The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…today our school commemorated Remembrance Day. According to the Australian War Memorial website, nearly 103,000 Australian men and women have died in war and peacekeeping operations. As a result of their sacrifice, we can be hopeful that those of us living today will never have to endure the horrors they experienced.
Whilst commemorating these sombre events can create feelings of sadness and distress (I have to confess, hearing the Last Post always makes me cry), acknowledging our history and creating traditions of remembrance, plays a critical role in the development of our culture.
History and tradition are also very important features of our RGGS community and student experience. Next week we have the opportunity to participate in school events that celebrate and showcase our students and community and contribute to the history and traditions of this great school.
Frank Sonnenberg in Follow Your Conscience, 2014, said traditions are important and represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our families and our society and remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today and who we are likely to become.
Traditions also create lifelong memories for our students and their families. I would like to congratulate our graduating Year 12 students as well as those who have achieved excellence in one or more areas and will be receiving an award on Speech Night. Importantly, I would also like to congratulate all students who have embraced their RGGS experience in 2021 and given their best effort across any domain. You should all be proud of your achievements this year – well done!
Acting Deputy Principal - Students