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Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00

Issue 13 - Community Relations

  • Science Cafe at UWA- Year 10 students
  • Rowing
  • Farewell our French exchange student

Science Cafe at UWA- Year 10 students
A group of John Wollaston Year 10 Science students attended the Scitech Science Café excursion at the University of WA on Thursday 25 August at Winthrop Hall, UWA. Close to 300 secondary school students were given a unique opportunity to speak one-on-one with some of Perth’s top Science, Engineering and Mathematic minds during a motivational morning tea as part of National Science Week 2016.

"Studying Science can lead to an amazing array of careers and the Science Cafe helps demonstrate those links by connecting secondary students to professionals from a range of industries. From astrophysicists through to policy advisors, it’s pretty inspiring to hear what pathways these people took and what a day in their job actually entails – and it doesn’t always involve a white lab coat."
Colleen Kleinschmidt, Scitech Science Cafe Coordinator said.

"Studying Science can set you up for an interesting and rewarding career in many different industries. Science covers such a diverse range of fields and is something that can really help make a different to our world now and in the future."
Ms Kleinschmidt said.

For more information CLICK HERE.


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On Saturday 13 August John Wollaston rowers competed at the Rowing WA All Schools Championships. The weather was fantastic with some good water for rowing. All of our John Wollaston Rowing Team competed with some very good results. Our rowing team members are as follows Rhys Du Ross, Tiffany Trainer, Robert Trainer, Bridget Axford, Regan Axford, Mathue Simmonds and Jacob Simonds.

Our rowers competed in single scull, double scull, coxed quad and coxed eight events. Most events had a qualifying race then the final race later. John Wollaston now has two Under 15 Single Scull champions; Rhys Du Ross and Tiffany Trainer. Tiffany placed first with a time of 2:12.69 and Rhys placed first in his race with a time of 1:58.82. Congratulations to all of our rowing team and also a big thank you to the coaches and helpers.

Farewell our French exchange student
Our lovely Year 10 French exchange student Gabrielle Doussaint said goodbye to her friends and House group today. Gabrielle comes from Sceaux a suburb outside Paris and has spent 12 weeks at John Wollaston. Gabrielle attends a government school in France and she said "Everything is different". Her school in France has 2000 students from Years 7-12 there are ten classes of Year 10s and she hardly knows anyone outside her year group or even her whole year group. She said it was so great in Australia to meet students from all year groups and to have a very close relationship with her teachers. Highlights were Hairspray and the Athletics Carnival. In France she has never had the opportunity to see her teachers in a “fun” atmosphere. Gabrielle admired the wide, green open spaces of John Wollaston as her school in France is a very old three storey building with virtually no open space. She also said there was a lot of choice of subjects in Australia and the electives at John Wollaston were great. In France she only gets to choose the foreign language she wishes to study.


Founders' Day photos

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Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00

Issue 13 - Parents and Friends

  • P & F Disco, Friday 28 October
  • Dome meeting great fun
  • Grandparents' Day, Friday 16 September

P & F Disco, Friday 28 October
Don’t forget we have moved the Primary Disco! The Disco will now be held on Friday 28 October, so please mark the date in your diaries and further information will be coming soon.

Dome meeting great fun
We really enjoyed our little sojourn to the Dome in Kelmscott for our last meeting, and we’ll be back for sure. Our next meeting will be held back at the School though, on Tuesday September 6.00 – 7.00pm in the Library. We welcome Mrs Pauline Galley, Head of Charter House to the meeting to give us an update on the Cyber Bullying programme that the P & F were proud to provide funding for. If you would like to hear more about how this programme is supporting our children, or if you’d just like to come along and see what the P & F is all about please join us!

We’ve got some exciting things planned for our meetings for the rest of the year, so stay tuned!

Grandparents' Day, Friday 16 September
Grandparents' Day is Friday September 16 and we would love some helping hands. If you are available in the morning please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Megan Blackman
Parents and Friends Association President

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Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00

Issue 13 - Business Manager

  • ELC students enjoying the Nature Playground

Early Learning Centre students are thoroughly enjoying their new Nature Playground. Melissa Forslun Head of the Early Learning Centre took a few photos of the children playing on the nature playground since the hill and pump have been open – the children are loving it. One of the students came up to her on Monday morning, proud as punch and said, “I helped make this!” as she ran off and played on the hill – it was gorgeous!

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Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00

Issue 13 - VET/Careers

  • Hospitality Certificate students  – Seniors Lunch
  • Vet/Careers Links

Hospitality Certificate students – Seniors Lunch

Astley Care (formerly the Gosnells Community Support Service) has been providing quality home care in Gosnells and surrounding areas for over 30 years. Their services are designed to help keep seniors and people with disabilities living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. An important part of their services is the Day Club, which provides socialisation, activities and outings for clients each week. They visit a variety of venues in the community, one of them being John Wollston Technology Centre for lunch, prepared by the Hospitality and Catering students. It is a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their skills, and for their clients to enjoy a beautiful meal.

Alice Hazebroek, Astley Care's Day Club Coordinator says they 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," she said.

