The College Courier

05 April 2018
Issue No 6, 5 April 2018
From the Principal
Whole College
Junior School
Senior School
What's On?
The HotHouse Company
Sport & Physical Education
Success Stories
Service Learning
Propeller Enterprises
Learning Technologies
Cocurricular Activities
Holiday Programs
Community
Important Contact Details
In the news
All Saints' College
Senior School (08) 9313 9333
Ewing Avenue
Bull Creek, WA, 6149
AU

From the Principal

At ASC, our focus is on doing all we can to ensure our students are future-enabled…but what exactly does that mean, particularly in our VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world?

 

“The UK offices of Ernst and Young have announced they will stop requiring degrees, but instead will offer online testing and search out talented individuals regardless of background.”*

 

And Australia’s Mitchell Institute reports that, in 2017, 60% of our universities’ undergraduate offers were made on a basis other than the student’s ATAR.**

 

There is no doubt that we are seeing a strong trend towards alternative pathways and options in education and in careers or futures. It is essential, therefore, that schools are on the front foot in relation to this, preparing our students to meet other entrance pathways and criteria, and forging for our students strong partnerships with tertiary providers and with business, industry and community.

 

It used to be thought by some that achieving a high ATAR guaranteed a bright and secure future and, while we remain committed at ASC to ensuring those of our students seeking an ATAR are supported to achieve the very highest score of which they are capable, we also know that tertiary providers and employers are increasingly looking at other criteria in their selection processes.

 

It is All Saints’ responsibility, therefore, to continue to focus on optimising ATARs, while also forging new pathways and partnerships with tertiary providers and business, industry and community.… while also developing within our students the vitally-important 21st century learning skills and those “soft” skills that are now being seen across all sectors of our community as just so important.

 

The Mitchell Institute - of which All Saints’ academic-in-residence, Prof. Yong Zhao, is a member - recently published a paper, “Crunching the number: exploring the use and usefulness of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)”. The Institute reports that, in all their discussions regarding the ATAR, one issue continues to arise: the belief that the ATAR is a barrier to reforms that are seeking to reshape the education system to ensure that it is best placed to meet and address the future.

 

The Institute proposes that we develop other ways of recognising the broad range of accomplishments our students gather over their years at schooling. This could be via their commitment to community before self (eg taking on a leadership role and representing the College at various competitions), via their cocurricular activities (eg participating in / leading a musical ensemble, running a workshop on a topic about which they are passionate or building an electric car in Propeller Enterprises), via their involvement with our service partners (eg supporting the “slum children” in New Delhi, working with our Nulsen residents with complex disabilities) and so on.

 

The Institute also suggests that, instead of the current system where there is an incentive for students to “play the system”, studying subjects for which they may have no passion but which might optimise their ATAR, university selections could be made on the basis of individual subject scores (particularly those subjects that relate directly to the student’s intended course of study), and that we develop an “opt-in” approach (rather than the current “opt-out” approach) to ATAR, where only those students who are seeking admission into a competitive entry course opt-in to ATAR.

 

Whatever the future of ATAR is nationally, and its future is certainly the focus of much attention across Australia at the moment, one thing is clear: while committed to optimising students’ ATARs, an education at ASC is so much more than an ATAR.

 

And so we continue to commit to building meaningful relationships and pathways with tertiary providers and with business and with industry and with community, and we continue to offer a rich and diverse program of opportunities beyond the classroom where our students are also learning so many skills for life and, through our various roles and through our Beyond Boundaries Institute, we continue to engage in and contribute to this national review of how best we measure and facilitate success for our young people.

 

* “College is Over”, Pulse, 3 January 2017

**”Crunching the number: exploring the use and usefulness of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)”, Mitchell Paper, March 2018

 

Ms Belinda Provis
Principal
 

Whole College

Whole College 

STUDENT LATENESS AND ABSENCES - IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS TO NOTE
When a student is absent from school or required to leave the College during school hours due to illness, or other reasons, parents are required to contact the College on the following telephone numbers.
JUNIOR SCHOOL – (08) 9313 9334
SENIOR SCHOOL – Student Services direct line: (08) 9313 9302
Please note these numbers to ensure your call is dealt with in a speedy and efficient manner, ensuring all students are accounted for.

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WHOLE SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH 2018 - DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF ALL SAINTS’ COLLEGE HISTORY!

The first All Saints’ College Whole School photograph was taken in 1993 when there were just 850 students from Years 1 to 12. This tradition has continued every five years since, with the College capturing a photographic record of the entire College population for posterity.

