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From The Principal

Students sow sunflower seeds to support a worthy cause

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And then there were five...

One chapter closes and a new one begins

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2010: A Year in Review

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Chief Scientist captures subject from A to Z

Year 7s spread the spirit of Christmas

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Kids caring about the coast

Rising to a solar challenge

Modern-day take on traditional nativity

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Farewell to a friend

Jiving along with Jan Ormerod

NEW YEAR 7 CENTRE INSPIRES TEACHING AND LEARNING

The new Year 7 Centre has been described as one of the most impressive structures funded under the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution programme.

“Situated in the middle of the campus, it is an independent facility which nevertheless fosters the interdependent nature of the Year 7 transition year.”

It was officially opened on Friday 3 December by Senator Glenn Sterle, who praised the designers of the centre and said the latest addition to John Wollaston Anglican Community School would provide a more enjoyable approach to learning.

Classrooms have been named after four Aboriginal tribes, recognising the importance of indigenous culture in the curriculum and the work of the School’s namesake, John Ramsden Wollaston.

“The programme’s aim is to modernise schools through new or improved infrastructure and more than $3 million was allocated for a purpose-built Year 7 facility at John Wollaston,” he said.

The Whadjuk, Pindjarup, Kaneang and Minang tribes lived predominately in the State’s South West, a region that John Wollaston traversed on horseback in his role as a pioneering Anglican priest.

“The students who will call this building home are privileged to have such a spacious and well-equipped centre in which to pursue their education.”

“The Venerable John Wollaston was responsible for growing the Anglican Church in rural areas throughout Western Australia during the late 1840s and was dedicated to assisting early settlers and indigenous communities,” Ms Ford said.

Designed on sustainability principles with under-floor heating, solar panels, a rainwater tank, tinted windows and abundant natural light, the centre has four spacious classrooms, a central common area and staff preparation space equipped with modern technology. It is ideally located at the heart of the campus. Students Kate Quinlan and Luke Attewell hosted the official opening, representing their 82 classmates. The 2010 Year 7 group moved into the building in July and has proudly embraced it. Principal Anne Ford said the celebration was the culmination of years of hard work.

“It is fitting that we can provide this special acknowledgement.” Members of the Executive, staff, students and parents were joined for the occasion by invited guests including The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy, Assistant Bishop of Perth, who blessed and dedicated the centre; The Reverend Peter Laurence, Chief Executive Officer of the Anglican Schools Commission; Lisa Bradley, Executive Officer of the Association of Independent Schools of WA; building consultants Robert De Francesch and Glen De Francesch; architect Chris Oakley; School Council representative David Tyrrell-Clark; and Parents and Friends Association President Jan Nuttall.

“The idea of a special building for our Year 7s was first mooted in 2006 when we decided to develop a transition programme for this age group,” she said. “In many respects we felt the students had outgrown Primary School yet were not quite ready for the Secondary environment. “After examining a range of models in place in other schools, we devised our own transition programme which provided a managed phase into the Secondary School.” The transition programme began in 2008, with students and staff accommodated in transportable buildings on the sports oval. The Federal Government’s announcement in 2009 of the Building the Education Revolution initiative presented the opportunity for the School to realise its dream of a purposebuilt Year 7 Centre and construction began in September that year. “The building has met all expectations as a highly functional and flexible teaching/learning environment,” Ms Ford said.

The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy, Senator Glenn Sterle, students Luke Attewell and Kate Quinlan, Principal Anne Ford and The Reverend Peter Laurence celebrated the official opening of the Year 7 centre.

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From the Principal Dear Parents and Friends ‘Building’ in both its literal and figurative senses is always a prominent part of the life of a school. This has certainly been true at John Wollaston over the 22 years of the School’s existence and 2010 has been no different. What a joy when our building, in its literal sense, came to an end in the heart of the campus with the completion of the Year 7 Centre midyear! The Year 7 students and teachers moved in with great excitement at the beginning of Term 3 and have enjoyed a far more conducive and pleasant space in which to build young lives. Our transition programme (now at the end of its third year) has proved itself to be most successful in preparing our students effectively for Secondary School. You can read about the most enjoyable and successful opening of the Year 7 Centre in this publication. To continue the ‘building’ metaphor of students being the bricks and mortar with which we work in schools: parents and staff are the builders, with both groups not only working with the students to create young people who are ready and equipped for the world beyond school, but also providing the support they need.

