Dear Parents and Carers,
The end of another week, the high temperatures of which have tested us a bit, although I am sure our participants in aquatics enjoyed the opportunities it provided. It has been another good week with the rhythm of the term well under way and a pleasingly high number of commendations being logged (and very few ‘strikes’).
Aussie of the Month
On the topic of commendations, the School has embraced this award which recognises exemplars of the Australian character. To earn an award we look at commendations in the following key areas of School life:
- Academic - a HIGH level of achievement
- Endeavour - a HIGH level of effort
- Community - a HIGH level of commitment to service learning
- Leadership - a HIGH level of initiative and personal responsibility
- Spirit - Excellence in ‘Living the FISH’ – the philosophy which embraces choosing the right attitude, being there for people, helping make a person’s day and finding enjoyment in all that we do.
The first Aussie of the Month award for the month of February will be decided shortly, with nominations in each year group based on the number of commendations earned across the five focus areas described above. One of the advantages of this award is that it often recognises students who simply get on with the business of life here without fuss, and who embrace the holistic nature of the education we provide.
The cultural dimension is a very important part of this broad education because singing or playing a musical instrument gives students many benefits, including developing self-esteem, resiliency, respect, group skills, creativity, perseverance and excellence. Music has also been shown to promote multiple levels of thinking simultaneously as well as sharpening the brain’s ability to anticipate and to sustain attention. We have been so fortunate with our music under the leadership of Mrs Gail Saunders, which provides a remarkably high standard comparable with much bigger schools.
If any student is interested in music tuition or becoming part of one of our groups they should seek out Mrs. Saunders in E9 and pick up some information.
Currently we have tuition available on: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar, drums, violin, cello and voice (there are a limited number of these instruments available to hire).
We will, again, be running a series of seminars for all students on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th February to hone their skills in studying effectively. There is also a session for parents on the evening of Wednesday 27th at 1800 in DMP. This Elevate programme builds on the work done in Advisory Groups, and on the work we have done in previous years on a whole-school programme. Our experience last year confirmed the quality and value of the programme and I have pleasure, again, in endorsing it firmly.
Parents and Friends Association
This group has played a discreet but very significant role in the School community and I have enjoyed working with them and valued highly all that they have done for the School. The meeting on Tuesday was attended by only four parents, which was disappointing and does not augur well for the year ahead. You will have received a letter from the President, Mrs Leonie Henderson, about the PFA and I would urge you to consider becoming involved. Please contact Leonie, or me, should you wish to know more.
One area in which the PFA will be helping this year is with the decorating and catering for the School Ball which is at the Pink Lake Golf Club on Saturday 30th March. This said, the Year 12 students themselves have made an impressive effort with the organisation, Ben Loffler showing remarkable administrative skills. They have a number of fundraising events in-hand details of which are as follows.
- ‘Guess the number of lollies in the jar’ fundraiser. The cost is $1 per guess. Students will be visiting classrooms during morning advisory or guesses can be made in DMP at recess and lunchtime.
- The Ball Committee will also be selling milk shakes and lolly bags at lunch on Tuesday 26th February in DMP. Students will have a choice of chocolate, strawberry or caramel milkshakes for $2 and lolly bags for $2.
- The Committee have also organised a sausage sizzle at Bunnings for Sunday 24th March.
Parents of Year 11 and 12 students should now have received the information about the Ball and the Partner Approval form via SEQTA. Please remember that payment of $80 and and the Partner
Approval forms are due by Friday 1st March.
Parents of Year 10 Students should have received a letter regarding a community service opportunity at the EACS Ball: these permission slips are also due by Friday 1st March.
Year 7 and 8 Needles
Information and envelopes have been sent home with students in Years 7 and 8: the envelopes need to be returned to Reception next week please. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to call Reception.
Although details are in the calendar you might like additional notification of the following events:
Wednesday 27th – Thursday 28th – ‘Elevate’ study skills programme including a parent session from 1800 on the Wednesday 27th
Friday 1st March – 1000 World Day of Prayer at the Lutheran Church
Monday 4th – Labour Day holiday – School closed
Tuesday 5th – Shrove Tuesday
Tuesday 5th – OLNA Writing
Tuesday 5th – 1730 Information evening for prospective students and parents at the Civic Centre
Wednesday 6th – Ash Wednesday
Thursday 7th – Fast Fours tennis at Albany (tbc)
Friday 8th – 0850 WACE Seminar for Year 12s
Monday 11th – OLNA Numeracy
Tuesday 12th – OLNA Reading
Wednesday 13th – 1530 to 1730 Year 7 Parent-Student-Teacher meeting (invitations will be sent)
Friday 15th – All day – Beach Carnival
Saturday 16th – Condingup Fair where the School will have a stand
With my hopes that you will have an enjoyable weekend.
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles