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The Charter June 2009, EDITION 22

Inside Pages 2 From The Principal New buildings deliver space for all 3 Japanese conversations boosted Students achieve Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 4 Singing teacher takes on the world Working together to make the transition easier


SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE Eighteen boys from Years 7 to 11 are taking up the challenge to produce solar cars for John Wollaston’s entries in the Western Power Solar Model Car Challenge later in the year. Under the direction of Head of Science and Technology, Stephen Fox, the students plan to build two cars, each about 60cm long by 30cm wide, powered totally by solar energy with an egg sitting in the driver’s seat. “It’s been about four years since we’ve entered this competition but now that the School has applied for a grant to put solar panels on the roof, we thought it was a good time to re-enter this solar challenge,” Mr Fox said.

5 Fostering a love of reading

“The boys are meeting Friday lunch times to plan their vehicles and once we get to the construction phase, they will come in after school as well.” Mr Fox said the challenge was a joint Science and Technology project. “They need to get the science right first, like getting the right power to weight ratios and reducing friction and then construct the cars in the workshop,” Mr Fox said. “They will race on a 100m figure eight track at Forrest Chase in Perth and should reach speeds around 30km an hour. We can expect at least another 100 cars competing against us from all over the State. “The top four go through to the Australian-International Model Solar Car Challenge in Tasmania. We’ve been competitive in the past. I’m hoping to keep this group of boys together over a couple of years so we can keep on improving.”

Maths Musical makes the subject fun 6 Primary students take Abba to Performing Arts Festival Old Wollastonians Leeuwin a trip of a lifetime 7 High School Musical takes performance to a new level More than Skin Deep 8 Colvin cousins prove sporting prowess Easter Candle

Working, learning, growing - Together A school of the Anglican Schools Commission Inc.


FROM THE PRINCIPAL One of the pleasures of my role is watching students participate in the performing arts. The recent Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Performing Arts Festival held at the Perth Convention Centre was a wonderful showcase of drama, dance and music. Our Primary students sang and danced an ABBA Medley to a capacity audience who appreciated the happy faces, colourful costumes and polished singing and dancing. Congratulations are extended to the 36 performers and staff, Mrs Jenny Coles and Ms Sheree Hancock, who worked so enthusiastically with the students over many weeks to ensure a wonderful performance. Another eagerly anticipated event will be the School’s production of High School Musical in August. The cast is already in rehearsal for what promises to be a lively and entertaining production. The Term 3 issue of The Charter will feature this key event on the Arts Calendar.

I am delighted that Ms Katherine John has joined The Arts Faculty as teacher of voice. A most accomplished performer, we wish her every success in the forthcoming World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in July. I’m sure her students will follow her progress with interest. Once again the School has enjoyed a busy term – a snapshot of which is captured in The Charter. I hope you enjoy it. With best wishes Anne Ford Principal

N EW BUILDINGS DELIVER SPACE FOR ALL John Wollaston staff are enjoying their new found space following the completion of the new Administration building and Staffroom this term. The buildings will be officially opened later in the year once works are completed at the new Challenge Centre and the surrounding grounds have been landscaped. Business Manager, Gailene Shore, said building a new, larger Staffroom had allowed for the conversion of the previous Staffroom into new workable spaces.

“We’ve also improved amenities in the Staffroom, with additional computers, fax machine, new furniture and a television.” The Challenge Centre fit out is nearly completed. Watch out in the Term 3 Charter for a review of the new Centre. “Some $2.9 million has been spent on these latest building projects,” Ms Ford said. “We are now awaiting confirmation from the Federal Government for funding under the Building Education Revolution initiative to build a dedicated Year 7 centre and will use the $200,000 received under School Pride Funding to fill in the drains below the VMAC and on the perimeter of the campus.”