and in this Charter you can read about one family, the Rayners, who in 2010 had all six of their children, from Kindergarten through to Year 12, at John Wollaston! I thank them and all parents of the School for entrusting us with your children. We are very much aware that we are working with precious material as we seek to build the ‘sturdy structures’, young people who can hold their heads high in an adult world, of the future. A legendary ‘builder’ on the staff retired at the end of 2010 after a remarkable career in the classroom. We wish Lee Parker all the best as she turns her attention and skills to activities beyond school. I wish you all a happy New Year and a restful holiday. Anne Ford Principal

All parents invest a great deal in the lives of their children and the School

STUDENTS SOW SUNFLOWER

SEEDS TO SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE

While most students will put school to the backs of their minds during the summer holidays, some will be bursting to return in 2011, hoping to see a splash of sunflowers in the garden of the Learning Enrichment Centre. Children from across each year group planted sunflower seedlings on Friday 3 December, donating loose change in order to participate and raising nearly $300 for not-for-profit group Therapy Focus. Therapy Focus provides support services for 2500 young people across Perth who have a disability or learning disadvantage, using a sunflower as its mascot. The organisation created the Symphony of Sunflower initiative last year to encourage everyone to plant seedlings in recognition of the inclusion of children with disabilities in the community. Money raised goes towards the ‘Help a Child to Grow Fund’ which provides equipment, educational activities, resources and therapy services for children and families in need. “At John Wollaston we foster an inclusive education model so we urged all students to participate in Symphony of Sunflowers, whether or not they could make a donation,” Head of Learning Enrichment Alice Alibrandi said. “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of our students – everyone who

visited the Learning Enrichment Centre garden was excited and keen to show their support. “They all knew what the day was about and that was very touching. “The event also fell on International Day of People with Disability, which tied in nicely.” Soil, mulch and recycled materials such as timber and metal for the garden beds were donated by the City of Armadale’s Drop ‘N’ Shop Reuse Centre, which educates the public about the environment and aims to return recyclable items to the community instead of landfill. Drop ‘N’ Shop Supervisor Stuart Merriman visited the School to plan the garden layout while Design and Technology teacher George Sutherland and his Year 11 and 12 students assembled the garden beds in the workshop. Ms Alibrandi said Grounds staff also assisted and would ensure the plants were watered and cared for during the holidays. “We have received overwhelming support from staff and students and raised $285.90 for Therapy Focus, which far exceeded my expectations at this busy and expensive time of year,” she said. Ms Alibrandi hoped to organise a celebration in Term 1 2011, with the sunflowers in full bloom, to thank supporters and fundraisers.

(Left to right) Year 5 student Grace Warnes was proud to plant sunflower seedlings LEC teacher Alicia Doogue and Education Assistant Special Needs Betty Devenish Education Assistant Special Needs Julie Denton and students Chris Ba and Brayden Milne

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2010 was a milestone year – of sorts – for the Rayner family. With their youngest son in Kindergarten and their eldest daughter in Year 12, it marked the first – and last – time all six of the Rayner children attended the same school. The family first enrolled at John Wollaston in 2006. Mother Karen Rayner said three of her children started at the School that year; Rebecca entered Kindergarten, Jayson joined the Year 5 class and Danielle began Year 8.

to keep up with a schedule of assemblies, classroom events and school celebrations. “The mornings definitely keep me busy,” she said. Eldest child Danielle – also a Chapel Prefect and recipient of the John Wollaston Chapel Prize – graduated in 2010, leaving five Rayner children at the School in 2011.

In 2007, Christopher began Year 8 at John Wollaston. Two years later, Monique joined the Kindergarten, while five-year-old Brendan followed suit in 2010. Mrs Rayner said enrolling their children at John Wollaston was an easy decision for her and husband Paul. “We always said we would like our kids to be privately educated when it was time for them to begin high school and we had heard several good reports about John Wollaston,” she said.

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“We live very close by, in Camillo, and that means the kids can all walk to school.” Contrary to suggestions that having six children could be chaotic, Mrs Rayner said having them all at the one school allowed for structure and organisation, and it was moreso herself and her husband who were trying

2010 marked the first and last time that all six Rayner children, pictured with mum Karen and dad Paul, were enrolled at the same school together.

ONE CHAPTER CLOSES AND A NEW ONE BEGINS

Year 12 students reflecting on their final term at John Wollaston would no doubt have fond memories of their time at the School. Many of those moments would stem from a long list of events held in Term 4 to farewell the group.

