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Issue # 8 23 March | 2012

From The Principal

College News

Vale - Cheryl Whelan Mrs Cheryl Whelan joined the teaching staff of Bishop Druitt College on 20 January, 2001 and retired on 24 June, 2011. Cheryl taught HSIE, notably History and Legal Studies. She set high expectations for her students both in terms of their behaviour in class, but also for the academic standards to which she encouraged them to aspire. She was a tremendous administrator, with a meticulous eye for detail. This clearly rubbed off on many of her students, many of whom achieved excellence in their HSC courses. Cheryl was a pastor in the Life House church on Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour. She made no secret of her faith and held prayer groups at school with other members of staff. What was unknown about Cheryl was that she was an avid ‘Facebooker’, who maintained strong links via this medium with her former students after they left school. This was evident in the tributes to her left on her Facebook page following her passing. She was also and avid viewer of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’, who could chat soap opera gossip with the best of them. About five months after she retired, Cheryl was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She underwent surgery at John Hunter hospital, and then returned to Coffs Harbour. Her conditioned deteriorated and she was hospitalized at Baringa private hospital for the weeks before her death. Her retirement was all too brief, and all too sad. Cheryl’s faith sustained her in her final months. She was at peace with her condition, and faced death bravely. Cheryl died peacefully on Thursday, 16 March. Her funeral was held today. Many people in the Bishop Druitt College and wider Coffs Harbour community will sadly miss her. She leaves an indelible link to the past through her great great grandfather, Captain John Korff, the founder of this city.

P&F Catering Van On Tuesday, 27 March, the Parents and Friends Catering Caravan will make its debut as a mobile catering facility. It will be positioned adjacent to the rugby matches being played at school on Tuesday. It is a fantastic facility that was made possible by the hard work of the P&F. On Tuesday, it will operate as a mobile school canteen, serving similar fare to that of the main school canteen. Barista-style coffee will be available for sale as well. This will be on sale to our players and spectators involved in our rugby matches with visiting Canadian school, St George’s, Vancouver. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the operation of the P&F caravan either on Tuesday this week, or at an event in the future, please contact either Erika Smith or Ben Pike at school. Alan Ball Principal

Pastoral Care Chaplain’s chat ‘Shalom’. Most people have heard the word shalom and may have used it in their conversations. This term at Chapel we have been learning a song called ‘Shalom’. There are lots of interesting words in our language, with deeper meanings and significance and shalom is one of these. Shalom is a Hebrew word that is rich in meaning and carries a message. Most people know that ‘shalom’ means peace and is used to both greet people and to bid them farewell, but it means much more than ‘peace’ or hello or goodbye. Hebrew words go beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. Shalom is more than just simply peace; it is a complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, wellbeing and harmony. One biblical commentary says that, “Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.” Of course, there is only one way to find true shalom - and that is in relationship with God through Jesus. Many search for fulfillment, happiness and contentment in worldly things, material possessions and the accumulation of money. These might bring short-term happiness but are only temporary. Shalom in completeness is experienced in the relationships with Creator, friends and ‘neighbours’. Shalom. Rev David Morgan Assistant Chaplain

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Issue # 8 23 March | 2012

secondary school

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from the head of secondary End of Term It is important for you as families to understand our approach to the end of each term here at BDC. There should be no perception of down time towards the end of any term. Whilst I understand that staff, students and families become tired towards the end of term, it is essential that standards do not slip. This applies to the classroom approach of learning, behaviour at break times, punctuality and presentation in uniforms. Please support us in this effort to maintain standards through your conversations with your children. Special Presentation I was delighted to witness a special presentation at assembly this week to one of our Year 11 students, Fanus Tesfamicheal. She was the recipient of a Housing NSW scholarship via an application process. Mr Michael Summerill from Housing NSW was on board at our assembly to present the cheque and plaque to Fanus and she plans to use these funds in her pursuit to attend university to study Pharmacy. BUS 52 Ryans Bus Service has advised that starting in Term 2, they will no longer be accepting fare paying students on this afternoon route. This will not affect those students with the appropriate bus pass, but may cause some inconvenience for those students who use this service on an intermittent basis to travel to Park Ave. Please direct any queries or concerns to Nigel Tooth, Operations Manager of Ryans Bus Service, on 6652-3201. Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

