John Wollaston / Anglican Community School - Items filtered by date: October 2017
Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Issue 16 Uniform Store

  •  Friday Afternoon Closures                                           BACK
  • School Holiday Trading
  • Last Day of Trading for 2017
  • Summer Uniforms in Term 1
  • Blazer Orders
  • Reminder Year 2 to Year 3 require Formal Uniform

The Uniform Store will be open during the school holidays on the following days:



  • Thursday 25 January 2018 8:00am to 11:00am
  • Monday29 January 2018 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Tuesday 30 January 201 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wednesday 31January 2018 8:00am to 10:00am

Normal Trading Hours will apply from Wednesday 31 January 2018 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

Please be reminded that the Summer Uniform is to be worn during Term 1 as follows:
Boys: Navy blue shorts, white shirt and long navy socks with red stripe. School Hat.
Girls: Dress and crew socks with red stripe. School Hat.

The last day of trading for 2017 will be Monday 4 December 8:30am to 10:00am

Students who are transferring from Year 2 to Year 3 in 2018 are reminder that they will need to purchase the formal uniform. This can be done during normal trading hours.

Anyone requiring a Blazer for Term 2 2018 will need to have their order in no later than Friday 2 February 2018.

There will be no Friday afternoon trading for the following dates: 24 November 2017 and 1 December 2017, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.



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 JW hat.

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


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Uniform Requirements

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Years 3 to Year 6

Years 7 to Year 12


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Eearly Childhood
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2
Uniform Price List 

Primary Years 3 to 6
Summer Uniform Price List

Primary Years 3 to 6 
Winter Uniform Price List 

Secondary Years 7 to 12
 Summer Uniform Price List

Secondary Years 7 to 12
Winter Uniform Price List 

 All credit cards purchases will incur a 0.88% surcharge.



The Uniform Store is located at the front of the School to the right of the Administration building, near the Chapel. It has wheelchair and pram friendly access. Parking is available for visitors behind the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre or across the road in the New Spring Church carpark in white marked bays.

Uniform Store: 9495 8129
Uniform Store Coordinator: Wendy Brinner
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Issue 16 Community Relations

  • Instrumental Concerts 2017
  • School Raffle – Win a Year’s School Fees 2018
  • Parents and Friends Sundowner
  • Annual Book Fair
  • Kids Helpline Survey
  • News from Armadale
  • Rowing News

Win a year's School Fees and much more.

Instrumental Concerts 2017

RSVP now for the Primary and Secondary Instrumental evenings.

Please RSVP on the link below.


School Raffle – Win a Year’s School Fees 2018

Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Buy your raffle ticket now on the link below.


Parents and Friends Sundowner

Once again the P&F are putting on a fantastic Sundowner for the whole school community.

Please RSVP for catering on the link below.


Annual Book Fair


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

  • Our annual Book Fair will commence on Friday 3 November at 8:00am in the Learning Resource Centre.

The Fair will be open daily 8:00am-4:00pm (except Friday, until 3.30) until Wednesday 8 November. Every item that you buy earns credit toward free resources for the Learning Resource Centre.

Students will have an opportunity to preview the Fair on the day of its arrival and during their library sessions during the week.
EFTPOS facilities available (cheque, savings and credit).
We look forward to your support for another successful fair this year.
Sharon Hanson
Head of Library Services

News from Armadale


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Visit Armadale

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Rowing News

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Kids Helpline Survey

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Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Issue 16 Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

  • Farewell Year 12s
  • Year 10 Encounter
  • Japanese exchange group from Kaho High School
  • Year 7 Fundraising -Salvation Army 
  • The Kinetic - youth engagement program
  • Disco tonight - Year 7
  • Public Health Message: Meningococcal

Farewell Year 12s
It certainly has been a busy and emotional week as we have farewelled our Year 12s for the final time. I have been very impressed with the mature and dignified way in which our Year 12 students have finished their time with us at John Wollaston. They certainly have celebrated in style and their conduct has only enhanced the strong and positive legacy this group of students have left with us. I would also like to thank the parents and guardians of our graduating students. As a school, we can only provide a quality education when there is a strong partnership between home and school. We have certainly appreciated the support and cooperation our parents have given us throughout their years.

