John Wollaston / Anglican Community School - Items filtered by date: November 2016
Friday, 04 November 2016 08:00

Issue 17 Community Relations

  • Melbourne Cup Lunch                                                                                              BACK
  • Technology Week
  • VacSwim
  • Keeping yourself safe online

Melbourne Cup Lunch

Melbourne Cup Lunch
Hospitality Certificate students making Melbourne Cup fun!

On Tuesday 1 November our Year 11 Hospitality students hosted a special Melbourne Cup lunch for a group of local senior citizens. The Astley Care Day Club visitors came dressed in their best hats and fascinators watched the race fashion on the big screen.

Senior citizens from the Astley Care Day Club programme have been enjoying beautiful lunches on a regular basis at the John Wollaston Technology Centre throughout 2016. The Day Club programme supports Senior citizens who continue to live in their own homes but require assistance or access to activities and outings.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their skills, and for our clients to enjoy a beautiful meal. We are always impressed by the quality of the food and the professionalism of the students as they host each lunch. It’s definitely a win-win situation for all involved,” said Alice Hazebroek Astley Care Day Club Coordinator.

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Technology Week

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Online enrolments for December/January VacSwim programs are open.

Keeping yourself safe online
Top 10 Tips for protecting your reputation online. The following document from the Australian Federal Police is an excellent resource providing some excellent strategies on managing your reputation and protecting your identity in the digital age.

Click here to read the document.


Rachel Tierney
Community Relations


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Issue 17 Parents and Friends

  • Disco - Thank you                                                                                             BACK
  • Sausage Sizzle - Thank you
  • Tuesday 15 November – P&F Sundowner
  • Praise and Thanksgiving and Valedictory Events

Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate Diwali us at the Primary Disco on Friday 28 October. It was the biggest turn out we’ve had for a while. We had a fantastic time in the leadup and on the night, so thank you! We feel the pay-at-the-door system worked well and helped things flow earlier in the evening but we’d love your feedback. Please let us know your thoughts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sausage Sizzle
Thank you also to everyone who helped out or visited us at the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Sunday 23 October. This was another successful event, led by Mark Del Borrello and the team. The sausage sizzles have provided a great boost to our fundraising efforts this year, as they raise extra funds without putting too great a load back on parents. We look forward to hosting more of these successful events next year.

Tuesday 15 November – P&F Sundowner
Join us to celebrate a successful and busy year with a Sundowner! We are thrilled to be adding this wonderful event to the John Wollaston social calendar. The evening will be held in the Technology Centre foyer from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and catered by our very talented Year 10 Hospitality students under the direction of Hospitality Coordinator, Susan Leach. The P&F Raffle to Win a Year’s School Fees will be drawn at this event so make sure you come along. The sundowner has been funded by the P&F as a gift to the John Wollaston school community. 

Please note: There will be alcohol at this adult only event. Children will not be admitted.

Please RSVP for catering purposes. Reserve your ticket at the link below.


Praise and Thanksgiving and Valedictory Events
We are still looking for helpers for the three end of year events coming up. The P&F will be running a tea and coffee station in the BDISC kitchen and we would really love some help. If you are available 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, ask a question or chat to us about anything you can email us anytime. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Sundowner!

Win a year's school fees! 

Raffle Tickets $50
Only 500 tickets available

Buy tickets through Trybooking:

Megan Blackman
Parents and Friends Association President
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Friday, 04 November 2016 08:00

Issue 17 VET/Careers

  • Worklink                                                                                           BACK
  • Murdoch University

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Robert Meikle

Robert Meikle is currently completing a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology with South Metropolitan TAFE. As part of this programme, Robert has to complete a work placement. Throughout this semester he has been attending iWorkshop in the City.

Murdoch University

FlexiTrack – a new, free, online pathway into Murdoch University

We are excited to tell you about Murdoch University’s latest addition to its alternative pathway offerings: FlexiTrack.

For those students whose circumstances prevent them from being on Murdoch’s campus to attend either OnTrack or OnTrack Sprint, FlexiTrack is the ideal solution. FlexiTrack is a supportive program designed to provide preparation and access to people who aspire to achieve a university degree but do not qualify for direct entry into Murdoch University. FlexiTrack is a university preparation course that qualifies students to apply directly for any undergraduate degree at Murdoch University that has an indicative ATAR of 70 or less.

To find out more:

To find out how to apply:

Or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions you may have.


Glenn Bird
VET/Careers Coordinator

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Friday, 04 November 2016 08:00

Issue 17 Business Manager

  • Term 4 fees and charges reminder                                                                       BACK                                                                            
  • Campus parking 

Term 4 fees and charges reminder
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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Issue 17 Head of Primary

  • Diwali Celebrations                                                                BACK
  • PYP Exhibition
  • Primary Instrumental Concert
  • Year 1 Encounter
  • Music in Action

Diwali Celebrations

As a World School of the International Baccalaureate, it was wonderful to celebrate the Diwali Festival of Lights in our School as an expression of our international mindedness and appreciation of cultural diversity. Celebrations in the Early Learning Centre are greatly appreciated by our parent community and the Parents and Friends Association is to be congratulated for a fantastic Diwali themed Disco last Friday. This is a clear expression of tolerance and understanding for other cultures and traditions.

