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From The Principal It has been a frenetic last week of term. Our Year 12 students have had their last formal day of school, finishing their school days at BDC with a retreat at Opal Cove; a final chapel service; House farewells; the Valedictory Assembly; and tonight they will enjoy their Valedictory Dinner at the Novotel, Pacific Bay Resort. Whilst there was excitement, nostalgia, some pomp, and the real sense of a rite of passage for our most senior students this week, the Primary School romped merrily along with its own week of celebration that was the EYE Festival. Themed “Bugs Alive”, there have been many exciting events during the week, notably the musical performance “Ants-Hillvania”. My address to our valedictorians follows: So, here we are, almost at the end of the road. It is an exciting time for you, for your parents, for all of us. We’re not excited because we are getting rid of you, but because you have reached a special time in your lives, a time you won’t ever have again. You only graduate from school once. Cherish this time. Be excited, don’t be sad. This is all about your rite of passage. It is something your parents and your teachers have nurtured, and we are thrilled for you. Today is the first day of the rest of your lives – lives beyond school. I hope that BDC has given you the skills – social and academic – to negotiate the next stage of your lives with confidence and enthusiasm. For some of you, next year is still a bit of a blur. Plans aren’t clear. For others, every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ crossed. University, a trade or a GAP year calls. Regardless of what is on your horizon, approach it with real determination. The lives ahead of you are a rich tapestry that you will weave with your own stories, with the impact you will have on your community, and your families. That tapestry will see many of you as mothers and fathers, as doctors, pilots, engineers, architects, business people, and so on. The rich hues of your tapestry will be determined by the strength of your character and your determination to succeed. Be those dynamic, caring and optimistic graduates we want you to be. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about David Pocock in my newsletter column. He’s a professional rugby player, but that’s not why I wrote about him. His story is one of real conviction and moral strength. The hues of his tapestry are vivid. He commands a six-figure rugby contract, so money is not an object for him. But, he could command ten-fold what he earns by accepting endorsements from sports companies who rely on sweatshops for their product and their profits. Instead, he blacks out the logos on his boots and head gear. He will not see his name used to promote sweatshop labour. He has established a foundation to aid villages in his native Zimbabwe. He won’t marry his partner until their gay friends have the same dignity. He is a Christian man from a deeply Christian family. Jessica Watson, Dr Fiona Wood and Layne Beechley are women who show similar conviction. Layne Beechley’s personal story is compelling. Her personal strength despite her personal struggles is admirable. Born after her mother was date raped, she was adopted out and lost her adoptive mother at six years of age. For her, survival meant fierce competition in the Manly surfing scene. On the back of her successes, her devotion to worthy community causes is a compelling example of a young woman making her mark on her world. In contrast to these role models is a pantheon of shallow men and women. You need to look no further than the ranks of our professional athletes - rugby players, and footballers from other codes – or our cricketers – to see lives affected by drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, unruly public conduct, and even petty theft. Sadly, there are women who offer similarly hollow lives as examples to us all. Cashing in on their beauty or celebrity (I’m sure you can think of more than a few), gives resonance to the notion that their personalities and convictions are really only skin deep. Courage of convictions, determination, and a strong moral compass are the touchstones for your success in life. In you, and we know from the wonderful things we have seen you do, these inner strengths burn fiercely. What’s different is that now it is up to you to harness these as you embrace adulthood. You are about to fly solo. No tutors, no mentors, no mums and dads to fix things. Just you, in your world, weaving your tapestry. Some of you might have read Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ at school. I hope so. If not, have a look at the movie version starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich. It’s a pretty depressing story. The audience watches a man’s superficial world of pretence and illusion unravel – until his eventual demise. So why would I mention this at a celebration like this? I’m an English teacher – humour me.