Year 10 Encounter
The Year 10 students are looking forward to a great trip next week. We will be heading down to the Margaret River region to trek a part of the Cape to Cape track and to participate in a range of exciting activities such as surfing, canoeing and caving. This Encounter is aligned very closely with our Positive Education curriculum and will give students further opportunity to develop key character skills such as resilience, responsibility, safe risk-taking and  cooperation. 

Japanese exchange group from Kaho High School


On Tuesday 17 October we welcomed an exchange group from Kaho High School for the morning as part of their whirlwind, three-day trip to Australia. Despite arriving from Japan at 5:00am, the 22 students, were excited to meet our Year 8 and Year 9 students. For John Wollaston students it was an opportunity to practise their Japanese speaking skills. Thanks to the Year 9 students who volunteered to meet this group and introduce them to ANZAC biscuits and lamingtons. The students participated in Year 8 Japanese classes, played Pictionary and enjoyed a picnic lunch. The visit was facilitated by Gold Intercultural Learning and was accompanied by former John Wollaston Head Prefect Sarah Moulton, who is studying Japanese at Curtin University.

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Year 7 Fundraising -Salvation Army

Year 7 students Tayla Downing, Mikalya Coulthard and Jorja Smart have designed and made Comfort Bracelets to raise funds for the Salvation Army. These special bracelets are available for purchase from the Year 7 Centre at recess time, commencing Tuesday17 October. The Comfort Bracelets are $2 each and Ms Ford has given permission for these to be worn at School for two weeks. All funds raised will be donated to the Salvation Army.Get in quick as there is a limited supply!

The Kinetic - youth engagement program

The City of Armadale has received a grant to run a brand new, exciting youth engagement program that aims to empower young people to have a voice and make a difference on the issues affecting their lives, schools and communities.

The Kinetic will be a small group of young people, aged 12 – 18 years old living, working or studying in the City of Armadale. 

Over the next 11 months, the group will participate in a series of workshops and projects giving them the platform to become active citizens in their community, learn new skills, meet new friends, experience a leadership opportunity and advocate for and influence change on the issues affecting their lives in our community.
A link with further information including application forms and frequently asked questions, is available on the youth page of the City of Armadale website:

Disco tonight - Year 7

P&F Disco (K-7)
Friday 20 October


Public Health Message: Meningococcal

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Click on the image above for the Meningococcal pdf.


All the best
Nick Jones
Deputy Principal Pastoral Care


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Issue 16 Parents and Friends

  • Disco Friday 20 October
  • Sundowner
  • Last meeting for 2017

The last Disco for 2017 is tonight, Friday 20 October, so throw on your dancing shoes and wear your best and brightest and come on down to celebrate the Diwali festival of lights with us. $5 entry at the door includes a juice box and a glow toy. There will be prizes for best outfit and dancing on the night.

This time we also have a coffee van outside the venue for Parents to enjoy! Parents in the K-2 session must stay with their little ones in the venue but can then top up some energy at the coffee van on the way out! For the older sessions, parents are invited to have a coffee whilst waiting for your not so little ones to have fun. Stay around and have a coffee with friends! It is your Friday night too.

Wednesday 22 November at 6:00pm in the Technology Centre
The second annual P&F Sundowner will be held on Wednesday 22 November at 6:00pm in the Technology Centre in the Secondary School. This is an adult only event catered by the P&F and the wonderful Hospitality students at the School under the amazing guidance of Mrs Susan Leach. Drinks and finger food will be provided in the Technology Centre so an RSVP through the Trybooking link is necessary.

This was a lovely relaxed night last year and a great opportunity for parents and staff to mingle and enjoy some lovely refreshments.
The second annual School Raffle will also be drawn on the night.