Aarush Chander’s parents visited the Little Wollies class last Thursday to explain the significance of Diwali in the Indian culture. The class also tasted some wonderful Indian cuisine. A big thank you to Mr Chander and Mrs Malhotra for sharing their knowledge and skills with the students.

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PYP Exhibition
The Year 6 PYP exhibition is in full progress! For the students, this is the culmination of their learning in the Primary School. It is a time when the school community comes together and supports the Year 6 students in a variety of ways. The process began with a series of provocations to stimulate interest and curiosity. Kim Haring guided the students on a tour of street art in the Perth CBD. This was followed by further provocations including talks by our Secondary students on the Reach Out Manila pilgrimages; the EncounteR7 Salvation Army ‘Beyond the Classroom’ programme; and some personal stories about anxiety and depression. In addition, one of our parents delivered a thought provoking presentation on being of the Muslim faith in Australia. Once the students’ minds had been opened to a variety of global issues, they set about formulating their central idea under the transdisciplinary theme: How we express ourselves. The 2016 central idea is: Expressing creativity in different ways can bring about change.

Now that the process is underway, the school community has again come forward in support. There are 27 groups of students, each working with a mentor. Mentors include teaching and non-teaching staff from the Early Years to Year 12, members of the Executive and students from Year 7 and 8 who have volunteered their time to meet weekly with their groups and support them. We look forward to following the Year 6 students on their exhibition journey and delighting in their achievements on 28 and 29 November, when their final presentations will be on display.

Primary Instrumental Concert
It was a pleasure to watch our Primary instrumental students perform this week. They were brave, talented and a credit to their parents and music tutors. I look forward to the continued progress of our music students over the years. Thank you to Rory Marchant, Music Coordinator and the Arts Department for providing this opportunity.

Year 1 Encounter
I was fortunate to attend an interesting and action packed day at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre with Year 1 recently. We were immersed in indigenous culture with body painting, sourcing bush food, throwing spears, making damper and eating kangaroo! We were blessed with the sunshine and all thoroughly enjoyed being in the bush for the full day. Thank you to all Year 1 staff for giving up their extra time and Mel Forslun, Early Learning Centre Coordinator, for organising the Year 1 Encounter experience.

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Music in Action
Thank you to Glynn Crawcour, Primary Music Specialist for organising our Year 4 to 6 classes in their song performances for the Battle of the Classes, last Thursday 27 October. Mr Palmer and Miss Watson were excellent judges and all students demonstrated great enthusiasm and lots of talent! There was a great atmosphere in the VMAC and our students had a wonderful afternoon.

On Thursday 3 November, our Year 2 to Year 6 students participated in the Australia wide Count Us In music event, where over 500,000 students sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time. The 2016 song Let It Play was heard across Australia as more than 2,500 schools participated to make this year’s event the most successful to date. Thanks to again to Glynn Crawcour for his coordination of this great initiative, that raises awareness about the importance of music education in schools.


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Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary


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Issue 17 Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

  • Examinations – Keep Calm                                                                  BACK
  • SEQTA Reminder

Examinations – Keep Calm
As the school year draws to a close it is very normal for students to begin to experience a higher level of anxiety and stress. Examinations, tests and other assessments can begin to weigh heavily on the minds of our young people. It is important that teachers and parents work closely together to ensure that students come through this period in a positive and healthy frame of mind.

The first thing to acknowledge is that stress and anxiety is a very normal human reaction and, when managed and controlled, can actually be beneficial to achieving optimal performance. When I speak with students about coping with stressful times throughout the school year, I emphasise the importance of maintaining a balance between looking after themselves and meeting all of their commitments and deadlines.

There are some basic recommendations that can help to significantly reduce the symptoms of stress. These include:

  • Exercise – students should maintain their sporting involvement and ensure they are getting 30 minutes of exercise every day. This can involve taking the dog for a walk, kicking the football at the park or just a leisurely bounce on the trampoline.
  • Sleep – this is an area that is often neglected by students. It is vital that a minimum of eight hours of sleep is achieved by students every night. By turning off all electronic devices at least 30 minutes before lights out, students will give themselves the best chance of drifting off to sleep.
  • Nutrition and Hydration – students need to ensure that they are eating regular, healthy meals and drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.

Anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Like stress, a certain level of anxiety is very normal when faced with new or unfamiliar environments. Students can help manage their levels of anxiety by implementing the 3 Ps.

