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From the Principal
This past term has been a most significant one for the School, with our long anticipated move into the new city campus proving to be both exciting and invigorating for the School community. Those of you who have moved house will know what an exhausting and challenging time it is. Relocating a school magnifies that tenfold! The seamless manner in which we made the transition would not have been possible without our incredibly hardworking staff, and I would like to record my gratitude to them for their generosity of time, their flexibility and their commitment to ensure minimal disruption for the students while we settled into the new campus.
 
Our students have been wonderful ambassadors for our school in the city environment. They conduct themselves with maturity and level of decorum which is often commented on by members of the broader public. I have received numerous compliments on how well behaved our students are, how smartly they wear their uniform and what a wonderful level of energy they bring to the city. I am very proud of them for their excellent representation of the School and the way in which they have navigated such a significant change of environment.
 
Part of our vision for the School in our new location is to embrace the opportunities on offer in the city. I am pleased to say that we have managed to do just that during our first term. Our sports programme has been wonderfully rich and varied, with students experiencing a fabulous range of activities. Students have enjoyed the benefits of our proximity to Scitech, The Art Gallery of WA and the State Library. In addition, classes have used the cityscape for photography classes, interviewing members of the public for English classes, going to Japanese restaurants and so much more. We certainly do have the ability to provide a range of authentic learning experiences for our students and intend to build on this in the months ahead.
 
The official opening of the School and commissioning of the staff was a wonderful celebration in the life of the School. The procession through the city following the Commissioning Service certainly announced our arrival in the CBD as we paraded up St George’s Terrace, led by the City of Perth Marching Corps. We were delighted to have numerous dignitaries in attendance to share in our celebration. The School was officially opened by the Honourable Peter Collier, Minister for Education, while the Archbishop of Perth blessed the School and commissioned the staff. It was certainly a day to remember.
 
The School has achieved some notable academic successes during Term 3, which are reported in the pages of this newsletter. We had some outstanding results in the Language Perfect Competition, The Australian Mathematics Competition and the Australian Science Innovations Big Science Competition. In addition, our Year 8 students all took part in the Oracy programme for the first time, and the standard of their work was excellent. We congratulate all of these students on their achievements.
 
We received our NAPLAN results for students in Years 7 and 9 just prior to the end of Term 3, and are very pleased with the overall results. A more detailed analysis of these will be sent to all families early in Term 4. We look forward to similarly good results from our Year 12 students and wish them well as they prepare for their examinations. The final WACE and WAUFP exams commence in Week 4 of Term 4. The School community will formally farewell our Year 12 students at their Graduation on Friday 23 October.
 
Important dates to note for your diaries during Term 4:

  • Art Exhibition - 21 - 28 October
  • Parent/Teacher interviews – 27 October. Please note that teachers will invite parents to attend these interviews if they have any concerns. If there are no concerns, parents do not need to attend.
  • Year 7 - 11 Presentation Evening, Thursday 3 December. Please note that this is a compulsory event for all students in Years 7 - 11. Parents are invited to attend (further details to follow).

We look forward to a more normalised routine as we enter this final term of the School year. Parents are reminded that students are to wear their summer uniform for Term 4. Blazers are not required. 

Rensché Diggeden
Principal

St George's Commissioning Service
Our First Day
Maths Success! 
More than 50% of our students competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition this year. The competition has attracted 14.5 million entrants up to 2015, and has participants from 30 countries. It is truly a world-wide competition and the first 20 questions set are based around the Australian Mathematics Curriculum and the last 10 questions are further extension to challenge the students.
We were very impressed by the number of students at St George’s who were interested in competing in this prestigious competition.

The competition runs for 75 minutes where 30 questions are completed starting off with relatively easy questions and progressing to very complex and demanding analytical questions.

St George’s Anglican Grammar School achieved some amazing results, well above the competition’s average.

YunYu Pan of Year 10 received a High Distinction, was in the top 1% of students in her Division and received the coveted Prudence Award. This is a brilliant effort.

