Term 3 Newsletter 2019

Cecil Andrews College

Principal's Address

It has been an action packed term 3 at our College!  It has been pleasing to see how focussed students are on achieving their OLNA which they must do to qualify for TAFE and the workplace to demonstrate a satisfactory literacy and numeracy level for future employment. Thanks to Mr Morton for smooth organisation and Mrs Jones for coaching students to get them across the line.


Our Performing Arts students have been active with two performances this term. 

From 8-10 August, our Performing Arts students, led by Ms Underhill, performed the musical comedy “Into The Woods”.  The show was thoroughly entertaining, the students were passionate, professional and committed!  The sets were incredible and all students behaved as a professional team and collaborated on stage and behind the scenes.  They all gave their very best and I couldn’t be prouder of their performance!  I would like to congratulate Ms Underhill on directing a major production and together with Ms Fowler, Mr Ghouse and the Performing Arts team, they all worked together to do an excellent job in combining the arts to have such a high quality performance.

On 28 August, Performing Arts students presented a performance titled “Grow”.  This was a showcase of student choreography investigating the concepts of growth and this was led by Mr Ghouse.  Students demonstrated their creativity and commitment with some marvellous performances.


On 21-22 August I attended a conference, “Planet P-TECH” in New York.  This was a global education summit for P-TECH schools, colleges and industry leaders. I now have a global network to advance our P-TECH model and some key learnings for career development and workplace pathways.


On 5 September the National Career Education Strategy was launched in WA and Steven Dimech and I attended.  Year 12 student, Ali Alyassin and I participated in a panel discussion to elaborate on and provide information about what is currently happening in schools.  Ali spoke very well and represented Cecil Andrews College to a high standard. The FYA launch event introduced toolkits for educators, employers and parents to better prepare students for work.  These toolkits align perfectly with our P-TECH model at Cecil Andrews College.


Our NAIDOC Assembly was held on 6 September.  This was a significant event for our school and it was incredible to see how focussed and respectful our students were!  The Assembly featured our very own Cecil Andrews Clontarf Academy Traditional Dancers making their debut performance with special guest Ryan Humphries playing the didgeridoo.  I would like to thank Linda Little, Wayne Ninyette and all of the staff who helped to make this Assembly so special for the school.


I would like to congratulate one of our very talented Specialist AFL Program teachers, Ms Bowey, who finished third in the West Australian Women’s Football League Fairest and Best Award on 9 September with only 1 vote separating her from the dual winners. Ms Bowey is a role model for our aspiring female AFL students and has worked tirelessly to promote women’s AFL in our school.  Kim has had an excellent season for East Fremantle Sharks. 


Cecil Andrews College have been working closely with the Pilbara network schools to discuss innovative practises. We hosted a group of teachers from the Pilbara on Thursday 5 September. Members of the STEAM team discussed the engaging programs and resources that are embedded into our everyday lessons. Many of these programs enhance the 21st century skills that our partnered industries require our students to exhibit.


On Thursday 26 September our Anniversary Assembly was held.  This is always a great event at our school.   We had many of our Year 12 parents attend as this is their last school assembly.


Our Year 12 students finish on Friday 27 September, the last day of Term 3.  On this day there will be a Year 12 Breakfast to celebrate and say goodbye. 


Our annual Athletics Carnival will also be held on Friday 27 September 2019.  The Carnival was postponed from 30 August due to severe weather.




