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Issue # 11

BISHOP DRUITT COLLEGE COFFS HARBOUR

12 April | 2013

From The Principal

College News

We are at the end of a long and busy Term 1. It is remarkable just how much goes on in a school week, so after eleven weeks, it is time for a well-earned break. I am able to give an update on the progress of the Branson Centre. The centre will now not be open for use until 31 May. The delay is caused by a couple of factors that impact on one another. We are waiting for delivery of the hydraulic basketball backboards and also the retractable dividing net for the middle of the arena. The delay in the delivery of these means a delay in the laying of the floor. We cannot have heavy machinery on the floor once it is poured, so it is very much a chicken and egg scenario. Once the backboards and nets are installed, the floor can be poured. Once poured, it must cure for two weeks before it can take traffic. I walked through the centre earlier this week. It is really close to being the finished product. I guess after the various delays due to weather and funding, we can wait another month! Early next week, you will receive a letter from me explaining an Anglican Diocese of Grafton Affiliation Fee. This is a new fee levied on the five Diocesan schools by the Anglican Diocese of Grafton. The five Diocesan schools will collect it on a per capita basis, and those monies will be remitted to the Diocesan Registry office in Grafton. This is a new charge, and one that the schools are obliged to collect. My letter explains the nature and context of the fee. Tragically, this week, we were reminded of just how fragile and precious are the lives of our children. The tragic death of Jake Kedzlie from Toormina High School was an extraordinarily sad event. A number of our students and staff knew Jake and his family, so our thoughts and prayers have been with them this week. On the College’s behalf, I sent a floral tribute and message to the Toormina High School community. We hope that the strength of their community brings them comfort as they mourn Jake’s passing. We should never need an excuse to hug our kids, but this is certainly one of them. I hope you are able to relax with your children, at least for some of the time during this vacation period, and look forward to seeing them all back refreshed and ready for the new term on 29 April. Congratulations this week to our Open Boys Rugby League team that defeated John Paul College 18-12 and now progress to the next round of the Country Cup carnival. Please use this link to access information for parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 regarding this year’s NAPLAN testing: NAPLAN testing information Principal’s App of the week: Poems By Heart Alan Ball Principal

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Christ is risen! Alleluia! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! As we celebrate the risen Lord throughout this Easter season we are assured of his love and given hope for justice and acceptance in a world of difference. To help us focus on the love of God may we be reminded of the two great commandments, to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Jesus said: “This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: you shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Recently I celebrated my eldest daughters birthday and we talked about making birthdays a special occasion in our family. I believe its that specialness that we need to share with one another more often than waiting for a birthday or special occasion, think about the world and how we can make that difference by thinking of someone other than ourselves and perhaps even acting on that. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” - Paulo Coelho Thank you for a fantastic first term. It has been a great opportunity and pleasure to meet so many parents while you drop your children off to school in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. Bishop Druitt College community is a place where young people are full of surprises, why only this morning in the playground, one of our primary students taught me how to sing “Miss Mary Mack” she also showed me the actions but very slowly I might add, as my brain was having a little difficulty clapping whilst remembering the words at the same time, it was most enjoyable and ended up in laughter, what a wonderful way to start the day! Perhaps the last day of term and the impending two week’s break from school is the reason that many students and staff had a spring in their step this morning, You can sense the whole community is looking forward to a well earned rest or for those who still have to come to school each day it may be just a change of pace, however it is a break from routine. May you and your family enjoy your break and keep safe as you travel and I look forward to catching up in Term 2 to hear of your adventures. Throughout our journey may we grow and reap the good harvest as we too discover Jesus together. Rev Marion Tanfield Chaplain