 

Next term, the 1 450+ staff and students from Pre-K to Year 12 will have their picture taken at the College to create our sixth Whole School photograph. These photos are taken individually during our upcoming photo days and produced into a composite image of everybody.

 

PRE-ORDERS

A limited run of just 250 Whole School photographs is being produced. To ensure you secure a copy, please take advantage of our pre-order service by selecting one of two options below by Monday, 30 April  2018.

1 – The cost of the photograph ($59.95) is added to your child’s school fees (no immediate payment necessary)

OR

2 – Paying now by credit card - $62.95 (inclusive of Trybooking fees)

(When selecting either option, you will be asked to list the name of your eldest child at the school. This allows us to readily track and place your order).

 

Your image will be delivered to the College as a rolled poster, laminated and printed both sides with the photograph on the front and names on the back, inside a cardboard tube.

 

All orders will be delivered to the College early in Term 3 and available for collection from Senior School Reception.

 

Click HERE to pre-order.

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WINTER UNIFORM APPOINTMENTS

The Uniform Store is pleased to offer personal uniform appointments to assist with the change-over to winter uniforms for Term 2.

 

Please visit https://ascuniform.simplybook.me/v2/ to schedule your appointment.

 

During Term 2, in Weeks 1-3 students have the choice of full summer or full winter uniform.

The change-over date for winter uniform is Monday, 21 May 2018.

 

For more information regarding opening hours, bookings and prices, click HERE.

 

2018 HERITAGE WEEK - Beyond Boundaries Term 2, Week 2

The theme for the 2018 Heritage Week is Beyond Boundaries.

 

This year we are looking back at the many ways All Saints' College, its staff, students and families, have gone beyond the many boundaries that exist in our lives. These boundaries can be physical, such as our study trips abroad; disciplinary, in the way the College has embraced interdisciplinary learning for many years; or personal in the way All Saints' has sought to instill a sense of respect, integrity and courage in its students. 

 

WHO WILL WIN THE OLD SAINTS' HERITAGE WEEK HOUSE CUP THIS YEAR?

The Old Saints play a great part in our heritage and support many fun activities across the College during Heritage Week. Any students who participate in the various activities that week will receive House points which go towards winning the Old Saints' House Cup.

 

It is not too late to enter the Pre-Primary - Year 6 Art Competition, or the Years 7 - 12  Old Saints' Challenge! Entries close on Monday, 7 May and full details can be found in the Junior School and Senior School sections of this publication. Are you good at Basketball, Netball or Soccer? Don't forget to enter the Old Saints v Students' Sports Event on Friday, 11 May at 4.30pm - give the Old Saints a run for their money and win the shield this year! Full details in the Senior School section. 

 

Initiated by the Old Saints the cup was first won by Stirling in 2015, Murdoch in 2016, and Murdoch and O'Connor (joint winners) in 2017. Which House will win in 2018?

 

Junior School

From the Dean of Junior School

Our 2018 Junior School Captains, along with all the Junior School Student Leaders, have settled into their roles and taken on their responsibilities.

 

The Junior School Sports Captains, Alexander Mackinlay and Scarlett McVeigh (Year 6), have written an article below outlining some Junior School sporting highlights from the year so far.

 

On Friday, 2 March, the Junior School hosted its annual Years 3 to 6 Interhouse Swimming Carnivals. Many students trained hard in their weekly Sport lessons to ensure they were well prepared for this event. On the day it was wonderful to see everyone participating and cheering for their teams. Some Year 10 students volunteered to help with the timekeeping; providing words of encouragement to the Junior School students before and after each race.

 

Some highlights for me were the enjoyable relays at the end of each session where all the Houses had to work together as teams to complete the races; seeing the mascots out on display; and having lots of parents cheering us on.

 

A big thank you to Mrs Bol, all the staff involved and the Senior School students who helped make this event such a great success. Well done to O’Connor for being awarded the Champion House and to Durack for winning the Spirit Cup.

 

On Friday, 16 March, selected students from Years 4 to 6 participated in the annual Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Interschool Swimming Carnival held at Wesley College. For some swimmers, it was their first time swimming in a 50m outdoor pool, which was very exciting! The highlights for me were seeing Noah Dean (Year 6) tie for first place with a student from another school and watching them congratulate each other, and seeing Ayden Hipper (Year 6) break a long-standing record in the 50m breaststroke − what an amazing achievement! It was great to see the strong College spirit displayed at both swimming events.

