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Secondary Campus

SEMINAR DAY

The next Year 12 Seminar Day will be led by Glen Gerreyn, Director of ‘The Hopeful Institute’ and is on Friday 25 June. Glen is a highly sought-after communicator who speaks to more than one hundred thousand people each year throughout Australasia in his mission to educate young people to face challenges with confidence and make positive life choices. A great number of our past students speak very highly of the positive impact Glen’s presentation had on them during their final year of schooling. We look forward to welcoming Glen and the Year 12 students to this important presentation.

Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission and Mr Mark Labrosciano, Year 12 Director

VISUAL ART

It has been a very productive semester in Visual Art. In Year levels 7, 8 and 10, students have investigated the artwork of Fred Williams, Shepard Fairey, Vincent van Gogh, Mexico’s ‘Sugar Skulls’, Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. A range of media has been used including pencil, acrylic paint and clay, as well as Adobe Photoshop. The standard of artwork has been fantastic over the semester and the students have produced some amazing responses.

Mr Dylan Welford, Art Teacher

 

DANCE PERFORMANCE

All students performing at the Semester 1 Dance Showcase on Friday 25 June will be allocated two complimentary tickets.  Parents/caregivers are asked to advise their son or daughter which performance they would like to attend – either 6:30pm or 8:00pm. Complimentary tickets will be allocated to each show on a first-served basis.

Once complimentary tickets are allocated, a small release of paid tickets will be available for families to purchase.

PLEASE NOTE that due to 100% venue capacity, all audience members MUST bring with them and wear a mask in line with the current COVID restrictions.

Mrs Dani Caputo, Dance Subject Coordinator – Secondary

 

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 8: Teamwork

I was thinking about this STAR article early this week as I braved the rain, the cold and the traffic in the darkness to reach my pilates class. I’m not a fan of winter! 😊

Suddenly something happened that related exactly to my thinking. From the distance I could hear a siren. As we all do in this situation, I looked around me to see where it was coming from, and a few seconds later I noticed that it was coming towards me from the other side of the main road I was travelling on. Immediately the cars ahead and my own began to do a dance; like weft threads of a tapestry in synchronicity, so that in seconds the road ahead was clear. The Red Sea came to mind. While I had been thinking about the idea of teamwork, one had appeared right in front of me. Each driver moved out of the way as fast as they could, placing the patient waiting on help; a stranger, at the heart of their actions. Seconds count in an emergency, as we know.

Teamwork is about identifying with a commitment to a common good that includes the self but goes beyond our own self-interest. A person who demonstrates the strength of teamwork shows a strong sense of duty, works for the good of the group rather than just for their own gain, is loyal to friends and can be relied upon to do their part. They want to make the world a better place and help in times of challenge, including safeguarding and nurturing the environment.

Our foundations, as a Catholic School in the Lasallian tradition tell us that the whole of humanity, is a team. We are one, and we are strongest working together in unity… “For the body is not one member, but many.”  1 Corinthians 12:14 

Life challenges, though none of us really welcomes them with open arms, can cause us to become better team members and can bring out the best in us. We emerge on the other side as better neighbours or friends having reconsidered our priorities, with a renewed focus on what is fundamentally important. We just have to reflect on the way we responded to, and continue to respond, to COVID as a community to see this…”We’re all in this together.”

In his book The Kindness Revolution, Hugh Mackay writes that the “deepest sense of life’s meaning and purpose arises from our interdependence and our willingness to relate to others and respond to their needs.” Teamwork is fundamental to all we do. Mackay comments that we are ‘wired’ to work together because in reality our survival does depend on us doing it. Our brain actually contains a ‘cooperative centre’.

The Still Face Experiment can remind us of the need we all have to be connected. You may have seen it- I’m sure it will bring back some memories of younger children if you have the time to visit the link! Click here to view video.

Mackay reminds us that we are an integral part of the ecosystem of our planet, which is part of our solar system and the cosmos beyond. We exist in a “web of connectedness”. At St Michael’s, we see the fruits of teamwork in our families, in our faith celebrations, in our classrooms, in gathering student voice on a range of initiatives, on the sporting field, in developing awareness and response to social justice issues, in performances that highlight the arts, in the maintenance of the beautiful campus we are blessed to have and in many, many other contexts. Just this week in Year 9, students heard from Derrick McManus, who shared his journey as a former STAR group operative; a strong example of teamwork and perseverance.

I wonder what examples of teamwork, big or small, we can see and be inspired by in our daily lives this week and how these can lead to better ways in contributing to our Community.

