Christian Brothers College Newsletter
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A Birth-12 Catholic College for boys in the Edmund Rice Tradition
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Term 3, Week 9
Friday 20 September, 2013
O’Brien House victorious on Sports Day!
and all who are doing their utmost to rescue survivors and help those affected. We ask You, Father, to grant the American people the strength and courage they need at this time of sorrow and trial.
From The Principal Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,
Prayer for Peace in the World Every week Monsignor Robert Aitken leads us in a community 8am Mass in the Senior Campus Chapel. All members of the community are invited. On September 11 Monsignor led us in prayer for the victims of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11. The following is an extract from Pope John Paul’s longer prayer for the victims of 11 Sept which was distributed to all CBC staff for reflection with their students. Almighty Father, we commend the victims of this shocking tragedy to Your eternal love. We implore Your comfort upon the injured, the families and friends involved,
This week let us pray for peace in our world, peace in Australia, peace in our families and peace within our own hearts.
Emeritus Professor Robin Storer Old Collegian and Emeritus Professor Robin Storer (Flinders University School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences) recently retired from the College Board after many years of dedicated service. Robin was Chair of the CBC Advisory Board from 1981-1983 and served on the College Board from 2006 to 2013. His sons attended CBC and together with his wife Isabelle they have been dedicated supporters of the College. Robin’s contributions especially as Chairman of the Board Education Subcommittee were pivotal as SA and CBC moved to a new delivery of the SA Certificate of Education SACE early in 2000. I will personally miss Robin’s wisdom, sense of humour and friendship and wish him and his family every blessing and the deepest of gratitude from the College community for his outstanding service to the College.
Justice and Solidarity
We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.
Faith Excellence Community Compassion
UN Youth Evatt Competition Year 11 students Patrick Imaysay and Chris Skelton were successful in proceeding to the South Australian Final of the UN Youth Evatt Competition. The aim of this competition as outlined in the article below is to open young eyes to the world.
UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led charity that aims to build the people’s movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians. We seek to provide young Australians with a global education, one that gives them a deep knowledge of the social and political problems confronting the world and the skills to address them. We believe that young people are not just Australia’s future leaders; they lead now. We act to expand the opportunities for young people to make a difference in their communities. We are a federal, grassroots organisation run entirely by young volunteers under 25 years old from across Australia. Our more than 500 members are committed volunteers who act on the basis of goodwill, giving shape and hope to our future.
We are also supported by a large and growing community of alumni, organised by the UN Youth Australia Foundation. http://www.unyouth.org.au/2013/09/evatt-sagrand-final-announcement/
Rostrevor / CBC Buddies
Counsellor’s Corner Enough’s enough! Directly after the multiplication of the loaves and fishes Jesus, “made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away.” (Mark 6: 45). Many times Jesus tells the enthralled listeners that “enough’s enough; go away now.” It is a humble realism that opposes the lunatic pride of, “I’m always available, anytime day or night.” Mothers especially need to remember this. Jesus so often teaches us to help others, teach them, heal them, and counsel them but always within limits. We are to love others in so far as we first love self; proper care of our God-given self is prior to outreach. In some families ‘Adult time’ is set at an agreed fixed time such as 8.30p.m when the children go quietly to their rooms to read or go to bed and parents and visitors, if present, have time to themselves. Parents need quiet time. We are called to go out to others especially our children and to reveal to others the God whom we know in our own lives. We will not do this unless we have time on our own to be still, to rest, to re-create, to reflect, to pray, to listen to the messages which life experiences are telling us. Br Michael Flaherty Counsellor
On Friday the Year 5 Class of Rostrevor College will visit CBC to work with their CBC buddy in 5 White. Year 5 White teacher Mrs Cronin writes: Our visit to Rostrevor in Term 2 was such a successful day of building friendships between the boys from both schools that the staff from Rostrevor along with me and Mrs Zubreckyj decided that we would try to make this an event that happened once a term for the remainder of the year, allowing the boys to catch up and talk about what they have been up to both in their school and personally.
Sports Day Congratulations to all staff and students for a hugely successful 2013 School Sports Day held at SANTOS Stadium on Tuesday. The level of participation, spirited house chants and support from our parents and wider community made the day a huge success. I especially wish to thank members of the PE faculty and our Ground and Maintenance staff for their hard work throughout the event.
This week staff and students celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival at Elder Park (zhongqiujie 中秋节) which is part of the state OzAsia Festival.