On Friday, 23 March, many Junior School students participated in the National Ride2School Day. For some students, it was the first time they have ridden their bikes to school. I love hearing about students trying new things, being active and having fun. To me, that is what sport is all about. I feel really honoured to be one of the Junior School Sports Captains for 2018 and I can’t wait for the next exciting event.

 

Alexander Mackinlay (Year 6)

 

Wow, what a great start to the year! So many great sporting events and moments that should be recognised.

 

One of my favourite moments so far as one of the Junior School Sports Captain was the Years 3 to 6 Interhouse Swimming Carnivals and seeing how supportive everyone was of one another. It was also great to see how hard the students worked and being part of the enjoyable atmosphere where everyone tried their hardest.

 

There are many great sporting opportunities that we have at All Saints’ which allow students to really shine, for example, the IPSHA Basketball Competition for Year 6s. Alexander and I were fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in this event and we really enjoyed it. Everyone who attended celebrated what we achieved, not only our skills and how well we competed in each match but also our College spirit.

 

Another thing we have embraced in our roles is to take on board feedback to improve our leadership skills. At the recent GRIP Leadership Conference, we learnt how to ask others for input before making decisions and how to take on board suggestions and feedback. I think this will help me as a leader by boosting my confidence and showing me how I can do my tasks more efficiently.

 

Finally, Alexander and I have focused on getting more sports equipment for Years 5 and 6 students to play with during Recess and Lunch. Taking requests from others has helped to give us an idea of what Sports the students enjoy playing around the grounds.

 

I am excited to see what is next for us in Term 2 and all the sporting opportunities which are to come for the remainder of the year!

 

Scarlett McVeigh (Year 6)

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2018 HERITAGE WEEK - Beyond Boundaries - Monday, 7 May - Friday, 11 May

The theme for 2018 Heritage Week is Beyond Boundaries.

 

This year we are looking back at the many ways All Saints' College, its staff, students and families, have gone beyond the many boundaries that exist in our lives. These boundaries can be physical, such as our study trips abroad; disciplinary, in the way the College has embraced interdisciplinary learning for many years; or personal in the way All Saints' has sought to instill a sense of respect, integrity and courage in its students. 

 

The Old Saints are a vital part of our heritage and are delighted to support the week by hosting many fun-filled activities across the campus, including sausage sizzles, the Junior School Art Competition, the Old Saints’ Challenge and the annual Old Saints v Students' Sports event.

 

During the school holidays, students may want to use their creative talents and complete entries for the Art Competition (full details below).

 

All participants in Heritage Week activities will accrue House points which will go towards winning the Old Saints’ Heritage Week House Cup.

 

Senior School

CAN YOUR FAMILY HOST AN ITALIAN EXCHANGE STUDENT THIS JULY?

We were fortunate, last year, to host at the College several students from many different countries, for different lengths of time and through different organisations. The students loved their experience of Western Australian and All Saints’ College culture and were very grateful for the generosity shown to them by the ASC families who hosted them. In turn, we enjoyed getting to know them and more about their countries of origin.

 

Through our partnership with one particular organisation, goYonder, we hosted three Venetian students in 2017. We currently have with us Anna Giovine (Year 11) who will study at the College for all of Semester 1.  We have invited three more students from Venice to join us later this year for stays of three months each. In this arrangement, host families are paid an amount of money each week (approximately $290.00) to assist with the costs of including an extra member in their family.

 

We expect to host 17-year-old Elisa Brocca from Venice in Term 2. We are grateful that a College family has already offered to host Elisa for most of the term but are looking for another family to host her for the final two weeks of her stay, from Sunday, 17 June to Saturday, 30 June, when she departs for Italy.

 

In Term 3 we will host Pietro Corezzola. It would be helpful if the All Saints’ family had a boy in Senior School.

 

Please contact the College’s Dean of Student Wellbeing, Mr Steven Davies ([email protected]), if you are interested in hosting any of our visiting Italian students (for three-month stays) and more information can be supplied.

 

TRANSITION TO WINTER UNIFORM IN TERM 2

Given the sometimes warmer weather at the start of Term 2, students are given a transition period in which to wear the winter uniform.

 

Students are allowed the option of wearing the summer uniform until the end of Week 3, Term 2. If the weather is warmer, summer uniform is appropriate. If the weather is cooler, it is appropriate for a jumper (formal uniform) or tracksuit top (sport uniform) to be worn with the summer uniform, as is currently done in cooler days in Terms 1 or 4.

 

In the ‘transition period’ there must be no combinations of uniforms – students must wear full summer OR winter uniform. If students opt to wear winter uniform in this ‘transition period’, blazers must be worn with a tie or full tracksuit must be worn. From the beginning of Week 4, Term 2 (Monday, 21 May) full winter uniform must be worn.

