ISSUE 1, FEBRUARY 2013
IMPORTANT DATES 13-Feb Year 12 Parent Information Evening – 6:00pm Chapel 20-Feb Whole School Worship and Captains and Prefects Commissioning - 9:00am start – BDISC P&F Family Barbecue and Bush Dance - The Café Courtyard 5:30pm and 8:00pm 27-Feb Year 10 Parent Information Evening at 6:00pm Chapel 4-Mar
Labour Day Public Holiday
Secondary Inter-House Swimming Carnival – Armadale Aquatic Centre Nature Play Parent Briefing 6:30pm to 8:30pm Chapel 7-Mar IPSHA Inter-School Swimming Carnival at Wesley College 8-Mar Year 12 Ball – Parmelia Hilton 20-Mar Years 10, 11 and 12 Parent/ Teacher Interview Evening 5:00pm-7:00pm - H-Block classrooms 21-Mar Year 10/11/12 Drama excursion. The Importance of Being Ernest. State Theatre Centre 7:30pm 22-Mar OPEN MORNING Please click on the link below to take you to the Term 1 Calendar TERM 1 CALENDAR - FLYER
TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administration 9495 8100 Early Learning Centre 9495 8166 Primary School 9495 8118 Secondary Absentees 9495 8111 Secondary Student Reception 9495 8113
2013 TERM DATES Term 1
04-Feb to 19-Apr
08-May to 05-Jul
Term 3 Term 4
Winter Uniform 24-Jul to 27-Sep Winter Uniform 15-Oct to 11-Dec Summer Uniform
Centre Road, Camillo, WA 6111 Tel:  9495 8100 Fax:  9495 1504 Email: email@example.com Web: www.jwacs.wa.edu.au
MISSION STATEMENT “We help our students discover their passion and direction in life and make a positive contribution in the world.” CORE VALUES: We are a nurturing Christian community, basing all we do on the values of: RESPECT for ourselves, for others and the environment. RESPONSIBILITY for our actions. HONESTY in our interaction with others. COMMITMENT to achieve our best in all we do.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents Welcome to the new academic year at John Wollaston Anglican Community School. A particularly warm welcome is extended to the many new families who are joining the School community in 2013. I hope this begins a long and happy association with our School. We have started the year well. Staff and students are energised from their break and ready for another busy 12 months. Our first important occasion is the Whole School Family Barbecue and Bush Dance on Wednesday 20 February. Traditionally, this is a special opportunity to welcome new families to the School and I encourage you to attend. NEW STUDENTS AND STAFF I extend a warm welcome to our new students and staff. Our newcomers have come from far and wide and I look forward to their contribution to the School. Our new staff collectively bring to John Wollaston an excellent blend of experience, skill and enthusiasm. New Teaching Staff - Primary Sally McArthur Year 5 Brady Morris Year 4
New Teaching Staff - Secondary Armanda Di Toro English Lynn James Science and Technology Rory Marchant The Arts Tracey Rogers Year 7
New Non-Teaching Staff Lee Barker Building and Grounds Karen Hamence Food and Textiles Assistant Nicole Lau Community Relations Officer Kyle Shore Building and Grounds Susan van Zyl Education Assistant (Pre-Primary) 2012 LEAVERS EXCEL I am pleased to report that our 2012 results were the best ever achieved by a Year 12 cohort at John Wollaston. Collectively and individually there were some outstanding results. Whilst Ms Harris provides detailed feedback in her article, I would like to congratulate the 10 students who achieved an ATAR above 90 with the Dux of the School, Saiuj Bhat, the top student on 99.85. Saiuj was awarded a Course Exhibition for Human Biological Science as the top student in this course in the State. As the first John Wollaston student to be awarded an Exhibition, I couldn’t think of a person more deserving. Gifted, hardworking and humble, Saiuj deserved to succeed. We were also acknowledged in The West Australian as being ranked in the Top 50 WACE Schools in the State (Rank 33, 42 in 2011) and in the Top 50 VET Schools – Achievement (Rank 31) in the State. These results placed us amongst the highest achieving schools in the southern suburbs. The students are to be congratulated. Thank you too, to the teaching staff for a wonderful job and parents for their support. MINISTER FOR EDUCATION VISIT The Hon Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education accepted my invitation to visit the School on 7 February. Mr Collier, a former teacher, enjoyed the opportunity to tour the School, visit classrooms and interact with students and staff. I was pleased that the CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission Revd Peter Laurence and the Chairman of School Council Mr Craig Bydder could also be present. The Minister was most complimentary of the presentation of the campus and the quality of education we are providing to families in the region. EXPECTATIONS AND STANDARDS As Principal, I am determined to ensure that the reputation of the School is enhanced in the educational community. Key ingredients are maintaining high expectations and the enforcement of standards. At meetings with staff and at student assemblies I have spoken about this. Standards extend beyond school rules and academic performance, to upholding the Core Values of the School, namely Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Commitment.
It is my expectation that students give their best in all they do, adhere to school rules, wear their uniform with pride and respect the traditions of the School. With respect to dress and personal presentation, high standards are essential. Our uniform is distinctive and attractive. Worn well it reflects positively upon the individual and the School as a whole. Indeed, a high standard of personal appearance within our student body develops pride in themselves and the School. I expect your support in reinforcing measures taken by staff to maintain high standards in all areas, including student appearance. THE SCHOOL EXECUTIVE Ms Anne Ford Ms Anne Harris Mrs Fiona Shand Mrs Gailene Shore Mr John Stewart Mr Nick Tanner Mrs Bronwyn Twining
Principal Deputy Principal (Teaching and Learning) Deputy Head of Primary Business Manager Head of Primary Deputy Principal (Administration) Deputy Principal (Pastoral Care)
The Executive is keen to maintain a strong and positive association with school families throughout the year. To that end, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate person should the need arise. My Personal Assistant is Mrs Susan Kirby, should you need to make contact with the Principalâ€™s Office. 2013 promises to be an exciting year. There is much to look forward to as we continue to work together as a whole school to further the quality of educational outcomes for our students. As always, my door is open and I am happy to meet with you should the need arise. I look forward to meeting many of you at our school functions during the coming year. With good wishes
ANNE FORD PRINCIPAL
FROM THE HEAD OF PRIMARY WELCOME BACK I would like to welcome back the children and parents to another school year. I trust you have enjoyed our warm and sunny summer and that the children are ready for an exciting academic year. Our staff have been working very hard to prepare the School and classrooms for the return of the children and we are very much looking forward to the fantastic school year ahead. 2013 will be an exciting and challenging year for the Primary School and we are looking forward to the many successes it will bring. STAFFING Two of our teachers were married over the summer. Miss Nass is now Mrs Nilsson and Miss Rybak is now Mrs Crawford. I am sure families will join me in congratulating them both on their marriages. We welcome some new members of staff to our John Wollaston family. Miss Sally McArthur joins us as our new Year 5 Teacher in the Bilby Class. She will be sharing the class teaching responsibilities with Mrs Amanda Whiteford. Mrs Brady Morris is our new Year 4 Teacher in the Black Swan Class. Ms Karen Hunter is teaching our Bandicoot Kindergarten class for Term 1 while Mrs Dunn is on Maternity Leave. We have two new Education Assistants joining us in 2013. Mrs Susan Van Zyl is now working in both Pre-Primary classes and Ms Sarah Mather is our new EA in the Little Wollies Three Year Old Kindergarten Class. I am sure they will be made to feel very welcome in our school. Mrs Shand is the Deputy Head of Primary and Mrs Fiona Currey is our Assistant Deputy Head of Primary responsible for Teaching and Learning. Our Subject Leaders are Miss Hancock for English, Mr Teape for Mathematics, Mrs Emmans for RAVE and Mrs Crawford for ICT. Miss Melissa Forslun is the ELC Coordinator and Mrs Michelle Willis is our LEC Coordinator. I am looking forward to working closely with them as they lead their respective areas of the School. Our Teachers and Education Assistants for 2013 are: 3K Kindergart en Pre-Primary
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
JOHN STEWART HEAD OF PRIMARY
Little Wollies Bandicoot Wombat and Wallaby
Ms Karen Hunter Ms Karen Hunter Miss Kerri Boyland
Miss Lauren Downing
Gecko Numbat Echidna Kangaroo
Miss Martina Boyle Mrs Lucy Nilsson Miss Melisa Forslun Miss Georgie Rudd Mrs Fiona Currey and Mrs Jo Burman Miss Kate Howell Mrs Shannon Emmans Miss Sheree Hancock Mr Brady Morris Mr Glyn Teape Miss Sally McArthur and Mrs Amanda Whiteford Mr Glynn Crawcour
Mrs Louise Bristow
Quokka Lizard Magpie Eagle Black Swan Kookaburra Bilby
Ms Sarah Mather Mrs Sarah Robinson Miss Bianca Nielsen Ms Kathy Burchnel and Mrs Susan van Zyl Mrs Nicole Phipps Mrs Toni Wheeler
FROM THE DEPUTY PRINCIPALS Welcome back to all students and their families for another school year. I trust you enjoyed a happy and busy holiday break. A highlight of my summer break was an intensive 5-day conference on Positive Education in Adelaide, held at the picturesque St Peter’s School. The conference focused on strategies to help students and adults become more resilient; to use mental agility, mental toughness, character strengths and build strong relationships in order to cope better with what life throws at us. A team of facilitators from the University of Pennsylvania conducted the conference and provided many strategies and ideas as to how we can do the very best for our students at John Wollaston. I am excited to be working with the Year 7 students for an hour of Positive Education a week, as part of their first inquiry. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will have brought home a Clubs booklet during the first week of school. Participation in a club is compulsory in these years; Club activities have been very successful in engaging students in the life of the School outside of the academic programme. The response slip is to be returned to Student Services Reception where allocations will be made. Students will be notified of which Club they are in ready to start the programme in Week 3. Most Clubs run from 3:15pm – 4:15pm on the allocated day, however JSAS (Inter-School Sport) runs for a longer time depending on whether the games are at JWACS or at another venue. Rowing Club also has different hours. Students are welcome to do more than one Club, however subsequent choices will depend on a place being available. I urge parents to read through the brochure with their child to select a Club which is both fulfilling and enjoyable. Year 12 students have a month to finalise arrangements for the School Ball, which is to be held on 8 March at the Parmelia Hilton in the city. Information has been sent home about this and students are urged to return the permission slip as soon as possible. I very much look forward to seeing the students dressed in amazing ball gowns and suits and enjoying a special evening with their peers. School rules and expectations are clearly outlined in the diary and are spoken about constantly at assemblies, in House Group and in classrooms. Our high standards of dress and behaviour are part of what makes John Wollaston such a successful school and staff will continue to expect compliance. Parents are asked not to message or telephone their child on their mobile phone as phones are to be turned off at all times during the school day and are not to be used for any purpose whatsoever. If students need to phone home they are welcome to come to Student Services Reception; likewise parents who need to contact their children can do so by phoning the School and we will get a message to the student. The penalty for a student using his/her phone at school is for the phone to be confiscated until the end of the day and an after-school detention. It is in the interests of the student, other students and the staff for everyone to comply with this rule. An Australia-wide ‘Bullying. No Way’ Day will be held on 15 March. John Wollaston has registered for this event for students in Years 1 - 12 and will be joining in with some of the activities, with a focus on Cyber-bullying. I wish every student a happy, productive term at school. BRONWYN TWINING DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (PASTORAL CARE) Welcome back to all our Primary and Secondary families and students. I will take this opportunity to address some of our Year 12, 2012 results and the recent announcement of changes to what is required for secondary school graduation known as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2012 YEAR 12 RESULTS When the media discusses Year 12 results each January the figures that they are generally referring to are the Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings (ATAR). This ATAR score comes from a student’s final Year 12 examinations, WACE examinations, and their school marks combined. The ranking is then used by universities to offer places. The highest possible ranking is 99.95, placing the student in the top .05 of the State. We were incredibly proud of the ATAR results of the Class of 2012. Ten students achieved a ranking above 90, placing them in the top ten per cent of the State. Our best performing student was Saiuj Bhat, former Head Prefect, who achieved an ATAR of 99.85, only 0.1 off a perfect score. Alexandra Brindley followed closely behind with a ranking of 98.10 placing her in the top two percent of the State. The quality of the results was reflected in John Wollaston being ranked 33 in the State based on the number of students with a final Stage 3 course mark above 75%. This benchmark is published in The West Australian. The School was also recognised as one of the schools with the highest performing students for Mathematics Stage 2C/D. As well as being recognised for the strong ATAR results, John Wollaston was ranked 31 in the State when looking at the Vocational Education Training qualifications achieved by Year 12s. This achievement can be attributed to our expanding programme of Certificate courses being offered on campus. Four of our students achieved School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards to be presented this month at a prestigious ceremony. Our congratulations go to: Saiuj Bhat
Alexandra Brindley Zoe Erceg Nishani Jayawardena
Course Exhibition - Human Biology (Awarded to the student obtaining the highest combined mark in a WACE course) Certificate of Distinction - Human Biology (Awarded to students in the top 0.5 per cent of candidates based on the WACE course score) Certificate of Commendation (Awarded to students who obtain at least 20 grades of ‘A’ in course units or equivalents and achieve WACE) Certificate of Distinction - Human Biology Certificate of Commendation Certificate of Commendation Certificate of Commendation
Both Saiuj and Nishani have been accepted into the Medicine programme at the University of Western Australia.
In the next newsletter I hope to be able to pass on news of the University scholarships and awards our students have received. CHANGES TO GRADUATING FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL The School Curriculum and Standards Authority has recently announced that there will be major reforms to the WACE from 2016. There will be stricter requirements for meeting graduation including students either sitting for an ATAR or completing a Certificate II or higher qualifications. I am confident that with our balanced offerings in both ATAR and Vocational qualifications we will be ready for the changes as they come on board. Changes to be made for the 2015 and 2016 graduating students are still to be confirmed and parents will be kept fully informed of any change to requirements. ANNE HARRIS DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (TEACHING AND LEARNING) SCHOOL BASED IMMUNISATION PROGRAMME Please note that the school-based immunisation programme, previously offered to Year 7 students, will be delivered in Year 8 starting in 2014. In the 2013 school-based immunisation programme, all male students in Years 8, 9 and 10 will be offered the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine series, Gardasil, to protect them against developing a range of cancers and diseases. If your son is eligible for this vaccine next year, you will receive information and a consent form that your son will bring home from School. If your child is in Year 7 in 2013, they will receive their school vaccines in 2014 when they are in Year 8. Please be assured that all children will be provided an opportunity to access the school based vaccines during the programme shift. If you require any further information, please contact the Central Immunisation Clinic on 9321 1312 during office hours. NICK TANNER DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (ADMINISTRATION)
FROM THE BUSINESS MANAGER FEES AND CHARGES REMINDER Please ensure that Payment Options are completed and returned to the School. If arrangements have not been made for the payment of fees through the Payment Options, your account will now automatically be given Option 3 ie 4 payments by 15 February, 22 May, 7 August and 29 October 2013. If the account is not paid by the due date, a late payment fee of $50.00 will be incurred. Resource and ICT Levies: Please note these charges billed on your first term account can be paid over the four terms. Please contact Mrs Karen Hildebrandt, Assistant Business Manager if you require any further information regarding fees and charges. CHURCH OF CHRIST – DESIGNATED CHURCH PARKING BAYS The Church of Christ requests parents not to park in the yellow lined bays and designated bays marked for their Pastor and Administration. PARKING, SET DOWN and PICK UP To ensure the on-going safety of our children and the continuous flow of the traffic at the commencement and end of the school day, parents are asked to be mindful of the following requests. Your assistance in this area would be appreciated:
Do not park and leave your car unattended. If you require to meet your child within the School grounds, please park at the Church of Christ carpark. Parking your car holds up the flow of traffic; Please park to pick up your child – do not call them into the traffic flow to board your car as this endangers the child being hit by another car, and also halts the flow of traffic.
MAIN CAMPUS TRAFFIC ENTRANCE The main entrance to the School is not to be used to drop off / pick up students or park as these bays are designated parking for staff and visitors. For the safety of the School community, it is imperative that all traffic requests are adhered to. NEW “NO PARKING” SIGNS – CENTRE ROAD Please note the new NO PARKING SIGNS on the Centre Road verges erected by the City of Armadale. CHANGE OF ADDRESS / TELEPONE/ MOBILE NOTIFICATIONS It is imperative that the student and parent data base is kept up to date to enable the School to contact you in the case of emergency and other school related matters. If you have recently changed your home address, email address, your work or home telephone number or mobile number, kindly notify the School via email at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. GAILENE SHORE BUSINESS MANAGER
FROM THE CHAPLAIN
Or As another year begins, many people will have made New Years resolutions. Others will simply wonder what the year will bring. Some will have a sense of excitement and expectation. The new School year will bring many things for all of us who make up the wider John Wollaston community. For the students, there will be the “planting of new seeds” that will be nurtured, cared for, and hopefully flourish during the year. The School year will bring its usual times of work and play. It will bring experiences of success and happiness, as well as those of failure and frustration. As a wider school community, students, families and staff will deal with academic, relational, emotional, health and spiritual opportunities and challenges that form part of our daily lives. My prayer for all who make up this school community is that the new year will offer hope, contentment and peace in our work, in our endeavours and aspirations, in our families and relationships; in all that we do. May God begin this new year with us, be with us throughout the year, and successfully bring us to its conclusion. God bless! REV DAVE CHAPLAIN
