STEM Project - Year 8 Investigation

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On Monday 15th May, the year 8 students started, designed and constructed a STEM project.

STEM's acronym stands for :
S - Science
T - Technology
E - Engineering
M - Mathematics

This is a project that will conclude on Friday 26th May.

The STEM project was introduced to the college one year ago and is for year 8 students only. Every student is involved to help capture creative and quick thinking, improve group and individual work, and interact and connect with many peers.

Every group of three's task is to construct a mouse trap cart using certain materials which include:
- Mouse trap
- Skewers

For this project, each group picks to set up the fastest, longest distance or heaviest mouse trap car. The STEM sessions happen throughout mathematics, technology and science classes, where data is recorded and information is gathered to start to build the car. There are many different challenges involved such as "getting the car to start without a push." This improves the aspects of thinking and knowledge.  On the final day of STEM, every group of three will have a mouse trap car to present, that works and moves. This will then show who will win.

Olivia Dellaca, Year 8

 

 

Corpus Christi Day Mass - Welcome

Corpus Christi Day Mass - Welcome

You are warmly invited to join former students and staff for Corpus Christi Day Mass on Friday 9 June 2017 commencing at 8.40am in the David Heath Gymnasium.  After mass, there will be a presentation to recognise the contribution of long serving staff at the College, those who have worked at the College for more than 20 years, both past and present. We will also be conducting a blessing and official opening of the repurposed and refurbished James Nestor Performing Arts Centre.

This is an important celebration which builds spirit and fosters a positive contribution to the community. At the conclusion of the proceedings, you are invited to a special morning tea to honour the occasion.

The redevelopment embraces the concept of reinventing spaces rather than demolishing them – future-proofing buildings for the ever-changing landscape of education. The rebirth of the Centre incorporates the College’s branding, affirming a sense of College identity.

It is important for a variety of reasons to confirm your attendance.  Please log on to https://www.trybooking.com/QGDO or https://www.trybooking.com/285364 to book your place at this most important event.

Hetty Verolme - Holocaust Survivor

During Week 4 our students had the honour of listening to Hetty Verolme, a remarkable woman who is a Jewish Holocaust survivor. She was born in Belgium in 1930 and was sent to Bergen – Belsen concentration camp in 1943 at the age of 13 where she became known as the “Little Mother” as she was the oldest of the children. After surviving the Holocaust, she migrated to Australia at the age of 24, where she has lived ever since.

She retold some of her experiences during her visit, engaging our students with a life story of gratitude, struggle and survival.

Cambodian Immersion Mothers' Day High Tea

On behalf of the Cambodia 2018 Immersion Programme we would like to thank everyone in the Corpus community (staff, students and parents) for their generosity with assistance and donations for the Mothers' Day High Tea held at the College on the afternoon of Saturday 13th May.

A big thank you to “Top for Two” for allowing us to use the beautiful cups and saucers and teapots. This created an amazing display on the tables. Yet again, we had a wonderful spread of savoury and sweet foods, champagne, tea, chai tea and coffee for all to enjoy along with a variety of activities hosted by our amazing Master Of Ceremonies, Joy Kinners. With raffles and Cambodian silk scarves the amount raised for those less fortunate than ourselves in Cambodia was just over $2000. 

There are too many people to thank individually so we would like to say a very big thank you to everyone that assisted in whatever way in making this year’s High Tea a great success and we are looking forward to working with many of you again next year!

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Senior Footy Girls find their voice and ‘the big sticks’

After low scoring performances against John Septimus Roe Anglican Community and Willetton Senior High School in the first two rounds of the Docker’s Cup, the Senior Girls team fronted with renewed energy and enthusiasm at our home clash against Emmanuel Catholic College on Tuesday 16 May.

In contrast to previous games, this tenacious team was full of run, quick hands and long kicking. The tackling pressure from the Corpus girls was immense and our on-ballers led by Lyndsey Fowles, Ellyn McGlone, Gabby Radojkovich and Chloe Ducrow manufactured plenty of supply to spritely forwards in Peyton Craig-Power, Bronte Montague, Emma Zanoli and Mya Grieve.

Against the breeze in the second half the Corpus work rate remained high and repeat defensive pressure acts from Kate Nolan, Amelia Swan and Tahlya Brown kept the opposition at bay.

Every single player committed to the contest this week and it was fantastic to witness the girls all enjoying their footy together. We look forward now to hosting Kolbe in couple of weeks following the general BYE.

Final Score:  Corpus 4.5.29 def Emmanuel 1.2.8

PFFWA Parent Event - Dr Debbie Pushor from Canada

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We all want the best for our children in life and that starts with their education at school.