“From the old Staffroom we now have a Board Room, Heads of House Office, a dedicated Finance section and an office for a School Psychologist,” she said. “It was challenging for the administrative staff to be dotted around the School in temporary accommodation while it was under construction but now that we are all back in, the feedback about the new light and space of the offices has been tremendous.” Principal, Anne Ford, said that a dedicated office for the Heads of House was a real positive to come out of the construction. “Bringing them together is very collegial,” she said. “Students are also now becoming comfortable with going to the Heads of House Office. I see us all growing into this facility as a School.” Ms Ford said that the Staffroom had also received positive feedback from staff. “No children are allowed in the Staffroom and as a totally separate room now to the Administration, I think teachers feel far more relaxed in the space,” Ms Ford said.


The new staff room was christened with staff participating in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Foundation.


Japanese Conversations Boosted The grant has allowed for School parent, Japanese born Misao Komoto, to join the staff two days a week as a Japanese Assistant Teacher.

“We are hoping to establish a Sister School arrangement with Shizuoka Gakuen School in Japan,” she said. “John Wollaston hosted 35 of their Year 11 students in March and they will reciprocate in October. We will have eight nights hosted by families from Shizuoka Gakuen as well as visiting Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo.”

Head of LOTE, Tatia Sly, said Mrs Komoto would provide a dedicated opportunity for students to improve their spoken Japanese and gain confidence in using the language. “Mrs Komoto started with us in May and so far has spent her time with the Year 8 and 9 students in groups of three to practise their conversational skills,” she said. “She will move on to Years 10 -12 and Primary wherever possible. She will be able to make a fantastic contribution to preparing our Year 12 students for the oral part of the TEE exam.”


Students throughout the School will have the opportunity to practise their Japanese conversational skills with a native speaker thanks to a grant from the Association of Independent Schools in WA (AISWA).

Another AISWA grant is also providing funding for a Japanese Parent Seminar at the end of Term 2. “The seminar will involve about 30 Primary students and their parents and is designed to introduce parents to Japanese, giving them ideas on how to support their child’s learning in this area,” Ms Sly said. Three sessions focusing on cultural awareness, language games and incorporating information technology into Japanese language teaching will be covered in the seminar. Mrs Sly said fundraising and preparations were also underway for 13 Year 10 and 11 students to visit Japan in October.




Sixteen Year 11 and 12 students have become the latest John Wollaston students to be granted their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

“We have one student, Jamie Wellman, keen to go further and undertake the Silver Award as well as some Year 9 students looking to start their Bronze now, rather than wait till Year 10.”

To qualify for the Award, students have had to complete at least three months undertaking a recreational activity, learning a new skill and undertaking community service. One of these areas must be done for six months and an expedition also needs to be completed.

In completing the Award, students have learnt exciting new skills in diverse fields, from earning a Skipper’s ticket to modeling and aquarium keeping. They have also contributed greatly to our community, volunteering at wildlife sanctuaries, charity groups and op shops, and coaching sporting teams.

Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care), Kerry Robertson, recognised the students’ achievements.

Students receiving the Bronze Award are: Cameron Trump, Zoe King, Alex Yates, Michael McPhail, Danica Rickard, Caitlin Harrison, Caitlin Knight, Elise Kelly, David Heath, Sian Rigby, Glen Hollands, Leif Corley, Chloe Devereux, Stephanie Blackwell, Jamie Wellman and Amy Black.

“More and more students are completing the Bronze Award and their success is helping to drive other students to complete all components of the Award,” she said.





ON THE WORLD Katherine John, one of John Wollaston’s talented peripatetic music staff, will represent Australia in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in July. Ms John provides one-on-one vocal training for 10 John Wollaston students as well working as a professional musician. At just 22, she is the only Perth based singer to be selected for the Australian team of around 80 performers.

“It also commences with a Parade of the Nations Hollywood’s Hall of Fame.”


Ms John will compete in three singing categories; Contemporary, singing Stevie Wonder song Living for the City; R&B / Jazz, with the Nina Simone classic Feeling Good; and Broadway, with It’s a Fine Line. Each competitor has only one minute to perform in each category. Ms John has been performing since she was three. With a background in musical theatre, at 18 she moved into contemporary and jazz music, forming part of the duo, Sax and the City, as well as starting her own music company, De Ja Vu.

