GET TO KNOW OUR COLLEGE LEADERS AND HOUSE CAPTAINS
The St Michael’s College Athletics Day will be held on Monday 22 February at SA Athletics Stadium. Parents are welcome to attend on the day, however please be mindful that we will be operating under COVID guidelines and parents will be required to scan the QR code or fill in the contract tracing sheet on arrival. Parents will be allocated a viewing area under the shade at the edge of the track and must adhere to social distancing rules. Below is a link to the program for the day.athletics day program
Mrs Sally Nicholson, Head of Health & Physical Education – Secondary
YEAR 12 COLLEGE LEADERS WELLBEING WORKING PARTY
We are happy to announce that in 2021 we have been able to establish a College Leaders Working Party with a focus on wellbeing. The group meet once a week and maps out the plans of what the College Leaders see as being important in our community. One of our first initiatives was that on a warm day we would have a range of leaders attend all Year 7 classes and hand every student a Zooper Dooper prior to lunchtime. This aligns well with our Mission and Vision and is an example that we are an inclusive and respectful community where each individual is known, valued and cared for. It was also an example of the older taking on the role as big brothers and sisters to the newest members of our community.
Two Year 7 students gave the following statements about this initiative:
‘It was nice to speak to our senior leaders who are our role models’. – Courtney Homan (7GPC-04)
‘It was refreshing to have an ice block handed to us by a leader and we were able to connect with them about being a part of the community’. – Eloise Cosenza (7GPC-04)
The wellbeing group are in the process of displaying a range of support materials around the college from Headspace and Kids Helpline. They are also making plans for Mental Health Week later in the year and are hopeful to present a short presentation to students across Years 7-12 about taking care of themselves.
Mr Matthew Williams, Deputy Principal Pastoral
In 2021, the Technology faculty were lucky enough to gain a wonderful new hybrid kitchen area. On Friday 12 February, the Stage 1 Child Studies students took full advantage of the new facility, and were immersed in the world of delicious and nutritious baby foods. Utilising a range of recipes, the new hybrid kitchen space and a fleet of Thermomixes, the class created a range of sweet and savory purees for babies. Students then compared the nutritional content, taste and texture of the home-made purees to store-bought brands. The lesson presented a unique opportunity to utilise the new workspace as well as cutting edge technology to create foods which would typically suit children aged 6-8months. Many members of the class were surprised to find that the foods were actually quite delicious as well as highly nutritious for babies. For many students, this was their first opportunity to use a Thermomix and they were surprised at how simple the technology was to use. They were also able to see how prospective parents or childcare workers could create nutritious, age-appropriate foods for children in their care. From here, students will have the opportunity to use their knowledge of nutrition, technology and child development to plan and prepare a nutritious two-course meal for a toddler, applying their knowledge for application in a childcare setting.
We are looking forward to continuing to use the new technology for a range of applications throughout the year!
Ms Kimberley Schulze, Child Studies Teacher – Secondary
SENIOR ECO SQUAD – EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Are you keen to help the environment, but not sure where to begin? The Eco Squad is the perfect place to start! We run activities every Tuesday and Friday lunch, and everyone is welcome to come along and join in. The usual meeting spot is the school garden, located between the Chapel and the uniform shop.
Here are some of the activities we plan to complete this term:
- Extending our veggie patch to include two more garden beds
- Planning a mural for the garden wall
- Making herbal teas
- Collecting and sharing seeds
- Drying herbs
- Pruning fruit trees
- Picking veggies and herbs for the Food Technology classes
- Educating everyone on the correct use of our recycle bins!
We look forward to meeting many more of you this year. Keep an eye out on the Eco Squad notices and come along and give it a go.
Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Officer
LA SALLE COURTYARD BATHROOM REDESIGN
Students in Years 7-12 were invited to contribute to the design of bathrooms in the La Salle courtyard. A representative committee of students and staff met with architects from Edge Architects and discussed potential plans for the redevelopment. The ability to gather the voice of students meant that important aspects of the design were highlighted allowing the architects to consider both functionality and aesthetics from the students perspective.
Students were well engaged in this opportunity, using their critical thinking and collaborative skills as they carefully considered the presentation and fed back their ideas.
We hope to be able to share more news about this soon!
Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader
ELEVATE EDUCATION WEBINAR
Parents/caregivers of St Michael’s College have exclusive access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 1 2021. Elevate works with students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.
The webinars take place across Term 1, with the next webinar happening Wednesday 24 February from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Registration is essential and free for our St Michael’s College parents/caregivers. To register, please click here.
Each presenter will share Elevate’s key research and skills, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly. Should you have questions or would like to contact Elevate directly, their contact number is 1300 667 945 or click here to send them an email.
YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS
Week 4: Humility
Some people might mistakenly think that humility is associated with weakness, but in actual fact, it’s more about strength. When we think of strong examples of humility, we often think about Einstein, Ghandi, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, St John Baptist de La Salle, and Jesus, amongst many others. They are people whose actions speak louder than words.
Humble people appreciate their skills and who they are, but they also are aware of gaps in their knowledge and are mindful of areas for growth. They keep their abilities in perspective and use them to raise people up, rather than put them down. They appreciate of the value of things and people around them and understand that each of us can contribute to our world in different ways. There is a sense of self confidence without having to be the center of attention. Humility, rather than being about weakness, is a strength of character that encompasses self-regulation and produces positive results for the whole community. Research also tells us that successful people are humble people. They are more likely to flourish in life, across more areas in life, than people who are less humble. Stronger humility is also a predictor of stronger academic success in the senior years (Exline & Hill, 2012, Humility: A consistent and robust predictor of generosity). Humility is not boasting, seeking the spotlight or thinking we are better than others.
In 2021, when our lives seem to be projected across so many virtual platforms, we can be forgiven for sometimes thinking that humility can appear to be lost. In truth, I think it’s making a comeback! Research shows that the strongest and most appreciated leaders are those who exude humility. If we think about politicians, athletes, and people we aspire to and admire, often it will be those who are humble. John Elkann, interim president of Ferrari, has indicated that it’s time to return to humility as a way forward. “We are not satisfied with our current results in Formula 1and we will work with humility and dedication to change them.”
It’s not always easy to place others’ needs ahead of our own, perhaps it’s part of our DNA in some way, but we often do it for our children instinctively. It can also be a challenging strength to work on because we can be used to the positive affirmation of being praised as it’s one of the premises of social media platforms, the ‘likes’ that can be so addictive as it sends us shots of dopamine. As a young parent I recall reading many parenting books that highlighted the importance of praise and positive affirmation. These days, nurturing a growth mindset by focusing on process rather than the end result is considered a more nurturing option.
The beginning of Lent is the perfect time to be thinking about our humility. We have a great example of this in Jesus as we enter our Lenten journey and perhaps we can learn something about this from him. At this special time we can focus more on being the hands, eyes, ears, and heart of Jesus, and be aware of how we can use our talents and gifts to benefit those around us, knowing, valuing and caring for each other.
Wishing you a week filled with meaning!
Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader