Comment from the Principal – 11th August 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a week of interesting contrasts in all sorts of respects, not least the weather!
Photographs

The weather payed its part in altering the arrangements for the photographs but, happily, we managed to get the whole-School one taken outdoors. I was impressed with the presentation and and behaviour of our students which made the whole process so much easier. I hope that you will be pleased with the results.
Guitar Tuition

I have received the good news that Karen Mclurkin’s treatment in Perth is progressing well and she hopes to be back in Esperance in late September, although not returning to work.
The Bands

Whilst on the theme of music, we have enjoyed the contributions, this week, of the Junior Band at Assembly and the Senior Band at Chapel. We are blessed with some fine musical talent and I look forward to hearing an abundance of this at the Music Festival next week.
Surfing

A dozen of our students are currently in Albany taking part in the WA Surfing Competition and we look forward to hearing how they have fared once they return this evening. I am pleased that our aquatics and surfing programmes can lead on to such an event, providing a competitive edge for those who like this sort of a challenge.

STOP PRESS from Ms Salomone

All students did so well and should be so proud of how competitive they were. All heats were super close some coming down to only one wave.

  • Grace Hawkey and Jerri Gaebler came second in the girls junior surfing division
  • Jaxon Goodman and Ryan Williams won their first heat, got into the prelim and then into the final where they came runner up champions overall for junior boys bodyboarding
  • Lachlan Kerr and Kasey Garvey won their heat making it through to the prelim finals and then came third overall.
  • EACS surfing and body boarding team came Third overall

Very exciting results and the kids are very pleased with themselves!

Landscaping Works

The first stage of the landscaping works between Dempster and McVay has now been completed and, as the photo shows, has really made a difference to the appearance of the area. Paths and the planting of trees will follow.

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The Week Ahead

Week 5 Goldsworthy on duty
Science week – see information below
Tuesday 15th - Marine Education incursion
Wednesday 16th – School Council meeting
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th - Music Festival
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th – Prefects take part in a 40-Hour Famine fundraiser

Forthcoming Events

Monday 21 August - Mid-term holiday
Tuesday 22 August - Questacon Smart skills student workshops
Wednesday 23 August - CBA 'Start Smart' money skills workshops 7-11
Wednesday 23 August - 1630-1730 Questacon Staff Professional workshop
Thursday 24 August - CBA 'Start Smart' money skills workshops 7-12
Friday 25th - 1300-1430 Netball clinic for students keen to be involved in specialist programme
Monday 28 August - OLNA Numeracy and Reading commences
Tuesday 29 August - Year 11 Outdoor Education hike (one day)
19 October - Kalgoorlie - Girls AFL for Years 8-10 (note change of date)
Monday 04 September - OLNA Writing commences

Science Week

A variety of events has been put together by my colleagues in Flinders to recognise Science Week.

Monday 14th August 12:30- 1:00pm Energy activities
Tuesday 15th August All day: different sessions : Marine visit
Wednesday 16th August 12:30 – 1:00pm activities with liquid nitrogen
Thursday 17th August 12:30 – 1:00pm ‘forensics for all’ activities
Tues 22rd August Questacon incursion
Wednesday 23rd August Questacon staff professional development DMP

Also there is an Education Perfect Science competition running all week from 14th – 21st August.
His should add a little zest to life and affirm the food work being done in the sciences.

40-Hour Famine Initiative

Congratulations to Cameron Williams and the team of Prefects for undertaking this challenge, details of which are noted below. You can donate on-line or via the website.

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Year 10

It was good to be able to welcome the bulk of our Year 10 Parents to the meeting about ‘directions and decisions’ for next year. I felt that it was a useful occasion with a good flow of comments, questions and suggestions. Year 10 students will meet next week with current Year 11 and 12 students to get their insights into subjects which will give them another source of information to guide them in their selection of subjects for next year.
With regard to the work -experience programme in Week 8 the students are still working on their placements and further information on the costs of the Perth experience will follow next week.

So another busy and fruítful week comes to a close. I hope that the weekend will be a enjoyable and relaxing one for you all.

With every good wish.

Yours sincerely,

Kerr

P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles
Principal