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Edition Five 2016
1 July 2016
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From the Principal
We have just experienced the winter solstice– the middle of winter, which (to my mind) indicates that spring is almost here. What a delightful thought! Our campus overlooks the lovely Central Park green space, planted with deciduous trees. These trees are a delight as we observe the changing seasons reflected in their branches. Although we have just passed mid-winter, the trees are still sporting the remnants of their autumn finery and have not yet lost all of their leaves. They are a timely reminder of the fact that we have only been in the city campus for a little under a year. This time last year, the trees of Central Park were bare of all leaves and our School community was celebrating the last assembly at our old campus. It is hard to believe that it was only a year ago! I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in the past year. The campus feels like home to our community now, and we  really have taken our place as the “school at the heart of Perth city”.
 
Our students have been wonderful ambassadors for the School. They are very much in the public eye on a daily basis and conduct themselves in a mature, considerate manner within the city. I receive many compliments from members of the public on their interactions with and observations of our students and am very grateful to them for upholding our ethos with such maturity in their dealings with others. They certainly do us proud.
 
Tomorrow Australia goes to the polls and for many of our Year 12 students, this will be their first opportunity to cast their vote in a Federal election. A significant opportunity indeed! We are indeed fortunate to live in a country where we have the democratic right to elect our government – a privilege denied to so many around the world. One only has to look at the recent Brexit vote to realise the importance of every eligible citizen exercising their right to vote. I trust that the young people who are passing through our School have the social conscience required to appreciate and exercise their powerful democratic vote with responsibility and consideration.
 
Both sides of politics have made many promises regarding education funding and so it will be interesting to see the outcome, which promises to be a very close one.
  
Reports
Semester One reports will be mailed out to families early next week. Please contact the School if you do not receive these.
 
Start of Term Three
I remind families that students return to school on Wednesday 20 July for the start of Term Three. Full winter uniform is to be worn.
 
Late Arrival to School
Towards the end of this term we had far too many students arriving very late to school. Period One commences at 8.30am sharp. This means that students should arrive at school no later than 8.15am to ensure that they can unpack their bags and be ready to commence work at 8.30am. I request that parents please assist us to ensure that our students learn the important life skill of punctuality.
 
Ski Trip
Some of our students are heading off on a ski adventure over the holidays, under the capable supervision of Ms Jodie Scheele and Mr Michael Newton. We wish them an adventurous, exciting and safe trip away.
 
As we end this term, I wish all families a restful holiday and look forward to seeing all students at the start of Term Three.

Rensché Diggeden
Principal

 
Legally Blonde
The Flametree Theatre Company turns 2!

All semester 30 students from Year 7 to Year 12 have been hard at work rehearsing Legally Blonde for two hours every Tuesday at the UCIC Hall. We’re now hoping for your support! Purchasing your tickets to what we are sure will be one of the very best highlights of 2016 at St George’s Anglican Grammar School. This fun musical, with lots of exciting routines and great original songs, is running at the State Theatre Centre, Northbridge from Thursday 21 July to Saturday 23 July. Tickets are available only via
http://mytickets.co or by visiting the STC box office during business hours. A full 15% of the student population is involved and, just like last year, everyone who misses out will regret not booking tickets before they sold out!
Camps 2016
Camps are a wonderful part of a student’s school experience that enables them to further their learning and develop their social and emotional skills.  Camps provide opportunities and experiences that are not always possible within the confines of the classroom. Each camp at St George’s was developed with a particular focus that complemented the needs of the year group.


 
Over 60 students in Year 7-9 travelled to Camp Mornington near Harvey where they had a wonderful time enjoying and being challenged by the climbing wall, high ropes, flying fox, rope maze and a variety of games! Please read Mrs Jacobsen’s Middle School Camp report here.


 
Woodman Point Recreation Camp, in an idyllic beach location with significant historical and cultural importance and a range of adventure programs, was the venue for the Year 10 Camp co-ordinated by Mr Lim. The students had a fantastic time coming together as a group and challenging themselves through new activities. Please read more here.


 
Mr Freer led a group of Year 11 students on their adventure to the “luxurious” Point Walter Recreation Centre overlooking the Swan River where food was delicious and plentiful! Leadership presentations and activities were complimented by kite-making, bike riding, flying fox and archery! The cohesive group interacted really well enjoying the whole experience. Click here to read more.


 
Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, located on the beach in Hillarys, welcomed the Year 12 students for their camp.  The students had the opportunity to learn some life lessons through presentations by guest speakers and challenging activities such as the ‘Big Swing’! The camp was a wonderful combination of experiences which included exam revision and toasted marshmallows. For more about the camp please read Mr Quan’s report here.
 
