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The Charter July 2011, EDITION 29


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From The Principal

Sky’s the limit for Sky O’Brien

Thirty-nine John Wollaston students singing, dancing and acting as a group of colourful scallywags have delighted audiences in a series of performances of Pirates! The Musical.

“All of the students involved had to audition at the start of the year, and understudies were also selected in case any of the cast could not perform,” she said.


Staff Slurp a Soup for cancer

They played the roles of motley pirates who hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for a mighty adventure, telling their story through dialogue, dance and six original songs.

“Rehearsals began during the fourth week of Term 1 and were initially held once a week before increasing to three times each week, including during clubs.

Grandparents’ Day full of fun

The cast members, from Years 3 to 6, rehearsed intensively for nearly four months, under the direction of Music teacher Jenny Coles.

“In the April school holidays, these children gave up their time to continue practising, up to five hours for three days each week.

Part of the foundations

Their hard work culminated in an eight-minute condensed version of the musical at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, during the IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia) Performing Arts Festival on Thursday 16 June.

“It was more than just knowing the dialogue and songs by heart – they had to put it all together with the choreography so it flowed seamlessly from start to finish.”

Running to raise money

The event brings together 1800 student performers from 24 schools across the State.


All the fun of the fair


Albany camp an adventure for Year 7s

With the venue able to seat 6000 people, it was an important dress rehearsal ahead of the full show in front of staff, students, family and friends at the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre on Wednesday 22 June and Thursday 23 June.



Japanese classes go outside Top teachers in the spotlight

Bright lights beckon for equestrian stars


Wollaston’s Wide World of Sports

Head of Primary John Stewart was full of praise for the efforts of cast and crew at PCEC. “Our pirates stole the show at the Performing Arts Festival,” he said. “We had the smallest group of children yet they had the loudest voices – they were a wonderful advertisement for our school.” Mrs Coles added that preparation for the musical had been hard work.

John Wollaston conducts a Primary School production every two years. Mrs Coles chose Pirates! The Musical, by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson, as it was designed especially for young performers and appealed to both boys and girls. “We have previously done a Gilbert and Sullivan production but this year I wanted to increase the number of boys joining in,” she said. “The idea was to involve as many students as possible.” Mrs Coles was grateful for assistance provided by colleagues and parents, many of whom helped to source costumes and props. Pirates! The Musical received a stirring reception at both the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival and performances at John Wollaston.

Primary students Khalil Haydar, Chelsea Funge, Caitlin Wyeth and Petrina Audrain rehearsed for nearly four months in preparation for Pirates! The Musical

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From the Principal Dear Parents and Friends Our students are to be congratulated on some outstanding achievements this term. Whilst The Charter will highlight several of these, two are particularly noteworthy. A marvellous biennial event is the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Performing Arts Festival. Held over three days and nights in June at the Perth Convention Centre it is a fitting celebration of the talents of our children in the performing arts. All member schools of IPSHA (WA) follow a curriculum that requires the students to develop their practice and understanding of the arts through the forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts. Much of the reward from such learning comes in the excitement and joy experienced in performance. This year John Wollaston students performed a collection of songs from Pirates! The Musical to warm applause. Conductor/ Director Jenny Coles and the students are also to be commended on their performances of the musical in its entirety in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre for the wider school community. Our Equestrian Team participates with little fuss on several weekends throughout the year and continues to achieve outstanding results. All riders are particularly fortunate to have families who accompany them to city and country events and the support of Deputy Head of Primary Bronwyn Twining, who has managed the team for several years. Lily Hackett’s State selection for the third consecutive year and Issabelle Leppard’s

selection to compete at an international event in the United Kingdom in 2012 are wonderful achievements and testament to the girls’ passion and skill in equestrian pursuits. I wish all our riders continued success. At John Wollaston we are so fortunate to have such a committed and caring staff who frequently “go the extra mile” for our students. It is wonderful that the school community recognises this through its support of the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA). This year four of our staff have received nominations for an award: Karen Ayres, Marli Blay, Stephen Fox and Megan Lefroy. This is fitting acknowledgement of their professionalism and expertise. It is hard to believe that we are half way through another academic year. The pace of school life never eases, as we continue to provide rich learning experiences for your children. With good wishes for this winter season. ANNE FORD PRINCIPAL

SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR SKY O’BRIEN Sky O’Brien’s potential as a future leader has been recognised with his selection for two prestigious programmes that are open to just a select group of students each year. He will spend four days during the July school holidays with 30 of the brightest and most ambitious Year 10 students from across the State taking part in the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Programme. A joint initiative of Curtin University and the History Teachers Association of WA, it helps participants to develop confidence and take on new challenges. It was founded on the ideals of former Prime Minister John Curtin and Premier Sir Charles Court of vision, leadership and community service. Head of Society and Environment Gary Bordoni, who approached Sky to gauge his interest in the Programme, said activities would revolve around the theme of a quote by Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”


decisions quickly while under a certain amount of pressure.” From Sunday 10 July to Thursday 14 July, Sky and his fellow course participants will stay at Curtin, meeting and learning about inspirational leaders, making new friends, and undertaking a Middle East role-play scenario to gain an insight into the history of that region and its political situation.

Wollaston’s partnership with Edith Cowan University’s Cyber Friendly Schools initiative. Year 10s Rowan Henderson, Jake Kay and Bonnie-Rae Richards were also chosen to participate in the programme, while Year 11 students Jessica Dieroff, Shae-Marie Millar, Bianca Gordon, Scott Rigby and Thomas Lea were named Cyber Mentors.

Next month, Sky will represent the Armadale electoral district at the 2011 Statewide Student Parliament. From Sunday 28 August to Tuesday 30 August, he and 94 students from across WA will see the inner workings of Parliament House, debate major issues and meet politicians. The pinnacle will be a full student sitting of both Houses of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly and Council operating with student Members of Parliament selected from corresponding district and regional seats of WA.

“Sky is a student who shows great potential – he is a very willing learner who has an excellent work ethic,” he said.

“I have to prepare a 90-second speech on an issue that I think should be brought up in Parliament and there are a few that I’ve been thinking about, including the bushfires in Roleystone and Kelmscott,” Sky said.

“This programme is designed to develop Sky’s skills and give him the opportunity to make

Not one to stay still, Sky was also recently selected as a Cyber Leader under John

Sky O’Brien’s leadership potential could help him on his way to a career in history or politics


Staff at John Wollaston have come together to Slurp a Soup and raise money for cancer research.

research and clinical trials, support services for patients, their families and carers, and information and public education campaigns.

They swapped their usual morning tea and lunch on Friday 27 May for a bread roll and warming mug of soup in their own version of one of the country’s most popular fundraisers – Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. The Cancer Council asked participants to host a fundraiser at work, home, school or with the local community throughout May or June by brainstorming some great morning tea ideas, inviting guests and collecting money to support the fight against cancer. At John Wollaston, Early Learning Centre Receptionist Wendy Kippin and the Principal’s Personal Assistant, Susan Kirby, rallied the staff to donate bread rolls, cook a hearty soup or provide a slow cooker for the occasion.


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Many staff members who have fought cancer themselves, or had family and friends affected by the disease, had extra incentive to raise as much money as possible. The staff room was filled with the comforting aromas of soup varieties including pea and ham, potato and leek, pumpkin, minestrone, Thai vegetable, creamy potato, celery, and Chinese chicken noodle. At $5 per serve, Slurp a Soup raised $414.70 and helped to fund cancer

Cancer survivors Nan Meredith, Anne Ford and Wendy Kippin helped to raise money for a cause close to their hearts


Children from the Early Learning Centre left many of their grandparents and special relatives in need of a short nap after showing off the School on Thursday 9 June.

Head of Primary John Stewart said the occasion recognised the role that grandparents and extended families played in the lives of the ELC students.

