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Issue 10-Chaplain

  • The Lord bless you and keep you!                                                              BACK

Sadly, by the time that you are reading this, my time as Chaplain at John Wollaston Anglican Community School will have come to an end. There is so much that I could say in the circumstances. However, I will simply say “Thank you!” Thank you to everyone that I have come into contact with during my time at the School. This includes the colleagues with who I have worked, the wider community including families and friends of the School, and last not but not least, our wonderful students. Working with you all has enriched my life, and I will certainly never forget you. I wish you all well for the future!

I would like to leave you and the School by offering you the Priestly Blessing:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.


God bless
Rev'd Dave

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Director of Administration

  • Parent Portal update                                                        BACK
  • UWA High Achiever Camp
  • Cyber Leaders
  • Hale Day
  • Red Nose Day
  • Examination update
  • Colours Assembly
  • Second School Photograph Day – Monday 27 June

Parent Portal update

Parents are reminded the Semester 1 Academic Report will be made available through the SEQTA Engage portal page. If you have not yet activated your SEQTA Engage account and need help, please contact Mrs Karen Ayres during office hours. Mrs Ayres is also able to assist with forgotten usernames and passwords.

You may also notice that you now have access to portal pages within SEQTA Engage. These portals act as noticeboards for various groups of students such as those involved in the Production, JSAS, Pegasus Society or by year cohort. Viewing these pages will allow you to see some of the opportunities students have at John Wollaston. In the future we will be using engage and learn to make available more documents and forms commonly used at the School.


UWA High Achiever Camp
Year 12 student and Head Prefect, Evie Dodge has been selected for the University of Western Australia High Achiever Camp in the July school holidays. The camp is a three-day programme that provides high-achieving Year 12 students with the opportunity to experience various aspects of university life at UWA. For more information:

Cyber Leaders
Our new Cyber Leaders have already commenced their duties. Their target year group for Term 3 is the Year 8 cohort who will benefit from further guidance on their cyber safety. If parents have any particular messages that they would like the Cyber Leaders to incorporate into their planning, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs Galley or Ms Grant who are working closely with the group.

Hale Day

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Today was Hale Day. The Hale Student Leaders started the day with a positive meet and greet to all students and accompanying adults. This year they were joined by a number of Primary Hale students. A well-beloved cake stall was held at recess where secondary students bought varied yummy goodies, safe in the knowledge that they were also supporting The Animal Protection Society. 

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The tally for today’s cake stall is $382.10 - I would like to thank all the students who helped sell the cakes, the students who brought cakes, the students who actually bought the cakes and last but not least all the parents and staff who made cakes for the day and the staff who either donated money or bought cakes.

Please let the students know how much we made and thank them for me on behalf of The Animal Protection Society ( ) who will, I have no doubt, appreciate all our efforts. 
Lee Parker

It was anticipated that the Anglicare Ambassadors would be able to launch the used-clothing collection today also. However, there has been a slight delay in the delivery of the orange collection bags. This will still go ahead once the bags have been delivered to the School so please keep this in mind for the near future. You will receive further notification so that you have time to go through your wardrobe to help others in need.

Red Nose Day
On Friday 24 June Ramsden House is holding its annual Red Nose Day in support of SIDS & Kids. Ramsden Student Leaders will be visiting every House Group on the day with items for sale. We all know what a devastating effect that SIDS has on families, so it’s lovely to see our students digging deep to help when they can.

Examination update
The end of the semester is in full swing. The senior students have completed their examination programme and our lower school students are currently undergoing their major assessments. Teaching staff are also working very hard to ensure that our students achieve the very best they can, with marking and report writing underway. It is great to see all members of the John Wollaston community caring for and supporting each other at this time.

Colours Assembly
Our next Colours Assembly is on Wednesday 29 June recognising student achievement this semester. Parents and friends are most welcome to come and celebrate student achievements.

Second School Photograph Day – Monday 27 June
Our second School Photograph Day will take place on Monday 27 June. On this day, all ELC class groups and individual images will be taken, in addition to a number of other student group photographs. Please note: Parents are not required to resubmit payment envelopes for class and individual photographs that could not be taken earlier this term. The School is also offering families the opportunity to have sibling/family photographs taken on Monday 27 June. These are group photographs of students from the same family who attend John Wollaston Anglican Community School.

Payment envelopes for sibling/family photographs can be collected from the ELC Reception, Primary Reception and Secondary Student Services.  These envelopes should be returned to the School no later than Monday 20 June.