Disco Diwali  Friday 20 October

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Our second and last disco of the year is happening on Friday 20 October. This event is always well attended, especially by our Year 7s who are enjoying their last disco with the Primary School. Tickets are only $5 at the Door. Session details are on the flyer attached.

Please note that all students in the K-2 session will need an adult to stay with them the whole time in the disco. This disco is our special Diwali disco that celebrates the Festival of Lights so make sure you wear your best and brightest.


Last meeting for 2017
Thursday 9 November at 7:00pm will be the last P&F meeting of the year. Everyone is welcome. We will be discussing plans for the 2018 welcome back picnic, so if you would like to contribute please come along. The 2017 welcome back event was amazing and an incredible 1000 community members attended this great evening. Whilst next year it will be a smaller event to keep costs down, it will still be a fun event for everyone and one not to be missed!

P&F Meeting dates 2017 Library Resource Centre (LRC) 7:00pm

Thursday 9 November 

If you have any questions or suggestions please make contact with the P&F via email, in person around the School or come along to one of our meetings in the LRC. Everyone is welcome! 

Sonja Reynolds
President Parents and Friends Association

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P&F Committee for 2017

President: Sonja Reynolds
Vice President: Mark Del Borrello 
Treasurer: Tricia Duggin
Secretary: Fiona Caruso

General Committee:
Chris Asphar, Rebecca Baskerville, Derek Heatherly, Sharon Leitch, Rajesh Paul, Susanne Price and Natalie Smart. 

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Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Issue 16 VET/Careers

  • Technology Week Invitation
  • Technology Week events

Technology Week Invitation
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Don't miss the Technology Week Exhibition coming up on Thursday 26 October next week.

Technology Week events

  • Display in foyer – wood, textiles, child care, photos etc
  • Tuesday lunchtime – cup cake decorating and pumpkin soup tasting
  • Invitations to Years 5 and 6 to come and see the work
  • Primary recycling winning class coming to cook in Domestic Kitchen
  • Thursday afternoon – Hospitality students serving barista coffees and teas, and afternoon tea
  • Friday Staff Morning Tea in foyer


Best wishes
Susan Leach
VET/Careers Coordinator
Hospitality Coordinator


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Issue 16 Business Manager

  • Fees and Charges Reminder
  • The new Upper Primary Centre is open
  • "Win your School Fees for a year."
    Raffle  tickets now on sale
  • Main Campus Traffic Entrance

Fees and Charges Reminder
Payment Options 2 and 3 payment due date is 24 OCTOBER 2017. If the account is not paid by the due date, a late payment fee of $50.00 will be incurred.
Parents who are unable to pay fees by the due date must contact myself or the Acting Assistant Business Manager Mrs Ann Brightmore.

It is School Council policy that all fees and charges must be cleared in the year they occurred. The School will take into consideration special circumstances. If you are unable to clear your fees by 15 December 2017 please telephone to make an appointment with me.

Please contact Mrs Ann Brightmore, Assistant Business Manager if you require any further information regarding fees and charges.

"Win your School Fees for a year."
Raffle  tickets now on sale

The new Upper Primary Centre is open
The exciting build for the new Upper Primary Centre is going well and staff and students are looking forward to moving in for Term 4.

Main Campus Traffic Entrance
I remind all parents that 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 that all traffic requests are adhered to. Parents are requested to use the slip road, car park behind the indoor sports centre or Church of Christ car park.

Gailene Shore
Business Manager

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Issue 16 Head of Primary

  • Positive Psychology Conference
  • Wellness Day 
  • Year 3 Mindfulness in the Bilby Class
  • New Upper Primary Building
  • IPSHA Inter-School Paper Planes Championship
  • Disco tonight!
  • Year 6 Exhibition excursion
  • Annual Book Fair
  • Year 4 Excursion to Fremantle

Positive Psychology Conference
During the last weekend of the school holidays Fiona Shand, Deputy Head of Primary Pastoral Care presented a seminar at the Positive Education Conference, held at Perth College in conjunction with the Positivity Institute.

