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Year 8 Character Retreat

In conjunction with the Religious Education Curriculum in Year 8, the students attended a retreat experience run by the 27:7 Middle School Ministry group titled - Masterpiece of Creation.

The day comprised of a series of interactive sessions including group discussions, games, video clips, reflection and prayer that brought to light God's wonderful creation. Students were directed to reflect on the pinnacle of creation as humanity, with themselves being a precious and unique creation that is 'fearfully and wonderfully made'. The students also focussed on their responsibility as 'stewards' of creation. The concept of stewards was discussed as someone who is given the responsibility to care for a precious gift of God's creation- 

  • the greatest gift of creation being our own life- so we are called to be stewards of our own life and use our gifts to bring joy in our own life and the lives of those around us.
  • Following from this- we are called to be stewards of the all humanity as the pinnacle of God's creation
  • And lastly, we are called to be stewards of the rest of creation

To enable students to appreciate their responsibility of stewardship, they were given a seed in some soil to look after and nurture to produce fruit, using this as an analogy to encourage them to nurture their own gifts and bring them to fruition. 

Year 8 Pastoral Session    “One decision can change your life”

Last week the Year 8’s took part in a presentation from an Ex-Navy SEAL who spoke to the cohort about how “One decision can change your life.”

Chandler Comerfold was assigned to SEAL Team One in San Diego, California. SEAL Teams are the Navy’s primary special operations force and the acronym SEAL stands for Sea, Air and Land, which are the environments in which all SEAL Teams operate.

Chandler’s presentation was based around a true story in which a movie was made in 2014 called “Lone Survivor”. Chandler’s best friend and room-mate was heavily involved in this mission and unfortunately lost his life in the battle.

Chandler’s message was strong and clear that as Year 8 students they need to start to train themselves now in making the right decisions, because before too long they will be faced with life changing ones that could negatively impact their lives. Playing “fortnite” instead of doing homework, copy and pasting someone else’s work from Google instead of writing it themselves are all simple decisions they can make, but by choosing the right one now, students are training themselves to deal with more difficult ones in the future.  It won’t be long, if it has not happened already, students will be asked to get in a car with someone who has been drinking, offered drugs or try to be pressured into something deep down they know is wrong.

The Year 8’s asked Chandler some thought-provoking questions which demonstrated their understanding of the presentations theme. The challenge I put to them is to try and implement this into their daily lives.

Personal Project Exhibition - Tuesday 4 September

The Personal Project comes to its culmination this term and students need to complete their project, report and exhibition set up. At the end of Term Two the students were involved in four well used periods of preparation for their report writing and exhibition preparation. More details of the project can be found on the Year 9 Portal in Seqta.

Students have all been allocated a Staff Supervisor to assist them to stay on track with their project and to offer advice and support. Most students have met with their supervisors twice already, with another meeting encouraged in the first few weeks of term. Students are welcome to make as many supervisor meetings as they feel they require to get the support they deem needed, especially leading up to the exhibition and report due date. 

Personal Project Set Up - Monday 3 September

Personal Project Exhibition - Tuesday 4 September

Personal Project Clean-Up - Thursday 6 September

Year 9 Pastoral Program

During Period 3 on Monday 30 July the Year 9 Pastoral Period was run by a number of Year 9 teachers. The emphasis of this session was the Aspect: Social Development and focussed 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 focussed on cyberbullying as this is one of the four most common types of bullying encountered by our children in today’s society.

Within this weeks 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: growing up and all of the insecurities that come with this change in their lives, the opposite sex and relationships, gossip, peer pressure, study, judgement from others and expectations. 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 organisations 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 children to prevent and stop bullying.

Cyberzine: The pros and cons of location services

You may wish to access resources from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner Location, Location, Location

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NAPLAN ONLINE – School Readiness Test

You may have heard that NAPLAN Online was introduced in 2018, with 274 Western Australian schools participating. Our school will be transitioning to NAPLAN Online in 2019.

NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to the school faster, within a few weeks rather than a few months.

This trial, called the School Readiness Test (SRT), will enable us to assess our technical readiness to implement the new online assessments. In addition, it will give us a chance to try out the new national online assessment platform in a real-life classroom environment

During August 2018, students in Years 7 will participate in a trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking two online readiness tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. Each test will take about 45 minutes to complete.

Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN Online testing. The readiness test has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessments. As such, reports will not be provided.

Participation in the SRT is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience in 2019.

Student Success - Year 8/9 boys AFL football

The Year 8/9 boys AFL football team had a great win on Wednesday 8 August in their Inter-district semi-final, turning the tables on CBC Fremantle who beat us in the qualifying rounds. The final score was 4.9 33 to 1.3 9.

Corpus opened up a lead in the first half with some impressive team play and then defended solidly against a gale force wind to finish with the win.

It was a very even performance all over the ground, but some of the best players on the day included Charley Wehr, Luke Yeo, Jack Garland-Dixon, Ben Cutri, Jacob Santaromita, Luke Chapman, Jackson McManus and Kobe McMillan.

They move on to play the grand final of the Eagles Cup against Prendiville this Thursday. 

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Middle School News

Term 2 and 3 Dates

As always, please refer to the College Calendar for the most up to date details of College events.

Please note:

Corpus Christi Day Friday 22 June

Semester One Awards Assembly Tuesday 26 June

Term 2 concludes on Friday 29 June

Term 3 commences (for students) Tuesday 17 July

Year 9 Connections Retreat Commitment- donated items for schoolbags

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Earlier this term, the Year 9 students had the opportunity to participate in a Retreat experience that focussed on Connections where they explored relationships that connect them to people in the human family.

As part of this experience the students were made aware of the lack of educational resources in many communities around the world. In response to the needs they witnessed, each student was asked to make a commitment to bring in some stationary item or any materials that would usually be part of a school bag.

These items will be donated to the charity ‘Schoolbags for Jesus’ and also be gifted to communities in Beagle Bay and Cambodia when the College sends representatives on their respective immersions.

All students are kindly requested to bring in their donated items by the end of Week 7 this term. These can be brought in to Homeroom or Religion class or dropped into the Ministry Office at any time.

The donations and the completion of the reflection sheets form part of the Service Learning component at the College for the Year 9 cohort.

For further details or any queries please contact either Katrina Thomas or Judy Coelho.

Katrina.thomas@cewa.edu.au

Judy.coelho@cewa.edu.au

THE BISHOPS’ RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT 2018

At the request of the Western Australian Bishops, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 students in Catholic schools across Western Australia will take part in The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) from the week commencing Monday 30th July in Term Three. For Year 9 students at Corpus Christi, the BRLA will be held on the morning of Wednesday 1st August. The assessment will be accessible to students only online.

Students enrolled in Year 3, Year 5 and Year 9 who are following a regular classroom program are expected to participate. Students with disability are also entitled to participate in the assessment. Exemptions may apply.

The Nature and Role of the BRLA

The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment is a large-scale, standardised assessment program that consists of a series of Religious Education (RE) tests developed and marked by the Office of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Office and will become available to schools in Term Four.

The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school based assessment programs in RE.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any inquiries regarding the administration of The Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment in 2018.

Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP)

Filipa Carvalho

Head of Academic Excellence

Each year, members of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) are given the opportunity to take part in the Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP). Students can work either individually or collaboratively on a project of their choice. At the end of the 10 weeks, students will present their work to guest judges, parents and friends during the Celebrating Excellence evening

The purpose of the program is to:

· Empower students to strive for excellence and achieve at their true potential.

· Maximise the potential of all students, converting gifts into talents.

· Provide students with a positive environment as a result of being involved in unique opportunities whereby they can pursue their interests.

· Offer students the opportunity to work with like-minded students.

· Train gifted and talented students to ensure correct attitudes and approaches to learning.

· Maintain academically able students, motivated.

