Friday 24th March 2023

Principal's News

Education for a better future – Think progress.. not precedent

Over a century ago, the great educationalist John Dewey warned ‘if we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.’ This insight is more relevant now than ever before. As we brace for a perfect storm of technological and social change, the need for educational transformation has never been greater’.

Michael McQueen, Trend Expert, Keynote Speaker International Baccalaureate Global Conference, March 2023

I am very proud that Annesley presented a workshop at the IB Global conference on our Enterprise program this week. It was an opportunity to showcase the innovative work that our talented Annesley team have undertaken over the last eight years. It highlighted the school’s commitment to creating quality, future-focused learning programs that empower our students to create impact in an increasingly complex world, while also preparing them with essential skills for their future.

With the conference theme ‘Education for an inclusive future’, our Enterprise program is allowing our students to achieve success in diverse ways and empower them with capacity to create impact. The workshop was full and over-flowing with educators, keen to learn more about what we do and how.

Afterwards, I received this message from the Leadership Team from Le Jardin Academy in Hawaii:

Aloha, I am a Dean of Experiential Ed at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua Hawaii. Some of my teachers sat in on your school’s presentation at the IB World Conference and couldn’t stop talking about how impressed they were with your program. We will be in Adelaide through tomorrow and we’re wondering if we’d be able to visit and observe teaching and learning at your school. Mahalo!

And from an educator working at Canberra Grammar School:

I was super impressed with what’s happening at Annesley, and it’s been truly inspiration hearing from you, David and Dylan about the amazing opportunities you provide the students at your school’.

I hosted the Le Jardin team on Wednesday morning, they saw our learning spaces, learning in action and chatted with our teachers. They purchased coffee from the Bouncing Bean Café, Bouncing Bean Keep Cups, artwork from the Local Buy Annesley shop and even a second-hand Annesley bag from Unify!

Education should be diverse to meet the needs of students but also to meet the needs of an uncertain future. We are not only preparing students for the future, we are also preparing them to create the future.



Harmony Day - Everyone Belongs

New Staff Members

Kim Probin
Base 5 Teacher

Kim is a primary teacher with international teaching experience. She’s had the pleasure of teaching in places around the world, such as the U.K and The Bahamas. Pre Covid, Kim worked as a homeroom teacher at an international school in Berlin and learnt the value of the IB PYP and inquiry-based learning. She prioritises establishing positive relationships with students and ensuring their learning space feels safe and secure. Kim is also studying for a Master’s in Well-being within an educational setting. If she’s not planning or studying, you can find her hiking, camping, doing yoga or meeting with friends. Kim is a regular visitor to most coffee shops around Adelaide, so you may find her to be a permanent resident at the Bouncing Bean!

David Pressley
Risk and Compliance Officer

David is our new Risk and Compliance Officer. He brings an extensive background in Risk and Compliance to Annesley, gained predominantly in the Banking and Finance sector and also in consulting across a number of other industries and organisations in Australia and overseas.  On a personal level, David enjoys playing guitar, keeping fit and spending time with family and grandchildren.

Neil Northam
Property and Services Officer

Neil Joins the Annesley maintenance team bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge and had a previous career for over 40 years in SAPOL.

Base 4 News

Base 4 recently enjoyed their annual camp at Victor Harbor. Staying at Adare House in Victor Harbor and with Beyond Limits creating a fun-filled schedule for the program, we had many happy (and tired!) campers return on Day 3! Activities included bike riding, kayaking, the ‘Flying Kiwi’, beach games, body boarding, a night walk and a geocache hunt!

PE News

Quest News - Outdoor Classroom

Base 4 returned to Glenelg Beach to continue their Surf Ed Program. This week saw students explore the surrounds of Glenelg Beach. Students learnt about the Jetty, it’s impact on the local marine life and how to navigate the structure safely. Base 4 also identified and interrupted the aquatic information that is supplied on the jetty. The session concluded with a board session and various types of land and water-based rescues.


Extended Absence

A reminder to families planning holidays during term time, any anticipated leave for a week or longer needs to be requested in writing to our Principal, Jo Rossiter –

Congratulations Emmii!

Emmii in Year 2 competed on the weekend at the Little Athletics State Challenge and won THREE silver medals for the 100m (came second by 0.01 of a second!), 200m and High Jump. We are proud of your efforts Emmii and love seeing you pursuing your strengths, passions and skills!

Important Dates to Remember:

Reception – Year 6 Sports Day is Friday 31 March

ELC Sports Morning is Tuesday 4 April

Last Day of Term 1 is Thursday 6 April

Student Leadership Team

Our Student Leadership Team last Friday attended the Halogen National Youth Leadership Day. They met some fun people who have made impact in their areas of strength and passion, reflecting on and learning about what it means to be a leader.

Year 2 - Where We Are in Place and Time Inquiry

Our Year 2 students are currently exploring their Where We Are in Place and Time Inquiry ‘Places can be significant to individuals and culture in many ways’ and last week, the Botanic Gardens was their learning space for the day! They were led by Aboriginal Storyteller Trent Hill and Sarah, our Annesley Visual Art Teacher to learn, understand and do.

Welcome Bears

This was a project driven by our Base 6 School Leaders and presented to our Reception Classes today…


Hi Reception Friends,

Today we have a very special surprise for you. As the Student Leadership Team, we want everyone in Annesley to feel safe and welcome, which includes you guys. We all know that school can be pretty scary, and we want every one of you to feel welcome. That is why we are here to present you with your very own Annesley Welcome Bear. Now, when we call your name, you can come up and one of us will present you with your bear.

We want you to keep these bears, take really good care of them and whenever you look at them, remember your amazing time at Annesley.

Aria & Logan – School Leaders 2023

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