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  • Importance of reading
  • Upcoming regional visits
  • Expert in Residence - Sally Maitlis (Leadership)

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • Importance of reading
  • Upcoming regional visits
  • Expert in Residence – Sally Maitlis (Leadership)

With the start of every year comes the opportunity for new year resolutions. If you haven’t made one for 2024, I share the following with you.

Reading is one of the most important skills we can teach our children. Digital media and technologies are changing the way we receive material, however there are still key aspects to actually learning to read: phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension and fluency. At Christ Church we continually seek the most recent innovations to build a strong reading culture amongst students.

  • In the ELC we use Sounds Write for emerging reading skills
  • In Years 3 to 6, Talk 4 Reading assists with reading and comprehension
  • In Years 4 to 6 students use Reading Progress which helps with pronunciation and fluency

To ensure students have a huge selection of books to read, last year through the ‘Grow the Library’ initiative, the Preparatory School set a goal to acquire new, quality literature. With the help of our Preparatory School Grandparents, a significant number of books were bought for the library. With the average reading rate of about 200 to 250 words per minute, 30 minutes of reading introduces the reader to between 6000 and 7500 words. So if you haven’t seen your son pick up a book/kindle/magazine recently, show him the way. Select a book and read together knowing you are helping your son to hone a life skill.

A recent article in The Age highlights the significant portion of students with reading difficulties and highlights concerns that without a transformative approach address these issues, that students may face potential consequences for their academic success and future opportunities.

We are currently preparing for our 2024 regional calendar and looking forward to visiting locations throughout the state. We have Field Days and a number of targeted events to meet with existing and prospective families, and a number of staff will be travelling to these events. I will share more details closer to the event time with the hope that community members might go along to events and connect with our staff.

The House Swimming on Tuesday night was as a superb event. All the boys enjoyed the opportunity to get into the pool and have a swim with their friends. Some records were broken and this is a good indicator for the PSA Swimming competition coming up. Some images of the night can be found here.

This week the School welcomed Expert in Residence Sally Maitlis to work with a number of staff on gaining a deeper understanding about what constitutes leadership, what has influenced their leadership approach and how to develop a suite of contemporary leadership skills. Sally is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. Staff that attend the PD were incredibly impressed with her knowledge and the ease in which she imparted key learnings.

Alan Jones
Principal

Head of Senior School

  • House Swimming Carnival
  • Use of MSA cards
  • Hats outside
  • Incidents around Claremont area

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • House Swimming Carnival
  • Use of MSA cards
  • Hats outside
  • Incidents around Claremont area

On Tuesday evening we witnessed a very keenly contested House Swimming Carnival, with Romsey claiming victory from Queenslea and Moyes respectively. There was great competition in all events throughout the program with a notable mention to Charlie Spencer from Moyes who broke the School’s Year 10 breaststroke record. Next week we will commence another component of the Beatty Cup competition, the House Arts, where students can showcase their talents in public speaking, chess, or eSports. These activities offer a valuable opportunity for students from all year levels to both witness and participate in activities that can be used and enjoyed throughout their lives.

As the school year settles into its regular routines, there are some important reminders for parents:

The first relates to the Christ Church My Student Account (MSA) card, the only means by which your son can borrow library books and purchase items from the Refectory and Bookroom. It can also be used to purchase items from the Uniform Shop and to travel on public transport, including the BusWest school bus service. The use of MSA cards is essential in assisting the School to operate a cash-free environment and without one, a students’ ability to access essential service is limited. If your son has lost his MSA card, he must order a new one via the Student tab in Nexus (lefthand margin and select smart rider order form). Refectory purchases cannot be made without a student card or canteen voucher (available from Reception).

Secondly, to avoid your son losing valuable personal items, please ensure all uniform items and sports equipment is clearly labelled. The use of a standard black ‘Artline 70’ to write your son’s name, initials, and surname, on the garment tag or uniform hem can improve the chances of that item being returned.

Thirdly, the School strongly recommends that students who are outside during the school day wear a Christ Church school hat or cap, particularly at lunchtime and at afternoon sport. Students are regularly reminded to apply sunscreen, which is available at several prominent locations around the School campus, in the PE office, Student Services Office (Refectory), Boarding Houses and Health Centre.