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His was a life of pretence. He was an inept father, telling his two sons in their greening years, the years you’re just leaving behind, that the most important thing in life was to be popular and have contacts. There was no conviction, no moral courage, no vivid colour in their world or on their tapestry. The deeper meaning of the play in which Willy and his boys are bit players is an attack on materialism that obscured the personal truth and moral vision of the original American Dream described by the country’s founders. So there are two pretty simple options to consider. On the one hand, we have the extraordinary conviction and moral vision of a people like David Pocock, Layne Beechley or Fiona Wood, and on the other, we have the tepid, morally bereft men of Arthur Miller’s play – and the bars and nightclubs frequented by some of our sporting elite. We have seen the extraordinary work you can do, and we have seen the great depth of your conviction in so many ways in your time at BDC. Among your graduating class sit people who have done more to help others in their seventeen or eighteen years on this earth than any number of people twice or three times your age. You haven’t always hugged the limelight in this work, although some of you certainly have deserved your spot on the stage. Sometimes it has been an extraordinary subtle strength, the sort of stuff that sees people be the rock solid companion of a friend whose life circumstance is fragile – because of a relationship breakdown, an illness, an academic struggle, or a family matter. Doing good things requires no applause. It is what should motivate all that you do. When making your mark, the richness of your tapestry will be seen in the good things you do, in the depth of your friendships, in your willingness to stand up for those less fortunate than you, in your willingness to fight for a cause, and in your preparedness to make sacrifices to achieve your life’s goals. In the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 begins: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die,
 a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh,
 a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
 a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend,
 a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate,
 a time for war and a time for peace”. These are the threads of your tapestry. Let your lives be measured by how skilfully you weave them. Remember your roots, and be true to yourselves. For you all, it is now a time to go. Go well Class of 2013. Congratulations this week: • to all who helped make the Valedictory celebrations and the EYE Festival so successful • Nathan Mark (12) who, via the Australian Air Force Cadets, has been invited to attend the National Rifle Competition on the 3WG National Rifle Team from 27-29 September • Luke Corlis (11), who won the Best and Fairest award for the U18 division of the North Coast AFL at their recent Grand Final. • Mr Troy Sodeau (Science), who was the Central Umpire at the Senior division North Coast AFL Grand Final held on 7 September. • To the following students who performed superbly at the NSWCIS Athletics championships in Sydney this week: • Ashley Van Den Boogaard (12) – Silver in the 18yrs Girls 400m and Bronze in the 18yrs Girls 200m • Toby McCann (10) – Gold in the 16yrs Boys 400m • Ben Allen (11) – Silver in the 16yrs Boys 400m • Isabella Hill-Costin (8) – Gold in the 14yrs Girls 100m • Sam Parker-Reynolds (8) – Bronze in the 14yrs Boys Triple Jump • Tyler Davenport-Rassouli (7) – Gold in the 12yrs Boys Long Jump, Silver in the 12yrs Boys 100m, and Silver in the 12yrs Boys 200m • Adelaide Fuller (7) who has been selected in the NSW Country U14 Basketball team to compete in the Australian Junior Country championships in Albury in January • Emily Crampton (9) has been selected in the U16 team for the same tournament Good luck to the 19 Secondary School students, accompanied by Mrs Lisle and Mr Grace, who leave tomorrow for Japan where they will visit our sister school, Toyama International High School. I hope that you are able to enjoy having your children at home over the coming two weeks. School returns on Tuesday, 8 October, after the Labour Day Long-Weekend. Principal’s App of the Week: Beachsafe Alan Ball Principal

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20 September | 2013

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Chaplain’s Chat

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The end of Term 3 is here and as I write this article for Chaplain’s Chat I am reflecting on our current Year 12 students and the events of this past week. I am humbled and I feel privileged to journey with these young men and women and say how very proud I am of them and wish them every success for their future. In the words of Isaiah 40: 28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. This Saturday 21 September is International Day of Peace. By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted a specific day and collaborative focus on worldwide peace and encouraged all of humanity to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the UN resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that: Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. This day will serve as a reminder to all people that anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organisation, community or government engaged in a large event. Consider the impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, come together for one day of peace, it’s immense, and will make a difference. International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire - personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind. “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal” (Martin Luther King Jnr). May you be the bearer of peace over this break and have a safe and restful time with your family. I look forward to the final term approaching and all that it will hold for us. Throughout our journey may we grow and reap the good harvest as we too discover Jesus together. Shalom Rev Marion Tanfield Chaplain