For 12 “Veterans” – Oliver Bohling, Kyle D’Agnone, Katie Flint, Glen Hollands, Benjamin Howard, Daniel Jeavons, Elise Kelly, Corey Matthews, Christina Murphy, Alexandra Presbury, Matthew Rigby and Olivia Sherlock – the week marked the end of 13 years at John Wollaston.

The Gift of the Candle service on the morning of Thursday 21 October was the first of two formal celebrations. Principal Anne Ford said the event was a proud tradition at John Wollaston and marked the final time the Year 12s would gather in the presence of the whole school. “During the ceremony, one student from each of the year groups from Kindergarten through to Year 11 – most with a sibling in Year 12 – placed a lighted candle to symbolise the years of the school journey,” she said. “Then each Year 12 student was presented with a candle by students from the Early Learning Centre. “The candles symbolise warmth and a sense of belonging, light and a sense of purpose and meaning, and convey our hopes for a bright future for our graduating students.” That evening, a Valedictory Eucharist was held at Christ Church Grammar School. A colourful scene greeted the younger year groups on the morning of Friday 22 October, as the Year 12 students and several staff dressed up for a farewell breakfast and their final day of school. The day was mixed with a variety of emotions as students looked back on their time at John Wollaston and the friendships they had made, and looked forward with anticipation to the next stage of their lives.

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2010: A YEAR TERM 1

The annual Parents and Friends Association Family Barbecue and Bush Dance to welcome new staff and students to the School was held on Wednesday 17 February, with a mouth-watering feast prepared by Secondary Prefects.

Year 12 students shone in a black, white and silver setting at the Parmelia Hilton on Friday 12 March for the annual Year 12 Ball, delighting in the theme ‘Diamonds are Forever’. Tahnee Stott and Oliver Bohling were Belle and Beau of the Ball. A five-day stay at Dwellingup’s Adventure Retreat in the last week of February allowed 82 Year 7 students to bond and build team spirit. With one-third of the Year 7 group made up of new students, it was a great opportunity for new friendships to be formed.

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Students in the Early Learning Centre raised over $5000 from a Green Up Clean Up activity. They set targets linked to a prize reward and secured sponsorship from family and friends to collect litter from across the School campus, with the funds raised to be used to improve the ELC environment.

Children in the Early Learning Centre treated some loved ones to a special assembly followed by morning tea in the courtyard on Thursday 10 June for the annual Grandparents’ Day celebration. The School farewelled 17-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange student Colin MacPherson in late June after he spent six months in Year 12. He stayed with the Geary family, of Roleystone, and listed the annual House Swimming Carnival, rowing at Champion Lakes, and a surprise visit by his twin sister Laura as highlights.

An impressive fundraising effort by staff and students for the World’s Greatest Shave – on Friday 19 March – raised $7,868.50. The event was organised by Head of Scott House James Winter, who convinced several male staff and about 40 boys to shave their heads. Deputy Principal Nick Tanner and Head of Society and Environment Gary Bordoni bravely had their moustaches shaved off, to the amusement of all who watched. A lightning lunch on Wednesday 24 March helped to raise more than $4000 for the Primary School to improve the outdoor learning and play environment. Scott House (Primary) and Ramsden House (Secondary) were victorious at the annual Inter-House Swimming Carnivals, with students cheered on by a strong contingent of parents. In the Secondary School, Scott won the House Spirit Cup.

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A quiz night organised by the Parents and Friends Association with The Old Wollastonians’ Association recorded a profit of $2500, with the money immediately invested into the School for outdoor play and sporting equipment. The two senior Drama classes performed a double bill in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre on 3 and 4 August for the annual School production. Choice, by Peter Horsler, is a satirical comedy set in 2040, while Confusions, by Alan Ayckbourn, is a dark comedy comprising a series of interconnected one-act scenes.

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Fifteen Primary captains and students represented John Wollaston at a Remembrance Day ceremony at Araluen Botanic Gardens Reflect Pool on Thursday 11 November. Parents, grandparents and friends who commit their time and enthusiasm to help a variety of activities come to fruition were thanked at a Volunteers’ Morning Tea on Thursday 25 November in the Early Learning Centre.

Money raised from Founders’ Day celebrations on Friday 6 August enabled the purchase of four suitcases for Anglicare’s Suitcase of Hope appeal. The initiative provides young people with a suitcase, backpack, toiletries, blanket, pillow and enough funds to buy new clothes and other essential items when they are taken into foster care.