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Vet/Careers Links

CET Open Day

Murdoch News

Notre Dame University Admissions Information and Expo Evening including alternative entry

Tuesday 6 September

5.30pm Expo | 6.15pm Presentation

The evening starts with a full courses Expo at 5.30pm where prospective students can meet academic staff and gather the most up-to-date course information. The presentation will commence at 6:15pm and will outline the Notre Dame application process, alternative entry pathways and feature a Notre Dame student panel which will provide first hand insight into what it is like to study and be part of the Notre Dame community.

We hope you will also invite those near to you who may be interested in taking up university study.

Register here.

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Foley Hall (ND1), 19 Mouat Street, Fremantle

Time: 5.30pm

For further information: 08 9433 0533 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Applications due Friday 30 September


Published in Newsletter Articles
Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00

Issue 13 - Head of Primary

  • Book Week Assembly
  • Pre-Carnival Jumps
  • Da Vinci Decathalon

Book Week Assembly
Book Week has become a favourite time of the year for staff and students. We have all enjoyed the Book Idol Competition and the many wonderful activities organised by our wonderful Library staff. Mrs Godfrey and the Class Representatives organised an entertaining Assembly this morning that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The Secondary Prefects assisted and looked fantastic in their Book Week costumes. The staff pantomime was highly entertaining, with a brilliant script adapted from the Mem Fox book, Koala Lou. This script, created by two of our Year 6 students Bryden Horsler and Lilly-Anne Burns, reflected the character strengths of love, perseverance and the Positive Psychology concept of a Growth Mindset, which is all about learning from our mistakes. Thank you to all parents for your fantastic creativity with the Book Week costumes, as you will see from the photos below, everybody looked amazing!


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Pre-Carnival Jumps
The Primary School completed its Pre-Carnival Jumps in preparation for the Primary Athletics Carnival on Thursday 1 September.

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Junior Da Vinci Decathalon
Eight of our Year 5 and 6 students were selected in Term 1 to participate in the Annual Junior Da Vinci Decathlon at Wesley College. This is part of the PACE (Pegasus Academic Challenge and Extension) group facilitated by our Deputy Head of Primary for Teaching and Learning, Mrs Currey. The Annual Junior Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition in which students are challenged in 10 disciplines. Participation in a competition of this nature requires commitment, enthusiasm, teamwork and perseverance as the students have met weekly to explore the disciplines and conduct additional research at home. Congratulations to our team of eight for their risk-taking and integrity as they approached the challenges on the day, well done!

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Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary


Published in Newsletter Articles
  • Outside the Frame Art Exhibition
  • Japanese Exchange visitors
  • Hospitality students host  lunch for Astley Care Day Programme
  • Year 7 student wins at State Cross Country
  • Year 10 Encounter - Cape Walk
  • Scott House – Daffodil Day

Outside the Frame Art Exhibition

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Congratulations to students and Art Teacher, Luke Morgan, for their recent success at the Outside the Frame Art Exhibition. This exhibition held by the City of Armadale showcases an array of contemporary artwork by some of the best young artists in the Southeast Metropolitan region. John Wollaston students won the School with the Best Collective Works $1000 cash prize, Sarah D’Ermilio won the Excellence Award for Painting for her artwork “What a Time to be Alive” and Evie Dodge won the Local Artist Award for her artwork “From Small Acorns”. Other students whose work helped win Best Collective Works were Keegan Smart and Darcie Azzam.

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Japanese Exchange Visitors
John Wollaston has hosted two visits this term from Japanese students. The first visit from our sister school Shizuoka Gakuen, coincided with the Inter-House Athletics Carnival and the second visit from Reitaku Mizunami Junior High School, organised by the Australian Institute of International Understanding, included Founders’ Day. These two events were thoroughly enjoyed by our visitors. Head of Languages, Tatia Sly, reflected that having the Japanese students in our school gave the students studying Japanese, particularly those in Years 7, 8 and 9 who welcomed the exchange students into their classes, a rich opportunity to converse with native speakers and find common interests with young people from another country. Our thanks go to all the host families who made the visits possible. This year, host families included people from the local community outside our own John Wollaston family.

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  • Hospitality students host  lunch for Astley Care Day Programme
    Once again our Hospitality students have represented John Wollaston with esteem as they prepared and served a lunch for local seniors. Astley Care values the lunches as part of their Day Club programme giving residents the opportunity to socialise and enjoy a ‘beautiful meal’. Congratulations go to the Hospitality Certificate II students and the Hospitality Coordinator, Susan Leach.
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For more pictures from Hospitality CLICK HERE.

Year 7 student wins at State Cross Country
Congratulations to Dylan Bailey for his second place in the recent State Cross Country Championships on Saturday 13 August held at Jorgensen Park, Kalamunda. Scott House is very proud of Dylan.
Dylan won the Silver medal for the 2km run with a time of 7 mins 25 sec! Dylan runs for the Melville Roar Athletics Club.

