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COMMUNITY ACTION DAY (CAD) AND REFLECTION ACTIVITY DAY (RAD)

As part of our Retreat experience, the Year 10 cohort were provided the opportunity to attend two days of reflection and raising awareness.

RAD recognises that we are reaching a turning point in our lives where we are confronted with the challenges of adolescence such as body image, career pathways, relationships, aspirational goals, role models and responsible use of social media. With the assistance of the ‘Life Matters’ presenters, we were able to broaden our awareness and understanding of a range of issues pertinent to our growth and future development.

CAD gave us the opportunity to both visit and learn more about the unsung heroes and people in our community who are struggling with life. After visiting various charities and organisations around the city, all classes assembled at a venue in Carrington Street to share our experiences of all the wonderful workers and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of the people in our community, and who are victims of homelessness, poverty, isolation, abuse and physical or mental illnesses. We are grateful to previous College Vice-Captain, Vincenzo Triulcio (2019), for spending two days with us to facilitate the presentations about the work of organisations such as Caritas, Centacare, Vinnies, Foodbank, Hutt St Centre and Catherine House.

These days also enabled us all to mix socially with students in other classes and have some fun playing various games and having communal recess and lunch. The days also encouraged us to reflect on and reinforce our Lasallian spirituality and College ethos in maintaining our commitment to social justice and supporting those in need and less fortunate than we are.

Thank you to Mr Dempsey for organising the day and enriching our awareness and understanding of our roles in supporting the wonderful organisations who do so much for others.

Written by Year 10 students Erin Green and James Ravno (10PC-08)
Mr Reinhard Schwidder, Teacher – Secondary

WILD WEDNESDAY LUNCH

This week saw the second installment of our ‘Wild Wednesday’ lunches! Our passion focus was sport, more specifically ‘Soccer’. Our College Captain Alice Kneebone hosted the lunch and presented our special guest, Mr Nathan Armiento to the Year 7 to 9 students present.

“If you do not know Mr Armiento already, he currently teaches Health, Physical Education and Science at school. He is also an old scholar of St Michael’s College and graduated in 2016. Furthermore, after he graduated high school, he completed his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of South Australia and graduated from university last year.

Mr Armiento has a highly experienced background in soccer as he has played the sport for over 16 years. He has played for multiple clubs over this time and reached the top level, playing in the National Premier League. Mr Armiento now coaches at club level and also coaches the Year 10s and is assistant coach for the First XIs at school. Through playing soccer Mr Armiento gained many life values and experiences”.

The students were engaged by Mr Armiento’s energetic and enthusiastic presentation. He encouraged them to be adventurous and to try different sports and subjects to understand where their passions truly lie and to always push their personal boundaries forwards, setting goals and sharing them with key people who can help them on their journey. He prepared them for the fact that life is not always easy and does not always go to plan. Mr Armiento spoke about the value of seeing obstacles and mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow, being persistent and hopeful, and never giving up on your dreams!

The lunch concluded and students left with a smile, a delicious meal behind them and lots of food and inspiration for thought!

Many thanks to Alice for managing the lunch as the perfect host and for connecting so well with her younger ‘brothers and sisters’, and to Mr Armiento for sharing his experiences with great humour, humility and honesty!

The next ‘Wild Wednesday Lunch’ will now be in Term 3!

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

YEAR 10 DRAMA GOES VIRAL

On Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 of June, the Year 10 Drama students presented their production of ‘Gone Viral’ by award winning local playwright, Sally Hardy. Students tackled this challenging play head on, achieving emotional and engaging performances. Audiences both laughed and cried, and students learnt much about the acting craft, as well as some important life lessons from the play.

We were very fortunate to have playwright Sally Hardy attend the final show. Her post-show comments were, “these young performers gave funny and genuinely heartbreaking performances tonight, and I was blown away by their maturity and sensitivity. Well done to all!”

Mrs Emily Burns, Drama Coordinator – Secondary

Back Row: Michael Verbi, Hayley Conlon, Ava De Pieri, Isaac Courtidis, Isaac Caputo, Riley Browne, Mrs Emily Burns
Front Row: Isabella Agnos, Sally Hardy, Olivia Perry

 

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 9: Curiosity

Curiosity. Sometimes I wonder where we would be without it and what we would be without… probably so many things; from this laptop I am working with to the chair I am sitting on and everything in between!

According to Seligman and Peterson, curiosity is “interest, novelty seeking and an openness to experience and represents ones’ intrinsic desire for experience and knowledge. Curiosity can help us engage in daily activities such as being absorbed in the plot of a movie, listening carefully to the news or a new song, or watching something in nature in wonder”.

