Friday, 18 November 2016 08:00

Issue 18 Principal

  • We are an eSmart school                                                     BACK
  • Textiles Award
  • Remembrance Day Service
  • 2016 Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremonies

We are an eSmart school
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I am delighted to announce that John Wollaston has been accredited as an eSmart school. Promoted by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation as a federal initiative, eSmart schools are characterised by their proactive stance against inappropriate online behaviour and their strong policies and practices to promote safe and responsible use of digital technology. Of particular relevance to the school context is the management of cybersafety, bullying and cyberbullying. A successful initiative at John Wollaston has been the appointment of student Cyber Leaders in the Secondary School who work with their peers to raise awareness and promote smart and safe online behaviour.
Head of Charter House, Pauline Galley is to be commended for her excellent work in this area. Several years ago we were invited to be a pilot school for a cyberbullying research project undertaken by Edith Cowan University. The concept of cyberbullying was new at that time and we were fortunate to be able to participate. Subsequently, through Mrs Galley's leadership, we have been involved in other projects to ensure we keep pace with an ever changing cyber landscape. To become an eSmart school is a logical progression of our work in this area.

For the safety of our children I encourage everyone in our school community to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours at school and at home. If you are concerned about incidents of cyberbullying or risky online behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact our eSmart coordinator Mrs Galley or the Deputy Principal Pastoral Care, Nick Jones or Senior Deputy Head of Primary, Fiona Shand.

Textiles Award
Our Textiles students are to be commended on their recent success. Four of our students, Karrina Cain, Sasha Lewin, Rebecca Morrison and Madelaine Sallie entered their Textiles project into a competition entitled Wearable Waste. Their gown, made of confectionary wrappers, placed equal first out of 111 entries. The girls won $500 to go towards a sustainability initiative at John Wollaston. Having seen the gown, I can attest to its sturdy construction but can only begin to imagine the hours it must have taken in design and manufacture, not to mention the huge consumption of lollies to obtain the wrappers! Congratulations to the girls and their Textiles teacher, Carolyn Gelmi on an innovative and enjoyable project.

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Remembrance Day Service
The whole school gathered in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre just prior to 11.00am last Friday for our annual Remembrance Day Service. It has become tradition for Year 7 students to lead the Service with input from other students and staff. They do so with confidence and poise ensuring that the occasion is dignified and respectful.

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It is my observation that young people have become increasingly interested in the sacrifices that Australian service men and women have made through the years to ensure a more peaceful world. Growing attendances at ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services and related events attest to that. On Friday, our students listened intently to the historical explanation provided by the Head of Humanities, Gary Bordoni and the prayers for the fallen. At 11.00am not a sound could be heard.

I delivered the following well- known blessing to conclude the Service:

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast to that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the faint hearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.


2016 Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremonies

The academic year concludes with Praise and Thanksgiving. This is a special time for the school commencing to give thanks and acknowledge studetn achievement. It is an expectation that all students attend their age appropriate Praise and Thanksgiving ceremony.

Year 10 and 11 Praise and Thanksgiving - Tuesday 29 November 6.30pm


Year 7, 8 and 9 Praise and Thanksgiving - Monday 5 December 9.00am


Primary Praise and Thanksgiving (Year 2-6) -Tuesday 6 December 8.50am 


With good wishes
Anne Ford

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