The Charter THIS ISSUE | APRIL 2013 | EDITION 36 PAGE TWO | PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME
PAGE FOUR | YEAR 12 SCHOOL BALL
PAGE TWO | NEW STAFF
PAGE FOUR | ARTS WEEK
PAGE THREE | FAREWELL TO JOHN STEWART PAGE THREE | FAMILY BUSHDANCE AND BARBECUE
PAGE SIX | KATHERINE EARLE’S FIVE WEEK TEACHING EXCHANGE
PAGE SEVEN | STAFF REPRESENT JWACS AT REGATTA
PAGE FIVE | ART STUDENTS HEAD TO NEW NORCIA FOR INSPIRATION
PAGE SIX | YEAR 7S CELEBRATE SHROVE TUESDAY
PAGE EIGHT | LIGHTNING LUNCH
PAGE FIVE | LRC GETS NEW LOOK
PAGE SEVEN | GRANDPARENTS’ DAY
PAGE EIGHT | 20 YEAR REUNION FOR THE CLASS OF ‘93
Education Minister visits the School Minister for Education, the Honourable Peter Collier MLC visited the School on 7 February to tour the campus as well as meet some of the staff and students. The tour, led by Principal Anne Ford was also joined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Schools Commission, Reverend Peter Laurence and Chairman of School Council, Craig Bydder. Minister Collier toured the Early Learning Centre as well as visiting a few classes in both the Primary and Secondary School and was impressed by the attractive campus and friendly, engaging students. In a Year 9 History class, he reminisced about his time as a teacher and the importance of realising what they are living today will be history for future students. Ms Ford was pleased that Minister Collier had accepted her invitation to come to the School. “We were delighted to welcome Minister Collier to John Wollaston to have the chance to showcase our facilities and discuss the excellent educational opportunities we provide for students in the region”.
Class of 2012 ranked in Top 50 John Wollaston Anglican Community School is one of only two schools In addition to Saiuj another stand out in the City of Armadale to place in the Top 50 WACE schools in Western student was Alexandra Brindley. Australia. With an ATAR of 99.85 and 98.10 respectively, Ranking number 33, Principal Anne Ford is exceptionally proud of the class both students received a Certificate of of 2012. John Wollaston also secured a place in the Top 50 VET schools, Commendation as well as a Certificate of ranking number 31 in the State. “This is the best set of results we’ve ever Distinction in Human Biological Science. had and it is really a reflection of not only the calibre and work ethic of our students but of the commitment of our teaching staff as well”.
Both Saiuj and Alex credit their teachers with preparing them for their final year of study.
“Ten of our students received an ATAR over 90 and Dux of the School
Saiuj and Ms Ford at Praise and Thanksgiving.
Saiuj Bhat was the top student in Human Biological Science in Western Other success stories include Nishani Jayawardena who achieved assured entry into Medicine at the University Australia” said Ms Ford. of Western Australia as well as Georgia Gazzone who is starting a Bachelor Because of his exceptional results, Saiuj was awarded a Course Exhibition, of Science (Midwifery) at Curtin University. Georgia’s hard work and which is given to the student with the highest combined mark in a WACE determination paid off as applications for the course were reduced from 25 course.
to 15 and she is the only school graduate to gain entry.
He also achieved assured entry into Medicine at the University of Western It is fantastic to see such positive results from these students. Ms Ford Australia via a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). This is an incredible hopes that the class of 2013 sees the rewards that hard work can bring and achievement as only thirty students are accepted into the Philosophy wishes them every success in their academic studies for the remainder of the year. Honours Degree each semester.
