There are a number of initiatives occurring at the College about which I am pleased to update our community:
RESTLESS CURIOSITY GRANTS
A recent (2017) initiative at the College sees staff invited to propose an innovative idea they are keen to explore that may benefit our students and / or College community, and that might attract one of the College’s Restless Curiosity grants. Grants were awarded to two projects in 2018:
Mr John Hunt’s innovation project was in relation to the benefits of Yoga for young people and, as a result of this grant, the College now:
- has established a “Teaching Yoga to Younger Children Certificate” for Years 11 and 12 PEP students;
- runs a weekly cocurricular activity for interested Years 3 to 6 students;
- runs a weekly cocurricular activity for interested Years 7 to 10 students which includes opportunities for the students to assist John in running Yoga games for the Years 3 – 6 students.
Another 2018 Restless Curiosity grant saw Science teacher, Ms Catherine Donnelly, research possible STEM electives for students in Years 9 and 10, and I am pleased to report that, following our recent 2019 student selection processes, we have over 60 students (ie three STEM elective classes) choosing this in Years 9 and 10 in 2019.
It is terrific to see the outcomes of these projects being implemented in the life of our College, and I am very pleased to be now receiving submissions from staff for possible 2019 projects.
RUNWAY IS UP AND RUNNING!
The College’s new pop-up shop, designed by a Year 5 student in 2017 and built by our maintenance staff, has been launched this month in Wanju, our College’s café.
Currently, the shop features Year 10 students’ “$20 Boss” enterprises - a really broad range of wonderful items - and our Year 6 students’ eco-friendly cleaning products are also to be on sale from Runway. Going forward, the shop will display the goods and services of all our enterprising students across the year levels, becoming a daily feature of life at ASC. Please do pop into Runway and, should you wish to make a purchase, Yvette at the Wanju counter will be happy to assist
OUR CHINESE PUBLISHING PROJECT
I was pleased to pop in on a meeting this week of our new student publishing project (for which we do not yet have a name) which has emerged from our ongoing relationship with Professor Yong Zhao and our partnership with Beijing Academy, is progressing well, with a September 2019 launch in China on the cards. Further, we are keen to see ASC students’ contribution expanding beyond books and illustrations to short films and apps. Old Saint, Rory Dalitz (2017), is now on board with this project as illustration/animation advisor, and we thank Rory for sharing with us his expertise and passion.
TWO EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIPS
The College is pleased to now be collaborating with Millennium Kids (MK) and Manning Men’s Shed (MMS) in relation to our College’s plans to establish a plastics recycling program. This project is particularly relevant to Goal 12 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which focuses on responsible consumption and production.
All Saints’ College will operate Precious Plastics machines on campus and we will be a pilot study (in 2019) for how a school can become a hub for school and community collaboration, sharing and developing resources. We will also run hackathons and other events with our students, focusing on reducing waste.
As part of this connectivity, we will collaborate with students in Sumbawa, Indonesia (west of Lombok) where MK has also established a partnership.
These are just some of the many exciting projects happening at the College with which students can become engaged, and I thank sincerely all those staff who are making these opportunities possible.