Term Four is flying by. No sooner did we farewell our Year 12 students last week as they completed their final week of schooling prior to their exams and final assessments, than we celebrated the incredible level of expertise in the Elly Angel poetry entries this week.The Poetry Award evening was a celebration of students from Middle School and Senior School expressing their life and love of poetry with the Kormilda community. Thanks to our judge, author Di Lucas, who had the difficult task of actually choosing between the poems for winners. Congratulations to all who participated, I really enjoyed each and every poem. Di made the point that many of them could be put to music so I look forward to this possibly being an option next year.
Our thoughts reach out to teacher Genevieve Thraves and our two Ambon participants from Year 10, Ben and Cooper, who are in their second week of an exchange trip to Indonesia, courtesy of the Mayor of Ambon and the Sister Cities committee of the Darwin City Council. They appear to be having a great time and we look forward to hearing more stories when they return. This leads me into our International student plans for 2016. Several provincial delegations have visited Kormilda College recently from Indonesia seeking a partnership in their quest for their students and teachers to have an Australian educational experience at the same time as improving their English. I have sent an invitation to all families to come to the College’s auditorium on Thursday 12 November at 6pm for our launch of our International Program. We are keen to hear of anyone interested in offering Homestay to an international student.
Our Primary School is attracting a record number of enrolments for 2016. We began the year with 51 students, and with the wonderfully positive, yet educationally challenging, environment led by Head of Primary, Louise Peyton, we will have more than doubled our numbers by the commencement of next year. But rest assured that we will continue to limit our class sizes to 20 students and limit our whole Primary School to two classes per year level so I expect that by mid next year we will have a waiting list. It is the quality educational experience that motivates us, and Louise and her team are doing just that. I thank them sincerely as our students will be well set up for their learning journey through our International Baccalaureate world school.
In conclusion, may I wish our Year 12 students all the very best as they work through their final weeks of exams and assessments. I congratulate both you and your parents for the combined effort required in successfully achieving Year 12 and look forward to our end of year celebrations at the Awards evening on 25 November at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, and the Valedictory dinner on Friday 27 November. Today we celebrate World Teachers Day and I feel certain that you will especially be in the hearts and thoughts of our senior school teachers as you approach the finish of your secondary learning journey.