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Issue # 32

BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE COFFS HARBOUR

25 October | 2013

From The Principal

College News

Sadly, we watched from afar as bushfires wrought havoc in the Blue Mountains and other parts of the state in the past week. I met with the Student Executive on Wednesday and they requested that the school has a mufti day in order to raise funds for victims of the fires. In response to this, we will hold a “K-12 Bushfire Mufti Day” next Thursday, 31 October. A gold coin donation will let everyone contribute in a small way to a cause that had devastated so many families. There is an extraordinary juxtaposition of experiences between our Year 12 students who are engrossed in their HSC examinations, and so many of the students in the Blue Mountains whose HSC has been turned on its head. For some, schools are closed because teachers are either fighting fires or protecting their homes. Some Year 12 students in the fire zone are RFS volunteers, so a hose or a hoe has replaced a pen. So easily, we take our comfortable lives for granted. All money raised will go to the Salvation Army’s bushfire appeal. In the coming week, we will interview candidates for a few teaching positions that are available at the school next year. In total, we had 126 applications for those jobs. Short-listing candidates for interview was quite an intensive task for the various interview panels. It is heartening to see such strong interest in BDC from local, state, national and international candidates. Congratulations this week to: • • • •

Jake Ashley (9) who has been selected in the Australian U15 Boys Futsal team to tour to Brazil in 2014 Naomi Law (8) who has been selected in the Australian U16 Girls Futsal team to tour to Brazil in 2014 Noah Bedford (11) and Jonathan Chan (11), who have been selected in the National Youth Futsal Team to tour to China in 2014 Connor Lloyd (11) who has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys U18 Rugby League team to tour to France in December to participate in the U18 Rugby League World Cup

REMINDER: BDC at St Nicholas’, Sawtell. 9.30am, Sunday, 3 November. App of the week: Shazam Alan Ball Principal

Chaplain’s Chat

view the current edition of the North Coast Anglican Newspaper

If you’ve been shopping recently you would have seen many shops decorated for Halloween. When I was a child, the only thing I knew about Halloween was that the Brady Bunch went trick or treating. It was something that families in America did. Growing up in Australia, Halloween was as foreign as snowmen at Christmas. Even though my children have grown up now I have my grandchildren who were born in the USA and they have always participated in Halloween in the car park of their local church. There was much excitement leading up to the event and fun for all when choosing the costume they would wear. This year it is no different for lots of families here in Australia and to avoid the risks associated with door knocking on strangers homes the college is holding a fund raiser for “Bikes for Cambodia” and Primary students have been invited to a Disco and to dress up for Halloween. Let me give you a small snippet of the origin of Halloween that you might like to share with your children. In Celtic Britain, October 31st was the Feast of Samhain which marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter, the time of the year associated with death. It was a time when livestock was butchered and all kinds of foods were preserved and stored for the long winter. The Celts also believed that on this night spirits of the dead walked abroad and were judged by the lord of darkness. There were bonfires to ward off the darkness and the souls of the dead were invited into the light of the family hearth to share the warmth and the fruits of the harvest. It was in fact, as much a celebration of traditional “family values” as it was an exercise in warding off evil. When the Church took over this annual holiday it continued to honour the family dead, expanding the notion to include the departed members of the whole Christian family. The ‘hallows” are the “saints”, so Hallowe’en is (All) Hallows’ Even, or the Eve of All Saints Day which has been celebrated on November 1st throughout the western church since the ninth century. The saints are those members of the family whom the Church recognises as having moved already into the Church triumphant, the company of saints in heaven. The Church has set aside a second day, All Souls Day on the 2 November where prayers are set aside for the faithful departed. Most feasts in the Church begin with a vigil the night before, a time of preparation, including prayer and other customs. All Hallows Eve is the vigil which anticipates both All Saints and All Souls in a warm and generous welcome. The American custom of trick or treating seems to have evolved from a combination of traditions. At Samhain, it was believed that the spirits of the dead and various other ghouls wandered abroad evoking fear and causing havoc. One way of dealing with these