Nick Tanner
Director of Administration

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Acting Principal

  • Ramsden House Prefect                                                                BACK
  • Leavers’ Jacket
  • Cross Country action
  • Year 1 Consultancy Group
  • Service to others
  • Anglicare Ambassadors
  • Music Bites

Ramsden House Prefect
It gives me great pleasure to announce Steffanie Conneely as the Ramsden House Prefect. Steffanie was nominated for this position by Mrs Sally Banks, Head of Ramsden House, when the position became vacant; she was commissioned before her peers last week. Steffanie has been an avid supporter and tireless worker for Ramsden since her early years in primary school. Her dedication and passion will be an inspiration to all Ramsden students. Congratulations, Steffanie!


Leavers’ Jacket
I was the lucky recipient of a 2016 Leavers Jacket at the last secondary assembly. It was a presentation from the Year 12 students, many of whom I have seen grow up from little pre-schoolers at four years of age, to the wonderful young men and women they are today. Like them, 2016 will be my last year at John Wollaston. The jacket was aptly named ‘Aunty B’ and I will wear it with pride!

Cross Country action
The Secondary Inter-School Cross Country Carnival was held on Thursday 2 June at Alderbury Reserve in Floreat with 66 John Wollaston students competing from Years 7-12. It was perfect weather for the event; all students behaved well and showed excellent sportsmanship. Some outstanding results included Dylan Bailey in the Under 13 division (13th out of 350 students) and Leighton Hanley in the Under 15 division (12th out of 330 students). Congratulations to all students who represented their school.
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The Primary Inter-House Cross Country was also held this week with the ELC children competing at the School and the older students running at Champion Lakes. Further information can be found in Mr Revitt’s section of this newsletter.

Year 1 Consultancy Group
It was delightful to host a group of articulate and confident Year 1 students last week as they put forward their ideas for the Nature Playground at the Early Learning Centre. Armed with clear and precise diagrams, each student had an opportunity to discuss their ideas in the Boardroom. Water play, mounds (to go over and under), a mud pit, meditation areas, interactive gardens and many other initiatives were put to Mr Revitt, the Business Manager Mrs Gailene Shore and I. Work on this playground will get underway in the next few months.


Service to others
35 litres of delicious minestrone soup were recently made by John Wollaston students, collected by the Salvation Army and delivered to the needy. Vegetables, tinned tomatoes, beans, pasta and stock were donated by some Year 7 students and staff, with four Year 7 students and several Year 11 students actually making the soup. A huge thank you goes to Mrs Susan Leach for her work with the JWACS Soup Kitchen; the next batch of soup will be made in Week 10.

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Anglicare Ambassadors
Mr Kilmartin has announced the Anglicare Amabassadors for 2016:

Jamiee Addison (Charter)
Anjelica Paul (Hale)
Rhiannon Blair (Scott)
Emma Winship (Scott)

Music Bites

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Bronwyn Twining
Acting Principal

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Head of Primary

  • Year 5 Encounter Camp                                           BACK            
  • Primary Inter-House Cross Country Carnival
  • Junior Dale Fest
  • Musical - Tickets on sale!
  • In the news

 Year 5 Encounter Camp


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The Year 5 Encounter experience held this term, a two night camp at the Ern Halliday Centre in Hillarys, was a great success. Activities included archery, the flying fox, orienteering and caving. This Encounter is designed to build resilience and a sense of independence, foster a spirt of inquiry and develop outdoor education skills. I acknowledge and thank our teaching staff for going ‘above and beyond’ in planning for and participating in, these activities. A highlight was the encouragement and support provided by our students to each other. This camp is a wonderful opportunity for team building and finding the inner resilience many students were not aware they possess. It serves as an excellent preparation for the Year 6 tour of Canberra.

Primary Inter-House Cross Country Carnival

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Yesterday we all enjoyed a wonderful day of Inter-House Cross Country events. The morning in the Early Learning Centre was characterised by many determined children racing around the circuit with a sense of joy and great spirit. A highlight for me is the interaction between the Year 6 student helpers and the ELC children, with the prized reward for Year 6 being the opportunity to use the ELC playground at the end of the event! There were many ELC parents watching the event and I thank you all for contributing to a great atmosphere. The afternoon at Champion Lakes provided a beautiful natural setting and we saw some excellent long distance running from all year groups. As always, we congratulate all students for their caring nature and participation in the Inter-House Cross Country, whatever their final place in the race. Congratulations and thank you to Ms Mel Fowler for organising a great day for us all.

For more Primary Inter-House Cross Country photos please click here.

Junior Dale Fest
Our Year 2-3 Primary Choir performed a Mary Poppins medley at the recent Junior Dale Fest and according to the many proud parents and grandparents I spoke to afterwards, the Choir sounded wonderful and represented our school with a great deal of pride. The theme was “Movie Magic” with a huge variety of songs from I’m a Believer to Kung Fu Panda. Congratulations to Mrs Jenny Coles for her excellent work with both the Choir and our musical.

