Dear Parents and Carers,
The Esperance Show got in the way of the customary ‘Comment’ last week but I hope that the gap has been filled, at least in part, by the daily ‘EACS Brekkie Bytes’. There is, however, still much to comment upon, providing something of a smorgasbord of information to provide further nourishment.
As always, we had our stand at the Show with our face-painters in action providing entertainment for the younger children. My colleagues and I enjoyed being part of the event and engaging with members of our School and local communities. It was also good to be able to discuss the prospects of an education here with several families who were intent on enrolling their children with us.
End of Year for Year 12s
The final week for Year 12s saw an infinite and entertaining variety of costumes on display, which revealed much careful thought and preparation. I am sure that the ATAR candidates will be putting a similar degree of application into their revision for the examinations, which start on Monday, in the Parish Centre. These examinations are supervised by invigilators appointed by the curriculum authority (SCSA). I have been impressed by the presence, in School, of many Year 12s as they complete General and Big Picture courses or revise for their ATAR examinations. The formal farewell last week saw a sumptuous breakfast organised by Mrs Abbott, Mrs Marquis and Mrs Shipp, which was followed by a variety of games and a final photograph. Of course, we still have the graduation dinner on Monday 3rd December, which will be preceded by a short Eucharist service. Wednesday 5th December is the formal Awards and Graduation Ceremony, held in the Civic Centre.
Sadly, Ms Georgia Gregory will be taking a leave-of-absence next year to be closer to her partner in the Bunbury area. Her classes will be allocated amongst our existing staff who have the ability and experience to teach them, although we will be sorry to see her go for the year. We hope that she will be able to return in 2020.
There appears to be much misinformation and unhelpful speculation doing the rounds about prefectships for Year 11 students; however, I have appreciated the opportunity of speaking with parents who have come to me to find out what the situation actually is. Can I simply reassure you all by saying that the normal process of voting by staff and students, followed by interviews with me and Mr Clark will be followed in the next week or so. Appointments will be announced shortly thereafter.
I also intend to form a Student Representative Council next year, composed of a student representative from each Advisory Group, with a change of personnel each term. We are still finetuning the selection process for this SRC to ensure an equitable opportunity for all.
Specialist Sport Programmes
It was a pleasure to welcome Jill McIntosh from Netball WA to conduct masterclasses with our students engaged on the netball specialist programme; she also assessed our progress. Happily, she was pleased with all that she saw indicating a successful first year in the programme. Our tennis specialist programme was also successful in being one of the four finalists in the WA Tennis Industry Awards event held in Perth recently. Although we did not win we were awarded an Outstanding Finalist certificate and trophy, which is also a great endorsement of what we are doing.
Whilst on the theme of sport I should draw your attention to an opportunity in swimming. With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential. If your child is over 13-years old and loves swimming, they can train for their Bronze Medallion. This advanced programme provides lifesaving skills for life. Having a Bronze Medallion could lead to paid work as a swimming instructor. VacSwim programs are held at pools and beaches across the State. No matter where you are planning to spend these summer holidays, your children can take part in VacSwim. Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming
Yet more students have been coming forward for commendation, which is a testament to the Good Standing process introduced this year.
Mrs Lisa Stokes, our Finance and Administration Officer, would like to remind you that arrangements for settling fees by the end of the year need to be made. If there are any issues with this, please do not hesitate to get in-touch as we always seek to do what we can to assist. Thank you.
I hope that a summary of key events will help with your planning but please remember that I also publish these in EACS Brekkie Bytes, and that they appear in the calendar on SEQTA and on the website.
The Week Ahead
Week 4 - Goldsworthy on duty
Monday 29th October- ATAR Examinations start in the Parish Centre
Wednesday 31st October - Basketball Competition in Kalgoorlie
The Library is open every lunchtime, supervised by a member of staff
Monday 5th to Friday 9th November - Year 10/11 Examinations
Monday 12th November - Mid-Term holiday - School closed
Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th November - Year 7 to 9 Examinations
Friday 16th November - Transition Day for Year 6 students
Monday 19th November – First Aid for snake bites – training for all students
Monday 26th to Friday 30th November - Year 11 Outdoor Ed expedition
Monday 3rd December – Eucharist and Year 12 Leavers’ Dinner at School
Tuesday 4th December - GSSSSA Athletics Competition
Wednesday 5th December – 1830 - Awards’ Night - note date and time
Thursday 6th December - Beach Volleyball Carnival
Thursday 6th December - Final day of School for students
Friday 7th December - Staff training day – student-free day
As always, I hope that your weekend is a restorative and pleasant one.
With every good wish.
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles