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Christian Purposes Day 2018
The ASC is preparing to welcome about 1000 staff from our schools to the annual Christian Purposes Day on Monday 30th April at HBF Stadium.
Our keynote speakers in 2018 will be former UN Peacekeeper Matina Jewell and the Archbishop of Perth, The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO.
During Matina Jewell's 15-year military career she: earned eight war medals, completed the physically demanding Navy divers course, served with American Navy Seals, tracked militia leaders in the Solomons, boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf and, was posted as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon.
Medically retired, Matina served on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council and continues to champion change for injured war veterans. Among many honorary roles, Matina is a founding Ambassador for ‘Project Thankful‘, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.
Matina has been featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, is a best-selling author and her life story is currently being made into a feature film. Matina will share her insights on leadership and resilience from some of the toughest environments on earth.
The Archbishop of Perth, The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO is the first female archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia following her election in August last year.
Born and called to ministry in the Diocese of Melbourne, she gave up a career in hospitality to study at Trinity College within the University of Melbourne. She was ordained Deaconess in 1984 and Deacon in 1986, before being appointed Chaplain to Perth College in 1988 where she was among the first women in Australia to be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Peter Carnley in 1992.
Kay has served the Diocese of Perth as Rector of St David’s Applecross, and as Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Archdeacon of Fremantle, Archdeacon of Perth, Diocesan Registrar and Diocesan Administrator. She was appointed Assistant Bishop and was the first woman ordained to the episcopate in Australia in 2008. Kay was installed as the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Gippsland in 2015 before her election and installation as Archbishop of Perth.
In the Australian 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to religion through the Anglican Church of Australia, as a pioneer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality".
Archbishop Goldsworthy will preside at the Christian Purposes Day Eucharist.
2017 WA ATAR Results
Congratulations to the ASC’s 2017 Year 12 graduates
Our WA students received excellent ATAR results overall, with five of our schools listed in the top 50 schools in the State and John Wollaston Anglican Community School the biggest improver in the State, moving up 61 places to 56th.
St George’s Anglican Grammar School 2017 Head Boy Luke Thomas was the ASC’s highest individual performer. Luke earned an ATAR of 99.95, a perfect score and one of only 16 students in WA to do so. This gained Luke a General Exhibition Award as one of the top 50 students in the State. Congratulations Luke.
Harriett Watt from Peter Moyes Anglican Community School was awarded a Subject Exhibition in Children, Family and the Community. This is awarded to the top eligible student with the highest examination mark in an ATAR course. Well done Harriett.
Certificates of Excellence
Eight 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.
Our congratulations go to:
In other awards, 51 students received Certificates of Distinction (for students who receive 190-200 points from 20 Year 11 and 12 units).
These Awards were won by students at the following ASC schools:
The graduation rate of students across WA ASC schools for 2017 was 95.2%.
Vocational Education and Training
Almost 500 students in ASC schools completed a VET qualification, with 30 per cent of students earning a Certificate II, and a further 13 per cent earning a Certificate III qualification by the end of Year 12. Additionally, there were 10 students who earned their Certificate IV and seven students who gained a Diploma.
Congratulations to all students, teachers and support staff. We wish our students well in the next phase of your life after school.
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!
The ASC publishes a newsletter once a term. Each edition is based on a theme and features articles from each of the Commission's schools.
Previous editions of ASC News are available by contacting the ASC at [email protected]
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 Swan Valley Adventure Centre is a joint venture of the ASC 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 have already taken advantage of what is on offer. Staff and students are always mightily impressed with the flying fox, the high ropes course, the commando course, the archery range and the bike adventure area.
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, Ms Ariel Wee (International Marketing Manager), Mrs Dorothy He (Admissions and Study Tour Coordinator), 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