Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Issue 14 Principal

  • SEEDS Forum well-received                                    BACK
  • Athletics success
  • Secondary House Eisteddfod
  • Grandparents' Day

SEEDS Forum well received
Thank you to the parents and staff who attended the SEEDS Forum on Tuesday evening earlier this week. Clinical Psychologist Sally Green delivered an informative and practical presentation on the topic Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Childhood and Adolescence, followed by a short question and answer session. Sally's warm and friendly manner was well-received and we all left feeling more informed and equipped to deal with these two important mental health issues.

We have a number of SEEDS Forums planned for 2018 and will publish these prior to the end of the year. Should you wish to find out more about a particular educational or social issue, please contact my Academic Assistant, Karen Ayres, as we are keen to build our programme around issues that are relevant to our school community.

Athletics success
It has been a very successful Athletics season for the School. Commencing with the inaugural Wollaston Dash which saw a team from each House comprising students from Years 7 - 12 race around the campus, the students then participated in Inter-House Carnivals and more recently our Inter School Carnivals. Congratulations to all students who represented John Wollaston with commitment, pride and sportsmanship. The Secondary team is to be commended on finishing second in their meet - testimony to some outstanding individual and team performances. Next year, we plan to involve the Primary in the Wollaston Dash to make it an exciting whole school event.

Secondary House Eisteddfod
Twenty students performed in the inaugural House Eisteddfod this week. The staff judges Nick Tanner, Vania McGowan and Blake Phillips were impressed by the quality of the vocal and instrumental performances with all participants being awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze Certificate which contributed a number of points to their House. Congratulations to all involved. The victorious House will be announced at the Colours Assembly in Week 10.

Grandparents' Day
A reminder that next Friday is Grandparents' Day. This is always one of the happiest days of the school year and for the first time at John Wollaston will involve the Secondary School.

Grandparents, great grandparents and great great grandparents (yes we have had some attend in past years) are all welcome. Please encourage the senior members in your family to attend. The morning will commence with an assembly for the whole school in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre, followed by an opportunity to visit our Annual Art Exhibition and attend classrooms to spend time with grandchildren. I look forward to this very special occasion.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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