Principal’s Comment – 9th February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

It seems incredible that we are now at the end of Week 2 and I hope that the last two weeks have been good ones for you all. I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the sundowner on
Wednesday of next week to both renew old acquaintances and establish new ones.

Sundowner
I have sent an invitation to all parents/carers about the sundowner (only for parents/carers) to be held from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 14th February, at the School. Members of staff and the School Council will also be in attendance. Please make a note in your diaries and ensure that you have returned the attendance slip by Monday 13th February. This event is always a most convivial occasion and I encourage you to attend.

Commissioning of Prefects
The School Prefects were also formally commissioned at our first Chapel service of the year and together took their charge, which is summarised below.

PREFECTS’ COMMISSION

I hereby accept the commission of School Prefect at Esperance Anglican Community School. Through it I promise to uphold the values and traditions of the School, demonstrating in my leadership the importance of hard work, humanity, humility and humour in service to the community.

The idea is to promote the concept of servant leadership and service to the community. This year’s prefects have shown commendable initiative and commitment so far and I look forward to working closely with them in the running of the School. Prefects and positions of responsibility for the year ahead are:

Head Girl – Darby Smith

Head Boy – Harrison Tobin

Prefects – Goldsworthy
Demi-Lee Barker
Kassidy Topping (Head of House)
Joshua Van Staden
Riley Greatrex

Prefects – Jackman
Bella Clifton
Kasey Garvey
(Angus Shaw – Head of House)

Prefects – Wood
Ayla Rae Anthonysz (Head of House)
Tylah Kennedy (Head of House)

Camps
Further to my last comment you may wish to be aware of the likely costs of camps to allow you to plan ahead. These are a guide and we do try hard to limit the cost to the figures quoted; we also try to fund-raise to reduce costs.

EACS Expected Camp Costs 2018

Year Group Camp Details Approx Cost
Year 7 Metricup Camp $700.00
Year 8 Metricup Camp $700.00
Year 9 Canberra Camp (Optional)
- can be reduced with fundraising
Peer Mentoring Camp
$2,500.00
Peer Mentoring Camp $50.00
Year 10 Peer Mentoring Camp $50.00
Work Experience Camp $550.00
Year 11 Outdoor Ed Camp - Snorkelling $55.00
Outdoor Ed Camp - Hiking $55.00
Outdoor Ed Camp - Cape to Cape $450.00
Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp - Fishing $55.00
Outdoor Ed Camp - Rottnest $650.00
Year 12 Country week (Selected students) $650.00
All Years Kalgoorlie - Netball $45.00
Kalgoorlie - Cricket $45.00
Kalgoorlie - Basketball $45.00
Kalgoorlie - Volleyball $45.00
Music Camp (Band Students) $350.00

Music Instruction – Strings
Mrs Ilka McKeown is again conducting individual lessons on stringed instruments. If you wish your child to participate in these lessons please contact Reception.

Smart-Rider Cards
All Year 7 and other new students have had their photographs taken for these cards which should be available within the next fortnight. Until then I understand that bus tickets may continue to be used.

Care Monkey
New parents and carers will have received a request from Care Monkey for medical and other personal information relating to their children. This is a web-based system that helps the School manage such information for the purposes of organising camps, excursions, visits and other trips. We use it to seek permission from you for your child to attend these events, and allow staff to have access to the information in the event of any emergencies. It really is a very effective system which helps hugely with the administration of such events both for the School and for parents. Only staff accompanying a particular trip have access to the information for the students attending. If you have not yet received a request, or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Reception.

Personal Information
Whilst on the theme of personal information can I ask you to make sure that you let Reception know if any of your details – such as contact numbers and addresses – change; thank you. We also try to make sure that we are aware of any students with specific medical conditions that require special care and attention. To advise us of such conditions we use information supplied on the admissions form and Care Monkey so please try to make sure that we are aware of these.

Lost Property
Inevitably, from time-to-time, students will ‘misplace’ items of personal property; if these are found lying around they are put into a large box in Doug Murray Place to be retrieved. Of course it helps hugely, in the repatriation process, if all articles are named.

Forthcoming Events
Although details are in the calendar you might like additional notification of the following events:

Saturday 10th – Installation of Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy at St. George’s Cathedral
Tuesday 13th – 1715 PFA Committee Meeting (a letter has been sent about this)
Wednesday 14th – 1730 Sundowner at the School
Wednesday 21st – RAC Road Safety Awareness talks

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March – Elevate Study Skills programme
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th March – PIAF Camp for Years 11-12. An opportunity to explore a whole variety of artistic offerings in Perth, including a trip to the Perth Zoo to discover more about conservation.

It has been a good start to the year with a really positive atmosphere very evident, which I hope will continue, not least at the sundowner.

With every good wish for the weekend ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Kerr-sign

P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles
Principal