Biotechnology and Conscience – Year 10 Religious Education

During weeks 9 and 10, the Year 10 Religious Education students have had the opportunity to reflect upon the reality of moral decision making in the field of biotechnology. 

To begin this experience, students extended their classroom learning on moral decision making in relation to a particular case study.  Students experienced a joint lecture which encompassed the disciplines of science and religion.  In this lecture, students learnt about Henrietta Lacks, a black African woman, whose cervical cancer cells were taken without her knowledge, or the knowledge of her family members.  These cells, which have been named ‘HeLa cells’ have played a key role in the development of the polio and cervical cancer vaccines.  Furthermore, they have been used for cloning and much more  due to their unique characteristic of being immortal. Students have had the opportunity to align their learning about ethics, conscience and moral decision making as they considered the many ethical considerations that surrounded this issue. 

To follow this experience, a group of Year 10 students spent the day at Murdoch University. These students had the opportunity to learn some laboratory skills and work with immortal cells. Additionally, they listened to scientists explaining their research and discussing the advances in science; and the implications these have on all of us. Overall the two days were extremely challenging, and sparked much curiosity from our students which was demonstrated by the array of complex questions that they asked.  It was fantastic to witness the students making connections between their learning and discovering how two very different subject areas can complement one and other. 

The Year 10 Religion students have really enjoyed this experience.  This was evident from the comment made by Calum Milne,

“I really enjoyed the excursion because it gave me an opportunity to spend time in a lab with really cool equipment. I learnt how to harvest cells and extract DNA by using things like a centrifuge and electrical currents.”

Thank you to Mrs Carvalho and the staff at Murdoch University for giving up their time to facilitate this unique learning experience. 

Marian Lavelle
Head of Religious Education

Making Maths Meaningful with iPads


Head of Learning Area, Daisy Coma is changing the way senior school students learn in

As an Apple Distinguished School, Miss Coma has embraced integrating digital technology in Mathematics, finding ways to enhance a student’s learning experience and helping them to make meaning of the world around them.

Miss Coma’s recent integration of using the Keynote App in the classroom has proven an effective way of teaching Year 11 and 12 students mathematical concepts such as Similarity and Sequences.

Miss Coma asked students to use the Camera to take photographs of relevant real-world objects in and around the College. Afterwards, students added annotations and drawings on the photographs to help visualise and explain abstract mathematical problems. Some students added audio to explain their annotations and articulate their understanding at length. This creative method of learning has tipped the traditional Maths lesson on its head as students are challenged to work collaboratively and engage with their environment outside the confines of the classroom.

Students collaborate to discover connections between their learning and the real world - linking to our pedagogical principles.
- Daisy Coma

Known as ‘dual-coding’, Miss Coma purposefully wanted her students to learn through a combination of words and visuals, to give them two ways of consolidating learning and remembering information later on. By challenging students to capture and create learning visuals, Miss Coma was easily able to assess students’ understanding and quickly identify misconceptions.

If you’d like to see more Digital Creativity and how our teachers integrate technology in the Classroom, check out the hashtag, #CorpusCreates on Twitter for snap-shots of the course in action. 

Jamie Clark

5 Reasons to Join a Group, Club or Sporting Team

With over 50 extra-curricular options offered throughout the year, students can participate in a range of activities outside of regular timetabled classes. Whether you’re interested in sport, performing arts, academic extension or Christian service, these options allow for intensive participation and skill-building.

Here are 5 reasons why you should sign up:

1.     Have fun 
There’s no better feeling than doing something you love. So if you have a particular passion or talent, it’s a great idea to sign up for a group, club or sporting team you know you’ll enjoy. Your time, your choice.

2.     Meet like-minded students
You’re already familiar with the students in your homeroom and classes. Participating in an extra-curricular gives you an opportunity to make new friends who enjoy the same activity. No need to be shy!

3.     Try something new
Maybe you’re curious about trying a different sport. Perhaps you’d like to challenge yourself by learning a new skill. The great thing about many clubs is that you can ‘have a go’ and see if it’s right for you.

4.     Take it to the next level
Already excelling in Phys Ed, Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art or core subjects? Level up by competing in interschool competitions or learning advanced curriculum. Your brain and body will thank you. 

5.     Get the most out of your education
High school is more than going to class, taking tests and seeing your friends – each student is on a journey. Participating helps you to get to know yourself and the path you want to take.

Please see the below list for a sample of what’s on offer:


Dig(ital), Set and Spike: Using iPads to Assess Human Movement

At Corpus Christi College, each student is equipped with a digital device – the iPad – an essential tool in enhancing their learning experience. But how does an Apple Distinguished School integrate digital technology into subjects such as Health and Physical Education, where lessons take place outside of a traditional classroom? 

The answer involves using the tablet’s features in a creative way.

