NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST VIOLENCE AND BULLYING
Our Year 11 Mindmatters Student Empowerment Team led the College last Friday morning in a powerful Assembly generously handed over by Sportsmaster Mr Stearn, for the cause of Action against Violence and Bullying in our society. Ms Kugananthan’s Core Mindmatters team of Dominic Fromager, Leo Lovesy and Jacob Hassan interviewed our inspirational College Counsellor Mr Rick Russo on the extent and ways in which we can act against the surreptitious and pervasive anti-social acts of teasing, taunting and bullying, which can pervade any community if we are not active in our efforts to challenge and call it out for what it is: the genesis of negative interactions that lead to bullying and human distress.
The key messages were:
- “You don’t make yourself a better person by making anyone else feel worse.”
- “No one should be taunted, degraded or devalued with slurs against their personality, characteristics, ethnicity, culture or sexuality”
- Bullying can be physical, offhand verbal, emotional and increasingly in contemporary society - online through social media. Often the response of the person who is guilty of derogatory comments is “… but it was just a joke!” But it is not a joke to the target of those taunts.
- "All acts of violence, bullying and taunting need to be called out, acted against and addressed with help sought for and by the receiver and the bullier to restore the interaction to a positive one."
These messages were all reinforced by the MindMatters Team-led action taken on the day: the fingerprints and dedications on the Foyer wall chart, the anti-bullying action cards, the wrist bands and the green finger print wall chart in the staff room. This was to celebrate both the National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying and the St Patrick's Day Irish heritage of our Founder, Edmund Rice, who dedicated his life to supporting, including, defending, acting for and liberating, through education, those who he found to be at the margins of his society.
EDMUND RICE CENTRE LITERARY EVENT
As Tom Jamieson (Year 11) so eloquently informed us at Monday’s Assembly, we were well represented at last Wednesdays Edmund Rice Society Literary Event at Santa Sabina College Strathfield. Our Edmund Rice Society Contingent featured: Oliver Tysoe (11), Declan Howle (11), Robert Kraszewski (11), Luke Forwood (11), Tom Jamieson (11), Hayden Smith (11), Bailey Sutton (10), Matthew Starr (10), David Butler (10), Geordie Coulits (9), Reserve Adam Carpenter (9), and Social Justice Warrior Mr Adrian Brannan.
Oliver Clarke had the great responsibility of introducing Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis a renowned paediatric leg surgeon and former refugee in detention, and author of “Walking Free”.
Notably we were joined by Mrs Helen Thomas Youth Minister at Mercy College and a contingent of Mercy College students among whom Lauren Brown introduced the Edmund Rice Centre founder and Principal Mr Phil Glendenning. Phil, who is a great friend of st Pius X College and great advocate for refugees, indigenous peoples and Pacific Islander peoples affected by climate change and rising sea levels, left for Afghanistan on the afternoon following the event, to continue his research into the plight of Afghanis who are denied asylum and returned to troubled regions.
I leave it to Tom Jamieson’s eloquent statement at Monday’s whole school assembly to tell the story:
Photos in the gallery below:
- SPX Year 11 Social Justice Advocate, Professor Munjeb Al Muderis, Mr Phil Glendenning - Edmund Rice Centre Director and Mercy Student Leader
- SPX Year 11 Social Justice Advocate introducing Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis, a renowned paediatric leg surgeon and former refugee in detention, and author of “Walking Free”, to the Edmund Rice Centre Literary Event.
- The St Pius X College Edmund Rice Society Social Justice contingent with renowned author Mem Fox at the Edmund rice Centre Literary event 2018
ST ANTHONY’S CHURCH TERREY HILLS, FRENCHS FOREST PARISH - INDIGENOUS SHARING GATHERING AND COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
It was a privilege on Sunday afternoon to join a gathering at St Anthony’s Church to listen to Professor Dennis Foley explain the traditional movements of indigenous people who moved to and from ceremony across the Cowan, Northern Beaches, Harbour and Sydney area from the Central Coast to Maroubra during Rites of Passage Ceremonies which could take months and even years depending on the seasons, individual and climatic conditions.
