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FROM THE PRINCIPAL
We have reached the end of a very busy Term One, our first as St George’s Anglican Grammar School. It has been a vibrant and exciting start to the year, with many camps, events and excursions as detailed in the newsletter pages that follow. The highlight has once again been our Fun Aquatics Day, culminating in the fiercely contested Sync Swim event. Congratulations to Mandela who won both the Fun Aquatics day and the Sync Swim competition! Well done to all students who participated. Once again, we enjoyed a fun-filled day celebrating the House spirit that is so strong at our school.

Term Two is a winter term and, as such, students are required to wear their formal winter uniform. Blazers are to be worn every day, with the only exception being for Year 12 students who may wear their Leavers Jackets when these arrive. Until such time as the Leavers jackets are delivered, Year 12 and WAUFP students must wear their blazers every day as well.  Blazers will be delivered to the School during the holidays and an email will be sent out to parents advising when they can be collected from Main Reception. Most students have already been fitted for their blazers, but payment will need to be made on collection if not already paid for.

The building fitout is progressing very well indeed and we are all on track to relocate during the Term Two holidays. The new School is looking fantastic and the staff are all very excited about the move. I had a very fruitful meeting with the staff at the City of Perth Library last week and am very excited about the possibilities that the Library will offer to our students. We are in the process of developing further partnerships and will advise the School community of these during next term.

Invoices for school fees will be mailed out during the holidays. These will include all events and excursions charges for Term One.

I listened to a very interesting programme on ABC radio last week in which the Director General for Education in WA, Sharyn O’Neil, was discussing the effect of absence on student learning outcomes, particularly for  the purpose of ‘out of season’ holidays. Clearly, this is an issue of concern for all schools and it appears to be an increasing problem.

I am a great advocate for quality family time; however, I would encourage parents to limit time out of school for holiday purposes. Regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning and irregular attendance comes at a cost to students’ education, jeopardising their future opportunities. Parents who make regular attendance a priority are teaching their children the important life lessons of valuing learning and accepting responsibility.

The Principals Australia ‘Dare to Lead’  website has the following data which shows the effect of absentee days over the course of a child’s school education. When viewed in this way, it highlights how much school is missed when students regularly have time off. 

Days absent Total days Number of terms Number of years missed
1 day per week 451 9 2 years 1 term
1.5 days per week 676.5 13.5 3 years 1.5 terms
2 days per week 902 18 4 years 2 terms
3 days per week 1353 27 6 years 3 terms
Average 5 days per term 220 5.5 1 year 1.5 terms

I wish all of our families a restful and relaxing holiday period. May the promise of this joyous time of year bring peace and blessing to you and your family.

Rensché Diggeden
Principal

Click the below image to see some of the highlights from Fun Aquatics Day or visit https://vimeo.com/stgeorgesags/funaquaticsday2015

SCULPTURES BY THE SEA
The students did us proud at the annual Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. They were enthused, excited and very well-mannered. Some wonderful ideas were brought back to school for implementation into their own masterpieces.  

Carol Wohlnick
Head of The Arts 

LITERATURE EXCURSION 
This term our students visited Trinity College to hear Craig Silvey, author of best seller Jasper Jones speak about the creation of this award winning novel. Craig Silvey, what an inspiration you are, we can't wait for the movie release.

Thank you Trinity College for making us feel so welcome.

Click here to read the full article!

Susan Lazenby
Head of English 

YEAR 12 ART EXCURSION
Perth Cultural Centre, 26 March 2015
 
On Thursday, 26 March students from the Year 12 Visual Art class visited the Perth Cultural Centre. They viewed four exhibitions during the day and participated in an intensive image analysis workshop as part of the State Gallery’s comprehensive education programme.
 
The main objective for the excursion was to visit the Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition, which highlights successful works from across the state selected from the previous Year 12 cohort. The visit clearly inspired our students who came away with renewed enthusiasm and creative ideas for their own arts practice. It also provided a benchmark in standards that allowed students to identify possible outcomes, whilst consolidating their understanding of the course requirements.

Carol Wohlnick
Head of The Arts
Click here to read about the Year 7 / 8 Camp to Toodyay!
CO-CURRICULAR

St George's Anglican Grammar School offers a diverse Co-Curricular program to complement our academic curriculum. We believe that these activities enhance the sense of community at the School and are important in the overall holistic development of our students. This term we offered a range of activities including:

  • Art Club with Mrs Wohlnick
  • Badminton with Mr Ramirez
  • Band with Mr Newton and Choir with Mr Davy
  • Basketball with Mr Quan
  • Forensics with Dr Waters and Mr Lim
  • Netball with Ms Lake 
  • New York Tour Preparation with Mrs Jacobsen 
  • Popstars: The Musical with Mr Robertson, Mrs Fassom and Ms Newbold
  • Roadies events and stage crew with Mr Davy
  • Soccer with Mr Murray; and
  • Swimming with Ms Scheele 

The students produced some wonderful displays of work, learnt new skills, collaborated with their peers and took on projects they never thought  possible. We look forward to sharing with you the Term Two Co-Curricular program!

