Campus News

Building to a Crescendo…

Some schools may slow down a little towards the end of the academic year but, here in Darwin, the action just keeps on coming!

Last week’s annual VCAL Art Exhibition was an absolute highlight and saw many of our senior Indigenous students displaying a broad range of locally inspired art. Paintings, didgeridoos, woodwork, postcards and visual stories of communities adorned our Assembly Hall.

Students drew inspiration from their own cultures and home lives and produced amazing work. While the crowds enjoyed the artwork, other students played in the band or served delicious food. It was quite a magical experience with so much talent on show.

Junior School held their inaugural House Public Speaking Competition with performers from all year levels speaking in polished and well-prepared monologues. That evening, students also ‘busted some moves’ at the Junior School Disco which was very well attended by students and staff, with some sound support from parent volunteers.

This week, we began celebrating our high academic achievers with Semester 2 Awards presented to Years 5 to 12 at special formal assemblies. We have followed the Haileybury tradition of awarding Colours and Merits to those who have demonstrated strong and consistent learning.

Planning is well advanced for our final week Christmas Concerts for ELC students and the Junior School. The centrepiece of our end to the year is the Speech Night which will be held at Darwin Convention Centre tonight, Monday 6 December.

This wonderful event showcases our Orchestra, Choirs, Percussion Ensembles and School Musical and celebrates our top academic achievers across the year. Important awards are also presented for the House champions, Sport achievers and significant contributors to social justice initiatives.

We are also preparing for 2022 with Up Day welcoming many new students and families for a full day of induction and classes from ELC and Transition through to Year 7. Our School remains full of action, learning and excitement until the very last day!

Andrew McGregor

Principal, Haileybury Rendall School