Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 Principal

  • ASC Schools Week                                                             BACK
  • School Art Exhibition
  • Year 12 Valedictory and Praise and Thanksgiving Prizes
  • Inclusive Education Expo
  • Grandparents' Day
  • The Sound of Music featuring our own Ava Sharp
  • Staff contribution to Positive Education Conference
  • Thank you Chaplain Jeff

ASC Schools Week
ASC Schools Week is a biennial event held to celebrate the wonderful work that takes place in our schools by virtue of the immense talent and vitality of our students and the dedication of our staff. 

All 14 schools of the Anglican Schools Commission enjoyed a week of celebrations concluding on Sunday 18 September with the ASC Schools Week Eucharist at St George's Cathedral. Particularly poignant for our school community was that the Service commemorated John Ramsden Wollaston, priest and pioneer, after whom our school is named. Proceedings commenced outside the Cathedral with Head Prefect Evie Dodge conversing with "John Wollaston" as he rode his horse onto the parvis in the presence of the congregation. With the scene set, banner bearers from all 14 schools led the procession into the Cathedral to commence the service led by The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot, Assistant Bishop of Perth. It was a lovely service with a personal highlight being the beautiful rendition of Song of Wollaston by our Primary Choir.

Another feature of the week was the ASC Combined Schools Concert held on Friday 16 September at the Perth Concert Hall. The programme showcased the amazing musical talent we have in our schools with in excess of 500 students performing to a large, appreciative audience. I was pleased that 16 of our Arts students from Years 7 to 12 performed with great confidence and poise in the Combined Schools Choir, Concert Band, Rock Band, String Orchestra and Orchestra. Preparation for a concert of this magnitude takes many hours of planning and rehearsal. To that end, I wish to thank the students, their parents and Rory Marchant, our Music Coordinator for their commitment to this wonderful event. I look forward to the next ASC Schools Week in 2018.
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School Art Exhibition
The annual School Art Exhibition, officially opened by local artist Andy Quilty on Wednesday 14 September, was an outstanding success. Showcasing student artworks from Pre-Primary to Year 12, over two levels in the Technology Centre, it attracted a large number of visitors who were highly complimentry of the standard and scale of the Exhibition. Congratulations to the students and Visual Arts staff Jeanette Lyons, Luke Morgan, Amanda Lin, Anne Harris and Sharon Jones. Each year I select a Year 12 artwork for the School's collection. This year I have chosen Through the Eyes of Experience by Rachel Tobin. Rachel has travelled on two pilgrimages to Manila as part of the Anglican Schools Commission Reachout Manila initiative. This artwork reflects her personal insight as a pilgrim. Rachel will be acknowledged for her work at the Year 12 Valedictory and Prize Giving next month. The artwork will be hung in the foyer in Administration. 

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Year 12 Valedictory and Praise and Thanksgiving Prizes
The end of the year is fast approaching and with it comes our Year 12 Valedictory and Prize Giving, and the Praise and Thanksgiving Ceremonies for the Primary and Secondary School communities. At these special events we stop to reflect on the year and the special achievements and service of our students. We consider it appropriate to recognise the extra special service or achievement of some of our students through the presentation of prizes. If you would like to contribute to our celebration of these achievements, with a donation of money toward the purchase of a prize, we would be very grateful.

For further information please contact Karen Ayres, Academic Assistant to the Principal at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (08) 9495 8100.

Inclusive Education Expo
On Monday 17 October the School will hold a special Inclusive Education Expo, highlighting changes in the National Disability Insurance Schemes (NDIS). There will be an opportunity to speak with representatives from a large range of providers.

Inclusive Education Expo Flyer

Grandparents' Day
One of the happiest days on the Primary School calendar is Grandparents' Day. The opportunity for grandparents to visit the School, attend an assembly and interact with their grandchildren in the classroom is as keenly anticipated by the students as their grandparents. Last Friday approximately 400 grandparents and several great grandparents joined the Primary School community for the morning. There was much laughter and affection as the children proudly showed their grandparents their classrooms and play areas. Grandparents eagerly joined in a range of activities with the children and remarked on our excellent facilities including the nature playgrounds. A special highlight was the opportunity for our guests to view the School's Art Exhibition in the Technology Centre. 