16th October 2019                                Year 10-12 Staff/Student AFL match

25th October 2019                                Year 7-10 Interschool Athletics

11th - 15th November 2019                Interruption free week for Year 11 Students

18th - 22nd November 2019                Year 11 Exams

25th November 2019                            Year 12 ATAR commences

25th & 26th November 2019               Year 7 & 8 Immunisations

25th - 29th November 2019                 Year 10 Exams

2nd - 13th December 2019                    Year 10 Work experience 

16th December 2019                              Carols by Torchlight 6-9pm

17th December 2019                              Whole School Assembly

18th December 2019                               End of school Excursion

19th December 2019                                LAST DAY OF TERM

Student Services

Keeping Our School Community Safe

It is a priority at Cecil Andrews College that every member of our community feels safe and empowered to engage in a positive, stable learning environment. To ensure that we keep our school community safe we have aligned the school’s policies and expectations with the Department of Education policies and expectations. As such, abuse, harassment and intimidation of staff and students will not be tolerated. The Department of Education has developed a plan to support staff and students to create a safe learning environment that explained in the Minister’s Statement on School Violence – ‘Let’s Take a Stand Together’. This document can be found on the Department of Education website. The actions in the plan include students to be suspended who attack other students or start fights, Principals to automatically move to exclude students who physically attack school staff and ‘good standing’ requirements to be added to school behaviour policies.

Currently Cecil Andrews College is reviewing the behaviour policies of the school to align it with the Department of Education’s plan. Furthermore, a good standing policy is being created and will be available for review when the draft is finalised. Our current Bullying Policy and Positive Behaviour Support policies can be found on the Skoolbag App, Facebook and School website. Can you please take the time to discuss these policies and the new Department of Education plan with your child to ensure all members of our community have an understanding of behaviour expectations at Cecil Andrews College. Together we can ensure that our school community members feel safe and empowered to engage in a positive, safe learning environment.


The uniform of a Cecil Andrews College student is a symbol of membership of the School community.  It promotes a sense of pride and identification with the School. It assists students to develop a sense of unity and belonging.  Wearing a uniform encourages a sense of pride in appearance. This Uniform and Dress Code applies at all times when students are required to wear their school uniform before, during and after school - no exceptions. NO Denim NO Hoodies NO Leggings 

All students, parents and teachers have a role to play in uniform management.

·         STUDENTS—must be fully aware of the Uniform Code, Uniform Difficulties Procedure and sanctions which apply for a uniform digression.

·         PARENTS—must be fully aware of the Uniform Code, check students at home and respond to School communications.

·         STAFF—all School staff share co-responsibility to manage the Uniform and Dress Code.

 Thank you to all members of the school community who are assisting the school in upholding the dress code. 

Nurses corner


Term three is coming to a close, and spring has just (supposedly) started. With that can come hay fever and allergies.  Please note that we cannot provide antihistamine medications to students, and do not stock them. If your child needs one, they can keep their own supply in their school bag, for use as needed, or if you prefer we can discuss with you keeping them here in Student Services.  If you have any questions please contact the school nurse (Vicky).


RUOK day was co-ordinated by our school Nurse, Psychologist and Chaplain.  We started the day early with a sausage sizzle, funded by the P&C, serving around 200 hot dogs to staff, students and the P&C for breakfast. Staff and students also played Frisbee and enjoyed spending time together outside of the class room, before the school day started. Many staff wore the R U OK? t-shirt or something yellow, and students added a splash of yellow to their uniform.  We had a Health Promotion board with information about R U OK? day, some tips on how to have a conversation when someone you know is not seeming yourself, where to get support in Western Australia, and some tips on staying mentally healthy, which we brought out at recess and lunch.  Some performing arts students came and painted yellow love hearts on the students faces and students were encouraged to write on a sticky note, a positive comment that they would make to a friend, or would like made to them,  in exchange for an R U OK? sticker and a piece of fruit (which was kindly donated by SecondBite). We also had a music playlist of uplifting songs, which we encouraged the students to request their favourites.  It was a really fun community day.

Vicky Gotte  Community Nurse (avail. Mon, Wed, Thurs)

Breakfast Club

The students continue to enjoy hot food, warm drink or fruit juice with fresh fruit for breakfast before beginning their class lessons every Monday to Friday 7.30-8.40am. They have the choice of ham and cheese toasties, baked bean or spaghetti jaffles, pancakes, sultana bread toasted, French toast or cereal if they prefer. The students not only come to eat and drink but socialise with their friends and chat to the Chaplain also. The number of students varies from 50 to over 80 each day. It is a privilege to serve and encourage the beautiful young people who come to Cecil Andrews College and I really enjoy this part of my role as Chaplain in the school.


