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Term 1 Week 6 2021

From Deputy Principals Ms Kemp and Ms Price

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

We take this opportunity to speak to International Women’s Day 2021 which is celebrated on Monday 8 March. The theme this year is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. In the lead up to Monday’s celebration, we were privileged to attend a breakfast at the Convention Centre hosted by the Business Chicks organisation where the Honorable Julia Gillard spoke to an enraptured audience, predominately made up of women but still supported by a smattering of men, about the importance of developing the capacity of women in order to drive progress for everyone.  Regardless of one’s political affiliation, Julia easily won over the audience with her astute observations on women in leadership and her resolve to make the world a better place through her position as Chair of Beyond Blue and her significant involvement with the Global Partnership for Education which aims to provide educational continuity for the most marginalised children across the world. It was not lost on us that this is the very notion on which St Michael’s Mission and Vision is based…”the Lasallian tradition which is committed to the human and Christian education of the young, especially the poor…”.  Three hundred years ago, our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, through great courage, insight and determination, brought to fruition the Christian Schools which provided opportunity for disadvantaged young people to break the bonds of poverty through the acquisition of knowledge and skills to improve societal opportunity.

Over the years we have both fielded the question: “Why do women need a special day?” And the simple answer is because there remains a world-wide gender gap that impacts on the quality of women’s lives.  The evidence is irrefutable as identified in just a few of the examples outlined in “Women and Leadership – Real Lives, Real Lessons” (Gillard & Okonjo-Iweala, 2020) and listed below:

  • The 2019 Fortune 500 list identified the number of female CEO’s at just 6%.
  • For every dollar in wages that a man earns, a woman earns 63 cents.
  • Over 900 individuals have won a Nobel Prize with just 53 of the recipients being women.
  • Historic barriers still prevent women entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in data and artificial intelligence women make up 26% of the workforce, 15% in engineering and 12% in cloud computing.
  • At the current rate the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take 95 years to close the global gender gap in political representation.

As witnessed just this week with the horrific kidnapping of 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, there are further insidious dimensions to gender discrimination such as violence against women, human trafficking, lack of female health services and more, all which effectively deny women a voice. It is therefore imperative that these issues remain at the forefront of planning and policy so that a difference can be made in the lives of women. To this end, St Michael’s celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday 5 March with a range of awareness raising activities such as providing a booklet that identifies “Women of the St Michael’s Community”, senior students attending a virtual IWD breakfast, distributing promotional ribbons and stickers, promotion of the day through music and photography and listening to speeches from students and staff members. Gratitude must be expressed to the School Leaders, the IWD Committee and Assistant Year 12 Director, Mrs Ady Webb, in bringing this day together so successfully.

And that is why “the work is ours” in being called to come together, harnessing our capacity to make the world an equal and kinder place for girls and women.

Ms Bron Kemp, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning, and Ms Amanda Price, Deputy Principal Staff and Strategy

International Women’s Day

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021 #choosetochallenge

Each year International Women’s Day is celebrated globally to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • celebrate women’s achievements
  • raise awareness about women’s equality
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • fundraise for female-focused charities

Due to the Adelaide Cup Public Holiday being held on Monday 8 March, the St Michael’s community chose to celebrate today, Friday 5 March, with a range of activities to celebrate the accomplishments of women, and to also highlight the challenges that are still faced by women across the world.

A committee of Year 12 College Leaders embraced the opportunity to organise events for all students today, including a booklet titled ‘Women of the St Michael’s Community’, which pays homage to all the females within our community and was distributed to students across the College either in hard copy or via email. A link to the booklet can be found here. Staff were encouraged to wear a touch of purple, the colour associated with this important occasion. Some students and staff attended the International Women’s Day Virtual Breakfast, hosted by the Hon Senator Penny Wong, with guests such as Natasha Stott Despoja. The breakfast was informative and entertaining with the focus on ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world’. Whilst it was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women, there was also a focus on the struggles still faced by women around the globe.