I recall when I first came to John Wollaston that Grandparents' Day was confined to the Early learning Centre. It was so successful that we expanded the event to involve all of the Primary years. It is now time to involve the Secondary School in Grandparents' Day so that the older students also have the opportunity to share their learning with their grandparents. We will plan to realise this possibility in 2017.

The Sound of Music featuring our own Ava Sharp
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The iconic musical, The Sound of Music, presently playing at the Crown Theatre stars John Wollaston Year 5 student Ava Sharp. She performs the role of Marta von Trapp, the second youngest of the seven von Trapp children. Ava is blessed with a wonderful voice and a passion for musical theatre. We are very proud of her achievement and look forward to following her promising career.

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Staff contribution to Positive Education Conference
I am delighted that five members of staff have been selected to present workshops at the Positive Education Conference to be held at Perth College during the holidays. This is testimony to our successful whole school approach to Positive Education and our journey to implement appropriate strategies and programmes over the past two years. Whilst much more can still be achieved, the excellent work to date has enhanced our caring and inclusive culture at John Wollaston. Congratulations and thank you to the following staff who will be sharing their expertise at the Conference. The workshop titles are in italics:
Wayne Revitt: A Perfect Match: Positive Psychology and Distributive Leadership
Tracey Rogers: Can Positive Education improve academic performance?
Fiona Shand and Mel Forslun: Building a culture of love and belonging. Positive Education in the Early Years
Jaquie Fisher and David Crawford: Encounter7 Perspectives and Partnerships

The aim of the conference is to foster the development of Positive Education in Perth, Western Australia and beyond, and to provide a forum for Positive Education researchers, teachers, students and practitioners. A main focus of the conference will be on practical application of positive education principles for students, staff and whole school communities.

https://www.perthcollege.wa.edu.au/getattachment/Whats-On/Positive-Education-Conference/2016-Positive-Education-Conference-in-Perth.pdf

Thank you Chaplain Jeff
This week we bid farewell and thank you to Jeff Astfalck who has worked as a part time Assistant Chaplain in the School for several months. Jeff ably assisted Revd Dave Deeny and this term has assumed greater responsibility in the absence of a substantive Chaplain. We wish Jeff great success in his expanded role with YouthCare.

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This has been an excellent term at John Wollaston. Thank you for the great support you offer the School in so many ways. It is appreciated by the staff and most particularly, your children who thrive on your interest and care.
I hope you can enjoy some relaxing family time in the next fortnight.

With good wishes
Anne Ford

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Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 Director of Administration

  • A successful Term 3                                                 BACK
  • Scoliosis – National Self-Detection Programme
  • NAPLAN 2016 - information for parents
  • Year 12 Valedictory Supper tickets

 

A successful Term 3
We have had a very busy successful Term 3. In Week 9 at the Colours Assembly we celebrated the many academic, sporting and cultural achievements of our students. Well done to everyone. We also thanked the 2016 Prefects for their contribution to the School in their leadership roles and announced the 2017 Prefects and their roles to the secondary school students.

The Year 10 Cape to Cape Encounter in Week 10 was a success, with students embracing this new initiative. A new experience for many, the Encounter helped to develop their resilience and create stronger bonds with one-another. Teachers who attended were very proud of the way in which the students conducted themselves. Well done, Year 10s!

Year 12 students commence their mock ATAR written examinations on Monday 3 October at the School in The Commons.Each student sitting these examinations have received a Master Examination timetable as well as their own personal examination timetable. Students are required to attend the examinations wearing their Winter School uniform. Best wish to all students sitting these examinations, as well as to those students completing their ATAR Practical examinations at various venues in Perth.