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Issue # 11 12 April | 2013

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from the head of secondary Anzac Day It has been a strong tradition that BDC always supports the Anzac Day march in Coffs Harbour and I would encourage as many students to attend again this year. This year, 25 April falls on the second Thursday of the school holidays, so please put the following details in your diaries: Coffs Harbour Anzac Day March Thursday 25 April Meet at the corner of Park Ave and Earl Street 8:30am Full College Winter Uniform (Blazers, white shirts, ties) I hope that all students and families enjoy a restful holiday period and I look forward to seeing the students all safe and sound on Monday 29 April. Tim Egan Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary)

Environment Group This week the Student Environment Group held their first fundraiser for the year with a lunchtime cake stall on Wednesday. The event was a great success with over $200 raised on the day. This money will go toward the funds required for the installation of a water bottle refill station. Once the target is finally reached and the station is installed, the students are hoping to see a significant reduction in the amount of plastic water bottles used in the school. Well done to all members of the group for their enthusiasm and hard work to make the fundraiser a success. Special thanks to Steph Egan for providing some beautiful musical entertainment on the day. In Week 5 of Term 2 a number of Environment Group students will attend the “My River” program run by Oz Green. This entails environmental testing and monitoring of waterways in the Coffs Harbour catchment. This will help the students develop particularly valuable skills and knowledge as we work toward our long term goal of regenerating the waterways on College grounds. Finally, the Friends of the Environment Group will be conducting an after school vegie garden meeting/working bee in Term 2, more details to follow next term. Have a happy, safe and sustainable holiday break! Brett Bennett and Rosey Lang Student Environment Group Coordinators

YEAR 9 BELL SHAKESPEARE VISIT The Actors At Work troupe presented a fascinating presentation of Macbeth to Year 9 on 9 April. The four young versatile actors played several roles each, energetically swapping items of costume and changing personality. Simple but effective sound effects indicated changes of place and mood. The play proceeded on four levels: key speeches from Shakespeare’s text , explanation of what had happened and the choices facing the audience, different interpretations of the characters’ behaviour and comical arguments about who should take what role and why. Students were totally engaged for the whole performance. They gasped at the unexpected, pitied the self-deception and laughed at the foolishness, experiencing all the delights of live theatre. It was a great introduction to the class study of the wonderful play, Macbeth. Sandra James English Faculty

Visual Arts Year 10 students have completed their unit called ‘Identity Boxes’ in which they explored the concept of identity and it’s meaning and importance in society and within their own sphere of influence. While all the students deserve acknowledgement, featured is a creation by Grace Cullen-Ward. Rebecca Brown Visual Arts Faculty

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Issue # 11 12 April | 2013

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from the head of primary What an interesting term it has been and the first term when I have been in the ‘hot seat’. I must acknowledge the wonderful staff we have in the Primary School. They work tirelessly to give your children the best education and their pastoral care of students is exemplary. They have supported me so well that I believe I have made a smooth transition back to Primary. We have been talking a lot lately about Cybersafety and are in the process of developing a scope and sequence for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. I would like to ask all responsible parents to have a look at the website: www.commonsensemedia.org There are so many resources to support families and schools to ensure our children use the Internet wisely and safely. Here is an excerpt from the parental tab: Why Internet safety matters Keeping your kids safe requires active parental engagement and real conversations about online life. In today’s world, where kids turn to the Internet for just about all of their interests, education is a parent’s first line of defense in keeping children safe. It’s harder than ever for parents to keep track of what their kids are doing online. Kids today can go online from so many different sources, including video game consoles, iPhones and smart phones, and even handheld gaming devices. Young people are increasingly living their lives online, and their digital devices are some of their favourite toys and tools. Shouldn’t this new playground be a safe and nice place? With your guidance, it can be. Teaching Internet safety in the elementary years will have lasting rewards for you and your kids. Perhaps during the holidays you may find an extra chance to talk to your children about what they are doing on the computer, who they are talking to and what games they are playing. We are all in the same business of keeping all our children safe and it would be great if we could all work together to this end. Please enjoy your children in the holidays, they grow up so fast and soon will be leaving home and making their own lives. Karin Lisle Assistant Principal (Head of Primary)

