The College Courier

23 November 2017
No 20, 23 November 2017
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
Holiday Programs
Community
Important Contact Details
All Saints' College
Senior School (08) 9313 9333
Ewing Avenue
Bull Creek, WA, 6149
AU

From the Principal

“A proper community…is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another.” (Wendell Berry)

 

This is our final edition of The College Courier for 2017 families – our next communication is at the end of term for continuing and new 2018 families – and so I write to thank all families for your support of our community throughout the academic year that is rapidly drawing to a close.

The College had the opportunity, at our recent Thank You function, to acknowledge the many families who have donated funds, time and expertise to a variety of programs and projects at the College, and for those contributions we are most appreciative.

 

I would also like to acknowledge and thank, though, all families for your contribution: for your trust and confidence in, your support of, and contribution to, our community this year.

 

To the parents of our Class of 2017, and especially those without younger children coming through the College, a special word of thanks for all you have contributed to the life of our community. I hope you will retain your association with ASC – via friendships with other parents, of course, but also by coming along to Djaaliny events, or visiting Pasar Malam or popping into Wanju for a coffee. Please know that you are always welcome at All Saints’.

 

As one parent said in our recent annual parent survey, and as I hope you’d agree: “All Saints’ is almost as good for the parents as it is for the kids!”

 

With sincere thanks and best wishes to all 2017 College families for the year that is about to end, for a blessed Christmas and a relaxing summer vacation spent with family and friends.

 

Ms Belinda Provis
Principal
 

Whole College

Choral Recording Available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and on CD

In September 2017 All Saints' College Choirs took part in a professional recording, with our three Junior School and four Senior School Choirs singing, over two days, in the Centre for Performing Arts. This recording was mixed at Twin Palms Studio in Perth, by world-renowned mixers Mal and Jamie Luker.

 

Their album; Celebrating Australian Choral Music, is available via iTunes, Google Play and on Spotify - as of 12.00pm - Friday, 24 November 2017.  A limited number of commemorative CDs have also been produced and are available to purchase from the College by clicking here then selecting Choral CD in the drop down tab which can be found in the Events, Activities and Sales section.

 

This has been a massive project, involving all areas of the College, and a commemorative documentary of the recording process was filmed and is available to watch by clicking here.

 

A CULTURE OF SAFETY AT ALL SAINTS’ COLLEGE

All Saints’ College believes that the safety of our students is paramount. The College values children and understands that purposeful planning and action must take place to ensure the safety of children. It balances a safety focus with positive interactions and environments that contribute to the healthy development of children.

The College takes action to protect children from physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and cultural abuse and from neglect. This commitment by the College is embedded in its culture, and responsibility for taking action is understood and accepted at all levels of the College.

The College deliberately and systematically:

  • creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm occurring
  • creates conditions that increase the likelihood of any harm being discovered
  • responds appropriately to any disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm. 

To read more please click HERE.    

UNIFORM STORE OPENING HOURS: DECEMBER/JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2017/2018

 

Girls’ Formal Shorts – Orders for Term 1, 2018

Next year girls will have the option of wearing Formal Shorts during Terms 1 and 4. The shorts will be worn with the Blouse (light blue) and Summer socks (light blue). To ensure we have adequate stock levels for the start of Term 1, please visit the Uniform Store for a fitting – orders close Thursday, 30 November.

 

Uniform appointments for December and January

If you wish to make an appointment, please visit http://ascuniform.simplybook.me/v2/.

 

 

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.

 

Junior School

From the Dean of Junior School

 

The Year 3 OLP was a great success. For some students their first time staying overnight away from home. The staff show great care and thoughtfulness in the way they work with the students, ensuring that they have a wonderful first OLP experience. Year 3 students have been reflecting on their time and below are some quotes they have written:

 

‘At OLP you will have the best time ever because OLP is where you make more friends. OLP is the best part of Year 3.’

‘I loved the environmental investigations because I saw hermit crabs and jellyfish.’

