From The Principal - e-News 14

Dear Parents

Education at Corpus is a multi-faceted experience for our students. Never has this been more evident than in the past few weeks.

Many of our Year 12 students will be exercising their democratic right as voting citizens for the very first time. As Catholics, we are challenged to inform our conscience, to pray and discern prior to making decisions such as this one. Discussions which occur in classrooms will promote knowledge and understanding of all sides of arguments, whilst informing students of the Church’s view and the reasoning behind the teaching. Extremist views which deride one view or another, whether vilifying a person or using vulgar terminology is certainly not acting in a Christ-like way. To know and love Jesus, to show this in how we treat our neighbor regardless of their circumstances or way of life, to try to be more like Him on our journey through life. This is the essence of a Catholic education.

The Pastoral Care program at the College is thoroughly focused on student wellbeing through building resilience and offering timely support. Two examples of recent experiences for our students include:

·            Paul Dillon spoke on Alcohol, Drugs, Parties, and Risk taking behavior – on different age appropriate themes to Year 10, 11 and 12 students.  The students tell me they look forward to these talks each year, and learn a great deal from Paul and the expertise he brings to his presentation.

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·            As part of the Act-Belong-Commit Healthy School Program and celebrating R U Ok? day, College Counsellors Rachel Goodchild and Luisa Rossi coordinated the Healthy Lunch hour in Week Nine. It was wonderful to see staff and students commit to participate in a range of activities and access information about a range of local support agencies, staff and students mingling in the Mater Christi Avenue on a brilliant, sunny day. Stalls included Melville City Council youth officers, Jets Fitness Club, the Barnyard Buddies held all sorts of animals for our students to cuddle, Young Vinnies, Art Therapy, martial arts, a very popular silent disco, Boys Circuit and Group Fitness classes, a Dairy Free Icecream van, the ever popular Boost Juice caravan, and many more activities and stalls.

The multi-faceted experience for our students has also been evident outside the classroom, in the broad range of activities our students are involved in. I list some of these in celebration of the last month at Corpus:

·        Associated and Catholic Colleges’ Athletics A Grade Carnival held at Challenger Stadium, with the Corpus team achieving a commendable equal second with Peter Moyes Anglican School, first achieved by Sacred Heart College. Ours is a fine achievement when you consider the number of schools in the entire competition, and our second year of recording second. With outstanding individual performances and records broken, please check the details Head of Sport James Howard has recorded.

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·        Shield winners The CELTIC band received rapturous applause after performing at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival Final Concert at the Perth Concert Hall.

·        In our new building projects, we create facilities which are flexible and have a range of purposes. James Nestor Centre is one such example: it houses dance and drama classes, it is a performance space, it is our Exhibition Centre and our Examination Centre. For the last few weeks of term, a number of exhibitions were held in the James Nestor Centre showcasing our students’ talents, all with high level attendance by parents and our community:

o   The annual Arts/T&E Kaleidoscope exhibition was an outstanding success. Given 3 students received major honours at the Catholic system’s Fra Angelico Awards night recently, it is no surprise that the talent exhibited was of a very high standard. Included in the exhibition week was the Year 12 Drama and Dance performances, and for our Year 7s, grandparents were honoured at the Grandparents Mass with refreshment provided in front of the Mater Christi Centre and tours of Kaleidoscope.

o   With a Year 7/8 Drama production on Tuesday and a Year 9 Production on Wednesday night this week, I take this opportunity to thank Directors James Dove and Adrian Richmond on the preparation of students who are involved.

o   Year 9 Personal Project Exhibition made up of more than 200 booths. Congratulations to Head of Year 9 Yvette Pearce.

o   Celebrating Excellence Evening showcasing our individual talented and gifted program projects, this event coordinated by Filipa Carvalho. Many students were presented with badges and certificates after showcasing their projects.

 ·       The selection of the 2018 Prefect Committee from our Year 11 cohort has now been finalized.  A rigorous process including Head Boy & Head Girl nominees delivered speeches in front of their peers, Year 11 and Year 10 students, followed by voting by staff and students and an interview with the Principal. I congratulate Liam Rego and Jessica DeFreitas Basilio on their appointment as Head Boy and Girl respectively, a role which will commence in Term 4 after our Year 12 students graduate.

·       Year 8 STEM project: Year 8 Science, Technology and Mathematics teachers worked on a collaborative project which students learned a great deal and enjoyed immensely. ‘Project Centre’ was the Tony Curtis Centre!

·       Parent Nights: Year 9 to Year 10 2017: The major theme of the night focused on Year 9 students selecting either an ATAR pathway for RE, English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities, or selecting a Vocational Pathway in these subjects which also opens the door to some workplace learning opportunities during the year. A number of students have also opted to commence Year 11 WACE courses in Year 10, so are studying such courses in Mathematics, English Literature, or Economics.

On behalf of the Corpus community, I take this opportunity to thank all the staff who have been involved in the preparation of students for these events.

Certificate of Endeavour Awards

 orpus Christi Certificate of Endeavour Awards will be presented at Assemblies this week. As I signed these certificates, I was delighted to see a broad range of students who work very hard but often do not received the highest marks in subjects achieve these special awards which are presented twice per year.

 The Certificate of Endeavour is awarded to a student who has demonstrated:

·       outstanding effort over the term

·       consistent application in class

·       positive cooperation and

·       thorough completion of homework and assignment tasks.

I congratulate all students who have worked above and beyond!

Staff Movements

With Jen Overend having commenced parental leave, we welcomed the return of Chanel Fenwick who will be acting as Head of Year 8 until end of year.

I take this opportunity to farewell long serving Administration Assistant Regina Barnett, who is leaving the College at the end of term after almost fifteen years of service at the College. Initially appointed as the PA to the Deputy Principals, her role included a variety of general clerical duties, including taking minutes of various meetings, assisting with curriculum matters including producing relief teacher schedules, organising examination supervision, assisting with the coordination of Parent/Teacher/Student interviews, and maintaining and updating data in Maze, the main data base system used by the College. Regina is a faith filled staff member, whose unwavering commitment to College values, her integrity and her uncompromising commitment to excellence in all the tasks that she was given, had made her an invaluable member of staff. We wish Regina all the best as she pursues new challenges and ventures

I take this opportunity to also farewell those who covered staff on leave, including Italian teacher Monica Smokrovic, and Health and Physical Education teacher Kristen Nairn. We are delighted Kristen will be returning next year to cover another contracted position.

I take this opportunity to thank those who had acting roles this term: Sue Cooper who covered the Head of Languages, and Wendy Quint, who covered two roles, the Head of Vocation and Transition, as well as Workplace Learning Coordinator. I am delighted Wendy will continue as the Workplace Learning Coordinator from next term.

Next term, Science teacher Jo Stevens, ESC teacher Brooke Bleakely, Library Assistant Joan Fodor, and Humanities teacher Lidia DeGiuseppe (from Week 4), will be on leave. We wish them all a well-earned rest.

Year 12 Trial WACE, WACE Practical Examinations, Year 11 Examinations

Please keep mind many of our Year 12 students who will be focussed on their studies and will sit for their trial WACE Examinations in the second week of the holidays. A number of students have already commenced their WACE Practical Examinations, which will continue into the first week of the holidays.