grade of the week - year 5 SAVE ANTARCTICA! I definitely know that Antarctica needs to be saved immediately. It is essential that the animals, wildlife and habitat of this beautiful continent need to be saved. Firstly, one of the biggest problems is whaling. It goes on and on and on and it positively needs to be stopped. Only 1% of the blue whales’ populations survives. Now what happens if they become extinct? Then you won’t be able to tell your family about these wonderful creatures. The humpback whale is coming not very far away from extinction and now only the minke whale’s population is still around its original number. Secondly, another major concern is tourism and human impact. One of the reasons is that rubbish in Antarctica doesn’t decompose or break down and it has been left behind in the remotest parts of Antarctica. Also all the sewage is pumped into the sea or buried in ice and snow. Another concern is that in 2011-2012 there were 26,509 visitors to the continent. Tour operators are starting to tap a huge and ever increasing demand to go to Antarctica. Thirdly, there’s pollution affecting Antarctica. One reason is like the tourism, the sewage is pumped into the ocean or buried in snow or ice. Another problem is normal household waste disposal. Birds and seals are getting tangled in fishing nets and lines which is decreasing the number of animals. Also, the poor birds, seals and whales are getting covered in oil from shipment in Antarctica. (excerpt of an Exposition) By Shannon Stafford 5P

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Chelsea Williams (5D) with Penguin, based on paintings by Valmar Kurol

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Issue # 11 12 April | 2013

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SAVE ANTARCTICA I strongly believe that we must save Antarctica from its current issues. The continent is being whaled and polluted by tourists. If we don’t do something soon we could loose this precious wilderness forever. Firstly, in Antarctica the ecosystem is very fragile and it will not take a lot to make it fall apart. Animals like seals, penguins, whales and birds all balance on a thin line and they will all suffer if we keep polluting their oceans and destroying their continent. Whole food chains collapse and research will be made even harder. People want to set up tourists and boat tours around Antarctica that will have a massive impact on the ecosystem. In the end what are we really doing to Antarctica? To add to this there is the matter of globe warming. Antarctica holds sixty percent of the world’s water and if it melts the whole continent could go under the sea. Global warming is entirely consequential to the fact that humans are burning greenhouse gases and polluting the air. As the gases flood to the top of the earth’s atmosphere it creates a sort of insulation that traps the sun’s energy causing the earth to warm up and hence melts the ice in Antarctica. In conclusion, I believe that we should use Antarctica for research only. If we start now we might just save Antarctica and the planet. By Jonah Horan 5S (Extract of his exposition on Antarctica)

Musical Notes Assembly performances - Thursday 11 April What a fantastic way to end the School Term! The Symphony Orchestra gave a wonderful performance of a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean. It is great to share our ensemble with students from other schools who love music making in this way. My thanks to a number of music staff and tutors who generously gave their time to come and support the students. In the afternoon, at the Primary Assembly, the Guitar Ensemble played Love Potion no.9; the Primary Band played The Battle, from Prehistoric Suite; the Superstrings played Big Ben Boogie, and everyone combined to perform Rock Thing no.1.

Australian Girls’ Choir Visit The Australian Girls’ Choir are touring to our region at the beginning of Term 3 2013. This outstanding vocal group will be arriving in Coffs Harbour late afternoon on Sunday 14 July and departing for Newcastle on the morning of Wednesday 17 July. Musical details are still in the planning stage, but I am seeking support from our community to assist with billeting girls in pairs for 3 nights. An example of the work of the Australian Girls’ Choir is on the following URL. Click on the Qantas television commercial. You may have seen it already. http://www.ausgirlschoir.com.au/Book-agc/Event-Organisers

AMEB Practice, practice, practice!

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Support Earn & Learn 2013! Woolworths Earn & Learn program is back! Starting on Monday 8th April, when you shop at Woolworths you will be given one Woolworths Earn & Learn Point for every $10 you spend. You will get a sticker sheet from your Cashier, just pop the stickers on the sheet. Our school will then be able to redeem these for fantastic new educational resources. So don’t forget to collect your points when shopping at Woolworths. Your support behind this program is much appreciated! You can drop your point sheets in at the Music Office, the drop-off box is just outside the office doors.