 

If, on particular days after Week 3 of Term 2, the weather is still very warm the Dean of Student Wellbeing will make the decision if students may take off their blazers/ties or tracksuits.  Students will be notified during that day.

 

Mr Steven Davies

Dean of Student Wellbeing

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OLD SAINTS VISIT ASC TO TALK WITH YEAR 12s

During a recent Personal Enrichment Period (PEP), Year 12 students were given the opportunity to meet and talk with nine Class of 2017 Old Saints about their experiences in Year 12 and what they have been up to since leaving the College.

 

The former students (Emma Arnold, Kate Bellchambers, Meg Bwye, Alex Crowhurst, Jizelle Kenworthy-Groen, Will Litchfield, Layaal Mikhael, Sam Neill, and Carina Tabuteau) were able to speak for a couple of minutes each in front of the whole 2018 Year 12 cohort, sharing parts of their journey and advice for current students.

 

The Year 12s were then split into smaller groups where they had the opportunity to ask questions and talk more in depth with the Old Saints.

 

This was the first interactive session held at the College with a group of former students, allowing our current Year 12s to gain inciteful knowledge from our most recent graduates.

 

We thank the Old Saints for giving up their valuable time to come back to the College and share their stories with our Year 12 students.

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YEAR 11 OUTDOOR EDUCATION ABSEILING EXCURSION 2018

Year 11 Outdoor Education students completed their first major practical activity and assessment on Friday, 23 March.

 

The group boarded a College bus and made their way out to Stathams Quarry in Gooseberry Hill, where they would have an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have been learning throughout Term 1.

 

Eight weeks of hard work and preparation in both theoretical and practical components enabled the students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. The Year 11 students facilitated and ran the entire excursion from start to finish, including; packing and checking the equipment and ropes, creating a ‘run sheet’ and timeline for the day, assigning roles to the group, and on the day, providing and running all safety and gear briefings, equipment checks, rigging of the abseiling lines used, bottom belaying, abseiling and dispatching.

 

After a great day in the warm sun practising their skills on Friday, each student brought along a family member on the Saturday to demonstrate all the skills they had learned. After welcoming their parents to the Quarry and running them through the required briefings, the students were finally able to dispatch their parents off the 27m cliff. The students worked very hard to facilitate the entire day and ensure their family members in attendance were happy and enjoying the activities, making it to the bottom with a smile on their faces and even having races with their child.

 

Both days at Stathams Quarry were a great success and a testament to the hard work that the Year 11 Outdoor Education students have put into Term 1.

 

Thank you to all family members who got out of bed early and attended on the Saturday, it was outstanding to have such a great group in attendance, and the students and I appreciate your support in their learning.

 

Miss Britt Gray

Director of Sport and Health and Physical Education

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FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2018

On Monday, 19 March, Years 9 to 12 students who study French at the College had the opportunity to attend the French Film Festival at Paradiso Cinema in Northbridge and watch the captivating film, Belle et Sebastien. The students thoroughly enjoyed the excursion as they munched on popcorn and shared the cultural experience with their classmates.

 

“I really enjoyed going to see the movie as it was a very enjoyable and immersive experience.” - Tashie Baker (Year 9)

 

“The movie was very entertaining, and it was a great experience to learn more about the French language and culture.” -  Kelly Snow (Year 9)

 

“It really brought the French culture to life for me.” - Tara Wylie (Year 9)

 

“We all had a wonderful experience and are looking forward to going again next year.” - Georgia Munnings (Year 10)

 

2018 HERITAGE WEEK - Beyond Boundaries - Monday, 7 May - Friday, 11 May

The theme for 2018 Heritage Week is Beyond Boundaries.

 

 This year we are looking back at the many ways All Saints' College, its staff, students and families, have gone beyond the many boundaries that exist in our lives. These boundaries can be physical, such as our study trips abroad; disciplinary, in the way the College has embraced interdisciplinary learning for many years; or personal in the way All Saints' has sought to instill a sense of respect, integrity and courage in its students. 

 

The Old Saints are a vital part of our heritage and are delighted to support Heritage Week by hosting many fun-filled activities across the campus, including sausage sizzles, Junior School Art Competition, the Old Saints’ Challenge and the annual Old Saints v Students' Sports event.

 

Short on cash? The Old Saints have you covered! It's not too late to enter the 2018 Old Saints' Challenge as entries close on Monday, 7 May.  (full details below). 

WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 OLD SAINTS v STUDENTS' SPORTS COMPETITION?
This event aims to further foster relationships with our former students and to create a link for our current students when they leave All Saints’ College. There will be mixed Basketball, Netball and Soccer teams and games will be played in a friendly but competitive manner. 


We will also require umpires, so if you are able to umpire one of the sports, we would like to hear from you. More details will follow once we have your name and sports preferences.
The College and the Old Saints would appreciate your participation.

 

Enjoy this short clip from last year's event:  https://vimeo.com/262338174/3dc6259c49


Please complete the return slip and hand it into Student Services or Miss Gray by Friday, 4 May 2018, to allow us to confirm numbers for teams and catering purposes. Click HERE to register.

 
Parents and siblings are most welcome to join the cheer squad and enjoy the sausage sizzle afterwards!!

 

All participants in Heritage Week activities will accrue House points which will go towards winning the Old Saints’ Heritage Week House Cup.

 

What's On?

WANT TO PLAN FURTHER AHEAD? Click HERE to visit our 2018 College Calendar

 

Parents, tickets are selling fast to 'An Evening with Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton'. Secure yours now by clicking HERE.

Click HERE to book tickets for the Tutors' Concert

Click HERE to book for the Grandparents and Friends' Club Art Workshop

Click HERE to book a table for the P&F Quiz Night

Click HERE to book for the Grandparents and Friends' Club iPad Workshops

ASC now has a Playgroup for the wider community

Click HERE to learn more.

 

The HotHouse Company

JM Wright Bequest Fund - grants available

Earlier this year the JM Wright Bequest Fund was launched with the aim of attracting national and international talent to perform at ASC and to support current students and alumni in the field of the arts.

To learn more about the grants and how to apply, please click HERE.

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HCo DANCE LAB CLASSES

Click HERE to book Dance Lab Classes

 

Sport & Physical Education

 

2018 ACC SWIMMING CARNIVAL

The All Saints’ ACC Swimming Squad have been working hard this term in preparation for the ACC ‘A’ Division Swimming Carnival, which was held at HBF Stadium on Wednesday, 21 March.

 

The hard work paid off with All Saints’ College narrowly edging out our closest competitor to gain sixth place. This ensures that the College remains in ‘A’ Division for 2019; a commendable performance considering we were up against much larger schools.

 

Thank you to Mr Tom Stachewicz and the Health and Physical Education staff for coaching the team. Congratulations to our 2018 Swimming Captains, Holly Morgan, Jaime Prescott and Soph Werner who have been working tirelessly in organising and training the team.

 

Notable performers include Ben Davies (Year 7), Chloe Lake (Year 12), Katerina McKay (Year 11), Holly Morgan (Year 12), and Remy Seneque (Year 11) who were selected in the ACC All Stars team.

 

It is an honour to represent the College at the ‘A’ Division Carnival and all team members should be very proud of their achievements.

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WHOLE COLLEGE INTERHOUSE CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL and RUNNING CLUB    

   

With the swimming season coming to a close, Cross Country competitions are almost upon us. The Whole College Interhouse Cross Country Carnival will be held Thursday, 10 May (Term 2, Week 2).

 

It is important to think about your fitness in preparation for this event. The Running Club will continue in Term 1 on Tuesday mornings (7.00am – 8.00am) through until Week 11. 

 

In Term 2 the Running Club will combine with Cross Country training to ensure everyone is increasing their fitness and knowledge from our professional running coaches.

 

Cross Country training/ Running Club sessions will be held on Monday and Friday mornings in Term 2, with all community members welcome to attend.

 

An extra Cross Country training session will also be available on Wednesday mornings from Week 1 – 5 for students who are unable to attend the Monday and Friday sessions or just wish to intensify their training.

 

Due to calendar clashes, The Running Club will NOT be held on EVERY Monday and Friday, so please read our timetable and note the changes in your calendar.

To view the Running Club timetable for Term 2, click HERE.

TRAINING BREAKFAST - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Breakfast is provided to athletes after all morning training sessions. If any parents or family members can help with cooking breakfast, (toast, fruit and juice) we would greatly appreciate it.

 

If you are available, please contact Miss Britt Gray, Director of Sport and Health & Physical Education: [email protected]

 

WHO WILL WIN THE 2018 OLD SAINTS v STUDENTS' SPORTS COMPETITION?
This event aims to further foster relationships with our former students and to create a link for our current students when they leave All Saints’ College. There will be mixed Basketball, Netball and Soccer teams and games will be played in a friendly but competitive manner. 