“This really is the Olympics of performing arts where we are literally competing for bronze, silver and gold medals,” she said. “It goes for 10 days with people competing in singing, dancing and acting in all different categories. More than 40 nations take part, and being in Hollywood, about 1200 agents will be there. Many performers get contracts from participating in the championships.

“There’s a massive amount of work involved in preparing for the World Championships,” she said. “I have to be prepared for whatever comes my way.” You can track Ms John’s progress during the event by logging on to her My Space page at


THE TRANSITION EASIER John Wollaston welcomed Year 7 students from around the district this term, who will enter the School for Year 8 in 2010.

finding that the transition to Year 8 is a simple progression from one year to the next,” Principal, Anne Ford said.

The students participated in a Transition Day, designed to give them their first taste of the School.

“Participation in the Year 7 program guarantees entry into Year 8 at John Wollaston so we are finding an increasing number of families looking to take advantage of this and sending their children a year earlier than originally intended.”

Organised by Deputy Principal (Administration), Nick Tanner, the students took part in a wide range of classroom activities in the Humanities, Mathematics, Languages, Science, Technology and Enterprise, the Arts and Physical Education. “They were accompanied by some Year 10 students to help them find their way around the School,” Mr Tanner said. “A special part of the day was to have them join our current Year 7 students for Phys Ed and lunch so that they could begin the process of forming friendships with those who will be in their year group. “Our Year 10 students cooked lunch for them all.” John Wollaston’s dedicated Year 7 program provides for a seamless transition of students from Primary to Secondary School. “Our Year 7 students are already accessing some of the specialist teachers and areas of the Secondary School so we are


John Wollaston Year 7 students work together with newcomers on Transition Day.





Presentations were given by three Primary teachers during two “Fostering a Love of Reading” sessions. Year 1 teachers, Fiona Currey and Rachel Crawford, addressed parents on how to foster the love in younger children while Year 6 teacher, Louise Bristow, explained strategies for parents of older children to keep them reading. “We looked at helping children to find what they wanted to read, reading with them, sharing a book and that sort of thing,” Mrs Currey said. Mrs Crawford provided strategies for parents to aid comprehension.


Parents were also given information and bookmarks with strategies on them to assist them in the home. Parent feedback was extremely positive with comments like these below being received: “Thank you. Great information which will help me to continue to enlighten my child’s passion for books.” “Great to see a focus on the love and joy of reading and comprehension.” “The issue of comprehension and fluency really hit home.” As a result of this feedback, the Primary School hopes to offer another “Fostering a Love of Reading” session in Term 4.

“We encouraged parents to ask the children questions about their reading like, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘What’s the picture in your head?’” she said.

Andrew Lea, Jack Warnes, Charlize Driz, Rhiannon Gaythwaite-Cotton and Jeremiah Hall are fostering a love of reading after their parents attended the seminar.


THE SUBJECT FUN Years 2 and 3 have been singing their way through Mathematics this year, building their confidence in the subject in every note. Classic lines like “You can add. You can divide”, sung to the theme of Abba’s Dancing Queen have become part of the Early Learning Centre folklore. ELC teacher, Tracey Rogers, came up with the idea of a Maths Musical, bravely singing a few lines of a song she had penned to fellow teachers, Glyn Teape and Kristin Humphreys. Quickly rallying to the challenge, three “Abba” songs were converted to the mathematical cause, taking children on a forward progression from trying to avoid the subject to working it out and getting on top of it. “The kids got so motivated with the songs that it turned into a full scale production,” Mrs Rogers said.

“90 students were involved and Nick Rohner, the Secondary Arts Prefect, came and helped us with lighting and sound. We filled the VMAC to over flowing with families to see our performance. “In between songs, the children acted out feelings towards maths from hating it to loving it.” Mrs Rogers said the whole thing had been a lot of fun but importantly had also produced excellent outcomes in Mathematics. “The Musical has affected how the students feel about Mathematics and improved their confidence in tackling the subject,” she said. “The children are still singing the songs and, with the language of Mathematics embedded in them, they have become familiar with the terms in a nonthreatening way. When we talk about these terms now in Mathematics, they are a lot happier to use them.”



