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Edition Six 2016
24 August 2016
From the Principal
This term started off with a bang (albeit a fluffy pink bang)  as we enjoyed the School’s production of Legally Blonde, held at the State Theatre. If you attended the production, you were no doubt as impressed as I was by the exceptional talents of our students.
 
Mr Robertson ambitiously chose to produce the full Broadway Musical version, which is extremely challenging for any school. Considering the size of our student cohort, the success of this year’s production becomes even more remarkable. Our students once again dazzled with their singing, dancing, acting and backstage work. No matter how talented the students are, a production as professional and polished as this one requires commitment, hard work and endless hours of preparation. I would like to congratulate and thank the students involved, whether on stage or back stage, as well as all staff who assisted. Particular congratulations and thanks go to Scott Robertson, Katie Fassom and Trevor Davy for their exceptional efforts.
 
The thrill of working with the professional staff and performing in the State Theatre is an experience which most young people will never enjoy, and we are indeed fortunate to benefit from this venue. I look forward to seeing what next year brings!
 
School Fees
The annual review of our school fees has been completed and a modest 2% increase to tuition fees has been applied for 2017. I am pleased to advise that the Resource Fee and Development Fund will remain unchanged. Parents who pay annual tuition fees upfront will continue to receive a 3% discount. Further details are available on the fee schedule on the website.
 
Staffing News
Our Deputy, Mark Kong, will be leaving the School at the end of this term to take up a position outside of education. Mark will be sorely missed by the school community. We thank him for his contributions over the past two years and wish him everything of the best as he embarks on this new phase of his career.
 
I am delighted to announce that Kelly Newbold and her husband Ryan are expecting their first child - a baby girl due in February . Kelly will be taking parental leave from the start of 2017.
 
We will advise the school community of replacement staff in due course.
 
Rensché Diggeden
Principal
Legally Blonde

Congratulations to everyone involved in our highly successful whole school production of Legally Blonde!!
Science Festival
On 13 and 14 August, a science-mad squad of Year 10 and 11 students manned the very first St George’s stall at the Perth Science Festival.
 
After weeks of preparing play-doh, boiling red cabbage and analysing acids, the students and staff were able to demonstrate the wonders of physics and chemistry to a tide of eager young scientists. St George’s students were rostered onto shifts over the weekend and were assisted by the teachers in setting up and running the two exhibitions. The first exhibition featured play-doh circuits, where children could learn about conductors, resistors and the many ways to combine these and light up LEDs. The second exhibit allowed visitors to test acidity and alkaline using a natural red cabbage indicator, which many parents refused to believe was literally just “red cabbage soup.” This was until Mr Kong, as dedicated to Science as Perth’s own Barry Marshall, took a swig of the soup to prove its safety, despite its less than delightful taste.
 
Our job as students was to demonstrate the science behind the exhibit and encourage the audience to take science into their own hands. It was particularly difficult for us to discover different ways that various age groups would understand, but it was always inspiring how innovatively each of the children would spin the experiment to try something new. The students became teachers for a day and suddenly appreciated their own teachers that much more.
 
The event went off without a hitch (apart from the mystery of the missing lemon juice and the accidental creation of mustard gas) and would not have been possible without the help and support of our wonderful staff members. We were surprised that we almost ran out of our 250 gift bags within four hours and still had 12 more hours of event to go. Emergency supplies were needed and sourced!
 
We want to extend a big thank you to Mrs Jensen for her dedication to the art of play-doh making, and the many hours she spent putting together fun and safe exhibits. This fantastic experience would not have been possible without the commitment of Mr Lim, Mr Quan, Dr Waters, Ms McCall and Mr Kong, who gave up much of their free time. Plans are already brewing for another stall for next year and some exciting ideas are getting thrown around.
 
We hope to see you all there for some more science!
 
Luke Thomas and Izzy Moss
Year 11 Students
 
UnitingCare Food Rescue
Year 8 students recently helped pack food for Food Rescue, a UnitingCare West program servicing disadvantaged people in Western Australia.