We will also require umpires, so if you are able to umpire one of the sports, we would like to hear from you. More details will follow once we have your name and sports preferences.
The College and the Old Saints would appreciate your participation. 

Enjoy this short clip from last year's event:  https://vimeo.com/262338174/3dc6259c49


Please complete the return slip and hand it into Student Services or Miss Gray by Friday, 4 May 2018, to allow us to confirm numbers for teams and catering purposes. Click HERE to register.

 
Parents and siblings are most welcome to join the cheer squad and enjoy the sausage sizzle afterwards!!

 

All participants in Heritage Week activities will accrue House points which will go towards winning the Old Saints’ Heritage Week House Cup.

Success Stories

We are always pleased to acknowledge the successes of our students and would be delighted to hear of their achievements. Please email: [email protected]

Congratulations to the following students and staff on their fine achievements.

STUDENTS SELECTED FOR THE GREaT NURSING WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

Congratulations to Annabel Bright (Year 10) and Asha Burwood (Year 10) who have been accepted for the Get Real Experience and Try (GREaT) Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program.

 

The program is designed to encourage high school aged students to experience nursing prior to studying it in tertiary education.

 

Selected from over 750 applicants for only 10 positions in the program, Asha and Annabel will spend five consecutive days at two different Perth hospitals. 

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER COMPETES AT STATE AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Congratulations to Sarah Gerovich (Year 7) who competed at the SunSmart WA State Synchronised Swimming Titles held from Saturday, 10 March - Sunday, 11 March 2018.

Sarah received a bronze medal in her duet and a silver in both her team and combination events.

 

She also competed at the 2018 Synchronised Swimming National Open and Age Group Championships held in Brisbane from Thursday, 29 March - Monday, 2 April 2017.

THE SCHOOL OF ROCK AUDITION

Congratulations to Sophie Reader (Year 5) who was recently invited to Melbourne to attend an audition for the hit Broadway musical The School of Rock. Sophie submitted an audition tape demonstrating a song of choice and acted out a scene from the script.

MUSIC TUTOR TO PERFORM AT PIANO PEDAGOGY RECITAL

The College congratulates College Music Tutor Mrs Inna Fursa, who will be presenting at a lecture- recital for the WA Piano Pedagogy Conference held at the University of Western Australia from Friday, 6 April - Sunday, 8 April 2018.

Service Learning

 

It was a great privilege for three of our Senior School students to be invited to speak on the principles and practices of Service Learning to students completing their Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at the University of Notre Dame.

 

What was particularly impressive was the clarity and depth with which Jeremy Ash (Year 10), Grace Hoes (Year 11) and Ellie Smith (Year 12) spoke when relating their experiences through our H3: Heads, Hearts and Hands Service Learning Program at All Saints’.

As they discussed the value of such programs as the Anglicare Ambassadors, Nulsen Youth Patrons, Teach Learn Grow, the India Immersion, as well as our less structured programs such as the RAAFA Exergaming and Walking, Disabled Surfers and ‘Cooking for the Homeless’, it was clear that their connections to the wider community had a strong impact on their audience. The students at Notre Dame commented on the ability of Ellie, Grace and Jeremy to speak with great knowledge and care regarding those that they worked alongside.


This community engagement was evident at the Jazz and Paella Picnic Night which was enlivened by hosting our friends from Nulsen; the food which is regularly delivered to those in need within the local community, in conjunction with the Bull Creek-Leeming Anglican Parish; and the family and friends of the College who gathered together for the P&F ‘Cooking for the Homeless’ day, preparing more than 400 delicious and nutritious meals that were collected by The Salvation Army to distribute to the homeless in Perth.

As a community, we are growing together and continually finding new ways to serve and learn. Ways that enrich both our College community and the communities in whose shelter we live. As much as I thank the students that spoke at Notre Dame, it is important to acknowledge the breadth of the community that supports such engagement. That, of course includes the host of students who have  shared their experiences in service and the incredible staff, parents and Old Saints who work alongside them and that are instrumental in the building of the culture that we all enjoy at the College.

 

Mr Timothy Russell

Head of Service Learning

Propeller Enterprises

THE HANGAR

Three sewing machines have arrived at the Hangar! We are now looking for students who want to be sewing instructors in Term 2.  We are also looking for students to create designs that can be produced on the 3D printer and/or laser cutter. 

 

$20 Boss

In Term 2, all Year 10 students will be participating in the Foundation for Young Australians $20 Boss program where they will be able to use the design and production tools in the Hangar to plan, prototype and produce their business ideas.

