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From The Principal It was a pleasure having Robbie Deans, the current Wallabies coach visit the school on Wednesday. It is rare for provincial cities to have visitors of his calibre, and rarer still for provincial schools to have the chance to host a national coach of any sport. Despite his credentials in the game of rugby (146 games for Canterbury, nineteen games for the All Blacks with five Test caps in that number, and coached the Crusaders to three Super 12, and then two Super 14 championships), I was struck by his humility. He spoke from the experience of a life growing up in a country town in the South Island, having risen to the pinnacle of his chosen sport. His message is one that resonates with all. He spoke of taking nothing for granted. He urged our students to look outside of themselves, and to look to contribute to the ‘bigger picture’. At a breakfast earlier in the day, he spoke of his desire to build a new Wallabies outfit that did just that – looked outside of itself, giving back to the community that supports it. It is a cogent message for our children. Your sacrifices as parents have given them a wonderful learning environment at Bishop Druitt College. Our job is to nurture in them the will to do their best in whatever they do. Within the framework of our Anglican mission, we must seek to develop in them a sensitivity to those around them, and especially to those less fortunate. Developing the social capital that will see our young men and women make a difference to their world will start with them taking nothing for granted. My thanks to Mr Doran and Mr Pitman for their efforts in organising his visit. Go to Robbie Deans Photo gallery on BDC website

Alan Ball Principal

Pastoral Care Chaplain’s chat I wonder if anyone in our community can remember the song ‘Respect’ that was written by Ottis Redding in 1965 and performed by Aretha Franklin in 1967? Yes I am showing my age I know, possibly many of you were not even born until much later, but I was reminded recently that in our ever-changing world we sometimes struggle with things like respect and courtesy. The lyrics of the chorus are “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me”. It makes me wonder what does respect mean to each one of us? As a mother and grandmother I am well aware that we teach our children by the way that we act and indubitably by example to one another, our families, friends and to the wider community. Therefore how we communicate respect is most important. Children learn respect through observance. This is one way that they learn to honour their parents, by observing how their parents honour one another and their grandparents and on it goes. Our children learn through instruction and it is our duty to instruct them in the reasons for being respectful. How do we do that and by what measure? The Bible teaches us in Proverbs 22:6 ‘Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.’ These principles equip our children for success in life and, expressed in many ways, respect is learning how to treat ourselves and others with fairness and dignity. It involves learning to work together, manage conflict and to value differences. 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 Rev Marion Tanfield Chaplain

anti-bullying week Today is the start of National Anti-Bullying Week. As a reminder to all parents and students of the College, I have copied the beginning of the Anti-bullying and Harassment statement that has been posted on the College website, in case you have not seen it. Bishop Druitt College Policy Statement Bishop Druitt College is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all members of its community. All members of staff have the responsibility to report conduct that may be unlawful and/or bullying and harassment. Rationale The College is charged with the responsibility of fostering the physical, emotional, moral and educational health of students and staff within its care. The College does not tolerate bullying and harassment behaviours of any kind.

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At Bishop Druitt College all students and staff should: • Be treated fairly and with respect • Be able to be themselves • Feel safe and feel heard • Feel able to learn • Have fun and enjoy school • Be proud of being part of the College community • Be respectful and considerate to each other • Accept and respect individual differences • Contribute positively to the learning environment • Act responsibly, sensibly and respect the opinions of others • Always try their best in work and leisure • Respect the environment and values of the College As you may be aware, we are conducting a survey for all members of the community to have their say: Are we doing enough to discourage bullying behaviour? Are there specific areas where we need to encourage more positive behaviours? Do we act well enough when dealing with bullying behaviours? When the parent survey is posted to you next week, I urge you to participate so we have a full picture of what is happening in our school. We can then adjust our programs to support all students to feel safe in their community. Karin Lisle Director of Pastoral Care K-12

secondary school from the head of secondary The Year 11 and 12 Parent-Teacher-Student evening took place on Wednesday evening and was a successful event for all involved. The Year 10 evening will be here in the College Library on Thursday 22 March commencing at 4pm. Whilst we endeavour to provide as much time as possible for parents and students to speak with staff, we must remain realistic about what is physically possibly on these evenings. Please remember to keep the time to five minutes and if there are ongoing topics of discussion, the teacher can arrange another time that is suitable. If you do not get the opportunity to see us on this evening, please feel free to contact teachers by phone or email to discuss your child’s progress. Year 12 Examinations commence on Wednesday and I would like to wish the students every success over this period. We liken the HSC experience to an Olympic Marathon – it is never a sprint. Students have the opportunity to pace themselves across the year and make a final burst once in the stadium completing the final lap. The Half Yearly Examinations mark the first “energy drink station” where they have the chance to regroup, refuel and reassess their progress – it is not the end of the race! Go well Year 12. Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

