Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy and healthy 2023.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I am not sure whether it is just me or if the years are passing by more quickly.It is hard to believe that the school year is drawing to a close and that Christmas and 2023 are just around the corner.

With only a week of school remaining I find myself reflecting on the school year that was; one that has continued to challenge at times, but one nevertheless that has again highlighted our strength as a community. This is one of the many aspects that I love about Walford; our connection, genuine care for each other and our support for others.

In 2022 our Walford girls have continued to immerse themselves in a wide range of activities that have complemented their academic program.  They have camped, sailed, kayaked, debated, run, jumped, swam, completed in an array of sporting activities, sung, acted – you name it they’ve done it, online and face2face, pivoting when necessary. We have participated in poetry, story writing and Maths/Science competitions and continued to raise money for a variety of charities including KickStart for Kids. Their commitment and dedication to whatever they apply themselves is to be congratulated and their willingness to think beyond self and of others is one of the outstanding attributes of a Walford girl.

Our Year 12s have completed their exams and now look forward to their summer break and contemplating what lies beyond Walford. As Old Scholars, they are reminded that they are now connected to a worldwide network that will always support them. They go with our love, our blessing and are well prepared for what lies beyond our school gates. To the families whose time at Walford concludes in 2022, thank you for your support and working in partnership with us over many years. Please stay in touch.

Of course, our students’ experiences and activities would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of Walford’s staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank them all for their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to ensuring the social, emotional and academic well-being of our students. They are a diverse and talented group of educators and administrators who are a privilege to work with. My thanks to them for everything they do, often unseen but very much appreciated.

To those members of staff who leave us, some to pursue other interests or careers; those taking leave to begin families or those retiring, I wish you good luck and a prosperous future and look forward to you remaining part of our extended Walford community.

Madame Marlene Jarema, Mrs Sue Curtis, Mr David Hermann, Mrs Jan Tregenza, Mrs Margo Hanka, Madame Alison McCall, and Mrs Mandy Chalmer will retire after well over 150 combined years of loyal and dedicated service. We wish them well in their retirement.

Ms Mellony Semmler, Ms Kelsey Piltz, Ms Rhoda Conway, Reverend Dr Josephine Armour, Ms Jessica London, Ms Anna Puckridge leave us to pursue other opportunities, and Ms Terri Moore, Mrs Aly Roberts complete their contracts.

In the New Year we will welcome a number of new members of staff to Walford, including our new Principal Dr Deb Netolicky and I look forward to introducing them to you.

Finally, thank you to you – for your support of our students and programs during the year, whether it be assisting with homework, excursions, drop off and pick up from Sport or helping to learn spelling words or listening to reading.  We sincerely appreciate everything.

I hope to see you all at one of our end of year events – the Special Awards Ceremony or perhaps our Service of Lessons and Carols; this will be an occasion to celebrate as we come together as a community. There will be a cash collection towards the end of the service for Catherine House.

It is a privilege to work with your girls and be part of this community.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Here’s to 2023, our 130th year!

Mandy Hore
Deputy Principal