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The Charter THIS ISSUE  | AUGUST 2012 | EDITION 33 PAGE TWO | FROM THE Principal PAGE TWO | New Look for a Bright Future


PAGE FIVE| ‘Bring a Bag’ Supports Charity






PAGE SEVEN| Jumping jelly babies

Charity begins at home Several students have had eye-opening experiences lending a helping hand to children in need overseas – and set impressive examples for their classmates in the process. Tegan Edmondson (Year 10) and Kirsty

Principal Anne Ford said John Wollaston’s

Kennedy (Year 12) returned home on Sunday

students were generous – evidenced by

22 July after spending two weeks working

regular House Group charity fundraisers and

with Filipino children in impoverished

events – and were increasingly making more


significant attempts to reach out to the less

They joined a small group of students


and staff from four other schools as part

“I hope many of our students have similar

of the Anglican Schools Commission’s

opportunities in the future, as experiences

second Reachout pilgrimage to Manila,

such as this are often catalysts for personal

supplementing the efforts of local Anglican

growth,” she said.

parishes by serving and working alongside the poor.

Year 12 Prefect Georgia Gazzone fundraises to

ABOVE | Georgia Gazzone visiting her nan’s Ethiopian sponsor family at their government shelter.

Georgia and her nan collected hand-made teddies and lollipops and donated them to the Hope for Children Kindergarten.

purchase supplies for a hospital, school and

They spent five days each at two of the

orphanages in Ethiopia and, with the help of

poorest communities on the outskirts of

family and friends, collected $12,000 before

“I was so happy that day, knowing that I had

the city, feeding and eating with children

returning to the Third World country at Easter

helped this girl who isn’t that much older

and their mothers, teaching literacy and

with her grandmother, who she credits with

than me – I really made a difference, and that

numeracy, singing and praying, creating a

inspiring her to help the needy.

is what my trip with my grandmother was all

play area and planting trees.

Georgia has begun sponsoring a family she


The heat, humidity, and basic living

met while visiting the Addis Ababa Fistula

Georgia is already planning her third visit to

conditions and resources were confronting.

Hospital, which offers free surgery to women

Ethiopia, while James Devine is hoping to

who have suffered potentially fatal or

return next year to India. The Year 11 student

debilitating childbirth injuries.

has twice assisted at orphanages, an aged

“These people have very little material possessions but the love and acceptance that everyone gave us, without knowing who we

“I gave the hospital $US500 to help a 20-year-

were, was one of the best things about the

old mother named Gete to get back on her

trip,” Kirsty said.

feet, and this was enough to provide her family with a home in the country and rent


for an entire year,” Georgia said.

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care home and community facilities in India, most recently continuing a family history of missionary work during a three-week visit in January.

From the Principal Dear Parents and Friends One of my favourite events on the school calendar is Grandparents’ Day. Each year students in the Early Learning Centre host their grandparents for the morning. The day begins with an assembly hosted by the Year 2 students. This year’s special guests were treated to a colourful spectacle of drama, dance and song. Generous applause followed each item with beaming smiles on the grandparents’ faces only matched by the children’s joy in performing. Prayers for grandparents concluded the assembly before everyone moved to the Early Learning Centre for morning tea and time in classrooms with the children. Each year we are delighted to welcome back familiar faces and new grandparents to the School. The attendance of great grandparents is also growing with special acknowledgment this year of Nanna June, who turned 90 on the day. I’m quite sure she has never had 400 people sing “Happy Birthday” to her in her life! She took the gesture in good spirit as grandparents invariably do. Grandparents are frequently the custodians of values and traditions in families. They possess the wisdom borne of life experience and derive much enjoyment from seeing their grandchildren being happy and learning at school. They recognise that a well-rounded education underpinned by strong values is important preparation for success in later life. I have particularly fond memories of my maternal grandmother who was a strong, independent woman – in many ways ahead of her time. At 99 she was still sharp of mind, well-versed in current affairs and vitally interested in the lives of her grandchildren. Despite her own modest formal education, she always espoused the value of education in its broadest sense. She recognised the increasing importance of women having a career and financial independence. As I grew into adulthood I came to appreciate her views on many things and especially one of her favourite sayings, “all things in moderation”. Certainly her long life was testimony to that. Term 2 has been full of activity across the School. Our students have been well-engaged. I hope you enjoy this issue of The Charter. With warm wishes