· Cater for academically able students who are often self-directed learners.

· Ensure selected students excel at the attributes identified in the Corpus Christi College Learner Profile.

· Provide students with the opportunity to apply 21st Century skills including working collaboratively and communicating with others, nurturing student creativity and problem solving skills.

Students can select from a wide range of projects. Click below to access the website with information relating to the program and past projects and the available projects.

https://sites.google.com/a/corpus.wa.edu.au/academic-excellence-extension-program-2015/

Additional Details:

When: Every Tuesday

Start date: 5 June 2018

Time: 7.30am- 8.30am

Venue: TCC

Exhibition evening: Thursday 23 August 2018 (Celebrating Excellence Evening). Student projects will be exhibited and showcased to parents and friends later in the year.

Personal Projects

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Some amazing projects are taking place and being produced. Students are encouraged to keep working on achieving their goals and to remember that they should be aiming to have their project complete by the end of the Term 2 holidays. Students are encouraged to have regular contact with their staff superior.

On the final day of Term Two, students will be given direction and time to work on their reports and exhibition. In Term 3 students will work on fine tuning their project, writing their report and designing their display.

HOMEWORK

Home study is seen as an integral part of the academic program of the College. It is recommended that all students should be engaged in consistent home learning. Regular, planned study timeslots organised around family, leisure and sport commitments are a guideline for success.

The guidelines below are average times recommended for 5 days/times per week (including weekends).

· Year 7 30-60 minutes per day

· Year 8 45-75 minutes per day

· Year 9 60-90 minutes per day

What is expected of Teachers?

· Homework should be issued with the intention to assist students consolidate their learning

· Outcome of homework should be communicated to students

· Provide suggested time to spend on set activities, e.g. (15 minutes)

· Differentiate homework to appropriately challenge each level of learner.

· Homework should be entered on SEQTA

What is expected of the student at home?

· Ensure that all possible homework is completed

· Work for short, concentrated bursts. Twenty to forty minutes of fully-focused effort interspersed with short breaks is recommended

Parents can help by?

· Regularly checking SEQTA for communications from teachers

· Providing a suitable environment for home study

· Insisting on a high standard of neatness for all work in all subject areas

· Providing firm support to follow a set study plan (thus helping the student to avoid overloading on any one night)

· Providing resources (e.g. providing internet access, obtaining books, encouraging the use of the library)

· Monitoring the effective use of the Internet

· Being actively involved in the learning with students

· If a student is unable to complete an ‘overnight’ learning task due to family reasons, please either email the teacher concerned or write a note in the Student Diary.

HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

Parents are reminded that in the first instance, if you have concerns about your son’s or daughter’s progress, it is always appropriate to make direct contact with the relevant class teacher.  If there is no resolution to your concerns, the College’s protocols require the Head of Year or Learning Area Coordinator to be contacted.

As our teachers have full time teaching loads, please note that any return of parental contact may not be possible until the following day.  You are also encouraged to use Direct Message in SEQTA to bring matters to the attention of staff.

YEAR 9 STEM

Curiosity

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein

Year Nine students across Mathematics, Technology and Enterprise and Science have been collaborating on the current STEM program. It has been running smoothly and the students are working on some great stop motion animations.  Many of the students asked if an extension could be made as they have realised how much work and effort has to go into a stop motion animation. 

The project manager of each student group will be asked to email their Mathematics, Technology and Science teachers with access to their portfolio by this deadline.  The STEM Team will nominate the top animations and then choose some winners in terms of their final product. 

 

Middle School News

Academy Conferences for Gifted and Talented Senior Students

On the Tuesday the 8th of May, 12 Corpus students from the Academic Excellence Program had the opportunity to attend the Gifted and Talented Academic Conference held at St Hilda’s. The day was filled with engaging talks that presented us with challenging and abstract ideas. In the morning Julie Arliss spoke to us about the concept of truth and logic, and logical reasoning in a post-modern world. Jeffrey Hodges also talked to us about having a ‘Gold medal mindset’, and how to make dreams into achievable goals. Dr Mark Lewney explained string theory and other physics concepts with his guitar and exciting discoveries and experiments in the world of physics.

In the afternoon Julie Arliss discussed the idea of the afterlife and multiple beliefs regarding the mind and body. At the end of the day, we were able to use concepts and ideas that we had learnt throughout the day in a debate about whether people should always tell the truth or not. We were able to see many perspectives on the debate and engage with other students about their beliefs.

Siobhan Stevens, Year 10.

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Public Speaking Success

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 Gianni Petta, Emma Garland, Chelsea Fuderer, Olivia Dellaca and Hugh Livingstone competed in the Rostrum Voice of Youth semi-final on Saturday 12 May. Gianni will now represent Corpus Christi College in the State Final which will take place on the 23rd of June.

All of these students are to be commended for their dedication and hard work in the lead up to the competition and the way in which they represented the College. It is also important to acknowledge Noreen Stevenson for supporting these students. 

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Year 9 - Do you need some help with your studying?

1. Have a look at ELES Study Skills Handbook for some ideas and help!

Website: http://www.studyskillshandbook.com.au/

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2. Go to Homework club on Tuesday or Thursday in the Library. We have ex-students there to help you out.

3. YouTube the topic you don't understand or need help with for videos that may be helpful.

Mrs Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9

 

Year 9 English – Community Services Guest Speaker

 On Wednesday 16th May, the Year 9 Consolidated English classes were privileged to have Mrs Donna Smith as a guest speaker. Mrs Smith shared about her background and the influences her early life and experiences have had on her current work and her values. The students were able to formulate and ask questions, and also engaged in a ‘knowing your own values’ activity, which helped to highlight the choices we all make in life.

The students enjoyed this period and learned a great deal from the things Mrs Smith shared. In particular, people were inspired by her ongoing work in the community, in the way disadvantaged people are being considered and cared for, and they were also inspired by the way every person is treated with dignity and that all are valued, regardless of their circumstances.

The students are currently interviewing older family members and are constructing biographical presentations dealing with life, experiences, values, and the way we can all make a difference in our communities.

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 Vanessa Christie

  

Year 8 CYBER SAFETY – PASTORAL SESSION

Late in Term One, the students were involved in a presentation from Taryn Wren – Director at Y-Safe. Taryn spoke to the Year 8’s about a number of topics relating to Cyber Safety which included:

 Cyber Bullying

Being a victim of cyber bullying can contribute toward long-term mental health and social issues including (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, low self-esteem, and poor health.

Cyber bullying can also have negative social and emotional impacts on the bully. Cyber bullying can be a crime under state and national law. The following may be unlawful: using the internet or a phone in a threatening or harassing way; stalking others; accessing internet accounts without permission; defamation; and/or encouraging a person to harm themselves.

A bystander is someone who witnesses bullying behaviour. Positive and constructive bystander intervention can assist victims of cyber bullying and discourage bullying behaviour.

Positive and constructive bystander intervention should strive to support to the victim of bullying and discourage the bullying behaviour without the use of aggressive and/or insulting actions/words.

More information regarding the law around sexting and bullying can be sourced from lawstuff.org.au.

 

Online Wellbeing

On average, millennials check their phone 157 time per day. Social media and digital gaming platforms have been designed with the intention of encouraging us to spend time on them.

Using technology is not a bad thing but we need to be aware of the impact excessive use can have on our mental and physical health.

Whilst phones, social networking, and online gaming platforms allow us to be in constant contact with our friends, online interactions do not satisfy the same psychological needs as face-to-face interaction. Spending too much time on technology and not enough time physically interacting with others can have a detrimental impact on our mental health (e.g. increase feelings of loneliness and isolation).

Some warning signs that we may be spending too much time on technology include: taking your phone to the bathroom; using your phone in social settings; checking your phone immediately before and after sleep; feeling false phone vibrations; being unable to be apart from your phone; and feeling anxious if you’re are unable to check your phone for an extended period.