The WONTOK Conference
On 17 May the Year 9 students attended the WONTOK conference at All Saints College. WONTOK talks about the 17 goals set by the UN that we have to accomplish by 2030. These goals are:
  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and sanitisation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Good Jobs and Economic Growth
  • Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption
  • Climate Action
  • Life Underwater to be protected
  • Life on Land to be Preserved
  • Peace and Justice
  • Partnerships for the Goals

 
These goals guide us towards helping others in need such as people in third world countries like India and areas in Africa. Read more about the WONTOK conference here


Chaplain's Chat
 OUT OF CONTROL CHILDREN
One of the regular things that happen in my office is that a parent will drop in to talk about their child or children. I encourage this as it means I get to meet and talk with the parents as well as our students. In most cases the behaviour that the parents are concerned about is within the bounds of normality for their child’s age and is one that the child should be exhibiting as part of their growing up and moving through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. Therefore, most often the parents merely need reassuring that what they are doing is right and to continue on that path, even though the child may seem a little trying at times.
 
I recently came across this amusing piece that may help all parents to put things into perspective when your child appears to be trying your patience. 
 
Whenever your children are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to his own children.
 
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve and the first thing he said was ‘Don’t’
 
‘Don’t what?’ Adam replied
‘Don’t eat forbidden fruit’ God said
 
‘Forbidden fruit?  We have forbidden fruit?  Hey Eve.  We have forbidden fruit!!!!!!!!’
 
‘No Way’
‘Yes way’
‘Do not eat the fruit’ said God
‘Why?’
‘Because I am your father and I said so’ God replied, wondering why he hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants.  A few minutes later, God saw his children having an apple break and he was furious!
 
‘Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?’  God asked
‘Uh huh,’ Adam replied
‘Then why did you?’ said God
‘I don’t know,’ said Eve
‘She started it!’ said Adam
‘Did not!’
‘Did too!’
‘Did not!’
Having had it with the two of them God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own, thus the pattern was set and it has never changed
But there is reassurance in the story!
 
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it don’t be hard on yourself.  If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
 
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk, then the next sixteen telling them to sit down and shut up.
Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your own children.
Mothers of teens now know why some animals eat their young.
Children rarely misquote you.  In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind you that there are other children more awful than your own.
We child proofed our homes and they’re still getting in.
 
ADVICE FOR THE DAY
Be nice to your kids, they will choose your nursing home.
And finally
If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache.  Do what it says on the aspirin bottle ‘Take two aspirin, and keep away from children.’

 
Father David Lord
Chaplain
 
 
Community Feedback
It is always lovely to receive positive feedback from members of the public, particularly regarding our students! The following is an excerpt from an email the School received recently :
 
Both students represented the school in an outstanding manner and were a credit to St Georges Grammar.  They were polite, interested and also respectful.  They spoke really positively about the school giving me their perspective on a number of questions I had regarding school size and the impact this has on academic opportunities and also access to sporting options which had been a concern for my husband and I.
 
It was so nice to engage with polite, clever and respectful teenagers and made me feel great that our daughter might one day attend this school with such a positive culture.  It must also be a comfort knowing that your school is being represented by these wonderful students so positively in and around the community.

 
Well done to all St George’s students who represent our School so well in the community!
Gandhi Spirit Day
 Gandhi Spirit Day is one of the three major House events on the St George’s calendar. Last year, we decided that it would be fitting to donate to the Oxfam Appeal for the Nepal Earthquakes. This year, being located in the city, we felt we had to think about a charity that would benefit most from our Charity Day fundraising. In the end, Gandhi House decided that we would donate to Beyond Blue, an organisation which helps young Australians deal with anxiety and mental health problems.
 
The South Perth foreshore, with vast open green fields and a view of the river made it the perfect location for the Colour Run. All students travelled with their TAG teachers from Elizabeth Quay to the Mends St Jetty in South Perth and made their way to the foreshore. It was great seeing all the students beaming with excitement.
 
The course contained colour points with Guild members very eager to throw coloured flour at the participants. It is one of the only times when they can throw something at another student and not get into trouble! There were also water stations at the start and finish lines of the course which helped the flour to stain the screen printed event t-shirts.
 
At the start, each Year Group looked pristine in their clean white shirts. By the end of the run, they were completely covered in colour. It was wonderful to see students with a massive grin on their faces at the end of the course, it was also funny to see students try to avoid getting colour in their hair.
 
The Colour Run was an absolute success this year, raising $1200 for Beyond Blue! This success was in a large part due to support and organisation behind the scenes. I would like to extend sincere thanks to:
The Year 12 Student Guild who have been coming in every Friday afternoon since the start of Term 2 to make the coloured flour and screen-print the shirts.
Year 10 students who assisted during the week of the Colour Run screen printing the white shirts.
Mrs Carol Wohlnick who spent time with Year 10 and 12 students helping them screen print shirts.
Mrs Donna Jensen for months of preparation of the coloured flour.
 