The annual Grandparents’ Day again proved to be a popular event.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for grandparents, parents and other relatives to share in the educational and social experiences of the children,” he said.

After a morning assembly in which students expressed their love and appreciation through songs and poetry, guests were invited to share morning tea in the ELC courtyard and play cricket, kick a football or chase the children around the playground.

Kindergarten students who do not normally attend school on Thursdays did not miss out, inviting their grandparents to join in a morning of activities on Tuesday 7 June.




PART OF THE FOUNDATIONS In John Wollaston Anglican Community School’s 23-year history, one face has been a constant presence. While current students know Carol Lander as the Archivist/Records Manager and Executive Officer of the Old Wollastonians’ Association, as well as from her attendance at major events taking photographs, few realise that she started working at the school as a parent helper in 1988. Mrs Lander’s connection to John Wollaston began when she and husband Peter enrolled daughter Gail as a foundation student in Year 3 in 1989. Son David started Year 8 in 1990 and Daniel followed in 1991. With spare time on her hands, Mrs Lander volunteered to assist in the classroom, canteen, administration and library, where she found her calling telling stories to the Pre-Primary children and helping them to change their books. “In 1990, I decided I had too much time on my hands at home so I offered my service five days a week during term time to learn as much as I could about working in a library,” she said. “I had no experience – in fact, I didn’t even know what a Dewey number was. However, my organisational skills were noticed after a few weeks when all the books were filed in the shelves in alphabetical order and subject books couldn’t be found.” With the campus in its infancy and the library located in a small area of the administration building, management of only a few hundred books was relatively easy. “As a parent in the early years, it was a wonderful time of bonding and making new friends with other parents and staff,” Mrs Lander said. “We got our hands dirty to establish the grounds and watch the trees and gardens grow. “Our children became close friends and some still are good friends today.”

Staff members Carol and Gail Lander – their connection to John Wollaston stretches back to the School’s first year

Mrs Lander was offered a paid position in 1991, which prompted her to brush up on her English, typing and computer skills by enrolling in an evening TAFE course. In 1993, the library moved into a new building as the collection had grown to a few thousand books, and Mrs Lander was in her element. “I spent so much of my time working in the library that it became my second home,” she said. “Staff would come in with photos and memorabilia to put in the archives, and in my spare time in the school holidays I started putting pictures into albums, as I realised we had a need to keep these photos in a special place. “I attended the Small Interest Archives Group that met every term and this was my biggest learning curve ever. I would come back to school and wanted to use the knowledge I had gathered, so I asked for the time and money to set up an official archive system.” After a knee replacement operation in 2002, Mrs Lander realised she would be unable to continue working in the library and instead proposed to work establishing the archives, filing away photographs, newsletters,

student records and other memorabilia. As she got to know the students, she became aware of the need to retain their links to John Wollaston after graduation and helped establish the Old Wollastonians’ Association. “The School has grown so beautiful and strong over the years and for me to be part of the birth of John Wollaston has been an unforgettable time with many adventures I shall never forget,” Mrs Lander said. “With the history of the School protected and safe it is my dream to see it all in a purpose-built museum one day.” The Lander family’s connection to the School strengthened this year when Gail joined the staff as a part-time bus driver. She fits the role in between her studies for a Certificate 2 in Business at Thornlie TAFE and part-time work with the Town of Fremantle as Coordinator of a holiday programme for children with special needs. “I really love working with people and driving the John Wollaston school bus fits in nicely between my other commitments,” she said.

RUNNING TO RAISE MONEY Acting Head of Health and Physical Education Lonneke Holleman and her colleague Jodie Becker were among more than 13,700 people from across Perth who helped to raise money for charity by participating in this year’s HBF Run for a Reason. Ms Holleman and Ms Becker braved a chilly morning on Sunday 22 May to complete the 4.5km course in 19min 14sec and 19min 21sec respectively. The route wound around the Perth central business district, taking in Wellington Square and Gloucester Park through East Perth before finishing at the WACA Ground.