Things we can do to help regulate our technology use include: be selective with the notifications that are switched on; turn-off blue light at night; take note of when being on technology stops feeling good; monitor how much time you’re spending on your phone (this can be done using an app like Moment or Checky, or under the battery icon in settings on an iPhone); set an off time when going to bed.

 

Digital Footprint

Your digital footprint is made up from all the information available about you online. This includes things posted to and from your social media accounts (including ghost accounts), external websites, others social media accounts, etc.

Your digital footprint can be positive or negative. It matters because it lasts forever and can impact you down the track when you’re applying for jobs, TAFE or university. A 2017 Australian study indicated that 70 percent of employers now use social media to screen job candidates before hiring them.

Googling yourself regularly is one way to remain informed on what is publicly available about you on the internet. To obtain the most accurate result when googling yourself, follow the formula: ‘first and last name’ AND Perth

You can also use reverse Google image search (which uses facial recognition software) to look for publicly available images on yourself. To do this, go to Google, select ‘Images’, click the camera icon in the right-hand corner of the search bar, and upload an image that clearly shows your face.

The following can have a negative impact on our digital footprint: cyber bullying and trolling; posts showing unruly or unlawful behaviour; links to offensive information; swearing, profanities and/or harassment; and explicit photos.

If there’s something about you on the internet that you think could have a negative impact on your digital footprint, you may consider the following: Remove/unfollow the damaging material, page, or person; check your social media settings are set to private; conduct regular checks of google and social media profiles; remove any old posts, comments, or profiles which may be damaging; report the item to the platform it’s posted on and request that it be removed; seek help where needed; and add positive content to your digital footprint.

Taryn has also provided us with some useful information for parents about apps we should all be aware that our children could/are currently using. The following will likely be the most helpful (and least overwhelming) resource:

https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/games-apps-and-social-networking 

Y-Safe recommend using this in conjunction with the Common Sense media app review website, which provides parents with a brief overview of app features, associated cyber safety risks, parent and educator age recommendations, and reviews:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/

Some specific examples include:

Instagram: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/instagram

Snapchat: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/snapchat

Fortnite: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews/fortnite

Yubo (formerly Yellow): https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/yubo

KiK messenger: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/kik-messenger

Music.ly: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/musically-your-video-social-network

Some of the app features that Y-Safe recommend parents pay particular attention to include: geolocation tracking, open chat forums, linked accounts, and hidden and/or disappearing content. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, we do tend to see a higher incidence of risky/problematic online behaviours associated with these features in high school settings. It is important to note that this is by no means the case with all students using apps containing these features, many of whom exhibit responsible use with adequate safety settings/protocols.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION – PASTORAL SESSION

Conflict is normal part of growing up but left alone can create friendships problems, cause emotional stress and affect a young person’s confidence and learning. Last week the Year 8’s took part in a pastoral session which provided an opportunity for them to develop skills around Conflict Resolution. The objectives of the session were:

  • Identify feelings and needs behind conflict
  • Explore techniques to deal with conflict
  • Generate creative solutions for resolving conflicts cooperatively

This pastoral session aimed to give our students the opportunity to be problem-solvers and take some responsibility for dealing with one another when they are upset. These are skills that will serve them well for a lifetime.

 Simon Messer

Head of Year 8

 

Year 9 CYBER SAFETY – PASTORAL SESSION

 The last two Pastoral Programme sessions have focused on the cyber world that your children are often quite engaged in. Below are a few websites, questionable apps and links to resources that may be useful to you as parents and guardians. I hope that they are useful in facilitating you to help guide your children to be responsible digital citizens.

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Games, apps and social networking:

https://www.esafety.gov.au/esafety-information/games-apps-and-social-networking

Some of the app features recommended for parents to pay particular attention to include: geolocation tracking, open chat forums, linked accounts, and hidden and/or disappearing content.

A popular Netflix series in 2017, ’13 Reasons Why,’ has now released Season 2 . The link below has some Headspace resources and advice on talking to teens who watch this series.

https://www.headspace.org.au/news/headspace-and-netflix-collaborate-to-keep-young-australians-safe/

Please contact the College if you have further concerns with your child’s online relationships

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English teachers exploring new mediums

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As an Apple Distinguished School our staff often challenge the status quo and push themselves to try new things in and outside of the classroom. Over the past term; Jamie Clark, Tessa Johnson and Michael Royall have been exploring Australia fastest growing broadcast platform by producing a podcast during their free time.

The Staffroom is an education podcast which takes a look into the world of pedagogy.  Michael and Tessa meet talk with expert educators locally and around the world to discuss about teaching and learning and share outstanding classroom practice.

The team is aiming to produce eight episodes in the first series and the first two episodes are already live on iTunes.

Middle School News

Term Two Important Dates

Monday 14 May:                              Photo catch up day

Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May:     NAPLAN Years 7 and 9 Testing

Friday 18 May:                                 Pastoral Period

Thursday 31 May:                             ACC Cross Country Carnival

Monday 4 June:                               Public Holiday

Friday 8 June:                                  Pastoral Period

Monday 11 June:                               STEM – Year 9 all week

Friday 22 June:                                Corpus Christi Day

Tuesday 26 June:                             College Awards Assembly

                                                         Quest Retreat Catch-up – Year 7

 

Friday 29 June:                                Term Two concludes

                                                          Personal Project Planning – Year 9

New members of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP)

Each year, all Year 7 to 9 students undergo some standardised tests. Year 8 and 9 students completed these tests at the end of 2017 unless they were new to the College. In which case, they would have undergone the testing at the start of this year. All Year 7’s undertook the testing at the start of Term 1.

 The tests measure student aptitude or ability in numeracy, literacy and abstract reasoning.

Based on the test results the students who performed in the top 10-15% are selected and invited to become a member of the Academic Excellence Program (AEP).

 As part of the program students:

  • Meet with me formally and informally on a number of occasions throughout the year in order to set themselves iSMART goals- that being inspirational, specific, measurable, achievable, results driven goals that are time bound to a particular term or semester.
  • Set themselves specific actions to put into place to achieve their goals and later in the term or semester review their goals, setting themselves new ones.

 In addition, students:

  • Are invited to take part in various incursions and excursions during the year
  • Are offered a student mentor to provide them with support
  • Are invited to take part in the Academic Excellence Extension Program (AEEP) which runs during Terms 2 and 3.

The following students are now members of the AEP.

Year 9

Christopher Bardill

Ashley Morgan

 Year 8

Jacob Allanby

Chloe Duxbury

Alyssa Slaim

Christopher Shanahan

Christophe Yao

Year 7

Riley Baginski

Keerthana Binu

Noah Brown

Jared Budiman

Florence Chapman

Marcus Dalley

Bridget Dass

Michela De Boni

Jayden Fung

Justin Fung

Zac Hampel

Josh Laboudeuse

Yusay Li

Cambell Orazi

Isaac Pavy

Lachlan Putt

Hayden Treby

Angelyne Varen

Cohen Vescio

Elia Woods

Isabella Zammit

Filipa Carvalho

Head of Academic Excellence

 

Mothers’ Day Breakfast

We invite mothers and your children to a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on Friday 11 May, 7.15am to 8.00am.

Click on the link below to RSVP your interest (Including how many of your children will be in attendance).  Please provide accurate numbers to we can cater accordingly.

RSVP no later than 5.00pm Wednesday 9 May

Tea, coffee, juice and fruit will be provided and bacon and egg rolls can be pre-ordered. (Follow the booking link below for information)

We look forward to seeing as many Mothers and their children as possible.

Link to booking Here.