So, how might you encourage your child at school – to do their best and enjoy what they’re learning?

With our really busy lives, what are a few great tips for helping our children at home and at school with their education?

Well, come and hear from an awesome expert, Debbie Pushor, visiting for two days from Canada.  (She’s to “parents and their children’s education” as Maggie Dent is to “parenting”)

WHERE:  Corpus Christi College Community Centre, off Dean Road, in Bateman
WHEN:  Saturday 20th May
TIME:  9.30am to 12.30pm
COST:  $24

Bring along a friend and listen to an international expert (and of course, there’ll be an opportunity to ask questions over a cuppa)

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/leading-the-way-in-parent-engagement-a-workshop-with-dr-debbie-pushor-tickets-34225232592

Drama Study Group

Students in Drama attend the High Arts Tea Friday revision sessions to help them develop and prepare for their up and coming exams.

This take place every Friday after school in the James Nestor Performing Arts Centre throughout Terms 2 and 3 and is available for all Arts students who wish to gain guidance on writing for the Arts in Senior School.

Come along and join the gang.

James Dove
Head of Arts

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State Final of the Rotary 4 Way Test

On Monday evening 8th May, Emma Shine (Year 11) represented Corpus Christi College at the state final of the Rotary 4 Way Test Public Speaking Competition in Woodvale. This is a very prestigious event. There were 3 other students competing from Butler College, Perth Modern, and Mandurah Catholic College respectively. 

Emma’s speech discussed how not one of the United Nations Eight Millennium Development Goals, due to be realised in 2015, had been achieved. Some of these goals included eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, achieving universal primary education and improving maternal health. Emma spoke with confidence and passion, however did not receive a placing in the competition. She can be very proud of the way she represented the College and I would like to acknowledge her dedication and diligence in the lead up to this event. Emma is to be commended for all her hard work.

I would also like to thank Mr John Tuffin and the Rotary Club of Booragoon for their on-going support of our Year 10 competitors.  For the past 10 years, the club and all its members have been so generous and encouraging of the Corpus Christi College students involved.

Noreen Stevenson
Public Speaking coordinator

 

Senior School News - e-News 7 - 2017

Year 10 ATAR Strategy Presentation

On 11 May Jane Genovese from www.learningfundamentals.com.au gave a presentation on exam strategies and study planning and preparation to the Year 10 cohort who are undertaking ATAR studies. Jane was an engaging presenter, using many visual stimuli and cues. Jane delivered phrases and sentiments for everyone to reuse and remember. Of particular note was the link to elite athletes, in that they plan their training, stick to their regime and always rest well after every event. Another strategy was very simple; just pick up the book and read one sentence. If you can’t read one sentences then read one word. One strategy that I continually refer to is to study for 15 minutes take a 5 minute break study for another 15 minutes take a 10 minute break then study for a final 15 minutes then finish. Jane left the presentation with many students wishing to ask questions and seeking advice. Jane has provided me with links for students to use and help with strategies for exam techniques and study planning.

Jane has developed a free resource for students called 'The Mind Mappers Toolkit'.

The link to download it is below -

http://learningfundamentals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/The-mind-mappers-toolkit.pdf

Jane has also recently published an article on her website about how to handle two exams on the same day. Some students may find thus useful - 

http://learningfundamentals.com.au/blog/how-to-handle-two-exams-on-the-same-day-like-a-pro/

The General English students listened to presentations from three ambassadors of TAFE. Each story was personable and encourage our students to think more deeply about courses, traineeships and trades that suit their preferred learning styles. There is no doubt that this alternative pathway is a successful alternative for some students struggling to cope with the demands of theory based work over particle and applied experiences.  The Mind Mappers Toolkit can be useful for all learners. I encourage General Studies students to visit and take note of these learning strategies.


Mock Trials

Alex Di Rosso, Stuart Confait, Olivia Fuderer, Brittany Wassell, Lila Rodari, Sarah Montague, Phoebe Holmes, Ashley Taylor, Emma Grant, Thomas Hill, Eden D’Sylva, Adriana Gough, Adsina Kevin, Amelia Swan, Erin Martin, Ike Adesanya, Ayesha D’Souza, Alea Go and Aidan Louis make up a fabulous group of two teams of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who participate in the Law Society of Western Australia’s Mock Trials. Each week they meet to study a legal case and work together to produce either a defence or prosecution for the case. Each month they attend the Supreme Court of Western Australia to present the Mock Trial to a Perth lawyer who then judges the case.

