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Newsletter Term 3 2019

Principal Message                                                   

This week, the excitement amongst most students has been palpable as the school holidays are about to commence. The exception is, of course, our Year 12 students; who will spend much of the vacation period completing Semester 2 College exams and ATAR practical exams as well as completing and submitting final tasks in VET, General and ATAR courses.
This can be a very difficult time for Year 12 students. Whilst there is some excitement about the end of their secondary schooling, so too is there trepidation about what lies ahead. For some, the focus will be entirely on ATAR results – and this can be quite overwhelming. I encourage all students (and their family and friends) to remember that your learning journey has occurred over the last 12 years, not the last 12 months. If you are feeling pressured or stressed, remember that the exams ahead are only a measure of your ability at a specific point in time; and your results do not represent your future. Most importantly, remember that “You are NOT your ATAR score”.
Research tells us that it is healthy to feel a little stress or anxiety in the lead up to exams; however too much stress can impact negatively on your ability to study effectively. If you need some support to manage your stress, please speak to a family member or member of staff – both our Student Services team and Year 12 teachers/coordinators can help at any time. The same staff are available to speak to parents and guardians.
Term 3 was another incredibly busy and productive term, as you will see in the coming pages of this newsletter. I congratulate all students for their achievements and thank all staff for supporting students in their endeavours.

Melissa Gillett

Architects appointed for new chapter at JFSC

It's an exciting time at the College with the appointment of architects Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick who will guide us through the $50 million College Building Program.  Read more...

Semester 1 Activity Day

On the last day of Term 2 Year 7 to 10 students were invited to participate in the Semester 1 Activity Day. This day was to acknowledge and reward the positive behaviours and College values displayed by students throughout Semester 1.  Read more...

College Community shows its big heart for Foodbank

The JFSC Community has shown its generous heart again as the 2019 Foodbank Schools Winter Appeal wrapped up last week. It was another fantastic effort with over 950 items collected by our College community – the best year yet!  Read more...


Senior Classical Guitar Ensemble

On Monday 1 July the JFSC’s Senior Classical Guitar Ensemble were invited to perform in the annual Instrumental Music School Services Showcase Concert OPUS 2019. This concert showcases outstanding instrumental and choral music from government schools at both Primary and Secondary levels. Read more...

The 2019 Arts Showcase

On a wet and windy 4 July students from Years 7 to 12 entertained audiences with the biennial JFSC Arts Showcase.

Audiences were taken on a journey through different genres from each learning area within the Arts. As audiences entered the venue they were greeted with the Interactive Courtesy and Respect Tree to which they took up the opportunity to contribute their own messages about courtesy and respect as leaves upon the tree.  Read more...

Students transcendence through Dance

On Friday 9 August Swan Park Theatre played host to the College's dance students as they performed in the annual dance showcase, this year entitled Transcendence. Read more...

Certificate II students accept Dance Challenge

On Sunday 25 August 2019 the Certificate II in Dance students travelled to Marist Auditorium at Newman College to compete in the Perth Dance Challenge 2019. This competition gave students the opportunity to further enhance their skills in design, choreography, stage work and performance ability.  Read more...

Japanese Exchange: Sanda Day Visit

On Friday 2 August our College was privileged to host 36 students from Sanda Shounkan Senior High School for a one-day program of cultural exchange. Sanda students were paired one-on-one with a JFSC buddy allowing Sanda students to spend the day experiencing life in an Australian high school.  Read more...

Performance shows Shakespeare's more than words

On Friday 16 August drama students from Years 9 to 12 were taken on a merry journey by a Fool, Juliet and Macbeth in Bell Shakespeare's production of Words, Words, Words.  Read more...

Music Patron bestows wisdom to students

On two separate occasions this term, students from the Specialist Music Program were fortunate to receive a visit from the JFSC Music Patron Dr Ashley Smith, who has studied and performed around the globe and brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the students.  Read more...


English Students Experience University Life

Late Term 2, English and Literature Year 12 students travelled to Curtin University for the annual English and Literature Conference. Now in its 33rd year, the conference allows secondary school students from across the state to experience what university life entails, from planning and arranging their own transportation to campus through to negotiating campus and attending lectures. Read more...