When we are curious it drives us towards initiating and achieving our goals. It also allows us to be more openminded so we can appreciate and understand each other better, whatever our background, which invariably helps us grow as people and as a community.

Curiosity is an amazing strength because it fuels innovation and discovery. It helps us to love what we learn and to establish flow, that feeling of being engaged and immersed in whatever our passion is. As a result, curiosity can also lead to creativity and to a plethora of other strengths.

Importantly, curiosity can also help us to confront things that challenge us… try wondering in the face of fear and see if it does help to break down some of the walls that might otherwise appear before us!

Tayyab Rashid and Afroze Anjum highlight 340 Ways to Use VIA Character Strengths including these four for Curiosity:

  1. Expand your knowledge in an area of interest through books, journals, magazines, TV, radio, or internet, for half an hour, three times a week. Speak to an expert in this area to get recommendations for good resources.
  2. Attend a function/lecture/colloquium of a culture that differs from yours. Consider how similarities and differences between this culture and your own might arise, without being judgmental toward either culture.
  3. Connect with a person of a different culture and spend at least an hour, twice a month, learning about his/her culture. Be inquisitive, non-judgmental, and open about your own culture.
  4. Try things that challenge your existing knowledge and skills. Give a presentation or seminar on a topic that interests you, or simply explain it in detail to friends who are unfamiliar with it.

There are many historic greats who credit their success to curiosity, Einstein is just one of them. “I have no special talents,” said Albert Einstein. “I am only passionately curious”.

Have a wonderful Week 9 working towards exploring curiosities and understanding each other better!

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
Strengthsmining Curiosity, McElroy S https://www.strengthsmining.com/via-strengths/wisdom-and-knowledge/curiosity/ accessed 21 June 2021

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DAY ‘SPEAK UP’ REFLECTION

The Australian Refugee Association (ARA) ‘Speak Up’ day really made me think more deeply and also have a greater understanding about refugees and the real struggles they go through. The most interesting part of the day was when we watched a play on racism by a group call ‘actnowtheatre’. The theatre group acted out a scene of a man being racist and the impact it had on other people. Once the play had been performed, we watched it again and at certain times other students would call out a solution to certain parts of the scenes and they had to act out the solution. I really appreciated this because it was a fantastic way for us as students to point out what was racist and how you can solve the problem.

I also enjoyed when our youth ambassador, Rana, spoke to everyone about racism and she told us a story of how she has personally experienced racism. The best of Rana’s speech was the way in which she spoke. Rana spoke with purpose, passion and meaning, and she wanted everyone to truly understand what life is like from someone who is a refugee and experiences racism.

The cultural food tasting that we had was also great. We tried various types of Syrian food which was interesting to eat because it opened my mind to different types of cultures and their food. Overall the day was fantastic and we were very engaged and interested in learning more about racism as it made us understand more of what racism and being a refugee is like.

Written by Year 10 student Giovanni Troia (10PC-02)

VISITING ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR FROM UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

We are happy to advise that on Monday 28 June, Associate Professor Dr Michael C Nagel, from the University of the Sunshine Coast will address some staff and student leaders in our community.

From his biography:

Dr Michael C Nagel is an Associate Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he researches and teaches in the areas of child and adolescent development, behaviour and educational psychology. A prolific author, Dr Nagel has written sixteen books related to human development and education with particular interests in the developing paediatric brain, behaviour and learning. Along with being a contributor to a number of textbooks used in over 20 countries and in undergraduate and postgraduate education courses throughout Australia, Dr Nagel has been nominated as ‘Australian Lecturer of the Year’ each year since 2010. He has been an invited expert on ‘TV New Zealand Breakfast’, ‘Canada AM’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘A Current Affair’ and ‘The Project’. Dr Nagel is also a member of the prestigious International Neuropsychological Society and a feature writer for the Jigsaw and Child series of magazines, which collectively offers parenting and educational advice to more than one million Australian readers. When he is not busy professionally, he spends his time learning the important lessons of life from his own children, Madeline and Harrison.

Dr Nagel’s presentation is entitled ‘This is Your Brain on Technology!’. A synopsis follows:

Did you know that the adolescent brain is in a state of profound transformation? This transformation involves changes in the hardwiring of the brain and the chemicals that play a role in behaviour and learning. In the midst of this, and for the first time in human history, the brain may be changing unexpectedly from the technologies around us. Indeed, evidence is mounting that since the turn of the century young people may be dealing with a range of issues associated with screen devices. This presentation shares the latest science around the impact of technology on the minds of young people with a particular focus on how Smartphones may be at the forefront of a growing number of developmental problems and mental health issues. The overall aim of the presentation is to provide some of the latest insights into current issues and challenges around young people and technology along with some strategies for combating potential problems associated with those issues.

