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Issue # 29 21 September | 2012

From The Principal

College News

We have had a wonderful week of celebration at school. The week had two highlights. In Secondary, it was the valedictory celebrations for our Year 12 students. In Primary, it has been the very exciting EYE Festival. I have had a bird’s eye (and ear!) view of the EYE festival from my office of the Primary ‘Time Warp’ as it unfolded during the week. It was terrific to see our young students have so much fun as they danced, sang, and acted through a variety of performances. The Primary musical that was the culminating event of the EYE Festival ‘Hoodwinked’ was excellent. I really enjoyed seeing so many students involved. Congratulations to all who performed or prepared our performers in this exciting annual event in our Primary School. A school’s soul is evident in the way it celebrates the departure of its graduates. The poise and dignity of our leavers this week spoke volumes for the soul of this place. Beginning the week with a retreat at Opal Cove, our Year 12 students were able to reflect on their time at BDC. Michael Crossland was their guest speaker, and he delivered a moving and inspirational message to these young men and women. They returned to school on Tuesday, ready for their valedictory celebrations. The induction of new College Leaders saw leadership batons change hands. On Wednesday, we enjoyed a rousing final chapel service where each student was given a DVD of the year group. The Valedictory Assembly saw our last formal event held in the Green Room. In a long, but enjoyable ceremony, we celebrated the end of school with our Year 12 students. The icing for our Year 12’s was their Formal and Valedictory Dinner held at the Novotel, Pacific Bay, last night. Our Year 12’s finished their formal days of schooling in a dignified, but ebullient fashion. When many other schools live in fear of the banal high jinks of some of their leavers, we can be especially proud of our young men and women as they move to their next adventures in life. There are many people I could thank for the superb week that has been, but would surely omit someone if I tried. That said, I must thank Mrs Sue O’Connor and Mr Paul Driscoll for their effort in making this a special last week for our Year 12 students. From the Primary perspective, I offer this special thanks to Mrs Sarah Stokes (nee Scott) for the energy and enthusiasm she devoted to ensuring the EYE Festival was such a success.

Kindergarten presenting Year 12 students with a flower

Congratulations to Mr Graeme Naftel, who has been appointed Head of Junior School at the Australian International School Malaysia. Graeme has done a tremendous job as Head of Primary at BDC, and his appointment to his new role in Kuala Lumpur is a great reward for his efforts leading our Primary School. Graeme, Wenche and sons Jonas and Marius, will move to Malaysia in January. Today was the last day at BDC for Mr Brendan Pitman, who leaves to go to Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane as Assistant to the Head of Senior School. I have previously written about Brendan’s contribution to the College. We wish him every success in his new role. Congratulations to Liam Spears (11) and Lochlann Moran (7) who competed at the Queens NSW Rifle Shooting competition last weekend. Liam won Gold medals at 30m, 60m & 90m in C Grade as well as achieving a Silver medal for Juniors. Whilst not medalling, Lochlann gained some terrific experience from the competition. Congratulations also to Romany Seemann (9) who achieved outstanding results in the NSWCIS Secondary Athletics carnival in Sydney earlier this week, winning Gold in the 3000m and Bronze in the 1500m. Breaking news is that two of our Year 12 students have been recognised for their fine performances in one of their chosen subjects for the HSC. Joe Ashley has been nominated for possible inclusion in ENCORE, a collection of the best musical talent from this year’s state-wide cohort of Year 12 Music students. Rebecca Dixon has been nominated for possible inclusion in CALLBACK, which is the Dance equivalent of ENCORE. This is terrific news! On a far less pleasant note, the funding issue with the NSW Government that I have raised with parents is far from resolved. Your letters of protest have certainly caught the government’s attention. The Association of Independent Schools, the peak body representing us, is working very hard to wring a better outcome for our schools from the government. I will keep you apprised of any developments. Reminder: One term’s notice is required if your child is going to leave the College. Advice must be received before the start of next term. Principal’s App of the week: Puppet Pals Alan Ball Principal