Mr Brown's Big Boggle Bash

July started with the inaugural "Mr Brown's Big Boggle Bash". This competition was inspired by our own Mr Dayna Brown and was a huge success!  Read more...

Write a Book in a Day

On Monday 19 August, 53 students from Years 7 to 11 participated in "Write a Book in a Day". This Library event not only marked the commencement of Book Week but also helped raise funds for The Kids' Cancer Project. Read more...

Poetry in Action

We don't often put the words 'poetry' and 'action together, but a recent English Department incursion showed us just how active and powerful poetry can be.

On Wednesday 28 August Year 8 and 10 students were treated to performances by actors from Poetry in Action, a touring theatre company dedicated to unlocking the power of words, inspiring audiences and presenting poetry in new and fun ways. Read more...


Students visit the Law Courts

In the last week of Term 2 (1 – 4 July) all of the Year 9 Humanity and Social Sciences (HASS) classes embarked on an excursion to the Francis Burt Law Education Centre.  This excursion was designed to enhance the student's understanding of the Law, and the procedures and personnel involved in Australia's Court system. Read more...

HASS Week 2019

What do Julius Caesar, Karl Marx, a Suffragette and a Chimney Sweep have in common? HASS Week at JFSC is what! Read more...

MPs visit Economics Class

On Friday 23 August the Year 12 ATAR Economics students were fortunate to be visited by Patrick Gorman, Federal Member for Perth, and Stephen Jones, Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Financial Services Minister.  Read more...

Students examine Perth's changing Geography

Over two days during July and August the Year 12 Geography students travelled in and around the Perth CBD to examine Perth's current urban landscape, the changes that have been made in the past and what possible changes could be made in the future to improve transportation.  Read more...


2019 Gold Coast Netball Tour

A talented squad of Year 9 - 12 JFSC Netball program students have returned from the Gold Coast, Queensland having competed in the 2019 WorldSport Netball Carnival.  Read more...

SSWA Netball Carnivals

Term 2 started with a bang for the Netball Specialist Students as they participated in the SSWA Champion Schools Netball Carnivals. The first stage of this competition was held over separate carnival days, both North and South of the Perth CBD. To accommodate the 10 JFSC Teams competing, five teams competed in the North and South Carnival days. Read more...

SSWA Netball Champion Schools - Interzone Round

Following the North and South Carnivals in May, four JFSC Netball teams progressed to the second round of the SSWA Netball Champions Schools Competition – the Interzone round. Played throughout June, all teams went into their respective games with great energy and determination.   Read more...

SSWA 2019 Champion Schools Netball Finals

On Wednesday 21 August our Year 8 Team 1 Netballers competed in the SSWA Champion Schools State Netball Final Day at the State Netball Centre. This meant the team finished in the top four teams within the state for the lower school division (Year 7 and 8).   Read more...

PARTY Program opens Year 11s eyes

On Wednesday 24 July the Year 11 Health students travelled to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) to participate in the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) ProgramRead more...

Health Expo 2019

On Wednesday 21 August students from all year groups were invited to explore and participate in the JFSC Health Expo 2019. This annual event was organised and run by the Year 12 Health Studies Students as part of a major assessment task.  Read more...

Year 7 Cricket Camp 2019

During week 3 the Year 7 Cricketers embarked on their first camp at JFSC – the Year 7 Cricket Camp.  During this camp our students competed in a friendly Indoor Cricket competition against Belridge Secondary College and Kent Street Senior High School.  Read more...

Year 8 Lightning Carnival

Grey skies and wet conditions didn't stop the Year 8s as they participated in the third Lightning Carnival for 2019. Tuesday 13 August saw approximately 140 Year 8 students demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship while participating in Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Floorball and AFL. View Gallery.

Wheelchair Basketball bridges understanding gap

During Week 5 this term, students from Years 8 to 12 were honoured to receive a visit from Paralympian Amber Merritt and ReboundWA's Wheel LIFE program. With the support of the City of Bayswater's Better Bayswater grant, the College was able to have Amber and ReboundWA visit for a 2-day period.  Read more...

Inter-House Athletics Carnival

On a spectacularly fine spring Friday, the College came together for the annual Inter-House Athletics Carnival.