At recess, students and staff came together to listen to music by female artists, hand out purple hair ribbons and badges, and distribute the booklets to students. At lunch we met in the LEC Auditorium to listen to the stories of members of the St Michael’s community who were prepared to share their personal reflections. Rana Hussein, Year 11 student, spoke of her experiences as a young Muslim woman who escaped persecution in her homeland of Eretria, eventually coming to Australia as a refugee. Excerpts of Rana’s speech can be found below. Samuel Hornibrook, College Vice-Captain, spoke of the significant roles women have played in his life and his gratitude in particular for the wisdom and insight of his mother. Ms Amanda Price, Deputy Principal of Staff and Strategy, outlined the importance of women supporting one another in their career and in professional development. Ms Price also focused on the importance of male role models who support the pursuit of success, recognising potential through merit-based appointments.

At St Michael’s we feel proud to have an inclusive community where each individual is known, valued and cared for. We hope that all of the students, girls and boys alike, can feel part of this thriving community, ready to embrace the many opportunities afforded to all.

Mrs Ady Webb, Assistant Year 12 Director

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

An excerpt from the speech delivered by Rana Hussein (11PC-06)

It seemed like any ordinary day when I woke up on the 9 January 2021; I was on the bus heading to work. As I looked out the window a man sitting towards the front of the bus started shouting out of nowhere. ‘You don’t deserve to be here. You are a terrorist. Australia doesn’t want you here’. I didn’t know who he was talking about and kept looking out the window. The bus was full and as we pulled up at another stop a lady got on. The seat next to me was the only empty one and as she sat down next to me the man shouted again…. ‘She is a terrorist. Don’t sit there. It’s for your own benefit. She is going to bomb you…you don’t know what she is hiding’. It was at that moment to my shock that I realised he was talking about me.

After leaving my homeland of Eritrea, I arrived in Australia when I was 10 years old. As I settled into my new life in and was invited to birthday parties and other celebrations, I quickly learned the extreme beauty associated with wrapping. Did you know that the most beautiful things are wrapped? I had never thought about it until I came to Australia from Eritrea and I saw all the Christmas hype Think about it, gifts were never given to others wrapped in newspaper, they are always beautifully presented with bows and ribbons and brightly coloured wrapping. And that’s how I think of my headscarf, not as a sign to people like the man on the bus that I’m a terrorist, but a beautiful wrapping for the gift of who I am as a person.

And so, I’ve started my own organisation, called Wrap It which aims to remove the stigma associated with head wraps in Western cultures so that we can all see our similarities rather than our differences, because this is what creates a greater humanity.

The man on the bus saw only my head scarf…he didn’t see the beautiful gift that lay under the wrapping. I have come to realise that I must become the difference. And I am going to tell you why! The wrapping of gifts is the most exquisite example of the feminine. Take Grace Kelly for example, or Audrey Hepburn, Queen Elizabeth, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna and Mary the Mother of Jesus. They all wore a head scarf in their lifetimes.

Shockingly the ABC has reported on a major study of Islamophobia from Charles Sturt University which found that women wearing head coverings are the most at risk of abuse. In fact, nearly 72% of abuse victims were all wearing a head scarf or hijab at the time of their attack (ABC news). You are probably thinking that was in America or United Kingdom but no it was right here, it was right now, and it was on your door step. Here in Australia.

I’m sure the man on the bus, the people in the supermarkets and the students in our schools all love to receive beautifully wrapped birthday and Christmas presents, so let’s work together to educate them to see women’s head scarves as a sign of beauty rather than threat. Hopefully we can look forward to the day when all Australians see Muslim women as women not terrorists.

And remember, just as the sun doesn’t lose its beauty when its covered by clouds, our beauty doesn’t fade when we are wrapped with a head scarf.

Because at the end of the day, we’re just like you. And aren’t all women beautiful?

International Women's Day 2021 Booklet

 

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

RIP

Mr Michael Willis
Old scholar (1979) of St Michael’s College.