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From the Principal Dear Parents and Friends At my Commissioning as Principal in 2001 and on many subsequent occasions I have espoused the view that at the heart of a successful school lies a strong sense of community. This is something that we are increasingly enjoying at John Wollaston. We have a School Council that is committed to good governance and the development of the School, a vibrant and active P&F, a dedicated and stable staff, wonderful students, and last but not least, a growing number of old scholars who are maintaining their links to the School through the Old Wollastonians’ Association. Increasingly we are seeing past students enrol their children at John Wollaston which is testimony to the quality of the education we provide, our strong sense of community and the values we uphold as key to the development of our young people. Communities are constantly evolving as people come and go bringing their particular skills and interests. So it is with some sadness that we bid farewell to our Head of Primary John Stewart at the end of this term. During his four years with us, Mr Stewart has been an energetic, committed leader who has overseen enrolment growth in the Primary, the implementation of many curricular and co-curricular initiatives, closer links with parents and the achievement of World School status as an IB school offering the Primary Years Programme. We thank him for his service and wish him great success in his new position as Head of Junior School at Scotch College. This year our newcomers have included Community Relations Officer Nicole Lau. An Old Wollastonian, Ms Lau has embraced her new role and is enjoying the experience of returning to the School. This is her first issue of The Charter and I am pleased that she has captured the achievements and events of the term so well. With warm wishes Anne Ford
New Staff In 2013, John Wollaston welcomed some new and familiar faces to the teaching, grounds and administration staff. John Wollaston had 11 new employees join the staff for the beginning of the 2013 school year. Amongst the newcomers are recent graduates and a few familiar faces, some of whom have either previously taught at or attended the School. The new staff are as follows: Lee Barker (Grounds), Armanda DiToro (English), Karen Hamence (Food and Textiles Assistant), Lynn James (Design and Technology), Nicole Lau (Community Relations Officer), Rory Marchant (The Arts), Sally McArthur (Year 5), Brady Morris (Year 4), Tracey Rogers (Year 7), Kyle Shore (Grounds) and Susan VanZyl (Education Assistant - ELC). From left to right: Brady Morris, Lynn James, Susan VanZyl, Karen Hamence, Armanda Di Toro and Sally McArthur.
Music Co-ordinator Rory Marchant had previously tutored at the School and was grateful for the chance to return. “Starting at the School in a new role was really exciting and it has been great to see some familiar and new faces. It has been really heart-warming how friendly and helpful everyone is”. “Term 1 has been a very long term but it has been a really enjoyable start to the year,” said Mr Marchant. Lee Barker, one of the new Groundsmen, said he really enjoys working at the School because of the friendly students and co-workers. We would like to welcome the new staff to the John Wollaston Community and hope that they have settled in well. 2
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Music Co-ordinator Rory Marchant
Farewell to John Stewart John Stewart first came to John Wollaston in 2008 as a Vice Principal from St Mary Magdalene Academy in London. He was visiting to set up a partnership between our two schools which would eventually culminate in a Teacher Exchange Programme. Little did he know that in September that year he would apply for the Head of Primary position and be the successful applicant. “I was informed by Ms Ford that the position was currently being advertised and asked if I was interested John Stewart participating in tug of war at this year’s Lightning Lunch.
in applying…the rest is history”.
Mr Stewart has contributed significantly to the John Wollaston Community. He is incredibly proud of what he has achieved at the School with the help, guidance and support from colleagues and parents alike. “Becoming a World School of the International Baccalaureate Organisation authorised to teach the Primary Years Programme is the most significant accomplishment in my time at the School. The dedicated work of the staff has been key to achieving this recognition.” There are many memories and stand out moments for Mr Stewart at John Wollaston but perhaps one of the most memorable experiences for him was the annual Book Week Staff Pantomime. “The Book Week Panto allows us to celebrate the children’s love of reading and for the staff to dress up and perform for the children. I have usually been cast as the villain but last year I got to be a princess and was proposed to by Mr Teape - a memory I will not soon forget”. Mr Stewart’s performance as the princess caused great hilarity and is remembered to this day. When asked about what he would miss most about the School Mr Stewart said this:
Father and daughter at the 2011 Family Bush Dance and Barbecue.
