The College Courier

09 November 2017
No 19, 9 November 2017 
From the Principal
Whole College
Junior School
Senior School
What's On?
The HotHouse Company
Sport & Physical Education
Success Stories
Service Learning
Propeller Enterprises
Learning Technologies
Holiday Programs
Important Contact Details
In the news
All Saints' College
Senior School (08) 9313 9333
Ewing Avenue
Bull Creek, WA, 6149

From the Principal

“Throughout this year I have realised my own personal values have changed for the better as I grow and learn, both wisely and academically. This school is certainly helping set my own personal values and goals for the future as well.”  (ASC student, Year 8, 2017)


These words, from a current Year 8 student in that year group’s recent annual survey, remind us what I am sure we all already know: that a quality education is so much more than merely learning facts and content; a quality education is about IQ (intelligence quotient), but also EQ (emotional quotient or emotional intelligence) and, in our increasingly global world, CQ (cultural intelligence).


As Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and 2017 guest speaker at All Saints’ College, Jan Owen AM, reminds us:


“Our future prosperity relies on our investment in today’s children and young people, however, their capacity to contribute to Australia’s economic development is dependent upon receiving high quality education – one that focuses on developing the skills and capabilities required to thrive in the changing job market.”


Ms Owen stresses that changing this picture requires more than “minor adjustments”: we need to rethink our ideas about education from the earliest years to beyond tertiary.

“The traditional approach of teaching students to ‘ace the test’ will not prepare young people to overcome multiple challenges in an increasingly precarious world of work.

“Our goal should not be to ensure that young people are simply finishing school, but to make certain that every student has built a ‘portfolio’ of skills and capabilities with which to thrive in the new economy.”


Jan Owen stresses that the most successful education systems in the world are focusing on “immersive, real world experiences” that help build students’ skills and capabilities, thus helping to enable them to adapt to what is, and will continue to be, an ever-changing environment.

“In the past,” continues Owen, “these skills and capabilities were called ‘soft skills’, a term that under-represents their critical importance in the world of work. The term ‘enterprise skills’ provides the bridge we need between previously named ‘hard‘ and ‘soft‘ skills. Enterprise skills include communication, digital literacy, critical thinking, creativity, financial savvy, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial mindset. These skills are portable and highly sought after by all employers today; and are essential to navigating the future of work tomorrow.”


We have been delighted with our students’ enthusiasm for building their repertoire of enterprise skills – via a range of vehicles including, most recently, Creative Industries and Propeller Enterprises – and their take-up rate of our many curriculum initiatives in 2018, including a suite of new Certificated courses.


Our newest ‘vehicle’ – Djoowak: the Beyond Boundaries Institute – will be instrumental in driving this transformation of education, and we look forward to reporting further on the Institute’s work in the new year.


“In my time at ASC I have noticed the teachers and staff have really had a positive effect on how I am as a person. Things that I never thought I could do, I have done, and things that I couldn’t understand before have become clear for me.” (ASC student, Year 8, 2017)


Ms Belinda Provis

Whole College


As I write this, there is a fortnight or so to go before the result of the postal survey on same-sex marriage is announced. I have to say that I was dreading the campaign which could emerge if there were to be any sort of plebiscite or vote on this matter, and it has been as I expected.

Naturally, in this sort of debate, the extreme views get more publicity, and the media can be as censorious of morality as they can of liberality. Anybody who accesses social media will know that the unmonitored content there can be extremely venomous, and I have certainly seen plenty of this, from both “yes” and “no” standpoints.

The “no” campaigners have possibly realised that supposed biblical prohibitions are neither here nor there to many Australians who have no religious connections whatever. Instead, some quarters of the “no” campaign have instead focused on the ‘what will happen to our children?’ and ‘destruction of the whole fabric of our society’ argument, as they hail the perfect (heterosexual) marriage as the norm.

I was, nevertheless, interested to read an article on the ABC news website on 16 October called “Single women choosing freedom, independence over relationships with men”, which offered statistics and quotations illustrating the growing disdain for and decline of marriage today.

