John Wollaston / Anglican Community School - Items filtered by date: October 2016
Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Parents and Friends

  • Sunday 23 October – Bunnings Harrisdale Sausage Sizzle                       BACK
  • Friday 28 October – Primary Disco
  • P&F Raffle – Win a year’s school fees!
  • End of year events

We’ve kicked off Term 4 with a bang! We have a huge term ahead of us so please update your diaries.

Sunday 23 October – Bunnings Harrisdale Sausage Sizzle
We are again running a sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Harrisdale this weekend. The weatherman is saying it’s going to be a sunny weekend so we’re hoping for a great turnout of spring gardeners! Pop down and say hello, or if you’re able to lend a hand for a few hours please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday 28 October – Primary Disco
This disco we honour our multicultural community and acknowledge Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Wear your brightest outfit and join us for an evening of fun. Tickets are only $5.00, payable at the door. Please bring the right change so that we can keep those entry lines flowing!
Link to the Disco Flyer


P&F Raffle – Win a year’s school fees!
Raffle Tickets $50. Only 500 tickets available.

John Wollaston Anglican Community School Parents and Friends Association

First Prize: Annual tuition to the value of the eldest child's Tuition Fees in 2017

Second Prize: Annual ICT Levy to the value of the eldest child's ICT Levy in 2017

Winner drawn at the P&F Sundowner on Tuesday 15 November 2016

Contact Details:
Gailene Shore, Business Manager
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End of year events
Now that our Year 12s have completed their journey we turn our attention to the end of year celebrations for our other students. We have three events coming up and the P&F will be running a tea and coffee station in the BDISC kitchen – we would really love some help. If you are able to help us out at any of the events listed below, please email us!

  • Year 6 Valedictory and Exhibition – Monday 28 November 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Year 10 and 11 Praise and Thanksgiving – Tuesday 29 November 6.30pm – 8.00pm
  • Year 7 to 9 Praise and Thanksgiving – Monday 5 December 9.00am – 9.30am

As always, if you want to get in touch or ask a question you can email us anytime. We look forward to seeing everyone at an event soon.

Megan Blackman
Parents and Friends Association President
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Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Community Relations

  • Annual Book Fair                                                                                BACK 

Do all of your Christmas book shopping at school and help the Library Resource Centre to add to its collection!

The annual Book Fair is commencing on Friday 4 November at 8:00am and will close on Wednesday 9 November at 4:00pm. (Except Friday, until 3.30pm.)
The Book Fair will be open for sales at the following times: 8:00am – 8:30am; 12:30pm – 12:55pm; 3:00pm – 4:00pm.

The eldest in the family is bringing home a flyer about the Book Fair. Please note that the actual Book Fair has many more books and novelty items for sale.

Once the Book Fair commences your child may bring home a wish list. However, we advise the children that parents may not wish to buy books at this time.

There are a couple of ways to purchase from the Book Fair:

1. You can visit the LRC and pay for your purchase in cash or EFTPOS.
2. You can use the wish list to pay for the purchase online. Please return your payment receipt with your child so they can collect the books.

All purchases go toward resources for the John Wollaston Library Resource Centre.

Our Book Fair has been a great success in the past and we have added many useful resources to our collection. We look forward to your support for another successful fair this year.

Sharon Hanson
Head of Library Services

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Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Principal

  • Valedictory Week                                                                           BACK
  • 23 Veterans
  • NDIS Expo

Valedictory Week

This has been a great week for the Year 12s who left the School for the final time this morning after their traditional Fancy Dress Breakfast and viewing of the Leavers’ DVD. Our Leavers thoroughly enjoyed the various celebratory events which culminated yesterday with a farewell from the whole school at the morning Gift of a Candle Service, and the evening Valedictory and Prize Giving where the students were joined by their families, the Secondary staff and Executive. As we have come to expect, the Head Prefects Evie Dodge and Liam Bristow spoke with confidence and poise expressing their gratitude for their time at John Wollaston and leaving valuable advice for their successors. Head of Languages, Tatia Sly delivered the farewell address from the staff at the morning service. Her humorous anecdotes were very well-received adding to the buoyant spirit of the occasion. The evening event is continuing to build an important tradition of "shared success". Each student is presented to the Principal and academic and special prizes are presented. It is wonderful to see the students warmly acknowledging the success of their peers. A highlight last night was the staff flash mob dance which occurred at the end of my Valedictory Address. Our gesture to farewell the students was well-received, with the audience loving the unexpected surprise.

