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Vox Mundi Presentation Evening

On Wednesday 14 September 2016, our Year 10 Italian boys hosted a group of parents and students from St Jude’s Primary School, Scoresby. The evening was a celebration of the work of the Italian section of the Vox Mundi program, which has operated in our Languages curriculum at Year 10 this year. The Vox Mundi

October 6th, 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|

National Science Week

Science week was an outstanding success. Posters outlining scientific achievements of notable Australian Scientist were prominent throughout the College. These included Australian Nobel Laureates Elizabeth Blackburn and Brain Schmidt. Staff enjoyed the science quiz during recess as did the boys participating in the daily homeroom science quiz and engaging lab activities conducted during lunchtime. Our

August 25th, 2016|

Literacy News

Debating Throughout the last two terms, a group of Year 9 students, ably led by Mr Brian Martin, has taken part in the Debating Program. Raine Wright (9 Edwards), Caleb Butler (9 Chambers), Jackson Peterson (9 Chambers), Thomas Howie (9 O’Sullivan), and Christian Kiel (9 Chambers) have been taking part in a program that provides

August 1st, 2016|

The use of Technology for Teaching and Learning

Throughout this semester my intent is to provide readers with a series of insights encompassing: “the use of technology within the classroom setting”. These snippets will summarise findings of selected academic research attributed to the University of Wollongong. The role of technology in education Learning with technology has become essential in today’s schools. Worldwide,

August 1st, 2016|

ICAS Writing Competition

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. On Tuesday 14 June, 36 students from Years 8, 9 and 10 will participate in the writing component

July 13th, 2016|

ICAS Mathematics Competition

The International Competition and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) Mathematics paper will be sat on Tuesday 16 August 2016. The Mathematics completion identifies patterns of strength and weakness across the College and cohort performance against their peers nationally. Every competitor receives a certificate ranging from participation to high distinction and a detailed report showing correctly answered

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|

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|

Valdocco News

As I write this article, I note that our Year 9 students are currently sitting their first examination at St Joseph’s College, and the first of many that they will sit throughout their lifetime. Very soon we will have completed Semester 1. I am filled with a great sense of pride in our Year 9

June 16th, 2016|

Year 11 VCE Examination Debrief

The Year 11 VCE Semester One Examination period drew to a close at the end of last week. This academically challenging time is an important part of the VCE calendar, as it allows students to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the Unit. In doing so, it can highlight strengths and weaknesses for each student.

June 16th, 2016|

Year 11 Gifted and Talented Study Day

On Friday 20 May, I accompanied four students on an excursion to Camberwell Grammar School to attend the Academy Conferences Gifted and Talented Study Day. The boys spent the day learning about epistemology and different sources of knowledge. The lecturer, Julie Arliss, presented on philosophy, including an introduction to empiricism and rationalism, giving the boys

June 16th, 2016|

Personal Growth Mindset

Recently staff at St Josephs have focused their attention on the works of Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, and her approaches toward the development of a Growth Mindset. For this article I have taken the liberty of reproducing an excerpt on the development of a Personal Growth Mindset by Scott Barry Kaufman,

May 19th, 2016|

Year 7 iRead Update

Reading at Year 7 is one of the key skills that will benefit boys throughout their secondary school life. In every curriculum area, a boy must know how to engage with a piece of writing, and make meaning within the context of the subject. iRead is a key part of our Year 7 English curriculum.

May 19th, 2016|

The Study of History

History in schools has had a reputation of being a collection of dates, places and names but our current curriculum provides a much richer experience. The students who start at Year 7 often come to St Joseph’s having viewed history in combination with other studies and not as a stand-alone subject. I was recently reminded

May 5th, 2016|Tags: |

21st Century Learning – The Buzz

Buzzwords abound in our nimble and agile society. We can be guilty of this in the education system, though technology-based industries are ruled by terminology and jargon, with Coding and Computational Thinking at the fore. The synergies of education and technology combined provide us with the notion of 21st Century Learning; an interesting concept based

April 22nd, 2016|

Purposeful Practice: The Secret to Success

 “Progress is built upon the foundations of necessary failure.” Matthew Syed Author, Geoff Golvin, has estimated that Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, one of the greatest skaters of all time, tumbled over more than twenty thousand times in her progression from a five year old wannabe to 2006 Olympic champion.  “Arakawa’s story is an invaluable metaphor,”

April 22nd, 2016|

For Arts Sake!

The following article provides insight into the importance of the Arts in education as cited from the book, Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education (Winner, Goldstein and Vincent-Lancrin, 2013). This book sites studies by the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), which acknowledges the key skills and knowledge required in

March 16th, 2016|