Sophie Masson Spruiks Shakespeare Sophie Masson has written more than 30 novels, several of which are linked to Shakespeare’s stories and characters. The songs, stories, drama and poetry of the Bard have enchanted her since she was a child. Sophie spoke to the Year 8s on Wednesday 21st March. They are currently studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream in their English lessons, so her presentation to them about the exciting world of Shakespeare and the way his work can be adapted in different times and places, encouraged them to understand his appeal across the centuries and his relevance to them in Australia in 2012. Students were interested to discover that “Shakespeare was rich” (Chad McCauley) and that “his images are beautiful” (Alexis Warncken). We thank Sophie for her very engaging presentation and wish her all the best for her presentations at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 23-25 March. Sandra James English Faculty

science Armidale Forensic Science Camp – this highly recommended annual event will be held 26-30 June in Armidale. Year 8 students are invited to apply online at: www.forensic.as.edu.au Sue Siwinski Head of Science

The CSIRO Workshops at BDC this week

Italy Tour April 2013

Many students have shown an interest in this tour and I would like to ask that all “ Expression of Interest” notes come in by the end of Week 9, March 30. If any students from Years 9-11 are interested and have not got a note, they can come and see me in the HSIE staffroom. Please note that this is primarily a tour for students interested in the study of Ancient History, but would also be of benefit to those interested in the study of Italian or Visual Arts. I plan to hold an Information Evening early in Term 2. A tentative date and time is 6pm Tuesday 1 May – this will be confirmed later. Deposits would then be due in the weeks following this evening. For any questions please contact me via email bkiemski@bdc.nsw.edu.au Barb Kiemski Head of HSIE

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Issue # 8 23 March | 2012

OP SHOP VOLUNTEERS

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We have many keen and reliable volunteers who have begun their experience of working in the Op Shop. However, some students are still failing to check the roster and are not attending their shifts. It is imperative that the roster is checked early in the term and that students see me if there are any concerns. A reminder that the roster can be checked on the College Moodle under Co-Curricular Activities, or on the College Website – under Pastoral Care Outreach. Barb Kiemski Op Shop Coordinator

careers I can report that 77 university course offers were made to our Year 12 students from 2011 from the University Admissions Centre for NSW/ACT. A reminder to all Year 10 students - please secure a work experience place for June 12-15 before the end of this term. Paperwork must be submitted to the secondary office or to me by 4 April. Thank you in advance to parents for your guidance and assistance with this vital program for your children. The recent University Roadshow held at our College was a great success; As Mr Marshall (Southern Cross University student recruitment officer) said: “By pooling resources, Southern Cross University, Charles Sturt University and the University of New England are able to provide excellent advice to students in one visit, maximising the study options presented to students while minimising the amount of time students need to be away from the classroom.” The next Career Event is a Defence Force Presentation on 28 March. All interested Years 10-12 students need to add their names to the list outside the Careers lounge by Friday 23 March. The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour is currently seeking secondary school students aged 15-18, who would like to apply for an opportunity to participate on Rotary’s Youth Exchange program in 2013 to Sasebo Japan. The exchange is for 12 months where students will live with a number of host families and will be required to attend school. Contact me by email or in person for more information. Applications close soon. Robyn Crisp Careers Advisor