Students in positions of responsibility nominated by their Year Level Directors will participate in this presentation and will be invited to contribute to a focus group early next term to reflect on strategies to support our wellbeing as they relate to our current ‘devices policy’.

The initial presentation will be held from 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm on Monday 28 June in the LEC Auditorium. We are mindful that for some senior students this means remaining at school a little longer that day, but we believe this to be a valuable investment and we would love to have their perspective on this issue as this will enable us to work more productively with student voice and peer presence.

For students normally at school at this time, they will be marked in attendance on SEQTA.

We look forward to being able to share this journey with the community as it unfolds.

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

EXAMS – YEAR 10/11/12 EXAM PROTOCOLS

Student responsibilities

  • Students should be ready to enter the 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 plagiarising 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 times Wednesday 23
June
Thursday 24
June
Friday 25
June
Monday 28
June
Tuesday 29
June
Wednesday 30
June
9:00 am Study Day English
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 pm Study Day Legal 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)

 

Year 12 2021 Semester 1 Exam Timetable

TimeMonday 19 JulyTuesday 20 JulyWednesday 21 JulyThursday 22 JulyFriday 23 July
AMGeneral Mathematics Exam (68)
9:00 – 10:40 am
1 hour 40 mins

Mathematical Methods Exam (47)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
English Literary Studies Exam (46)
9:00 – 10:40 am
1 hour 40 mins
Biology Exam (50)
9:00 – 11:20 am
2 hours 10 mins

Physics Exam (26)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
Chemistry Exam (35)
9:00 - 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins

Economics Exam (30)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
Modern History Exam (14)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins

Nutrition Exam (25)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
PMPsychology Exam (30)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins

Geography Exam (9)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins
Specialist Mathematics Exam (20)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins

Essential Mathematics Exam (20)
12:00 – 13:40 pm
1 hour 40 mins
Accounting Exam (21)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins
Legal Studies Exam (38)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins
Italian – Continuers Exam (8)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins

 

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.

SECONDARY SUBJECT COUNSELLING INFORMATION

Term 3 is when students and parents make important decisions regarding subject choices in preparation for future career pathways. These choices should be guided by student interest and success in preparatory subjects.

In Semester 2, students in Year 10 will be completing the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) as the first stage of their SACE Certificate. This is designed to assist students to identify possible career paths. Various ‘Parent Information Nights’ are scheduled to explain the subject selection process and SACE Certificate requirements, and the College recommends parents attend these sessions if possible.

Mr Anthony Vizaniaris and Ms Rose Coorey are available for careers counselling and Mr Kevin Woolford is available for advice on VET courses.

YEAR 12 (CURRENT)
Monday 2 August: 7:00pm
LEC Auditorium
South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) Information Evening.
Attendance recommended for Year 12 Parents.
Monday 2 August 6:00 – 8:00pm
LEC Ground Floor
Tertiary Information Evening: Displays by tertiary organisations.
Optional attendance: Current Year 12 students and parents.
YEAR 11 (CURRENT)
Monday 2 August 7:00pm
MacKillop Centre
SACE Parent Information Evening.
Attendance recommended: Current Year 11 parents.
Students not required to attend.
Monday 2 August 6:00 – 8:00pm
LEC Ground Floor
Tertiary Information Evening: Displays by tertiary organisations.
Optional attendance: Current Year 11 students and parents.
Wednesday 11 August 9:00amYear 12 2022 Subject Selection Assembly.
Attendance compulsory: Current Year 11 students.
Thursday 2 September 9:00am – 8:30pm
Resource Centre
Subject Selection Counselling Day. No Year 11 lessons.
Current Year 11 students and parents required to attend prearranged interviews.
YEAR 10 (CURRENT)
Tuesday 27 July 7:00pm
MacKillop Centre
SACE Parent Information.
Evening Attendence recommended: Current Year 10 Parents.
Students not required to attend.
Monday 2 August 6:00 – 8:00pm
LEC Ground Floor
Tertiary Information Evening: Displays by tertiary organisations.
Optional attendance: Current Year 10 students and parents.
Wednesday 4 August 9:00amYear 11 2022 Subject Selection Assembly.
Attendance compulsory: Current Year 10 students.
Tuesday 24 August 9:00am – 8:30pm
Resource Centre
Subject Selection Counselling Day. Year 10 lessons.
Current Year 10 students and parents required to attend prearranged interviews.
YEAR 7, 8 AND 9 (CURRENT)
Wednesday 18 August
Pastoral Care
MacKillop Centre
Student subject selection procedures assembly.
Attendance compulsory: Current Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

Mr Gavin O’Reilly, Director of Curriculum & Assessment