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Principal's Update

Official Opening of the George and Despina Berbatis Gymnasium 

The St. Andrew’s Grammar Community is invited to attend the official opening of the George and Despina Berbatis Gymnasium at 4pm on Sunday 20 March in the gymnasium. The Premier of Western Australia (Hon. Colin Barnett MLA) will be addressing the audience along with Senator Linda Reynolds representing the Australian Government. Our special guest is Voula Patoulidou who was a gold medallist at the Barcelona Olympics for Greece in 1992. Voula is currently the Vice Governor of Thessaloniki. Refreshments will be served in the Palassis/Litis Courtyard from 5pm at the conclusion of the opening ceremony. Please support this very special event for our school community by attending this important occasion.

 

Car Park

The car park at the front of the St. Andrew's Grammar Administration Building is in the process of being sealed. The sealing of the car park contributes to the continually improving aesthetic appeal of our campus. I will provide further information on parking and traffic flow arrangements once the new car park is completed.

Alice in Wonderland

The 2016 School Production involving 25 students from Year 4 to Year 8 is ‘Alice in Wonderland.' Rehearsals are every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon during term time and the performance will occur in late Term 2 with the venue and dates to be finalised. Rebecca Trevisan is the Director and she has previously directed the St. Andrew’s Day performance of Antigone in 2015. This is an exceptional opportunity for our students in the Performing Arts and I wish all cast members well in their preparations for what promises to be a spectacular production.

Parents and Friends AGM

It was great to see a large number of parents attending the Parents and Friends General Meeting on Tuesday 8 March. Dr. Martin Drum from our School Board presented the St. Andrew’s Grammar Strategic Plan 2016-2018. The positive engagement of our parents in the progress of St. Andrew’s is appreciated as we work together for the benefit of all students.

 

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Secondary

School Camps

We have developed an excellent camp programme for 2016.  This is designed to match requirements of the Western Australian Curriculum and provide students with invaluable opportunities to expand content knowledge.  Furthermore, both independence and positive self – esteem can be developed as a result of managing structured and fully supervised activities.

In the classroom, camp activities will be discussed both prior to departure and upon return.  Assessment will relate to camp experiences.  For this reason, all students are expected to attend camp with supervision from school staff.  No alternative programme will be available at school.

Year 11 students should note that the Hamelin Bay experience will also be their opportunity to demonstrate leadership in preparation for selection of 2017 school leaders.

Please call me directly if you wish to discuss financial arrangements for students to attend their camp.

Forms and letters have now been sent for students in Year 7, 10, 11 and 12.  The Kalgoorlie Camp information for students in Year 8 and 9 will be available next week.

Study Sensei

Students in Year 11 and Year 12 will soon begin learning how to maximise academic outcomes at school.  Elevate Education will present workshops with practical advice about studying effectively.  All presenters are current university students who have achieved exceptional results themselves.  Study techniques, time management and coping with stress will all be covered in workshops.

Upcoming Events in Secondary School 

OLNA Testing from 8.40am – 11am in SS08

• Friday 11th March – Free Dress and Market Stall Day in support of the World’s Greatest Shave and Aimee Bird

• Monday 14th March – ACC Swimming Carnival

• Tuesday 15th March – Voting for Student Councillors during Form Time

• Wednesday 16th – 18th March  

Year 7 Camp

• Wednesday 16th March Year 10 and Year 11 Students (RAC B Street Smart at Perth Arena)

• Monday 21st March – Year 12 Leaders Assembly (commencing at 2.45pm)

• Thursday 24th March – Greek National Day Assembly (Period 1) and Study Sensei Workshop (Year 11 and Year 12 in Period 6)

Swimming Champions

The champion swimmers in each year group were presented with medallions at Assembly on Monday.  I congratulate the following winners.  

Year 7   Vohiatzakis James          Year 8   McCormack Thomas

              Taylor Kristen                                 Nastos Nicole

Year 9   Theodorou Dimitris        Year 10 Topalovic Aleksandar

              Bird Aimee                                      Midson Caitlin

Open    Poltheerasathien Boat

(11/12) Bird Emily

 

Kind Regards

Leanne McTavish

Head of Secondary

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Primary

DATES TO REMEMBER:

• Monday 14 March to Wednesday 6 April: Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews

• Wednesday 16 March: Artemis House Lunch

• Friday 18 March: Year 5-6 Class Assembly

• Wednesday 23 March: Easter Hat Parade

• Thursday 24 March: Greek National Day Assembly

• Friday 25 March: Good Friday

• Monday 28 March: Easter Monday

• Friday 1 April: Year 5 Class Assembly

Reminders 

Teacher - Parent – Student Interviews

Over the next few weeks parents and students have been invited to participate in interviews with the class teacher. The aim of the interview is to discuss each student’s progress so far this year and set learning goals for the remainder of the year.

Teachers have organised a timetable where parents can select a suitable time for an interview. This will either be on the display board outside the classroom or in the form of a letter that has been sent home.

If it is not possible for you to attend interviews during the allocated times please inform the classroom teacher and alternative interview times can be arranged.

Easter Hat Parade and Easter Egg Raffle

The Easter Hat Parade will be held in the undercover area on Wednesday 23 March starting at 11.00 am. Prior to the parade students will design, make and decorate a hat using materials they have brought from home.

