The act of giving enables each of us to make a difference. From a personal perspective, I have been humbled during my time as Headmaster by the generosity of many within the school community and the difference such generosity has made. In particular, the funds directed to the Scholarship Trust assists boys who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend Christ Church. This contributes greatly to the lives of the recipients as well as the whole community.
Our Annual Giving programme has certainly made an enormous contribution over past years to that which the School has been able to offer. I believe the support given to Annual Giving is another indication of the value parents place on a Christ Church education.
Annual Giving projects are all tax deductible, therefore now is a good time to consider your own support. The size of individual gifts is not as important as your participation. To access our gift form, please click here.
I thank everyone who has already made a gift. The graph below plots our progress this year against last year’s grand total. We will include an updated graph each week in order to monitor progress.
Year 7 Scholarships2013
This morning I started my day at the Preparatory School Assembly by acknowledging the winners of scholarships to boys who are current members of our Year 6 cohort (it followed a most delightful ‘bucket symphony’ from 1DC).
Scholarships are awarded in a variety of areas following academic testing and recommendations from staff within the School. It is my pleasure to announce to the community that the following scholarships have now been awarded for entry into the Senior School for Year 7 in 2013.
Council Entrance Scholarships
Dalkeith Primary School
Nedlands Primary School
Cottesloe Primary School
Mosman Park Primary School
Christ Church Grammar School
Freshwater Bay Primary School
William HU (‘Academic Scholar’)
Loreto Primary School
Christ Church Grammar School
Perth Waldorf School
As always, should you have any concerns about any aspect of the School and would like to make contact with me, please do not hesitate to do so by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning my Executive Assistant, Wendy Macdougall, on 9442 1502.
The Year 5 classes are in the midst of their Black Swan Theatre experience. This year the boys are investigating the book Blueback, by Tim Winton, using the vehicle of drama. They have been involved in various drama-based activities dissecting the text and viewing the text from different characters’ perspectives. The Black Swan Theatre experience is fun and enjoyable for the boys as they work in the world of drama and it is an excellent complement to their literacy programme. This experience also gives the boys a grounding in the performing arts and is a preparation for their involvement in the Year 6 drama production.
This week I received a National Excellence in Teaching Award nomination for Mrs Sally Lee. These nominations are an appreciation by parents for our teachers’ hard work for your sons. Nominations can be made at www.neita.com.
Please remember, Preparatory School photographs will be taken on Wednesday 13 June. Boys in Years 3 to 6 need to wear formals. If your son has Physical Education he is asked to bring his sports clothes and shoes in his sports bag. Boys in Pre-Primary to Year 2 need to wear their Christ Church polo shirt, not their House shirt.
Head of LW Parry Preparatory School
The Head of the LW Parry Preparatory School, Richard Wright, invites you to Rita's Farewell Morning Tea on Friday 6 July at approximately 9.30am until 10.30am (following Assembly) on Walter's Lawn. Parking will be available on the Prep Oval until 10.30am.
Mrs Willard made a significant contribution to the life of the School assisting three Heads of the Preparatory School, co-ordinating the successful Anglicare Christmas Hampers and always being there for boys, parents and staff alike.
A reminder to parents that co-curricular activities are available to your son(s) in Years 1 to 6. Below you will find a list of the various activities which still have room, each with a link to the online booking system:
Year 6LA Parents and Teacher Cocktail Get Together
Carol, Andrea and Sara will be hosting a Year 6LA parents and teacher cocktail and nibbles get together on Saturday 30 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Pivnik/Ciccarelli home, 99 Webster Street, Nedlands. We are asking everyone who attends to bring a plate of finger food to share and the beverage of your choice. RSVP to Andrea at email@example.com no later than Tuesday 26 June.
St George’s College, UWA will be running weekday school holiday programmes for Years 4 to 6 students from Monday 9 to Friday 20 July. The programmes include educational and recreational activities and will commence daily from 7.45am and conclude at 5.00pm. The cost per child is $100 per day or $450 for a full week programme. The charge covers breakfast, lunch and tea. The ratio of students to mentors will be about 5:1 with approximately 50 students expected to attend each day. Activities include investigations around St George’s historic buildings and gardens, etiquette, cooking, music, first aid, chemistry magic, and explanations about university life and customs. For further information, full programme details and to enrol, please contact the College on 9449 5555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second half of Term 2 brings with it a range of challenges for the boys of the Senior School. Year 11 and 12s are resetting the clock after the exam period and looking at how they can improve and/or consolidate their academic performance in the crucial second semester. They should discuss result issues with their subject teachers, tutor and Head of House.
Year 10s are now entering a phase where their academic performance will be assessed and form the basis for decisions about their Year 11 subject selections. For some boys this will identify that they need to make better use of the resources around them as they aspire to better outcomes.
Year 9 boys begin their nine-day outdoor camps at Kooringal and the particular challenges these bring with the onset of the winter weather. A good quality rain jacket is a ‘must’ on these camps.
Both the Year 7 and 8 cohorts are in a period of consolidation. Transition and outdoor experiences are behind them and the learning from these stages can be applied to the academic challenges they are confronting.
In the coming weeks I will talk with the Year 9 cohort about building positive and supportive relationships. It is often about this time in a boy’s development that understanding and empathy ebb somewhat. The quality of verbal communication and their judgement about situations can also seem limited. More often than not when it is pointed out they are behaving in an annoying manner, boys are quick to modify the effect of their persistent behaviours. In fact these discussions can be useful in resetting their thinking, developing awareness and invariably this assists in creating positive and cohesive relationships among the boys.
Head of Senior School
Pilgrimage of Hope Fiji - 1 to 11 October - Four Places Available
As you may know, we needed to postpone the Fiji pilgrimage which was scheduled to take place during the Easter holidays. This was due to the severe storms and resulting floods. This pilgrimage will now take place during the October school holidays.
A few pilgrims are unable to join us due to previous engagements thus four places are now available. If you would like to come to Fiji, please let me know urgently, as places will be allocated on a 'first come first served' basis.
This pilgrimage is predominantly for Christ Church and St Hilda's students in Years 7 and 8, however, if you are in Year 9, you will still be eligible.
We travel first to Nadi for a two day briefing and orientation on the culture and people, along with a chance for some sightseeing. Then fly on to Suva, where we will serve alongside the Sisters at St Christopher's Orphanage, where we also stay. In the mornings we help with general maintenance work around the building and grounds. In the afternoon we spend time with the children.
The flights are as follows:
1 October - QF598 - Perth to Brisbane - 12.50pm to 7.00pm
1 October - QF347 - Brisbane to Nadi - 11.55pm to 5.25am
4 October - FJ7 - Nadi to Suva - 8.00am to 8.30am
11 October - FJ6 - Suva to Nadi - 6.30am to 7.00am
11 October - QF392 - Nadi to Sydney - 9.00am to 12.40pm
11 October - QF569 - Sydney to Perth 4.50pm to 7.00pm
If you would like to join this pilgrimage, please send your expression of interest immediately. If you require further information, please call me on 0407 399 953 or email email@example.com.
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 13 June.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Brother James OSB
Director – Pilgrimage of Hope
POH Fiji Pilgrimage - Programme Coordinator
These reports are currently being compiled and, as with last year, will be posted out on a staggered basis.
Years 9 and 10 parents can expect their sons' reports in the latter part of Week 9 of this term.
Years 7 and 8 parents can expect their sons' reports in the latter part of Week 10.
Years 11 and 12 parents can expect their sons' reports in the latter part of Week 11.
Year 10 Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews will be held on Monday 2 July from 3.45pm to 7.00pm. PTO bookings will open on Friday 15 June. Details on how to book will be included in next week's e-newsletter.
Information Night Presentation
Many thanks to all the parents who attended the Information Night on Tuesday. We have had a number of requests for the slideshow presentation shown on the night to be made available. To view the slideshow presentation, click here.
Year 10 Exchange Programmes
An exchange opportunity exists for a Year 10 student to go to Scotland in Term 3. Interested students should see Mr Neil Saggers, Director of Activities, on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Host families – Beyond Queenslea Drive
Christ Church has a vibrant exchange programme with approximately 15 international schools. From time to time we look for a Christ Church family to host a young man from the UK, USA, NZ, South Africa, Canada or India. This would be for approximately five weeks during a school term. Please contact Mr Neil Saggers, Director of Activities, on email@example.com if you think your family may be able to assist.
Thank you to those who attended the lunchtime presentation on studying at universities outside Australia. If you click here, you will find a summary of the points made by our speakers. Special thanks to parent Mr Mark Pasley for his information on applying to study in the USA.