As a Christian of the more liberal, accepting and inclusive type, I have been particularly concerned about the damage that the same-sex marriage debate has done to Christianity. The Christians who are saying “no” the loudest are trying to give the impression that they are the true purveyors of truth in this area, and speak for all people of faith. Sadly, the argument has frequently turned to homophobia and hatred. Homosexual people are used to this, of course, and thus probably have far more reason to reject and oppose Christianity, and who can blame them? Christians of a more moderate nature have tended to be lumped together with conservative, right-wing groups as lacking in love, respect, justice and dignity towards LGBTI people. The recent news that the ultra-conservative Anglican Diocese of Sydney has supported the “no” campaign with an astonishing donation of $1 million was unsurprising but very dismaying indeed to other Anglicans. The issue is made worse by the fact that many people do not realise that the Sydney Diocese, although very large, is not the national Anglican ‘head office’. Just because Sydney made this donation does not mean that the rest of the Anglican Church of Australia would approve: I imagine many are, in fact, appalled.

As a school chaplain I try, whenever I can, to promote Christian love, forgiveness and justice among all people, believers or unbelievers. Regrettably, the same-sex marriage debate has not helped at all. The invectives have largely died down now, the majority of surveys have been returned and Australia awaits the result. What will happen next, and the damage that has been incurred by this political campaign, really do remain to be seen.

Gloria Gaynor’s eighties disco number, “I will survive”, has long been an anthem of the LGBTI community, facing discrimination and persecution. Perhaps it should be played in Christian gatherings as a song of trust that the love of God in Jesus Christ will survive, despite all that we currently see being played out in our community.


At 11.00 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

Commemoration; Remembrance of our Fallen Soldiers

All Saints’ College Senior School’s special observance of Remembrance Day will he held on Monday, 13th November in the Centre for Performing Arts during Tutor Group time. The Year 7, 8 and 9 students and community will be gathering to commemorate and honour the brave sacrifices made by all who fought and lost their lives in times of war. All attending are reminded of the solemn nature of the occasion and the need to enter, participate, depart and disperse in quiet contemplation.

Donations to the Returned Service League

And so when you see a Poppy worn, Let us reflect on burdens borne, by those who gave their very all, when asked to answer their country's call.

As part of our wider commemoration the community is invited to make a donation to ‘The Poppy Appeal’ which contributes significantly to the fundraising work of the RSL, enabling support for current and former serving members of the Australian and Allied defence forces and their dependents.

The ‘Poppy Appeal’ tins will be located at accessible points around the School such as the School’s Reception, Student Services, Canteen and Staff Room. Donations are also possible online.  


In Flanders fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872–1918)

Lest We Forget


We were fortunate this year to host at the College several students from many different countries, for different lengths of time and through different organisations. The students loved their experience of Western Australian and All Saints’ College culture, and were very grateful for the generosity shown to them by the ASC families who hosted them. In turn, we enjoyed getting to know them and more about their countries of origin.

Through our partnership with one organisation, we hosted three Venetian students this year and we expect that more students from Venice will join us next year for stays of three months. In this arrangement, host families are paid an amount of money each week (approximately $290) to assist with the costs of including an extra member in their family.

We expect to host, in Semester 1 of next year, Anna Giovine. Anna is 17 years old and will study in Year 11 while she is with us. She arrives in Perth on Saturday, 13 January and her final day is Saturday, 30 June.

Please contact the College’s Dean of Student Wellbeing, Steven Davies [email protected] if you are interested in hosting Anna or other Italian students (for three month stays). More information can be supplied.


All Saints’ College believes that the safety of our students is paramount. The College values children and understands that purposeful planning and action must take place to ensure the safety of children. It balances a safety focus with positive interactions and environments that contribute to the healthy development of children.


The College takes action to protect children from physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and cultural abuse and from neglect. This commitment by the College is embedded in its culture, and responsibility for taking action is understood and accepted at all levels of the school.

