Term 3 Week 7
Last week was National Child Protection Week and I would like to acknowledge the important role everyone in our extended school community plays in the protection of children and in building stronger and safer environments for our students.
National Child Protection Week is coordinated by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), who contribute to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising public awareness of the societal impacts of child abuse and neglect, and by developing and promoting effective prevention strategies and programs.
This year’s theme for the week was ‘children thrive when their parents are supported’, which directly speaks to the importance of the partnership between parents and the School. I thank all of our parents who took the time to be involved in the focus groups as part of our reaccreditation process with Child Wise and everyone who completed the survey information.
One of the recommendations that came through the process was that we continue to explore further opportunities for parents to engage with the School in discussions and presentations regarding child protection. Education regarding our essential Protective Behaviours program for students and ensuring that there is open dialogue and discussion can only strengthen our open and aware culture in this important area.
As we aim to continually develop the strength of our program we will also be looking to more regularly engage students in discussions regarding child safety. Student focus groups, surveys and key discussions at assembly level all help to further raise awareness. Whilst all staff are comprehensively trained in Child Protection matters we will be nominating key staff as Child Safety Champions across the School to provide further support.
Our partnership with Child Wise and the thorough process of review that occurs through the reaccreditation process provides an important avenue for us to continually strive to have the safest school community we can. If you have any further feedback as to how we can support parents, as we partner with you to enable your children to thrive, then please pass this on through your P&F representatives or staff.
Tomorrow, Thursday 12 September, is R U OK? Day. R U OK? Day is a national initiative to encourage us to be there for each other to help get through the difficult days. R U OK? Day is about learning how to pay attention and notice each other, to ask and then listen, and to encourage further support if required. Whilst the day itself is a call to action, the message and the teachings are for every day. We all go through life’s challenges and we need to normalise talking about the ups and the downs and remember it’s OK not to be OK. There will be a number of events in the Senior School to promote the day and encourage students to support each other.
Stewart Walters (Wb 96-2000) has recently been appointed to a variety of coaching roles in the School. Stewart is a successful high performance coach with particular expertise in cricket. During his playing career Stewart played county cricket in England, playing for both Surrey County Cricket Club and Glamorgan County Cricket Club. He comes to us from the Western Australian Cricket Association where he held positions as the Western Australian Academy Head Coach, Western Warriors Assistant Coach, Perth Scorchers Assistant Coach and Western Australian Under 19 Head Coach.
In addition to a role coaching the 1st XI Cricket Team, Stewart will be involved across our whole cricket program and also with athletics, cross country and junior football.
I congratulate all students who competed in the Quadrangular Athletics carnival last Friday evening. In a strong and committed performance that demonstrated a large improvement on last year’s result the team finished in third place ahead of Wesley College and narrowly behind Christ Church Grammar School. I wish the team well for the PSA Inters event this Friday. I also wish all students well for the JPSSA Athletics carnival on Thursday and know that the students will be looking forward to competing at such a high quality athletics venue.
Emily Nayler (9Be) has been selected in the WA Swimming Team to travel to the AIS in Canberra to compete in the Australian State Teams Championships.
Cameron Schnell (10Ha) won a Gold Medal at the 2019 Taekwondo National Championships and is the Sparring National Champion for the Male Juniors under 68kg Black Belt division.
Over the past week Ryan Buckeridge (9Wb) has been competing in the North of Perth Music Festival, entering the Junior Vocal Solo sections for Contemporary, Classical and Music Theatre. Whilst fairing well in Contemporary and Classical, it was in Music Theatre that he impressed the adjudicator with his rendition of There Must Be More from the musical Grace Online, and achieved equal second place in this strongly contested group of 24 singers.