Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

Issue 19 Principal

  • End of Year Events
  • Staff Farewells
  • Student Farewells
  • Thank you

End of Year Events
This is a special time of the year as we celebrate the students' achievements as a school community. On Monday evening I attended Year 6 Valedictory and PYP Exhibition, an important occasion to acknowledge our senior Primary students. The students were invited to reflect on their Primary years, take pride in their many achievements and begin to look forward to the next phase of their schooling. Whilst there were some nostalgic moments during the Valedictory, the overwhelming mood was one of excitement. The Exhibition, which is the culmination of the PYP, provided an opportunity to engage with the students about their learning. As I have come to expect, the students were articulate, confident and knowledgeable. Congratulations to our Year 6 students and class teachers Zayja Monteleone, Kate Hewson, Sheree Squillace, Brady Morris and Glyn Teape (Semester 1) on their fine work this year.

On Tuesday evening Year 10 and 11 students celebrated Praise and Thanksgiving with The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Administrator of the Anglican Diocese of Perth in attendance. It was a successful evening acknowledging the many achievements of our students. Head Prefect Elect Tom Ayres delivered his first major address with confidence and poise. Musical items were performed by the talented Martha Dodge and Camellia Shwe.

This morning's Early Learning Nativity was a delight to conclude the week. It is always the happiest of occasions with family members as excited as the participants themselves. Congratulations to our Early Learning Centre staff and the children for their wonderful production which was full of energy, colour and character affirming the importance of the birth of the Christ child, Jesus.

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Next week we hold Primary Praise and Thanksgiving on Tuesday morning and Praise and Thanksgiving for Year 7-9 students on Tuesday afternoon. I look forward to seeing you at these special occasions.

Staff Farewells
We bid farewell and thank you to staff who finish their time at John Wollaston at the end of the school year. In particular I would like to acknowledge the outstanding service of long serving staff member Glyn Teape who leaves us to take up the position of Deputy Head of Primary at Frederick Irwin Anglican School, Meadow Springs campus. Mr Teape, an Old Wollastonian from 1996, is a highly respected teacher and colleague and thoroughly deserves his promotion. Other departing staff include Rachel Tierney (Community Relations Officer) who has been appointed to a Marketing and Registrar role at Quintilian School, Miss Zayja Monteleone (Year 6) who has been appointed to Presbyterian Ladies' College, Miss Victoria Watson (Year 3) who leaves us to travel and Raylene Joiner (Education Assistant) who leaves us to undertake further study.

We also wish Peta Ranieri (Head of The Arts) and Joan Osborne (Science) an enjoyable Semester 1 on Long Service Leave. Sheree Hancock (Year 2) leaves us for Semester 1 on Parental Leave and Miss Kirsty Robertson leaves us for 12 months travelling overseas.

Student Farewells
This year we have bid farewell to a number of students who are moving on to further education, training or the workforce. Several of our "leavers" are relocating within the metropolitan area or interstate with their families necessitating a change of school. On behalf of the staff, I thank them for their contribution to the School and wish them great success and happiness in the future.

Thank you
I have always maintained that a strong sense of community lies at the heart of every successful school. To that end I wish to thank you for your support of, and contribution to, John Wollaston this year. Whether you have attended a P&F meeting, a sports carnival, volunteered in the classroom, kept in contact with the staff or indeed any other event or activity, you have made a positive difference to the school experience of your child. I know that young people thrive if parents and teachers care - care not just about their academic progress but their growth on the path to maturity. I am grateful that a strength of our community is that we work closely together to affect the best possible outcomes for our students.

I wish you an enjoyable festive season with your family and leave you with a Christmas blessing.


May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child
be yours this Christmas.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.

Amen

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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