Year 11 students will also be studying for their examinations that commence on the first week in Term Four as they complete their Year 11 courses. 

These students will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.

Irrespective, please have a safe and restful holiday with your families, returning on Monday 9 October all energised and ready to welcome the final term in our academic year.

Best wishes and God bless

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

Senior School e-News 14

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On Monday the 18th September, the Year 10-12 students had the pleasure of attending a talk on drug and alcohol education conducted by Paul Dillon.

Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through his own business, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.

In recent years, he has worked extensively with a range of sporting organisations including the Australian Cricketers Association, the Rugby Union Players Association and the Football Federation of Australia to provide training workshops to elite athletes on a range of alcohol and other drug issues. In 2009 his best-selling book for parents was released titled ‘Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs‘. With a broad knowledge of a range of content areas, Paul regularly provides media comment and is regarded as a key social commentator in Australia, appearing on a wide range of television programs including Sunrise, TODAY and The Project discussing topical issues.  Paul also had a regular spot on a national radio program on Triple J for seven years where he dealt with current youth drug issues. Paul also has a blog where he discusses topical issues of the day, as well as addressing some of the questions and queries he is regularly asked by those attending his presentations.

Corpus Student Wins Gold!

Over the weekend of 16/17 September, Lola Davies won two gold medals at the State Rowing Championships held at Champion Lakes, Armadale.

Lola won a gold medal as part of a Womens Coxed Quad (D Division) and then backed up later that day by winning gold in the Womens Single scull (D Division).

The Championships are an open competition, with Lola being in Yr 10, she was the youngest competitor in her Single sculls race.

It is a reward for the efforts she applies in training, which is generally five times per week, with very early morning starts.

Congratulations Lola!

Middle School e-News 14

 

Mr Frank Italiano

Deputy Principal Middle School

 

Reporting

No SEQTA Reports are issued at the end of Term 3.

 

Awards

Term 3 Awards (Middle School and Senior School)

The College acknowledges student performance in Terms One and Three with the Certificate of Endeavour. The Certificate of Endeavour will be awarded to a student in every class who has demonstrated:

·      outstanding effort over the term

·      consistent application in class

·      positive cooperation and

·      thorough completion of homework and assignment tasks.

 

Enrolments - Student withdrawal

Due notice of the withdrawal of a student requires one full term’s notice in writing, to the Principal. Verbal notification or notification to another staff member is not considered due notice. This notice may be emailed to the College Registrar registrar@corpus.wa.edu.au 

If due notice is not provided, one term’s fee of the current annual tuition fee will be charged in lieu.

Student Success – Creativity

Creativity is the ability to generate and communicate original ideas and appreciate the nature of beauty. It fosters imagination and innovation.

We inspire creativity when we encourage young people to express themselves through writing, poetry, acting, photography, art, digital media, unstructured play, etc. When we notice and praise them for thinking outside the box and taking risks, their imaginations blossom.

Can we learn to be smarter and more creative?

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HUMANITIES COMPETITIONS 2017 AWARD WINNERS

 Mr James Ramsey

Head of Humanities

On behalf of the Humanities Learning Area it gives me great pleasure to acknowledge students who achieved outstanding results in the recent Australian Geography Competition and the Australian History Competition.

The Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students which assesses their geographical knowledge and skills. The competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.

Over 70,000 students from all over Australia competed in the competition this year and there were a number of excellent performances from Corpus students.

The following students achieved outstanding results.

AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION

 Year 7

DISTINCTION - The following students achieved a distinction. They were in the top 10 % of all participants.

Hudson Craig Power

Sophia Covella

Emmanuel Foo

Hugh Livingstone

Kade Macdonald

Isabella Rossi

Thomas Vajda

Charley Wehr

 HIGH DISTINCTION - One students achieved a high distinction. They were in the top 5% of all participants.

Elke Ruane

Year 8

 DISTINCTION - The following students achieved a distinction

Joseph Diaz

Thomas Erkes

Amy Fimmel

Gianni Petta

 HIGH DISTINCTION - One student in Year 8 achieved a high distinction.

Anna Thomson

 Year 9 -

DISTINCTION - The following students achieved a distinction

Mary Alamiyo

Claire Cantwell

Tyler Savy

 HIGH DISTINCTION - One student in Year 8 achieved a high distinction.

Leeuwin Pavy

 ONE STUDENT ACHIEVED AN OUTSTANDING RESULT – SHE WAS IN THE TOP 1% IN AUSTRALIA FROM THE 70,000 STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED. THIS IS A PHENOMENAL EFFORT.

Siobhan Stevens

 AUSTRALIAN HISTORY COMPETITION

Thousands of students from all over Australia participated. Students knowledge, skills and understandings of history were assessed by the competition.

The following students achieved outstanding results.

Year 8

DISTINCTION – The following students in Year 8 achieved a distinction

Ashton Chow

Wiliam Ellement-Hughes

Alira Malan

Elijah White-U

Lawrence Vasta

 HIGH DISTINCTION –  ONE STUDENT IN YEAR 8 ACHIEVED IN THE TOP 5% OF STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIA. THIS IS A REMARKABLE EFFORT. HE ACHIEVED 88% IN THE COMPETITION. CLEARLY HE IS A VERY TALENTED YOUNG HISTORIAN.

Thomas Hussey 88%

 

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS SCIENCE COMPETITION 2017

 

 Ms Sally Farrington

Head of Science

We have now received the results of the Australian Schools Science Competition that was conducted in May 2017. Schools in Australia and many other countries participated.

This year 47 Year 7 and 56 Year 9 students from Corpus Christi College entered and achieved very creditable results.

Students from this school were awarded 9 Certificates of Distinction (within the top 15% of the state), 33 Certificates of Credit (within the top 40% of the state) 25 Certificates of Merit and 36Certificates of Participation.

In Year 7, congratulations for achieving Distinctions to HUDSON CRAIG-POWER, EMMANUEL FOO, HUGH LIVINGSTONE and CAMERON HOLLOWAY.

In Year 7, congratulations for achieving Credits to JENNIFER TASSONE, JENNIFER KING, SARAH SCARR, AUDREY HO, ELKE RUANE, CARMEN WONG, OLIVER GEORGE, THOMAS REID, KADE MACDONALD, THOMAS VAJDA, GRACE HARBEN, TOBY MARSHALL, MICHAEL BOVET, ISABELLA ROSSI and DICKSON PHOON.

In Year 9, congratulations for achieving Distinctions to THOMAS NICHOLLS, DIETER CADZOW, TYLER SAVY, EDISON FOO and CALLUM GARLAND.

In Year 9, congratulations for achieving Credits to SIOBHAN STEVENS,  KALEA GOWLAND, NICHOLAS NG,  BYRON DEVENE,  SARA POI, TERINDER RIKHRAJ, LACHLAN ALLEN, MOSAIA MCDONALD, ADAM NERI, MELVIN DING, JAMIE HOLLOWAY, SHERNEI LAM, LEEUWIN PAVY, MARINA PIPER, CHLOE JAMES, KONRAD RUCKI, DANIEL SANTINI and RAHUL CORREIA.

