Guildford Grammar School
Term 1, Week 1
29 JAN 2020
Go Forward

Term 1, Week 1

Anne Dunstan, Principal of Guildford Grammar School


No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller

Welcome to all members of our School community to the 2020 academic year.  This week it has been especially good to have the students return; it has been wonderful to see their smiling faces and feel their energy and anticipation for the new year.

I thank all who have welcomed me so warmly into the Guildford Grammar School community.  While there will be much for me to learn, I already feel a sense of belonging and am proud of the strength of friendship so evident at our school.

In my address to students at the Senior School Assembly this week, I spoke of the power of optimism - a form of positive thinking that includes the belief that each of us is responsible for our own happiness, and that more good things than bad will continue to happen to us.  Last week I witnessed the optimism exhibited by the staff - that sense of looking forward with anticipation, celebrating the many achievements of last year, focusing on the opportunities that this year will present and thinking about the many benefits we have of belonging to our school.

My challenge for our community this year is to think about how we all look at life.  Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond.  Life is not meant to be easy.  There will be challenges and difficult times.  This, we know, is entirely normal.  The important thing to remember is that each of us has a choice.  We cannot allow the challenges of life to take away our joy. 

There are many reasons to complain and be miserable if that is how we look at life.  There are many reasons to be enthusiastic and joyful if that is how we look at life.  We choose our attitude! 

This year will be full of excitement, challenge and opportunity.  I look forward to sharing it with you.


New Beginnings

We welcome 167 new students across the Preparatory and Senior Schools as well as 31 3-year-old students in the Little Explorers Program.  We welcome our first female boarders; the 17 girls are settling in well to their new home in Junior Hall.
We also welcome the following new staff:
  • Mrs Kate Butterworth, Preparatory School Teacher
  • Miss Natalie Delanotte, Senior School Teacher
  • Mrs Fiona Fraser, Little Explorers Teacher
  • Mrs Angie Goh, Finance Manager
  • Mr Sam Jefferies, Preparatory School Teacher
  • Miss Sarah Langley, Senior School Teacher
  • Bridget Mildenhall, GAP Student
  • Ms Aimee Quaife, Preparatory School Psychologist
  • Mrs Kim Sorensen, Education Assistant
  • Miss Carly Thornton, Preparatory School Teacher
  • Alex Walker, GAP Student
  • Mrs Kate Walton, Preparatory School Teacher
The following staff are taking on new roles in 2020:
  • Sophie Carroll, Head of Girls’ Boarding
  • Joshua Casey, Indigenous Program Coordinator
  • Jennyfer Leah, Assistant Head of Senior School
  • Joanne MacLachlan, Head of Junior Primary
  • Linda Mosen-Lowe, Pedagogy Coordinator
  • Shannon Smith, Preparatory School Teacher
  • David Taylor, Head of Senior Primary
  • Connor Toop, Boarding Year Coordinator
  • We also welcome Roberta Notte back from parenting leave.

Student Success

I extend our congratulations to James Reid (8St) who has just been selected in the Basketball WA State U14 Men’s Future Development Program.




Guildford Grammar School
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Preparatory School

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