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The Charter September 2009, EDITION 23

Inside Pages 2 From The Principal Education Continuing For Teachers 3 Inspirational Teaching Recognised Friends Vie For Apprentice Of The Year 4 Founders Day Making Writing Real 5 Who I Am High School Musical Hit 6 Blue And Red Day School Hosts Numero Challenge


BU I L D S R E S I L I E NC E Pre-Primary students have been developing social skills to equip them for life in the Fun Friends Program run during second and third terms. Pre-Primary teacher, Melissa Forslun, said the program focussed on feelings and understanding body cues. “It looks at relaxation, support networks, being brave and giving the children skills to look people in the eye and use a big voice,” she said. “It also sets out stepped coping plans that help them to gain the confidence to try new things. One of the reasons we decided to run the program was because we had noticed many children were scared to give new things a go.” Ms Forslun said the program worked so well because it was specifically written for children of this age.

“The resilience and social skills it teaches are essential for our children to cope with the pressures of the constantly changing world they live in,” she said. “The program was run at home as well as school so there was a common language between the two.” Teachers ran parent information evenings to explain the program to parents. Home activities included talking about positive things that had happened in the child’s day around the dinner table and indentifying feelings shown in character faces. “We celebrated the end of the program with a Hero Day,” Ms Forslun said. “The children dressed up as someone who is brave and kind and shared lunch and positive ‘green thoughts’ with each other. “That’s one of the ways we see the success of the program. If children hear anyone say, “I can’t”, they are quick to tell them that is a red (negative) thought and they should try a green (positive) one.” The success of the Fun Friends Program has seen both Year 1 teachers recently attending a facilitators’ course, so the resiliency program can continue into 2010.

7 Taking On The Japanese Challenge 20 Years Of Musical Inspiration 8 Sporting Achievements Across The Codes Art Students In The Frame

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


From the Principal Dear Parents and Friends On Founders’ Day (13 August) we were treated to an overview of the life of John Wollaston through the sermon of The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy. She spoke of him as an unlikely hero who arrived in Western Australia in 1840 aged fifty years and proceeded to lay the foundation and build the Anglican Church in this state. Although he did build an actual church building at Picton (near Bunbury), it is the wider church to which I refer.

in the face of considerable difficulties shines through; and a man whose thoughtfulness and care for others underpinned all his actions. At the Founders’ Day Whole School Worship Service, I spoke of how, at twenty-one, the School can start considering some of its practices as part of our tradition. One tradition that we all recognise is the way in which we hold up our Core Values – Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Commitment – as being special. If we look at the life of John Wollaston, it is clear from whom we have learnt these Core Values.

We can be very proud that our School bears the name of John Wollaston who, through his courage, tenacity and pioneering spirit, demonstrated qualities which are worth building in our children.

As we seek to build our School in ethos and character, as well as physically, may we continue to be inspired by the wonderful man whose life forms the foundation of our traditions.

Here was a man who knew how to be resilient. A perusal of his journals and letters uncovers a man of character whose ability to be cheerful even




Whether it’s furthering their own academic knowledge or contributing to the State wide body of knowledge for particular courses, John Wollaston teachers are always demonstrating a thirst for knowledge.

Fellow Science Teacher, Rhys Jones, has been following his passion and extending his own knowledge base, recently completing a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science at Murdoch University.

Deputy Principal (Curriculum), Liz Criddle, had two text books published this year which are now being used throughout the State in the new WACE courses for Accounting and Finance and Business Management and Enterprise.

“That’s what our staff members do that makes them better qualified and to bring so much more to their teaching roles,” Ms Criddle said.

Ms Criddle said she had been on the reference groups for both courses and co-authored the text books which would help teachers delivering the course to have certainty in the new syllabus. “I’ve included lots of alternative activities in the books so that teachers can choose what they use and follow student interests to really keep their attention,” she said. “The texts required lots of research and lots of listening to both teachers and students. I’ve run many workshops with teachers and do not just go through the content but also how it can best be presented.”

