Friday, 24 March 2017 08:00

Issue 4 Principal

  • A great fortnight                                                                                BACK
  • The Chalk Café - a new Hospitality initiative
  • Easter Service

A great fortnight
The past fortnight has seen terrific performances by our swimmers competing in the Inter School Swimming Carnivals. The Primary team was one of the strongest to represent John Wollaston in recent years with many swimmers achieving fine results in a tightly fought competition at Wesley College. The Secondary team achieved second place to Peter Carnley Anglican Community School. There were many highlights including the U15 Girls Freestyle Relay team who finished in 1st place. Hannah Watts (Year 12) won the Girls Open Age Championship. Other standout performances were achieved by Year 8 students Joshua Beaman and Eliza Mitchell. Thank you to Primary Physical Education Specialist Mel Fowler, Secondary Sports Coordinator Jessica Dunn and staff who invested considerable time throughout the season to ensure that our swimmers competed to the best of their ability in the right spirit. 

For more details results CLICK HERE.

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Arts Week is always a highlight in Term 2 for the Secondary School and this year's celebrations were well supported by the students. The Visual Art installation, Mr Squiggle competition and the Talent Quest garnered considerable interest, with the finalists in the Talent Quest performing to an appreciative Friday lunchtime audience. Congratulations to Tiana Pierce who won this year's competition. Thank you to the Arts staff led by Head of Department Peta Ranieri who worked hard to ensure the week was a success.

Talent Quest

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Harmony Day is a feature of the Primary School calendar and this Wednesday saw a day full of activities to celebrate cultural diversity in our school. At the Harmony Day Assembly it was wonderful to see so many children in national dress with Scottish kilts next to Indian saris and Australian akubras. The Lightning Lunch was a feast of international cuisines with children enjoying the opportunity to taste food they had never experienced before. Thank you to parents who assisted with national dress, prepared delicious food for the children's lunch and participated in the international cookery class. Thank you also to the Primary Leadership, in particular Fiona Currey, and staff who work with the children each year to ensure the day is a meaningful experience of cultural learning and understanding.

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The School Café engaged in the spirit of Harmony Day by featuring an internationally themed menu this week. My favourite was the English roast with Yorkshire pudding on Wednesday lunchtime. Thank you to Café Supervisor Karen James and her staff for this initiative.

Our celebration of diversity at John Wollaston says much about who we are and what we do as a school community. For it is through embracing diversity that we gain strength to deal with complexity and difference. We know that to be accepting, understanding and respectful are most important aspects of character. To embrace and encourage diversity in all its iterations can challenge our current perspectives but I believe this is important as it anticipates an openness to that which is new, coupled with a more inclusive, non-judgemental culture.

The Year 7s returned happily exhausted yesterday from their four day residential Encounter experience at Fairbridge on the outskirts of Pinjarra. The Encounter focuses on a range of adventure based team building activities such as mountain biking, the flying fox and wall climbing. The emphasis is always on participation and enjoyment which sees newcomers to John Wollaston settle more comfortably. Periods of inclement weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the group or affect the full programme of activities. Thank you to Encounter teacher- in- charge David Crawford, his Year 7 colleagues Jaquie Fisher, Tracey Rogers and Imogen Cain and volunteer parents who generously gave of their time to attend attend the camp.


For more pictures form the Year 7 Camp see Community Relations.

Chalk Café - a new Hospitality initiative
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Chalk Café, an initiative of our Coordinator of Hospitality Susan Leach and her students. For several weeks this term, Chalk Café has been operating a delicious breakfast menu for staff on a Tuesday morning before school with dine-in and take away options. This has proved to be very successful and well patronised. The Hospitality students are responsible for all aspects of the Café's operations including the menu, food preparation, table service, kitchen hand duties and money handling which are excellent skills for a career in the food industry.

Having made such a positive start, Chalk Café is now open to parents on Tuesday mornings from 8.30am to 9.30am. Last orders are taken at 9.15am. Bookings for dine-in or take away can be made by telephoning receptionist Helen Claridge on 94958100. Chalk Café is located in the Technology Centre foyer in front of the sliding doors which give the venue an alfresco option in mild weather. I hope you can soon find time for a coffee at Chalk Café.

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For more pictures form the Chalk Café see VET/Careers.

Easter Service
Parents are invited to join students and staff for our Easter Service to be held on Friday 7 April in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre. The service commences at 9.00am. This year we are delighted to welcome the Right Reverend Jeremy James tssf Assisant Bishop of Perth who will lead us in worship.

With good wishes
Anne Ford


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