Principal's Message

From The Principal

 Dear parents 

One of the important functions of the Parents and Friends Association is to engage and strengthen our community of parents, as well as to fundraise and make decisions regarding how these funds contribute to, especially the annual monetary contribution that is made by all families. Recently, the P&F hosted the bi-annual Quiz night held in the Community Centre. On behalf of all parents, I would like us to acknowledge the members of the committee for their tireless efforts: 

• Callie Sterrett 

• Sandra Fedele 

• Silvana Cohen 

• Kate Trainor 

During the night, a very special donation was part of the silent auction, a book called ‘Forever 18’. Year 10 student Alisha Connor’s brother, Lucas Connors graduated at Corpus Christi in 2016, and died on 30 March 2017 on his 18th birthday after being struck down by an aggressive form of cancer, osteosarcoma. His mum Suz has written his biography entitled ’18 Forever’ as a tribute to Lucas. All of us at Corpus will remember Lucas very fondly, his intelligence and sense of humour influenced all who came into contact with him, remembered as a fine young man. If you would like to purchase this wonderful book, I provide the link: http://bit.ly/BalboaPress 

In addition, I wish to thank all those who donated many prizes. In particular, we are grateful for the generosity of the following sponsors: 

Jones Ballard Property Group

Gage Roads Brewing Co 

Mash Brewing Co

Hewitt Studios Photography 

The Dojo Martial Arts & Fitness

BusWest 

Endota Day Spa Fremantle

SEQTA 

Remondis Australia

Catalytic IT 

Karma Lodge Rottnest

Diving Frontiers 

Jenny Franklin Enterprises (JFE)

New Norcia 

Allure Limousines 

McCorkell Constructions

Roving Enterprises 

Campion Australia

Melville City Council 

Southern Taxation Services

Kardinya Bottle shop 

Hairfree Centre & SkinLux

Steve Hall Plumbing & Gas 

YogaZoo

Il Ciao Italian Restaurant 

6PR

Tupperware - Gael House 

Captain Cook Cruises

Tony Ale’s Fruit & Veg 

Nunzio’s Italian Restaurant

Bliss by Z Custom Cakes 

Willis CKA Risk Solutions

Bunnings O’Connor 

Surfing WA Surf School

Connors Family 

FairBridge Village

Suzanne Bailey 

Zodium Lifestyle Boutique

Market Gallery Picture Framing 

Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM)

Car Care Bullcreek 

Top Solutions

The Left Bank 

Slater Gartrell Sporting

Aroma Cafe Kardinya 

Consent2Go

SkinCity Skin Centre 

Silver Sponge Hand Car Wash

The Sushi Master 

Floral Image

Trees Adventure Lanes Poole 

Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO)

Corpus Communication

At the recent P&F meeting, parents requested the return of the fortnightly e-News, which I am happy to re-commence with the circulation of this issue. Corpus Christi is such a busy school, it is important we update you on a regular basis. 

After a rain-soaked week, we experienced a bright, sunny day for our Athletics Carnival. I was delighted to chat to many parents who came along to enjoy the competition on the day. 

Also hosting 20 Principals for a Catholic Secondary Principals’ meeting, it was also terrific to showcase our carnival and students last Friday. Congratulations to Merici House on winning the Shield, but the real winners were all the students who entered into the spirit of the day. 

Year 8 and Year 11 Retreats, the Beagle Bay Immersion experiences, ‘Animal Farm’ Drama Production, Catholic Performing Arts Festival events, the Inter-House Athletics Carnival, Corpus sporting activities almost on a daily basis, Languages Week, Science Week….the list goes on! Students are offered a myriad of extra-curricular activities to enhance and support their learning experiences at the College, and the last month was no exception. Hosting more than 60 bands for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival in our James Nestor Auditorium, I commend the Arts students, and their parents who dropped them off and picked them up afterwards, and for their selfless assistance in so many ways during the 5 evenings this competition was held. 

Our Year 8/9 boys AFL football team had a great win last week 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. With Prendiville beating Clontarf, we will move on to play the grand final of the Eagles Cup against Prendiville. I wish coach Geoff Cantwell and his team all the best! 

Our school community will commence the school day on Wednesday 15 August with the Feast of the Assumption Mass held in the Community Centre. On 15 August the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, "having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". 

Although defined as an article of faith by Pope Pius XII just over half a century ago, the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven has been accepted from back to the earliest of Christian times. 

The Assumption signals the end of Mary's earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary's body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son. For this reason, we use different words to describe each event. One is the Ascension of Christ and the other, the Assumption of Mary. 

It is also a ‘holy day of obligation’. In the Catholic Church, holy days of obligation (also called holydays, holidays, or days of obligation) are days on which the faithful are expected to attend Mass, and engage in rest from work and recreation, according to the Third Commandment. 

