Comment from the Principal – 28th October 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a couple of weeks since my last ‘Comment’: for a variety of reasons it was not possible to produce one last week but I hope what follows will prove to be useful and of interest.

Academic Matters

The OLNA results were released recently with some pleasing results indicating good progress. Unfortunately there are still a few students who, for one reason or another, have not yet reached the decreed standard. There are still opportunities (even after departure from School) to sit the OLNA but, as we have had some encouraging successes, we hope our existing

The ATAR examinations start in the Anglican Parish Centre on Wednesday 1st November and I wish our candidates all good fortune. A reminder that they should attend their examinations in uniform please.

On Wednesday we had a very positive and well-attended information meeting about Big Picture which will be repeated later this term. In the meantime if you would like additional information please just contact Reception to receive a brochure about the design of Big Picture which, next year, will be used in Years 9 to 12.

Co-Curricular Activities

Continuing the cerebral theme we, again, hosted the inter-Schools Chess Congress in which ESHS managed to ease us out this year, in a well-fought contest. It was encouraging to see so many students from all our local schools participating in such a worthwhile activity.

Girls from Years 8 to 10 travelled to Kalgoorlie to participate in the AFL Carnival. Although success did not come their way they enjoyed the experience, and were a credit to themselves and to the School.

Our Year 12 students enjoyed games of a different sort, devised by Mrs Hall, on their final day of School, after their barbeque breakfast cooked and served by staff. This happy tradition is added to by the students entertaining us with their various costumes, worn to different themes, on each day of the final week.

Bandana Day

Speaking of costumes many in the School sported bandanas on Friday as part of our free-dress day to support ‘Canteen’, the children’s cancer charity; we await the outcome of the fund-raising with anticipation.

Mince Masters

A closely-fought contest led to a tie-breaker with Rhys Simmonds coming out on top. As always the School Calendar on SEQTA and the website gives up-to-date information but a summary may be helpful:

The Week Ahead

Week 4 – Goldsworthy on Duty
Sunday 29th October – 1000 PFA Gardening Busy Bee
Wednesday 1st November – ATAR Examinations begin (Anglican Parish Centre)
Thursday 2nd – 1730 Meeting for Year 10 parents regarding Year 11 (invitation has been sent)

Forthcoming Events

Monday 6th November – School exams start for Years 7 to 10 (until Thursday 9th)
Thursday 9th – School exams start for Year 11 (until Friday 17th)
Monday 13th November – Mid-term Holiday – School closed
Wednesday 18th – School Council meeting
Tuesday 21st – Year 10 Big Picture meeting
Wednesday 22nd – School attends ‘The Arrival’ at the Civic Centre (letter has already been sent)
Thursday 23rd – School Surf Competition and in evening musical soiree (invitation will follow)
Friday 24th – Transition Day for Year 6 students

FINAL WEEK

Tuesday 5th – Visit by the Chief Executive of the Anglican Schools Commission, Revd. Peter Laurence,
OAM
Tuesday 5th – 1800 Graduation Dinner for Year 12 and parents (and attended by Revd. Laurence)
Wednesday 6th – Inter-House Beach Volleyball Competition
Thursday 7th – Last day of School
- 1830 Awards Night in the Civic Centre

The inevitable (it seems) rush towards the end of the year can already be sensed but I hope that we can take time to enjoy all that is going on.