LIFE TO THE FULL - CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF ARCHBISHOP ROMERO
Premier’s ANZAC Award
It was wonderful to see Caitlin McKenzie presented with a framed certificate acknowledging her as a prizewinner for the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour Competition. Caitlin and 9 other students from around Western Australia were presented with their awards by the Hon Mr Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education. She will travel to Singapore for ten days in April and her tour includes attending the ANZAC Day ceremonies at the Kranji War Memorial in Singapore. I congratulate Caitlin for the outstanding achievement of being an award recipient for this prestigious and competitive award.
We gathered in Houses and as an Early Learning Centre on Wednesday to mark Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. During Lent we are called to begin anew, to change what is preventing us from living life in all its fullness. During Lent we are reminded of the Gosplel call to ‘act justly’. One of the ways we act this out in the College community is with our support for Project Compassion. Money raised through Project Compassion contributes to development projects supported by Caritas.
Camino de Santiago
On Thursday the group of students and staff who will be embarking on the Camino de Santiago in April did a 12 kilometre hike by the Swan River. It was a good opportunity to test out hiking boots and daypacks and to spend some time together as a group. The students and staff leave on 4 April and will travel to Portugal and then to Spain to walk 120 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago.
There was a great spirit at the Years 4 – 7 Swimming Carnival last Friday. It was pleasing to see the level of participation among the students and the House spirit as they cheered along their competitors. Thanks to the many parents who came along to support their children. A carnival takes a great deal of work to organise and I appreciate the work of Mr James Parsons, Health and Physical Education Coordinator, and his team in preparing for this event.
We are currently enrolling for Kindergarten 2018 and Year 7 2019. If you have a child you wish to enroll in either of these year levels, please collect an application pack from the College Office. Open Day will be held on Wednesday 22 March. Current parents are welcome to attend the tours so they can see the new facilities.
Mr Peter Collins, Vice Principal, will be on Long Service Leave for the next five weeks. During this time Ms Anita O’Donahue and Mr Paul Murphy will take on some additional responsibilities. I wish Mr Collins all the best for a well-earned break.
A NEW SCHOOL YEAR
IThe school year has started well with a number of events. I would like to welcome all of the new families and new students who have joined our College. It is delightful to see the new Kindergarten students in their first days of school. Year 7 students have participated in a transition programme to prepare them for their Middle Years. This has included a Retreat and Team building days at Ern Halliday, as well as immersions in Year 7 learning areas. Students in Years 2 - 5 are enjoying learning in Fitzroy, their new learning space. Senior School students danced the night away last Friday at the College Ball. It was a lovely night and great to see so many family gathering at the beginning of the ball for photos in the gardens of Caversham House.
At out first Assembly for 2017 we welcomed new staff and also congratulated our high achievers from the class of 2016. Assembly was followed by a College breakfast and House Games.
Welcome to new staff who have joined the College this year:
- Mr Ryan Shelton - Religious Education Coordinator - K - 12
- Mrs Samantha Thompson - Learning Area Coordinator - Mathematics
- Ms Kate Hasleby - Education Assistant
- Ms Abbey Rowlands - Pre-Primary teacher
- Mrs Zena Bonjour - Education Assistant
- Miss Aisling Keating - Year 1 Teacher
- Mrs Lissa Rossetti - Home Economics Assistant
- Miss Aoife Hickey - Year 6 Teacher
- Ms Pieta Bloxsom - Year 4 teacher
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 15 February at the College Mass and the Paren Information Evenings.