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21 September | 2012

Pastoral Care

College News

Chaplain’s chat Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying; “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” This week has been the culmination of many years at our College for Year 12 students. In many ways it has been an emotional roller coaster as they have taken time to reflect on the blessings of the past years and all that our College community life has meant to them. There will be a sense of trepidation for many as they prepare for exams looking to the future with uncertainty. ‘Tomorrow’ can at times seem daunting. I think the advice of Abraham Lincoln is quite pertinent at this point in time, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time”. There are many wise sayings from a variety of people that gives us an insight into the future. “The future is something, which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” C.S.Lewis “Without forgiveness, there’s no future.” Desmond Tutu “Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.” Carlos Santana Singer/songwriter Carlos Santana’s reflection is very insightful; it is easy to be a prisoner of the unknown, whether it be the past or the future. The prophet Jeremiah tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 For those who are preparing to move off into a new direction in life, there are these reassuring words; “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 For all of us there is a future. Remember Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You don’t have to worry about the future when you have Jesus in your life today. I pray that you will enjoy a safe and refreshing holiday. Blessings, Rev David Morgan Assistant Chaplain

celebrations! What a wonderful week of celebrations we have had at Bishop Druitt College. As I sit in Mrs. Lisle’s office this week I have been able to be involved in the colourful activities going on in the Primary area with their EYE festival celebrations. I have heard musical performances, seen dramatic displays and witnessed wonderful expressions of creativity. The children have embraced their ‘Time Warp’ theme and learned all the moves. I have never seen and heard more laughing and smiles then I have this week in the Primary School. Congratulations to all the staff involved in this glorious week! There is so much preparation involved in a weeklong event like this and from a parent of Primary school students, can I just say THANK YOU on behalf of the kids and parents. At the other end of the spectrum, we farewelled our Year 12 students in a week of celebrations as well. The week started on Sunday where the students gathered at Opal Cove for a final Retreat. The program looks at where the students have come from, where they are now and where they think they might be going in the future. All the Year 12 students embraced the experience and came away with a new-found forgiveness of each other and bonds that will never be broken. Upon returning to school they have experienced an End of Term Service, a breakfast hosted by year 11, a joyous concert and then the final Farewell Assembly. The highlight of the assembly of course being the Kindy students singing a song (that they practiced all term!) to the year 12 students and handing them a colourful flower! Finally the Valedictory Dinner at Pacific Bay last night. What a wonderful celebration that was, and what a fitting way to say goodbye to the 95 Year 12 students – many of whom have been here since Kindergarten! According to the Wikipedia definition, the term ‘Celebration’ means “ A community gathering to celebrate something in particular” What a community we have and what celebrations we have enjoyed this week! Have a wonderful and safe holiday. Here is a link to some programs being offered over the holidays for parents and students of all ages: Click here Sue O’Connor Acting Director of Pastoral Care K-12

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21 September | 2012

secondary school

College News

from the head of secondary Congratulations to the newly elected Student Executive for 2012-2013. Their peers and staff of the College have elected them to this most important role of representing the student body.

College Leaders (L-R): Vienna Schoeffel, Chanel Stewart, Bailee Dean, Laura Hallen, Joseph Dean, Edward Condon, Fraser Tankel, James Nevell

House Captains (L-R): Hannah Luke, Wil Ashley, Tahnee Philp, Rachel Collett, Tabitha Mokey, Patrick Diffey Year 12 Valedictory Week Our Year 12 students have now completed their official timetabled classes for the last time. I applaud the way in which they participated in their retreat at Opal Cove and their final assemblies and Chapel. I have never heard a more resounding version of “My Redeemer Lives”, I think this was absolute testament to the way in which we will remember the Class of 2012. They were gracious in every sense during their last week of celebration. All that is left now is the “last lap of the stadium”. I liken the HSC journey to an Olympic marathon. They have run a steady paced race and now it is time to cross the finish line in the form of final HSC Examinations. Do your best Year 12; you have three weeks to complete your final study before the first examination on 15 October. We are all thinking of you and praying for you. APP OF THE WEEK Explain Everything is an easy to use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Just ask 7D! Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

science news BirdLife Australia has acknowledged the generosity of Bishop Druitt College for allowing them to hold their bi-annual National Congress at the College on Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 September. Bob Brown, former Senator and Leader of the Greens, who has a childhood connection with Coffs Harbour, opened the Congress. He spoke with characteristic passion about the need to care for our natural environment. Prof. Richard Kingsford, whom many will have heard on the media, spoke of his aerial surveys of inland waterways and wetlands. Other speakers presented a variety of avian and environmental studies. 134 delegates from all over Australia attended and many commented on the pleasant environment of our College. Sue Siwinski Head of Science Faculty

