Comment from the Principal – 17th November 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Year 11s will breathing a collective sigh of relief now that their exams are finished but much remains to be done for all of us in the remaining weeks of the term.

In this connection the calendar provides up-to-date information but, as always, a summary of events may also prove helpful.

The Week Ahead

Week 7 Goldsworthy

Tuesday 21st – Year 10 Big Picture Exhibitions (invitations have been sent)
– School attends ‘The Arrival’ at the Civic Centre (please note change of date which was advised by the Shire)
Thursday 23rd – Summer musical soiree in McVay Courtyard (a letter of invitation has been sent)
- Year 11 ATAR and Big Picture introductory courses for Year 10 begin
Friday 24th – Transition Day for Year 6 students (all day); normal school for all students
- School Surf excursion (surf-class students)

Forthcoming Events

Sunday 26th November to Friday 1st December – Year 9 St. George’s College Camp
Monday 27th – Year 11 Outdoor Education Expedition (until 1st December)
- 1730 Second Big Picture Information Evening (invitations have been sent and are on Facebook)
Tuesday 28th – 1715 PFA Meeting in Dempster 1
Wednesday 29th – 1730 Meeting on our new “Good Standing’ policy and procedures (invitation has been sent)
Thursday 30th – Cliffs Work experience Camp departs (until 6th December)

FINAL WEEK

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th – GSSSSAA Athletics Carnival in Albany
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 – rehearsal for Awards Night will take place in the morning
- 1830 Awards Night in the Civic Centre – full winter uniform please (including tights for girls)
Friday 8th – Staff training day on the new ‘Protective Behaviours’ curriculum

Year 11 Introductory Courses

As has been noted above our Year 10 students will begin shortly (as with last year) two weeks of ATAR and Big Picture introductory courses. This will enable them not only to begin work for Year 11 but to get them thinking ahead about the commitment and approach required to ensure a successful outcome at the end of their time in the School.

Chapel

Wood led our Chapel service this morning in the shape of their Year 9 students. They gave a thoughtful series of reflections, readings and prayers on the topic of ‘friendship’ which was certainly appreciated by all.

The School Ball

We have now received some 45 responses to the questionnaire but I will leave it open until Monday 20th November to ensure that students and parents of current Years 10 to 12 have the opportunity of contributing their thoughts.

Exit Surveys

Whilst on the theme of surveys, departing (or departed) students and their parents should now have been sent a link to complete an exit survey. This will be helpful in giving us some pointers about developing the School further. Please let me know if you have not received this.

Staff News

Sadly Dr Damien Igoe is returning to the Eastern States at the end of the term to take up a university-based research position; I have advertised for a replacement. Ms Andrea Collins is also to leave, to return to Perth to be close to family but we will be able to cover her classes using existing staff resources. There will be time later to give more fulsome eulogies but, for now, I should acknowledge the not inconsiderable and positive impacts they have both made to our school community.

As always I hope that you will have a good weekend.

With warm wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Kerr

P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles
Principal