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Important News from the Principal
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Good afternoon Parents and Carers

Welcome back to the new school year and a very special welcome to all the families joining us for the first time this year. The start of the school year always seems to coincide with January’s hottest weather, and this year appears to be no different! I do hope that all families have had a relaxing summer break and enjoyed the opportunity to have some family time over Christmas.

It was a delight to meet with our staff on their return to work yesterday. The excitement and anticipation for the year ahead was palpable and the ideas and enthusiasm were flowing freely.  We look forward to an outstanding year ahead.

There are a number of important notices below, so please read them carefully.

NEW STAFF

Our new staff have settled in and many have commented that they feel as though they are already part of the St George’s family!

The new staff members are:

  • Mrs Michelle Reed – Business Manager
  • The Reverend David Lord – School Chaplain
  • Mrs Susan Lazenby – Head of English
  • Mrs Carol Wohlnick – Head of the Arts
  • Mrs Kathy Kania – Head of Humanities
  • Mr Michael Newton – Music Coordinator
  • Ms Jodie Scheele – Physical Education Coordinator
  • Mrs Angela Tanham – Accounting and Finance teacher
  • Ms Tracey Lake - Psychology/English/ Religious Studies

UNIFORM

Our new (and very lovely) uniform has been delivered – well, most of it! There are still a few items where delivery has been delayed due to the Christmas period, but we expect to have all stock available very shortly. Please remember to make a booking through Main Reception for uniform fitting. The Uniform Shop will be open from 8am to 4pm on Monday to Friday of next week and thereafter every Wednesday.

Students who were current at Murdoch College at the end of the 2014 school year may continue wearing their Murdoch College uniform until the end of 2016; however, we would love to see as many students as possible wearing the new uniform. As such, we will make the new uniform available to those students at a significantly reduced price which is at a cost to the School. This offer is valid until the close of business on Friday 13th February. The reduced price list is available in the Uniform Shop.

This is a great incentive to families to make significant savings and buy the new uniform at bargain prices. Please note that students must wear one or the other uniform – a mix and match is not allowed.

An updated Uniform Policy is available on our website. I ask that all parents review this policy with their child and support the School by ensuring that our uniform standards are adhered to from the start of the year.

We ask that families consider donating their old Murdoch College uniforms back to the School, where it will be distributed to children in need as part of the Reachout Programme.

DIARIES

Student Diaries have arrived. These will be handed to all students on the first day of school and the cost of $15 will be added to your account.

CALENDAR

The School calendar will be available on the website tomorrow. Please do have a look to familiarise yourself with important upcoming events.

CANTEEN

In preparation for our relocation, the School has relinquished the use of some of our facilities which were underutilised. As such, we will not be operating the canteen out of our old café area, but have instead outsourced the provision of school recess and lunch foods while we are still on the existing site. (The new school will have a fully fitted canteen and cafeteria area).

The menu for the canteen can be viewed here, and will also be available online by the end of the week. Part of this is the option for families to order their lunches online for the day or even for the whole week in advance. Naturally, online ordering is an option only and students can still purchase their items on the day with cash if they prefer.

For more information on online order please visit 
https://www.ouronlinecanteen.com.au/Default.aspx

FEES
Invoices for the 2015 School fees will be sent out by the end of this week. Parents wanting to pay their fees by Direct Debit will need to download the Direct Debit Request Form from the School website at http://www.stgeorges.wa.edu.au/enrolments/forms/ 

The School is moving to a new Learning Management platform called SEQTA which will take the place of MC Online. SEQTA is a far more powerful online content delivery tool and we look forward to the enhanced functionality it provides. Parents will be given a parent login, which enables them to view student assessments, timetables, results, program outlines and pastoral comments. All staff are receiving training in the use of SEQTA during this week and we expect to have content uploaded for students by the start of Week 2,  with parent logins will follow. Further information in this regard will be sent out at a later date.

AMENDED TIMETABLE

This year, the School day will be from 8.30am to 3.30pm every day from Monday to Thursday, with an early finish at 2.30pm every Friday. MILE will no longer form part of the School day, but an extensive after school CoCurricular Programme will be launched in Term 1. Further details to follow.

Please click here to download a timetable!

PARENT/STAFF SUNDOWNER

A Parent and Staff Sundowner will be held at 6pm on Monday 16th February in the Quad. All parents are invited to attend. This is a good opportunity to meet the staff and other parents and carers.  As alcohol will be served, students may not attend this event.

The Sundowner will be followed by an information evening on the Reachout Pilgrimage for all interested parents commencing at 7pm in the YDC.

RELOCATION

The much anticipated relocation of the School will take place during the Term 2 holidays. As previously advised, this means that students in Years 7 to 11 will have an additional one week holiday in the middle of the year. This will allow us to establish the School completely so that there is minimal disruption to the students.

The Term 2 holidays for student in Years 7 – 11 will therefore be from Friday 4 July to Monday 27 July 2015. Year 12 students will return to school on Monday 20 July for classes as normal.

Further updates on the progress of the fitout will be provided in our first newsletter next week.

I look forward to a new beginning and the journey ahead as we build on our strong ethos and culture to develop St George’s Anglican Grammar School. We actively seek to develop strong partnerships between school and home, and I invite parents to make a time to meet with me if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would just like to meet me and talk about our vision and direction for the School.

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