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Dear parents

A large group of Year 9 parents attended the Year 10 Subject Selection Information evening, which was wonderful to see. When SCSA announced the changes to the Year 10 Curriculum from 2017, which recognises the new Western Australian Curriculum, the College were forced to change its Year 10 programme.

The major theme of the night was students selecting between an ATAR or a General pathway in Year 10, thus ensuring a pathway for success in Years 11 and 12, the high stakes Years of secondary schooling. This is in lieu of Heads of Learning Area placing students in streams according to their performance in Year 9. The College preference is for students to choose challenging courses in Year 10. Many will select an ATAR (university entrance) pathway, and in so doing, will experience the rigours of these types of courses. As Year Ten students, if they struggle in a particular course, this will inform their subject selection in Year 11, minimising the risk of lower grades and missing out on WACE graduation.

The College noted students who achieve more than six (6) D grades in their semesterised courses across Years 11 and 12 will not achieve WACE graduation. However, if students are thinking about studying ATAR courses, they are to be encouraged to try them at Year 10 level – better to struggle in this Year, rather than in Year 11.

It was also noted, students studying primarily General courses will be offered various work related opportunities during the year, which Head of VET and Transition Services Mrs Kathleen Davey is preparing with her team, including the Try-a-Trade programme.

STEM@Corpus: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 9.44.46 amSTEM is curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

At Corpus Christi College we are working towards this goal of blended learning. This is done through the Year 9 Personal Project. What separates STEM from the traditional science and mathematics education is the blended learning environment, and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life.

The Heads of Technology and Enterprise, Science and Mathematics have developed a Year 8 STEM project to highlight the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Corpus Christi College, a one-week cross-curricular project that will take place next week. From Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September, all Year 8 students will be working on their STEM project in their science, technology and mathematics classes.

In the STEM project, the students will be working in groups (of three) and the role of the Year 8 class teacher during this week will be to facilitate the students with their projects, and to provide facilitation related to the nature of the class. Projects will be facilitated by the subject specific teachers: Mr Ho will facilitate the various aspects associated with Robotics; Mr Stephens with aspects pertaining to Computing and Mr Barron will oversee aspects associated with Woodwork for the project models.

Other STEM related activities this term include a variety of extracurricular activities involving groups of students entering competitions against other schools. As part of the Academic Excellence programme, students formed two teams which entered the AURECON Bridge Building competition held at Scitech earlier in the term. The aim of the competition was to provide an insight into engineering as a career choice for Years 8 and 9 students. The project involved planning, teamwork, decision making, creative thinking and innovation, with the final aim being an efficient bridge design. The students constructed a bridge using materials provided by AURECON, with the judges assessing the workmanship, creativity, aesthetics/visual appeal of the bridge design. All of this, together with the load supported by the bridge determined the placement of the team – the highest load carried by the bridge was 70kg for one of our teams. The most common forms of STEM education support offered include mentoring, visiting speakers, providing resources, supporting career expos, providing cash to fund teacher professional learning or curriculum resource development, sponsoring competitions, hosting class visits and funding scholarships. This year, we have welcomed Dr Manjree Agarwal (Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University) as our Scientist in School. The Scientists in Schools (SiS) is a national programme managed by CSIRO on behalf of the nation. It provides skilled volunteers the opportunity to have a positive impact and make a difference to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Scientists in Schools programme allows us and our students to work with a scientist in a flexible, professional partnership. The scientist can be a mentor, role model or inspiration for your students, providing you and them with access to new ideas and fresh perspectives in science. In turn, you and your students will help scientists see their work from a new angle and stay engaged with the public perception of their work.

Members of the Science Learning Area have further connected with Murdoch University, participating in professional learning activities offered to enhance and expose teachers to university research to assist our teaching of scientific concepts. We have a valued working relationship with the Outreach officer Michelle Austin.

Last year, in September 2015, Murdoch University hosted the 12th International Gluten and Biotechnology Conference. Global wheat quality researchers meet every three years to report progress and share knowledge in aspects of structural composition and functionality of wheat storage proteins, genetics and breeding for wheat quality improvement. A number of our senior students worked with Murdoch s Professor Rudi Appels and other Murdoch researchers. The students, (along with their teacher Mr Brian Hurn) worked to research, prepare and give a 15-20 minute presentation to conference delegates. This included taking questions and participating in discussion of their presentations. The overall theme for the workshop, in the area of chemistry and biology was Wheat gluten in our lives. This is certainly STEM in action.

Each year, selected Years 8 and 10 students participate in the Big Science Competition which is designed to test students scientific inquiry and problem solving skills. It is aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science and open to students of all abilities in Years 7 to 12. Schools from all countries are invited to participate.

Selected students in Years 7 and 9 participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) which is an independent, skills-based assessment programme which recognises and rewards student achievement. The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Science assesses students skills in the key scientific areas of:

  • Interpreting data, including observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs
  • Applying data, including inferring, predicting and concluding
  • Higher order skills, including investigating, reasoning and problem solving.

  • The Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP) is offered to identified Years 7-9 Academic Excellence Program (AEP) students. AEEP offers students the opportunity to work individually or collaboratively on an extended project of their choice. The students have worked on a project for 5-15 weeks and end up with a final product to showcase on the Celebrating Excellence evening next week. Many of these students are completing Science related projects.

