News & Information
2017 Rock Show
By Justin Tonti-Filippini, Head of Music
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School (PMACS) hosted our annual Rock Show featuring 15 bands from four schools. This year we had nine PMACS rock bands who were joined by bands from St James’ Anglican School, Swan Valley Anglican Community School and St George’s Anglican Grammar School. Staff from the different schools came together to play two more songs and jammed another as we made our way home.
The concert was well organised, running less than two hours thanks to the superb teamwork of the staff and students from the schools led superbly by Aaron Graham, our maestro guitar teacher from Peter Moyes and St James’. It was a great family occasion as the front rows of seats were removed allowing a space for the students and younger children to dance and play as the rock music brought many smiles and applause from the excellent crowd of more than 300 family and friends.
It really was an excellent night. Not only the music, but the incredible stage setting designed by Andrew Frankish, our Auditorium Manager and Performing Arts tech wiz, made for an amazingly colourful backdrop and Auditorium. The clean, not too loud, sound mix highlighted the quality of the sound technology available in the Auditorium. Many thanks to teachers, friends, families and performers. Bravo!
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 delivered 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