All parents and friends are welcome to join us for Mass to commence at 8.45am in the Community Centre. 

Staff at Corpus Christi College attend professional development workshops over the course of Semester One and Semester Two after school. We offer a range of professional learning experiences across a number of domains – Catholic identity, Teaching and Learning, Digital Learning, and Accountability. An additional pupil free day is provided to all staff in Catholic schools as a token for all the extra-curricular activities, camps and retreats, which are coordinated and run by our staff. As a result, we have two pupil free days providing the community with an extended long weekend, mid-Term 3. This also assists our senior students to relax and review prior to preparing for Trial WACE and Year 11 examinations commencing all too soon. 

With two short weeks coming up, I hope you all have a wonderful break next weekend. 

Best wishes and God bless 

Caroline Payne 

Principal

A message from the Principal

Sometimes I am asked, what is different about a Catholic school education? I think the various topics covered in this copy of the e-News highlight some of these characteristics.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – what does it mean for all of us? Please read on….

The feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated in our Catholic parish communities a few weekends ago. This year, for various reasons, we commemorated this day at the College later in the term.

We are fortunate to have our College named after the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, a celebration of us all as Christians in community, together as one body of Christ. We always commence our own Feast Day celebrations with a mass for the entire school community. To explain the significance of this day, I quote from Pope Francis’ homily recently. These are beautiful words that are in keeping with the message of this copy of the e-News this week, of thankfulness and celebration in community:

‘Jesus prepares a place for us here below, because the Eucharist is the beating heart of the Church…It gives her birth and rebirth; it gathers her together and gives her strength…

In the consecrated host, together with a place, Jesus prepares for us a meal, food for our nourishment. In life, we constantly need to be fed: nourished not only with food, but also with plans and affection, hopes and desires. We hunger to be loved. But the most pleasing compliments, the finest gifts and the most advanced technologies are not enough; they never completely satisfy us. The Eucharist is simple food, like bread, yet it is the only food that satisfies, for there is no greater love. There we encounter Jesus really; we share his life and we feel his love. There you can realize that his death and resurrection are for you. And when you worship Jesus in the Eucharist, you receive from him the Holy Spirit and you find peace and joy. Dear brothers and sisters, let us choose this food of life! Let us make Mass our priority! Let us rediscover Eucharistic adoration in our communities! Let us implore the grace to hunger for God, with an insatiable desire to receive what he has prepared for us.’

We have included weekly mass at Corpus Christi to provide our community with another opportunity for nourishment. Mass is celebrated as part of our senior school Retreats, and as a staff, we commence and conclude the academic year by celebrating mass together. We also celebrate mass with Grandparents in Year 7, and on the Feast of the Assumption. This shows our College commitment to be the ‘beating heart of the Church’ in our own community.

This year, we have had a group of teachers developing our Vision for Learning, which along with our pedagogical principles, or methods and approaches used to reflect learning in the College, will be released to the community at the end of the year. This working party has been so much stronger because we are ‘being nourished with the plans and affection, hopes and desires’ of all teachers, who have used the data provided by parents and students to redefine and refresh our purpose. Again, the process adopted has shown we are together as one body of Christ.

Raising Funds for Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay

A group of staff and Year 11 students are attending the Annual Corpus Christi College Immersion, which is being held at Sacred Heart School, in Beagle Bay on the Dampier Peninsula, approximately a 3-hour 4WD journey north of Broome, next term.

Extracurricular experiences are an essential part of the Catholic school culture and community. The College continues to pursue opportunities for students to experience living their faith by implementing a long-term vision of immersion experiences. Pursuing this vision develops local and wider links with struggling and /or isolated communities where purposeful interaction and sharing can occur that enables faith in action.

Whilst on leave for a short period this term, I was fortunate to be able to visit Sacred Heart School in Beagle Bay. I saw first-hand the work Scott Connery is undertaking, working to improve the learning outcomes of his students with the support of his Principal Lyla Forte and Assistant Principal (and former teacher at Corpus Christi) Amy Christophers. As you would recall, Scott was granted a 6-month secondment to work in this Kimberley school. Despite the lack of timber available in a fairly newly constructed D&T workshop, Scott is using readily available wooden pallets to teach students to make items which they could use. One of the projects is making a wooden cross, which I have pictured below.  Although a challenging role, Scott was as energised as I have seen any teacher passionate about making a difference with students.

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In returning to Corpus Christi, I see this same passionate approach amongst teachers everywhere, and the generous manner in which staff are supporting each other through personal trials. The second last week of term typifies this, with the Winter Sleep Out, Year Ten Retreat Days, and Corpus Christi Day all in the one week. I know many of our staff and students would be looking fondly towards a restful holiday period.

