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Being an upstander
This morning’s Year 5 Cuthbert Fellowship focussed on being an 'Upstander.' Being an upstander is doing what is right. At times we are faced with issues, such as people picking on someone because they look different, speak another language or bullying. Our Cuthbert students explained that when we are faced with an ethical dilemma, we have two choices: One, walk away. Or two, speak up respectfully.

The students highlighted upstanders in our broader community, such as Adam Goodes and Kurt Fearnley, who are indigenous and disability advocates. Our Deputy Principal Bo Power spoke about the need for courage when being an upstander. Being an upstander is hard and challenging and you need to follow your gut instinct to identify when you need to be a courageous upstander. I have asked all students to have a conversation with their parents this weekend about what being an upstander looks and feels like for them.

Moana Jr. production
Get ready for a wave of talent! St Anne's Campus is thrilled to invite our wider community to the upcoming community event, our very own production of Moana Jr., set to dazzle audiences later this term. Our students have been hard at work both on stage and behind the scenes, dedicating their time and talents to bring this captivating story to life. Under the guidance of our Katie Germaine and Laura Evans, the cast and crew have been busy rehearsing every scene to ensure a spectacular performance. The excitement is building as the students are eager to showcase their passion and hard work in this musical adaptation, which features all the beloved songs and characters from the popular film. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing this magical experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to support our young performers and enjoy a night of entertainment and community spirit.
Dates: Wednesday June 12 and Thursday June 13
Times: 5pm and 7pm
Tickets: online at https://tickets.thewedge.com.au/event/345:1094/ or in person at The Wedge box office

House Cross Country
Trying weather conditions greeted our cross-country runners earlier this term. Cross-country events are challenging and require resilience and endurance. Our house event provided a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase these qualities in a supportive environment. The highlight for many was watching our Foundation students competing their event with their Year 6 buddy. Congratulations to our age champions and all those who competed on the day.

Age Champions
8/9 years: Lily Strachan and Hamish Alcock
10 years: Tabitha Coggan and Campbell Sellars
11 years: Estelle Yanez and Tom Williamson
12 years: Lylah Hiskins and Henri Duggan

House Results
1st: Cranswick Dargo
2nd: Wellington Binks
3rd: Blundell Bogong
4th: Tisdall Hotham

Community Events
Two recent community events have provided a wonderful opportunity for our campus families to come together to acknowledge and celebrate. 
We held our annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day earlier in the term, with more than 300 guests participating in our Fellowship, classroom visits and light lunch. Our guest speaker Susie Andrews entertained the audience with anecdotes of what our grandchildren teach us. Susie is an Old Scholar and grandparent of current students, Evie and Billy. Dean Keren also shared her insights and memories of her own grandmother. This is the biggest event on our St Anne’s social calendar and I would like to thank everyone who was able to make it on the day and to those who helped make it happen. Seeing all the grandparents and special friends interact with their grandchild reminds me that it takes a village to raise a child.

On May 10 we also held a special Fellowship and morning tea to acknowledge and celebrate our mothers and special friends in our community. Our Year 4 Kingsford-Smith students led our Fellowship, which included a humorous performance about the extra demands often put on our mothers. Bishop Richard shared his insights about the positive impact our mothers have. Having our choir and Moana Jr. cast perform a song from our upcoming musical made the Fellowship even more special.

Upcoming Events
May 20-21: Year 5 Sovereign Hill Camp
May 26 - June 3: Reconciliation Week
June 7: Student-free day
June 12-13: Moana Jr. production
June 21: Citizen of the Term

Jie Van Berkel

Head of St Anne's Campus