Our Japanese teachers have also recently been awarded a grant by AISWA for a language and cultural tour of Japan in December and January. Head of Languages, Tatia Sly, and Primary Specialist, Heidi Ryback, will further develop their skills on the trip. Fellow Japanese teacher, Akiko Fuchino, will also be joining them in Japan at that time on a personal trip. “With all of us in Japan at the same time, we are going to hold our learning area meeting there,” Ms Sly said. “It’s something we’ve often joked about but now it will become a reality.”

Science Teacher, Joan Osborne, has recently been appointed to a very important position representing teachers on the Human Biological Science Course Advisory Committee. The Committee includes representatives from schools, universities and State and independent educational bodies. Mrs Osborne said she has been teaching the new Human Biology course this year and was looking forward to providing direct teacher feedback to the Committee. “I’ve been involved with Anglican Schools Commission Professional Development and moderation meetings so I’ve been networking with many people from schools with differing levels of resourcing,” she said. “Consequently, I want to make sure that there is equity for all students taking the course and I’m particularly interested to see how the universities are viewing it.”



INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING Early Learning Coordinator, Aaron Guppy, has been nominated for an Australian Scholarships Group Inspirational Teaching Award.

“The nomination is actually a reflection on the quality of staff here at John Wollaston. I see it as a nomination for the whole ELC team.

It’s the fourth time in his 20 years of teaching that Mr Guppy has been nominated, his second in the three years he has been at John Wollaston.

“John Wollaston is such a great environment to teach in. There is great camaraderie amongst the staff and Executive staff are very supportive.”

“ As a teacher it’s nice to be recognised,” he said.

Currently teaching Pre Primary, Mr Guppy said the year group was such a great year to teach. “The children are so eager to learn, they come skipping to school,” he said. Perhaps that’s because of Mr Guppy’s philosophy of teaching. “The key thing is the children must have fun,” he said. “If they have fun they are going to learn. That fun is communicated back to the parents so they can see the learning in action.” In 1996, Mr. Guppy won a National Excellence in Teaching Award, which involved attending a presentation ceremony in Adelaide. This current nomination is proof that he certainly hasn’t rested on his laurels.



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APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR AWARD Year 12 friends Daniel Lowe and Haydn Solomon have been named as finalists in the School-Based Apprentice of the Year Award. Both students have been studying for a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at Swan TAFE while completing Year 12. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays the boys attend regular classes at John Wollaston while Tuesdays are spent at TAFE and Fridays putting their theory into practice at their respective places of employment. You can try Haydn’s fare at The Royal in East Perth or Daniel’s at the Parmelia Hilton. Their diligent efforts throughout the last two years will see them both start full time work with these employers as second year apprentices from December. In the meantime, they are both keen to be named the winner of the SchoolBased Apprentice of the Year and net the $7,000 cash prize that will be presented at a black tie function at the Perth Exhibition Convention Centre in October. “Even just getting to the finals we have won $400,” Haydn said. “There are 10 people left in each of the Award Categories, ours is hospitality, going for the main prize.”

To get this far, Daniel said they had to submit a resume and attend an interview.

Daniel Lowe and Haydn Solomon “The interviewer questioned us about what we had put in our resumes and asked things like what we would do if we won and how we could promote the industry,” Daniel said. If either boy wins, he will then go on to represent WA in the National Awards in Canberra. VET Coordinator, Mark Anderson, said he was not surprised at the students’ recognition. “They were both so motivated coming into the program that they were driven to succeed,” he said. “Being together has also helped and there’s a bit of healthy competition there.”

LATE NEWS: Congratulations Daniel for winning the School Based Apprentice of the Year.




FOU NDER S’ DAY BRINGS SCHOOL TOGETHER Whether it was to have a portrait painted by an ELC student, see who could eat the most Weetbix or throw a wet sponge at a much-loved teacher, the School community came together to celebrate our 21st Founders’ Day in August. The celebrations commenced with a whole School service. We were pleased to welcome Bishop Kay Goldsworthy to the School to officiate. The service was followed by morning tea for parents and guests while the Primary classes and Secondary House Groups went about putting the final touches to their stalls for the afternoon’s festivities. Following a delicious sausage sizzle provided by our Year 12 students, an afternoon of fun ensued. Students guessed numbers of lollies in the jar, had their faces painted, searched for treasure, tried their best in basketball and handball competitions and generally revelled in the sense of community that is Founders’ Day.

MAKING WRITING REAL Michael Gerald Bauer, author of Don’t Call Me Ishmael visited John Wollaston’s Year 9 students this term, bringing the novel they had studied in first term into the real world.

English teacher, Rebecca Garbenis, said the visit provided inspiration for the students and demystified writers. “They saw that Michael was a normal person who had overcome his own doubts about whether he could even write a book to become a published author, not just of one novel, but of four,” she said. “He discussed where his ideas came from, why some of the events are in the novel and how some were exaggerations of events from his own life. “He also showed a slide show of the writing process in action.” Don’t Call Me Ishmael is a story covering the insecurities of adolscence and deals with teenage issues such as fitting in. This subject matter and Mr Bauer’s delivery style kept the students’ interest. “The students were genuinely interested in what he had to say and his amusing anecdotes really kept them engaged,” Ms Garbenis said.


Year 9 Students with Michael Gerald Bauer.



Year 3 student, Liam Palmer, has won the St Mary Magdalene Academy’s top prize for the Who I Am photo essay competition. Head of Primary, John Stewart, was a Vice Principal at St Mary Magdalene in London, and coordinated John Wollaston’s entry into the competition. “St Mary’s has five sister schools across the world of which John Wollaston is now one,” Mr Stewart said. “This competition was designed so that students in each country would explain, through photographs, what life was like in their part of the world. Our submissions will be sent to the other schools in places like Mexico and Spain and we will receive their entries so we can all learn from each other.” Mr Stewart said 50 students had entered the competition which they were required to do in their own time. “The standard of the John Wollaston entries was outstanding,” he said. “We awarded Year group winners and an overall school winner, Year 7’s Rachel Grove, who received a camera for her efforts. Liam will also be receiving a camera from St Mary’s for winning the entire competition.” Liam was very happy when told of his win. “I included pictures and talked about the people I like – my family, brother Jasper and my cousins – and the things I like to do, like BMX and surfing,” he said.

Liam Palmer


MUSICAL A HIT Scenes from High School Musical. John Wollaston’s stage production of the hit movie, High School Musical, has been hailed a huge success playing three sold out evening performances and a matinee for local school students to rave reviews. Featuring a cast and crew of more than 70 students from Year 7 to Year 12, the success of High School Musical bodes well for the continuation of musical theatre at the School. Head of the Arts, Pippa Travaglione, said the students had certainly risen to the occasion. “They had put in a solid 18 weeks worth of work, nearly 200 hours of rehearsals,” she said. “We absolutely saw the results of that hard work

on stage and I think they’ve learnt, even if it’s hard, it’s all worth it in the end. “A number of the students had never sung in front of an audience before and for others it was their first year of drama. We’ve certainly uncovered some talent!” Ms Travaglione directed the show with Gloria Underwood serving as Musical Director, Sheree Hancock as Choreographer and Chelsea Horner as Assistant Director. The lead female role of Gabriella Montez was shared by Year 12 student, Chloe Sprankling and Year 11 student, Caitlin Haring with Year 11 student Luke Gallagher taking the male lead of Troy Bolton.




BLUE AND RED DAY SU PPORTS A NGL IC A R E Students and staff at John Wollaston showed their generous spirit this term, taking part in Anglicare WA’s Blue and Red Day in support of National Homeless Persons Week.

Organising teacher, Brendan Kilmartin, said the day was an opportunity for everyone at our school to do away with the uniform to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth. “Last year we were the highest fundraising school in the State with just under $1,000,” he said. “This year people were asked to be even more generous and they responded by raising $1,500. “It was indeed a fantastic effort and what made it even better was the way our students entered into the spirit of the day – they really appreciated a day’s break from their uniform.” Mrs Parker and the Hale Blue and Red cake making crew were also in action on Blue and Red Day raising money for the Animal Protection Society.