So far our two Corpus Teams, Corpus Trust and Habeas Corpus, have battled it out against Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies College. We have had one successful win in court so far and three very close trials. In June we are competing against Churchlands Senior High School and Mandurah Catholic College.

All of the competitors should be exceptionally proud of their commitment to their teams, effort, courtroom etiquette and competitive spirit so far!


MSP Photography Online Ordering 

Parents,

Thank you for your recent support in the Individual Photo Day.  Hopefully by now all parents have access to their children's SHOOT KEY for online ordering of photos.  A catch up photo day has been scheduled for Monday 29th May, for students/staff who were absent on the day of the photographs.  This will be held in the Communications Office on this day.

This will be the FINAL opportunity for students to have their official photo taken for ONLINE ordering.  Orders will close at the end of the same business day, as we have 'extended' the timeline for ordering to coincide with this catch up day.

Students and staff will have the opportunity to have their photo taken between 8.00am and 12.00pm but a specific schedule will be sent out to those students who are listed as being absent on that day.

Corpus Communications

Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors

Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors addressed the Year 10s during their Term 2 pastoral session.  Emma McDonald outlined her career journey from doing VET in Secondary School through to working in retail, to undertaking an apprenticeship as an Electrician with Electrical Group Training. Her career in this field presents many opportunities to work in data communications and industrial electrical.

Nicola Howe demonstrated her journey from a traineeship in Finance with Central Institute of Technology, through to owning her own local PoolWerx business.  Students learnt of the important of gathering evidence in a career portfolio so that they would be prepared for job applications and training opportunities as they became available.

e-News 7 - 2017

From the Principal

I write to bring to your attention a concern recently brought to light by local residents regarding driver behaviour in the mornings on Dean Road.  Most commonly this involves parents using the Dean Road entrance as a drop off / turning point...


Middle School News

Congratulations to our Year 7s for their excellent start to Term 2.  Students have arrived back to the College looking smart in their winter uniform and are clearly well prepared for learning...


Senior School News

On 11 May Jane Genovese from www.learningfundamentals.com.au gave a presentation on exam strategies and study planning and preparation to the Year 10 cohort who are undertaking ATAR studies. Jane was an engaging presenter, using many visual stimuli and cues. Jane delivered phrases and sentiments for everyone to reuse and remember...


From the Principal - e-News 7 - 2017

Monday 15 May 2017

Dear parents

NAPLAN

Please note the Media Statement below released by CEWA Executive Director, Dr Tim McDonald regarding questions often asked when NAPLAN testing has been conducted. It outlines some of the identified concerns that are raised in public discussions each year.  This statement outlines that NAPLAN testing aligns with CEWA’s support for data-informed decision making more broadly. As many parents are aware, Corpus Christi College is a leading school in utilising data to improve student learning, specifically engagement and achievement.

NAPLAN testing aligns with CEWA focus on data

As students across the State prepare to participate in the annual NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) testing this week, Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has highlighted the benefits of using data to inform the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes for students.

Dr Tim McDonald, CEWA Executive Director, said NAPLAN testing was one of many tools Catholic schools used to chart the development of students.

“NAPLAN aligns with an increasing focus by CEWA on data analysis to deliver improvements in teaching and learning practices. NAPLAN testing is not intended to fully measure all aspects of students’ learning, but it does provide students across the country with an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in numeracy and literacy on the same day, in the same test,” he said.

“CEWA assists schools with analysis of NAPLAN results to ensure each school is able to make the most of this data, including trends in results they may want to focus on,”

“While NAPLAN provides data on literacy and numeracy, CEWA is implementing data analysis to deliver benefits in a variety of ways in our system. This includes a new digital learning platform, that enables educators and students to benefit from analytics on learning content in their classrooms, as well as work by our Teaching and Learning Team to analyse a variety of data on schools across the system provided by school staff,” Dr McDonald said.

Catholic schools have shown sustained improvement in student outcomes in recent years, which Dr McDonald attributed both to this use of data in decision-making, as well as schools promoting cultures where each staff member is responsible for the success of each individual student.

“We have terrific staff working in schools throughout WA who are committed to delivering a Catholic education that supports students in their spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional, physical and creative development,” he said.