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demons was to dress up like them and lead them away from homes and villages therefore originated the custom of dressing in costume on Hallowe’en. Another way of dealing with them, particularly if they were believed to be the ghosts of family and friends was to invite them into the light to sit by the hearth and be warmed and fed therefore originated the custom of giving out treats. And this kind of custom was not limited to pagans, Christians too often believed the dead were out and about on Hallowe’en whether they were saints who could bring a blessing on the house or departed loved ones who were returning home, they were quite naturally welcomed. If it is your tradition to participate in Halloween why not consider costumes that honours the saints and bring light into a darkened world. In a society that has become full of terror and random violence we can make a very different kind of statement to our communities and I believe it’s a chance to share the real meaning of the vigil of All Hallows Eve with those we meet. Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no more: Grant them your peace: let light perpetual shine upon them: and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Throughout our journey may we grow and reap the good harvest as we too discover Jesus together. Shalom my friends. Rev Marion Tanfield Chaplain

secondary school from the head of secondary Hope The focus of Chapel this fortnight focuses on the Advent theme of hope. This is rather poignant considering the disastrous bushfires that areas of NSW are experiencing. We recognize hope in the examples of true human spirit that result from such tragedy. The thousands of volunteers fighting fires and attempting to minimise damage and human loss of life, businesses that are opening their doors and the many voluntary organisations donating goods to families are just a few examples of this human spirit. As Christians we hope and pray for those who are deeply affected by this tragedy and place our faith in the hope of new life. Assessments There will be many assessments and examinations due over the coming weeks to complete the academic year. Please ensure that students prepare as best they can for these and give their best effort. Remember that the purpose of assessment is to understand how much you know, not to try and trick or bamboozle you. Prepare well and go well! Presentation Ceremony As I have mentioned in the past two newsletters, the presentation ceremony at the end of the year will be here at BDC on Tuesday 3 December commencing 12:45pm. The dress code for students at this ceremony will be as follows. Students who are receiving awards (they will be notified) must wear their white shirts and ties. When they move to the stage to receive their award they must put their blazer on. Students in the audience and not receiving awards can wear their summer uniform. There is no air conditioning in the Branson Centre so we aim to make it as comfortable as possible for all students. Enjoy your week. Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

Languages Japan Tour 2013 During the September-October break 19 students from Years 9 to 11 and their chaperones Mr Tim Grace and Mrs Karin Lisle visited Japan on a two week tour. They went first to Tokyo, where they did some sightseeing and shopping in one of the world’s biggest and most populated cities. Then, for a total change of pace, they spent a few days in a quiet rural minshuku, or traditional inn, in Takayama. There they got their hands dirty harvesting rice and catching fish with their bare hands! After this they moved on to Toyama, where they stayed with the families of students at Toyama University of International Studies High School and attended classes with their host sisters and brothers. Finally, they had a few days of sightseeing in Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, before flying home from Kansai airport. Mr Grace and Mrs Lisle were both so impressed with the way our students conducted themselves while overseas. They did not hesitate to try new things, were polite and respectful at all times and took full advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the Japanese language and culture. They were not only excellent ambassadors for their school but also for their country. A huge thank you goes to Mr Grace and Mrs Lisle for giving up their holiday to make it possible for our students of Japanese to have this wonderful experience. Australian Language Certificates The results of our students of French, Italian and Japanese in this year’s Australian Language Certificates have been outstanding. The following students deserve a special mention for achieving High Distinctions: Alexander Stafford, Isobel Rose, Natalie Cameron, Monica Barbaresco, Ellie Bishop, Conlan Brehaut, Stephanie Egan, Kate Lowe, Lara Martyn-France, Yaniv Shaul, Eli White, Naomi Howe, Viviane Feeney, Lauren Fraser, Eleanor Leal, Muguette Mueller, Nick Murray, Celine Simpson and Georgia Windred. Congratulations to all of these students!