Mr Bernie Neville
Bernie taught at St Michael’s College from 1959 to 1967. Bernie was remembered as an outstanding teacher during the formative years of the College, with his impact on St Michael’s being significant and fondly remembered by many of his former students.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen

PASTORAL SUPPORT

It is inevitable that in a school the size of St Michael’s College, many of our students will experience the illness and/or death of a close family member or friend. Many of you are familiar with my involvement with the families of the school. I would like to invite you to call me if there is any assistance I can offer with bereavements, funerals or support for your families during illness, whether it be a visit or prayers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via email: SrNithya@smc.sa.edu.au and/or mobile: 0432 340 268

With blessings,
Sr Nithya, Pastoral Support Worker

IMPORTANT DATES

8 March
Adelaide Cup Public Holiday
International Women’s Day

10-12 March
Year 12 Retreat

12 March
Year 11 Formal

19 March
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Please click here to view our online calendar.

BOOKROOM

Year 12 ties are available from the Bookroom to purchase for $22. For cash payments please go directly to the Bookroom, and if paying with credit card please go to the front office and bring the receipt to the Bookroom for collection of the tie.

Mrs Paula Rogers, Bookroom Manager

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Whole School

DE LA SAUCE

On Monday 1 March and Tuesday 2 March, students cooked our delicious ‘De La Sauce’. Students from Year 3 and 4 managed to cook 189 bottles, and for the first time we also cooked at the Secondary Campus with a Year 9 Food Technology class and a Year 8 Italian class. This was a great success making 62 bottles.

De La Sauce will be used by students for cooking classes at both campuses, as well as some sales being made raising money for charity.

A huge thank you to all parents/volunteers, and in particular to Mr Nick Mercurio for his generous donations, time and expertise once again.

Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Support Officer

Primary Campus

PRIMARY CAMPUS WELLBEING CENTRE

We are delighted to announce that the Primary Campus now has a Wellbeing Centre! The room offers a quiet, comfortable and peaceful space to develop and nurture wellbeing in our students. This room is available for class yoga, mindfulness and circle time activities. Having a large dedicated space for students and teachers solely for the purpose of supporting student wellbeing is a great asset and is a welcome addition to the wonderful facilities at our school.

WHY GRATITUDE?

Each year our Deputy Principal – Primary, Mr Damian Patton, chooses a word for the Primary Campus community to focus on throughout the year. This year Mr Patton chose the word gratitude. Gratitude is not a word that we hear or use very often, however researchers have been studying the impact that feeling and being grateful has on our wellbeing and sense of life satisfaction. Studies all over the world have highlighted positive physical and mental effects on those who practice gratitude. Evidence is mounting, no matter what your age, that being able to experience and express gratitude has a lasting and positive effect on our feeling of happiness. Studies on children and adolescents who practice gratitude highlighted improved levels of resilience, reduced stress levels, better sleep patterns, a decrease in feelings of depression and a higher sense of optimism and satisfaction with life.

Gratitude is one of the many positive emotions. It’s about focusing on what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live.

You can help your child practice being grateful by modelling it yourself and by sharing what you are grateful for at the end of the day. Reminding your children to be thankful for what they have and to appreciate the little things in life will help develop a positive attitude and increase their sense of joy and wellbeing.

Ms Sally Fry, School Counsellor – Primary

Secondary Campus

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ARTS WEEK

Events for Arts Week began on Monday morning with an Acknowledgement of Country performance presented by artist and proud Warramungu & Yuggera man David Booth, and his three sons. In this performance Year 7 students watched traditional Aboriginal dance while David explained the stories, history and symbolism behind them. He described how to play a digeridoo as well as invited six lucky students up on stage to participate in the Brolga Dance. This educational and engaging performance was a wonderful start to a week which embraces the joy, creativity, history and meaning that the Arts brings to all of our lives.

David then ran a jewellery making workshop where Ms Armour and Ms Michalik’s Year 9 Art class had the opportunity to make their own Aboriginal bracelets and necklaces using beads, tiger wire, crimps, and clasps.

A group of Year 7-10 students had the chance to learn about symbolism in Aboriginal Art. David gave an informative workshop with an explanation of Central Desert art and the use of symbols for communication and passing on knowledge through stories.  This group of students were incredibly lucky to collaborate with David and create a meaningful mural that will be displayed in the Eco Garden.

Also on Monday, we were visited by Basketball Man, a well-known Fringe Artist and street performer who presented an energetic, funny and highly skilled performance of basketball tricks in the ANZAC courtyard. He was a hit with student audiences, many of which wanted a photo with him after the show!

