. All in all, if we teach our children about success and failure and to celebrate our own success, as well as the success of others, then we have a winning formula. Please remember that the Awards Evening and the official induction of the Student Leaders on Thursday 16 October is compulsory for all students.
Enjoy the term – it is brief, it is frenetic and it is a high-octane demanding term which is utterly fabulous if you engage with all the many aspects of it.