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Musical - Tickets on sale!
I am certainly looking forward to The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents! Please make sure you purchase your tickets before the event is sold out. The cast is very excited and both Mrs Coles and Mrs Hewson have worked extremely hard to prepare for what will be a highlight of the year.


The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 

All performances will be held in the David Williamson Theatre, in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre at John Wollaston Anglican Community School.

Dates and times: Week 10

28 June 7.00 pm
Wednesday 29 June  7.00 pm
Thursday 30 June 7.00 pm

Tickets $10 – are on sale now via TryBooking online. 

In the news
Primary students recently featured in the local newspaper.

Click here for the story.

Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Chaplain

  • Who am I?                                                                   BACK
  • What is the purpose of my life on this planet?


As I approach the end of my time as Chaplain at John Wollaston Anglican Community School, I believe that it is appropriate for me to ask myself these questions again. I raised these questions in a newsletter article in 2013. These are enduring questions which we should revisit until we are comfortable with our answers to them. It is appropriate to ask these questions of John Wollaston Anglican Community School, as well as of everyone who forms a part of this faith based community. Many people go through life asking these questions whilst others go through life avoiding them. We live in a ‘postmodern,’ ‘post-Christendom,’ secular, and many would say, atheist society. Whatever the situation that we find ourselves in, we are part of an Anglican School community. What implications does that and the above questions have on the way that we view life?

The answers that we offer for these questions colour the ‘lens’ through which we look at the world. They will determine the way that we respond to the many issues that we see in the world around us today.

The biggest and most debatable question that influences how these and all the other questions are answered is, ‘Does God exist?’ Deists accept the existence of a Great Mind behind the universe but they leave it there. Hinduism declares that the path to Brahman (ultimate reality), as revealed in the Bhagavad-Gita, is to devote oneself to one of Brahman’s emanations – Siva, Vishnu. Islam counters that the Quran revealed to the Prophet Muhammad is Allah’s word. At this point many throw up their hands and say ‘God is a mystery,’ or ‘God does not exist,’ or ‘who cares anyway!’

The Christian worldview that forms the basis of the Anglican faith here at John Wollaston offers a solution to the quest for meaning, and indeed God. The unique claim of Christianity is that God revealed himself to us in and through the redemptive life of Jesus Christ. So, in my opinion, the answer to the question “Who was Jesus?” is pivotal in looking at all of the above questions.

I like the way that C.S. Lewis addressed the persona of Jesus, in giving us a sense of his own journey from atheism to belief. He put it this way:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

May God bless you as you ponder these questions.

God bless
Rev'd Dave

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Business Manager

  • Nature Playground – Early Learning Centre Stage 1                                              BACK

Planning has commenced on Stage 1 of the Nature Playground at the Early Learning Centre. On Tuesday 7 June, ten Year 1 students met with Mrs Twining, Mr Revitt and myself to talk about their ideas for the ELC Nature Playground. The students put forward some wonderful ideas from tepees, cubby houses, meditating room to a tunnel with grass growing over and a stream with a bridge – I hope we have some very handy parents to assist in the making of these ideas!

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Stage 1 planning is to incorporate a stream with a water pump, channel (similar to the photo attached) and bridge; mud digging pit; tepee and loose parts outdoor storage unit.

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A Busy Bee will be held in Term 3 (date to be advised) to complete Stage 1. An email will be sent to parents with a list of items for possible donations and help.


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to find out more about the project.

Gailene Shore
Business Manager

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Parents and Friends

  • Social events                                                           BACK                        
  • P&F light refreshments at Primary Musical
  • Sausage Sizzles
  • Wish lists
  • Stay in touch

Almost the end of Term 2 already, the year is just flying by!

Social events
Your P&F Committee has been hard at work planning some fantastic social events for the rest of the year, as well as looking at how the Levy funds will be distributed for 2016. Keep your eyes out for;

P&F light refreshments at Primary Musical
The P&F will be providing light refreshments before the performances of The Amazing Maurice and his Amazing Rodents. We hope you’ve got your tickets for the fantastic Primary Production coming up on 28, 29 and 30 June! It promises to be a fantastic evening and the P&F will have coffee/tea and cake available for a gold coin donation before the show each night.

Sausage Sizzles
In an effort to boost funds for the School without placing the fundraising burden back on parents, the P&F will be running a series of Sausage Sizzles at local hardware stores. Keep an eye out for dates on this page and come down and say hi. We will also be looking for some fabulous parent helpers for the day too. Dates will be confirmed soon. If you’d like to get involved email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wish lists
Decisions on how the P&F levy funds are to be distributed will be finalised soon, following extensive discussion at our last meeting on 7 June. Stay tuned for more details about how your money is going to benefit the School in the best way possible.