Finally, well done to all those who committed themselves to the extra work required studying for this competition.

Aurecon Bridge Building Competition 2017

Mrs K Rourke

On Friday, 11th August 2017, two teams of three Year 9 students took part in the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition held in Western Australlia at Scitech. Bridges had to be made from only 200 grams of balsa wood and cardboard but had to span a distance of 650 mm. Over 40 schools submitted entries.

Many lunch times in Term 2 as well as many before and after school hours, together with a couple Sunday’s in Term 3, were spent in designing and building their bridge with the limited amount of materials permitted.

Judging of the bridges included aesthetics as well as strength.

We congratulate Thomas Berkovic, Edison Foo and Thomas Nicholls for coming fourth in their group of 20 schools. Their bridge supported a load of 35.0 kg.

We also congratulate Konrad Rucki, Yannick Machado and Brandon Lim for coming eleventh in their group of 20 schools. Their bridge supported a load of 7.2 kg. The judges commented on the innovative design of this bridge.

The winning school was Baldivis Secondary College whose bridge supported a load of 81.3 kg.

All of the students were challenged by this fun activity and it has, perhaps, sparked an interest in a career in Engineering.

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Year 8 Social

The Year 8 social was held in the auditorium on the first of September. It was a fun-filled night complete with games, pizza and a selection of popular tunes. The auditorium was decorated with festive balloons and colourful lights! The DJ prepared some really good song choices, and the Year eights took to the stage to show off their best moves. He rewarded these dancers with flashing sunglasses, light-up rings and other cool accessories.

While the students were dancing and socialising, they had the option to participate in minute to win it games. We had a pantyhose on the head skittle race, cookie face challenges and many more hilarious and enjoyable activities. There was even a ‘hold a spaghetti in your mouth and loop the fruit loops onto it’ game (which ended in a fierce playoff between the two finalists)! It was really fun to see the enthusiasm and energy in the year eights as they participated with their friends.

After a few hours of fun, the students went outside for some hot pizza and soft drink. There was a great variety of flavours to choose from and people really enjoyed the dinner. Once we had eaten our fill, we headed back into the auditorium for some more dancing (a highlight was definitely the Macarena). To cap off the night, we had a short awards ceremony to acknowledge the ‘minute to win it games’ winners, the best dressed male and female and the best dancers of the night. It was definitely a night to remember. (Megan Schutte)

Year 9s: A Day in the Life of a Murdoch University Student A day in the life of a Murdoch University student

Do you want to experience what it’s like to be a Murdoch University student for a day?

If you are currently in Year 9 or 10, we have the perfect opportunity for you! Join us for the day as you create your own customised university timetable of activities, and meet new friends while you explore the campus and take part in hands-on workshops in areas that interest you. You will have the chance to speak with current Murdoch students and learn from the talented and inspiring lecturers that teach here.

Spots are limited, so register today! There are two dates available, but you will only be able to sign up for one of the dates.

Date option 1: Wednesday 27 September 2017
Date option 2: Thursday 28 September 2017
[Please note that the subject areas are the same on both dates]

Cost: Free! You only need to bring money for your lunch.

Time: 8.00am – 3.45pm

 

Year 7 Grandparents Mass

 Mr Mark Barron

Head of Year 7

Grandparents Mass

On the 14th of September, the Year 7’s and their Grandparents met at St. Thomas More Parish Catholic Church for a celebration of the exaltation of the cross. During this mass, we celebrated our grandparent’s wisdom and kindness, and we also remembered those who have passed before us. After this special mass, our Year 7s escorted their grandparents to a pleasant morning tea and a tour around the Art and Technology Exhibition. Overall, this was a very pleasant occasion and it showed our grandparents what an amazing school this is. 

(Hugh Livingstone and May Hopwood)

Success in NCSS Programming Challenge

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Over the past five weeks Corpus Christi College's top coders have been competing in a informatics problem solving competition during the dark of night after their normal homework is done.

The NCSS Challenge is an online competition hosted by the University of Sydney and sponsored by technology giants like Google and Atlassian.  

Each week students are given five questions of varying difficulty which they must complete before Sunday 11:00pm (EST).  Participants are tasked with designing algorithms to solve real-life problems according to provided inputs and outputs.

This year we have had some very pleasing results from the Middle School.  Edison Foo (Year 9) and Thomas Erkes (Year 8) both received a perfect score in the competition.  Thomas Nicholls (Year 9), Jacob D’Aurizio (Year 8) and Jacinta Symons (Year 8) all received a High Distinction for their respective age brackets.

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Competitive programming is still relatively new at Corpus Christi College, however, are seeing an increased interest from both male and female students as the community continues to weigh the growing importance of digital literacy.  Students’ demand for technology-rich, sustainable careers is on the rise and the College is committed to helping its students achieve their vision.

The next event on the Computer Science calendar is the Year 7 Informatics Coding Camp which will take place over the weekend at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp.

Year 9 Personal Project Exhibition 2017

On the evening of Tuesday 5 September, the Year 9’s thirteen-week efforts culminated in the Year 9 Personal Project Exhibition at the James Nestor Performing Arts Centre.

Earlier in the year, our Year 9 students were assigned the task of developing and delivering a Personal Project of their choice, with every student being given the opportunity to be mentored by a Corpus Christi staff member as part of the process. The diversity of projects showed the range of talent and interests amongst our students. Projects included forays into: fashion design, photography, visual arts, woodwork and metalwork, gardening, beauty and skincare, computer gaming, writing and publishing, sports, cooking, travel blogging, textiles, and more.

In the bible, James 1 asks us to account for hardships as joy, because such moments grow our faith, because trials test our faith. Each experience and trial that our Year 9 students encountered has granted them a deeper, stronger level of faith. In persisting through challenges, the students have especially become more resilient and tenacious. Their commitment in achieving all of the Learner Profile qualities is to be highly commended. Each and every Personal Project has value, and the personal growth involved for each student is arguably priceless.

On the night, attendees were given the opportunity to vote for People’s Choice Award, nominating the projects they believed best embodied the aims of the Personal Project initiative. The votes have been counted and the two students who achieved the most votes were presented with the People’s Choice Award after the exhibition. The College congratulates the winners, Luke Waller and Grace Kingston. Luke produced a documentary about his life with cerebral palsy and Grace produced and distributed care packages. Both students are deserving winners of the award.

The Personal Project is an integral part of the Year 9 curriculum and will continue to grow in the coming years with the amazing support of parents, teachers and peers.

Celebrating Excellence at Corpus

The Celebrating Excellence evening that took place on Thursday 31st August, and was yet again was a huge success with students showcasing a diverse range of projects. Fifty two Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP) students exhibited the project they have been working on throughout the last fifteen weeks. Students have worked either individually or collaboratively with their peers on a project of their choice. During this time, students researched their topic, planned and designed their project, carried it out, made required adjustments, reported on their findings and presented their final product in various different ways. Some students have submitted their project to the Tim Winton Short Story competition.

