Edition Nine 2016
14 December 2016
From the Principal
Our Presentation Ceremony last week was a wonderful celebration of our students talents and gifts and a fitting end to a dynamic, vibrant year for the School community. The ceremony was an opportunity to congratulate students on outstanding results, celebrate their talents in so many areas, reflect on the past year and look to the future.
It was my pleasure on Monday night to announce that construction on a $250,000 fitness centre at the School would commence during the upcoming holidays, being ready for the students to use in the new year. The fitness centre will greatly enhance the facilities on offer for the students. Other works over the holiday break include the expansion of the cafeteria, the relocation of the Resource Centre to Level Two and some other minor small enhancements to our campus. As I said in my address, none of these works would be possible without the ongoing support and assistance of the Anglican Schools Commission for which we are most grateful.

The Presentation Ceremony also provided the opportunity for the School community to farewell and thank Rev Peter Laurence OAM as he steps down from his position as Chair of the School Council at the end of this year. Those families who were part of Murdoch College will know the significant role Peter played in securing the future of the School. Without Peter’s vision, leadership, strategic planning and determination, there is little doubt that Murdoch College would have closed its doors in 2014. Thanks to Peter’s work, we now proudly hold our place as an exciting, dynamic school at the heart of Perth city. Although Peter is stepping down as Chair of Council, he will remain as a council member for the foreseeable future.
It is appropriate as we reach the end of another school year to extend our thanks to all members of the School Council. The School is very fortunate to be governed by an outstanding Council who give tirelessly of their time and expertise to the School.
Our Council members are:
Rev Peter Laurence OAM (Chair of Council)
Mr Keith Lindbeck (Deputy Chair)
Ms Lianne Papaelias (Treasurer)
The Very Reverend Richard Pengelley
Mrs Stephanie Buckland
Mr Michael Jensen
Mr Tom Carmody
End of year reports have been mailed to families today.
WAUFP Results        
The Year 12 WAUFP (Western Australia Uiversities Foundation Programme) were released last week. The WAUFP students achieved 100% pass rate, with 60% of the students attaining an ATAR equivalent score of 95 or above. This is an outstanding result. Particular mention must go to Jiali Gao who achieved a WACE equivalent of higher than 99, and Yuting Zhang who achieved a WACE equivalent of 98.5.  Congratulations to all of the WAUFP students. We wish them everything of the best for their future studies.
WACE results will be released at the end of December.
Award Winners
Congratulations to the following recipients of the end of year awards:

Year 7
BERNARD BOLUM: Physical Education
ELLA GEORGE: Religious Education
RUBY WALSH: Japanese, Music                                                                                    
OLIVIA LENNON : English, Health, Humanities, Mathematics,  Science, Technology, Visual Arts 
Year 8
PETRA TAN: English 
ALICE CONROY: Japanese, Mathematics,
NOR AL-MALIKI: Health, Religious Education, Science,
ELIZA GRIFFIN: Drama, Humanities, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Visual Arts  
Year 9
ALEXANDER BAXTER: Physical Education 
HUIXUE LI: Design, Mathematics                                                                      
EMILYROSE LOMMAN: Drama, Visual Arts                                                                           
RONAN DIXON: Music, Philosophy, Religious Education                                                          
GABRIELLA NAVARRETE: English, Health, Humanities, Japanese, Science
Year 10
TAHLIA BUTTER: Design                                                                      
TRENT FOO: Drama                                                                      
MEI JIN HO: English as a Second Language or Dialect  
CELINE GEN: Health    
GAVIN MCINERNEY: Religious Education 
SYUEN JING LEE: Japanese, Visual Arts  
ZIWEI ZHENG: Mathematics   
MASSIMO MCKIE: Music                                                                        
MILAIN RANASINGHE: Physical Education
ALICE GIBSON: English, Philosophy, Science                                                                                 
Year 11
JIA YING CHIN: Accounting and Finance ATAR, Economics ATAR, English as an Additional Language ATAR                    
YANJING WANG: Biology ATAR                                                          
CHRISTEL AGUERO: Design ATAR                                                           
SAMUEL WALSH: General Drama                                                      
GEMMA EDWARDS: Mathematics Applications ATAR                       
YUNYU PAN: Mathematics Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR                                        
EMILY LENNON: Physical Education Studies                                 
ALEX MAUDE: VET Music                                                                
WENJIA CHEN: Visual Arts General                                                       
MIA LOMMAN: Mathematics Essentials, Visual Arts ATAR                                                                
CAITLIN MARISSEN: Modern History                                                     
MARC BUDITJAHJONO: Business Management & Enterprise ATAR, Drama ATAR, English ATAR, Psychology ATAR 
LUKE THOMAS: English Literature ATAR, Japanese ATAR, Physics ATAR, Religious Education, Chemistry
JACK JOYNER: Year 7 Citizenship                                                 
RUBY WALSH: Year 7 Endeavour                                                 
PETRA TAN: Year 8 Citizenship                                                  
CHANTELLE WELLSTED: Year 8 Endeavour    
GABRIELLA NAVARRETE: Year 9 Citizenship   
AHMAD ALKHATIB: Year 9 Endeavour
OLIVIA PATTERSON:  Year 10 Citizenship 
ALEXANDER BUCKLAND:  Year 10 Endeavour
ISABEL MOSS:  Year 11 Citizenship                                              
YANJING WANG:   Year 11 Endeavour  
Christmas Services
All families are invited to attend the Christmas Services at St George’s Cathedral.

