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We are into our third week of term now and the Indian summer continues; there is a slightly autumnal feel first thing in the morning as I cycle into school, but the early dew quickly disappears as the sun gets higher and the temperature rises. Long may this continue!

I have spent much of my first two weeks of term wishing that I had my camera in my hand – each day has brought joyful surprises and nice moments, quite literally at every turn. On Thursday, I was crossing the campus and as I turned into the stairs approaching the Performing Arts Centre foyer, I could hear an incredible hum of activity and crowd sound. On turning through the door, I was hit by a wave of energy as the amassed High School students moved around a variety of stalls set up by the final year students, promoting their clubs, activities and service projects. Each stall was vying for the attention and participation of their peers; the whole event was a bit of a cross between a university Freshers’ Fair and a Roman forum! The event was also quite a spectacle with some very deocrative stall displays: the gardening club had brought along some delicious-looking produce all home-grown in the school grounds. I would have signed up on the spot if I had been in Grade 11!

Some of the nicest moments though have been seeing the students, particularly the new students, settling into the school routines; I was delighted to cross paths with one of our new boarders purposefully striding down the corridor, chatting to a friend and looking completely at ease in his environment. The St John’s welcome very quickly translates into a sense of belonging and that is great to see.