Community spirit was high with students and staff dressing up in different costumes and giving their all in the various competitions, both in the normal athletic and novelty events.  Read more...


Students take a walk through Perth's history

During June the IPP students travelled to Perth CBD for three tours with Two Feet & a Heartbeat. These tours allowed students to discover the wonders of Perth now as well as historical aspects of the city. Read more...



Students Discover Kings Park's Hidden Treasures

On a beautifully fine Thursday 22 August the students and staff from the College's Independent Pathways Program travelled to Kings Park to participate in the From Firesticks to Fireworks program.

Here students learnt about the history of Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) and its cultural significance for the local Nyoongar people.  Read more...


Creating curiosity in the future of Robotics

In early July select Year 9 Science classes were treated to a visit by Firetech. As part of a STEM project, Firetech supplied the classes with Lego Mindstorm robot sets. Students were then set the task of constructing and programming these robots within the hour. This proved to be a stimulating challenge that helped develop student's confidence in their personal problem solving skills. Read more...

Year 10's Solve Pipeline Problems

At the beginning of July the Year 10 cohort was treated to a visit from Earth Science WA as part of the CSIRO Outreach Program. Read more...

WISE Women Showcase inspires students

On Tuesday 2 July approximately 30 students from Years 8 to 10 travelled to Murdoch University to participate in the WISE Women Showcase. The WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Women Showcase allowed students to glimpse what opportunities STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) can offer for their future careers.  Read more...

Year 11 students Follow their Curiosity

On Tuesday 2 July the Year 11 ATAR Human Biology Students travelled to Edith Cowan University's (ECU) School of Health and Medical Sciences for the Follow You Curiosity Project Science Day. Students spent the day experiencing a University laboratory and participating in experiments using equipment not readily available in a secondary school.   Read more...

Science Week 2019

Week 4 this term students and staff celebrated all things science with Science Week 2019.

Celebrations started in the weeks before this with classes participating in numerous Science Week related activities. In keeping with the theme for Science Week 2019 of Destination Moon: More missions, more science, two Year 9 classes created Luna Models out of metal.  Read more...

Students tackle future water solutions

On Tuesday 27 August 2019 eight Year 9 and 10 students participated in the Water Corporation's WA Schools Think Tank Challenge at the City of Bayswater. They joined eight other school teams to tackle the question of "How can Perth become a leading waterwise city by 2030?".  Read more...

Identifying Mutations

On Monday 2 September students from Year 12 Human Biology travelled to the Harry Perkins Institute in Nedlands as part of their studies into genetics and inheritance.   Students started the day amplifying the potentially mutated BRAF gene using PCR (Polymerase chain reaction). Identifying this mutation can lead to improvements in melanoma treatment options.   Read more...

Students take to the air with STEM

Following the Robotics session with Year 9 students in early July, Firetech visited the College again on Friday 13 September, this time treating select students from Years 7, 8 and 9 to a day with drones.

With automation such as autonomous trucks and trains becoming part of everyday life, programming is becoming an important skill for students to have.  During these sessions students were able to program drones so they could accomplish different flight plans.  Read more...


Cadets Climb to New Heights

The birds sang as the morning sun shined. Yawns could be heard from the cozy dormitories. The cadets slipped back into their uniforms as the clouds began to roll in. A little rain never stopped anyone, right?  Read more...

Bush Rangers help protect Bennett Brook

As the weather warmed and spring unfurled its wings, the College’s Bush Rangers ventured out to assist the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and Water Corporation with the Bennett Brook Catchment revegetation. Read more...


Foodbank Schools Winter Appeal

As a College we have rallied together to support the Foodbank Schools Winter Appeal over the past few years, joining together with other schools to support the great work Foodbank does in our community. Last year participating schools collected enough food to help create over 13,000 meals.  Read more...

Students give back to Breakfast Club

As part of their Certificate II in Business studies, students from Year 11 have been volunteering on a rotational basis at Breakfast Club this year. These students provide great support every Wednesday morning, preparing and cooking pancakes, cheese toasties, breakfast cereals and various drinks. Read more...


Prefect's Clean Up

On Wednesday 21 August, the Senior School Prefects spent half the day picking up rubbish from areas within the City of Bayswater. These areas included Riverside Gardens and the Catherine Street verge to the north-west side of the College. Read more...
The College would like to congratulate the following students on their recent achievements.