The times are:
Christmas Carol Services:
Sunday 18th December at 7.30pm
Friday 23rd December at 7.30pm
Saturday 24th December at 7.30pm
Children’s Christmas Service:
Saturday 17th December at 3pm
Midnight Mass:
Saturday 24th December at 11.30pm
Christmas Day:
Services at 8am and 10am
We farewelled Mrs Gemma Colgan and Ms Clare McCall at the end of the year. We wish both teachers much happiness in their future prospects.
The 2017 booklists are available on the School website via the link below. Parents can order all items through OfficeMax or purchase them elsewhere if preferred. 
Parents also have the option of ordering through OfficeMax online. Online ordering is fast, secure and convenient. To order online, visit and follow these easy steps:
  1. Search for your school St George's Anglican Grammar School, Perth WA
  2. Enter your school access key W6J27E.
  3. Complete the student’s details and select the relevant year.
  4. Select their subjects.
  5. Review your requirements list and make changes (if required). Please note: some list items have been denoted by your school as a requisite for the subject or year.
  6. If you need additional items, top up from our Back to School special range, and checkout. Please note: For home deliveries only, if you have more than one student at the same school repeat above steps.
Christmas Wishes
I wish all families a blessed Christmas and a relaxing holiday break, and conclude with a traditional Christmas blessing.
“The light of the Christmas star to you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The cheer and good will of friends to you,
The hope of a childlike heart to you,
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son,
And God’s peace to you.”
Rensché Diggeden
Chaplain's Chat
Christmas Gifts
In this time of gift giving and receiving it is interesting to reflect on the gift of Jesus at Christmas. God being born as a baby, in a stable in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago is an incredible gift. The story of the nativity that we find in Luke’s Gospel is a story of God’s generosity to us; it is a story of a God who loves to give gifts. The gifts though are not always what we might want, but rather what we need. The gift of the Christ child was unexpected by us. In ages past, God came to us in diverse ways, speaking to us, urging us on, and enlisting us in God’s work. But in the incarnation, in the nativity, it was as if God had to make some stunningly unique move on our behalf. God, the creator, had to exercise an unusual amount of creativity in coming to us as a baby in Bethlehem. As we got to know the Christ child, as he grew into maturity and we grew in our knowledge of him, we realised what a demanding, unusual gift he was. Here was a gift that challenged our very notion of what a gift means. Jesus did not remain a little baby. He grew in wisdom and stature, he began to speak and, when he spoke and acted he challenged our cherished notions of God. He assaulted our prejudices and preconceptions. He was a gift to be sure, but at times a troubling, demanding gift. As Luke describes the nativity to us, the birth of Jesus was a disrupting, even frightening experience. The angels told the shepherds, those who were first to hear the story of Jesus, to fear not. Jesus is a gift full of great gladness, but also some fear. Mary, Joseph and all who first heard of the gift, had their lives disrupted by the advent of Jesus. And so do we, as we hear of and celebrate the birth of Jesus there is a sense of unrestrained joy, but also some fear if we really appreciate the demand that the gift of having God with us makes on us.
I pray that you all may have a holy and blessed Christmas in whatever way that you celebrate this year. That all those who are taking holidays at this time have safe travels, that you enjoy the rest and recreation and that you all return to St. George’s AGS in the New Year happy, healthy and ready for what 2017 brings us.
Father David Lord
Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be open during the Christmas holiday between 8.00 am to 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm on the following days:

  • Thursday 15 December 2016
  • Tuesday 24 January 2017
  • Friday 27 January 2017
  • Tuesday 31 January 2017
  • Wednesday 1 February 2017
  • Thursday 2 February 2017 

The Uniform Shop is located at Level One, 56 William Street.

Japanese Tour

Iwata-Tokyo-Kyoto-Nagasaki…17 days of amazing cultural and language immersion. Eight students – Kwinton, Syuen Jing, Amy, Will, Luke, Gabriel, Emily and Natalie, plus myself and Mr Lim, enjoyed the sights and sounds of Japan for just over two weeks during the October school holidays. Students were thrown in the deep end by going straight into homestay for six nights at our sister school in Iwata. Despite some initial homesickness and language barriers, there were many tears and shouts of 「帰りたくない!」(“I don’t want to go home!”) at the farewell party and on the morning of departure to Tokyo. It was a great start to the trip and immediately had the students switching their brains to “Japanese mode”.
Next stop was Tokyo, where food, fun and shopping were the focus for four days. This included Disneyland; maid, cat, owl and dog cafés; electric town; many hours of shopping; automated sushi restaurants; Korea town and some serious walking. The students quickly got the hang of the complicated train and subway network, which gave me a small break from constantly trying to work out where we had to go next!
From the modern metropolis of Tokyo, we caught the bullet train to the old capital of Kyoto. Three days of temples, shrines, a bamboo forest, monkey park, a six-hour introduction to the joy of Karaoke and lots more walking. We were all starting to get a bit tired but there was still more to come.

 We caught an internal flight to the southern island of Kyushu, where we stayed in Nagasaki for three nights. The students voted for another marathon karaoke session (almost seven hours!), but we still managed to squeeze in more walking and sight-seeing. On previous study tours, we have visited Hiroshima to learn about the dropping of the atomic bombs, but this was the first time I had ventured this far south. The museum was extremely enlightening about the horrors of war and we were a more sombre group after leaving there.
Their spirit wasn’t dampened for long as we did more shopping to end the trip and enjoyed our final night of delicious Japanese food.
 It was a fabulous trip and I feel very lucky to be able to take such wonderful students to Japan. Some may question the necessity of learning a second language, so I wish they could see our students interacting with Japanese people and becoming more understanding of cultural differences. It is a life-changing opportunity and I can’t wait for the next one in 2018!
Danielle de Witt
Japanese Tour Coordinator

Year 8 Family Picnic
The Year 8 students and their families recently shared a wonderful evening together, having a picnic at Matilda Bay. Parents appreciated the opportunity to socialise with other St George’s families while the students had great fun with the Bubble Sport activity! What a great way to celebrate the end of the year!

Jodie Scheele
Year 8 Coordinator
Christmas in the Quad at St George's College
There is no better way to kick off the Christmas holiday season than with a twilight picnic concert on the beautiful grounds of St George’s College in Crawley.  Start the holiday mood St George’s College annual outdoor concert of musical classics.   Christmas in the Quad will feature celebrated artists Soprano Sara Macliver, Mark Coughlan (pianist), Paul Wright (Violinist) and Raymond Yong, as they take centre stage along with the Chamber Orchestra of St George's College.  The night will be filled with Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Handel; a traditional carol sing-a-long will conclude the evening.
Bring the family and invite your friends to enjoy a picnic on the lawn as the sun sets.
Entry is by donation at the door, with all proceeds going towards maintaining and growing the music program at St George's College in 2017.
Go to to register!
Middle School Social
The Middle School students recently enjoyed an evening of fun and music at their Social. It was a fitting end to a busy year. Judging by their faces I think they had a wonderful time!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Orientation Day for new students will be held on 31 January 2017
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