Scoliosis – National Self-Detection Programme
Parents of girls in Years 7 and 9 are asked to review the attached brochure in which the outward signs of scoliosis or spinal curvature are described. If, after reading the brochure, a girl or her parents think she may have a curvature then follow-up with the family doctor is recommended. The optimum time for the detection of scoliosis is just after the onset of the adolescent growth spurt and this corresponds to Year 7 for the majority of girls. It is also recommended for Year 9 girls so as to catch those whose growth pattern differs from the average.

National Self-Detection Programme for Scoliosis brochure

The Spine Society of Australia introduced The National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis in the 1990s. This program is endorsed by the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. More information can be found at www.scoliosis-australia.org

NAPLAN 2016 - information for parents
Please be advised that NAPLAN Reports for students in Years 3 and 5 were posted to parents on Thursday 8 September 2016. NAPLAN Reports for students in Years 7 and 9 are now available to parents on the parent portal - SEQTA Engage. An information brochure to assist in interpreting these reports can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

 NAPLAN 2016 – information for parents

If parents would like the original NAPLAN Report please contact Administration on 9495 8100 so that arrangements can be made for you to collect it.

Year 12 Valedictory Supper tickets
Year 12 families don't forget to buy your Year 12 Valedictory Supper tickets. This supper will be held after the Year 12 Valedictory and Prize Giving on Thursday 20 October.

All details at the link: http://jwacs.myschoolstream.net/year-12-valedictory-and-prize-giving/?style=embed

Nick Tanner
Director of Administration

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Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 Head of Primary

  • Inquiry Journeys                                                                                                            BACK
  • Grandparents' Day
  • IPSHA Inter-School Athletics
  • Inclusive Education Expo
  • Farewell Chaplain Jeff
  • Year 6 Exhibition
  • Year 2 Assembly

Inquiry Journeys
It was wonderful to see so many families walking around our school on Tuesday afternoon for the Primary Inquiry Journeys. The opportunity to view their children’s work and enjoy the Art Exhibition was appreciated by the vast majority of parents. The students thoroughly enjoyed all the engaging activities provided by specialist staff and were keen to collect as many stamps as possible on their inquiry passport. I thank all our staff for their excellent work and dedication to their students.

Grandparents' Day
Last week we welcomed many hundreds of proud grandparents to the School. This is one of my favourite days of the year; the students eagerly look forward to showcasing their work, the School Art Exhibition is a highlight and it is always wonderful to hear the wonderful positive feedback we receive from grandparents. During the Assembly our students shared their Encounter experiences. As I said in my address to assembly, our children are provided with Encounters to build resilience and independence. Whether it is the Year 5s' two night camp that included archery, caving and orienteering; the Year 3s on the Flying Fox and African drumming at Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp or the Year 6 cohort in Canberra; our students have excellent opportunities to test their capabilities and character. On Thursday 22 September the Year 4s had an Amazing Race in the city followedb by ten pin bowling in the evening. The Year 2s are preparing for their overseas Encounter. Pre-Primary had a wonderful day at Naturescape Kings Park. Importantly, the Encounter experiences are provided across the whole school. This week, the Year 10s are walking a section of the Cape To Cape track; a wonderful Encounter to build many skills and boost self-esteem. The Year 12s begin each year with a special Encounter at Fairbridge Village. What great opportunities across our Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 School!

Thank you to all grandparents for enjoying the sunshine on a wonderful John Wollaston morning. With over a thousand seats full we know many of you were able to celebrate the excellent work of your grandchildren.
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IPSHA Inter-School Athletics
Our Primary team had a brilliant day at All Saints College last week. This event is based on participation and friendly competition. Our students broke a number of inter-school records, which is a significant achievement for the following Year 5 students; Olivia Dodds, Olivia Truman, Jacob Hale and Jared Henderson. Serah Waqanivavalagi, Owen Barnes, Owen Cumine and Matilda Borrill also placed first in their events. The Year 5 relay team also smashed five seconds off the record.The whole team performed extremely well and, most importantly, supported each other and their fellow competitors. Thank you to Ms Fowler, Primary Physical Education Specialist for facilitating this event.

