Gratitude is a word that evokes feelings of thankfulness and appreciation. On this, my last Newsletter entry as Deputy Principal of Hume Anglican Grammar, it is fitting that I spend time sharing with you all the things for which I am grateful.

I am grateful for being so warmly welcomed into this wonderful community upon my commencement in 2019. I can still recall the warm welcome I received from students and parents as they entered the School grounds on the first day of school. I realised then what a special community we have here at Hume and I am indeed thankful for its support over the years.

I am incredibly grateful for the students who attend this school. Every day I have had the joy of interacting with students from Prep right through to Year 12. We have respectful, polite, caring and loyal students who make coming to work each day such a pleasure. I am grateful for their engagement in learning, their willingness to question, to ponder the big questions in life and especially their wonderful work ethic. Our students make our environment a place which is inclusive, welcoming, compassionate and caring.

My gratitude also extends to the dedicated, committed, highly skilled and knowledgeable staff who grace our classrooms and offices every day. The sense of collegiality that exists at Hume is truly special. Staff have provided me with a magnificent amount of support during my time at Hume. I have marvelled at the care and concern they show for their students and their willingness to always go one step beyond to help. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with such great professionals.

I will be eternally grateful for having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful Senior Leadership Team. It has been a privilege working with the Senior Leadership Team who have shown great collegiality, support and sage advice when needed. I will truly miss their insights and help over the last two and a half years. 

Finally, I will always be grateful to Mr Bill Sweeney for giving me the opportunity to work in the capacity of Deputy Principal at Hume Anglican Grammar. Mr Sweeney’s mentorship, guidance and leadership has provided me with a great set of skills with which to grow and develop in my own leadership. I am in awe of the way in which he has led the School through four difficult lockdowns, yet continued to ensure everyone at the school had the support and assistance they needed to cope in such difficult circumstances. A truly remarkable effort.

There have been so many great learnings for me during my time as Deputy Principal. I look forward to returning to Hume at the start of the 2022 school year in a different capacity, but will always be grateful for being able to call myself the Deputy Principal of Hume Anglican Grammar.

Robert Tassoni - Deputy Principal