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Newsletter Term 1 2019

Principal Message                                                   

It is difficult to believe that the end of Term 1 is already upon us – it has flown by so quickly. For some of our parents and carers, the passage of time brings the realisation that your children are no longer in primary school – that they are actually entering the realm of a teenager. For other parents and carers, the realisation is quite different – your children are near the end of their secondary schooling. When the Year 12 students attended the College Ball earlier in the term; their progression from children to young adults becomes obvious to all.
As Principal of the College, I am frequently in awe of our students. Perhaps my greatest pride, however, comes on the day of the College ANZAC service; and the service this year was no exception.
At the time of writing this message, the College’s 2019 ANZAC Day Ceremony has just concluded. As Principal, I am frequently in awe of both students and staff within the College – but I am never so proud as I am during ANZAC Day commemorations. To witness over 1150 students standing in absolute silence is quite amazing. It reflects the values of the College –particularly Respect and Courtesy; and Integrity. We were privileged to hear Lieutenant Andrew Philp speak about what ANZAC Day means to him. Lt Philp is a former student of the College and is now a Troop Leader within the 10th Light Horse Regiment. He spoke about Integrity – the choices we can make as individuals to be honest and take responsibility for our actions. I think his words will be considered by all students as they face decisions in the future.
In closing, I thank everyone who has contributed to the learning journey of our students this term – parents and carers, students themselves and all of the John Forrest Secondary College staff. I wish you all a safe and peaceful break in the coming vacation period and look forward to seeing you all next term.
Melissa Gillett, Principal


Achievement Assembly

On Tuesday 12 February 2019 the College Achievement Assembly was held to celebrate the outstanding student achievements of 2018. Congratulations to all the award winners on their fantastic achievements during 2018. Read more...

Year 7 2020 Specialist Program Applications

Applications are now being taken for the College's four Specialist Programs (Cricket, Music, Netball, Tennis).  More information about each program and application forms are available here.  Year 7 offers of placement will be posted at the end of May.

Year 7 Activity Day

On Friday 1 March the Year 7 students participated in the annual Year 7 Activity Day. This was a fun filled day which included variety of activities such as an art project, various team building and sport activities, an inflatable obstacle course and rollerskating/rollerblading in the afternoon. Read more...

Year 7 Orientation Week and Peer Support

Throughout the first week of Term 1 new Year 7 students participated in Peer Support sessions as part of their Orientation Week. These Peer Support sessions were run by select Year 11 students who provided Year 7 students with communication, self-confidence and leadership skills to help bridge the gap between primary and secondary school and allow them to adjust to their new environment. Read more...

College Ball

On Friday 22 March the Year 12 students came together beneath the stars to celebrate their school life and career to date. Set between the vineyards and river at Mandoon Estate, students spent a memorable night enjoying fantastic food and dancing the night away. Many memories and lifelong friendships were cemented throughout the evening. Read more...


ECC Japanese Exchange visit 2019

In Term 1 we hosted a group of 16 Japanese students from around Japan, who study conversational English at ECC.  During College hours our visitors enjoyed a range of Australian high school experiences including Dance with Ms Yates, Cooking with Ms Martinelli, ESL, exchange and buddy lessons. Read more...

2018 Graduate Dances into the College

2018 JFSC graduate Alexa Brown returned to the College during weeks 3 and 4 this term as a guest choreographer to teach 2019 Certificate II Dance Students her Hip-Hop Choreography for the Perth Dance Challenge in August.  Read more...

Hats off to a swinging night

With house lights dimmed and stage lights bright, the Ellington Jazz Club turned up the volume on Monday 8 April for a fantastic night of music provided by the College's Music Students.  Read more...

Musicians help mark 50 years of Primary School

On Friday 15 March JFSC Students performed at the Anzac Terrace Primary School's 50th Anniversary Celebrations Fun Day.  Thank you to Mr Hall and Miss Lyon who both gave up their Friday afternoon to conduct the ensembles.  Read more...


The Academic Quest 2018

During Term 4 2018 six JFSC students participated in Brainways Education’s ‘The Academic Quest’.  One of our teams, consisting of Gabrielle Bishop, Carma Norton and Josie Simmonds-Lacey placed 1st in the Humanities challenge and 3rd overall for Perth. Read more...

Taste of the Trenches

During Term 1 Mr Grzejszczyk's Year 9 HASS Class have been studying World War One as part of their History unit. On Tuesday 12 March this study took a tasty turn as students were introduced to a variety of different foods that would have been available to ANZAC Solders in the trenches. Read more...