‘I loved making the sandbar sculptures on the sandbar, because it was fun being creative.’

‘The activities were great, the food was great, everything was 100% great’.

 

The Years 3 – 6 Junior School Remembrance Day Service was made even more significant this year with special guest Colonel Kevin Graham speaking to the students about his experience in the army. Colonel Graham’s talk was highly engaging and we were delighted he was able to join us. Ashley Zang played the Last Post and the Saints’ Choir sang Shackleton by Paul Jarman.

 

We are appreciative of the parents, students and staff who contributed to the day, and thank Gae Evershed for coordinating the event.

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL DISCO

Thank you to the P&F who ran a wonderful Junior School Disco last week . Much fun was had by students and staff ! To view more photos please click HERE.

Ms Penelope Crane
Dean of Junior School

 

Senior School

PRESENTATION EVENING

Information relating to this event has been emailed to all Year 7–12 families.

The College Presentation Evening is due to be held on Friday, 8 December.  All Year 12 students and other selected students will need to be available for a rehearsal at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 8 December. This rehearsal is compulsory. Further information relating to the rehearsal schedule will be provided to students and parents closer to the event.

On the evening it is important that the students meet the College uniform and grooming standards. The students need to ensure that:

They wear full winter uniform to this event.

  • Boys’ hair should be cut to the appropriate length: above the collar and off the face. All hair that is collar length or longer must be tied back. Faces need to be clean-shaven.
  • If a student’s hair has been dyed or bleached with an unnatural or contrasting colour, it needs to be returned to its natural colour.
  • Girls’ hair must also be of a natural colour and off the face. If hair hangs below the shoulder, it needs to be tied with regulation College colour hair ties and clips.
  • Uniforms need to be clean and presentable.
  • Shoes must be polished for the Presentation Ceremony.
  • No make-up or jewellery is permitted.
  • Girls’ skirts must reach to the centre of the knee.  

This is a compulsory evening for all students and attendance is expected. Students will report to their Tutors prior to the beginning of the evening to have their names recorded. Students will be sitting in Tutor Groups with their Tutors throughout the evening. 

Given the significance of the occasion, it is an expectation that all parents will attend to support and celebrate with their child. Families who are unable to attend are asked to contact Ms Aguiar at [email protected] by Monday, 27 November to have their apology noted.

 

Please note that it is not appropriate to drop children at this event to attend on their own.

 

Seating zones will be reserved for families, which will be clearly marked in the auditorium. Individual tickets will not be allocated for this event.  

Information regarding this event has been emailed to all College families. 

 

YEARS 7–11 STUDENTS

This is a compulsory evening for all students and attendance is expected. Students will report to their Tutors at the beginning of the evening to have their names checked off the attendance list and students will be sitting in Tutor Groups with their Tutors throughout the evening. 

 

PRESENTATION EVENING – On the Night:

Students are to report to their Tutors in Pavilion 1 by 6.15pm. Tutors will conduct a uniform and attendance check and accompany the students to their allocated House/Tutor Group seating areas.

Award winners are to report to Mrs Cameron and Mr Brown in Pavilion 1 at 6.15pm for a uniform and attendance check.

Parents and invited guests are to make their way into the Riverside Theatre and be seated by 6.50pm.

 

YEAR 12 STUDENTS:

Year 12 Students are to arrive at 6.15pm and report to their Heads of House in Pavilion 1 for a uniform and attendance check.  

 

Family photographs can be taken after the Presentation Evening formalities.

Year 12 students will be seated in the reserved Year 12 seating area.

Year 12 Students must bring their Valedictory Sashes.

All Year 12 students will be expected to attend rehearsal during the day on Friday, 8 December. A rehearsal schedule will be published in the Courier, sent to families by email and posted on the portal.

 

This event is a highlight of the College year and we look forward to seeing all families on the evening.

