From the Principal

18 October 2018

Taken from Thursday Times, T4 W1, 2018

Dear Parents

Welcome to Term 4 and if you did choose to take a break, I trust and hope it was a good one.

This week we celebrate and acknowledge our Year 12 students. The week culminates in an excellent valedictory ceremony and dinner. At both we acknowledge Year 12 students’ wonderful commitment to Pembroke, their triumphs and challenges and offer a rite of passage to become Pembroke old scholars. Of course, there are many exams and assessment tasks to be undertaken over the next five weeks and I wish all the students well with them. This time of the year presents great opportunities to consolidate knowledge and grasp the finer details of their learning. It’s the moment to put the finishing touches to many years of work. I wish all the Year 12s well and encourage them to make fruitful use of these last few weeks.

In this edition of Thursday Times we launch to our community the Pembroke School Strategic Plan. I would encourage you to view the full Strategic Plan online at: The School Board has set an exciting and vibrant agenda for the coming years and one that has a good mix of innovation, consolidation and improvement. The document is high level so does not pretend to be overly prescriptive, but underpinning it are considerable documents and research guiding their efforts. The Strategic Plan is also a document that is flexible, subject to review and able to adapt to challenges that may affect even the best laid plans. I commend the document to you.

The Parents' and Friends' Association have already got behind elements of the School’s strategic initiatives. All funds raised from the Long Lunch will contribute to the fit-out of the School's new Café, YELLOW SUBMARINE TOO. Yellow Submarine Too will offer young people with learning disabilities opportunities to participate in training and employment in a café environment supported by the Pembroke community for the benefit of all in the community. The café will also be a café for wider community access to great coffee, snacks and chat. It is anticipated that Yellow Submarine Too will open in late 2019. Funds raised from previous P&F events have underpinned incredible opportunities for students, just think of the outdoor setting and garden at Old Watulunga as an example, so it is a most worthwhile group to support and I hope to see you at the Long Lunch.

I do hope you enjoy this final term. There is plenty on.

All the best

Luke Thomson

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