At Corpus Christi College we seek to meet the diverse learning needs of all our students. The College Academic Excellence Program aims to:

  • Empower students to strive for excellence and achieve at their true potential.
  • Maximise the potential of all students, converting their gifts into talents.
  • Provide students with a positive environment as a result of being involved in unique opportunities.
  • Train gifted and talented students to ensure correct attitudes and approaches to learning are nurtured and developed.
  • Identify and support underachieving students as well as maintain academically able students, motivated.
  • Ensure that selected students excel at the attributes identified in the Corpus Christi College Learner Profile.

This year, we were again fortunate to have six Murdoch University Student Ambassadors as mentors for six of the student projects. At the start of the program, students in Years 9 and 10 were able to nominate themselves to work with a Murdoch Student Ambassador. Each ambassador met with their student or group of students weekly or fortnightly at the College either before school or after school. Having had a student ambassador as a mentor not only provided students with the guidance and support they needed but they challenged student thinking, helped them to overcome hurdles and gave them access to Murdoch University resources.  I would like to acknowledge the work of Ms Becca Pink and Mr Jason Dohle for coordinating the program and to all the student ambassadors for providing our students with the required support.

The projects were judged in three categories: The Arts, Science and Technology. The categories were judged based on: Creativity and Innovation, Technical skill and Academic Excellence. For each category one first place or excellence award was awarded and 2 or 3 merit awards for the runners up were also awarded. In addition, there was a People’s Choice Award and a Prestigious Corpus Christi College Learner Profile Award for the student who displayed the most Learner Profile attributes. (see results table below).

All students are to be congratulated for all their commitment to the Academic Excellence Extension Program for producing project of utmost high quality displaying excellence.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who have helped make this program a success or helped out during the Celebrating Excellence evening. (Listed below)

Awards

People’s Choice

Joseph Damiano, Mia Chan and Joshua Kang for their ‘Genetic Prosthetic’.

Corpus Christi Learner Profile

Brett Nigli

Arts

Excellence: Abbey Janssen for her animation ‘R u ok?’

Merit: Kathryn Tan and Victoria Ann Chong for their Music of the ‘Psalm of David’

Merit Kalea Gowland for her monologue 'Fire the boys' by Gabriel Davis from the book 'Hello, Goodbye, Peace'.

Science

Excellence: Ella Waddy for her project ‘Flight Through The Ages’

Merit: Shannon Rees and Sophia Connolly for their website ‘Our World of Sciences’

Merit: Joseph Damiano, Mia Chan and Joshua Kang for their ‘Genetic Prosthetic’.

Technology

Excellence: Max Coten for his ‘3D Printed Robotic Arm’

Merit: Brett Nigli for  for his ‘Quadcopter Build and Design’

Merit: Leah and Adriana Romeo for their ‘Click or NOT to Click’ the Cyber Awareness of Corpus

Merit: Marcus Oudin for his his game “The World of Code’

Acknowledgements

  • Grounds staff - Mr Chris Carbone and maintenance staff for all the setting up and clean up.
  • Cafeteria staff - for all the wonderful catering.
  • Mrs Karen Rourke, Mrs Claudia Laboudeuse, Mr Johnny Ho and Mr Daniel Budd - for working with the students through the Academic Excellence Extension Program.
  • Claudia Laboudeuse for helping with the Celebrating Excellence evening
  • Joshua Kang, Joseph Damiano and Mia Chan for being excellent presenters and hosts.
  • Tiana Inman for all the video footage and photos taken
  • Mr Evan Georgopoulos and the ICT department in general for making all the technology, sound etc work
  • Mr David Harries and the Year 12 ATAR student musicians, Dominic Davis, Nicholas Ng and Kalea Gowland for their wonderful performances
  • Student helpers who assisted with the set-up and serving of food on the day.
  • Mr Marcus Passauer for all the PR and work behind the scenes
  • Guest Judges - Mrs Jody Rubery, Mr Doug Loader and Mr Lincoln Morton for accepting the invitation to judge our diverse projects.
  • Guest Speaker - Bruce Gardiner for his interesting speech.
  • Celeste Marinovich and Rosita Chan (parent helpers) who helped out at the Celebrating Excellence evening.
  • All students for being part of the Academic Excellence extension program at Corpus and for once again creating work of high standards and excellence.
  • Mrs Prendergast, Mr Italiano and all the leadership team for embracing the vision.

 

e-News 13 - 2017

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From The Principal

Dear parents

Representatives from The Fathering Project met with me recently, to explore our possible involvement in this opportunity for fathers and father-figures in our school. The Fathering Project utilises researched evidence to develop programs and initiatives, to assist and encourage fathers to realise how important they are in a child's life, inspire them to become involved with their children and give them advice and opportunities on how to do this....


Middle School News

Individual NAPLAN 2017 student reports will be distributed to all families. Students will receive a personalised envelope in Homeroom by Wednesday 30 August. If you have not received your copy, please contact the College.



 

For Sale - Signed Dockers Jersey.

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In the lead-up to the Community Cup game on Tuesday afternoon (19 September, Week 10), we are auctioning off a 2016 signed Dockers Jumper, which includes Matthew Pavlich’s autograph.

This will be to raise money for Silver Chain, which is a charity group nominated by Mr Sackett, for the support they gave him and his family. Silver Chain is a not-for-profit organisation that has provided home community care across Australia for over 100 years. They help people of all ages to receive the care that they need to remain healthy and happy at home. Mr Sackett found their support in assisting him and his young three children extremely helpful.

Please click here to commence bidding. Good luck!

Winner will be announced Tuesday 19 September at the conclusion of the football game between Emmanuel Catholic College and Corpus Christi College played at Emmanuel.

From The Principal - e-News 13

Dear parents

Representatives from The Fathering Project met with me recently, to explore our possible involvement in this opportunity for fathers and father-figures in our school. The Fathering Project utilises researched evidence to develop programs and initiatives, to assist and encourage fathers to realise how important they are in a child's life, inspire them to become involved with their children and give them advice and opportunities on how to do this. This project will be run by Corpus fathers, for Corpus fathers -  a community building and supportive group. The College will email parents with more information soon. I take this opportunity to wish all our dads, in fact all father figures in families, a Happy Fathers’ Day on Sunday.

Students involved in the Academic Excellence program will participate in the Celebrating Excellence Evening this week, with presentations being made by Vice Principal Mrs Karen Prendergast and Deputy Principal Middle School, Mr Frank Italiano. Head of Academic Excellence Mrs Filipa Carvalho has guided these students with the assistance of many specialists in the field, with projects being presented on the night. Congratulations to all the students involved in this program.

Several events have been timetabled in the next fortnight including the Personal Project Exhibition, a premiere event for our Year 9 students. I look forward to seeing many parents, extended families and friends at the opening on Tuesday 5 September at 6.30pm, in the James Nestor Performing Arts Centre.

The following week will focus on our annual Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition, with the opening scheduled on Wednesday 13 September at 6.30pm in the James Nestor Performing Arts Centre. Given three of our students won major awards at the CEWA Angelico Exhibition including the major award, I would encourage families to come along to view this high-quality exhibition of outstanding creations by our very talented students.

