News & Information
Christian Purposes Day 2017
We welcomed 1000 teachers to our annual Christian Purposes Day on Wednesday 26th April at HBF Stadium.
Our keynote addresses were delivered by well-known presenter Robyn Moore, patron of the Make a Wish Foundation and voice of Blinky Bill, and Sam Walsh AO, Chair of Perth Diocesan Trustees and former head of Rio Tinto.
Robyn Moore delievered an uplifting address in which she challenged the audience to look at their work and life using humour, optimism and passion, and to deal with the 'thieves' of cynicism, resignation, anger and procrastination. Robyn told the audience of the importance of laughter - "when you find your laughter, you find your resilience" - and shared experiences from her own family and from the children and families she met through the Make a Wish Foundation.
Sam Walsh AO drew on his breadth of experience in the corporate world to talk about the 'unlikely mix' of spirituality and business. He told the audience that while the two make strange bedfellows, it is both achievable and worthwhile. Sam told the audience that the book of values of a business were the key to providing the right environment for spirituality in the workplace and that how the right combination of the two can improve efficiency for both the worker and the business.
The day concluded with the Eucharist which was led by The Right Reverend Jeremy James tssf, Assistant Bishop of Perth, who spoke on the life of Saint Mark. The service also featured the talents of the choir from JSRACS.
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ASC Appoints New Staff
The ASC has welcomed three new staff to its ranks ready for Term 2. Aila Dann joins the ASC as the Communications and Community Relations Manager, Danielle Freeman joins as our new Accountant and Georgia Bolwell is our new Administrative Assistant.
The ASC also welcomed The Reverend Elizabeth Pemberton its Religious Studies Curriculum Writer/Advisor (part-time) in mid-January. Liz is working alongside Mr Philip Goldsworthy, Director Mission and Planning, to further develop units and associated resources for the ASC's Religious Studies Curriculum. She will also provide some in-school support for our Religious Studies teachers.
Staff Learning Journey and Exchange Program
Principals have lent their support to the implementation of an ASC 'Staff Learning Journey and Exchange Program'. Developed by Mr Gary Racey, Deputy Principal at Swan Valley Anglican Community School, the program's objective is to develop a systemic teaching and learning professional development program. It will give ASC school staff opportunities to meet and interact with colleagues by visiting other schools for the sharing of ideas, programs, resources, policies and pedagogical practice through learning journeys.
The program centres around three options: a School-based Learning Walk, a Learning Journey and a Learning Exchange.
Interested teachers, as well as middle and senior managers, are encouraged to talk to their principals about the possibility of undertaking one of the options in 2017.
Swan Valley Adventure Centre
The ASC's most recent facility is the Swan Valley Adventure Centre, a joint venture with the Perth Diocesan Trustees.
The ASC bought into the Swan Valley Adventure Centre so that each of our schools could access the first-rate outdoor education facilities on Perth's doorstep at a significantly reduced price to all other schools, groups and corporate bookings. A number of our schools, including Cathedral College Wangaratta and John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, have already taken advantage of what is on offer. Staff and students were mightily impressed with the flying fox, the high ropes course, the commando course, the archery range and the bike adventure area.
CEO, The Reverend Peter Laurence OAM, toured the new $1.1M centre in September. He said it was an exhilarating experience. "The tour was very much hands-on, as I flew down the flying fox (twice as it was such fun!), then did tghe high ropes course (One of the highest around I'm told). It was one of life's real challenges, especially after open heart surgery last year! A walk around the incredible commando course and an inspection of the archery range and bike adventure area completed the visit, apart from a delightful lunch and viewing of the refurbished accommodation facilities.
Revd Laurence hopes every ASC will make it its mission to make use of the Adventure Centre next year.
With the appointment of Ms Amanda Fritz as Director of International Programs and the acquisition of Comprehensive Education Centre (CEC) and Alexander Language School (ALS), the ASC has moved seamlessly into the provision of international education at St George's Anglican Grammar School (SGAGS) under the banner ASC International. Our international team comprises Amanda Fritz, Mr Sachin Shah (Manager, International Student Services), Ms Ariel Wee (International Marketing Manager), Mrs Bronwyn Claughton (Student Support and Welfare Coordinator) and Ms Vivien Xie (Region Relationship Manager China and Hong Kong), who works out of Beijing. The team is now based at the ASC Office at Mt Claremont.
The ASC International team's role is to continue growing the international student market at SGAGS and assist with the placement of international students into other ASC schools (subject to regulatory approval) wishing to enrol international students.
For further information on ASC International visit: www.ascinternational.wa.edu.au
The Anglican Schools Commission's CEO, The Reverend Peter Laurence, was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. He was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for his service to education.