It is wonderful to see staff come into the Breakfast Club spending some of their precious time with the students. I believe this is very important as your presence helps students to see their teachers in a different light. The students love having you come to play table tennis with them. They really try to beat you, but some of you are very good players, and there is a great sense of competition. It seems a great time is had by all.


I thank the many staff and students for your efforts in running the Breakfast Club whilst I was off sick last term. Please know that I appreciate you and value each of you.  


If anyone would be interested in donating food items, the following would be really appreciated:


Long life milk, eggs, sliced cheese, ham, tins baked beans and/or spaghetti, fruit juice, self-raising flour, fresh fruit or sliced bread.


Gael Varian



Attendance Procedures

Students Absent from school, Arriving Late and Leaving Early

Students who are absent from school for an entire day must bring a note of explanation as soon as they return. This note should clearly state the student’s first name, surname, the date(s) and reason for the absence. Parents are requested to ring on 9234 3401 or send a SMS message 0408 099 112 to the school by 9.00am on the day of their child’s absence.

All students late to school must report to the Student Services Centre with a note from parent/guardian, have their name recorded, receive a late note and go to class.

Students needing to leave early

·         A note from a parent/guardian/caregiver is essential when a child is leaving school early to attend an appointment etc:

·         Report to Student Services prior to school or during recess/lunch time, have their name recorded and receive a Leave Pass

·         If a student is unwell they must report to Student Services where the attendance officer will contact home and arrange for the student to be collected.

·         Students should not contact parents directly on their mobile

SMS Absentee Messaging

 Parents will be notified of daily absentees via SMS. Once a student has been registered absent from school an automated SMS message will be sent to the parent’s mobile, by 10.30am

 Holidays during term time

Parents/Guardians who wish to take students out of school for the purpose of a family holiday are required to apply to Mrs Stella Jinman Principal in writing at least one month prior to the intended absence. The school strongly discourages parents from taking planned holidays during term time.





Excursion to Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Hits92.9 and Mix94.5 FM

During week seven of this term some very lucky performing arts and media students were treated to a two-day workshop courtesy of the Smith Family Foundation – Australian Children’s Charity.

The students created their own ‘live’ radio segment and produced a commercial in the recording studios among other workshops.

They had the opportunity to work with a large selection of staff from differing departments within the organisation eg: Marketing, Promotions, Engineering, Talent, Sales etc.

Mr Nathan Setzinger, Miss Celeste Underhill and the students would like to thank The Smith Family & SCA, for the amazing & professional work inspiration experience.



"It is an exciting time in the maths classrooms at the moment with our junior mathematicians currently in the midst of working through their project based STEM investigations! The year 7s are in the R&D phase of designing and developing their own water filters to make potable water more widely available while the Year 8s are considering the environmental impacts of waste.


It's been great to see the students engage deeply with today's real-world problems and develop ideas on how they can improve their futures.


The Year 12 ATAR students are in the depths of their exams and we wish them all the best! We congratulate all of the Year 12's in completing their studies and wish them every success in their futures.


Next term the Maths Department will be introducing the first of our Parent Engagement Sessions so keep an eye out for more information on this early in Term 4.


Year 7 Lightning Carnival

On the 2nd July, our Year 7 students had the chance to represent the school in AFLX, Basketball or Netball. Teams played extremely well and represented the school to an admirable standard. Congratulations go to the Netballers who won their carnival.

Year 10 Lightning Carnival

On the 15th August, it was our Year 10 students turn to represent the school. We fielded a team for AFLX in which the students participated to the best of their ability.

Year 7-9 Freo Dockers Schoolgirl Cup

This afterschool competition ran on Monday afternoons in Term 3. The quality of football was outstanding with many of the girls showing considerable improvement as the season progressed. Unfortunately, the team fell just short of qualifying for the cross over finals. We look forward to doing it all again next year.


