Hello again everyone. Welcome to the James Ruse “old boys club” to the Class of 2009 and congratulations on your results achieved in your HSC. You did yourselves, your families and of course your school and teachers proud. I am sure you are still finding your way around your “brave new world” in whatever you are now pursuing in 2010 so good luck and best wishes in all your endeavors and as one of my teachers wrote on my last day at Ruse: Be careful where you tread as life is like snow, your footprints will be seen, albeit only for a short time.
Now, having been part of the education sector for 6 months, my attention has been drawn to the recent media coverage of Governments’ introduction of schools “league tables” and to the effectiveness or otherwise of the Building the Education Revolution (BER) stimulus package. In spite of the derision in the media and by the respective opposition political parties on both these issues I can only hope that both these initiatives achieve their ultimate objectives of continually improving education delivered in better schools facilities for all. I can certainly attest that the special needs children here at the Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and those children with similar needs supported by us at other independent “main stream” schools across Sydney are already benefiting greatly from our BER funded programmes.
“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then, this parting was well made” (Julius Caesar, Act V)
Till next time.
Paul Harris (1979)
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