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Linguafest Short Film Competition Congratulations to Conlan Brehaut, Yaniv Shaul, Wayyln Turner, Eli White, Ellie Bishop, Ursula Cooper and Annika Presser-King of Year 10 on having their short films Le voyage à la cantine (The trip to the canteen) and Claire de Lune (Moonlight) chosen as finalists in the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of NSW short film competition, Linguafest. Their films will screen at NSW Parliament House, Sydney on 15 November. Katherine Wyndham Head of Languages

Sport 2014 Year 7-8 will still do set sports for Terms 2 and 3 that will focus on skill development and exposure to a variety of sports. They also have the option to choose a representative sport during these terms if they wish. Terms 1 and 4, students will have several choices available to them. An information sheet with details including costs will come home next week, so please read and discuss these choices with you son/daughter. There are only limited spaces in some sports so students are encouraged to choose thoughtfully and quickly when options are available. Years 9-10 will receive an information sheet next week detailing choices for 2014 as well as costs. Please read and discuss these choices with your son/daughter. There are only limited spaces in some sports so students are encouraged to choose thoughtfully and quickly when options are available.A general note about other activities that will be undertaken in 2014 will also accompany this. Students will choose these sports at school online during week 5 this term. Any questions feel free to email or contact me the school. Kellie Reinhold TIC Monday Sport

Zonta Last Saturday the 19th of October a group of students from Bishop Druitt College met at the community centre in Coffs Harbour with a range of other Coffs Harbour community members and Zonta members. Zonta international is a worldwide organisation that aims to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. We assembled 600 birthing kits in total in roughly four hours. The birthing kits are designed for women in third world countries who aren’t able to access adequate health care. The kits include a plastic sheet, five pieces of gauze, a scalpel, two plastic gloves, a bar of soap and three pieces of string. These items are used to significantly assist in a safe and disease free birth. These kits are sent to places such as Kenya and Chad, where the birth rates are high but death rates are even higher. As active supporters of Zonta, Bishop Druitt College looks forward to holding the birthing kit assembly here at BDC next year. We also look forward to having lots more people involved. Thanks to all those who came and helped out including Emily Malouf, Savannah Spillett, Tessa Croxton, Luke Corlis, Jack Tolhurst, Noah Bedford, Abbey Farlow, Elora Allman, Mia Phillips, Charlotte Bedford, Mrs Ross and Brenna Bedford. A special thanks to Emily Malouf who was there from start to finish with me. Zonta International service program seeks to improve the legal, political, economic, education and/or health status of women in developing countries and countries in transition. The Zonta International strategies to prevent violence against women program, seeks to reduce the incidence of violence against women and girls. Education, leadership and youth development address challenges to women’s equality in science, business, public affairs and government by providing critical financial support. Monique Orme Year 11

Careers On Tuesday 22 October our HSC students took the opportunity to participate in the annual senior schools day at Southern Cross University. Students pre-selected two lectures or workshops from different faculties before they arrived and learnt a lot about entrance, fees, costs and what university life is really like. Students’ feedback has been very positive and I’m sure has inspired many conversations at home. This event has motivated many students to distil their tertiary areas of interests and in turn has served to motivate overall effort in the HSC. Thanks to all the crew at SCU and Mr Klipin, Mrs Ross and Mrs Murphy for accompanying our group. On Thursday 24 October Year 10 students participated in the annual Future of Work Careers Expo on Thursday 24 October. Exhibitors ranged from regional universities and TAFE employment, industry and training organisations. Students were offered up to date career information. I was very proud to be with such a mature and wellmannered group and appreciate the efforts of Youth Directions to organise and run this amazing event. Thank you to Sue O’Connor and Paul Driscoll for their assistance. Please see bdccareers.com for more detailed careers news. UTS - it is not too late to apply for Principals recommendation scheme. For more information go to http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate/essential-information/educational-access-schemes/principals Antipodeans Abroad Gap Break spots for 2014 are filling up!! 1 - 6 month placements are available throughout Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Europe. 2014 Summer Camp applications are now open. Robyn Crisp Careers Advisor

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25 October | 2013

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Year 8 has completed their final assessment for the unit about masks. The following students received top marks and deserve to have their work celebrated this week! Congratulations to all the students who created such sophisticated pieces!