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Year 10 Encounter - Cape Walk
Year 10 students are looking forward to the Year 10  Encounter in the beautiful Margaret River region during Week 10 from Tuesday 20 September to Thursday 22 September. Students and parents are reminded that students are required to organise a tent group of 2 or 3 people and suitable tent for the trip.
Consent and Medical Forms are due back to school by Thursday 1 September. Please contact Mr Jones, Deputy Principal Pastoral Care, if you have any further questions.

Scott House – Daffodil Day

Scott House held its annual fundraiser for The Cancer Council of WA today. Students and staff ordered flowers for themselves, friends and family. Mr Quentin Hess, Head of Scott House says it was a fantastic day and approximately $1500 was raised for cancer research.
If you would like to learn more about Daffodil Day click on the link below:
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Anne Harris
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

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Friday, 26 August 2016 08:00

Issue 13 Principal

  • Founders' Day celebrations
  • Strategic planning update
  • 2017 School Council Bursaries

Founders' Day celebrations
The School celebrated its 27th birthday with a wonderful Founders' Day last Friday.

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I was delighted that former Chaplain Revd Dave Deeny returned to lead our Founders' Day Service which traditionally commences the celebrations. Attended by the whole school and a small group of parents and grandparents, the Service allowed us to reflect upon and give thanks for the initiative and work of our forebears who established the School and pioneered its development in the early years. Much like our namesake, The Venerable John Ramsden Wollaston who toiled tirelessly throughout the south west of WA to grow the Anglican church, our founders worked hard to realise their vision for a low fee Anglican school to be established south of the river. We are indebted to the Anglican Church, the Anglican Schools Commission, community leaders, School Council members, Foundation Principal Victoria Morgan, Chaplains, staff, students and parents who have shaped and sustained the growth of John Wollaston Anglican Community School.

The afternoon's festivities commenced with a staff versus students mixed netball match, with the victors to receive the Principal's Cup. Despite strong vocal support by the students for their peers, the staff triumphed to retain the Principal's Cup for the sixth consecutive year. The Wollaston Marketplace then commenced with a range of food, novelty and games stalls, transforming the inner quad. Primary and Secondary students and staff visited the stalls with old favourites such as face painting and portrait drawing, the bouncy castle and slide proving popular. The activities were a great success with all funds raised going to the John Wollaston team competing in the Ride to Conquer Cancer event held in October.

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For more Founders' Day photos CLICK HERE.

Strategic planning update
The consultation phase for the new strategic plan is progressing very smoothly with enthusiastic participation from students, staff and parents. Dr Liz Pattison has been delighted by the energy, goodwill and great ideas generated by workshop participants. Thank you to parents who attended the Parent Consultation Workshop last evening. Next week all parents will have the opportunity to provide feedback in a short online survey. I urge you to participate in this important process and have a say in the future direction of our school.

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2017 School Council Bursaries
The purpose of a School Council Bursary is twofold. Firstly, to offer financial assistance to an existing school family who supports the values of John Wollaston Anglican Community School and secondly, to provide educational opportunities for an appropriately qualified student who would not otherwise be able to remain at the School for financial or family reasons.

Eligible students are invited to apply for 2017 School Council Bursaries. 

Please click on the link below for more information about School Council Bursaries being offered in 2017.

2017 School Council Bursaries – Application Details 

Applications should be submitted to the Principal by 4.00pm Wednesday 21 September 2016. For further information please contact Karen Ayres, Academic Assistant to the Principal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (08) 9495 8100.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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Friday, 12 August 2016 08:00

Issue 12 Community Relations

  • Japanese Drummer Incursion                                                                                                           BACK
  • Secondary Inter-House Athletics Carnival

The last fortnight in pictures.

Japanese Drummer Incursion

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Secondary Inter-House Athletics Carnival

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Rachel Tierney
Community Relations Officer

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Friday, 12 August 2016 08:00

Issue 12 Parents and Friends

  • Early Learning Centre – Busy Bee Thank you                                                           BACK
  • Important Notice – Change of Date
  • Primary Disco Friday 28 October 2016
  • Grandparents’ Day

Early Learning Centre – Busy Bee Thank you
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the Busy Bee on Saturday 6 August. Despite the weather, the team did some amazing work to create a beautiful new area for the youngest members of our John Wollaston family. It was wonderful to see many teachers give up their weekend to work alongside us as well. Our very special thanks to Mark Del Borrello for all his efforts in the lead up to and on the big day, and to the Coatz family for bringing their bobcat and driving expertise for the day – it made everything we did possible!

Important Notice – Change of Date

Due to some clashes with the Encounter experiences, the P&F have decided to move the Primary Disco to Term 4. Please mark the new date in your calendar: Primary Disco Friday 28 October 2016. We will be trailing a “pay-at-the-door” for this event. Reminders and further information will go out closer to the date.

Grandparents’ Day
Grandparents’ Day is on Friday 16 September and we need many hands to serve refreshments to our treasured grandparents on this very special day. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can help out at this morning event.

Lastly, thank you to those who joined us for our last meeting at the Dôme Café in Kelmscott. Watch this space – we’ll be mixing up our meetings more in the future, so we hope to see some new faces!

Megan Blackman
Parents and Friends Association President

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