Getting into the Blue and Red spirit.

SCHOOL HOSTS NUMERO CHALLENGE John Wollaston hosted some of the finest and quickest mathematics brains in the district this term for a Numero Challenge. Fifteen teams from six local schools competed in the challenge, including two from John Wollaston’s Year 7 Pegasus Program. Numero is a maths card game that can be aimed at differing ability levels. It includes an extensive range of mathematical skills from adding and subtracting to more complex fractions and percentages.

“Our teams were right up there,” Mrs Surgeson said. “We regularly took the most cards but just need to speed it up a bit if we are to win in the future. “We’ve been running Numero with our Year 8 and 9 students for the last two years but the Numero Challenge to date has only been for Year 7 students. There is talk of the Numero Challenge opening up for Secondary School next year so these Year 7 students will already have some competition experience behind them.”

Acting Head of Mathematics, Wendy Surgeson, said the Numero Challenge was run State wide, setting up problems in which the students must work out how they can take the maximum numbers of cards in the quickest amount of time.

Mrs Surgeson thanked Mathematics teachers, Vaughan Gregory and Daniel Johnson, for the effort they put into preparing the students for the day and Head of Mathematics, Suzie Harman, for the initial planning to bring the event to John Wollaston.

Our year 7 Numero teams.




CHALLENGE OF JAPANESE Head of Languages, Tatia Sly, said the Speakers Challenge had been used not only as an opportunity for students to hone their oral skills but to select contestants for the state-wide Japanese Language Teachers Association Speech Contest. “Such was the interest by our Years 5 to 7 students that Primary Specialist Heidi Rybak needed to hold the Speakers Challenge to select contestants for the state-wide competition,” Tatia said. “The students had to present a speech for about a minute or so, totally in Japanese.

“We ended up sendng three Primary students to compete along with two Upper School students. Year 5 student Dheekshana Jagadish achieved a terrific third place. Fellow Year 5 student Soraya McPhail and Year 7 student Jessica Williams joined with Year 11 students Kiah Marsden-Youll and Nadeeshani Mendis to also compete. The students really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from the day.” Week 3 was also Languages Week. “Secondary House Groups celebrated the week by participating in House Group quizzes and activities in Japanese class while Primary classes did an inquiry into What Japanese looks like at JWACS and competed in a manga writing competition,” Ms Sly said. “The results were wonderful!” Throughout all this activity, Year 10 and 11 students participating in the forthcoming tour to Japan have been busy raising money for the trip. The 17 day tour will see students, along with Ms Sly and Mr Philip Mayes, visit Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo as well as spending eight nights with Japanese families in Shizuoka. “Students will have a chance to speak Japanese, see ancient sites and experience the culture of Japan,” Ms Sly said. “They have been selling chocolates and lolly bags to raise funds and we have also been able to raffle a beautiful hand-made quilt donated by Ruth Conroy, one of the student’s parents.”


John Wollaston has staged its first ever Japanese Speakers Challenge, giving some Primary students the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in the Japanese Language.


PROVIDING MUSICAL INSPIRATION Piano Tutor, Sue Cullen, celebrates her 20th year teaching piano to John Wollaston students this year. In that time, Mrs Cullen has helped hundreds of students to discover the joy that playing music can bring. “I have followed students all the way from Year 2 to Year 12,” Mrs Cullen said. “Some students have gone on to study music at university but mostly my tuition has just been to enhance their lives through music. I have to say it has been a real privilege to teach here.” Mrs Cullen recalls that when she started at John Wollaston, just one year after the School had opened its doors, she had an old piano in the back of the room also used to teach Chinese.

Mrs Cullen originally hails from New South Wales and studied at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. She married a US soldier and travelled the world, always teaching piano wherever they were stationed. She still practices and plays for her own enjoyment and is also always prepared to accompany instrumental students on what can be very challenging pieces. “Piano is and always has been my passion,” she said. “It’s indeed a privilege to be paid for pursuing my passion.”