I will miss the children the most. They are a wonderful group, many of whom I have watched grow and develop from small children to fine young people. They have always impressed me with their kindness, welcoming nature and principled approach to school and the many opportunities they are offered. I will also miss my colleagues. They are a brilliant group of professionals whose ability and commitment to this school and the children are amazing. They are the strength of John Wollaston. Princess Stewart at the 2012 Book Week Staff Pantomime
Although Mr Stewart has bid his farewell at assemblies and staff meetings he wanted to say one last farewell, “I want to thank the staff, students and parents of this school for their support and hard work over the time I have been at John Wollaston. I wish the entire school community the very best for the future. I will listen for the news of the many successes John Wollaston will enjoy. “ Mr Stewart will be missed, but we wish him all the best for his future endeavours and for a seamless transition into Head of Junior School at Scotch College.
Family Bush Dance and Barbecue On Thursday 21 February many school families enjoyed the annual Family Bush Dance and Barbecue hosted by the Parents and Friends Association. Special guests of the evening were the famous Mucky Duck Bush Band who filled the air with music and cheer. Children of all ages enjoyed the bush ballads and participated enthusiastically in the bush dances. The P&F Association organised for burgers and hotdogs to be cooked by the recently commissioned prefects as well as some parent helpers. The event is a great way for parents to get to know their children’s teachers as well as have a fun and relaxing evening with other families from John Wollaston. It is a great community building occasion. Staff also attended the barbeque, enjoying the opportunity to talk informally with the students and their Although it was quite a warm evening, it was great to see so many families out socialising and enjoying our school grounds. Our appreciation is extended to the P&F Association, students and staff helpers and the wider school community who made this event such a success. 3
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Year 12 School Ball On 8 March, the Year 12s of 2013 gathered at the
The photographer, hotel staff and teachers
Parmelia Hilton for the annual School Ball.
commented on how pleasant and mature the students were.
A good night was had by all who attended and the students were to be commended on their standard of presentation and behaviour. Sharp suits and beautiful gowns abounded. . After a warm welcome from the Principal
The Belle of the Ball was Michelle Murazvu and the Beau was Jacob Wehr-Murphy.
and Head Prefects, the Ball began with a sumptuous dinner. Soon the dance floor was full with everyone enjoying themselves. All the preparation for the event had been worthwhile!
Arts Week Each year Head of the Arts Peta Raneri and her staff provide a stimulating programme for Arts Week, this year’s event was no exception. Many students participated in the events or attended to show support to their peers. Arts Week provides an opportunity for the School community to enjoy the enormous range of Arts talent within the student body. Both the Primary and Secondary Talent Shows drew a large number of entrants and this year the Secondary Talent Show semi-finals were open to the public. The Primary Talent Show was won by Camellia Shwe with Rhiannon Gaythwaite-Cotton in second place. Thanks are extended to staff judges Kate Howell and Nicole Lau. The popular Mr Squiggle competition was won by Ms DiToro’s House Group with an outstanding entry drawn by Janina Curran.
Secondary Talent Show contestants
The lunchtime finals performance of the Secondary Talent Show played to a theatre filled to overflowing with supportive staff and students. The standard of performance was extremely high and congratulations are extended to our winners: Year 12 students Janina Curran and Sky O’Brien who performed the famous Abbott and Costello sketch ‘Who’s on First’. Second were Year 7 singers Pamela Sibanda and Martha Dodge and in third place were Year 11 students Kaitlin Brindley and Samatha Munslow-Davies who impressed with a drama script they wrote and performed themselves. Our staff judges Tracey Rogers, Alice Alibrandi and Lynn James had a very difficult job and struggled to choose from so many excellent performances. Many thanks to them for their time and expertise. This year Visual Arts students took to the school grounds during lunch time throughout the week to paint ‘en plein air’, the process of painting outdoors. They completed a small study of the school buildings while their ‘en plein air’ paintings from the excursion to Perth and art camp in New Norcia were on display. Mr Squiggle entries and photos from the Talent Shows were also displayed in the grounds throughout the week proving of great interest to the students. Peta Ranieri Primary contestant Evangelena Stephenson
Many thanks to all who assisted in Arts Week 2013!
