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From the Principal's Desk - Term 3

Last time I wrote to you it was near the end of Term 2. We ended on such a high note with our whole College assembly. Congratulations to all involved, especially our students who continue to shine in such public forums...

As always there are plenty of events and activities in which students can become involved at our College.  A sample of some in the near future is:

  • Year 8 Bridge Building competition
  • Year 7 winter carnival
  • Australian Maths Competition
  • Various excursions related to curriculum including Year 11 Human Biology, Year 12 Geography
  • Visit of our Beijing sister school
  • Japanese Study Tour (inbound)
  • Music primary school concert

The Arts

It is with great excitement that our College announces that we have taken the decision to create a Head of The Arts position to lead our Arts staff.  Currently our Arts learning area does not have a Head of Learning Area as do the learning areas of English, Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS), Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology.  In recent years our engagement with the Arts has been growing with a corresponding increase in student selection of  Arts subjects.  The creation of this position will provide a higher profile to The Arts in our College and bring together even more closely the elements of Visual Arts, Media, Music and Performing Arts.  Students and staff will be the beneficiaries of this.


Please be reminded that every day counts and that there is a direct correlation between high rates of attendance and high rates of success at school.  It is an expectation of the Department of Education that schools work with students and their families to encourage and insist upon the highest rates of attendance. 

Bigger Picture

There is a wealth of information about public schools in WA, presented in very user-friendly form, on the Bigger Picture website  I encourage parents and caregivers to visit the website to gain a greater feel for the direction in which education is heading.

College Board

It is with great regret that I have accepted the resignation of Mrs Dianne Bruce, our Board Chair.  Mrs Bruce has had a long association with our College, which will continue in her capacity as a parent.  Regrettably, her interests elsewhere and the considerable demands on her time, mean that she has elected to resign her position before the conclusion of her tenure.  On behalf of the College, I thank Mrs Bruce most sincerely for her contribution to our College.

Contributions and Charges

Thank you to all families who have already paid contributions and charges for 2016.  Letters have recently been sent to families with children in Year 10-12 reminding them that selection of high cost subjects in 2017 will be contingent upon payment of charges in 2016.


From Week 2 of this term Ms Francis will take up the position of Deputy Principal at Ballajura Community College until the end of the year. It is a measure of the high calibre of staff in our College that they are invited to take up other opportunities within different schools.  Mrs Vardy will once again take on the role of VET Coordinator.  Ms Agnello and Mr Shells will share the role of Teacher in Charge of Languages.

This term we have welcomed Ms Brean who is relieving for Ms Matthews (Music), Ms Pendlebury (relieving for Mr Berry in Science) and Ms Mack who rejoins us to relieve for Ms Smeed (HaSS).   


Thank you to Woodvale SC families for your support with our insistence on high standards of uniform.  We still have some cold days to go before springtime so students are encouraged to wear their College jumpers and long trousers.

Year 11 and 12

By now Year 11 and 12 students will have received their Semester 1 results.  It is so important that all students evaluate their achievements:  celebrating excellent achievement and looking to see if there are any areas for improvement.  For Year 12 students in particular, it is critical that they use the next nine weeks to ensure that they submit every last assessment to a standard that reflects their best. There are many staff at Woodvale Secondary College who, in addition to being highly skilled teachers and support staff, are also able to provide additional support to Year 12 students in particular as they work through their last days of secondary school.  Ultimately, though, it is up to students themselves to take advantage of every opportunity that is presented and to work to their full capacity every day.


Best wishes to all in our College community.


Lea Fairfoul-Hutcheon