“CEWA schools aim to prepare students to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Preparing students to be confidently literate and numerate is an important part of this development, and NAPLAN testing is one way in which Catholic schools meet this need,”

* NOTE – Comments are provided by Dr Tim McDonald in his capacity as CEWA Executive Director. Dr McDonald is also a board member of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Complaints from Residents regarding Driving Behaviour

I write to bring to your attention a concern recently brought to light by local residents regarding driver behaviour in the mornings on Dean Road.  Most commonly this involves parents using the Dean Road entrance as a drop off / turning point.  Manager of Finance and Operations Mr Alan Luks conducted an investigation, finding strong foundation for residents’ concerns and some serious problems observed include, but are not limited to:

  1. Traffic congestion preventing the flow of cars travelling along Dean Road often causing vehicles to stop.
  2. Unsafe driving behaviour by parents by allowing students to disembark from the vehicle and retrieve their school bag from the rear of the vehicle while stationary on Dean Road.
  3. Parking in the entry way, blocking access to staff.
  4. Blocking access to paths for pedestrians and students riding bikes.
  5. Parking on footpaths, an unsafe practice for students who are pedestrians.
  6. Performing U turns against the flow of traffic.

I write to remind parents that the entrance to the gymnasium off Dean Road is not a designated student drop off area, rather the main entrance off Murdoch Drive shall be utilised.  Whilst I appreciate this may not be as convenient for some parents, we need to be mindful that we also have a primary school adjacent, with small children who are often not as aware of their surroundings using the same paths, carparks and roads as the older students. 

Federal Budget

As yet, the College has received very little real information regarding the specific figures surrounding the implementation of needs based school funding from 2018 as announced recently as part of the Federal Budget.  I will keep parents informed, initially through the College Board, once CEWA has been provided with information regarding the implementation and quantum of funding to be received from 2018. The current CEWA funding distribution model was transitioning schools to ensure that no school was required to raise its fees significantly in the short term.

Corpus Christi Day – Friday 9 June

Acknowledging long serving staff and the blessing of the James Nestor Performing Arts Centre

All parents and friends, including former students and staff, are welcome to join us for the Corpus Christi Day Mass. After Mass, we will make a small presentation to current and former staff acknowledging their service to the College. We will also be conducting a blessing of the newly refurbished Performing Arts Centre as part of the proceedings.

Students will then continue with food and activity stalls, finishing with a concert. This is an important celebration which builds spirit and fosters a positive contribution to the community.

To recognise the contribution of long serving staff at the College, those who have worked at the College for more than 20 years, we also prepared a new Honour Board last year. Some of these continue their service, whilst others many parents may have known from the past:

1983       Robyn Quinn
1983       Peter Thomson  
1985       Steve Young
1986       Diane Fisher
1986       Moira Flanagan
1986       Trevor Galbraith
1986       Karen Rourke
1987       Erika Lubcke
1987       Diane Magrath
1987       Andre Papineau
1988       Deborah Santaromita
1989       Judy Votta
1990      Russell Scanlon
1991       Sonya Hope
1991       Michael Penhaligon
1992       Gabriella Fabris
1993       Sally Farrington
1993       Simon Keane
1994       Derek Bickford
1995       Veronica Parry
1996       Marie Drygan
1996       Joan Fodor

We will be inviting these staff to a special ceremony and morning tea following the Mass.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Caroline Payne
Principal

 

 

 

Middle School News - e-News 7 - 2017

Year 7 Student Leadership

Mark Barron
Head of Year 7

Congratulations to our Year 7’s for their excellent start to Term 2.  Students have arrived back to the College looking smart in their winter uniform and are clearly well prepared for learning.  Behaviour and focus throughout the NAPLAN testing period has been perfect and the tone has been set for the rest of the term.

Our Year 7 Student Leadership Team were formally introduced during our Year 7 Assembly and they are already working hard in their new roles. These students worked hard to secure their positions and were identified by their peers to have clear leadership potential.  We congratulate these students and wish them well.

Year 7 Homeroom Representatives

Chisholm - Lauren Clark and Thomas Vadja
de Vialar - Carys Vincent-de Sousa and Liam Piper
Mackillop - Jasmine Farrugia and Louis Quindoza
Merici - Sabina Vicoli and Luke Cardy
Pallotti  - Victoria Pascoe and Declan
Romero - Jasmine Browne and Emanuelle Foo Mao Wen
Salvado - Chloe Adam and Brendan Boudville
Xavier - Elke Ruan and Darcy West.

Year 7 Representatives

Arts - Siarne Scarfo and Joshua Duckworth
Communications - May Hopwood and Hugh Livingstone
Sport - Jade Jerome and Griffen Collins
Ministry and Service - Lara Delilkan and Zach Cohen


Smart Goals

As we move into Term 2, every student should be setting new iSMART goals in SEQTA.  They will be timely, measurable and subject specific.  Students are encouraged to share these goals with parents and work towards their completion. 