“It was a cold start to the day but it was inspiring to see runners from all over Perth having a go,” Ms Holleman said. “We also bumped into some participants from the School who were with their families – Jasmine Wynen-Gaugg and Jack Sherlock from Year 10 ran and so did Rebecca Reid from Year 8.” Funds raised from the event were donated to six West Australian charities – Cancer Council, Arthritis WA, Asthma Foundation WA, The Heart Foundation, Diabetes WA and Lifeline.

Acting Head of Health and Physical Education Lonneke Holleman and her colleague Jodie Becker ran to raise funds for charity




Seville Grove resident Malcolm Brown – grandfather of Year 3 student Jai Hutchison – has never had much success with competitions and games of chance. His luck changed at the May Fair and Fun Run when his ticket was drawn from the barrel and it was announced that he had won the major raffle prize – a new Hyundai Getz. Mr Brown could not believe what Principal Anne Ford was saying when she telephoned to inform him of the results of the draw. “It took a while to sink in,” he said. “It was a surreal feeling all weekend.” Cash prizes were won by runners-up Mrs J Bell, Mrs J Rownes and Mrs T Crotty. The event, on Saturday 14 May, incorporated a fun run for the first time, the course taking

in the school grounds and the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre. Ninety-two runners and walkers completed a 3km or 6km route, their efforts creating appetites that were well sated back at the fair with options, apart from the Café, ranging from sweet and light (fairy floss, icecream and cupcakes) to the more substantial sausage sizzle. The school campus was transformed into a showground, a sea of colour greeting visitors as they walked down the main footpath towards rides, exhibits, musical entertainment and stallholders selling gourmet food, body products, children’s toys, kitchenware, and arts and crafts. The pet show was the most dominated by dogs (several wings, ribbons, bow ties and attracting cats and weird and

popular event, sporting fairy coats) but also wacky entrants

such as a chicken and a leech. John Wollaston’s Equestrian Team demonstrated their skills and showmanship as their horses took over the main oval, while many children were able to have similar, albeit slower, experiences with pony rides. Shrieks of excitement filled the air as children jumped on inflatable castles and slides and defied fears (and gravity) to test the giant space ball. Several teachers eagerly volunteered for the water dunking game, although windy conditions forced its cancellation shortly after it began. School staff and a parent committee, under the direction of Business Manager Gailene Shore, worked tirelessly for many months to ensure the event’s success.





Long days, late nights and lollies – not to mention a five-hour bus trip from Albany – ensured the students returning from the annual Year 7 camp were tired and dishevelled. All of them were happy, though, after a week of games, activities and sightseeing in the Great Southern city. Camp Quaranup, a former quarantine station developed into accommodation for school children and families, hosted John Wollaston’s Year 7 classes from Monday 11 to Friday 15 April as they explored Albany and learned about its past.

“We did some hikes and saw places that were relevant to different parts of Albany’s history.”

“It was fun and interesting, but kind of gross, hearing about the whaling industry,” he said.

Camp Leader Kim Haring, who was accompanied by teachers Jaquie Fisher, David

“We also did a ghost walk trail and learned why Camp Quaranup was there.

“It was another activity with lots of dirt and blisters, but the kids

The group that scored the highest number of points won a Camp Quaranup souvenir.

had such a great time.”

It was the ideal setting in which to launch the theme of the students’ Term 2 Inquiry – our history impacts on who and where we are today.

Crawford and George Sutherland to supervise the students, said the night-time fox hole activity was exhilarating.

The itinerary was jam-packed with visits to heritage-listed buildings along the York Street shopping precinct, Albany Wind Farm, the Brig Amity replica ship, and Whale World, on the site of the former Cheynes Beach Whaling Station on King George Sound.

“It was similar to a game of spotlight – commando-style crawling through dug-outs, or fox holes, on the beach to avoid being spotted by the light,” she said.

Posing for photographs on military weaponry, naval guns and torpedoes at the Princess Royal Fortress on Mt Adelaide was also popular. It was Kaitlyn Vegvari’s first trip to the region and she and her friends had so much fun she had trouble singling out one activity as a highlight.

