Moort Nganahkup (‘family’ in Noongar and Kaiwalgal languages) represents the diversity of families and distinct cultural identities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Cecil Andrews College.
2021 has been another busy year at Cecil Andrews College! I’m very proud of all that our students have achieved this year and the resilience they have yet again shown through the uncertainty brought by Covid-19. We started our year with the first week of school becoming a lock down. Thankfully we got back to school in Week 2, with our student population increased to over 900 students!
Our school clubs continued, and we had an additional couple of clubs added. I thank our dedicated Teachers for this, as clubs are mostly run in Teachers own time. This year we had Sewing Club, Robotics Club, Lego League, HASS Homework Club and Maths and Science Homework Club.
Our celebrated art work “Moort Nganahkup” was created by our talented Follow The Dream students in collaboration with St Catherine’s College. This collaboration and creation of this art work was a highlight of our year. Moort Nganahkup now has pride of place in our VET Department.
Our Wilder Wolves Robotic Team, led by Mrs Helen Cockerill, won the West Australian Robotics Playoff as part of an alliance.
Year 9 student Bonita Batista competed in the Grand Final of the Famelab Academy at the State Theatre Centre Competition with a wonderful presentation about Dreams.
I, along with students Abi and Alex, attended the Premier’s Science Awards as part of National Science Week to celebrate WA’s exceptional Scientists and students.
We said farewell to our Year 12 students earlier this term with a memorable Presentation Night on 26 October.
We celebrated our 41st anniversary of Cecil Andrews College with an assembly including performances by students.
NAIDOC week was also marked by a wonderful assembly that celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, followed by a morning tea.
Our Annual STEAM Festival was hosted this term, and it was a another success and enjoyed by many students, families and staff. There were colour wars, a dunking machine, food stalls, Learning Areas stalls, live music and even an animal farm!
In 2021, I was honoured to be chosen as a Judge for the Telstra Best of Business Awards.
The introduction of a new uniform and an onsite uniform shop have run smoothly. Students are embracing the new designs and look very smart around the school. The uniform shop will have extra opening hours on Tuesday 18 January and Thursday 20 January from 8.30am-4.00pm.
Finally, I would like to thank our Board and our P&C for all that they do for our school community. They donate their time so generously and contribute to our school in a such valuable way. I really appreciate everything they do for Cecil Andrews College – it does not go unnoticed! We will be advertising in the New Year, for more parent representatives on our Board and P&C.
I wish you all an enjoyable Christmas Break. Take care of yourselves and your families and loved ones. I am looking forward to seeing you all back at school next year on Monday 31st January 2022, refreshed and ready for a new year with our school and community!