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Another Exciting Journey Begins

Our Years 7s have begun this year with lots of enthusiasm and anticipation. They have enjoyed their first experiences of our College, willingly taking up the new challenges and making the most of the different opportunities available at a secondary school. The Camp at Dromana was a highlight with all the fun they had at

February 17th, 2017|

Four Season Year 8 Camp

“Year 8 camp was the last excursion of the Four Seasons Program; this program prepares us our seven-day camp in Year 9. I was placed with an awesome group who made the experience really fun. If it wasn't James' great puns cheering us up, it was our fantastic group leaders, Myka and Mr Cooper,

December 2nd, 2016|

What’s on in Term 4?

The Year 7s are well and truly into the swing of Term 4. It’s hard to comprehend that only eight months ago the Year 7s were the new kids on the block and now they are practically part of the furniture! It has been a busy term already with EISM sport, the Year 12

November 22nd, 2016|

Year 7 News

On Tuesday 25 October, the Year 7 SRCs travelled into the city to attend the Children’s Mission Mass held at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The students who attended the event represented the College in an excellent manner. One of the highlights of the day was the boys getting an opportunity to meet Fr Will Matthews SDB,

November 4th, 2016|

Year 7 Most Wanted

During Term 3, the Year 7s studied Black Snake by Carole Wilkinson. This text focuses on the life and legacy of infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly. The boys immersed themselves in his story; learning about the cheeky plights of his childhood stealing cattle, his heroic moment saving Dick Shelton, his run from the law with the

October 24th, 2016|

Year 8 Academic Challenge

Ms Dee Mahon took a group of Year 8s to participate in the interschool Year 8 Academic Challenge. They worked with and competed against other schools such as Tintern, Camberwell Grammar, Scotch College, Mullauna Secondary College, Bialik College, Sienna College, Kingswood, Methodist Ladies College and Luther College. Our boys competed in Mathematics, Science, English, Spelling,

October 24th, 2016|

Year 7 Samoan Dance Workshop

Towards the end of Term 3, our Year 7 students were treated to a special dance workshop presented by the boys of Don Bosco Technical Centre in Samoa. The students loved the experience and were entertained by the skill and talent the students from Samoa shared with them. During the workshop the

October 6th, 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|

A Trip to Ferny Creek

As part of our unit on Ecosystems, the Year 7s trekked down to Ferny Creek to investigate the creek and surrounding environment. Each student was allocated a particular factor to investigate during the visit. This included soil, water, plants, animals and rubbish. Every class collected water and soil samples from two different locations at

August 25th, 2016|

Year 8 Retreat

We had a beautiful, sunny and windy day at Lysterfield. We enjoyed great views and lots of time to play sports and relax, but the highlight was the guest speaker, Paul Zappa, who spoke to us about ‘Violence Prevention’. In particular, he was looking at how to break down barriers produced by the words

August 25th, 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|

They’re Creepy and They’re Kooky!

A number of our Year 7 students have stepped out of their comfort zone to become part of the Production Team. Some of these wonderful boys will be showing off their performance skills on the stage whilst other boys are part of the integral back stage crew which is responsible for moving props and

August 1st, 2016|

Year 8 News

Student Voice: “You may think that being respectful is something that everyone knows. It's just common sense. But, in Australia, there are women and men who are dying or getting hurt due to domestic violence. We would show respect to everyone, it does not matter if you a man or woman, black or white,

August 1st, 2016|

Victorian College State Basketball Championships

Towards the end of Term 2, our Junior, Intermediate and Senior Basketball Teams competed in the Qualification Stage of the Victorian College State Basketball Championships. The Senior Team progressed through the group stage undefeated, to set up a Final game against rival, Rowville Secondary College. In a closely contested game that saw the lead change

July 13th, 2016|

EISM Year 8 Winter Season Report

In the final week of Term 2, our Year 8 teams competing in the EISM Winter Season completed their round-robin competition. With two St Joseph’s teams competing in each of the four sports available, there were more than 110 Year 8 boys proudly representing the College each Tuesday afternoon across the six week season. It

July 13th, 2016|Tags: |

Junior School News

The Resilience Project – it sounds boring, however, it was anything but! Our boys were enthralled by Martin Heppell, who was very passionate about being positive and about having a zest for life. Martin’s background is quite unique and he drew on this, drawing the boys in to view their own lives in a different

