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BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE

FAITHFULNESS IN SERVICE

From The Principal This week our focus in our assemblies has been Sorry Day, and the theme of reconciliation.

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Sorry Day grew out of frustration that the Federal Government did not use the word sorry after the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report was tabled on 26 May, 1997. The first Sorry Day was 26 May, 1998. Almost ten years later on 13 February, 2008, the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd moved a motion of Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples with specific reference to the Stolen Generations. I was Deputy Headmaster of a boys’ school in Canberra at the time, and I directed the entire Secondary school to the assembly hall so we could watch the apology live on the big screen. The Prime Minister’s speech was met with spontaneous applause from the boys and staff, who had no prompting that we were going to the hall to watch what was happening just 2km down the road.

Staff Spotlight Teacher in profile: Jane Mosco I currently teach:

I came to BDC from: England, where I taught Year 5 at a primary school in inner city Manchester, and previously worked as a youthworker in London. I studied at:

When I talked to some boys afterwards, they spoke of their pride that their government had at last uttered the word ‘sorry’ and that an unfettered dialogue towards reconciliation might now take place. At BDC, we have been steadily increasing the profile of our indigenous students, and we are actively providing ways for them to examine their cultural and linguistic heritage. Ms Fiona Webb, one of our Teacher Aides, is a Gumbaynggir woman who leads our Goori Group (37 students across K-12). They meet once a fortnight to share their histories, stories and experiences. By so doing, they strengthen their aboriginal identity. The growth in the confidence of our indigenous students is palpable. Sorry Day (like ANZAC Day this year) at BDC had to be celebrated at our assemblies this week, not on the day it fell. At the Sorry Day assembly in Secondary, the Acknowledgement of Country was offered by two very proud indigenous students, Tahlia Hart (10) and Olivia Philp (10). In what was a seminal moment for him, Noah Bedford (12), spoke publicly for the first time about his aboriginal heritage. Noah’s was a poignant message that touched on some common themes in the stories of the awakening of indigenous awareness in Australia. As I listened to Noah speak, my mind was taken to Sally Morgan’s “My Place”, her autobiographical novel about three generations of aboriginal women in the same family. Sally tells the story of her mother, Glad, telling her children that they were Indian. The fear of revelation, revelation that they were aboriginal, was such that she had to perpetuate that myth. At BDC we want our indigenous students to feel safe, recognised and respected. As our nation lurches towards a referendum to ask for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be recognised in our Constitution, we want all of our students, but in this week’s context, our indigenous students particularly, to develop as articulate and confident masters of their own future. We want them to gain the educational and cultural capital that will let them champion that period in our national story that sees the fear of revelation replaced by the pride of recognition.

In the Counselling Department, as a College Counsellor/Psychologist.

Leicester University ( UK) where I studied Psychology, Sociology and Comparative Religion. I completed my BA( Combined Studies, with Psychology and Sociology major with Hons) and later studied Primary School Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). I completed my Psychology Registration in Australia whilst working at BDC and became the Foundation School Counsellor here. I have also studied Art Therapy with Art Therapist Rob Gray.

I have also taught at: Barlow Hall School, Manchester (Teacher); Chrysalis Steiner School ( School Counsellor), Urunga Primary School ( School Counsellor/Guidance Officer), Bishop Druitt College (Casual teacher – Primary). I grew up in:

Manchester, Uk. The place of great music in the 80’s and 90’s.

I went to school at:

Cheadle Hulme School, Cheshire (UK)

Subjects I have also taught:

Primary School classes, and workshops for teenagers and adults across various topics such as, social and emotional wellbeing, coping with grief, support for changes in families, parenting skills, anti bullying strategies, students who learn differently, understanding dyslexia.

I engage my students by:

Aiming to build a mutually respectful and understanding relationship.

I am currently reading:

Philomena

My proudest career moment:

My career seems to be continually evolving which is exciting. I have been particularly proud of the work with both parents and staff which has lead to a much greater understanding at BDC of students who learn differently. I have also been very proud of getting a chapter on Positive Parenting published in a book which is to be used as a University text book looking at Positive Relationships.

