Friday, 21 October 2016 08:00

Issue 16 Principal

  • Valedictory Week                                                                           BACK
  • 23 Veterans
  • NDIS Expo

Valedictory Week

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

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

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

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

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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