Congratulations to all recipients of prizes and awards; they are richly deserved. Thank you to parents for supporting the events of this important week; your sons and daughters, the staff and I greatly appreciate your involvement. The Class of 2016 has left with our best wishes for the future.

23 Veterans
The largest number of Veterans in the history of the John Wollaston finished their schooling this week. A Veteran student is one who completes his/her entire schooling at John Wollaston and this year's group comprised students who had commenced in Kindergarten, Pre Primary or Year 1. To acknowledge the Veterans, I host a morning tea during Valedictory Week which is also attended by the Executive. This is a special time when the students reflect on their school journey and share plans for their future. This year the Veterans re acquainted themselves with Senior Deputy Head of Primary Fiona Shand who taught several them in Year 2.

Head of Inclusive Education, Alice Alibrandi and her team are to be congratulated for a very successful NDIS Expo this week which provided key information to parents on federal funding and related services for children and young people with disabilities. Thank you to the parents who supported this important initiative by their attendance.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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  • Book-In-A-Day                                                      BACK
  • Year 10 Encounter
  • Valedictory Week

Congratulations to Book-In-A-Day Team Vanilla members Kasey Allen, Karrina Cain, Carmina Farano, Jordan Mazzola, Caitlyn Morrison and Madelaine Sallie for their book Lionheart. This terrific short story has made the shortlist for the 2016 Book-In-A-Day event. Team Vanilla should be very proud to know they were within the Top 10 Middle School entries from approximately seventy submissions across Western Australia.


Year 10 Encounter

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During the final week of Term 3 the Year 10 students enjoyed a fantastic Encounter experience on the Cape to Cape track. Highlights of the trip included;

  • The amazing coastal scenery around the Margaret River region
  • Interactions with the local wildlife including migrating Humpback Whales and visiting kangaroos at their campsites
  • The sense of accomplishment after a full day trekking over 20 kilometres
  • Climbing down giant caves and experiencing the majestic environment almost 100 metres below the surface

Students were placed in challenging situations which allowed them to explore the character strengths of perseverance, resilience, teamwork and responsibility. We look forward to further developing the Encounter Programme across all year groups at John Wollaston Anglican Community School during 2017.

Valedictory Week

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Our congratulations and best wishes go to the Leavers of 2016. We had a fantastic time this week helping them celebrate the end of their school journey. From the Chapel Service with Rev’d Dave Deeney and the action packed, memory invoking songs; to the tradition of the whole school Gift of a Candle Service on Thursday morning followed by the evening Valedictory and Prize Giving Ceremony; through to the frivolity of the Fancy Dress Breakfast and launch of the Leavers’ DVD; the Year 12s demonstrated collegiality and respect to each other and the School.

There are a few individuals whose achievements are worth mentioning in this forum:

Rheynece Ashe was the winner of the AustralianSuper Excellence in Vocational Education and Training Award. Rheynece is also a finalist in the Western Australian VET Awards and after being interviewed by a panel of judges this week, she is waiting to hear if she has been successful in the field of Aviation (Cabin Crew).

Megan Scott was the recipient of the Highest Standard in VET Award.

Chloe Biggs received The Dux of the School – Wholly School Assessed Courses. 

Breanne Williams received the John Wollaston Proxime Accessit (Runner-Up Dux of Year 12) External Examination Courses. Breanne also received a 2017 Curtin Principal’s Recommendation Award. This scholarship is awarded by Curtin University to a graduating student looking to commence studies at the University in the following year.

Evie Dodge was awarded The Chairman of School Council’s Award for Academic Excellence - Dux of Year 12. Evie was also awarded Pegasus Society Honours recognising an outstanding record of all-round academic achievement over a number of years. Evie also received a Curtin Principal’s Recommendation Award.

Connor McCluskey is the John Wollaston nominee for a UWA Excellence Award. This financial scholarship is awarded to a student looking to enrol at UWA who has achieved within the top 5% of their school’s cohort.

We congratulate all of our Year 12 Valedictorians and wish them all the best as they continue their life journey beyond John Wollaston.

Anne Harris
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

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Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Head of Primary

  • Gift of a Candle Service                                                                        BACK
  • 2017 class list requests
  • Year 6 City Encounter experience

Gift of a Candle Service

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This week we shared in the farewell to our Year 12 cohort at our whole school service. This really is a special event as our Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students give a candle to the Year 12 leavers as part of our tradition at John Wollaston. The benefit of being one school from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 is clear, as our Primary students are provided with a sense of what they can aspire to as modelled by the wonderful Year 12 students. This sense of community is what makes our school a special place.