Grooming

We are seeking the support of students and parents with regards adhering to the Uniform and Grooming requirements at Corpus Christi College.

Key points to consider…

  • For boys, hair must be no shorter than a number two haircut.
  • Hair is not to be styled in such a way that it is capable, at any time of falling towards the eyes or face.
  • Extreme haircuts are not permitted e.g. for boys, undercuts or top knots.
  • Hair that is collar length or longer must be tied back.
  • Girls, length of skirts – please see College Diary if unsure

Assistance to students - Homework Club

Corpus Christi College provides a Homework Club for current students to attend each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the College Library.

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As of the 9th May, we will be employing some of our past students to assist at the Homework Club providing free academic assistance to those students who take advantage of the service.

Two past students will be available every Tuesday and Thursday assisting with a wide range of academic subjects. We welcome Shannon Kelly, Eamonn Kelly, Hayden Richards, Julianne de Souza and Clara Lingoh as our initial tutors at the Homework Club.


MSP PHOTOGRAPHY INDIVIDUAL PHOTO CATCH UP DAY

Parents,

Thank you for your recent support in the Individual Photo Day.  Hopefully by now all parents have access to their children's SHOOT KEY for online ordering of photos.  A catch up photo day has been scheduled for Monday 29th May, for students/staff who were absent on the day of the photographs.  This will be held in the Communications Office on this day.

This will be the FINAL opportunity for students to have their official photo taken for ONLINE ordering.  Orders will close at the end of the same business day, as we have 'extended' the timeline for ordering to coincide with this catch up day.

Students and staff will have the opportunity to have their photo taken between 8.00am and 12.00pm but a specific schedule will be sent out to those students who are listed as being absent on that day.

Corpus Communications


Australian Geography Competition 2017

Lidia Di Giuseppe
Teacher of Humanities


Students from Corpus Christi College took part in the 23rd annual Australian Geography Competition during Week 2 this term.

Nearly 60,000 students from around Australia have entered the Competition, which is joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. Competition coordinator Bernard Fitzpatrick said that the Competition gave teachers an opportunity to highlight geography in their schools and challenge their students. 

“In today’s society, geography is a vital subject that all young people should study. Understanding place and people, and the socio-economic and environmental interactions at local, regional, national and international levels is important to the economic and environmental future of Australia,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human worlds, using different scales of enquiry to view them from different perspectives. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of investigative and problem solving skills both inside and outside the classroom. As such, it prepares pupils for adult life and employment. Geography is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainable development. It is also an important link between the natural and social sciences.

As pupils study geography, they encounter different societies and cultures. This helps them realise how nations rely on each other. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, and their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. (Source: The School Curriculum and the National Curriculum: values, aims and purposes, 1999, DfES/QCA. (Page 154)

“With schools in many parts of Australia having introduced the new national geography curriculum, it’s an exciting time to be involved in geographical education, and the Competition plays its part in this,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

Year 11 students from around Australia will be selected to take part in Geography’s Big Week Out being held on Kangaroo Island, South Australia later this year. From that event, Australia’s team will be chosen for the 2018 International Geography Olympiad being held in Canada.

Mrs Lidia Di Giuseppe said “The school usually did well in the Australian Geography Competition. In the past, quite a few students from Corpus Christi have been awarded certificates of high distinctions’ and distinctions.”


Australian History CompetITion

On the 24th May (during Humanities Lessons,) 24 Year 8 and 48 Year 10 students will be participating in the Australian History Competition.

The length of the competition is 45 minutes.

The Competition is prepared by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia and run in conjunction with The Giant Classroom.

The primary goal of the competition is to provide an interesting and challenging experience for students. Students knowledge, skills and understandings of history are assessed by the competition.


Personal Project

The Personal Project is now in full swing for 2017! The students have all uploaded their Plans and Research to their folios, and should now be working on the production of their project. Later in the term we will begin working on the writing of the Personal Project Report. Each student has been allocated a Corpus staff member supervisor to assist them to stay on task and offer support.

For more details of the project, please see the Handbook and timeline which are available on the Year 9 Portal in Seqta.


Archbishop’s LifeLink Forum Launch

Judy Coelho
Coordinator of Liturgies and Retreats

On Tuesday, 2nd May, representatives of the Ministry Team were privileged to take part in the LifeLink Launch 2017. We left for Aranmore College and when we arrived we were warmly welcomed by students from 27 different schools and Archbishop Timothy Costello with Bishop Donald Sproxton. Once seated, Archbishop Costello used the inspirational life and sayings of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to inform us about this year’s LifeLink message.

