September 6, 2019

The Gift of Our Time

Being an educator is an incredible privilege and I delight in letting anyone who will listen know that it is the best job in the world.

Educators share with parents the wonderful responsibility of supporting young people to grow and become compassionate young citizens, that understand the responsibility to build a more just and sustainable world. One of the joys of my role is attending events where our students demonstrate their learning, and I particularly appreciate those events where parents are also present.

Our Father’s Day Breakfast each year is a real delight! After a quick breakfast there is the Ormiston Soccer and the Senior School Basketball match between girls and their fathers. There is no end of fun on the court and a perpetual cup to be won. Distractions are sometimes employed like hugging fathers and congratulatory ‘high fives’!

Recently our children loved showing their parents their artwork at the Ormiston Art Show and older girls were so proud when their parents attended the sporting matches and Celebration of Sport Dinner to also acknowledge achievements.

The quality of our music program is also outstanding – influenced by the number and range of abilities of students who participate and the expertise of the staff who enable the presentation of truly outstanding pieces. Our students practice every week to master their pieces for music events.  At our recent Festival of Music concert, all the parents I spoke to indicated that they would happily pay to attend such a high calibre performance and shared with me gratitude for the incredible work of staff.

So why focus on this in my editorial? On many of the occasions I have spoken of, many parents do not attend. Many drop their daughters off at events and return 1-2 hours later to pick them up.

Whilst I know we all lead busy lives, for those who do not engage with their daughters in these events, it is time to reconsider. As adults, one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the gift of our time. Our daughters regularly demonstrate their excellence, and in doing this demonstrate their commitment, their struggles and their growth. They show us who they are, and who they are becoming, and it is important as adults that we appreciate this.

As parents we can never get time back. We can never again experience that performance, or that moment that we missed. That sheer joy and connection.

These are the special times in our lives in this busy world. Where better to find joy and meaning in our lives than with our children?

With best wishes,

Debbie Dunwoody



I am delighted to announce that the The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, accompanied by Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, has accepted our invitation to attend our Centenary Commencement Ceremony to be held on Tuesday 11 February 2020 commencing at 10.45am.  This special occasion will be a wonderful event to launch our celebrations.

All parents and guardians are most welcome to attend. Additional information regarding this event will be sent closer to the date.