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YEAR 12 SEMINAR DAY 1
We are looking forward to welcoming the Year 12 cohort to the Christian Family Centre on Monday 8 February for Seminar Day 1. There will be opportunities to look at the year ahead as well as consider spiritual aspects of life. Old Scholar David Coluccio (1982), who was recently recognised with the Order of Australia award, will be speaking to the students about life after school and how SMC influenced his career. We are looking forward to the support of students and parents to make the day a success.
Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission and Mr Mark Labrosciano, Year 12 Director
FIRST DAY OF YEAR 8
The Year 8s had a great start to 2021 on Thursday 28 January. As usual, there was plenty of excitement and the absence of really hot weather was a pleasant aberration from the norm.
The students gathered in the MacKillop Centre for prayer and set the scene for the year. The larger part of the day was devoted to relationship building within PC groups. This took place with activities within the classroom as well as a session run by Active Ed for the boys between recess and lunch, and for the girls after lunch. This was physical in nature with games and challenges being used to bring the groups together and form new bonds.
We hope this was an enjoyable and beneficial start to the year for all students!
The Year 8 Pastoral team, Mr Tom Dittmar, Assistant Year 8 Director, and myself are looking forward to working with Year 8 students and parents/caregivers throughout the year.
Mr Paul Flaherty, Year 8 Director
YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS
Week 2: Hope
We can’t eliminate the challenges in life that sometimes menace hope. Sometimes bad things just happen and they are out of our control. Last year gave us some examples of this. But it’s also true that hope can prevail. When we choose to focus on hope we are more engaged, mentally healthier, and our relationships become stronger.
Hope can help us to be empowered and explore our curiosities to be the people, learners and leaders of the world. A recent study from Harvard’s “Human Flourishing Program” considered the impact of hope on nearly 13,000 people and average age of 66. What researchers found was that those with more hope during their lives had better physical health, health behaviors, social support and lived longer. Hope also led to fewer chronic health problems, less depression and anxiety, and a lower risk of cancer.
Year 7-9 students heard these strategies this week about how to boost their hope:
- Set yourself some goals in all areas of your life such as school, hope, sport, and health.
- Work out a plan of how you will achieve these goals, think about the steps you need to take, and keep it visible in your mind.
- Celebrate the progress you make, it feels good!
- Focus on your mindset and make it open to growth. See mistakes as important opportunities to learn.
- Practice mindfulness and being present in the moment.
- Be grateful for all your blessings and focus on the good things in your life.
- Remember to look for healthy ways to experience more positive emotions such as joy, inspiration, gratitude, peace, interest, serenity, awe, love, and amusement.
- Be on the lookout for examples of hope in the people around you and be inspired by them.
- Be the voice of hope with your family and friends.
We can nurture hope by being determined, building our perseverance, identifying different steps to fulfilling our goals and even listening to great podcasts or motivational talks around this subject. It is also important to look for champions of hope in those around us and to try to be a champion of hope for others!
Year 7-9 students have shared some of their hopes for the year:
“I hope to get good grades”. Hollie Ferris (8GPC-02)
“I hope to be more engaged in my learning”. Ava Kindstrom (8GPC-02)
“I hope that everyone is nice to each other”. Abby Coles (8GPC-03)
“I hope to do better in than I did last year in my subjects”. Mollie Noone (8GPC-01)
“I hope Carlton makes the finals!” Lachlan Sands (9BPC-06)
“I hope that this year we will make many memories and that it will be the best year ever!” Tomislav Levak (9BPC-06)
“I hope Coronavirus goes away”. Dylan Petherick (9BPC-06)
“I hope to have another good year of school!” Sebastian Cesare (9BPC-06)
I hope we have a healthy and rewarding week ahead!
Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader
The SA School Immunisation Program will be offered at SMC by the City of Charles Sturt.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF YEAR 8 STUDENTS
In 2021 the South Australian program provides Year 8 students with immunisations for Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF YEAR 10 STUDENTS
In 2021 the South Australian program provides Year 10 students with Meningoccal B vaccine & Meningoccal ACWY vaccine.
Immunisation consent packs will be sent home with all Year 8 and 10 students. It is important that you read the information contained in the packs before you give consent for your child to be vaccinated at school. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Immunisation Section, SA Health, on 1300 232 272 or City of Charles Sturt on 8408 1111
All parents/legal guardians are required to complete, sign and return the Consent Cards, even if you do not consent for the student to be vaccinated at school.
If you do not receive a Year 8 or 10 Immunisation Consent pack from your child please contact the school office via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone 08 8356 5966.
If you do not want your child to be vaccinated at school, please return the consent card and then contact the City of Charles Sturt to arrange for your child to receive the vaccines at a clinic. This will remain free of charge. If you go to your doctor for the vaccination, they will need to order the vaccine in and may charge a consultation fee.
Remember to keep your child’s School Immunisation Program records in a safe place as they may be required for future employment, study or travel
Mr Mark Stephens – Daily Organiser