So, the funds raised on Corpus Christi Day will provide our Aboriginal brothers and sisters at Beagle Bay with enhanced learning opportunities and materials. Just as importantly, I know all involved learn from each other, deepen their understanding of ‘culture’, knowing their experiences invite a ‘two-way learning’ approach for all involved. Students and staff always come back transformed in some way!

So, we ask for God’s grace as we open our eyes to the great joys surrounding us every day, wherever our students are.

Veritas – what is this all about?

At World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis called young people and the Church to ‘Open new horizons for spreading joy’. Late in 2017, the Bishops of Australia responded to the call by inviting Catholics in Australia to celebrate a Year of Youth from the beginning of Advent in 2017 until the end of Ordinary Time in November, 2018. This was to be part of the time of discernment as we move towards the Plenary Council of 2020, which will be held in Perth, when the Bishops are ‘expecting to chart a course into the future, with young people a crucial part of that journey’ (Archbishop Denis Hart, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference).

Veritas is one of the main events for Catholic youth in the Perth Archdiocese. Open to teens and young adults aged 12 to 35, we are proud the festival will take place over three action packed days on the weekend of Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July at Corpus Christi College. As Catholic Youth Ministry’s key event in celebration of 2018 being the Year of Youth, there will be incredible music, speakers, workshops, discussion forums, prayer and much more!

Also, a highlight at this year’s festival will be the Christian Service Learning workshop – a great opportunity for direct dialogue between students and the agencies about what they wish to do as a volunteer.

Details are available at www.veritasperth.com for the largest Catholic Youth Festival in Western Australia.

Term Three Pupil Free Day

We commence Term Three with a pupil free day - Monday 16 July, which is a faith-formation professional development day for all staff at the College.

In the past we have utilised a number of religious order-run faith formation programs for staff, including those associated with the Jesuit and Domenican orders. Next term, we have been able to connect with a component of the Marist Faith Formation Staff Spirituality Program called ‘An Audacious Hope!’ This is closely aligned to one of the goals in our current Strategic Plan.

The goals of the ‘Audacious Hope!’ program next term are as follows:

As communities of faith, living in an increasingly individualised society, we are called to reflect on our young people’s understanding of themselves, their world and their future. If we are to remain true to our Christian mandate we need to continue to form our youth to be people of faith and hope. This program addresses the possibilities audacious hope offers in enabling us to respond to the challenges life presents.

This program aims to:

·       investigate how Australians view Christian faith in our contemporary culture;

·       explore how hope plays an integral part in our own lives and in the future lives of young people;

·       identify that, as Christians, our hope is grounded in the Resurrection of Jesus and is one which reflects Mary’s audacity and courage.

The location will be Tompkins on Swan in Alfred Cove, which means the College Office will be closed for the day.

 Apple Distinguished School

We received news this week, that Corpus has been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2020, now a three-year designation. We have been congratulated on being recognised for continuous innovation in learning, teaching, and the school environment. This is a point of difference at Corpus, the technology serves teachers and students, and decisions made are only implemented if we are planning to make a positive difference to student learning, whether engagement or achievement.

This is a whole school award, and the large number of teachers who have achieved Apple Teacher Certification is indicative of our commitment towards achieving the best learning outcomes for our students. No mean feat, I acknowledge the work of Director of Learning Technologies Daniel Budd and his team for the work they have done to assist staff and students, every single working day. In speaking with an Executive representing Apple, he stated that at a world gathering of Apple Executives, the Corpus Christi story was cited as an exemplar in secondary schooling for the Australasian region.

Staffing Matters

After three and a half years, Director of Music David Harries is leaving us to join All Saints College. He has had an enormous impact on the development of the Music department at Corpus, particularly in the development of our choirs, the formation of a Band program and the inclusion of a Music tour to the Rotorua Festival in New Zealand, wonderful opportunities for our students. Students under his leadership have embraced challenges and performed at a high standard, which has included five students being awarded places at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), the College Celtic band winning the shield for Contemporary bands at the Catholic Performing Arts Festival and the achievement of many top awards for College ensembles at this festival and the Fremantle Eisteddfod. Ably supported by Music Assistants Abigail Radford and Lydia Gardiner in the past and present, Arts Administrator Michelle Hunt, and working with Music teacher Selena Barrett (nee Meegan), David has positioned the College well for the next stage of our development in our Arts program.

We will also be farewelling Mathematics teacher Dusan Vojvodic, who has decided to pursue further studies at university and will be leaving the College after being with us for two and a half years. We are also grateful to Jenny Cullen, who has been covering Marie Drygan’s Home Economics classes whilst on she has been on leave this term.

One of our most loved teachers, Elaine Liew, has been diagnosed with a serious illness earlier in the term. As she commenced chemotherapy last week, I invite the community to please keep her in your prayers as Elaine continues treatment into Term 3. Lorraine Carpenter returns from leave next term, and along with Andrew Ward, Elaine’s English classes have been, and will be, well looked after.