John Wollaston’s second annual Fun Run attracted more than 200 competitors who laced up their sneakers for a serious run or more leisurely stroll on Monday 4 June.

Anne Ford

New look for a Bright Future Long-time readers of The Charter will

promotional material are being developed

notice a new look from this edition.

to attract prospective students, based

This is part of a review that the School has taken to assist in the further development

upon the theme of ‘Bright Futures’. New stationery and signage will also be created.

of the John Wollaston brand and its overall

The ‘Bright Futures’ tagline supports the


work that staff do to teach our students

The aim is to build a unique and compelling brand in the independent education sector in the south-east metropolitan area, particularly as new schools are established locally within the next two years, raise awareness of the school and position John Wollaston as a leader in the market. A new website, prospectus, advertisements

Second run just as fun

The event started and finished in the school

popular and was likely due to the event

grounds and offered a choice of a 4km or 7km

coinciding with the WA Day public holiday

course that took in the nearby Champion

and people seeking local activities for all ages

Lakes Regatta Centre.

to participate in.

There were categories for those aged under

With prizes on offer for winners and runners-

eight, 12 and 18, an open category for those

up in each category, there was much anticipation at the starting line. Some impressive times were recorded and Mr Stewart hopes competitors will return for

about the world and encourage them to

next year’s event to see if they can beat their

examine their place in it. The messaging highlights how the School empowers them to dream big and face the future with confidence, and prepare them for their own

times, and that they will be joined by some

ABOVE | Year 8 student Steffanie Conneely

new faces as well.

was photographed for a new advertisement to promote John Wollaston’s Open Mornings.

Bright Future – whether that is through the pursuit of university entrance, other tertiary education, learning a trade, or work placement.

featuring current students, and other

aged over 19, and a family division. Event Coordinator and Head of Primary John Stewart said the family category proved







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State selection a sign of things to come Brad McPhail has been touted as a footballer

At 189cm tall and weighing 75kg, Brad played

of the future after impressive performances

on footballers who were at least seven

during the AFL Under 16 National

centimetres taller and up to 20kg heavier.

Championships at Blacktown, Sydney, in July.

Only four goals were kicked against him

The Year 11 student represented Western

Fire safety lesson a real blast Children in the Kindergarten classes jumped

shown that children learned by doing and

at the opportunity to become a fireman

recalled more information from hands-on

– complete with an operational fire hose


– when the Gosnells Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade visited the school in early July.

during the entire competition.

With the help of firefighter Allan Webster,

Australia in three matches against teams

Guided by former West Coast Eagles Assistant

from South Australia, Vic Metro and Vic

Coach Rob Wiley and support staff including

Country and was named amongst the best

current AFL players Adam Selwood and

on ground in two of those games.

Aaron Sandilands, WA finished the carnival

It was a highlight of the visit, which also


included practical sessions about fire safety

they took aim and set off a siren when their blasts of water hit the target.

200 of the nation’s best young footballers an opportunity to test their skills against each other. Brad is a member of the South Fremantle

“The kids listened really well and were so proud of themselves for being able to use the fire hose.”

and smoke alarms, and the appropriate

The event is part of the AFL’s NAB Rising Stars youth development initiative and provides

“We love doing these visits,” he said.

Football Club’s highly-respected Warriors

actions to take in the event of a fire.

talent programme and his selection in the WA

Mr Webster said while the subject of fires was

squad was the icing on the cake after he was

serious, it was also important the youngsters

awarded the Jim Hurst medal for best and

enjoyed themselves because research had

fairest in the Warriors 16s programme in June.