Amelia Barbaresco

London Hawke

Miko Pringle

Taya Lee

Timothy Wilson-Douglas

Rebecca Brown Visual Arts Faculty

primary school from the head of primary Our last SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) unit for this year is called Changes. Kindergarten to Year 6 students will be talking about the changes in their lives and learning to look at changes in their lives with excitement rather than concern. At this time of year there seem to be many changes for students, they are talking about the class they will be in next year, who will be their new teacher and who else will be in their class. It seems to me that the anxiety they sometimes feel can be alleviated at home by supportive parents who listen to their worries but then show them the possibilities. It is lovely to have your best friend in your class each year, but if they are not, there is the opportunity to make new friends. Sometimes parents are concerned that the personality of the teacher does not match their child. I am surprised that sometimes we don’t look more clearly at helping our children accept each teacher and look for the great things they all do. Building resilience in our kids is vital for them to have happy adult lives. Doing everything for them, trying to alleviate any worries does not help them to bounce back. It is vital that we all model how we can deal with issues and disappointments in life. If we do everything for our kids they will continue to be dependent. On the other side of the coin, many children are excited by changes that happen to and around them. A new house, a new baby, grandma coming to live with them. These are all big changes in a child’s life and with support from parents, children can adapt to any new situation. We have a wonderful group of counsellors at our school. I know it is sometimes hard to be a parent and make the right decisions for our children. Please feel free to avail yourself of our staff if you need help in any aspect, it is always great to get an outside perspective. The Year 5 camp was again a great success. There was lots of fun and laughter, and I know there were some bouts of homesickness. Everyone returned with stories to tell of the adventures they had, the food, the sleeping quarters and the Giant Swing! I know some students achieved more than they expected and have more confidence in themselves as a result. Year 2 and 4 swimming is up and running and again I have seen children push themselves to fight their fears. Putting your face in the water when you are really frightened is a marvellous achievement and a breakthrough for some. The swimming program is timed so that students can enjoy the water over the summer break. We were excited at assembly yesterday when the school was chosen as the Waterwise School of Coffs Harbour this year. Many thanks to Mr Freeman and his students in 6F who conducted a water audit of the school and discovered how much water is wasted through dripping taps. We are all more conscious now of the need to conserve water. Mr Penny and his ‘Toads’ performed today for Stage 1 to remind them of the importance of water in our lives and how we need to all take responsibility to save water. I am sure you have all been reminded about the Halloween Disco next Thursday evening. It will start at 5pm and conclude at 6.30pm so if you need to dash out to do late night shopping this will give you the opportunity. There will be a few bits to buy from the canteen and the P&F will set up a coffee stall for parents who wish to stay. The Student Leadership Team is fundraising for our charity, Bikes for Cambodia so we are asking for a gold coin donation. We have a little sister school in Cambodia and children walk a long way to get to school. Having a bicycle will allow them to get to school faster and more often. Halloween costumes are welcome and there will be several fun activities in between the dancing. I hope to see you all there. Karin Lisle Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

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SLT News On Thursday 31 October, the Primary SLT are organising a K-6 Disco and Mr Adrian Penny has kindly agreed to be the DJ on the night. The Canteen will be open for the purchase of fruit juice poppers, fruit tube icy poles and packets of chips. This event will be our main fundraiser for this term and the details are below. Date: Thursday 31 October Time: 5pm - 6:30pm Venue: BDC Secondary Green Room Cost: Gold coin donation Theme: Halloween A safe and fun way to enjoy the evening! Maretta Wood On behalf of the Primary SLT

Musical Notes Ensembles Concert - Wednesday 6th November, The Branson Centre The Bishop Druitt College Music Department invites parents and friends to enjoy musical performances by our wonderful students at the annual Ensembles Evening. The cost of entry is by donation. All proceeds will be used towards a planned Music Tour to the Sunshine Coast in 2014 and new instruments for the students. There will be raffles, a sausage sizzle, cold drinks, tea/coffee and snacks from 5:00pm. Performance commences at 6:00pm sharp and will conclude at around 7:30 pm. Please ensure that your child arrives by 5.15pm for tuning and direction and so they have plenty of time to eat. All students are required to wear full summer uniform. Your child will need to bring his/her music and instrument (if applicable).