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Head of The Arts
Art students head to New Norcia for inspiration In Term 1, students from Stage 2 and 3 Visual Arts travelled to the monastic settlement of New Norcia for three days of drawing and painting. Students completed a number of observed artworks, practising the ‘en plein air’ technique of working outdoors. “The experience of leaving Perth and going to a new environment was a kind of familiar feeling, but the idea of painting ‘en plein air’ in New Norcia was a new experience I was excited to participate in,” said Tegan Edmondson. From architectural studies of historic buildings to rural scenes, the location provided plenty of artistic inspiration. “In my artworks, I attempted to represent the sombre atmosphere and peaceful yet agitated mood of the landscape that we were working with (as a result of the stormy weather), and used expressive lines to portray the subject matter such as buildings and flora/fauna,” said Sky O’Brien. Students also got to visit the outstanding collection of artwork in the New Norcia Gallery as well as learning about the life of the monks. Liam Stokes said it was interesting to see how the monks lived. “We were spoken to by one of the monks, who told us about what their day to day life was like. We then joined the monks for evening prayers and singing, which was pretty cool.” The trip to New Norcia was beneficial for the students as it helped them to appreciate working in different environments as well as practising some of the theory they had been learning about in class. It was a trip they won’t forget quickly and well worth the long drive. Luke Morgan Head of Visual Arts
Library Resource Centre’s new look The Library Resource Centre has had many incarnations over its twenty years but none more colourful then the latest. The Primary area has always been bright, colourful and inviting for our younger students but now the rest of our LRC has had a colour boost. The move to equip all students from Year 3 onwards with laptops meant that the computer Pod that the LRC had hosted for six years could be dismantled and the space returned to purely library use. We thought long and hard about the best way to use this recovered space and decided that in a truly 21st century LRC it should be a multi-purpose reading lounge. Students are very enthusiastic about the bright blue and pink couches and enjoy the luxury of comfortable seating for their reading sessions. Lunch times see the place filled with students reading, doing homework or playing board or card games. The lounge will be finished off with a television screen and Applebox to support literature promotion and improve the flexibility of the area as a teaching space. The equipment will be purchased with the proceeds of the recent Masters sausage sizzle for which the LRC staff are very grateful. Area 1, while remaining a “table and chairs” style work area, has also had a revamp. The removal of the bank of PCs has expanded the size of the area and the arrival of new interconnecting tables in colours of lime green and orange has really lifted the look. The tables can be configured in different ways according to the varying needs of the 21st century classroom. The LRC staff has also had fun transforming the dull grey display boards with pink, blue, orange and green fabrics. Inspired by the ideas of retail promotion we put a lot of energy into our displays and having as many enticing book covers “face out” to catch the attention of our “clients”. Although our changes may appear to be purely cosmetic, the bright new look is planned to work in a subliminal way by creating an environment which encourages our students to spend time reading or learning information skills, and there’s the added bonus for the staff of working in an exciting space.
Heather Williams Coordinator Library and Information Services 5
Katherine Earle’s five week teaching exchange Kat recounts her experience in taking part in the inaugural John Wollaston Teacher Exchange Progamme with St Mary Magdalene Academy, London. Nearly eight years ago, I was employed as a
giving me many ideas to share once I get back.
over and teachers have the same pressures and
newly qualified teacher at St Mary Magdalene
I currently work in our Secondary Department
stresses – something I found reassuring.
