Friday 27 August, 2010
Today has been one of those days when I know I’ve got the best job in the world. I say this because I started this morning at the special Book Week Assembly for the Preparatory School. What a magnificent occasion. Boys celebrating the characters of their reading experience by dressing up was combined with the most entertaining staff play of Billy Goats Gruff. Those of you who know the story would need to somehow imagine where Elvis, Shrek and Dorothy fit in, but I can assure you that it was a hoot! It reminded me of an old adage that suggests that most of what we need to know to have a good and happy life is learnt in primary school and that we actually spend the rest of our ‘growing up lives’ adding completely useless complexity!
The staff of the LW Parry Preparatory School do a remarkable job balancing the learning needs of our boys with the play, fun and enquiry that is exactly what they need to enrich and sustain their school journey. I am so proud of what this part of the School achieves each and every day.
This weekend, the Chairman of School Council, Mr David Fardon, and I will travel to Canberra to represent the School and be a part of the double celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia and the 40 year celebration for the Independent Schools Council of Australia. These two organisations are pivotal in their support of independent education in this country. A combined Forum – Independent Education: An Evolving Future will take place on Monday (30 August). As I have done on previous occasions, I urge you to peruse their websites as a way of being informed of the political realities of education in Australia.
Click here to visit the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia website.
Click here to visit the Independent Schools Council of Australia website.
Click here to download the Anglican Messenger September edition.
Click here to view this months' Parenting Tips.
In the News
Visit the News page of the School website to catch up with these stories:
- Christ Church Surfers Win PSA and State Finals Berth
- George Forges a Name in Sporting Arena
- History Was Made
- Prep Boys Win Tiebreaker to Clinch Readers’ Cup
The news stories are written by members of Christ Church’s Community Relations team.
Blue and Gold Masquerade Party 18 September
Join us for a spectacular evening of entertainment with glimpses of the past, a celebration of the present and dreams of the future at the Blue and Gold Masquerade Party. You will be entertained by the 17 piece big swing band as you indulge in amazing food (by Comestibles Catering) and enjoy fine wines. This event promises to be one of the highlights of the CCGS Centenary year so find your mask, organise a group of friends and book your ticket today. Click here to secure your tickets at $100 per person.
Please note that, due to the recent announcement from the Education Minister, we have amended our Term Dates for 2011. Click here for the updated version.
Property and Works
School Gymnasium Precinct Project
This photograph shows the latest progress on the School Gymnasium Precinct. The new building will be used as a multi-purpose hall facility. The undercroft area includes offices for the Property and Works Department, Cadets and two teaching spaces.
Robotics Art Project Working Bee - Saturday 28 August and Sunday 29 August 9.00am-5.00pm
Do you want to help build a robotic artwork? Since the start of Term 2, Artist in Residence Geoffrey Drake Brockman has based himself in the Senior School where he has been working with students and staff to create Headspace – a robotic sculpture with a grid of 256 sliding rectangular rods arranged in a 1.4m square array. This will form animated reliefs based on the surface scans of boys' faces. With the scans of the boys' faces completed, Geoffrey is working on the mechanical elements of the matrix, which involves the mass production of servo motors, gear wheels, tracks and sliding assemblies for the 256 display rods. The assembly of the rods is a particularly labour-intensive task so we are looking for some assistance.
If you're interested in coming along, please contact Geoffrey by email at email@example.com with the subject line "working bee". Alternatively you can contact him on 0417 990 386.
Head lice remain a distressing and ongoing problem for many of our Christ Church families. Our aim is to minimise this frustration and in order to achieve this we need a whole school approach.
We are asking all families to help us in our endeavour by checking your son's head for head lice over the Mid Term Break. With help from everyone we hope to make head lice a rare occurrence rather than a frequent pest. Click here to read the Head Lice Management Policy.
The Western Australian Government made a commitment to implement recommendations in the Report Anaphylaxis: Meeting the Challenge for Western Australian Children. As part of this commitment, an Anaphylaxis Resource Kit was delivered to all Schools in Western Australia. These recommendations are accepted as best practice in schools.
The school used the recommendations and developed an Anaphylaxis Management Policy to best care for our boys. The policy outlines the roles and responsibilities for the School, the parents and the students (appropriate to their age).
A copy of this new policy should be read in conjunction with our Allergy Aware Policy and both can be viewed on the School website.
We would encourage all parents to read both these documents to better support families and students with anaphylaxis.