Community Carols The Community Carols night is fast approaching and will go ahead on Tuesday 26 November in the Green Room (Branson Centre for wet weather). Some classes have been rehearsing performances for this event and all others are invited to join in on the night, no rehearsing necessary, just fun and friendship. Choristers are required to meet Mrs Stuart at 5:30pm in the Green Room for warm up. ELC are performing a nativity scene (character costume requirements will be advised in class), Kindergarten students are asked to dress as an Angel, the Performance Choir and Year 1 to Year 4 are asked to wear green, white or red shirts with dark coloured pants/skirts. Please ensure that your child arrives by 5.30pm, ready to commence the evening at 6:00pm. Food, drinks and novelty items will be available for purchase from 5pm or of course BYO picnic!

Assembly performance Thank you to Olivia Blythe and The Eastern Province for their terrific performances at assembly this week! Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

college sport Basketball Last week BDC sent six teams up to Grafton to compete in the NCIS Basketball Championships. The competition was as hot as the weather at Grafton, but the strength of BDC Basketball shone through on the day with all six of our teams making it through to the semi finals. With all our Year 5’s away on camp, we only had one regular playing team at Grafton, who were the Year 6 Division 1 Girls coached by Mrs Lang. It was a great achievement for the other two teams to make it through the round games and semi finals. Both our girls teams played off in the final of the primary girls championship, which was a great match as the Division 2 girls were very determined to knock-off the other girls. However the Division 1 girls took control of the game and deserved to win. Our boys team, which was made up from students who are not regular players, did really well to make it to the final. They played a great game against Cape Byron Steiner School and it went down to the wire, with our boys unfortunately losing in a very closely contested final match.

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Our secondary teams played really well all day and both the boys teams were extremely unlucky to lose their semi final matches, but the two teams that contested the final, (TAS and CVAS), were probably the form teams all day. Our girls on the other hand breezed

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though their matches and were referred to by all the other teams as “Australia”. We have a wealth of exceptionally talented girls in our team and they really were head and shoulders above the competition. In fact the Lindisfarne team that our girls played against in the final, said that they weren’t too worried about losing the game by such a large margin, because they lost to Australia! Congratulations to all our players on the day who performed so well, with BDC winning the Primary Girls and the Secondary Girls Shields. Thank you also to the following students who probably refereed more games than they played on the day: Zara Baldwin, Rebecca Black, Courtney Smith, Danielle McMahon, Jordan Black, Mac Nebo, John Kambere and Campbell Robertson. Please note: There will be no Basketball for primary this Sat 26 Oct.

Student Achievements A reminder for parents to please email me or Mrs Hilton (jwebber@bdc.nsw.edu.au / bhilton@bdc.nsw.edu.au) with individual student sporting achievements outside school, as many students are reluctant to talk about their achievements. We can only report on what we know and while some information filters down, there are many of our students who have achieved fantastic results outside school and I would like to make sure that each and every one of them receives the recognition they deserve. So please feel free to “boast” to us about your child’s sporting achievements and include some photos.

UpComing Events CIS U15s Tennis CIS Gymnastics Douglas Shield Cricket Australasian Futsal Champs

Oct 25, Sydney Nov 6, Sydney Nov 6, at TAS Nov 8 – 10 Tweed Heads

Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 1 Nov 4 Nov 6 Nov 7-8 Nov 8 Nov

Year 7 (2014) Orientation Day Dyslexia Dismantled presented by Laughton King. More... Ensembles Concert in the Branson Centre Year 10 Examination HSC Examinations conclude

bus passes All students who are currently in Year 2 and going into Year 3 (2014) need to complete a new Bus Pass Application. Likewise all students who are currently in Year 6 and going into Year 7 (2014) will also have to complete a new Bus Pass Application. Busways have sent out letters to existing students attaching new Bus Pass Applications for 2014, but if you travel with another transport operator eg: Ryans or Sawtell Coaches, you will need to obtain a new Application from the front admin office as soon as possible.

