Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:51

Welcome to Term 3 2017

  • Welcome Back to the New Term
  • International Students
  • Staff Matters
  • Coming Events

Welcome Back to the New Term
It is always lovely to welcome students and staff back to the new term. The holiday fortnight offers time to recharge and rejuvenate and everyone returns happier for the break from the school routine. The yard is full of chatter and laughter about holiday activities.

Thank you to staff Mr Quentin Hess, Miss Jessica Dunn and Ms Tracy Grant who led a very successful Year 12 Ski Trip to the Victorian snowfields. The students had a memorable trip with great snow, fun and friendship. As an annual event, the Ski Trip continues to grow in popularity with our Leavers.

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International Students
We have commenced this week with 986 students including 15 new students, three of whom are our first overseas full fee paying students through Anglican Schools Commission International (ASCI). I am delighted to welcome to Western Australia and our school community Peitong Ju (Year 9) and Yifei Wang (Year 10) who are from China and Clotilde Ding (Year 11) from Switzerland. As with all our newcomers, they will have a buddy to help them settle in to our school and become familiar with the daily routine. I look forward to the contribution that all of our new students and their families will make to John Wollaston in the months and years ahead. Please extend them a warm welcome.

Staff matters
This term we welcome back Mrs Kate Hewson (Year 6), Mr Gary Bordoni (Head of Humanities) and Mrs Sharon Jones (Art Technician) from leave. Our newcomers are Mrs Jeen Golden (Primary Music), Miss Gabriella Slattery (Primary Physical Education), Mrs Katherine Stevens (Year 4) and Mrs Sheree Squillace (Year 6 tandem teaching with Mrs Hewson). Mrs Ella McKean (Year 1) has been appointed Early Learning Coordinator whilst Ms Melissa Forslun is on Parental Leave.

Coming Events

  • Launch of The SEEDS Project  (Strength/Empowerment/Engagement/Development/Success) in the Technology Centre on Thursday 27 July 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Our first major event for the term will be the launch of The SEEDS Project. The SEEDS (Strength/ Empowerment/ Engagement/ Development/ Success) Project will provide an important forum for parents to meet, discuss topics of interest and gain support from one another, as well as hear from experts and guest speakers. Our aim is to grow a stronger school community, which is characterised by mutually supportive relationships and a commitment to enhance the educational opportunities for all students.

Parents and guardians are warmly invited to come along to the Technology Centre on Thursday 27 July 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm for our first forum, to hear from Denver D’Cruz and Ciara King from Inclusion WA on the topic of ‘Social Role Valorisation’. David Thomason, Club Development Officer at the City of Armadale will also be in attendance to tell us about the terrific opportunities available in our local community.
A light supper will be provided by our wonderful Hospitality students at this adults only event. 




 Please complete the attached RSVP and Survey form and return it to the School at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 24 July 2017.

  • Founders' Day

Founders' Day to be held on Friday 4 August will also be a highlight of Term 3. This is always a terrific day for our community beginning with a whole school Founders' Day Service in the BDISC led, this year, by the Chaplain of Frederick Irwin Anglican School, The Reverend Noel Oakey. You are most welcome to attend. The traditional stalls and games will operate for the afternoon with all funds raised going to Anglicare. Parents are most welcome to attend the Founders' Day Service, which commences at 9:00am.

Parents and guardians are also reminded of the following important evening events:

Year 11 2018 Compulsory Parent Information Evening - Course Selection and Post-School Destinations

  • Date: Wednesday 26 July
  • Location: VMAC
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Year 10, 11 and 12 Parent/Teacher Interview Evening

  • Date: Wednesday 2 August
  • Location: The Commons
  • Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm by appointment


Year 7, 8 and 9 Parent/Teacher Interview Evening

  • Date: Monday 7 August
  • Location: The Commons and the Year 7 Centre
  • Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm by appointment

With good wishes for the term ahead
Anne Ford


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