Primary School in Islington, London, by Head
teaching a combined curriculum to Year 7, so it
A memorable experience was the Year 4
Teacher John Stewart.
was also great to talk to the transition teachers
excursion to Perth Hindu Mandir as part of
in Year 7 here and compare how our systems
our Unit of Inquiry on religion and beliefs. We
were lucky to have a local Hindu resident, who
Three years later, after an expansion of our school to become St Mary Magdalene Academy,
happened to be visiting the Mandir for daily
which now takes pupils aged 6 months to 18
I am also the Literacy Co-ordinator back in
prayer, join our session and embark on sharing
years, Mr Stewart moved to John Wollaston
London, so getting to speak with the Head of
a wealth of information with our children,
Anglican Community School, promised to
English and the Learning Enrichment teachers
answering a multitude of questions with true
keep in touch and hopefully set up a Teacher
at John Wollaston has given me an opportunity
enthusiasm and grace. Our visit would not
Exchange Programme. It took a few years to
to seek advice and exchange experience about
have been the same without him.
finally happen, but I was extremely pleased
how to approach supporting those pupils who
and excited to be asked to take part in the first
need literacy intervention throughout their
I will miss the pupils I have been teaching
greatly, as well as the beautiful WA sunshine on
Slight trepidation set in the nearer the time
I think what has struck me the most is how
came, but having completed five weeks
many similarities there are between our
Thank you very much John Wollaston Anglican
teaching in Year 4 at John Wollaston, I can say it
schools, despite being in quite a different
Community School, I will be encouraging
was the best decision I ever made! Seeing how
my British colleagues to take part in the next
my return to cold, grey and snowy London.
the Primary Years Programme works in another country has been interesting and inspiring,
exchange experience. Kat Earle Teacher Exchangee
It would appear pupils are the same the world
Year 7s celebrate Shrove Tuesday Students find out about the true Pancake Tuesday tradition. In anticipation of Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) the Year
Within our group of four, two people brought toppings, one person
7’s decided to cook pancakes and learn a little bit more about what this
brought a bottle of pancake mix and the other person brought a spatula.
day means in the Christian calendar.
Some people could bring aprons if they wanted to help cook on the day. On the day before we started cooking, Reverend Dave came to talk to us about why people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. We found out that people cooked pancakes to use up ingredients like flour, milk and egg before fasting for the 40 days of Lent. People who brought aprons could rotate and volunteer to cook the pancakes on the barbecues throughout the morning. Overall, it was a fun day and everyone enjoyed sharing pancakes with all the different toppings . Importantly, we all learnt something we didn’t
To prepare for the day, we got into groups of four to be assigned to bring different things to make the pancakes.
know before about Shrove Tuesday. Chloe Hazebroek and Martha Dodge Year 7 Students
Grandparents’ Day The annual Grandparents’ Day went swimmingly with performances from all classes in the ELC and the story of one dazzling fish. Grandparents’ Day began in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre with
In an array of bright colours stood one child whose costume was covered
a performance by all students from the Early Learning Centre singing “The
in compact discs to represent the shimmering scales of the rainbow fish.
There was also a starfish and an octopus who made a special appearance, teaching the rainbow fish the importance of sharing with your friends.
After the song had concluded, the grandparents and even some great grandparents were welcomed to the performance by the Principal Anne Ford. The main feature of the morning was the musical adaptation of a popular children’s book which was performed by the two Year 2 classes. The performance was based on the best-selling book “The Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister and scripted by the children themselves. Included in the show were popular songs such as “Beyond the Sea”, “An
The last song of the performance was Jack Johnson’s “The Sharing Song”
Octopus’s Garden” and “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”.
which the children sang enthusiastically and with much gusto.
Staff, Georgie Rudd and Joanne Burman did a fantastic job teaching the
A sea of proud grandparents applauded the children and their
children the song and choreographing the whole performance.