Bob Brown at BDC

Australian National Chemistry Quiz Congratulations to the Chemistry class of 2012 on their recent quiz results. Out of a class of 17 students, they achieved 2 Credits, 3 Distinctions and 7 High Distinctions. Six students were ranked above the 97 percentile in the state, which is an extraordinary accomplishment in such a competitive field. However, Chris Rhodes surpassed all expectations by being ranked in the 100th percentile in NSW. He was only one mark behind the highest ranked NSW student and received a Trophy of Excellence. It has been a pleasure to be a part of their journey and I wish them all the best in their upcoming HSC Examinations. Alison Hollier Science Faculty

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21 September | 2012

primary school

College News

from the head of primary 40 HOUR FAMINE Congratulations to the Primary students who raised a total of $3803.75 for World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine. ICAS ENGLISH COMPETITION Congratulations to the following students, who performed at an exceptionally high standard in this year’s English competition. Year 3 Spencer Burnet – Distinction Maxyn Dorz – Distinction

Year 4 Sophie Happe-Campbell – High Distinction Louisa Jeffery – Distinction Hannah Joseph – Distinction

Year 6 Alice Jeffery – High Distinction Jonas Naftel – Distinction

PUBLIC SPEAKING Last week I acknowledged the performances of the Year 4 Public Speaking finalists. Apologies to Allana Ryan-Silvia, whose name was misspelt. EYE FESTIVAL What a fantastic week and a wonderful way to end the term. I wish everyone a happy, safe and refreshing holiday period and I look forward to seeing all Primary students back at school on Monday 8 October. Please enjoy the photos below. Graeme Naftel Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

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The 2012 EYE Festival mural outside the Senior library, representing the six BDC houses.

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21 September | 2012

Musical Notes

College News

Timpani Drums Our new College Orchestra does not have access to Timpani Drums for our College Bands and Orchestra. Parents will remember that during our recent Soirees we were collecting coins to contribute to the purchase of two much needed drums. I am keen to reconvene the Friends of Music to explore some ideas for fundraising for such a purchase. Each drum is approximately $3,500. Thank you for your suggestions and help with this so far. We will be having a meeting in early Term 4 to get a plan of action, so watch this space for a date and time.

VIEW Clubs National Grand Celebration Bishop Druitt College was invited to contribute musical items for the VIEW Clubs of Australia’s National Convention, on Sunday 16 September. This was a wonderful privilege for our musicians and they represented the College proudly. Thanks to Lyndon McPherson, Ima Caldwell, London Hawke, Stephanie Egan, Charlotte Bedford, Jennessa Mok, Tom Tuohy, Edward Condon, Caitlin Jeremy, Harry Buchanan, Niamh Short, Sophie Davis, Daniel Williams, Fraser Tankel, Robyn Anderson, Mrs Morgan, Mr Condon, Ms Ray, Mr Cimino and the parents for their continued support.

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Combined String Quartets

orchestra workshop On Tuesday 9 October 2012 (Term 4), Maestro Warwick Stengaards, from Vienna, will be treating the orchestra students to a day of rehearsals, followed by a lunchtime concert at school. There is no cost and morning tea will be provided. Notes have been sent home. Please return these to the music office by Tuesday 18 September.

HSC Music 1 and Music 2 and Extension Final Performance Assessments Congratulations to the HSC Music 1 and HSC Music 2 & Extension students who completed their final performance assessment examinations last week. Well done to you and to your teachers. You have given tremendous musical service over the years at BDC.