Have you moved address or changed your mobile number?
It is important that the School has the correct details (address, phone and email) in case we need to contact you urgently. If your details have changed recently, please contact the School on 9442 1555 so we can update our records.
Yesterday’s tightly contested House Athletics Carnival, held in perfect conditions at the WA Athletics Stadium, marked the end of the House Beatty Cup competition for 2010. This competition provides numerous opportunities for boys “to have a go” and to contribute to their House. The range of events offered is designed to maximise participation and provide a healthy competitive environment for the boys. It is often at the House level where boys can try activities for the first time; debating, public speaking or chess, sing in the House Shout, paint the mural or participate in a team sport such as speedball, touch rugby, soccer or football. Yesterday’s competition saw many boys competing in events for the first time, some in events that they were not expecting to compete in and some participating purely because no-one else was game to take on the challenge……the open 3000m event being a case in point! Any boy who found himself in the above categories should be rightly proud of his effort and duly recognised by their House.
In addition to the competitive activities of the Beatty Cup, it has been very pleasing to note the level of innovation shown when it comes to House Fundraising activities. The recent ‘Queenslea Stair Climb’ held at Central Park Tower and the forthcoming ‘Jupp Day On The Green’ are good examples of the opportunities available for boys to contribute to their House spirit.
The range of opportunities available for boys at Christ Church is quite extraordinary and the seed of enthusiasm is often shown in the various House activities.
HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
2011 Subject Selection Forms for Year 7
Parents are reminded that the opportunity to select subjects for Year 7 2011 close on Wednesday 7 September. Please ensure your son returns his form by the due date.
TEE total offer intensive courses, co-ordinated by Christ Church, which run during school vacations to students for the TEE examinations. TEE teachers and TEE markers provide quality tutorials for small groups of students. Places are now available for the Term 3 holidays (27 September - 1 October). For further information, click here to be directed to the TEE total website.
The Removalists Performance - Friday 10 September
Year 11 and interested Year 10 students are encouraged to see a performance of The Removalists by David Williamson. For more details, click here.
Beyond Queenslea Drive 2011
Year 9 Parents will have received an email inviting them to apply for the Beyond Queenslea Drive Immersion Programme in 2011. To read reports from the students who were involved in the programme this year and to download an application form, please visit the Beyond Queenslea Drive page by clicking here.
Athletics training has commenced for the 2010 season. Full training details with regards to days, times and training venues can be found by clicking on this link.
The latest football newsletter can be downloaded from the football page by clicking here.
Instrumental Parent Teacher Interviews - Tuesday 31 August
If your son is learning an instrument at school, his teacher may be available to meet with you on Tuesday 31 August for a brief interview to discuss your son’s progress on his instrument. If your son’s teacher is conducting interviews, they will be in touch with you by phone or email to discuss interview times. All interviews will be held at the Music Department on between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. Please contact Holly Norman with any queries on 9442 1648.
Concerto Night - Friday 10 September
Tickets for Concerto Night are now available. Four Christ Church Year 12 students will be performing concerti along with Year 12 soloists from MLC. Concerto Night is happening on Friday 10 September at Hadley Hall, MLC and tickets can be purchased at http://www.trybooking.com/HCR.
2011 China Tour
The Music Department is excited to announce plans for a 2011 tour to Beijing and Hong Kong. Please see Holly Norman at the Music Department for more information about this great opportunity or visit the information sheet here. Expressions of interest close on Friday 3 September so please return your form promptly.
Jupp House Bowls - Tuesday 14 September
Following the hugely successful inaugural Jupp Day on the Green, the Jupp boys and their families are again invited to Mosman Park Bowls Club on Tuesday 14 September, from 3.30pm to 6.00pm. Invitations have been sent home with boys and are to be returned to your son’s tutor by Tuesday 24 August. The day will involve Lawn Bowls, fundraising for this year’s charity (Parkerville Children and Youth Group) and our annual sundowner. A light afternoon tea is provided. We look forward to you joining us.
Head of Jupp House
2010 Careers in Geoscience - 31 August
A chance for students to find out about career opportunities in Geoscience. 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday 31 August at City West Reception Centre, 45 Plaistowe Mews, City West. Click here to view an information flier.
New York University Abu Dhabi Information Evening - 31 August
You are invited to a special information session to learn about New York University Abu Dhabi. We encourage parents to learn firsthand what this opportunity could mean for their son or daughter.
Title: NYU Abu Dhabi and the Global Network University
Place: The Hyatt Regency Perth, 99 Adelaide Terrace
Date: Tuesday 31 August, 2010
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Light meal provided following the information session.
Please RSVP by noon on Saturday 28 August.
Reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Studying at UWA in 2012 and beyond - Wednesday 1 September
If your son is in Year 10 or 11 and thinking about studying at UWA, you are encouraged to bring your son along to hear Professor Bill Louden (and parent of an old boy) speak about the changes to courses at the University of Western Australia from 2012. Parents of boys in other years are also welcome to join us.
Wednesday 1 September, 7.30pm in the School Chapel
TAFE Admissions 2011 - Open 5 September
Applications for TAFE open on 5 September. The closing date varies depending on the course. Click here to download an information sheet.
Central Life Information Evening - Wednesday 8 September
At Central Institute of Technology we want to help you make decisions and focus on your future career. You can find out what your future life will look like at Central at our Central Life Information Evening Wednesday 8 September 2010.
What will be happening at Central Life?
You will be able to speak with our lecturers about which Central courses and careers may be right for you. There will be the opportunity to talk with our staff about our campuses, state-of-the-art facilities and services available to students. Chat to our career counsellors and find which course might be right for you. You can learn about how to apply and enrol for full-time study and also about our part-time study options, online and short courses, traineeships and apprenticeships. Our university pathways arrangements with leading WA universities will also be featured at Central Life. Have a coffee and a chat and find out what your future life will look like at Central.
RSVP and WIN! Would you like to come along? Find out all of the details and RSVP using the form on our Central Life Information Evening website at www.central.wa.edu.au/centrallife for your chance to win one of ten double passes to the movies. Hope to see you at Central Life and studying at Central soon!
Can’t make it to the night? No problem. To help decide your next step take a look at our website at www.central.wa.edu.au, call us on 1300 300 822 or send us an email at email@example.com. We would love to help you.
ECU Prospective Student Information Evenings in September
You are invited onto campus for an evening of information and inspiration. These evening provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to access the information they need to make informed choices about studying at ECU including university admission, subject selection, scholarships and a host of other issues. The night will open with a presentation then an Expo for specific questions.
Tuesday 7 September, Building 32
Mount Lawley Campus
Monday 13 September, Building 13
Please register and see other events listed at http://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/events
For further information, please contact ECU on 13 43 28 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notre Dame University Admissions Guide 2011 - Close Thursday 30 September
Notre Dame is not a member of TISC and requires that students submit a separate application to the University. The 2011 Admissions Guide, which includes a tear-out application form, is now available from Ms Clarke. The due date for applications is Thursday 30 September 2010, 4pm.
Photography Competition - ‘Engineering for People’
The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at The University of Western Australia would like to invite students of all ages to enter its inaugural ‘Engineering for People’ Photography Competition. The photography competition is an initiative which aims to encourage photographers of all levels (both professional and amateur) to submit work that explores the place and role that engineers can play in people’s lives. Entrants are encouraged to think about the role engineering plays in society and consider the ways in which engineering can involve people in a participatory way, contribute to the development of basic human needs and serve diverse communities.
Entries will be judged on the entrant’s demonstrated skill and ability, how the work addresses the subject matter and originality and creativity. The competition will open at 9.00am on Monday, 9 August 2010 and close at 4.00pm on Friday, 29 October 2010. Download a flyer here for more information.
LW PARRY PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Book Week is always an exciting week in the life of primary schools. This year’s Book Week was no exception, with a cavalcade of events organised by our library staff. The Readers’ Cup, an interschool reading quiz competition, was won for the first time by our team comprising of Tom Weight, Cameron Everett and Charlie Johnson. George Gare, the team reserve, hosted the event. Bridge building, bridge photography and class door decoration contests have ensured the Prep School has been full of colour and excitement this week. The door competitions were won by the combined Year 2 doorway in the ELC and 4MH in the Year 4 – 6 section. Efforts by PPBB,1DC, 5PW and 5TG achieved a highly commended award. The annual book parade and staff play topped of a wonderful week and a great deal of fun was had by all! Thank you to Mary Hookey, Kate Marshall, Christine Hindmarsh and Peta Sawyer for their work toward the 2010 Book Week.
