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  • Donor thank you event
  • Fuse Cup
  • Languages Week
  • House Arts

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • Donor thank you event
  • Fuse Cup
  • Languages Week
  • House Arts


Last week, a group of our talented musicians travelled to the heart of Perth to perform at St George’s Cathedral as part of the ‘Concerts at One’ series. The program included a diverse selection of classical pieces, showcasing the skills of both Preparatory and Senior School students. The ‘Concerts at One’ series offers our students the opportunity to perform for audiences outside the School community. By offering a comprehensive music program, Christ Church significantly broadens the educational experience for our students. They not only develop musical talents but also gain a well-rounded education that prepares them for diverse future opportunities.

We recently invited our wonderful donors and members of the Mitre Society to the School to thank them for the profound impact their generosity has on our students’ educational journeys. Scholarship recipients had the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with their benefactors. It was a wonderful occasion for students to meet and personally thank those who have made their educational aspirations possible and for donors to witness firsthand the positive outcomes of their contributions. On behalf of our school community, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our donors for their unwavering generosity and support.

Earlier this week we welcomed students from six schools onto campus to participate in the Senior division of the FUSE Cup eSports competition. I was delighted to learn that Year 9 students Aarav Dogra and Logan Goebel successfully defended their title to take the overall win. The students have subsequently been invited to compete in the National Final in the Gold Coast later this year, which the School will follow closely in support.

Throughout the week, students have engaged in a range of enriching activities designed to highlight the beauty and importance of different cultures as a part of our Languages Week celebrations. These activities have included language workshops, cultural presentations, international cuisine tastings, and performances that showcase traditional music from around the world. The week has been a vibrant showcase of our school’s cultural diversity, reflecting our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where every student’s heritage is valued and celebrated. Teaching languages at our school goes beyond mere linguistic skills; it opens doors to a wealth of opportunities for our students. By learning different languages, students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of global cultures, which enhances their ability to communicate and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens. This cultural competence is an invaluable asset in our increasingly interconnected world, preparing our students to thrive in various international contexts, whether in higher education or future careers. You can view photos and videos of the week’s action on our Facebook.

This morning Senior School students are competing in the highly anticipated final round of House Arts. This event is a highlight on our school calendar and sees students challenging themselves in public speaking, chess and eSports. Participating in this competition encourages students to step out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges. Moreover, House Arts nurtures a sense of belonging and pride in their Houses, strengthening the bonds within our school community. I applaud all participants in this morning’s competition on their willingness to put their best foot forward for their House.

Alan Jones
Principal

Head of Senior School

  • House Arts Grand Final
  • Ellington and Rock at Rosemount
  • Upholding student presentation

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • House Arts Grand Final
  • Ellington and Rock at Rosemount
  • Upholding student presentation

Today sees the grand final for the House Arts competition take place with points contributing to the Beatty Cup. I hope students have enjoyed this opportunity to participate in activities and represent their House, whether in Chess, Public Speaking, eSports, or as a supporter. The energy was also in full flight last Thursday in Assembly as the much-awaited House Shout songs were selected, with the competition taking place mid-next term.

Our musicians are busy rehearsing for The Ellington Jazz Night on Monday night followed by Rock at the Rosemount next Sunday afternoon. With Rock at the Rosemount including bands from Preparatory School to Year 12, if you are available, note the time in your calendar as I’m sure the students would love to see as many people as possible there.

As we near to the end of a long term, there has been reflection in the community about the standards of Christ Church’s student presentation. We have worked consistently to improve the respect of presentation standards with the students, but we still have a way to go. Please use the last couple of weeks and the holiday period to check the condition of your son’s uniform, in particular his tie and blazer, and organise any necessary hair appointments. I want to take this opportunity to thank you as parents for your support of our expectations around presentation standards.

Upcoming Senior School Events

  • PSA Sport vs Aquinas – Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June
  • Ellington Jazz Night – Monday 17 June at 7.00pm
  • PSA Sport vs Scotch – Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June
  • Rock at the Rosemount – Sunday 23 June. 12.00pm to 3.30pm
  • House Teams Carnival – Thursday 27 June


Mark Morrissy

Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Head of Preparatory School

  • Balanced use of technology
  • ELC sustainability focus
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • Balanced use of technology
  • ELC sustainability focus
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews

In the Preparatory School, we understand that balancing technology use is crucial for young boys to ensure healthy development. Our staff continue to promote digital safety across the Preparatory School utilising Common Sense Education. Common Sense Education provides a comprehensive overview to assist teachers, students and families with the resources they need to harness the power of technology for learning and life. While technology offers educational resources and entertainment, excessive use can lead to negative consequences. Overuse of screens can impact physical health, contributing to issues like poor posture, eye strain, and disrupted sleep patterns. It can also affect mental wellbeing by increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, and reduced attention span. Socially, too much screen time can hinder the development of empathy and essential interpersonal skills due to limiting face-to-face interaction. Encouraging a balanced approach to technology helps boys engage in diverse activities, fostering creativity, physical activity, and social connections. Establishing healthy tech habits early equips them with the ability to manage their time effectively, preparing them for future responsibilities. Parents and educators play a vital role in guiding children to use technology mindfully, promoting a well-rounded and fulfilling lifestyle. If you require assistance with topics such as screen time usage and setting up parental controls via screen time, please don’t hesitate to contact the Preparatory School.

Our Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students have continued their sustainability focus over the last few weeks with recurring visits from Andrea from Kind Planet and Dylan Collard from Kalyakoorl (which translates to ‘forever’ in the Noongar language). During these visits, the boys are encouraged to think about how they can ensure we continue to have ‘enough for everyone’ and how each of their small but mindful actions, when combined with others, can help to make a big difference to our world and the way we use precious resources. The boys have also been encouraged to explore different perspectives and ways of viewing the world around them, therefore recognising they are part of a wider community and have agency over the choices they make.

A reminder to all parents that our Parent/Teacher Interviews commence today in the Preparatory School Administration building (unless the Teams meeting option has been selected) with our Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 parents meeting with their son’s teacher. These interviews are a terrific opportunity to connect with your son’s teacher at the midpoint of the year to better understand how your son is progressing both academically and socially.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our BGM Award winners for this week.

Dr. Steven Males
Head of Preparatory School