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BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE COFFS HARBOUR

Issue # 5 2 March | 2012

College News

from the principal This week saw the first of our Year level camps take place at Mebbin, which is near Mt Warning. Half of Year 7 are still away, and will return tomorrow. For some of our Year 7 students participating on this camp represents some firsts – a first time away from home for some; the longest time away from home for others; a first time camping; and significantly, the first chance they have had time to get to know new friends with whom they will share the journey through high school. I am grateful for the hard work of Mr Jamie Murgatroyd and the various members of staff who attended the camp with our Year 7 students. I look forward to hearing many camp stories next week, and am sure that there will be some interesting reports in next week’s newsletter. Congratulations to Mr Craig Verbruggen, who was appointed as Head of Mathematics this week. Mr Verbruggen has been Acting Head of Faculty this term, following Mr Hastings’ move to Armidale last year. Mr Verbruggen was clearly the strongest candidate among an international field of applicants. I am also pleased to report that I have made a verbal offer to a very experienced teacher of Physics. I will make a formal announcement once the signed contract is returned. This is very good news for our current HSC Physics students. I have also appointed Mr Santo Cimino to the staff as a teacher of guitar (and jazz). He has worked at BDC for some time as a peripatetic teacher of Music. Upon receipt of another signed contract, I will also be able to announce the name of our new Assistant Registrar. With our Building the Education Revolution funding we were able to extend the existing Secondary library as we built the new Primary library. This combined complex will be officially named ‘The Langford-Smith Resource Centre’ on 30 March. Ken LangfordSmith, a former Headmaster of The Armidale School, is a founding father of Bishop Druitt College. His vision was a driving force in the creation of our school, so it is appropriate that we dedicate our first named building in his honour. Alan Ball Principal

Pastoral care Chaplain’s Chat As we begin our journey through Lent, we begin a journey of promise to an end that we cannot yet see, but to which we head in hope. We are reminded of that hope in Yahweh’s promise to Noah, to us and every living creature in the covenant that we read in Genesis 9:8-17 “Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth” “Look for the rainbow as a sign of Yahweh’s promise of hope to all of creation.” This quote from the Dalai Lama might begin a conversation about how the rainbow covenant binds us to each other and all living things: “Compassion can be roughly defined in terms of a state of mind that is non-violent, non harming, non aggressive. It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect toward the other.” The Art of happiness: a handbook for living by His holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler,MD (Australia, Hachette,1998), p114 For our students who are involved in rugby, we begin a season that they too head to in hope as this week marks the start of a new season for them with their involvement in the Stadium rugby day. Rev David and I are privileged to support our students as rugby chaplains. This means getting those jerseys out and visiting our students training sessions and giving them words of encouragement to carry them through the 2012 season. Perhaps you will see us cooking sausages on the odd occasion at home games. Throughout our journey may we grow and reap the good harvest as we too discover Jesus together. Date Claimers: Are you free on Saturday 31 March at 2.30p.m? If so perhaps you might like to join us for ‘Chat Coffee Cake in Community’ at Birdies restaurant at Gardenmania at Boambee. If you are interested please contact Karen Downie on 0414 239 624 Peace Rev Marion Tanfield Chaplain

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Issue # 5 2 March | 2012

College News

peer relations Bishop Druitt College is especially interested in ensuring that all students enjoy positive relations with their peers. To help us achieve this, we are going to gather information from the entire school community. This includes students, parents and teachers. Questionnaires are being prepared and will be administered to members of each of these groups. The questionnaires will contain questions regarding the general happiness of students, the frequency and nature of any bullying or harassment they have encountered at the school, how safe everyone feels when they are at school, and how students, parents and teachers can work together to achieve and maintain a positive school environment and a good standard of interpersonal behaviour. Participation in this study is entirely anonymous. We will ensure that no participant will be identified and the results will remain confidential. If you have any questions or comments about this initiative or any other pastoral care issue, please feel free to contact me. Ph: 66515644 ext 269 | klisle@bdc.nsw.edu.au Karin Lisle Director of Pastoral Care K-12