Yesterday the JPSSA Cross Country Carnival was held at Guildford and the boys ran with great heart and determination. Christ Church won the day from Scotch and Hale. It was the epitome of a team effort, though special mention should be made of Mark Boyatzis who won the Year 4 race and Milan Murdock, Ben Cunningham and Asad Yusoff who all placed sixth in their races. Thanks to Mr Leckie, Mr Knott and Mrs Adams who have conducted the training for the Cross Country this year.
Robotic Art Project Working Bee
This week many Prep boys have had their image captured for the Artist in Residence 3D art project. There is a opportunity to be involved in this project by attending the Robotic Working Bee this weekend, Saturday 28 August and Sunday 29 August, 9.00am – 5.00pm. If you're interested in coming along for a couple of hours, please contact Geoffrey Drake-Brockman by email at email@example.com with the subject line "working bee". Alternatively you can contact him on 0417 990 386.
Week of the Arts
Please remember the Week of the Arts this year will open in the Chapel at 6.00pm on Monday, 20 September. This year the focus is on the boys being fully involved in the ‘Night of the Arts’ and therefore we would hope you will be able to attend with your son/s.
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day will be held on the morning of Friday, 24 September from 8.50am, with the Grandparents’ Day Assembly and concluding after morning tea at around 11.00am.
Finally, Learning Journeys will take place on Monday, 20 September from 3.00 – 6.00pm for the ELC boys and 3.00 – 6.00pm on Wednesday, 23 September for Years 4 to 6.
HEAD OF THE LW PARRY PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Heartkids Fundraiser - Wednesday 15 September
Did you know that six babies are born every day with heart disease? That is over 2000 a year. Heart disease is the leading cause of infant death in Australia ,accounting for 30% of deaths. Childhood heart disease takes more lives than all other childhood diseases combined- twice that of cancers.
The boys in Years 3 and 5 will be holding a "Cuppa for Kids" fundraiser on Wednesday 15 September, 10.40am – 11.00am in the Chapel Forecourt. Tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and nibbles will be on sale for $1 - $3, with proceeds going to the HeartKids charity. Donations would be greatly appreciated. For further information about this charity, please visit the website www.heartkids.org.au.
Cecilia Donova, from Heartkids is coming along to see all our wonderful boys enjoy this day and also give a small talk in Chapel at 11.50am. Parents are invited to come along and find out more details about Heartkids and heart disease in children.
Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 15 September
The Parents' Association AGM will be held Wednesday 15 September, 7.30pm in the Senior School Staff Room. The office bearers and committee, and Auxiliary office bearers will be elected for the coming year at this meeting. We are currently accepting nominations for Parents' Association committee positions and anyone is welcome to nominate. Click here to download a nomination form. Any parent who is a member of the Association in 2010 is eligible to nominate for any position. It is requested that nominations be in writing and lodged with the Secretary prior to the meeting date by placing them in the Association mailbox at the School Reception on Wednesday 1 September, 5.00pm. Nominations can also be handed to the Secretary at the meeting prior to the election. The election is "first past the post" voting.
Celia Lashlie Live – A talk on growing gorgeous boys into good men
Adolescent boys – they seem to disappear into another world where they barely communicate, and where fast cars, alcohol and drugs are constant temptations. Will they survive to become good men? How can parents and schools understand and help them through this difficult and dangerous time?
Celia Lashlie has some of the answers. After years of working in the prison service she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. She also knows what it’s like to be a parent – she raised a son on her own and feared for his survival. During the recent Good Man Project she talked to 180 classes of boys throughout New Zealand and what she found was surprising, amusing and, in some cases, frightening. She has continued to work with many more schools in New Zealand and Australia on this work.
This is a recording of one of the hundreds of speaking engagements that Celia has given in New Zealand and Australia since the launch of her international best-selling book ‘He’ll Be OK – Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men’.
With support from the Parents Association, Celia Lashlie has visited Christ Church Grammar School for the past years and spoken to both boys and their parents. If you would like to hear her messages again – or were unable to come along to the public meeting in July, audio copies of Celia’s talk are available for purchase at the main school reception at a cost of $20.00 each.
Parents Auxiliary Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 7 September
The annual general meeting of the Parents' Auxiliary will be held on Tuesday 7 September, 9.00am at the Mt Claremont Pavilion. All parents are welcome to attend. Click here to view the meeting agenda.