Using the inbuilt camera, students can record footage of their sporting drills to then view and analyse in slow-motion playback. Rather than merely observing each other and writing written answers on how skills are being performed proficiently or not, students can investigate more thoroughly, marking up the footage and image stills in their Pages app.   

Head of Health and Physical Education Sheldon McIntyre recently deployed the method with his Year 12 ATAR class, who were tasked with demonstrating ‘motor learning and coaching’ in volleyball. Students paired up to produce a Pages workbook documenting the process of skill correction with annotations, as well as suggested strategies to enhance athlete performance. The personalised audio-visual content was then updated into the learning management system for marking.

Student analysis of volleyball skills using annotation, photography and audio.

In coming away with a better understanding of the curriculum, students have gained a competitive edge for their ATAR assessments – a benefit both athletes and non-athletes can appreciate!  

If you’d like to see more Digital Creativity, check out the hashtag, #CorpusCreates on Twitter for snap-shots of the course in action. 

Jamie Clark

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Kids iPad Conference: adapting to a changing learning landscape

On Thursday 9 May, Orana Catholic Primary School in Willetton hosted the inaugural Kids iPad Conference for Year 6 students.

The conference focused on the ‘Everyone Can Create’ Curriculum, which is designed to unleash kids’ creativity throughout their school day by teaching students to develop and communicate ideas through drawings, music, videos and photos on their iPads.

Students at the host school were joined by students from Yidarra Catholic Primary School, Bateman and Queen of Apostles School, Riverton, coming together to animate, sketch, construct and play. As well as fostering the students’ aptitude for learning technologies, the conference also sought to give insight into how students can protect themselves in a digital age. Guest speakers included Paul Coghlan from Marketforce and Dr Edwards Simons the Director of Governance, Strategy and Digital Technology at the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia, amongst others.

Encouraged to work together to solve problems, students took the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities, demonstrating how thinking creatively can lead to innovative solutions. When asked what they thought creativity was, students were quick to respond with enthusiasm: ‘creativity is being fearless’, ‘it is never settling for the first thought’, ‘thinking of new things and creating magic’. This healthy mindset towards challenge shows kids are willing to approach problems with curiosity and tenacity.

As an Apple Distinguished School, Corpus Christi College sent representatives to the conference, which was also attended by delegates from Apple who were there to speak to the future of digital creativity in the classroom. Representatives from the College included: Mr Frank Italiano, Vice Principal; Mr Jean-Paul Papineau, Deputy Principal Middle School; Mr Jamie Clark, Director of Digital Integration; and Mrs Alexandra Carcione, Registrar. As guests, the College staff were able to witness the up and coming talents of students from the next generation, many of whom are due to commence at the College in 2020.

The teaching and learning landscape is ever-changing, and as an Apple Distinguished School we are proud to be at the forefront of integrating digital technology in the classroom. We congratulate our neighbouring primary schools on their ongoing efforts to engage students in creative ways through apps and a technology-enriched environment. It was an affirming experience to see these young students embracing these possibilities, and we are excited for them to further develop their skills  and create great work in Corpus classrooms and beyond!

Years 7 and 8 MCs Emerge

Last week in Digital Creativity classes our Year 7 and 8 students were discovering ‘Live Loops’, using their iPad to create original musical compositions. For many students, this was the first time they have created an original song. 

Everyone has been having a great time, listening to and sharing their creations. Some students have even decided to use their created songs as their phone ringtone.

There was a discussion around the importance of creating original musical tracks to provide the soundtrack to our sharing of other creative works such as drawings, photos and videos online. It seems our students will no longer be dependent on using the copyrighted work of others to provide background music when they are sharing their own original creations online!

We will be featuring original student music to go with videos and collages on the College social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the near future, so be sure to watch this space!

If you’d like to see more Digital Creativity, check out the hashtag, #CorpusCreates on Twitter for snap-shots of the course in action.

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Unleashing Creativity

Term One of our Digital Creativity course has come to a close and students at Corpus Christi College have thrived. Over the past ten weeks, Year 7 and 8 students have ignited their creative spirits by freely expressing imaginative ideas in innovative ways.

Based on Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum, the course has empowered students by teaching them core iPad skills which encourages learning through photography, drawing, audio and video.  

Each week, students have learned new techniques such as how to take and edit stunning photos making proper use of angles, lighting, contrast and composition.

With an Apple Pencil, students have used the ‘Mark-up tool’ to add drawings to photographs to tell stories. Sketch-noting has enabled students to draw concrete examples of abstract ideas and Apple Clips has allowed students to record videos that include words, effects and graphics.

