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Message from the Principal – Issue 04, 7 April 2017

Dear Parents

Education in the 21st Century

Last Saturday Mrs Skehan, Mr Clark and I attended the AISWA Briefing the Board conference. This annual day of professional learning is always jam-packed with useful, research-based, innovative ideas about education in a modern world. Again this year, all key note addresses and workshops were worthwhile and stimulated our thinking about a number of educational ideas which we can apply and develop in our Frederick Irwin context. We were particularly taken with two workshops:

  • Student Engagement in Education where the presenter was the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Colin Pettit. (There is a wealth of information of the Commissioner’s website regarding what children and young people think about various aspects of their lives which we will tap into over the coming months.;
  • Learning Spaces which was led by Ron Gorman – Deputy Director of Australian Independent Schools WA. (The workshop focused on current trends in education, implications for pedagogy and designing learning spaces which amplify learning. Many ideas presented really affirmed our work on learning spaces, both in and outside, in Primary and the Library in recent times, as well as plans we have for the future to research learning environments that really work for 21st century learners across the School.)


Farewell and Au Revoir

The end of term is a time when we sadly farewell members of our school community.

To our students and families leaving Frederick Irwin, we hope that you will remember us fondly and wish you all the best for the future.

We also farewell some members of staff:

  • Mrs Marion Griffiths (Kindergarten) retires after 17 years of service;
  • Mrs Fay Chatfield (Student Reception), Mrs Toni Jacobs (Kindergarten) and Mrs Penny Erikson (Year 3/4) have been relieving for staff members on Long Service Leave.

To all these staff, we thank you for your dedicated service to the School, whether the time has been short or longer.

Thank you also to staff members who have been in acting roles while staff members have been on leave:

  • Mrs Marianne Tylor (Deputy Principals’ Assistant)

We wish three staff members a very happy and relaxing period of Long Service Leave:

  • Mrs Ann Boyle (Primary Music)
  • Mr Jarrad Coxon (Practical Arts)
  • Mrs Carol Martin (Visual Arts)

To all families, I wish you are wonderful break over the school holidays. We shall look forward to greeting everyone refreshed and ready for Term 2 towards the end of April.

Please ensure that you also visit the ‘Latest News’ section of our website, or click the links below, so you can keep up to date with some of the wonderful activities and achievements of students and staff over the last few, and upcoming, weeks.

You can also view the latest editions of the Anglican Messenger and the Southern Anglican via our website.

Kind regards

Kerry Robertson

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