CONFIRMATION OF SUBJECT ELECTIVES AND COURSES FOR 2018

Current and new families with students enrolled in 2018 from Years 9 to 12 will receive correspondence in Week 7 confirming subject electives for Year 9 and 10 students; and course confirmation for Year 11 and 12 students in 2018.

 

While every effort has been made to accommodate students’ choices, reserves may have been allocated due to class sizes and combinations. If any changes requested in recent months are not reflected here, please contact [email protected]

 

Any request for subject selection changes needs to be made as soon as possible, and will be subject to availability. Please contact [email protected] to request changes. No changes can be made after the end of Week 3, Term 1. 

 

BOOKLISTS FOR 2018

The College’s preferred supplier of booklist items is Campion Education. While College families are not obliged to purchase books or stationery items from this company, we are most grateful to Campion for their ongoing support of the College and its programs.

Online ordering with Campion Education closes on Friday, 8 December 2018. This will ensure home delivery by the dates given on the website.

 

Booklists for 2018 are available on the College’s website https://www.allsaints.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/All-Saints-College-Year-9-final-PDF-02112017.pdf  and the College Portal https://portal.ascollege.wa.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx . Please see the instructions about ordering books on the first two pages of the booklist. 

 

AWARDS CRITERIA

The awards criteria for Semester 2, 2017 are available to view at https://portal.ascollege.wa.edu.au/senior/default.aspx

 

JOSH RICHARDS-‘MARS ONE’ PRESENTATION

The Year 7 teachers of 2017 have put their heads together to create fun and interactive assessments for their students. This term, as a part of a Humanities and Science combined assessment, the Year 7s have been studying Mars and planning how they might colonise this unexplored and foreign planet. They have been studying different aspects of creating a colony, such as climate, atmosphere, liveability and resource availability, and then presented their ideas on how to build a sustainable colony through a video pitch.

To assist with the research involved with this task, the Year 7s had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have Josh Richards, one of the top 100 people chosen for Mars-One’s Mission to Mars, present at All Saints’ College. We were gifted with the chance to witness Josh present information about the Mars One Mission in person, and had the opportunity to ask him questions about their actual endeavours and plans for Mars.

In 2013 Mars One put out an expression of interest regarding a one-way ticket to Mars. Surprisingly, 200,000 people applied to leave Earth for a new start on a planet that is a complete mystery to us on Earth. From the people who applied, selection rounds cut down the candidates to the most suitable for this task. In the end 25 people will be chosen, with four people relocating to Mars every 26 months. Josh Richards has been made it to the top 100 candidates and is likely to get closer to reaching his childhood dream.

As getting this far into the selection process has given Josh a chance to work closely with the organisation, he is full of knowledge about Mars One’s plans to create a stable and sustainable colony, making him an extremely vital tool for the student’s research.

The students were able to learn much from Josh’s presentation and ask him questions about the planning of the colonies to help develop understanding about their task. They were able to draw their own conclusions based on what Josh said, and put context behind their work. 

Thank you to Mrs Renton in particular, but also to all the Year 7 teachers and others involved in organising this incursion for the students. The Year 7s feel extremely privileged to have had Josh Richards come to the school. His presentation was fascinating, and he was very generous with his time and expertise when answering our many questions!

Chenelle Liyanage (Year 7)

 

CULTURAL IMMERSION THROUGH JAPANESE FILM EXCURSION

Earlier in the term, 36 Japanese students from Years 9, 10 and 11 enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a one-day Japanese culture immersion. Led by Velletri Sensei, Boserio Sensei and Sanae, our native Japanese assistant, the students began the day watching a Japanese film selected by the Japan Foundation as part of the Japanese Film Festival. The movie was attended by more than 200 Japanese language students from across the state, and was a big hit with all the students. Following the movie, the students went to Ramons at Willow Pond, where they had lunch in the beautiful surrounds of Japanese gardens and ponds (complete with Koi). One of the owners of the function centre is also the founder of a number of Japanese martial arts schools, including Aido, Kyudo and Kendo. Russel and Ramon, who hold the highest grade in Australia, treated the students to a demonstration of the art of drawing the samurai sword (known as Aido). The students thoroughly appreciated the authentic Japanese cultural experience. These are some of their responses:

From the cinema to the Japanese shops, cafés, gardens and Kendo demonstrations, the Japanese film festival excursion thoroughly immersed us in genuine Japanese culture. Chihayafuru, the Japanese movie which we saw, gave us an insight into the Japanese traditional game Karuka. Later that day, by the leafy garden at Ramon’s willow pond café, we witnessed firsthand the highly qualified Kendo player, Ramon, who taught us the sacred, traditional Japanese martial art. (Year 9, Allison Ferguson / Amrita Kaur)

The movie was amazing and really showed us cultural differences between Japanese and Australian schools. After the movie, we went to Ramon’s to have lunch and watch a sword demonstration by the owner, Ramon. The sword demonstration was very precise and intense. We learned how much focus and determination it takes to practise this art. After watching the demonstration, we escaped to the breathtaking Japanese gardens where we took loads of photos. (Year 9, Isabella Ong)

 

D BLOCK: TAKING LEARNING TO THE STREET​

By Peter Langford-Smith - Head of English

Earlier this year, the home of Year 8 and the offices of the Humanities and English staff has received a significant upgrade thanks to the collaborative efforts of a range of All Saints’ College community members.

 

Bringing together all the elements to make learning happen is complex; however, the detailed work of the architects along with with the Board, Administration, teaching staff, builders, contractors and College maintenance team has brought to fruition a space in whose ‘detail’ lives its philosophy of learning. The visible and flexible spaces allow for easy collaboration and independence. The design provides light, air, access, lines of sight and complete flexibility with how we use the space.

 

A highlight of the collaboration process was the chance to do a great deal of thinking and research about how best to use the old D Block structure and repurpose the spaces. Whilst the building itself was a basic parameter of our design thinking, there was much opportunity and freedom to consider how we could take advantage of the internal space to provide an environment that would allow us to put learning at the centre of our activities.

 

An early thought was how to better facilitate the movement of students to and from the more traditional classrooms. With the D Block housing five classrooms, up to 150 students at any one time were moving in and out of the building. Having only internal doors to the classrooms created a bottleneck. Moving our entry points to outside, together with the addition of an amazing northern balcony as part of this external entry, gave us an opportunity to extend the learning environment and greater flexibility, with the deck giving us another teaching and learning space.

 

How would the careful design of the classrooms and the internal open areas promote learning? With more efficient management of student movement and an opening up of our learning space beyond the walls of the old classrooms, we were able to rethink the once dull and utilitarian rooms and thoroughfare. Replacing the walls with glass changed the perception of classrooms from that of closed, contained environments to more open, flexible spaces or (as they are now known) the “glassrooms”. With the new light and flow, the corridor has become a long glass-walled break-out space called the “Learning Street”. Students are able to leave the classroom, but remain in sight of the class and stay connected to their teacher.

 

One former classroom was transformed into a breakout space to allow for a mix of activities, from autonomous student work to small discussion groups to a teacher-facilitated micro-lesson. It also allows students in the same year group an opportunity to work with students from outside their class, with collaboration based on shared interests rather than on friendship groups. This area is furnished with a set of mobile ottomans that can be configured to facilitate a whole-class discussion in the round or as individual pods for learning.

 

Decision-making about furniture was predicated on the need to provide flexibility for teachers and students. There are four different types of furniture design, a different one for each classroom, giving teachers the opportunity to try different configurations by moving from one room to another. The modern design of the desks maximises flexibility in arranging them, with a focus on student-centred interaction. Interestingly, some students find the different configurations of tables and ergo-dynamic core strengthening Hokki stools (wiggle chairs that absorb and encourage movement and good posture) to be too different from their previous chairs. It may take some time to adjust to a new environment.