‘Bring a Bag’ supports charity Let the games begin It placed first in the art and poetry category

and talented programme and is now open to

and fifth in creative producers.

private and public schools across Australia,

Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning Anne Harris said John Wollaston finished Eight Year 8 students pooled their creativity

eleventh overall.

and problem-solving skills as they

“Our students worked impressively as a team

represented John Wollaston in a series of

under high pressure, demonstrating a wide

challenges in the Western Australian da Vinci

range of abilities,” she said.

Decathlon on Friday 1 June.

celebrating the academic talents of young students with a stimulating competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon. Students from the winning school (Hale) and host school will compete in the national da Vinci Decathlon in Sydney during week 10 of Term 3.

Hundreds of local residents will be able to dress more warmly this winter thanks to the generosity of John Wollaston students. Hundreds of local residents will be able to

“This exercise was a simple way for our

the same day that we celebrated the birthday

dress more warmly this winter thanks to the

students to participate in community service

of Bishop Hale, who was very passionate

generosity of John Wollaston students.

and express their support for those who are

about helping those most in need.”

Children from Kindergarten to Year 12 reached into their closets and drawers to collect

less fortunate, particularly as we head into a cold and wet winter,” she said.

items of clothing they no longer needed or

John Wollaston’s Anglicare Youth

had outgrown, and placed them into bright

Ambassadors promoted ‘Bring a Bag Day’

orange bags provided by Anglicare WA for the

across the Early Learning Centre and Primary

charity’s ‘Bring a Bag Day’ appeal.

and Secondary schools to raise awareness

Nearly 200 bursting-at-the-seams bags

of the initiative and urge their classmates to take part.

“They put in a lot of preparation for the event

were stockpiled in the corner of the Berry

The event brought together teams from 28

and participated wholeheartedly in each

Durston Indoor Sports Centre on Wednesday

Kate Quinlan, in Year 10, was thrilled with the

schools at Wesley College to complete tasks


13 June to await collection by an Anglicare

number of bags of clothes collected.

based on engineering, mathematics, code


“We regularly hold events to support

breaking, games of strategy, art and poetry,

The Decathlon is named after Leonardo da

Science, English and forensic sleuthing.

Vinci, one of the world’s greatest thinkers and

Principal Anne Ford said the clothes would be

Anglicare and previously we’ve collected cans

scholars and also included general knowledge

sold at Anglicare Op Shops, which provided

of food,” she said.

and philosophy.

good quality, recycled clothes and household

The John Wollaston team included Steffanie Conneely, Sarah D’Ermilio, Evie Dodge, Dylan Gibson, Bevan Hargrave, Breanne Williams,

It originated at Knox Grammar School in

Scott Winstanley and Jason Witt.

New South Wales as an offshoot of a gifted

goods at affordable prices to thousands of West Australians.

“Donating clothing was another simple way

ABOVE | Anglicare Youth Ambassadors Kate Quinlan,

James Devine, Jake Liebregts and Jessica Williams encouraged their classmates to donate clothes

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Jumping jelly babies

A lesson in fun American author Steven Layne had children in fits of giggles when he visited the Primary School during Term 2.

The Primary School’s Class Representatives

“A free dress day was unanimously decided

The JDRF sells jelly baby-themed merchandise

organised a free dress day in June that served

upon, with students donating a gold coin to

each year to raise money for medical

as more than just a fundraiser.

participate. The Class Representatives helped


‘Jelly Baby Day’ raised $600 across the Early Learning Centre and the Primary for the

His sense of humour was contagious as he spoke to the Years 3 and 4 classes about his passion for writing and his love of books.

those ideas translate into books. He started the sessions with a game by weaving four statements into a speech about

The visit was part of a three-week trip around

his background and asked the children to


answer whether those points were true

The Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University in Illinois formerly taught in public schools and is a frequent speaker at

Tiffany Trainer had fun with visiting author Steven Layne.

or false, urging them not to guess but to

Mr Layne’s energy and jokes ensured an

librarians around the world.

hilarious incursion.

