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FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The excitement is certainly mounting at St George’s as our campus is nearing completion and we are preparing for the move to the city. The new campus is looking absolutely fabulous and we are counting down the days in anticipation. I hope you have been keeping up to date with the progress of the fitout on our social media sites where we regularly share updates and photographs.
 
There are a myriad of matters to be dealt with in preparation for the move – ordering of furniture, arranging removalists, allocating rooms, disposing of excess furniture and so much more. Whilst this is all happening in the background, staff are focusing on preparing the students for the move. As such, we have arranged a number of incursions over the next five weeks to ensure that our students are well prepared for schooling in the city. The first of these will take place on Friday 12 June, when the staff from Transperth will visit the School to talk to the students about safety and etiquette when using public transport. We will also have incursions from Anglicare, City of Perth Library staff and others in the weeks to come. If parents have any particular concerns that they would like us to address with the students, please contact me directly and we will do our best to arrange.  
 
If any of our students are planning to cycle in to the city once we move, Mrs Kath Merrick (one of our parents) has very kindly offered to do a few ‘practice runs’ with them over a weekend or during the holidays. Kath knows the cycle routes into the city very well as she is a keen cyclist. Should you wish to avail yourself of this kind offer, please contact Student Reception to be put in touch with Kath.
 
Parents will be invited to a sundowner and tour of the new facility as soon as we are able to gain access. We look forward to showing you our new school as soon as possible.
 
Year 12 students
As advised previously, students in Years 7 – 11 are having an additional week of holidays at the end of this term so that we can move into the new campus and be completely ready to commence classes. Year 12 students will attend classes as usual during that week (20 – 25 July 2015). Please note that the Year 12 classes will be held at our existing Murdoch campus during that time, to ensure minimal disruption to their learning.
 
Monday 27 July
We have some exciting events planned for our first day in the new school! A separate newsletter will be sent out later in the term advising parents of the arrangements for that day which will include tours of the new building, tours of surrounding facilities and much more.
 
Staffing news
It is with regret that I inform you all that Ms Tracey Lake has made the decision to return to the UK at the end of this term. We wish Tracey and her husband everything of the best as they return home. We will be advertising for a replacement teacher this week and look forward to advising you of the new teacher in the near future.
 
In the midst of our move preparations, the normal life and rhythm of the School continues. The pages of this newsletter are full of events and celebrations. Please do enjoy the articles and the photographs.
 
Rensché Diggeden
Principal

NEW YORK TRIP
During the Term One School holiday break, 15 St George’s students travelled to New York with Mrs Fassom and Mrs Jacobsen. Over the 11 days, we immersed ourselves in the culture and took advantage of many of the fantastic experiences that the city has to offer.
 
The students explored the city by foot, subway and ferry, taking in the sights and participating in tours of; Times Square, The Museum of Natural History, The Rockefeller Center, Harlem, 911 Memorial and Museum, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Radio City Music Hall, The Apollo Theatre, Central Park and The Lincoln Center. They were privy to thewealth of visual art on offer by visiting galleries like; The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students also participated in Broadway workshops, where they learnt from professionals. Their cultural experience was topped off by their attendance of the off-Broadway and Broadway shows; The Blue Man TheatreWicked and The Lion King.
 
With this unbelievable itinerary, the students certainly had a fantastic time, experiencing all that the ‘Big Apple’ has to offer. 

Katie Fassom
Head of Mandela House 

ASC 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
A select group of students and staff where involved in the Anglican Schools Commission 30th Anniversary Eucharist on Friday 8 May. The service was held in the magnificent St George's Cathedral with representatives from other ASC Schools.

The ASC core values of Faith, Excellence, Justice, Respect, Integrity and Diversity were evident amongst the students involved and the event really highlighted the high caliber of young people from within these schools.

Thank you to Father David Lord, Mr Michael Newton, staff and students for assisting in this memorable milestone for the Anglican Schools Commission.

Click here to see a short video from the ASC. 

P.A.R.T.Y. Program – Prevention of Alcohol and Risk related Trauma in Youth
On Wednesday 6 May a group of 28 students traveled to Royal Perth Hospital for the day to see first hand the consequences that risk-taking behaviour can result in. Students were spoken to by staff from Royal Perth Hospital, St John’s Ambulance and drug councillors. They toured the emergency department, visited the intensive care unit, underwent a session with the hospital's physiotherapists and spoke with a patient on the ward, who was recovering from an serious accident.
 
Students also heard the stories of two individuals, who have learnt to live with lasting injuries that occurred during accidents, where risk taking behaviour was involved.
 
Although the day was confronting and challenging at times, students gained a valuable perspective about the fragility of life and an insight into the way that the decisions that they make can have lasting consequences in their own lives and the lives of others.
 
Katie Fassom
Head of Mandela House 

Click here to read about the success of the recent SSWA Inter-School Cross Country event. 
YEAR 12 BALL
The Great Gatsby themed celebration held at the Duxton Hotel on Friday 1 May was an enjoyable evening.

The students looked impeccable, there was plenty of dancing, socialising, amazing food and lots of photos! Some of our students were even lucky enough to feature in
The West Australian online gallery. Thank you to The Duxton Hotel and St George's staff for your efforts in ensuring our graduating students had a truly memorable evening. 

A group of St George's students were provided the opportunity to attend a conference at All Saints College on world poverty. Click here to read more!
POPSTARS! THE MUSICAL 
Tickets are now available for the inaugural St George's whole school production. Please head to http://mytickets.co to secure your tickets now!

 
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 
St George's has some very talented students, click here to read some of the wonderful achievements from our students.

CLICKVIEW
St George’s Anglican Grammar School is excited to announce another addition to our expanding suite of resources available to staff & students.

ClickView provides thousands of quality educational videos designed for Primary and Secondary schools, which are accessible through our BYOD-friendly video platform. With ClickView, you can embrace video learning as our suite of software enables teachers and librarians to store, manage and deliver educational videos inside and outside the classroom. This means teachers can embed educational videos into their school's LMS, while students can watch these programs at their own pace using any computer or mobile device.
 
ClickView enables users to search for curriculum-mapped videos, access content anywhere & anytime, watch true educational content and much more.
The school will send students an email about how to access ClickView Online.
 
To learn more, please visit their website clickview.com.au

Jason Wakefield
IT Manager

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS
The St George's P & F are now taking orders for the 2015/2016 Entertainment Book. Please click the link to find out more! A portion of each sale will go towards the School assisting with fundraising and supporting the School community.

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/85122a

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