Secondary Choir Secondary Choir has recommenced for the year. All are welcome and new members encouraged. This is held at the College on Wednesdays from 3:20 – 4:30pm. Afternoon tea is provided. Come along, make some friends and enjoy the music.

Percussionists required Secondary Choir has recommenced for the year. All are welcome and new members encouraged. This is held at the College on Wednesdays from 3:20 – 4:30pm. Afternoon tea is provided. Come along, make some friends and enjoy the music. Dale Condon Head of Music K-12

college sport Cross Country We managed to time the tide and the weather to perfection last week for the secondary cross country championships. It was a great morning to be on the beach and there were some fantastic performances across all age groups this year. I was extremely pleased to see such a solid participation rate from junior through to senior secondary students and this helped to make a very exciting battle for the House Shield. There were only 34 points difference between 1st and 4th place, and only 9 points difference between 1st and 3rd, which is a fantastic result. Please find results listed below: House Champions: Hollows 589 Pts; Cottee: 582 Pts; Murray 580 Pts; O’Shane 555 Pts; Sutherland 429 Pts; Kngwarreye 372 Pts Congratulations to our Age Champions and Runners Up: 12 Yrs Girls Champion: 12 Yrs Boys Champion: 13 Yrs Girls Champion: 13 Yrs Boys Champion: 14 Yrs Girls Champion: 14 Yrs Boys Champion: 15 Yrs Boys Champion: 15 Yrs Boys Champion: 16 Yrs Girls Champion: 16 Yrs Boys Champion: 17 Yrs Girls Champion: 17 Yrs Boys Champion: 18 Yrs Boys Champion:

Zara Baldwin R/U Adelaide Fuller Soloman Ferguson R/U Ben Payne Cicely Bennett R/U Grace Koster Jacob Conlan R/U Luke Judd Cleo Abbott R/U Emily Girard Brodie Ferguson R/U Finn Rothacker Naomi Howe R/U Claire Spain Jack Conlan R/U Ryan Marshall Zoe Burgess R/U Anneliese Schoeffel-Weber Wayyln Turner R/U Zac Freuden Ashleigh Van Den Boogaard R/U Emil Malouf Tom Place R/U Charlie Watson Jamie Connellan R/U Josh Lean

Please Note: Senior Primary Cross Country has been re-scheduled - Term 2 Week 1, Friday May 3. Junior Primary Cross Country has been re-scheduled - Term 2 Week 2, Wednesday May 8.

Bill Turner Cup - Round 2 The boys played cross-town rivals JPC this week on a field that sometimes appeared to have more mud and water on it than grass. The boys started slowly and before they knew it they were down 3 goals. We finally settled down and started to play some good football, and the second half was a much better game for our boys. We produced 5 or 6 clear scoring opportunities and were very unlucky not to be level with JPC at 3- all, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. It was a great team effort by all our Bishop Druitt boys and I thank all of them for their passion and commitment.