Food Rescue aims to alleviate hunger by rescuing perishable, fresh and nutritious food from cafes, supermarkets and wholesalers and delivering it to disadvantaged, vulnerable people. The programme assists a variety of people in need including those experiencing homelessness, women and children in crisis, vulnerable young people, indigenous communities, elderly people, refugees and new arrivals and families on low incomes.
 
Each year, the Food Rescue food carts collect approximately 37,000 items of food that would otherwise be thrown away, and sorts and packs another 478,000 kilograms of unwanted food into hampers for charities. The service provides food to 72 charities across Perth.

Father David Lord
Chaplain
 
CCI Economics Forum
Four students were chosen to represent St George’s Anglican Grammar School at the
2016 Student Economic Forum which was held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday 5 August.  
 
This annual event, which is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Economic Teachers Association of Western Australia, brings together the best Economics students from across the state.
 
Our students were given the opportunity to draw on economic theory and utilise their analytical thinking skills to discuss a range of factors affecting the performance of the Australian economy. Students were given feedback from practising economists, who helped them to hone their skills.

The students pictured from left to right above are Misako Isobe, Yunan Liang, Syuen Ee Lee and Jiayi Wei.

Gemma Colgan
Economics Teacher
Anglicare Ambassadors Sleep Out
The night of Friday 5 August saw three of our Anglicare Ambassadors, Luke Thomas (Year 11), Olivia Patterson (Year 10) and Massimo McKie (Year 10), together with Father David ‘sleep rough’ for the inaugural Anglicare WA School Sleep Out at nib Stadium.
 
Students arrived at 6.30pm when it was already getting chilly and the evening started with presentations from Fr Mark McCracken, Anglicare WA CEO Ian Carter and our amazing Street Connect Youth Workers.
 
Students then broke into groups, facilitated by our Street Connect Team to role play some real scenarios of clients that the team have worked with in the past. This prompted the students to think about the night ahead and what could be in store for them. 

Please read more about the Sleep Out here.

Father David Lord
Chaplain
 

Chaplain's Chat
We are now about half way through this term, and in only a few more weeks the students will be on holiday again. I don’t know about you, but I think this year has gone extremely fast and as I get older, each year seems to be getting faster and faster. I came across this story recently and thought I  would share it with you as a way of considering how fast and busy our lives are and perhaps we may take a moment to consider whether we are travelling through life too fast.
 
THE BRICK
A young and successful executive was travelling down a neighbourhood street going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?” The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,” He pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop...” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It's my brother,” he said “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up. “ Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.” Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay “Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: “Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!” God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.
 
Father David Lord
Chaplain
Year 9 English
The Year 9 English Class have explored the Dutch Journeys to the Western Edge Exhibition. It is part of the unit they are doing on Life Stories.  The students have already looked at a variety of life stories as videos and written texts and listened to some audios. They have had a lesson on the ethics and principles of telling life stories. This excursion was to show how context plays a role in understanding a person’s life story. They looked at the influence of the Dutch migration on Western Australia by looking at the exhibition. In the display, there are life stories of Dutch migrants accompanied by artefacts, images and illustrations.
The next step is to research and build their own family tree. They will find one member of their family from any time and record that person’s life story.  So, watch this space!
 
Susan Lazenby
Head of English
Well Done Students of St George's!
It was once again pleasing to receive positive feedback regarding students' behaviour from a member of the community:
 
"I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know how impressed I was with the St George’s Anglican Grammar School students on the train yesterday morning. I travelled to a course in West Perth around 8:00am and I noticed three extremely well presented and mannered Year 7 Students. It was a delight to see that when seats became available, the students continued standing allowing older adults to take the seats.  
                                                                                                               
It was a privilege to see how well your students represent the school whilst in full uniform."


Well done to all St George’s students who represent our School so well in the community!
Year 12 ELACS and EALD Aboriginal Cultural Experience
On 9 August 2016, the Year 12 EALD and ELACS classes went on an excursion to the Hills Forest Centre in Mundaring for an aboriginal cultural experience. We were accompanied by Ms Ong and Mr Ramirez. At 8:45am, we boarded the bus and were on our way. 
 