Teaching and Learning @ Corpus

Earlier in the year, parents contributed to a survey on our curriculum, teaching and learning practices. On the road to continual improvement, our teachers and leaders coordinate many professional learning opportunities for colleagues within the school, and for the Catholic system. Recently, Head of Humanities Mr James Ramsay, Head of English Mr Marc Caporn and Apple Distinguished Educator Mr Jamie Clark have run short workshops on effective teaching strategies. These staff, and many other teachers are considered leaders in their fields. Some topics included providing formative feedback to improve students’ learning, and developing lesson structure and design. With a focus on creating common approaches in classrooms, shared language around learning, providing lesson clarity, sharing stimulus strategies, connecting the learning to previous knowledge, providing challenging work and reviewing learning, are just some of the principles shared amongst teachers. Using such strategies, students are more engaged, focused and challenged.

College values

The postal vote on same-sex marriage will no doubt generate much discussion within families and in our community. In a Pastoral Letter which was distributed to all parishes recently, Archbishop Costelloe clarified the reasons for the Church’s teaching and encouraged all to reflect deeply on the issue. I am reminded we are called to inform our conscience before deciding, and so I include the Pastoral Letter in our e-News this week.  I encourage our community to read in full, with the sensitivity we all feel regarding this issue. From our Archbishop:

                None of this suggests that there should be any unjust discrimination against same-sex couples. Nor does it suggest that legal protections and government benefits should be denied to same-sex couples. Many of us have family and friends in same-sex relationships: we love and respect them and want to see them treated with dignity.

Creating a caring and inclusive College community is one of our stated values, one which is focused on the primary gospel value of love. At Corpus Christi College, we don’t take this lightly, shaping our culture and practices to ensure they are in keeping with our values. In this context, Pope Francis’ call needs to be heeded: “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”

 

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                     PASTORAL LETTER

                     Same-Sex Marriage

 

The Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB

Archbishop of Perth

17 August 2017

Download the full text in PDF

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you will all be aware recent political developments have meant that the issue of same-sex marriage is once again in the forefront of people’s minds.

In this short Pastoral Letter, I want to offer some general reflections on the Catholic Church’s teachings about, and approach to, this important question. You may remember that I have already written to you about this before – in 2015. However, as you take steps to ensure that you are enrolled to vote, as I sincerely hope you will, in the postal plebiscite which may soon take place, and as you consider how you intend to vote, it seems opportune for me to address this matter again. And if necessary, I will follow this up with a more detailed discussion on the implications of this matter in a further letter.

My intention in putting pen to paper at this time is to clarify for you all, as best I can, the reasons for the Church’s teaching and to encourage you to reflect deeply on this issue, which is of such concern to so many people. This is my responsibility as your Archbishop. I hope you will receive and read this letter, and others which may follow, in the spirit in which they are written.

At the outset, I wish to state quite clearly that the Catholic Church, through its official teaching, cannot support proposals for the changing of the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. In affirming this long-standing position, it is important to remember that it is based on our convictions about the beauty and dignity of marriage understood as the union of a man and a woman for life, and as the best way to provide for the upbringing of children. Furthermore, it is a position based on the principle that in making decisions about such an important matter, both the desires and needs of the individuals concerned, and the stability and well-being of our society as a whole, must be given careful consideration.

The Church’s teachings are grounded in our religious convictions, and especially in our belief in a personal God who is the creator and sustainer of all life, and whose creative design is written into the nature of creation itself and especially into the nature of humanity. That our convictions are based on these foundational beliefs should not be a surprise to anyone: we are a religious organisation. Nor should the religious foundations of our convictions disqualify us from engagement in the public discussion on these important matters. Belief in God is no less worthy a way to approach these questions than is the denial of the existence of God, or the belief that the “God-question” is irrelevant. There are many ways of understanding life and many ways of forming views about what will ultimately lead to greater human flourishing and what, on the contrary, will hinder this flourishing. The Catholic community, no less than any other in our society, has a right to propose its views about what will best serve the interests of our society as a whole. The Catholic community, along with every other community, has no right to impose our views on others. 

Put simply, the Catholic tradition takes the view that our society is best served by retaining the traditional understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, voluntarily entered into for life, which provides the basis for the creation of a family in which, wherever possible, children can be raised in a loving and stable environment by their own mother and father. We acknowledge that not everyone shares this view, but it is a position that until recently has been widely held by most societies, including those which have foundations in the Judeo-Christian heritage. This view presumes that marriage is about more than the mutual love between two people: it is also about the creation of a family. 

In proposing this view, the Church is setting forth an ideal which it knows is not always realised in practice. Many couples are unable to have children, many marriages fail and the children of the marriage are raised in single-parent families, many people enter into new unions in which the children are raised by a parent other than their own, and many children, for a variety of reasons, are raised in situations which fall outside the traditional family structure. In many, and perhaps most, of these situations, the children are raised by people who love them and make great sacrifices for them. We should be very grateful to such generous and loving people. But the fact that the ideal is often not realised in practice does not make the ideal any less worth striving for. It is only traditional marriage which can provide the context in which the full realisation of this ideal is possible. 

None of this suggests that there should be any unjust discrimination against same-sex couples. Nor does it suggest that legal protections and government benefits should be denied to same-sex couples. Many of us have family and friends in same-sex relationships: we love and respect them and want to see them treated with dignity.

It does suggest, however, that the Government has a role to play in the regulating of marriage in our society primarily because marriage is linked to the creation of a family. It is the importance of the family unit in society which justifies the government's role. Questions of personal relationships outside this area should not be subject to government regulation in the way that is being proposed.

There are many views on this complex issue. The way in which it is discussed, and the basis on which decisions are made, will be a measure of the maturity of our society. It is unworthy to suggest that those who argue against the proposed redefinition of marriage are homophobic or in some way lacking in intellectual depth. It is unfair to suggest that they are trying to force their views on others. It is cruel to claim that such people are devoid of love, compassion or understanding for those in same-sex relationships. 

From our point of view as Catholics we seek, as both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI have expressed it, to propose and not to impose. We offer the Church's view as an important contribution to the discussion. We do so respectfully but with genuine concern that the well-being of our society, and of our families in particular, is in play. Let us, as the Catholic community of Perth, pray that the wisdom of God's Holy Spirit will be with us as we exercise our right to vote in the postal plebiscite. Let us pray too for those who must ultimately make these decisions. May they be decisions which will lead to a deeper flourishing of our society, our families and our children.

+Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB

Archbishop of Perth

Best wishes and God bless

 

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

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NAPLAN Results 2017 – Year 7 and 9

Frank Italiano

Deputy Principal Middle School

Individual NAPLAN 2017 student reports will be distributed to all families. Students will receive a personalised envelope in Homeroom by Wednesday 30 August. If you have not received your copy, please contact the College.

For your convenience, the College has also added NAPLAN records in SEQTA.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress. Information specifically for parents and carers can be found in the 2017 NAPLAN information brochure for parents and carers.

How is NAPLAN performance measured?

NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, and is designed to illustrate the range of student performance across the country.

Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia. Information on individual student reports is available in the Student report- information for parents brochure. More detailed information on the reporting of NAPLAN results is available in the Results and reports section.

The following VIDEO presentation provides further information about how to interpret NAP results: · View a video (5 min 39 s) that explains how NAPLAN results are reported, including the individual student report.

 

Attendance Procedures and Reminders

Mr Frank Italiano

Deputy Principal Middle School

 

Notes regarding absence

Absences are to be covered by a written note, an email or a telephone call from a parent/carer. 

Student Services

Students who arrive late (during Homeroom or after period 1 has begun) are required to sign in at Students Services. Those who leave the College for appointments before the end of the school day are also required to attend Student Services to sign out.

Termination Clearances

Written notification from the parent/carer is required when a student is terminating his/her enrolment at the College. The student is also required to obtain a clearance form from Student Services. This enables outstanding book/resource/device loans and accounts to be checked and settled.

Corpus Christi "Boyz Dance Crew" Bounce!

The Corpus Christi College “Boyz Dance Crew” were fortunate enough to attend a training session at Bounce INC. in Cannington in week 7 as a recognition of the training and hard work they put in this year in the build up towards The Catholic Performing Arts Festival. This was the first time in which Boyz Dance was selected to perform and represent the College and since the performance, the boys have received nothing but praise from those who viewed it, a testament to their dedication to this year from every member (and every year group represented).

The Bounce training excursion saw the 18 boys tested with acrobatic, athletic, and flexibility based challenges in the Bounce arena. These were seen as a culmination of a year filled with rigorous challenges and skill building sessions with their teacher Mr Bain, who has worked with the boys on building skills and awareness of dance since the beginning of Term 2. Lots of fun was had on the excursion, and the crew were exhausted at the end, complaining of being starving on the bus ride back to school.

The Corpus Dance department would like to thank each of the boys for trying something new this year, and we look forward to seeing new faces and those who return for more next year in 2018, after Boyz Dance wraps up for the year at the end of Term 3.

Boyz Dance Crew out!

Lauchlan Bain

Dance Teacher

Corpus Dance at Catholic Performing Arts

On Wednesday the 16th of August, 91 Corpus students performed in the Dance section of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. The students have been working on these dance items since the beginning of Term 2 and have dedicated their time and talents to various early morning, weekend and holiday rehearsals.

Corpus Dance Company

After winning the coveted Shield for Secondary Dance at last year’s festival, we have high hopes for this year’s Dance Company. The 82 dancers performed the original dance work ‘Let Them Eat Cake’, choreographed by Caroline Fuhr and Lauchlan Bain. The dance work is a narrative which explores the fickle nature of fame and was inspired by Marie Antoinette, Lady Gaga and Madonna. Clad in neon stockings, Gaga inspired dresses and white ruffled shirts, the dancers created a visual spectacle that was well received by the adjudicators: ‘What a dramatic impact your huge cast had. Clear storytelling through your opening song. Lady Marie (Vivianne Moreno-Sanchez) was very commanding.’

Corpus Collective

Our elite group of talented dancers from Years 7-12 performed the original dance work ‘Move’ choreographed by Lauchlan Bain and Nicki Tarling. ‘Move’ is an abstract exploration of our very human need to keep moving in order to ‘strive, thrive and survive.’  It was a physically demanding work that challenged the dancer’s endurance as well as technique. The adjudicators were very impressed by the piece: ‘The flow of your movement was highly effective and choreographically clever. Great use of space and using the stage to its full potential. Overall, you really held our attention.’

Boyz Dance Crew

This was the first year that our Boyz Dance Crew has performed as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and congratulations must go to the boys for their enthusiasm and courage in the face of what was a new experience for most of them. They performed the original dance work ‘Be A Man!’ choreographed by Lauchlan Bain. This work explores the questions: What does it take to be a man, why do you have to be a man and why does no-one want to tell you how to do it? The boys were a crowd favourite, getting many cheers from both the audience and the other dancers backstage. The adjudicators were similarly heartened by their performance: ‘Lovely commitment and enthusiasm and great to see such a sense of support and teamwork – morale looks high. It’s truly heart-warming to see your enjoyment of dance.’

Well done to all dancers involved. Your commitment and talent is a continual inspiration to us all. Thanks must also go to the parents and families of the dancers for their ongoing support of Dance at the College.

Caroline Fuhr

Dance Co-Ordinator

Corpus Christi College Students Win Major Prizes at Angelico Exhibition

The 24th Secondary Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Students held its official ceremony and awards presentation on Tuesday 15 August, with representatives from over twenty Catholic schools in attendance at the Forrest Centre in Perth’s CBD. Named after the Blessed Fra Angelico, Patron before God of Artists, the exhibition features the top Visual Arts works from Years 7-12 across Western Australia. Catholic Education WA CEO Dr Tim McDonald was also on hand to assist with the prizegiving.

The College congratulates Tyler Sandon, Year 11, for winning the prestigious Fra Angelico Award 2017. Tyler’s coloured pencil drawing ‘Identities’ was selected as the artwork which most embraced and upheld Catholic beliefs and values. Lloniq Lai, Year 11, was runner-up in the Fra Angelico category for her coloured pencil drawing titled ‘Proverbs 22:9’. Lloniq’s work was also nominated for the Caritas Award 2017, which this year was themed ‘Love Your Neighbour’. 

The College congratulates Presley O’Brien, Year 10, who won the Exhibition’s junior category with his 2D acrylic painting ‘Reflections’. In a competitive category which encompassed Years 7-10, Presley’s stellar achievement should not be underestimated.

The Angelico Exhibition is staged annually by Catholic Arts. This year’s exhibited artworks were thematically diverse, with many bold statements depicted through a strong use of colour or clever use of mixed media.

The College would like to thank the Visual Arts team, led by Mrs Gaby Fabris, and highly commends all students whose work was exhibited in 2017. As we head into the mid-point of Term 3, the College is already excited for all the works-in-progress that are coming into fruition for Semester 2.

The Angelico Exhibitions runs until Friday 25 August at the Forrest Centre, Perth.

Device configuration for CEWA migration

Over the long weekend we went through a significant migration of our services to Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). Due to this students and staff will need to configure their devices when they return to school on Tuesday 22nd August.

Select the icon below to download the instructions appropriate to your device.  Please note these changes will need to be done on-campus.

 
 
 

e - News 12 - 2017

From the Principal

Dear parents

Since the beginning of term, many students have been fully engaged in a large number of learning experiences in a variety of fields:  Year 11 students were on Retreat, some experiencing a Camino (walking part of Salvado’s journey from Subiaco to New Norcia), a wellbeing themed Retreat, whilst others participated in the Mulan Immersion program...


Senior School News

 

WACE Checker developed to assist Year 12 students monitor their progress towards achieving the WACE

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is pleased to announce that it has developed a WACE Checker for Year 12 students. The WACE Checker is a tool which Year 12s can use to check their progress towards achieving their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and is now available on the Authority website at: https://wacechecker.scsa.wa.edu.au/wace.


Middle School News

The Year 8 Retreat experience in 2017 was titled Corpus Character. It was chosen around the theme of building one’s character as a child of God, created in His image and likeness with the call and responsibility to grow in and live with by God like qualities.

