Friday, 05 May 2017 00:00

Issue 6 Principal

  • School Fair tomorrow                                                                                    BACK
  • World's Greatest Shave Fundraiser
  • 2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA)
  • SEQTA Use and Etiquette Statement for Families

School Fair tomorrow
With fine weather forecast tomorrow, I encourage all school families to attend our School Fair. It promises to be a terrific day with over 50 stalls, several food outlets, pony rides, double lane slide, all age bouncer, obstacle combo, a pet show, a dance display and live music. There will be something for everyone! The Fair has been months in the planning. Thank you to all involved and, in particular, our Business Manager Gailene Shore who has coordinated the event.

World's Greatest Shave Fundraiser
Congratulations to the 16 secondary students, my Personal Assistant Susan Kirby and Head of Humanities Gary Bordoni who participated in the World's Greatest Shave in the BDISC during lunchtime on Monday 1 May. Head of Charter House Pauline Galley organises the School's participation in this fundraiser on a biennial basis and each occasion is a great success. This year's event received wonderful support from our Year 12 boys several of whom decided to have their locks shaved for the cause. The staff were great sports with Mr Bordoni agreeing to lose his moustache for $100 and Mrs Kirby braving my handiwork with the clippers! With pledges to be tallied at the end of the month, it is anticipated that we will raise approximately $3000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, which is an outstanding effort. Thank you to Mrs Galley and the two hairdressers from Tyler Reid Hair and Beauty Salon in Canning Vale who donated their time to the School.

See these links for the story in the Examiner Newspapers.


DSC 0233small DSC 0237small DSC 0238samll
DSC 0306SMALL DSC 0260tall DSC 0242small
DSC 0249tall DSC 0270TALL DSC 0295TALL

2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA)
Each year members of school communities throughout Australia are invited to nominate inspirational teachers and school leaders for an award through the NEiTA programme. Being nominated for an award provides a wonderful boost to morale and due recognition for the person's professionalism, skills and ability. We are very fortunate to have a strong team of educators at John Wollaston. If you wish to acknowledge a teacher or leader whom you believe demonstrates effectiveness, innovation and excellence in their profession, please consider nominating him/her.

Nominations for a NEiTA can be made at The closing date for nominations is 3 July 2017.

SEQTA Use and Etiquette Statement for Families
Thank you to all families for your support in joining SEQTA Engage. I have been very pleased by the use of this parent portal, which enables parents and guardians to have a greater involvement their child's day-to-day schooling and a clearer understanding of the educative process.

It is important to remember that the SEQTA portal is an educational tool that can be viewed by staff (SEQTA Teach), students (SEQTA Learn) and parents (SEQTA Engage). The volume of correspondence generated by our school community over a 24-hour period is considerable. Since the portal's implementation, we have spent time explaining to students and staff the etiquette to be observed when using SEQTA; that is, all communication must be formal in style, courteous and timely. It is appropriate that parents and guardians also observe this etiquette so that as a school community we have a shared understanding and expectation of our communication with each other. To that end, I request that you observe the following protocols when using Direqt Messages on SEQTA Engage:

Engage Icon 512SEQTA Engage

  • When emailing or messaging staff please write your message in a formal style. Please open your message with the correct salutation such as 'Dear Mr Smith'. Please close your email using the phrase 'Kind regards' or 'Yours sincerely'.
  • The content of the message should be as brief as possible and written in a courteous and respectful tone.
  • If a parent/guardian sends a Direqt Message to a staff member, up to 48 hours should be allowed for a response. If an answer is required sooner than this timeframe, please contact the School on (08) 9495 8100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Staff are not expected to check the SEQTA portal in the evening, on weekends or during school holidays. Therefore, you may not receive a reply to your Direqt Message during these times.
  • Staff may use Direqt Messages to communicate with parents/guardians. Staff will observe the protocol of allowing up to 48 hours for a response from parents/guardians.
  • Please do not contact the Principal via Direqt Messages. The preferred email contact for the Principal is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
  • Secondary students who are absent from school for any reason, are expected to access their course outline and lesson programme on SEQTA Learn to check for missed work.
  • Holiday absence notifications to the Principal or other staff are not to be communicated through SEQTA Direqt Messages.They are to be communicated to the Principal via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as per the Attendance Policy.

A full list of contact names and email addresses can be found at the John Wollaston Anglican Community School webpage at as well as the SEQTA Engage ‘Portals’ tab: Contact Us JWACS.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

All Newsletters