secondary school from the head of secondary I have had the opportunity to visit our Year 7 students and teachers at camp this week. I am always impressed with the approach taken by our students to get involved and give things a go. They faced some hidden fears that has personally challenged many and they have certainly enjoyed getting close to nature. The Outdoor Education Program is an essential part of our Secondary education and I thank Mr Jamie Murgatroyd for his superb organisational skills, Mr James Brown for his dedication as Year 7 Coordinator and all of the staff who attended over the week. It is (amazingly) half way through the term this week. Senior school students should have definitely settled into a routine of study and homework to prepare for assessment tasks that have been given. It can take some time for Middle school aged students to find their groove when it comes to the concept of routine. The concept of Primary school for many Year 7 students is a distant memory and new challenges are now appearing for them to face. Please communicate issues with us so that we are aware of any such issues that your children are facing. I have attempted to negotiate with bus companies this week regarding the lateness of a few of our buses. Unfortunately the highway road works north of Coffs Harbour is being blamed for some tardy buses and the company will not adjust their timetables to compensate for the slower travel time. My suggestion to all affected by this is to contact bus companies directly. They are providing the service to you and your children and they need to be made aware if it is not satisfactory. Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

St. John’s Opportunity Shop The Op Shop Roster will now appear on the College website under Pastoral Care – Outreach. The roster for Term 1 only is uploaded at the moment. The rosters for later terms will appear on the website just prior to the commencement of each term. Barb Kiemski Op Shop Coordinator

Science As part of their Chemistry unit, Year 9 students have been learning about the structure of molecules and their chemical reactions. They thoroughly enjoyed investigating the explosive nature of hydrogen (under very well-controlled and safe scientific conditions!). In less dramatic circumstances, they prepared intricate models of some very complex organic molecules such as glucose. Sue Siwinski Head of Science

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Issue # 5 2 March | 2012

careers

College News

The next major event for Year 12 is the Regional University Roadshow. It will be here at the College on Wednesday 14 March 2012 from 11.00am - Midday. All Year 12 students are expected to attend. Parents are also very welcome. DTS scholarships are due in this week. Students interested in going to the UNE Open Day on Friday 4 May, see me to add your name. Anyone interested in the Rural Clinical School Coffs Harbour Hospital from 1-4 May, please see me for further details. Applications require a school reference and a copy of last years’ report. Applications close 5.00pm Thursday 5 April. Students interested in the Defence Force presentation Wednesday 28 March 11-11.30am please see me to register. All students interested in overseas school exchanges and volunteer gap year ideas, browse literature in the Careers lounge. Application deadlines for summer 2013 are soon. Go to http://www.year12whatnext.gov.au for further help on planning post-school education and training and future work opportunities. Robyn Crisp Careers Advisor

primary school COMMUNICATION This week we sent home three notes electronically. Emails were sent to all families warning of an outbreak of impetigo in the Primary School and to advise of a change of date for the Cross Country Carnival, and one was to parents of children in Years 3-6 about ICAS competitions. We are still ironing out a few bugs with this form of communication, so if you have missed out on receiving this information, please contact Tracee Porter in Primary Administration tporter@bdc.nsw.edu.au to request further details. Over the coming weeks, class teachers will be making contact with families to arrange Student/Parent/Teacher interviews. It is expected that interviews be completed by the end of Week 9. Some teachers choose to conduct interviews over a period of several weeks, whilst others prefer to conduct all their interviews in a couple of lengthy sessions.

ELC - LIFE UNDER THE SEA The students from The Early Learning Centre are undertaking a unit of work based on life under the sea. The ELC are studying six aquatic species and after devising a series of questions, they visited the Pet Porpoise Pool to ‘ask an expert’. The students found this experience valuable and stimulating. Students are in the process of constructing a diorama of an underwater reef scene and a class textile project on reef fish. Local artist, Mrs Caroline Sharkey, visited to assist the students and inspire them with her own artwork. Graeme Naftel Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

Grade of the week - year 3 Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi is famous because he freed the Indian people from British rule. Gandhi is important because he did many things to save India. He didn’t eat for 21 days. The Indians didn’t eat any salt until the British left. He was motivated by his religious beliefs. He found the verses in the Hindu Holy Book, the Bhagavad Gita, inspired him and lifted his spirits when he was sad. He wanted peace and fairness for all. Gandhi’s beliefs were shaped by an incident when he was a 24 year old lawyer. He experienced terrible discrimination. He was kicked off a train for trying to ride in the first class carriage (for which he had a ticket). He was beaten up for refusing to give his seat on a stagecoach to a European person and had to go to court where he was ordered to remove his turban. Gandhi refused and began a lifetime of resistance work and protests. By Rohin Bagga (3/4R)