languages This past Sunday marked the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan. Some of you may have seen the program, Children of the Tsunami. For those who missed it, is still available on ABC iview: http://www.abc.net.au/iview. This may be of particular interest to our students of Japanese. We have commenced an exchange program with Centre Scolaire Aux Lazaristes, a private school in Lyon, France. As part of this exchange, one of their female students would like to come to Australia for approximately 8 weeks in June/July this year. Please note that this includes the 3-week break. In return, her family and school would like to host one of our students for a similar period over our Christmas break. This would be a fantastic opportunity for any serious student of French who would like to improve his/her language skills and cultural knowledge. Any students or parents who are interested in participating in this exchange are invited to contact me: kwyndham@bdc.nsw.edu.au. Katherine Wyndham Head of Languages

science If you are: aged between 13 and 18, interested in Science and want to travel to Europe or New York this winter - please consider an Oxbridge Academic Program. You would be taught by top academics and study in one of the scholarly centres of the world – Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona or New York. There is a wide range of choices from Sports Medicine to Astronomy. For more information collect a postcard from the Science Prep 1 door. In November last year, all Year 8 students participated in the ESSA test. Results have arrived at the school and are being distributed to students in science classes during Week 7. The results were very pleasing: • 2.9% of students gained a Level 6 result • 29.9% of BDC students gained Level 5 or above • 79.5% of BDC students gained Level 4 or above

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The average mark gained by BDC students ranked above state average in all areas of the test. All students are to be congratulated for their efforts but special mention should go to our highest achievers - Joel Anderson, Connor Pallet, Alexander Parker and Wayyln Turner. Please comment and sign your child’s diary to confirm to the current Year 9 science teachers that you have received the results. Alison Hollier Science Faculty

primary school STUDENT / PARENT / TEACHER INTERVIEWS All parents should by now have been contacted by their child’s class teacher to arrange a time to meet to discuss progress so far and to set goals for the remainder of the year. If for any reason you have not been contacted, please advise your child’s teacher either through the Student Diary, via email or by phone.

UNIFORM Please refer to page 26 of the Student Diary if you have any queries about uniform. There are a couple of recurring issues involving socks and shoes. Please note that ankle socks are not permitted. If your child does not have clean BDC branded socks, they should wear plain navy or white socks that cover the ankles. Black skate style shoes or runners are not acceptable. Please encourage your children to show pride in their school by wearing their uniform correctly. Graeme Naftel Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB The Book Club Issue No. 8 booklets have been distributed and orders will close on Friday 23 March. 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 for 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. Check the total of the order and enclose the correct money if paying cash. Cheques must be made out in one of two ways – either to ‘Scholastic Australia’ (no variations on this) or ‘Bishop Druitt College’. 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. • Finally, and very importantly, put your completed order plus payment in a securely sealed envelope, which has your child’s full name and class written on the front. 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 the ‘Free Picks’ and Bonus Points systems. Most importantly, it is a great way to keep our children reading. Linda Morgan Book Club Coordinator

grade of the week - Year 1 ‘CH’ as in chair and ‘TCH’ as in watch We have been learning some new sounds. We wrote sentences and stories that had the ‘ch’ phoneme in them. I love chocolate. The zoo is next to the beach. I have a match. I ate lunch. I sat on a chair. I have a chin. I have children. By Rose Jones (1B) At lunch I sat in a chair while eating my lunch. After lunch my children and I went to the beach. I brought some chocolate to eat and a cheese and lettuce sandwich. The chocolate dribbled down my chin. By Ellie Bond (1B)

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Sabine Dorz (1B) ‘City Homes’

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My Hero My hero is my mum because she helps me pack my school bag. She cuddles me and she cuddles my baby sister and my big sister. I also love my dad. By Meagan Husband (1G) My hero is my Dad because he is very strong. He helped me build a cubby house out the back. It has a trap door. By Jack Rose (1G) Descriptive Sentences Under the sea there are turtles that glide. By Claudie Tyler (ELC1) Beautiful dolphins leap in the air and dive into the sea. By Georgia McErvale (ELC1) Alliteration Smelly sea slugs slide secretly. By Tom O’Connor (ELC1) Shivali Bagga (1G) ‘The Castle’

Cranky crabs crawl carefully. By Nelson Sharp (ELC1) Terrific turtles tip-toe. By William Simmonds (ELC1)

Sandon Carpenter and Amy Gillespie (ELC1) Underwater landscape

Musical Notes superstrings camp It’s on again! Dates are Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. If you haven’t already done so, please return permission notes to Ms Ray or the Music office by the end of this week.

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.

