Friday, 02 June 2017 00:00

Issue 8 Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

  • Extra-curricular School Activities                                     BACK

  • Inter-House Cross Country

  • Secondary Inter-School Cross Country
  • Year 9 Encounter

  • Charter House Frenergy Sessions

  • Scott House Sausage Sizzle

Extra-Curricular School Activities
At last week’s Secondary Assembly I spoke to the students about the importance of our extra-curricular school activities. These community building events are vital as they provide an opportunity for students to develop a sense of others above self. Some of the excellent community events we have enjoyed so far this term include; the School Fair, World’s Greatest Shave and the Inter-House Cross Country.

The School Fair was an outstanding success and I was very pleased to see so many students assisting by running stalls, performing on stage and helping staff wherever it was required. The World’s Greatest Shave event, run by the staff and students from Charter House, raised a magnificent total of over $3000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. The Inter-House Cross Country was held on Friday 19 May around Champion Lakes. While the weather during the day was at times, cold and wet, I was impressed with the endeavour displayed by those students who completed the course.

While I congratulate those students who contributed to their House so well during this event, I was disappointed at the large number of students who were absent on the day. This trend was also noted on the day of our Inter-House Swimming Carnival held in Term 1. Events such as these are very important for the development of community, House and School spirit. They also help develop important character traits such as commitment, resilience and citizenship. Our sporting carnivals provide opportunities for students to contribute to something greater than themselves.

I ask parents for your support of these important school events by insisting that your child attends school on our carnival days. Even if your child is not particularly sporty, there are many benefits to be gained from being involved in these community building events.

Our next major sporting event is our Inter-House Athletics Carnival which will be held on Tuesday 15 August. I look forward to all our secondary students being present and representing their House with pride on the day.
For further information on the benefits of sporting and community participation please visit:


Inter-House Cross Country

DSC 0469 DSC 0462 DSC 0457
tallDSC 0340 tallDSC 0333 tallDSC 0322

Secondary Inter-School Cross Country

The Secondary Inter-School Cross Country team had some brilliant results at the recent ACC Carnival including Eliza Mitchell placing fifth (out of about 350 participants) and Dylan Bailey placing third. All of our students were extremely well behaved and very encouraging of each other.


Year 9 Encounter
All John Wollaston students participate in an age appropriate Encounter experience which is designed to enhance self-esteem, develop resilience and build character. On Monday 12 June our Year 9 students will participate in a workshop-based Encounter exploring adolescence from a gender perspective. Speakers from The Odyssey Program will facilitate two programmes will be run concurrently at the School; Inspire for Girls will focus on adolescent girls and The Odyssey Program will focus on adolescent boys. 

As part of this programme, all parents and guardians of Year 7 to 12 students are invited to attend a seminar entitled 10 Things You Need To Know on Monday 12 June at 7:00 pm in the VMAC. The seminar will cover much of the content that will be delivered to the Year 9 students during the workshops. If you would like to attend the Parent Seminar, please RSVP to Loren Musson on 9495 8100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 9 June. Should you have any queries about the Encounter please do not hesitate to contact David Crawford, Co-Curricular Coordinator or myself.

Parent Seminar - 10 Things You need to know

 JohnWollastonParentNightinvite 2017


Charter House Frenergy Sessions

Charter House play their Frenergy games every odd week in House time one morning per week. These games foster House spirit.


Scott House Sausage Sizzle

Secondary and Primary Scott House members mingled this week over an early morning sausage sizzle.

 3SCOTTsmall 1SCOTTsmall 2SCOTTsmall

All the best
Nick Jones
Deputy Principal Pastoral Care


All Newsletters