Photo: The St Anthony’s Frenchs Forest Parish Indigenous Sharing Gathering and Land Care Community Service project.
At the gathering there was concern voiced that local Councils may not support the popular Guringai Festival from May - July this year. Councillor Vincent DeLuca will address this at the next Northern Beaches Council meeting 6pm 27th March at Dee Why, and there was a call to support the Guringai Festival Committee.
Yaegl Man Michael Birk sang in language and added prayer to the launch of a Landcare project to revegetate Kiaran’s Creek on the St Anthony’s site which will occur on the 2nd Saturday morning of every month. St Pius X College students who live in the vicinity might, around their co curricula commitments, be able to access this to achieve Community Involvement Program hours. See Mr Brannan for more details and contact information.
STUDENT DIARY PLANNERS
It has been pleasing in recent weeks through Leadership Team visits to various homerooms throughout the College, to note the positive use to which the vast majority of students are putting their Student Planner Diaries to enhance their planning, learning and wellbeing in the course of their daily studies.
A great deal of work went into the Planners through our Wellbeing Teams last year and feedback from all sources is most welcome in looking for ways to improve the functionality of the Planners with greater student ownership and efficacy in 2019. However we need this review and feedback to be evidenced based on good purposeful use of all components of the Diary Planners.
To this end please ensure, as was the case in the check of Year 5 and 6 Diaries this week that they are being well used with a note of each class and a prompt for recall of learning and thinking that took place around every lesson everyday to promote our Culture of Thinking and make our learning visible at every opportunity.
Learning should be consolidated and shared with both parents and Pastoral Care Teachers sighting and signing the Diary each week in the section provided. Quoting a phrase from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (“these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions”), Durant summed it up this way:
“…we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.”
In the words of Ron Richart “Good thinking utilises a variety of resources and is facilitated by the use of external tools to “download” or distribute one's thinking.”
Any way you look at it, we need to be challenged to engage in new and deeper thinking to grow and develop, and the Diary Planner is a tool we need to work with together share to achieve this ideal. Use it every day and share it at least every week.
OLD BOYS' GALA DAY
Despite the rising temperatures on Sunday morning Mr Quilty’s intrepid 1st XI Football Squad took on a reputable Old Boys XI featuring the likes of Alec Vinci, Josh Thompson, Alex Herrera, Diego Cuadros Garrett, Chris Kastropil, Julian Di Ciano, James Habib (2017) and Sevan Tachjian (much older). Fresh from their convincing defeat of Waverley by penalties last Monday the 1st XI stripes defeated both the Gold Team and Old Boys White shirts to prevail.
With the Old Boys winning the Basketball, 67-55, but the students prevailing in the Touch 10-5 several weeks ago the Students therefore take out the 2018 title and trophy, 2 rubbers to 1. Our thanks and congratulations to all involved. The Trophy will be presented to Andreas Nolan 1st XI Football, Sam Kafer, and Darcy Gyzens at Friday's sports assembly by Old Boy Mr Justin Donnelly (Dux of 2010).
The true purpose of the Old Boys Association however is the propagation of positive links between students and Old Boys of the College, in order that connections may assist ex-students through university, work, careers and life.
All HSC Graduate students of 2017 are Life Members of the Old Boys association and will be invited to the SPX Old Boy Association Annual Dinner on the first Friday in September. Stay tuned and provide a forwarding contact to the College if you are on the move.
Significantly following prayers for the family of Lachlan Ridley (Class of 2017), who tragically lost his life in an accident less than a month ago, and the wearing of black arm bands in remembrance of Lachie or “Rids” to his class mates, we reflected over the BBQ, that if we can take any lesson from his life, it would be to value your mates and the good times you have with them.
Thank you to Mr Quilty and the many players, students, old boys, parents and supporters who attended and participated in the day and ensuing BBQ .
Fide et Labore
Vale Lachlan Ridley
Mr S Brannan - Head of Student Services