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Newsletter Term 4 2021

Principal Message                                                   

What a year it has been! Despite our start up to the year being impacted by COVID, we got to welcome back the students and with a few temporary blimps of mask wearing, we have had a great year.

As we farewelled another cohort of Year 12 students, we also welcomed our Year 6 students who will move into our College for the start of 2022.  What exciting times these will be for this cohort of students as they get the opportunity to experience all of the new developments for the College which have been worked on over many years.  We are looking forward to moving into the Technologies Centre for the start of the year, followed by the Arts Centre at the beginning of Semester Two.  I can assure you all that you will not be disappointed in what will be amazing learning spaces for our students supporting their future aspirations. 

John Forrest is a place of activity. Classrooms are busy, after school clubs well attended, the Specialist Sports programs are always on the field and the Arts performing on the stage.  Our learning areas are off on excursions to support the curriculum delivery in which students eagerly engage.  Our social and cultural diversity have been evident with many well organised events: NAIDOC week, R U Ok day and ‘Wear it Purple Day’ in support of LGBTQIA+ to name a few. Masterclasses, Harry Perkins Institute visits, UWA Think Tank, Bush Rangers, Zoo visits, Spelling Bees, STEM for Girls project, ‘Write a Book in a Day’ and camps all created depth to the experiences of the students. We also had students organising a Health Expo and an Environment Expo. There was of course the College Ball, River Cruises and the breakfast club which also supported our social calendar.  It has been a remarkable year.

All of our staff have worked so hard to provide all of these many opportunities and I thank them. I also want to acknowledge the College Board who have contributed to our College directions over the year; their collective input is valued. We also have an active P&C who have met once a term and have played a vital role in managing the canteen to ensure students have food supplied each day.

I also thank you, our parents for your support of our efforts. As much as I have said what the students have been doing all year, it doesn’t happen without your support whether it be signing off on excursion forms, sitting in the theatre applauding your child or cheering from the sidelines at sporting events or encouraging them to get their homework done, you are so important to this community. I also thank you for the responses to the Parent and Carer survey which was issued earlier this term. We had 153 families respond which was a great start. Overall it was very positive feedback as I present a few snippets (based on a five-point scale), of a few of the main indicators: Welcoming school 4.22; Affirming diversity 4.18; Communication 3.96. Detailed information will be shared early in 2022.  Thank-you!

As we leave another year, so to do some of our staff. The following will be leaving us at the end of this year after extended service to JFSC: Louise Santarelli who will take up an appointment at Balcatta after 23 years here; Greg Joyce who is retiring after 17 years of service and finally Brad Walsh. Brad has been here for 24 years and has served at Deputy Principal for many of those years. Brad has been an exceptional leader across the College during his time here. We wish him all the best with his retirement.

I have enjoyed 2021 and being a part of the John Forrest community, it is a special place for all staff and students. 

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and enjoyment over the festive season.
Dr Karen Read


Blanket Activity expands knowledge

Last week Year 10 students were honoured to receive a visit from Aboriginal Network Support Coordinator's Renarta Coyne and Charmaine Climo. Students were lead through a Blanket Activity which provided information on Western Australian Aboriginal history and people, and the importance of land and culture throughout time.  Read more...

Remembrance Day

For over 100 years Australians have paused on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to remember those who have served in the Australian Defence Force since World War One.

Today the College community came together to remember these service men and women by observing a minute's silence and laying a wreath at the College's flag pole by the Prefects. View Gallery.


College community takes pride in fantastic food.

Over one week this November the College’s canteen and student led In-Q-sive committee collaborated to raise money for Pride.

During this week the canteen sold an amazing array of goodies including Rainbow cupcakes, pizzas, marshmallow sticks, cream rolls and jelly cups.

A huge thank you and congratulations to the organising students and wonderful canteen ladies who managed to raise $412. These funds will be donated to Minus18, a charity aimed at helping youth in adversity. View Gallery.

Year 7s have a scaly time

On Monday November 15, the Year 7 Science Enrichment class visited the Western Australian Reptile Park located in Henley Brook.

The first activity we did was to look around at the different animal enclosures and that was fun!

Then we got taught by the guide how to treat ourselves if we ever got bitten by a venomous snake. Read more...

Students discover UWA possibilities

On the Wednesday 17 November seven JFSC Year 8 students attended a Discovery Day at the School of Indigenous Studies, Bilya Marlee, UWA.

They visited three different learning areas Psychology, Zoology and Sport Science. 

In Psychology the students took part in three activities which demonstrated the many ways we use our brains to decipher information. Read more...