Our presentation, based on embedding Positive Psychology practices was well received. The School’s reputation as leading in this field is well established. Shannon Emmans, Kirsty Robertson and Darcy Vidler also gave up their time and attended the conference in their role as House Coordinators and I thank them for their dedication in this field.

Year 3 Mindfulness in the Bilby Class

Wellness Day

On the first Monday of Term 4, all staff participated in a morning of mindfulness with Jean Watson. Jean is a qualified and internationally trained mindfulness teacher, consultant and secondary teacher. She has a Masters’ Degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from Oxford University. She trains school teachers in the Oxford MYRIAD research project on mindfulness and resilience in adolescents. She has taught mindfulness courses in comprehensive schools, independent schools and further education colleges in England and Australia. She is co-author of the Mindfulness Program for Children (4-9 years old) which has direct links to the NSW School Curriculum. All her mindfulness courses are endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority providing accreditation for primary and secondary teachers.
Jean will work with our school leaders and classroom teachers to help develop a whole school approach to the introduction of mindfulness training into our curriculum.

This day was part of the Positive Education component of our Strategic Plan and designed around both our own well-being, and the well-being of our students.
The Wellness Day was for all staff; teaching, administration and grounds. Feedback has been positive and we look forward to working with Jean again in 2018. Jean is managing the introduction of the Mindfulness in Schools Project courses into Australia.

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Throughout the year the Bilby Class has been participating in mindfulness sessions. Mindfulness is a helpful life skill that can be learned by anyone at any age. It is based on being aware of your breathing and your body. This week the students went down to the Wellness Room in the Upper Primary Building and enjoyed lying on their mats and pillows and focusing on their breathing. Here are a few comments
“I like how you get to relax your body and focus on breathing and calming down.” Jayde
“When I’m finished I like being calm.” Cameryn
“It is really quiet in the Wellness Room. It is quiet and you can’t hear the other classes when you are relaxing.” Jesse

New Upper Primary Building

The Year 6 cohort have moved into the wonderful new Upper Primary building with a great sense of excitement and anticipation. The facility is open, bright, modern and well designed. This is a credit to our Business Manager, Mrs Shore, Our architect, Steve Mueller and EMCO builders.

The project was completed on time and enabled the Year 6 students have one term in the new building before moving to Year 7. The large open spaces will be of great benefit to the whole school, and the excellent Music and Japanese classrooms are a great addition to the Primary School. We look forward to hosting the Year 6 Exhibition in this new building at the end of the year. Over 200 guests celebrated the Year 12 Valedictory Supper in the new building last night and this was a huge success.

IPSHA Inter-School Paper Planes Championship
The winners of our Year 4 Paper Plane competition, Jaxon Prothero and Owen Cumine, represented John Wollaston at the IPSHA Inter-School Paper Planes Championship this week. Both boys performed well and thoroughly enjoyed the day, apparently cupcakes and popcorn were a highlight! Well done to both boys and thank you to Miss Vidler, Mrs Burman and Mrs Stevens for their continued enthusiasm in Year 4.

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Disco tonight!
See you at the disco tonight! Wear your brightest for in celebration of Diwali festival of lights.

P&F Disco (K-7)
Friday 20 October

Best Wishes
Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

Year 6 Exhibition excursion
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Excitement is mounting in the new Upper Primary Building as the Year 6s embark on their PYP exhibition. The Exhibition is the culminating experience of the PYP in which the students showcase their development of the IB learner profile by participating in a collaborative inquiry into a real-life issue or problem. This year’s Exhibition falls under the transdisciplinary theme “How we express ourselves”.

After some exploration of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the students worked collaboratively to develop a central idea for the exhibition.
Their contributions were most impressive and the resultant central idea is:

Through appreciation and expression, humanity responds to the world’s needs.