    This is already a lengthy article. Rest assure, Corpus Christi College has been a STEM school for many years, with many of our graduates studying science related courses on leaving the College.

    I take this opportunity to thank many of our staff who have offered these opportunities to our students.

    Best wishes and God bless

    Mrs Caroline Payne
    Principal


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    We Pray

    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle; the strength to be forgiving; the patience to be understanding; and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right.
    May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
    We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence, a new world where fear shall no longer lead men to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
    Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfil the destiny for which we and all men were created.

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    Yvette Pearce
    Head of Year 7


    Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.59.46 amIn the goal to achieve a positive digital footprint Mr Kim Hannah, a representative of the West Coast Eagles, presented to the Year 7s on Tuesday 23 August. Mr Hannah used examples of such players as Nic Naitanui to teach about digital safety. He discussed the students need to make legal and moral choices when on digital devices and again used footballing examples to demonstrate how powerful negative digital behaviour can be; including discussing the recent banana throwing incident and the impact and ongoing consequences these kinds of actions can have within the digital world. The students will continue to focus on CyberSafety within the next few Pastoral Period sessions.

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    Frank Italiano
    Deputy Principal Middle School

    Dear Parents/Carers of 2017 Year 9 students,

    At this point of the academic year, students are requested to complete their specialist subject selection for study in 2017.

    The 2017 Year 9 Handbook of Specialist Subjects is now available via the Year 8 portal. This lists all specialist subject offerings, prerequisites (if any) and course descriptions for subjects on offer to Year 9 students in 2017.

    Student administrative access to Subject Selection Online (SSO) has been set up and is now open for students to enter their subject selections. Each student has now received their SSO username and password via their College email. Subject selections must be completed before Thursday 1 September. The site will be locked after this time.

    To make your subject selections for 2017, please go to the SSO website which can be accessed at https://sso.countrynet.net.au?school=41977

    Once subject selections have been completed, students must submit a printout of their selections (signed by both the student and a parent) to Miss Low in Student Services. This must also be completed by Thursday 1 September.

    If students have any questions, they may contact Miss Low in Student Services for assistance slow@corpus.wa.edu.au

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    Frank Italiano
    Deputy Principal Middle School


    Individual NAPLAN 2016 student reports will be distributed to all families. Students will receive a personalised envelope in Homeroom by Tuesday 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 progre.

    Information specifically for parents and carers can be found in the 2016 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.

    http://www.nap.edu.au/results-and-reports/how-to-interpret/national-literacy-numeracy-assessment

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    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.

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    Year 8 students will be participating in a STEM project in Week 7. STEM is Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

    STEM education is a new approach to learning that brings subjects together as they appear in the real world. It promotes an integrated learning environment where students take the lead and project-based learning is fundamental. Students gain critical understanding of solving problems based on real world connections.

    Normal school timetable will operate each day and during Science, Technology and Mathematics classes students will research, design, test, evaluate and present their findings in building a vehicle to the STEM project specifications and following the STEM design process.

    For your additional information we have included a link to the project reference material the students will access. Click here to view the information and learn more about the STEM project.

    YEAR 8 STEM PROJECT

    Ms Sally Farrington
    Head of Learning Science
    sfarrington@corpus.wa.edu.au

    Mrs Rhonda Armenti
    Head of Learning Technology and Enterprise
    rarmenti@corpus.wa.edu.au

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    July and August are the months when the Spine Society of Australia recommends that all girls in Years 7 and 9 participate in the NSDP by downloading the Self-Detection Brochure for Scoliosis. The brochure can be accessed directly via a link on the Scoliosis Australia home page at www.scoliosis-australia.org.

    Scoliosis (spinal curvature) is an important health problem for adolescent girls and 25 per thousand are at risk of developing a significant curve. Three girls per thousand require active treatment (spinal brace or surgery). Because in the early stages the condition is most often asymptomatic, screening in the age range 11-13 years is a sound preventative health measure.

    The website contains comprehensive information about the symptoms and treatment of scoliosis. Using the forum on this website, girls and their parents can obtain general advice from certified specialists who manage patients with spinal curvature. The forum is a useful resource in providing searchable information posted by its members. It offers a strong support base for adolescent patients with scoliosis and their parents. Healthcare professionals and other interested parties can discuss the NSDP in the forum.

    Enquiries concerning the NSDP in each state and territory should be directed to the state representative for WA, Dr P R Woodland, whose contact details are listed on the website.

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    In todays society we can not shy away from the difficult conversations with our teenagers surrounding drugs and alcohol. A number of Corpus parents have expressed concerns this year about issues such as student behaviour at parties, supervision of students at evening events, Year 12 students attending leavers and the responsibilities of parents hosting social gatherings for teenagers. This is indeed a difficult area, and one I worry about constantly.

    In order to address this issue, on Thursday 1 September, all Senior School students will be attending a presentation with former school teacher and founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, Mr Paul Dillon.

    Paul is an outstanding presenter whom the College contracts each year from NSW to conduct drug information sessions and workshops for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students. Paul is known as an expert in the Drug and Alcohol education field both nationally and internationally. His biography can be found here and the presentations he will be giving each individual year group can be found here.

