Friday 28th October 2022

Principal's News

Budding Lunch Program

School Lunch Programs are common practice in many countries around the world for school children. In fact, I have heard that the mayor of each town in Italy is elected on the quality of their School Lunch Program! In Australia, parents have the responsibility of packing lunchboxes each day, leaving some Australian school children without lunch to eat or many with convenient but highly processed foods in their lunchbox.

Annesley has built a partnership with key thought leaders to create a program at Annesley that can show Australia what can be done!

  • Duncan Welgemoed, Owner and Chef from Africola,
  • Australian of the Year 2020 Dr James Muecke AM
  • Professor Bec Golley, Annesley parent and Deputy Director of the Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University

On Wednesday 9 November, all students in Reception to Year 5 are encouraged to register for a lunch prepared by Africola in the Annesley Dining Room. I encourage all families to consider signing their child/ren up for this lunch, as I’m sure the children will not want to miss out on the day.

The Budding Lunch Program at Annesley aims to:

  • Cater for all food allergies
  • Cater for all food preferences and tastes (it is evident that children eat more widely when eating with friends)
  • Increase health outcomes for our students by providing delicious, nutrient dense, seasonal food for lunch
  • Increase learning outcomes due to consumption of healthy food
  • Increase social eating skills by building into the day a sit-down meal with friends
  • Reduce litter from lunchboxes in the schoolyard

To run this program more frequently and at a reduced cost for Annesley parents, we are hoping to attract some funding to support the program in 2023. We have invited government representatives and industry connections to the event in Week 4. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with any other interested Annesley community members!

We require students to be registered to participate in the Budding Lunch Launch on 9th November. Please complete the School Stream form by Monday 31st October at 9am for catering purposes.

On the day, please do not send them with an alternative option in their lunchbox to eat. There will be something they can eat at the lunch, no matter how fussy they are! Please send them with just a snack and a water bottle.


120 Year Annesley Gala Dinner Celebration

Oh, what a night! The most joyful celebration of our school’s impressive history and our wonderful school community. It turns out that Annesley parents and teachers know how to have a fun time on the dance floor!

Our students were unsure why the adults got to have all the fun, so we made this video with them to share what we love about Annesley and wish our school a happy 120th birthday.

We are excited about planning more events for our community in 2023. If you are interested in joining parent working groups on an event for our community next year, please email

Podcast: Annesley Through the Ages

‘Annesley Through the Ages’ is a podcast created by three of our amazing student Board of Directors, Jonty, Isabella and Edie. This innovative student-driven project grew from the children’s strong desire to connect with old scholars and learn more about the school’s history as we celebrate our 120 Year anniversary.

We would like to thank our wonderful Old Scholars Nicole, Deb, Beth, Amy and Jo for taking part in this podcast and sharing their memories of Annesley, formerly MLC. A special thank you also to our school choir for their performance of the old school song.

Please click here to listen


A Special Visitor

Jess Stenson, an Old Scholar came to assembly to share her Commonwealth Gold Medal with our students. The students loved meeting Jess and hearing of her passion for Annesley and her running career!

You're invited: The Exhibition

The PYP Exhibition is the culminating, collaborative experience for students in their final year of the PYP. This year we are delighted to open the Exhibition to visitors from the wider community. Our Exhibition runs for multiple sessions over two days November 1st-2nd in Gillingham Hall.  We invite parents from all year levels to drop into sessions at any of the following times:

Tuesday 2:10pm-3:10pm

Wednesday 9:50am-10:50am

Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm

Note: Our Base 6/7 parents and families have been invited to a special viewing scheduled for Wednesday evening, (please see School Stream for further details)

Learn more about the PYP Exhibition in this week’s edition of the PYP Advantage below.

The PYP Advantage Part 5:  The Exhibition

The Exhibition is a special feature of PYP schools. Celebrating how far each child has progressed as a learner during their primary years, the Exhibition provides a far richer picture than could ever be obtained through a paper and pencil assessment.

For their Exhibition our Base 6 and 7 students undertake an in-depth inquiry into an issue or opportunity that is personally significant to them and document and share their learning with the wider school community.

The IB PYP really does focus on the development of the whole child and the Exhibition engages all aspects of the learner Prolife. It challenges students to drive their own inquiries, to think critically and creatively, to collaborate effectively with others, to research effectively and ultimately to take meaningful action as a result of their learning.

Our approach to the Exhibition at Annesley

Every PYP school has the agency to develop their Exhibition in unique ways, and at Annesley we currently integrate our Exhibition with our Enterprise programme.

Under the How we Organise Ourselves transdisciplinary theme our students have been exploring the Central Idea ‘Ethical business balances market forces with responsible decision making.’ They have conducted an in-depth inquiry into an ethical issue relating to their own enterprises. At their Exhibition they are asked to share their inquiries and demonstrate how their new learning has informed the ongoing running of their ‘ethically informed’ enterprises.

A series of provocations in Art and Performing arts inspire our students to think about creative ways to present their learning that will hook their audience. In recent years this has included art installations, models, dramatisations, interactive games and podcasts.

What do the students have in store for us this year? We hope you can come along and find out!

Quest News

The Quest Continues! Term 4 has started with a bang as Base 4 ventured down to Glenelg Beach and braved some less than favourable conditions to start their Surf Life Saving – Surf Ed program. Over the coming weeks students will learn the basics of surf rescues and get first-hand experience in using some of the equipment.

Primary News

Year 1 Sandi's Class News

French News

Dad's Basketball Night

A group of fun-loving Dads are meeting on the first Thursday of every month for a social basketball game in our School gym at 6.30pm, followed by a drink at the Cremorne Hotel.

All Annesley Dads are welcome and encouraged to make contact with Annesley Dad, Nick on 0411080235 if they would like to join in the WhatsApp group. The next game is Thursday 3rd November.

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