This term

·         Friday 27th September – Athletics Carnival. Due to inclement weather the original date for the Athletics Carnival had to be postponed. OLNA testing and other scheduled events meant the only available day was the last day of term. This is sure to be a great way to finish the term on what is the Year 12s last day. Students that place in their events from Year 7-10 will have the chance to represent the school at next terms Interschool Athletics Carnival.


Next term

·         Wednesday 16th October – Staff & Students AFL Match. Our annual staff & student AFL match will occur during period 5. We invite the Year 12 student back for a farewell game to thank them for their contributions to the Specialist AFL Program over their years of schooling.

·         Friday 25th October – Interschool Athletics Carnival. Held at the WA Athletics Stadium our students get to take on the best students from around the state. Students must qualify to go by placing in an event from the school’s Athletics Carnival.

SPECIAL MENTIONS - Kimberley Bowey

One of our very talented Specialist AFL Program teachers, Kimberley Bowey, finished third in the West Australian Women’s Football League Dhara Kerr Fairest and Best Award last weekend. This is the equivalent to the Sandover Medal for the men. Kim had an excellent season for East Fremantle Sharks, who won the Grand Final this weekend! The game attracted plenty of attention and was streamed live on Channel 7. East Fremantle came away victorious with a 33 point win over Swan Districts. Kim is a role model for our aspiring female AFL students and has worked tirelessly to. 

Georgia Butler

One of our very talented Year 11 students, Georgia Butler, has been selected as one of the best 24 female Baseball players in the state to play for the Force in the inaugural Women’s Super League. She will be playing as part of the Perth Heat home series on 1 December 2019 and 5 January 2020. Congratulations Georgia!



The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.


We assist by providing a programme that targets attendance and engagement. Our programme is relationship driven. Clontarf staff act as a non-judgemental, non-authoritative third party in our interactions with the boys. In a practical sense, the program involves regular weekly activities as well as periodic engagement and/or incentive excursions.


Term 3 has provided a great opportunity to continue building upon the work done since the start of the year. To be able to keep the boys engaged there needs to be a vibrant academy program that encourages boys to keep attending and doing the right thing in the classroom and around the school. Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles, life skills and sport.


Some of the highlights of our Academy program this Term are listed below:

·         Year 9’s completing the Royal Life Saving Swim & Survive course during contact time

·         Price Waterhouse Coopers visit to the Academy room

·         Year 6 transition clinics at local Primary Schools

·         Year 7-12 Deadly Attendees Cup

·         Afterschool basketball against Yule Brook College

·         Delivery of annual Health Checks to our young men to help support the early detection, diagnosis and intervention for common and treatable conditions

·         Terrific numbers at our morning training sessions & breakfasts

·         Hosting the inaugural part-time employment forum with local Clontarf Partners from Coles, Kmart, Bunnings, Qantas & Target in attendance. Students had the opportunity to speak with Clontarf Partners who are currently seeking candidates for employment and could open the door for a part-time, casual or full time position in the future.

·         Clontarf Table Tennis & Pool Championships

·         Year 7/8 NRL Gala Day

·         Year 10-12 Defence Force Camp at Garden Island & Irwin Barracks

·         Cecil Andrews Clontarf Academy traditional dancers making their debut with special guest Ryan Humphries playing the didgeridoo at the NAIDOC assembly

·         Year 8-10 Binjareb Wirin Cup/Camp

·         Cecil Andrews Alumni Braiden Quartermaine (2017) and Mark Thomas (2018) gaining full time employment


Our Academy door is always open so please feel free to drop by the Academy room (A5) anytime for a chat, tea, coffee or a game of pool/table tennis with the boys!


Darren Davis


Cecil Andrews Clontarf Academy

E: darren.davis@education.wa.edu.au

NAIDOC Assembly

Dear Parents & Guardians

We have had an exciting Term this year, with NAIDOC Assembly, Six Season Garden, and the Yarning Circle being done at our school.