This week, we are also thrilled by the terrific work done by some of our The relationship between learning and An area of expertise students over the past weeks fundraising for the Relay for Life charity to mental health or my passion in raise funds for cancer research. Two teams of Year 11 students: ‘Just Keep education is: Walking” (Rachel Erlandsen, Clare Brauer, Courtney Robinson, Lily Batley, A leader/s I respect: Nelson Mandela Kate Lowe, Naomi Howe, Sanpreet Rai, Chloe Brewster, Oscar Sweeney, Family, friends, music, time in nature and I am grateful for: Tanner Drew, Alex Parker, Joel Anderson, Sam Connie, Sam Holland and wonderful travel opportunities. Ryan Sendlhofer) and ‘Combat Cancer’ (Athiya Azeem, Arshiya Azeem, Something students I play the flute in a band and have just Ursula Cooper, Annika Presser-Kiing, Ira Abraham, Valencia Leonie, might find interesting started to write some of my own songs. Conlan Brehaut, Anneliese Schoeffel-Weber, Dominic Gough and Anna about me is: Kaczan) have done remarkable fundraising work. ‘Combat Cancer’ has raised $4,480 to date and ‘Just Keep Walking’ has raised $6,845. These students will participate in the final relay at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park on Stadium Drive on Saturday. Please stop and support these BDC teams if you are driving past on Saturday. Congratulations this week to: Holly Ide (10), Pariss Rhodes (10), Kaman Malou (9), Joshua Jarrett (10), Jake Ashley (10), and Tanner Drew (11) who all competed for NCIS at the CIS Football Trials in Sydney.

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FAITHFULNESS IN SERVICE

30 May | 2014

COFFS HARBOUR

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Brianna Malouf (6) who was part of the NSWCIS primary girls basketball team that competed at the NSW PSSA Championships last week. Her team came third overall. Monique Orme (12), and Madison Parkes (2), Tabitha Follett (2) and Olivia O’Reilly (2), who competed at a regional gymnastics competition in Ballina last weekend, all achieving great success. Monique finished in 1st place overall in the seniors Level 6, with Madison winning the overall Intermediate and Olivia finishing 3rd overall. Monique, Madison and Tabitha were successful in being selected to represent the north coast at the Country Championships in July. Safety Concerns I have had a number of parents write to me asking me to remind parents NOT to use their mobile phones while driving on campus. Please make the safety of students on campus your priority, and park if you must use your phone. I have linked to a letter all schools received from the NSW Minister for Roads and Freight. Read letter here... Disabled Parking Bays We have three disabled parking bays in the top car park on campus. They are for disabled people. Please respect the needs of those with a genuine need to use these bays. The Kiss and Ride zone is for student drop off and pick up, not those Disabled car parks. Date Changes P&F Trivia Night – now 2 August 20th Anniversary Gala Concert – now 5 September Alan Ball Principal

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Bread…the source of life? History tells us that humans began processing and consuming wild cereal grains as many thousands of years ago. From 9500BC simple stone mechanisms were used for grinding various cereals to remove the inedible outer husks turning the grain into an acceptable and versatile food. As humanity developed the ground grains were combined with water to create a variety of foods. Leaving the mixture to dry out in the sun it was discovered that the bread would form an outer crust. This early bread was particularly successful when wild yeast from the air combined with the flour and water; this started a fermentation process that slightly raised the crust. Both simple, yet elusive, the art of controlling the various ingredients quickly developed the skills required to turn grain and water into palatable bread. Records also show that the Egyptians were baking bread thousands of years ago.

The Egyptian hieroglyphics shown here read: “Let me live upon bread and barley of white my ale made of grain red”. Between 5000 and 3700BC Egypt developed grain production along the fertile banks of the Nile. Grain became a staple food and spread to the Balkans and throughout Europe, eventually being cultivated in Britain. Around 3000BC tougher wheat varieties were developed and the baking of bread became a skill in Egypt along with brewing beer. In this warm climate wild yeasts were attracted to multi-grain flour mixtures and bakers experimented with leavened dough’s. Even the workers who built the pyramids were paid in bread. Throughout history bread has become significant a part of daily life. In 40BC in Rome authorities decreed that bread should be distributed free to all adult males. Jesus used bread as a metaphor many times in a way of expressing messages full of depth that those around him would relate to in meaningful ways. At the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread and shared it with his apostles saying, take this bread and when you eat it remember me and all I have done for you. Whether it is unleavened flatbread, as Jesus would have eaten in Jerusalem in his time, or familiar sliced loaves of bread, bread is a meaningful part of our lives and our cultures. Mahatma Gandhi said, “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Jesus describes himself as, ‘the Bread of Life’, bread that can nourish and sustain a hungry world if received and shared generously. “In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life – to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the bread of our life, our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God.” Teresa of Calcutta. Bread can be a constant reminder to each of us of God’s living giving nourishment and love that will sustain us so that in turn we can support and sustain our neighbours. Blessings, Rev David Morgan Assistant Chaplain