NAPLAN YEARS 7 and 9 - 2018

NAPLAN will be occurring in week 3 at the following times:

Tuesday 15 May: Periods 2 and 3 (Language Conventions and Writing)

Wednesday 16 May: Extended Homeroom and Period 1 (Reading)

Thursday 17 May: Periods 1 and 2 (Numeracy both calculator allowed and non-calculator – no break between the two parts)

Friday 18 May: Periods 2 and 3 (Catch up)

If you teach Year 7 or Year 9 during the above times, you will be allocated NAPLAN supervision at that time. Staff will be provided with a supervision schedule closer to the dates. A copy of the test administration handbook and instructions will also be provided.

More information or additional NAPLAN resources can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au

Parents and Friends

The Parents and Friends (P&F) Year 7 Sundowner will be held on Friday 18th May. The event provides Year 7 parents with an opportunity to meet each other and socialise in a relaxed environment.  Please click here for more information, and to register.

Smart Goals

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

Revision Strategies

Students are encouraged to use a variety of revision strategies including:

·       Popplet

·       Padlet

·       google docs

·       quizzes

·       practice questions

·       summary sheets

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Year 9 Retreat

A couple of great days have been spent giving the Year 9’s the opportunity to interact with each other and think about the community with the Kindness Programme and the Schoolbags for Jesus activity.

The students have also been involved in the Youth Mission Team Retreat Day of ‘Relationships’. Here they focussed on:

Students who are free from pressure to conform to the expectations of others

Students who can identify how they have hurt others and how they themselves have been hurt and seek the strength to overcome these tendencies, and

Students who recognise that coming to know God more personally in our lives increases our capacity to love others.

These two days have been a great chance for the Year 9’s to settle back into the term, work with their peers, develop relationships and provide service to others. These skills help to empower the students and engage them in their community.

Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9

Middle School News

Winter Uniform Term Two

Given Term Two commences on Tuesday 1 May, there will be no uniform transition period necessary. Therefore, all students will commence Term Two in full winter uniform. Given Photo Day will be on the second day of term, Wednesday 2 May, parents are reminded of the importance of checking the sizing of uniforms well before the end of Term One.

 Term One Interim Reports

Students are to be congratulated on their achievements so far this year.  Overall, the Middle School students have performed well both academically and in the way they apply and conduct themselves in class. It is pleasing to see the students achieving outstanding results for important attributes such as communication and work ethic.  I commend the students on their efforts and hope they continue to apply themselves in class throughout Term Two.

 Parent Teacher Interviews

The Year 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student (P/T/S) Interviews will be held on Tuesday 1 May from 12.30pm to 7.30pm in the Sadler Centre (normal classes will conclude at the end of Period 3 – 11.56am on this day).

Please note that there may be a limited number of timeslots available.  To help with this, please ensure you only book ONE timeslot with your child’s teacher, even if they teach your child in multiple subjects. If you are unable to secure a timeslot during this round of P/T/S interviews, you may contact the relevant teacher(s) directly to arrange a conversation on another date.

If your child’s teacher has indicated ‘Interview requested’ on his/her Term One Progress Report, it is highly recommended that you book an interview with the relevant teacher(s), even if the Edval booking system does not specify that an interview is requested. If your child does not have any interview requests, then your discretion should be used as to whether or not you book an interview with their teacher(s).

Your PIN has been emailed to all families, which will enable you to use the Edval system to book your interviews.

You will be able to book interviews for your student(s) from 1.00pm Wednesday 11 April until 9.00am on Monday 30 April. 

If you have any queries or are having problems using the Edval system, please do not hesitate to contact Sara-Ann Tuson sara-ann.tuson@cewa.edu.au

Winter Uniform Term Two

Given Term Two commences on Tuesday 1 May, there will be no uniform transition period necessary. Therefore, all students will commence Term Two in full winter uniform. Given Photo Day will be on the second day of term, Wednesday 2 May, parents are reminded of the importance of checking the sizing of uniforms well before the end of Term One.

Mothers’ Day Breakfast

We invite mothers and your children to a Mothers’ Day Breakfast on Friday 11 May, 7.15am to 8.00am.

Click on the link below to RSVP your interest (Including how many of your children will be in attendance).  Please provide accurate numbers to we can cater accordingly.

RSVP no later than 5.00pm Wednesday 9 May.

Tea, coffee, juice and fruit will be provided and bacon and egg rolls can be pre-ordered. (Follow the booking link below for information)

We look forward to seeing as many Mothers and their children as possible.

Please click here to book.

Year 7-10 Da Vinci Decathlon

 On the 6th of April, eight Year 10 students from the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) took place in the annual Da Vinci Decathlon Event. This event is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of high achieving students. The competition involves 10 categories; Engineering, Mathematics, Code breaking, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and General Knowledge. This year the theme was “Expect the Unexpected”.  From our school, groups of 8 students from Years 7-10 competed in each of these categories against other schools. The winning teams have the chance to represent their school in the National da Vinci Decathlon. 

During the lead up to the Da Vinci Gala, we attended training sessions for each of these categories to help us bond as a team and be able to answer questions relating to the themes under pressure. These training sessions were held before, during or after school and were a key part in the preparation for this amazing event. Thank you to all the teachers who took time out of their busy schedules to run these sessions. This included Mr Matthews, Mrs Di Giuseppe, Mrs Davies and Mrs Coma. We would like to especially thank Mr Clark and Mrs Carvalho who played a key role in our success.

On the day 18-28 schools including Corpus were at the gala and as a student who had taken place in this even once before in year 9, it was really great to see the same students competing again. The day started out with the formal introductions and then we started competing. The engineering task was to produce a jack-in-the-box or a paper airplane that travelled the furthest. Art and Poetry was based on the whole theme “Expect the Unexpected”. Science and Mathematics involved answering and solving complex problems. Ideation involved coming up with a solution to a problem. One team had the problem: “What would we do if Alien came to earth?”. English was made up of spelling, poems and a passage from ‘Frankenstein’, that needed to be interpreted. Code Breaking involved deciphering various codes, Cartography involved having extensive knowledge of maps of the world and the General knowledge questions were based on current affairs.

There was some tough competition from all the schools, however, our teams took home some places in the various sessions. The Year 8 team came 4th in Creative Producers. The Year 9 team came first in General Knowledge and Code Breaking and 6th place in Ideation and English. Finally, the Year 10 team came third in Engineering.

Overall this was a really rewarding day in which we learned the importance of team work, the key to our success. As a Year 10 student this is my last Da Vinci Decathlon which is a disappointing thought. However, it has been a great opportunity to take part in the Da Vinci Decathlon throughout the years.

 Mary Alamyio (Year 10)

NAPLAN – Years 7 and 9

Please note that this year the NAPLAN will be taking place on 15, 16 and 17 May for Years 7 and 9, with catch up tests (for students absent for any tests) occurring on Friday 18 May.

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. NAPLAN performance is now also linked to secondary graduation so it is critical that all students do their very best. NAPLAN will take place in Week 3 of Term 2.

At the College we recognise the importance of NAPLAN but it certainly isn’t the exclusive focus of our learning programs or our teaching. However, leading up to the tests, students will have been familiarised with the tests and, in many cases, have completed practice papers to reduce anxiety and ensure students are comfortable with the process.

More information or additional NAPLAN resources can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au

Middle School News

Awards Term One – Tuesday 10 April - The Certificate of Endeavour

Every student in the College has the opportunity to receive The Certificate of Endeavour at the Term One and Term Three Awards. The Awards for Term One will be presented on – Tuesday 10 April.

This is a timely reminder to students and parents about the deliberate practices and behaviours inside and outside of the classroom that will lead to success.

For each class in the College, 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

Winter Uniform Term Two

Given Term Two commences on Tuesday 1 May, there will be no uniform transition period necessary. Therefore, all students will commence Term Two in full winter uniform. Given Photo Day will be on the second day of term, Wednesday 2 May, parents are reminded of the importance of checking the sizing of uniforms well before the end of Term One.