Year 6 Mother's Drinks Night - Wednesday 1 September
Year 6 Mums - please join us for a little mid week socialising at the new ELBA in 29 Napoleon St in Cottesloe. Wednesday 1 September, 7.30pm 9.30pm. $30 a glass of wine and snacks.
Please RSVP by email to your class rep and send the money along with a note with your name to the main School Reception in the CLC for collection no later than Thursday 26 August. We hope you can join us.
Year 4 Parents Cocktail Event - Friday 3 September
Year 4 parents and teachers are invited to Mosman's Restaurant, Mosman Park for a cocktail event on Friday 3 September. Enjoy delicious canapés, curry and dessert, plus beer and wine (red, white and sparkling) from 7.00pm until 9.00pm. Please RSVP by sending numbers and payment to your individual class rep.
Year 3 Family Afternoon - Saturday 4 September
Year 3 Family Rollerskating Afternoon 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Rolloways Leisure Centre, 352a South Street, O’Connor
All year 3 boys and family members are invited to join us for a fun afternoon of roller-skating. The cost per person to skate (including skate hire and entrance) is $8 and can be paid on arrival. Food and refreshments are available to purchase at the venue. Please RSVP to Jess Mahony at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 31 August.
Year 12 Mothers’ Evening Drinks - Wednesday 8 September
Evening Drinks for all year 12 mums will be held on Wednesday 8 September between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at 19 Hill Terrace, Mosman Park.
BYO. For further information contact Cath Witherow on 9386 8476 or Jenny Rawlinson on 9384 1179.
Year 9 Parents Morning Coffee - Thursday 9 September
Year 9 parents are invited to a coffee morning at Cimbalino, 105 Waratah Ave, Dalkeith on Thursday 9 September at 10.00am. Buy your own coffee and cake! Any queries please call Karin O’Malley on 0408812278 or email email@example.com.
Year 11 Parent and Son Sports Evening - 19 September
A Year 11 parent and son sports evening will be held at Revolution Sports, 37 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park between 5.00pm and 7.00pm on Sunday, 19 September. Tickets will be approximately $20 per person (depending on numbers). Contact Gwen Emms on 0418 905 809 to book your spot or obtain more information.
Term 3 Volunteer Roster Now Available
The Canteen requires volunteers every day of the school term. If you would like to support us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that volunteers are required to tie their hair back and wear enclosed shoes for safety reasons. An apron will be supplied and free parking is available in the Claremont shopping precinct. Click here to view the volunteers roster for Term 3.
Don Fraser Club
Sheep manure for sale
The Don Fraser Club is selling bags of organic sheep manure for weed-free fertilisation at a cost of $11 per 70 litre bag. If you haven't already placed an order and you wish to purchase this manure, please go to Mt Claremont tomorrow morning (Saturday 28 August) between 9.00am and 12 noon. You will be helping your garden and helping our Rowing boys! It is a win-win situation. For further information, please contact Adie Meares on 0403 754 447 or email email@example.com or Jo Watson on 0457 554 430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from the 2009/10 season
The Don Fraser Club is selling a compilation of photos from the 2009/10 season. The CDs are available for purchase from School Reception for $10.00 each.
Orchid Show 18 and 19 September
The Wanneroo Orchid Society will be holding their Orchid Show in the Refectory at Christ Church Grammar School on 18 and 19 September. A range of local and exotic orchids will be on display, with growers offering talks and demonstrations on how to grow them. Doors are open from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday and 9.30am to 4.00pm on Sunday. Entry costs $3 or $2 for concession and orchids will be available for sale.
City Beach Water Polo Club Requires Players
City Beach Walter Polo Club, based at Challenge Stadium, are targeting junior boys who might be interested in learning how to play water polo through our extremely well run Saturday morning Flippaball and Schools Competitions. The Club is also be conducting a Spring School Holiday Camp during the second week of the upcoming school break. The boys will be coached by Andrei “Kova” Kovalenko (CBWPC’s Head Coach who played in 3 Olympics for Soviet Union, Ukraine & Australia)
Please feel free to download the a flyer by clicking here and contact anyone from the Club, or simply turn up to one of our training sessions.
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club Holiday Training Courses
During the October school holidays Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club will be conduction two separate weeks of children's training courses. Courses will run from Monday to Friday each week. Enrolments are open to anyone interested in learning to sail or improving their existing skills. Participants in all courses must be able to swim and be water confident. For more information visit the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club website by clicking here or contact Club Development Officer, Barry Martin on 9384 9100.
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