We wish teachers who are on Long Service leave next term, all the best too: Filipa Carvalho, Joy Kinners and Katrina Thomas.

 New staff to the College will be introduced in the first copy of the e-News next term.

The Final Word

High achieving students will be acknowledged and presented to the community at the Whole School Assembly on the Tuesday of the last week of term. Please note all parents are invited to attend this assembly. A complete list of those who received Academic Awards and Colours Awards will be acknowledged on the website. I congratulate these students for their dedication and commitment to their studies, which has contributed to their high achievement.

Students will commence Term Three on Tuesday 17 July, after staff participate in the Professional Learning ‘Catholic Identity’ Day already mentioned, on Monday 16 July.

For all parents, students and staff, please have a wonderful winter holiday break and return refreshed and ready for the challenges and opportunities that will form part of Term Three.

Best wishes and God bless

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

 

 

 

 

From The Principal e-News 17

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Dear Parents

 Our Year 12 2017 graduates have now completed their final WACE examinations. We hold them in our prayers to keep safe, as a large group of them celebrate the conclusion of secondary schooling in the south-west next week.

Christmas Carols Wed 6 December

On Wednesday 6 December, the Parents and Friends have organized a Christmas Carols community event, with the support of Head of Music David Harries, the College choir and band, and College staff.

At this stage, Food trucks have been organized to arrive at 5.30pm in preparation to commence food service at 6pm, with the P&F providing bottles of water. More information will come out soon, but bring your families along to this event which will be held on the upper oval in front of the new Gymnasium. Food will be available until 7.00pm after which Christmas Carols will commence at 7.15pm.

Child Protection Strategies

Of recent times, we have received some child protection alerts from the Fremantle area. I invite parents to discuss ways children can protect themselves if someone makes them feel uncomfortable on the way to or from school. It is important we adopt a range of procedures in order to maintain the safety and well-being of students. At all Catholic schools:

1.    If there is an alert from the local police we inform all school staff of the incident details.

2.    Ask teachers to reinforce the stranger danger message to our students.

3.    Alert parents of children to child protection alerts by email and/or text.

4.    Ensure appropriate risk management strategies are implemented for our school site

5.    Provide appropriate teacher supervision before and after school, and have designated pickup points for students.

6.    Inform staff, parents and students that police are to be contacted on 131 444 to report incidents.

7.    If you have any information regarding an incident the police have requested you contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

I urge all students to take care when going to and from school, and to report anything suspicious to parents, school and the police – call 131 444 or the local station to report an incident to police (and only use 000 in an emergency) or 1800 333 000 to reach Crime Stoppers.

Here are some simple suggestions to help your child stay safe. Please ask your child to:

·      Program 000 and 131444 police phone numbers into your mobile phone.

·      Always travel in the company of others

·      Walk on the right-hand side of the road so you face oncoming traffic

·      Wherever possible, leave space between yourself and the roadway

·      Be aware of your surroundings at all times and who or what is nearby.

·      Stay in areas that are well lit

·      Stay in view – avoid going into areas that are hidden from view (such as parkland bush or behind shopping centres) and plan trips to avoid such locations

·      Be alert – earphones and headphones can reduce your awareness considerably

·      If you have a mobile phone, have it turned on and ready to dial an emergency number

·      If a passing car stops nearby never get too close

·      Do not hesitate to run from a situation in which you feel at risk

·      Provide this advice to brothers and sisters, especially if younger

·      Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police.

·      If you can get it safely, try to photograph or remember the number plate of the car and report number plates of cars and the clothing or distinguishing features of individuals to police.

To get the latest community safety information from police, visit WA Police on Facebook www.facebook.com/WA.Police or online at www.police.wa.gov.au.

Our Homeroom teachers will discuss some of these measures this week. If you have any concerns, please contact the College.

An invitation to all parents

The College Board of Management is entrusted to assist in the financial management of the College, its strategic purpose and in the planning of future capital works. Parents who have one or a combination of the following are strongly encouraged to apply: 

·      Active in their parishes

·      Building and construction

·      Business and Finance

·      ICT and Technical

·      Legal

·      Marketing and PR

·      Professional

·      Risk Management

·      Senior management experience

·      Tertiary or Secondary Education

I invite all parents to consider their nominations as a Board member for 2018 by Friday 8 December 2017. Interested parents and community members who wish to contribute in this important way are asked to consider nomination. Alternatively, parents may also consider nominating to belong to one of the committees: Finance and Risk, or the Building Committee.

At the end of this year, we have three elected Board Members retiring, Russell Hardwick (Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee), Marcus Passauer and Keith Moylan. Other elected members include Board Chair Greg LeGuier, Deputy Chair of the Finance and Risk Management Committee Dr. Antonia Girardi. Chair of the Building Committee Domenic Santini, and Board members Karl Videmanis and Jens Radanovic. The College Board assists me in meeting various strategic objectives at the College.

