We are almost at the end of the year, yet this doesn’t mean we are slowing down. Term 4 is one of the busiest with various school events, exams, reports and planning for the year ahead. I ask students, parents and staff to please stay focussed and keep the momentum going. A well-earned break soon awaits you. This term marked the end of the 2022 HSC. Congratulations to year 12, on your perseverance in completing this significant educational milestone. HSC results will be released on 15 December and as always, teachers will reach out to all students during this time.

Strategic Improvement Plan Update
I’m pleased to provide an update on some of our Key Priority Areas of Improvement for 2022-2026.

Key Area 5, Learning Environment
There are a number of facility upgrades scheduled for the Secondary Campus. Our aim is to develop the physical infrastructure and facilities that are attractive, innovative and functional, and that meet the demands of contemporary learning and teaching.

Facility upgrades include:

  • Refurbishment of the Secondary toilet amenities
    A complete restoration to the Secondary student toilet amenities.
  • New Commercial Kitchen
    A refurbishment will be undertaken in the school’s existing kitchen facility, upgrading it to a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. The new space will provide the opportunity to expand our school’s Food and Technology subject offerings. Both these upgrades will take place over the Christmas break.
  • Additional Classrooms
    Planning stages are underway for additional classrooms at the Secondary Campus. As a temporary initial measure, this project includes the installation of demountable classrooms to provide adequate space for growth and alignment with syllabus outcomes.

Key Area 6: Sustainable Organisational Leadership
The Board of Directors, in consultation with the School Executive, have commenced the engagement process of reviewing architectural submissions to award the Master Plan project for our Secondary Campus. Our aim in this Key Area of improvement, is to ensure high standards of educational leadership, financial management, and responsible governance, that promotes individual and collective accountability, and build networks with the broader community to strengthen the organisation’s success and future viability. Our Master Plan will be at the centre of ensuring our school’s growth.

Student Dress and Grooming
The School’s vision places significance on student dress and grooming. It plays a major role in maintaining student’s high self-esteem, self-confidence and can positively affect the way students regard themselves. Please ensure that on a daily basis, students are ready to attend school in accordance with our school’s personal grooming policy. The ‘Grooming Policy’ is located in the front section of the student diary.

Technology, Creative and Performing Arts Exhibition
On 22 November, the Secondary Campus will host the Technology, Creative and Performing Arts Exhibition. The exhibition will commence at 4.00pm and include art and technology works from Years 7 – 12. At 6.00pm, a concert will feature students from our Primary and Secondary campuses performing a collection of musical pieces from their work in 2022. I encourage families to come along and support our students and teachers in what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening. 

2024 ASG Scholarships Now Open 
All Saints Grammar will be participating in the ACER Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program in 2023. The annual ACER examination will be held at 8.30am, on Saturday 25 February 2023 at the Secondary Campus. Applications close midnight AEDST Monday 6 February 2023. In addition to the ACER CSTP Examination, the school will offer existing students scholarship opportunities based on academic results and criteria outlined in our Scholarship Policy. If you feel your child will benefit from sitting the ACER CSTP Examination and would like more information on scholarships and registration, please visit our Scholarships page.

Study Workshops
During Pastoral Care this term, students in Year 10 and 11 will be participating in a series of high impact seminars and workshops. These workshops have been designed to help students improve their study techniques, increase motivation, build confidence, lift exam performance and achieve behavioural change. It isn’t enough that students simply understand what they need to do in their study. The challenge of any study skills program is getting students to use and apply the skills they learn.

Primary Campus Open Mornings
We were delighted to welcome families along to our Primary Campus Open Mornings. Each year, we invite parents/carers into their child’s classroom where students and teachers share what they have been learning. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came into the classroom to support your children. It gave students a great sense of pride to be able to share their learning journey with loved ones.

ASG Instrumental Concert
Congratulations to the students who participated in the Instrumental Band Concert on Tuesday 1 November. All students should be immensely proud of themselves. It certainly takes a lot of courage to perform on stage in front of a large audience. Some students only started playing an instrument at the beginning of the year, and their determination to master their instrument is clear. Students’ performances were spectacular, and I am proud of the talent and enthusiasm displayed on the night.

Thank you to the teaching staff and facilitators at School Bands Australia for their commitment in teaching, developing and inspiring our students. Music is at the core of so many things we do at All Saints Grammar. Through music, our students foster an understanding of continuity and change, and of the connections between different times and cultures. Our Instrumental Concert is just one of the many co-curricular and performance opportunities such as musical soirees, talent quests and performance evenings where students are given the chance to showcase their talents.