I look forward to seeing students participating again in 2017!
 
Peter Quan
Head of Gandhi House
Music News
St. George’s Music - BankWest Community Grants
Many thanks to everyone who voted for us in the BankWest Community Grants. We didn’t win the big one, but BankWest did make a donation towards the cost of some decks, for which we are grateful. All that remains now is to finish getting the software and music library set up over the holidays ready to starting playing next term! Although the NS7iii is a computer controller, they are based on the traditional turntables used by DJ’s and Turntablists – the platters rotate like a turntable, and they have a vinyl record on top that allows the DJ to cue and roll the track back and forth just by moving the vinyl. It’s the closest thing to a traditional DJ setup there is (with all the huge advantages of digital music production) without actually using turntables.
 
St. John’s Ambulance Celebration Service

St George’s Chapel Band and Singers were recently approached to lead the music for St. John’s Ambulance Celebration Service held at the Cathedral on Friday 24 June. They worked very hard to rehearse the hymns and did an outstanding job leading the music for the service. Our thanks to Mr Trevor Davy for directing the Band and Singers at the service.
 
 
‘Instrumental Futures’ Research
St. George’ s Music has coordinated some ‘Action Research’ during Term 2 trialling informal and non-formal  learning and teaching strategies in instrumental lessons. This has been done in conjunction with Musical Futures Australia and Musical Futures UK. At the recent Musical Futures Conference in Melbourne there was some discussion about the relevance and student take-up of traditional instruments. In this context the approaches we have been trialling was of interest and we have shared them with other schools around Australia so they too can trial and develop them. We will also similarly keep working on developing and refining these ideas. It’s great to see our students using their traditional instruments in new settings and contexts, from Flute in the Year 8 Rock Band to class group work (see photos). Find out more about the research and strategies on trial in our blog post.
  
Instrumental Lessons
Music was made to be played! Learning an instrument is gift that will keep on giving, both now at School and later throughout life. There is a huge body of research demonstrating the unique benefits music education has on academic development and results (read more about that here). The most important contribution music has to make is to a life well-lived. The filmmaker of this video uses their love of The Beatles to show in less than 2 minutes why music really matters. Definitely worth watching!
 
Enrolments for instrumental lessons are now open for next term. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the School website. We currently offer: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Piano, Violin, Voice, Drums, and Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass). Enrolment forms need to be returned to the music department by the start of Week 1, Term 3.

Michael Newton
Music Co-Ordinator
 
Visual ARTicles
Year 11 Visual Art Workshops
During the last six weeks a series of Drawing & Painting Workshops were held for the Year 11 Visual Art students in the Art Room after School.  Renowned Western Australian artist Camilla Loveridge was invited to work with the students, generously sharing her skills and techniques with the group. The model ‘Jane’, provided a wealth of rich subject matter from ‘the wrapped human form’ to a dancer in national costume.
 
The students gained a deep insight into the varied approaches to drawing and were most productive, completing an extensive series of works on paper using a variety of different media. The artworks produced during these sessions will form part of the St George’s Annual Exhibition at Central Park in October.
 
Carol Wohlnick
Head of Art
Japanese Department Introduction
I am very pleased to introduce Makiko Imamura, who started at St. George’s at the beginning of this term. Makiko is volunteering her time here for one year in order to improve her English and help our students learn more about Japan and the Japanese language. Makiko is currently staying with the Grubelich family, before she moves to the Bongiovanni and Selden families.

If your son or daughter is studying Japanese, I’m sure they will have told you what an invaluable help Makiko has been! I am extremely grateful to have Makiko’s help and expertise, so thank you to the host families for their generosity.

We would love to continue with the Japanese Teaching Assistant Programme in 2017. If you are interested in hosting an assistant, please call me at the School or email me directly on ddewitt@stgeorges.wa.edu.au.

Danielle de Witt
Japanese Co-Ordinator
Sport and Physical Education
Term Two has been an eventful term in the Physical Education (PE) Department. All the Year 7 - 10 PE classes have been walking through the Supreme Court Gardens to Langley Park, a beautiful grassed area that overlooks the river. We have enjoyed some fantastic days where the river looks like glass, providing an amazing backdrop to our PE classes.
At Langley Park our focus was on the fundamental movement skill of kicking and hand-foot coordination. You may ask yourself, what are “fundamental movement skills (FMS)” and why is it important to become proficient in these skills? FMS include skills such as running, jumping, kicking, throwing, catching and striking. They are important as they provide a strong foundation for a physically active lifestyle. Children and young adults who are proficient in FMS are more likely to be physically active, have adequate cardiorespiratory fitness and are less likely to be over-weight. These skills also enable people to interact successfully in team sports. At St George’s we aim to practice and improve the FMS of each student and give them opportunities to apply them in modified game situations.
 