City to Bay One of the year’s sporting highlights was the City to Bay fun run held last Sunday 15 September. An eager group of CBC boys from the Junior Campus got together to participate in the 6km run from Kurralta Park to Glenelg. Each of the boys represented their school in an extremely positive manner demonstrating characteristics of leadership and teamwork. Congratulations to all who participated, including parents and siblings who made the day even more special. Great work Team CBC! Team: Emile Abraham, Alec Burns. Samuel Caminiti, Charlie Caruso, Joen Choe, Isaac Giannetta, Brody Moylan, Noah O’Callaghan, Thomas Radpvanovic, Jacob Welling, Adam Wells.
Philippines Pilgrims Depart “Make me an instrument of your peace”.
On Friday our CBC pilgrims depart for the Philippines led by Mr Gary Jalleh and Mr Rory Harris. ‘Make me an instrument of your peace’ is the prayerful and heartfelt wisdom that comes from the following 2013 Philippines pilgrims: Owen Hvalica, Michael Petrilli, Calum Philp, Hamish Richardson, Christopher Skelton, Tyler Yeadon , Darcy Thompson-Bagshaw, Luke Wolianskyj, Elliot Woollaston, Manuel Retsas-Castillo In a previous edition of Insight Mr Jalleh wrote: We also take to heart as we meet our friends and host families, in the Philippines, the message of Br Philip Pinto, the Congregational Leader of the Christian Brothers, who said: “The difference between the stranger and a friend is merely a story”. We hope that our ties with all we meet in the Philippines will be strengthened and long lasting as we share our stories together.
On the anniversary of 9/11 I thank God that, although the world is not a peaceful place, we are people of peace and therein lies the hope. Please keep our 2013 Philippines pilgrims in your prayers.
CBC is a leading 21st Century School with a deep commitment to Asian Literacy.
Mr Clarke and I visited the Catholic Education Office to share the work of the CBC Asian Literacy Sub
Mr Joel Langley Junior Campus PE
Committee which has designed the draft CBC Asian Literacy Strategic Plan. We were invited to Catholic Education SA to assist with their Asian Literacy plan which will be presented to the Commission for Catholic schools in 2014.
Mr Noel Mifsud Principal
see they won’t truly experience the world.
From The Deputy Principal Appreciating the Here and Now Just like the television and computers, mobile phones are technological instruments which, as numerous studies and research show, are being used more and more often and which are objects that people can become addicted to. Our students today can select from an increasing number and types of models, as well as the services offered by mobile phones, which is contributing to the increase in the number of cases of what has already become a ‘social illness’ in some countries and which has been called ‘mobile phone addiction’ or ‘mobile phone mania’. Initially, the mobile phone was an essential instrument available to very few people and which fulfilled the need to have a number that could be reached at all times by those who were privileged enough to have been given the number. The mobile phone started to answer and fuel a common need to be close to others, overcoming distance and time barriers and profoundly transforming the possibilities of daily relations, thus allowing for the possibility to increase intimate moments but, sometimes, violating people’s freedom and personal space. Hand in hand with the increase of a mobile phone’s technical functions, the mobile phone’s social and psychological functions also changed. Today, our students have their mobile phones with them at all times and use them to organise and manage every moment of their lives, from studies (using functions like the calendar, alarm clock, address book and clock) to free time (using the games, camera and video camera). Parents often buy their children mobile phones at an early age so they can keep in touch with them. However, as they get older the mobile phone is no longer about just communication but about relationships, rather than becoming an instrument used to deal with difficulties you have in the face of others, it becomes an instrument that is habitually used to manage relationships. In this case, it is possible that ‘telephonic communication’ becomes a substitute for ‘real communication’ and the technical instrument overtakes and becomes a replacement for reality, creating and fuelling the idea that telephonic communication = real communication. The risk is students can get caught up in their virtual world and forget about the real world around them. This can be seen when students get totally engrossed in their mobile phones and are totally oblivious to what is happening around them. It is interesting to observe at lunchtime some students sitting by themselves using their phone. In fact, the mobile phone can become ‘another person’ who can be taken with them at all times. By always having a mobile phone present, reality and other people never appear to be absent from one’s life and students may not be aware they are socially isolating themselves. Likewise, we are seeing more students using their mobile phone as a mean of creating a digital image of their life, taking photos of food, events, places, concerts, etc., rather than enjoying the experience of being there. The perception is if they don’t collect images of what they
According to an ever increasing number of studies from all over the world carried out on this subject, more and more young people are becoming addicted to mobile phones. Daily and regular use of mobile phones makes it hard to draw the line between normal behaviour and abnormal behaviour. For this reason, when identifying this problem, it is important to observe both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the relationship one has with their phone. From a quantitative point of view, we normally talk about ‘mobile phone mania’ when a person makes and receives a total of around 300 calls and/or messages a day. However, the quantitative problem could also be shown in terms of long conversation with few people, or excessive use could be related to the abuse of other functions in a mobile phone. We need to ensure that our students do not get fully absorbed into their virtual world. They need to appreciate the here and now, the relationships we have with others through social conversation and enjoying and appreciating the environment we interact with. Relationships with mobile phones are risky for everyone and it is important to train ourselves to have a healthy relationship with our mobile phones, limiting the time we spend on them and our ability to control ourselves, and even making ourselves take a break from their reassuring presence.