Peter said he saw the award as "a huge honour for all of us in Anglican schooling. ... it has truly been a team effort, working alongside so many wonderfully dedicated and passionate educators over the past 35 years, almost 14 of which have been with the Commission. I just love coming to work every day, and you can't ask for much more."
We congratulate Peter on this outstanding achievement.
Congratulations to our Graduating Students (2016)
We congratulate the graduating class of 2016 in all of our 14 schools on their final results. The overall graduation rate was 97.5 per cent, with students in seven schools recording a 100 per cent graduation rate. These schools are Cathedral College Wangaratta, Cobram Anglican Grammar School, Frederick Irwin Anglican School, Peter Carnley Anglican Community School, St George's Anglican Grammar School, Swan Valley Anglican Community School and Trinity Anglican College.
Jared Chinnery from St Mark's Anglican Community School was awarded a General Exhibition for all-round academic achievement based on the WACE exam results in five subjects, including two from the humanities and two from the maths and sciences. This is the first year since 2010 that the Western Australian awards have been decided based on exam results only.
General Exhibtions are awarded to the top 50 students in WA. Jared was ranked 46th in the state - an outstanding achievement.
In addition seven of our WA students were awarded Certificates of Excellence for being in the top 0.5 per cent of examination marks in an ATAR course.
Congratulations to Ryan Charles (Physical Education Studies), Abigail Colman (Geography) and Jasmine Laing (English) from St Mark's Anglican Community School; Shannon Hick (Human Biology) from Frederick Irwin Anglican School; Olivia Prior (Religion & Life) from John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School; and Ross Godwin (English) and Yohannah Smolders (Human Biology) from Peter Moyes Anglican Community School.
ASC Schools' Week
A feature event of ASC Schools' Week was the Combined Concert held on Friday 16 September in the Perth Concert Hall. 514 students from all 14 schools presented a diverse program with items ranging from pop to classical and from jazz to funk. Choral numbers were interspersed.
We were charmed by Cathedral College Wangaratta's young Choir who opened the concert with their version of Sing; captivated by St James' Year 7 Taiko Drummers' performance of Samurai's Heartbeat on their ingenious 'homemade' drums; and enthralled by the performances of the Combined Schools Choir, Rock Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra. These groups relished the opportunity to work with and perform under the direction of guest conductors, Paul Jarman and Stephen Williams.
As is tradition Schools' Week culminated with a Eucharist in St George's Cathedral. On this occasion the service was held on 18 September, the day the Church commemorates missionary priest and pioneer, John Ramsden Wollaston, after whom one of our schools is named. In honour of Wollaston, Chairs and Principals, Chaplains and staff, students, families and others gathered on the Cathedral forecourt for the introduction to the service. At this stage 'Archdeacon Wollaston', portrayed by Mr Lance Butcher, appeared on horseback adding a dramatic element to the ceremony. He mingled with the congregation, departing at the conclusion of the introductory comments.
Frederick Irwin Anglican School's (FIAS) percussion group then led the congregation into the Cathedral before servers from St George's Anglican Grammar School and student leaders carrying their school banners brought the Chairs, Principals, Chaplains and Sanctuary Party into the Cathedral. Students from other schools led the prayers and readings, while the FIAS Secondary Choir and John Wollaston Anglican Community School (JWACS) Primary Choir further enhanced our worship with their singing.
Bishop Kate Wilmot presided and Bishop John Parkes AM was the preacher at the Eucharist. The liturgy was developed by The Reverend Noel Oakey, The Reverend Dave Deeny and Mr Philip Goldsworthy and involved representatives from all 14 schools.
Of note too, on Wednesday 14 September Cathedral College Wangaratta's Choir sang Evensong in St George's Cathedral at 4.30pm, under the direction of the College's Head of Music, Mr Phil Bohun and organist Mr Hugh Fullarton. Bishop Parkes presided at Evensong, with the Dean of Perth, The Very Reverend Richard Pengelley, also present.
SVACS Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary
Swan Valley Anglican Community School celebrated its tenth anniversary with a formal Founders' Service followed by tours for guests and a series of engaging activites for students. Local Indigenous Elder and Whadjuk man, Mr Phil Narkle welcomed those in attendance to Country. Mrs Dawn Lindsay, who has been a member of School Council since the School's inception, cut the cake.
Principal, Mr Jason Bartell, said: "With over 50 special guests attending the Service and staying to participate in the festivities ... it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible learning environment and connected community that we have developed in our short history.
He went on to say: "It was a time to reflect on the School's past and those who have helped to shape who we are, and to acknowledge the community members, both past and preseent, who have influenced the character and values that embody the vibrant, engaging and inclusive community that we have become.
Later he said it was inspirational hearing the new School Hymn sung and the new School Prayer read at the service. "These are two traditions which will stand the test of time."