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Principal's Notes, 23rd August 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the School Newsletter! Without doubt the highlight of this Term so far has been the opening of St Gregory’s Chapel by The Archbishop of Perth, The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO, on Friday 26 July 2019. The Dedication service was attended by over 200 guests, including Anglican Church leaders, local parish representatives, School staff, student leaders, members of the School Council and special guests, including former School Principal’s Mr Julian Dowse, Mr Doug Swingler and Mr Allan Shaw, family of Mr Peter Moyes, representatives of the Anglican Schools Commission, Mrs Irene Clarke (Acting CEO), Mr Philip Goldsworthy and Mrs Barbara Godwin OAM, Principals’ from other schools and the Mayor of Wanneroo, Mrs Tracey Roberts.

St Gregory’s Chapel is a shared place of worship with the Anglican Parish of Quinns-Butler who now use the Chapel as their spiritual home. The building features a large worship space with vaulted ceiling and views to the ocean, multiple meeting rooms, office space for the School Chaplains and local parish Priest, servery, alfresco area, memorial garden and bell tower. St Gregory’s will be a place where extraordinary things occur. Babies will be baptised as we welcome them into the family of God. Couples will become spouses through marriage. It will be a place where family and friends begin to come to terms with the loss of their loved one and where we commend the spirit of the deceased person into God’s care. The completion of St Gregory’s Chapel is the final stage of the School’s original master plan and a welcome addition to facilities at our School. Over the coming months we will provide opportunities for families and friends to explore the new Chapel and I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.

Peter Moyes Day

On the same day as the official opening of St Gregory’s Chapel, the School Community celebrated Peter Moyes Day, remembering the man after whom our School is named. We also acknowledge those people who had the vision to establish a school in Perth’s northern suburbs and all staff, students and parents who have made a significant contribution to our school. 2019 marks a significant point in the School’s history as it was 20 years ago that the Foundation Principal, Mr Allan Shaw, was first appointed. During my speech I shared with the students photos of our school taken in 1999. Amongst all the sand you can clearly see the early stages of the Primary School and the development of the surrounding suburb. We have come a long way over the past 20 years and I am looking forward to celebrating our ‘official’ 20th birthday next year.

Anglicare WA Sleepout

On Friday, 16 August a group of excited students from Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, braved the cold and wet conditions to participate in the Anglicare WA School Sleep Out at Optus Stadium. This fundraising event aims to raise awareness of the significant homelessness issues in our state, with monies raised helping to keep the Street Connect bus on the streets of Perth. The Street Connect team work every day with young people across Perth who are experiencing homelessness. At the time of writing over $90,000 had been raised by the more than 300 students and 50 teachers in attendance. I congratulate our staff, Reverend Linda Pilton, Ms Kelly Dowell and Mrs Kira Lawrence and students for their participation in this important event.

Student Leadership

The process for the appointment of Student Leaders for 2020 is now well underway. I never cease to be amazed by the various creative and articulate ways our students who are striving for leadership positions express their credentials. The candidates have already delivered speeches to key staff and their peers and it was obvious to me that considerable effort went into preparing each speech. The short listed candidates will now be interviewed by myself and the Acting Associate Principal Senior School, Mr Drew Hall, with some very difficult decisions to follow!

Primary School Instrumental Concert

The Primary School Instrumental concert was held on Wednesday 21 August in the Allan Shaw Centre, with a large crowd in attendance. We were joined at the event by several ASC international immersion students and International Education Agents all the way from China. Students from Pre-Primary through to Year 6 participated in the event, which included vocal performances, ensembles, bands and a mix of classical and contemporary music. The quality of performance was very high and I extend my thanks to all students for their efforts and to the key staff that spent countless hours preparing for this event.

In concluding, I trust you will enjoy reading the latest edition of the School Newsletter and I look forward to seeing you on campus for one of our many upcoming events.

Every Blessing.

Benjamin Lomas 
PRINCIPAL