performance; it was so good that Head of Primary, John Stewart called for an encore of “An Octopus’s Garden”. After the performance, the
Primary Music Specialist Jenny Coles taught the children the song
grandparents then moved to the Early Learning Centre to enjoy some
at the beginning of the assembly and organised all the music for the
morning tea before joining the children in their classrooms for play and
Staff represent JWACS at regatta
The Oarsome Foursome competes in ANA Rowing Club’s Regatta On Sunday 10 March, colleagues Tracey Rogers, Peta Ranieri, Melissa Forslun and myself competed in the Learn to Row Challenge Regatta. The team trained for five weeks prior to the event and had either limited or no rowing experience. It was an interesting five weeks filled with laughter, calluses and maybe a few tears. The best part about the training was that it was all done through the ANA Rowing Club. Each team had their own experienced instructor who facilitated the training sessions. This was an incredible opportunity to take part in and definitely worth the aches and pains. The ANA Rowing Club has been closely affiliated with John Wollaston for the past three years. They supply our School Rowing Club with equipment, coaches, races and excursion opportunities at Champion Lakes. They are such an important support for our school’s rowing programme. ANA Rowing Club continually strives to promote the sport of rowing in WA and to provide a safe and fun environment for people wishing to learn how to row. The day was a huge success with the JWACS quad making it into the quarter finals! Unfortunately, another crew in the last heat narrowly beat the Oarsome Foursome. This wasn’t due to lack of trying though, I think that we all really surprised ourselves at how competitive we became. The Regatta was an excellent opportunity for staff to learn to row, as well as develop some team-based skills. Rowing is an excellent way to maintain health and fitness and to enjoy our beautiful Swan River. The current JWACS crew would highly recommend the experience and we would love to see other JWACS crews (parents and staff) at next year’s Learn to Row Challenge Regatta! Lonneke Holleman Head of Health & Physical Education 7
Lightning Lunch To celebrate the last day of Term 1, the Primary School held a Lightning Lunch at the Early Learning Centre. Each class was responsible for a stall of food as well as running an activity, which was then manned by a roster of students. Children had brought in a variety of food to contribute and the plates varied from salad wraps, popcorn to bags full of lollies. There was no time wasted as the lunch was readily consumed by staff and students alike, with many children looking fit to burst. The ELC was full of laughter and joy as students engaged in sponge throwing, coin tosses and a tug of war. The general consensus amongst the students was that the Lightning Lunch is their favourite day of Term 1. It was a fantastic day and the students were on their best behaviour despite of the amount of sugar that was consumed! At the conclusion of the Lightning Lunch, all children from the Primary School and ELC gathered to say a final farewell to Head of Primary John Stewart. Departing in a guard of honour, Mr Stewart said it was another outstanding Lightning Lunch and will be a very special memory as his last ever Primary event. Thanks are extended to Primary Teacher Librarian Nan Meredith who co-ordinated the event and her team of Class Representatives who worked enthusiastically to ensure the Lunch’s success.
20 Year Reunion for the Class of ‘93 On Saturday 16 March the Old Wollastonians’ Association organised and held a 20 Year Reunion for the Class of 1993. This group were the foundation students of the School in 1989. The evening was held at Ramon’s Willow Pond in Canning Vale in the Willow Function Room with finger food and light music. The group spent the evening just talking and sharing their lives and future dreams with many contact details exchanged. Many past staff attended the event. Principal Anne Ford addressed the group inviting them to return to the School for a tour. Our Foundation Principal Victoria Morgan attended along with former Deputy Principal Craig D’Cruz who worked at John Wollaston for 16 years. Marilyn Miles attended as a present member of staff, also Mr Mark Anderson who was a foundation student and is now a member of staff. All enjoyed meeting up with former staff who included Julie Lee (Science), Angie Jee (Science), Yvonne Wilcox (English), Peter Meyer (Design and Technology), Mavis Prosser (Visual Art), Louise Tomlinson (Computing and Pastoral Care) and Ken Angwin (Head Victoria Morgan, Carol Lander and Craig D’Cruz.
A slide show was presented of the early photos which proved to be a trip down memory lane. A number of photo albums were also displayed and were much appreciated by the gathering. There were lots of photos taken on the night to share with others who could not attend. It gave me great pleasure to organise the evening and see how after 20 years, the students of our past may include our school in the future lives of their children.
Carol Lander Executive Officer Old Wollastonians Association