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.

I’m sure that anyone who attended the Lowther Hall annual Carols Service last night at St Paul’s Cathedral will agree that we are truly blessed to have a school capable of producing such beautiful singing and creating such a special occasion. The girls, as always, made me incredibly proud as they lifted their voices together in song with great enthusiasm. An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to the service, particularly our Director of Choral and Voice, Ms Joanne Carroll, whose repertoire choices and training of the choirs are second to none!