An Exciting Time

31 October 2018

Welcome to what has been an exciting time for us across the Colleges!

The boys have a new library which is stunning in every way. Close to 200 people from the College community were welcomed into the new Library on Friday 19 October for the official opening by Member for Lytton Joan Pease. It’s been a pleasure to see the boys engaging with this new purpose-built facility, and I extend a special thank you to the staff that have been instrumental in the completion of this fantastic space.

The girls have won the QGSSSA Athletics title for the second year in a row! As hard as it tried, even the weather couldn’t stop our athletes from competing at their absolute bests. It is a special moment for the College to claim the championship mantle in the 100th year of the QGSSSA athletics competition.

The music programme’s Viva La Musica was an outstanding success! From the rock bands performing in the foyer; to the Wind Ensemble performing music from Pirates of the Caribbean; to our vocalists stunning the audience with intricate harmonies, the evening highlighted the remarkable growth of our many musicians and how together, we are stronger. The night was also an opportunity to celebrate the work of our musicians throughout the year – congratulations again to our award recipients.

With so many terrific events and achievements, we can all take enormous confidence that our Colleges are preparing our students for a vibrant future. As a community, we should all be very proud of what we have created and know that our children are being afforded every opportunity to leave us with all that they need to be successful in life.

You are no doubt aware of the intense response to Fairfax media’s leaking of the report of the Religious Freedom Review (the ‘Ruddock Review’) under the headline, ‘Religious freedom review enshrines right of schools to turn away gay children and teachers’. The article claimed that ‘the report calls for the federal Sex Discrimination Act to be amended to allow religious schools to discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status’. What became apparent over the 24 hours that followed is that the report does not recommend the institution of such practices. Fairfax published the leaked list of the Ruddock Review’s recommendations three days after their initial ‘scoop’, by which time public and political opinion had firmly settled on the urgent need to rescind any exemptions for religious schools under anti-discrimination laws in relation to students.

We are living in uncertain times, and we must remain vigilant to swift policy swings from Federal, State and Territory governments. It is essential that our community knows the position of the Colleges, the position of the Board of Governors, my position as the Executive Principal, all of which are endorsed by the Uniting Church with which we are affiliated, is that no child or staff member will ever be excluded from The Moreton Bay Colleges on the basis of their sexual identity. Our Colleges will continue to offer a real sense of belonging, camaraderie and cooperation and be genuinely inclusive of all students and staff now and into the future.

James Sloman
Executive Principal

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