Year 10 and 11 Art/Design students had the opportunity to work with artist, Lucy Timbrell and be inspired by her knowledge, skills and expertise in printmaking. Lucy is an Adelaide based printmaker and is inspired by the relationship between humans and nature, and she often incorporates birds and cityscapes into her work.

The week was full of Drama excursions where students travelled with their teachers to venues around Adelaide to view shows including, ‘Small Metal Objects’, ‘Fangirls, ‘The Boy Who Talked to Dogs’ as well as ‘A German Life’.

The main stage in the Anzac Courtyard featured many of our talented young artists playing in concerts all week. Throughout the week we had various recess performances such as a ‘come and try be a DJ’ session, Daniel Sutton the metal guitar maestro playing ‘Under a Glass Moon’, Harriet McClure impressed audiences playing ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ on the Grand Piano, Riley Catt played his guitar and sang showing his star quality and Riley Browne displayed a skilled DJ set getting the audience jumping and dancing.

At lunchtime we saw ‘The Masterclass’ teacher’s band who took us back in time to the 50s, Mr Mosca sang Italian and English songs accompanied by Massimo Cavallo on the accordion and Jamie Porcaro on percussion. There were also many student bands such as ‘The Groove Collective’ who got the crowd dancing with their retro hits, along with Jonathan Cesare’s skilled rendition of Blind Melon’s ‘No Rain’, the talented Rock Band performing a range of 90’s indie hits, Alfie Haberfield played an acoustic guitar set followed by our brilliant Jazz Band playing a selection of Swing Latin Groove standards.

“To me, Arts Week means connecting with people in the community who share the same interests as me. It is about being creative and unique, and being able to show your true self around other people, and not being afraid to do so.” – Beatrice McClure (8GPC-02)

“Arts Week is a fantastic opportunity for students to show their true colours. With chances to sing, dance, play or tell a few jokes, it is one week in the St. Michael’s year that our whole community can appreciate.” – Shamus Horgan (12PC-10)

“Arts week is a fantastic experience to express the Arts and bring the community together” – Christian Dianos (12PC-07)

Mrs Nicolle LeRay Warren, Head of Visual Arts, and Ms Emily Burns, Drama Coordinator

YEAR 12 RETREAT

Wednesday 10 March – Friday 12 March

The Year 12 Retreat is a key event in the College calendar and invariably one of the most memorable experiences of the year. It is a means of engaging senior students and making links between the world they know and the faith to which they are called. Student evaluations of the retreat confirm its profound value and central place in the St Michael’s Year 12 experience. Please refer to the Consent2Go email for all details regarding this event.

A reminder of the retreat groups and venues:

Group 1: Mylor Baptist Centre –12PC-05,12PC-06,12PC-08,12PC-10
Address: Wingrove Road, Mylor. Contact no: 0413 875 868

Group 2: Latvian Camp Dzintari –12PC-03,12PC-04,12PC-11,12PC-9
Address:
Willson Drive, Normanville. Contact no: 0457 975 378

Group 3: Nunyara Conference Centre –12-1, 12-2, 12-7
Address: Burnell Drive, Belair. Contact no:  0431 920 053

TRANSPORT: All students travel by bus with St Michael’s staff.
DEPARTING: 8:45am Wednesday 10 March from St Michael’s College, Lawrie Street Gate 4.
RETURNING: Approximately 12:00pm Friday 12 March at St Michael’s College, Lawrie Street Gate 4.

Students will need to bring:
Personal medication, a sleeping bag, a pillow, a towel, toiletries (soap, toothbrush etc), insect repellent, two tea towels, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, a torch, a coat, a change of clothes and closed shoes for outdoor activities (they will get muddy), warm clothing (evenings can be cold), swimming gear (optional – Normanville), and gear that may get wet and muddy (canoeing, commando course – Mylor).

Any queries regarding the program can be addressed to Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission. Any queries regarding attendance can be addressed to Mr Mark Labrosciano, Year 12 Director.

Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission

YEAR 9 STEM CONFERENCE

In Week 4, ten Year 9 girls were chosen to attend the ‘STEM Enrichment 3 Day Conference’ from 17 to 19 February at Flinders University. The conference offered the students an opportunity to engage in hands-on workshops with university lecturers and PhD students as well as keynote speakers that were employed in a range of science areas such as neuroscience, metrology and engineering. The workshops included using lasers and optics, electroplating, programming robots and constructing the world’s simplest motor. Students participated in a tour of the Zeiss facility at Tonsley where they learnt about the physics, chemistry and engineering involved in designing and manufacturing optics and optoelectronics. There were also opportunities to engage with science academics in round table discussions at the Women in STEM Breakfast. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. In particular, they enjoyed the hands-on workshops as well as discovering the large number of STEM career pathways that are available locally and globally.

Some students have shared a reflection of their experience:

“The STEM Conference was a really great experience. It got me really interested in pursuing a STEM career and I loved the bond I had with all the girls there. I particularly enjoyed the space workshop where we got to look through VR glasses and look at the solar system and how black holes affect our earth”. – Sienna Grieger (9GPC-04)

“I really enjoyed participating in a diverse array of activities over the three days. I loved engaging in various aspects of the science and engineering industries. The hands-on practical activities and workshops were my favourite. These included making an electric motor using only a magnet, battery, wire, and a screw. I felt inspired after hearing multiple women speak about their experiences working in STEM fields. It was also quite interesting to see the facilities and working environment in various fields of STEM. It was a really positive experience that has inspired me to choose a future pathway in STEM”. – Asha Gallagher (9GPC-02)

Many thanks to Ms Nikki Williamson and Mr Jacob Hanley for supervising the students during the conference.

Mr Stratos Karnas, Gifted and Talented Coordinator – Secondary

KARUL PROJECTS DANCE MASTERCLASS AND [MIS]CONCEIVE PERFORMANCE

Ms Kollevris’s Year 8 and Year 10 students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Contemporary Indigenous Dance Performance and Masterclass by Karul Projects at the Adelaide Fringe.

On Thursday 4 March, Year 8 students watched an confronting and engaging performance at Tandanya by Karul Projects. The Dance performance included four dancers led by Thomas E S Kelly who is an innovative dancer/choreographer currently residing in Queensland.

Extracting contemporary gestural motif from Aboriginal archetypes, [MIS]CONCEIVE’s hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate.

Kelly and his ensemble move with assured physicality in this high-energy work that pulses with humour, play, and personal stories. Voice and body become pathways to traditional dance and song, as repetition and disguise make way for moments of discovery. [MIS]CONCEIVE brings audiences through the past, to understand the present, and move forward into a better future.

The following day our Certificate II students immersed themselves in a contemporary indigenous workshop with professional artists. Kelly excelled at making our students comfortable out of their comfort zones!

One student shared:

“I learnt that my body could move more than I thought it can, and that imagination is important for this dance style and sending different emotions/messages. I felt like I was free to move and be myself as I was dancing”.

It is wonderful that our students have the opportunity to attend performances and dance with professional artists!

Mrs Dani Caputo, Dance Co-ordinator & Drama Teacher, and Ms Hayley Kollevris, Dance Teacher

YEAR 9 GIRLS ART

Year 9 girls art classes have been exploring the elements of colour, space, shape and pattern in the style of Henri Matisse.

Matisse created cut paper collages during his later years in life. His work titled “The Snail” comes from the form being made up of a succession of coloured shapes. At first you may not notice but the shapes curl round like the shell of a snail.

The spiral form of a snail’s shell echoes the direction of universal movement. Our students have created their own shapes and forms using nature as a source of inspiration.

Ms Leanne Michalik and Ms Sally Armour, Visual Arts Teachers – Secondary

YEAR 8 STUDENT LEADERS

The Year 8 student leaders were presented at our morning chapel service on Monday 1 March. It was with great pleasure that the following students were announced as the leaders for Semester 1:

8BPC-01: Andrew Dichiera and William Rayner
8BPC-02: Tain Scott and Nicholas Romeo
8BPC-03: Brendan Talbot and Leon Scardigno
8BPC-04:Ethan Ashley and Jude Angove
8BPC-05: Arya Savaji and Gabriel Mazzochetti
8BPC-06:
Phoenix Ford and Nikita Loria
8GPC-01: Ethinia Tekle, Avani Grewal and Fajr Hussien
8GPC-02: Hollie Ferris and Paige McEgan
8GPC-03: Erin O’Shea and Abbie Coles
8GPC-04: Siena Tappert and Tilly O’Regan

Their services were required this week in the preparation and serving of the Year 8 Breakfast in which they did a great job!

