Friday, 25 August 2017 14:47

Issue 13 Head of Primary

  • Book Week                                                       BACK
  • 2017 Junior da Vinci Decathlon State Champions!
  • Primary Sport
  • Team Super Savers United Nations video

Book Week
Thank you to our innovative and enthusiastic Library staff for a wonderful Book Week. The inaugural Kids@BATnight (BAT = Books and Technology) was a wonderful celebration of all the wonderful things that happen in the Library. The 30th anniversary of the Harry Potter books was celebrated in fine style with a wonderful array of costumes. There was plenty of Harry Potter themed fun and our parents could view our new digital technology resources.

The Staff Pantomime was a highlight at our Book Week Assembly and our students (and staff!) looked amazing in their Book Week costumes. Thank you to Mrs Haylee Godfrey for organising such a great celebration of reading in the Primary School.

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2017 Junior da Vinci Decathlon State Champions!

Left to right: Summer Bettencourt, Kurtis Blissenden, Jordan Withers, Lachlan Turnor, Cohan Wilcox,
Dylan Osborne, Hannah Armstrong, Absent: Murtaza Naqvi

Team work, practice and perseverance led the John Wollaston Anglican Community School 2017 Junior da Vinci Decathlon team to first place ahead of 19 other schools from across Perth and surrounding areas and become State Champions.

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge.

The John Wollaston students were selected to compete according to high achievement measured across a range of disciplines at school. Throughout the preparation time, the emphasis was on making the most of the collective potential in the team. This involved affirming each other’s strengths, respecting one another and learning from their own mistakes.

These attitudes are reflected strongly in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program taught in our Primary School and clearly led the team through the experience to victory.


Mathematics: Problem-solving, number patterns and logic puzzles 2017 ranking: 2
Cartography: maps of the world, places from our world and fiction 2017 ranking: 2
Ideation: generation of a creative and possible solution to a real-life problem or issue 2017 ranking: 3
Code-breaking: students decipher codes in the spirit of WWII cryptographic messaging 2017 ranking: 3
English: Spelling, word-origins, definitions, scrabble and writing tasks 2017 ranking: 4
Art and Poetry: the team work together to write a poem and accompany it with a creative art piece related to the poem. 2017 ranking: 6
Science: students provided with higher level science concepts and required to apply them 2017 ranking: 6
General knowledge: current affairs, entertainment, sport and trivia 2017 ranking: 7
Creative Producers: A small group develops and presents a dramatic interpretation of a topic related 2017 ranking: 8
Engineering: A building task designed to test creativity and ingenuity 2017 ranking: 11

Overall Ranking 1st

Primary Sport

  • John XXIII College for the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival
  • Primary Pre-Carnival Jumps Events
  • Primary Inter-House Athletics Carnival

John XXIII College for the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival
On Thursday 10 August, 64 John Wollaston students in Years 3 - 6, travelled to John XXIII College for the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival. We were blessed with a lovely sunny day so spirits were high as we arrived for the carnival. All students competed with excellent sportsmanship, integrity and determination. I would like to commend all students on their excellent effort on the day. Special congratulations to Olivia Dodds in Year 6, who finished first.

Primary Pre-Carnival Jumps Events
In the exciting lead up to the main Primary Inter-House Athletics Carnival students in Years 4 - 6 competed in high jump and triple jump at the pre-carnival jumps day on Wednesday 23 August. The day was a great success due to the phenomenal help from both the classroom teachers and parent helpers. I was particularly impressed by the courage displayed by many students when attempting the, sometimes daunting, event of high jump! Congratulations to all winners on the day, and a special mention to Olivia Trueman and Jacob Hale who broke records in both long jump and high jump.

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Primary Inter-House Athletics Carnival
The Primary Inter-House Athletics Carnival will take place next Wednesday 30 August. All students have been eagerly practising their skills in sport lessons, in preparation for the Carnival! I am especially looking forward to seeing the students enjoying the day and having fun. Fingers crossed for a couple of sunny days!

The School Cafe will run a special menu for Wednesday 30 August to cater for visitors to the Carnival. On the menu will be Spaghetti Bolognaise, Spinach and Sun-dried tomato pasta. This will be on sale at lunchtime on the day of the carnival.

Miss Slattery
Primary Physical Education Specialist Term 3

Team Super Savers United Nations video
In the last newsletter mention was made of the Team Supersavers' visit to Parliament House. During their visit they prepared and presented their plans to expand the work they have already been doing with Save the Children. The video below shows Chelsea Bydder presenting their proposal in the Legislative Council. Congratulations go to the girls for their continued passion and enthusiasm towards helping others.

Please click on the link below to see the Team Super Savers in Parliament House:

Best wishes
Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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