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March 2011

A welcome from the Principal Term one is flying past us at a very fast rate. Today we had a senior School Assembly that focused on who we are as an individual and how do our choices affect our lives.

STUDENT FREE DAYS 27 APR 2011 4 MAY 2011 17 JUNE 2011 26 JULY 2011 11 AUGUST 2011 31 OCT 2011 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS th

14 MAR Labour Day th 25 APR Easter Monday th 26 APR Anzac Day th 13 JUN Queens Birthday st 1 NOV Melbourne Cup TERM DATES Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

04 FEB - 08 APR 27 APR - 01 JUL 18 JUL - 23 SEP 10 OCT - 09 DEC

IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE:

TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2011 Parent Student ICT Forum Year 9 & 11 Netbook handout at Bishop Phelan Stadium for parents and students who missed the first information session.

Students were asked the question “Who am I, Lord”. Who am I sitting next to you? Who am I when I meet you in the school yard? Who am I when I am sitting in class with you? What part of the Lord in me is connecting, communicating and identifying the Lord in you? As individuals each one of us has the gift of life and with that gift we are given a number of talents. It does not matter what level these talents are we each have the ability to improve the life of those around us. We each have the ability to make the person next to us a little bit happier. Students were asked to reflect each evening on how they as individuals had made life a little bit better for the people they have come in contact with during the day. Who am I, Lord and what have I done with the gifts you have given me? Students were also reminded that they have free choice and with that choice they will make decisions that will affect themselves as an individual and all those that they come in contact with. As individuals we are able to make choices about how we engage in the learning process and how we choose to take the opportunities that are put before each one of us. These choices will determine how well we will achieve our goals and which opportunities will suddenly appear before us. Students were encouraged to participate in as many activities as possible to develop themselves as individuals. Our guest speakers Andrew Bedggood and Robert Murphy focused on doing the best you can with the gifts that you have. Each of our guest speakers have a disability and have both made choices to ensure that their disabilities do not stop them from achieving their goals. At our assembly students were also commended for sporting achievements in

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the swimming carnival, representing the College in Marcellin Cricket and using their talents to develop an RACV Energy Challenge Programme entry. Steve Centra concluded the assembly by focusing on our use of technology continuing our theme related to choices. Steve highlighted that our technology communications can be used to enhance other students‟ lives or to make life difficult for other students. Again he focused on the positive choice of ensuring that we use our new technology access to ensure we enhance each others‟ lives. Prayer Give us open and encouraging hearts. Let us help each other to become what God has called us to be, to make this world a better place by our choices and actions. Amen.

TUTORS AVAILABLE Monash Medical students are available for tutoring in the following subjects to VCE level. SCIENCES – Biology, Chemistry MATHS –

Years 7 - 12

The students are located in Sale for 2011 to complete their Year 3 or 4 of medicine. Enquiries in the first instance to Ros Pearce or Fiona Davies Administrative Assistants Monash University School of Rural Health, Sale Ph: 5143 8500 Email: ros.pearce@monash.edu fiona.davies@monash.edu


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Year 12 Retreat The second week of Term One saw our Year 12‟s off on a four day retreat to three very different locations, Lake Tyers, Raymond Island and Karoonda Park. The weather was pleasant, the food was abundant, the experience was great and students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience together. The retreats were a chance for each of them to reflect on themselves, their spirituality, their life so far and their continuing journey into Year 12 and the many twists, turns and challenges that they will encounter this year. It was also a chance for them to see that they have the support of their families,

peers and teachers as they move forward.

catwalks. This was just one aspect of the retreat that highlighted the many The activities on retreat talents and gifts that our were designed to open up Year 12‟s have, whether it students to their spiritual be artistic, playing sport, dimension as well as academic, singing or foster a sense of playing a musical community and a instrument. They are truly a heightened awareness of talented and inspirational themselves, family, friends group of students each and their place in the with their own gifts to world today. There was share. also plenty of time for them just to relax, play As a staff we were very sport and take in what the impressed with the year ahead holds for respectful and enthusiastic them. way all of the Year 12‟s entered into the retreat and The annual fashion we thank them for this and parade at all retreats was wish them well for the rest once again a showstopper of this year. and the creativity was Sue Pickett outstanding, with many Acting Director Catholic interesting designs Identity paraded down the


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Year 8 Quest Day The weather provided a brilliant backdrop for a day filled with enthusiastic Year 8 students who took part in this year‟s Quest Day at Seaspray. All homerooms were split into two groups and asked to employ their skills and cooperative talents to work out puzzles and learn more about each other. They then had the choice to shows their skills in a triathlon. The winner for the boys was Layton Baldwin following very closely by Chris Draper, and Liam Seymour came in third. The girl‟s race was no less adrenalinrushing with Kathryn Pickett winning from Lara

McDonald and Jade Simpson-Page and Megan Witchell coming equal third. The flag races proved very popular with Lauren Freeman just beating Kathryn Pickett. The boys‟ final was enthusiastically won by Brandon Rimington who beat Lachlan Ronchi in a very exciting finish.

and Ms Tilemma who looked after first aid, the Pastoral teachers who were eager and positive, and especially Mr Toma, who kept us all on task! Ms Julia Moulton Year 8 Level Leader

