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Edition One 2017
30 March 2017


From the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
 
We have almost reached the end of a very busy Term 1. It is difficult to comprehend how quickly the weeks have flown by. This term has seen a number of significant events, such as the school camps, inter-house swimming and the famous ‘sync swim’ competition. All of these events are designed to build community and develop relationships across all year levels early in the school year.
 
The quality of relationships amongst the school community is something we hold dear and are very proud of at St George’s. Earlier this week, I had lunch with one of the new Year 7 classes, and I repeated this with the other class today. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know the new students and talk to them about their experiences during Term One. They told me that their favourite things about the school are:
  • Everything!
  • The community
  • The older students
  • The teachers and subjects
I was delighted to hear how well the older students are looking after our new Year 7 classes, particularly the Year 8 and 9 cohort. It is heartening that our Middle School students are modelling the excellent mentoring they received from the older students when they started out at the school.
 
We frequently receive comments from members of the public on how well behaved and considerate our students are. It was particularly pleasing to receive this email from a member of the public recently: 

"Last Thursday I was catching the red cat at around 7:45am. Quite a few students from your college got on the bus at one stop. An elderly man with a walking frame also got on the bus at the same stop. As the bus was quite full, the students were mostly standing near the back door. The elderly man with the frame was taking tiny, tiny steps and took ages to get onto the bus. As I was standing near the St George students I could hear their conversations. They were talking quietly amongst themselves about how they might help the man, by moving out of his way, making sure he had good access to a seat, lifting seats so he could get his frame in etc. Without staring, they were all being really aware and thoughtful and helpful. I was really impressed and wanted to let you know."
 
Well done to our students on being so aware and considerate of others. They really do make us proud.
 
Queen's Building
The School has secured Level 2 of the Queen’s Building for a dedicated Drama Studio and other teaching spaces. This is a wonderful venue and is located just 160m from the School campus, making it easily accessible for students and staff. The fitout of the facility has been completed and is now being used by all of our Drama students as well as Upper School students for some of their classes. The new Drama Studio will enhance the delivery of our excellent drama programme under the direction of Mr Scott Robertson.
 
NAPLAN
Students in Years 7 and 9 will be sitting the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessments early in Term 3. An information brochure has been sent to families and further information will be sent home closer to the time.
 
At St George’s, NAPLAN is viewed as a valuable source of diagnostic information for the School in regards to our teaching and learning programmes.  We do not spend copious hours preparing students for the tests, focusing rather on quality teaching throughout the year. While individual student results give a snapshot of how each student is progressing, the real value in NAPLAN lies in the way we can measure the effectiveness of our academic programmes and identify areas for improvement.
 
Congratulations
We congratulate our English teacher, Ms Kelly Newbold, and her husband Ryan on the birth of their daughter, Alise Newbold Sweeney on 5 February. Alise is just beautiful, and we look forward to having her name placed on our waiting list for Year 7 in 2029! Kelly is on parental leave for the remainder of this year.
 
Winter Uniform
Families are reminded that all students require full winter uniform from the start of Term Two. Students must wear their blazers as part of their uniform. The uniform shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. From 8am to 4pm. Opening hours during the holidays will be from 8.00am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.00pm on the following days:
  • 18 April
  • 20 April
  • 26 April
Rensché Diggeden
Principal

Enrolments - PLEASE NOTE
Waiting lists are growing rapidly. Current families are encouraged to submit an application for younger siblings to ensure that they do not miss out on a place.

Please visit the website to download an Application for Enrolment form:

http://www.stgeorges.wa.edu.au/enrolments/forms/
Winter Uniform 
Please remember that winter uniform is to be worn during Terms 2 and 3. Blazers should be worn when travelling to and from the School.  

The Uniform Shop will be open from 8.00am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4.00pm during the school holidays on the following days:
  • 18 April
  • 20 April
  • 26 April
The Uniform Shop is located on Level One, 56 William Street. 