His passion is building lifetime readers and

“I love teaching and I love working with kids,”

as an author, he has written award-winning

Mr Layne said.

of the John Wollaston students and their

where ideas for writing come from and how

manners were outstanding.”

Juvenile diabetes – or Type 1 diabetes – is


caused by the immune system mistakenly

she said.

turning on itself, destroying cells within the pancreas and removing the body’s ability to produce insulin. Insulin allows the body to process sugar to create energy, and without insulin, the body starves as it cannot process food. Type 1 diabetics may feel sick or faint if they do not have enough glucose in their blood and therefore sometimes need sugary

“They responded with the idea of raising

foods like jelly babies to restore their blood

money for diabetes as we had a student in the

glucose levels.

ABOVE | Dylan Andrews and

Primary School who was affected by it.

Nadia Geb dressed in bright colours in the spirit of ‘Jelly Baby Day’

Staff saluted

Interschool Squash Tournament on Wednesday 4 July to finish runnersup in its category.

Three John Wollaston staff have been

Mrs Willis, who has worked at John Wollaston

recognised for making a difference to the

for 15 months, said she felt privileged to be

education and personal development of

part of the Learning Enrichment team and

students at the School.

honoured to be recognised for the effort and

Principal Anne Ford, Careers and VET

Twenty-one teams entered the event, held at the Blue Gum Park Squash Club in Brentwood, with John Wollaston participating in division two boys. WA Squash Metropolitan Development Officer Sue Hillier said the

“I have been teaching for 31 years and

Learning Enrichment Centre’s Michelle

recognition like this award encourages me to

Willis were surprised to learn they were

stay with my profession and continue to help

nominated by members of the broader school

children to reach their potential,” she said.

Teaching Awards.

“Those new to the game showed improvement with each match and this year the competition had several State squash players,” she said.

ABOVE | Hayden White, Brayden Fox and Justin Meason

passion she put into teaching.

Coordinator Mark Anderson, and the

community for the 2011 ASG Inspirational

standard of play was excellent.

watch and won by a margin of one point.”

playgrounds reflecting a rainbow of colours.

common condition which affects one of their

a way of being part of our wider community,”

A team from John Wollaston battled tough competition in the 2012

to winners this year, and many of the matches played were exciting to

It also generated awareness of an increasingly

“I suggested doing something for charity as

Squash team impresses

“Some of the players who returned from last year went from runners-up

on Friday 1 June, with classrooms and

event in Term 2 to raise money.

“I really appreciated the polite behaviour

Mr Layne’s time at John Wollaston focused on

Brightly clothes were the order of the day


Representatives had proposed organising an


for it.”

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Relief teacher Haylee Godfrey said Class

support their responses with reason and

conferences and meetings of educators and

picture books and a novel for young adults.

ABOVE | Joshua Bydder and

promote the event and collected the monies

“As a career counsellor I can assist students during their time at John Wollaston as well as in taking their first tentative steps into

“In my teaching role at JWACS I love seeing the

the real world – they are just bursting with

absolute joy on a child’s face when they finally

potential and I am always keen to catch up

The initiative, run by the National Excellence

‘get something’ and I enjoy finding different

with them after graduation to see what they

in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) Foundation,

ways for children to improve their skills and

are up to.”

allows parents and children to honour

knowledge and build their self-esteem.”

educators who connect with their students and inspire them individually to achieve to the best of their abilities.


Nominations for the awards closed on

Mr Anderson said his focus with his students

Tuesday 31 July. State and Territory awards

was not only on achieving to the best of their

will be presented to teachers in late October

ability academically but also helping them

and 12 finalists will receive a professional or

to develop into valuable and contributing

project development grant of up to $5000

members of the community.

early next year.





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Grandparents’ Day 28 June 2012


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