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IPSHA Inter School Athletics Results

Inclusive Education Expo
Our excellent, and award winning, Learning Enrichment Centre (LEC) has a new initiative; an Inclusive Education Expo for all families who require some explanation and information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). A number of service providers will be on site to answer any questions and provide a description of their service. As a co-founder and Chairperson of one of these not-for-profit organisations, I know how important it is to obtain the best advice on the roll out of the NDIS. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter for more information. Our LEC is to be commended on such a worthwhile initiative.

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Farewell Chaplain Jeff
We said goodbye to Chaplain Jeff on Monday morning at Chapel. We wish him all the best for his continued work in other schools and in his studies.

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Year 6 Exhibition
On Tuesday 20 September an information session was conducted for Year 6 parents and students about the culmination of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, the Exhibition. This is an important part of our reporting process and combines with our Year 6 Valedictory Service to celebrate the rite of passage of our Primary students into secondary school. Thank you to Mrs Currey, Deputy Head of Primary Teaching and Learning, and the Year 6 staff for this seminar. Please see your child’s Year 6 teacher for more information if you could not attend the information session.

Year 2 Assembly
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I wish you all a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to an exciting Term 4!

Mr Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 VET/Careers

  • Certificate II in Retail Make Up                                                                      BACK
  • Inclusive Education Expo
  • St John Ambulance Cadet First Aider

This week we focus on some Vocational Education highlights and remind everyone about the Inclusive Education Expo.

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Year 12 student Megan Scott is currently doing a Certificate II in Retail Make Up along with a Certificate II in Nail Therapy at South Metropolitan TAFE. Whilst she has undertaken placements within the industry, Megan is now looking to expand her knowledge in related areas involving colour and design. She hopes by working with fabric she can begin to explore other avenues and concepts of design. Megan is looking to continue her education with a specialist Make Up Course in Victoria. However, she has also considered developing greater skills in working with fabric and design with South Metropolitan TAFE next year. Her TAFE study, along with her work placement, has been a journey which I know Megan has enjoyed.

Megan has submitted her work in the WA VET Awards. The VET Awards are directly linked to the Beazley Medal, which is the peak award for VET students in Western Australia.

Inclusive Education Expo

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St John Ambulance Cadet First Aider

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Year 11 Vocational Education student Victoria Van der Wedden volunteers with St John Ambulance as a Cadet First Aider. Victoria, a member of the Armadale Division, has been a St John’s member since she was 14 years old and has completed over 300 hours of volunteering service.

As a St John Cadet First Aider, Victoria is learning what to do in emergency situations, as well as learning First Aid. Her duties within St John’s include going to events such as AFL matches. She is also involved with Event Health Services and First Aid Awareness. First Aid Awareness teaches young children what to do in an emergency, how to call 000 and shows them the equipment in an ambulance. Event Health Services also attend events such as junior rugby, treating all kinds of injuries that might occur during the matches.

Victoria recently received upskilling training to move to the next volunteering level, going from Cadet First Aider to Level 1 Event Officer by the end of year to coincide with turning 18.

Victoria really loves volunteering and helping people, and she brings a big smile to the job that she really enjoys doing. She plans to continue her volunteering in the future as she wants to be a paramedic or registered nurse one day.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you are eligible to become a St John Cadet First Aider. Learn life-saving First Aid skills and be a part of a team which provides an essential role in safeguarding the health of the public. If you would like further information go to the website: http://www.stjohnchangelives.com.au/cadet-program.html

Glenn Bird
VET/Careers Coordinator

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Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 Parents and Friends

  • Art Exhibition Opening                                                                                  BACK
  • Tuesday 18 October - P&F Meeting
  • Sunday 23 October - Bunnings Harrisdale Sausage Sizzle
  • Friday 28 October - Primary Disco
  • Tuesday 15 November - P&F Sundowner

Term 3 done and dusted! I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by!

