ITALIAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Last year we were fortunate to host several students from many different countries at the College, 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 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) to assist with the costs of including an extra member in their family.
In Term 3 we will host Pietro Corezzola. It would be helpful if the All Saints’ family had a boy, in the Senior School.
If you are interested in hosting Pietro in Term 3 or any of our visiting Italian students in the future, please contact the Dean of Student Wellbeing, Steven Davies [email protected]
TRANSITION TO WINTER UNIFORM IN TERM 2
Given the likelihood of warm weather at the start of Term 2, students are given a transition period into wearing 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 and 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 whether students may take off their blazers/ties or tracksuit. Students will be notified during that day.
Miss Elizabeth Hill (Class of 2010) [BSc(Hons) Speech Pathology], Old Saint and former Stirling House Captain, is now a Speech Pathologist at Curtin University.
Elizabeth is looking into teenage communication and how it impacts on emotional wellbeing and participation with family and friends, as well as in the classroom. This research project aims to help Speech Pathologists better understand and treat teenagers who have communication difficulties, such as those with an acquired brain injury or Autism.
Elizabeth is seeking 12 to 15 year old students who speak English as a first language to be involved. Participation requires seeing Elizabeth for two 45 minute sessions either at home or at Curtin University and completing a range of language, attention, and memory activities.
After the sessions, parents can receive a summary of how their child has performed on the tasks, and everyone involved will receive a Hoyts movie voucher to thank them for their time and effort.
Please contact Elizabeth on 0437 514 025 or at [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to be involved in her research.
Should you have any questions about the College’s support of Miss Hill’s project, or if you would like further information about the assessments that you or your child will complete in this project, please contact the Dean of Student Wellbeing, Mr Steven Davies: [email protected]
Relevant documentation will be made available through the College for the convenience of project participants.
SEQTA AND HOMEWORK
This year, for the first time, students were offered the opportunity to choose whether they would aid their personal organisation by using the traditional paper diary or opt to find other means. Many students have taken the chance to find an electronic organisational tool that suits them. For some, it is SEQTA and/or Microsoft Outlook, and others have found alternatives, such as Trello, Microsoft Teams or Asana.
Whilst the paper diary is no longer compulsory, we still have the same expectation of students, that they note their homework in an accessible place. Parents may be looking at the College-issued diary or at another system preferred by their child, but it still relies on the student taking responsibility for noting the homework somewhere and showing their parents.
Teachers do not provide in SEQTA a list of set homework for their classes, accessible to both students and parents, just as they did not in the past write homework in an individual student’s diary. Therefore, academic and pastoral staff at the College believe that students still need to take responsibility for noting their homework.
In the past Tutor Group teachers checked diaries weekly. They looked at what was being written into the pages and checked that homework was being done. Now Tutors are asking students to show them that they are well organised in their studies, whichever tool they are using. The student is effectively proving to the Tutor that they are staying on top of their organisation and studies with the tool they have chosen. Parents can ask their child the same thing, and they would show them, just as they would have shown them the diary.
Parents have, of course, the option of asking their children to use the paper diary instead of electronic tools, if they feel it would be more effective for them. If a student’s Head of House / Year Coordinator felt that a student was simply not coping with the responsibility of using electronic tools, the student would be asked to use the paper diary, in their best interest.
If parents have any questions about how their child might best take advantage of the opportunity to organise themselves with electronic tools, please contact Mr Greg Port, Head of ICT Integration, at the College at [email protected]
If your child is having general organisational difficulties, your child’s Head of House or Year Coordinator are good people with whom to discuss this.
Mr Steven Davies
Dean of Student Wellbeing
YEAR 11 AND 12 SEMESTER 1 EXAMS
The Year 11 and 12 Semester 1 examinations commence on Thursday, 17 May and conclude on Friday, 1 June (inclusive). The written examination timetable information has been provided by email to all Year 11 and 12 students and their families. Students in Year 10 who are taking Year 11 or 12 courses and their families were also provided with this information.
Students will have the opportunity to discuss the examination processes and procedures when they meet with Mr Beath and Ms Aguiar this term.
It is imperative that family holidays do not take place during the examination periods, as students will risk receiving a result of zero for missed examinations.
The Year 11 and 12 examination process is strictly guided by the expectations of the School Standards and Curriculum Authority. There is no place for individual requests for changes to the examination times and processes.