To avoid queues please do not leave your purchases until the last minute!
School Camps
There was much excitement when the whole school departed for camp during the third week of term! The city building was left in virtual silence as students were transported to four different venues for three days of exciting activities, team building and fun. Please click on the links below to read the camp reports and enjoy some of the photos:
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

YEAR 10 
       
YEAR 11 

 

YEAR 12 
 
 
Physical Education 
We have kick-started the PE year in our fabulous new Fitness Centre located on the Ground Floor. Students have been participating in cross-fit, circuit training and Zumba sessions in the fantastic facility. I will let the pictures tell the story:


 
For the second part of the Term 1 PE Programme, all students are undergoing an Aquatics Programme in their PE lessons. Students in Year 7 will be having swimming lessons at Beatty Park Swimming Pool. Years 8 and 9 will be swimming and squad training at UWA and Year 10 will take part in a Water Polo programme, also at UWA. 

Soccer and Badminton teams have been training hard in our Co-Curricular Programme and the first Badminton competition is being played this month. We wish the team well!



Inter-House Swimming Carnival
On 1 March the Inter-House Swimming Carnival was held at Bold Park Aquatics Centre. The atmosphere on the day was one of celebration where students’ House spirit was electric. The affiliation and unity amongst the St George’s students becomes particularly evident on these carnival days. Students support, assist and cheer each other. Members of the public often comment on the level of excitement and fun expressed by our students and are so impressed by the way our students get involved and enjoy the day. Please read more here
 
 
     Swimming Carnival Winners
 
Associated & Catholic Colleges (ACC) Inter-School Swimming Carnival
What an exciting day we all experienced at our inaugural involvement in the ACC! Our team of 40 students competed with tenacity, swimming hard into the timing pads and keeping us neck-and-neck with Mundaring Christian College all the way through the carnival. We are justifiably proud of our team and their second place achievement along with their super efforts and their strength in the pool. What was even more commendable was their team spirit. Each and every ACC team member supported, encouraged and gave it their all to achieve this fantastic result.
 

Morning swimming training at Mercedes Swimming Pool has really paid off and I have been very proud of the students who have made a consistent effort, attending every session since Week Two.

Congratulations to the Inaugural ACC SWIMMING TEAM:
 
U/13 GIRLS TEAM U/14 GIRLS TEAM
Madeleine Taber
Ali Griffin
Marianna Beeken
Chelsea Flavel
Olivia Flavel
Tia Agnello
Ella George
Chantelle Antonelli
Olivia Lennon
Jordan Day
Jessica Klimek
U/15 GIRLS TEAM U/19 GIRLS TEAM
Emily Cook
Eliza Griffin
Halla Harding
Petra Tan
Isabel Moss (Captain)
Taylor Teuchert
Emily Lennon
Genna Price
U/13 BOYS TEAM U/14 BOYS TEAM
Wil Stieler
Alex Brits
Jeremy (Jem) Webb
Tamru Short
Seb Seidl
Elijah Sparrow
Jack Joyner
Will Underwood
U/15 BOYS TEAM U/19 BOYS TEAM
Riley Johnson
Jack Blatchford
Luca Bongiovanni
Max Edwards
Lincoln Patterson
Alex Maude (Captain)
Oliver Glasson
William Loekito
Blair Becker
Nicolas Lim  
 
The Senior Boys and Girls Teams were outstanding leaders for our ACC team winning the overall Team Shields and leading team chants with gusto.

Congratulations to our Individual AGE CHAMPIONS:
  • U/13 Runner-up Champion Boy: Alexander Brits
  • U/14 Runner-up Champion Boy: Elijah Sparrow
  • U/15 Champion Boy:  Jack Blatchford
  • U/15 Champion Girl:  Emily Cook
  • U/19 Champion Boy:  William Loekito
 
Next term it will be Cross Country so get your runners on!
 
Jodie Scheele
Sports Coordinator

Debating
Debating has begun at St George’s Anglican Grammar School and our students are off to a smashing start. Debating is a brilliant way to develop students’ research, planning, team work and oral literacy. The topics are diverse and encourage students to engage in ethical discussions, considering the wider community and expanding their general knowledge. We have four teams entered in the regional competition from Year 7-10. Despite their inexperience, the first round revealed a group of diligent, confident and competent speakers. Round 1 had them debating about the ethical issues of compulsory organ donation and the complication that computers bring to a school environment. Round 2 will see all debaters delve into the world of domestic and international politics. The Year 7s and 8s will consider the role of voters and stakeholders in our Australian electoral system arguing for and against compulsory voting. While our Year 9 and 10 debaters will tackle the role that Wikileaks played in the 2016 US Election. I look forward to watching the students grow in this challenging and exciting environment.
 