Upon arrival, we were led into a room where we left our bags and waited for the guide. After a few minutes of waiting, our Aboriginal guide, Lenny, showed up with a few Aboriginal items in his hands. He taught us the native names and functions of each one of the items. The most memorable one for me was a coat made out of kangaroo hair as it is reversible, so it can be worn inside out depending on the season.
 
After the brief indoor introduction to those Aboriginal items, we were ready to go out into the forest to learn and understand more of the Aboriginal culture and lifestyle. For starters, we learnt how to make a cutting tool as well as starting a fire. Making the tool was really fun. It was a great experience to be able to make your own cutting tool from kangaroo poo, a stick and quartz. As for the fire, Lenny did say that, due to the wet weather, a fire would not start, but that did not stop George, Chen, Bill and some others from trying their best and working their hearts out!
 
Lenny taught us other things, such as how to throw a boomerang and about the foods that Aboriginal people eat in the forest. Some of us had the opportunity to try some of the foods, which were peculiar, like bush carrots and shoots that taste like nuts. It was more of an acquired taste, but I personally liked the shoots.
 
We have learnt many things about Aboriginal people through this experience. It has helped me to open my eyes to the amount of wisdom the Aboriginal people have gained through thousands of years of living in the forest. I have been given the chance to see for myself the way Aboriginal people live, and it has helped me to build a great deal of respect for their culture. Although we had only scratched the surface of Aboriginal culture, it was more than enough knowledge to take in for the day! 
 
Khan Zhen Bong
Year 12 ELACS student
Japanese Incursion
On Friday 29 July, St George’s was host to 16 Japanese exchange students. These junior high school students were selected and sponsored by the Hakuho Foundation to visit Australia for two weeks. They spent time in Bunbury staying with host families and then visited Perth for three nights.
 
With 20 of our students as buddies and along with our assistant Makiko and myself, we went to King’s Park for the morning. Whilst walking along the Federation Walkway to get scenic shots of Perth, the students got to know one another and bonded over common interests such as Pokémon hunting. We then found a grassed area and taught the students the basics of kicking and hand-balling an Australian Rules football. Everyone had a great time, especially towards the end when we all had to try and retrieve the two footballs that were kicked into the branches of a tree!
 
Upon our return to school, students had recess together and then the Japanese students were given a special music lesson with Mr Newton. Music is taught from a young age at Japanese schools, but they usually have to learn classical music and songs on a recorder. For many of them, it was their first time playing a modern song using guitar, drums and keyboard.
 
The students were also treated to a special drama lesson with Mr Robertson. Drama is not a subject available to be studied at school in Japan. It is done either as a school club activity or at an external drama school. The students learnt how expression, posture and movement are used to impart meaning without words and then had to mime a performance and see if the audience could understand the story.
 
After enjoying lunch in the cafeteria with their buddies, the exchange students split into two groups and took the Year 10 Japanese class for some Japanese games and activities. There were chopstick races, origami, fukuwarai (similar to pin-the-tail) and other activities that had the students communicating with each other through different languages and lots of gesturing.
 
Thank you to the St George’s students who volunteered their time to look after the Japanese students. It is a precious opportunity to have students visit us and it is heart-warming to see how kind and welcoming our students are towards our guests.
 
Danielle de Witt
Japanese Teacher
Music News
In the Music Department
We are halfway through another busy term! Our VET Music class is currently working on band and solo performances. In Year 10, our students are working on 4-Chord Mash-Ups (Axis of Awesome style). Years 7-9 are working on band performances.
 
In our Co-Curricular program the Swing Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and our Year 7 and Year 8 Rock Bands are all rehearsing hard for upcoming performances. Producer Bryon Keno has been in the department working with some of our students on song writing and recording – we’re looking forward to hearing the final product!
 