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from the Acting head of secondary Andrew Fuller is a psychologist who has been very involved in education for many years. He is passionate about working with young people, schools and families. From his book Help Your Child Succeed at School he offers the following ten handy hints for improving learning, although he has actually listed eleven! I would like to share these hints with you this week and next. I would also encourage you to have a look at his website as there is a lot of helpful and interesting information for parents and families. http://www.andrewfuller.com.au HANDY HINTS FOR IMPROVING LEARNING No. 1 Most learning doesn’t happen at school! Children spend only 15% of their time at school. They spend more time asleep (33%) than they do at school. Most of their time (52%) is at home, awake, mucking around, playing, and learning about life and it’s what they do with that time that is important. Most of their future learning also won’t occur in school, it is estimated that 70% of the jobs that will exist in the year 2020 do not exist now. We know that knowledge is doubling every three years. It is estimated that 50 years ago a high school graduate left school knowing about 75% of what they would need to know in their working life – today’s high school graduate will leave knowing about 2%! No.2 Organising a learning space for your child As your child grows and develops, there will need to be somewhere set up for them to study and do projects. Some kids just can’t get themselves organised and may need a parent to take care of the practical aspects of setting up a home study area. The parent may also need to be responsible for keeping it neat. It’s ok for parents to assist by thinking of ways to better organise notes as well. No.3 Organising a learning space for your child - lighting Natural or indirect lighting such as a desk lamp is best for learning. It is best for your child not to study under fluorescent lighting as it is related to raised cortisol levels in the blood stream (an indicator of anxiety and agitation). Cortisol also suppresses language functions. If you are purchasing a desk lamp try to avoid fluorescent lights. No. 4 How much television viewing should I allow my child to watch if I want them to succeed at school? There is growing evidence to suggest that any TV viewing for children under the age of two impairs their ability to concentrate. As children develop, a small amount of television viewing is positively associated with academic achievement. A nine year old shouldn’t watch more than one and a half hours per day. A thirteen year old shouldn’t watch more than one hour a day. Bad news for those of you with older children! At 17 years of age the optimal amount of TV viewing is half an hour per day. While there is no real evidence on the amount of time spent playing computer games, it is a good idea to keep televisions and computer out of children’s bedrooms. No. 5 How much sleep does my child need to succeed at school? A good nights sleep (at least 8 hours) is essential for optimal brain functioning at school. Memory consolidation occurs during sleep especially during dream (or REM) sleep. During the normal 8-9 hours of sleep, five dream (REM) cycles occur. Adolescents getting only 5-6 hours of sleep lose out on the last two REM cycles and thereby reduce the amount of time the brain has to consolidate information. Teenagers need as much sleep as children, partly because their brains are doing so much development. Always remember there is no such thing as a sleep bank. So just because you slept 10 hours one night doesn’t mean you can get away with only sleeping six hours the next night. Students who don’t get enough sleep have to work much harder to do well at school. Next week I will share Handy Hints 6 – 10. Winter uniform Winter uniform will commence officially on Tuesday 3 June. This means that all students in Years 7-11 require ties and blazers every Tuesday through Friday until the end of Term 3. Year 12 students have the option of the college blazer or their commemorative jacket. Blazers/Jackets should be worn to and from school, to and from classes, assemblies and official functions during this time. The new school hats are to be worn as part of the summer and winter uniform. Carmel Spry Acting Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

