STUDENT LATENESS AND ABSENCES - IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS TO NOTE
When a student is absent from school or required to leave the College during school hours due to illness, or other reasons, parents are required to contact the College on the following telephone numbers.
JUNIOR SCHOOL – (08) 9313 9334
SENIOR SCHOOL – Student Services direct line: (08) 9313 9302
Please note these numbers to ensure your call is dealt with in a speedy and efficient manner, ensuring all students are accounted for.
“That’s boring!” are words we hear, and say, so often. We are used to everything being presented to us very quickly and using as many senses as possible; anything which does not immediately ‘grab’ our attention stands the chance of being quickly rejected. Adults become conditioned to cope with ‘boring’ situations and must endure ‘boring’ talks, meetings, parties and dinners on a regular basis. Take a look at a newspaper from a hundred years ago, with its dense typeface and ponderous expression, never using one word when three will do; how many of us would get through even a single page today? Therefore, we can hardly blame our young people for dismissing so many things as ‘boring’, when their elders are scarcely better.
At All Saints’, as at most Anglican schools, the Chaplain tries to present a couple of hundred young people a day with a service of worship at which attendance is compulsory, and which attempts to present some aspect of the Christian Faith to people who frequently have little interest in it. How on earth is this possible? There are precious few resources for school chaplains or at least none that appealed to me, so I have had the task of devising a 115 or 20 minute segment, day after day, term after term in two schools over the past eight years. There is no syllabus, nor any way of checking success or failure; I long gave up hoping that my congregations would show any response on their hurried exit, or at any later time. It really is like firing into the dark!
Not to be discouraged, however, I decided that if I found something boring, then I could be pretty certain that students would, too. Listening with no visual cues is one such thing. Incomprehensible language or metaphors is another. So, over the years, I used umpteen media and music clips from the Internet and kept my own spouting forth to a minimum. I tried to have others participating whenever possible. And then, of course, there is music. Let’s face it, even in the most active Australian Anglican churches the congregation does not often sing with much gusto, so what could I expect of students? “Well, you need to use more up-to-date songs,” people say. The problem is that the lyrics of so many of the songs which raise the roof in Evangelical or Charismatic churches assume an intimate, lively and personal relationship with God or Jesus. This is not the experience of many who worship under compulsion in our school chapels, so the choice of repertoire is very limited, as it would be disingenuous to make people sing about something which they do not own.
Earlier this year I decided to put my head in the noose and, with the help of the Dean of Student Wellbeing, put out an electronic questionnaire about what our students felt about Chapel services. The results were amazingly encouraging and positive. It was great to have students comment electronically when they would probably be too shy to do so to my face. It has also been wonderful when students whom I do not know personally have emailed me with suggestions for video clips or music which might be useful. Deep down, things might be happening!
So, I soldiered on, introducing and exploring Christian themes, and feeling like St. Paul, who wrote to the Christians in Corinth: I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. Who knows what seeds I might have planted over the years? I thank God that I had the opportunity to conclude my long ministry in two excellent Anglican Schools. From now on, as I undertake supply and locum work in churches around Perth, I will just have to get used to not being the oldest person there, but sometimes the youngest!
Rev Tony Murray-Feist
The Reverend Tony Murray-Feist retires as College Chaplain at the end of Term 2, 2018, and plans to travel for a while, and then undertake supply or locum ministry in churches in the Diocese. We thank Tony for all of his service to the College and wish him well in his future endeavours.
NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA (NCCD) – School Students with disability 2018
All schools and approved authorities for schools in Australia participate in the NCCD annually. The NCCD collects data about school students with disabilities across Australia in a consistent, reliable and systematic way. The data is then submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training at the school level and acts as a reference for the number of students with disability. This collection is based on the professional judgement of teachers about their students. Teachers determine the level of adjustments provided to students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students, consistent with the obligations of all schools under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards).
The NCCD provides Australian schools, education authorities and the community with information about:
- the number of school students receiving adjustments because of disability;
- the levels of adjustment provided for students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students;
- each student’s broad category of disability; and
- the distribution of school students with disability.
For further information about NCCD please read the fact sheet for parents
or contact Mrs Jeanette Sealy, Learning Support Coordinator: [email protected]
WHOLE SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH PRE-ORDERS
The first All Saints’ College Whole School photograph was taken in 1993 when there were just 850 students from Years 1 to 12. This tradition has continued every five years since, with the College capturing a photographic record of the entire College population for posterity.
Last week, the 1 450+ staff and students from Pre-K to Year 12 had their pictures taken at the College that will create our sixth Whole School photograph. These photos were taken individually and are being produced into a composite image of everybody.
Click HERE to pre-order your photo. Hurry, there is only a limited amount being produced.
JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
Looking for something to entertain your children these school holidays? Then, the All Saints’ College July School Holiday Program is perfect for you! Running from Monday, 9 July – Friday, 13 July, the program features a variety of half and full day workshops, some including the Monster ‘Plush’ Toy Workshop, Hands on Podcast Workshop, Roving KIN Village – Hut Building & Wilderness Awareness Games and much more!
As well as these fun activities on offer, the College will also be hosting Firetech and Code Camp workshops.
Read more in the ‘Holiday Programs’ section of the Courier or for more information, visit www.allsaints.wa.edu.au