St George's Music Festival
During Week 6 we will be holding our annual Music Festival. This year we are expanding from just solo vocal entries and the Battle of the Bands to include solo entries from all instruments. Mr Alex Barker will be our adjudicator for the solo entries. Originally from NSW, Alex moved to WA to study and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance from WAAPA. Alex works as a professional session musician (recording), tours and has performed with notable local acts such as The Whitlams, No FX, The Herd and Illy. He currently teaches and performs a variety of styles and genres including Soul, Funk, Rock, Contemporary, and Jazz. The Music Festival is non-competitive and is a great opportunity for our students to perform in a relaxed environment and to receive some positive feedback from a professional musician.
 
The Battle of the Bands and Outstanding Soloists Concert will be on Thursday 25th August, 7pm, Burt Hall (St George’s Cathedral). Tickets are $5 and are available from First Floor Reception.
 
Instrumental Programme
We would like to welcome our new piano tutor, Ms Jessica McKee, to our Instrumental Programme. Ms McKee was awarded the Associate Diploma in Music, Australia (AMusA) by the Australian Music Examinations Board in 1999. In 2003, she graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance major). In 2013, she graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Science (Psychology, 1st Class Honours). Ms McKee has performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the NSW Instrumental Festival of Music (2000), attended (by invitation) the Kawai Pan Pacific Music Camp and performed with the UNSW Collegium Musicum Choir. Ms McKee has also taught Piano at Scotch College, Santa Maria College and Presbyterian Ladies College.
 
Applications to start learning an instrument in Term 4 are now open. The application form can be downloaded from the School website.

Coming Up
  • Week 6 – St George’s Music Festival
  • Thursday 25 August – Battle of the Bands & Outstanding Soloists Concert (Burt Hall, 7pm)
  • Friday 16 September – ASC Combined Schools Concert (Perth Concert Hall)
 
Michael Newton
Music Co-Ordinator
 
Knitting Co-Curricular
A small band of students meets every Thursday afternoon to learn to knit. Mrs Sheryl Kershaw is our knitting coach; her patience and humour are instrumental in the fun we experience learning to knit. Students have each knitted one small square and are now embarking on completing bigger squares, which we will sew together to make a blanket as a donation to St George’s Anglican Cathedral’s outreach program. There is also an opportunity to knit during lunch.
 
Anyone is welcome to contribute knitted squares to the blanket. Using no 5 needles, 12 ply wool, cast on 30 stitches and knit 50 rows in plain stitch. We look forward to seeing the resulting creation!
 
Susan Lazenby
Knitting Coach
Visual ARTicles
The winter months saw our Visual Art students involved in several external art exhibitions that were held within the city precinct. The annual St George’s Cathedral Art Exhibition in July represented over 30 public and independent schools. A range of works created by students in Year 10, 11 and 12 included drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, video, ceramics and textiles. Many of the works reflected sophisticated themes of inquiry with thought provoking solutions. The artworks were executed with high levels of skill and creative exploration. The Year 10 students seen above used the opportunity to conduct a visual analysis of the work of their contemporaries.

Two works from St George’s Anglican Grammar School were selected for this year’s Cathedral Art Exhibition: a vibrant and expressive life drawing by Wenjia (Joy) Chen and a contemporary print by Aaron Tully (pictured below left). The drawings formed part of a suite that were created during Semester One’s drawing workshops. Aaron Tully’s print was originally produced for the Wesley Church’s Easter Exhibition of Stations of the Cross. This work challenged viewers to look beyond their own reflection and question the morals and virtues intercepting their portrait. Conceptual in approach, Aaron’s work was thought provoking and intentionally confronting to view.


 
Several students had art works selected for the recent META Exhibition held at the Central Gallery of the North Metropolitan, TAFE. Congratulations to Yanjing (Minna) Wang and Wenjia (Joy) Chen in Year 11 (pictured above right) whose works were selected for display in this prestigious student exhibition open to Year 11 and 12 students. This is a highly competitive show with over 300 entries from a vast number of schools across the state. 


 
Carol Wohlnick
Head of Art
Theatre Challenge
The annual House Theatre Challenge event is being held on Friday 2 September, 7:30pm. All community members are invited to support us and watch both staff and students complete against each other across a range of improvisational comedy games adjudicated by eight alumni judges. This hilarious event was a big success last year and has been a keenly anticipated tradition since 2008. We hope we can fill our exciting new venue at the Perth Town Hall with laughter.


