Comment from the Principal – 18th August 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

We approach the long weekend after a week of the most incredible variety in weather conditions, the wind contributing, at times, to ‘lively’ behaviour in some of our students.


Fortunately much of this energy has been transformed into meaningful musical activity and I have enjoyed hearing an abundance of this at the Music Festival. We used to have but one band representing our musical talents but now we have three, a choir and ensembles, plus numerous individual contributions. The quality is also there, bearing fine testimony to the leadership and commitment of Mrs Gail Saunders, and her team of instrumental teachers.

The Parent Survey

A further testament to what goes on in the School was received this week in the shape of the report arising from the recent parent survey. Some 59 responses were received which represents an excellent rate of return of around 40%, lending authority to the findings. As you will see from the report which accompanies this ‘Comment’ the School exceeds national averages of satisfaction in every category which is most pleasing. This said there are always aspects that would merit some attention and my colleagues and I will be scrutinising the report to identify how we might improve in areas where we figured less strongly (albeit positively). Initiatives arising from this scrutiny will lead to inclusion in the School Plan.


Some seven of our students went through the food handling and hygiene training course and can now be included in the rota of volunteer helpers, assisting Rose.

Science Week

Many events have been taking place this week courtesy of my colleagues in science, giving the students a variety of opportunities to extend their awareness and understanding.

  • Energy activities – levels during Assembly
  • Non-Newtonian ooblek (something to do with cornstarch and water)
  • Marine Education visit – sessions throughout day looking at identification of marine life and sustainable fisheries
  • Edible science and liquid nitrogen – ice cream making
  • Fun with Forensics – running a crime scene with other students to “solve” the crime & identify the correct suspect.

40-Hour Famine Initiative

All good fortune to Cameron Williams and the team of Prefects who are undertaking this challenge over the weekend, details of which are noted below. You can donate on-line or via the website.


The Week Ahead
6 Jackman on duty

Monday 21 August - Mid-term holiday – School Closed
Tuesday 22 August - Questacon smart science skills student workshops
Wednesday 23 August - CBA 'Start Smart' money skills workshops 7-11
Wednesday 23 August - 1630-1730 Questacon staff professional development 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 the specialist programme

Forthcoming Events
Monday 28 August - OLNA Numeracy and Reading commences
Tuesday 29 August - Year 11 Outdoor Education hike (one day)
Saturday 2 September – Year 10 Work Experience and year 11/12 Careers Camps depart for Perth
Monday 4 – Friday 8 September – Year 10 Work Experience and year 11/12 Careers Camps; Year 10
Work Experience Week in Esperance (no classes that week); Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp, Rottnest
19 October - Kalgoorlie - Girls AFL for Years 8-10 (note change of date)
Monday 04 September - OLNA Writing commences

A long weekend beckons which I hope will provide some chance to recharge the batteries after a busy week, especially for our musicians.

With my best wishes.

Yours sincerely,


P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles

CFP 18 August 2017