Year 7 top 3
Chantelle Wellstead (Credit), Mia Grubelich (Credit), Ethan Hwang (Credit)
 
Year 8 top 3
Charlene Lee (Distinction), Xinyue Jiang (Credit), Elena Ling (Credit)
 
Year 9 top 3
Massimo McKie (Distinction), Stanley Zhong (Credit), Alex Buckland (Credit)
 
Year 10 top 3
Yunyu Pan (High Distinction), Jinhao Ling (Distinction), Callan Conroy (Distinction)
* we received 6 Distinctions in total in Year 10 this year
 
Year 11 top 3
Thanakorn Seaha (High Distinction), Zheling Chen (High Distinction), Jiali Gao (High Distinction)
*we received 12 Distinctions in total in Year 11 this year
 
Year 12 top 3
Ryanna Koh (Distinction), Eli Storer (Credit), Trilyn Tang Qiuling (Credit)


These are outstanding results and the Mathematics Department not only want to congratulate all entrants, but also those students who have excelled, making us all very proud. Well done.

Mr Peter Freer
Competition Coordinator 
Sport in the City!
Earlier this year, St George's Anglican Grammar School entered 22 students into the Australian Science Innovation’s Big Science competition. In the competition, 50,000 students competed from 661 schools across Australia.
 
The competition challenges students to think critically and solve scientific problems using everyday examples. Students have to apply the science content they learn from the Australian curriculum. Students were separated based on what year group they belonged to. Year 7 students competed in the junior division, Years 9 - 10 in the intermediate and our senior school competed in the senior competition.
 
Of the 23 students who competed from the school, 5 students received credits, 4 students received distinctions and 2 students received high distinctions.
 
Congratulations to the following students:
Credit:
  • Alexander Buckland
  • Bobbi-Jo Taylor
  • Gemma Edwards
  • Pablo Ohayon
Distinction:
  • Dylan Hart
  • Massimo Mckie
  • James Hampson
  • Julian Kort-Pieters
High Distinction:
  • Luke Thomas
  • Robert Jackson
Peter Quan 
Science Teacher 

Music Department
Term 3 has been a hectic but productive and successful term for St George's musicians. Our Chapel Band and Choir played for our weekly Chapel Services, and also provided the music for the Commissioning Service, with Shona Schutz performing a solo vocal piece. Two weeks prior to the Commissioning we held our annual Music Festival at Burt Hall; a very successful night for all of our performers. Congratulations to 'Sweet Disposition' for wining the Band/Ensemble section and to Shona Schutz who won the Vocal section. In the final week of term St George's hosted a Professional Development Day for 30 music teachers from as far afield as Broome down to Busselton. In class the Year 7 and 8 students have been learning songs of their choice, Year 9 students have also been working on songs of their choice as well as some basic improvising and theoretical concepts, and the Year 10 students have been working on songwriting. A big thank you to all the students who have taken part in Choir, Chapel Band, Swing Band, and Year 7 Rock Band. You've been fantastic, and we're looking forward to some great performances in Term 4. Keep an eye out for 'On The Roof', our rooftop concert to be held on Thursday 5 November.
 
Music Department Opportunities
Our instrumental lessons also began this term. We have an excellent instrumental tuition staff, read their bios here! It is not too late to apply for instrumental lessons for the start of Term 4 (applications can be downloaded from the school website or the Music Portal Page on CONEQT and emailed to mnewton@stgeorges.wa.edu.au). We’re also looking for performers for our rooftop concert next term.
 
Upcoming Events Dates
Thursday 5 November – On The Roof

Michael Newton
Music Coordinator 

Language Perfect Competition
This term our students participated in the Language Perfect World Championships, a competition where students from all over the world have to learn as many words as possible in 10 days. Students learn through hearing and reading, with the focus on repetition in order to retain the information in their long term memory.
 
Congratulations to the following students:
  • Gold Award - Gavin McInerney (3000 words)
  • Silver Award - Syuen Jing Lee (2120 words)
  • Bronze Award - Stefan Varodi (1743 words)
  • Credit awards (over 500) to Milain Ranasinghe, William Selden, Alex Buckland and Mica Liau
Danielle de Witt
Japanese Coordinator 
Whole School Production
St George’s inaugural production, Popstars, was run to great acclaim during the second week of term. The State Theatre Centre provided a magnificent venue for the hilarious and high-energy performance. Feedback from the School community and the general public has been incredibly positive and we look forward to Flametree Theatre Company’s future productions. Congratulations to all students who participated both on and off stage, the staff involved and our wonderful parents for their continued support.