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Issue # 5 2 March | 2012

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Questions for the Deputy Mayor Year 3 students are learning about communities and what it means to be part of a community. Students are also building a wonderful new community in our rooms. Some of the questions 3M asked Mrs Knight on her visit were: Is it fun being in council? How do you take care of the community? Is it hard work being a councillor? How do you get into council? Do you sort out the money? Do you run meetings? Can you vote? Have you ever made mistakes? Do you like your job? Do you work for a business? Mrs Knight was very informative. At the end of her visit she looked at our work and danced the Macarena. It was fun. Visit by the Deputy Mayor

Cr Denise Knight

Councillor Denise Knight works in the Coffs Coast Council as Deputy Mayor. Year 3 is learning about ‘communities’ and the role of the council. On Friday 24 February, Denise spoke to Year 3 about what it is like to be a councillor and gave us some ideas for our community. It sounds like a hard job! If you have a problem like your road is bumpy, you go to her and she will sort it out. In her spare time Denise does tap dancing and eats cheese. She loves cheese. She does not like ice-cream or chocolate. You must be thinking what she has for Easter? Well, it’s cheese. She has cheester eggs! By Maxyn Dorz (3S)

Robert Sullivan (3M) Design for our new classroom community

Eden Rees (3/4R) Mosaic Portrait

Bryce Stafford (3S) Perspective Drawing

Musical Notes superstrings camp Thank you for the great response to the expression of interest for this camp. The dates are set for Saturday 31 March to Sunday 1 April at Sawtell Caravan Park. Permission and detailed information letters will be sent home next week.

Primary Training Band and Performance Band The Band Program has commenced and is going very well. There are a few spots left in the Primary Training and Performance Bands. If you are interested in learning something new, making new friends and joining a team, or already learn a band instrument, please drop into the Music Office and pick up a form or email hazel@mountaintoptimbers.com.au for more information.

Secondary Choir Choir rehearses every Wednesday afternoon from 3.20pm - 4.30pm in Music room one. The afternoon is filled with great songs, food and laughter. We are always eager to welcome new members, just make sure you have transport home, as there are no buses at that time. Any questions please contact either Mrs Stuart or Mr Condon on 6651 5644 ext 218.

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Issue # 5 2 March | 2012

Mr Santo Cimino

College News

Congratulations to Santo who has recently been employed by Bishop Druitt College. As such, you will no longer receive individual invoices from Santo. Instead, the fees for this tuition will be added to your College account as an “extra”.

Music Tutor invoices Parents of students who learn a musical instrument from one of our visiting music tutors will be aware that payment for Term 1 is now due. Please pay your music tutor’s invoice in a timely manner. Thank you. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

college sport cricket The Open Boys Cricket team has been knocked out of the Douglas Shield Competition after falling to Macquarie College in the third round of the competition. BDC were sent into bat first, scoring a modest total of 86. Top scorers were Luke Corlis (16) and Nick Allan (15). Macquarie passed the total with the loss of three wickets. Indoor Cricket Competitions will be starting up in the coming weeks. Please see Mr Webber for details.

NCIS Swimming Carnival Next Tuesday 52 swimmers will represent BDC at the NCIS regional swimming carnival at Lismore. 24 Secondary and 28 Primary students will be hoping for selection into the CIS teams. Good luck to all these competitors.

touch football The NCIS touch football championships are on at Murwillumbah on 14 March. Those students intending on participating are reminded to return their permission notes.

triathlon Tenielle Stubbs from Year 10 will be competing in the All Schools Triathlon next week. I’m sure you will all join me in wishing her every success in this tough competition.

golf Congratulations to Vienna Schoeffel who has been selected in the CIS golf team to play in the All Schools Championships at Wentworth Falls Golf Club in May. Vienna finished fourth at the recent CIS Championships, which were held at Windsor last week. Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 5-6 Mar NCIS Swimming Carnival 7 Mar Year 7 and Year 10 Vaccinations 12 Mar Year 9 Drama Excursion (for selected students) 13 Mar Vietnam Veteran’s Day for Year 10 students 14 Mar Stage 6 Parent / Teacher / Student evening

Out of school hours care Do you love ‘My Kitchen Rules’? Well, this week on Wednesday, it was the OSHC kitchen that ruled. We got creative and made some delicious pancakes for afternoon tea. We had special blue and green pancakes topped with maple syrup, fresh berries and whipped cream. If you would like to make a booking at OSHC (Out of School Hours Care) or come along on to try our tasty afternoon treats, please phone Natalie or Mariellos on 6651 7400, 0414 515 606 or our new email address oshc@bdc.nsw.edu.au Natalie Franco OSHC Coordinator

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