Comment from the Principal – 24th July 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you all managed to enjoy some of the recent vacation and that the return to the School has been as smooth as it appears to have been from our perspective.

Canberra Camp

Students in Year 9 who attended this camp will be returning to School today after what was, by all accounts – verbal and via the SEQTA portal – a most enjoyable and successful week. Full details can be found on the portal page of SEQTA but my thanks are due to Mr Iain Clark and Ms Georgia Gregory for their commitment to the week. Whilst we run a great variety of camps and trips the Canberra Camp provides a unique experience, especially to our students living, as they do, in a remote and regional location.

Country Week

Another camp which offers a different sort of experience, and enhances our sporting focus, is Country Week, which took place in the last week of Term 2. This was our most successful week of our recent involvement, with notable results which, although intimated previously, bear repetition:

Volleyball, girls 1st
Basketball, boys 1st
Netball, girls 2nd
Dance, girls 3rd and ‘Encouragement Award’
Volleyball, boys 3rd
Touch Rugby, mixed 7th

Thanks are, again, due to my colleagues for their leadership and commitment, not just during the week but in the months of training leading up to it: Mrs Lisa Marquis (organiser), Mrs Mandie Abbott, Ms Laura Salomone, Mrs Sharelle Walter, Mr Nathan Abbott, Mr Blair Castelli, Mr Kim Clayton, and Mr Peter Grobler.

Chapel and Assembly

Thanks are due, too, to Jackman House for leading us in our Chapel service at the end of last term. It is pleasing to see how well our students engage with this opportunity, and touching to recognise their strong moral code. This code was also seen in the first week when Maddie McGrinder had her long, flowing locks of hair cut (by friends and staff in front of the whole School) to raise funds for the Variety cancer charity; her hair can also be used to make wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair as part of the process of treatment. It looks as if she will have raised the remarkable sum of $8,000, with a free-dress day contributing to this via a gold-coin donation. Many congratulations to Maddie on this fine achievement, and for the example she has set to us all.


To our two student teachers on their practicum:

Ms Sandi Sultanowski (English) and Mr Rhys Holdman (PE/ Outdoor Ed) who will be mentored by our teachers and involved in classroom observations and teaching.

It is good that we can contribute to the development of the teaching careers of these students; we can also learn much from them as they bring new approaches and ideas from their courses.

The Week Ahead

Week 2

Goldsworthy on Duty
Monday 24th July – Staff professional development on differentiated teaching styles by Kate Stannard of AISWA
Thursday 27th - Years 10-12 meningococcal needles
- Australian Mathematics Competition
Friday 28th - Japanese Exchange Students arrive
- Volleyball in Kalgoorlie - mixed teams of students from Years 9-12 (departs 1230 Thursday)

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 2nd August – Presentation by Thomas More College of UWA
Friday 4th - Free Dress Day in aid of Jeans for Genes (gold-coin donation)
Saturday 5th – 1800 – PFA Family Fun Night at the School
Wednesday 9th - School Photographs
- Year 10 Information Evening
Tuesday 15th – Marine Education incursion
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th – Music Festival
Monday 21st - Mid Term Holiday
Tuesday 22nd – Science Week – Questacon incursion
Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th Smart Money incursion

Parent Survey

You should all have received, by now, my invitation to participate in this year’s satisfaction survey but, in case these details have been lost, the survey link can be found here:

The survey should be completed by Friday 4th August please.

With my thanks to you all for your support of your children and of the School.

With all good wishes.

Yours sincerely,


P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles