Principal’s Comment – 29th March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Good afternoon and I hope that you have had a good week. Certainly there have been good things happening at the School as we move into the final stages of the term.

Year 11 and Year 12 Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

This was a constructive and convivial occasion, which should have helped in the whole process of providing useful feedback. Many thanks to all who attended for this demonstration of the essential co-operation between home and the School.

Winter Uniform

It seems a touch early to be speaking of winter uniform, but this will be required from the start of Term 2 (with the usual grace period of three weeks for either winter or summer rig to be worn). Bookings for fittings can be made by calling Reception; this will be open in the holidays from 0900 to 1500 on each week day.

Wearing of Spray Jackets

After careful research done by the newly formed Student Representative Council the following changes have been provisioned regarding the wearing of spray jackets.

Students may wear their spray jackets:

  • To and from school
  • Throughout the day when wet or to keep warm in colder weather

Some additional guidelines:

  • Spray Jackets should be clean and presentable at all times
  • Students will be asked to remove spray jackets if they are dirty or poorly presented
  • Spray jackets are NOT to be worn during lessons, they should be removed and neatly hung over the back of chairs.
  • Spray jackets do NOT replace the need to wear blazers during the winter months
  • Tracksuit tops do NOT constitute an acceptable substitute for the wearing of spray jackets.

Let us hope we do not need to wear them too soon!

Staff Matters

We welcomed back Mr Blair Castelli following an operation to his knee; he is now something of the ’bionic man’!

Mrs Marcia Leonard is still caring for family in Sydney and will not be back this term; however Ms Welsh and Mr Shelton are covering her lessons in admirable fashion. Sadly, Ms Bottrell had an accident on her bicycle and has been off this week; hopefully her operation to repair broken bones will have been successful and that she will be back with us soon.

On a personal note I must take personal leave from Monday 1st April, to travel to Ireland, to support my wife as she deals with the implications of ill-health in her family. The situation is very unsettled and so I feel that I need to be there with her as longer-term care is set-up. Mr Iain Clark will act for me during Week 9, and Mrs Lisa Marquis during Week 10, whilst Mr Clark is at camp.

Year 7 and Year 8 Camp

Mr Castelli’s absence has delayed some of the administration of this camp, but consent forms are now required without delay; payment, too, would be appreciated. Please be aware that the School Council has a policy that a student may not attend camp if there is a debt on their fee account. If there are any queries about the camp please direct these, in the first instance, to Mr Iain Clark. For those students not attending the camp there will be a full programme of lessons at School.

School Ball

We are looking forward to the Ball, which takes place tomorrow, at the Pink Lake Golf Club, with a start of 6pm (red carpet roll-out) for 6.30pm. Thanks are due to Mrs Melinda Ford, members of the PFA and the Ball Committee for their hard work in preparation for the Ball. I hope that the evening will be an enjoyable and memorable one for all.

Road Closure

The Shire advises that the Twilight Beach Road Bridge will be closed on Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 9am – 5pm. Detours will be in place via Smith Street, Harbour Road and Mungan Street.

This is due to noise attenuation panel replacement.

For further information, please contact Asset Management on 08 9071 0637.

The Shire thanks you for your patience and cooperation and apologises for any inconvenience.

Forthcoming Events

Looking ahead we have the following events taking place.

Thursday 4th April – GSSSA Swimming Competition at Mount Barker (departs 1200 Wednesday)
Friday 5th – Over the Horizon Conference
Monday 8th to Friday 12th – Years 7 and 8 Camp at Metricup, Margaret River
Tuesday 9th – 1300 School attends Perth Symphony Orchestra recital in Civic Centre
Friday 12th – Final day of School for students
Thursday 25th ANZAC Day parade – EACS students participating

And next term…
Monday 29th April – Staff training day. Student-free Day
Tuesday 30th – 0850 Assembly - Visit of leader of ASC Samoa Trip, Revd. David Jones
Wednesday 1st May – 0845 Chapel service
Thursday 2nd to Friday 3rd – Year 11 Outdoor Education Camp
Wednesday 8th – 1530 Year 8 Parent-Student-Teacher meeting

I trust that you will all be able to enjoy a good weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Kerr

P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles
Principal