Geography ATAR 12 Excursion to Alcoa Huntly Mine site

The Year 12 Geography course looks at human impact on the land and how we can fix these problems. On Wednesday April 3rd the ATAR Geography class visited the Alcoa Huntly Mine in North Dandalup to investigate the mining process and Alcoa's rehabilitation strategies. Read more...


Inter-house Swimming Carnival

Year 7 to 12 students took to the water on Tuesday 19 February to participate in the annual JFSC Inter-House Swimming Carnival. The competition was fierce as every student who participated gave it their all with their fellow students cheering them on. A brilliant day for all involved.  More photo's here.

Inter-School Swimming Carnival 2019

On Monday 18 March select students from Year 7 to 12 participated in the Inter-school Swimming Carnival for 2019 at HBF Stadium. Competition was fierce with standout performances.  Read more...

Netball News Term 1

The JFSC Netball Program has had a busy start to the year in preparation for the School Sport WA Champion Schools Tournament and Regional Lightning Carnivals in Term 2.  Students completed a three week swimming fitness program in February as part of their fitness training.  At present most of our time is spent on the court preparing for inter-school competitions.

Specialist Schools Netball Carnival

Our first carnival is in Week 10 on Wednesday 10 April against other Netball Specialist Program Schools at Wanneroo Districts Netball Association.  It is used as a practice day leading into the SSWA Champion Schools Tournament. This carnival is competitive and challenging. Coaching staff have the opportunity to trial a variety of combinations of players on court in competitive match play to further grade teams for the beginning of the inter-school season in Term 2.

Association Netball
Pre-season training for Club/Association Netball is in its final stages of preparation for the 2019 Netball Season. The following students were selected to represent their Association in the inaugural Metro League competition which is in progress now with finals to commence next week. Congratulations to Metro League players.  We wish you success in this prestigious event being held by Netball WA.
Metro League Players
Year 8 –  Georgia Pezzando and Charlie Price
Year 9 – Emma Pearce and Holly Ridley
Year 11 – Hayley Viska
Year 12 – Georgia Nannup

Important Dates
10 April 2019 - Specialist Schools Carnival;
2 May 2019 - SSWA Champion Schools – Fremantle NA (“B” Teams)
7 May 2019 - SSWA Champion Schools – Wanneroo DNA (“A” Teams)


Netball Academy Day

Netball Academy Day at Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre was the first event on our 2019 Netball calendar.  The program provided students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of fitness classes including Boxercise, Attack and the new dance style craze  Benefit. Read more...

Cricket Results

JFSC Cricket Students have made a strong start to 2019 with wins in the Kim Hughes Shield and games against Belridge Secondary College and Kent Street SHS for Year 7 to 10 Students. Read more...

Bunbury Big Bash

At the end of March, the Year 10 Cricketers made the annual pilgrimage to Bunbury to take part in the Bunbury Big Bash for 2019. This year six schools from across the south of WA competed to take out the title. It was a tough competition with both wins and losses for the JFSC Team. In the end JFSC finished third – a good result overall. Read more...

Herbert Edwards Cup

On Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March Year 7-9 Tennis Students participated in the annual Herbert Edwards Cup. This event is part of Tennis West's Sunsmart Schools Tennis Classic which allows Metropolitan and Country schools to compete against each other in both singles and doubles games. Read more...

Slazenger Cup 2019

Competition was intense as the Year 10-12 Tennis Students battled it out in the annual Slazenger Cup on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April. This event is part of Tennis West's Sunsmart Schools Tennis Classic which allows Metropolitan and Country schools to compete against each other in both singles and doubles games. Read more...


Year 12 Physics and Chemistry UWA Visit

On Monday 18 February 2019 Year 12 Physics and Chemistry ATAR Students visited the University of Western Australia (UWA) to sample life in science beyond High School. Read more...

Psychology Students Test the Little Grey Cells

On Thursday Year 11 Psychology students had the opportunity to investigate the structure of the brain. Students were tasked with identifying the regions, lobes and internal structures, testing their knowledge without textbooks or laptops.

ConocoPhillips Science Experience

During the last week of Term 4 2018 two Year 9 Students – Gabbi Bishop and Shubh Bhardwaj attended the ConocoPhillips Science Experience at Curtin University. An article written by Gabbi Bishop is available here.

Engineering Club Fly into 2019

On Wednesday 13 March the Engineering Club performed their first build competition for 2019. Students were set the task of creating an object which had to include paper and balloon(s) as materials and make it fly across the gymnasium. Read more...

