2016 – Term 3 Week 9

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EISM Winter Season Premierships

It has been another successful season of Sport for our Senior, Year 9 and Year 7 sporting teams competing in the EISM Winter Competition. Our Senior Teams competed in four of the six available Grand Finals. Congratulations to the Badminton, Table Tennis A and Table Tennis B teams, who all claimed Premierships following undefeated seasons.

October 6th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Last Friday, in the Upper House Chamber of Parliament, Year 11 students who are taking up formal leadership roles for their final year of schooling addressed their peers and senior staff delivering heartfelt and passionate speeches. I am delighted to announce the students who will be formally invested and commissioned in October as the Student

September 9th, 2016|

Colour Him Love

The lines below come from the song Colour Him Father, released by the American soul group ‘The Winstons’ in 1969. In this funky song, the band describes many of the traditional attributes of fathers – strength, sacrifice, wisdom and love. There's a man at my house, he's so big and strong He goes to work

September 8th, 2016|

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not the heed the wounds, to work and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, all except for the knowledge that I am

September 8th, 2016|

Salesian Family

Samoan Visit It was a whirlwind visit to the College but what the Samoan “Siva Dance Tour” gave to St Joseph’s College was extraordinary. St Joseph’s College hosted 55 students and staff from the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. They were in the middle of their tour of Australia when they arrived at

September 8th, 2016|

Year 8 Four Seasons Program- Mountain Biking

Over the past few weeks the Year 8 boys have participated in the third instalment of the Four Seasons Program. The boys were bussed to Don Bosco Retreat Centre in Lysterfield, to prepare for the Mountain biking component of the program. Students were sized up and received their bikes before running through some basic

September 8th, 2016|

Chieri Book Trailer Competition 2016

The results are in! Books have been read, film has been edited and the Chieri Book Trailer Competition is over for another year. While the number of entries was a little down on previous years, the quality was not and it was pleasing to see Year 7 students again take interest in the competition. The

September 8th, 2016|

Valdocco News: My City Experience

On Friday 26 August, the Year 9 students spent the day engaged in a range of workshops run by our Year 9 Staff. These workshops were aimed at preparing the boys for their major assessment task for My City, the Land of In-Between Tour and Blog. These workshops covered a range of topics and skills

September 8th, 2016|

Singer-Songwriter Levi McGrath Performs at Year 9 Community Meeting

The Year 9 Community Meeting was privileged to have a special guest on Thursday 25 August. Through the efforts of Mr Patrick Van Dyk and Mr Graeme Tucker, the singer-songwriter Levi McGrath visited St Joseph’s College for the first time. It’s probably easiest to describe Levi as a person who combines musical storytelling and

September 8th, 2016|

Climate Change – Myth or Reality?

One of the biggest social issues facing our young people today and into the future is, without doubt, that of Climate Change. A small group of Year 11 students, along with a number of students from local schools, had the opportunity to discover more about the ways in which this global issue is threatening

September 8th, 2016|

Year 11 Retreat – Leadership

The Year 11 students had their retreat in week 7 at St Jude the Apostle Primary School in Scoresby. The focus of the day was on leadership and teamwork, the intention being to help the boys to nominate students who would make effective leaders in 2017. Students worked through activities on teamwork and problem-solving and

September 8th, 2016|

All the World is a Stage…Year 10 Macbeth Incursion

As part of their coursework, the Year 10 students attended a performance of Macbeth by the Flying Bookworm (FBC) on Wednesday 17 August at the Valdocco campus. The actors, Liam and Libby, were well versed and professional. They astounded the group by performing a summary of the entire play in three minutes. This entertained and

September 8th, 2016|

The Run Home

Recently the Year 12 students attended a presentation from Bob Hillman, the VCAA’s Chief Assessor for English. The presentation was highly valuable for the information and strategies it presented to the Year 12 students in preparation for the important English examination taking place on Saturday 29 October. He spoke about the importance of making the

September 8th, 2016|

The Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning – Part 4

Collaborative Learning with Technology 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. Collaborative learning is typically understood to be a situation in which two or more students work together to search

September 8th, 2016|

ICAS Writing Competition Results

In recent Newsletters, you would have read about St Joseph’s students participating in a range of subjects for the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement and has been running for over 30 years. Experienced teachers regularly review the ICAS tests,

September 8th, 2016|

Creative Ways to Spend the School Holidays

Most teenagers look forward to the school holidays as a welcome break from the demands of school. However, ensuring that your son completes his holiday homework first can avoid the stress caused by leaving it until the last minute, and free up the remainder of their break to pursue other interests. Encouraging your son to

September 8th, 2016|

Career News

IMPORTANT REMINDERS VTAC Applications – Applications close Thursday 29 September Surveying Pathway Changes at University of Melbourne Students are reminded that they can either study a Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science to lead to the Master of Engineering (Spatial) or the Master of Information Technology (Spatial) at the University of Melbourne in order

September 8th, 2016|