Our Year 7 students had a special lunch with the Principal. They spoke of the many things they love about their new school - the staff, the students, TAG and how the older students have made them feel so welcome. We are delighted they have had a great start to Secondary School!
Guild Camp 2015
Click here to read more about the 2015 production! 
Click here for the St George's Swim Team results 

HAVE SUM FUN MATHS COMPETITION
The “Have SUM Fun – Face to Face” competition is an exciting Mathematics initiative that uses a quiz night format where teams of six compete with the best Mathematicians across Perth. Students are required to answer questions of a problem solving nature that end up having a very high degree of difficulty.

We had two teams in the Senior Division ably coached by Mr Dwyer, three teams in the Intermediate Division coached by Mr Freer, one of which came 7th out of 52 teams and one team in the Junior Division coached by Mr Dennis. Mr Murray was overall coach and the students of St George's participated extremely enthusiastically and with some great successes. We wish to thank those teachers for the hours put in to help our students.

Well done to all students who participated! 

JAPANESE
In Japanese classes this term, we have been laying the foundations of the language for students to build on over the rest of the year. Year 11 and 12 students have been working hard to ensure they complete necessary revision in preparation for assessments. They have been assisted during a few lessons by alumni student Calvin Rokich who is in his 2nd year of pre-Law and Japanese at UWA.
 
I am very happy to say that next term there will be four Japanese exchange students from Murdoch University volunteering their time to assist in upper school classes with speaking practice. Hopefully they will be available to assist in lower school classes as well if their timetable allows. We are all looking forward to the move into the city in Term Three, which will allow students easier access to Japanese restaurants, the Japanese Consulate and the Hyogo Prefecture Cultural Centre in City Beach where they can utilise the language being learnt.
 
Thank you to parents and guardians for all their support this term and I look forward to continued enthusiasm from the students.
 
Danielle de Witt
Japanese Coordinator
CONGRATULATIONS LUKE! 

Luke Thomas was one of 30 Year Ten students selected from 122 applicants across the state to be part of the Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program. Luke was chosen based on his attitude and skills, as well as his contributions to the school and the wider community. Luke is currently spenidng 4 days at Point Walter and will return at the end of this week. 

A very big congratulations to Luke on his selection from a large and competitive field of candidates.

UNIFORM SHOP 
From the commencement of Term Two all students are required to wear full winter uniform, including blazer and tie. Students wearing the St George’s uniform (boys and girls) can purchase ties from the Uniform Shop. Blazers will be delivered for the start of Term Two. Please refer to the School website for a copy of the
Winter uniform requirements.

The Uniform Shop is open during Week Two of the School holidays on the following days:
Monday 13 April, 8.00am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 15 April, 8.00am to 4.00pm

Term Two:
Wednesday 22 April, 8.00am to 2.00pm
Wednesday 29 April, 8.00am to 12.00pm (resume normal trading hours, every Wednesday 8.00am to 12.00pm).


Uniforms@stgeorges.wa.edu.au
+61 8 9312 0827

River Cruise 2015
Click here to read an article written by one of our Guild, Oakley Conroy (Events Captain)

MUSIC DEPARTMENT 


Click the image to find out about upcoming events and news from the Music Department!

LINCOLN CHARITY DAY
This term Lincoln House students, ably led by our student leaders John and Kerin Simpson, hosted the first St George’s Charity Day. Some say this is an ‘age of entitlement’, however our students showed that they were able to consider those less fortunate and support a worthy charity. In their teacher adviser groups students planned activities to engage their fellow students and to raise funds. The project chosen was a small project in Myanmar that will bring fresh water and improved sanitation to a number of villages. The raffle tickets for the Easter Baskets and the lucky numbers to estimate the number of lollies in the jar will be available to purchase for a few more days yet. Donations to the project will continue to be accepted and If you would like to find out more, please see the website or chat with Father David Lord.

http://www.abmission.org/pages/myanmarwater-and-sanitation.html

Congratulations to all the Lincoln house community, students, teachers and families(who did much of the lovely baking) for your enthusiasm and help and thank you  to the rest of our wonderful community for supporting all the activities and continuing our tradition of student involvement. 

Rosemary Tweedie
Head of Lincoln House 

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