    On Thursday 1 September, all parents are invited to the Parent Seminar with Paul at 7pm in the College Hall. This will be a highly informative session that Paul has tailored specifically to address some of the concerns our school community has about our own students.

    A synopsis of the presentation can be found below.

    Teenagers, alcohol and other drugs 2016: How much influence do parents really have?

    This presentation focuses primarily on alcohol, although the results of the 2013 National Drug Household Survey will be discussed. It will examine what we know about the prevalence of alcohol and other drug use by young people, with a particular emphasis on the latest evidence on the risks associated with teen drinking. There will also be a close examination of the positive influence that parents can have on their child s drinking behaviour, as well as the barriers that they may face during adolescence. It aims to empower parents with a positive message and assist them in having open and honest family discussions in this complex area.

    I highly recommend parents attend this session. Paul is an outstanding speaker with a strong solutions based approach. Attending parents will leave armed with a set of skills they can use immediately to open honest family discussions in the interest of mimising risk for their children in social settings.

    Paul maintains a blog through which parents and caregivers can stay up to date and have questions answered here.

    I look forward to seeing you on the evening.

    Regards,

    Jean-Paul Papineau
    Acting Deputy Principal Senior School

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    The Year 12 ATAR Outdoor Education Students will be running a Bin-It to Win-It program around the school during Week 7. This program s aim is to encourage students to not litter around the school and pick up litter when they notice it.

    There will be 8 bins in and around the canteen and library grassed area with House logos on them. The house with the most litter in their bin at the end of the week will receive points towards their overall house points. The Year 12 Outdoor Education Students will also be going around giving out spot prizes at lunchtime to the students that are noticed doing the right thing and putting their rubbish in the bin or picking up rubbish around the school.

    This is all due to the Year 12 Outdoor Education Students endeavouring to Leave No Trace when in the outdoors and encouraging others to do the same.

    Matt Jackson

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    This is an opportunity to thank you all for your contributions to languages week. We, as a department, truly enjoy bringing to you the worth of learning a language and Languages week provides us with a great platform to do that. The students were able to take part in activities in the classroom where they could practice their language and enjoy other cultural activities, e.g. games and sports traditional to many of the areas of study.

    August 17th is Indonesian Independence Day, commemorating its Proklamasi of independence from the Dutch, British and Japanese occupiers on 17 August 1945. Indonesia celebrates a huge birthday party every year on this day, and children take part in parades and traditional games.

    Year 7s enjoyed one of the best-loved Indonesian children s competitive games: eating crackers from a string! Using traditional fish crackers from Palembang Sumatra (available from your local Kong’s), pairs of students raced to see who could eat their dangling cracker, no hands allowed, the fastest.

    Crackers are a super-popular food in Indonesia and come in hundreds of varieties. They can be made from rice flour, tapioca flour, mung bean flour, fermented bean curd, vegetables and fruit. The one thing they all have in common is that they are ENAK! (delicious

    The quiz in the morning was a great success and we had many participants, however the winner of the quiz was Merici Year 12. They will enjoy a pizza lunch from the languages department.

    Languages week did not end for the language department on Thursday, as the weekend was full of activities relating to languages.

    Firstly, WAATI had a farewell function for the Italian exchange students that have been hosted by many schools in W.A. A total of 64 students have been hosted at our school. Corpus has been school for Chiara Adinolfi, hosted by Olivia Mocerino, Virginia Aloisi hosted by Lila Rodari and Chiara Noventa hosted by Amelia Swan. The day culminated with a River cruise on the Swan with all exchange students and 5 of each of their invited friends. Needless to say a very full boat of students and teachers, enjoying a night of music, dancing and of course Pizza. Corpus invited students were impeccable and represented the College extremely well. (see pictures.) The exchange students have enjoyed their time at Corpus and we would not be surprised to see them return.

    Next the MLTAWA conference was also held on 19th and 20th August. The language department was represented by Sue Cooper and Maria Belloni. The conference included many key presenters that were engaging and inspiring in their presentations. During this conference, Principals from many schools are nominated for the Principal’s Award. This award looks at the contribution that Principals make to Languages. We were very excited this year as our Principal, Caroline Payne, was shortlisted. Unfortunately she did not win the award but received a certificate to show she was one of 6 principals shortlisted for this award. We hope to present this certificate to Caroline at a staff briefing.

    Presenters at the Conference were impressive. Joe Lo Bianco is a legend among language teachers, having written several government policies for language learning since the 1980s. He analysed the many reasons for the significant fall in language learning among Australian students, and his main message was that language learning is about identity and brain development, NOT about what’s good for Australian trade.

    Other inspiring presenters from both WA and eastern states covered topics such as the Western Australian Curriculum for Languages, due to be introduced in 2018; pedagogical tools; differentiation strategies; learning through technology; and leadership in language teaching. All these thought-provoking ideas will be discussed at our next languages meeting!

    Thank you to all of you again for your help and your enthusiasm for Languages week and all things Language.
    v

    Anna Triscari.

