Friday, 28 July 2017 08:37

Issue 11 Principal

  • Erik the Story Dog                                                                BACK
  • Successful Launch of The SEEDS Project
  • Academic Scholarship Results 
  • School Council Bursaries

Erik the Story Dog
This term we are introducing Story Dogs in the Primary School. Story Dogs is a volunteer, not for profit organisation whose mission is to make reading fun for children so they become confident, lifelong readers. Story Dogs volunteers take their accredited Story Dogs into primary schools to listen to selected students, usually from Year 2, read. The Story Dogs Team works with the same small group of students each week. Reading sessions run for 15-20 minutes with each child on a one-to-one basis. The impact of Story Dogs working in schools has proved to be very positive. Teachers have found that the students' reading skills and self-esteem improve as they are more relaxed and try harder to succeed.

Our Story Dog is Erik, the pet of School parents Sam and Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne. Erik and Sam have completed their training and will commence next week with a small group of Year 2 students. Sam and Erik will be easily distinguished by their Story Dog vest and jacket respectively. I look forward to seeing the benefits of this program in the months ahead.

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Successful Launch of The SEEDS Project

Thank you to the many parents who attended the first event of The SEEDS Project held last night in the Technology Centre.

We have initiated The SEEDS (Strength/Empowerment/Engagement/Development/Success) Project to 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.

Last night's forum, which was organised by our Head of Inclusive Education Alice Alibrandi, focused on well-being. Denver D’Cruz and Ciara King from Inclusion WA presented on the topic of ‘Social Role Valorisation’, explaining how this simple idea can positively impact people of all ages now and in the future. David Thomason, Club Development Officer at the City of Armadale spoke about the terrific opportunities available in our local community. The evening concluded with collegiality over supper provided by our Hospitality students.

We have a number of SEEDS Project ideas in mind for the remainder of the year and will publicise these in due course.

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Academic Scholarship Results 2018
I have pleasure in announcing the recipients of Academic Scholarships for 2018. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Year 5 2018 Academic Scholarship
    Charlotte Dell from John Wollaston Anglican Community School
    Arnav Negi from Clifton Hills Primary School
  • Year 7 2018 Academic Scholarship
    Hannah Armstrong from John Wollaston Anglican Community School
    Khushveen Kakkar from Thornlie Primary School
  • Year 10 2018 Academic Scholarship
    Matthew Ford from John Wollaston Anglican Community School

The School would like to congratulate and thank all students and their families who participated in the Academic Scholarship process in 2017. We look forward to inviting registrations for the scholarship examination process in 2018, where Academic Scholarships for entry into Year 5, 7 and 10 in 2019 will be offered.

School Council Bursaries 2018
School Council is offering up to five bursaries to John Wollaston students entering the Secondary School in 2018. The purpose of a School Council Bursary is twofold. Firstly, to offer financial assistance to an existing school family who supports the values of the School and secondly, to provide educational opportunities for an appropriately qualified student who would not otherwise be able to remain at the School for financial reasons. Please click on the link below for more information about School Council Bursaries being offered in 2018.

2018 School Council Bursaries – Application Details

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

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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