Principal’s Comment 6th December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

The end of another School year, this time our tenth, which has seen many positive elements.

Awards’ Night
The atmosphere in the Civic Centre on Wednesday night really brought so many of these elements to the fore and it was very good to see a packed auditorium for our Awards’ Night. This went-off very well in so many different respects, not least because of the quality and variety of student talents on display and recognised. Many thanks indeed to all who attended to support, and a particular thanks to the Parents and Friends Association who provided the delicious and welcome refreshments to round things off.

Photographs have already appeared in the Esperance Express on-line but photos of prize-winners, taken by our own Joshua Van Staden, can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ddaixnc1da50zvy/AABj-MK8hNjOACkLBT0pp_JXa?dl=0

Commendations
Although not part of the Awards Night it was good to be able to present commendations during the term. A further round of awards was made at the end of term as follows:

Bronze
Phoebe Weightman
Gemma Neilson
Ben Loffler

Silver
Madeline Fox

It was also pleasing to recognise awardees of the Aussie of the Month Award:

September/October November
Year 7 Madeline Fox Year 7 Mya deGrussa
Year 8 Pearl Mitchell Year 8 Anna Tobin
Year 9 Tyler Berry Year 9 Lucy Hart
Year 10 Luke Burnside Year 10 Gemma Neilson
Year 11 Zachary Fox Year 11 Ben Loffler

Further good news could be found in the celebratory lunch for students gaining ‘Advance Standing’ this semester which saw 66 students (38% of the School) enjoying a range of delicious pizzas. For those who maintained advance standing over the whole year (46 students) a movie followed. I have been delighted with the overall standard of demeanour that has been a consequence of the introduction of the whole programme of ‘Good Standing’, which augurs well for the School as we move forward.

Staff News
I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Hillary Macmillan has accepted my offer of a role to take over from Mrs Julie Hall. Hillary is well known to us as a parent of a former EACS student and comes with exactly the right approach, skills and experience that we require.

I am also in the process of seeking a replacement for Mr Kim Clayton and, indeed, start interviewing next week.

Uniform Fitting
With the holidays approaching you should be aware that fittings of uniform for next term must be booked in advance: appointments will be available in January.

Reception Hours in Vacation
As is usual during the holidays Reception will be open from 0900-1500 each day apart from the period Friday 14th December (last day of opening) to Wednesday 2nd January, when it reopens.

Twin Towns Programme
The Esperance Twin Town Committee have just updated the Student Exchange Programme Information Kit and Application form on the Shire Website. As you will see via the link below the programme is for students in Years 9 to 12 with a knowledge of the French language.

https://www.esperance.wa.gov.au/esperance-twin-towns-program

Nominations are currently open and will close on Monday the 11th of February 2019.

Calendar
As always, a reminder of the events towards the start of next term. The calendar has also been updated for 2019.

Monday 17th December – Midday – release of ATAR results
Thursday 31st January – Staff training day
Friday 1st February – Staff training day
Monday 4th February – Year 7 induction morning from 0900 to 1300. Year 7 students only
Tuesday 5th February – 0840 – School resumes for all students
Wednesday 13th February – 1730 – Sundowner for parents, staff and School Council members

I hope that you will all be able to enjoy some time for rest and relaxation this summer and that you will have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

With warm wishes.

Yours sincerely,

Kerr-sign

P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles
Principal