Principal’s Comment – 2nd March 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Incredible as it may seem we are now officially into autumn and the term is well into its rhythm, with much going on. The long weekend will provide a chance to draw breath in all this busyness.


Busyness and the pressures of this modern world sometimes impinge on our well-being so a reminder that counselling is available through the services of a trained and supervised counsellor every fortnight, at no extra charge. Should you wish to consider using this service for your child – or, indeed, the family – please contact Reception to arrange the necessary permissions.

Free-Dress Day

Today’s free-dress day, with a movie theme, drew a very favourable response from students and staff. I will let you know, in due course, how much was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation, and for the student undergoing treatment for this pernicious disease. I have been greatly encouraged by the manner in which our Prefects have embraced their responsibilities, one are of which is the whole aspect of caring for our wider community.


I meet with our young leaders each week and enjoy seeing their energy, enthusiasm and genuine concern for others. The meetings provide an opportunity for them to learn how to conduct meetings but, more importantly, give them scope to realise their desire to make a difference for good in the School. To this end you should know that the group has already arranged (in addition to the free-dress day) to run a media club, a drawing club and an after-school maths help-desk; they will also be aiming to develop recycling rosters and physical fitness training. More will emerge in due course but detractors of the young should take note of these laudable initiatives.

Tenth Anniversary Planning Seminar

Speaking of initiatives, a reminder that I will hold a seminar to review the School Plan on the evening of Tuesday 13th March from 1730 to 1930. I will send out details very soon but please note this date and consider coming with your children who are students here. The evening will start with drinks and then, over dinner, we will discuss matters in small groups, following a process that I would facilitate.

Forthcoming Events

Monday 5th - Labour Day holiday - School closed
Tuesday 6th - Red Cross presentations
- OLNA testing (letters have been sent)
Spinal injuries – St Johns talk during Advisory 2 (Year 7 and 9)
Wednesday 7th – Spinal injuries St Johns talk during Advisory 2 (Years 10-12)
1030-1130 TEE Consultants Year 12 ATAR UWA Revision Seminar in D4
Friday 9th - 0850-0950 - Year 8 needles
Tuesday 13th - 1730 - School Planning Seminar for all staff, parents, students and School Council members
Thursday 15th - Commissioning of Jason Bartell (former EACS Principal) as Principal of John Septimus Roe ACS
Friday 16th March - Beach Carnival
Tuesday 20th March – 1715 – PFA AGM
Saturday 24th March – Condingup Fair – EACS present
22-25th March - Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) Camp
26-27th March - Elevate Study Skills workshops (students, staff and parents)
Wednesday 28th March – Year 7 Parent-Teacher Meeting (details to be sent in due course)
Friday 30th March – Good Friday holiday (School closed)
Monday 2nd April – Easter Monday holiday (School closed)
9-13th April - Year 7&8 Metricup Camp

Treasure Chest

The School has signed up to Esperance Supa IGA’s Treasure Chest promotion so, if you shop there, please support us by getting involved.

Year 8 Needles – Friday 9th March

All details have been provided to students but, as always, if you have any questions please contact Reception.

Pastoral Care Curriculum

A major theme for this year will be around the whole aspect of child protection awareness and keeping our young people safe from harm. Iain Clark, Deputy Principal, has done a lot of work on this and details of the programme are attached for your reference.

And Finally…

Just a couple of reminders if I may:

The deadline for students to get their hair cut or tidied to our accepted (and acceptable) standards is Tuesday of next week – individual students have been reminded about their responsibilities in this regard.

Please let Reception know of any student absences using telephone, SMS, SEQTA, Skoolbag or telephone. Many thanks.

With every good wish for safe travels and enjoyment this weekend.

Yours sincerely,


P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles