Welcome to the school year! It was lovely to welcome back students on Tuesday looking bright and bubbly after the long summer break. A special welcome to new school families, I look forward to meeting you at our many events throughout the year.
2016 Academic Results
Whilst our 2016 academic results weren’t as strong overall as in recent years, there were some pleasing results achieved by our Leavers. I was delighted that three of our students achieved an ATAR above 90 – Evie Dodge, Bevan Hargrave and Soraya McPhail. School Dux Evie Dodge achieved our top ATAR of 95.65. In addition, Breanne Williams was awarded a Certificate of Distinction and 11 students were awarded a Certificate of Merit. 100% of students who attempted a Certificate II or III achieved their goal which placed the School equal first in the State with several other schools. We were recognised as one of the top schools in WA for Biology, a credit to the students and their teacher Rebecca Phillips. It was very pleasing that 97.2% (69/71) of our students achieved their WACE. We wish all our Leavers the very best for the future.
We all know that academic results are but one measure of a school’s performance, there are many other factors that are of equal or greater importance, the quality of pastoral care being one. Nonetheless, maintaining a good academic record is important. Parents need to feel confident that their children will receive quality teaching in a learning environment that is conducive to achieving excellent educational outcomes. At John Wollaston maintaining a strong academic culture from the early years to Year 12 has been and will continue to be, a priority.
New staff and students
We have commenced 2017 with 1012 students, which is encouraging at this time of economic downturn in WA. It is pleasing that demand for places, particularly in the Primary years has been strong. Our new students, 114 in total, come from far and wide and it is a delight to welcome them.
Four new staff have commenced. We welcome Miss Chloe Devereux (Old Wollastonian 2009) to teach the Little Wollies. In addition, three new Education Assistants have been appointed: Mrs Imogen Cain, Miss Kelly Glen and Miss Emily McCagh. Mrs Sheree Squillace has been appointed for the first half of the term to replace Miss Jaquie Fisher who is on leave.
Of the established staff, we have welcomed back Mr Stephen Fox (Head of Science & Technology) from Long Service Leave and Mrs Heidi Crawford (Primary Japanese), Mrs Shannon Emmans (Year 2) and Miss Sheree Hancock (Year 2) from Parental Leave.
The School Executive
Term 1 sees some minor changes in the Executive whilst Ms Anne Harris is on Long Service Leave. Mr Nick Tanner has moved to the role of Acting Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning. Mrs Karen Ayres has been appointed to the role of Acting Director of Administration.
The Executive Team for Term 1 comprises:
Mr Nick Tanner A/Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning
Mr Nick Jones Deputy Principal Pastoral Care
Mrs Karen Ayres A/ Director of Administration
Mr Wayne Revitt Head of Primary
Mrs Fiona Shand Senior Deputy Head of Primary
Mrs Gailene Shore Business Manager
Telethon Speech & Hearing Centre outpost expands
The Telethon Speech & Hearing (TSH) outpost commences its third year on our campus welcoming experienced Education Assistant Mrs Judith Coffey. She will join established outpost staff Mrs Kendra Buss, Miss Melissa McCagh and Education Assistant Mrs Rebecca Carr to offer specialised teaching and support to students with hearing impairment. Should you have any queries about the TSH programme, Head of Inclusive Education Ms Alice Alibrandi and Mrs Buss can be contacted through the Learning Enrichment Centre.
The Upper Primary build
The old Secondary School H Block is now a shell. The construction phase has commenced and we look forward to the completion of the new facility for our Year 5 and 6 students by the end of Term 3 this year, weather permitting. In the interim, our three Year 6 classes are housed in transportables on the oval. The build promises to be a terrific centre for our senior Primary students with generous communal space, light and bright classrooms, staff office and toilet block.
In addition to accommodating the Upper Primary, the build also features a purpose designed Music Room for the Primary and new premises for the IT Department.
There are several key events in the early weeks of the term. Year 12s spent three days last week on their Encounter residential experience at Fairbridge Village near Pinjarra. Designed to provide a challenging and focused start to their final year, the students enjoyed the camaraderie and opportunity to address key issues to assist their studies for the year ahead.
This week we have held the Primary Information Evening which provided valuable information, the opportunity to ask questions and meet staff. Thank you to Head of Primary Mr Wayne Revitt, Primary staff and the many parents who attended.
Next Wednesday 8 February is the Year 12 Parent Information Evening a must for parents of our senior students.
I look forward to meeting you at one of our events in the coming weeks. Should you wish to speak with me at any time, please do not hesitate to contact my Personal Assistant Mrs Susan Kirby who will be happy to arrange an appointment.
With good wishes
Year 10 Parent Information Evening at 6:00pm
School Chapel Monday 6 February
Ramsden House Meet & Greet Breakfast, 8.00am – 9.00am Technology Centre verandah
Wednesday 8 February
Year 12 Parent Information Evening at 6:00pm
School Chapel Wednesday 8 February
Scott House Meet and Greet Breakfast, 8.00am – 9.00am
Scott House lawn area Wednesday 8 February
Charter House Meet and Greet Breakfast 8.00am – 9.00am
at the Commons Thursday 9 February
Hale House Carpark Breakfast 8.00am – 9.00am
near Tennis Courts Friday 10 February
Primary (Year 3 – 6, plus Year 7) Interm Swimming Lessons Conclude Friday 10 February
Year 12 Encounter, Fairbridge.
Year 7 Parent Information Session – Year 7 Centre 4.00pm Wednesday 15 February
P&F Welcome Back BBQ
5:30pm Wednesday 15 February
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