Guildford Grammar School
Term 1 Week 5
26 FEB 2020
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Term 1 Week 5


Anne Dunstan, Principal of Guildford Grammar SchoolBeing a responsive school 

I have read and discussed with staff the feedback received from the 2019 Parent Survey and am aware that the response time to some communications at the School has been of concern to some parents.  Naturally, we would prefer this not be the case.
At Guildford Grammar School, we have a commitment to being a responsive school that identifies there should be no more than 48 hours, or two working days (Monday to Friday), between an enquiry and a responding communication.  The aim of this timeframe is to facilitate the prompt acknowledgement of the original communication; it may be that the matter would not be fully resolved, or the enquiry completed, if it was complex in nature.  On these occasions more time would need to be dedicated to achieving a resolution. 
As a school, we have not placed limitations or an embargo on when staff can send emails because we know that staff prefer to manage their emails and administrative tasks at different times that suit them (sometimes early in the morning or later in the evening).  This enables our staff to prioritise the important interactions with your children and their peers during the school day and focus on balancing their wellbeing and professional and personal commitments outside of school hours.
As a parent, if you have an urgent matter in relation to your child please call the relevant school administration number and either speak to the staff member or leave a message for them to return your call.  If the matter is not urgent, an email can be a positive way to alert the staff member, or the matter can be raised when you next see the teacher, or a note put into the student diary. 
We certainly value working in close partnership with our parents and students, and electronic communication can indeed facilitate this; there are also many other ways in which we can communicate, and I encourage you to consider the full range of options available to you.


What is an education worth having?

Education is a dynamic environment and the nature of learning is constantly changing.  The messages from social commentators on workplace and social futures is that many of our current students will be working in digitally enhanced environments that are much less focused on routine information-seeking, transactional and routine problem-solving and much more focused on forging relationships, tackling novel challenges and synthesising big-picture scenarios.  The complex environmental, social and economic pressures that extend globally need articulate champions to develop inspired and creative solutions.  Our children and young adults will be those champions.

Great schools know what must not be lost from their past but also how to build changes that will lead to improvement in their ways of working.  Other changes result from the critical need to ensure that the experiences our students have throughout their schooling equip them to lead inspiring and empowered lives.

In the coming weeks and months, you will hear from members of our Strategic Leadership Team who will be publishing in the Bulletin, Forward Magazine and blogging on various topics focusing on current and emerging trends in education.

The aim of these publications is to share with our Guildford Grammar School community the current thinking and research in relation to teaching, learning and parenting, the latest neuroscience around the growth and development of children’s brains, and the trends that are occurring locally, nationally and internationally where innovation is changing the way schools support young people to learn.

We look forward to sharing with you an informed dialogue about the exciting changes that are occurring in education and the opportunities that are emerging for all of us at Guildford Grammar School to reimagine education for the benefit of the young people we teach.

If you would like to receive an email notification when we release a new blog you can subscribe online via our website by clicking here.


Matilda Hermann-Ralph (9He) is performing with the Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band at the Riverside Hotel in Northam on Saturday 29 February from 7.00pm.  The band will be playing music from the 1950s-1980s.

Hamish Adamson (11SG) and Angus Adamson (11SG) have been selected in the State Under 18 Hockey Team and will compete in the national championships in Tasmania over the Easter break.

House Swimming Results
Congratulations to Bennett House on winning the House Swimming Carnival last week.  Congratulations also to those who took home trophies or broke records.

1st         Bennett House                1105 pts
2nd        Freeth House                    933 pts
3rd         Henns House                    889 pts
4th         Harper House                   846 pts
5th         Stirling House                   796 pts
6th         St Georges House              766 pts
7th         Woodbridge House            719 pts
8th         School House                    615 pts
Trophy Recipients

Challenge Cup (1936) - Open 200m Freestyle      
Girl Recipient: nil (no swimmer on day)
Boy Recipient: Innes-Leslie Ibbitson (10Ha) – 2:30.62
J M Moody Trophy (1994) - Open 200m Individual Medley           
Girl Recipient: Emily Nayler (10Be) - 2:37.49
Boy Recipient: Ryder Attwood-Faudet (10Fr) – 2:45.38

Verity Adams (10He)

Girls U16 50m Freestyle – 29.58
Girls U16 50m Backstroke – 34.42
Carys D’Addario (8Ha)
Girls U14 50m Freestyle – 29.39
Girls U14 100m Freestyle – 1:10.23
Girls U14 50m Butterfly – 35.34
Zoe Langtry (11He)
Girls U17 50m Backstroke – 38.93
Emily Nayler (10Be)
Girls Open 100m Freestyle (Carew Reid Cup) – 1:05.25
Girls U16 50m Breaststroke – 37.32
Girls Open 50m Butterfly (Blackburne Cup) – 33.51
Eleanor Disselkoen (11St)
Girls U17 50m Breaststroke – 40.82
Girls U17 50m Butterfly – 34.08
Girls Open 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay – 2:19.56
Zoe Langtry (11He)
Jemma Gartrell (10He)
Mahalia George (11He)
Verity Adams (10He)



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