August has been quite an Arts Festival sort of month. Our dance groups performed admirably last Tuesday night, and again, I was proud of their accomplishments. Dance teachers Caroline Fuhr and Caroline Stevenson coordinated three groups, the largest group, the Corpus Dance Company commenced the night’s proceedings, with the Corpus Dance Collective and the Corpus Boyz Dance Crew also performing at the Convention Centre this week. 4 Corpus Choirs perform next Tuesday night at Trinity College, so we wish Selena Barrett and the Music team all the best! We have already been notified we have been awarded a Shield, an Outstanding Award for the Corpus Christi String Ensemble for Secondary Ensembles. As August draws to a close, we have had a large number of Music students perform at various sites all over the Metropolitan area as part of the annual Catholic Performing Arts Festival.
As Year 12 student Tyler Sandon was the Fra Angelico winner last year, Corpus Christi hosted the CEWA Art exhibition earlier this month. We are grateful to Visual Arts teachers Gaby Fabris and Julie Pannell on preparing our students, and along with Head of Arts James Dove, organised a large number of students to assist in providing refreshments to a large crowd at the Forrest Centre. Long-time Flute tutor at Corpus Jo Robertson also entertained guests with our flute ensemble during the evening. I was proud of the enormous contribution made by Arts students at the CEWA Angelico Art Exhibition held in the Forrest Centre, in the city.
We acknowledge the following students who were award recipients at the 2018 Secondary Angelico Exhibition:
Achieving four major awards shows how strong the visual arts program is at Corpus. As parents would be aware, visual arts students work tirelessly behind the scenes to create all sorts of mediums of art work. Many of these works will be exhibited at our own Exhibition held in the James Nestor Centre from Thursday 13 September.
The Academic Excellence evening last Thursday night was a tremendous success. Acting Head of Academic Excellence Jamie Clark has successfully undertaken the leadership and management of our talented and gifted program so that the students have continued to grow and amaze us with their talents. To see the possibilities of virtual reality as the next new technology was inspiring, in fact, all the projects challenged participants to ‘think big’. Congratulations to all involved!
‘Book Week’ held last Friday is usually the last main event organised by our current senior student leaders, the Prefect Committee. The Year 12 students led the College community and entered into the festivities sporting many different costumes and creations to reflect favourite book themes, with a ‘Where’s Wally’ theme.
Our Year 8/9 Corpus AFL Football team coached by Maths teacher Geoff Cantwell had a win in the B Division Eagles cup, beating Prendiville College in the Grand Final held recently. With the ACC A Division Athletics competition being held at Perth Stadium on Wednesday 12 September, I take this opportunity to wish our athletes all the best.
National e-Smart Week commences on Mon 2 September, its purpose to promote students to be smart, safe and responsible when using digital technology. We are an authorised ‘e-Smart school’, one of the first schools to be registered in WA. There are some good sites for students and parents these days, and some of the following sites may be of interest:
· Reach Out: www.reachout.com.au
· Bullying. No Way!: www.bullyingnoway.com.au
· Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
· Youth Beyond Blue: www.youthbeyondblue.com
· The website, application or phone carrier that you were using at the time
Best wishes and God bless