The first saying was “never see a need without doing something about it”. He said that it was the perfect description of generosity and selflessness. He also said that to be able to do this we must have eyes that are open to see the needs of others around us, ears that are tuned in to the different ways people call for help and a heart that is sensitive to the needs of others. In summary we must learn to be aware of needs and want to help.

The second saying he used was "remember who you are trying to follow”. In remembering that we follow Jesus, we can put Jesus at the centre of our actions and allow him to work in our lives.

We were also given information about LifeLink. It was established in 1994 and raises money that is distributed to organisations such as Centrecare, identitywa, the Shopfront and DayDawn that commit themselves to helping communities in need with either support or services.

LifeLink Day also helped us get ideas to help raise money to support these organisations, and the ministry team are already brainstorming some fun ideas. By doing this we are fulfilling what Pope Francis expressed, "...it is not only in what we believed and what we say, but in what we do, that we come to fully know and understand the message of love which Jesus brought to the world.”

We look forward to the support of the Corpus College community as we ‘raise awareness and raise money’ for LifeLink 2017. 

By Rachel Dellaca Year 10

LifeLink 2017 was attended by the following students:

Olivia Dellaca - Year 8
Luke Phillips - Year 8
Samuel Watters - Year 9
Madison Wilde - Year 9
Yannick Machado - Year 9
Rachel Dellaca - Year 10


Academic Excellence IncursionGames Guy

Filipa Carvalho
Head of Academic Excellence

During Weeks 1 and 2 this term, Years 7, 8 and 9 Academic Excellence Program (AEP) students participated in an incursion run by Andy Kirker, the Games Guy.

The Year 7 students played the "Colony Planet" game, where they took charge of groups of vulnerable colonists on an alien planet, and attempted to use their limited budgets to provide food, energy and other key resources to keep their people alive. Players were forced to consider exploiting the native organisms, the effects of pollution, habitat loss, sustainable developments and even atmospheric terraforming on the alien ecosystem. 

Year 8 and 9 students played "Planet of the Apes" (no relation to the Colony Planet!) where they role-played a tribe of monkeys, engaged in trading bananas for food, wood for shelter & warmth, and tried to keep happy by avoiding sickness and injury, and by deciding what was a fair way to run their tribe. The monkeys were asked to debate the value of freedom, the distribution of wealth, social goods and universal human rights. Revolutions were engaged in, dictators deposed and gorillas philosophized.

Each of the games are strongly values-based and include the Australian Curriculum , Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) general capabilities of ethical understanding, critical & creative thinking, and personal/ social capabilities. The games involve collaborative strategic thinking within groups. Students were engaged during the full two hour session.

Some comments from students after the incursion included:

I like how it made me think about the future and the way my decisions affect if.’

I liked the various consequences that came with each decision.’

‘It was very entertaining and had a nice amount of teamwork, problem solving and challenge.’

‘I loved the concept and it was really fun with a nice twist. It also made me think about politics and different political systems and which ones work best.’


Year 8 Scitech Brainstorm Challenge

On Wednesday, the 3rd of May, thirty Year 8 students went with Science teacher Ms Stevens to participate in the Scitech Brainstorm Challenge Day. Once they reached Scitech, they split themselves into groups of three. These groups would be the ones which they entered each challenge in.

After the introduction, they got straight into the first challenge. This was a Maths quest. The Year 8's learnt about different types of encoding and decoding, and had to find different exhibits in order to crack the code. This wasn't an easy task, as most of the code forms they had never heard of before. Regardless of the difficulty, most groups did very well on this challenge.

After a short break and some morning tea, students completed the second challenge. This was an engineering challenge. The Year 8's needed to create a basket that could zip down a zip-line as efficiently and as safely as possible. Each group was given a set of basic materials, but could later 'purchase' extra items by giving up some of the points they had earned. The first zip line, was 2m long and most groups passed that one fairly quickly. However, the second zip line, a 5m one, was not so easy to pass. After numerous attempts, fails and extremely creative designs, only one group managed to get their basket to go 3/4 of the way down the zip line. Before they knew it, the time was up and it was time for lunch.

After lunch, the Year 8's participated in an astronomy challenge in the planetarium. For this challenge, they had to watch the video shown and answer some questions later. These questions were all about different aspects of space and astronomical collaboration. After the show in the planetarium, they moved to Scitech's new CSIRO Lab for a laboratory challenge. This involved testing the nitrate, acid, algae and salt levels of three different samples of water in order to find which sample of water would be the most suitable for marron farming. After completing these tests, each group had to answer questions based on their findings and come to a conclusion about which sample of water would be the most suitable for marron farming. After this challenge, all participants shared a light afternoon tea and made their way to the planetarium for the presentations.

