Friday 7 May 2021

Principal's News

Principal’s Sabbatical
It is hard to capture the depth of impact that having time away from the daily operations of life, devoted to professional reflection, exploration and adventures has on oneself. So in summation, below are but a few highlights of the truly rich professional and personal adventure I have been blessed to have while on sabbatical during Term 1. It truly was experiential learning, something close to Annesley’s heart. As a family, we travelled over 15,000kms across Western Australia’s huge, diverse and inspiring landscape.

Professional Learning – Harvard Business School and International Baccalaureate Organisation
I am a passionate lifelong learner. While on sabbatical I commenced the formative stages of my four month Professional Learning with internationally recognised leadership expert and educator Professor Ethan Bernstein, Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. I am collaborating with educational leaders from across Australia as we focus on managing human capital within complex organisations and translating global approaches to managing human capital. I also successfully completed further International Baccalaureate Head of School Professional Learning online, collaborating with Heads of School from around the world as we explored and further developed our understanding of leading Schools centred upon giving students a voice in their journey as learners through inquiry based learning.

Education – Connections
I was fortunate to spend quality time with highly regarded educational leaders, leadership teams and diverse learning communities at a range of outstanding schools across Western Australia. Some of my highlights included my time with Belinda Provis and her team at All Saints’ College, Anne Dunstan and her team at Guilford Grammar School, and at Independent Public School Manning Primary School with Hayden Omara and his team. Like Annesley, these three schools are committed to developing students’ Foundational Skills in key curriculum areas such as Numeracy and English, as well as Transversal Skills in their students so they are empowered to make a significant contribution now and into the future.

Business and Community – Connections
I was truly fortunate to spend time with Alicia Curtis and left inspired by the huge impact a life focused on enabling others can have. Alicia is one of Western Australia’s most inspiring social and business entrepreneurs as an award winning speaker, leadership facilitator and community change maker. Alicia has a Masters in Business Leadership and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2020, named EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the Western region in 2018, and named in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence List across Australia in 2014. Alicia also happens to be an Annesley Ambassador Find out more about Alicia and her impactful work here:

Indigenous Australians – Connections
During our exploration of Western Australia’s diverse regions, we were committed to honouring and learning more about Indigenous Australians, in particular their connection with the lands we visited. A true highlight was visiting the Dampier Peninsula, 2.5 hours north of Broome. While at Cygnet Bay, we spent time with Terry Hunter, a Bardi Jawi Man and successful owner and operator of Borrgoron Tours. Terry and his people retain a particularly special relationship with their land and sea on the Dampier Peninsula. We were totally engaged as we learnt from Terry’s in-depth knowledge of bush food, medicine and traditional hunting and fishing practices.

Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to visit the indigenous communities we had planned, including the One Arm Point Remote Community School, located in the Kimberly Region. I was able to form a connection with the School’s Principal, Mark Batka, and look forward to seeing how this relationship develops. I am eager for Annesley to form a meaningful partnership with One Arm Point Remote Community School.

Thank you to those in the Annesley community that have flagged interest in working with the School to create a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Commencing this important project is high on my agenda. More information on RAPs can be found here:  If you have skills and interest in supporting this project, please contact me by the end of Week 5.

Environmental – Connections
UNESCO’s World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef is located over 1200kms north of Perth. Ningaloo Reef is a remarkable, rich haven for some of the worlds most significant ocean animals. I was truly mesmerised by the 10 metre whale shark that I was able to swim with on the reef.  I left this majestic region with a heightened awareness of how we, as humans, continue to have a negative and ongoing impact on our oceans.

The Future of Work
As you know, I am fascinated by ‘the future of work’ and its impact on education and schooling. According to the OECD, ‘the future of work is now. Digitalisation and globalisation have sparked radical shifts in how we live and work. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has accelerated these beyond anything we could have imagined. These changes raise essential questions about the precarity of our jobs, the support available if we’re unable to work or retire, the skills we need for current and future jobs, the quality of those jobs, and what voice we have in shaping these outcomes.’ During my sabbatical I searched for industries impacted by emerging technologies, in particular, where automation has impacted jobs and business efficiencies. One of the greatest examples I found was in the iron ore mines in the Pilbra region, where we saw RioTinto trucks and trains that are fully autonomous. Learn more about RioTinto’s pioneering work in automation and robotics in mining here: Spending time at the ‘Super Pit’ gold mine in Kalgoorlie was like visiting another planet. The sheer size of the mining operations here, also drastically changing due to the emergence of automation, is like nothing else I have experienced, anywhere. Emerging technologies have most certainly ‘disrupted’ the mining industry, adding efficiencies whilst creating complications for those employed in this sector.

On my return to Annesley…

Personalised Learning
I know you’ll agree with me that we are fortunate to have a talented, caring and creative team of professionals working with our children, Annesley’s students. It has been wonderful being in all the school’s learning spaces, reconnecting with students, hearing their excitement as they share their skill development and growth in key areas, seeing our teachers engaging students in meaningful ways and hearing about the current Professional Learning happening, including in Mathematics with Stanford University’s Professor Jo Boaler. Annesley is a vibrant community of learning.

Masterplan and Capital Works
We continue to grow and develop, always focused on what is best for our students. We will shortly share some exciting news with regards to progress in the exploration of the Patchell Building Masterplan and other significant capital works for the School.