July 13th, 2016|

Year 7 Big Ideas

Imagine being able to purchase a pair of runners that could keep your feet cool during a long hike… Imagine an iPad that you never needed to charge and was ready to use whenever you wanted… Consider how enjoyable it would be to eat a piece of never ending gum in the flavour of your

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An afternoon in Ancient Times

On Friday 27 May, the Year 7 area transformed into a museum exhibit on Ancient Civilisations. As staff and students moved through Becchi they were able to immerse themselves in the cultures of Ancient Rome, India, China, Egypt and Greece. Each learning space focused on two of the Civilisations and students set up displays throughout

June 16th, 2016|

Year 8: Mission to Mars

This term, in Science, students have been studying Geology and Space Science, with a large amount of that time looking at the Planet of Mars. Students have looked at many types of rocks and minerals found on Earth as well as studying the Red Planet. Here is some information about the excursion. Over the past

June 16th, 2016|

Building Respectful

Year 8 students have started a three-week program on gender, violence and respectful relationships, the Building Respectful Relationship program. The program is an initiative of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and VicHealth to educate young Victorians about gender based violence. The sad truth is that intimate partner violence is the leading contributor

June 3rd, 2016|

Mystery Classroom

8 O'Sullivan is in the midst of a very long conversation with a classroom somewhere else. If you think that is vague you should try being us, trying to work out where they are? Every night a teacher, someone out there on Earth, sends Mr Di Stefano an email. It contains a question that can

June 3rd, 2016|

Year 7 News

The last few weeks have been an exceptionally busy time for the Year 7 cohort with NAPLAN testing, the Year 7 Community Day and Salesian Action Day. The boys undertook the NAPLAN tests over three consecutive days and should be congratulated for their focus during this time. The Friday of NAPLAN week saw the boys

June 3rd, 2016|

Year 8 News

Our Year 8s have been exceptionally busy this Term both inside and out of the classroom. Nothing highlights their hard work like the following picture of Shean De Fonseka from 8 O’Sullivan standing with the Tree Diagram he created for his probability project. It is a fabulous example of the exceptional work some of our

June 3rd, 2016|

Year 8 Trees, Zip-lines and Teamwork

Over the last week our Year 8’s have had the opportunity to participate in the Trees Adventure course in Belgrave.  This was the second part of the Four Seasons Program. The boys were faced with a variety of challenging obstacle courses high up in the trees of Glen Harrow Park.  These courses provided the boys

May 19th, 2016|

Year 8 Art

Year 8 Art groups have just finished a rotation trial working in specialist art areas and learning new techniques to produce art works. Students worked with Ms Duffy discovering the works of Paul Klee and using oil-stick pastel to create abstracted designs considering shape and balance. Students then changed groups to work with Mrs Campbell

May 19th, 2016|

A lesson about gratitude

This term the Year 7s are studying the novel Trash by Andy Mulligan.  This exhilarating story is set in a fictional dumpsite in Behala, where three young boys stumble on a secret that changes the course of their lives forever. The boys are drawn in into a web of lies, corruption, power and deceit, and

May 19th, 2016|

Year 8 Robotics and Coding

Learning coding can provide our boys with the skills to accomplish many things they might otherwise have never thought to do, whether it is creating their own websites, problem solving, game designing or understanding how different technologies work. Mrs Davies’ Year 8 class, in particular, enjoyed a demonstration of coding robotics as applied on Space

May 5th, 2016|Tags: |

Flight Excursion

Over the first two weeks of Term the Year 7’s undertook a memorable activity as they experienced first hand ‘Forces’ during a flight over Lilydale. As part of their studies for Science the boys were able to take part in 15-minute joy flight over the Yarra Valley and Lilydale area. A highlight for many was

May 5th, 2016|

Year 8 Football Exhibition

On Wednesday 20 April, our Year 8 Football Team competed in an exhibition match against an AFL Academy school from Western Australia. Emmanuel Catholic College conducts a weeklong Melbourne tour each year as part of its program, scheduling games against a number of quality school football teams. The event served as a timely practice match

May 5th, 2016|