Scott Robertson 
Drama Coordinator 
Nicholas L Johnson – The Scam Show
On Friday 11 September the Year 7 – 9 students were fortunate enough to have a presentation from best-selling author Nicholas. J. Johnson. Nicholas was in Perth for the Festival of Disruptive Ideas and took time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge of scam artists and frauds. Nicholas used magic tricks to wow the students and to show them how deception and illusion is used to scam people all over the world. Nicholas’ stories of real scammers and fraudsters were both interesting and entertaining and all who were lucky enough to listen to him would agree that they might be a bit more cautious in the future when it comes to believing all they are told. We would like to thank the City of Perth Library for organising Nicholas’ visit to St George’s Anglican Grammar School.
Theatre Challenge
On Friday 18 September at Burt Hall, St George’s celebrated its very first Theatre Challenge event. A tradition from Murdoch College, the challenge has been a part of the drama programme since 2008 and always a popular event with students and parents. Representative house teams featuring both students and staff competed against each other in a series of improvisational comedy games and then finished the evening with some outstanding dancing. We had a great audience who laughed along and a fun time was had by all. To make the competition as fair as possible, all the scoring was carried out by alumni students from the old school. This year Lincoln won the Theatre Challenge Cup and Mandela house’s dancing prowess allowed it to take out the coveted Glee Extravaganza Trophy for dance.

Scott Robertson
Drama Coordinator 
State Library Visit
At the end of Term 3, all students in Years 7 to 11 visited the State Library of Western Australia for a tour with a library education officer. The State Library is located in the Arts precinct of Perth, near the Art Gallery and Museum. During the tour, the students were shown the Battye Library, which holds a collection of items significant to West Australia’s history. They also viewed the many resources available to assist in research, including e-resources and the WACE study space, an area set aside for Year 12 students to study in a quiet space that has available a large collection of past papers and study guides for use by the students. 
Bell Shakespeare Incursion
This term, the Year 10 cohort participated in a Bell Shakespeare Masterclass incursion. The aim of the workshop was to introduce our students to the well known and loved play Romeo and Juliet in order to commence their next unit in English. The workshop involved an in-depth exploration of the plot of the play, exposing students to a fresh perspective on the timeless story. The workshop was a success encouraging even the most reluctant students to their feet, and introducing them to an exciting understanding of Shakespeare’s classic.
 
Student testimonial
'The Workshop was really fun and educational and the whole class seemed to enjoy themselves' - Brooke
'I found the drama workshop a great experience, the lady was really nice and it was a fun way to learn things about Romeo and Juliet and a little about the background of the play' - Gemma
'I found the workshop really helpful for understanding the story of Romeo and Juliet, by having an interactive workshop to teach Shakespeare it was a simple and enjoyable to learn' - Cristel
'The workshop was a great way to gain a good understanding of the play. As a visual learner, seeing it being played out really helped me to understand what was happening when reading the play in class' - Courtney
'I found the workshop extremely fun and it certainly helped me get a better understanding of the play Romeo and Juliet' - Dylan


Ms Kelly Newbold
English Teacher
Reachout Manila
Click here to read a touching story by our wonderful Mathematics Teacher, Mr Peter Freer on his recent visit to Manila for the 2015 Reachout Pilgrimage. 
Term 4 Uniforms 
Please note Term 4 is Summer Uniform and the following dress is required by students:
Boys 
  • Short sleeve School shirt with School crest
  • Grey School shorts or grey School pants
  • Black leather belt with gold or silver buckle
  • Grey striped School socks
  • Black lace up leather shoes
  • Grey School hat with School crest 
  • Grey School backpack or trolley bag with School crest
Girls 
  • Short sleeve School blouse with School crest
  • School skirt 
  • Grey School bowtie
  • White striped School socks
  • Black lace up leather shoes
  • Grey School hat with School crest
  • Grey School backpack or trolley bag with School crest
All items are available from the School Uniform Shop located at Level One, 56 William Street. The Uniform Shop is open Monday 12 October 8.30 to 3.30pm. Contact Linda on 9312 0827 or uniforms@stgeorges.wa.edu.au 

Normal opening hours resume in Term 4, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.00am to 4.00pm. 
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