 

Whilst all of our strategic goals are about ongoing school improvement, at the heart of the recent upgrade to these facilities are Goal 1 ‘Optimised Student Learning’ and Goal 5 ‘Prudent Stewardship’. The new design requires a paradigm shift in how we use the space in which we teach and learn. The refurbishment encourages teachers and students to consider the possibilities of learning beyond the traditional notion of a classroom, and to experiment with how we use space to create the best learning environment possible. These ideas and practices are flourishing. The community working together has created an environment that provides the very best conditions for learning and has grown our amenities.

"I really like the new breakout space and because it encourages students to spend more time outside, as it is a very nice structure that looks over the C Block Lawns. It is a very nice place to sit and have lunch, chat with your friends, learn, and just generally hang out in. Thank you very much!” Aleksander Narozny (Year 8)

 

“We have had a chance to experience the new D Block environment. Has its contemporary design affected our learning, and is it for the better? We say, definitely! Many changes have been made to these classrooms, such as the addition of the deck, walls of glass instead of brick, and an open classroom / collaboration area, the break-out space. Even the furniture has changed! Now this building is comfortable and modern, and supports students’ learning by providing multiple areas to work in.

“All of these advancements have created a learning space that is open and adaptable to class and student needs. The deck provides a quiet space for students to work in; a space where the class can work together freely; and a place where we can go crazy playing UNO in Tutor Group without disrupting the rest of our class. The glass walls enable students to work in the nooks in the hallway with the teacher still supervising them, and supports the whole building’s aim of taking students out of the classroom and into the areas they can work best. Another feature of D-Block is the breakout space. It serves as another classroom, and the comfy couches and accessible atmosphere encourage productivity without stress. Either side of the breakout space are ‘nooks’, areas embedded in the walls, where students can work away from the classroom. Finally, there are the new additions to our furniture, such as the wiggle chairs which help you keep focused if you like to fidget, and the variously shaped desks (petals, trapeziums).”
Holly Baker and Emilia Traverso (Year 8)

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Year 7 have been trialling a new subject called Creative Industries. This term they were given the opportunity to create a project based around an interest or talent that they share with other members of their cohort. This program has allowed students to express themselves, and use their interests and skills to better the community.

One of the groups has been endeavouring to create a better relationship with the younger students of the college through music. During the lessons they have been working on a workshop to trial with the Pre-Primary students, incorporating different elements of music through games.

On 7 November, Austin Matthews, Bianca Hollins, Chenelle Liyanage, Lucy Snow and Vevina Yang were provided with and amazing opportunity to put their ideas into action. This day marked the first of two workshops they would trial with the students of PPK. It was a great way for the students to bond with those in the younger class and understand how to expand their project to create a better workshop for other students to enjoy.

Through this first effort the students learnt a great deal about working with younger students. They were quite surprised at the energy and distractibility of such young children. They reworked their project plan and returned a week later with a much-improved product. The students are hoping to expand the project to include other year groups and, possibly, other schools.

Chenelle Liyanage (Year 7)

What's On?

WANT TO PLAN FURTHER AHEAD? Click HERE to visit our 2017 College Calendar

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF THE COMMUNITY CHOIR AT THE TWILIGHT CAROLS?

The annual Twilight Carols on the Common which will take place on Sunday, 3 December. The Friends of Music are asking for volunteers to assist with the sausage sizzle. Please contact the Music department, [email protected] if you’re able to help.

 

Community Choir for Twilight Carols

If you would like to join the Community Choir for the Twilight Carols  you are invited to attend the rehearsal on:

Tuesday, 28 November - 5.30pm – 6.30pm in the Upper Theatre

Please confirm with Anette Kerkovius if you are able to attend.

Anette Kerkovius:   [email protected]

 

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR 2018 PASAR MALAM STALLS

We are calling for expressions of interest for stall holders for the 2018 Pasar Malam Twilight Market. If you would like to have a stall at the event - please click below and fill out an EOI form.

https://www.allsaints.wa.edu.au/pasar-malam-2018/

 

The HotHouse Company

ENSEMBLES & CHOIRS IN 2018

 

The College has a vibrant music program with opportunities for students from Year 2 to Year 12. We encourage all students who are interested to join one of our many Choirs and Ensembles in 2018.