Primary parents have been taking the opportunity to help foster a love of reading in their children, attending seminars run at the School during Term 2.


Maths Queen You can add You can divide Having the time of your life Ooohhhh See that girl Watch that scene Digging the Maths Queen Time for maths and I’m ready to go Looking for a problem to solve I need to use a good method Getting in the swing I’m in the mood for adding Anybody could get it right All you got to do is try With a bit of equipment Or help from a friend You’ll get it in the end And when you take a chance You’ll be the Maths Queen...







Thirty six talented Year 4 and 5 students wowed audiences at the Primary Performing Arts Festival at the Perth Convention Centre in June. Singing and dancing a medley of ABBA tunes, the students worked tirelessly under the direction of Jenny Coles and Sheree Hancock to prepare for the event. “Abba’s a really popular theme with the children and they were just remarkable how they managed to combine their ability to sing and dance at the same time over our 16 weeks of rehearsals,” Mrs Coles said. “In the lead up to the Festival, the students gave up every lunch time to rehearse. I’m really proud of their commitment.” Mrs Coles said they had expanded upon an Abba medley performed for Praise and Thanksgiving last year, adding new lines and dance moves. “It was great to have Sheree involved. As a dancer herself, she really brought the children along,” she said. “We also had outstanding support from one of the grandmothers, Mrs McManus, who volunteered to make our costumes.”

Primary performers Liam Bristow, Steffanie Conneely, Alana Yates and Keegan Smart


The Class of 1999 10th Year Reunion

The Old Wollastonians’ Association Inc would like to invite past students from all years to become part of a great team. We would welcome some new members to help promote the Association.

This big event will be held in the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night the 17 October 2009.

We will be having an AGM on Tuesday evening 1 September 2009.

Invitations will be sent out with the latest newsletter very soon. If you have not been in touch with the School for some years it is possible we don’t have your new address so let us know if you have moved. For further information please contact the Executive Officer, Mrs Carol Lander, by email or telephone 9495 8158 Tuesday or Wednesday.



Head Prefect, Lee Blackwell, and Hale House Prefect, Daniel Lowe, have had an experience of a lifetime, sailing on the STS Leeuwin II.

The trip was funded by the Australian Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. The boys said that they had met new people, learnt new skills and refined their leadership abilities on board the vessel. “The day was quite demanding both physically and mentally, having to climb the mast, heave the lines and make sure everything was done correctly and with precision,” Lee said.


“A highlight of the day was hitting our top speed of 1.5knots under full sail and meeting new people.” Daniel echoed Lee’s sentiments. “I considered myself extremely lucky to be going on the Leeuwin sailing ship,” he said. “It was great as we got to learn how an old fashioned sailing ship runs and the team work and effort that has to be put in to hoist the sails – hoisting them up and taking them down took all day!”





“There were so many talented girls that we assigned the key roles using a swing so that two actors will play the same part on alternating performances.”

In recent years the school production has been the domain of Senior students but Head of the Arts, Pippa Travaglione, said it had been extended this year as the School embarks on a new tradition in musical theatre.

The lead female role of Gabriella Montez will be shared by Year 12, Chloe Sprankling, and Year 11, Caitlin Haring. Year 11 student, Luke Gallagher, will take the male lead playing Troy Bolton.

“It will be the first full scale musical production at the School in my five years here,” Ms Travaglione said. “Musical theatre is such an important experience for our senior drama students not only in terms of performance but in their participation and collaboration to bring the performance to the stage.”

“We are well and truly into rehearsals,” Ms Travaglione said. “There’s a lot to learn, especially with part harmonies and the like, so it is a challenging, new experience for both staff and students.”

Preparation for the performance began in April 2008 when Ms Travaglione applied for the rights to stage High School Musical. “We got the rights through later in the year and then auditioned students in Term 1,” she said. “Around 70 auditioned in singing, dancing and acting, with 45 finally selected.

