Making lasting memories


As we approach the end of a full and enriching term, it is a fitting time to reflect on the profound significance of the partnership between school and home in shaping the best versions of our boys. It is with great appreciation that I acknowledge the explicit choice you made in selecting our school, recognising the shared commitment we have in building young men of character and upholding high standards. This partnership is not a casual arrangement that families can selectively engage in; it is a commitment that you embraced wholeheartedly when enrolling your sons.

Currently, we have approximately 850 young men who proudly sport beautiful CBC haircuts. While it is true that many of these boys may not personally prefer this particular style of short back and sides, they adhere to it. This is a credit to them and is testament to the unwavering support you provide as parents, even during challenging conversations with your sons about the value of commitment and doing what is right. It is through these small yet significant acts that we lay the foundation for addressing more significant challenges together.

It is regrettable that a small number of students deviate from their commitments and make choices that do not align with our shared values, and more so when they are supported by their parents. The importance of working together as a cohesive community cannot be overstated when it comes to instilling a sense of responsibility and accountability in our boys. When there is a unified approach between home and school, it fosters clarity and consistency for our students, allowing them to grow and thrive.

Shielding our children from challenges and making excuses for their behaviour hinders their personal growth. Instead, we must empower them to become confident, capable, and accountable young men who can effectively solve problems, take responsibility, make amends, and understand the consequences of their choices.

One of the qualities I admire in CBC students is their willingness to take responsibility for their actions. When they make mistakes, they own them and demonstrate a genuine commitment to making things right. The prevalence of this trait is not a mystery; it is a direct result of the collaborative efforts between families and the school in guiding our boys.

There are times in our students' journeys into adulthood that will become indelibly etched into their memories and become a part of who they are. These are times when students are challenged, when they succeed, when they are out of their comfort zones, and when they form deep connections with others.  Sometimes they are momentous occasions such as our New Zealand STEAM Tour which departs this week, or the Kiwirrkurra Immersion which is currently taking place. Other times may be winning a Mock Trial at the Supreme Court, playing in a footy final or performing at the Dalmatinac Club to an appreciative crowd of families. And sometimes it may just be a 20 second conversation with a teacher or a friend.

Memories hold immense significance as they sustain us throughout our lives. One alumnus recently reminisced about his time at the school, sharing fond memories of tying his horse up at a tree out the front each morning and the profound emotional connection he feels when thinking of his mates.

Another alumnus, James Exley, was a student at CBC in the early 1950s. He cherished his time here, creating lasting memories of a place where he found happiness and achieved success. Jim was not only well-respected but also excelled in sport, serving as the captain of the football team, vice captain of the cricket team, and a record-breaking champion athlete.

Inspired by his experiences at CBC, Jim pursued a career in education, becoming a much-loved school teacher and later serving as the principal of Mosman Park Primary. His dedication to creating a joyful and engaging learning environment was exemplified when he established a zoo on the school grounds, which included various animals that won prizes at the Royal Show. Jim's positive impact on his students' lives was profound. Sadly, he passed away after a long illness, and we recently honoured his memory by blessing and interring his ashes at the feet of Little Eddie in our memorial garden next to the Chapel. May he rest in peace, forever remembered for his contributions to the lives of many.

When our boys return next term, I encourage them to embrace every moment, seize every opportunity, and make lasting memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. I encourage them to face challenges with integrity and leave a positive legacy.

As the holiday season approaches, I am confident that you will relish the opportunity to spend quality time with your sons, just as we do during their time at school. Let us remember that life is fleeting, and it is vital to find joy in one another and stay true to course.

Ms Jenny Knox