The parade will be followed by the P and F Easter Egg Raffle which will be conducted in each classroom.

Students have been asked to donate Easter eggs which can be left at Reception and the wrapping of prizes will be completed by volunteer parents in the Board Room on Tuesday 22 March.

Di Filippo Marionette Incursion

On Friday 19 February all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 were treated to an outstanding marionette performance entitled ‘Hanging by a Thread’ and presented by Di Filippo Marionette from Italy.

 

The performers, Remo and Rhoda, mesmerised the students with an assortment of intriguing puppets that included a guitarist, a clown, Puccini, Fred Astaire, a ghost, a ballerina and the crowd favourite, Gino.

At the conclusion of this very entertaining performance the talented duo were presented with gifts by the Student Councillors.

 Di Filippo Marionettes will be performing at the Fremantle Arts Festival on 26, 27 and 28 March. More information is available by visiting: facebook.com/Fremantle Arts Festival.

Year 6 Class Assembly

The Year 6 class presented an outstanding assembly on Friday 26 February under the guidance and direction of their classroom teacher, Mr Fortune. The students were thoroughly prepared and spoke competently and with confidence to a large group of parents and grandparents who were invited to morning tea after the assembly.

The items began with the students welcoming everyone back to a new school year, and recognising all students who were new to St. Andrew's Grammar. They continued using skits and technology to mark 2016 as one of the centenary years of World War One, highlighting key aspects of the war and events from 1916. The assembly also reminded everyone that 2016 will see the Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The Greek item was an inspirational song of peace, beautifully performed by the students. 

Congratulations to Mr Fortune and the Year 6 class for preparing such an entertaining assembly, just four weeks into the school year.

 House Lunches

Over the past three weeks extremely successful House lunches have been held in the undercover area for Poseidon, Demeter and Apollo. The last of the House lunches will be held on Wednesday 16 March for Artemis.

For each of the lunches the assembly area was transformed into a sea of blue, green or gold and the students were served a hearty array of healthy foods prepared by the canteen staff and served by the teachers and non-teaching staff.

The House Captains were pro-active and helped to decorate the lunch area, organise games and prepare gifts for all House members.

 House Swimming Carnival

The House Swimming Carnival was held at Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre on Friday 4 March. It was the first time all students from Years 1 to 6 attended a swimming carnival and it was immensely successful.

The Years 4 to 6 students competed in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and teams games in the 50 metre pool, while the Years 1 to 3 students participated in similar events in the wading pool.

Congratulations must go to all staff who had an input into helping prepare and run the carnival on the day. Special thanks to Mr Psanoudakis for his innovative idea to conduct a whole school carnival and for running the event so successfully on the day.

House Results:

• Winning House: Demeter 1500 points

• Second Place: Apollo 1473 points

• Third Place: Artemis 1155 points

• Fourth Place: Poseidon 995 points

 Champion Swimmers:

Year 6

• Champion Boy: Peter Karageorgiou

• Second Place: Peter Souris

• Third Place: Christian Bertuzzi

Year 5

• Champion Boy: Kon Stergiou

• Second Place: Lazaros Karpatsis

• Third Place: Christo Karageorgiou

Year 4

• Champion Boy: Demetri Souris

• Second Place: Filippos Stergiou

• Third Place: Jordan Myintaye

Year 6

• Champion Girl: A Grmusa & Lemi  Stambelos

• Second Place: Ariana Stamelos & A Pickering

• Third Place: Sachi Casson

Year 5

• Champion Girl: Eva Siamis

• Second Place: Nastasija Jankulovski

• Third Place: Lena Nguyen

Year 4

• Champion Girl: Jovana Vuksa

• Second Place: Alexis Galipo

• Third Place: Reeya Shah

 IPSHA Swimming Carnival

Approximately 30 students represented our school at the annual IPSHA Swimming Carnival which was held at Wesley College on Thursday 10 March.

The Years 4 to 6 students competed proudly in a variety of events that included freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, medley relay, freestyle relay and grand relay.

The competitors were extremely well prepared and competitive in almost every event and an overview of places is listed below:

• Number of First places: 2

• Number of Second places: 3

• Number of Third places: 4

• Number of Fourth places: 10

Special thanks to Mr Psanoudakis and Miss Tzavellas who managed the swimming team and Mrs Cahill and Mrs Havas who attended as officials.

 Swimming Training

It is clearly evident that those students who attend swimming lessons and swimming training outside of school hours are competent swimmers. Our aim as a school is to encourage as many students as possible to build their strength and ability to be confident swimmers by participating in lessons and training outside of school hours.

Your child can be involved in additional swimming coaching by contacting Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre or:

Swimit Coaching Services, email: Swimit@westnet.com.au (Sandy) Riverside Swimming Club, email: rsc@rsg.org.au Phone: 9275 0154

Thank you

Wayne Cronin

Head of Primary

WINTER UNIFORM TERM 2 - REMINDER

A reminder to all parents that Winter Uniform is compulsory from Tuesday 26th of April. 

ALL year 7 Students and new secondary students will be required to have their blazers. Parents please check that your child's uniform is the correct fitting and length. Girls winter skirts and pinafores must be knee length. Primary boys and girls have the option of wearing short or long sleeve formal shirt. Secondary boys and girls wear short sleeve formal shirt. 

UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS:

Wednesday 12.30 - 3.30
Friday 8.30 - 11.30

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