Although Corpus did not come in the top 3, Team Wifi (Shannon Rees, Sophia Connolly and Kayla Van Der Linden, secured 7th place out of 45 groups. Congratulations to all Year 8 representatives who put in a lot of effort and returned to Corpus with smiling faces. Thank you Ms Stevens for chaperoning the Year 8's on this day and well done Year 8’s!

By Victoria- Ann Chong

Mothers' Day Breakfast

On Friday 12 May, the College welcomed Corpus Mothers and their children to a Mothers' Day Breakfast celebration outside the Mater Christi Centre.

The sun was shining, the coffee was brewing and bacon and egg burgers were plentiful. It was wonderful to see the good turnout for this annual event, a pre-celebration of the official weekend event where we pay tribute to ALL Mothers, providing us with support and friendship and unconditional love throughout our entire lives.

The Corpus community welcomes all Mums and Dads to be involved with such College events.

The Year 7 Parent & Guardian Sundowner is one of the next parent events coming up.  

When:  Friday 26 May
Where: Upstairs on the balcony of the New David Heath Gymnasium and Community Centre.
Bookings:  https://www.trybooking.com/281633

Corpus Communications

Corpus hitting the right notes!

The Fremantle Eisteddfod Performing Arts Festival commenced last week kicking off with the Choir Sections in the historic Fremantle Town Hall.  The Eisteddfod is a wonderful celebration of music making in Western Australia with close to 1080 performances over ten days from Thursday May 11 to Sunday May 21. 

Currently undergoing an external facelift, the old iconic building resonated with young vibrant voices, each group from a handful of schools singing their hearts out, impressing the supporting parents, staff and official adjudicators.

Corpus performed with absolute class, winning a couple of early sections not only impressing the officiators with beautiful melodic harmonies but with trademark Corpus 'Personality'.  Over the Mothers' Day weekend, our vocal soloists excelled with every individual performance placing highly! (Full results to come soon!)

Music students as Corpus rehearse extensively throughout the week (Before and after school) and unlike many schools, 'performance' experience is something students are exposed to on many occasions at the College.  Whether it be local festivals, College events, annual showcases or music evenings, our music students know how to perform in front of audiences. This showed in abundance last week and and the musicians have set the bar very high for our Instrumental and ensemble groups, including our famous Celtic Band and instrumental soloists!

The Eisteddfod has an altruistic philosophy “to provide aspiring musicians with an environment to showcase their talent”. 

Alex Tilli - Embracing life after High School

Alex Tilli was a graduate from the Class of 2016.  

Life after Secondary School for Alex currently involves attending TAFE three days of the working week, completing a Life Skills course and spending time working for The Perth Demons WAFL Football club.   To say that Alex is enjoying his life at the moment, is an understatement.

At Perth, he is one of the trainers and assists the medical staff while they bandage players legs before training and before the games. He also refills the stock and fills all the players' water bottles.  At each quarter when the players practice their kicking skills, Alex kicks the balls back to them behind the goals and helps staff with other duties when required. Alex loves being part of this team environment.

Despite Alex's busy schedule, he also works Wednesdays at 'Proudly Productive' where tasks involve sanding and painting recycled furniture and assisting customers at the counter.

Alex's active lifestyle inspires him to play a variety of sports including basketball, football for CBC All Ability football team, Dance Ability Class at Valerie Heston School of Dance and Ten Pin bowling (After the footy season concludes).

Alex is an inspiration in all that he does and applies himself 100%.  He is a community ambassador and is always looking to help others.  These were qualities recognised by his former classmates and teachers as he grew into the charming young man that he is today. He regularly catches up with some of his former graduates and has been known to 'clear the dance floor' with his moves at Metropolis Nightclub, Fremantle. 

It is wonderful to see the journeys of former students at the College, particularly when they embrace all of life's opportunities.

Academy Conference for Gifted and Talented students

On the 8th of May, myself and eleven other Year 10 and 11 Gifted and Talented students were invited to attend an insightful conference at St Hilda's Anglican Girls' School run by Julie Arliss, a lecturer at Oxford and Kings College in London, who opened up the endless possibilities of thinking outside the box. She gave lectures from topics such as, "What makes a good life" and "The Theory of Time", followed finally by an open debate discussing whether love is a commodity to be traded. She addressed how to think philosophically and use our imagination and logic to answer questions that aren't always simple. We learnt several critical thinking skills needed to excel in life after high school, and had lots of fun in the process! 