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    Current Year 10 and 11 students: If you are planning a General Pathway in Year 11 and 12 and are interested in completing an off campus TAFE qualification in a Certificate not currently offered by or through the school. You may want to apply for TAFE through the Profile Program. Once a year, the TAFE Profile Program offers current secondary students the opportunity to apply for a range of Certificates in 2017-2018, that may include:

  • Tourism
  • Screen and Media
  • Retail Cosmetics
  • Events
  • Floristry
  • Applied Fashion and Design Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Plumbing
  • Process Plant Operator
  • Building and Construction (Trades)
  • Health Services Assistant
  • Sampling and Measurement
  • Engineering Technical
  • Hairdressing
  • Retail Makeup and Skincare
  • Electro Technology
  • Automotive Preparation (Heavy and Light)
  • Animal Studies
  • Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Electronics and Computer Assembly Repair
  • Information Technology Networking
  • Conservation and Land Management (Education Support)

  • Entry to TAFE through the Profile Program is competitive as only a limited number of places are offered to all secondary schools to compete for. We currently have 13 students participating in the Profile Program. Applications are open now. See our VET Coordinator, Mrs Davey, for more information.

    Students on a General Pathway may also consider off campus options including:

    Skills Hire: Certificate II in Building and Construction (1 day per week)
    Fremantle Education Centre: Certificate IV Business (1 day per week)
    Mt Pleasant Community College: Certificate III Music (1 day per week)

  • Please note that General students can have a maximum of one day off campus per week, and this includes Workplace Learning.

  • Current Year 12s:
    Applications for further study at universities across Australia are now open. TISC 2017 Handbooks have been distributed to all students and TISC have visited the College to present an information session outlining all the procedures and dates that are relevant to the university application process and beyond. TAFE applications open on 1st September 2016 and close 9th December 2016.

    During August and September, the Careers and Transitions Office will be conducting one-on-one 30 minute interviews with all Year 12 students to check application preferences and to offer advice prior to applications being submitted. We understand that students may not yet have made any final decisions about their future pathway or may have already completed their applications; the aim of these meetings is to support students at this time of transition to plan their future studies or employment and discuss possibilities.

    Careers in the Electrical and Telecommunications Industry
    The College of Electrical Training (CET) is holding an Open Day at its campuses in Joondalup and Jandakot on September 3rd September 2016 between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

    CET is an award winning training provider, delivering pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses and post trade training to the public, licensed electricians and contractors in the domestic, commercial, industrial and mining sectors.

    We encourage students and their families to attend and find out more about studying an electrical apprenticeship at CET. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, speak to the instructors and ask any questions they may have about career opportunities in the electrical trade while enjoying a free sausage sizzle and refreshments.

    Electrical Group Training (EGT), the largest employer of electrical apprentices in the country will be in attendance to speak with students about potential employment opportunities, as well as representatives from The Apprenticeship Community and Milwaukee Tools. To register, visit www.cet.asn.au/openday

    University Scholarships
    UWA offers more than 400 scholarships every year to undergraduate students from all walks of life. In 2017, there will be in excess of $4 million in scholarships available to undergraduate students to assist them to realise their potential. Eligibility varies, however UWAs wide range of academic and equity-based scholarships provide commencing students with many opportunities to apply. Interested students can refer to the on-line portal at www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au which includes a full list of undergraduate scholarships with details about eligibility criteria, closing dates and how to apply. Many other scholarships are offered from individual faculties, schools, residential colleges and UWA Sports. For further information on any UWA undergraduate scholarships, contact the UWA Scholarships Office.

    Curtin University offers a wide variety of scholarships which are now open for students. Information regarding all scholarships available at Curtin can be accessed at www.scholarships.curtin.edu.au

    Murdoch University offers the following scholarships:

    The Murdoch Academic Excellence Awards are

    • awarded based on academic merit, to students currently enrolled in Year 12 who have a predicted ATAR of 90+ or 94+ for Law
    • one hundred (100) awards of $3,000 each.

    Please note: Veterinary Science is excluded from this program.

    The School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) Chemical and Metallurgical/ Environmental Engineering Scholarships are available to students studying:

    a) Bachelor of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (Honours); or b) Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours).
    The Scholarships are:

  • awarded based on academic merit, to students currently enrolled in Year 12 who have a
  • predicted ATAR of 80+, who specify one of the above courses as their first preference
  • fourteen (14) awards of $3,000 each.
  • Applications for the Murdoch Academic Excellence Awards and SEIT Scholarships for 2017 admission are now open. Application forms for these scholarships are available for download at: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/scholarships.
    Recipients will be selected on the basis of:

  • their predicted ATAR results
  • endorsement from your school.
  • Applications close on Friday 30 September 2016 and applicants will be informed of the outcome in mid‐October 2016.

    Summer Job Opportunity Adventure World recruit team members in August and November. Group auditions involve group and one-on-one activities designed to reflect the skills required when interacting with guests. Selection is based on presentation, participation, communication and confidence. To apply and book a group audition, go to www.adventureworld.net.au

    UWAY 2017
    UWAY is an equity initiative for WACE students whose academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages. Students can apply for special entry to an undergraduate degree course at UWA. Please see Mrs Burke for more details.

