Well it’s certainly been an eventful and emotional week at HCS! What’s new I suppose?!

After 13 years, our Year 12’s have spent their last week at school. For many it probably seemed like this day would never come and for others, it seemed like it came around all too quickly. They wanted to go out with a bang so they spent their final days, blowing off some steam, trying to relax and create as many memories as possible.

It started on Monday with a ‘friendly’ game of dodgeball. After a boys vs girls match, a Howchin and Cooper vs Sandison and Tate and a ‘goodies’ vs ‘baddies’ (those whoever got a detention from Mr Wall in Year 8), everyone looked sufficiently de-stressed.

On Tuesday they shared nibbles at lunch time. It was an opportunity to sit down and have a quiet moment with friends to reminisce on the memories they have made at HCS.

Wednesday, as we all know was a little stressful for everyone but we hope it was a good opportunity to get some extra cramming in for our Year 12’s…or extra time to prepare their costumes ready for the rescheduled dress up day!

The theme this year was ‘Aussie Icons’ and what icons we had! We had everyone from The Wiggles and Dorothy the Dinosaur to Steve Irwin and Bluey, even Vegemite made an appearance!

Friday came and it was time to say goodbye to school forever. For some, they now face 3 weeks of exams before true freedom and for others it’s a time to think about what the future holds. 

It was an emotional morning for many with a BBQ breakfast, followed by one final group photo and a moving speech from our Year 12 Leaders Marley and Makenzie packed with words of praise for their teachers, words of wisdom for next years seniors and plenty of memories they have shared together over the last 13 years.  

We wish them all the luck and success in the world as they take their first steps into adulthood and the rest of their lives. 

On Thursday in the rest of the High School we had the Arts Fundraiser raising money for our art department. Students could pay a gold coin donation to watch a Broadway performance on the big screen in our PAC during pastoral care and then join us outside at lunch time to have a go on our potter’s wheel and contribute to a legacy art piece. Resident Year 10 band Ritillix wowed the crowds once again with their amazing covers and the Year 12’s donated plenty of baked goods to sell for the event. The winner of our art themed raffle received a $100 Big W gift card, a copy of a HCS student artwork, art supplies and some sneaky lollies.

A huge thank you to our art leader Julie d’Lima, Tom Wall, John Sellar and Raf Godoy for helping put the event together and all the students who volunteered and donated!

In the junior school this week we were visited by Camp Quality for a puppet show! The puppets provided interactive cancer education that helps dispel common misunderstandings about cancer and deliver a shared language to facilitate cancer conversations.

The students and puppets discussed treatments and the side-effects of cancer, how to be supportive of someone facing cancer and the importance of recognising their own strengths and the power of positivity in an age appropriate way.

Our Year 5’s and 6’s were down at the beach today and managed to score the best weather of the week! They spent the day soaking up the spring rays in and around the water and I dare say it will be an early night for all!

In sporting news this week a current student and ex-student have been doing very week on the national volleyball stage.

Congratulations to Year 12 student Alex Boers who has progressed through the South Australian Sports Institute squads and has been asked to trial for the Australian Men’s Under 20 volleyball team who will be playing in the Asian Cup next year. Alex was one of only six South Australians selected and has spent the last few days at the Australian Institute of  Sport in Canberra and will be spending next week at a camp in Toowoomba preparing for the trail. Good luck Alex!

Another congratulations to past student Joshua Burrows who refereed at the recent Australian Youth Championships. Josh was voted as the best overall referee for the tournament, resulting in him officiating the gold medal match in a wonderfully controlled manner. What an achievement!

Finally this week we celebrate World Teachers Day! This year we’re saying “Hat’s off to teachers” to say thank you for all the incredible work they do throughout the year. Every day they inspire and support our students learning journey and today we got to celebrate them!

Check out our socials for a heart-warming video from our students for World Teachers Day 2023.

Speaking of teachers, let’s get to know one from our Junior School: