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Next Edition: 17 October

From the Principal

  • Early years learning
  • Year 12 Mother and Son celebration 
  • Preparatory School Week of the Arts - 23 September
  • Year 11 Mother and Son day at Kooringal - 27 October

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • Early years learning
  • Year 12 Mother and Son celebration 
  • Preparatory School Week of the Arts – 23 September
  • Year 11 Mother and Son day at Kooringal – 27 October

Early years and early childhood is a vibrant area of educational practice and since opening our Early Learning Community this year, we have been following the latest developments in this area. Iram Siraj is a Professor of Child Development and Education at the University of Oxford and she has an international reputation for her longitudinal research and policy expertise. Professor Siraj’s research expands on the ‘institutions for learning’ – being the home, the pre-school and the primary school. She confirms that what parents do in the very early years, before the age of five, in terms of reading with their children and taking them to the library has a huge impact on them. In general the research has found that:

  • what parents do at home is very powerful
  • the quality of teaching at pre-school (be it low, medium or high quality) has a long term impact on children
  • academic effectiveness of a primary school (pedagogy) has a long term impact on children

Please follow this link for the full interview with Professor Siraj.

On Tuesday morning we hosted a wonderful chapel service and morning tea for Year 12 mothers/significant females and sons. This first time event is a lovely way to celebrate the special bond between mother/significant female and son. Thank you to Mrs Trish Connell and Mrs Jill Elias for their reading and prayer, Arman Brian for his musical performance and Reverend Russell for his words and guidance throughout the morning. You can see photos from the morning here.

Next week we celebrate the Week of the Arts in the Preparatory School. This is a significant week for the Preparatory School as we invite all parents and carers into the School to enjoy presentations, time in the classrooms, the Year 6 Father/Significant male and son breakfast on Wednesday 25 September and of course, Grandparents’ Day on Friday 27 September (RSVP here). I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the week.

In Term 4, on Sunday 27 October our Year 11 mothers/significant females together with their son will have the opportunity to travel to Kooringal, our Outdoor Education campus, and enjoy time together. The program for the day includes a campus walk and orientation, planned mother/son activities, plus abseiling and/or orienteering. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association who are supporting the event by providing lunch for the entire group on the day. To book please go here.

On a final note, it is with great sadness that I share with our community the news of the passing of Teresa Scott. Together with Father Frank Sheehan, Teresa has been responsible for bringing talented speakers into the community as part of the School’s Centre for Ethics. The Centre welcomes speakers who work actively to change the world, and our community has benefitted from Teresa’s ability to connect with people and her perseverance to find and secure amazing speakers for the benefit of everyone. She will be missed. A service for Teresa will be held next week on Tuesday 24 September at 6.00pm in the School Chapel and community members are all welcome to attend.

Alan Jones
Principal

Head of Senior School

  • Year 12 Trial Exams
  • End of Term 3
  • Safety first
  • PSA Athletics Carnival

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • Year 12 Trial Exams
  • End of Term 3
  • Safety first
  • PSA Athletics Carnival

I wish all our Year 12s well as they prepare for their Trial Exams starting this Friday. It is an exciting period ahead as they reap the rewards for the dedication and discipline they have applied to their studies to date. I encourage them to continue to work closely with their teachers and to enjoy necessary moments of rest.

A reminder to all families that the school term finishes next Friday at 12.45pm. Our students look forward to an important time of rest before an exciting and productive final term.

Last week in assembly I spoke to all Senior School boys about the important of being safe when travelling to and from school. Recently some boys have had ‘close calls’ when crossing roads due to them being distracted by listening to music on headphones or messaging on their phones. I appreciate that our mobile phone policy means that students do not access their phones during the school day, making after school a time that boys may want to catch up on social media. However, I implore students to put safety first and concentrate on their surrounds.

Congratulations to all boys involved in the PSA Athletics Carnival last Friday, the event was a great success. Christ Church came 5th with its highest ever points total in the history of the event. I also thank the Year 11s who attended the event, your support was very much appreciated.

Simon Angus
Deputy Principal
Head of Senior School

Head of Prep School

  • Language awards
  • Preparatory School Music Concert
  • Term 3 Learning Journey
  • Week of the Arts
  • Study Skills session

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • Language awards
  • Preparatory School Music Concert
  • Term 3 Learning Journey
  • Week of the Arts
  • Study Skills session

Last Saturday, three boys represented Christ Church Grammar Preparatory School at the 2019 Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of WA (CLTAWA) State Mandarin Speaking Competition for second language learners. Both Ashnuwin Vijayandran and Ashton Salomon placed 3rd in their categories and Shrayen Moodley won a participation award. Well done to the boys and Ms Li Liu.

I would like to congratulate all boys who performed in the Preparatory School Music Concert this week.  There was a wonderful turnout and the standard of music performed was reflective of the hard work of both the boys and teachers. Additionally, I would like to acknowledge Ms Ebony Yapp, Mrs Bronwyn Wallis and the music department for all their support and guidance for what was an incredible concert.

As the term draws to a close, all students will take families on their personal Term 3 Learning Journey. This is an opportunity for parents and invited guests to celebrate in the learning that has taken place over the course of the year. Additionally, all our families are welcome to attend our Week of the Arts celebration. Please check your son’s diaries and teacher communication about the week.

The Preparatory School House Shout will take place Thursday 26 September in the Chapel commencing at 1.30pm. All families are invited to see the four Houses sing their hearts out to win points for the Giles Shield.

ICAS Testing concludes this week. The final test is on Thursday morning and will see 153 boys sit the Mathematics test. Good luck to all boys.

This Friday afternoon, all Year 6 boys will have their Study Skills session. This will involve all boys learning about the organisation, summarising and revision skills required to assist in the transition into the Senior School. Senior School Teacher, Mrs Sharyn Bana and Director of Studies, Mr Mahendra Vaswani, will deliver what is expected to be an engaging and useful presentation.

As this is the final newsletter for Term 3, I would like to thank you again for all your support and continued interest in your son’s education. I look forward to seeing you in Term 4 which commences Tuesday 15 October.

This weeks’ BGM awards can be seen here.

Enjoy the break!

Dr Steven Males
Head of Preparatory School