CAMBODIA TOUR 2014 We are once again sending our Year 11 students to Cambodia in December this year. These students will be helping to build houses for families in need. We are hoping to raise $25,000, all of which will go to the Cambodian families. We are looking for any donations for raffle prizes asap. If you would like to help, please contact me on bandrews@bdc.nsw.edu.au. You can also make a donation directly at http://www.tabitha.org.au/cms/bishop-druitt-dec-2014 Thank you for your support. Ben Andrews Year 11 Assistant Coordinator

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30 May | 2014

COFFS HARBOUR

VISUAL ARTS

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Year 11 students are currently working on expressive drawing techniques in a series of works about portraiture. Here is a work in progress by Giles Tennant. Rebecca Brown Visual Arts Teacher

BYOT BLOG ABC Splash The ABC Splash website (http://splash.abc.net.au/home) is a great online resource for engaging and educating students from K-10. The site features main areas for primary and secondary students and each area offers links to age appropriate resources by both year level and key learning area. The wealth of resources available include text, video, audio, educational games and challenges. The resources support and extend the study of many topic areas that students will learn about in class. Mike Colless Head of Information Services Assignments and Technology The Head of Information Services, Mr Colless and myself presented to Year 7 during their Year meeting this week. We directed them to parts of the college website that provide useful information for successful assignments http://www.bdc.nsw.edu.au/steps-tosuccess and using technology as a presentation tool http://www.bdc.nsw.edu.au/presentation-tools. Students were shown different examples of how to share videos that they have created with teachers for submission. Coming into secondary can be daunting for some and the workload is a noticeable increase. It is important that students understand the support which they all have available. Each student has a gmail account for communicating with staff, as well as receiving college notices and this was reiterated to them. Craig Verburggen Head of Mathematics and eLearning Coordinator

SCIENCE The Questacon Science Circus, sponsored by Shell, will be open to the public this Saturday 31st May at Sportz Central in Bray Street from 11.00am - 4.00pm. We were unable to have them visit BDC this year and hope you can attend their Saturday Show which has been of great entertainment and learning value on their past visits. They are not here every year, so I encourage you to make the effort. Further details are available in the flyer included in this newsletter. Sue Siwinski Head of Science

The Science Circus is coming to COFFS HARBOUR! The Shell Questacon Science Circus is a great opportunity for parents and children to share, discover and explore science together. You can encourage a fascination and enjoyment of science by exploring hands-on exhibits. Come along and spin like an ice-skater, discover how fast you can throw a ball, freeze your shadow on a wall and test your reflexes.

MONDAY SPORT Term 2 has given students the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports as we have had some new sports running. Hockey and Futsal have been very popular as have tennis and circus skills. The development officers working with Year 7 and 8 have provided some positive feedback as to the skill level and participation of our students. Week 6 will be the last week for normal sport as we have a long weekend and house sport for week 8. Term 3 sports for Year 9 and 10 are published on the sport notice boards and students need to check these to make sure they are in a sport that they want to do for all term 3. If they wish to change sports they need to return a completed ‘Change of Sport’ note (available from secondary office reception) before the end of term. Hoping the weather stays good to us for the next couple of weeks.

Spectacular science shows are presented regularly during opening hours. You may see giant smoke rings, bricks being smashed on someone’s stomach or a Science Circus presenter holding fire in their hands!

Sportz Central 74A Bray St, COFFS HARBOUR Saturday 31 May 2014 Come any time between 11 am—4 pm Admission: Family $18, Adult $6, Student/Concession $5 (cash only) Children under 5 and student ticket FREE Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult Enquiries: 0417 465 028