If a student misses an examination due to illness, they must notify Ms Aguiar at the College on or before the morning/afternoon of the examination. Medical documentation must be provided as soon as possible; this does not, however, ensure an alternate examination time, as the integrity of the examination could be compromised. As per the School Standards and Curriculum Authority procedure, students suffering temporary illness or misadventure during the examination period are encouraged to sit the examination at the correct time if possible, provided this is not against medical advice.
Examinations will only be rescheduled under extenuating circumstances. This is not common practice and should be avoided, if at all possible.
Please could any communication relating to the Years 11 and 12 examinations be emailed to: [email protected]
Year 11 and 12 students engaged in Vocational and Education Training (VET) pathways will be undertaking work placements during the examination period. This experience is extremely valuable in providing exposure to real work environments and settings. The highest standard of participation is expected. Students will be working with Ms Itzstein and Mrs Seers to prepare for this unique experience.
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.
- It’s not too late to enter the Old Saints’ Challenge to design an app or marketable product for the Old Saints. Entries must be handed in to Student Services by 3.30pm or Senior School Reception by 5.00pm, on Monday, 7 May.
- Don’t forget to bring your money for the Old Saints’ Sausage Sizzle on Wednesday, 9 May in aid of ‘Living Child’, a charity founded by Sara David (née Lindegger, 1987), which is a not-for-profit, non-government charity that aims to reduce the maternal and infant death rate in remote villages of Papua New Guinea. Correct money would be appreciated.
- The annual Old Saints v Students’ Sport Event is on Friday, 11 May at 4.30pm – if you wish to play please contact Miss Gray and fill in the registration form by clicking HERE. All forms need to be returned by tomorrow for catering purposes. Families are most welcome to come and enjoy the event.
ALL SAINTS' COLLEGE FRENCH TOUR 2018
On Saturday, 7 April a group of 12 ASC French students from Years 10 and 11 set out for a three-week linguistic and cultural immersion in the South of France and Paris.
For the first two weeks All Saints’ students lived with host families in Nice and attended school with their host brother/sister. Students then made their way to Paris, where they practised their French, travelled on the Metro and enjoyed the famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower.
Students created many memories and friendships on the Tour, but on Thursday, 26 April it was time to say ‘Au Revoir Paris”, to come home.
Mr Langford-Smith and I feel very privileged to have accompanied such a well-behaved and amazing group of students to France. It was rewarding to witness how much the students had grown not only linguistically but also on a personal level, as they found their way in a different part of the world.
Mrs Pamela Chu Yu Chee
Head of Languages
OUTDOOR EDUCATION EXPEDITION
As part of their practical assessment for Unit 3, the Year 12 Outdoor Education class recently went on a bushwalking expedition from Boranup Forest to Gracetown along the Cape to Cape Track.
It was the first time students from All Saints’ had completed this section of the Cape to Cape.
The students’ preparation and planning were effective, allowing them to complete the four-day 50km expedition safely and efficiently. Students alternated in leading the expedition, which allowed them to further develop decision-making, communication and leadership skills. Along the hike, they also participated in a number of lessons which were extremely beneficial, as they were able to link a variety of theories with the practical demands of the expedition.
Whilst the hike was challenging at times in the soft sand with heavy packs, it proved to be a rewarding learning experience for all involved.
Mr Chris Bondini
Senior School Teacher
ALL SAINTS' NEW YORK CITY TOUR 2018
All Saints’ College Arts students travelled to New York City over the April school holidays to participate in an action-packed tour, with hands-on experience in a variety of workshops, viewing many theatre shows and visiting famous landmarks in the ‘city that never sleeps’.
Some of the activities included; a Graffiti Art class, choreography for experimental spaces, visiting Central Park, Coney Island and Times Square, and viewing a number of Broadway productions, including SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical!
YEARS 9 - 12 WOODWIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION AND GUITAR RECITAL
On Wednesday, 16 May at 6.00pm a selection of outstanding students will perform in the Years 9 - 12 Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Guitar Recital in the College Chapel.
A number of our musicians have already been invited to take part in this wonderful event and we are very much looking forward to watching them perform.
If there are any students learning outside the College who would also be interested in performing, please contact the Music office via email: [email protected] or phone: 9313 9397.