Grooming

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

Key points to consider….

-        For boys, hair must be no shorter than a number two haircut.

-        Hair is not to be styled in such a way that it is capable, at any time of falling towards the eyes or face.

-        Extreme haircuts are not permitted e.g. for boys, undercuts or top knots.

-        Hair that is collar length or longer must be tied back.

-        Girls, length of skirts

Please see College Diary for further details.

 

Academic Excellence- Procrastination Busters

On Wednesday 14th March, the Year 9 and 10 AEP students attended a ‘Procrastination Busters’ presentation which was run by the College phycologists, Mrs Rossi and Mrs Goodchild.

The presentation informed students about the different types of procrastination. These were given interesting names: the “cool cat”, “anxious avoider”, “painstaking perfectionist”, “negative gnome” and the “bored beetle”. Such names made it much easier for students to understand the various types of procrastination and remember them for later on.

Students were able to determine what type of procrastinator they are. The presentation was also useful in identifying ways to minimise procrastination. Students grouped themselves into the different procrastination types and discussed habits and behaviours that they experience as procrastinators. They then discussed methods that they put into place in their daily lives to combat procrastination.

Overall, the presentation was an eye opener for many students, allowing them to identify the type of procrastinator that they are and then coming up with strategies that would help them prevent procrastination. This session will be followed up later in Term Two when students will have time to write an action plan on how they can avoid procrastination.

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Year 7 Social Evening

 Mr Mark Barron

Head of Year 7

The Year 7 Social is one of the most anticipated and memorable highlights of the year and will take place on Friday 6 April, in the Sadler Centre. The purpose of this event is to assist students in their transition to Middle School as they interact with their peers in a social atmosphere and establish new friendships.

Students will be provided with dinner before commencing a variety of games which encourages students to interact with others and develop new friendships. These activates will be facilitated by the senior members of the Student Leadership Team.

Progress Reports

 Mr Frank Italiano

Deputy Principal Middle School

At the end of the Term a Progress Report will be provided for all students. These reports will be accessed by parents via SEQTA Engage and therefore will not be posted out. A letter will be emailed to all parents outlining how to access these reports once they have been uploaded at the end of Week Eleven.

Middle School News

Year 7 Pastoral Period - Positive Relationships

Mark Barron

Head of Year 7

Our Week 6 Pastoral Period focused on Positive Relationships and the following lesson objectives were covered.  Year 7 students continue to discuss these topics in homeroom:

All Must

-Understand that everyone is different.

-Realise that their actions have a direct impact on others.

Most Should

-Be able to empathise with others and reflect upon how others feel in certain situations.

-Be able to reflect upon exactly how their own behaviour has an impact on the feelings of others.

Some Could

-Suggest how they could adjust their behaviours to improve the sense of belonging of their peers.

 

Year 8 A Busy Time of Year

Simon Messer

Head of Year 8

Over the past few weeks the Year 8’s have taken part in many social, spiritual, academic and health related matters.

In week 5, the students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students conducted themselves maturely, developing their faith through the telling of their sins to one of our local parish priests for the purpose of obtaining forgiveness.

Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23)

In week 6, the Year 8 cohort took part in their second Pastoral Period. The focus was on Respectful/Positive Relationships. We ran two gender specific sessions. The girls worked with Ms Melanie Trant and Mrs Chanel Fenwick and boys with myself.

The sessions aimed at breaking down gender stereotypes and workshopping ways we can be more respectful to members of the opposite sex, our friends, our families and most importantly ourselves.

Also, through week 6 and 7 students received their Vaccinations via the School Immunisation Program. Students were offered free vaccines through the National Immunisation Program to protect against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (pertussis) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccines were administered by nurses from the Department of Health.

I would like to wish all the Year 8 students selected in the ACC Swim Team all the best for “A” division carnival on Wednesday 21st March.

Year 9 Pastoral Program

Yvette Pearce

Head of Year 9

 Period 2 on Friday 9 March was the second Pastoral Period for the year. This session saw the boys and girls separated for some time to think about their Character Strengths and to begin thinking about Goals for the year.

East Fremantle Football Club sent three representatives to talk to the boys about Striving for Excellence, setting goals and the importance of a growth mindset. They particularly focused on always working to provide yourself with a variety of opportunities in the future and not limiting your dreams. From here the boys completed the VIA Character Strengths Survey and reflected on these using pages 6 and 7 of the College Diary.

The girls spent their session together with a couple of inspiring video clips and then the opportunity to also complete the VIA Character Strengths Survey, reflect on these using the College Diary pages 6 and 7 and then began to work on writing goals for their academic year.

These activities were based on research that shows that people who set goals (and use them effectively) not only perform better, but suffer from less stress and anxiety and are happier and more satisfied with their life.

What to do if you are being bullied

You have a right to feel safe and be safe. If you are being bullied here are some ideas about what you can do.

Talk to someone about it. Find a trusted friend, teacher or carer who will listen to how you feel, be supportive, and perhaps even help you work out what to do.

· Talk to your friends - they can help you tell a teacher or your parents or just to feel better.

· Talk to your parents - tell them all about what's been happening.

· Talk to your teacher or another staff member - tell them all about what’s been happening. If you don't want to do this in public, make an excuse to see the teacher about something else, for example your homework.

· If you can't talk to someone face-to-face go online at Kids Helpline http://www.kidshelp.com.au/

 or call a Kids Helpline counsellor on 1800 55 1800.

Try a few of the strategies that have worked for others. Only try these strategies if you are not in any immediate danger of being physically hurt and you feel confident you can do them

· Ignore the bullying - turn your back and walk away.

· Act unimpressed or pretend you don't care what they say or do to you. You could say 'okay, whatever' and walk away.

· Use strong, assertive statements, starting with the word ‘I’; tell the other person ‘I want you to stop that’ in a strong confident voice. Practice this with your friends.

· Use ‘fogging’ which means making a joking or funny comment that makes the other person think you don't care about what they say.

· Ask your friends to speak up for you. And remember to do the same for them!

Try to stay positive.

Focus on all the things that you do well, the people who like you and care about you. Write down your thoughts and feelings about the bullying to help you think clearly about what you can do.

 Hang around with your friends and be with people who help you feel good about yourself. Good friends respect, encourage and support you. They care for your wellbeing and are fun to be around. You'll make new friends by respecting, encouraging and supporting others.

Try to sort out the problem behind the bullying. If you feel safe to do so, talk with the other people involved and ask them how you might be able to sort out the problem together.

Awards Term One - The Certificate of Endeavour

Every student in the College has the opportunity to receive The Certificate of Endeavour at the Term One and Term Three Awards.

 This is a timely reminder to students and parents about the deliberate practices and behaviours inside and outside of the classroom that will lead to success.

For each class in the College, 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

 Winter Uniform Term Two

Given Term Two commences on Tuesday 1 May, there will be no uniform transition period necessary. Therefore, all students will commence Term Two in full winter uniform. Given Photo Day will be on the second day of term, Wednesday 2 May, parents are reminded of the importance of checking the sizing of uniforms well before the end of Term One.

 

 

 

Middle School E-News 18

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Year 7 2018 Orientation Day

 Mark Barron

Head of Year 8

 Huge congratulations to the Year 6 cohort who attended Orientation Day. Their behaviour was impeccable and their enthusiasm was infectious. 

Students had an amazing day trying out a range of different subjects. The beginnings of friendships have already been made and we very much look forward to meeting them again next year.

CHRISTMAS BEARS SPIRIT OF GIVING

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In the lead up to Christmas, Corpus Christi College students gave the gift of their hand made and decorated teddy bears to unwell children at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. In the past, the bears have been a welcome gift for many children who find being in hospital a daunting experience.

Corpus Christi’s Coordinator of Christian Service Katrina Thomas says the school endeavors to undertake Christian Community service with meaningful and helpful projects for the community. 

