This year’s Oliebollen Festival, held last weekend, was a tremendous success.
My abundant and sincere thanks to the organising committee and to school council for all their work in organising such a wonderful day of celebration for our community and honouring the spirit of our founders.
The Oliebollen Committee members are Ingrid Hartog, Kristina Parnham, Michelle Tromp, Elisa Severini, Carina Van der Kley, Lisa Cosentino, Sarah Marchioli, Anna Stam, and Trina Mangels.
Our school council members are Jeff Rivendell, Gen Muenchhagen, Elisa Severini, Stephen Hofman, and Neesha-Marie Hartog.
These parents make a significant difference in the lives of everyone in our school community. They have my thanks and appreciation for the visionary work that they undertake to enable events like Oliebollen and others to enrich our community.
There were a great number of parents and community members who laboured long and hard on the day. We are indebted to your enthusiasm in work and commitment to the vision of the school and the Festival’s place in it.
One initiative that brought joy and learning was the inclusion this year of student baristas, who served people throughout the day on Saturday. Several weeks ago, students undertook barista training. They worked to develop their skills during the co-curricular lesson by making coffee for the staff. Each student received feedback on their coffee creation via an online survey. Under the guidance of Pat and Anna Stam, confidence and skill developed quickly. The students were in no doubt of the delight their work brought staff as they were awaited with eager anticipation and met with great enthusiasm. A simple activity that connected staff and students in a most affirming and encouraging manner.
We congratulate the exceptional achievement of Caleb Boonstra who has been awarded the Australian Defence Force Academy’s (ADFA) Education Award for 2019. This is a very sought-after award with only two being presented in Tasmania this year, and as such, is a commendation of the highest order for Caleb.
I extend my thanks to all the parents, students and staff who completed the satisfaction surveys in recent months. I received these yesterday and they are very encouraging and informative. This feedback is vital for us to understand your perceptions. It is only one measure of our seeking to understand the experiences of members in our community. In the coming weeks, at the commencement of next term, it is my intention to have some focus group meetings with parents to further clarify the reasons for particular answers. I look forward to making these connections in a relaxed and conversational manner. The details of these meetings will be communicated early next term.
Iain Belôt – Principal