Kellie Reinhold Teacher-in-Charge - Monday Sport

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from the head of primary I am so happy with the parent responses we have been getting for the activities we are providing for you at the college. Last Tuesday we had almost 40 people turn up to the Students Who Learn Differently breakfast. Staff and parents heard about the research that has been going on into the plasticity of the brain and how this translates to teaching and learning in the classroom. Karen Curtin talked about the assessments we are providing in primary for those students who appear to have some difficulty learning, and then the processes for supporting individual needs. Craig Lang from secondary explained how relationship building was vital in the secondary years to help students become self-directed learners. Apart from the delicious croissants provided, it was great to see so many people interested in what their children and teachers were doing. On Wednesday night I hosted almost 20 parents who came to learn about our revised approach to Home Reading and they were very supportive of the changes we have made. We are no longer going to focus on levels of reading, but will encourage parents to look at the pictures in books, talk to their children about what may be happening, and enjoy reading stories together. We really want to nurture the love of literature and try not to make reading a competitive occupation. So if your child brings a Level 3 book home when they are usually bringing home a Level 16, don’t worry. Get them to read for enjoyment. Tonight we are hosting the 20th Anniversary Primary Art Show. What budding artists we have at this school and I hope you can make time to come and see the display. There is a correlation between the success of students and the interest in their education by parents, so the more time you spend coming to school events, the more your children understand how important education is to you. I hope you have a restful weekend, I remember the rounds of sporting fixtures that seemed to fill up my days as a parent and I empathise with your efforts. Karin Lisle Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB The Book Club Issue No. 4 booklets have been distributed and orders will close on Wednesday 11th June. Orders may be sent to school and handed to your child’s teacher at any time before that date. For parents who are new to Book Club as well as a reminder to those who have placed orders in the past, the following things need to be noted when filling out a Book Club order: • Fill out your child’s full name and class on the order form, clearly mark all items to be ordered. • Credit card payments are made by telephone or online BEFORE you send the order to school. The information slip on the bottom of the order form is sent to school with the Book Club order. Please note that all payments for Book Club are now to be done by telephone or online with your credit or debit card. You will receive a receipt number after you have paid and this is to be written in the space provided at the bottom of the order form. Orders are then sent to school as usual. Online payment: www.scholastic.com.au/payment Phone Payment: 24 hours free call 1800 557 908 Thank you for your support of Book Club. Your orders enable us to receive extra books for our classrooms, library and teacher resources by way of a rewards system. Most importantly, it is a great way to keep our children reading. Lorelle Newton Book Club Coordinator

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Primary Student Leadership Team Last Friday 23 May the Primary Student Leadership Team organised a ‘Down on the Farm’ Mufti Day to raise money for the drought relief fund organised by the NSW Farmers Association. The theme for the day was suggested by Year 4 student Brianna Ireland following her viewing of a television program earlier this year dealing with the effect of the drought on farmers and stock in central and western parts of NSW. Brianna presented a farm-themed mufti day proposal to the SLT and on Friday there were many interesting and practical farm outfits at school ranging from cows and horses to checked shirts and overalls. The Primary students raised $462.15, an amazing result! Thank you to all parents and students for supporting this term’s fundraising event. Maretta Wood On behalf of the Primary SLT

writers of the week The Box On a cold, wet, fluttering Sunday, two brave, young, beautiful friends were playing netball roughly in their backyard. Then a small, brown, parcel was delivered to the front door by a tall man. The friends walked through the soft, squashy, wet grass to collect the parcel. As they got there, the box exploded! Suddenly, a small, ugly, blue creature appeared……. To be continued. By Brianna Ireland (3/4R) Our ‘Sizzling Starts,’ in narrative writing, are designed to immediately hook our readers with effective use of action, dialogue and tension. Here are some examples of 6C’s ‘Sizzling Starts (before and after): Before I woke up that morning really nervous. Today was the day of the big disco competition. Sam and I had been practising for months. This year we would do it. We would beat that Penelope and her partner once and for all. I leapt out of bed... After (“The Moment of Change”) I opened the door to the disco and and the sound hit me like a volcano erupting. Colors whizzed around me in a blur. The smell like burning rubber fill my nose. Sam stood beside me as gobsmacked as I was. “Alright everybody, only 5 more minutes till showdown,” Mr Ball’s deep voice boomed over the speakers. “Come on Sam, we need to practice!” I yelled over the disco music, “Sam? Sam, come back! Where are you?” I pushed and shoved my way to the food table. Sam is a nice guy and all, but when it comes to food he really gets on my nerves. “Sam! We need to practice, stop eating the food. You will get a stitch and we will lose to Penelope.” I shuddered at the thought of losing to her AGAIN. “Okay, okay. But you can’t dance on an empty stomach!” “Everyone please make your way to the seating area!” Mr Ball’s voice, yet again, boomed over the speakers. “Great. Now we haven’t practiced because of you and your stupid eating habit!” I mumbled angrily. By Madison Dorrough After (“The Moment of Change”) I opened the door to the disco and the music hit me in a strong blast. I took a tentative step into the gym and the strobe lights almost blinded me. The disco ball glinted rainbow light all over my dress, turning it a strange mixture of green and purple. I took a quick glance around, drew my black drape tighter around my shoulders and walked into the disco. I see Sparkledust Rainbows sitting in the chocolate mountain in scuba diving gear, JessieKa-Punzel swinging from her hair and Mrs. Crismale...wait a second... break dancing? It was already in full swing and it took me a while to locate Sam. I danced over on light feet and got there, catching his arm and spinning him around. “Alicia, hurry the dance off is in 2 minutes!” he hissed nervously. “I know, I know, I got caught in traffic and we had to drop Ginny at her ballet lesson,” I utter defensively. “Ok, let’s go.” He grabs my wrist and we almost run over to the dance floor, in time to see the infamous Penelope starting to dance with Arthur. By Georgia Coleman After (“The Moment of Change”) I opened the door to the disco and the noise hit me with intense force as I stumbled back. Sam, my dance partner for the dance competition, picked me up. “Come on, it’s time to smash Penelope and her partner!” “Yeah,” I agreed, “lets do it!” By Angus Longworth-Browne

