Guildford Grammar School
Term 1 Week 3
12 FEB 2020
Go Forward

Term 1 Week 3

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” E.E. Cummings

The occasion of my commissioning on Wednesday 5 February was both affirming and uplifting.  I extend my thanks to all in the Guildford Grammar School community who have welcomed me so warmly.  I have very quickly felt I belong to this fold.  This does not happen by accident; it is deliberate.  It comes through the many acts of kindness and thoughtfulness we all practice each day.  In the greetings, the open and friendly smiles we share, in the way we have regularly asked after each other’s wellbeing. 

In particular, I thank all of the students and staff who have been most patient with all of my questions and the occasional misunderstandings that naturally occur when one is new in the village!

It has also been a pleasure to meet with the Parents and Friends' Society members and Preparatory School parents this week, as well as hosting the first of my lunches with our Year 12 students.  Through these interactions, I will come to understand more of what makes Guildford Grammar School such a close and loyal community.

Celebrating Student Achievement

At this morning’s Senior School assembly it was my pleasure to present Academic Excellence Guild Prizes to our highest achieving students of 2019, including Dylan Caporn who was honoured as the Dux of VET 2019, as well as acknowledging the many successes of students receiving Darcy Slater, Council, Harry Campbell Pope, Go Forward, Calder Crowther and Music Scholarships.  In addition, the Junior and Intermediate Academic Honour Society 2019 Honour Roll recipients were also honoured.

Congratulations to the following 2019 students who were inducted into the Senior Academic Honour Society:
  • Benjamin Bozich
  • Aidan Crummey
  • Hamish Lyford
  • Zachary Matthews
  • Luke Osborne
  • Shine Saju
  • Ross Stone
  • Jack Sutton
Click here to view the full list of scholarship recipients for 2020
Click here to view members of the Junior Division of the Academic Honour Society
Click here to view members of the Intermediate Division of the Academic Honour Society

Legendary soccer player Pele once stated: “Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Our 2019 Year 12 students have achieved their wonderful results largely due to their commitment and hard work.  Learning is not a simple activity; however, it should be enjoyable, challenging and, ultimately, rewarding.  We must also acknowledge the hard work invested by the teachers, families and friends who have supported the students throughout their studies.  Congratulations to the following students who received an ATAR over 97.5:
  • Benjamin Bozich
  • Aidan Crummey
  • Ross Stone
  • Zachary Matthews
  • Luke Osborne
  • Shine Saju

A snapshot of the Class of 2019 reveals:
  • 76% of all Guildford Grammar School Year 12 students achieved an ATAR
  • 24 % of ATAR students achieved an ATAR above 90
  • A further 22% of students achieved an ATAR of between 80 and 89.95
  • The median ATAR of students applying for University was 80.35
It is important to note that 81 students were offered their First Preference for their University studies and 99 students were offered at least one preference for entry to University. These outcomes speak volumes about the excellent pathway planning our students receive whilst at school that supports them in their future endeavours.

I believe all of our 2019 Year 12 students have gained an education that has prepared them well for their futures and that their time at Guildford Grammar School has helped instil in them the values that will support them to be active decision-makers, problem-solvers and leaders and also people who care and have empathy for others.

John Carter (12Wb) and Sally Carter (10Wb) raced in the WA State Junior/U19 Track Cycling Championships last weekend. Both are in the first year of their category and performed superbly
John Carter
*  U19 men 1 km time trial - bronze
*  U19 men 100 lap points race - bronze
*  U19 men kieren - silver
Sally Carter
*  U17 women 500 m time trial - gold
*  U17 women 7.5 km scratch race - silver
*  U17 women match sprint - gold
*  U17 women 2 km individual pursuit - gold
Both John and Sally have been selected for the Western Australian Track Cycling team to contest the Nationals in Brisbane during March this year.
This weekend Matilda Hermann-Ralph (9He) competed in her first solo swim around the Busselton Jetty and came in the top ten for her age group as well as finishing the 3.6km open water swim in under an hour.

Congratulations to Eleanor Disselkoen (11St) who has made the National training kayaking squad. 




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