Students who attended the conference included: Alex Di Rosso, Corran O’Brien, Rohan Bay, Tamara Rodrigues, Sammy Taylor, Sarah Ho, Alea Go, Tiana Inman, Annabel Biscotto, Brett Nigli, Holly Van der Linden, Mia Chan.

By Tiana Inman Year 10

LifeLink Launch 2017

On Tuesday 2 May, representatives of the Ministry Team were privileged to take part in the LifeLink Launch 2017. We left for Aranmore College and when we arrived we were warmly welcomed by students from 27 different schools, Archbishop Timothy Costello and Bishop Donald Sproxton. Once seated, Archbishop Costello used the inspirational life and sayings of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to inform us about this year’s LifeLink message.

The first saying was “never see a need without doing something about it”. He said that it was the perfect description of generosity and selflessness. He also said that to be able to do this we must have eyes that are open to see the needs of others around us, ears that are tuned in to the different ways people call for help and a heart that is sensitive to the the needs of others. In summary we must learn to be aware of needs and want to help.

The second saying he used was‘remember who you are trying to follow”. In remembering that we follow Jesus, we can put Jesus at the centre of our actions and allow him to work in our lives.

We were also given information about LifeLink. It was established in 1994 and raises money that is is distributed to organisations such as Centrecare, identitywa, the Shopfront and DayDawn that commit themselves to helping communities in need with either support or services.

LifeLink Day also helped us get ideas to help raise money to support these organisations, and the ministry team are already brainstorming some fun ideas. By doing this we are fulfilling what Pope Francis expressed, "...it is not only in what we believed and what we say, but in what we do, that we come to fully know and understand the message of love which Jesus brought to the world.”

We look forward to the support of the Corpus College community as we ‘raise awareness and raise money’ for LifeLink 2017.

By Rachel Dellaca Year 10

LifeLink 2017 was attended by;

Olivia Dellaca - Year 8
Luke Phillips - Year 8
Samuel Watters - Year 9
Madison Wilde - Year 9
Yannick Machado - Year 9
Rachel Dellaca - Year 10

Corpus Rock School

Rock School runs every Friday after school and is open to all students who can play an instrument or sing.  Our groups are working on their selected pieces and will be performing them to family and friends very soon. 

We are also entering one of the bands in the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and College in Term Three.  Rock School is run by Mr Harries, who is supported by Ms Meegan and Mr Barrett.  Please feel free to come along and join in the fun.

Photo Day 2017

On Monday 8 May, Corpus Christi students polished their black shoes, dusted off their blazers and practised their smiles for the 2017 official Individual photos, a yearly ritual and an opportunity for parents to have a permanent snapshot of their children throughout their high school experience.

MSP Photography have been the College's official photographers for the last 4-5 years and continue to raise the standards, not only in the quality of the student images, but in the diverse services provided to the College.

 

 

Dance at Corpus

Dance Company 2017

Congratulation to the dancers who successfully auditioned for a place in the 2017 Dance Company. With 139 students auditioning, competition was fierce for the 84 places in the Company. We were blown away by the talent and enthusiasm of all the dancers and thank them for their interest in the Dance program at Corpus.

The Dance Company has now commenced their weekly rehearsals in preparation for their performance at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival in Term 3. The dancers will be learning new choreography, honing their dancing skills and building friendships with other dancers across the year groups. We are really excited to be working with such a talented bunch of students.

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Ballet Repertoire class

We are excited to offer, for the first time at Corpus, a Ballet Repertoire class as part of our extra-curricular program. Thirteen students from Years 7 to 12 have selected to be involved in this program and have begun to learn the Dance of the Cygnets from 'Swan Lake'. We look forward to seeing this ballet program continue to grow. If you are interested in being part of this program please come to speak to Mrs. Fuhr in the Arts Office. 

Boyz Dance Crew

Seventeen boys from Years 7-12 have joined the Boyz Dance Crew this year and have begun to learn a variety of challenging skills in dance genres such as hip hop, breakdancing, acrobatics, capoeira and contemporary dance. This year, for the first time at Corpus, the Boyz Dance Crew is entering a dance piece into the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. If you are interested in being part of this program please come to speak to Mr. Bain in the Arts Office. 

Dance Collective

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The Corpus Dance Collective is an invitation only ensemble that gives the most talented dancers from Years 7-12 the opportunity to extend their skills beyond what is learnt in curriculum classes. This year, 27 students have accepted a place in the Collective and have begun weekly rehearsals. In these rehearsals the students not only learn advanced dance technique but also get to be involved in a collaborative choreographic process as they work on creating a dance piece for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival in Term 3.