 

Rehearsal schedule for the Junior School and Senior School choirs and ensembles in 2018 are available by clicking HERE (Junior School) and HERE (Senior School).

 

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr Jason Boron (Director of Music) or Ms Elethea Sartorelli (Music Assistant) in the Music department if you have any queries or would like more information

 

MUSIC TUITION 2018

A friendly reminder that if you wish to secure a place in 2018 for Vocal or Instrumental tuition at the College, please send in your completed enrolment form as soon as possible. Spaces are filling up fast and we’d hate you to miss out!  Enrolment form available by clicking HERE.

 

2018 Year 6 Students

Tuition in Percussion, Woodwind, Brass or String instruments (excluding Guitar) is offered at 50% of the regular music tuition fee under the Year 6 Orchestral Instrumental Program. For further information and  enrolment form please click HERE.

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL SPECIAL MUSIC PROGRAMS

Enrolment forms for the 2018 Year 3 and Year 5 Special Music Programs will be made available on the Junior School Portal.

Year 3: Tuition in Violin, Viola, Cello and Recorder is offered free of charge under the Year 3 Strings and Recorder Program.

Year 5: Tuition in any Woodwind, Brass, Percussion or String instrument (excludes Guitar) is offered free of charge under the Year 5 Orchestral Instrumental Program.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Music department: [email protected]

 

FRIENDS OF MUSIC

AGM / Welcome Event (Wine & Cheese Night)

Thursday, 8 February 2018 at 7.00pm in CPA Foyer

 

We encourage anyone interested in finding out more and/or becoming a member to come along to this relaxed, adult’s only wine and cheese night. It is a wonderful opportunity for music parents to get to know each other, and especially to welcome new parents of Music students to the College.

 

Sport & Physical Education

INTERHOUSE SPORT

The Term 4 Interhouse Sport season is up and running again, and has had a very successful start. Students from Years 7 – 10 are able to play a range of sports on a Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm till 4.30pm. These include Touch, Volleyball and Netball. All Year 11 and 12 students are given the opportunity to coach and/or umpire during the afternoon, and it is a great spectacle to have over 200 students participating in sport. Interhouse Sport is a great way to play sport, get fit and have fun with friends. It also goes on your College Record and helps when applying for leadership positions, awards and College Colours. For more details, please contact our Sport Development Officer, Miss Rahni Greene: [email protected]

 

YEAR 7/8 GIRLS’ CRICKET COMPETITION

The All Saints’ College Year 7/8 girls’ cricket team have two wins from two games after defeating Kent Street SHS by four runs in their second match. It was a highly entertaining match, with both teams playing the game in the right spirit. Kent Street batted first and made 3/74, before ASC came in and scored 2/73. Teams get 5 bonus runs per wicket they take, so ASC finished with a score of 88 and Kent Street finished on 84.

It was truly a team effort, with everyone contributing. Kelsey Biddulph (1/11), Tara Mishra (1/11) and Georgia Blackbeard (1/14) shared the wickets, while Georgia (19), Samantha Ward (12) and Tara (11) top scored with the bat. Special mention must go to Imogen Khinsoe (Year 8) as well who was an outstanding wicketkeeper early on.

 

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]

SUCCESS AT UNDER 15 BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Congratulations to Vevina Yang and Joanne Zheng (Year 7) who were recently selected to represent WA at the 2017 Australian Under 15 Badminton Championships where they won second prize in the teams event section.

ALL SAINTS' STUDENT SELECTED FOR UNDER 12s CRICKET TEAM

Commendations to Sienna Ryan (Year 6) who has been selected for the School Sports WA Girls 12 years and under Cricket Team. The team will travel to Barooga, NSW in January 2018.