The structure required to build a child safe and friendly culture is organised into nine domains, the sixth of which is ‘safe environment – physical and online’.  Please click HERE to read more.


The Canteen is always in need of an extra pair of hands. Enthusiasm is all that is required to be a part of our community. We would be delighted to hear from you if you can volunteer any time on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

Please feel free to pop into the Canteen or contact the Canteen Manager, Colin Lynn: 

[email protected] or phone: 9310 1470 between 7.00am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. 


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.



Junior School

From the Dean of Junior School

In Junior School we are focusing on students finishing the year strongly and confidently while looking ahead to next year. The teachers use their professional insight and knowledge of their students to make decisions on how best to prepare and empower them to negotiate the changes ahead.


We are particularly aware that all year levels will have new students to welcome to the College, and we greatly value our students looking beyond themselves to use RIC (Respect, Integrity and Courage) to welcome our new friends. It is integral to our values to be inclusive and reach out positively to others. So many of our students do this well, and we know from student surveys that this inclusive behaviour makes a significant difference to the wellbeing of our students. It is not helpful if current friends cluster together and do not take the opportunity to build new friendships and embrace the new social interactions and talents that our incoming students will bring.


We will be encouraging our Year 4 and 6 students to think forward to 2018 and consider how they can welcome and include the significant number of new students they will have joining them. Our Orientation Day, Thursday, 23 November 2017, is significant for the new students, and also a very strong reminder for our current students that we are a dynamic and growing group and that being a united and inclusive community is integral to the values of the College.


On Tuesday, 7 November 2017, we enjoyed a wonderful evening welcoming the parents of our 2018 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students to the College. There was great enthusiasm and energy as the parents of the Classes of 2031 and 2032 joined together for (in many cases) the very first time!


Ms Penelope Crane
Dean of Junior School



To register your child please click HERE.



Senior School


Information relating to this event has been emailed to all Year 7–12 families.

The College Presentation Evening is due to be held on Friday, 8 December.  All Year 12 students and other selected students will need to be available for a rehearsal at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 8 December. This rehearsal is compulsory. Further information relating to the rehearsal schedule will be provided to students and parents closer to the event.

On the evening it is important that the students meet the College uniform and grooming standards. The students need to ensure that:

They wear full winter uniform to this event.

  • Boys’ hair should be cut to the appropriate length: above the collar and off the face. All hair that is collar length or longer must be tied back. Faces need to be clean-shaven.
  • If a student’s hair has been dyed or bleached with an unnatural or contrasting colour, it needs to be returned to its natural colour.
  • Girls’ hair must also be of a natural colour and off the face. If hair hangs below the shoulder, it needs to be tied with regulation College colour hair ties and clips.
  • Uniforms need to be clean and presentable.
  • Shoes must be polished for the Presentation Ceremony.
  • No make-up or jewellery is permitted.
  • Girls’ skirts must reach to the centre of the knee.  

This is a compulsory evening for all students and attendance is expected. Students will report to their Tutors prior to the beginning of the evening to have their names recorded. Students will be sitting in Tutor Groups with their Tutors throughout the evening. 

Given the significance of the occasion, it is an expectation that all parents will attend to support and celebrate with their child. Families who are unable to attend are asked to contact Ms Aguiar at h[email protected] by Monday, 27 November to have their apology noted.


Please note that it is not appropriate to drop children at this event to attend on their own.


Seating zones will be reserved for families, which will be clearly marked in the auditorium. Individual tickets will not be allocated for this event.  

Information regarding this event has been emailed to all College families. 



This is a compulsory evening for all students and attendance is expected. Students will report to their Tutors at the beginning of the evening to have their names checked off the attendance list and students will be sitting in Tutor Groups with their Tutors throughout the evening. 



Students are to report to their Tutors in Pavilion 1 by 6.15pm. Tutors will conduct a uniform and attendance check and accompany the students to their allocated House/Tutor Group seating areas.

Award winners are to report to Mrs Cameron and Mr Brown in Pavilion 1 at 6.15pm for a uniform and attendance check.

Parents and invited guests are to make their way into the Riverside Theatre and be seated by 6.50pm.



Year 12 Students are to arrive at 6.15pm and report to their Heads of House in Pavilion 1 for a uniform and attendance check.  


Family photographs can be taken after the Presentation Evening formalities.

Year 12 students will be seated in the reserved Year 12 seating area.

Year 12 Students must bring their Valedictory Sashes.

All Year 12 students will be expected to attend rehearsal during the day on Friday, 8 December. A rehearsal schedule will be published in the Courier, sent to families by email and posted on the portal.


This event is a highlight of the College year and we look forward to seeing all families on the evening.



The School-Based Immunisation Team visited the College recently to complete this year’s Meningococcal immunisation program for our Year 10 –12 students who wished to be vaccinated.


We have received information from the Team that in 2018 only Year 10 students (currently Year 9) will receive the Meningococcal vaccination at the College with. This means that current Year 10 – 12 students who did not receive their vaccination will need to access the free service at one of the following three venues by appointment.


Child and Adolescent Community Health, 3/34 Paget Street, Hilton WA 6163

Phone: 6332 0100 (During school terms and school holidays)


Kwinana Community Health Centre, 1 Peel Row,  Kwinana WA 6167

Phone: 9419 2266 (During school terms and school holidays)


Central Immunisation Clinic, Rheola Street, West Perth WA 6005

Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm Phone: 9321 1312

(During school terms and school holidays)

Note: Meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be available free from your GP in Term 4. There may be community immunisation sessions available in your local area if the above venues are unsuitable.


What's On?

WANT TO PLAN FURTHER AHEAD? Click HERE to visit our 2017 College Calendar


The annual Twilight Carols on the Common will take place this year on Sunday, 3 December. The Friends of Music are asking for volunteers to assist with the sausage sizzle. Please contact the Music department, [email protected] if you’re able to help.

If you would like to join the Community Choir for the Twilight Carols  you are invited to attend the rehearsal on:

Tuesday, 28 November - 5.30pm – 6.30pm (venue TBC)

For expressions of interest or further details please email: 

Anette Kerkovius:   [email protected]


The HotHouse Company


Parents are now invited to enrol students for individual Music lessons at the College for 2018.

Tuition in the following instruments is available in 2018.

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn, Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Piano, Pipe Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Voice

To acess the enrolment pack for details please click HERE. The pack also includes the relevant enrolment form. It would be appreciated if all enrolments could be submitted by Friday, 10 November 2017.


2018 Year 6 Students

Tuition in Percussion, Woodwind, Brass or String instruments (excluding Guitar) is offered at 50% of the regular music tuition fee under the Year 6 Orchestral Instrumental Program. For further information and  enrolment form please click HERE.



Enrolment forms for the 2018 Year 3 and Year 5 Special Music Programs will be made available on the Junior School Portal.

Year 3: Tuition in Violin, Viola, Cello and Recorder is offered free of charge under the Year 3 Strings and Recorder Program.

Year 5: Tuition in any Woodwind, Brass, Percussion or String instrument (excludes Guitar) is offered free of charge under the Year 5 Orchestral Instrumental Program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Music department: [email protected]

Sport & Physical Education



In Term 4, All Saints’ College is entering a team into the first ever WACA Year 7/8 Girls’ Cricket competition. The competition is played after school against a range of other schools in a round-robin format.

In the first match of the season, ASC defeated Shenton College. Shenton batted first and made 2/65, before ASC came in and scored 2/67 to win narrowly in an exciting finish. It was a real team effort, with everyone bowling, fielding and batting well. Kelsey Biddulph (1/15) and Georgia Blackbeard (1/10) shared the wickets, while Georgia (22), Kelsey (15) and Imogen Khinsoe all scored double figures with the bat.




On Friday, 27 October All Saints’ College sent seven Cricket teams to the South East Metro Regional Cricket Championships to take part in a round-robin carnival of T20 Blast Cricket matches.