2017 class list requests
Over the next few weeks we will finalise class lists for 2017. If you have a request regarding a class placement for you child, please email or write to Primary Secretary, Donna Brown, before Friday 4 November, briefly outlining the rationale for your request. Please note that this should not include requests for a specific teacher but rather focus on sibling or peer relationship issues relevant for your child. We hold all our teaching staff in high regard and therefore class lists are determined by the composition of the class and not the individual teacher. We cannot guarantee that all requests will be met; however, I can assure you that a great deal of time and consideration takes place in determining each class for the coming year.

Year 6 City Encounter experience
On Thursday 13 October the Year 6s went on an exciting Encounter experience into Perth CBD exploring the city's artworks and Elizabeth Quay.

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Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Business Manager

  • Term 4 fees and charges reminder                                                                                         BACK
  • Campus parking 

Term 4 fees and charges reminder
Please note it is school council policy that all fees and charges incurred in the current year must be paid within that year. Parents who are unable to pay fees by the due date must contact me or the assistant business manager Mrs Karen Hildebrandt to make alternative arrangements.

Campus parking

Main Campus Traffic Entrance
The main entrance to the School is not to be used to drop off / pick up students or park as these bays are designated parking for staff and visitors. For the safety of the School community, it is imperative to adhere to all traffic requests. Parents are requested to use the slip road, new car park at the rear of the gym or the Church of Christ car park.

Church Of Christ Car Parking

  • Please park only in designated parking bays. Do not park in the yellow marked bays or drive on the Church of Christ’s lawns;
  • Please ensure you have clear vision before reversing slowly from your car bay as there could be a small child in your path;
  • Please enter and exit the car parks where designated;
  • Please do not call your child across Centre Road between the buses. All children are to cross Centre Road at the crosswalk.

Slip Road

  • Please do not park your car and leave it unattended. If you need to walk with or meet your child/ren at the classroom, please use the Church of Christ car park or the car park at the rear of the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre (entrance at rear of the gym).
  • Please park to pick up your child. Do not call the child into the traffic flow to board your car as this may compromise his/her safety. It also halts the flow of traffic.

Inverness Circle Car Parking
To assist in alleviating traffic congestion, parents are also able to pick-up / drop-off children at the rear entrance to the School from Inverness Circle.

Thank you for your co operation.

Gailene Shore
Business Manager


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Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Uniform Store

Summer Uniforms in Term 4, 2016                                                                                                                                BACK
Please be reminded that the Summer Uniform is to be worn during Term 4 as follows:

Early Learning Centre (ELC) Kindergarten to Year 2  Summer Uniform - Girls and Boys
JW Shorts and Red Polo shirt with stripe on collar and sleeve (embroidered with school crest), Navy sport socks with red and white stripe, white sneakers and School Hat.

Primary to Secondary Summer Uniform
Boys: Navy blue shorts, white shirt and long navy socks with red stripe, School hat/cap.
Girls: Dress and crew socks with red stripe, School hat/cap.

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Term time Uniform Store opening hours are:

Monday   8:30am – 10:00am
Wednesday  1:30pm –   3:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 10:00am
and  1:30pm –   3:30pm

You are welcome to place  small orders via phone or email, with payment by credit card. These orders will be delivered to your child’s class.

Uniform Store Coordinator: Wendy Brinner
Direct Phone Line: 9495 8129
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Credit card and EFTPOS facilities are available.

For full uniform details and prices go to:

Wendy Brinner
Uniform Coordinator

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Sunday, 16 October 2016 08:00

Music Tuition

Enrol for Muisc Tuition 2017

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 12:08

Issue 16 VET/Careers

  • Work Placement                                                    BACK
  • Expanding Career Options for Women Scholarship Program

Work Placement
Year 11 Vocational Education student Lachlan Mathieson has undertaken two work placements during the school year. He thoroughly enjoyed his first placement to a tree lopping firm, with this work confirming his interest in the industry. Lachlan’s current placement with Creative Driveways and Fencing has increased his exposure to working in construction, and he has seen how this can also be a very creative industry. Lachlan will spend another week with this organisation before the end of the year.

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Expanding Career Options for Women - Scholarship Program
Expanding Career Options for Women scholarships are available to help women get jobs in a wide variety of non-traditional industry areas and trades, including construction, IT, automotive, maritime and agriculture. Training scholarships of up to $3000 are available to assist women increase their career options. There are more than 180 qualifications to choose from, starting at Certificate II level.
Scholarships can be used towards a range of associated costs, such as student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, accommodation, transport and even childcare fees.
Don’t miss out – applications close on 31 October 2016.
For more information or to apply for a scholarship visit:

Glenn Bird
VET/Careers Coordinator

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