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

Sources:

Seligman, Martin E P and Peterson C, Character Strengths and Virtues A handbook and classification

Mackay, H The Kindness Revolution

The Still Face Experiment: Dr Edward Tronick viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzXGEbZht0

EXAMS – YEAR 10/11/12 EXAM PROTOCOLS

Student responsibilities

  • Students should be ready to enter Exam Room 15 minutes before the starting time. Please assemble in the adjacent courtyard; for example, for all morning exams, please assemble by 8:40am, sign the attendance sheet outside the room and you will be directed from there.
  • Students are not to enter the Exam Room until invited to do so.
  • Students are to ensure that all the necessary equipment has been obtained for the Exam. NO borrowing will be permitted. NO pencil cases allowed.
  • Where the exam is undertaken in electronic format, students are responsible for ensuring their laptop is fully charged and updated and wired headphones only are used if required (check requirements with Subject Teacher).
  • Students plagiarizing will have their paper cancelled. However, the Exam must be completed. Obviously final assessment will be adversely affected.
  • No student will be permitted to leave the Exam Room before the appointed finishing time.
  • The allowance for Reading Time varies depending upon the particular exam. Students must listen carefully to instructions from the invigilator regarding reading time. All notes must be written on the sheet supplied ONLY.   Before the Exam, consideration should be given as to how best to use this tie. Check with teachers if uncertain.
  • If a student is ill and unable to attend, a phone call must be made to Mr O’Reilly, ideally prior to the commencement of the exam.
  • Full College uniform is required for all exams, including compliance with the Uniform Code.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a dictionary into the examination room but only unmarked dictionaries are to be used.
  • Students will not be required for formal lessons during the exam week. Instead, private study should take place at home.
  • Graphic calculators need to be cleared for subjects other than Mathematics.
  • For online exams students will need to clear their laptops of any unnecessary files, undertake a complete shutdown and restart the night before the exam to avoid being disrupted by updates, and ensure their laptops are fully charged.
  • Mobile phones are NOT permitted. Teachers will not be responsible for these during the examination period.
Year 10 2021 Semester 1 Exam Timetable

Monday 28
June
Tuesday 29
June
Wednesday 30
June
Thursday 1
July
Friday 2
July
9.00 am

Future Pathways Day

Compulsory for Year 10 students
9:00 am

English
1 hour
(251)
9:00 am

History
1 hour 10 minutes
(104)
9:00 am

Mathematics A
1 hour 40 minutes
(104)

Mathematics B
1 hour 40 minutes
(105)
9:00 am

Music
45 minutes
(10)

Italian
1 hour 30 minutes
(16)

English as a Second Language
1 hour
(2)
12:45 pm finish

Study Afternoon
12:05 pm

Science
1 hour
(247)
12:05 pm

Commerce
1 hour 10 minutes
(70)
12:05 pm

Mathematics C
1 hour 10 minutes
(41)

Year 11 2021 Semester 1 Exam Timetable

Starting timesWednesday 23
June
Thursday 24
June
Friday 25
June
Monday 28
June
Tuesday 29
June
Wednesday 30
June
9:00 amStudy DayEnglish
1 hour
(42)

EAL
1 hour
(5)

English Literary Studies
1 hour 40 minutes
(174)
Biology
1 hour 40 minutes
(87)

Music
1 hour
(4)
Modern History
2 hours 10 minutes
(41)

Physics A
1 hour 40 minutes
(46)
Economics
1 hour 40 minutes
(61)

Italian A Continuers
2 hours 10 minutes
(4)
Accounting
1 hour 40 minutes
(48)

Chemistry A
1 hour 40 minutes
(48)
12:05 pmStudy DayLegal Studies
1 hour 40 minutes
(66)
General Mathematics
2 hours 10 minutes
(143)

Mathematical Methods A
2 hours 10 minutes
(55)
Psychology
1 hour 40 minutes (65)
Nutrition
1 hour 40 minutes
(53)
Mathematical Methods B
2 hours 10 minutes
(55)

 

WEEKS 9 AND 10: SUBJECT SELECTION PROCESS FOR 2022

Please note the following important dates for students of Years 10 and 11. On these days Heads of Department will present information regarding subjects in order for students to begin subject considerations for 2022.

This is an important discernment process for students as they contemplate future career pathways. These events are aimed at providing Year 10 and Year 11 students with information in relation to SACE subject offerings.

Year 10 (Year 11, 2022)

  • Future Pathways Day: Monday 28 June, 8:45 am start with a 12:45 pm finish

Year 11 (Year 12, 2022)

  • Choicez Seminar: Thursday 1 July
  • Subject Expo: Friday 2 July 8:45 am start

It is expected that all Year 10 and Year 11 students attend their respective events in order for them to be fully informed regarding pre-requisite and minimum grade requirements for intended subject choices.

Further information regarding Subject Selection will be circulated early in Term 3.