Sport Term 2 We are looking forward to Term 2 Winter Sports. The sports chosen by Year 9 and 10 students are published on the sport notice board. If they wish to change sports, students have the next two weeks to check the choices and change them. They can do this by getting a form from the Secondary Office. Year 7-8 students may also change to out of their set sports to netball or rugby union for Terms 2-3. They will need to get a form from the Secondary Office and get parents to sign it. Kellie Reinhold TIC Monday Sport

primary school from the head of primary Naming Ceremony This coming Friday 30 March will see the official opening of the Primary Library. All Senior Primary students will attend this formal event, which will commence at 9.30am, weather permitting in the Primary Quad. The ‘Langford-Smith Resource Centre’, named after one of the College’s founding fathers, will be officially named by the Bishop of Grafton, The Right Reverend Keith Slater. ASSEMBLIES This week’s assembly was the final K-6 assembly for the term. One formal assembly per week is sufficient for Primary aged students, and next week’s Naming Ceremony will suffice for Week 9. In Week 10 the whole school will assemble for the Easter service, which is scheduled for 9am on Thursday 5 April. Junior Primary students will follow this formal event with the annual Easter Hat Parade, which will be held in the COLA at approximately 10am. CROSS COUNTRY Unfortunately the weather was not kind to us on Tuesday and the Cross Country carnival was postponed due to heavy rain. This is the third year in a row that we have postponed this event due to inclement weather, and we have learned to schedule the carnival early enough to allow us time to try again before we reach the deadline for regional representation. The new Cross Country date will be Wednesday 28 March at 1.30pm. Fingers crossed for better weather this time.

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EARTH HOUR On Friday 30 March, the Primary School will show our support for the Earth Hour project by turning off all electrical devices for an hour between morning tea and lunch. Teachers will talk with their class about how this event has grown from an initiative in Sydney to a truly global event involving over 5000 cities in 135 countries. For more information on Earth Hour 2012 please go to www.earthhour.org

Harmony Day Thank you to all the Year 1 and 2 students who attended last Sunday’s Harmony Day celebrations at the Botanical Gardens. The children sang beautifully and were excellent ambassadors for the College. Thank you also to the parents who supported their children and the College by ensuring BDC was so well represented, and to Mrs Crismale and Mr Condon for their work with this important community event. BUS 52 Ryans Bus Service has advised that, starting in Term 2, they will no longer be accepting fare paying students on this afternoon route. This will not affect those students with the appropriate bus pass, but may cause some inconvenience for those students who use this service on an intermittent basis to travel to Park Ave. Please direct any queries or concerns to Nigel Tooth, Operations Manager of Ryans Bus Service, on 6652-3201. Graeme Naftel Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

GRADE OF THE WEEK - KINDERGARTEN KM - Learning to Write Sometimes we write about our weekend, sometimes we write about stories we have read together and sometimes we use our sight words to make sentences. We love writing and hope you enjoy reading our work.

Finn Ready

Kiara Lindsay

Mala Brooks-Andren

Rishit Raj

Matthew Deng

KS - Patterns

Maddison Parkes

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Issue # 8 23 March | 2012

ELC Kinder - Poetry ELC has been reading and composing a variety of poems. During Week 8 each student completed their own “Dylan Thomas Portrait” which is a type of poem that begins with a question. Have you ever seen an octopus? Bobbing around like a jelly-fish. By Jonathon Summersell Have you ever seen a seahorse? No legs, swimming in the seaweed. By Georgia Kourkounas

Thomas Ranson (ELC Kinder) Aquarium

Have you ever a dolphin? Doing back flips in the sea. By Alice Driscoll Tom Murgatroyd (KS) ‘Tom’

Tess Caldicott (KM) ‘Water colours and pastels’

Musical Notes Superstrings Camp Is on again! Dates are Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. Make sure you don’t miss the finale concert on Sunday at 1pm in the Hall at the Sawtell Caravan Park.

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 & 2 Choir represented Bishop Druitt College at the Harmony Day this year. Thank you to all the students and parents who helped make this performance a success. Well done Year 1 and 2!

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.

Practice makes perfect So the cliché goes, maybe not perfect, but certainly better! With many students participating in AMEB exams, eisteddfods, classroom and assembly performances over the next couple of months, we ask that you please encourage your children to practice their instrument everyday, this improves knowledge, skill, performance and self-esteem. Thank you. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

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Issue # 8 23 March | 2012

college sport

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rugby league The Open boys Rugby League team played in the CRL Country Cup carnival at Advocate Park on Tuesday 20 March. The match was locked at nil-all for the first 15 minutes, before the heavens opened and the rain came down. The remainder of the game was played in atrocious conditions and the boys, without any substitutes, went down to a very strong Orara team.