“The year seven students explored the idea of Christian Service and how through showing the love of charity, we could make a real difference in the life of others,” Ms Thomas said. 

“They were then given the time and tools to create their bear and write a heartfelt prayer for the person who received their bear.”

“As the year comes to an end and the sight of advent arrives, we felt it would be a nice gesture to donate bears to another Catholic care agency within our community – St John of God Murdoch Hospital.”

The Year seven choir from Corpus Christi College will also sing Christmas Carols in a number of different areas around the hospital.

SEMESTER TWO REPORTS

 Mr Italiano

Deputy Principal Middle School

Parents will access their child’s report through SEQTA - Engage.  These will be available after 5:00pm Thursday 14 December.

To access Reports, please follow the following instructions:

·       Logon to SEQTA - Engage as you have previously done or access the link from the College Intranet - https://intranet.corpus.wa.edu.au/

·       Click on Academic reports – as highlighted below.

 

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·       When you access this section you will see all of your children. Select a child and then the Report titled 2017S2.

·       Under the Download section click on the pdf document that is there and access this as you normally would for a document of this type.  (If you do not have a pdf reader installed on your computer this can be downloaded by accessing http://get.adobe.com/reader/).

·       Once the Report is downloaded you can now save and print this document if you wish.

Year 8 Perth Zoo Sleepover 28 and 29 November

Mr Brian Hurn

Science Teacher

The Zoo Camp was very successful again this year.

With five staff, Brian Hurn, Scott Connery, Jacqui Johnston, Taylor Matthews and Melissa Baines, twenty-three very well-behaved and motivated Year 8s who love animals attended with great excitement. This is a unique experience. Zoo staff constantly expressed admiration for how well and how quickly our students performed the various challenging activities.

Students were exposed to various educational experiences including

o   conservation activities involving the endangered status of zoo species.

o   different enrichment processes that are used to engage captive animals.

o   construction of an enrichment activity for the Lemurs and Capuchins.

o   hands-on reptile experience.

o   guided spotlight night-time tour of African savannah

o   exposure to the sounds and sights of night at the zoo.

Year 8 Rocket Science

Mr Brian Hurn

Science Teacher

Year 8 Science classes have recently been studying Energy including the concepts of potential energy and kinetic energy. Students launched water bottle rockets to investigate the variables effecting distance travelled such as angle and water volume.

 

Year 7 Reptile Incursion

Mr Brian Hurn

Science Teacher

Students have been treated to a reptile information and handling session. A variety of reptiles were available for close encounters of the scaly kind. Stimson’s pythons, Carpet pythons and Black-headed pythons were among the collection.

Hi-Tech Sci-Tech

By Kalea Gowland, Nikita La Rosa and Siobhan Stevens

On the  4th and 5th of December 2017, ten year 9 students partook in a biotechnology and ethics workshop. On day one there was an incursion at Corpus Christi College in the Library. Corpus students met with the students from Emmanuel College and Prendiville College and played a short icebreaker game to encourage students from all schools to work collaboratively. We then separated into small groups to work with for the day. After this, we spent time with Dr Pedersen discussing the importance of ethics in science, the history of philosophy and some of the kinds of ethical reasoning- Utilitarian and Catholic. In the middle of the day, we reinforced our knowledge of ethics as it contributed in the discussion of the case of Henrietta Lacks and how it was morally wrong or right to refrain from compensating or at least notifying Lacks’ family about the use of Henrietta’s cells for research. We continued learning about the many discoveries found due to Henrietta’s HeLa cells. During the afternoon the we learnt about DNA, RNA and CRISPR. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. It is a revolutionary technology that allows modification and editing of DNA. The afternoon concluded on an engaging discussion of the ethics involved with the applications of CRISPR. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially learning about DNA and the ethical approaches involved in the development of biotechnology. We were truly inspired by the Henrietta Lacks story and how her cervical cancer cells have shaped and contributed significantly to so numerous medical and scientific advances that we know of today.

On the second day, all three schools partook in an excursion to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. The day began with some basic laboratory skills such as the correct use of pipettes, followed by observing the HeLa cells by dying them using the various chemicals and then observing the basic uses of the centrifuge. We observed the cells via a microscope and our guide showed us how the HeLa cells were different to normal non cancerous cells. This was a great experience as we developed our practical skills in the lab. Following this, the year nine students were invited to participate in an ethics discussion. This discussion involved students considering what makes humans alive and the future of robotics, engineering and genetic modification. To conclude the ethical discussion a guest speaker was invited to tell us a bit about clinical trials and how sometimes rules can restrict important scientific research. This raised the importance of ethicists in today's society and their importance in the role of contributing to the development of scientific research today.

This opportunity was really interesting as it engaged us to be open minded about how the world and environment develops around us and how the world is constantly changing whether we like it or not. These discussions were really beneficial as they allowed us to challenge our everyday thinking and to have a taste of what the science workplace can be life. The controversial questions that we had to face also related directly to the problems that we will have to face in the future when our generation becomes the leaders and decision makers of our world. We were also provided with the consequences that if we do not regard the differing sides of every story and make decisions based on information that may be biased or inaccurate. We also discovered the importance of thoroughly discussing issues and weighing out both the positives and the negatives of every decision before acting them out. By exposing the us to new ideas, we were able to communicate our opinions based upon facts which can hugely benefit our critical thinking skills.

Middle School e-News 16

Year 6 Fun Day

Many thanks to our Arts Learning Area for delivering an outstanding Year 6 Fun Day.  The current Year 7 Student Leadership Team carried out an amazing job in ensuring that all new students were organised throughout the day.

The Year 6’s showed real promise, displaying an excellent attitude from the outset.  There was a real sense of unity as students from numerous primary schools came together as part of the Corpus Christi College family.  Our new intake had a fantastic time, already making new friends and trying out new experiences.  We very much look forward to their orientation day in November.

Year 7 News

Pastoral Period

The focus of the most recent Pastoral session was “Achieving Excellence”,focusing on study skills. Students worked through:

  1. Study Skills Checklist
  2. How to study
  3. I am ready to study
  4. How you feel about school
  5. What is my learning style
  6. Learning style Quiz
  7. My Learning Style.
  8. Make a schedule
  9. My schedule   
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Head Lice Notice

Dear Parents/Carers

We have been advised of a case of head lice in Year 7. A factsheet can be found at http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/F_I/Head-lice

 

Year 8 News

 Pastoral Period

Students received presentations about Career’s from Mrs Kath Davey and Mrs Rachel Burke. This was followed by students working in their Homerooms. They accessed a website to complete the My Future Pathways career generator. Website: https://myfuture.edu.au

Year 9 News

Year Nine Student Leadership

“Whoever would be first among you must be servant of all” (Mk 10:42-44; Mt 20:25-28). Week Three saw the opportunity of Student Leadership open up to all Year 9’s once again. Year 9 students are being asked to consider taking the leap to serve their peers next year as a Student Leader. All Year 9 Students were nominated for the position of House Representative this year and their peers voted for the people they believed best suited to represent them on Friday October 27. From here the House Coordinators will interview the successful students and select the House Representatives for 2018.

Students who wish to nominate for a Committee Student Leadership role are able to find a nomination form on the Year 9 Portal or collect one from the Head of Year office and nominate themselves for a position. Nominations close on Wednesday November 1. Students for these positions will be interviewed by the Committee Coordinators based on applications meeting required criteria for Committee Student Leadership Positions in 2018.

Cyber bullying

We all have the right to freedom of expression and to hold opinions without interference, however, sometimes our children can misinterpret this to mean that they can do and say whatever they wish if they feel it is true. The Year 9 Pastoral Programme has focussed heavily on Cyberbullying this year and the effects, legality and consequences of such behaviour. It is upsetting to be aware that there continues to be cyberbullying occurring within the Year 9 cohort. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about their online behaviour and the appropriateness of some of the choices they may be making so that together we work towards each and every individual being compassionate, thoughtful and Christlike.