secondary school from the head of secondary Congratulations to the Year 12 class of 2013 on completing the official stage of their schooling. The week has been filled with opportunities to celebrate this milestone, one that has mixed feelings for many students in this cohort. Their two-day retreat at Opal Cove gave them the opportunity to reflect on their thirteen years of school, look at where they are today and finally map some plans for the future and dream a little bit. This all culminated in their final assembly yesterday where the Secondary school had the opportunity to celebrate their farewell. The College wishes the Year 12 class of 2013 well, particularly with their final HSC Examinations, which commence on Monday 14 October. With Year 12 departing a new area commences with our College Student Executive who have been handed the privilege of leadership at Bishop Druitt College. Congratulations to the following students who will lead the student body for the next twelve months. College Leaders: Clarice Berry, Abbey Farlow, Lauren Fraser, Mia Phillips, Nicholas Allan, Luke Corlis, Benjamin Jones, Mikdad Moammed Waqeel House Leaders: Cottee Thomas Anderson

Hollows Alana Fraser

Kngwarreye Tessa Croxton

Murray Joel Rutter

O’Shane Cassandra Ellis

Sutherland Brick Bradford

Cyber safety During the week we received a message regarding yet another tragedy related to the cyber world. Please take the time to read this story and talk to your children about what they are doing online. Ignorance cannot be used as an excuse when this becomes so serious. The Secondary school is currently making enquiries to have a representative from ACMA present to our students next term. http://thehoopla.com.au/askfm Please enjoy the two-week break and I would like to thank those teachers who are holding Year 12 tutorial classes over this time. Your dedication to our students is simply fantastic.

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Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

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Visual Arts Year 8 have completed a unit about masks. The students researched masks in history and society, their function and symbolism. In response they designed and created their own masks. Charlotte Bedford and Maddy Gough’s resolved works are a wonderful example of their research into Performance Masks and African Culture. Rebecca Brown Visual Arts

Careers As we farewell Year 12 this year, please remember to stay in touch and register your details with the College at http://www.bdc.nsw.edu.au/alumni Also refer to updates and opportunity newsletter documents uploaded in careers pages in the BDC careers website and get the latest UAC news, For instance; the new accredited dual degrees at UNSW and UNCLE’s new high ATAR guarantee http://www.uac.edu.au/publications/news/ UNSW Co-op Scholarship for Faculty of Engineering Rural Scholarship closing soon Sept 30 http://www.co-op.unsw.edu.au/login UNSW New Scholarships - UNSW Arts & Social Sciences are launching 3 x $10,000 new scholarships to recognise outstanding students who are intellectually adventurous and demonstrate significant engagement with critical social issues affecting Australian society and/or impacting upon our position in the region. Applications close on Monday 30 September 2013, to find out more visit: https://scholarships.online.unsw.edu.au/scholarship/sc_al_search_detail.display_scholarship_details?p_scholarship_specific_ id=922 UNSW Mining Engineering Summer School 7-10 January 2013 Please note permission notes for attendance for these events must be returned early Term 4. Senior Schools day SCU - Tuesday 22 October This event provides an opportunity for senior high school students to visit a university campus, meet with students currently studying at university, and receive information on the range of courses on offer and the financial cost of study. 

This day serves to offer a taste of university life and raises awareness of the benefits of tertiary education. All students come to school and catch the bus to and from CHEC then go home from here. NO STUDENT IS TO DRIVE TO CHEC. Thursday 24 October for all Year 10 students, the Future of Work Careers Expo, which incorporates a mini health expo. This event is comes from a partnership with Medicare Local North Coast NSW and Youth Directions, and offers hands-on workshops for those interested in a career in the Health sector. Registration for the Healthwise Workshops is essential. Students register through their school Careers Advisers. Planned workshops include: Physiotherapy; Chiropractic; Paramedic; Indigenous Health; Audiology; Optometry; Pathology; Medicine; Dentistry; Nursing; Mental Health and Social Work; Drug and Alcohol; Occupational Therapy; Complementary Medicine Positions vacant • Gayle Young - owner of Creasian is looking for leavers/year 12 students – please call in and have a talk. • The Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Cooperative is currently looking for school aged workers to work weekends, public holidays and school holidays between the ages of 14 and 16. Send a covering letter and resume to Vanessa or Anna the retail managers. Robyn Crisp Careers Advisor