Ms Travaglione will direct the show with Gloria Underwood serving as Musical Director, Sheree Hancock as Choreographer and Chelsea Horner as Assistant Director. High School Musical will be staged at the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre from August 20 to 22.


John Wollaston will stage the hit movie, High School Musical, as this year’s School production involving a cast and crew of more than 70 students from Years 7 to 12.

The two main casts for High School Musical




The English and SOSE learning areas combined this term to offer Year 8 and 9 students an insight into how racism has affected Australian life. “Skin Deep”, a production by the Class Act Theatre, visited the School, presenting confronting themes and dealing with issues such as the Stolen Generations. SOSE teacher, Antonella Tosi, said the play was particularly relevant for her Year 9 students who were currently studying Australian history. “We have been looking at topics like the attitude of early settlers to the first Australians, the impact of colonisation as well as migration and multiculturalism,” she said. “When the English Department asked if we were interested in offering the ‘Skin Deep’ opportunity to SOSE students, we jumped at the chance.” Judging by the student reaction, the experience was a worthwhile one. Nathan Warner found the performance interesting. “It has helped me to become more aware of racism and prejudice in our community. I found the different situations portrayed in the performance very educational and I was shocked at some of the cases which have happened around the world,“ he said. Scott Rigby concurred saying that the focus on key events which occurred in history such as the Holocaust, Apartheid and Stolen Generation, helped him to understand how racism had affected the world and was still a problem today.

Hayley Bishop & Hayden Fort with Skin Deep cast





PROVE SPORTING PROWESS Year 10 cousins, Jessica and Jason Colvin, have been making a name for themselves on the State sporting stage. Jessica has been selected for the State School Girls Netball Team to compete in Canberra in late July. Jessica was selected from a field of 183 girls who attended the trials. “I found out on my birthday that I had made the team of 12, so it was a pretty good birthday present,” Jessica said. “I didn’t really think I’d get in but thought I would just put my name out there and hope to get recognised.

“I found out on my birthday that I had made the team of 12... “I’m now training five days a week as well as playing for my club team, Zodiacs.” Jason had been one of 500 hopefuls trying out for the State Under 15 Football Team. He made his way through to the final 80 but not the eventual squad of 50. While disappointed, Jason said he would continue to try out for future teams.

Jason and Jessica Colvin

“I hope to play league football for Perth and then take it from there,” Jason said. Jessica and Jason’s fathers are identical twins, both with strong sporting credentials, having played football with the East Fremantle colts.

EASTER CANDLE Technical problems prevented the Schooll from hearing from Year 7’s Corey Damen at the Easter Service vice about the candle she had created. Here we learn about thee symbolism behind her creation.

rep The third stage represents that all good thing come to an end, life being one of them. Death. The slowly browning leaves falling to the floor represent deaths occurring around the world and that everyone has their own time to leave our world.

“As you can see the Easter candle I created this is year has a large green ne represents the vine of vine through the centre of the candle. This vine dhood. It starts off with life. The first stage of life in my vine is childhood. red red and pink, red the small budding blossoms which are coloured representing Jesus’ blood and the love betweenn the human race. The resent rays of hope, and green leaves among the budding blossoms represent the sturdy grass floor we stand upon. The gold vine adds the beauty and enjoyment of life.

fina stage means the new cycle of life. It represents the new The candle’s final humans entering our world every single day. The new budding blossoms are me coloured pink, meaning a fresh beginning.

The next stage of the vine is adulthood. The large flowering blossoms represent the amazing people that we have orr will become because of God and Jesus. The red once again means thee love we share for each other and the sacrifice Jesus made for us with his blood, because of the an the sturdy floor and love He feels for us. The green leaves also mean rays of hope.


shad of purple in the background of the vine on the candle The different shades a wealth. It also has the Greek letter A at the top of the represent royalty and Gr letter Z at the bottom, Alpha meaning the A and Omega candle and the Greek T meaning the Z. These two letters hold everything life is about between them. They are like the beginning and the need of life, where everything else is held between them. So at Easter don’t forget the huge sacrifice Jesus Christ made for abou Him for just one moment on Easter Day.” us and think about


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