    UWA Biomedical Engineering
    A new engineering program, which is the first of its kind in Western Australia, will enable bioengineers to work on cutting-edge technologies to improve health outcomes such as reducing the amount of surgery needed by cancer patients and developing new equipment that can detect people at risk of heart attacks. The program, known as Biomedical Engineering@Perkins, was launched recently at The University of Western Australia-affiliated Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

    http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201607288890/international/new-engineering-program-aims-deliver-medical-breakthroughs

    Interstate University Applications
    Applications to public interstate universities are done through the respective admission centres in each State, as detailed below:

    Victorian University Applications (VTAC)
    New South Wales University Applications (UAC)
    South Australian University Applications (SATAC)
    Queensland Universities (QTAC)
    Tasmania University (including Australian Maritime College) (UTAS)

    Please note that applications to Bond University are made direct to the university.

    University of Sydney
    Students who may be considering studying at the University of Sydney in 2017 are invited to attend an information evening on Thursday 18 August from 6.00-8.00pm at the Hyatt Regency Perth, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth. There will be information on the wide variety of courses, scholarships, how to apply and life on campus. Register at www.sydney.edu.au/meet-sydney.

    Muresk Institute
    Applications are open for the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management degree at Muresk Institute for 2017. This course is delivered by Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with Charles Sturt University.

    ENROL NOW through Charles Sturt Universitys online admission process
    1. Apply online: http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/apply-now
    2. Create user account
    3. Follow prompts for the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk Institute

    Overseas Applications
    Applications to overseas universities are completed in a variety of ways with applications for the commencement of university in July/August 2017 needing to be completed by January 2017. For further information, please see Mrs Burke at Corpus Christi College.

    UK University Entrance Tests
    Any Year 12 student who is considering university study in the UK in 2017 may need to sit an admission test. Students will need to check with the university to determine if an admission test is required. Please note: You cannot register yourself for the admissions test - you must be registered by your school or college, or nearest test centre.

    Registrations to accept standard BMAT (Medicine) entries will be open between 1 September and 1 October 2016. A late entry penalty will then be charged for any BMAT entries made between 2 and 15 October 2016, after which no entries will be accepted.
    Registrations to accept entries for the CAT, ELAT, HAT, MAT, MLAT, OLAT, PAT, Philosophy Test and TSA Oxford tests will be open between 1 September and 15 October 2016.
    You can find further information about specific tests, test dates and costs on this website: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/

    ATAR Revision Programme

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    Thank you.

    Mrs Rachel Burke

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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    25th July – 31st August Catholic Performing Arts Festival
    9th September Senior School Dance Performance
    20th September Zest Exhibition
    22nd September Year 7 Production – Ernie s Incredible Illucinations

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    THE ARTS

    Another amazing fortnight for arts has happened. Our students are thriving well under our Vision to support all talents to their best potential. Exciting times ahead.

    James Dove - HOLA

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    2017 MUSICAL PRODUCTION – HAIRSPRAY

    Last Wednesday it was announced that the 2017 College Production will be the highly acclaimed musical Hairspray. The student response to the announcement has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so excited to begin work on the show. Auditions will take place on Sunday, 28th of August 10am- 3pm in the College Auditorium. All audition information can be found online via the Student Common Drive – 2017 Hairspray now. Keep an eye out for further details regarding rehearsal dates and show dates throughout the year.

    About the show
    Set in Baltimore in 1962. Tracey Turnblad is about to realise her dream of being on the Corny Collins Show, the hottest TV show in Baltimore. Will she also succeed in love or will her arch nemesis, Amber Von Tussle, have everything her way? What happens when Tracey stands up for what is right? This toe tapping show is filled with popular numbers such as You Can t Stop the Beat and Mama, I m a Big Girl Now and will have you singing long after the curtain has come down.

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    DRAMA

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    19 of our finest year 7 students are rehearsing their heart out, preparing their lines, and finding their props for the forth-coming year 7 production of Ernie s Incredible Illucinations. The rehearsals are going extremely well and are lots of fun. As a physical piece of theatre this is set to be a fantastic show. We are using the dramaturgy of Anne Bogard and her theatre style in Viewpoints as a reference. Through exploring this very physical style we are finding some hilarious and fresh interpretations of Alan Ayckbourn s play. The years 7 are relishing the chance to perform.  

    The production starts at 6:30 sharp in the James Nester Auditorium Thursday September 22nd. Tickets are free but limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. A link will be going out soon to Year 7 parents as a priority before the rest of the College. 

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    Congratulations to the Year 11 ATAR students.

    IMG_2798I am very proud of our young talent coming through in our Year 11 Drama Class, as evidenced in their recent performance assessment. For this practical task ATAR students were asked to take the role of Actor and Designer for a piece of Presentational Theatre. The production was the play Caucasian Chalk Circle. The writer, Bertold Brecht, created a specific Presentational Style of theatre, originally based and set in Russia, roughly representing the end of the First World War. Brecht s style was a reaction against the rise of National Socialism in Germany. We set our piece in a fictional end to the Syrian conflict to bring a warning to our audience of a similar rise of nationalism we are experiencing across the world. The students designed and acted all of the roles of the play.

    This practical assessment was a tough and demanding rigorous process that extended students to take real responsibility for their production and performance roles. Additionally the further constraints of only using class time and some time for technical runs, has tested students to the highest limit. This is where a key feature of our learner profile is given witness; through their ability to learn from mistakes and persevere to strive for excellence the drama production assessment has made students achieved some exemplary results.

