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Secondary News – Term 1, Week 7

10 Mar 2022
Parents

Term 1, Week 7

As from this week I will be writing each week to keep parents up to date with what has been occurring in the College and what is coming up:

LENT:

Last Sunday was the 1st Sunday of Lent. The Gospel reading at Mass was from Luke 4:1-13. This text reminds us that our capacity to repent and to resist temptation comes from our relationship with God and the grace of his deliverance rather than from our own strength and initiative. During Lent the church often focuses on repentance, resisting temptation, and the passion of Jesus.

At our Ash Wednesday liturgies our students were challenged to take on prayer, giving to others and working on becoming the best versions of themselves. Repentance and resisting temptation links very clearly here.

Wednesday Morning Mass:

During Lent we invite all our students and their families to join us on Wednesday mornings at the 7.30am Mass in our Church. All Student Parliament members and Youth Ministry students are asked to attend this Mass as part of their service  but all students are encouraged to attend. Following Mass at 8am we provide breakfast for all the students who attend, both primary and Secondary.

Learning:

We hope you have all had a chance to discuss with your child/ren their goals for Semester 1 that are in COMPASS. The teachers will discuss these with you at P/T day this year as well.

Please check COMPASS regularly to see how your child is progressing and to read any notices we have sent. This is a great way to talk to your children about what they are learning and the assessments that are coming up.

Some of our students are very independent but others need your help to be organised and to complete all their schoolwork.

This term the teachers are concentrating on a number of areas of learning:

  • The Cultural Force of Environment ensuring their classroom’s set up encourages learning through thoughtful interaction ad work up on the walls.
  • Literacy – all teachers are continuing their Professional Learning in this area to be able to assist all their students with growth in literacy
  • Consistency – with all the interruptions with COVID and HBL we are working hard to re-establish school routines and expectations. Some students are really struggling with this but most are responding so well and are very appreciative and respectful.

Open Day and Enrolments:

Our Open Day was held on March 9th from 4-6pm followed by our Kinder and Year 7, 2023 Information Nights. We were so grateful and impressed by the number of students who volunteered to assist with the afternoon and who represented our College.

Enrolments are now open for all new students for 2023. Enrolment forms are available on our website or you can pick up the pack at the College Office.

For our present Year 6 we assume they are all continuing on into the High School and parents will receive a sheet to complete just to ensure we have updates of addresses, phone numbers etc. Please advise the College if you are not continuing.

RYDA:

All yr 11 will be at RYDA on Monday, March 14th. RYDA (Youth Driver Awareness) is designed for 16–18-year-old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of one of their peers. It is a series of practical workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.

Harmony Week:

Next week, Week 8, March 14th– 18th we are celebrating Harmony Week and the theme for this year is ‘Everyone Belongs’ which is very much of catchcry for our College everyday. Our Student Parliament made one of their goals for this year to expand harmony Day to a full week. So, what is happening:

  • Guest speakers including refugees will be speaking to the students.
  • Teachers will include this theme in their subjects eg PDHPE looking at sports around the world, music at music from around the world, some English classes completing work on this theme and so on
  • Competitions during the Breaks – Yr 7 & 8 Handball that originated in Ancient Rome, Basketball between Yrs 9 & 10 which originated in America and Futsal for Yr 11 & 12 which commenced in Uruguay.
  • We have 50 different nationalities in our College community from K-12 and we ask all our students to wear their National Dress on Wednesday, March 16th . Some of these costumes will be expensive and precious so they can change out of the costume after 10am if they wish. We have big prizes for those who win the costume awards in Period 1.
  • On the same day we ask all our Secondary students to dress in their country so for those without traditional dress, they can dress as one of the icons of Australia eg football or soccer jerseys, surf lifesavers, cow cockies, bogans etc. Students need to be sensitive in what they chose. A gold coin to be brought by each child to go towards Project Compassion to help children who are not as lucky as ours in Australia.
  • Students may order a lunch from around the world on the day. See COMPASS for details.
  • At the Athletics carnival on the Friday we will also have games from Ole England- 3 legged races, sack races and egg and spoon races between the Houses.

Please encourage your children to participate and to earn about the importance of harmony in our world.

Athletics Carnival:

This is on Friday, March 18th at Mingara and all students are to attend. Lots occurs on the day and caters for all students. Students need to:

  • Ensure their permission notes have been signed
  • Bring a gold coin for Project Compassion
  • Wear their sports uniform and then change into their colour house shirt or their House costume when they arrive at Mingara. Seniors wear suitable clothes for the day.
  • Bring a mask to wear on the buses
  • Bring sunscreen, wet weather gear if needed, food and water. The Canteen will be available at limited times.
  • Everyone needs their College hat
  • No student may leave the venue before 2.30pm.
  • Seniors driving need a note and must be at the oval by 9.30am.
  • Parents are welcome.

Final Word

If you have any questions or concerns always please contact the College.

Remember to check COMPASS, our website and, our Facebook pages for information.

God bless and I hope you are all staying well from COVID and dry from the recent flooding.

Debra Ferguson

Secondary Principal

 

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