Guildford Grammar School
Term 1 Week 7
11 MAR 2020
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Term 1 Week 7


Anne Dunstan, Principal of Guildford Grammar SchoolCool Jazz, Hot Coffee

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Author Unknown

Helping students see direct connections between their learning and the world around them is vitally important.  Whenever our students learn anything, it is important they consider the feedback they receive.  In many cases in schools, it can sometimes feel like the only person providing feedback is the teacher or, perhaps, some peers or, as is the case in senior secondary education, an external assessment body such as the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. 

That is why we actively seek out opportunities for our students to perform for a wider audience.  A group of our Senior School jazz musicians have been providing smooth tunes for the patrons at one of Midland’s most iconic coffee venues, the Crooked Spire Coffee House, with Director of Music, Kieran Hurley and Music Teacher, Mark Underwood.  Both Kieran and Mark are accomplished musicians and their passion for performance (the ultimate example of “learning by doing”) provides outstanding opportunities for our student musicians. 

Further opportunities for performance are coming up at Preparatory School Assemblies, CRANK Recording Studios and Aussie on Swan.

Celebrating Indigenous Culture

Moorditj by MoonlightIt was a pleasure to attend the Moorditj by Moonlight event hosted by Wesley College on Sunday evening.  Moorditj is the Noongar word meaning great or excellent.  The evening was a wonderful celebration of indigenous pride and identity, exemplified by the students who sang and danced and taught all of us about the importance of their heritage and culture.

Our Guildford Grammar School students were a highlight; I was immensely proud of the skills, dedication and courage they exhibited.  Following the presentation, they were full of the thrill of performing to such a large audience; it was a joy to hear them articulate what it meant to them to perform collectively with their peers.  I extend my thanks to Joshua Casey, Indigenous Program Coordinator, for his excellent support of the students.

Old Guildfordians South West Chapter Gathering

On Saturday evening, I had the distinct privilege of meeting with approximately 60 guests gathered in Busselton for an evening of reminiscences, laughter and catching up.  This was the biggest chapter event for the South West we have had to date, and I have been reliably informed it could well be the biggest of any of the Australian chapter events held outside of Perth.

I thank Benjamin Duff (Be 1988 - 1994), the South West Chapter President and President of The Old Guildfordians Association, Denys Warren (St 1971 - 1975) for their support and tireless efforts in keeping our Old Guildfordians connected to one another.  I especially thank Arnold Green (Sc 1955 - 1963) and his wife Lynda for their wonderful hospitality at their home in Dunsborough prior to the event.

It is through these interactions that we continue to build the strength of our Guildford Grammar School community and I look forward to learning more about our rich history as well as the aspirations our recent and not-so-recent alumni have for our fine school.

Preparatory School Staff News

I am pleased to advise that Dr Holly Miller will be acting in the role of Director of Teaching and Learning in Term 2, as Dr Julie Harris takes some well earned long service leave. Holly holds a Doctor of Education, a Masters of Education (Leadership), a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and is currently working towards her MBA. Mr David Taylor has been appointed to fill in for Holly during Term 2 as the Deputy Head of the Preparatory School.  I look forward to working with Holly and David in their acting positions.


The School continues to send updates regarding Coronavirus to our community via email communication, as information from government authorities is received.  A link to these communications to families can also be found on our website by clicking here.

Student Success

Congratulations to Olivia Crossen (9Be) who has earned the title of National Champion in Modern Pentathlon (Female Under 15).  Olivia competed in Fencing, won the compulsory Swimming, Running and Shooting phases, and the con-compulsory Riding phase. This is a brilliant achievement and testament to Olivia’s dedication and skills.

Year 5 student Mia McPherson competed in her first ever open water race on Monday 2 March and finished third in the state and nationally for her age group. After recovering from a broken leg this is a fantastic achievement! Mia’s mum acknowledged the support of our Aquatics Coordinator, Mr Andras Jo-Kovacs and the GKDSC.

Our Girls’ Volleyball Team competed in the City Beach Super Sunday Beach Volleyball Competition on Sunday. This is the largest beach volleyball event in the state and the teams were up against some fierce competition.  The Year 7/8 teams finished in 5th and 6th place and the Year 9/10 teams finished in 8th and 4th place.  All students showed outstanding teamwork in what was a tough competition.

Year 11 student Cameron Schnell (11Ha) recently competed at the National Selections Championships to represent Australia at the 2020 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships to be held in Denmark in May. He just missed out on selection but came away with a bronze medal.

Year 10 student Kate Thomas (10Be) has been selected in the U-15 Girls Black Team for Hockey WA. She will travel to Bathurst NSW for the Nationals in April.

Year 8 student Caitlyn Trent (8Wb) attended an archery tournament in Bunbury last weekend, finishing second in her division (Junior Female Recurve) in the Silver Leprechaun Tournament.



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