From the Principal
MRS NICOLA TAYLOR
Welcome to 2021!
Despite not being able to meet and greet all College families at the much-anticipated Welcome BBQ, I am pleased we were able to welcome new families and new staff to the College, as well as spending time with Boarder Families as they farewelled their daughters in readiness for the term ahead.
Our Term One Commencement Service saw all of our new students welcomed by name, along with the introduction of new staff to PLC Armidale.
We will profile each in future editions of the Lion’s Roar but in summary, welcome to;
- Mr Mitchell Clendinning - Head of Senior School
- Dr Inga Brasche - Geography, Legal Studies, Choir
- Mr Greg Cotterell - Economics, Commerce, Mathematics
Mrs Kate Fittler - Science, Mathematics
- Mr Tom Gall - PDHPE Faculty
- Ms Emma Rice - Science
Congratulations to Georgia Butler (Year 12) who took part in the National Youth Science Forum over the break. Georgia found this a very worthwhile experience and we look forward to hearing more at a Senior School assembly this term.
For those families new to PLC Armidale, this is our 134th year of educating girls in the New England region. In a school with such a long history, there are traditions that we honour and respect whilst also enjoy creating some newer traditions as well.
2021 sees the implementation of the new Guild names: Dixon (Forrest), Hamlin (Gregory), Lovell (Macquarie) and Wilkie (Wentworth) each of these recognising the contribution of woman across a range of areas such as Academia, Creative Arts, Leadership and Sport... four areas where PLC Armidale girls excel.
2021 will see us build on the Guild traditions: Guild gatherings, Guild chants and warcries, Guild Drama, Guild Music and Guild Debating. The input of the girls is important to build and shape the character of each Guild under its new name.
2021 also sees the introduction of a new timetable structure featuring a 6x55min period day. In the Senior School, Assembly will continue each Monday Morning with Pastoral Care to take place after recess on Tuesday to Wednesday.
Chapel will precede recess on Friday and Tuesday to Friday see classes commencing at 8:40am so it will be important for girls to arrive by 8:30am in order to be ready and on time for Period One.
The Junior School day will remain largely the same for 2021 with specialist lessons aligning to the Senior School timetable. Junior School Chapel and Assembly will continue each Thursday morning and we are hoping to invite parents once more as the COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Each Monday will see the whole school gather for a slightly extended recess break. Students and staff across the College enjoy these opportunities where valuable connections across grades and stages of learning are forged.
Girls across the College will soon have the opportunity to try for themselves, the newly designed mountain bike ‘flow’ track – the first of three proposed, utilising the natural contours of sections of unused land on our site. A big thank you to Mr Pete McCook assisted by Mr Anthony Chick, for the design and build of this first section. Mountain biking will feature as part of the newly expanded co-curricular offerings at the College.
2021 sees also the introduction of new branding. In planning for this, we were assisted by a design company who also work with our sister school PLC Sydney. They were complimentary of a number of our existing elements and in keeping with the heritage of the College, we chose a refresh or refinement of some of the design elements, colour, look and feel.
You will notice that on much of our external communication, a seal will appear with the newly implemented tagline PLC Armidale – “Where Girls Flourish”. Whilst this will replace the tag line “Educating successful young women of tomorrow in a Christian environment”, the sentiment and the context remain the same.
To differentiate us from our sister school, PLCA is often the shortening. I would like to suggest that the A in our name should not be for place, Armidale but for purpose and advantage, the PLC Advantage. Evident once more in our 2020 HSC results, confirmed as we have heard of girls being offered the course of their choice in the place of their choice.
An advantage characterised by a commitment to learning. The discipline of learning, the disposition or willingness to learn, the enjoyment of learning in a culture of learning, supported by teachers who love learning themselves, feature in that Advantage.
2021 will be a year where no doubt there will be challenges, yet through these we grow. I trust it will be a year where your daughter benefits from the PLC Advantage and through her education is of advantage to others also.