Psychology at the Zoo

On Thursday 14 March the Year 12 Psychology Students went on an excursion to Perth Zoo to attend "Monkey See, Monkey Do". This 'Psychology in Action' workshop allowed students to continue their studies into Cognition by observing how Perth Zoo have applied principles of learning and techniques for modifying behaviour to the care and management of Perth Zoo's animals. Read more...

The Flying Egg Service

During Term 1 the Year 8 STEM Classes tackled their first big project for 2019 – the Food Drop. In the face of natural disasters, food security is a priority for those in the disaster area. Students were presented with one such disaster scenario, flooding in the Kimberley region of Western Australia after record rainfall which left the town of Fitzroy Crossing cut off by flood waters. Students had to devise a way of transporting the food along the zip wire to the stranded citizens without damaging or losing any of the precious supplies. Read more...

Solvents solve General Chemistry's first investigation

Year 11 General Chemistry students have been investigating the different types of separation techniques and in particular the use of paper chromatography to separate the coloured dyes in black ink.  Read more...

Science and Engineering Challenge

On Tuesday 2 April 32 Year 10 Students participated in the National Science and Engineering Challenge at Claremont Showgrounds. This day long event allowed students to compete against eight different schools from around Perth in eight different Science and Engineering challenges. Read more...


Bush Ranger Cadets unearth Yanchep's wonders

At the beginning of April, the JFSC Bush Ranger Cadets went on their first camp for 2019 to Yanchep National Park. Under clear blue skies, when it wasn't raining, students explored various aspects of the incredible Yanchep National Park. Read more...


Scrumptious Breakfast Club

All students are welcome to come along every Wednesday morning to have something to eat from the Breakfast Club. Students are able to eat, relax and mix with their friends creating a positive atmosphere in the College before school. A variety of food including pancakes, fruit, toast, yoghurts, cereals, tin fruits, milo and orange juice are available.

Help Support the Breakfast Club

Purchase your Entertainment Book today with all proceeds going towards the Breakfast Club.  Books can be ordered  from here.


Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Romance and generosity was in the air as the Prefects arranged and delivered tokens of affection for students on Thursday. A grand total of $329 was raised for the Heart Foundation Australia. Thank you to everyone’s support and congratulations to the Prefects on fundraising for a worthy cause.
The College would like to congratulate the following students on their recent achievements.

Kobe Brown - selected to  represent the WA State Team at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney in April.  Kobe returns from competition a Bronze Medalist in the U16 100m hurdles. Congratulations and well done.

Malachi Faamausilifala - selected as part of the Samoan Weightlifting team to attend training in China March 2019.  The training is part of preparations towards the Pacific Games in July. Congratulations and good luck.

Gustav McKeon and Elijah Ward-Armstrong - selected to represent WA in the U15s Cricket National Championships in Queensland in February.  Congratulations to you both and your team members for winning your grand final match.  Results are available here.

Brianna and Mikayla Hyde - selected to attend the ALFW High Performance Academy camp in Geelong in April.  Congratulations and good luck.




Student return for Term 2
P&C Meeting
College Board Meeting
Year 12 Reports emailed home
Year 10 Parent Information Night
Year 7-11 Reports emailed home
Parent Teacher Bookings Open
Students Last Day

30 April 2019
14 to 24 May 2019
28 May 2019
4 June 2019
21 June 2019
2 July 2019
2 July 2019
3 July 2019
5 July 2019
Keep up to date with all the events in the College via our online calendar.  The calendar gives you the ability to save events into your device's calendar.


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Canteen Volunteers Wanted
The canteen is open at recess and lunch and is operated by a canteen manager and supported by the P & C. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and assist where possible.  Please sign up to volunteer via the online calendar roster.  Canteen helpers are in the Canteen from 9am - 2.15pm.

New Website
The College website has undergone some changes recently.  As such, we would like to bring to your attention the following new features:

Absentee Form - to be completed online if your child is going to be absent from the College.

News Articles - a new look for all the latest news from around the College.  These articles can be filtered into Year and Subject groups.

Online Calendar - with the ability to save events into your device's calendar.

College Parking
A  reminder for parents dropping off and picking up their children from the College that they  are encouraged to make use of alternative drop-off and pick up areas, a number of which are indicated on College maps.  Under no circumstances use the City of Bayswater's car parks.  The City of Bayswater Ranger may undertake school parking patrols and issue infringements to those parents who are parking unlawfully.  More information and maps are available from here.


The College now has a dedicated webpage available to list events or information from around the local community. 

Bendigo Bank Calendar Competition - more information available here.

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