For many of us, school has become so much more than a place of work or of teaching and learning. It has become an important part of who we are. We attend Chapel to praise our Lord and be quiet in his presence. We laugh out loud and share each other’s joy. We share each other’s heartache and hard times. We have become and now are a tightly knit community.

As teachers we experience this every day. We are blessed that we can do what we love and see the wonderful people our girls grow into! Our girls are at the heart of what we do at Danebank and all of our many activities, events and offerings are designed to help them grow into their best selves.

One joy we are all sharing in at the moment, is the many varying opportunities we have as a community to again meet face-to-face. We recently welcomed 300 Junior School mums to our campus for a Mother’s Day celebration. We had a community focus group with another scheduled for 31 May, we hosted an Open Morning and a Pre-K information evening, and we are planning an information evening for future Year 7 students and their parents next Friday evening (Twilight Discovery).

Our students are now also able to enjoy incursions and excursions, with our Life Skills girls and their teachers returning from their camp on Wednesday and Junior students and their mums from the mother-daughter camp last weekend. Da Vinci Decathlon, ICAS competition, parent-teacher interviews, arts excursion to Cockatoo Island, a Paul Dillon presentation to senior students and parents about drug and alcohol use, a wonderful variety of Saturday sport … so many community-building activities that we have come to deeply appreciate anew.

After one such excursion, Year 5 and 6 attended Frozen The Musical, I received this delightful message from a member of the public and am sharing this with you for your encouragement:

To the Principal,

My family and I were fortunate enough to attend the matinee performance of Frozen The Musical this past Wednesday, May 12. Also attending was a large number of students from your school. 

I am writing to tell you how impressed I was with each and every student I saw. They were all smartly presented and were polite, kind and courteous to everyone around them. 

Congratulations on your efforts in moulding such impressive young ladies. You as a Principal, your teaching staff, administrative staff, and the parents of the students, should be commended and proud. 

It was truly a pleasure to see the young ladies and briefly chat with some of the teachers accompanying them. 

I hope you have a wonderful day. 

It is a joy to be part of this community.