Since the beginning of this term the students have participated in a variety of activities designed to stimulate their curiosity and broaden their perspectives. The first of these was an entertaining session with author, James Foley who shared his journey to become an author and amused the students with his animated presentations of some of his stories. Another great experience was the day trip to Fremantle. Students were given the opportunity to select one of four experiences: visits to Fremantle Port Authority; Western Australian Army Museum or the Fremantle Arts Centre, or participate in a marine experience at Cicerello’s. They also followed a tourist route around the city observing the variety of artistic expressions along the streets of Fremantle.

We look forward to following the Year 6 students as they pursue their inquiries and await with interest to see what action they will take as a result of their learning.
Fiona Currey
Deputy Head of Primary: Teaching and Learning

Annual Book Fair

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

  • Our annual Book Fair will commence on Friday 3 November at 8:00am in the Learning Resource Centre. 

The Fair will be open daily 8:00am-4:00pm (except Friday, until 3.30) until Wednesday 8 November. Every item that you buy earns credit toward free resources for the Learning Resource Centre.

Students will have an opportunity to preview the Fair on the day of its arrival and during their library sessions during the week.
EFTPOS facilities available (cheque, savings and credit).
We look forward to your support for another successful fair this year.
Sharon Hanson
Head of Library Services

Year 4 Excursion to Fremantle
The Year 4s also recently had a great excursion to Fremantle.

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Issue 16 Principal

  • Valedictory Week
  • 14 Veterans
  • Congratulations to our Head of Primary

Valedictory Week

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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, Executive and special guests The Right Reverend Jeremy James tssf Assistant Bishop of Perth and The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Schools Commission.

As we have come to expect, the Head Prefects Grace Warnes and Jayden Asmus spoke with confidence and poise expressing their gratitude for their time at John Wollaston and leaving valuable advice for their successors. Head of The Arts Peta Ranieri 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. Supper, a delicious variety of Spanish paella dishes and desserts, was held in the new Upper Primary building.

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 2017 has left with our best wishes for the future.

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14 Veterans


Fourteen Veterans 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 11 boys and three girls 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 informally on their school journey and share plans for their future. The students were unanimously positive about their school experience, noting the contribution of friends, teachers and parents. To families who have committed to the School for the duration of their children's education, I thank you for the significant emotional and financial investment you have made.

Congratulations to our Head of Primary
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Our Head of Primary Wayne Revitt is one of five school leaders from Western Australia who have been officially recognised for their dedication to education and professional learning in the annual John Laing Awards for Professional Development, managed by the Principals Australia Institute. This is a prestigious award and we warmly congratulate Mr Revitt on his achievement. To give you an insight into Mr Revitt's significant professional commitment within and external to the School, the Principals Australia website provides the following information:

Wayne Revitt is a member of the IPSHA Executive Committee and Project Officer for the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA). He is also the inaugural Vice-Chairperson for the WA Chapter of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA). Outside of Education, he is a co-founder and current Chair of the Board for a Not-For-Profit Organisation, the Kids Are Kids Therapy and Education Centre.

For the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA), Wayne has organised a regional retreat for IPSHA members featuring Professor Con Stough from Swinburne University on Emotional Intelligence in Schools, a Seminar on Diversity, Identity, Sexuality and Gender: Talk Soon, Talk Often and arranged a seminar with the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools WA, Valerie Gould, on future funding for the independent sector with Gonski 2.0.

Wayne has a strong interest in Positive Psychology and Education. As Vice-Chair of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) WA Chapter he directly facilitated/organised numerous workshops at the annual Positive Education Conference with the Positivity Institute in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Wayne has also recently co-presented a Positive Education 101 Seminar for the Positive Education Schools Association at Christ Church Grammar School for all current and prospective PESA members. At John Wollaston Anglican Community School, Wayne has conducted numerous workshops with all staff on Positive Education and facilitated professional learning on Positive Psychology, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness and Anxiety and Depression.

Our school is fortunate to have someone of Mr Revitt's passion and expertise leading our whole school implementation of Positive Education and related pastoral initiatives.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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