We started the term with a modified rugby game called League Tag. This game includes the basic techniques of Rugby where we pass the ball backwards to score a try over the line. We then looked at Australian Rules Football and Gaelic Football finishing the term off with some modified Soccer games. It was a great term of work and again the student’s behaviour in the public has been exemplary.
 
I would like to commend all the students who have participated in one of the School Sport WA inter-School sporting teams this semester. We are the smallest school compared to most of our competitors. We are also a new school whereas some of the other schools we played have been competing in these leagues for ten years or more. While this made it challenging in terms of competing and gaining a winning result, we have made a start and now intend to build and grow from these inaugural sporting teams. We also aim to develop team cohesion, camaraderie and discipline. This is encouraged through students regularly attending training sessions, enabling players to get to know each other and fully commit to the requirements of becoming a successful team. Enjoyment comes not from just a win itself but also from performing well, both individually and as a team, which is where the intrinsic motivation really comes from.
 
Our students have a great attitude and treat other teams with respect. They are good ambassadors of the School and should all be very proud of their effort and involvement in our inter-school teams this semester. Thank you to the staff who dedicated their time, expertise and support of the following teams:
SPORT STAFF
I would like to formally introduce you to Mr Yousri Gharsallah. He has been an outstanding asset to the Physical Education programme. He assists in all PE lessons and also with the inter-school sporting teams. Yousri is from Tunisia, where he had experience in PE teaching and was a professional soccer player, representing his country internationally as a Goal Keeper. Yousri is currently playing in the WA State League Soccer competition as the number one Goal Keeper for the White Eagles.
TERM 3
Students will be running, jumping and throwing their way into Term 3 as we will begin with the Athletics programme.  All PE classes will travel to McGillivray Reserve, starting in Week 2, Monday 25 July through to Friday 19 August. This will lead into the Inter-House Athletics Carnival which will take place at McGillivray Reserve on 1 September. In case of inclement weather the back-up date will be 8 September.
 
Students will also participate in the School Sport WA Junior School Basketball Carnival which takes place on the 6 September. We are encouraging the junior team players who want to play to attend all training sessions through the Co-Curricular Programme to develop team cohesion.
 
I would like to remind all students that they must not come to School in their PE uniform. Please ensure you are wearing the correct winter uniform. Should you have PE please bring your full PE uniform with you, including the sports socks. I highly recommend purchasing the Sports tracksuit for Winter. You need to bring a water bottle as there is limited access to water at the Athletics track. When you represent the School in an inter-school team it is absolutely essential you wear the full Sports uniform.
 
Have a fun-filled, active holiday!
 
Jodie Scheele
Sport Co-Ordinator
Red Nose Day Collection
Ten of our Year 12 students helped the Charity, “Sids and Kids” that were collecting in the CBD for Red Nose Day on Friday 24 June 2016.
 
SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families.
 
Thanks to James Hampson, Shona Schutz, Dheekshana Jagadish, Yeremia Hardono, Arnold Xie, Zhen Bong, Arrianne Alfred, Claudia Liu, Kate Liang and Liyana Anthony.
 
Fr David Lord
Chaplain
2017 Melbourne Theatre Trip
A wonderful opportunity is available to students enrolled in Year 11 or Year 12 Drama next year at St George's Anglican Grammar School. We are joining the annual VCA Melbourne Theatre Trip, a well-established interstate learning and cultural experience for select Western Australian schools. It is run during the first week of the April school holidays and will cost around $2,600 (exact price will be confirmed by July this year). This cost is inclusive of flights, hotel accommodation, theatre visits and a five day programme of intensive actor training with the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Theatre Company staff. If you missed the parent information evening on Tuesday 28 June, please request an information pack from Mr Scott Robertson, Drama Coordinator, by email on srobertson@stgeorges.wa.edu.au.
From the Business Manager
The Term 2 Fee statements were forwarded to parents on 28 April 2016, with accounts due for payment by 6 May 2016.

Families who have not paid or made payment arrangements by the due date, should be aware that a late penalty of $100.00 (GST included) may be imposed.
 
The School currently offers the following payment options:
 
  • BPAY
  • Credit Card*
  • Direct Debit
  • Cash & Cheque
 
*Please note payments by credit cards attract a 1% surcharge.
 
To assist families to budget for their School fee payments we also offer monthly or bi-monthly Direct Debt payment plans. A Direct Debt form can be downloaded from the School website.
 
If you require further information or have a query please contact the Schools Finance Office.

Ian Short
Business Manager
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