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Musical Notes

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Ironwood Trio Masterclass with BDC String Consort Yesterday afternoon our strings students were very fortunate to play for and workshop with members of the Ironwood Trio, who are in Coffs Harbour as guests of the Coffs Harbour Music Society. Thanks to Ms Louise Ray for organising this opportunity for our students. The Ironwood Trio and Nicole van Bruggen-Harris have a concert tonight at 8:00pm in lecture theatre D at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus. This is a concert not to be missed. Works featured in this concert include: String Quartet number 4 in D Major by Haydn and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major by Mozart.

Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod 2014 The instrumental sections of the Coffs Eisteddfod have been held once again. This year, for a number of reasons, we were not able to support the school instrumental sections. The Senior Choir competed in Section 20 achieving 1st prize and the CHIMES award for most promising vocal group at this eisteddfod. Many thanks to the Musical Director, Mr Tim Egan. Many of our students participated in the solo sections. I would like to express my gratitude to the terrific support given to the students by our music staff over the many days and nights spent at the Eisteddfod. A special mention to Leanne Swanson, who did an absolutely amazing job accompanying many of our instrumental and vocal students. Thanks Leanne, you are fantastic, and we are lucky to have you on our team! Please see the Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod website for a full list of achievements. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

college sport cross country Last week’s report omitted Tom Sweeney from the NCIS Cross Country qualifiers for NSWCIS. Congratulations to Tom as well as the other qualifiers.

Athletics High Jump trials will begin on Monday 2nd June during sport for Years 7-10. Any students wishing to participate should meet Mr Webber on oval 1. Year 11 and 12 students who wish to nominate for field events, please see Mr Webber to make your nominations. There will also be time available during lunchtimes next week for students who have missed out to complete field event trials.

Basketball A reminder for parents for this Saturday 31st May competition, that there have been some draw changes due to a major event at Sports Central. The two back courts, (Courts 5 and 6) will be the only courts available and there will be no access through the main entrance of the building. Parents and players will have access through the entrance closest to PCYC.

Football Holly Ide, Naomi Law, Jake Ashley, Tanner Drew, Josh Jarrett and Kaman Malou all represented BDC with pride as members of the Girls and Boys Open NCIS Teams at the CIS Championships in Sydney this week. The girls played well but had a very draw tough draw against some of the best Sydney teams. The boys NCIS team had their first ever win and a draw with GPS 1sts, for their best result in Sydney. Congratulations to all our representatives.

Trinity Grammar Visit I sent an email to parents of the primary football and rugby teams last week regarding billets. Thank you to those families that replied but I still need more billets. If you can help out please email myself or Beth Hilton in Sports Administration as soon as possible. We have just over two weeks before Trinity arrive.