Pastoral Period

The Week 3 Pastoral Programme period was presented by Mrs Rachel Burke and Mrs Wendy Quint who presented a session on Careers to assist the students to start thinking about their future education and career choices. The Careers information will continue to be worked on in Year 10.

 Space Camp 2018 Parent Evening

 Next Tuesday (31st October) we have the next Parent Information Evening hosted by Lucy from Edu School Tours. This event is being held at John XX111 College in the GBLT Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre and will be starting at 6.30pm.

Looking forward to seeing the 2018 Space Camp USA tour participants and families on Tuesday night.

Gospel Focus – Love your neighbour as yourself

There is an implicit, or understood, commandment within the command to love your neighbour as yourself. That is, we must first love ourselves. Whilst to say someone ‘loves themself’ is used as a criticism of a person who is a bit too vain, that is not what is intended here. If we are to love others as we love ourselves we must first be content and happy with who we are. It is only when we are comfortable with who we are that we are able to reach out to those around us with compassion.

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 Year 8 STEM Experiences

Engineers from WOODSIDE visit Year 8 students to share STEM experiences

STEM is Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics and careers in STEM are fundamental to continued advancement and prosperity in our community and our country.

Year 8 students were treated to inspiring presentations and practical activities by groups of Engineering staff from Woodside last week when they visited Corpus to demonstrate STEM in real-life situations and share information about their own roles and career journeys.

They presented the students with:

·  strong and compelling messages that STEM subjects can lead to a wide range of creative and fascinating careers for all young people

·  activities of interest that created enthusiasm for STEM subjects in a fun, practical and engaging way

·  real-life role modelling from people passionate about their jobs and keen to be ambassadors for STEM careers

During the presentation, students were able to experience the use of a Virtual Reality Headset with 360 degree virtual reality footage that let them feel as though they were actually on the North Rankin Complex – Australia’s largest offshore gas processing facility.

We are very grateful to WOODSIDE for involving us in their ‘Promoting STEM in Schools’

Initiative.

THE CORPUS STEM COMMITTEE

Mrs. R. Armenti, Ms. D. Coma, Ms. S. Farrington and Mr. M. Stephens

Middle School e-News 15

YEAR 6 FUN DAY

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Year 6’s as part of their transition into Corpus Christi College in 2018 on Tuesday the 24th October.

Thank you to the Arts Learning Area for planning the delivery of an action-packed day. 

ENDEAVOUR AWARDS - TERM 3

Congratulations to the recipients of the Endeavour Awards that were presented by Mr Italiano in our Year Group Assembly.  It was excellent to see such a large portion of our cohort receiving these accolades.  Thank you to the large turnout of parents who attended to show their support, it is encouraging to see such substantial numbers of proud parents.

At this stage in the term I would like to encourage parents to work with our Students to revisit their Smart Goals in SEQTA, this is one strategy to help ensure continued progression in our students studies.  As we enter the last portion of the school year, it is hugely important that we have a continued push towards the achievement of the targets that students have set. 

YEAR 8 AND 9 CAREERS PASTORAL SESSIONS

In the coming weeks, Year 8 and Year 9 students will engage in Pastoral Sessions (Weeks 3 and 6) focussing on Careers. 

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* The aim of sessions is for students to explore websites and find out more about what occupations interest them.

* Students will work through their own ‘My Brilliant Career Plan’

STUDENT SUCCESS – CREATIVITY (VIDEO LINK PROVIDED)

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?
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/09/18/spc-vital-signs-genius-and-creativity-b.cnn

 STUDENT LEADERSHIP 2018

In coming weeks the Years 7 to 9 have will have the opportunity to step up and take the courageous leap of nominating for Student Leadership for 2018.

The positions of House Representative, Ministry Representative, Sports Representative, Arts Representative and Communications Representative are all open to those who wish to step up and be part of a community of Student Leaders intent on continuing the great things happening at Corpus as well as to work to improve our community. Details of how positions are allocated will soon be available on the Year 7, 8 and 9 Portals.

The preferential voting system will be used to allow the Year 7’s and 8’s to demonstrate their civic duty, which complements the Humanities Civics programme currently being undertaken.

The students nominating for Committee positions in the areas of Ministry, Sports, Arts or Communications will have the opportunity to attend an interview and explain why they believe they are the best person for the representative position. 

All students who consider these leadership opportunities are to be commended for their willingness to support the College and offer service to their peers.

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Year 7 Informatics Coding Camp

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In the shadow of our recent success in the NCSS Challenge - this past weekend our Year 7 coders joined St Hilda's and Christ Church Grammar School for a weekend of problem solving, mathematics and coding.

On Friday afternoon as the rest of their classmates hurried off for a relaxing weekend, our group of bright minds journeyed north to Ern Halliday Camp to join the twenty like-minded students from Christ Church Grammar School and St Hilda's.  

The main purpose of the camp was to introduce students to the world of competitive programming and to prepare them for domestic and international informatics competitions.  Whilst Corpus Christi offers classes in the Swift programming language for all Year 7 students, the language of choice for informatics is Python.  For many of the students it was like learning a new language - discovering how to structure a sentence and then learning the syntax to articulate the solution to your problem.

In-between the rigorous programming challenges students competed in group STEM challenges and mathematics related quizzes.

If you are interested in getting involved in coding at any year level, please speak with your Digital Technologies or Mathematics teachers.

 

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?

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/09/18/spc-vital-signs-genius-and-creativity-b.cnn

 

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.

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.

 
 
 

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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

Opening Mass, 28th Annual Performing Arts Festival

On Friday 21 July, staff and students from various catholic schools and colleges gathered together at Infant Jesus Parish in Morley to celebrate the official opening of the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and College. Led by Most Reverend Donald Sproxton VG, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, the mass was an uplifting celebration of Catholic Education WA’s commitment to fostering the talents of its students.

Performers and readers proudly represented their respective schools, sharing their liturgical and performance skills with the congregation. However, a special congratulations must be given to the Corpus Christi Choir, whose incomparable vocal talent demonstrated the true value of song as a form of worship. Their voices added an extra dimension to the mass, encouraging full participation and genuine reflection. A special thanks to Head of Music David Harries, the Music team and all choir members for their commitment in practice and on the day.

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2017 Atwell Youth Art Award Winners

Our Year 7 Art students have picked up an award from Atwell Gallery for their collaborative, artistic endeavours. Title of the work ‘Homage to Oldenburg’ Collaborative Pop Art Public Art installation. The students involved:

Zoee Cokcetin
Hudson Craig-Power
Molly Dawkins
Erin Doherty
Harry Dunleavy
Zak Grbelja
May Hopwood
Abriam Kalaiarasan
Hugh Livingston
Lucas Maghiar
Maisy Metcalfe-Gibson
Tia Monument
Erin Peters
Sinead Rego
Claudia Werch

Mark Parker has been nominated for a separate award, Title of the artwork ‘Preador’ Comic Painting.


National Programming Competition

Congratulations to the following Middle School students were competed in the University of New South Wales National programming competition on Friday 16 June.

Year 8

  • Thomas Erkes
  • Blake Chiera
  • Jacob D’Aurizio
  • Marius Rodari
  • Elijah White-U
  • Sanjeev Singh
  • Adriana Romeo
  • Annalise Fernandez
  • Leah Nigli
  • Jacinta Symons

Year 9

  • Edison (Mao Zhe) Foo
  • Thomas Nicholls
  • Adam Neri

Homework

Home study is seen as an integral part of the academic program of the College. It is recommended that all students should be engaged in consistent home learning. Regular, planned study timeslots organised around family, leisure and sport commitments are a guideline for success.