    This is all part of our ability to offer enriched learning experiences that will allow our young artists to uncover new talents and develop their full potential. Not just to solve the world’s problems, but also to determine which problems are worth solving.

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    DANCE

    Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and College - Dance Performance

    Today, Friday the 26th of August, the Corpus Dance Company and the Corpus Dance Collective will be performing at the Perth Convention Centre as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. This is a great opportunity for the 87 dancers from Year 7-12 who are involved to perform in a professional theatre in front of a large audience. These students have been working hard with the Dance staff over the last two terms to both increase dance skills and techniques and produce engaging and challenging dance works for performance.

    The Dance Company is performing a work titled Nouroninhar which tells a narrative from the famous 1001 Arabian Nights and uses a fusion of different dance styles inspired by Bollywood and Iranian dancing, along with the traditions of Sufi whirling dervishes. Corpus Collective will be performing an abstract dance work in the contemporary dance genre called Illuminate which incorporates torches and reflective vests into the choreography. The Collective dancers have had the opportunity to work collaboratively on this piece and have had their personal choreography included in the dance work.

    Thanks must be given to the dancers and their families for the commitment shown throughout the rehearsal process. The dancers have attended weekly early morning rehearsals, and more recently weekend rehearsals in the final lead up to the performance. The dancers have shown outstanding commitment and maturity during the whole process and it has been a pleasure to work with them.

    Caroline Fuhr and Lauchlan Bain

    FRIENDS OF DANCE

    We would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our wonderful mums that have gone above and beyond to help us with the costumes for our performances this term. Without their help in cutting, sewing and designing our costumes we would not be able to perform these amazing pieces of work. Thank you so very much;

    Cathy Antulov (Coordinator)
    Carol-Ann Bell
    Sue Rauh
    Cathy Chalk
    Vicki Abbott-Davies
    Maria Biscotto
    Suzy Connolly
    Michelle Caifano
    Sharon Berkovic
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    MUSIC

    Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges

    The festival is still running and we have our final performances nest Tuesday when our whole college choir perform. To say that Corpus has performed very well is an understatement, we have received so many merit and honorable notifications for many of our performances. Once the festival is complete we will list all those that received these.

    We are delighted to report that our Concert band and Violin duet have nominated for the Secondary Instrumental Ensemble and Duet – Shield Playoff. They have been invited to attend the final tournament on Friday the 2nd September 2016 at Trinity College. We congratulate these students and wish them the very best for their performance.

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    VISUAL ARTS

    It has been a fantastic month for our wonderful Visual Arts team – Gaby Fabris and Julie Pannell and their very talented students. Please read below all the wonderful accomplishments they have achieved so far.

    Also on a special note that the Catholic Education Office has selected Corpus Christi College to continue showcasing the works of the Visual Art students in the foyer of the Forrest Centre St Georges Terrace at the request of Centre management. This has allowed us to submit more works and continue showcasing the wonderful talents from the Corpus Christi students promoting the Colleges cultural awareness.

    Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges - Angelico Exhibition

    Corpus Christi College has once again proven it produces some of the finest Visual Art students in Perth!

    The Angelico Exhibition for Catholic Secondary Students is a prestigious annual event on the Catholic Secondary School art calendar, the Angelico Exhibition celebrates its 23rd year in 2016. The Angelico Exhibition was named after Blessed Fra Angelico, Patron before God of Artists. It provides a broad public forum through which Catholic secondary students throughout Western Australia are able to exhibit their dynamic artistic talent.

    The Exhibition is open to all Catholic school students from Years 7-12 and features an array of creative, colourful, inspirational and spiritual works ranging from aboriginal and contemporary paintings, ceramics, sculpture, furniture pieces and textiles. Diversity has always been one of the show s main features from bold social statements to scenes of serenity with works coming from as far as Kununurra, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Albany and Broome.

    This year Corpus Christi College entered 6 pieces and won 4 awards this evening. The most of any Catholic school in the state!

    Corpus senior students took out 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize awards in both the 2D and 3D senior category. The 4th award was from the PFFWA (Parents and Friends Federation of Western Australia)

    Sachin North winning two awards; one for the PFFWA and 2nd overall Year 12 prize

    Clarissa Sutandi won 1st Prize for her Scratch board drawing.

    Madison Holling won 3rd prize for 3D Sculpture.

    The hard work from Art teacher s Mrs. Julie Pannell and Ms. Gaby Fabris are nothing short of inspiring. As Educators within the Arts, they continue to forge a healthy culture across all year groups. Mrs. Pannell was super excited about her students’ successes moments after the Awards were announced,

    Of course I am over the moon at the results, the kids deserve their success. The long hours and technical precision that have gone into these winning pieces are an absolute testament to them. These Senior School students have been very consistent over the last few years, and as teachers, we have seen them grow into the creative students we see here tonight!

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    Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 12.02.32 pm2016 Black Swan Youth Awards

    Congratulations to Year 10 Corpus Christi College students, Jessica Tichlaar and Viona Muljono whose artworks have been selected as finalists for the prestigious 2016 Black Swan Youth Awards.