Atarget July Revision Programme - 9 to 13 July
The Atarget July holiday programme will provide a comprehensive revision of the syllabus covered in Semester 1. WACE Revision, WACE Exam Preparation and Study Skills programmes offer 10 hours of tuition for each subject running from Monday 9 to Friday 13 July.
Only four boys from Years 10 to 12 have the fantastic opportunity to take part in a Community Awareness Project run by St Paul’s College in Hong Kong. This visit will include a preparation period in Hong Kong and five days working with disadvantaged and disabled children in the Qinghai Provence of China.
Below is a message from St Paul's College in Hong Kong:
We are busy preparing for this huge project. It is very encouraging to see that the overall responses are positive. About 500 local students, 25 overseas delegates, 30 St Paul's delegates and 200 officials will be involved in the Youth Service Learning Conference and the Guangxi Visit.
We also consider the conference and the project a wonderful chance for students to develop their leadership. There are over 15 subcommittees to help run the youth conference. They will take charge of the transportation, meal arrangements, youth service learning conference, the local service projects, the opening and closing ceremony etc.
The total project will be of 12 days duration and is run during the July school holidays, from 8 July until 19 July.
Curtin University Parent Information Evenings - 20 June and 4 July
These events are intended to provide parents with what they need to know about the TISC process and how university preferences work, admissions, scholarships, university support services and also provide opportunities to talk one-on-one with faculty representatives about specific courses, and with current students about their university experiences.
Year 10 Parent Information Evening
Date: Wednesday 20 June
Time: Expo and refreshments on arrival at 5.00pm. Formal presentations from 5.45pm to 7.00pm
Location: Curtin Bentley Campus
Year 12 Parent Information Evening
Date: Wednesday 4 July
Time: Expo and refreshments on arrival at 5.00pm. Formal presentations from 5.45pm to 7.00pm
Location: Curtin Bentley Campus
Any Year 11 or 12 student who has the intention of sitting a WACE exam at the end of the year as a Private Candidate needs to complete this form (6.6.1) for this purpose and return in to the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority (formerly the Curriculum Council) with the required payment by Wednesday 4 July.
The Scholar's Recital Night will be held in the Collaborative Learning Centre (CLC) foyer on Tuesday 12 June at 7.00pm. The evening is a showcase of talent featuring solo items from each of our music scholarship students consisting of a pianist, violinist, cellist and guitarist. The performance will end at around 8.30pm followed by light refreshments.
All members of the Christ Church community are invited to come. Due to limited seating, please confirm attendance with the Music Department by emailing Karen Sim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Uniform Shop requires assistance with pre-counting stock in preparation for Stocktake on Thursday 28 June. We need volunteers for the rest of May and throughout June to help us complete this task. Parents can volunteer on any day the Uniform Shop is open for as little or as long as you choose. The Uniform Shop opening hours are as follows:
Monday - 7.45am to 5.00pm
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 12.45pm to 5.00pm
Thursday - 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Friday - 7.45am to 11.30am
We also need volunteers to help us with Stocktake on Thursday 28 June at 9.00am.
The Under 15s Subiaco AFC boys team will be holding a car wash to raise funds for the team's trip to Sweden and Denmark in the upcoming school holidays. They will be participating in the Gothia Cup - the largest youth soccer competition in the world.
Come down and have your car washed and support the boys fundraising efforts for their trip.
Ever wondered if someone in your family reacts to particular foods or food additives? Whether behaviours or physical symptoms may be related to diet? Sue Dengate, well-known author of the Fed Up series about reducing food chemicals for calm, happy families, will be speaking in Perth as part of her Australian tour. Attendees will get a science-based understanding of the effects of food and additives on their children’s health, behaviour and learning, and a free magnifying cardwith numbers and names of additives to avoid.
Date: Tuesday 19 June
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: Hadley Hall, Methodist Ladies College, 356 Stirling Highway, Claremont
Cost: $15 per ticket - available through www.events-made-easy.com/fedup2012
Pro Football Training are delighted to offer Christ Church students the opportunity to train and improve their soccer skills during the July holidays.
Mark Lee, Pro Football Training Director and Christ Church 1st Team Coach, comments:
"Soccer at Christ Church continues to grow each year and with the success of the 1st Team boys winning the PSA in 2011, I am very excited about the future of the sport at the School. I would highly recommend players of all ages and abilities to attend our Pro Football Training clinics to improve on all aspects of their game in a fun, exciting and engaging environment"
For more information on the clinic and to register, click here.