The AGM of the Board and Parent Council will be held next year. In preparation for the 2018 academic year, Board Chair Mr Greg LeGuier invites interested parents to nominate for the College Board. Interested parents and community members who wish to contribute in this important way are asked to consider nomination by contacting Business Manager Alan Luks at the College alan.luks@cewa.edu.au. Alan will then provide you with details on how to apply.

I am extremely grateful to our Board Members’ voluntary service and commitment to ensure the learning experience and environment for our students continue to improve, despite changes to the State and Commonwealth grants which have presented us with financial challenges, which have been met with a modest fee increase. This has meant we have been able to keep fees affordable compared to like schools in terms of Socio-Economic Status (SES), which determines the level of funding received.

Best wishes and God Bless.

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

From The Princpal e-News 16

Dear Parents

 We always have mixed feelings when farewelling our graduates of 2017. In whatever endeavours they pursue, we wish them all God’s blessings to be able to pursue their dreams with a sense of hope in their hearts knowing they have worked hard to achieve their goals. For those commencing their WACE examinations this week, we keep them in our prayers.

Without missing a beat, we welcome our 2018 group of Year 12 students, as our Year 11 students said ‘goodbye’ to their Year 11 courses last week and started their Year 12 subjects this week. They have a total of ’25 days of schooling’ in 2017, giving them a head start in their Year 12 courses prior to February next year. This successful initiative continues, reducing the anxiety caused by a shortened final year of schooling due to the examinations which commence in November.

A big week at Corpus: Week Two Term Four

 Last week, we welcomed Year 6 students who are joining us next year, always a delightful day. The Arts team make this a very special welcome to our students, and we are ever grateful to our Arts Learning Area members for all the work they do to support our induction program. Through the medium of the arts – visual arts, music, dance and drama, our young people are fully engaged in activities which are challenging but non-threatening, designed to enable them to make new friends from other schools, to meld together as Corpus kids.

Whilst this was occurring, the new student leaders, the 2018 Prefect Committee attended a two-day residential camp at the Pallotine Centre in Rossmoyne. I take this opportunity to congratulate the 2018 Prefects on their appointment. Former staff member Mark Clayden supported Jim Elliott, Naomi Larsen and Simon Messer to make this camp a memorable and exciting launching pad for our student leaders. Head Boy Liam Rego and Head Girl Jessica DeFreitas Basilio spoke to the Class of 2018 at the conclusion of their Opening Mass, an inspiring speech which passionately addressed our College mission and values. This speech is included below.

Last Thursday night was the penultimate celebration evening for the sporting life within the College, with James Howard’s exceptional organization of the Celebration of Sport Dinner, and many students and staff honoured for service to sport. It must be acknowledged James was well supported by Samantha Lowe and the Health and Physical Education team, as well as Head of Music David Harries, Lydia Gardiner and the music students who kept us entertained during the evening. Our cafeteria staff, particularly Deb Lawson and Jo Court both created and served a high quality meal which would have been the envy of many chefs in hotel-like establishments.

 World Teachers’ Day

This week, we celebrated the invaluable contribution that teachers make to the faith formation and education of students and our broader society, through World Teachers’ Day.

CEO Acting Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce emailed all teachers this week, expressing her gratitude for the work they do. In her email, she quoted Pope Francis, who summed up the role of a teacher in this wonderful manner:

About 2,000 years ago, the world’s most important teacher worked to make our world a better place.  In the words of Pope Francis, Jesus ”is a teacher of truth and life who shows us the way to truth and happiness”.

Today teachers and support staff are in the privileged position of being able to help form the lives of over 77,000 young people and their families who are part of the community of Catholic schools in Western Australia.  We all appreciate that the role of educators is now far more complex than past times.  It extends well beyond academic learning to embrace all those skills and values which make life a happy and fulfilling place for students.  We acknowledge the work of all educators, especially those who work in difficult geographic locations and those who work with the most needy.

On behalf of the Bishops of Western Australia, who have mandated us to promulgate the work of Catholic education, I offer my sincere thanks for the outstanding work all educators undertake to create the thriving system we are all part of. 

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in over 100 countries and is a fitting acknowledgement for the efforts of teachers globally and offers an opportunity for students, parents and community members to demonstrate their appreciation for the incredibly important work of teachers.

Our graduating class of 2017 provided a special morning tea this week on behalf of the community, acknowledging the efforts of our staff.

On behalf of Corpus Christi College, I congratulate our teachers for their dedication and commitment to the students in their classes in a wide variety of contexts, keeping them safe, guiding their learning, challenging their students to excel and giving them hope and optimism for the future.