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I was very proud to attend the official opening of the School Art Exhibition, opened by local artist Andy Quilty, on Wednesday 14 September. As always I was blown away by the talent our students’ display, not just in the artwork itself, but also the catering that was provided by Mrs Leach’s wonderful Hospitality students, the music played for the crowd, and even the running of the evening itself, led by some very confident students. The artwork was amazing and it is testament to the Arts staff that we are lucky to have at John Wollaston. Our students obviously benefit from such a strong and supportive programme. It was a magnificent night and my congratulations go to everyone involved.

Some dates to put in your calendar for next term:

Tuesday 18 October - P&F Meeting 7.00pm in the Library Resource Centre
We will be welcoming Pauline Galley, Head of Charter House to the meeting to give us an update on the eSmart Schools programme that the P & F are proud to fund. eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the creation of a cyber safe or eSmart environment.

We welcome parents who would like to hear more information about this cyber safety programme. Please join us, to hear firsthand how this very important programme is impacting on and supporting our children.

We are also very excited to be hosting Darren Walters, President of the P&F from Peter Carnley Anglican Community School. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk with someone from a similar school and share ideas about how to make the P&F bigger and better!

Sunday 23 October - Bunnings Harrisdale Sausage Sizzle
We are running another fundraising Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings in Harrisdale. We would love some helpers, so stay tuned as we’ll be calling out for help early next term. We also love visitors, so mark the date in your diary and pop down to say hello on the day!

Friday 28 October - Primary Disco
We have something very exciting planned for this disco! Further details will be announced in the new term, so mark the date in your diary now and make sure your Primary students are free!

Tuesday 15 November - P&F Sundowner
Yes, a sundowner! We are very excited to be adding this new event to the John Wollaston social calendar and we would love to see you. Save the date and keep your eye out for more details in early Term 4.

We wish everyone a well-deserved break and look forward to seeing everyone rested and ready to go for Term 4. 

Megan Blackman
Parents and Friends Association President

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Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 Community Relations

  • Inclusive Education Expo                                                                             BACK
  • Good luck to competitors
  • Dome Lunch Winners
  • Armadale Library news
  • App update - we have over 625 users!

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Good luck to competitors
We wish the best of luck to some of our students competiting in interstate competitions in the coming months.
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Year 10 student Kai Torsvik will be competing at National Clubs Carnival in Bendigo, Victoria between 21-26 September and will be in the Trampolining Australian team for the Indo Pacific Championships in New Zealand between the 21-26 October.

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In November Year 7 student Samuel Aston will go to Singapore to compete in the Prime Gymnastics International Invitational 2016. Samuel is an elite gymnast and he trains with TJ Gym Sports, Rockingham. He has previously trained with WAIS (Western Australian Institute of Sport) gymnastic squads at HBF Stadium in Mt Claremont and at the Loftus Centre.  At the Prime Gymnastics International Invitational, clubs from all over Australia and Singapore will come together to compete. Samuel will be competing in all seven disciplines of men’s gymnastics but he says his favourite event is the rings and the hardest is the high bar. He has been involved in gymnastics for nine years, starting when he was only four years old and instantly loved it. He trains four times a week, three days after school and once on the weekend.

Please let us know of any achievements of any students in any fields. You are welcome to email details to community relations on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dome Lunch Winners
A group of excited Primary students were treated to lunch at Kelmscott Dome with the Principal Anne Ford, who also drove them there in the school bus. These students have reached Gold level in the Wollaston Way Character Quest and their reward was lunch with the Principal!

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Armadale Library news

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App update - we have  over 625 users!

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App usage is growing strongly with 625 App users. If you haven't returned your student's Photograph Permission Form, try the new way to do it here:

Make sure you keep any App updates installed regularly and occassionally delete data so you have the most up to data information available.