Upcoming Events June 3 – CIS U15 and U18 Girls and Boys Touch Football Trials, Sydney June 4 – U14 AFL Swans Cup, CEX Stadium Coffs Harbour. June 11 - U16 AFL Swans Cup CEX Stadium Coffs Harbour June 12 – Secondary Athletics Carnival, CEX Stadium Coffs Harbour Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

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college community important dates and events Winter Uniform (Secondary) Year 11-12 Parent-Teacher Interviews Year 10 Half-Yearly Examinations Primary Photos BDC Open Day Secondary Photos NCIS Cross Country 11 June Year 3 Parents Cocktail Evening Secondary Athletics Carnival 12 June Year 9 Parents Cocktail Evening 18 June Foundation Day 20 June Term 2 Concludes 20-22 June 20 Year Reunion Events More on the College Calendar 3 June 4 June 4-5 June 5 June 10 June

Parents And Friends Learning Differently Interest Group The next get together is at 10am Thursday 19 June at the Rainforest Café. Come along for cup of coffee and a chat or just find out some information about upcoming events. All are welcome. It would be great to see you if you can make it. Any queries please contact Susan Robertson on 0414 343 027 or sue-mal@bigpond.com. We need YOU! Are you able to help out as the P&F secretary while our current secretary is overseas? If you think you can offer some help (whether big or small), please come chat with us at the next meeting on 16 June or email our President at akwillo@live.com.au for more information. Learning Difference Convention Australia’s largest Event for Dyslexia & Learning Difficulties is being held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney from 6th to the 7th of August. There will be an AMAZING array of professionals speaking from ALL OVER THE WORLD. More expert knowledge, more workshops, more accessibility technology and more resources. Interested in attending? All Seminars are individually priced with tickets ranging from $30 to $50 each. AND, BDC and the BDC P&F Learning Differently Together Support Group are organising a bus and group accommodation for those interested in attending (bus & accommodation charges will apply). AMAZING, GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE !!! See the end of this newsletter for a list of the talented speakers and their informative areas of speciality. If you are interested in coming on board the bus and need accommodation, please express your interest by sending a message to kozipavlova@gmail.com of your interest. For more information on the convention, check out http://www.learningdifferenceconvention.com Calling for Expressions of Interest! Want to be involved in your child’s schooling? The P&F currently have an email group that is often used to inform parents of upcoming P&F/College events, news, volunteer requests etc. You do not have to be a P&F member to be included, so if you want to help out every once in a while or just want to hear about upcoming events or information please email parentsandfriends@bdc.nsw.edu.au. Contact Us For more information, to view our Constitution or read our latest meeting minutes, click on “Our Community” then “Parents and Friends” on the College Website. We look forward to your support. President: Allan Williams 0408 332 082 akwillo@live.com.au P & F email: parentsandfriends@bdc.nsw.edu.au Next Meeting: Monday 16 June, 2pm in the new Roger Oats Centre, refreshments provided The Bishop Druitt College Parents and Friends Association is an organisation that supports the aims and objectives of the College. It does so through the promotion of fundraising, fellowship, friendship and fun.

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Chris Rhodes (HSC 2012) a former Mathematics Extension 2 student has been selected to represent Australia in the world Bridge titles. He is apparently a natural, picking up bridge at university about a year ago. Ryan Hardie-Porter (BDC Year 8 1999) son of Tracee Porter in Primary Administration, has been appointed Head Teacher Welfare at Jetty High 2014. Jay Bainbridge (HSC 2008) Jay’s band Nine Sons of Dan performed a song at the ANZAC Day NRL match at Suncorp Stadium before kick-off. Rebekah Doran (Year 11 - 2001) has completed her Master of Arts in International Law and has a proud father. Former students are encouraged to maintain their contact details on our alumni database by emailing srodham@bdc.nsw.edu.au. Scott Rodham Alumni Officer

BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE 20 YEARS - REUNION 20 - 22 June, 2014

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Bishop Druitt College has turned 20 and we are celebrating on Foundation Day with an assembly in the Branson Centre and a luncheon for all former students and staff. On Saturday night we continue the reunion with a coc ktail dinner in the newly opened Roger Oates Centre with partne rs invited. We conclude on Sunday midday with a BBQ for fam ilies to get together. There will be some memorabilia on display and later in the year a brochure, The Collegian - 20 Years, will be available for purchase. I look forward to meeting you again. Sco tt Rodham, College Archivist and Alumni Officer. Go to www.bdc.nsw.edu.au/events for more details , to register and make payment.

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