Two boys’ teams and one girls’ team for Years 7/8 and two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams for Years 9/10 took part, and all teams had a successful and enjoyable day. The standard was very high, and ASC finished Premiers in the Year 9/10 Girls’ Competition as well as a host of second and third finishes in the other competitions.


As a result of winning the Year 9/10 girls’ carnival, the team played in the State Finals on Friday, 3 November and had a great day, finishing in third position. Congratulations to all participants on playing some great cricket.



After a hugely successful 2017 Winter Basketball Season, we have now moved on to the 2017/18 Summer Season with 33 ASC teams – a record number – playing in the Willetton Basketball Association competition.

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate all of the players. It was an outstanding season, and without the support of our families we could not have been so successful. We would also like to thank all of the volunteer coaches and team managers who give of their time so freely and so passionately, all to make sure our students get the opportunity to represent the College in a community competition. We have had a huge player retention rate between the winter and summer season and this is a credit to the amazing work our volunteers do – Thank you all!


We also take this opportunity to congratulate our Award Winners for the Winter Season:

As we move towards the Summer Season, we had our first sets of “Coffee with the Coaches” events, where our Coaches are invited to come to Wanju Café for a coffee and a chat with some key ASC staff. These mornings were well supported and have delivered some great outcomes. Thank you to those volunteers who were able to join us and supply us with some excellent feedback and ideas.


Good luck to everyone for the Summer Season.


Success Stories

We are always pleased to acknowledge the successes of our students and would be delighted to hear of their achievements. Please email: [email protected]

Congratulations to the following students on their fine achievements.


Congratulations to Year 12 students Rory Dalitz and Jack Connell who have both been shortlisted in this year's Bond University Film & Television Awards (BUFTAs).

Both students are finalists in their individual categories, but are also in the running to win the VideoPro People's Choice Award.

Please click on the link to watch the films and enter your vote. Good luck Rory and Jack!



Congratulations to the following students who competed at the WA All Schools Athletics State Championships held from Friday, 27 October to Sunday, 29 October 2017:

Kiara Speechley (Year 12) 

U18 100m – Fourth

U18 200m – Second

U18 400m – Third

Jamé Speechley (Year 8) 

U14 Shot Put – First

U14 Discus – Third

Charlotte George (Year 8) 

U14 400m – Eighth

Dayne Metzner (Year 10) 

U18 110m Hurdles – Fourth


Well done to Hannah Lee (Year 4) who has taken out first place in the Grade 4 Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) Orchestral Strings Solo category at the South Suburban Music Society Eisteddfod held over October 2017. Hannah is also a member of the All Saints’ College Junior School Strings Ensemble.


Well done to HannahRennick (Year 7) who has raised more than $524 over October for the Heart Foundation’s My Marathon Challenge, which encourages people of all fitness levels to run or walk the equivalent of a marathon (42.2km) over the month.

Hannah has beaten her target, running a total of 64.85km throughout October.


Congratulations to the following Year 2 students who placed first in their division at the Cheer Unlimited Australia (CUA) Stars N Stripes  State Grand Championships held on Saturday, 4 November – Sunday, 5 November 2017:

Left to right: Holly Walker, Imogen Stone, Bridget Wallace, Sedley Hoar, Milana Greig, Hannah Walmsley (front), Charli Heatley (Year 1, not pictured).

The team, named the Flowerbombs, have done extremely well, being undefeated all year in their division.


Commendations to Ben Merrey (Year 9) who has been selected for the third consecutive year to represent Western Australia in the Under 14 Boys Junior Futsal State Squad, competing at the National Championships held in Canberra Monday 8, January – Friday, 12 January 2018.


We are pleased to congratulate the following students for their recent musical achievements:

Kerry Cao (Year 5)

Honours in the Australian Music Examinations Board Piano Grade 8 examination.  

Zoey Chia (Year 4)

North of Perth Music Festival:

Third place, Piano Solo Grade 7

Third place, Under 13 Piano Recital

South Suburban Music Society Eisteddfod:

First place, Piano Solo Grade 7: Australian

Frist place, Piano Solo Grade 7: 1900 onwards

Second place, Piano Solo Grade 8: 1900 onwards

Third place, Piano Solo Grade 7: Baroque/Classical

Third place, Piano Solo Grade 7: Romantic

Devon Lake (Year 9)

Most Outstanding Junior Vocal Item at the North of Perth Music Festival, Winners Concert, Saturday, 21 October 2017.

Nicole Li (Year 4)

Second place, Piano Grade 8: Romantic, South Suburban Music Society Eisteddfod 2017

Second place, Piano Grade 7, North of Perth Music Festival 2017

Second place, Piano Grade 7: Recital & Concerto, WA Music Teachers’ Association 2017

Second place, Piano Grade 7: Solo Recital, WA Pianists Competition 2017


Congratulations to Brendan Wright (Year 10) on his performance at the Alliance Française French Poem Recitation Competition.

Brendan was awarded second prize during a Prize Giving Ceremony on Friday, 3 November held at the premises of Alliance Française de Perth in Nedlands.

Service Learning


This year has seen an immense growth in a number of the programs offered through our H3 (Heads, Hearts and Hands) Service Learning program at the College. As a result we have been able to grow new programs and expand existing ones.


In 2016 twelve intrepid students ventured to the interior of the Kimberley to work alongside the students at Bayulu Remote Community School. This year that number increased to beyond the number of students we could take on this exciting and rich journey into red dirt country. A further surge of interest in seeking to work alongside students in the Fitzroy Crossing on our planned trip in 2018 is a stunning reminder of the generous nature of our community. This has also meant that we are now able to engage enough volunteers to sustain more than one team, allowing us to search for ways to expand the opportunities that we offer on this immersion experience.


We are very grateful to our friends at Bayulu, who have assisted us to widen our connections in the Fitzroy Valley and enabled us to form a partnership with Muludja Remote Community School. In 2018 we will be taking 26 students to engage in this important work alongside the communities that surround these two remote primary schools.


This program will now focus on the development of the academic abilities of the students at Bayulu and Muludja schools whom our Years 11 and 12 volunteers will tutor one-on-one. They will also be trained to provide activities to encourage increased school attendance complemented with a program to build a respectful appreciation of the culture of the Indigenous people of the area.

A number of the activities will be set beyond the classroom to develop a strong understanding of the long history and connection to the land of those alongside whom we are working.


It is a great privilege to be able to run this program and continue to build partnerships with Teach, Learn, Grow and the communities at Muludja and Bayulu. Thank you to everyone involved for their interest, energy and expertise to provide this wonderful opportunity.


Propeller Enterprises


Over the course of four weeks, our students will have the opportunity to collaborate with local ceramic artist Andrea Vinkovic on her 2018 Sculpture by the Sea submission.  


A number of Years 6 - 10 students participated in the first workshop held on Monday, 6 November where Andrea spoke about science, neurons, ecology and bubble structures. The students then gathered around Andrea's sculpture to brainstorm ideas about how they could light the artwork to mimic neural networks.


Andrea’s sculpture is inspired by microscopic images of pollens, planktons, molecules and natural structures and will be located outside The Hangar until Week 8. 


Students are still welcome to join the next three workshops held on Mondays from Weeks 6 - 8 (3.30pm – 5.00pm) in The Hangar. To register for the workshop, please email Laura Strentz at [email protected]


Learning Technologies

Good old days?

With the rate of technology innovation and adoption growing exponentially around the world, our lives will continue to be shaped by new modes of communication and collaboration. I sometimes speak with friends who yearn for the "good-old-days" when things were simpler. My message to them and to parents looking to help navigate their children through the 21st Century is simple:

It is not going away.