    The 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Youth Award provides young artists with an opportunity to showcase their creative talents and to challenge them from an artistic perspective through the complex field of portraiture. Students in Years 7-12 were invited to paint a portrait of a well-known Australian; an Australian they respect/admire; or undertake a self-portrait.

    In 2016 there were a record number of entries from students, making it very challenging to choose this year s finalists. As Year 10 students, it was an even bigger achievement as the majority of finalists are generally in Years 11 or 12.

    The students Art teacher, Ms Gaby Fabris when interviewed about the girls selection, couldn’t hold back her praise,

    I am so proud of what the girls have achieved. This award is considered like the Archibald Prize in the West. The Black Swan Prize is one of the most competitive and prestigious prizes, to make the finals amongst such a wide selection of entries is a huge achievement. It’s these results that make teaching Art so rewarding.

    The Year 10s have been studying hyper realism in portraiture (Focussing on pencil), but more so dedicating themselves to hours of careful rendering and detail.

    The entire class have exceeded my expectations this year with their dedication to the task, but more importantly, how passionately they embraced portraiture, Ms Fabris said.

    Gifted and Talented Art Programme

    We would like to acknowledged the following students for their part and selection in the Gifted and Talented Art Programme last Semester.

    Some of their amazing work will be on display at the ZEST - An Exhibition of Visual Arts and Technology and Enterprise later this month.

    We would also like to acknowledge Cam Allen for his hard work and dedication to these students during Semester 1.

    SELECTED YEAR 10 STUDENTS

    Madison Conley
    Lloniq Lai
    Viona Muljono
    Luke Di Dio
    Kimberly Gabrielle (Gabi) Wan
    Jessica Tichelaar
    April Ooi

    SELECTED YEAR 9 STUDENTS

    Joseph Damiano
    Austin Bevacqua
    Presley O’Brien
    Cooper Coventry
    Elizabeth (Libby) Hart
    Amy Riordan
    Janice Valentina
    Lola Davies
    Imogen Plowright

    ZEST - An Exhibition of Visual Arts and Technology and Enterprise.

    Living a life with PASSION, ENTHUSIASM and experiencing JOY through creativity.

    Opening Night – Tuesday 20th September 2016
    Location – Foundation Block

    Please book this date in your calendars – this is not a night to miss. We will be show casing our very talented students from Visual Arts and also Technology and Enterprise.

    More information will be coming shortly about how to attend this event.

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    Fathers Day Breakfast 2016

    WHEN: Friday 2 September 2016
    WHERE: Mater Christi Centre
    TIME: 7.15am – 8.30am

    To RSVP numbers and pre-order your breakfast, please click on the link below:

    https://www.trybooking.com/219423

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    ROASTING FORK SALE: Dads, we are selling Stainless steel Roasting forks on the morning of the Fathers Day Breakfast at a super cheap price.

    All money raised will go toward our Cambodian Immersion Fundraising 2016. See link below.

    https://www.corpus.wa.edu.au/roasting-fork-sale-cambodian-immersion-fundraiser/

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    Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 9.05.40 amThis is an opportunity to thank you all for your contributions to languages week. We, as a department, truly enjoy bringing to you the worth of learning a language and Languages week provides us with a great platform to do that. The students were able to take part in activities in the classroom where they could practice their language and enjoy other cultural activities, e.g. games and sports traditional to many of the areas of study.

    August 17th is Indonesian Independence Day, commemorating its Proklamasi of independence from the Dutch, British and Japanese occupiers on 17 August 1945. Indonesia celebrates a huge birthday party every year on this day, and children take part in parades and traditional games.

    Year 7s enjoyed one of the best-loved Indonesian children s competitive games: eating crackers from a string! Using traditional fish crackers from Palembang Sumatra (available from your local Kong s), pairs of students raced to see who could eat their dangling cracker, no hands allowed, the fastest.

    Crackers are a super-popular food in Indonesia and come in hundreds of varieties. They can be made from rice flour, tapioca flour, mung bean flour, fermented bean curd, vegetables and fruit. The one thing they all have in common is that they are ENAK! (delicious)

    The quiz in the morning was a great success and we had many participants, however the winner of the quiz was Merici Year 12. They will enjoy a pizza lunch from the languages department.

    Languages week did not end for the language department on Thursday, as the weekend was full of activities relating to languages.

    Firstly, WAATI had a farewell function for the Italian exchange students that have been hosted by many schools in W.A. A total of 64 students have been hosted at our school. Corpus has been school for Chiara Adinolfi, hosted by Olivia Mocerino, Virginia Aloisi hosted by Lila Rodari and Chiara Noventa hosted by Amelia Swan. The day culminated with a River cruise on the Swan with all exchange students and 5 of each of their invited friends. Needless to say a very full boat of students and teachers, enjoying a night of music, dancing and of course Pizza. Corpus invited students were impeccable and represented the College extremely well. (see picture below.) The exchange students have enjoyed their time at Corpus and we would not be surprised to see them return.

    Next the MLTAWA conference was also held on 19th and 20th August. The language department was represented by Sue Cooper and Maria Belloni. The conference included many key presenters that were engaging and inspiring in their presentations. During this conference, Principals from many schools are nominated for the Principal s Award. This award looks at the contribution that Principals make to Languages. We were very excited this year as our Principal, Caroline Payne, was shortlisted. Unfortunately she did not win the award but received a certificate to show she was one of 6 principals shortlisted for this award. We hope to present this certificate to Caroline at a staff briefing.

