Principal's Notes, 24th November 2020

PRINCIPAL’S NOTES

It is hard to believe that Christmas is now less than five weeks away. While it may seem as though the year is winding down, it remains a very busy time at School. WACE exams are nearing completion, Year 9 and 10 exams are not far away, Year 7 transition day has been held, Edu Dance rehearsals are in full swing and work has commenced on the Upper Primary Nature Playground redevelopment. We also have one eye to the future as timetables, subject selections, programmes, and class lists for 2021 are finalised. My challenge for all students is to remain focussed over the last few weeks, knowing that an extended period of rest and relaxation awaits, and of course all the joy of the festive season.

Art Exhibition, Music Concert and P & F Markets

On Friday 13 November, the annual Art Exhibition was held in conjunction with a Music Concert and the P & F Markets. The combined event epitomised what our School is all about: Community! Despite some concerns with the weather, it was wonderful to see so many students, parents, and members of the broader community on campus. Those who attended were treated to displays of high quality artwork from students across Kindergarten to Year 12, outstanding musical performances from our Primary Choir, Secondary students and cast members of the upcoming PMACS Production of We Will Rock You, and of course a wide variety of goods available to buy from over 50 stalls and assorted food vendors. The event was a tremendous success, and we are already planning for a bigger and better iteration in 2021.

Year 12 Valedictory Celebrations

It was a week of mixed emotions as the School recently farewelled its Graduating Class of 2020. There was joy, sadness, trepidation, and excitement, mixed with a feeling of accomplishment. The School said goodbye to the departing Year 12’s with a series of events at the start of Term 4 and I wish to thank and congratulate students for the mature and considered way in which they conducted their Valedictory celebrations.

The signature event of the Year 12’s final week is a Valedictory Assembly, a fitting celebration of the achievements and contributions of the graduating class to the School over many years. At the Valedictory Assembly, it was my privilege to speak on behalf of the School to wish the students well:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, staff and students. It is a great privilege and honour to recognise and thank the Graduating Class of 2020 for their contribution to Peter Moyes Anglican Community School.

In particular, I wish to welcome the following group of students and ask that they stand as I call out their names:

Abbey James, Dane Lines, Joshua Melendez, Riaan Van Den Berg, Mitchell Byrne, Dylan Claridge, Roxy Dunham, Andre Durrheim, Kyle Peart-Waylan, Kayla Elieff, and Scott Pirie who started in Kindergarten at Peter Moyes in 2007. They were joined by Chloe Archer and Kristin Ford who commenced Pre-Primary in 2008.

This deserves both a special welcome and a special round of applause!

Year 12’s, you no doubt recognise that this time in your life is truly a rite of passage from child to adult. I am sure that your last few weeks at PMACS have been a time of mixed emotions. Perhaps there has been joy as you reflect on your time at our school or perhaps some excitement as you consider the road ahead and the countless opportunities that await you.

Mostly I hope that you have a sense of pride about what you have achieved. You have made it to Graduation! Congratulations! Your journey has taken patience, dedication, and a lot of hard work. You have certainly earned our respect!

I am sure that there has also been some trepidation as you contemplate life beyond our school.

Next year you will take your place in the world of work, training, or further education where the routines, structures and support will be vastly different to what you have experienced during your time at Peter Moyes.

Be comforted in knowing that your teachers have prepared you well for the challenges of life. They have every confidence that you will take responsibility for your actions, work hard to reach your goals, and ultimately achieve success, wherever your dreams and aspirations may take you.

My wish for every single one of you is that will you never lose sight of those things you are passionate about. I want you to embrace these things and don’t be too embarrassed or afraid to let the world know all about it. I believe Walt Disney said it best:

“All our dreams can come true! But it's not enough to have a dream, you have to pursue that dream, and this requires relentless courage.”

I want you to have the tenacity and the conviction to persist, even when times are tough. This takes courage and I am confident that our school has prepared you to be resilient and equipped you with the grit and determination to succeed and overcome the inevitable knock-backs along the way. It’s easy to feel defeated at times, however, view these moments as a challenge from which you can grow and develop.

Year 12’s as you prepare to graduate, it is important that we recognise the people who have worked so hard to assist you in your journey.

To the parents of our Year 12 students, I thank you all for everything that you have done to support your children. You deserve our congratulations for guiding your child to this point, supporting them through all the homework, exams, uniform replacements, social activities, camps and sporting and co-curricular events, not to mention the trials and tribulations of social media and simply being a teenager!

We thank you for choosing to send your child to Peter Moyes Anglican Community School. Choosing a school is a big decision for parents. We understand the sacrifices families make to send their children to our school and we remain ever grateful that you chose to do so. 

The other significant group of people to be thanked and recognised this evening are the School’s staff.  Led by Mrs. Natalie Shaw, teachers in the Senior School have worked tirelessly to assist our Year 12 students, just as their Primary and Middle School colleagues have done in earlier years.

I especially want to acknowledge this evening the Head of Year 12, Mr Larry Parkes, for his efforts in 2020. In such a challenging year, Mr Parkes has done everything in his power to make it a memorable one for our Year 12’s. It was so very obvious at today’s Leaver’s Assembly the shared respect and care between Mr Parkes and the Year 12’s, with the crowd surfing by Mr Parkes a memory unlikely to be forgotten any time soon!

During their schooling, the students here tonight have established significant and lasting relationships with our staff based on trust and mutual respect. On behalf of all our students, but particularly our departing Year 12 cohort, I thank all staff at this school, including teaching, support and administration staff for their patience, kindness, passion, energy, and dedication.

Finally, to the graduating class of 2020 assembled here together for the very last time, please accept our collective thanks for the contributions that you have made to the life and development of Peter Moyes Anglican Community School. No matter how long you have been part of this community, whether it has been 14 years or 14 months, you have embraced it and in turn have been embraced by it.

You have so much to offer the world, so go forth and take your place. This world needs you. It needs your kindness, your caring nature, your consideration, and thoughtfulness of others. Your grace and humility are outstanding. Use these traits along with your other laudable skills to make our world a better place.

As you begin a new chapter in your lives, know that you go with the blessings and best wishes of our entire community. And while we say farewell, it is not goodbye. We hope that you will remain in contact with us through the Alumni Association or simply by visiting us from time to time. Teachers take great pride in hearing about the success of past students, so please come back and let us know when you graduate from university, land that dream job, get married, have a baby or win the Power Ball!

And in times of need, please remember that we are, and always will be, here to support you, even if we lose sight of you. Rest assured that if you ever find yourself in trouble, we will do what we can to help you. You will always be part of this School Community.

Go with our best wishes and stay true to our motto, to Act Justly and honour God, wherever the road may take you!

Year 12’s it is your time to shine. Bask in your limelight!

End of Year Presentation Events

Families have been sent details regarding changes to the usual end of year presentation events in a letter from me dated 5 November. The key changes are due to Covid-19 restrictions and mean that only parents of award winners will be invited to attend the Primary Presentation Event on Tuesday 8 December. In addition, the various Secondary events have been combined into one event on the same evening, with only award winners and their parents to be invited. Further details will be sent to relevant families in due course.

I look forward to celebrating the successes of our students as 2020 draws to a close.

Every Blessing.

Benjamin Lomas
PRINCIPAL