 

GO GREEN IN 2018

Go Green in 2018 is a student-led initiative and a collaborative plan between Propeller Enterprises, The LEO Club and Year 8 Creative Industries students who aim to assist in finding ways to develop the College’s recycling program and create a sustainable campus.

 

In Term 2, the Go Green in 2018 team is planning a few small events based on recycling and environmental care to build awareness about our changing environment.

 

Look out for upcoming events around the College in Term 2!

 

Learning Technologies

SEQTA sessions

Thanks to all the parents who were able to come along to learn more about SEQTA last week. I have included the slides I used and the videos relevant to the session HERE 

It is vital that parents are aware of the information available on SEQTA and how to access it. From the start of 2018 all of our school notices are available in SEQTA, plus year-level pages for Junior School. The SEQTA app for iOS and Android makes it easier to get notifications. 

A tale of three systems

One of the recent focuses of my work along with several other staff at the College has been looking at how we can deliver our online services and communication to parents and students in a more unified, cohesive way.

The story behind our current services stems from the College looking for and engaging the best products for a particular purpose. In an ideal dream world, there would be one IT system to rule them all that did everything we wanted it to do for the whole community, however this dream will likely not ever be a reality! Schools must decide what products to use that best fit the purpose they are designed for. The result is that sometimes we end up with disparate systems that do not seem to integrate well and frustration that we have all these different looking places we need to go for information.

 

Currently, we have three main systems:

The Portal - a web-based site based on Sharepoint that is unwieldy to use if you are not a power-user! The content is not mobile-friendly so grappling with this on a mobile is not advised!

On the Portal you will find areas for:

  • Cocurricular clubs
  • Interhouse Sport
  • Community Sport pages
  • P&F 
  • Service Learning
  • Senior School subject resources

Gateway is our student and parent database where we store all the information on each student and family at the College so we can easily contact everyone and keep all details up to date. It is based on the Synergetic database. Again this is not mobile-friendly.

In the parent Gateway you can:

  • Update your personal details
  • Update your children's details including medical information
  • Book parent-teacher interviews
  • See lists of parent contacts
  • Provide consent for College activities including the Outdoor Learning programs

SEQTA - our College-wide learning management system that brings a large number of essential functions into one system:

  • Links to all of our services - including the Portal, Gateway, Newsletters and payments
  • Reporting
  • Marks books and assessments
  • Pastoral care notes and notifications for parents
  • Course information for subjects
  • College policies
  • College notices
  • Junior School Year-level pages
  • Live Streaming
  • Parent night presentations
  • Student timetables
  • +much more

A number of pages that were previously in the Portal can now be found in SEQTA. With the SEQTA app, all of the content looks great and is functional on a mobile device, which is used 70% of the time when accessing SEQTA.

 

Each of these systems do different things that the others can't do. Integrating these systems is a project we are working on now, led by our Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Mr Ben Dahlstrom along with ICT Infrastructure Manager Mr Brad Lucas and Director of ICT Mr Ian Mackay-Scollay. We have held several 1-1 interviews with parents and a focus group and will be asking for your input by way of a survey soon. Our goal is to provide an integrated view of these different systems that makes them all mobile-friendly and gives you options to personalise how the content is displayed and how you are notified of events. With more innovations with systems like SeeSaw currently being trialed in the Junior School, it will always be a challenge to streamline our systems whilst using the best products available in the world for you and the students at the College.

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Mr Greg Port

Head of ICT Integration

 

 

 

 

Cocurricular Activities

Robotics Club
 

Students from Years 5 - 12 are invited to join our Robotics Club!

When:  Every Friday during term time.

Where:  Building 8 on the top floor.

 

If you would like to join the Robotics Club, please contact Mrs Donna Hatton (TSC) [email protected], Robotics Club Captain, Joel Walkemeyer: [email protected] or our Portal Page for further information.

Future Problem Solving

Calling all future-thinking Year 7 - 9 students to get involved in our Future Problem Solving competition. Our next meeting is on Monday 9th April at 3.30pm in C1.

FPS is an international program where teams of 4 are given a "future scene" set 30-40 years in the future and come up with problems and solutions.

Students involved in Future Problem Solving are challenged and motivated to:

  • think more creatively by becoming involved in activities to increase the flexibility, fluency, originality and elaboration of their thinking;
  • develop research skills needed for the collection of data from past and contemporary sources;
  • relate effectively with others as members of a small, cohesive team;
  • improve oral and written communication skills for the better understanding of their ideas by others;
  • become interested in the future since this is where they will spend the rest of their lives;
  • solve problems by learning and using effectively a six-step creative problem solving process; and
  • think critically and analytically about significant societal issues.

