What a start to Term 2!

It was a joy see our students enliven our campus when they returned last week. It was also exciting to launch the 2023-2025 Strategic Plan with our community, which builds on Walford’s legacy of providing an outstanding, forward-thinking education for girls and young women, in a close-knit environment of moral courage, deep care and appropriate challenge. On Monday 24 April, staff began work on planning the implementation of the four strategic pillars of Big Hearts, Bright Minds, Bespoke Pathways, and Bold Futures, so that we can support each student to achieve her best, her way.

We welcomed teachers Gabriel Azpilcueta, Wendy Dowd, Duncan Fairweather, Emma Gibson and Lauren Rulfs, and new Chef Manager Anthoney Bignell-Burge; and we farewelled staff member Hayley Youels who has taken up the role of Enrolments Registrar at St Dominic’s Priory College.

On Anzac Day I attended the Unley RSL Anzac Day Dawn Service, accompanied by Head of Senior School Ms Georgie West and our School Captains. Captain Lara read the Lord’s Prayer and was later joined by Vice Captain Ava to lay a wreath on behalf of the School. Last Thursday we were able to honour Anzac Day in a whole school service.

Congratulations to the Student Council who raised $2745.85 for the GO Foundation through their Lent Campaign. They are additionally asking for gold coin donations to see if they can top this amount up to over $3000, which would provide scholarships for the primary schooling of two Indigenous students.

My best wishes go to the 41 students and four staff attending Generations in Jazz to compete in the Division 2 competition this weekend, and to our Year 10s who are on camp next week.

I look forward to connecting with our community at various times during this term’s event-packed calendar.

Deborah Netolicky