Another school year is rapidly drawing to a close. For our students, our message is ‘to be here, be on time and to give your very best effort’. And this goes to all of our students; our best prepared, to those who are tracking well and to others who feel a little behind where they should be.
Our staff are providing many opportunities for our senior students to continue to come into school (after school or when they go on study leave), to support them in achieving additional credits, for external exam preparation and Scholarship work. I encourage our students to engage with these sessions. The vision of our school remains clear: we want ‘personal excellence for global success’ for each and every one of our learners. We acknowledge that this success looks different for each of us; but at this stage, there is no substitute for hard work.
We recently held our annual Alumni Day and what a success it was. When former students, spanning four decades, want to come back to our school and show their pride in their association with us, it is very humbling indeed. The sporting fixtures were competitive. The old boys and girls took out the trophy demonstrating that youth is not always a perfect substitute for experience!
On a personal note, I witnessed Long Bay College pride and the strong sense of belonging we engender in our students when I met with our international alumni in Korea and Japan recently. It was pleasing to see so many students wanting to connect with us in their homelands and to share their experiences of their time at Long Bay College with us (including their stories of their favourite teachers). For me, a highlight was meeting Kiyotaka Dehashi, a young man I taught at Long Bay College in 2001. He is now married with a young daughter and has a successful career. It was great to share stories and memories and to see what a positive impact our community has had on this 35 year old man. I would like to invite our 2019 school leavers to stay in touch with us by completing our Alumni form here.
Mr CJ Healey