2013 School calendar Week 10 Mon 23 Sept Catholic Schools Music Festival Tues 24 Sept Catholic Schools Music Festival Know Your Limits – Year 9 Wed 25 Sept Catholic Schools Music Festival Thurs 26 Sept Catholic Schools Music Festival Police Band (JC) Achilles Cup Fri 27 Sept
Term 3 Concludes at 3.30pm House Colour Day – End of Term Celebration (L 4&5)
Full Term Planner is available at www.cbc.sa.edu.au
CBC WaterSports Auxiliary Quiz Night Saturday 23 November
Mr Shaun Clarke Deputy Principal
CBC Gymnasium 6.30pm for 7.00pm start BYO Supper For further details, please contact Mirella Kakogianis on 0438 815 061
Below: Students celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival with paper lanterns.
Summer Uniforms for new Students All new students to the school are required to make an appointment with the Uniform Shop to purchase their Summer uniforms for Term 4.
Uniform Shop Holiday Trading hours The Uniform Shop will be close on Friday 27 September and re-open on the second week of the holidays. Trading Hours Monday 7 October - Closed - Public Holiday Wednesday 9 October - 8.30am - 5.00pm Friday 11 October - 8.30am - 5.00pm Normal trading hours resume: Monday 14 October INSIGHT
Children in the primary school years may …
How can parents help?
• understand more about what separation and divorce means in their family
Parents may be just coping with the changes and losses that come with separation and divorce, and can feel overwhelmed in supporting their children ‘the right way’ while they try to manage themselves. Importantly, one of the best things parents can do is look after themselves – parent wellbeing is key to children coping well.
• hold unrealistic fears about the future that seem real to the child
From the Counselling Team Supporting families as they manage separation and divorce In Australia nearly one in two marriages end in separation and divorce. This directly impacts many children in our schools and adults in our workplaces, parishes and social networks, and quite possibly our own family too. Coping with the family changes that result can be challenging for children and their parents, and for those supporting the family including relatives, friends, work colleagues and school staff. Some knowledge and understanding of what children and young people are dealing with can help us to provide the right kinds of support, when and where it is needed.
Reactions of children and young people Children’s reactions to separation and divorce are unique and varied. They depend on the child’s age, personality, previous experiences, support networks, and on how well their parents are managing. Some thoughts about how some preschool, primary and secondary aged young people may react are shared below as a general guide only. Supportive people who can pay attention and notice how children are managing change are critical in helping young people to adapt to new situations. Children in the preschool years may … • recognise that they are seeing one parent less or differently • imagine fearful outcomes that seem real to the child • regress in some areas, e.g. toileting, language and style of play • show feelings such as anxiety and fear in actions e.g. clinginess and tantrums
• blame themselves for family changes • experience physical symptoms including feeling sick, headaches, tiredness • show feelings in a range of ways – from being ‘over’ co-operative and agreeable to being angry and lashing out Young people in the secondary school years may … • feel a sense of loss similar to those of other adults involved and in their extended family • experience the changes in their family as unique, and so feel different and alone • worry about family finances • be unwilling to be a part of family arrangements that they feel don’t suit them • feel angry, anxious, sad and overwhelmed • engage in risky behaviours as a way of dealing with their feelings about the changes
What can children and young people do for themselves? Children and young people are often caught in the middle when the family changes. However, there are things they can be encouraged to do that may help: • read (appropriate) picture books and novels to understand they are not alone and that other children are dealing with similar issues • talk to their parents about how they are feeling • talk to other interested and supportive adults and peers about how they are feeling • visit child-focused websites for age-appropriate information about separation and divorce – this can help allay fears and provide facts and ideas on coping. (The Kids Helpline website has a useful page supporting children in this area: http:// www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/get-info/hot-topics/ separation-and-divorce.php )
Parents can also help by: • finding time, space and attention to spend talking and listening with their child • letting children and young people have a say in decision making • managing home routines that are constant, warm and reassuring • ensuring children are eating well, sleeping enough and getting some exercise • letting school know what is going on so that other adults can support their child • accepting help from others (whether to mind the children for some parent time out, someone to have a laugh or a cry with, or a trusted adult for children to turn to).