I am not suggesting that good traditions and values we were raised with should be abandoned, but we need to take the best of the past and apply it to the world our children now inhabit, which has 24/7 access to the internet and mobile devices that connect to a knowledge base of the virtually all we have learned in 100 life times. These devices allow new modes of communication and the ability to create and share in ways I could not have imagined. Leveraging this technology for learning and guiding students and staff on how to use these tools for their benefit is a challenging and rewarding job!

 Our students starting in 2017 will graduate in 2029 - can we even imagine what the world will be like then? Our challenge is to prepare them for an increasingly technology saturated world where the old norms of education and employment are being challenged. Jan Owen spoke to this idea with staff recently and shared forecasts that say up to 70% of our current jobs will disappear in the next 20-30 years due to automation and technological innovations. I was reminded of this whilst watching this clip of a robot building a house:


So what does this mean for our students today? STEM subjects and the importance of being agile and fluent with modern technologies are a must for a modern learner. This goes beyond being able to use technology to post on social media but to build fluency in solving problems, understand information, create and interpret media and collaborate on a local and global stage.


More than ever this quote from Seymour Papert is appropriate:


Tech Tip 

Each week I (attempt!) to send out a tip to all of the students on how to improve and expand their use of technology to support their learning.

This week the tip is about presentation tools. One of the critical skills our students need is the ability to communicate well. I am sure that they will have many opportunities to communicate their ideas in school, to staff and to their peers. 

PowerPoint has been THE go-to tool for presentations for a generation. I wanted to be a bit controversial and say that most of the PowerPoints we experience are not that great. Bullet points on a white background might remind the presenter of what they want to say, but are not engaging for listeners.
Check out this great little guide that outlines 5 mistakes we commonly see in PowerPoint. This would be a great little tutorial for students embarking on a presentation as the principles apply to any tool.

This week the Year 7 students have been learning about Sway - another great tool for quickly and effectively putting together a presentation.

Greg Port

Head of ICT Integration

Holiday Programs

Vacation Care Program for children aged 3 - 12

Vacation Care enables students to participate in a vibrant and energetic recreational program that is both stimulating and enjoyable. The children feel comfortable and secure, and, most importantly, have fun as they take part in an engaging program that fosters creativity, curiosity and wellbeing.

To view the Summer Vacation Care Program for Friday, 8 - Wednesday, 20 December 2017 please click HERE.


School Holiday Program for 9 - 17 Years

Tuesday, 16 – Thursday, 18 January 2018

Is your 9 – 17 year old looking for something to do during the upcoming school holiday break? Why not have them join our exciting Holiday Program. 

All activities are conducted by qualified and experienced coaches, staff members and suppliers.

Bookings will open on Wednesday, 15 November 2018:

For further information email: [email protected]


Code Camp is back!

Tuesday, 16 – Thursday, 18 January 2018

Bookings for  “Spark” and “Ignite”  are NOW OPEN:








Do you want to get involved in the Parents & Friends' Association? If so, please come down to the next P&F Meeting: Monday, 13 November - CPA Foyer at 6.00pm​




Important Contact Details

Senior School - student absence, lateness, queries

Student Services (08) 9313 9302  (8.00am - 4.00pm - Term Time)

Junior School - student absence, lateness, queries

Junior School Reception (08) 9313 9334 (8.00am - 5.00pm - Term Time)

TSC - technical help desk, log on queries

TSC Help Desk  (08) 9313 9363   (7.00am - 5.00pm - Daily)

Accounts - pay school fees, tours/incidentals

Pay fees, tours/incidentals (08) 9313 9365 (8.00am - 4.30pm - Daily)

Queries on fees (08) 9313 9313 (8.00am - 4.30pm Daily)

Senior School Reception 

General enquiries (08) 9313 9333 (8.00am - 5.00pm - Daily)

Uniform Store

Uniform Store Manager - Michelle Read  (08) 9313 9301


Monday:  7.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday: 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Thursday: 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Friday: 7.30am – 2.00pm

Health Centre

(08) 9313 9326

Aquatic Centre

(08) 9313 9386

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