Acknowledging our Year 12 Major Award Winners

Our Year 12 students graduated on Friday 20 October at St Mary’s Cathedral. Deputy Principal Damian Scali announced the major awards winners at the Whole School Assembly to farewell our Year 12s. I take this opportunity to congratulate all Year 12 students who were presented with College awards.

The Sequere Dominum Award is Corpus Christi’s penultimate award and presented to a Year 12 student of the College each year. It acknowledges the graduate who epitomizes the College stated values including nurturing a living faith, promoting justice and service to others, striving for excellence in everything they do and respecting the dignity of each person they encounter.

All staff are invited to nominate students for this award, from which the recipients of the Corpus Christi Medals are chosen. I found it very difficult to nominate a single winner, so I congratulate Ashley Taylor and Mitchell Garland who are the 2017 winners of the Sequere Dominum Award, outstanding role models for the community in the manner they served the community across a range of activities in the College.

Damian Scali has acknowledged all Year 12 Awards recipients in his article in this copy of the Newsletter. Congratulations to all the recipients of these Awards which were presented to them after the Graduation Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.

An invitation to parents

The AGM of the Board and Parent Council will be held next year. In preparation for the 2018 academic year, Board Chair Mr Greg LeGuier will be inviting interested parents to nominate for the College Board very soon. Interested parents and community members who wish to contribute in this important way are asked to consider nomination.

The College Board of Management is entrusted to assist in the financial management of the College, its strategic purpose and in the planning of future capital works. Parents who have one or a combination of the following are strongly encouraged to apply: 

·       Active in their parishes

·       Building and construction

·       Business and Finance

·       ICT and Technical

·       Legal

·       Marketing and PR

·       Professional

·       Risk Management

·       Senior management experience

·       Tertiary or Secondary Education

I invite all parents to consider their nominations as a Board member for 2018. Please consider applying to join the Board, with further details to be sent to parents very soon.

 

Best wishes and God Bless

 

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

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Dear Parents

 Welcome to Term 4

I trust students and families have had a wonderful holiday break. I acknowledge our Year 12 students who sat their mock WACE exams during the second week of the holidays, and their teachers, who have been marking these examination papers. Along with Year 11 students sitting their final examinations, which continued last week, I know a large number of teachers will be marking and concluding marks books in the next fortnight, a very busy time of the year.

This week is one of mixed emotions for our Year 12 students – excitement and exhilaration, trepidation and fear for the future which lies ahead. They are ready to finish their secondary schooling, and in partnership with parents, we agree that ‘it is time’!

John Paul II once wrote: ‘Our modern world, despite its many successes, continues to be marked by contradictions. These include materialism and a growing contempt for human life, which have now assumed disturbing proportions. Many people live lives with no other allegiance than to the laws of profit, prestige and power’ (Go in Peace, 2003, p.72). Later he asks: ‘but how can we fail to acknowledge with joy the positive aspects of our times?’ We hope graduates of Corpus Christi leave us as discerning young women and men who understand the joy of the gospels, and our great hope for them in their futures to still to be fully realised.

As our Year 12 students conclude their final days of secondary schooling this week, I take this opportunity to congratulate them in the manner they sat their Trial WACE and WACE practical examinations held primarily during the holiday period. Their last week will culminate with a celebratory private breakfast on Friday morning, with parents and friends joining us for the Graduation Assembly and Presentation of Awards at 9.00am in the Community Centre, concluding the day’s celebration with the Graduation Mass and Presentation of Certificates ceremony at St Mary’s Cathedral. There is a myriad of staff who are involved in making these events special, but I take this opportunity to recognise Head of Year 12 Simon Messer for his coordination of all events held this week.

Next week, we will recognise all the major award winners through the e-News to all parents.

 I invite the College community to continue to keep these wonderful young people in your thoughts and prayers as the majority of them prepare for the up and coming WACE examinations which commence on Wednesday 1 November.

Staffing for Term Four

We welcome a number of new staff to the College:

 Stephanie Griffiths joins us temporarily from Kolbe Catholic College, where she is a Biological Sciences teacher and has previous experience as a Head of Year. Earlier this year, Stephanie worked as a consultant for SCSA, advising on Human Biology and Integrated Science. She is a keen equestrian and also enjoys cross country running. She majored in Conservation and Wildlife Biology in her Bachelor of Science, completed at Curtin. Stephanie is covering Jo Steven’s teaching role this term.

Frances Whiting is covering Brooke Bleakley’s role as a teacher of special needs students whilst she is on leave this term. Frances has been a Teaching Assistant in the Education Support Centre since 2016. Having previously taught as a relief teacher in numerous schools in the UK, Frances will now step up into a temporary teaching role here at Corpus.   

We also welcome back the return of Head of Languages Anna Triscari, Head of Vocation and Transition Services Kath Davey and teacher Linda Kenton from leave.