Through the PLC Advantage, 2021 will be a year to achieve things of value now and for the future.
Just a reminder all of our COVID-19 updates including links to government information, tips for managing anxiety, and other important FACT sheets are placed on the Current Families section of our website.
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Dates for the Diary
|| EVENT DATE
| Boarders' Coast Weekend
|| 29/01 to 31/01/2021
| School Photo Day
| Years 7 and 11 Friendship Connect Camp
|| 03/02 to 04/02/2021
| School Photo Catchup Day
| Junior School Leadership Speeches
| Whole of School Information Evening
| Whole of School Swimming Carnival
| National Servicemans' Commemoration Service
| Induction Assembly (SRC, Captains, Junior School Leadership)
| Guyra Show
|| 19/02 to 20/02/2021
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Senior School News
MR MITCHELL CLENDINNING
HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
We are delighted to introduce our new Head of Senior School, Mr Mitchell Clendinning.
Mr Clendinning speaks to us below about his move to PLC Armidale and how he is looking forward to becoming a part of the PLC Armidale community.
Next week on Tuesday 5 February, we will be having our Individual, class and whole school photos taken. An envelope will have been sent home this week with all the information for you to purchase these photographs. Please follow the instructions on the envelope and make sure that they are returned to school by Tuesday Morning. Girls are to wear their full Summer uniform and wear their blazers for all photos. Their hair is to be neatly tied back off their faces, no make up is to be worn and their uniform neat and tidy, and shoes are to be polished please.
Whole School Swimming Carnival
The Whole School Swimming Carnival will take place at the Monckton Aquatic Centre on Thursday 11 February in Week 3. Please ensure that your daughters have a hat, plenty of sunscreen and school swimwear. They are to be dressed in their Guild shirts and sports uniform to travel to and from the Carnival.
We would also like to remind students that they must always arrive on campus in their full school uniform and only change into sports uniform as required once on campus.
If anyone wishes to contact Mr Clendinning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Junior School News
MRS FIONA WAKE
HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL
WOW! I have been blown away by the smooth start to the term. The girls came bounding through the door with smiles on their faces, excited to see friends, their new teachers and of course, their new classroom.
The Kindergarten students have settled with no tears from the little ones, and you can see how grown up they feel.
Upon walking the corridors and connecting with the girls myself, it was hard to believe it was Day 1 - the visible learning already on display.
The Kindy class were seen to be learning about their pencil grip, sitting on the floor, raising their hands and meeting ‘Dave’ and ‘Mr Mistake’, their class mascots that assist when times are overwhelming. It is OK to make mistakes as this is a sign that learning is around the corner.
Year 1 and 2 have been establishing class routines, learning about their peers and new teachers. They have been creating monsters to set the tone for a ‘monster’ year.
Year 3 and 4 have been setting learning goals, establishing learning spaces and setting up stationary in preparation for learning. A poem set the tone for a year of creativity and critical thinking.
Year 5 are setting goals, and creating ‘All about Me’ bunting. We can't wait to see the display.
Goals setting, conversations around developing confidence, and the importance of taking ownership of your own learning has been the conversations in Year 6.
Pre-K have begun the term painting, collaging and beading - developing those fine motor skills in preparation for writing.
I am excited about the new learning model adopted for Stage 1 and 2, seeing these classes split for English and Mathematics. Learning spaces have been developed to support this structure with Year 2 and Year 4 students working with Mrs Lucy Donaldson in the demountable classroom according to a timetable that will be shared, and resourced to deliver English and Maths in creative, engaging and innovative ways.
The staff and I would like to welcome our new students and families to the Junior School. We look forward to speaking with you and getting to know your daughter as the year unfolds. Whilst we ask our students to set goals for the year, we also continually reflect on our practice and implement improvement plans in accordance with the College’s Strategic direction. We welcome suggestions from you.
Also just a reminder that school photos are on Tuesday 2 February so girls need to come to school in their full summer uniform with their hair is to be neatly tied back off their faces and shoes polished please.