Courtney Evans
Debating Coordinator
Community Sporting Achievements
Rottnest Swim
On Saturday 25 February, Oliver Glasson (Year 10) and his three team mates completed the Rottnest 19.7 km Swim. One of Oliver’s team mates suffered sea sickness, and Oliver had to swim extra miles to complete the event in 6 hours and 50 minutes. They placed 96 out of 410. The School would like to congratulate Oliver on his amazing achievement. He also attended School swimming training at Mercedes at 6.30am on Tuesday morning and swam in the Inter-House Swimming Carnival to achieve Champion Intermediate Boy. Oliver’s resilience, dedication and commmitment is truly commendable.
 
WA State Athletics
Recently, we had three of our students compete at the WA State Titles for Athletics. They started their competition on Friday night and finished on Sunday, competing through a very hot weekend with Saturday reaching 41 degrees. The School would like to recognise the efforts of the following three students who all qualified to go to Nationals next month in Sydney.


From left to right:
  1. Eliza Griffin (U/15) who won bronze in 400m, 800m and 1500m recording personal bests (PB’s) in all these events. She will be traveling with her sister next month to compete in Sydney.
  2. Ali Griffin competed in the 3000m walk and was outstanding, earning her place in the State Team as well.
  3. Alex Maude (U/18) placed fourth in 1500m, sixth in 400m, fourth in 800m and won gold in the 2km Steeplechase. Alex is concentrating on his studies, being in his final year and also says that he is just not ready, knowing the level and the amount of training necessary, to compete in Nationals. It is a focus for Alex to go in the coming years.
Many congratulations and  good luck for the National competition!
 
Jodie Scheele
Sports Coordinator
Visual Art
The Museum of Water
As part of the Perth International Arts Festival, the Year 12 (Atar) Visual Art students participated in The Museum of Water Project, a collaborative art installation that forms part of this year’s PIAF Visual Arts program. The project is a moving and ongoing installation that began in the UK as the brain child of the internationally acclaimed British artist Amy Sharrocks (pictured on the left below).
 

The stuff of life...some of the 'precious bits of water' submitted for the museum are pictured on the right. 

Students were introduced to the theme of the exhibition, which included donating a water sample that had some form of significance to them personally. After some investigation and the generation of a range of different ideas, their samples were collected and carefully transported to the collection station in Central Park. Interviews with the artist were conducted and recorded and descriptions of the students’ contributions were then carefully documented.
     
The Visual Art students embraced being exhibited as part of the 2018 Perth International Arts Festival. The full exhibition of water donations collected this year will eventually go on permanent display at the new Western Australian Museum in Perth’s cultural precinct. 
                                                      
Carol Wohlnick
Head of The Arts
Anglicare Ambassadors
AnglicareWA is a not-for-profit community service organisation that is part of the Anglican Church. They support people, families and their communities to cope with the challenges of life by building their resilience and capacity. They also assist people with relationship issues, financial problems, and housing difficulties. Ultimately, they want their clients to thrive in today’s society. They work with people from all walks of life – from Kununurra in the north to Albany in the south, from street corners to the halls of Parliament. They seek to influence policy makers and are widely respected for their expertise, leadership and capacity to drive positive and lasting change. Their philosophy is to support people through each stage of life’s journey. Services are available to all members of the community and their work is achieved in a spirit of reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Western Australians. For more information you can visit their website:
www.anglicarewa.org.au
 
Over the last few years Anglicare has been working with Anglican Schools to help spread the message of their work and to build partnerships. Each year Anglican Schools appoint a number of students to be their Anglicare Ambassadors in the schools. For 2017, St George’s has selected five students across Years 10 – 12 to be the School Ambassadors. They are Isabel Moss – Service Captain; Sebastian Trott -Year 11; Rachel Fan, Gabriella Navarrete and Eva Stieler - Year 10. The students, as well as students from the other Anglican schools, attended the launch of the 2017 Anglicare Ambassadors Programme at Wollaston College on Wednesday 22 February with Father David. Also present were Mr Ian Carter - CEO of Anglicare, Bishop Jeremy James - Assistant Bishop of Perth and Mr Philip Goldsworthy -Executive Officer of the Western Australian Anglican Schools Association (WAASA).
 