Rachel Tierney
Community Relations Officer

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Friday, 23 September 2016 08:00

Issue 15 Uniforms

  • Uniform Store Trading Hours for the October school holidays                                       BACK
  • Summer Uniforms in Term 4, 2016

 Uniform Store trading hours for the October school holidays:

 Friday 7 October 2016 9.00am –   3.00pm 
 Saturday 8 October 2016  8.00am – 11.00am
 Tuesday 11 October 2016  8.00am – 10.00am
 Wednesday 12 October 2016  8.00am – 10.00am 
and  1:30pm –   3:30pm

 


Summer Uniforms in Term 4, 2016
Please be reminded that the Summer Uniform is to be worn during Term 4 as follows:

Early Learning Centre (ELC) Kindergarten to Year 2  Summer Uniform - Girls and Boys
JW Shorts and Red Polo shirt with stripe on collar and sleeve (embroidered with school crest), Navy sport socks with red and white stripe, white sneakers and School Hat.

Primary to Secondary Summer Uniform
Boys: Navy blue shorts, white shirt and long navy socks with red stripe, School hat/cap.
Girls: Dress and crew socks with red stripe, School hat/cap.

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Term time Uniform Store opening hours are:

Monday   8:30am – 10:00am
Wednesday  1:30pm –   3:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 10:00am
and  1:30pm –   3:30pm

You are welcome to place  small orders via phone or email, with payment by credit card. These orders will be delivered to your child’s class.

Uniform Store Coordinator: Wendy Brinner
Direct Phone Line: 9495 8129
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Credit card and EFTPOS facilities are available.

For full uniform details and prices go to: http://www.jwacs.wa.edu.au/information-for-parents/uniform-information

Wendy Brinner
Uniform Coordinator

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Friday, 09 September 2016 08:00

Issue 14 Principal

Strategic Plan 2017-2020 update
Thank you to the many families who responded to the online Parent Survey via our School Stream app. It was very pleasing that the number of respondents exceeded previous years. Your feedback will be collated by consultant Dr Liz Pattison and form a valuable part of the consultation phase for our next strategic plan. This week Dr Pattison interviewed another key stakeholder, the Anglican Schools Commission CEO, The Revd Peter Laurence OAM, for his input. School Council and Executive will participate in a whole day workshop facilitated by Dr Pattison in mid October to complete the consultation phase. Following further work, it is anticipated that the new strategic plan will be ratified by School Council at the end of the year.

Ride to Conquer Cancer - fundraising boost
I never cease to be amazed at the generosity of our families to support charitable causes. The recent Founders' Day celebrations raised in excess of $3000 for the John Wollaston Ride to Conquer Cancer Team. This is a marvellous effort and I know team leader Mel Fowler, Primary Physical Education Specialist is most appreciative of the large donation and personal support extended to all of the riders for the event next month. The ride will take place over the weekend of 16-17 October, 2016.

To donate please go to the Ride to Conquer Cancer page and search 'TEAM JWACS'. Click on a team member to select them and donate. 
http://pr16.conquercancer.org.au/site/TR/Events/Perth2016?team_id=17170&pg=team&fr_id=1243

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The next generation of teachers
Each year the School hosts a large number of pre service teachers from the various universities for their practical classroom experience under the supervision of our teaching staff. It is an important responsibility for experienced teachers to impart knowledge and skills to newcomers to the profession and I am grateful that our staff take on this role. On Monday I met with six pre service teachers from Murdoch University, all in their first year of teacher training, who spent this week in the Secondary School, primarily observing but also teaching a lesson. Of the six, only two were school leavers, the others being drawn to the profession to make a difference in the lives of young people. All were enthusiastic, in awe of our spacious campus and grounds and very complimentary of our students. Importantly, they left feeling affirmed about their decision to become teachers. This is so important for the future of the profession, as our students deserve the best; namely, teachers who are able, dedicated, caring and put the needs of the students at the centre of all they do.

2017 School Council Bursaries
The purpose of a School Council Bursary is twofold. Firstly, to offer financial assistance to an existing school family who supports the values of John Wollaston Anglican Community School and secondly, to provide educational opportunities for an appropriately qualified student who would not otherwise be able to remain at the School for financial or family reasons.

