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A Message from the Acting Associate Principal – Middle School

The end of the term has come round incredibly quickly this year and I am sure some parents are lamenting ‘not holidays again already!’ However, no doubt you can see that your children are in need of some rest and recuperation! It has been a very busy term that has seen students presented with exciting opportunities.

Our Year 7 students are feeling very much at home after a term of settling in and getting to know each other. Facilitating this was three days at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp, where all students experienced suitably challenging activities to try new activities and experiences whilst working collaboratively with new peers. It was a very warm three days and I would like to thank the staff members who attended and our parent helpers; for some it was their first camp, for others they are old hands at the camp experience.

Year 7 students have had a busy end to the term with excursions to St George’s Cathedral as part of their Christian and Religious Education curriculum and the Lightning Carnival held at a variety of venues to enable participation and teamwork through sport. Their Peer Support programme with Year 11 students will continue into the first couple of weeks of next term to finish the programme; we hope they have enjoyed getting to know our senior students.

All Middle School students have been involved in our Inter-House competitions, and our Cross Country Carnival had perfect weather for students to run some incredibly quick times over the course. Their extra training will commence next term and we look forward to their contributions to the ACC Carnival next term. Another thank you to parents who drop them off early to school twice a week!

We had a very entertaining afternoon in the Auditorium listening to the Inter-House Singing Competition, which displayed the wide genre of songs that the staff and students chose. The songs made their way into the Cross Country Carnival too along with a large group of Year 9s showing off their dancing feet doing the Electric Slide. Currently, Hollows House is in the lead for the overall House Cup.

Year 8 students took part in a cross-curricular art project with Year 3 students that was part of the Lantern Parade at the Joondalup Festival last weekend, they also made us proud of their time and commitment to such a project and we thank local artist Kate Maloney for her time working with the students. 

The Year 9 students welcomed their first international student, Thomas, into the cohort during the first four weeks of the term and then were exemplary ‘buddies’ for 19 Japanese students who joined us in Week 7 & 8. I think our students did an excellent job, along with host families, for highlighting teenage life in Perth and they thoroughly enjoyed their time here.

The last week of term ended with a poignant and significant Easter Service and our end of term Honours Award Assembly, an opportunity to recognise student participation and success in a number of areas and we congratulate the students who have been recognised this term. A list of award winners will be in next term’s Newsletter.

I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing our students back at the start of Term 2.

Alison Grey

Acting Associate Principal – Middle School