I am sure that you will hear more of the work of the Ambassadors over this year as they work to both raise money and awareness for Anglicare.

Father David Lord
Chaplain
Music News
In the Music Department
What a start to 2018! Over a quarter of our students are now learning an instrument (27% in fact) through St George’s. This would be a large proportion of students for any school, but it is especially pleasing given we’re only just starting our third year! There are many reasons to learn an instrument. A recent study published in the British Journal of Music Education late last year titled ‘The impact of instrumental music learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study’ found that “young people playing an instrument showed greater progress and better academic outcomes than those not playing with the greatest impact for those playing the longest”. The researchers say that they do not know the mechanics behind the correlation but suggest the explanation is related to:
  • Motivation - active engagement with music increases positive perceptions of self, and this may transfer to other areas of study and increase motivation to persist.
  • Aspects of Learning - active music making can provide opportunities to develop different aspects of learning.
  • Conscientiousness - learning to play an instrument may also encourage conscientiousness, resulting from the need to sustain individual practice.
  • Executive functioning and self-regulation - playing a musical instrument, particularly in an ensemble, requires many sub-skills associated with executive functioning including sustained attention, goal-directed behaviour and cognitive flexibility.
 
These are all fantastic ‘side-effects’ from taking part in active music-making. However, the real reason to learn an instrument (and the reason music exists across all cultures) is that playing and creating music is fun and a significant contributor to quality of life: a life well-lived.
 
In Class
Our Year 12 VET Music class is currently working with our resident producer (Byron Keno) on writing and recording an original track. After three sessions it is already sounding very good and we are looking forward to releasing the final product towards the end of term.


 
Byron is also running Songwriting and Production workshops on Friday morning as a co-curricular activity. These will run each term and are definitely worth participating in if you are interested in the songwriting, recording and production process.
 
Germany 2018 Tour
An email has been sent to parents of our ensemble members seeking expressions of interest in taking part in a music tour to Germany in July 2018. Expressions of interest were due by Monday 6 March. Should we have sufficient interest, we will arrange an Information Evening later this term where details, such as costs, itinerary and accommodation arrangements will be outlined.
 
Coming Up







Week 9 – On The Roof concert 
Will be held tonight. Tickets are $5 available from First Floor Reception. Tickets are strictly limited and will not be available at the door.
 
Michael Newton
Music Coordinator

TONIGHT!!

Chaplain's Chat
Ash Wednesday, Lent and Prayer
Ash Wednesday on 1 March this year began the time of Lent, marking the beginning of the 40 days of preparation for Easter. Often we see Lent as a time of giving things up; the reason that we talk of giving things up is to strip back the build-up of superficial things that can get in the way of a closer relationship with God. I suggest that instead of giving something up, we take on a regular time of prayer; a time each day to spend with God. Prayer is something many of us run away from, worried that we may say the wrong thing. Prayer is the most natural thing in the world, sharing our thoughts, concerns and aspirations with someone who loves us a great deal. For those who feel they do not know how to start, a good way is to use something that has already been written. There are many prayers available. What better way than to use the prayer that Jesus taught us: the Lord’s Prayer. Below are the words: 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
 
Another way to pray is to simply spend some time in quiet meditation. Even if you are not a Christian or not religious, in our very busy world with the constant demands of electronic communication, simply taking some time each day to be still and silent is a very good discipline. The calls for mindfulness amongst our young people includes a time of meditation or silence.
 
I encourage everyone to take on a discipline of spending some part of each day during Lent in either prayer or silence, or if possible, both. Spend time in communication with God through prayer. It may feel awkward at first, yet it can be so life giving and can reward us in so many ways. As Evelyn Underhill, a famous theologian and wonderful writer on the subject of prayer says: “prayer can change the common things and everyday events of our life, by being touched with the sacredness of God”.
 
Father David Lord
Chaplain
 
OLNA
Want to know more about OLNA?
Some students in Years 10, 11 and 12 have recently sat the OLNA. You may have heard about it, but are not sure what it means for your child.

OLNA stands for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. In order to demonstrate the required literacy and numeracy standards for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), some students are expected to sit this assessment. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Authority) awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements. You can find more about the requirements on the Authority website at www.scsa.wa.edu.au or here

Angela Tanham
Senior School Coordinator
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