Eligible students are invited to apply for 2017 School Council Bursaries. 
Please click on the link below for more information about School Council Bursaries being offered in 2017.

2017 School Council Bursaries – Application Details 

Applications should be submitted to the Principal by 4.00pm Wednesday 21 September 2016. For further information please contact Karen Ayres, Academic Assistant to the Principal at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (08) 9495 8100.

 

With good wishes
Anne Ford

 

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Friday, 09 September 2016 08:00

Issue 14 Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

Year 10 Encounter
The Year 10s are all looking forward to their Cape to Cape Encounter in Week 10 of this term. The Encounter experiences are a great addition to our pastoral care programme at John Wollaston Anglican Community School. These types of Encounters allow our students to experience real life environments which can provide challenges and opportunities to develop character strengths such as resilience and perseverance. I am confident that during the three day Encounter, our Year 10 students will continue to develop the skills of working together as a group, problem solving in practical ways, leadership, a greater appreciation of the great outdoors, time management and self – reliance. As well as developing these skills I am sure the students and staff will have a great time.

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Year 12s
At this time of the school year, our Year 12 students are very much thinking about the exciting times ahead for them; Valedictory, Secondary Graduation, new horizons and new opportunities are just around the corner. While all these experiences are very exciting, this time of change can bring about some levels of stress and anxiety for both parents and students. I encourage parents to keep the lines of communication open with their young adults. Remind them of the importance of good nutrition, a minimum of eight hours sleep each night, regular exercise and maintaining perspective.

ACC Inter-School Athletics
I would like to congratulate our Athletics Team who competed in the ACC Inter-School Athletics Carnival on Tuesday at WA Stadium, Mt. Claremont. Our students represented the School in tremendous fashion, displaying spirit, tenacity and an appetite to compete. I have no doubt that many of them were inspired by the talents of Usain Bolt and others at the recent Rio Olympics! We congratulate and highlight some outstanding individual achievements on the day:

Eliza Mitchell Year 7   1st overall U13 Female     
Dylan Bailey Year 7   2nd overall U13 Male       
Thandoe Dube Year 9   2nd overall U15 Male       
Jackson Little Year 12 3rd overall OPEN Male    

 

Book in a Day
Congratulations to the Year 8 and 9 students who took part in the annual Book in a Day event to raise money for Princess Margaret Hospital. This year we had two teams and managed to raise almost $700 with some generous help from the Old Wollastonians’ Association. The students met shortly before 8.00am on Tuesday 30 August to find out the characters - human and non-human, setting, issue and five random words that had been assigned by the competition organisers to each team. Students worked collaboratively to write, illustrate, edit and produce a book of at least 4000 words within the day. Copies of the final books Lionheart and Forbidden Fame can be found in the Library Resource Centre and School Reception areas and are well worth a read.
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Write-a-Book-in-a-Day began in 2002 as a partnership between Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth with 18 teams raising money for the hospital, run by Chris Oakeley and a few volunteers. By 2009, 79 teams were entering the competition, mainly in WA and NSW. This grew to an amazing 446 teams by 2014, supporting children's hospitals in every State and Territory, becoming too big for Chris to manage on his own. In 2015 the competition was passed to The Kids' Cancer Project which funds research into children's cancers where it grew further to 529 teams and over 4,500 young and adult writers.
https://www.writeabookinaday.com

Pegasus 7 and Pegasus Society pizza lunch
Members of Pegasus 7 and the Pegasus Society met during lunch on Thursday 8 September for an informal mentoring session. While enjoying some pizza and juice, students had the opportunity to chat about the joys and challenges of the different stages of secondary school and share some tips for academic success. 

“It was good to be able to help the Year 7s by telling them what happens as they get older and to connect with them," Jaimee Addison, Year 10.

“The best thing was being able to ask the older students questions so we are better prepared for the future," Camellia Shwe, Mathumi Prathip and  Jayshree Baidya.

