Term 3 Week 9
It was a pleasure to host Anne Dunstan at the School for two days last week, during which time she had the opportunity to meet with the Strategic Leadership Team, tour the School with Senior School and Preparatory School students and for us to have several handover meetings to assist with her transition into the role next year. It is clear that Anne already has a very good feel for the heart of the School and that she is genuinely excited about taking on the Principal role in 2020. Make sure you mark the P&F Sundowner in your calendar (dates will be advised early in the New Year) as this will be a wonderful opportunity to be introduced to Anne.
The Year 5 and 6 Dookoorniny Indigenous Cultural Arts project was once again a highlight on the calendar. With the support of our music staff, musicians from WASO, and guest composer Gerard Brophy, the students composed and performed songs that celebrated each of the six Noongar seasons. The students also produced stunning artworks, in collaboration with our arts staff, that symbolised each of the seasons. It was wonderful to witness the obvious joy in the performances and to hear our students sing in the Noongar language.
We look forward to our NAIDOC assembly on Thursday, which will provide a celebration of Indigenous Culture and our connection to the beautiful land on which our School is located.
Our Senior School students will be leading the student-run Fete on Friday afternoon, which enables each of the Houses to hold various fundraising events. This year proceeds will go towards the Royal Flying Doctor Service
I commend all of our PSA athletes on their excellent performance at the recent PSA Inters carnival. There was strong improvement shown across the board and we very narrowly finished in seventh position only 27.5 points behind Wesley College. The extra commitment to training this year was great to see and the leadership from the Year 12 cohort was motivating for all. Several positive comments were also made regarding the strength and conduct of our chant squad who passionately supported the team.
Listed below are some outstanding achievements from our girls’ sporting teams, which have capped off wonderful seasons in netball and hockey. The early success of these programs is a testament to the commitment of the students and the high level of coaching.
I wish our Year 12 students well for their period of study leading into the trial examinations, which will be a significant period of consolidation prior to the WACE examinations later in the year. We look forward to sharing their final few weeks at school together early next term.
I trust that many families will enjoy time together over the break and safe travels to our Year 6 students and staff for their tour to Canberra.
Our Preparatory School Opti-MINDS team have qualified for the national finals to be held in Queensland over the break, an incredible achievement for Mrs Carol Ray and the following students:
Belinda Yuen – Year 6
Avani De Santis – Year 6
Aurelius Honti – Year 6
Joshua Heffernan – Year 5
Georgia Crossen – Year 5
Michael Minchin – Year 5
Charlie Spencer – Year 5
The 7/8 A Girls’ Hockey Team drew their grand final on Saturday and thus have shared the trophy for the competition.
Four out of our six Senior School netball teams played in grand finals on the weekend. Whilst we didn’t secure a win on the day the teams have had outstanding seasons and have represented the School with pride. The teams have rapidly risen up through the divisions in a short space of time.