Guildford Grammar School
November 2019
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Term 4 Week 5

Brad Evans, Acting HeadmasterIt was wonderful to be part of the Year 6 Celebration event last Friday night to mark the culmination of our Year 6 students’ time in the Preparatory School. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I particularly appreciated seeing the personalised photo slides each of the students had prepared as they head onto the next stage of their schooling. Even more entertaining were the outstanding videos each of the Year 6 classes had produced to share their favourite activities of the year. The videos also did a great job highlighting their singing, acting, dancing, filming and editing talents! The Dining Room looked sensational and the room was abuzz after the unveiling of the dessert bar, which is worthy of a particular mention and was a big hit with all of our Year 6 students.

On Saturday we hosted the annual Guildford on Swan regatta, an event that is a highlight on the sporting calendar not just for our Guildford families, but for many families from other PSA schools who enjoy the chance to come out and spend the day on the beautiful banks of the Swan River we are so lucky have within our campus. The day is different to other regattas due to the modified racing format (time trials and match races) and our world-famous morning tea! Despite the warm weather there were many spectators and some excellent rowing on the day. Crews from all schools acquitted themselves very well over the 3km and 6km courses. Our own crews put in some very fine performances, with a stand out win from the 1st VIII and a wonderful result for Guildford rowing overall, taking home the Michael Patton Trophy for the school with the highest aggregate points. Even without the outstanding results on the water, this is such a wonderful event that showcases our school and its commitment to teamwork. I extend my thanks and appreciation to all of the various groups who make this day such a success, in particular the GRA and its parent volunteers, our Boat Shed staff and students, the Community Relations department, our Grounds, Events and Catering teams, Mr Paul Cairns for setup and Mr Brad Minchin for the informative and engaging commentary on the day.

On Monday we held Remembrance Day services in both the Preparatory and Senior Schools. We also remembered Old Guildfordians who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation at our Remembrance Day Service on Sunday evening. As always our Cadets led the way at both events, performing the catafalque party duties to a high standard.  My thanks and appreciation to the Year 12 students who gave up time during their examination period to represent the Unit and the School.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Junior Drama Production of Holes last night. It was a delight to watch the younger members of our Senior School gracing the stage, many for the first time. I am certain that plenty of dramatic talent has been uncovered in the process. It was a humorous and engaging performance and a story with some strong messages about inter-generational justice and resilience. I strongly encourage you to head along to the final performance tomorrow night. 

Jet Matich (7Be) placed second overall in the State Championships for the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 5. Jet took home gold on the high bar and bronze on pummel and vault.

This year 126 students from Years 8 to 12 were involved in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz. Around 30% achieved in the top 25% or better.  All students did exceptionally well with 30 achieving a credit, 25 a distinction, 8 high distinctions and 1 high distinction excellence.

The following students were awarded high distinctions:
Ethan Dai (10Be)
Liam Ilijovski (10Be)
Ethan Matthew (8Fr)
Leo Oldfield (10SG)
Jarrod Poole (9Sc)
Angus Prosser (9SG)
Jonathan Rose (9Sc)
William Tang (11Sc)

Year 12 student Benjamin Bozich (12SG) was awarded a high distinction excellence for his outstanding performance.

The following students were presented with certificates at this morning's assembly for being awarded distinctions in the Australian Science Olympians Competition:

William Tang (11Sc)
Terrence Win (11St)
John Carter (11Wb)
Jeremy Choong (11Fr)
Congratulations to the following students for their results in the University of NSW Science Competition:
High Distinction
Samuel Brooks (7Be)

Oliver Barnes (7Fr)
Harrison de Vos (8Ha)
Ryan Webster (8Sc)
Marcus Dickson (9Ha)
Angus Prosser (9SG)
Jonathan Rose (9Sc)
Ethan Dai (10Be)
William Hutson (10Sc)
Leo Oldfield (10SG)
The following students were awarded high distinctions in the Big Science Competition:
John Pervan (9Sc)
Oscar McCallum (7Be)
Minudi Karunawardena (9SG)
Tadhg Fidge (7He)
Oliver Berry (7Ha)
Sachit Bisht (7Wb)
Lachlan Blair (7St)
Callum Bickley (8Be)
Jonathan Rose (9Sc)
Angus Prosser (9SG)

Hamish Adamson (10SG) and Angus Adamson (10SG) have been selected to represent WA in the Under 18 National Indoor Hockey Championships that will take place in Wollongong in January.

Yousef Elhosainy (10Sc) qualified to compete in the Western Australia team to represent WA in the Australian All Schools Championship (U18) to run the 400 metres after finishing in 2nd position in the WA All Schools Championship.

Our GGS Triathlon Squad (8 x teams) competed in the State Schools Triathlon at Champion Lakes on Friday Guildford Grammar School finished in second place overall! Congratulations also to Year 6 students James Park and Mikaela Hyman who finished 2nd and 5th respectively in the Aquathlon (individual swim and run) event. It was a great result on a warm day. Many thanks to Coach Claire McLean for her hard work with the group over the last 8 weeks.
On the recommendation of his private soccer coach, Mr Garrett McDuling, Year 6 student James Park tried out for one of two spots available on the Floreat Athena squad. James received the great news earlier this week that he has been offered a position on their National Premier League U13 Squad for next year!
Callum (CJ) Hutton (10Sc) will be swimming in the inaugural Swim for Life event at Scarborough pool on Sunday 24 November. CJ is the youngest member of the team.  A recent quiz night to launch the event CJ’s team raised $3500 for Black Dog Institute.  Callum and Harrison Webster (8Ha) volunteered their time at this event also.




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