Multicultural Harmony Festival The Year 1 and 2 Choir will be representing Bishop Druitt College at the Harmony Day this year. Children in Year 1 and 2 who are going to participate in this performance are asked to arrive at the marshalling area (behind the sound shell) at the Botanic Gardens by 10am for the 10:30am performance. Please make sure your child wears their full summer school uniform. We look forward to seeing you there.

Double Bass There is an opportunity for a student to learn the double bass. We now have one available for lessons. If your child is keen to learn this versatile instrument and become a part of the ensemble program at school, please contact the Music Office on 6651 5644 ext 218. As an incentive to commence lessons, the Music Department will cover the hire fee for this double bass. This is a half size, beginner’s double bass, so it will fit in most vehicles (slightly larger than a cello) and would therefore suit a primary student. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

college sport rugby league Last week saw the first games of rugby league for the year with the CRL organising a sevens tournament for local schools at Rex Hardaker Oval. BDC fielded teams in the U13’s U14’s and U15’s and played great football in very hot conditions. The U13’s played some great football, losing their first two matches narrowly to just miss out on the finals. Both the U14 and U15 sides also played fantastic team football, with both teams going down in the finals. Thanks to Mr Andrews and Mr Driscoll for their assistance and great coaching skills.

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A number of students have reported that they are unable to host billets for the touring St George’s Rugby Union sides, who arrive on Monday 26 March. We desperately need some more families to come forward to offer assistance with providing places for these billets. Please contact Mr Webber at jwebber@bdc.nsw.edu.au ASAP if you can help.

Cross Country The Primary cross country will be held on Tuesday 20 March commencing at 1.30pm. This year we hope the weather stays fine so we can hold the event on College grounds. All Students will need to wear their sport uniform on this day. A plain house coloured T-shirt is permitted. Parents are welcome to attend, but please be aware that traffic controls will be in place as the runners will be crossing roadways. No vehicles will be permitted to enter or leave the College carparks between 1.30pm and 3pm.

touch football One Primary Boys team and three Secondary teams travelled to Murwillumbah for the NCIS Touch Football Championships, which is a selection pathway for state representation. Despite very poor weather all teams competed strongly with the primary team and two secondary teams finishing in third place. Congratulations to Kalani Morris and Darcy Newell for Primary, and Brad Gordon, Harrison Phillips, Jenny Taffs and Alanah Beard from Secondary who have been selected in the NCIS team to play in Sydney in June. Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 18 Mar Multicultural Harmony Day 19 Mar Drama excursion - selected Year 9 students 20 Mar Primary Cross Country Opens Rugby League Gala Day 20-23 Mar CSIRO Visit - Year 7-10 science classes 22 Mar Primary CIS Swimming Year 10 Parent / Teacher / Student night - from 4pm in the BDC Library 26-28 Mar St George’s College, Vancouver, Rugby visit

out of school hours care With the Easter school holidays fast approaching, we ask that you have a look at the fun and exciting activities we will be doing during vacation care. Excursion activities out and about include; fun at the Big Banana waterslides, a party at McDonald’s, a trip to Coffs Harbour Cinema to watch Dr Seuss: The Lorax and a barbeque at The Jetty for parents to attend as well. Meanwhile, in-centre we will; celebrate Easter with an Easter egg hunt, enjoy snow cones on Thirsty Thursday and make our own cold rock, after a huge water fight. A copy of the program and booking form is available on the school website. Please ensure during vacation care your child/ren attend with morning tea, lunch, a drink bottle, enclosed shoes, a hat and wearing sunscreen. If your child requires medication or an epi-pen, please notify staff on your arrival. Please return your booking form to the front office, OSHC administration or via email to oshc@bdc.nsw.edu.au as soon as possible as places are limited and fill up fast. Natalie Franco OSHC Coordinator

community program - Go 4 Fun Do you have children 7 to 13 years old? Are you worried they might be above their healthy weight range? Go4Fun is a FREE program which aims to teach kids how to be healthy and fit and stay that way! The program runs during the school term and has been specifically designed for children aged 7-13 years and their primary carer/s in a relaxed atmosphere with trained nutritionist and exercise leaders. The Go4Fun program provides a fun approach to learning skills for life, such as preparing and eating healthy foods, reading food labels, keeping fit and healthy shopping on a budget. Participants in the program last term highly recommend the program, describing improvements in their children’s fitness, physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem. Families living on the Coffs Coast are welcome to take part in term two of the Go4Fun program in Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga. Coffs Harbour Woolgoolga Narranga Primary School Woolgoolga Primary School Monday and Wednesday 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Start date: Monday, 30th April 2012 Start date: 24th April 2012

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To register please contact Go4Fun on 1800 780 900 or text 0409 745 645 for a call back. For more information please contact Hayley Johnson at the Coffs Harbour Women’s Health Centre on 02 6652 8111 or hjohnson@chwhc.com.au

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