Friday, 03 November 2017 00:00

Issue 17 Head of Primary

  • Primary Instrumental Concert
  • Fred Hollows Humanity Award
  • Authors Enthral Students
  • Dog For A Day
  • Book Fair Has Begun!

Primary Instrumental Concert
Congratulations to all students who performed on Tuesday night at the Primary Instrumental Concert. 45 students performed a varied selection of items that kept the packed house entertained and appreciative of the talent on display. We heard everything from a Pre-Primary student singing Do Re Mi from the Sound of Music, to the Guitar/Vocal Ensemble rocking out to AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top!

We have a dedicated group of Music Tutors who provide expert and caring instruction to our students. It was a great night, thank you to Mr Marchant and the Performing Arts Team for organising and running this event so smoothly. We look forward to the continued expansion of our Music Program. It was wonderful to see our new Primary Ensembles performing for the first time under the direction of Michelle Gardner, Grace Barbe and Ruth Klein. We hope to continue this ensemble program in 2018 and look forward to further opportunities to showcase our musical talent.

Fred Hollows Humanity Award
Miss Zayja Monteleone nominated Dylan Andrews (Year 6) for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. Dylan is an outstanding example of the character strengths we appreciate at John Wollaston. He displayed great kindness and love in raising funds for a family member who has Cystic Fibrosis. Dylan is a great role model for his peers and a leader in our School. Out of the 31 students who made it to the awards shortlist as award recipients, Dylan was one of only three who were Highly Commended. Miss Monteleone accompanied Dylan at the awards ceremony at the Constitutional Centre and I thank her for the thoughtful nomination and citation for Dylan.

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"Dylan Osborne is a kind and caring student whose selflessness is exhibited daily. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference, this is what Dylan did when he gave 50 roses to family and staff at John Wollaston to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. He was inspired by his cousin Myles who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 14 months old and he wanted people to know that they can be tested for the CF gene. Dylan bravely shared his message to 500 students at a primary assembly and explained why he was on this journey. For this reason, he was nominated for a Fred Hollows Humanity Award.

This award aims to recognise students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their lives, just as Fred Hollows did. Dylan was presented with his award on the 2 November 2017 at The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. He was highly commended for his efforts, this meant that out of 31 applicants from all around Western Australia he was ranked in the top 4. Congratulations Dylan, what a wonderful recognition of your kind heart and caring nature.

Since 2012, the Award has recognised more than 750 primary school students across the ACT, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. In 2017, the Award expanded nationally for the first time with students from all states and territories eligible for nomination."

Zayja Monteleone
Year 6 Teacher, Year 6 Kangaroo


Authors enthral students

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On Tuesday 31 October students from Years 3 to 6 had the wonderful opportunity of having a workshop with well renowned authors Leigh Hobbs and Coral Tulloch. This was an AISWA initiative and John Wollaston was very fortunate to be given this opportunity.

The Years 3 to 4 children worked with Leigh Hobbs. Leigh Hobbs is the best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the iconic Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet and he is the Australian Children's Laureate for 2016 – 2017.

This session was very interactive. Leigh demonstrated step by step, how to draw some of his book characters with the students following along. He emphasised that although we were all drawing the same character at the same time, the final product will be unique. Each drawing will be different and that is a good thing. It was wonderful to see twenty five different versions of Old Tom and Mr Chicken. The session ended with Leigh encouraging the children to create their very own character using some of the techniques he had shown them.

The Years 5 to 6 students had a workshop with Coral Tulloch. Coral Tulloch has illustrated over 50 fiction and non-fiction books for children, in Australia and internationally. Her book Antarctica, The Heart of the World, which she wrote and illustrated, won the Environment Award for Children's Literature in 2004. Her work One Small Island, with co-author/illustrator Alison Lester, has won many awards including the 2012 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

Coral did a fantastic activity with the children that looked at designing an image and creating a story from it. Listening to some of the responses, the students put a great deal of thought into their works and were very enthusiastic about the work they created. Mr Morris asked his students what they had thought of the workshop and the responses are below. As with Leigh Hobbs, Coral emphasised that differences are important and something to be proud of.
“You can create anything without even thinking too hard about it.”
“Anything can start from something small and then it will grow.”
“Each picture reflects how we are different and this can be seen in our work and the way we present it”.
Sharon Hanson
Head of Library Services

Dog for a day

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The Wedge Tail Eagle class recently enjoyed our very first ‘Dog for a Day’ as a special treat for their continued hard work at school. There has been recent research that suggests the benefits of having a dog in the classroom, including, reduced anxiety, stress and a calming effect on children.

Our ‘Dog for a Day’ was a Golden Labrador named Cassie who belongs to Mrs Burman. The children enjoyed reading to her, playing fetch and patting her all day long. We are looking forward to our next ‘Dog for a Day’ with Cassie soon!

Joanne Burman
Primary Teacher

Book Fair has begun!


Do all of your Christmas book shopping here at school and help the Library Resource Centre to add to its collection!

  • Our annual Book Fair will commence on Friday 3 November at 8:00am in the Learning Resource Centre.

The Fair will be open daily 8:00am-4:00pm (except Friday, until 3.30) until Wednesday 8 November. Every item that you buy earns credit toward free resources for the Learning Resource Centre.

Students will have an opportunity to preview the Fair on the day of its arrival and during their library sessions during the week.
EFTPOS facilities available (cheque, savings and credit).
We look forward to your support for another successful fair this year.
Sharon Hanson
Head of Library Services


Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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