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Year 10 Curriculum Leader: Transition and Discovery

We have come to the end of what has been a busy term and an even busier year. The term concluded with the Year 10 exam period and then a final Year 10 assembly. I congratulate the students for the way that they revised, studied and prepared for their exams. A successful examination period is

December 2nd, 2016|

2017 Salesian School Captains’ Conference

One of the really special traditions for our Student Leaders is without doubt the Salesian School Captains Conference that takes places at the end of each school year. The elected College Captains' for the year ahead have the opportunity to meet with their fellow school leaders from seven other Salesian Schools across the South East

December 2nd, 2016|

Exam Preparation

We are well underway into what is a very busy term, the forth and final pillar to what has been a busy year. Week 5 is a time when major assessment tasks are due, SACs are taking place and students have begun preparing for the Year 10 end of year exams. The examination period

November 4th, 2016|

Year 11 Exam Preparation

The Year 11 cohort has their VCE exams coming up shortly in Week 6. The boys have been actively preparing for these exams, going through past papers or practice problems to help them finish off the academic year strongly. Students have been regularly attending study skills sessions on Wednesday afternoons, and should continue this

November 4th, 2016|

Examinations

Dear Families and Students, Examination period is quickly approaching for Senior School. Teachers will begin revision classes shortly. However, the bulk of or study/revision and preparation for examinations needs to be undertaken by the student. Making study a part of everyday routine is important leading up to the examination period. There will be no formal

October 24th, 2016|

Year 12 News

The Year 12s of 2016 have finished their final classes at the College and, indeed, of their secondary education. These past few weeks have provided VCE students with an opportunity to consolidate studies through trial exam papers, VCAA Assessors reports, extra teacher assistance and revision programs at universities and here at the College. It

October 24th, 2016|

Year 10 Retreat

On Thursday 1 September, Year 10 students and staff went on Retreat at Don Bosco Camp in Dromana. The day was focused on building good habits for VCE and VCAL. The students’ active participation meant the day was a huge success. Ms Pagon led and organised the day. Students participated in four activities. The

October 6th, 2016|

Congratulating Student Success

At the end of Term 3, the College celebrated the academic success of one student from each year level. The recipient of the Year 10 Outstanding Achievement award was presented to a skillful, competent and burgeoning young artist who through research, purposeful practice and hard work created an oil stick pastel painting with the intent

October 6th, 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|

Calling Student Leaders

The midway mark of Term 3 always proves to be a significant time in the Senior School. For our Year 12 students, their collective focus has well and truly begun to turn towards their end of year exams. This is a critical time of year for them, a time in which significant gains can

August 25th, 2016|

Year 10 News

Term 3 is now in full swing with the students diving straight into it after a well-earned break. Since the return from holidays six weeks ago, the students have already been involved in several activities since their return. We have had boys working hard with the College musical production of The Addams Family, inter-house

August 25th, 2016|

Preparing For The Future

Year 12 students have now completed two late night study sessions and we have been extremely impressed with not only the number of students in attendance but also the quality of the work that has taken place. Students seemed to embrace the opportunity to work closely with their teachers or to form some small

August 25th, 2016|

What Course to Apply for Next Year?

Not all careers require a university degree but many do, particularly professional careers such as teaching and nursing. University or TAFE graduates have access to a wider range of job opportunities as well as opportunities to participate in research and collaborative skills required to excel in entrepreneurial ventures. A university degree or TAFE diploma will

August 25th, 2016|

VCAL News

Year 12 VCAL Construction Project at St Luke’s Primary School Day 1 – 9 August 2016 The Year 12 VCAL students completed the first day of the Construction Project at St Luke’s Primary School in Wantirna. The program involves the students with the designing and building of a variety of projects in the school grounds.

August 24th, 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|

Subject Selection Process

Year 10 is an essential stepping stone for students as they begin to explore and establish their pathway. The Course Selection Information Session and Careers Expo is a vital part of this planning. On Wednesday 20 July, the Senior School Course and Careers Expo took place in Chieri and the College Stadium. The evening began

August 1st, 2016|

Year 11 News

Year 11 students have started Term 3 well after coming back refreshed from their Winter holidays. Term 3 is a chance for students to consolidate good work habits and effective study routines established in Semester 1. Some students will have the chance to change their approach to learning and try something more effective in Semester

August 1st, 2016|

Year 12 Student Voice

As Year 12 students begin Term 3, it is at this point in the year where the finish line can now be seen. They are on the home straight. With each student choosing a different pathway to follow after they have crossed the finish line, it is important that they remain proactive about their study

August 1st, 2016|

Senior School Course Selection and Careers Expo

On Wednesday 20 July, the Senior School Course Selection and Careers Expo was held by the College to help the young men of the Senior School who are in the process of making decisions that will affect them for some time to come. During the information sessions I discussed the importance of being well informed

August 1st, 2016|

Work Experience

Work Experience is part of the St Joseph’s College educational program where students experience the world of work, often for the first time. It is a short-term placement for secondary school students with employers, to provide insights into the industry, and the workplace in which they are located. Students have had many meetings to discuss

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Congratulations Mitch

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Mitch Mellis, who, as a member of the U16 Victoria Metro State Basketball Team, won the Gold Medal last week in the Australian Junior Championships. It was an all Victorian Gold Medal game, with an undefeated Metro going in as favourite against Country. In a tight contest that saw several

July 13th, 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|

Prepare Ye Now, for the End is Nigh!

(Translation: Let us begin this semester with the end in mind.) Sources estimate that each year up to a third of VCE students will suffer from some degree of burnout due to their stress levels and study loads getting out of hand. The following excerpts from TSFX (The School for Excellence) provide students and parents

July 13th, 2016|

Senior School News

Dear Parents and Students of Senior School, With Semester 1 now completed, the time has come for Senior School students to begin planning for 2017. The Senior School Course Selection and Careers Expo is a vital part of this planning. The College’s Senior School Course and Careers Expo is on the evening of Wednesday 20

July 12th, 2016|

Kiribati Cross Cultural Trip – Year 11

In previous years, as the group of staff and students who have recently returned from Kiribati are presented to the College community at a whole school assembly, I have told myself that I should apply to be a part of this trip. Last year when it became clear that I would be following this cohort

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