MAYOR'S YOUTH CITIZENSHIP AWARD 2017 

Congratulations to Michael Fallon and Steven Thiele (Year 11) who have both recently received a Mayor’s Youth Citizenship Award for 2017, which recognises school-aged students that have made a significant contribution to their school or the City of Melville community.

DIRT KART STATE TITLES SUCCESS

Congratulations to Alex​ Ellement (Year 7) who placed first at the WA Dirt Kart State Titles, held in Busselton on Saturday, 11 November to Sunday, 12 November 2017. Alex competes in the Junior Heavy division of Dirt Karting for 9–15 year olds.

 

Service Learning

There are many ways in which we can consider the impact that Service Learning has on our community and the communities with which we partner. We could look at money raised, hours contributed, programs run, students involved, curriculum links made, services given, percentage growth on the previous year or any of a host of other number-based measures. However, this would miss the heart of Service Learning, something that is best found in experiences and stories.

Therefore, in this last College Courier of the year, I thought that I would reflect briefly on just two such programs and stories, both of which come from our work with our partners in aged care.

The first of these programs is our newest, and one that I am incredibly grateful to Ms Britt Gray for imagining and bringing to life. In Term 4 the Year 11 General Outdoor Education students paired with Amana Living to fulfil a Service project that displayed the link between wellbeing and nature. In essence, students researched the link between wellness and the outdoors, resulting in them approaching Amana Living with the idea of building wheelbarrow garden beds. This meant that all residents, particularly those who are unable to leave their rooms, could enjoy the benefits of a connection to nature by these wheelbarrows being taken to them.

Each class spent four lessons at each residential care centre, with residents watching on and taking the opportunity to interact with our students as they created some amazing garden beds. While it was clear that simply having the students around lifted the residents’ moods and gave shape to their day, it was only a part of the story. As the students constructed and created, one gentleman could not resist the opportunity to get his hands dirty too. Working alongside each other, real community and connection was forged. The students and residents connected with each other, and something we were doing ‘for’ became a project we undertook ‘with’. It was hard to know who was enjoying themselves more.

The other event that I would like to highlight has now been running for as long as any at the College. While it continues to evolve and grow, the heart of ‘Make a Positive Difference Day’ in our Junior School continues to be a celebration of a flourishing partnership with RAAFA Memorial Estate. Each year in the lead up to Christmas, our Junior School hosts a lunch for as many residents from RAFFA as would like to come. Almost every student from across the Junior School contributes to the day by making decorations, cards and food. The Year 6 students host their guests in the Lower Theatre, and some put on presentations. However, more remarkable than any of this is the experience of walking into the room as the event unfolds. All Saints’ students and RAAFA residents chat like old friends, which some are from the Year 6 program hosted at RAAFA throughout the year, in a setting so relaxed it feels like family. Our students buzz with their usual energy, completely at home with the residents whose eyes twinkle with delight, maybe remembering a little mischief from their own days at school.

I would like to thank Ms Penny Crane who established this annual event, along with the wonderful staff and students of the Junior School, for all the work that they put into this day. It is the most wonderful expression of an expanded community, from which we as a College benefit so greatly.

Service at its best brings life to everyone involved, connecting us and making us whole. Thank you to all who have been so actively involved in the many programs and events run through Service Learning this year. 

 

Mr Tim Russell

Head of Service Learning

Propeller Enterprises

'SCULPTURE BY THE SEA & ME' WORKSHOP

Over the past three weeks, our students have been working alongside local ceramic artist Andrea Vinkovic on her 2018 Sculpture by the Sea design.

After school this term, students in Years 4 – 10 have had the opportunity to participate in three workshops where they have designed models of the sculpture using paper and cardboard. They have experimented with LED light strips, and problem solved ways to light the design to mimic neural networks.

It is interesting to see how the sculpture is developing as Andrea gradually adds ceramic material to the outer panels.