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Rugby The MNC Secondary Rugby Seven’s Championships were held at BCU Stadium on Thursday 4 April and BDC had two U14 teams, an U16 team and an Open Girls and Boys teams competing on the day. There is some great depth in the Rugby ranks, with two under 14 sides playing same fantastic Rugby and putting some really good phases of play together. Well done to the boys and to Joel Blythe for coaching. The U16’s were incredibly unlucky not to make it through to state championships and played good hard rugby all day. Congratulations to the boys for their efforts and to Tim Grace for coaching. The girls were under the guidance of Mr Graham who has some great talent to work with and once again the girls were great to watch and played hard all day. Congratulations to all the girls for a fantastic effort. The Open boys team played incredibly throughout the day under the guidance of Mr Doran and cruised into the final against Macksville. They lost a closely fought contest but finished second to now qualify for the State Championships at Newcastle in June, and will play as a curtain-raiser for the visiting British Lions. (Second report) The Bishop Druitt College U14’s played their first games for the year at last weeks Mid North Coast Rugby 7’s. It was a fantastic day of rugby. We had enough players to field 2 sides and out of 5 games, 3 were lost within a try and we had one win. Not many of the players had played together before. This was a very strong start to what looks like a fantastic team. Some standout performances by new comers, Riley Pade, Peter Perkins, Brodie Ferguson and Luke Slater. I look forward to starting the Schools Friday Night Rugby Competition early next term. The Open Girls Rugby Team also attended the MNC 7’s Tournament and got off to one of the best starts of the season. With three games during the day , a win, loss and a draw certainly bodes well for the rest of the season. Some regular faces proved they still knew what they were doing out there (Alana Olney, Ashley V, Lauren Wood, Jenny Taffs, Courtney Smith and Hannah Murray). Even more pleasing was the effort from the new girls that stepped up to fill some big shoes from the girls who graduated last year. Well done Jailena Craig, Morgan Lewis and Liana Hall. Everyone’s effort, behaviour enthusiasm on and off the field was excellent and most appreciated.

UpComing Events TAS Primary Rugby Carnival April 13-14, at The Armidale School Term 2 Girls Bill Turner Trophy Wk1, Wed May 1 Vs Orara High Coffs Coast Futsal Championships Wk 2, Mon / Tue, May 6 / 7 Swans Cup U16 AFL Championships Wk 2, Tue May 7 NCIS Touch Championships Wk 2, Wed May 8. Jim Webber Sports Administrator K-12

college community important dates and events 25 Apr 29 Apr 8 May

Anzac Day Term 2 commences Junior Primary Cross Country NCIS Touch Football 14-16 May NAPLAN

Parents And Friends 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.

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COFFS HARBOUR

12 April | 2013

Mother’s Day – Sunday, 12th May 2013 Mother’s Day is on Sunday, 12th May and the P&F will be holding their very popular Mother’s Day stall on Wednesday, 8th May. If you would like your child/children to be able to choose a gift for their mother, step-mum, guardian or Nan, please book your gift(s) on TryBooking, via the College Website before 29 April to avoid running out of gifts on the day. Next P&F Meeting – Monday 20 May, 6.30pm Don’t forget our next meeting is on Monday 20 May at 6.30pm in the Senior Common Room. We will be voting on the proposal to hand over the Canteen Management from the P&F to the College. Please come along for information and discussion about the College and upcoming events, refreshments provided. 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: 20 May 2013, 6.30pm in the 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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The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register The Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register is hosted by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and is the first national register of children in Australia with vision impairment. The Register has been collecting data since 2009, and this data is providing important information about the types of eye disease and vision disorders children have and the support they need. The data is also used by service providers and researchers. Data is stored securely and no child can be identified in any way ay when the data is released. How can families register their child? Families are invited to register their child (aged 0-18 0 18 years) if they have vision impairment in both eyes which has been diagnosed by an eye specialist or ophthalmologist. Registration can c be done by or by visiting the VI Family Network website at: contacting Register staff on (02) 9872 0303, 0 www.vifamilynetwork.org.au. This website also contains low vision resources and events that families might find helpful.

The VI Family Network This is the website which supports the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register. Families can use the website to complete online registration. The website also provides information on eyes and vision; family mily support; education and related issues; braille and low vision aids; technology supporting vision impairment; newsletters from Australian low vision agencies and support groups, useful websites; and news and events that might interest families across Australia. Australia. The website also hosts a parent forum where families can meet and chat with one another, share their stories and get advice. As the Australian Childhood Vision Impairment Register grows the understanding of Australian childhood vision impairment becomes more accurate, accurate, and hopefully gives these children and their families a voice. Sue Silveira Research Fellow, Renwick Centre Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children sue.silveira@ridbc.org.au (02) 9872 0248

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