Class of 2021 - Presentation Evening

In the magnificent surrounds of UWA's Winthrop Hall, students, their families and teachers came together on Friday 26 November to celebrate the JFSC Class of 2021.

Thank you to Ms Trees, Mr Phoenix, Mrs Watson, Mr Plimmer, Ms Barnes and all the JFSC Staff involved in ensuring the evening was successful and enjoyable for all. Thanks also to 2022 Prefects Emma Pearce and Molly Huang for their assistance on the night. Read more...

Year 6 Orientation Day

On Monday 29 November the College hosted Year 6 students for Orientation Day. Students were able to gain a better understanding of what subjects they could study at High School. The day also allowed Year 6 students to meet their future classmates from Primary Schools different from their own. Read more...

Environment Expo 2021

The second annual Environment 2021 was run over Monday and Tuesday of Week 9.  After the success of last year’s expo, run by a small group of dedicated students, this year’s expo had a lot to live up to.  Unsurprisingly, the expo was a great success.  It’s hard to know exactly how many students attended the expo but we estimate around 400 students came through to have a look around.   Read more...


Primary School Music Tour 2021

During the first week of Term 4 students from the Swing Band, Chamber Choir, Senior Classical Guitar Ensemble, Certificate Ensemble and Flute Duet travelled to four Primary Schools for the annual Primary School Music Tour.

Performing at Guildford, Anzac Terrace, Embleton and Bayswater Primary Schools, students were able to share their love of music with budding music students and also display what they could achieve in high school music. Read more...

Youth Choices Film Competition Success!

On Wednesday 17 November the Youth Choices Film Competition 2021 Awards were held.  To enter this competition WA youth aged 12-18 had to create a three-minute short film addressing relationship and family safety.

Two JFSC Year 11 students, Clarenz Genete (Film: JD Rock 1995 Is Following You) and Theo Andrews (Film: Solace) made it to the top ten finalist of these awards. Read more...

Junior Music Concert 2021

On Friday 19 November the annual Junior Music Concert took place in the College Gym to a standing-room-only packed house. It was a jam-packed evening with all performers demonstrating a level of improvement over the year which is of great credit to themselves and their classroom and instrumental teachers.

Year 11 MC's Apollonas Reisis and Tommy Gannaway hosted the event with good humour and great skill. They even included a Greek-style Dance-off between themselves and the audience during set changes.  Read more...

Students get a taste for cultures

On Monday 6 December Year 9 and 10 Japanese students travelled to the Perth CBD for an afternoon filled with food and culture.

First stop was an enjoyable Japanese meal at Taka’s Kitchen where students devoured such meals as Japanese style curry, Udon Noodle soup, Sushi and Teriyaki Don (Chicken).

This was followed by some time in the Perth Cultural Precinct socialising and exploring the precinct.

When asked about the highlight of their trip students enjoyed sharing their experience of their meal in appetising detail.

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Year 9s Try-A-Trade

In Week 9, eighteen Year 9 students participated in three consecutive days of Try-A-Trade at Skillhire  in Forrestfield. The program is funded by The Construction Training Fund and allows students to experience industry-based training in Brick and Block laying and Carpentry. Read more...

Student success in extra training opportunities.

During Term 4 students from Years 10 and 12 have been working with the Career and Vocational Education staff to apply for various opportunities to gain more educational experience and expand their future career ideas and prospects. Congratulations to the following students on the successful application for their chosen courses. Read more...


Year 8 Social Issues Fundraiser Expo

On Monday the 13 December, Year 8 students in Ms Davis’ English class hosted an expo in an attempt to raise funds and awareness on different social issues of their choice. Students researched their issues and identified the most strategic way to make a difference, thinking about branding, marketing and the communication of relevant information. Other year 8 classes were invited along to check out the student’s wares and help with the fundraiser. The class raised nearly $400 which will be distributed to the student’s chosen charities.  Read more...

Spelling bee competition draws students

During Week 9 this term, almost 100 Year 7 - 10 students participated in two spelling bees. The level of spelling was amazing!

Congratulations to all our winners:

  • Team Sponge Bob Spellpants - Andy Nguyen, Andrew Ho, Kai Kabuga and Amber English, and
  • Team Quackers 3.0 - William Ho, Jessica Nguyen, Jenna Marie Basquino and Thalia Harris.

Fantastic effort and loads of fun.
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Netballers go for Beach Netball

The weather was on our side Friday 17 September when Year 7-10 Netball Program students played another alternative of our great game "Beach Netball".

Students headed out to SandSport in North Beach, where Year 11 Certificate II Sport and Recreation students took on the leadership roles of team captains and officials. Read more...