“The Digital Creativity Classroom is one of fun, excitement and engagement where the class time is always too short and students don’t want to turn off their devices and end the lesson even after the bell has gone.”
Rhonda Armenti (Digital Creativity Teacher)

Digital Creativity supports the College’s Vision for Learning, ‘Ignite the Spirit’ which has connection, curiosity, challenge and creativity as its pedagogical foundation. By building a culture of creativity with an iPad, Year 7 and 8 students have discovered new talents and developed innovative ways to show their learning. We are beginning to see drawing, photography, video and audio being integrated into curriculum classes.

“I like learning these skills because they will help me use them in other subjects – for example, I used Clips in a Science project to make it more interesting.”
Xavier (Year 7 student)

If you’d like to see more Digital Creativity, check out the hashtag, #CorpusCreates on Twitter for snap-shots of the course in action. You can also download Apple’s ‘Everyone Can Create’ project guides free from Apple Books.

Jamie Clark


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2019 Extra-Curricular Dance

It’s been a busy Term with all things dance, as this year we have welcomed back the Boyz Dance Crew, and have enjoyed our newest addition, Dance Club. These groups run separately from our Dance Company and Collective, and no prior experience is required.

Dance Club is a brand new group created for 2019. This Club is specifically for those in Years 7 and 8 who would like to start dancing or just come along for a fun class. These classes are run by dance teacher, Miss Emma Wells on Wednesday afternoons. In Dance Club, the students learn a range of dance genres and are given the opportunity to perform at the Dance Open Evening in Term 2.

 With this positive learning environment and fun space to learn more about dance, the students have already started to make great friendships. When asked what they love most about Dance Club some of our students responded with:

 “It’s fun because you get to dance extra times in the week, and we get to do leaps!”- Alyssa

 “It’s a really fun activity to do with your friends”- Ella

 “Meeting new friends and having fun!”- Juliette

 “You can show your emotions through dance. You can also share your ideas with everyone.”- Shari

The Boyz Dance Crew is targeted for all those boys out there who enjoy getting together once a week, learning new moves and having fun dancing. This crew is run by Hip Hop specialist, Drew, who is currently working on a Military routine with the boys on Wednesday afternoons. In the Boyz Dance Crew, the focus is on developing skills in hip hop, break dancing and street dance.

Below is what some of the boys had to say about their crew:

 “I have been doing [dance] since 2015, the main aspect that I like is that it brings all the year groups together. It breaks the boundaries that guys have about getting out of their shell, where you can express yourself a lot more freely than what you can do in sport. In dance, you can be yourself without any consequences or boundaries stopping you.”- Samuel

 “Boyz dance gives each of the boys an outlet for their emotions and helps them with physical and mental growth.”- Andrew

 “It’s fun!”- Hamish

“You workout even though you don’t realise it, because it’s fun.”- Dieter

It’s not too late to get involved with extra-curricular dance in Term 2, 2019.

If you have questions and want to join, please see Arts Administrator, Michelle Hunt for more information.

Michelle Hunt: or 6332 2603.


Digital Creativity for all Learners

Our new Digital Creativity course for Year 7 and 8 has made a massive impact on our students with disabilities at Corpus Christi College. The course is based on Apple’s Everyone Can Create curriculum and is designed to provide students with core digital skills in photography, video, audio and drawing.

Corpus Christi College is one of only two coeducational high schools in Western Australia with the prestigious designation from Apple of being an Apple Distinguished School. Allowing students access to 1-1 devices, Corpus is a pioneering force in secondary education, with each student receiving a personalised learning experience.

Every week, students participate in two Digital Creativity lessons to help consolidate their learning. Students have loved showing off their newfound creative talents by teaching staff and older students with disabilities how to execute the perfect photo, draw a realistic self-portrait and map-out a detailed sketch-note of their favourite holiday destination.  

“As Digital Creativity has given the students the opportunity to showcase their learning in different formats, we have seen their confidence and self-esteem sky-rocket. Students are able to engage and communicate in different ways which simply weren’t possible before.”
Frances Whiting (Educational Support Teacher)

As well as developing their fine-motor skills, creativity with iPads has also empowered the students in showing their understanding of a topic. For example, in Science they use Mark-up to annotate and draw on a photo to show how electricity works. In Life Skills class, they draw on photos in Keynote and insert audio to explain how to tell the time.

If you’d like to see more Digital Creativity, check out the hashtag, #CorpusCreates on Twitter for snap-shots of the course in action.

Jamie Clark

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2018 Award Winners

We have achieved some outstanding ATAR results with our graduating class of 2018 achieving a higher median result than the state median, and a third of our ATAR students achieving a score of 90 or above.

A special congratulations to our College Dux, Rohan Bay who achieved the highest rank of 99.7 and our Proxime Accessit Andrea Lee who achieved 99.00 followed closely by Owen Thamrin (98.8), Jessica De Freitas Basilio (98.4) and Beth Fimmell (98.2).

We are very proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by all our 2018 Year 12 cohort and wish them all well in their future endeavours as they go forward and share the Corpus Spirit in the community.