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From the Headmaster - Week 1




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Week 1,
Term Three, 2016

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A very warm welcome to Term Three 2016 after what was hopefully a time of rest and relaxation.

At the conclusion of Term Two we farewelled a number of staff. Two of our long serving Cleaners, Mr Paul Moran and Mrs Sherron Milici. Mr Moran and Mrs Milici, after nine and 16 years respectively, have chosen the greener pastures of retirement. Our wonderful team in the Health Centre, Mrs Monique Ryan and Mrs Helen Ewart, have left us to focus on further study and to spend time with family. Miss Vicky Speight and Mrs Sara Le Gassick finished their employment at the end of term. We wish both ladies all the best for their future endeavours and thank them for their work with our students. I’m sure you will join with me in wishing them all every success in their future endeavours and thanking them for their wonderful contribution to Somerset.

Starkey House win the Senior Tug-o-War competition on Founders’ Day 2016

Our very best wishes to Miss Jose Flynn who married Mr Mikael Strand on 17 June and to Miss Bianca Arace who walked down the aisle to marry Tory Hipperson on 25 June.

Congratulations to Mrs Sarah White and her husband Luke on the safe arrival of their little girl, Ivy Miller White, during the holidays. We welcomed Mrs Anja Ward, who will be teaching Mrs White’s classes while she is on Maternity Leave. Thanks to Mrs Luisa Ciappara who steps up as Acting Assistant Head of Department – Foreign Languages.

Mrs Brooke Butson and Mrs Katrina Fisher will take Maternity Leave this semester, Mrs Butson from the beginning of this term and Mrs Fisher from immediately after the Senior School Musical. We wish both families the very best for the safe arrival of their new additions. Mr Richard Gazal will look after some of Mrs Butson’s Chaplaincy responsibilities and Ms Jacinta Hyman (Class of 1998) joins us to teach Science and Biology. Miss Melinda Green will take on the duties of Acting Director of Theatre Arts and Miss Greta Morley joins us to teach Mrs Fisher’s classes.

Our GAP Staff work tirelessly during their time at Somerset and we extend our thanks and wish God’s richest blessing on Miss Jessica Henson, Miss Emma Lowden and Mr Stephen Philip as they return home.

We welcomed some new GAP Staff on Monday:

  • Miss Adrienne MacPhee comes to us from Vancouver, Canada.
  • Miss Kyla De Waal joins us from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mrs Annette Tayler will also be taking leave for Term Three and Miss Brittany Seeney will continue with Year 1T.

Ms Karen Mackie will take well-deserved long service leave and we welcome Mrs Lisa Anderson who will teach English, Mrs Leanne Reed will be the Acting Assistant Head of Department – English.

The following members of staff will take various periods of long service leave and we wish them a relaxing and enjoyable break:

  • Mrs Leanne Gambetta
  • Mr Mario Keczan
  • Mrs Helen Moffatt
  • Mr Andrew Wrigley
  • Mrs Elly Van Vliet

We welcome the return of Mr Dane Oman and Mr Mike Murray from long service leave and we thank Mr Stephen Henderson (Class of 2000) for his service.

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Lindsey (Linny) Clayton, B Nursing B Sci, as College Nurse. Mrs Clayton commenced on Wednesday 13 July joining us from Health HQ in Southport and has previously worked at Hinterland Medical Centre and Gold Coast Hospital. I’m sure you’ll join me in welcoming Mrs Clayton to Somerset.

We welcome Mrs Kerrie-Anne Neary who will teach in the Junior School for the remainder of the year. Mrs Neary has 25 years teaching experience in Primary education and PYP Philosophy and curriculum.

Congratulations to Mrs Helen Hockings who was the Year 5 Teacher Assistant who has accepted the position of Information Technologies Support Officer to commence this term.

Congratulations and welcome to our new Teacher Assistants who will be part of the six month trial:

Mrs Fiona Toohey has over 20 years’ experience as a qualified Paediatric Speech Pathologist and has worked with groups of children, facilitated playgroups and produced a vast variety of therapy resources. Mrs Toohey is Mum of Ollie (Year 3), Belle (Year 5) and Will (Year 7).

Mrs Kylie Radcliffe has worked in education for many years with most of her experience being in the early years both here and internationally. Mrs Radcliffe is Mum of Iona (Year 5) and Joshua (Year 7).

Mrs Christine Flint has previously worked as a Teacher’s Aide for an Elementary school in Spencerport, New York providing one on one support with special needs students. Mrs Flint also teaches Dance at Somerset and other schools on the Coast and is the wife of our Sports Facilities Manager, Damian.

Miss Elizabeth Ng has spent the last eight years teaching English as a Second Language to school students across all ages, university students and business professionals.

Mrs Janine Ardill-Walker is currently completing Certificate III in Education Support and is a strong advocate for enquiry based learning that is the hallmark of the PYP and MYP programmes. Mrs Ardill-Walker is Mum of Luisa (Year 9), Rory (Class of 2015) and Georgia (Class of 2009).

Jewel Morocco to Mandalay

I hope you haven’t missed the opportunity to attend the Parents’ and Friends’ Association Jewel Morocco to Mandalay evening to be held on Saturday 6 August 2016, 7.00pm until late at the Marriott Garden Terrace. Tickets are limited for this evening including canapés, sumptuous buffet, entertainment and a drink on arrival. Tickets can be purchased online at this link here. I look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an exotic journey through a feast of the senses.

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