Interschool Athletics Carnival

With spectacularly fine weather aiding their endeavours, over 70 students represented JFSC at the SSWA Secondary Champion Schools Track & Field Carnival (C Division) on Monday 18 October 2021. All students put their best foot forward and did JFSC proud with the college coming sixth in their division.  Read more...

Year 9 Cricket Camp

During the first week of November students from the Year 9 Cricket Program travelled south to compete in the annual Rockingham Cricket Carnival. Eight Teams from Perth and the South West region competed in the mixed format event (30-40 over games). Though competition was fierce, enjoyment of the game and team building were paramount.  Read more...

School Girls Tennis Competition

On Friday 12 November a team of female students representing the JFSC Tennis Specialist Program travelled to the Midland Lawn Tennis Club to participate in the School Girls Tennis Carnival 2021 (Midland Guildford District).

Twelve teams from various school played in a round robin tournament designed for all abilities.

The Guilford Grammar coordinator thanked the school for our players’ attendance, their great attitude and look forward to playing JFSC again in the future.

Happy Boxes Project

In our Year 7 Health program, students have put together a variety of Happy Boxes. Happy Boxes  are boxes full of hygiene products including toiletry, sanitary and luxury items. The boxes are aimed at women and children living in rural and remote parts of Australia who do not have access to these necessities. Across 3 weeks, students and families donated enough products to make over 40 gift bags. Read more...

Year 7/8 Camp

Year 7 and 8 Netball students departed the College on Wednesday 1 Dec for the annual Woodman Point Camp in Coogee.

On the way to camp students visited Cockburn ARC where they played a scratch match against Atwell College. After lunch at Woodman Point students participated in a full afternoon program of activities including Flying Fox and a Coastal Bike Ride. In the evening students were tested at a Sports Quiz Night.   Read more...

Year 9/10 Netball Camp

During Week 8 thirty one Year 9 and 10 Netball Specialist students travelled down to Busselton for their annual end-of-year camp.

Students played against Atwell, Willetton and Newton Moore in competitive match play. The games were played in hot and dry conditions, however the girls persisted and played some great Netball and made some new friends from the other schools. Read more...

Year 8 Cricket Camp

Week 8 this term saw the last of the Cricket Specialist Program Camps for the year. The Year 8 students travelled to the South West, playing cricket matches against teams from both Perth and Bunbury.

During the evenings students participated in a variety of activities, including catching up with the Specialist Tennis Students for dinner and a walk along the Busselton Jetty, Night Tennis at Busselton Tennis Club and a movie session at the Cinema. Students skills were also challenged when they faced constructing tents in the dark.  Read more...


Students engage in stem cell research

On Friday 17 September, the Year 11 ATAR Human Biology students spent the day at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research engaging in all things stem cells.

The students worked and engaged with research scientists at Harry Perkins who guided them through isolating liver stem cells and growing organoids in a PC2 lab. Students took ‘CELL-FIES’ with their cell cultures and played the Stem Cell Differentiation game.

Overall, an exCELLent day!


Solar Car Challenge 2021

On Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October students from the Engineering Club competed in the Infinite Energy Solar Car Challenge against 52 teams from across WA. These competitions were held on Riley oval at UWA. Read more...


Three cheers to a tasty high tea

As part of their Social Food studies the Year Tens' have researched, produced and prepared a range of suitable sweet and savoury items for inclusion in the annual "Class High Tea" assessments.

These classes created an amazingly diverse and tasty food selection. Everything both looked and tasted wonderful and students should be proud of their efforts. View Gallery.


Volunteers Morning Tea

On Friday 10 December the College held a morning tea to celebrate and thank the wonderful volunteers who give their time and expertise to help the students and staff at JFSC. Read more...
The College would like to congratulate the following students on their recent achievements.

Jock Parkinson - Year 10 who represented the College at the All Schools Athletics Meet and was awarded his Western Australia State Colours for Athletics. Congratulation!


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Achievement Assembly
Year 8-12 Photos
Interhouse Swimming Carnival
College Ball
Year 7 Activity Day
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Interschool Swimming Carnival
Interhouse Cross Country
Year 7 Immunizations
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Year 7-12 Reporting to Parents Evening
Interschool Cross Country
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Join us on campus at WAAPA in January 2022! This summer WAAPA is offering a range of performing arts courses as part of our school holiday program for secondary school students. Classes for young people from Year 7 to 12 in Acting, Drama, Screen performance, Jazz and Music Theatre mean there is something for everyone with a passion for the arts. Our wonderful staff cater for all abilities and experience levels. For information about the many courses on offer please visit or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.


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