The guidelines below are average times recommended for 5 days/times per week (including weekends).

  • Year 7 - 30-60 minutes per day
  • Year 8 - 45-75 minutes per day
  • Year 9 - 60-90 minutes per day

What is expected of Teachers?

  • Homework should be issued with the intention to assist students consolidate their learning
  • Outcome of homework should be communicated to students
  • Provide suggested time to spend on set activities, e.g. (15 minutes)
  • Differentiate homework to appropriately challenge each level of learner
  • Homework should be entered on SEQTA.

What is expected of the student at home?

  • Ensure that all possible homework is completed
  • Work for short, concentrated bursts. Twenty to forty minutes of fully-focused effort interspersed with short breaks is recommended

Parents can help by?

  • Regularly checking SEQTA for communications from teachers
  • Providing a suitable environment for home study
  • Insisting on a high standard of neatness for all work in all subject areas
  • Providing firm support to follow a set study plan (thus helping the student to avoid overloading on any one night)
  • Providing resources (e.g. providing internet access, obtaining books, encouraging the use of the library)
  • Monitoring the effective use of the Internet
  • Being actively involved in the learning with students
  • If a student is unable to complete an ‘overnight’ learning task due to family reasons, please either email the teacher concerned or write a note in the Student Diary.

Uniform and Grooming

Parents are urged to ensure that their children’s uniform and grooming is perfect for the start of the Term Three.  It is expected that the College uniform is to be worn with pride and for students to ensure that they are fully compliant with all College regulations.  While holidays may be a time for more extreme hairstyles and casual dress, this should not be carried over into the school environment. It would be most unfortunate if your son’s or daughter’s start of Term is marred by failing to comply with the College’s requirements and the consequences which would flow from this.


Home-School Communication

Parents are reminded that in the first instance, if you have concerns about your son’s or daughter’s progress, it is always appropriate to make direct contact with the relevant class teacher.  If there is no resolution to your concerns, the College’s protocols require the Head of Year or Learning Area Coordinator to be contacted.

As our teachers have full time teaching loads, please note that any return of parental contact may not be possible until the following day.  You are also encouraged to use Direct Message in SEQTA to bring matters to the attention of staff.

The eNews is a fortnightly communication which provides our College community with important information.  You will receive an e-mail providing a link to the College Website.   The eNews is available electronically through the College website.


Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews - Tuesday 25 July

Interviews for Years 7 to 12 will be conducted on Tuesday 25 July from 12.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be a thirty minute break from 5pm to 5.30pm. 

Please note that there may be a limited number of timeslots available.  To help with this, please ensure you only book ONE timeslot with your child’s teacher, even if they teach your child in multiple subjects.

If you are unable to secure a timeslot during this round of P/T/S interviews, you may contact the relevant teachers directly to arrange a meeting on another date.

If your child’s teacher has indicated ‘Interview requested’ in his/her Semester One Report, it is highly recommended that you book an interview with the relevant teacher(s), even if the PTO booking system does not specify that an interview is requested. If your child does not have any interview requests, then your discretion should be used as to whether or not you book an interview with their teacher(s).

PTO will be made available to parents for bookings on Wednesday 19 July at 8.00am and will close on Monday 24 July 8.00am (one day before the interviews).

Please contact Sara Tuson at Student Services on 6332 2505 or stuson@corpus.wa.edu.au

if you need further assistance.


Year 9 Pastoral Session - Amy Coombe

Yvette Pearce
Head of Year 9


Having worked with over 20,000 Teens, Teachers and Parents across Australia in relation to all things mental health, wellbeing and body image, Amy knows that there has never been a time when caring about mental health and wellbeing has been so important. Amy shares her professional and personal tools, strategies and stories, to help teens cope in a world where they are switched on 27/7 both mentally and physically.

Amy presented to the Year 9s in Monday’s Pastoral Period and gave them some valuable advice, real life experience and contacts to help them manoeuvre through the complicated world they live in today. For students who are needing further support Amy and the College recommend, ReachOut.com and headspace.org.au as well as the opportunity to meet with one of our College Counsellors; Mrs Goodchild or Mrs Rossi. 


Digital Citizenship and Digital Footprint

Digital Citizenship and Digital Footprint

Mr Daniel Budd
Director of Learning Technologies

On Wednesday 21 June, Mr Budd revised what it means for students to have a respectful digital footprint and the responsibility of digital citizenship. He discussed that we all should all be aiming for a digital footprint that is representative of how each individual would like to be perceived by their peers, family and community today and in the future.

Mr Budd reminded Year 9’s of the expectations, College policies and benefits of their internet accessibility. Digital communication was also a focus of the presentation, as students are interacting with the wider community to complete their Personal Projects and need to remember appropriate communication at all times. If students or parents have any questions regarding the College ICT policy or ICT questions in general they are encouraged to contact Mr Budd.


Careers Week - Week 10

Rachel Burke
Careers Coordinator

As a part of 'Careers Week' at the College in Week 10, teachers of Years 7-12 will generate a whole school conversation about different career pathways. Each teacher will briefly speak to their classes about: 

  • Occupations their subject area can lead to
  • Transferable skills learnt in their subject area
  • Subject area industry trends
  • Their own career journey
  • How career paths can change with time and experience
  • Starting out in their career- part-time jobs, internships, networking, interviewing etc.

A range of non-teaching professionals at the College including an Accountant, School Psychologist, Chef, Nutritionist, Carpenter, Horticulturalist, IT Technician and Business Administrator will briefly visit a range of classes to talk about their own job, career pathways and experiences. 

Conversations beginning in Years 7-9 relating to possible future careers, pathways and individual experiences, form a part of the foundation on which senior students deepen their knowledge of Career Development and make decisions about future subject selections, course pre-requisites, university and TAFE pathways. 

Students in Years 7-9 have the opportunity to establish their own career exploration profile through https://www.myfuture.edu.au using their school email address. This subscribed website allows students to; complete quizzes based on their interests and strengths, match strengths with possible occupations, view videos of a range of occupations, and future job prospects. 


Our young artists do it again!

Congratulations to the 2017 Atwell Youth Award winners! Corpus students entered 5 categories and managed to achieve an award in each category. An exceptional feat!

The Atwell Gallery in Applecross is a great supporter of the artistic endeavours of young people. For the past 15 years the gallery has provided students from different schools across the metropolitan area an opportunity to showcase artwork to the general public. This provides students with an outside audience, which is a valuable experience for emerging artists! Viewing the variety of exceptionally high standard artworks exhibited is always a marvellous experience.

Once again, the College received commendable acknowledgements for the artwork of some of our students. Judges commented on the contrast shown in each of the artworks, stating they were truly amazing. The traditional use of drawing media was absolutely breathtaking and the young artists were commended for the high degree of skill achieved, particularly in relation to the large-scale works.

As a College, we are very proud to announce the following awards winners.

Year 12 Rachel Raphael: Highly Commended Medium Pencil drawing. Title ‘Jalan Penang’
Year 11 Tyler Sandon: Winner First Prize: Medium Pencil drawing. Title ‘More than meets the Eye’
Year 10 Amy Riordan: Medium Ceramic sculpture. Title ‘Contemplation’
Year 7 Mark Parker:  Medium painting. Title ‘Preador comic’

Year 7 Group work –  Medium Polystyrene.  Title ‘Homage to Oldenburg’

  1. Zoee Cokcetin
  2. Hudson Craig-Power
  3. Molly Dawkins
  4. Erin Doherty
  5. Harry Dunleavy
  6. Zak Grbelja
  7. May Hopwood
  8. Abriam Kalaiarasan
  9. Hugh Livingston
  10. Lucas Maghiar
  11. Maisy Metcalfe-Gibson
  12. Tia Monument
  13. Erin Peters
  14. Sinead Rego
  15. Claudia Werch