Holiday Programs

Vacation Care Program for children aged 3 - 12

Vacation Care enables students to participate in a vibrant and energetic recreational program that is both stimulating and enjoyable. The children feel comfortable and secure, and, most importantly, have fun as they take part in an engaging program that fosters creativity, curiosity and wellbeing.

To view our Autumn Vacation Care Program, click HERE.

Further information can be found by clicking HERE.

 

School Holiday Program for 9 - 17 Years

Is your 9 – 17 year old looking for something to do during the upcoming school holiday break? Why not have them join our exciting Holiday Program.
All activities are conducted by qualified and experienced coaches, staff members and suppliers.
Holiday Program Dates 2018:

Tuesday, 17 April - Thursday, 19 April

Monday, 9 July - Friday, 13 July

Tuesday, 2 October - Thursday, 4 October
For further information email: [email protected] 

APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

Is your 9 – 17 year old looking for something to do during the upcoming school holiday break? Why not have them join our exciting April School Holiday Program. Running from Tuesday, 17 April – Thursday, 19 April, there are loads of fun and exciting activities that are sure to keep your child entertained for hours!

 

All activities are conducted by qualified and experienced coaches, staff members and suppliers. And if your child should be staying for the whole day, a fully supervised lunchbreak will be provided.

 

Bookings for our April School Holiday Program are now open! Be sure to get in early as these workshops will book out quick!

 

For more information and to book, click HERE.

 

CODE CAMP

Click HERE to secure a place for Code Camp 

 

Community

P&F

Next P&F Meeting: Wednesday, 9 May 2018. Commences at 7.00pm in the Wellbeing Centre.

 

Click HERE to book a table for the P&F Quiz Night

 

COOKING FOR THE HOMELESS

Well done and thank you to all the College community members who came together to make meals for those less fortunate during our Parents and Friends' Society's 'Cooking for the Homeless' event held on Sunday, 25 March 2018.

 

At the end of a successful day of cooking, 400 delicious and nutritious individual meals were collected by The Salvation Army to distribute to the homeless in Perth.

 

Thank you also to IGA Australia for donating morning and afternoon tea for the volunteers.

 

More information about the next 'Cooking for the Homeless' day, which is open to all community members, will be available on the College Facebook page and in the Courier next term.

Meet your local MP

Federal Member for Tangney, Ben Morton MP, is visiting Year 11 & 12 students on Tuesday, 10 April. Whilst here, Mr Morton will be in Wanju Cafe from 10.45am - 11.10am (recess) to speak to any community members and staff should they wish to do so.  

Wanju Café

OPENING HOURS:

Monday to Friday: 8.00am - 11.00am AND 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Parish 

 

Community

ASC now has a Playgroup for the wider community

Click HERE to learn more.

 

Rowing Club

 

Grandparents and Friends' Club Events

Click HERE to book for the Grandparents and Friends' Club Art Workshop

Click HERE to book for the Grandparents and Friends' Club iPad Workshops

 

Important Contact Details

Senior School - student absence, lateness, queries

Student Services (08) 9313 9302  (8.00am - 4.00pm - Term Time)

 

Junior School - student absence, lateness, queries

Junior School Reception (08) 9313 9334 (8.00am - 5.00pm - Term Time)

 

TSC - technical help desk, log on queries

TSC Help Desk  (08) 9313 9363 (7.00am - 5.00pm - Monday to Friday)

 

Accounts - pay school fees, tours/incidentals

Pay fees, tours/incidentals (08) 9313 9365 (8.30am - 4.30pm - Monday to Friday)

Queries on fees (08) 9313 9313 (8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday)

 

Senior School Reception 

General enquiries (08) 9313 9333 (8.00am - 5.00pm - Daily)

 

Uniform Store

Uniform Store Manager - Michelle Read  (08) 9313 9301

 

TERM TIME OPENING HOURS  2017
Monday:  7.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday: 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Thursday: 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Friday: 7.30am – 2.00pm

Health Centre

(08) 9313 9326

Aquatic Centre

(08) 9313 9386

 

In the news

Have you got a fussy eater in your family?

Paediatric Dietitian and Old Saint, Dr Kyla Smith (2002), may have the answer!

Kyla can be seen on Today Tonight giving advice on overcoming eating difficulties.

Click HERE to view the story.

More information can be obtained from Mealtime Building Blocks: www.mealtimes.com.au

The College Courier