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The Book Week assembly and pantomime were stand-outs of the Primary School calendar, with students and staff dressing up as characters such as Dr Seuss, the Gingerbread Man, princesses, witches and fairies. Head of Primary John Stewart gave an outstanding performance as the troll in the staff-adapted pantomime The Four Billy Goats Gruff. The 1:1 MacBook Programme was launched on 25 August, with Year 4 students receiving laptop computers for use in every subject in the classroom as well as at home.

The School’s annual Art Exhibition featuring work by students across all year groups was officially opened on Monday 18 October in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre. Thelma Cluning, an experienced art teacher and examiner who is currently the proprietor of Artspace in Como, was the guest speaker. Year 12 students were farewelled with a Principal’s Lunch in the Mary Wollaston Garden on Monday 18 October and a Whole School farewell with the Gift of a Candle Service on Thursday 21 October, which was followed later that day by the Valedictory Eucharist at Christ Church Grammar School and a fancy dress breakfast on Friday 22 October. The Year 10 River Cruise was held on Wednesday 1 December – the last day of school for this year group.

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Gifted and talented students brought to life aspects of the Pegasus Programme on Monday 20 September with a show of their achievements since the start of the year. Displays of work created by children from Years 2 to 10 during Science, English, Mathematics and Society and Environment impressed visitors, while children also took part in interactive experiences such as debates, experiments, craft work and games.

Praise and Thanksgiving services were held on Wednesday 8 December to reflect on the year’s events and recognise the special achievements and service of students. Old Wollastonian Lisa Nicholas was the guest speaker at the Secondary ceremony.

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CHIEF SCIENTIST CAPTURES SUBJECT FROM A TO Z The mental picture of WA Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, standing in a Mount Barker paddock on a scorching hot summer day, surrounded by 300 sheep, is not what comes to the minds of most people when thinking of a typical career in Science.

as the South-West and the Kimberley, medicine (including local Nobel Prize co-winners Barry Marshall and Robin Warren), the State’s mining and oil and gas sectors, and astronomy (specifically, her role in Western Australia’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array project).

Yet this is exactly the lengths the State’s top government advisor in her field went to in the name of medical research.

After enjoying lunch with staff, Professor Beazley toured the campus, viewing the Art Exhibition in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre, talking to children in the Early Learning Centre, stopping in at the new Year 7 Centre and checking in on the Science block.

Professor Beazley relayed the anecdote to a captive group of Year 10 and Pegasus Programme students during a visit to John Wollaston on Wednesday 20 October. She shared several stories about her busy life as the Chief Scientist and outlined a seemingly endless list of opportunities for working in Science during an hour-long interactive presentation in the Chapel. Sensing confusion from her audience about the link between the subject and suffering in 43-degree heat on a country farm, Professor Beazley elaborated about carrying out ultrasounds on sheep as part of her research into at-risk and premature babies. Taking questions from students, she also talked about sustainability, biodiversity hotspots such

abilities – from children who are interested in working with animals to those who want to investigate the impact of climate change or the students who like tinkering with computers and want to pursue careers in technology. “There are so many exciting and interesting ways to become involved and Professor Beazley encouraged students to pursue the subjects they are most interested in through school, university or Training WA courses.”

Head of Science and Technology Stephen Fox was thrilled that Professor Beazley was able to visit the School, capping a big week in Science at John Wollaston. It followed the participation of two teams of students in the finals of the Western Power Model Solar Car Challenge at Forrest Place and the return of a Year 11 Biological Science class from the 2010 International Youth Coastal Conference on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. “This has been an outstanding year for the Science Department,” Mr Fox said. “These events show just how much Science encompasses and offers for a range of ages and

Back: Saiuj Bhat, Professor Lyn Beazley, Matthew Stickland Front: Marissa Ebsary, Jessica Lawrence, Tahlia Blackmore

YEAR 7s SPREAD THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Hundreds of children in Thailand have had a happier festive season due to the compassion of John Wollaston’s Year 7 group.

A small mountain of shoe boxes was filled with items including teddy bears, pencil sets, books and trinkets by students taking part in Operation Christmas Child. The campaign is run by not-for-profit Christian group Samaritan’s Purse to bring joy and hope to children in developing countries around the world. Teacher Kim Haring said the project was a simple way for the students to express support for children of varying ages living remarkably different lifestyles. This was the second time the Year 7 group had participated in Operation Christmas Child, as part of the Religious and Values Education Programme in Term 3. “It is anticipated that it will become an annual event that is associated with only the Year 7 group,” Mrs Haring said. “It is a highly successful programme and the students learn how important it is to do a kind

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deed for others.”

Students selected an age group to donate to and also decided whether they would give to a boy or girl, and then worked collaboratively to decorate and fill shoe boxes with basics such as toothbrushes, hair brushes, pencil and crayon sets, and bouncy balls. “I’m really proud of the efforts of the three Year 7 classes,” Mrs Haring said. “Our students put a lot of thought into the situations facing the children who might receive these shoe boxes and the items that would be appropriate for them.” Samaritan’s Purse Coordinator Janet Lester collected the shoe boxes from John Wollaston in October for delivery to a processing centre in Balcatta.

Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 and last year, teams in Australia and New Zealand delivered more than 300,000 shoe boxes to children in South-East Asia and the South Pacific. “Operation Christmas Child throws hope to children living in terrible circumstances to know that somebody cares about them, and cared enough to do something about it,” Ms Lester said. “These children don’t get an education and some work as slaves or in the streets, and I know that these boxes will be received with great excitement.”

The boxes were packed into cartons and loaded on to trucks heading to Fremantle wharf, where they were then offloaded on to sea containers which departed for Thailand in late November. “A whole orphanage will have a great Christmas because they’re possibly getting their first Christmas presents,” Ms Lester said.

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A conference in Queensland has shown Year 11 Biology students from John Wollaston just how fragile our coastline is. More than 500 children from not just around Australia but countries such as Brazil, Japan and the United States of America attended the 2010 International Kids Teaching Kids Coastal Conference held on the Sunshine Coast from 17 to 19 October. John Wollaston was one of two schools from Western Australia to take part. Science teacher Rebecca Phillips said the event aimed to increase awareness and knowledge about our coastal and marine environments, resources and indigenous culture, while allowing young people to learn from local experts and work with other youth. “Our students gathered information on issues as varied as how to be climate smart and water wise and reduce carbon imprints, the impact we have on food webs and the consequences of landfill to how to monitor coastal erosion and creating a balance between enjoying and conserving our

coasts,” she said. Hands-on activities included revegetating riparian and coastal regions, investigating the effect of stormwater on the marine environment, weeding the foreshore, building nest boxes and learning about the traditional landowners’ culture. “Students also attended fun, informative and interactive workshops, listened to expert scientists and took part in a marine and coastal climate change debate led by comedian Claire Hooper,” Ms Phillips said.

Event creator Arron Wood, who was Australian Environmentalist of the Year for his environmental education efforts, said the twoday conference was packed with activities and learning opportunities. “Adults take a back seat at this event – kids teach each other in much more interesting creative ways than the usual classroom format, with songs, dance, poems, drama, games, interactive quizzes and crafts,” he said.

A gala dinner hosted by Natalie Hunter from TV show Totally Wild and musical performances by Lauren and Sheridan Harvey from Lash78, So You Think You Can Dance contestant Nacho Pop and 2010 Triple J High School Band finalist Arcade Made were highlights of the trip for John Wollaston students. Ms Phillips hoped the conference could become an annual event for the 2AB Biological Science class.

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RISING TO A SOLAR CHALLENGE Science students will be hungry for success at the 2011 Western Power Model Solar Car Challenge after two John Wollaston teams were narrowly beaten at the 2010 event in Forrest Place in October. Head of Science and Technology Stephen Fox said the School entered two teams, with both cars – Awesun and Red Line – completing the circuit and winning their heats. “Our fastest car was beaten by the eventual winner of the event by just under three seconds, which has inspired much optimism for next time,” he said. Heats and time trials took place on Monday 18 October, with the results determining groupings for elimination heats and finals on Tuesday 19 October.

Belridge Senior High School took out line honours in the ultimate race. Mr Fox said it was pleasing to see students – Brayden Fox, Hayden White, Callum Foster, Nick Wright, Jessica Williams, Kaitlin Brindley, Glen Keating, Edward Leppard, Desche Solomon, Ryan Smith and Jayson Rayner – enthusiastically tackle the challenge of planning and building a car to enter into the event. The annual competition aims to introduce young people to sustainable approaches to energy use. The top four cars from the event went on to represent Western Australia in the Australian-International competition at the Esplanade Reserve in Fremantle on 27 and 28 November.