“I then had the change-room between the boys and girls toilets in the Primary School converted to a music room, which gave us some interesting accompaniments from the pipes!” she said. “Then the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre was built and we had the beautiful studios that we’ve used ever since.” Mrs Cullen’s youngest son, Peter, was a Foundation Year 8 student at John Wollaston. “It was through Peter that I came to teach at the School. There were lots of students asking for piano lessons and Peter let them know that his mum was a piano teacher.” Since that time, Mrs Cullen has played accompaniments for many John Wollaston instrumentalists, participated in musicals and prepared students for countless exams and Eisteddfods.





ACROSS THE CODES John Wollaston students continue to shine on the sporting field with three students competing on the State, National and even International stage. Year 10 student, Rebekah Martin, has recently qualified for the ACC Representative Tennis Team which will see her compete in Beijing in April next year. Nominated by her teachers, Rebekah had to compete in a match to make the team. “I haven’t been able to train lately due to a back injury but when I’m fit I’ll be back to training three times a week,” she said. “We’ll go to China for a week in April and play against Chinese players there.” Fellow Year 10 student, Zak Walters, is off to Adelaide in October after being selected to represent WA in the School Sport WA Touch Rugby Under 15 Team. Zak said his teachers had recommended he try out for the team and after surviving the first cull of players he attended a camp with 21 other hopefuls. p they picked “After the camp the team of 14 soo I was pretty elected,” Zak happy to be selected,” said. “We’re training twice a week, but that’s about to increase to ek.” three times a week.”

Year 8 student, Kieran Trump, earned a spot in the WA Age Short Course Championshiops after an outstanding performance in the Rockingham Short Course Winter Carnival. Kieran swam eight events, set five personal best times and took out the gold medal for the 200 metre individual medley. Returning from the State Championship in late August, Kieran once again swam a personal best and finished 13th in the State for the 200m backstroke. It’s only Kieran’s third year of competition which sees him training every day of the week after school except Thursday...for now. Come summer, it will be every School Day as well as Friday mornings! “I would like to take my swimming further and get into the National competition,” Kieran said. “The first year I swam in the School carnival I won the 50m freestyle - that made me want to get better at the other strokes, so that’s when I joined the Armadale club.” Sarah Neaves (Year 11) and Lili Hackett (Year 4) have both been selected in the State Interschool Equestrian Team to compete in Victoria this October. The girls were selected after outstanding results at the Ch West Australian Championships. comp Sarah will compete in the multi-disciplinary eventing whi competitions while Lili will Show compete in the Showman class.

ART STUDENTS IN THE FRAME Secondary Art students have had their talent recognised in the recent Armadale Art Awards. Year 12 student Zoe King was Highly Commended for her painting in the “Outside the Frame” competition for Year 11 and 12 students while four students featured in the honours of the “Framed” competition for Years 8-10 students. Alison Wilson (Year 10) took out first place in the Digital Art category for her atmospheric photo of two candles while Natasha Curran, also in Year 10, was awarded third place in the 3D Art category. Year 9 student Alexander Brindley and Year 8 student Kirstie Harrison also received Highly Commended awards in the 3D Art category.

“I usually tend to take photographs of people,” she said. “I’m mainly an emotive photographer but I really liked the colours of the lit candles so I submitted that for the competition.”

Art teacher, Luke Morgan, said Year 8-10 students had focussed on sculpture in first term and it was great to see such results for their work. “We entered 14 works in the Year 8-10 category including ceramic masks, soft sculptures and ceramic houses along with six pieces from our Year 11 and 12 Art students,” he said. “Year 8-10 works were displayed for a short time at the Armadale Central Shopping Centre while Zoe’s painting was also on display with other Year 11 and 12 work at the Armadale Council Chambers.” Alison was thrilled by her win which included a cheque for $100.


Recognised artists with teacher Luke Morgan.


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