National Day of Action Against Bullying & Violence
The Years 10 and 11 MindMatters Student Empowerment Teams led a powerfully unifying and connecting National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying on a very wet St Patrick's Day last Friday. The Senior Choir kicked things off at morning roll call before an inspirational Period 1 Year 10 Assembly addressed by Sean Cotter from Beyond Blue in the Senior Resource Centre.
Nikita Papastamatis led a panel including Oscar Jacobsen (Year 11), Zach Fleming (Year 9), Lachie Onslow (Year 8), Ms Fernando, Mr Russo and Mr Lynch which challenged the notion of acceptance of bullying, in a Year 8 / 9 Forum in Harrington Hall.
Year 5, 6 and 7 Homeroom groups were guided through an interactive presentation by the Years 10 and 11 Student Empowerment Team Leaders, defining what 'Bullying' is and what it is not, and how we can work together to make St Pius X College a positive environment for our whole community.
Another highlight of the day was the lunchtime performance of our MindMatters Student Wellbeing Band featuring Hunter Clark on drums, Harry Pfeiffer on bass guitar and Jack Moran and Alistair Wright on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals, in the absence of their usual lead singer Carmel Rodrigues.
This day was a powerful student-led interaction to mark the day, which can only serve to build the connections and positive culture of our students and school. Credit must go to the student leaders and staff (including Ms Allington, Ms Foord, Ms Kugananthan, Mr Lynch, Mr Russo and Mr McBrearty) who led and facilitated this initiative.
Harmony Day Assembly
Our Year 12 MindMatters Student Empowerment Team and Wellbeing Prefects led Monday’s Harmony Day Assembly with a fitting prayer under our National and United Nation Flags to celebrate Australia’s contributions to Global Human Rights and our success as an inclusive and culturally diverse society. Nathaniel Panozzo, Josh Thrum, Matt Hall and Daniel Warren ran the assembly with composure.
House Vice-Captains for Semester 1, 2017
They followed up on highly successful weekend on which we conducted a wet Open Day and Opens Rugby Camp with the appointment of our House Vice Captains. Having been selected as leaders by their peers, and presented by our House Captains, these students will lead the upcoming Sports assembly while Year 12 have Mid HSC Course Exams, as well as represent the College at the RSL – Schools ANZAC Ceremony at Hyde Park on 5th April, and at the EREA PC wellbeing Conference, among other Semester 1 responsibilities.
Anti-Bullying Poster Competition
The coincidence of The National Day Against Violence and Bullying and Harmony Day presented us with the opportunity to recognise Joel Santelli (Year 6), who recently won the Willoughby City Council Anti-Bullying Poster Competition. (Pictured here with Sean Towner, advocate from Beyond Blue.)
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services