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Newsletter Term 3 2021

Principal Message                                                   

Kaya – Hello 

As term three comes to an end, we are all amazed at how quickly it has gone which may be interpreted of how busy John Forrest is during this critical term. Our Year 12 students will leave the classroom environment as they move toward their future career pathways. We will miss them and we thank them for their contributions to John Forrest.  We wish them all the best over the next few months.

We have been fortunate to see the full return of the Arts program to the stage with audiences there to applaud the work of each and every student, in music, dance, drama and media. If you have had the opportunity to attend, I hope you have enjoyed the performances of our students and appreciate the exceptional work of our teachers.

There has also been excellent representation of our students across the specialist sports programs, in the athletics carnival, multi-cultural netball carnival and the lightning carnivals who all represented the College with distinction.   Again our PE teachers have added much value to student experiences and opportunities in representing John Forrest.

Authentic learning opportunities continue to be a part of our curriculum delivery with students engaged in a range of off-site learning experiences during the term across all learning areas. These excursions add much value and connection to the curriculum delivery in the classroom. The Harry Perkins Institute, UWA Think Tank, Bush Rangers Zoo visit, STEM for Girls project and Write a Book in a Day all created depth to the experiences of the students.

Social occasions such as the Year 9 River Cruise were a wonderful success along with the continued Breakfast Club. We celebrated NAIDOC week, ‘Wear it Purple Day’ in support of LGBTQIA+ and R U Ok Day whilst our Health Studies students presented an amazing Health Expo to all our students in collaboration with Health agencies. 

Finally, I would like to mention the work of both the College Board who are working on the new Business Plan and our P&C. Our plan will encompass the next exciting phase for John Forrest as we see the building program come to fruition providing many opportunities for our students. Our P&C continue to provide support to the College. I would encourage anyone who can, to contact the P&C to see how you may be able to contribute. Volunteers are always welcome.  Enjoy the holiday break.

Dr Karen Read

Achievement Assembly Year 11 and 12

On Wednesday 28 July assemblies were held for the Year 11 and 12 students during Directions classes.  The focus of these assemblies was to celebrate the achievements of students for Semester 1. Certificates of Achievement and Merit were awarded to the two highest ranked students in each course.  Students with a predicted ATAR of over 90 were awarded a certificate as were students who achieved all A and B grades from Semester 1. Read more...

NAIDOC Week 2021

Rain, hail, sunshine or a global pandemic couldn't prevent students at JFSC celebrating NAIDOC Week 2021. Rescheduled from Term 2, students celebrated NAIDOC Week by participating in a variety of activities throughout the first week of August.

Celebrations kicked off with lunchtime activities of face painting, followed by braiding of both wool and raffia.  Read more...

Boggle Quiz Bonanza

Over two days of intensive competition during week 4, John Forrest Secondary College "Bogglers" participated in the literacy/spelling Boggle Quiz. Read more...

Year 9 River Cruise

The dance floor was jumping and the views were mesmerising as the Year 9 students cruised around the Swan River on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

Hosted by Crystal Swan, students were treated to a spectacular evening of clear skies, wonderful tunes and good company. Prizes provided by Rabble Books were also awarded for some standout dancing. Congratulations to prize winners Elexis Webb, Rohan Reny, Henry Giltrow and Sam Whitehouse.  Read more...

Bush Rangers Brilliant Excursion

It was Friday the 27 of August 2021 that the Bush Rangers gathered outside the front of the College for a soon to be magnificent day out. With cloudy weather and light rainfall, the setting could not have been better for going out to the Perth Zoo and Kings Park. Read more...


Annual Dance Showcase - Odyssey

On Friday 13 August 2021 JFSC Dance students entertained audiences at the Swan Park Theatre in the annual JFSC Dance Showcase entitled “Odyssey”.

As the name Odyssey suggests, audiences were taken on an adventurous journey celebrating the melting pot of cultures in our Dance cohort featured in an array of group pieces, duets and solos. A lovely mix of contemporary, cultural, acro, jazz, tap and a LOT of hip hop exploded onstage.  Read more...

