Friday 13 August, 2021

Principal's News

The Annesley Master Plan – Significant Investment in our Growing Community

As you are aware, we have been partnering with Swanbury Penglase to create a Master Plan, to address our need for increased flexible indoor learning spaces for our expanding student population and staff team. We are pleased to announce that we are about to embark on significant capital works at Annesley. The Master Plan process has focused on our site as a whole. The scope of this planning process has centred primarily on the Courtyard at the rear of Gillingham Hall, the buildings and spaces surrounding the Courtyard as well as the significant, locally heritage listed Patchell Building located on Greenhill Rd. Our goal has been to achieve increased flexible, engaging indoor spaces while maximising the surrounding outdoor spaces. Swanbury Penglase are experts in such work, and we have been very impressed with their agility and creativity during this process. As a school that actions the belief that students are capable now, not just in the future, we are impressed with Swanbury Penglase’s engagement of our student design team in this process, allowing students to use their skills, strengths, and passions to feed into this important process.

The in-depth investigation with builders, engineers and designers continues with the Patchell Building as we develop a deeper understanding of this historic building. This important work will continue in the coming weeks and months. We will keep you updated in a timely manner as we receive more information. It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I share with you that we are about to embark on the implementation of Stage 1 of our Master Plan. This work is significant. We will be creating two new flexible learning spaces, a new ‘breakout space’ for student collaboration, two new music tuition rooms for Primary Years students, along with a new office and meeting space for our Chaplain and Counsellor, Pastor Pete. These new spaces surrounding the Courtyard and incorporating the cloisters at the eastern boundary of Annesley will allow for our ongoing growth in the coming 12-24 months. Stage 1 of the Master Plan is currently with the City of Unley, we will then seek a construction company through a tender process facilitated by Swanbury Penglase, with building works to commence as soon as possible. We are pleased to share some of the concept designs with you.

Annesley is in a strong position, committed to what is best for children. We continue to significantly invest in our people, resources, and physical spaces as we implement our vision to develop skills, strengths, and passions to create belonging and impact.

Luke Ritchie

Our School

Environmental Leaders 2021

As Environmental Leaders in 2021, we have many projects, large and small, happening at our School. We help put our farm animals away each evening, have addressed sustainability in the Bouncing Bean Café and we are currently working on longer term projects such as investigating Solar Energy for Annesley and a worm farm to add to our Annesley Farm. We have also gathered a team of other passionate environmentalists to clean the school grounds every Friday. Our team includes Annika (Year 6) and Amelie, Roshie, Elise, Elli and Zara-Rose (Year 2). We use tongs and an old cardboard box to collect the litter and fill up at least one quarter of the box. This may not seem much, but it makes the school look more presentable for everyone and less litter makes a huge impact on our ecosystem and waterways.

Mila and Jack (Year 7)
Environmental Leaders

Cross Country

Rain, hail or shine we are running! These words rang true on Friday morning as the 2021 Annesley Cross Country event set up began.

Thankfully the clouds cleared and the sun shone through on a truly memorable day. Students from across 7 different year levels competed against their peers to earn house points in the hope of being crowned the 2021 Cross Country Champions. After 503 laps, 3 hours and 151 km Nemea came out on top and were awarded the win. Congratulations to all of our participants on a fantastic effort!

Finally, a big thank you to those families who could make the event. Your presence and energy added to the atmosphere of the day. Until next year, happy running!

Final Results:

Nemea – 144 points
Olympia – 140 points
Corinth – 137 points
Delphi – 134 points

Bouncing Bean Café

Working in the Bouncing Bean Café is an innovative program at Annesley for our Base 6/7 students. These capable young people have the opportunity to learn work-related skills whilst they serve our community with hot and cold drinks! We have recently recruited some additional barista staff and these students were trained this week by Louis from Segafredo in the art of coffee making.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are only opening the café at morning break to serve Annesley staff. We are unfortunately unable to serve parents currently at the Bouncing Bean, we hope this will change soon!

Parent Mentors

We are eager to build our group of Parent Mentors at Annesley who can support our student endeavours in various ways with their professional experience and industry connections. We encourage all community members who are keen to contribute to our learning in this way to register their interest on a Parent Mentor Form on the Forms tab of School Stream.

Book Week

Annesley’s Book Week Parade will be held on Thursday 26 August, all students are welcome to come dressed as their favourite book character. Unfortunately, due to COVID we will not be able to have spectators this year.

On Friday 20 August, students in our ELC to Year 5 will enjoy a Book Week Performance titled ‘Book Week in Schools Live AUS: 2021 Bigger, Better, Brighter’ at 9.15am in Gillingham Hall. Brought to us by Perform! Education, this performance combines a love of reading in an active and energetic manner.

As part of the Book Week celebrations Base 4 and 5 will be visiting the Goodwood Library, on Friday 27 August at 2pm.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Just a reminder that the Premier’s Reading Challenge forms are due no later than Friday 3rd September. If you child is in Reception or Year 1 your child’s teacher will be completing these forms as a class. If you need a new copy of there are some in the front office or alternatively you can download one here:

The Quest

The Quest is back at Annesley for Term 3! 

Base 5 students embarked on The Quest on Monday this week and spent the day working as mathematicians in the Belair National Park. Students’ mountain biked their way through the National Park using skills of orienteering and geography to map out their ride.

Base 3 students visited the Adelaide Zoo exploring the connection between survival and habitat and inquiring into their Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry – ‘living things depend on each other to survive’! Base 3 students will continue to visit the Zoo every Tuesday this term, developing their scientific and mathematical skills.

Dogs on our Campus

Many of the Annesley team would describe themselves as dog lovers, including our Principal, Deputy Principal, Chaplain and Counsellor, Business Manager and Coordinator of Innovation and Technologies. Our spoilt pooches love holidaying with us and sleeping by the fire at home. That said, we are very aware that not everyone loves dogs as much as we do, in particular some of our younger students who find the sight of a dog quite confronting. In order to value every member of our community, we ask that you do not bring your ‘furry friends’ onto our campus unless it is a formalised visit that has been pre-approved by a class teacher in conjunction with the relevant Head of School. Tying dogs to the school fence along Rose Terrace is not fair on the dogs, in particular during this busy time at our front gate with parents collecting children from Rose Terrace. We appreciate your support in ensuring the safety of all members of our community, including our doggy friends.

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Assembly & Chapel

Due to COVID-19 restrictions Assembly & Chapel will continue to be for Students only until further notice.

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