Dear Canterbury Community

Farewell to 2019
I wish every one of our families a relaxing school holiday period, whether you are travelling further afield or enjoying the time closer to home. I realise of course that although school has finished for the year, most of our parents are still at work for some time yet.  Our corporate services staff at Canterbury continue through to 20 December.

I did want to use this opportunity to thank the school community for their support of me during 2019. I feel very at home in this community and have appreciated the way in which parents and students have embraced some things that have changed.  This is a great school and our aim is to make it even greater. Through the selection processes for 2020 student leaders, I have learnt a lot about what makes Canterbury students ‘tick’. Fundamentally, Canterbury students set the bar high for themselves and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. This is the strongest indication of good ‘character.’ I am thrilled to be the Principal of a school where there are so many students who fit this profile.

Canterbury Sporting Mascot
During the second half of the year, students and staff have contributed ideas for a Canterbury sporting mascot. There have been student polls, short lists, focus groups and lots of very animated discussion about what the mascot should be.

I announce today that the Taipan will be our sporting mascot:

The taipan is of course, a deadly Australian snake, which has been spotted in areas close to Canterbury such as Beaudesert and Logan Reserve. The Australian Museum website has this to say about the taipan: “…Confident in its own splendid lethality, the Coastal Taipan is not one to back away from a close or surprise encounter.” I think this fits the ethos of Canterbury sporting teams who never give up, and back themselves on the court or on the field to prevail over their opponents with hard work and respect.

So next time we meet our TAS Sport opponents at St Paul’s (Pumas), JPC (Eagles), CHAC (Chargers) or St John’s (Dragons), we will be unveiling our new Taipan signage, as well as hopefully an appearance very soon by King and Queen Taipan, our real life match day mascots!

2020 Calendar and Fridge Magnets
We will be supplying a 2020 Canterbury calendar and fridge magnet (with key dates and contacts) to all families on the first day of school in Term 1. We are not mailing these home this year, as my feeling is that our families would prefer the $3,000 cost of this exercise to be applied to educational programs and resources for the students.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Mr Dan Walker