COMMUNITY RELATIONS It is with great pleasure that I have started my first full-time job at John Wollaston. I studied a Bachelor of Mass Communications, specialising in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University. My role encompasses most of the School’s communications as well as establishing our presence in the media, to ensure everyone knows how high the standard of the School is, including its staff, students and facilities. On that note, please keep an eye out in the local papers for some of the success stories from members of the class of 2012. It is really great to see such positive results from all the hard work and effort the students put in. If you have any story suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me on 9495 8185 or send me an email to email@example.com. Our first Open Morning for the year will be on Friday 22 March. If you know of anyone who may be interested in sending their children to the School, please feel free to tell them about the event or direct them to the website for more information. Prior to the Open Morning, John Wollaston will be hosting a sausage sizzle at Masters in Armadale on 17 March. We are currently looking for volunteers so if you would like to donate a small amount of your time , please register your interest by emailing me. NICOLE LAU COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER
UNIFORM STORE BLAZERS A reminder to any students requiring a new blazer, they are to be worn from the commencement of Term 2 2013. Please come in to the Uniform Store IMMEDIATELY to be fitted to ensure a blazer will be ordered and available for purchase in April. Any student requiring Colours to be put on their blazers in readiness for Term 2 is to bring the blazer and a copy of relevant certificates to the Uniform Store before Friday 22 February 2013. I look forward to assisting you throughout the year.
NEW TRADING HOURS FOR 2013 Monday: Wednesday: Friday : DEANNE MARSDEN-YOULL UNIFORM STORE COORDINATOR
8:30am 1:30pm 8:30am 1:30pm
- 10:00am - 3:30pm - 10:00am; and - 3:30pm
FROM THE CAFE I would like to welcome the school community back and place orders from home, work or school at any time up until hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season. 9:30am in the morning. The payment is also done online, so you no longer need to send cash or a paper order to school. New Menus are out and have been uploaded to the School As well as being convenient for parents, the online orders are website. Primary School families will also receive a copy more accurate and much faster for the Cafe to process. home for your convenience. Please be aware that there has been a slight price increase for a few items on the Menu. Getting online is easy and only takes a second to register. Weekly meal deals will be back in 2013 so keep a look out Simply go to www.flexischools.com.au and click “Register for these! Now”. You will be sent an email with further instructions on how to complete the registration. Once registered, you can Also, don’t forget that ordering lunch has never been as easy start placing orders immediately. Each order incurs a 25c with FlexiSchools online ordering system - place your order ordering fee. If you have any questions, FlexiSchools provide online and leave the rest to us. See below for further a great help desk on 1300 361 769, or you can contact them information. via their website. I look forward to seeing you throughout year. There are a variety of payment options supported, including KRYSTLE TORPY Visa, Mastercard (credit and debit), Bank Transfer and CAFÉ MANAGER - ALLIANCE CATERING Payclick. The system operates via a pre-paid account, so you don’t need to search for coins in the morning and can easily budget for your Cafe spending throughout the term.
CAFÉ ONLINE ORDERING
FlexiSchools online ordering system for the Café. This system If you have any questions, please ask the Cafe Manager for allows parents or students, both Primary and Secondary to more information.
OSHCLUB FEES 2013
After School Care Fees Range from $8.85 to $13.43 per session (Maximum fee of $26.85 will apply to families who haven’t applied for or are eligible for the 50% tax Rebate) Before After School Care Fees Range from $6.75 to $9.43 per session (Maximum fee of $19.85 will apply to families who haven’t applied for or are eligible for the 50% tax Rebate) Vacation Care Fees Range from $12.75 to $29.00 per day (Maximum fee of $58.00 will apply to families who haven’t applied for or are eligible for the 50% tax Rebate) Please ensure you apply for the 50% tax rebate as it IS NOT MEANS TESTED and most families are eligible! Fees range from family to family depending on their Childcare Benefit Discount and 50 % Tax Rebate eligibility. Bookings made within 24 hours of the session starting will be charged an additional $1.50 late/casual fee. ($3.00 if you don’t have the 50% Tax Rebate) SCOTT BULL - CEO OSHClub OFFICE 1 / 153 KENSINGTON ST EAST PERTH WA 6004 BEFORE CARE / AFTER CARE / VACATION CARE