Alumni Report Mickeela Toneycliffe (HSC 2003) – is the owner of Mickeela Toneycliffe – Makeup Artist Coffs Harbour and mother of one Ross Shepherd (HSC 2003) – is completing his National Customs Broker’s licence while working as a customs operator and compiler at SDV Australia and living in beautiful Cronulla Laura Dempsey (HSC 2003) - recently married (Assissou), living in Paris and is a primary school teacher Alyce Spoehr (Parker) (HSC 2003) - mother of three, qualified marriage celebrant and youth pastor at Harbour Church, Coffs Harbour Rhys Bonventi (HSC 2003) – is a Bellingen Golf Course attendant Chris Ralph (HSC 2003) – is a Chef and father of one, living in Ballina Scott Rodham Alumni Officer

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Educationist • Author • Mediator • Counsellor • Trainer • Public Speaker

Laughton

King MSocSci, Dip Ed Psych

Dyslexia

Dismantled 4 November 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm Bishop Druitt College Taking his life-time experience as a ‘dyslexic learner’ and his thirty years as an educational, child and family psychologist, Laughton has spent the last three years offering short seminars to teachers, parents, specialist educators and those working with children and young people around issues of dyslexia.

“As a dyslexic person myself, I have a fair understanding of the nightmare that many of these children are living through… there are probably five or more in every classroom in the country.” Laughton has become an expert in his area of weakness (language and dyslexia) and in his seminars, he looks at developing an understanding and pictorial definition of ‘dyslexia’, the implications for the child and also for their parents and teachers.

No parent of a student that struggles with learning should miss this.

TiCkeTs $15 for BDC Parents $35 for non-BDC Parents Light refreshments available

To book tickets, visit www.bdc.nsw.edu.au/events This is aN aDulT oNly eveNT

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Kathmandu corporate sale is on again from Thursday 24 Oct until Sunday 10 Nov. This will be the last corporate sale before Year 7 camp in February 2014. The sale is open to all friends and family of Bishop Druitt College staff and students, but remember to take some BDC ID with you.

Dear Bishop Druit College Staff and Students,

You’re invited to our exclusive Community Event! The Kathmandu Community and Corporate offer is a fantastic opportunity to purchase clothing and equipment for your personal and professional use at corporate prices.

Offer valid: Thursday 24th October – Sunday 10th November. Please distribute this offer to all Students and Employees. All they need to do is present proof of involvement at their nearest Kathmandu store to take advantage of some great prices. Please note, this offer is only valid between 24/10/13 – 10/11/13 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Purchases are strictly for personal use only, not for resale of any kind. Kathmandu reserve the right to refuse purchase. Don’t forget to check out some of the great deals on offer on the following page. We look forward to seeing you in one of our stores soon! Matthew Watts, Retail General Manager, Australia

Parents And Friends BDC Annual Golf Day - Sunday 20 October The Bishop Druitt College Annual Golf Day was on last Sunday 20 October. It was a great social day enjoyed by all with lots of wonderful prizes and raffle items. Thank you to everyone who was involved. Congratulations to our winners of the day, the Fuji Xerox team (Gary Evans, Michael Crossland, Tim Bennett & Brad Lewis).

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 18 November, 2:00pm, Senior Common Room, refreshments provided

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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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The College and P&F would like to thank the following businesses for making the annual golf day a huge success