“It was another activity with lots of dirt and blisters, but the kids had such a great time,” Mrs Haring added. She said the camp demonstrated how learning about history did not have to be confined to textbooks or the classroom.

“It was a lot of fun and the kids got sand everywhere.” Student Josh van Gaalen, who made his seventh visit to Albany for the camp, listed Whale World as one of the week’s highlights.

“I liked finding fox holes and walking around and learning about the history of Albany,” Kaitlyn said.


“The low ropes course was really good, too – we had to do a set of challenges in teams around obstacles without touching the ground.”




Four teachers have been recognised for the pivotal role they play in their students’ education and personal development.

Head Groundsman Danny Birch and his team designed and constructed the garden in consultation with a landscaper, along sustainability guidelines.

Karen Ayres (Black Swan Year 4), Marli Blay (Echidna Year 1), Megan Lefroy (Quokka Year 2) and Stephen Fox (Head of Science and Technology) were surprised to learn they had been nominated by members of the broader school community for the 2011 ASG Inspirational Teaching Awards.

Azaleas, camellias, Japanese maples, flowering plums, junipers, silver birch and hibiscus were planted in May. A bridge with red posts, garden benches and ornamental lanterns are standout features.

Run by the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) organisation, the initiative allows parents and students to honour educators

they believe to be dedicated and outstanding representatives of the profession. Mrs Ayres, Ms Blay, Mrs Lefroy and Mr Fox are now eligible for consideration for a National ASG Inspiration Teaching Award and grant. John Wollaston staff and parents are encouraged to support the nominees by forwarding letters to NEiTA by Wednesday 31 August. More information 1800 624 487.

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“Rainwater to irrigate the garden is provided by three 20-000 litre tanks which were funded by a Commonwealth Government grant,” Mr Birch said.


A new, authentic Japanese garden has livened up the previously bare space between the Primary School and H block.

“Planning and preparing the garden took about six months.” Principal Anne Ford commended the Grounds staff on their initiative and said the garden would be integrated into Japanese classes from Pre-Primary to Year 9. Teachers Megan Lefroy, Karen Ayres and Marli Blay are nominated for national teaching awards


Two John Wollaston students are preparing to show their talents on bigger stages.

Following a remarkable performance by the nine members of the School’s Equestrian Team at the 2011 WA Interschool Championships, Year 6 student Lily Hackett has been selected to represent the State for the third consecutive time.

Head Groundsman Danny Birch and team member Michael Buttigig

Lily will travel to Werribee, Victoria, with her horse Springmount Patrick to compete at the National Interschool Championships in October. Principal Anne Ford said it was a well-deserved outcome after Lily was named the State Champion in the Novice Dressage and Primary Showman categories at the WA Interschool Championships, held from 29 April to 1 May at the State Equestrian Centre in Brigadoon. John Wollaston’s Primary team achieved the titles of State Champion Showman team, Reserve Champion Dressage team and Reserve Champion Primary overall.

The successful Equestrian Team: (Back) Issabelle Leppard, Ashleigh De Groot, Jane Edwards, Luan Bristow and Michelle Lachenicht with (front) Ciara De Groot, Lily Hackett, Amelia Edmonds-Coad and Nicola Lachenicht

The Secondary team received several minor placings. “These achievements are testament to the hard work our riders have put in throughout the last 12 months to make it to the WA Interschool Equestrian Championships,” Ms Ford said. “They competed against more than 300 children

from non-government and government schools in the Dressage, Showjumping and Showman categories. “Participating in an event such as this requires not only a strong commitment to training on the riders’ behalves but also invaluable assistance from their parents and school staff. “They are obviously thrilled with the results and the School community is extremely proud of the team.” Team members included Amelia EdmondsCoad (Year 4); Nicola Lachenicht and Lily Hackett (Year 6); Ciara De Groot (Year 7); Ashleigh De Groot (Year 9); Michelle Lachenicht (Year 10); Jane Edwards (Year 11); and Issabelle Leppard and Luan Bristow (Year 12). Adding to the excitement, Issabelle was the only West Australian rider selected on Wednesday 18 May by the Riding Pony Stud Book Society (WA) to compete in the Intermediate team at an International Team Challenge as part of the National Pony Society/Top Spec Supreme Dressage Championships in the UK in April 2012. As she will not be taking her own horse to the event, Issabelle has begun riding other horses to get as comfortable as possible with a variety of sizes and temperaments.





