Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52Quarterly magazine of The Peninsula School 22 A Global School Leadership in Jaffray House “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, of creating things new” Antoine de St Exupery IN Term 3, as we start to look to the end of the Boarding House journey for many students, it is appropriate to reflect on what has been achieved as we hopefully arrive at ‘bon port’ (safe harbour!). This year we welcomed several new faces into our community and they quickly immersed themselves into various facets of School life, be it the lunchtime basketball games organised by Ms Griss and MC’s by messieurs Barlow and Walters, the Outdoor Ed or School camps or the wonderful Drumbeat performance. Special mention needs to be made of our youngest boys, Caine and Philip from Darwin and remote Western Australia. These boys showed amazing tenacity and perseverance in making the most of the opportunities afforded to them and it was pleasing to see how welcome they were made to feel by the Middle Years staff and students. A lot of ink flows on the topic of leadership in relation to the boarding journey, sometimes in reference to the most extroverted or loudest person! Our Head Boy of Jaffray House, Colin Chen, has been an exceptional leader this year. Colin is a fantastic example of the benefits that can be derived from an international education. He has openly and willingly immersed himself in his experience here at The Peninsula School, learning about Australian culture whilst at the same time extracting every ounce of academic ability from within himself. Colin has led his peers by example, quietly and confidently guiding the way through his actions as much as his words (as he is a man of few words!). One particular highlight remains his willingness to stay and engage with the TOPSA Executive (mostly tall and loud men who can daunt the hardiest of souls!) at the table until well past dinner time. Similarly, it was pleasing to see local students respond to Colin’s invitation to join us at our recent Rio theme night in the Commons kindly organised by Alliance caterers. The boys also enjoyed continued improvements to their facilities including some refurbishments of their bathrooms, welcoming a new music sound system replacing the old military style bell as well as additional foosball and air-hockey table games in the recreational room. Providing quality residential services in the 21st Century requires commitment, energy, enthusiasm and most of all dedication. This is not possible without good staff and sound policies. A big thank you therefore must be given to Jaffray House staff and the large contingent of people behind the scenes who help care for our boys: Nurses, Counsellors, Year Coordinators, Careers Counsellors, Maintenance, Heads of Schools, Admin support and Exec. All came together to work as a team throughout the year displaying flexibility and solidarity in supporting each other so as to cater as best as possible to the students’ varying needs. Everyone is clearly devoted to their roles and see it as more than ‘just a job’. We farewell and thank a number of staff this year. Neil Morison departs for his new venture as Head of Boarding at Nhulunbuy, servicing remote indigenous children from Arnhem land and Anne Foster also leaves us to focus on her career as a dedicated classroom teacher. Both Neil and Anne greatly complemented our resources with their attributes and skills and we wish them the very best with the exciting opportunities ahead. We look forward to continuing this work of improvement into 2017. Chris Menagé Head of Jaffray House