2016 – Term 3 Week 6

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Principal’s News

Recently this year’s College Musical, The Addams Family, concluded following three magnificent performances. All those involved should be very proud of themselves. Special thanks to Ms Sarah Elijah (Director), Ms Siobhan Duffy (Producer) and Ms Bronwyn Dean (Musical Director). Once again, we are delighted that we were able to collaborate with Mater Christi College. St

August 15th, 2016|

Things that Come Not Back

Last week we witnessed and celebrated examples of excellence from the boys. The week started with a Whole School Assembly that celebrated the achievements of so many of our boys, and ended with the College’s production of The Addams Family, a showcase of student talent and dedication. At the Assembly, we welcomed back the boys

August 15th, 2016|

Principal’s Academic Excellence Awards

The Principal’s Academic Excellence Award presentation took place at the Whole School Assembly on Monday 1 August. The following is a brief extract from the assembly and a listing of all the Award recipients.   Good morning students, staff and parents,  It is my pleasure to present to you this morning recipients of the

August 15th, 2016|

The Snowflake Prayer

Thank You, God, For the gift of winter. For the cold frosty snow And shimmering icicles, For the frozen lakes and rivers, And most of all for snowflakes, Ever so beautiful, so special, So one of a kind. Let them remind me that I am like that in Your eyes, So beautiful, so special, So

August 12th, 2016|

St Vincent de Paul Society

Dear Social Justice and Religious Education Coordinators, RE: Invitation to attend the Just Art Exhibition    We are excited to extend an invitation to our inaugural Just Art Exhibition that will show case the entries into our Just Art Competition. As you are hopefully aware the topic was ‘Asylum Seekers – Stories of Humanity’

August 12th, 2016|

Traffic Management and Car Parking

Please take note of speed limits when using the front of the College for pick-ups and drop-offs. The introduction of pre-school children’s swimming lessons at the new pool facility underlines the importance of slowing down for safety reasons. As a reminder, we now require all parents and carers to use the car parks at the

August 12th, 2016|

State Silver Basketball Medals at the Victorian College Championships

Congratulations to our Junior and Intermediate Basketball Teams which both recently finished runner up in the Victorian College State Basketball Championships. The Junior Team progressed through to the Grand Final undefeated which included impressive victories against basketball academy schools Rowville in the group stage and Berwick in the semi-final. This set up a Grand

August 12th, 2016|

College Ski Trip

From Thursday 4 August to Friday 6 August, 46 students and six staff members ventured up to Falls Creek to enjoy two days of snow sports. We arrived late Thursday night at the Bright Chalet after our bus was delayed and kitted ourselves up with snowboards and skis. After a hearty meal at the

August 12th, 2016|

Reading Genres

Since the inception of libraries, there have been institutions of organisation. Across history, librarians worked to systemise their collection to make it easier for patrons to access. Of course, the granddaddy of all these ‘organisers’ is Melvin Dewey, for whom the Dewey decimal system is named. In an age before Google, how useful to find

August 12th, 2016|

ICAS English Competition

Spencer Richards-West, Luca Donegan, Ryan Walton and Oscar Alteras (all from Year 7 O’Sullivan) The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is an independent, skills-based assessment program that recognises and rewards student achievement. Students from all over Australia take part in ICAS competitions across a wide range of curriculum areas.  

August 12th, 2016|

The Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning – Part 2

This article provides readers with further insights into “the use of technology within the classroom setting”. These findings of selected academic research are attributed to studies at the University of Wollongong. Learning with Technological Tools The contemporary curriculum guides teachers in facilitating the development of adaptable and flexible learners who know how to take on

August 12th, 2016|

Year 7 News

On Thursday 4 August, the Year 7 students all ventured up to the Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey to enjoy a Matinee performance of Act 1 from ‘The Addams Family’ musical production. Here are some of the boy’s thoughts on the musical: “Bang! Lights out. The Addams Family production started. The show was a big

August 12th, 2016|

Sports and Science

Student Voice “Science: Cells This Term in Science, the boys have been learning about all the different types of cells. They have examined a range of plant and animal cells under the microscope and even had to create their own cell model. Students were asked to be as creative as possible with their design of

August 12th, 2016|

The Changing Faces of My City

“As we can see gentlemen, Melbourne may have changed and grown over the years but it still has the same vibrant atmosphere and it will always be full of heroes and villains.”  The words of curator, Matthew Jones, echo through the beautiful halls of the State Library of Victoria as a group of excitable boys

August 12th, 2016|

Student Led Community Meeting at Valdocco

The opportunities for leadership have grown this year at Valdocco. Committees on Social Justice and Fair Trade are new as well as the continued focus on Project Compassion, Tinnies 4 Vinnies, Smart Generation and the like. With the student leadership group’s ability to take on new opportunities and make the most of them, Acting Head

August 12th, 2016|

Celebrating Student Success

Recently, at a whole school assembly, a number of students from within the College were presented with certificates of Academic Excellence. Such success never occurs by accident especially in the Senior School where students need to make a significant commitment to their studies if they are to achieve personal bests. To gain an insight into

August 12th, 2016|

Back to School

In the past two months Year 10 students have been very busy. They have completed their first Senior School exams, participated in Work Experience and commenced Semester 2. My role as Year 10 Coordinator is very much a pastoral position. This means I spend most of my day listening to your son’s passions, concerns, interests

August 12th, 2016|

Year 12 News

Term 3 for Year 12’s is the hardest of all terms. The realisation that their time at the College is coming to an end, combined with the pressure of study and future endeavours are consistently on their minds. It is also an excellent time for reflection. What is my goal for next year? What

August 12th, 2016|

Resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a person (or group or community) to prevent, minimise, or overcome the damaging effects of adversity. That is, the capacity to bounce back when “bad stuff” happens. The ability to bounce back during and following a challenge is a life skill that will help our students in their schooling, work

August 12th, 2016|

School Bus Program (SBP) Information

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and the Department of Education and Training (DET) have reviewed the administrative system of the School Bus Program in order to streamline and improve the process for parents and students. A new online School Bus Management System for school bus applications, centralised and undertaken by PTV, will soon be introduced to

August 12th, 2016|