In sitting down to plan this week’s lead article for Knoxmail, I found myself torn on the subject and topic of what I wanted to share. Such is the “average” week here at TKS, that the conversations we have and the events that are planned pull us in several directions that highlight the extraordinary complexity that comes from working with such diverse people of all different ages. That’s part of what I love about being a teacher. That’s part of what I love about TKS.

One of the highlights of this week was a heartwarming conversation I had with our School Captains, Ayla and Eshan. As they come to their end of their tenure, and as we planned their final team meeting, we took the time to share the remarkable achievements of their Prefect team. From organising successful fundraisers to leading inspiring community initiatives, they have truly exemplified leadership and teamwork. It’s moments like these that remind us of the incredible potential within our student body and the bright future they are shaping for themselves and the world.

Further evidence of this was last Friday’s Car Show, which was a resounding success, thanks to the tireless efforts of our students, staff, and volunteers. The event not only showcased our community’s passion for all things automotive, but also raised funds for an incredibly worthwhile cause. It’s a testament to what can be achieved when we come together, and we should take a moment to celebrate this collective achievement.

Looking ahead, next Thursday marks RUOK? Day, a day dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and fostering meaningful connections. It’s a reminder for all of us to reach out to our friends, colleagues, and classmates and ask a simple but profound question: “Are you okay?” Our support and genuine concern can make a world of difference to someone who may be struggling. Our Student Wellbeing Prefects and their portfolio will be leading activities and games to bring our community together to talk, listen, and share.

In the spirit of our signature TKS events, House Arts is well underway in the Senior School ahead of next Friday’s culmination. Our students have been hard at work, preparing for a spectacular showcase of talent, creativity, and teamwork. House Arts is always an exciting event, and we eagerly anticipate the incredible performances and displays from our talented students over the coming days.

As we continue to navigate together the learning journey of our students, let’s remember to celebrate our successes, support each other’s wellbeing, and look forward to the exciting events that await us. That’s the magic of TKS – the constant ebb and flow of inspiration, achievement, and connection that defines our unique journey together.

Phil Henniker
Head of Senior School and Student Wellbeing