May I finish with a quote I presented to the PLC Armidale Staff at our opening staff Commencement Service;
"Education girls well, in a regional context, which is an advantage if you seek to see it, in small, intimate class groups, with individualised and tailored learning."
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MR PETER LE SURF
DIRECTOR OF SPORT
Term 1 sport is a big term for sport.
Today it was announced that Northern NSW Football together with NIAS to launch new, centralised Mini-Roos hub which PLC Armidale is very proud to be the host venue for. This is incredibly exciting as the program will deliver Player Development Programs aligned to the NNSWF Talented Player Pathway across the New England and North West regions. Read more here.
To celebrate the launch, some of our Junior School girls joined Matildas representative and Jets W-League co-captain Gema Simon to play a small game on our Senior School oval. What a fantastic opportunity for our girls and the Armidale community.
If your daughter is wanting to get involved in any sports, here are the starting dates for them:
Swimming Squad Training - Tuesday 2 February
Tildesley Tennis Squad training - Wednesday 2 February
Touch Football - Wednesday 3 February
PLC Armidale Running Club - Thursday 4 February
Indoor Hockey - Thursday 4 February
Strength & Conditioning - Monday 8 February
Basketball - Tuesday 9 February
PLC Armidale Futsal Competition - Tuesday 9 February
PLC Armidale Mountain Bike Club will also commence this term with the date still to be decided.
Dates to remember for Term 1:
Whole School Swimming Carnival – 11 February
PSSA Swimming Carnival – 18 February
IPSHA Swimming Carnival – 3 March
Tildesley Tennis Tournament - 17-19 March
IGSSA Swimming Carnival – 26 March
Coffs Ocean Swim – 28 March
PLC Armidale Cross Country & Fun Run – 31 March
I look forward to seeing as many as is safe to have on the sidelines during this term. If you have any questions regarding sport, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Creative Arts News
MR MATTHEW MINTER
Welcome to Music in 2021. We are entering in to some exciting times here at PLC Armidale this term. First of all,I would like to welcome Dr Inga Brasche to the Music team. Dr Brasche is on staff working in Humanities, however she is an experienced Music teacher with an Honours in Composition from Sydney University. She has a special interest and expertise in choral music and will be actively involved leading several vocal ensembles this semester.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
This semester, Mrs Constance Dunham continues her maternity leave and Mr Sam Jacometti will continue his role as Junior School Music teacher.
As in previous years, girls have an opportunity to learn singing or a musical instrument through our Co-Curricular program. We offer tuition in a full range of instruments including piano, flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, musicianship, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, voice, guitar. Please contact Mr Minter if you have any enquiries about the Co-Curricular program or fill out an expression of interest form located on the Music room noticeboard if you are interested in enrolling for lessons.
All ensembles will commence next week, with some adjustments being made in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. At this stage, we will be holding choral rehearsals outside on the covered verandah between the library and the trade training centre.
If you are interested in joining any of the ensembles please write your name on the noticeboard, contact Mr Minter, or come along directly to the Senior Choir on Monday morning.
Below are times for ensembles that will commence next week;
Senior School Choir: Monday at 7:45am (Outside library)
Acapella Vocal Ensemble: Monday at lunchtime
Senior Strings: Tuesday at 7:30am (Old Year Six Classroom)
Cello Ensemble: Tuesday at lunchtime (Room 18)
Bel Canto: Wednesday at 8:00am
Jazz Band: Friday at 8:00am (Room 18)
Flute Ensemble: Friday at lunchtime
K-2 Choir: Monday - Period 4
Junior Strings: Tuesday - Period 3
Silver Strings: Tuesday - lunchtime
Treble Makers: Thursday at 8:00am (Outside library)
Beginner Strings: Friday - Period 7
Creative Arts is booming at PLC Armidale this year with elective Drama classes running for Years 9, 10, 11 and the HSC this year. We also have our very first elective Dance course running for Years 9 and 10 in our performing arts studio, along with our Distance Education student Eleanor Wise studying accelerated HSC dance for 2021.