A big Thank you to Jade Anthony, Lane Mandlin and the EASE program for helping out with the Garden.

Wayne was supported by the students in creating Damper to go with the Kangaroo Stew that Wayne made for the lunch time.

To Clontarf Boys for the students and their dancing. Mr Humphrey for playing the Didgeridoo.

The Girls Academy for the morning tea and Teija with her Art design on the table.


This term students in the Follow the Dream room have been expressing their artistic talents through Sand Art. The artworks are created by hand, on boards covered with double-sided adhesive sheet using only sand, a cutting implement to cut out the intricate design, sand (of course) and the students’ imagination. The designs are first sketched onto the paper covering the adhesive and then cut out in stages. The colour and patterns are then created by covering the exposed adhesive with the different coloured natural sands. The art of designing an image with sand was discovered in Term 2 when Follow the Dream students were introduced to it in the Curtin University Maker Space whilst on an educational excursion to the university. They have since created many artworks, some of which are proudly displayed in the Cecil Andrews College library. This hands-on activity has proven to be a big hit with students, and it is amazing to watch the engagement and level of concentration as students are captivated by bringing their design to life by getting their fingers into some sand. Many of the artworks express the students pride in their Indigenous culture with the use of traditional Aboriginal symbols and colours found in our Australian landscapes. We really have some talented artists in our school!

Come to School Every Day!

Why….…because school enables children to build on their knowledge and skills each day, each week and each year.

Why……because children can miss out on the basic skills and may experience difficulties later with their learning.

Why……because school helps children build confidence in areas such as communication, teamwork, organization and social skills.

Why……because going to school is a legal requirement and there are fines associated with this.

The law states all children from Pre Primary to Year 12 must attend school (or have an alternative educational or workplace arrangement).

Under the law, you are responsible for making sure your child goes to school on ALL school days.  You must not keep your child away from school for minor reasons.

Don’t be soft on school attendance… because we want all children to be their best.

 What the law says:

Under Western Australian law (School Education Act 1999), parents must send their children to school unless:

·         They are too unwell.

·         They have an infectious disease.

·         The principal is provided with a genuine and acceptable reason.

You must let the school know within three days why your child is not attending.

Under the law, schools must:

·         Monitor attendance of students.

·         Follow up with parents and caregivers on student absences.

What happens when your child misses school without a valid reason?

·         Your school will ask you for an explanation.

·         Your school will meet with you to discuss ongoing issues and plan a response.

·         A School Attendance Panel will be set up to review the steps taken and provide advice.

·         In some cases, you might be fined.

Support and help for families

If your child is reluctant or refuses to go to school, or is missing school without you knowing, there is support and help available.  Contact your school or South Metropolitan Education Regional Office for information/assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  What should I do if my child is unwell?

A:  Inform the school and provide a medical certificate if requested.

Q:  What should I do if my child refuses to go to school?

A:  Contact your school as soon as possible and the school will arrange advice/support.

Q:  What should I do if we are going on holiday during school time?

A:  Holidays during school time are detrimental to your child’s learning.  The Principal of your school will not consider this an approved absence.  Arrange your holidays during vacation periods.

Q:  Can I take my child out of school for social occasions?

A:  No.  This is not considered reasonable. You should arrange social occasions such as personal shopping trips and birthday celebrations out of school hours.

Q:  Will my child be marked absent from school if he/she is doing a VET, Registered Training Organization program?

A: No as long as this is part of the school program.  Attendance at these programs is also monitored.

Further Information & Support:

Talk with our Student Services Team about your child’s attendance or any support you may need.

Contact number: 9234 3401

Absentee SMS: 0408 099 112

Skoolbag APP



The Department of Education’s South Metropolitan Education Regional Office in Beaconsfield also has trained staff that will be able to provide relevant information and support.

Contact number: 9336 9563

A reminder that Cecil Andrews College has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, violence, and drugs.