College Theatre Project

A delay caused by the Archdiocesan approval process means the successful tenderer for the College Theatre has not commenced as yet. Full scale building will commence immediately after the WACE exams conclude in November.

I take this opportunity to thank Chris Carbone and his fabulous maintenance and gardening team who have ensured our grounds and facilities look quite resplendent in the springtime warmth, after finalizing a number of maintenance projects. One of these was the installation of wider doors connecting the two parts of the Mayne Block. The issue of congestion was actually raised at one of the many meetings I hold with Year 12s during lunchtime. Again, their feedback was appreciated a great deal.

Best wishes and God Bless

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

From The Principal - e-News 14

Dear Parents

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

o   The annual Arts/Technology and Enterprise ‘Kaleidoscope’ exhibition was an outstanding success. Given three students received major honours at the Catholic system’s Fra Angelico Awards night recently, it is no surprise that the talent exhibited was of a very high standard. Included in the exhibition week was the Year 12 Drama and Dance performances, and for our Year 7s, grandparents were honoured at the Grandparents Mass, with refreshments provided in front of the Mater Christi Centre, as well as tours of ‘Kaleidoscope’.

o   With a Year 7/8 Drama Production ‘New Lights’ on Tuesday, and two Year 9 Productions ‘The Weather Girl’ and ‘Year 9 Are Animals’ on Wednesday and Thursday nights this week, I take this opportunity to thank Directors Messrs James Dove and Adrian Richmond on the preparation of students who were involved.

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

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

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

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

·       Parent Night: Year 9 to Year 10 2018: The major theme of the night focused on Year 9 students selecting either an ATAR pathway for Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities, or selecting a Vocational Pathway in these subjects which also opens the door to some workplace learning opportunities during the year. Several students have also opted to commence Year 11 WACE courses in Year 10, so are studying such courses in Mathematics, English Literature, or Economics.

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

Certificate of Endeavour Awards

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

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

·       outstanding effort over the term

·       consistent application in class

·       positive cooperation and

·       thorough completion of homework and assignment tasks.

I congratulate all students who have worked above and beyond!

Staff Movements

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

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

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

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

Next term, Science teacher Miss Joanne Stevens, ESC teacher Mrs Brooke Bleakley, Library Assistant Mrs Joan Fodor, and Humanities teacher Mrs Lidia Di Giuseppe (from Week Four), will be on leave. We wish them all a well-earned rest.

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

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

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

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

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

Best wishes and God bless

Mrs Caroline Payne

Principal

From the Principal - e-News 10 - 2017

Dear parents

There has been a myriad of events in the past fortnight: Titration Stakes, Girls’ Netball and AFL finals, Boys’ AFL finals, Touch, ‘Defining Moments’ Dance Performance Evening, Public Speaking events, Atwell Art Exhibition, Philosothon at John XXIII College, just to name a few. With music students preparing for the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges in WA, and Visual Arts students preparing for the Catholic Schools Angelico Exhibition, Term Three will continue to be filled with many opportunities for students.

Child Protection

From time-to-time, I receive ‘alerts’ from Catholic Education WA. Last week, a female student from a school in Success reported an incident in which a man driving a white sedan approached her asking if she wanted a lift to school. He was persistent so she informed him she would call the police, and as the man stopped the car, she ran away. The matter was reported to police, but I tell this story in the newsletter to invite parents to discuss ways to protect themselves from such incidents.

In light of this incident, I asked Homeroom teachers to urge all students to take care when going to and from school, and to report anything suspicious to parents, school and the police – call 131 444 or the local station to report an incident to police (and only use 000 in an emergency), or 1800 333 000 to reach Crime Stoppers.

Offenders and potential offenders are extremely mobile across the metropolitan area – we continue our professional vigilance in protecting your children during school time and at excursions and camps as much as we can. This is one of the reasons we have been thorough with requesting updated information prior to such learning activities via MCB.

With regards to coming to or from school, here are some simple suggestions to help your child stay safe. Please ask your child to:

  • Always travel with company
  • Walk on the right hand side of the road so you face oncoming traffic
  • Wherever possible, leave space between yourself and the roadway
  • Stay in areas that are well lit
  • Stay in view – avoid going into areas that are hidden from view (such as parkland bush or behind shopping centres) and plan trips to avoid such locations
  • Be alert – earphones and headphones can reduce your awareness considerably
  • If you have a mobile phone, have it turned on and ready to dial an emergency number
  • If a passing car stops nearby never get too close
  • Do not hesitate to run from a situation in which you feel at risk
  • Provide this advice to brothers and sisters, especially if younger
  • Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police
  • If you can get it safely, try to photograph or remember the number plate of the car
  • Report numbers plates of cars and the clothing or distinguishing features of individuals to police.

To get the latest community safety information from police, visit WA Police on Facebook www.facebook.com/WA.Police or online at www.police.wa.gov.au

If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me at the College.

