We have had a fabulous – albeit very busy – Term 4.
On the first day back after the holidays – senior students attended the Warwick SHS Ball - a date that was arranged for earier in the year and then rescheduled because of COVID. Students attended a lovely pre-ball party then travelled in a limousine to the ball. A big thank you to staff who came to the pre-ball and/ or attended the Ball to support the students. A special thanks to Mrs Lester, who organizes everything for our senior students and to Mr Yanev, who gave his own time to take pre-ball and foreshore photographs of our lovely students. Thanks also to Mandy Ault, who arranged the limousine, and Jen Cahill who hosted the pre-Ball event.
Our annual student reunion was held at the end of October and it was well attended – with 29 former students turning up. They chatted and caught up with all the news and it was a really lovely occasion – as always. It is an important event for many of our students as it allows them to maintain contact with friends they may not otherwise see. They have even suggested that we have more of them each year!
The WADSA Carnival was held at our school this term and we welcomed staff and students from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus ESC. Mr Koppl organized it all with WADSA and we provided a sausage sizzle for all staff, students and families who attended. Another carnival was the Warwick SHS Athletics Carnival and this was a lovely day that gave us an opportunity to integrate with the mainstream students.
Year 10 students took part in the week-long WOW course placement – run by ACTIV - and then received their certificates of completion at a morning tea hosted by ACTIV at our school. This means that the students are ready for official work placements in 2021. They grow up so quickly!
We had our transition visits from our new 2021 students. Ten, Year 6 students came in to meet staff, take photographs and get to know the school site. They attended on 4 sessions and are now, hopefully, quite confident about coming to us in 2021. Parents of these students attended a Morning Tea on 26th November and it was lovely to meet them.
Our annual Christmas Market was held in our Conference Room on Wednesday 25th November and a wide range of beautiful items, produced by the students in Art & Enterprise, under the guidance of Mrs Yanev and Mrs Kelly, was on sale. There were also calendars, which showcase the photography students’ work – for sale – and we made almost $4,000! This money is used as the seed fund for next year’s program and also to purchase any new equipment. Well done to all staff and students who were involved!
Our photography program was, once again, a huge success, thanks to our fabulous photography staff. All of our photography students enter their work in the Chevron Focus Environment Competition – the largest school photography competition in the state. This year we won a total of 8 prizes and, for the second time, one of our students took out the Harry Butler award – the top prize in the competition. Although the winner of this prize is not actually enrolled in West Coast but in Dianella Secondary College Education Support Centre – he has been enrolled in our ASDAN program this year and has attended our Centre each week and so, for the purpose of this competition, he is one of ours! We are really delighted with all of the photos that students submitted and congratulate the prize winners.
Our 2020 school leavers had their traditional, “farewell breakfast” with their teachers on Monday 30th November at Café 28 at the Joondalup Resort. It marked the start of their final week at school which culminated with the highlight of this term which is - as always - the whole Centre, End of Year Assembly, on Wednesday 2nd December - where we celebrated all of our students but especially our Leavers. This year we had 16 Leavers – 14 of whom attended the assembly – and it was a lovely, but emotional, evening.
During the last two weeks of term, some of our students have been attending swimming lessons at Balga Leisure Park. This is a valuable time for students to practise their swimming skills and enjoy the blissful freedom of being in the water – especially on the really hot days!
School reports will be issued at the end of the term. These will address progress towards the students’ IEP goals. Teachers are always happy to have a chat if there are any queries about these reports and I am always happy to meet parents to discuss this or any other issue.
Finally, we have to congratulate Mrs Kriziotis, who has won the Principal’s position at Burbridge School. We are delighted for her! Mrs Morgan, our School Psychologist, is also leaving as she has been relocated. We thank them both for their hard work and dedication and wish them every success!
It has been a busy and productive term and staff and students have worked hard and achieved great things! We look forward to another successful year in 2021.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday break. We look forward to greeting our students upon their return to school on Monday 1st February 2021.