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GEOFF KING

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Parties - Will You Allow Alcohol at Your Adolescent’s Party? Many parents and carers will be helping young people in their family celebrate birthdays, special occasions, finishing their school year or leaving school. It is time for careful planning so that everyone enjoys themselves. Some parents may not be aware of their responsibilities in relation to supplying alcohol to under 18’s. Regardless of where the function will be held, it is against the law to obtain for, or supply alcohol to anyone under 18 years of age even at private parties. This activity is called secondary supply of alcohol - an offence that carries a maximum penalty of $5,500 per offence or $11,000 and 12 months prison in very serious circumstances. On the spot fines of $550 can also be issued by police. This information comes to you from the NSW Department of Liquor, Gaming and Racing. Check their website for further information: http://www.olgr.nsw.gov.au/liquor_info_young_people_2nd_party.asp Points to consider: What do you do if an underage guest arrives with alcohol? What do you do if they arrive intoxicated? What do you do if your alcohol has been consumed during the course of the party? How can you plan a successful party that addresses these issues? It is much easier to plan and control what happens at your next party if you follow some simple guidelines. Here are some suggestions that can make a difference: • Ideally RSVP invitations should be issued, giving as many details as possible about times of starting and finishing, the nature of the party, a dress code, how it will be supervised and how guests will return home. Indicate guests will be required to bring their invitation for party entry. • On the invitation, suggest guest parents contact host parents to fine tune details and discuss any concerns. This will ensure parents are not pressured against their better judgement and gives everyone permission to talk about supervision, safety, alcohol and drug issues etc. • Have only one entrance or exit to make it easier to control who attends your party. • Guest lists should be kept to a manageable size. If guest numbers are large, ask other parents to assist with supervision or consider hiring security personnel. • Host parents need to be aware of appropriate return transport for guests and/or provide overnight, supervised accommodation. • Make it clear in advance it is an alcohol free party. (Parents are reminded of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing penalties cited earlier). • Alcohol at parties is not easily supervised. Alcohol can easily be consumed in advance or mixed with soft drinks prior to the party. Alcohol may be left outside in cars or hidden in bushes. Although these problems can occur, they are less likely if the party is well supervised. • Confiscate BYO alcohol from under 18s. Return it to their parents or carers. • If guests are a mixture of under and over 18s, there is less control over the consumption of alcohol. A nominated adult should serve alcohol. • Actively serve non-salty food throughout the party. This will slow down alcohol consumption for those who are drinking. • Attractive non-alcoholic drinks should always be provided. For example, “Mocktails”, non-alcoholic punches, soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee, tea and of course, water. • If under 18s consume alcohol or other drugs during the party, their parents should be contacted and asked to collect them. Parents should be advised of unacceptable behaviour. • Be firm about excluding gatecrashers. If admittance is by invitation only, gatecrashers are less likely. Prior to the party, encourage students not to broadcast party details in the school community, via the Internet or mobile phone. If gatecrashers arrive, ask them to leave immediately or tell them the police will be called. • Parents should be present and provide active supervision throughout the party. • If you are planning a large party, it may be a good idea to employ security guards. Register your party with NSW Police NSW Police have developed a range of strategies and an online Party Sign Up form which must be completed at least 72 hours before your party. Register your party at www.mynite.com.au. This way local Police will know that you are having a party and can offer support. Have emergency numbers handy and call police before the situation gets out of control. Advise neighbours of your party as common courtesy. Other useful websites to help you plan a successful party and avoid problems: http://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/languagesupport/alcohol/acs_english.pdf http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/hot_topics/safe_party http://www.youthsafe.org/safe_celebrate.html This website has current safe partying information, games, and competitions on how to party safely for young people and information for parents

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BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE COFFS HARBOUR

Issue # 32 25 October | 2013

Talking to Young People about Alcohol and Drugs

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It is best for education about alcohol and drugs to begin before young people are exposed to personal decisions about their use. Young people who have accurate information, coping and decision making skills and understand the issues, will be in a good position to make responsible decisions about alcohol and drugs. Parents provide a powerful role model when it comes to drinking and attitudes to alcohol and other drugs. Take time to talk. Sitting down with the young person in your care and mapping out a plan of action and what to say if they are offered drugs or alcohol can help equip them for the almost inevitable real event. Listen to what the young person in your family says about alcohol and drugs and follow up with a discussion. Take the opportunities when they come up during everyday activities, for example: When you pour a glass of alcohol When alcohol or other drugs are mentioned on TV or other media When using or giving out medicines When your young person has an assignment on alcohol, smoking, medicines or other drugs. It is important to understand that in some situations young people may take risks. Sitting down afterwards and helping them identify where things started to go wrong enables them to consider what they could do differently the next time they are faced with a similar situation. Australian Alcohol Guideline for Children and young people under 18 Not drinking alcohol is the safest option. For children under 15 Parents and carers are advised that children under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking and that for this age group, not drinking is especially important. For Young people aged 15-18 years The safest option is to delay the initiation of drinking for as long as possible. Australian Alcohol Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009 can be found at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/file/publications/synopses/ds10-alcohol.pdf

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