Lastly, in many respects we live in a great part of the world but there are situations that present concerns every now and then. There have been several incidents that I am aware of in the last month where young people have been targeted by other groups of less desirable young people, who might be better described as gang-like in their behaviour. These incidents, around the Claremont Quarter and local train station precincts, have started as intimidation but have escalated into physical altercations on at least two occasions, and luckily no serious injuries resulted. On one occasion, this occurred after school with a student who was wearing his Christ Church uniform. The other incidents occurred when boys were casually dressed, on non-school days. I have communicated this information to students via Nexus and in this morning’s assembly, stressing that they need to be cautious about groups of young people who may well be looking for trouble. Being alone in public, or getting too close to people who look suspicious are situations that can be avoided in order to minimise the risk of harm. I encourage you to reiterate to your son/s to take care whilst on his way to and from school, particularly near the railway precinct, and also on weekends.

Upcoming Senior School Events

  • PSA Sport vs Wesley – Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February
  • Years 8 to 12 Parent/Tutor/Student Interviews – Monday 19 February at 3.30pm to 6.30pm
  • New Parent Dinner – Monday 19 February at 6.30pm
  • Drama Tour Production ‘On the Road to win Friends and Influence People‘ – Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 February at 7.00 to 8.00pm 
  • Quads Swimming Meet – 22 February HBF Stadium, 5.30pm to 9.00pm
  • Year 7 Sundowner – Sunday 25 February at 5.30pm
  • PMC Sundowner and Information Evening – Wednesday 28 February at 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Christ Church Grammar School Birthday Service – Thursday 29 February at 9.00am to 10.00am

Mark Morrissy
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Head of Preparatory School

  • First Parent Forum
  • Parent Series on building resilience
  • Ride to School Week
  • BGM Awards

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Christ Church Grammar School Perth, Western Australia
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  • First Parent Forum
  • Parent Series on building resilience
  • Ride to School Week
  • BGM Awards

On Tuesday morning, we hosted the first Parent Forum for 2024. The session provided information about our approach to phonics in the early years, the use of Teams and Artificial Intelligence, the co-curricular program on offer and the evidence-based School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework. 

Our SWPBS fosters teaching and learning environments that: 

  • explicitly teach boys expected behaviours and appropriate ways to interact within their community; 
  • maximise academic engagement and achievement for all students; 
  • are respectful and inclusive; 
  • set high academic and behavioural expectations; 
  • positively addresses classroom management; and 
  • targets support for boys who require additional assistance for their behaviour and social and emotional wellbeing. 

SWPBS is a proactive approach based on the belief that: 

  • relationships are the foundation for social and academic achievement; 
  • student achievement is maximised when staff develop positive classroom cultures that promote and exemplify positive student behaviour and interactions and make students feel that they are both cared for and supported to succeed; 
  • the individual needs of students while some students benefit from individualised support; and 
  • combined with a rigorous academic program, this learning framework enables learners to deeply apply their skills, knowledge, and social-emotional awareness to the world around them. 

Throughout 2024, the Christ Church Preparatory School will be conducting four educational sessions titled ‘Parent Series’, covering relevant topics for our students’ development. The first session is for Pre-Kindy to Year 2 parents and takes place on Tuesday 20 February in the Preparatory staff room and will be facilitated by our School Psychologist, Kate Atkinson. Please check Year Group Notices for more information and a livestream link for those who can’t attend.

The session is on the topic of building resilience and will cover topics including:

  • What is emotional resilience? 
  • What are the Building Block of Resilience? 
  • How to name your emotions and express them appropriately
  • Coping strategies
  • Dealing with difficult emotions

Next week, the Preparatory School will be celebrating Ride to School Week, when we encourage all boys jump on their bike to look after the planet, as well as their physical health. Boys can ride with friends, family, or independently. Every student will receive a raffle ticket each day that they ride to school during Week 4, which will put them in the draw for a daily prize. We look forward to seeing the boys on their bikes! 

Congratulations to the following Building Good Men recipients for this week. 

Dr. Steven Males
Head of Preparatory School