Banksia Campus Principal’s Report

Term 4 has been an extremely busy one with many events taking place across the College and students transitioning into their 2017 classes for during the Headstart program. Recent events which have taken place on Banksia campus include our recent RED assembly, when students from years 7-11 (2016) were presented with individual RED and sports awards for their positive efforts in maintaining the college core values and for representing the school at the state level in Tennis, Badminton, Athletics and Cross Country. At the same assembly the campus captains, Mitch Wood and Maleda Sok were presented to the campus and they in turn presented all level and house captains together with the student leadership group. Following the assembly, the leaders, award recipients and their parents met at a morning tea to celebrate the students’ achievements.

On Thursday November 24th, I had the pleasure of attending our second year 7 band night for 2016. The students were absolutely fabulous and the audience of over 100 could tell that our students have come a long way, musically, since their first concert. I congratulate our year 7 students and their instrumental teachers for their efforts in making the evening a memorable one.

On Friday, November 25th, we celebrated the 10th annual graduation of our “No Limits” program, which helps our students to develop their leadership skills and resilience in both boys and girls. Over the year, students have taken part in a series of activities, excursions and an overnight snow hike to the top of Mt Erica under the tutelage of our Chaplain/Youth worker Josh Rodriguez, our student wellbeing team members Patricia Simmons and Harlin Gandhok, Rob Coller, from the organisation YaFT and the team at our sponsors, 3 Fold Printing. It is always a great pleasure to see young people developing their leadership and social skills and I congratulate the Wellbeing team for their efforts in running the program of which a large part is held out of hours.

Last Thursday week, the SRC held a free dress day to raise funds for support programs in 2017. Students also participated in a lunch-time sausage sizzle and the band entertained us and students performed their favourite songs at the rear courtyard under the Angophora tree. It was one of those memorable student-driven events with great participation from all students.

The end of year program has been a great success this year and I thank Rob Juchnevicius and the many teachers who supported the programs and excursions provided to our students over the last week.
I wish you all a very safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to another successful year at Banksia in 2017.

Patrick Boyd
Campus Principal