How can other adults help? There are often many adult care-givers in a child’s life, including grandparents, relatives, family friends, teachers and other school staff. Each can play a role in supporting children and young people as they manage family change. Suggestions include: • provide security and support to children and young people • help children and young people feel competent and in control • maintain expectations and consistent discipline • keep lines of communication open • respond appropriately, with understanding, if behaviour issues arise. Ms Jane Gaynor From the Counselling Team
GUERILLA TACTICS FOR PARENTS OF TEENS FREE parenting seminar Come and hear Dr Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist, author and ABC presenter talk about practical strategies that will help you to: • Have constructive conversations with your teenager • Set limits and boundaries that work for everyone • Achieve cooperation without nagging • Make the most of your teen’s potential
Monday 23 September, 7.15 - 9pm
Florey Lecture Theatre, Medical School, Frome Road (eastern side), Adelaide. Book online: http://parentingsa.eventbrite. com.au/ Phone: 8303 1660 or Email: Health. email@example.com Presented by Parenting SA, Government of South Australia
Coordinator JC, Junior Primary Coordinators, Support and Specialist staff will best determine the appropriate placements. Emotional needs and behavioural consideration will be taken into account.
Assistant Principal - Junior Campus Dear Parents/Caregivers and Friends
However, friendships will not be a major consideration in organising classes (having said that we do guarantee one friend) for every student. Year 6 students will be placed in House groups. Staffing has not been finalised by Mr Mifsud as yet. So, please do not request specific teachers. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances why your child should be placed in a particular class, then I ask you to email / put in writing your concerns.
This weekend (Sunday) our Year 6 students and staff will depart for Canberra. For the past term our Year 6 students have been studying and researching History, Civics and Democracy, and the three levels of Government and will be able to finally put their learning into context by visiting the following places:
Reminders for Weeks Ahead
• Old New / Government House
Year 6s departure for Canberra
• The Australian War Memorial
• Government House – Meeting with Governor General Quentin Bryce
Students return from Canberra at 11am
Last day of Term 3
Police Band at JC Normal dismissal at 3:30pm
House Day / Egg bacon Breakfast 8am
First day Term 4.
• Diplomatic Residency • National Electoral Centre • Telstra Tower • Institute of Sport • Questacon (National Science & Technology Centre) • Botanical Gardens
However, once classes are set they will remain that way for 2014. I thank you in advance for your understanding and the confidence you place in our staff.
There are 4 prizes to be won!!!
Each prize pack contains lots of cool exclusive Dollarmite gear. The overall winner will also receive some great Dollarmite gear PLUS 2 adult and 2 Children’s Cinema tickets to Hoyts Cinemas.
2014 Term Dates
• Visit to Sister School - St Edmund’s
Tuesday 28/01/2014 to Friday 11/4/2014
The boys are bubbling with excitement and I thank every staff member who has been willing to give up their family time to ensure this exciting tour is a great success and one that will be forever stamped in the boy’s minds.
Tuesday 29/04/2014 to Friday 04/7/2014
Tuesday 22/07/2014 to Friday 26/9/2014
Monday 13/10/2014 to Friday 12/12/2014
This was such a beautiful gesture and I thank the staff members who participated for offering themselves to ensure our boys did not miss out. This is what makes CBC special!
The competition starts Monday 26th August and finishes Friday 18th October. Entry forms are available from your class teacher or from the front office.
R - 2 x1, Years 3 - 5 x1 and Years 6 - 7 x1 Plus 1 x Overall winner.
Last Friday, the Father and Son evening was a huge success. It was so fantastic to see all fathers and their sons spending time together. For some of our little fellas who’s dad was not available to be present, a member of our male secondary staff stepped in to be dad for the night.
To celebrate School Banking at CBC we are running a colouring competition.
Wishing you God’s blessings for the week ahead.