primary school from the head of primary Well, what a wonderful culmination to Term 3. The EYE Festival was such a wonderful experience for all our students and I must congratulate all our staff for working so hard to make it successful. The morning assemblies highlighted the talents of our students and staff, and it is wonderful to see so many parents who continue to support their children at school. The Stage 1 Dance Festival was outstanding and it showed that all children can participate if they are given the right amount of encouragement and support. ‘Ants-Hillvania’ was a lively musical where all students in Year 1 and Year 6 could participate, a quite outstanding feat. Today we saw that closing assembly and the EYE movie to remind students of all the great activities they had been exposed to this week. Special thanks to all our visiting tutors, you will see the fruits of their labours with your talented children when everything is mounted around the school next term. Please have a safe and fun holiday, and if you are going away, please drive carefully.

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Karin Lisle Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

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EYE festival 2013

What’s the go with Go4Fun? It’s on in Term 4! It’s fun! It’s free! It’s a family healthy lifestyle program! It’s for 7-13yo children who are above a healthy weight range! If you want to make a change and get fit and healthy for summer with your family call 1800 780 900 now!!

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Musical Notes

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Playerlink Workshops Ten students from BDC attended the 2013 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Playerlink workshop in Lismore. The students had a memorable musical experience and enjoyed the dedication and enthusiasm of their instrumental mentors who assisted during the weekend. These opportunities help our young musicians improve their skills as they experience a wide and varied repertoire.

Term 3 WAS VERY BUSY Here is a brief summary of what we have achieved during Term 3: The Australian Girls’ Choir visit and concert HSC Music Recital Seen Ya’s on Show Brass Soiree AMEB Woodwind, Strings and Piano examinations Grandparents Day The Royal Treatment concert with Coffs Harbour City Orchestra The House Shout 2013 HSC Practical examinations The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Player-Link in Lismore The EYE Festival Final assemblies to conclude the term

2013 HSC Students Congratulations to the HSC Music students for their approach to the performance examinations on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September. Thank you and goodbye to our 2013 HSC students: Harry Buchanan, Edward Condon, Fraser Tankel, Elliott Cleary, Hannah Luke and Madeleine Wilson. Today sees the end of the schooling of three very special young men. I want to thank Harry, Ed and Fraser for their tireless contributions to the musical life of Bishop Druitt College, over the years. You have been terrific role models for younger students and have greatly assisted the Music Faculty and me. Good luck!

EYE Festival Thank you to all the students who participated in the 2013 EYE Festival in Primary, either in an ensemble or as a soloist. It has been a terrific week of creativity in all aspects. My thanks also to the tireless work of the Primary music staff, under the guidance of Mrs. Ruth Stuart, and music tutors who gave tremendous support for the EYE Festival.

Goodbye Mr & Mrs Matthews At the end of Term 3 we say goodbye to our much loved strings teachers; David Matthews and Sarah Matthews. They will be embarking on the next chapter of their lives in Hobart. We sincerely thank them for their talent, skill and care shown to our students over the past eighteen months and hope they know that they will be greatly missed.