Appointment of Deputy Principal Senior School

After an extensive process, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Damian Scali as the College Deputy Principal Senior School. Mr Scali is currently Acting in this role and was selected unanimously by the Interview Panel for this senior executive role at the College.

Mr Scali was Acting Vice Principal at Servite College, holding the position as Assistant Deputy Principal at Servite for six years, when he joined us in 2014 as a Head of Year. Mr Scali was attracted to Corpus Christi College due to our reputation for developing leaders who are change agents, making a positive difference to student learning and engagement. Mr Scali was keen to ‘work at a college that strives for a culture of excellence, whilst providing all students with a well-rounded education with the support of the parents and wider community...’. In recent times, Mr Scali was accredited by CEWA to conduct professional development in schools, including CBC Fremantle, John XXIII College, Mazenod College and St Norbert’s College, as part of the implementation of a Child Protection Curriculum across the Catholic system. Prior to his appointment at Servite College, Mr Scali was also a Head of House and the Acting Head of Science at Kolbe Catholic College, having taught Religious Education, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics in a range of schools including Mazenod College and Nagle Catholic College.

Mr Scali holds a Master of Religious Education from the University of Notre Dame, having also completed a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) specialising in science and mathematics, and has achieved the Accreditation to Lead Religious Education qualification.

As an experienced and highly committed educational leader, I am confident that Mr Damian Scali will contribute a great deal to continuing the wonderful work that has made Corpus Christi College a leader in the education of students in the Senior School.

Staffing Matters

After nearly four years, serving the marketing and public relations arm of the College Cam Allen has concluded his contract. He has had an enormous impact on the College which will be ever-lasting, particularly in the design of our House crests, flags and banners, part of the ‘soul’ of the College. Cam has been involved with Corpus Christi College since he was enrolled in 1988 as a student, was appointed as Head Boy and House Captain in 1992, then returned in 2000 as an Art teacher. After three years, he left to pursue a career as a graphic designer, then returned to Corpus, initially contracted to prepare and print our Yearbook, along with other publications. Although it may be time to pursue other avenues, Cam will always be part of the fabric of the College and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

After nearly three years at Corpus Christi College, specialised Literacy teacher Mrs Christine Gecas has accepted a position in Deaf Education, commencing next term.

Other staff who are leaving us after covering staff on leave include Indonesian Teaching Assistant Mrs Nurmala Simbolon who was employed via a CEWA grant and Education Support Teaching Assistant Mr Luke Walkey.

We wish staff who are on leave all the best: Ms Tamar Caro in Semester Two, Mrs Anna Triscari, Mrs Chanel Fenwick, Mr Linda Kenton and Mrs Kathleen Davey in Term Three.

As is our custom, we will wish our staff leaving farewell at a special morning tea on Friday in the staffroom.

We commence Term Three with a Staff Professional Learning Day, with a focus on our Catholic Identity. We have asked the Reverend Dr Elio Capra sdb to facilitate the day. Like our Archbishop, Fr Elio is a Salesian priest. More information about Fr Elio will be sent to all staff during the holidays however, in the meantime, I include a short biography from his university below:

Reverend Dr Elio Capra sdb
BTheol (MCD) MTheol (Berkley) MTheol (MCD) DTheol (MCD)

Lecturer
Department of Systematic Theology
Department of Pastoral and General Studies

Reverend Dr Elio Capra is a lecturer at Catholic Theological College in Melbourne and is a member of the Department of Systematic Theology and Department of Pastoral and General Studies.  He lectures in Liturgy and Sacramental Theology.  He is a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco (sdb).

The Final Word

High achieving students will be acknowledged and presented to the community at the Whole School Assembly on the Tuesday of the last week of term. A complete list of those who received Academic Awards and Colours Awards will be acknowledged on the website. I congratulate these students for their dedication and commitment to their studies, which has contributed to their high achievement.

Students will commence Term Three on Tuesday 18 July, after staff participate in a Professional Learning ‘Catholic Identity’ Day on Monday 17 July.

For all parents, students and staff, please have a wonderful winter holiday break and return refreshed and ready for the challenges and opportunities that will form part of Term Three.

Best wishes and God bless

Mrs Caroline Payne
Principal

Year 12 Graduation Mass 2016

Year 12 Graduation Mass 2016

Good evening and welcome to our graduates of 2016 who are our guests of honour, Head of Year 12 Simon Messer, your parents and guardians, family members and guests, representing our parish priests, Fr Phuong (St Thomas More Parish), and Fr Nelson Po (Applecross Parish), our College Executive Leadership Team, Vice Principal Karen Prendergast, Deputy Principals Jim Elliott, Frank Italiano and Jean-Paul Papineau, and Manager of Finance and Operations Alan Luks.