27 Sep 2019

Message from the Principal

Celebrating our Moments

Winter Fair

Throughout human history, people have come together to celebrate, communicate and connect. It serves to mark special times in the year and break up the normal rhythm of life. At KGV, we are planning to reignite our School Fair as a point of celebration and connection for our community. The School fair will serve to:

  • Be a celebration of learning in our school
  • Build connections with parents and alumni
  • Create and sustain relations with the broader community
  • Showcase student talent and leadership

So on Saturday 7th December 2019 from 4pm to 7.30pm, we are excited to announce we are holding our ‘Winter Fair’ at KGV. The event will be centred on a concert under the stars which will showcase our school musical groups (Jazz Band, Choirs, Orchestra, Soloists, Staff performances and huge choir involving all year 7 students).

A major theme at the Winter Fair is to ‘celebrate giving and unity in our community’ with a specific focus on our ‘Helper’ community and their contribution to the lives of our students and families. We are encouraging our students to seek permission to bring along their ‘Helper’, buy them dinner at one of our many planned food stalls and then encourage them to enjoy the show.

Entry is free, and there will be a range of food, merchandise and activity stalls both run by local businesses and our students. Please put the School Fair down in your diary for Saturday 7th December 2019 from 4pm to 7.30pm.

95th Annual Speech Night

Last evening we held our 95th Annual Speech Night in our historic KGV Hall. We moved the event back to an evening time slot with a strong representation by parents and community with over 500  in attendance. The night was a wonderful celebration of student achievement and a showcase for the diversity of talent that exists in our school.

Our school plays a key role in providing opportunities for all students to be the best they can be and to find something that they are really ‘remarkable’ at. I think great schools deliver on two essential elements

  • Firstly, they ensure all students learn the academic content and skills through the subject disciplines to a high level. This provides students with the knowledge, skills and grades needed to gain entry and be successful at the tertiary level of education;
  • Secondly, great schools provide opportunities for students to discover and grow their passions. All students can be really good at something, and finding this interest and growing this expertise makes all students just that little bit more remarkable and gives them confidence and resilience in other parts of their life.

As American psychologist Abraham Maslow stated, “A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.”

Thank you to all parents and community partners who attended the evening and thankyou to Vice Principal Tim Carrell, Scarlett Ip, Eugenia Lui, Yasmeen Ashraf, Alex Carlile, Willie Chan, Rex Chow, Maurice Del Rio, Elaine Fung, William Goldring, Joann Law, Martyn Minns, Stephanie Shum, Kevin Tong and the janitorial team.

Kind regards

Mark Blackshaw
King George V