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Head of St Anne's Campus

It is not every day your school is awarded ‘Most Outstanding School’ at the Victorian Tennis Awards.  


Earlier this week, our PE Teacher, Miss Sam Cooke, and local Tennis Coach and St Anne’s parent, Mrs Nicole Bauer, accepted the award on St Anne’s behalf at the Victorian Tennis Awards in Melbourne. The award is a reflection of our endeavour and commitment over the past few years. The criteria are based around a school’s support of tennis, student participation, promotion of tennis and efforts to improve student health. Tennis is an important part of our Sports Program. Our Years 3 to 6 students regularly use the facilities at the Sale Tennis Club, playing games, receiving coaching and competing in our very own ‘Davis Cup’ competition. We have a group of high performing tennis players who represent the school at regional competitions and all students from Prep to Year 6 participate in ANZ Hotshots as part of our P.E curriculum.  


On behalf of the School community, I would like to thank Nicole Bauer, Sam Cooke and Amy Laverty, who have all worked very hard to lift the tennis profile of St. Anne’s over the past two years.  



Spring Concert 

Last night we celebrated Music at St Anne’s with the annual Spring Concert. It was an entertaining evening with the students clearly enjoying themselves. The choirs and ensembles performed beautifully and the students showed enthusiasm and finesse in the class performances. It was fantastic to hear the progress the Year 2 Strings and the Year 4 Training Band students had made. Thank you to all the staff involved, in particular Mrs Germaine, for preparing the students so well.  Thank you also to our parents for supporting your children in their musical endeavours. 


Staffing for 2018 

Plans have progressed significantly for 2018 and I am pleased to make the following announcements. 


Next year we will have two classes at each year level. We have made the decision to no longer offer composite classes in the middle primary years. This has been a long term goal and we are thrilled that we have been able to implement this in 2018. 


After a thorough and extensive recruitment process, I am thrilled to announce some staffing developments for 2018. Mrs Sheryn Ray will assume the role of Deputy Head of Campus next year, filling the vacancy left by Mrs Sharyn O’Reilly, who is transferring to Garnsey Campus in a Pathways role. We will welcome Ms Alison Fraser and Miss Bree Alexander, who have been appointed to classroom teaching positions. Both come with a passion for teaching and an impressive understanding of teaching and learning and modern educational practices.  


Ms Linda Cooper-Lothian will become our Pathways Coordinator, leading our dynamic Pathways team. Linda brings with her a wealth of experience and qualifications in working with students with learning difficulties. Mrs Kate O’Toole is partnering with Mrs Amy Laverty, who is returning from Maternity Leave, to teach Physical Education at St Anne’s. Kate is an experienced teacher of PE and has a passion for promoting PE and Health to the students she teaches.  


I am very excited about what the new year holds and I look forward to sharing further plans with you as they eventuate. 


Student Free Days – Camp Australia 

During Week 7 of this term, there will be two closure days. Monday 20 November is a student free day as teachers busily prepare Academic Reports then, on Friday 24 November, there is a second student free day to enable the staff at both Junior campuses to participate in Professional Development. 


Camp Australia will be hosting childcare on both of the above dates from 8.30am until 5.00pm. If you would like your children to attend Camp Australia on either of these dates, please register at www.campaustralia.com.au


Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. 
Jie Van Berkel