Primary and Secondary Assembly Performances Thanks to the members of Concordia, Avison and Superstrings for their musical assistance at a number of assemblies held during the week. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

college sport Rugby Talented female rugby players who are 16 years or over are being invited to attend the Qantas Women’s Rugby Sevens trials. Rugby Sevens is now a recognised Olympic sport and will make its debut in Rio in 2016. These “Pathway to Gold” trials are the first step in identifying athletes who display the potential to represent Australia. Trials will be held in Sydney on 21 October and Brisbane on 28 October. Students can contact Mr Webber for further details or follow the link below to register. http://www.rugby.com.au/sevens/WomensSevensTrials.aspx

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Issue # 29 21 September | 2012

College News

Rifle Shooting Two BDC students competed at the Queens Championships for Shooting last weekend. Liam Spears and Lochlann Moran both competed in this very tough competition, with Liam displaying incredible skill to win five gold medals, two silver, and five bronze medals.

CIS secondary athletics On Wednesday we had ten students representing BDC as part of the NCIS Athletics team, who travelled to Sydney to compete in the CIS championships. Once again we have had some fantastic results from all our students who competed, with many reaching the finals. Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding performances: • Romany Seemann (pictured right) won Gold in the 12-14 Years Girls 3000m and Bronze in the 14 Years Girls 1500m • Toby McCann won Bronze in the 15 Years Boys 400m • Ashley Van Den Boogaard finished 4th in the 17 Years Girls 400m • Isabella Lovelock finished 5th in 13 Years Girls 200m • Bridgette Ward came 5th in 13 Years Girls Javelin • Sam Parker-Reynolds made a number of finals and won Bronze in the 13 Years Boys Triple Jump Congratulations also to Stacy Tait-Gray, Heath Jones and Emily Girard for making finals.

golf Last weekend Jack Winchester played in the PSSA Golf Championships which was held at Forster. Jack played very well against some extremely tough competition and shot 97 on the first day and 91 on the second day. This enabled him to win the Nett on day 2 with a 58. Jack finished 3rd overall in the Nett which was a fantastic result.

upcoming events 17 October - Week 2 of Term 4 NCIS Tennis and Netball Gala Day at Grafton Week 2 Term 4 – Secondary Swimming nominations for 2013 carnival Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 29-30 Sept Class of 2002 reunion 8 Oct Term 4 Commences 9 Oct BDC Symphony Orchestra Workshop 14 Oct BDC Golf Day 2012

out of school hours care Vacation Care Holidays are finally here. OSHC is getting ready for an awesome two weeks for fun. To start the week we are hosting an 80’s Party on Monday, so come dressed up, get your face painted or have some crazy makeup and enjoy a day with your friends and snack on some party food. We will then be heading off to the Pet Porpoise Pool to see a little dolphin magic and take a nature walk through the mangroves. On Wednesday we will be having a cooking day were we get to make Dutch pancakes, rocky road, cupcakes and much more. For the first time at OSHC we will have the Wild Splash, a new water ride. Children and staff will also be joining in on a water fight down on the oval and enjoy a homemade ice block. To end a perfect week we will be having a Pyjama Day, so come in your PJ’s enjoy a movie or two while we eat pizza and popcorn. To make a booking for Vacation Care please notify Mariellos on 6651 7400 or send an email to oshc@bdc.nsw.edu.au. We look forward to seeing you during the holidays.

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21 September | 2012

College News

parents and friends BDC Golf Day – Saturday, 14 October, 12.30pm shotgun start The BDC Annual Golf Day is currently seeking players and/or sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a hole or playing in the 4 person Ambrose event, please fill out the attached form and return to Bonville International Golf Club. For more information please contact Erika Smith on parentsandfriends@bdc.nsw.edu.au BDC Golf Day Entry Form | Golf Day Sponsorship Form P&F Cookbook For just $25 you can share hundreds of yummy homemade recipes contributed by the BDC community. They are available either through the Accounts office or send in the following order form to the Front Office. P&F Cookbook order form. upcoming events Community Carols - 27 November - Mark it in your diary now! 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 located on the BDC website and return to the College or for further enquiries please email Ben on bpike@bdc.nsw.edu.au Positions Available - Vice President Social and Vice President Fundraising Details available from President Allan Williams. 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: AGM - Monday 22 October, 6:30-7:30pm, 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.

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Annual Golf Day Sunday 14 October Bonville Golf Resort 12:30pm Shotgun Start 4 Person Ambrose Event Hit a ‘Hole in One’ on the 8th hole and win a car! proudly sponsored by Geoff King Holden

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