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Girls in Engineering (GIE) incursion
Almost thirty Year 7 students enjoyed a visit from UWA’s Girls in Engineering (GIE) team this week. Although the programme is designed to encourage girls to think about careers in Science and Engineering, boys are also able to join in on the school visit. The Year 7s were treated to a hands-on activity on the topic of Biomimicry set up in one of the Secondary Science laboratories.

"Everything was so cool and fascinating! If they keep this up they will surely raise the roof on the amount of female enginners." Chloe Cashman, Year 7.

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NAPLAN 2016 - information for parents
Please be advised that NAPLAN Reports for students in Years 3 and 5 were posted to parents on Thursday 8 September 2016. NAPLAN Reports for students in Years 7 and 9 are now available to parents on the parent portal - SEQTA Engage.

An information brochure to assist in interpreting these reports can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

NAPLAN 2016 – information for parents

 

Nick Jones
Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

 

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Friday, 09 September 2016 08:00

Issue 14 Head of Primary

Grandparents’ Day Friday 16 September
8.45am – 11.00am

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Grandparents’ Day is one of my favourite days of the year. This year we are again inviting all grandparents to join us for a special assembly, followed by a visit to Primary classrooms and our wonderful Art Exhibition. The day will begin at 8:45am in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre (BDISC) and following the assembly, the Year 6 Captains will guide grandparents to the relevant classrooms to view the work of their grandchildren. We have deliberately timed Grandparents’ Day to coincide with the John Wollaston Art Exhibition, so grandparents can share in the artistic talents of our students. The Art Exhibition will be on display in the Technology Centre. Please be assured that if your child does not have a grandparent available, a favourite great aunt or uncle is always welcome! The event will conclude at 11:00am. I look forward to a wonderful day on Friday 16 September.

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Year 6 PYP Exhibition: Parent Information Session
We would like to invite parents of Year 6 students to attend a PYP Exhibition information session on Tuesday 20 September from 3.15pm to 3.45pm in the Chapel. Year 6 students are able to join parents at this meeting.

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NAPLAN 2016 - information for parents
Please be advised that NAPLAN Reports for students in Years 3 and 5 were posted to parents on Thursday 8 September 2016.
An information brochure to assist in interpreting these reports can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

NAPLAN 2016 – information for parents

Inter-House Athletics Carnival
We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day on Thursday 1 September for our Carnival. It was a true community event, with so many families enjoying the sunshine and excellent House spirit on the day. It is always pleasing to observe our students support and encourage each other. Thank you to Mel Fowler Primary Physical Education Specialist and a team of helpers; parents, Year 10 students and Primary staff. I hope you all enjoyed the day and we look forward to the Inter-School Carnival at All Saints College on Thursday 15 September. 

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Encounter experiences
I was in at Bickley Camp today with the Year 3s for their Encounter experience. Our students demonstrated the character strengths of bravery, team work and zest in completing a range of activities; from the flying fox to orienteering. The aim of this big day out is to build resilience and emphasise the importance of caring for each other. It is always interesting to see students adapt to such a different environment, often displaying leadership qualities that may not be apparent at school. Thank you to all Year 3 staff for providing our students with such a rich learning experience. 

Our Pre-Primary students also had their Encounter experience today, with all students travelling to Naturescape Kings Park. This is a fantastic venue to investigate and explore. There are towers to climb, creeks to cross, tunnels to navigate and ropes to wrestle. Thank you to all Pre-Primary staff and Mrs Shand for organising a great experience for our younger children. No doubt both staff and students will sleep very well tonight!

Positive Education Day feedback
Thank you all for your continued feedback about our Positive Education programme and recent seminars. If you would like to provide feedback, or simply have any questions about our school, please do not hesitate to arrange a meeting with me through Mrs Donna Brown at Primary Administration.

Senior Primary Choir at Dale Fest
Led by Mrs Jenny Coles, the Senior Primary Choir performed at Dale Fest on Friday 2 September at the Kelmscott Hall. The theme for this year's Senior Dale Fest was "Movies" and our choir performed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Mr Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

 

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