Friday, 20 October 2017 00:00

Issue 16 Principal

  • Valedictory Week
  • 14 Veterans
  • Congratulations to our Head of Primary

Valedictory Week
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This has been a great week for the Year 12s who left the School for the final time this morning after their traditional Fancy Dress Breakfast and viewing of the Leavers DVD. Our Leavers thoroughly enjoyed the various celebratory events which culminated yesterday with a farewell from the whole school at the morning Gift of a Candle Service, and the evening Valedictory and Prize Giving where the students were joined by their families, the Secondary staff, Executive and special guests The Right Reverend Jeremy James tssf Assistant Bishop of Perth and The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Schools Commission.

As we have come to expect, the Head Prefects Grace Warnes and Jayden Asmus spoke with confidence and poise expressing their gratitude for their time at John Wollaston and leaving valuable advice for their successors. Head of The Arts Peta Ranieri delivered the farewell address from the staff at the morning service. Her humorous anecdotes were very well received adding to the buoyant spirit of the occasion. The evening event is continuing to build an important tradition of "shared success". Each student is presented to the Principal and academic and special prizes are presented. It is wonderful to see the students warmly acknowledging the success of their peers. Supper, a delicious variety of Spanish paella dishes and desserts, was held in the new Upper Primary building.

Congratulations to all recipients of prizes and awards, they are richly deserved. Thank you to parents for supporting the events of this important week; your sons and daughters, the staff and I greatly appreciate your involvement. The Class of 2017 has left with our best wishes for the future.

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14 Veterans

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Fourteen Veterans finished their schooling this week. A Veteran student is one who completes his/her entire schooling at John Wollaston and this year's group comprised 11 boys and three girls who had commenced in Kindergarten, Pre-Primary or Year 1. To acknowledge the Veterans, I host a morning tea during Valedictory Week which is also attended by the Executive. This is a special time when the students reflect informally on their school journey and share plans for their future. The students were unanimously positive about their school experience, noting the contribution of friends, teachers and parents. To families who have committed to the School for the duration of their children's education, I thank you for the significant emotional and financial investment you have made.

Congratulations to our Head of Primary
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Our Head of Primary Wayne Revitt is one of five school leaders from Western Australia who have been officially recognised for their dedication to education and professional learning in the annual John Laing Awards for Professional Development, managed by the Principals Australia Institute. This is a prestigious award and we warmly congratulate Mr Revitt on his achievement. To give you an insight into Mr Revitt's significant professional commitment within and external to the School, the Principals Australia website provides the following information:

Wayne Revitt is a member of the IPSHA Executive Committee and Project Officer for the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA). He is also the inaugural Vice-Chairperson for the WA Chapter of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA). Outside of Education, he is a co-founder and current Chair of the Board for a Not-For-Profit Organisation, the Kids Are Kids Therapy and Education Centre.

For the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA), Wayne has organised a regional retreat for IPSHA members featuring Professor Con Stough from Swinburne University on Emotional Intelligence in Schools, a Seminar on Diversity, Identity, Sexuality and Gender: Talk Soon, Talk Often and arranged a seminar with the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Schools WA, Valerie Gould, on future funding for the independent sector with Gonski 2.0.

Wayne has a strong interest in Positive Psychology and Education. As Vice-Chair of the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) WA Chapter he directly facilitated/organised numerous workshops at the annual Positive Education Conference with the Positivity Institute in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Wayne has also recently co-presented a Positive Education 101 Seminar for the Positive Education Schools Association at Christ Church Grammar School for all current and prospective PESA members. At John Wollaston Anglican Community School, Wayne has conducted numerous workshops with all staff on Positive Education and facilitated professional learning on Positive Psychology, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness and Anxiety and Depression.

Our school is fortunate to have someone of Mr Revitt's passion and expertise leading our whole school implementation of Positive Education and related pastoral initiatives.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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