All you have to do is to colour your sheet and submit it to the front office by end of school Friday 18th October. AND make 1 deposit into your School Banking Account. Winners will be notified and presented with their prize at our school assembly. Remember you have got to be in it to win it!
Mrs Frances Zubreckyj Assistant Principal - Junior Campus
Last week Mr Mifsud informed us of Caroline Wilson’s departure and her new appointment to Blackfriars. Caroline has been an amazing educator, leading the way with Inquiring learning R-6 at the Junior Campus. She certainly has left her thumbprint at CBC and whilst we are deeply saddened that she is leaving, we wish her only the best for her future and hope that she remembers CBC with fondness and love.
Class Placement Last week all families would have received a letter detailing the class placement process for 2014. At the beginning of Term 4, the Junior Campus teaching staff will spend a great deal of time considering what they see as the best possible mix for the children for the 2014 classes. They make these informed judgments based on all the information available to them. The first and most important criterion used to decide the make up the class is based on the educational needs of the children. Class teachers in consultation with the Inclusive Ed
FESTIVAL CENTRE C E L E B RAT I NG 4O YEARS
Flinders Uni Creative Arts Deadlines In addition to applying through SATAC, students who are applying for the following Creative Arts courses need to comply with additional entry requirements:
Careers Coordinator / Counsellor University Applications University applications through SATAC need to be finalised by the end of this term to avoid paying a late fee. Once the $25 has been paid, the application is â€˜liveâ€?. Students can still make additions to preferences up until 2 December to ensure equal consideration for most courses, or until 6 January to change preferences. So far 51 of our Year 12 students have applied, with 23 of them still to pay their fee. All have been reminded but it would assist if you could also remind them! Payment is by credit card online or at the SATAC office, in Frome Street, or in cash at your nearest Post Office.
Scholarships Each university offers scholarships based on merit or equity for a range of courses. Make sure you check their websites to avoid missing out!
Year 10 Geography Coastline Excursion On Friday 13 September, the Year 10 Humanities and Social Science class travelled from south to north along the Adelaide metropolitan coastline. As the class has been studying Coastlines in class, the excursion aimed at investigating how the Adelaide coastline is managed and some of the physical processes involved. We were very lucky with the weather and what was supposed to be thunderstorms turned out to be a clear, sunny day. The twenty-one boys on the trip undertook some rigorous research, and after working our way from Hallett Cove to North Haven, were weary but had gained a lot from the experience. I would like to thank Mr Stephen Clohesy for driving one of the buses and providing a wealth of extra knowledge from his own experiences along the coastline, as well as Rowan Vawser (student teacher) for her assistance in planning and facilitating the day. Mr George Bryant Senior Geography Teacher
Creative Writing: Portfolio, Submission Form and Statement due Friday 15 November Digital Media: Portfolio, Submission Form & Statement due Friday 29 November Drama: Audition Application Form & statement due by Wednesday 13 November. Auditions start Monday 25 November. Screen: Portfolio, Submission Form and statement due by Friday 29 November Students applying for a Creative Arts Degree may also be interested in the new Bachelor of Media Arts. Flinders Uni is also offering a new Bachelor of Arts/ Diploma of Visual Arts and Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (SATAC code 224751). University topics include Essential Multimedia; digital Graphic Design and Visual Thinking and Creativity, while the TAFE component can include ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, digital imaging and more.
TAFE Applications and Skills for All Funding Students completing SACE this year will no longer be eligible for funding under Skills for All for Certificate 1 or 2 courses, but will be eligible for funding in courses at Certificate 3 level and above. Students who have completed a VET Certificate 1 or 2 course will not be adversely affected by this decision. TAFE applications will be open on Monday 23 September with the closing date being Friday 15 November (Week 5 Term 4). I will provide an Information session for those interested on Monday 23 September, during Lessons 5 and 6.
Plumbing Pre-Voc Programme PEER is offering a 12-week programme, beginning late October, to provide basic skills and Work Experience, with employment opportunities at the end. Students who are currently completing Year 12 and are interested in Plumbing, should consider this opportunity. The course will provide a definite advantage to school leavers. Apply now, as places are limited, on www.peer.com.au Ms Liz Tidemann Counselling/Careers
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… in a wider sense we can think of other ministries in the Church, catechists and lay faithful who engage in parish missions, those who work with the sick, with the various forms of discomfort and alienation, but always as missionaries of the Gospel, with the urgency of the Kingdom that is at hand. Francis I 7 July, 2013
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