Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:07

Issue 18 Principal

  • Congratulations Jordy
  • Congratulations Ms Grace Barbe
  • Remembrance Day
  • End of year celebrations
  • SEQTA App to replace SchoolStream

Congratulations Jordy
On Wednesday morning of this week a special presentation took place in the Learning Enrichment Centre. In the presence of his family, friends and staff, Year 11 student Jordy Collins presented two of his refurbished push bikes to representatives from Anglicare to give as presents to needy families. This was the culmination of an initiative by the Head of Inclusive Education Alice Alibrandi who, working with colleagues, established a shed for Jordy so he could fulfil his lifelong goal of repairing bikes to give to others more deserving than himself.

Jordy is passionate about bicycles and is developing his technical skills under the guidance of Design and Technology teacher Rachael Wilkinson and mechanic Manny Pool. No job is too big or too small, Jordy is currently working on an old tandem and has road bikes awaiting his attention. I can vouch for the quality of his work as Jordy and I rode through the School following the event. Having known Jordy since his time in the Primary School, it is wonderful to see his growth in confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Jordy will leave a lasting legacy as his shed, aptly named Jordy's Shed, will be accessed by students well into the future.

Stop Press: Jordy is the subject of the feature article on the front page of this week's Armadale Examiner. Well done, Jordy!


Congratulations Ms Grace Barbé
Our Instrumental program continues to grow under the oversight of our Music Coordinator Rory Marchant. Having attended both the Primary and Secondary Instrumental Concerts recently, it was wonderful to witness the confidence and enthusiasm of our talented performers. Whilst the students deserve acclaim, their tutors should also be acknowledged. Their support during the concerts - whether it be accompanying the students, assisting with instruments or adjusting sound equipment - was wonderful. We are fortunate to have a very committed group of Music tutors who are prepared to work with students of all ages and abilities to nurture their love of music.

This week I was delighted to be informed that one of our vocal tutors, Grace Barbé, had won a prestigious award. Ms Barbé who is an award-winning singer, song writer and musician, was the recipient of the WA Music Industry award for 'Best World Act' 2017 at the recent WAM Awards Ceremony, making it Ms Barbé's ninth consecutive award. I have congratulated Ms Barbé on her outstanding achievement and am delighted that she continues to find time in her busy schedule to work at John Wollaston.

Remembrance Day
On Friday 10 November the School commemorated Remembrance Day by holding a service for the whole school in the BDISC. It was a respectful, dignified occasion. Thank you to all who contributed to the service including our four cadets; Patrick Colley, Lucas Grant, Angus Shore and Layne McKinnon.

SEQTA App to replace SchoolStream
Parents and Guardians are reminded that SEQTA Engage is now available as a mobile friendly app. Please go to the App Store or Google Play and search for SEQTA Engage.

Please note that the School uses SEQTA Engage as one of the main methods of communication with families and access to the School Stream App will no longer be available from 2018.


End of year celebrations 
There is much to celebrate as we move into the final weeks of the school year. I look forward to sharing our many special occasions with you.


With good wishes
Anne Ford

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