The presenters at 24/7 Ministry focussed on the concept of ‘who are you as a person?’ The call was to be stewards of the gifts given to us, to nurture and use them to not only enrich our own lives but in sharing these gifts to then enrich the lives of others....



Senior School e-News 12

WACE Checker developed to assist Year 12 students monitor their progress towards achieving the WACE

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority is pleased to announce that it has developed a WACE Checker for Year 12 students. The WACE Checker is a tool which Year 12s can use to check their progress towards achieving their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and is now available on the Authority website at: https://wacechecker.scsa.wa.edu.au/wace.

The WACE Checker is provided as a guide only. The report it gives students must not be interpreted as a guarantee the student will achieve a WACE. Achievement of the WACE is dependent on the calculation of a student’s final results and completion of courses. Individuals are encouraged to consult the WACE Manual for the relevant year, or their school, should they wish to confirm WACE eligibility for a student based on enrolment and predicted/actual achievement.

To use the WACE Checker, students will need to add information about their achievements in Year 11 and their expected achievements in Year 12. The checker will be of most assistance if the information provided for Year 12 is realistic. When students add their anticipated grades for Year 12, they need to add what they realistically expect to achieve this year.

The WACE Checker allows students to save the summary of their input as a Portable Document Format (PDF). They can use this PDF to track their progress and to check the impact of any changes to their enrolment or achievement.

Students can also use a save function which will keep the data entered into the checker for a month. An access code is provided to allow students to use the ‘Fetch My Data’ button when they select that option in the checker.

More information is available under the ‘Tell me more’ button on the checker.

If you require further assistance in using the WACE checker, please contact Mr Messer or Mr Scali at the College.

Middle School e-News 12

Year 8 Character Retreat

Corpus Character 8

The Year 8 Retreat experience in 2017 was titled Corpus Character. It was chosen around the theme of building one’s character as a child of God, created in His image and likeness with the call and responsibility to grow in and live with by God like qualities.

The presenters at 24/7 Ministry focussed on the concept of ‘who are you as a person?’ The call was to be stewards of the gifts given to us, to nurture and use them to not only enrich our own lives but in sharing these gifts to then enrich the lives of others. The gifts that were discussed were focussed on character traits like the gift of friendship, generosity, compassion, loyalty etc.

The students are currently studying about the teaching of Stewardship as part of their Religious Education program and the Character Retreat linked in well with their learning.

Below is a brief report from Year 8 student- Olivia Dellaca on her experiences of the day.

On the 26th of July, Wednesday Week 2 the Year 8 cohort attended the excursion of "Corpus Character", run by the Catholic Youth Ministry Team of 24:7, accompanied by Mrs Coelho, Mr Italiano, Ms Overend and the Year 8 Homeroom Teachers.

The 24:7 Ministry Team are a group of young, friendly Christians who help out all schools who come to learn more about God, to serve within the community.

The Retreat was held in Osborne Park, the headquarters of the Ministry Team and went from 9.30am - 2.30pm. Throughout the day, all Year 8 students participated in various activities, games and sessions, where we learnt more about the creation of God. The retreat started with a game and introduction, working with each other in groups and then progressed through morning tea, videos, worksheets about how God created the earth and how precious we all are. After lunch, we finished with a quiet reflection activity.

As we were leaving, all Year 8’s were given a pot of soil and seeds to plant, to look after and care for, following the same story outline of the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-23).

All the staff at 24:7 made the day fun and exciting. All activities were different and fun, whether it was watching, listening, writing or doing.

The entertainment, games, activities and all the effort that was put into the retreat by 24:7 and the teachers that made it possible, was highly appreciated as the excursion was a great and fun day out!

Mrs Judy Coelho
Coordinator of Liturgies and Retreats

Year 8 Pastoral Program - Alpha Motivation (Motivation and our communication)

Ms Jen Overend

Head of Year 8

Marius Rodari – Theatrical Response Group – Isolation

I found that the presentation was really good and interesting. Parts that I found interesting were the way that they presented, their form of theatre was very good and I found that a visual "show" of sorts helps us understand a lot better than a speech. The discussion section at the end was very interesting and I found that when they asked two students to work with them I found it very involving and funny. The thing I found hard to deal with personally was how straight forward they were in showing a real-life example, it was really sad and showed that bullying hurts a lot. They showed very well.

Benjamin Cutri – Alpha Motivation – Teamwork

Throughout the past two weeks, Year 8 have been given the opportunity to hear from the speakers Alpha Motivation. They presented a new topic regarding motivation and our communication abilities, some things that we can all be lacking or at times may struggle with. During the presentation, we learnt about approximately how many people we can talk to when we need help or advice and how our communication with these people can greatly benefit us in and out of school. These were some great, relevant topics as everyone needs to be motivated in whatever we do and in our modern age of technology some people’s communication can be poor. It was also a very fun presentation as the presenters had thought of a few games that could help us test our communication abilities among our cohort. Overall this was a really fun and enjoyable presentation and I'm positive that future Year 8s could benefit from the same talk.

 

Year 7 Pastoral Program - Mental Well Being

Mark Barron

Head of Year 7

The recent pastoral session began a new unit with a focus on Mental Well Being.  Over the coming Term Year 7s will be covering topics including:

Resilience

Self esteem

Confidence and achievement

Mental health

Social anxiety

Stress

As our students become more embedded into life at Corpus Christi College and friendship groups change and develop it is hugely important that students learn to be resilient. The key focus of sessions includes:

 “Psychological resilience – a person’s ability to adapt to stressful situations and tough times. A resilient person will keep trying until they get the result they desire and have developed coping techniques to help them along the way.”

The Learning Outcomes

·       All Students must correctly identify coping strategies that could aid our resilience in stressful situations.

·       Most Students should describe what each of the different coping strategies for resilience means.

·       Some Students could explain how we can apply the different coping strategies throughout life to enable us to be resilient.

 Year 7’s are to be congratulated on their engagement during the session.  After the session this is what they had to say….

“It was very useful learning how to cope with change and hearing about strategies to become resilient.”

“By becoming self-aware I can adjust to change and be less stressed”

 “It’s very important to always bounce back.  I understand the importance of changing my attitude in different scenarios.”

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CAMBODIA IMMERSION PROGRAMME 2018

 Still interested in joining the Cambodia Immersion Programme in 2018? Open to all students currently in Years 8 & 9.

We have a great itinerary which includes:

·      Understanding the history of Cambodia and why they need help

·      House-building, teaching and community projects

·      NGO organisations and their role in Cambodia, especially the Catholic groups assisting in the country

·      Understanding the culture by experiencing their lifestyle by visiting the temples and local communities, including a floating village.

The programme asks for a commitment from both a parent and the student to work through the experience together, along with a number of staff.

We believe that this is a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of and assist those who are less fortunate than ourselves in a small way as well as enhancing relationships between yourselves, your children and teachers.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Ms Wendy Quint or Mrs Rae Cook if you would like further information or even better, talk to the parents and students of those who attended in 2016.

