Last week two hundred Year 7 boys completed a week long induction, and this week we have seen them settle into the classroom routine with a greater awareness and understanding for many things including the values and culture of the School. Our hope is that the induction will motivate the boys and that they will have an appreciation of what is expected of them in and outside of the school campus. As I often reiterate, we have entered into a partnership with families and there is no greater teacher than parents and guardians who determine the moral compass that will guide their sons throughout their life.
The School’s values are extremely important, they are the qualities that are modelled by the educational practices within the School and are also intrinsically established in the practices of our students. They underpin all that we do and as such I expect the boys to demonstrate the values at all times.
Last Friday night we held the first swim meet in the Aquatic Precinct and this Friday we repeat this with the Valentine’s Day meet. Over the next four weeks there are a number of swimming events in the lead up to the Inters, and the boys and coaches are to be congratulated for their dedication and hours of training. A big thank you also goes out to the parents who are pivotal to getting the boys to and from training and helping the boys manage all of their other commitments.
Yesterday we held Ad Astra and the Year 11 Information evening and you can find a link to all presentations here. Year 11 is a significant year, as the boys need to ensure they have the foundation skills to apply to Year 12 work and exams. Here is a link to an article about How parents can help their Year 11 and 12 students.
This Sunday we have a wonderful casual picnic on the campus commencing at 4.00pm. This event signals the start of the new school year and for 246 families who joined Christ Church this year, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet other families in your boy’s year group. The event runs between 4.00pm and 7.00pm and there is something for the entire family with games and wide open spaces for younger children, the School Jazz Band, food trucks (savoury and sweet) and the friendly and inviting atmosphere that the School is known for. I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday.
Thank you to all parents of Years 8 to 12 boys for attending Monday’s Parent/Tutor evening and supporting their son in setting his goals for 2020.
This week our Year 11s participated in the day long ‘Ad Astra’ program at St George’s College, UWA. Students attended the College to learn subject-specific study skills, setting a positive and determined start to the academic year.
Upcoming Senior School events
Meet the Musos, School Refectory – Thursday 13 February from 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Jazz on the Green, Preparatory School Oval – Sunday 16 February from 4.00pm to 7.00pm
House Swimming Carnival, HBF Stadium – Tuesday 18 February from 5.45pm to 9.00pm
School Birthday Assembly, Blue Gym – Thursday 20 February from 9.00am to 10.00am
It is important that we manage the attendance and absenteeism of our students carefully.
All Senior School students are required to use our attendance terminals to sign in/out if arriving late, or leaving school early. This is in addition to the normal notification you provide to email@example.com for late arrivals, appointments and early departures.
As of this week you will receive an email notification if your son signs in or out using a terminal for the following reasons:
He arrives late to school
He signs out for an appointment
He departs early (appointment)
Claremont leave (Year 12s only)
In most cases this notification will not need to be actioned and is for your information only.
Head of Senior School
It was great to see all of our boys settle into the Christ Church Preparatory way of life, in what was a busy and ‘hot’ first week. All 25 co-curricular activities are all up and running and it has been great to see so many of our boys take up either before or after school pursuits. Additionally, summer sport training commenced for Years 5 and 6, with our first fixture taking place against Wesley in Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Water Polo. All of the House, Chapel and Class Captains for Term 1 were presented to the school community, with Lawson Kirby, the Preparatory School Captain. I would like to congratulate all of our leaders and wish them all the very best in their roles.
All our boys from Years 4 to 6 will be taking part in the swim trials today. We look forward to seeing those boys selected to represent the School at the upcoming Interschool Swimming Carnival.
This Friday will see our school come together for our first chapel service for the year. Reverend Russell, our School Chaplain would like to extend a warm welcome to all families inviting them to attend chapel services throughout the year.
I would like to invite parents to join me for the Term 1 Parent Forum next Tuesday 18 February commencing at 8.30am in the Preparatory School Staff Room. Each term the parent forum will provide families with an update about specific focus areas with the opportunity to ask questions about the Preparatory School. The forum will also provide parents with an update about the Preparatory School Program with a focus on the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support Framework. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP your attendance.