Students are still welcome to join the final workshop on Monday, 27 November between 3.30pm and 5.00pm in The Hangar. To register your interest in the workshop, please email Laura Strentz: [email protected]

To view photos of the workshop please click HERE.

 

Learning Technologies

The three best internet safety tips for parents of the digital age

A useful tool for any modern parent to have is a list of solid and simple Internet safety tips to both learn from and share.

The Internet safety tips here are covered in detail in the book Growing Global Digital Citizens

 

The 3Is of Internet Safety are a quick snapshot of what parents need to support and protect their children. Moreover, they are applicable to students of every age and year level:

  1. Informed: Parents need a balanced perspective of technology use, and it is important to present the positives and negatives. Technology is critical to learning and to the future of our students. Unfortunately, parents often see only a single side of the picture in the media.
  2. Interested: Become interested in your child’s learning and technology use. Look at their work, and have your child explain what they are doing, why they are doing it, and why it’s significant. This can lead to amazing discussions and identification of concerns, issues, or problems.
  3. In View: Keep devices out of bedrooms and in public spaces. Keeping all devices in view, while sometimes difficult, will help keep young people safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of the Pen

Before 2017, I needed two devices to fulfil my needs, a tablet and a laptop computer. The combination of laptop/tablet/notebook makes devices like the Surface Pro or Toshiba Z20 a game-changer for their adaptability to a wide variety of tasks and uses.

Digital inking allows students to interact with their device in familiar ways but pushes the functionality to a new level over paper-only tools.

 

Have a look at some of the options:

  • Inking directly in the browser with Edge
  • OneNote
  • Snip
  • Fresh Paint
  • Sticky Notes
  • SketchPad
  • ScreenSketch

Here is an overview of these tools:

Greg Port

Head of ICT Integration

Holiday Programs

Vacation Care Program for children aged 3 - 12

Friday, 8 - Wednesday, 20 December 2017 

Monday, 15 - Monday, 29 January 2018

 

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 the Summer Vacation Care Program for Friday, 8 - Wednesday, 20 December 2017 and Monday, 15 - Monday, 29 January 2018 please click HERE.

 

School Holiday Program for 9 - 17 Years

Tuesday, 16 – Thursday, 18 January 2018

 

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.

 

Bookings are now open: www.trybooking.com/332673
For further information email: [email protected]

 

Code Camp is back!

Tuesday, 16 – Thursday, 18 January 2018

Bookings for  “Spark” and “Ignite”  are now open:  www.codecamp.com.au/allsaintscollege

 

Community

Business Directory for parents set to launch

All Saints’ College is launching a business directory just in time for Christmas – and beyond!

 

The goal is to connect our many parents and students who own businesses of all sizes with parents and students looking for goods and services.

 

There is no charge to list your business on the directory, but to participate you must offer a discount, of any degree, to the College community, and be a parent, guardian, student or member of our immediate community.

 

Perhaps you run a hairdressing salon, an IT consultancy or a physiotherapy service? Or maybe you work at a company that wishes to promote their services to our community?

Whatever it is, please take the time to get involved.

 

Visit www.allsaints.wa.edu.au/business-directory-information to learn more, download the spreadsheet and provide the required information about your business. Then email it to [email protected]

 

We will upload it and test it ahead of the launch date on Monday, 11 December 2017.

 

The link to the Business Directory will go up on the College website, portal and social media accounts that morning. It will be promoted regularly to encourage new members and remind everyone at All Saints’ College of the discounts available, whilst supporting a College family.

 

Thank you to the P&F Society for funding this initiative.

COOKING FOR THE HOMELESS

This wonderful initiative will continue in 2018.

We are looking for a small group of volunteers to assist with preparation beforehand and/or ensuring smooth running on the day. We'd love to hear from you whether you are able help a little or a lot. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested.

 

 

 

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 (8.00am - 4.30pm - Daily)

Queries on fees (08) 9313 9313 (8.00am - 4.30pm Daily)

 

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

 

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