Boys' School New Parents' Dinner
September 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Last night, JC Chalmers Hall was transformed to a dinner venue to welcome 103 guests for this year’s Roselle Foundation New Parents’ Dinner hosted by Principal, Mr Peter Cassie and the Boys’ School Development Committee. Families whose boys have started at Saint Kentigern during the course of this year were invited to join together with staff and other parents for an evening of socialising and fine dining.
While pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres were served, the Jazz Band played before Mr Cassie invited guests to take their seats. In his opening address he told the parents that, ‘Saint Kentigern is much more than just a school. Families are welcomed and encouraged to be involved - it’s a way of life based on a combination of values, tradition and excellence combined with innovative thinking and approaches that the future will demand. We want our boys, your sons, to be proud of themselves, their families and their school. By the time they leave us they will be prepared to take on board all challenges that life offers, with knowledge and confidence.’
Dinner was served at the table and all concurred that this was an excellent meal. Following the main course, this year’s Head Boy, the ever-cheerful Edward Wilkes, came to the stage to speak to the parents about the eight special years he has spent at Saint Kentigern. It would be hard to find a more passionate advocate for the School than this young man who has loved being a son of Kentigern and who will be proud to continue to wear the blue blazer when he moves on to the College next year.
Chairman of the Roselle Foundation, Michael Falconer was invited to speak. Michael has had two sons attend the school and is passionately committed to his sons’ place of learning. He told his fellow parents that he became involved with the Development Committee and the Roselle Foundation because he wanted to make a contribution back to the school that had provided such a positive foundation of care for his own boys. He said that fees were not enough to cover the major development projects and that the committee wished to establish a structure though the Roselle Foundation to create an on-going culture of giving; not one based on coercion but through a desire to help the school and its future generations. Foundation giving is an opportunity to support the school and to give our boys the best possible outcomes for learning.
In closing Mr Cassie thanked the principal sponsor, ANZ and the assistance received from Villa Maria, Palmers and Ecoya candles. He also thanked Mrs Sue Bowskill and Mrs Karyl Kidd from the Roselle Foundation Development Office for all their work to bring the evening together.
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