From the Principal

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It certainly has been a busy couple of weeks.  Our recent ​​thanksgiving evening was an opportunity to recognise all those who support our College.  It was also our chance, in a more informal setting, to meet together as staff, parents and volunteers to celebrate our achievements as a community.  Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

An event was held on Sunday for past pupils of the College.  Almost 200 past and present student and staff members attended on the day.  Comments received have included: 

Thank for a wonderful day on Sunday. How special it was to reconnect with so many of my school friends.

Thank you for the lovely afternoon to mark San Sisto's 60th year.  It was a privilege to be back at the school after so many years and to revel in the company of so many fine women.  Congratulations to the organising committee, and to the school, for the work that was put in to create such a warm and welcoming event.

We are grateful for the work of the organising committee to ensure that this day was such a success and to the current students and staff who attended to support this worthwhile initiative.

Seeking and appreciating excellence is the habit of spirit for this week.  This habit is about excellence in all areas of life and does not only centre on the notion of being excellent but instead on the journey in the pursuit of excellence.  Excellence is about your current ability versus your maximum potential.  It is ultimately inward focused and is about setting a high standard and focusing on being as good as you can possibly be. 

In the life of a school, the time closest to the end of term and when exams are looming, can be periods when students say that they feel ‘stressed’.  This is especially notable as girls’ progress through their senior phase of learning.  We as a staff recognise their commitment to their studies and continue to be concerned for their welfare.  Our goal is to encourage the shift in thinking from being perfect to seeking excellence.   This can make all the difference in alleviating stress and thus living ones’ life with passion.  We encourage our girls to present high quality work rather than immaculate work.  We ask that they excel in their studies to achieve at their best and are proud of their accomplishments.

The Year 12 students have worked diligently in their studies over the past two years and have embraced the challenge of the external exam block. It may be timely to remind your daughter that you are delighted with her achievements.  Her best effort will be evidence of application to her studies as she travels her journey in the pursuit of excellence.

God’s blessing for the week ahead, 
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Shelley Hamilton
Principal​