From the Principal (Issue 07, 2021)
Dear Parents and Caregivers
What a vibrant and busy place our school is! Since the last newsletter, the School Calendar has been full and our students and staff have been very active – both in and out of the classroom.
This week, I have had the privilege of attending two big events:
Music Evening #2 was an outstanding showcase of our students’ talents. There was such a variety of the accomplishments of soloists, ensembles and bands on display, and we were treated to a ‘number’ from ‘Matilda’, ‘Revolting Children’! Who would have thought that our lovely students could transform into such revolting children? Good acting must be the answer!
On Wednesday night, the Year 10 students had a wonderful evening at their Dinner/Dance. It was a joyful occasion with good food, energetic dancing and enjoyable socialising. Both students and staff had a ‘Good, good night’!
Last week, way up north, around Shark Bay, our Year 12 Outdoor Education students were on their Sea Kayaking Expedition. An experience of a lifetime!
Thank you to our hard-working and interested staff who make events like these happen.
To those students and families who are leaving Frederick Irwin at the end of this term, we wish you all the best for the future.
We say farewell and thank you to the following staff members, who are at the end of short- term contracts:
• Mrs Sandra Guest – Home Economics
• Mrs Yvonne Leeson – Finance
• Mrs Rene van der Merwe – Library
Farewell and thank you also to:
- Miss Hannah Chiang – Music, who will be pursuing new opportunities next term.
- Mrs Jade Crichton – Japanese, who is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
- Mrs Averil Evans - Digital Technologies, who has decided to retire and will be pursuing some exciting family commitments.
All the best to our staff members who are on Long Service Leave either in Term 3 or for all of Semester 2:
• Mr Efrain Dayog – Mathematics (Term 3)
• Mrs Renee Goard – Year 6 (Semester 2)
• Mrs Katrina Wade – Year 3 (Term 3)
• Mrs Angela Westwater – Year 1 (Semester 2)
Please note that the School’s Annual Report (2020) has been published on the website under the ‘Our School’ heading.
As we approach the winter break, I know everyone is extremely tired. Although not quite as fraught as last year, two lockdowns, news of more COVID outbreaks in the Eastern States and a border that can close quickly have brought some uncertainty to 2021 thus far. However, our school community has shown resilience and remained cheerful.
In the context of our theme for 2021 – Hope – I offer this quote from the great Desmond Tutu: Hope is about being able to see the light despite all of the darkness.
A particular thank you goes to our staff and students, those people we see every day on campus. Please have a rest! We look forward to welcoming you back next term, after our trial three-week mid-year holiday.