  • Preparation – students can significantly reduce their levels of anxiety by investing time preparing for these stressful situations. In the case of an examination, students can significantly reduce their levels of anxiety if they know they have invested time into revising and studying the content that is to be assessed.
  • Positivity – there is now clear evidence to suggest that people who approach tasks with a positive mindset give themselves more opportunity to succeed. By focusing on their strengths and accomplishments students will reduce the level of unease and nervousness felt during stressful situations.
  • Perspective – When students talk to me about upcoming events which are causing them some distress, I like to remind them about the ‘big picture’. By maintaining a healthy level of perspective and realistically speaking about ‘what is the worst that can happen’, students are able to reassess the level of worry and anxiety they are associating with the event.

If you have concerns about how your child is coping with stress and anxiety, please contact myself or your child’s Head of House.

SEQTA Reminder
SEQTA Engage portal

Parents are reminded to check their Engage portal regularly for messages from teachers and to view any recent academic results and teacher feedback. SEQTA is now teachers’ main method of contact to Secondary parents. Some parents have been missing out on information from individual teachers regarding their child’s academic progress by not reading the messages. You should be receiving email notifications alerting to you to when new results are visible or messages that have been unread for twenty-four hours. If you are unsure of how to use the Engage portal please contact Anne Harris, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning  or Karen Ayres, Academic Assistant to the Principal for help during school hours on 9495 8100.

Nick Jones
Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

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Issue 17 Principal

  • Technology Week                                                                 BACK
  • Open Morning
  • Instrumental Evenings
  • Staff Baby Boom
  • Student Leadership Conference

Technology Week

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Every year several of the Secondary Learning Areas hold a special week of activities to highlight their important role in the curriculum. Last week Technology and Enterprise showcased student work at an exhibition in the Technology Centre. There were some outstanding exhibits comprising photography, food, textiles, wood and metal. Congratulations to our very talented students.

For more Technology Week photos go to Community Relations.

Open Morning
Our final Open Morning for the year was held on Friday 28 October. In keeping with previous occasions, visitors were impressed by our spacious grounds, attractive facilities and friendly students and staff. Thank you to families who have attended one of our Open Mornings throughout 2016 or referred friends or relatives to the School, it is greatly appreciated. Open Mornings continue to enhance the profile of John Wollaston in the local area and lead to new enrolments.

As a John Wollaston parent, if you are looking to enrol a younger sibling in 2017 or 2018, I urge you to contact the Registrar Ann Brightmore as soon as possible as places are at a premium in some Primary years. The Head of Primary and I conduct most enrolment interviews and we look at filling places 12 to 18 months ahead.

Instrumental Evenings


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The School's Instrumental Programme has continued to flourish this year under the leadership of Music Coordinator Rory Marchant so it was a delight that the annual Instrumental Evening expanded to two concerts this week, one for Primary and the other for Secondary students. As we have come to expect, the musicians performed with great enthusiasm and skill, clearly proud to be performing to an appreciative audience of family members, friends and staff. Thanks must go to Mr Marchant and all of the tutors for their work with the students this year. Many tutors give up their time to attend the Instrumental Evening and accompany the students which is much appreciated.

At the Secondary School Instrumental Evening on Wednesday, we farewelled and thanked our longest serving and much loved piano tutor Sue Cullen who retires at the end of the school year. Mrs Cullen commenced at the School in 1990 and has taught many students during her time with us. An accomplished pianist with a gentle, encouraging manner, Mrs Cullen has made a marvellous contribution to the Music Department and the School. In recognition of her contribution, the School will be naming one of the music studios in her honour. We wish her good health and happiness in retirement.

Staff Baby Boom

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Perhaps there is an element of truth in the old wives tale about "something in the water", as this year has seen a veritable baby boom in the Primary School with several staff welcoming a new baby to their family.

Congratulations to David and Heidi Crawford on the birth of their son Charlie; to Sheree Hancock on the birth of her daughter Lucy; to Shannon Emmans on the birth of her son Joshua; to Kate Hewson on the birth of her son Oliver; to Glyn Teape on the birth of his daughter Juliet; and to Janice Meyer on the birth of her twins Zachary and Ella. In addition, Year 3 teacher Sally McArthur is due to welcome her first child early next year.

At our staff morning tea on Fridays it is wonderful to welcome our staff Mums, Dads and their babies when they visit from time to time. We are fortunate that several staff have chosen to educate their children at John Wollaston and I look forward to some of these new babies joining the Little Wollies in the years to come.

Student Leadership Conference

As members of the Western Australian Division of the United Nations Association of Australia, four students from our School were invited to Parliament House on 3 November, to participate in the Association’s inaugural Student Leadership Conference.  Matthew Ford and Jordan Mazzola, Year 8, joined Eloise Henneberry and Mikayla Gaunt, Year 6, to participate in this momentous event. Each student was assigned the seat of a particular Member of the Legislative Assembly for the day. The students were firstly inspired by the panel of influential leaders who spoke about the qualities of a good leader and then they were challenged to identify a United Nations related project that could meet our school’s needs. Matthew confidently presented their project proposal to develop sustainability and a healthy community through the involvement of the whole school community. We look forward to hearing more about their plans and joining them in bringing this exciting proposal to fruition in 2017.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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