Friday, 30 June 2017 11:09

Issue 10 Principal

  • A Terrific Term                                                                            BACK
  • Pirates! The Musical
  • Farewell Mr Crawcour
  • Other Staff News

A Terrific Term
This has been a terrific term for the School with so many highlights. Our students continue to participate enthusiastically in many and varied activities and do themselves proud. Charitable events such as the World's Greatest Shave, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and the Year 5 Super Savers' fundraising for Save the Children are representative of our Giving Programme. The May Fair, sports carnivals, Encounter experiences including the Year 6 Canberra Trip and camps for Years 7, 8 and 12, hospitality events, Primary Discos and The Story Night In - and the list goes on - were successful occasions.

Thank you for your support of the School this term. I am very appreciative of the large number of families who are attending our community events such as the biennial May Fair and more recently, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Who would have thought that our first morning tea in the grounds would have attracted several hundred people! The children and staff were thrilled to have you join us. Thank you, too, to the parent volunteers who work in various capacities on the campus and of course our P&F which is planning other friend raising events in the coming months.

Pirates! The Musical
Congratulations to the cast, crew, support staff and Director Jenny Coles for their wonderful sell-out season of Pirates! The Musical performed this week in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre. It was a lively, rollicking show with great costumes, set and musical score. The large cast sang with gusto, thoroughly enjoying every moment on stage. It was fitting that the final performance concluded with a standing ovation. Well done to all involved!

On the evening of Wednesday 21 June, I had the pleasure of seeing the cast perform an excerpt from Pirates! The Musical at the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is a prestigious biennial event which showcases students from many Independent Primary Schools in WA. The variety of items made for an entertaining evening; however, the highlight for me was undoubtedly our cast of pirates who swaggered, strutted and sang their hearts out to a very appreciative audience.

It is widely recognised that participating in the Performing Arts positively impacts student confidence and self-esteem. One only had to see the happy faces of our pirates to confirm this. I urge you to encourage your children to participate in our Music and Drama programmes when opportunities arise.
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Farewell Mr Crawcour
Earlier this week we farewelled long serving Primary teacher Mr Glynn Crawcour who is retiring after 45 years in education, 18 ½ years at John Wollaston. Mr Crawcour has been a stalwart of the School, having taught hundreds of children in the Upper Primary years and more recently as a part time Music Specialist supporting Mrs Jenny Coles. In my address to secondary students at this week's Colours Assembly, I informed them of Mr Crawcour's departure and there was an audible expression of surprise and dismay. Suffice to say, Mr Crawcour will be missed. He has been a well-respected, dedicated teacher and loyal colleague. We congratulate him on a wonderful career and wish him a happy and healthy retirement.

Other Staff News
Today we have thanked and farewelled a number of staff. Mrs Fiona Faulkner (Education Assistant) and Miss Lauren McGregor (Primary Year 6) have completed short term contracts. Ms Mel Forslun commences 12 months maternity leave; Mrs Alison Diamond (Primary Year 4) leaves us for 12 months to live in Melbourne with her family; Mr Glyn Teape (Primary Year 6) and Miss Mel Fowler (Primary Physical Education) leave us to enjoy Long Service Leave, for Semester 2 and Term 3 respectively. We wish all staff a refreshing and enjoyable period of leave. Thank you also to Mrs Sharon Leitch who, in addition to her role as an Education Assistant to the Little Wollies, has filled in as Art Technician this term.

With good wishes for a happy holiday
Anne Ford

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