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Newsletter Term 2 2020

Principal Message                                                   

Not a word I would usually use to start my article for the newsletter, but I think it sums up the last few months quite succinctly!
Earlier this week, I had a look at an old version of the Term 2 College calendar. If COVID-19 had not existed, the newsletter would have mentioned the College Ball, Anzac Day commemorations, Year 9 & 10 Lightning Carnivals, the Interschool Cross Country championships and NAPLAN testing. I would have been singing (badly!) the praises of all those involved in the College Musical; whilst congratulating Year 12 students on their Semester 1 exam results (their exams start in the final week of term and continue into the holidays).
There are many events and experiences that have been missed over the last few months (both at school and at home); and – even though we know we should be satisfied by having good health – it is really easy to feel really disappointed and disheartened. I certainly found myself feeling that way for a period of time… until one of my colleagues (thank you, Mrs Woods) showed me an article that started with the words, “But what if…”. It made me start to think about things differently. Here are just a few thoughts:
  • Our ability to use technology for good (e.g. for learning) has improved
  • Our empathy for others has grown
  • Our community spirit has been enhanced
  • Our connection with family has strengthened
  • Native animals have reclaimed our parklands
  • Pollution throughout the world has decreased
  • Dog adoptions have increased
What if we could keep all of these good things… without the isolation?
We still have a long way to go before we are free of COVID-19; but we also know how much stronger we have become – individually and together – so we will overcome the challenges ahead.
I sincerely thank the wonderful staff who I have the honour of working alongside at the College. They are committed professionals who have gone above and beyond all expectations to make sure our students continued to engage and learn.
To our students, parents and carers; I also thank you sincerely for your commitment to learning and for your support throughout the last few months.
Together, we have kept our community safe. Enjoy a well-earned break and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
Melissa Gillett

Premier visit unveils $50 Million redevelopment to our College

John Forrest Secondary College was honoured to have the Premier Mark McGowan, local MPs Lisa Baker, Simon Millman and Amber-Jade Sanderson visit on 10 June 2020 to show us how amazing our College will look in the near future. Read more...

A Sea of Hands for National Reconciliation Week

In recognition of this very important week students have decorated hands with a message, a single word or drawing representing what Reconciliation Week means to them. Here is the beautiful display at the front of our college and on some classroom windows. A special thank you to all our staff and students who participated. The hands look AMAZING!!  See gallery.

Year 7 Masterclass Idea Development

John Forrest Secondary College has extended its successful Masterclass series from Years 5 and 6 into Year 7. Top students were selected by Year 7 teachers of Maths, English, HASS and Science to participate in a hybrid class based on Idea Development. Read more...


Cafe 180 is up and running!

At last the Year 12 Certificate II in Retail Services students are able to put their skills and knowledge to practice in our takeaway cafe which started operation in Term 2 Week 4. A class vote resulted in naming our business Cafe 180. Read more...

School Based Traineeship

After completing successful trials, Year 11 students, Hannah Coles and Shaye Fraser recently commenced their Certificate II in Business School Based Traineeships with City of Bayswater. Read more...

MPA Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Year 11 students from John Forrest Secondary College have been attending the Trade Training Centre each Friday working towards completing a pre-apprenticeship qualification; Certificate II in Plumbing or Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway Trades). Read more...


Novel Inspires Tone Jar Creation

In the Year 8 Course 1 English class, students have been studying the novel Parvana, a story about a young girl and her family who live in Afghanistan. As part of the novel study, they were asked to select a passage from the novel and analyse the tone that was present. Then, they had to create a tone jar that visually represented the tone in their passage. Read more...

Year 12 General English Workplace Issues Infographics

The Year 12s have been exploring workplace issues and shared their research and understandings in series of cleverly constructed infographics. Read more...


Year 8 Enrichment Students advance their understanding of Land-Forms

During term 1, students in the Year 8 Enrichment class were given several options of demonstrating their understanding of land-forms and how communities interconnect with the environment to improve liveability.  Read more...


Cricket Results - Term 1

JFSC Cricket students wrapped up the 2019-2020 Cricket season under strange and unforeseen circumstances with the Kim Hughes shield undecided and the last few games for the Years 7-10s cancelled. Please see results here.


Mrs Martinelli's Year 10 Cook Takeaways

Mrs Martinelli's Year 10 Home Economics students have prepared some delicious "comfort food" this term. Over the isolation period many restaurants were closed or offered limited takeaway choices.  Read more...


Adventures in ATAR Biology

The Semester 1 program has focused on Ecosystems and Biodiversity, with students learning how to identify species, measure biodiversity, evaluate energy transfer through food webs and describe natural populations.   Read more...


Students Commence
Languages Week
Reporting to Parents Night (COVID Permitting)
Year 10 Immunizations
Science Week
Parents & Citizens Meeting
Book Week
Year 12 Exams
Students Last Day
21 July 2020
27 to 31 July 2020
29 July 2020
3 - 7 August 2020
10 August 2020
17 - 21 August 2020
18 August 2020
24 - 28 August 2020
23 September - 11 October 2020
25 September 2020



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