In our co-curricular program, we are looking at running Dance Ensembles for both Junior and Senior school students at lunchtimes and after school as well as Speech and Drama classes from Year 4 to Year 12.
Mrs Patterson and I saw a fabulous number of students signing up to Speech and Drama today at lunchtime. If you didn’t make it today, please contact Mrs Patterson or Mrs Wysel to sign up.
Dance Ensemble sign up will be on Monday lunchtime for Senior School girls. Please meet in Room 1 at the second half of lunch which is 1:20pm.
2021 will also see another PLC Armidale Musical!! So watch this space for an announcement on what it will be!
Creative and Performing Arts is growing and growing at PLC Armidale and we can’t wait to see our wonderful students flourish in our Creative and Performing Arts program.
If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact me on email@example.com
Mrs Joanne Wysel
Creative and Performing Arts
MS JENNIFER LEAHY
ACTING HEAD OF BOARDING
A big welcome back to all our boarders!
Both staff and students are all excited to be back in the one house again. It is so great to see everyone's cheery faces and lovely to see how quickly our new students are settling into boarding life.
We are all getting ready for the boarder's annual Coffs Harbour trip this weekend where they will be taking part in a number of activities including the waterpark at the Big Banana, stand up paddle boarding, Tree Tops high ropes adventure and paintball for our older years.
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MISS AMY CHIU
The recent holidays were especially different for our International students. Due to travel restrictions, none of the girls returned to their home countries. This means that Term 1, 2021 marks a full year since they last saw their parents and family. We are very fortunate to have several families from the school community offering homestay opportunities and making the girls’ time away from home filled with love and care. We can’t say thank you enough to these families for the support and great memories you gave to our girls.
It has been encouraging to see how the girls become more resilient and considerate through managing homesickness and learning how to join Australian families. We found that not only their verbal English has dramatically improved, but also their social skills and cultural understanding. It is such a surprise to hear how they were pranked by homestay siblings, and how they "revenged" instead of not knowing how to respond like when they first came. From this, despite struggling by not having the option of going home, they gained so much.
We are continuing to welcome Pathways students who join our online Segue course. These students are keen to study in Australia and want to be prepared once the borders open hopefully in the near future. Mrs Eastment and Mrs Sennett in Bathurst will be teaching them with a mix of different subjects and activities.
We have enjoyed seeing the girls return to school, as well as the students joining the program online, to continue learning, growing and turning a new page in their adventure at PLC Armidale.
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Community and General College News
Purchase of Sport Uniforms
Please see either Peter Le Surf or Carolyn Beresford for the purchase of the following items as these are no longer available from the Uniform Shop;
- Swimmers, swimming caps and crop tops
- Cattle and Equestrian team uniform
- Hockey/Football socks
- Netball uniform
- Athletics bike pants and crop tops
A Message From Our P&F
The PLC Armidale P&F Association would like to welcome all families back for 2021. We look forward to meeting many new families and hope to see some new faces at our meetings and events.
Following is a list of our current Executive. Please feel free to talk to any of these people about questions, suggestions and feedback relating to P&F events.
President: David Dettwiler
Secretary: Tracy Wright
Treasurer: Angie Waters
Vice President Senior School: Wal Waters
Vice President Junior School: Lea Matthews
We are just making some final adjustments to our list of Liaison Parents. A final list of these will be published in the next Lions Roar. These people will be in touch with their year groups in the coming weeks.
The PLC Armidale P&F Association would like to advise that our next general meeting is being held in Week 2. The details are as follows:
Date: Thursday 4th February
Venue: Via Zoom link to be distributed to families via email.
We would like to invite all Parents and Friends to attend this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact us via the email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the current Executive will contact you as soon as possible.
We look forward to working with all the families to continue to strengthen the College community.