At the Middle Cove assembly this week, students were lucky enough to hear our resident pianist, Stuart Wright, playing Widmung.
Sometimes the first week of school is hot.
Sometime the first week of school is a bit scary.
Sometimes, the first week of school is all about finding new friends.
And sometimes, the first week of school brings with it an element of transcendence.
At the Middle Cove assembly this week, students were lucky enough to hear our resident pianist, Stuart Wright, playing Widmung, originally written by Robert Schumann and transcribed for concert piano by Franz Liszt. The English translation of Widmung is dedication or devotion.
As well as this beautiful start to the school year, we welcomed our new Year 12 to the stage amid enthusiastic applause, and they in turn welcomed our new Class 3 to the campus. Head of School, Andrew Hill, told the story of the Glenaeon tree, which is the logo on our letterhead, our website, our uniforms, and now, on our very own flag! Over the holidays, Year 11 student Mitch Wood took the logo, and on his own initiative, designed and had printed our new flag, which was unveiled for the first time yesterday.
Andrew wove the story of the symbolism of the tree throughout the Glenaeon journey. He pointed out that the glass mosaic of the tree at the western end of the Alice Crowther building was designed by GlenXer Madeleine Van Leer for her final year art major work in 1972. Madeleine had been inspired by the symbol of the tree throughout her Main Lessons at Glenaeon, and of course as the backdrop to the school campus. From here, as told by Andrew, the idea of the tree as the school logo took root, and a few years later, the logo was born.