During the holidays we witnessed a positive end of the year for the Geelong Football Club in convincingly taking out the AFL grand final. I was grateful for a win by my own club – Carlton – with Patrick Cripps being awarded this year’s Brownlow Medal, which certainly brought a smile back after missing the finals by less than a percent!
We were also privy to the final days of mourning of Queen Elizabeth II, with wonderful tributes of her life throughout the media and her telecast funeral. She certainly had a life well lived.
I sincerely hope that during the holiday period our students were able to spend quality time with friends and family and I have enjoyed witnessing the enthusiasm and smiles as they have returned this week.
As the countdown begins for our Year 12 students in preparation for examinations, end of year celebrations and future endeavours, I am reminded of a quote from a movie that I have often disagreed with: ‘Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end.’ I prefer: ‘All endings are also beginnings.’
This year we have been able to celebrate a significant time back in the classroom after two years of interrupted onsite schooling. Our students have been given the opportunity to reconnect, rebuild and the excited anticipation of ‘in person’ end-of-year events is palpable. I encourage our Year 12 students to take it all in, to enjoy these precious final weeks and to end their schooling positively.
My well wishes to all our students, families and wider Gippsland Grammar Community as we all enter the final term. May we work well, grow well and finish well in preparation for a new year.