The Year 8 Pastoral Team look forward to working with these students throughout the semester.

Mr Paul Flaherty, Year 8 Director

YEAR 9 STUDENT LEADERS

Student Leadership in Year 9 is a privilege and an opportunity to serve others in the true Lasallian spirit.  Our current student leaders will have the chance to work with our Year 12 Student Leaders and the Year 9 Leadership team to develop and coordinate initiatives that will promote social justice, empathy and inclusivity for our local and wider communities.

I would like to congratulate the following students who have been nominated as Student Leaders for their Pastoral Classes for Semester 1:

9BPC-01: Archie Coppola and Alexander Noel
9BPC-02: Zak Dumanovic and Arjan Uppal
9BPC-03: Jordan Campbell-Novice and William Knowles
9BPC-04: Alfie Haberfield, Alexander Russo and Hunter Sheldon
9BPC-05: Boston Hodges, Aston Lee and Arjun Vlotman-Patel
9BPC-06: Lachlan Sands and Dominic Tassone
9GPC-01: Lily Fizulic and Mia Thorne
9GPC-02: Keara Jones and Ruby Redden
9GPC-03: Eliza Lynch and Emma Tippins
9GPC-04: Isabella Gagliardi and Giana Martino
9GPC-05: Marisa Arena and Suzi Manzella

We look forward to working with these students and developing their character strengths during this time.

Mr Brent Parfrey, Year 9 Director

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 6: Teamwork

This last week, students in 9BPC-06 and 9GPC-03 have reflected on teamwork in their English class as a part of their studies. Here are some of their thoughts:

“A team isn’t about winning or losing. The bonds matter more. It can be like a family.” – Kristian De Candia (9BPC-06)

“When we work as a team we respect, trust and care for each other. We are there for each other and we support and help each other through hard times, improving and fixing up our mistakes.” – Isaac Zganec (9BPC-06)

 “Encouraging your teammates on the sideline, being there for them if they miss a shot, is what being a team is all about.” – Sebastian Cesare (9BPC-06)

 “Having respect for people allows your team to bloom together and really aspire to do greatness.” Alexis Di Raimondo (9GPC-03)

 “A real team never leaves anyone behind.. it’s one where no matter the problem or consequence, we respect each other’s opinions and feelings.” – Sophie Angus (9GPC-03)

 “Being called a team is easy, but being a team comes from mutual trust and respect.” – Victoria Bergkvist (9GPC-03)

These students echo the thoughts of Helen Keller, American author, advocate, activist and lecturer, when she said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

The VIA (Values in Action) website reports that the notion of a team can refer to work or  sports teams, but can also refer to family, marriage/partnerships, or even a group of friends working on something together.

Teamwork is an empowering strength. It brings us together to achieve common goals. It connects us and helps us to support each other, aligning closely with a focus on positive relationships and a strong feature of the Lasallian ethos.  As a strength, teamwork partners with creativity, fairness and leadership to create wonderful community experiences, such as those we have seen in recent times in Athletics Day and Arts Week. It is also evident in many ongoing and enduring teams at the College such as EcoSquad, and of course, a glimpse into classrooms, or onto playing fields, or a peek into any of the many meeting rooms on campus will showcase many examples of teamwork too!

In teamwork we recognize and appreciate the talents we each bring, and importantly we celebrate our united achievements and seek continuous improvement. It’s about knowing, valuing and caring for each other and supporting each other to flourish and reach our potential, together.

Wishing you and your respective teams a happy and fruitful week!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

PROJECT COMPASSION STALL

On Thursday 4 March, Year 11 students and Mr Ned Heath ran a ‘Zooper Dooper’ stall to raise money for Project Compassion, along with the help of the Year 12 College Leaders. It was wonderful to see the students of St Michael’s supporting such an important cause. This hard work saw the students raise $189!

This is an initiative that will continue through Lent, so watch out for the next two instalments in Weeks 8 and 10!

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director