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FROM THE HEADMASTER Purpose driven “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars… We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.” This prayer was passed on to the staff by Ms Natalie Charles, Head of Senior School at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Victoria, following her inspirational visit this year as a guest speaker. Natalie weaved into her narrative the parallels between Guildford Grammar School’s future direction and the similar transition made at Carey some 40 years prior, whilst at a very different time in history. As would be expected, during the year I have often been asked to state the real driving factor behind the Council’s decision to extend co-education into the Senior School. My response every time has been simple and direct – ‘Our School Purpose’, which is ‘Inspiring students to achieve personal excellence and be outstanding citizens who work to create a just, loving and peaceful society’. Every decision we make comes back 2 to this statement and whether the decision will enable this statement to be more fully realised in the life of the School. For the first time at our recent Preparatory School Year 6 Graduation Dinner we celebrated the fact that the girls were able to continue into the Senior School with their male classmates and to look forward to the same range of incredible opportunities in the years ahead. The pace of change that is ahead of these students may be characterized by the acronym VUCA, which is gaining traction in leadership and educational research literature, referring to our Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world. We hear of the disruption of technology, the considerable impact of Artificial Intelligence and the changing skillset needed to succeed in the workplace of the future. Emotional Every decision we make comes back to this statement and whether the decision will enable this statement to be more fully realised in the life of the School.