It has been a momentous term with some outstanding achievements to be recognised. Some of these include; our Inaugural School productions of The Wizard of Oz, The Wonderful Land of Oz – The After Show and one of the most successful charity fundraisers led by our student leaders. As we reach the end of Term 2, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all students, parents, teachers and families who have supported the ongoing work this term. Our teachers have been busy working through mid-year reports which will be distributed during Week 2 of Term 3 and uploaded to the Sentral Parent Portal.

The Wizard of Oz – The After Show

Our Primary students displayed their talents and entertained us all at the production of the Wonderful Land of Oz – The After Show. Students were excited at the opportunity to stand on stage and perform in front of their peers, family and friends. Some students performed for the very first time. Students who participate in Performing Arts learn essential lifelong skills like building and developing self-confidence, perseverance, creative problem solving and the ability to focus.

Biggest Morning Tea – Success

Last month, our student Leaders hosted a Bake Sale to help Cancer Council raise vital funds for people impacted by cancer. Our ASG community raised over $6500, a fantastic result. The charity was selected as we have many families who have been touched by this illness. We would like to acknowledge the entire community for supporting the Biggest Morning Tea initiative. In particular to the Independent Bread Distributors, Handy Foods, Sosobake, Cave Cookies and Kamper and Associates for their kind donations and delicious treats.

Farewell to Reverend Kyrillos Zisis

The Very Reverend Kyrillos Zisis, will be leaving the All Saints Parish to return back to his native Victoria to serve at Saint Eustathios, South Melbourne. Your wisdom, care and spiritual guidance form the bedrock of building a proud and passionate community that stands well. We all thank you for being with us and ensuring we are always striving, to be better versions of ourselves. We thank you for your work and achievements over the years and wish you well.

Counselling Service

A reminder to parents/carers of the School’s onsite counselling service which is available for students to access at both the Primary and Secondary Campuses. Referrals can come from parents, teachers or the student themselves. Parents can refer their child by calling the school and asking to speak to the available counsellor. Students from our Secondary Campus can refer themselves through emailing the counsellors directly or by asking their parent, homeroom mentor or a trusted teacher to contact the counsellors for them.

What is counselling?
Professional counselling is a safe and confidential collaboration between qualified counsellors and clients to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns. Clients are active participants in the counselling process at every stage.

Work Experience Program – Community Support

During Week 10 of Term 3, we will be running our Work Experience Program. Work Experience placements assist students in their transition from school to work and aim to provide students with an opportunity to relate school studies with a workplace.

The Year 10 Work Experience Program will be a mandatory requirement for our students to complete. Students are encouraged, with the support of their parents and the school, to source their own work experience either at a business and/or as a volunteer at a charitable organisation. Either way, students are expected to adopt a philotimo (love of honour) based approach and see this program as an opportunity to gain fundamental skills in life through helping local communities within a business or an organisation.

As many students often struggle to secure their own work placement, we are seeking assistance from our community to provide opportunities for work experience either at parent/family-owned businesses or through businesses/organisations you may know who would be interested.

The aim of the program is to take part in a variety of supervised work experience tasks in a real workplace setting for a period of five working days. The school’s insurance policy has also been extended to indemnify employers participating in the Year 10 Work Experience Program. If you are willing to offer our students work experience placements, or should you have any queries about the Year 10 Work Experience program, please register your interest with Mr Barra our Careers Advisor and Learning Services Facilitator

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The development of our students extends far beyond academia. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing rewarding activities for our students, we are a recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre. Students who take part in the Awards can enhance and build teamwork skills, self-confidence, leadership qualities and fitness levels, as well as a strong awareness of their social impact. As a world-renowned youth development program, students can realise their full potential when they participate and gain either Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.

Every student who takes part in the program will learn a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and undertake Adventurous Journeys within a team. Students are able to design their own program and set their own goals according to the Award’s requirements.

There is significant evidence in the research (Bandura 1997; Collie, Martin, Nassar & Roberts, 2019; Denham 2006; Freeman 2005; Sewell and St George 2000) about the positive correlation between participation in activities such as camps or community service activities and the ability to develop a sense of belonging and self-regulation. In addition, engaging in these experiences increases students’ levels of self-concept, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, which, in turn, have a positive impact on their academic performance (O’Connor, Cloney, Kvalsvig & Goldfeld 2019).

August Campus Information Tours

Secondary Campus Information Tour: Monday 8 August at 6:00pm
Primary Campus Information Tour: Tuesday 9 August at 9:00am

Our Information Tours are targeted at prospective parents/carers. Tours provide an opportunity to tour our campus, meet our Head of School and learn more about our Better Person Better Learner philosophy. Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Year 5 and 6 Secondary Campus Visit

Our Year 5 and 6 Secondary Campus Visits continue to be very popular. These visits take place during school hours and are intended to provide our students with a taste of what to expect during their Secondary education at our School. Additional sessions will be organised throughout the upcoming Terms.

Parent/Carer Forum

Thank you to the parents who attended our first forum on 14 June. It was a great opportunity to engage with parents/carers on various school topics. Some of the topics covered included Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Pastoral Care and Wellbeing. We plan to schedule more parent/carer forums throughout the year. Parents will be notified of these forums via Sentral.

Uniform Trading Hours – Winter School Holidays

The ASG uniform shop will be open the following hours over the holidays:
Thursday 14 July 8am – 4pm
Monday 18 July 8am – 11am (1st Day of Term 3)
Normal term trading hours resume Tuesday 19 July 2022

We will also be open on Saturday 23 July 9am – 12pm

Orders are able to be placed online following the link:

ASG uniform shop normal Trading Hours:
Tuesday 11.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 8.00am – 4.30pm
(02) 9053 2898 

I wish everyone a safe and relaxing winter break and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 18 July for the commencement of Term 3.

Mrs Elfa Lillis
Head of School