AYO String Quartet Concert The AYO String Quartet, featuring some of Australia’s finest young classical musicians, will perform at a number of intimate gatherings as part of AYO’s Regional Residencies program. These concerts, catering specifically to communities in regional NSW, will feature a range of exquisite chamber works. Visit www.ayo.com.au to learn more about the Australian Youth Orchestra. The Quartet is visiting Coffs Harbour on Wednesday 16 October and will run workshops and tutorials for the advanced strings students. There will be a concert held at St John’s Anglican Church starting at 6pm. Entry is by gold coin donation, which will be donated to St John’s at the end of the concert. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

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2013 Rugby Presentation BDC Barracuda’s will be holding the 2013 Rugby Presentations on Monday 14 October from 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Team photos for U8’s, U10’s, U12’s and U14’s will be taken on the afternoon. Therefore, all players are requested to bring their full rugby playing kit to allow the photos to be taken. Presentations will be made on the afternoon with a special Spirit of Rugby award for each team. Parents and supporters are encouraged to attend to allow players and coaches to cap off what has been an extraordinarily successful year for the BDC Rugby teams. The College Canteen will supply a sausage sizzle for the players, at no cost. We look forward to seeing you there. Shane Oxley Business Manager/Barracudas Coach

T-20 Cricket Last Friday we had our boys 7/8 team travel to Macksville and the 9/10 team travel to Bellingen to compete in the T-20 regional Cricket Finals. The 7/8’s played well to win their first game against Bellingen but then came up against some very strong opposition from the Jetty and lost their second match. The 9/10 boys were extremely competitive all day, but lost both of their pool games. They bowled very well in both games and were unlucky to not win their first match. It was a pretty good performance from both teams, considering they did not have a chance to get any practice in before this tournament.

CIS Secondary Athletics NCIS had some brilliant results from the NSWCIS Secondary Athletics Championships in Sydney on Wednesday! BDC students shone brightly winning 10 medals out of the18 medals won by NCIS. Mr Ball has already referred to these. We had many of these athletes finishing in the top 4 or 5 during the day in other events, with a special mention to Ira Abraham for a 4th place in the Girls 16 yrs Javelin, in her first attempt at this discipline. Also special mentions to the following athletes for staying until the end of a very long day to represent their school in the Open Boys and Girls Relay teams: Girls – Isabella Lovelock, Monique Orme, Anneliese Schoeffel-Weber, Ashley Van Den Boogaard. Boys – Ben Allen, Toby McCann, Je Jacobs, Campbell Robertson. A complete run down of all results, are available on the CIS Website.

Rugby There will be selection trials for any interested Rugby players, ages U14 – U16, for the MNC Junior Gold Cup Rugby Academy, to be held at Coffs Rugby Park, Sunday October 13 2013. Time is from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who are selected to improve their Rugby skills and fitness, and train with the Academy over the summer. Nomination forms must be submitted by Wednesday October 9. Please contact me if you’re interested in attending the trials, or come and see me on Monday, Week 1 of term 4, to get a nomination form.

UpComing Events NCIS Basketball Championships – Grafton, Wednesday October 16 CIS U15s Tennis Championships – Sydney, October 25 Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 8 Oct 8-11 Oct 14 Oct 15-18 Oct 20 Oct

Term 4 Commences Year 11 Camp HSC Examinations Commence Year 5 Camp BDC Golf Day - Read More...

outdoor education: Special shopping deals With Year 11 and Year 5 camps coming up early in Term 4, BDC students will have the oportunity to purchase any gear from Kathmandu at a special coorporate rate. This rate will only be available on Thursday 3 October, 5pm-7pm. You must bring BDC ID with you to be eligible.

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The next family and friends of BDC coorporate sale is on from the 28 October to 10 November. We also get great special rates from Coffs Camping World and Outdoor World for camp gear. Don’t forget to take your BDC ID card.

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20 September | 2013

    Our 2013/14 season will commence Friday 4th October from 5.15pm at Sawtell pool Sawtell Swimming Club is run by parent volunteers with the aim of promoting participation and enjoyment of swimming for all competitors and their families. From beginners who want to practice for their school carnivals, to competitors who want to attend swim meets at area, state and national levels, Sawtell Swimming Club offers a friendly atmosphere for all ages, sizes and abilities. We meet every Friday night from 5.30pm at Sawtell Swim Centre and offer social events such as a Christmas party and end of season fun day as well as hosting the largest weekend carnival on the Mid North Coast (Sawtell Explosion Carnival on Saturday 26th October). Younger members are especially welcome. If you can swim 25m, come and have a try. We offer a free trial for all new members! Please contact us if you would like further information.

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