Term 2 was hectic for John Wollaston’s Physical Education Department, with many students putting in incredible efforts to represent themselves, their Houses and the School.


Due to exams, Term 2 was a short season with only five inter-school fixtures. The handball, football and netball teams got off to a great start on the back of Term 1’s highly competitive games. The cricket boys got to enjoy a day out at the WACA watching the State team and the softball team claimed the Champion School Award.

CROSS COUNTRY It was a perfect day for running on Friday 6 May, when the Secondary Inter-House Cross Country Carnival was held at the very scenic Champion Lakes. The music was blaring, the course was set and the atmosphere was fantastic. The Year 7s and 8s arrived first and put in a strong effort, closely followed by the Year 9s and 10s, who were keen to dance in addition to the run and find 30 minutes of exercise in the sunshine. The Year 11s and 12s rounded out the day and should be proud of their performances. Jessica Colvin was a stand-out athlete, taking out the 3km Open record with a time of 13:08:48min and adding to Ramsden’s winning total of 333 points. The weather for the Inter-School Carnival on Thursday 2 June was forecast to be dismal but, thankfully, the sun came out and all of the students ran their hearts out at Alderbury Reserve. Congratulations to Year 7 student Evie Dodge, who placed 25th out of approximately 400 runners, and Aislinn Williams, who ran in the Open Girls division and came 42nd. Bevan Hargrave, Breanne Williams and Taylah Henderson ran in the top 50 in their age groups.

JUNIOR SAS INTER-SCHOOL SPORT During Term 2, the Year 7 to 9 students played netball, soccer and basketball on Wednesday afternoons against teams from six other schools. John Wollaston had an impressive turnout, with all teams performing well and the girls’ touch rugby team placing third overall, while also scoring the most tries for the season. The students representing John Wollaston for Junior SAS and the Year 10s who were supportive of each of the teams also deserve to be recognised.

Each year, the Year 12s think they can outrun, outperform and outdo the staff of John Wollaston on the courts – and each year they fail! Term 1 featured a basketball challenge. The Year 12 boys are very talented players but with the likes of Mr “Magic” Mayes, Mr “Rejection” Hess and Canadian import Mr “Slam-dunk” Stewart, the students were outclassed and lacking points on the final score card. A volleyball match was held at the end of Term 2 and the final of the best-of-three competition will be a netball game on Founders’ Day. The winners will receive the Principal’s Cup awarded by Ms Ford.

YEAR 10 OUTDOOR EDUCATION Just as the rain and cold winter months set in, the Year 10 Outdoor Education camps began in Week 4.

On Wednesday 18 May the Year 9s set off for a day of soccer, netball and football. The day went off without a hitch in sunny, clear conditions.

There were four overnight hikes on the world-renowned Bibbulmun Track and participants crossed the highest point of the Kalamunda to Albany trek at Mt Cooke. Miss Holleman, Miss Becker, Mr Hess, Mr Crawford and Mr Mayes all accompanied the students.

The Year 7/8 Lightning Carnival started a little differently with torrential rain which, although muchneeded, made for a cold and soggy morning of sport. Thankfully, all the students kept their spirits up and had a blast. The Year 10 students who coached and umpired on the day deserve a big thankyou.

Only the second camp had a slight issue with extreme rain while hiking but new tents kept the hikers dry. The hikes were a great way to get outdoors and explore after students spent the semester preparing (although several students should have paid more attention in class if some very interesting menus and packing techniques were anything to go by). The staff were impressed by the teamwork of the Year 10s.





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