Friday, 18 November 2016 08:00

Issue 18 Director of Administration

  • SEQTA access - Year 12 Parents and Students                                            BACK
  • Year 11 Statement of Results
  • Final Academic Report Years 7 to 11
  • Year 11 Final School Day and the Dinner Dance
  • Year 10 Examinations and Final School Day
  • Years 10 and 11 Praise and Thanksgiving – Tuesday 29 November
  • Years 7, 8 and 9 Praise and Thanksgiving – Monday 5 December
  • Booklists 2017
  • MacBook Returns
  • STEM Day 2016
  • Inter-House Rowing Regatta

SEQTA access - Year 12 Parents and Students
Year 12 parent and student access to SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn will cease at the end of 2016 or very early in the New Year. Parents and students are advised to ensure that they have printed off academic reports before the end of the 2016 calendar year to ensure that they have this information before their access finishes.

Year 11 Statement of Results
The Year 11 Statement of Results will be available on SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn by Wednesday 28 November. Only course results (not certificate results) will appear on this statement. Please check the Statement of Results carefully and advise the School if there is a concern with any of the course results.

Final Academic Report Years 7 to 11
The Final Academic Report will not be posted to parents this year. All reports will only be available through SEQTA Engage and SEQTA Learn. The Final Report will include subject/course results and teacher comments.

  • Year 11 Reports will be available to access during the first week of December.
  • Years 7 to 10 Reports will be available to access during the third week of December.


Year 11 Final School Day and the Dinner Dance

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The Year 11 students concluded their academic year on Thursday 17 November. Students gathered in the Chapel at 2:15pm for a Chapel Service led by Deputy Principal Pastoral Care, Nick Jones who also managed to motivate many of the students to sing two Christmas carols. As Year 12s next year, the students will be further encouraged to sing in Chapel and perhaps other forums, so start practising Year 11s!

The following evening many Year 11s attended the Dinner Dance at the Willow Pond Reception Centre in Canning Vale. After a lovely meal, their dancing instructor arrived and after a quick refresher of some ballroom dance moves, the dancing to music commenced! It was fantastic to see the level of participation and the delight on the faces of the students as they danced with enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. Even the teachers were invited to dance by a number of students, after the instructor put this idea forward! Naturally, a dance involving a change of partners was selected so most of the boys danced with the Principal!

‘Awards’ were also presented during the evening. Monique Stubberfield and Ryan Edwards were recognised for their skills in formal dancing and for freestyle dancing, Matthew Blechynden was the choice of the judges. A great night was had by all. The students conducted themselves in a mature and responsible manner; the School is very proud of them. Well done!

Year 10 Examinations and Final School Day
Year 10 students commenced their examinations with English on Friday 18 November. On Monday 21 November they will sit Science and Society and Environment examinations and Mathematics on Tuesday 22 November. Good luck, Year 10s!

  • The final school day for all Year 10s is Tuesday 29 November
  • The Year 10 River Cruise is in the evening of Wednesday 30 November


Years 10 and 11 Praise and Thanksgiving – Tuesday 29 November
All Year 10 and 11 students and are expected to attend the Year 10 and 11 Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremony on Tuesday 29 November at 6.30pm in the BDISC. Winter School Uniform is to be worn. Parents are warmly invited and strongly encouraged to attend this important evening, which completes the Senior Secondary school year and recognises the many achievements of our students. We look forward to seeing you at Praise and Thanksgiving.

Years 7, 8 and 9 Praise and Thanksgiving – Monday 5 December
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 finish their school year on Monday 5 December. During the morning, the Year 7, 8 and 9 Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremony will be held at 9:00am in the BDSIC. Students are to wear their Summer School Uniform. Parents are most welcome and warmly invited to attend. A series of organised student activities are planned for the afternoon, before student dismissal at 3:05pm to commence summer holidays.

Booklists 2017
2017 Booklists are in the process of being finalised and will be available to access from the School web page in due course.

MacBook Returns
Students in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 are required to hand in their MacBook to the IT office on the last day of term. Student should ensure they have taken a copy of any work, music, photos, software etc. on the MacBook as it will be reimaged and updated for 2017. Students may collect their same MacBook from the IT Office from the second week in January. Any student not returning to John Wollaston for 2017 will also need to return the charger to avoid an invoice for replacement costs. Parents of Year 9 students will shortly be sent information from the Business Manager, Gailene Shore regarding the purchase of their MacBook and the 2017, 1:1 programme.

STEM Day 2016

Students in the Year 7 Pegasus Programme participated in the School’s first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day on Monday 7 November 2016. The main focus for the day was problem solving. Activities in the morning were devoted to the topic of Forces and Propulsion. Students were tasked with building either a fan powered electric car or a catapult. They needed to consider the variables they had controlled, those they deliberately manipulated and then how they would measure the effect of any changes made. Students also saw rockets in action and then looked at the reactions needed to cause propulsion. Finally, the students learned about Newton’s Laws of motion and evaluated their designs.

In the afternoon the students became sleuths, solving a most heinous crime. Using fingerprints, luminol, hair and fibre samples, as well as footprints and blood types, the students were able to track down the thief. Scientific methodology was used to eliminate possible suspects and finally bring the villain to justice!

The benefits of STEM Day were wide ranging; students are exposed to a style of learning they do not traditionally experience. While our students do a lot of inquiry learning, the ability to problem solve and work collaboratively in a cross curricular setting is enhanced. The students reported that the day was both fun and informative and they were looking forward to doing more Science in the future. Some even said that the real life experiences have made them consider possible STEM based careers.

Staff also gained much from the experience. Being able to work with the younger students in a more intense way has given them insight into their abilities and interests, while also allowing all participants to extend their repertoire of lessons and skills. All staff involved did experiments and demonstrations with the students that they had not done before.

The event was so successful that a number of initiatives involving other student year groups, staff from other subject areas and a possible STEM Week are being explored for the future.

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Inter-House Rowing Regatta

The Secondary Inter-House Rowing Regatta will be held this Sunday 20 November at ANA Bayswater 9.00am to 11.15am.


ANA’s boat shed and clubrooms are located at the Hinds Reserve, Bayswater. It is just upstream of the Garratt Road Bridge with access via Milne Street.


Nick Tanner
Director of Administration

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