AISSA Board Chair
I am humbled to have commenced in my role as Board Chair of the Association of Independent Schools in South Australia (AISSA). It is an honour to represent Annesley and serve in this position as it is elected by fellow leaders from SA’s Independent Schools. As Board Chair, I am enabled to further support the work of independent schools in this state and across Australia.

Our Community
I’ve loved reconnecting with parents and caregivers in the school yard before and after school. After returning from an exceptionally rich period of personal and professional growth, I can say that Annesley truly is developing skills, strengths and passions to create belonging and impact.

Luke Ritchie

Annesley Values

We promote and honour a list of set values at Annesley, having an intentional focus on and learning about a different value each month. The Annesley Values are Courage, Respect, Humility, Responsibility, Integrity, Resilience, Justice, Compassion, Civility and Gratitude. Our Chaplain and Counsellor, Pastor Pete, creates a Valuable Action linked to each of the Annesley Values. These Valuable Actions assist us in defining, better understanding and applying the Annesley Values in our everyday lives. Below are recent examples of our Valuable Actions:

Valuable Action: Courage gives the hope I need, not just to cope but to succeed.

Valuable Action: I show respect, as well as honour, when I am considerate towards another.

Valuable Action: Humility does not have the intention to try and get all of the attention.

Valuable Action: I can be trusted with even more, because of what I’ve done before.

Valuable Action: Who I am and how I live, doesn’t change for who I’m with.

Valuable Action: If challenge comes from different sides, I won’t give up or compromise.

Valuable Action: Justice stands for right and fair, not just for myself, but for those I care.

Valuable Action: With a sincere heart I will offer, a generous hand towards another.

Valuable Action: Our view might see things differently, but difference is of worth to me.

Valuable Action: A grateful attitude is this, to see each day on earth a gift.

Our School

Staffing Update

We send our heart felt congratulations to Alana Iannazzo and her husband Rob as they have announced they are expecting their second child. Alana aims to continue working through Terms 2 and 3 in the Grevillea room and then will take leave from Term 4 2021.

This term we have welcomed several new staff to our Annesley community:

Sally Braddy has commenced in the new role of Co-ordinator of Licensed Services. Sally is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and has gained many years’ experience as a Kindergarten and Childcare Centre Director working in Perth. Originally from Adelaide, she and her family have recently returned to Adelaide to be closer to family. Her warm and friendly manner along with her industry experience and knowledge in managing centres and leading teams made her the ideal candidate to fulfill this significant role in our school community.

In this role she will be overseeing both the Licensed Services here at Annesley, the ELC and the OSHC. Sally will manage the staffing, student transitions, compliance requirements, casual bookings, and the daily operations of the services to ensure both services are continuing to exceed National Quality Standards.

Amy Barrett joins us as an ELC Co-educator. She has commenced her studies in the Bachelor of Education and is currently working towards achieving the Diploma of Early Childhood. She has previously worked in OSHC and Childcare services. Her warm and friendly manner is quickly endearing her to our students in the Banksia and Eucalypt rooms.

Maddison Littleford also joins the ELC Co-educator team. She has previously achieved a Bachelor of Media and is currently studying the Masters of Early Childhood. Whist studying, she has also worked in OSHC at Primary Schools. She will be supporting the team in the Wattle room and relieving throughout the ELC.

Cleo Sandercock joined our OSHC Co-educator team during the April Holiday program. She is currently studying the Bachelor of Education and has gained experienced in working with children through her Camp America involvement and nannying.

Bouncing Bean Café 

The new baristas and serving staff in the Bouncing Bean Café are enjoying serving our community with delicious hot coffees and morning treats. Please note that we unfortunately cannot serve students in the Bouncing Bean Café unless they are accompanied by a parent or adult friend. In Enterprise students are currently exploring many other exciting offerings that we hope to soon provide – stay tuned! 

Chess Simultaneous Game 

Annesley’s new Chess Club commenced in Term 2 under the expert guidance of Giang Nguyen, a professional chess player and coach. We launched the new Chess Club on the last day of Term 1 with students taking part in a simultaneous chess game held in Gillingham Hall with Giang playing 20 games at once opposing students, teachers and parents of Annesley. We are excited to add Chess Club to our co-curricular offerings this term on Monday afternoons. 

Seniors Hoodies 

Earlier this week our Year 6/7 Students were excited to receive delivery of their new ‘Seniors’ jumpers. These jumpers were designed by the students in collaboration with 4thSeedDesigns and are made from ethically sourced and sustainable materials.

The Quest – Learning by doing  

We have had an action packed couple of weeks! Base 6/7 are offsite one day a week this term exploring ethical and sustainable business and adventuring in nature. They have already enjoyed their first experience in partnership with Cleland Wildlife Park and a day at The Forktree Project in Carrickalinga. Base 3 have spent the last two days at Nunyara Camp in Belair learning skills of independence, resilience and perseverance.

Primary Years' Learning

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Early Years' Learning

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Assembly & Chapel

Date Assembly/Chapel Class Presenting
Thursday 13 May Chapel
Thursday 20 May Assembly Reception (Alicia)
Thursday 27 May Chapel
Thursday 3 June Assembly Year 5
Thursday 10 June Chapel
Thursday 17 June Assembly Year 3 (Rosie)
Thursday 24 June Chapel
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