Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Issue 7 Principal

  • School Fair - a great success                                                               BACK    
  • Year 6 Encounter in Canberra
  • Don’t miss out! - Academic Scholarships 2018
  • Netflix series - 13 Reasons Why 


School Fair - a great success
Our School Fair, held in the grounds on Saturday 6 May, was a great success. In beautiful sunshine, the large crowd enjoyed the entertainment, Pet Show, pony rides, silent auction, food and entertainment stalls throughout the day. There is something special about an old style fair, with its relaxed and happy atmosphere. Thank you for your support of this important event for the School. Our focus was more on "friend raising" than "fund raising" so it was gratifying to raise approximately $3,000 which will be directed to resources for the students.

The stall holders also enjoyed the Fair with the following email received by the Business Manager Gailene Shore:

Thank you for a fantastic event, we had an amazing day. We would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved. It was extremely well organised, promoted fantastically and the whole experience was so positive. Thank you again. As stallholders it's a pleasure attending such a fantastic event. We would love to hear from you if you have any future events planned as we would love to be able to attend. Thank you kindly, Tahlia from Wenju Gifts.

Congratulations and thank you to the staff, parents and students who contributed in a host of ways to the Fair. Special acknowledgement must go to Gailene Shore who spent many months planning and organising this event to ensure it would be a success.

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 For more pictures form the School Fair see the Parents and Friends section.

Year 6 Encounter in Canberra 
This week our Year 6 students have spent an action packed four days in our nation's capital. Their itinerary included the major tourist attractions of Canberra plus enjoying a special residential experience at the Australian Institute of Sport. The trip is wonderful learning experience for our students, many of whom have not flown before or been away from family for such an extended period. I look forward in the coming days to hearing stories of the Canberra Encounter.


Don’t miss out! - Academic Scholarships 2018
Registration for Academic Scholarships in 2018 at John Wollaston Anglican Community School will be closing soon. Register your child, currently in Year 4, Year 6 or Year 9, before 10 June 2017 to be eligible to participate in the scholarship examination to be held at the School at 8:20am in The Commons, on Saturday 17 June 2017.

Two scholarships for entry into Year 5, Year 7 or Year 10 in 2018 will be awarded. Successful applicants will be granted a 50% remission on Tuition Fees. The scholarships will be awarded for the student’s education for a three (3) year period. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to experience the modern facilities, engaging learning programmes and supportive staff that the School has to offer.

Please complete your registration for Academic Scholarships via the link below. Registrations received after 10 June 2017 will incur a late fee.

Click here to apply for scholarships.

For further information please email Karen Ayres at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 9495 8121.

Netflix Series - 13 Reasons Why
You may have heard through the media about a Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why. This has become popular with adolescents and generated a significant amount of attention. Whilst not all children have access to Netflix, it may have been discussed with peers or scenes viewed via YouTube.

The series involves the suicide of a teenage girl. It also includes scenes of physical and sexual assault. It is possible your child may have been affected by this series, mainly due to the impact of suicidal imagery and what is called suicidal contagion; an increased risk of suicide. As parents, there are measures you can take to reduce the risk of harm. The first step is to discuss this series with your child and then seek help if required.

Two organisations have provided important information and talking points about 13 Reasons Why. Mental Health First Aid Australia has important information specifically about the series and contact details for further help. See the attached link:

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Headspace also has further information at the following link:

https://www.headspace.org.au/

If a young person is distressed and needs support, he/she can visit:

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline 13 11 14 lifeline.org.au
eHeadspace  1800 650 890 eheadspace.org.au


I raise this issue to support you, as parents, in the best interests of the welfare of our students. Our pastoral staff are always available to meet with students and parents to discuss issues of concern. Indeed for many families, the House Teacher or Head of House is the first port of call. Be assured that my staff and I will continue to work in partnership with you to promote the safety and well-being of all children and young people in our care.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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