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Year 7 2013 - Academic Bulletin Term 3 Week 6 Dear Parents and Carers of Year 7 Boys, One of my recurring themes with the Year 7 boys this term has been the idea of actions speaking louder than words. In particular, I had the boys complete an online survey where they had to reflect on their Semester One Report and then think of some practical actions they could take to help improve their academic outcomes. Many boys came up with simple, practical ways to help improve their results. I compiled a list of some of the best suggestions put forward by the boys and have challenged all boys to take responsibility for improving their work by following some of these ideas!

Science Competition In early June, a number of boys in Years 7-10 competed in the ICAS Science Competition. The competition involved 12,000 students from NSW and the ACT and involved the students answering questions which assessed the student’s investigative skills including experimental design, reasoning, problem solving, prediction and measurement. Congratulations to the following Year 7 boys who received a Distinction grade which placed them in the top 10% of candidates: Luke Dolin, David Gillis, William Heine, George Hiatt, Darcy McCarthy, David Mulherin and Justin Wiradharma. A special mention should also be made of Callum Chow who placed in the top 1% and received a High Distinction award.

Language Perfect World Championships Year 7 boys competed enthusiastically and with great success in the Language Perfect World Championships. Seven boys received a Bronze Award for accumulating between 1000 and 2000 points. Congratulations to Edward Goodwin, Aaron Han, Mitchell Hill, Jack Issa, Nicholas Lees, Darcy McCarthy and Jackson Phillips on achieving this award. Well done also to the boys who received a credit certificate: Joshua Bercich, Christian D’Aspromonte, George Hiatt, Matthew Kocx, Sean O’Farrell and William Pogonoski.

Marist Oratory Boys from all different year groups competed in the Marist Oratory Competition last night. This competition involves 13 Marist schools from the Sydney region. The Joeys boys did really well and won the trophy for best overall school – the first time we have won this trophy since 2005. Congratulations to Jack Issa who contributed to this win by gaining 3 rd place in the Year 7 division!

Toothbrushes and Razors for Matt Talbot Hostel As part of the Joeys Service Ministry program, a group of Year 11 boys and staff attend the Matt Talbot Hostel at Woolloomooloo each Friday evening to help serve meals. This hostel run by Vinnies, provides, beds, meals and healthcare for up to 600 destitute men each day.

Quite often, the hostel runs out of toothbrushes and disposable razors and so cannot distribute these to the men coming to the hostel. To help build up some supplies, Year 7 boys have been asked to contribute some razors and toothbrushes over the next couple of weeks. These will be taken to the Matt Talbot Hostel by our Year 11 students towards the end of the term. It would be most appreciated if each Year 7 family could contibute to this drive to give a helping hand to a group of people in our city who are presently struggling. Boys should bring toothbrushes and razors they wish to donate to my office.

As always, if you have any concerns about your son’s school work please do not hesitate to contact me at

Donna Quinn Academic Coordinator

Term 3, week 6 2013  
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