CCGS World Edition

Next Edition: 16 August

From the Principal

  • CIS team visit to Christ Church
  • Our Guiding Statements and Strategic Plan
  • BGM blog post by Dr Justin Coulson
  • Preparatory School announcement

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia

Later this month we are looking forward to welcoming members of the Council of International Schools (CIS) to the School to conduct their team visit.

The visit during the week commencing 27 August, will see the CIS team in and around the School, engaging a significant number of staff and parents as they test and evaluate our application for accreditation.

Central to what the team look for is a solid understanding of the School’s Guiding Statements that can be found here. These statements affirm who we are and what we stand for, and form the foundation for our Strategic Plan. The visiting team will assess our self-study and advise how we can improve our performance which will ultimately benefit our students.

To make changes in any school requires strong leadership and the Executive team are committed to working with the school community to set the direction for the School and put processes in place to manage changes effectively. Next year we will begin to formulate our new strategic direction with input from all of our community members. I am excited about the conversations we will have as we work together to rethink what the pedagogy (art and science of teaching) for the twenty-first century looks like and identify the new competencies that today’s learners need to develop.

The BGM blog this week has an article titled Parenting tools to help your adolescent thrive and you surviveI first became aware of author Dr Justin Coulson when his book about creating a ‘connected family’ was published. He has a great way with words, always includes practical tips and I found his book useful, as it is about connectivity within the family regardless of the age of the children.

This week Richard Wright, Head of the Preparatory School, announced he has accepted a role at PLC in Perth as Head of Junior School. Richard has achieved a lot during his 10 years at Christ Church and we will have plenty of time over the coming months to acknowledge his contributions and bid him farewell.

Alan Jones

Head of Senior School

  • Residential Community evening
  • Final round of winter sport
  • Commencement of athletics season

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining families and friends from the Residential Community for an enjoyable evening of speeches and musical items from the boys, followed by drinks and nibbles in the Walters Boarding House foyer. The boys displayed their diverse talents and spoke humbly about their journeys in boarding, and what struck me about this occasion was the warmth of the relationships formed amongst the boys. There was camaraderie and genuine respect demonstrated by all boys with their peers, regardless of age.

This weekend marks the final round of the winter sport season against Trinity and I hope as many supporters as possible can come along and cheer for our boys. In particular, the Cross Country team are only one point behind Aquinas and will race off in the All Schools 8km race at Kings Park to see if we can hold onto the Moyes Cup for another year.

As one season ends, another begins. In the weeks ahead, Year 7 boys will participate in athletics trials and on Friday 24 August the eight Houses will battle in the Athletics Carnival to be held at the State Athletics Centre. These events herald the commencement of the athletics season and MIC Athletics, Mr Chaney, encourages all athletes to check the daily bulletin for training schedules.

Roger Bayly
Deputy Principal
Head of Senior School