It is always exciting to return to school after a term break and in Term 4 this is especially the case with the energy that Spring brings. This week started with an inspiring day in which members of the teaching staff shared their reflections on learning they have each been doing over the year – action research regarding best practice classroom teaching, informed through peer observation, data collection and extensive reflection and reading. We are fortunate at Lowther Hall to have a committed team of professional teachers who lead the way in learning for our girls.

Term 4 began today with our annual Prep and Year 12 Rose Giving Ceremony! Each year, our Year 12 girls give seeds to the Prep girls, who in turn give a yellow rose - to symbolise the growth of all girls during their time at Lowther Hall.

​We invite you to visit us on our 'School Tours Day', Saturday 13 October! Be guided around our campus by Lowther Hall students, with tours starting at 9.30am for Years Kinder to 12, and 11am for Years 7 to 12.

Lowther Hall won the 'Marketing and Communications Campaign' Award for Excellence at the Educate Plus Conference Awards in New Zealand recently! We won for the way in which we launched our New Academic Wardrobe in 2017. The awards were open to hundreds of schools across Australia and New Zealand. Well done to all students and staff who participated in the launch campaign last year.

​I know that those of you who attended the Annual Music Concert on Wednesday evening will agree that we were treated to a wonderful night of music with outstanding performances from our bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists. It brings me an enormous amount of joy to see so many girls delighting in their music making and to reflect on the skills they have developed in working towards their performances.

​Political leadership in Australia at the moment could generously be characterised as somewhat mystifying at best and deeply embarrassing at worst. The backstabbing, power playing and internal bickering detracts from the truly important business of policy development and governing.

​A group of Year 5 Lowther girls were the youngest to speak at the National Council of Women of Victoria’s, ‘My Voice My Vote’ event at the Parliament of Victoria last week! They presented views on their chosen topic, ‘Gender Diversity in Leadership’ and interviewed local organisations and politicians in their research of this theme. Well done, girls!

​With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, I have been prompted to reflect on the important role dads have in the raising of daughters. My own dad, though not living at home with me and my mum from the time I was 7, played an important part in my development.

This week is Book Week and the School has been enlivened by workshops with authors, special book related activities and preparations for the big parade that will conclude the week on Friday.