Cross Country The Primary cross country was postponed this week due to rain and has been re-scheduled for Wednesday 28 March at the College. The Secondary cross country will be held at Boambee Beach, on Wednesday 4 April. Students will come to school as normal for the first two periods and will be bused to and from Boambee Reserve.

swimming The Primary CIS swimming carnival was held at the Homebush Olympic Aquatic Centre on Thursday. Details will be available in next week’s newsletter. Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 26-28 Mar St George’s College, Vancouver, Rugby Visit 26-30 Mar Year 12 Exams Continue 28 Mar Primary Cross Country Defence Force Careers Presentation - Year 10, 11 & 12 30 Mar Primary Library Naming Ceremony - 9:30am 31 Mar Superstrings Camp 4 Apr

Secondary Cross Country

5 Apr

Easter Service Primary Golf Championships Term 1 Concludes

23 Apr Term 2 Commences

parents and friends Parents & Friends Catering Van Launch Next week, the College will be hosting 46 Canadian Rugby players with matches being held on Tuesday 27th March. We are very excited to announce the Parents & Friends Catering Van will be serving tea & coffee, cold drinks, snacks, cakes, slices, cookies and muffins plus a selection of tasty fresh wraps, sandwiches and fruit all day from 8.30am in the COLA. Everyone is welcome to meet and mingle with a celebratory free coffee between 8.30 and 10am. Also, if you are able to spare some time to help out throughout the day, please contact Tammy on 0408 332 082 or email the P & F. The Mothers’ Day Stall Under the capable co-ordination of Deborah Mauger, The Mothers Day Stall will be held on Wednesday 9th May, third week of Term 2. This stall gives students from K-6 the opportunity to buy a special gift for mum, step-mum or nana. Should you wish to purchase a gift or two, the cost for each item is $6.00 and will be added to your school account. A note will be sent home shortly in your child’s diary. Please return these to your child’s teacher as soon as possible to ensure the smooth management of this event. Great Mothers’ Day Idea! Why not give your mother, grandmother or friend a BDC P&F Cookbook for Mothers’ Day? For just $25 you can share hundreds of yummy homemade recipes contributed by the BDC community and even offer to cook your favourites with them! They are available either through the Accounts office or send in the following order form to the Front Office. BDC P&F Cookbook order form Canteen Volunteers Needed If you have a spare hour or more, especially between 10.30am and 12pm (recess service) or 1pm and 2pm (lunch service) the Canteen Manager, Ben Pike would be greatly appreciative. If you can offer a hand please fill in the form online here and return to the College or for further enquiries please email Ben on bpike@bdc.nsw.edu.au

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Issue # 8 23 March | 2012

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Positions Available - Vice President Social and Vice President Fundraising Details available from President Allan Williams. Upcoming Events Trivia Night - 2nd June - Mark it in your diary now! 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 P & F email: parentsandfriends@bdc.nsw.edu.au Next Meeting: Monday 21st May, 6.30 to 7.30 pm, Senior Common Room, refreshments provided The Bishop Druitt College Parents and Friends Association is an organisation that supports the aims and objectives of the College. It does so through the promotion of fundraising, fellowship, friendship and fun

out of school hours care Next week we will be celebrating Earth Hour. We will be focusing on recycling and how we can help our environment. On Friday the 30 March we will be turning off all our lights and computers from 4:30-5:30pm and will be having a picnic on the Oval. We will be having a fashion walk off using newspaper and tissue boxes, making candle light holders and creating our very own woven mats out of recycled paper. A reminder that Vacation Care is only around the corner. These holidays we will be challenging the BIG Kahuna water slide at Big Banana and taking a trip to Coffs Harbour’s version of Holland to see how clogs are made. We are also having a Movie Marathon at Bishop Druitt College where the best dressed will win a prize. To make a booking for Vacation Care please contact Mariellos on 6651 7400 or send an email to oshc@bdc.nsw.edu.au. We look forward to seeing you at OSHC soon.

cccc Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

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