Year 9 Pastoral Programme

During Period 2 on Monday August 7, the second Year 9 Pastoral Period was run by a number of Year 9 teachers. The emphasis of this session was Social Development and focused on Bullying. The Year 9’s worked through activities and information that discussed the Common Ground we all have and how we can find positive attributes in each person we are asked to work with, sit with or collaborate with. We discussed what bullying is, the causes of bullying, the types of bullying and particularly focused on cyberbullying, as this one of the four most common types of bullying encountered by our youth. 

Within this week’s session the students were asked to identify some of the concerns they have that are causing them stress and are often the basis of bullying. A number of these were; wealth, assessments and grades, belonging to groups, belonging by having a relationship with the opposite sex, and technology and the ability to record images at any time. Students are particularly concerned about the ability of images and recordings to be taken and uploaded to the internet.  The College encourages parents to discuss these concerns with their children and to seek assistance with these matters from the College ICT department or College Counsellors where necessary. 

Students were also made aware of a number of organizations where they can seek assistance; 

Kids Helpline, 

https://kidshelpline.com.au/ 

1800 55 1800

Headspace

https://www.headspace.org.au/

Beat the Bullies website

http://beatthebullies.org/

Born This Way Foundation

https://bornthisway.foundation/

Bullying is becoming more and more frequent among today’s youth with mean, hurtful behaviour that occurs repeatedly in a relationship with an imbalance of power or strength. Open discussion is one of the keys to empowering our youth to prevent and stop bullying.

Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9

 


AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS SCIENCE COMPETITION 2017

 

We have now received the results of the Australian Schools Science Competition that was conducted in May 2017. Schools in Australia and many other countries participated.

This year 47 Year 7 and 56 Year 9 students from Corpus Christi College entered and achieved very creditable results.

Students from this school were awarded 9 Certificates of Distinction (within the top 15% of the state), 33 Certificates of Credit (within the top 40% of the state) 25 Certificates of Merit and 36Certificates of Participation.

In Year 7, congratulations for achieving Distinctions to HUDSON CRAIG-POWER, EMMANUEL FOO, HUGH LIVINGSTONE and CAMERON HOLLOWAY.

In Year 7, congratulations for achieving Credits to JENNIFER TASSONE, JENNIFER KING, SARAH SCARR, AUDREY HO, ELKE RUANE, CARMEN WONG, OLIVER GEORGE, THOMAS REID, KADE MACDONALD, THOMAS VAJDA, GRACE HARBEN, TOBY MARSHALL, MICHAEL BOVET, ISABELLA ROSSI and DICKSON PHOON.

In Year 9, congratulations for achieving Distinctions to THOMAS NICHOLLS, DIETER CADZOW, TYLER SAVY, EDISON FOO and CALLUM GARLAND.

In Year 9, congratulations for achieving Credits to SIOBHAN STEVENS,  KALEA GOWLAND, NICHOLAS NG,  BYRON DEVENE,  SARA POI, TERINDER RIKHRAJ, LACHLAN ALLEN, MOSAIA MCDONALD, ADAM NERI, MELVIN DING, JAMIE HOLLOWAY, SHERNEI LAM, LEEUWIN PAVY, MARINA PIPER, CHLOE JAMES, KONRAD RUCKI, DANIEL SANTINI and RAHUL CORREIA

Finally, well done to all those who committed themselves to the extra work required studying for this competition.

Ms Sally Farrington

Head of Science

From The Principal - e-News 12

Dear parents

Since the beginning of term, many students have been fully engaged in a large number of learning experiences in a variety of fields:  Year 11 students were on Retreat, some experiencing a Camino (walking part of Salvado’s journey from Subiaco to New Norcia), a wellbeing themed Retreat, whilst others participated in the Mulan Immersion program.

The College hosted the Catholic Performing Arts Festival Contemporary Bands which performed in our Auditorium last week. This event was facilitated by Messrs Jim Elliott and David Harries, our Music staff, Arts Captains and senior music students, all who had an extraordinarily busy week assisting in the organisation.

Year 9 students sat the Year 9 Bishops’ Literacy Test recently and are currently finalising their Personal Projects, whilst Year 8 students will be working on their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects this week, organised by the Corpus STEM Committee: Ms Sally Farrington, Mrs Rhonda Armenti, Miss Daisy Coma and Mr Mark Stephens.

Year 10 students have finalised their subject selections, so we have commenced timetabling for 2018 in readiness for their move into Year 11. I thank parents for your support in working with a group of specialised staff who have been assisting your sons and daughters in this next chapter of their secondary schooling.

Year 7 students participated in the second part of their pastoral program examining Mental Health and Wellbeing, the focus on developing a Growth Mindset.

The highlight last week was the Inter-House Athletics Carnival held on Friday, and for the first time, many track events were live-streamed, enabling parents to view their child’s performances whilst at work or home. The weather held out which made the day quite pleasant for all concerned. Merici won the carnival, but I was more proud of the manner in which our students participated on the day, the spirit shown by all who supported one another in the track and field events.

I know I have missed a number of events held in the past month, but for all parents, this provides a window into the busyness of the College and the opportunities afforded our students, who so willingly participated in these learning activities.

Feast of the Assumption

Tuesday 15 August is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. We will be commencing the day with Mass in the Corpus Christi College Community Centre at 8.45am, with all staff and students participating, and parents most welcome to attend.

This day celebrates the belief the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven. In death, she joyfully meets her own son in heaven.

The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, however, we don't know how it first came to be celebrated. In an age of sensuality and materialism, the Assumption points out the dignity and destiny of our human body, extols the dignity of womanhood and turns our eyes to the true life beyond the grave. At Mass on Tuesday, we ask Mary for the grace to keep our minds fixed on things above, and to aspire continually to be united with her and to be brought to the glory of the Resurrection.

We honour Mary, Mater Christi or Mother of Christ at Corpus Christi College, who intercedes on our behalf.

Rosary – a student ministry initiative

The Ministry team led by Rachael Dellaca and Madison Wilde, have invited the community to pray the Rosary at recess on Tuesdays and Thursdays this term. All are welcome to join us in the Chapel. Well done to our students who have led the way!
 

Leading Lights: a CEWA initiative

Leading Lights, Catholic Education WA’s landmark digital transformation initiative, is taking us to the future of education and helping school communities to come together under one identity allowing the system to share, communicate and collaborate in ways we haven’t experienced before. This will see CEWA create a personalised digital learning ecosystem for every single Catholic school in the State, an initiative which will be world class. According to Executive Director Dr Tim McDonald: ‘this will help ensure every student achieves their full potential, every teacher delivers inspiring learning and every school becomes a flourishing, successful school’.

One of the first steps in this process will be for staff and students to have a new email address and password. These credentials will give students and staff easy access to a suite of high standard tools and resources, whilst providing new levels of security and privacy. At Corpus Christi College, our IT staff led by Director of Learning Technologies Mr Daniel Budd and Technical Manager Mr Daniel Chapman, will be conducting this exercise over the August ‘long weekend’, an enormous undertaking. Services will be limited over this weekend. Students have been informed of this information at the College whole school assembly held last week.

Best wishes and God bless

Caroline Payne

Principal