    Presenters at the Conference were impressive. Joe Lo Bianco is a legend among language teachers, having written several government policies for language learning since the 1980s. He analysed the many reasons for the significant fall in language learning among Australian students, and his main message was that language learning is about identity and brain development, NOT about what s good for Australian trade.

    Other inspiring presenters from both WA and eastern states covered topics such as the Western Australian Curriculum for Languages, due to be introduced in 2018; pedagogical tools; differentiation strategies; learning through technology; and leadership in language teaching. All these thought-provoking ideas will be discussed at our next languages meeting!

    Thank you to all of you again for your help and your enthusiasm for Languages week and all things Language.

    Anna Triscari

    Exchange

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    This Thursday 1 September, the Celebrating Excellence Evening will be taking place at The David Heath Centre (Old Gymnasium).

    TIME: 5.00pm - 6.30pm

    This is a showcase of work from the students in the Academic Excellence Extension Programme.

    If you a parent of one of these students and have not RSVPd as yet, please go the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/219480

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    Film Night Fundraiser - BEN HUR

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    WHEN: Sunday 11 Sept 2016 – 6.10pm
    WHERE: The Cygnet Cinema, Como

    The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

    *All proceeds go towards the 2016 Corpus Cambodia Immersion program*
    COST - $20.00 - includes 2 Raffle Tickets

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    HOLIDAY TIMES

    Wednesday 28 September - 12.00pm-3.00pm
    Saturday 8 October - 9.00am-12.00pm

    The Shop will resume normal trading on Monday 10 October which is the day students resume classes.

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    AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE INNOVATIONS- BIG SCIENCE COMPETITION 2016

    We have now received the results of BIG SCIENCE COMPETITION that was conducted in May. 48 766 students from 639 schools entered the competition, including schools in all Australian States and overseas.

    The Competition involves the testing of a student s science skills in a competitive situation outside the normal school assessment framework. Its emphasis is on problem solving and the process of scientific enquiry. In addition it focuses on topicality and contemporary issues, which makes this competition unique in its field.

    This year 64 Year 8 and 34 Year 10 students from Corpus Christi College entered and achieved very creditable results.

    Students from this school were awarded 7 Certificates of High Distinctions (within the top 5% of the state), 15 Certificates of Distinction (within the top 15% of the state), 28 Certificates of Credit (within the top 40% of the state) and 48 Certificates of Participation.

    In Year 8, congratulations for achieving High Distinctions to GRACE DUNLEAVY and SIOBHAN STEVENS.

    In Year 8, congratulations for achieving Distinctions to DIETER CADZOW, EDISON FOO, MAXWELL COVELLA, THOMAS NICHOLLS, GEORGE NORRIS, KONRAD RUCKI, CALLUM GARLAND, JORDAN PASSAUER, LEEUWIN PAVY, MELVIN DING, MICHAEL ALBERTINI and TYLER SAVY.

    In Year 8, congratulations for achieving a Credit to DEETYA CHARLES, HOLLY FORSTER, LACHLAN ALLEN, NIKITA LA ROSA, JORDAN KING, LIAM MOYLAN, LUKE SPADARO, MARINA PIPER, TERINDER RIKHRAJ, YOHANN GOMES, ANDREW MCMAHON, CHLOE JAMES, INGRID SCHAUBS, JAMIE HOLLOWAY, JESSICA STEELE, KALEA GOWLAND, MARY ALAMIYO and MOSAIA MCDONALD.

    In Year 10, congratulations for achieving High Distinctions to CORRAN O'BRIEN, MARC DI GIUSEPPE, JASON HOLLOWAY, KAITLYN MUNKELT and SHAUN BYRNE

    In Year 10, congratulations for achieving Distinctions to JOSEPH CADZOW, SEAN GORMAN and ZACHARY KNIGHT.

    In Year 10, congratulations for achieving a Credit to ANDREA LEE, CAMERON CLARK, MADISON CONLEY, APRIL OOI, JODI GAGNER, SARAH HO, JOSHUA NG, KATE NOLAN, NICOLINA IERINO and SEAN FLEXMAN.

    Well done to all these students who committed themselves to sitting for this competition and we hope that they enjoyed the experience of testing their skills in a competitive situation outside the normal assessment framework. Thank you to Mrs Karen Rourke who coordinates the College entries and administration of the competitions.

    Ms Sally Farrington
    Head of Science


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    Dear Space Campers and Families!

    We hope you have all returned from your US Space Camp Experience with energy and enthusiasm for all things STEM. It s always important to hear feedback and we really appreciate a few words or sentences via email! We all work very hard behind the scenes to ensure the trip is successful so while we love to read positive comments, it’s also important to know about any dissatisfaction too!

    If you can spare a few minutes, please email info@eduschooltours.com.au with your comments.

    Many Thanks!!

    Lucy Fenwick and Team Andrea, Laura, Karl, Linda, Rose and Taylor J

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    Year 7 parents are invited to a coffee morning catch up on Friday 9th September 2016 at Blend Cafe on Marmion St, Melville. Please fill out the info at the link below if you are interested!

    Cathryn Cavaney

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