Stay in touch
Remember, if you have any questions, would like to stay in touch or get involved you can email us anytime on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 19 July, 7pm in the Library Resource Centre. Hope to see you there!

Thanks again for your support.

Megan Blackman
President of the Parents and Friends Association Inc.

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - Community Relations

  • Primary Inter-House Cross Country                                                                                      BACK
  • Latest Rowing results

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Primary Inter-House Cross Country

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Latest Rowing results

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John Wollaston students performed well at the 4 June Regatta.


Rachel Tierney
Community Relations

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Friday, 17 June 2016 08:00

Issue 9 - VET/Careers

  • Artificial Intelligence                                                                                BACK

ARTIFICIAL intelligence and the Internet of Things are changing the way we work.

"In fact, more than 50 per cent of NSW jobs are at risk of computerisation over the next 10 to 15 years, according to the recent Future Workforce Trends in NSW: Emerging Technologies and their Potential Impact Report.

Adidas’ announcement that it will open a robot-operated Speedfactory in 2017 is another example of how automation is continuing to transform the global workforce. Global job search engine Indeed has revealed that the jobs of the future will be those that require human intelligence, skills and compassion, and that they will thrive as professions in the next 30 years." Chris

Interested?  Click here for full article


Glenn Bird
VET/Careers Coordinator

Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 03 June 2016 08:00

Issue 8 - Acting Principal

  • Rev Dave Deeny                                                                                             BACK
  • Academic Scholarships 2017
  • Soup Kitchen Service
  • Cathedral Donations

Rev Dave Deeny
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It is with great sadness that we prepare to farewell Rev'd Dave Deeny at the end of this term. Rev Dave, as he is fondly known to the students, is to take up the position of Chaplaincy at Peter Moyes Anglican Community School in Mindarie at the commencement of Term 3. We will miss Rev'd Dave’s enthusiasm, passion and ability to engage with students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Rev'd Dave conducted his final service at John Wollaston this week, for Pre Primary to Year 10 students. He was assisted by the Primary Chapel Captain, Charlotte Adam and Year 8 student, Ashleigh Bydder and as usual, there were interactive songs sung by the Primary children and student engagement throughout the service. There is something delightful about watching Rev'd Dave pretend he is a watermelon!

Academic Scholarships 2017
The School is inviting Year 6 and Year 10 students enrolled in government or independent schools, including current John Wollaston students, to participate in a scholarship examination to be conducted at the School on Saturday 18 June 2016.One fully funded and two half-funded scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 and Year 11 in 2017. The scholarships will be awarded for the student’s tuition fees from Year 7 to Year10 and from Year 11 to Year 12 inclusive. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to experience what our School has to offer.

Registration for the Academic Scholarships Year 7 and Year 11 – 2017 are currently open. Applicants must be registered by Friday 11 June. The Academic Scholarship examination will take place at 8.15 am on Saturday 18 June 2016 at The Commons, John Wollaston Anglican Community School, Centre Road, Camillo, WA 6111.
For further information please go to or contact Mrs Karen Ayres, Academic Assistant to the Principal on 9495 8100.


Soup Kitchen Service
A conversation between the Salvation Army, the Year 7 teachers and Mrs Susan Leach, Hospitality teacher, has seen our first lot of soup delivered to the homeless. The Year 10 students made in excess of 35 litres of delicious pumpkin soup which was, by all accounts, gratefully received by those most in need. Year 7 students are currently writing to fresh food providers with the aim of getting some donations of vegetables; this backs on to their inquiry work and Encounter experiences with the Salvation Army. This is a positive situation for everyone involved as it fits into the certificate requirements of the Hospitality students and provides a great sense of ‘giving’ for our students.

As Year 7 student Holly Van der Vaart writes;

“The Year 7 classes have been writing to different businesses to ask for long lasting donations of ingredients for soup. We had a guest speaker come and inform us about the Salvation Army and how they help the homeless people. We are learning how to become advocates for people, so our teachers decided that we should write to businesses to inform and ask them about the Salvation Army and how they might be able to assist.”


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Year 10 Hospitality students are also helping out the Salvation Army by cooking soup for their soup kitchen.

Cathedral Donations
The giving of our community doesn’t end there. John Wollaston families once again answered a call from the Cathedral for food for needy people. Chaplain Jeff Astfalck was able to load up his car with boxes of food brought in by students and deliver them to the Cathedral last week. The Very Reverend Richard Pengelley, Dean of Perth, has asked that we pass on his sincere gratitude to our school community.

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Bronwyn Twining
Acting Principal

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