A Message from the Director of Co-Curricular - Week 10, Term 1 2019 - Cranbrook School

A Message from the Director of Co-Curricular - Week 10, Term 1 2019

04 Apr 19 by Dr Luke Gilmour - Director of Co-Curricular

This term has again seen the ovals, courts, stage, rehearsal studios and streets of Sydney alive with the sound of our Cranbrook boys engaged in the multitude of opportunities available to them through our Co-Curricular programs. In reflecting on the many successes experienced by our boys I do want to thank all staff involved in the Summer Sport program, the Senior Production of Buckets, the Easter Concert with St Catherine’s, Debating, Chess, Duke of Edinburgh, Production, Student Marketing, Open Studios and Service Learning.

Our Headmaster, Mr Sampson, shares a vision of the co-curricular and pastoral programmes forming a ‘virtuous circle of educational engagement which builds character and personality whilst sharpening the mind’. Similarly, our Head of Senior School, Mr Meakin,  also often comments that the delivery of co-curriculum programs has an incredibly strong pastoral and well-being foundation.  The opportunity to work with our talented staff beyond the classroom through a sequence of ‘conversations’ is invaluable.

As the term closes, I want to finally thank the boys for the way they have started the year across the co-curricular life of the school. Our boys have the opportunity to develop resilience as well as passion and perseverance through growing towards long-term goals – Professor Angela Duckworth talks about this as ‘Grit’ and her TED talk on this subject is worth a view. https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance  

I look forward to having a conversation with you on the sidelines, the concert hall or the bush trails. Have a safe and restful Easter.

Luke