 
As with all our Drama events, tickets are available online only from http://mytickets.co.

 
Sport and Physical Education
Athletics
We have begun Term Three PE by travelling on a private bus to McGillivray Reserve to practice our Athletics skills. All students have run a 100m, 200m and 800m and participated in long jump, shot put and javelin. They have also competed in team games that will be in the coming Inter-House Athletics Carnival and have been working hard at practicing their running, jumping and throwing skills.
 
I would like to invite all parents to attend the Inter-House Athletics Carnival which is taking place on Thursday 1 September (in the case of inclement weather, it will be held the following Thursday 8 September). The venue is McGillivray Reserve (off Brockway), Mt Claremont.
 
In conjunction with the Rio Olympics, we have been having our own St George’s Olympic Games which is taking place every Friday during the Extended TAG period. Students played European Handball at Elizabeth Quay as their first sport and we have finals coming up. We will be playing a variety of sports over the course of the term, so please ensure you pack your sports kit every Friday.
 

We wish Eliza Griffin and her family all the very best in her cross country race at the National Cross Country Championships in Canberra. 

Basketball
The Boys and Girls Junior School Basketball Team have been training hard every Wednesday at Lords Recreation Centre. Both teams will be competing in a School Sport WA Carnival at Warwick Leisure Centre. 
 
Jodie Scheele
Sport Sport Co-Ordinator
NAPLAN Online
Trial of the New Online Assessment Platform
You may have heard that NAPLAN online is being introduced from 2017, with an aim for all schools to be administering NAPLAN online by 2019.
 
NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to you faster, within a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months.
 
Our school has been selected to trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on). This trial shouldn’t be seen as a ‘test’ of content, it is a chance for the new platform to be tested in a real-life classroom environment. This trial is called the Platform Trial and Readiness Test (PTRT).
 
During August 2016, students in Years 7 and 9 will participate in a trial of the assessment platform by undertaking two online readiness tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. Each test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to a sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN testing. During the trial, schools will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.
Feedback from schools participating in the trial will inform transition to the online assessment as well as provide valuable feedback to shape the final development of the NAPLAN online platform.
 
The readiness test has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment.
 
Participation in this trial is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact do not hesitate to contact me.

Tracey Jacobsen
Middle School Co-Ordinator
Ski Trip 2016
Being a Physical Education Teacher and a keen sportswoman I have experienced motor skill learning in many different pursuits, but nothing comes close to the learning curve required for snowboarding. Not even surfing or skate-boarding can compare to this skill. Fifteen out of the sixteen students who came on the Ski Trip snowboarded, including myself and Mr Newton. Reid, Trent and Zac were our experienced snowboarders and took to the Smiggin slopes immediately. Emily Lennon, our token skier, was also off doing her own runs. The rest of us, after our first two-hour lesson, skated around not even getting our back foot into the binding. We shuffled awkwardly onto the “magic carpet” to ride up to the beginners run. The incline was a minor slope where we were careful not to take out the zippy 3-year olds who were skiing poleless! We spent the afternoon falling, crashing and cheering as some of us made it to the bottom. Even exiting without falling off the magic carpet run was a huge achievement.
 
On day two, we went back to Smiggins. We were meant to go to Blue Cow to learn but the weather was blowing a blizzard and people were saying, “It is the storm of the season!” Blue Cow was situated much higher on the mountain and the weather was just too bad to venture that way. Smiggins was more protected and proved to be a great place to learn. I arrived looking up at the chairlift to the highest point having mountain envy. I could not even see us getting to have a ride on the chair lift let alone snowboarding down a mountain. After our second lesson, we had our back feet in the binding, we had learnt to stop and steer, toe side and heel side. The Year 8 students Marvel, Louise, Petra and Halla were the first to take the chair lift up and by day three we were all on our way. Please click here to read more.

Jodie Scheele
Ski Trip Co-Ordinator
 
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