You may have noticed the French flag flying at the front of the School this week, alongside the New Zealand and Australian flags. This is in recognition of the fact that we are currently hosting our visitors from La Malgrange – our sister school in Nancy, France.

Welcome Back! As always it has been lovely to see all our staff, girls and families again as we commence Term 2. Yesterday I enjoyed hearing the Senior School girls cheer loudly as they participated in their House Athletics Carnival. It was a great day.

​How quickly Term 1 has gone by! Last Friday it was wonderful to join the Junior School girls at their House Athletics Carnival and to observe the high levels of participation and enthusiasm shown by all! Thank you to the staff and parent helpers who facilitated this day for our girls

I am sure that those of you who attended the Autumn Band Festival last night will agree that it was a fantastic concert with many highlights. All ensembles have obviously been working very hard during their short 6 weeks of rehearsals to bring us many toe tapping items as well as some more reflective, poignant moments.

I am writing this week from Sydney, where Ms Tracy Healy (Deputy Principal – Head of Senior School) and I are attending the “Future Schools” Conference. It has been stimulating to hear from international speakers about the various challenges that schools will face as we move into the future.

​It was great to see the many parents at the welcome evening last Friday night who took the opportunity to greet one another, speak to staff and make themselves known to the Year Level Representatives.

2015 marks 100 years since the landings at Gallipoli in World War I. Lowther Hall would like to commemorate this milestone by asking our School Community to share with us any family connection with WWI....

This week in Senior School I have enjoyed hearing the girls rehearsing their songs and scripts for the forthcoming House Performing Arts Competition in March. It is gratifying to watch girls across all year levels working together with focus and supporting their student leaders in the lead up to this event.

It has been wonderful to have some opportunities to connect with parents in the last few weeks – at Information Evenings, Junior School Learning Conferences and special events. The feedback that I receive from parents is very valuable in continuing to ensure that we provide the very best educational service to our girls and families. I do encourage you to feel free to make an appointment to see me any time through the year if you feel there are things that would be helpful for me to know. Please do not feel that you would be wasting my time! It is important to me that I know how things are going for you and your daughters.

2015 has started with a strong sense of purpose and a positive spirit palpable across all areas of the School. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces coming through the gates this week in anticipation of seeing friends, starting classes and beginning the adventure that will be 2015.