“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.” - Anon.
As the 2005 school year draws to a close and end-of-year exams approach, many Year 12 boys in particular will be feeling pressured and anxious. Boys in younger years will also be feeling a certain level of stress. With only weeks to go, the critical thing now is to encourage the boys to have a positive attitude. A good night’s sleep and a delicious meal are probably more important than last minute all-night cramming.
For those leaving school, whatever the outcome, there will be new opportunities to explore and challenges to meet. Some boys will be thrilled with their results and others will be seeking our support and guidance as they determine the way forward with their available choices. With so many courses now on offer, and the growing interest in a ‘gap’ year, it’s important to emphasise that for everyone there’s always an avenue open.
The fundraising activities for the Scotch College/World Vision Kapumfi project are well on track and to date the school has raised in excess of $90,000. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families and the various school auxiliaries who have contributed to this wonderful effort, particularly on Family Day.
We are delighted that Mr Paul Newnham, Youth and Churches State Co-ordinator for World Vision, has accepted our invitation to be guest speaker at the Scotch Parents’ Association AGM on Monday, 7 November, 2005. Paul will give parents a further insight into the Kapumfi project. If you would like to attend the AGM, could you please advise Sara Wilson via email: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, 4 November 2005.
Family Day again provided us with some amazing athletic action, with the House Athletics Championship ultimately being won by Littlejohn and Luke Williams winning the Scotch Flyer. The boys had the added advantage this year of being able to perform to the beat of ‘Scotch on the Rocks’, who entertained us all against the weather odds. The Lithgow Centre hosted an incredible display or artwork from all the senior boys and I hope that most of you had a chance to wander through the centre and marvel at their creativity.
President Scotch Parents Association
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