Gennifer Nguyen - selected to represent Australia at the 1st Lion Dance Sunworld International Championships in Vietnam from 30 August to 2 September. Congratulations and good luck.

Gustav McKeon - congratulations on being nominated as the U15s Player of the Series in the National Indoor Cricket Championships that were held in July.  Gustav played 7 games, scored 214 runs with an average of 30.57 and a strike rate of 257.83.  His team made the semi-finals but unfortunately lost against New South Wales.  Gustav has been selected to the 2019 All Star Team.

Brianna and Mikayla Hyde - competed in the AFLW 18s National Championships in June and July.  They competed in five games winning three against Queensland and the Eastern Allies but unfortunately couldn't win against the Victorian teams.  Congratulations on a wonderful effort.

Ahsia Markowski and Pheonix Schicker - both competed with the U19 Mixed State Indoor Netball Team at the Indoor Netball Aged Nationals on the Gold Coast in May. Their State Team placed fourth overall and their respective association teams placed second at the event.  Ahsia has been selected to represent WA in the U16 Junior Indoor Netball Nationals to be held in Toowoomba in November/December this year.  Congratulations to you both on your recent achievements.

Marcus Inu -  selected for the 2019 U18s Boys State SSWA Basketball Team.  The Team travelled to Bendigo Melbourne on the 9 August 2019 to play for a week in the SSWA Basketball U18s Championships Tournament.  The extent and intensity of the competition was challenging and the team came away with close winnings.  Marcus enjoyed his games and based on his high performance skill level he has been invited to perform for a USA Basketball tournament in October 2019.  Marcus has also represented WA Basketball State Performance Program for three years.  Congratulations on your recent achievements.

Sarah Simpson - was selected to represent Western Australia in the Australian Calisthenic Federation's 31st National Championships in July.  Sarah's Intermediate team performed wonderfully and placed 3rd overall.  Congratulations on your achievement.

Ines McKeon - selected to represent Western Australia in the 2019 Cricket 12s Championships being held in Adelaide in November 2019.  Congratulations and good luck.



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Interschool Athletics Carnival
Year 7 Immunizations
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Year 7 Lightning Carnival
Year 8 Immunizations
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College Board Meeting
Year 12 Presentation Evening
Year 7 2020 Orientation Day
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School Development Day (No students)
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John Forrest Secondary College - 50 Year Reunion

A 50 year reunion for students who sat for their leaving 50 years ago in 1969 is planned for Saturday 9 November 2019.  Please contact Jill  0405 607 750 or Anne ( for more details.

University of Western Australia FIRST Robotics Competition
The University of Western Australia and would like to make you aware of a great program starting this year. The program is called the FIRST robotics competition (FRC) and is an international robotics competition in which high school students from ages 13-18 design, prototype, build and market a large robot during the summer holidays. UWA are currently looking for willing and passionate students to learn engineering and media skills and put them to use in the program. No experience is required just a passion to learn and be involved. A former participant, said this program is an unforgettable experience and not to be missed. Students will learn professional engineering, communication and teamwork skills.  More information and registration is available here.


Bayswater Little Athletics Club

Bayswater Little Athletics Club consists of 6 clubs. Beechboro, Camboon, Emberson, Embleton Eden Hill and North Bassendean. Clubs compete together on Saturday mornings at Wylde Road reserve in Noranda starting on the 5 October. Ages are from U6 to U17.

Information regarding training venues and times can be found on the website

Online registrations open on the 7 September through

For more information contact Evan Crute on 0417991218 or go to


Academic Task Force - 2019 October School Holidays Skills Development Program

Academic Task Force are offering courses during the October school holiday to assist your child in the areas of Essay Writing, Learning Skills, Advanced Maths, Foundation English and Maths and Intermediate English.  Please see brochure for more information.

City of Bayswater - How to Adult free workshops.

The City of Bayswater How to Adult program is a series of free workshops that aim to prepare people aged 12 - 25 for their futures, focusing on education, employment, wellness and independence.  With a diverse range of topics on each school holidays, come along and explore the options. More information is available from the City of Bayswater website.

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