MODERN-DAY TAKE ON TRADITIONAL NATIVITY A highlight of festive season celebrations at John Wollaston in 2010 was undoubtedly the Early Learning Centre’s unique and modern slant on the traditional nativity. Students from Pre-Primary to Year 2 presented their play to Primary students and parents on Thursday 2 December in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre, transforming the gym with a backdrop of angels and a stage featuring a small crib. The story of Christmas was told through narration and song and included several wellreceived jokes, including one about Joseph and

Mary requiring a ‘sat nav’ device to help them find the manger. Primary School Principal John Stewart said the nativity was one of the highlights of the calendar for young pupils. “Events such as these require significant organisation and preparation on the part of the staff as well as the parents, helping the students with lines, songs and costumes,” he said. “The children were so excited about this wonderful event and spent a lot of time practising to ensure a good show for their parents.”

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FAREWELL TO A FRIEND THE CHARTER DECEMBER 2010 EDITION 27

The grounds of John Wollaston will be slightly quieter from now on. Popular English teacher Lee Parker has announced her retirement and her vibrant personality, flamboyance and youthful exuberance will be missed by staff and students alike. Her farewell to John Wollaston, however, will be drawn out as she has agreed to return in Term 1 in 2011 for relief work in fellow English teacher Zoe Lourenco’s absence. “I was one of the first teachers that Anne Ford employed when she became Principal at the school in 2001 and we always said that we’d leave together,” Mrs Parker said. “I have been teaching for many years, though, and now is the time for me to concentrate on my family and my dogs and travelling.” A keen breeder of Irish Red and White Setters, Mrs Parker and her husband run Early Bird Boarding Kennels in Southern River and are heavily involved with breeding, showing and judging various types of dogs not only in Western Australia but nationally and overseas.

Ms Ford said staff and students had many fond memories of Mrs Parker and would miss her dearly. “Lee is a passionate educator who has made a significant difference to the lives of many of her students,” she said. “She is caring and compassionate and has participated enthusiastically in all school events, perhaps most notably each November at the Year 10 River Cruise. “She will be remembered with respect and affection by her colleagues and students.” Head of English Irene Terpon agreed. “Lee has a way of making all students feel very safe and welcome at school – just like at home,” she said. “As she has often stated herself, she is ‘like a grandmother’ to students, especially in her approach to House Group and looking after the students in her care. “Lee not only plays mother hen with them but also with staff. She is also quite strong and resilient and this strength of character is one of

the endearing aspects of Lee’s personality. “She has a way of making light of occasions which may otherwise be quite solemn and has a tremendous sense of humour.” Academically and pastorally, Mrs Parker has contributed in many ways to the School during her time at John Wollaston, serving as Scott Head of House, where she emphasised the importance of participating rather than winning; Debating coach; a judge of Primary students in public speaking; a creative writing mentor; and a grammar expert. Mrs Parker was also keenly involved in the Religious and Values Education programme, sharing her personal stories of growth, loss and perseverance to many of the year groups. She also became known as the Year 10 River Cruise ‘Queen’. Sent off in style by colleagues at a staff morning tea, Mrs Parker was overwhelmed. “Everyone has made my 10 years at JWACS so happy and rewarding,” she said.

Retiring English teacher Lee Parker was delighted to join Year 12 students for their farewell celebrations.

JIVING ALONG WITH JAN ORMEROD Renowned award-winning writer and illustrator Jan Ormerod delighted children in the Early Learning Centre with a visit on Thursday 4 November. Known for her carefully-observed picture books which depict everyday family life and are popular with both young children and parents, Mrs Ormerod has had more than 50 books published. During her visit to the School, she read several of her stories to the students, asking them a series of questions to further their knowledge on the components of a picture book. Children danced to music accompanying the book Doing the Animal Bop while Mrs Ormerod

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leafed through the pages and demonstrated actions for them to follow. Students were invited to share their thoughts about the covers of Lizzie Nonsense, Shake a Leg, and Maudie and Bear, and learned how books were written, illustrated and published. ELC Coordinator Melissa Forslun was thrilled to have Mrs Ormerod speak to her students. “Jan has won awards for her writing in the UK, America and Australia and is an extremely talent writer and artist,” Ms Forslun said. “She is currently working on a number of picture books and we look forward to introducing our students to these new stories.”

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