Dear Parents and Carers,
I write with the happy prospect of an evening with our School community to follow later in the day. I look forward to this and to being with you for what I am sure will be a most enjoyable occasion.
Continuing to look forward, preparations are well-advanced for this festival of sport, which takes place in Week 10: we are taking six staff and 46 students to play games in basketball, netball, hockey and volleyball, with dance also featuring. If you have a child taking part, please make sure that all payments are up-to-date before departure.
Following the successful inter-House competition last week we hosted local schools for the interschools event in less pleasant conditions than before. This did not stop the event from being appreciated by all who attended with successes being recorded by Esperance Primary School in both boys’ and girls’ events.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Students in all years – other than Year 7 (age restrictions apply) – heard from the localrepresentative about the Scheme and its possibilities, which included a free registration for theBronze Award. This is an amazing opportunity and if you would like further information pleasecontact Mr Blair Castelli.
Visit from Perth Universities
Students in Years 9 to 12 had the chance to hear from representatives of the main universities in Perth about the general aspects of courses, applications and student life. Much literature was available but if you would like to learn more please contact Mrs Lisa Marquis.
Appointment of Principal
You will recall from an earlier ‘Comment’ that the normal procedure for the appointment of a principal to an Anglican Community School involves a routine review of the School before the commencement of the process to seek a new principal. This process routinely takes between 10 to 18 months, and we have already begun the work involved in it. This included a visit, this week, from Mr Jason Bartell, former Principal of EACS and now Principal at John Septimus Roe ACS. He met with members of staff and the School Council, and will return early next term to meet with more people in our community, including parents and others from beyond the School. The ASC believes that this process is a well-tried and tested one, which will serve well the very particular needs of our remote and regional community. To facilitate the transition I have been meeting regularly with Mr Iain Clark to brief him about his role as Interim Principal, which he takes-on, formally, on Monday 15th July.
The School has a substantial amount of second-hand uniform which will be sold-off during the school holidays. Please call in to Reception to see what is available at knock-down prices.
Social Media and On-line Gaming
This Richard Fidler Conversations interview (broadcast in April) is well worth a listen as we work with teenage brains who are being affected by technology. Addiction is a powerful thing and the interview provides much food for thought.
The end of term is approaching rapidly so, to ensure we all know what is going on, I append some key dates.
Sunday 23rd - 1830 Revd Brett Guthrie’s Commissioning (Anglican Parish Church)
Monday 24th – 1530 Sports Scholarship assessments. Tests for four candidates.
Tuesday 25th – 0845 to 0910 - St Thomas More College (UWA) presentation to Year 11/12 ATAR students
Wednesday 26th – 0850 to 0910 Talk to Year 9 about St. George’s College in Perth by former EACS student, Max Bosworth
Wednesday 26th - 1530 - 1800 - Year 10 Parent-Teacher meetings (invitations have been sent)
- 1800 Year 10 Big Picture dinner
Thursday 27th – 0850 to 0910 Talk to Years 11/12 about life at university in Perth by former EACS student, Max Bosworth
Thursday 27th – 0900 Year 10 needles
Saturday 29th - Country Week teams depart
Normal school for those not attending Country Week
Monday 1st to Friday 5th July - Country Week (Perth)
Tuesday 2nd – Scholarship tests and interviews
Friday 5th - Last day of term for all students
Monday 22nd to Tuesday 30th - Year 9 Canberra Camp
Monday 22nd July Staff professional development day STUDENT FREE DAY
Tuesday 23rd July 0840 School resumes for all students
With all good wishes for the forthcoming long weekend
P. Kerr Fulton-Peebles