Perth Dance Challenge Success

On Sunday 22 August the JFSC Certificate II Dance student competed in the annual Perth Dance Challenge 2021 at Newman College. The students showed excellent grooming, presentation and most importantly sportsmanship backstage. The College is very proud as this competition opportunity was cancelled last year and the students really made the most of their stage time and performed with heart.  Read more...


Write a Book in a Day 2021

With creative juices flowing and art supplies at the ready, 6 teams of students ("That Team", "The Paper Gazelles", "The 8 Smarties", "Fufu JFSC", "The Writing Co" and "The Mad Hatters") went to work to each create a book within a 9-hour period in the annual Write a Book in a Day Competition on Tuesday 24 August 2021.  Read more...


Museum visit expands studetns' knowledge

On Thursday 5 August select Year 7 students went to the new WA Museum Boola Bardip to enhance their learning in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The students had a brilliant time discovering information in this new facility. Read more...

Year 9 HASS aids refugees' food security

Year 9 HASS students recently took part in an investigation into Food Security and the impact being food insecure has on communities.

As part of their project, students gathered pantry bag items for a local organisation, Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) Inc which supports refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees in Perth.  Read more...


Netballers bounce into Term 3

Netballers from Years 7 to 10 started Term 3 off on the right foot with an excursion to Bouncer Joondalup to further their Netball skills. Read more...

Multicultural Netball Carnival

On Friday 27 August select students travelled to Perth Netball Centre to compete in the annual Multicultural Netball Carnival. The aim of this one-day school based carnival is to promote participation and engage players from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and celebrate Western Australia's cultural diversity.  Read more...

Students gain insight through PARTY

Select Year 11 and 12 Health students travelled to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) on Wednesday 4 August to participate in the RPH Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program, as part of the East Metropolitan Health Service. Read more...

Health Expo 2021

On Wednesday 18 August students from all year groups were invited to explore and participate in the JFSC Health Expo 2021. This annual event was organised and run by the Year 12 Health Studies students as part of a major assessment task.

Students had to choose a health issue concerning young people, write some focus questions to conduct their research and create an engaging stall for the expo. Students then set up stalls to display and share the knowledge and research obtained as part of their course studies.  Read more...

Inter-House Athletics Carnival

With perfectly fine weather, the College community congregated on the oval for the annual Inter-House Athletics Carnival on Friday 3 September 2021.

Congratulations to those students who attended and competed. It was great to see so many students enjoying themselves throughout the day. Read more and view gallery...

Netballers go for Beach Netball and Volleyball

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". Read more...


Students search for mutations at Harry Perkins

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research hosted students from the Year 12 Human Biology classes on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 July as they continued their studies into inheritance and genetic mutation. Read more...

Students discover Protein Power at Perkins

It was the Year 12 Chemistry ATAR students turn to discover the wonders at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research on the 29th July as they participated in the Protein Power session. Read more...

Students make a fruity bang for Science Week

During Science Week 2021 in week 5, the Year 8 Enrichment class entered the 'Big Watermelon Experiment Challenge,' that included Physics, Forces and flying fruit.   Read more...

Students get scaly for Science

Our day finally arrived for the Year 8 Enrichment class excursion to the Western Australian Reptile Park in Henley Brook.  When we arrived, we met our guide and had our lunch.  We were so excited and we were allowed 30 minutes to explore the different enclosures where snakes, turtle, birds, lizards, bobtail, foxes, dingos, crocodile, Komodo dragon, wombat, chickens, and ducks all lived (not all reptiles).  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. Read more...


Students Commence
Interschool Athletics Carnival
College Development Day - No Students
P&C Meeting
Year 12 ATAR Exams
Year 10 Exams
Year 11 Exams
Year 8 and 9 Exams
Year 12 Presentation Evening
Students Last Day


11 October 2021
18 Ocotober 2021
22 October 2021
9 November 2021
8 - 19 November 2021
15 - 19 November 2021
17 - 26 November 2021
22 - 26 November 2021
26 November 2021
16 December 2021


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  • The speed limit within the College grounds is 8km/hr.
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