All in all, it was a great day, where the students were supported by their Pastoral teachers in order to get to know their year level better. Thank you to all those who helped: Mr Centra who ran the beach races, Mrs Anne Centra

Parent Student ICT Forum (Catch up session) Tuesday 8th March 2011 7-9pm in Marcellin Room - Sion Yr 9 &11 Netbook Handout (2nd round) All families who did not attend February Session should attend on this night. www.ccsale.catholic.edu.au/ict

Year 7 & 8 Binder Issues For many years now Catholic College has recommended CJ Office Choice to take care of our students and their yearly stationery supplies. We provide them with the lists of student requirements and they have done a great job giving us a reasonable price and setting up the distribution at St Mary‟s Hall before school begins each year. We hope that families have also been happy with their service and products. This year we asked CJ‟s to supply a 4 ring binder for students at years 7 and 8 to use for their English classes. Unfortunately many students have found that with very little use and no force at all, the clips have come away from the PVC covers. Over the past two weeks we have been requesting students who have folders which have broken to come into the Resource Centre and let me know. CJ Office Choice have sent us a supply of replacement folders for the students who have given me their names and we have sent the faulty folders back so they can pass them back to the manufacturers. If any other students have any further trouble with their binders please contact CJ Office Choice at 150 Raymond Street Sale

or telephone 51446151


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LOTE - Auslan Year 9 Auslan students now have more ways to practice at home! Students can access videos and games on J drive – just save on to their netbooks or a flash disk to use at home. The videos show students how to sign new vocabulary. They can sign along with the video to practice getting the correct handshape and movement. Games and video activities will assist with sign recognition. Students can also video their own signing, using

Rowing Moviemaker, then play back to review whether they are signing correctly. All Auslan students should now have a copy of the textbook on their netbooks for use in class and at home.

Three Year 7 students will begin a three week Introduction to Rowing next week. They will begin by learning correct technique on the rowing machines and landing rowers, before progressing to learning to work as a team on the water. Would you like to join them? Collect a form from the office! Rowing is for all students Years 7-12. Why should students have all the fun? Over the past few weeks a group

of teachers have been learning how to row as well. Most had never been rowing before but were excited to learn some new skills and have fun. Last year, the staff crew came third in the Swing Bridge Challenge. Will they beat the student crews this year … early next term we will see!

Pathways/Careers News Welcome back everyone to 2011. The Pathways team is looking forward to working with you during the year. A few notices have arrived and might be interesting to everyone. First students are asked to indicate an expression of interest in attending a Careers Workshop at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Students from Year 9 to 12 can attend. The cost will be about $100 which will include the cost of the workshop ($42) and the bus. If we get enough interest we will book a bus. There has been an offer of tutoring in the areas of Maths and Science (the advertisement will appear in this newsletter). The tutors are medical students, in Sale as part of their training. This would be a private arrangement between the tutors and your student. RMIT are also running short courses for folio preparation. Visit their web site for further information. There are also a number of Traineeships on offer in the local area for Retail. As the Year progresses we are also looking forward the introduction of a new course in Pathways/Careers at Sion Campus for Years 8 and 7. This year also sees Catholic College Sale send a student off to work experience with the Victorian Police. Congratulations to Brendan Mason. We would also like to share with you, and to congratulate, three past students of the College, Ryan Hurst, Andrew Hanratty and Tom Ashley who were all nominated for regional apprentice of their year. Their nominations were acknowledged at a recent dinner. Although these young men did not proceed to the State level, it is wonderful to see that our exstudents are so valued in their workplace that they received nomination. Well done to them all. Work experience at the hospital in Sale is once again open for an expression of interest. The hospital has set the areas and the available times that can be accessed and students need to fill in an application type form. The work experience opportunities are aimed at Year 12‟s and those with a genuine interest. The dates generally fall in the school holidays as this suits the Year 12‟s. If there are any queries please feel free to contact me on 5143 9786 Bev Richard Careers Co-ordinator


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Sale to Sea Kayak Challenge In an effort to highlight the capacity people with disabilities have to overcome adversity, a group of passionate people will paddle kayaks from the Port of Sale to Lakes Entrance – raising funds along the way for „Limbs 4 Life‟ an Australian organisation which provides up to date information and formalized peer support for amputees. The „Sale to Sea‟ group aims to promote active participation for those living with a disability and raise awareness of the lack of availability of artificial limb technology. The challenge will be held from the 16-19th March 2011 and a 50 strong competitor group including both disabled and able bodied community members will be paddling 130km across the four day race. A group of CCS Year 11 students are going to help with logistics for two days, setting up tents for the paddlers and generally helping out where needed. They will also be holding a fundraising BBQ, raffle and cake stall at the College on Friday 11 March to raise funds for the event – so don‟t forget to bring along some change to go to a very worthwhile cause.

Dance Success Mikaela Caffrey, a student from our 2010 VCE class is represented in Top Class Dance. This is a fantastic achievement and Mikalea should be very proud of her efforts. Top Class is a series of performances that presents work completed by students in VCE and VET Dance, Drama, Theatre Studies and Music performance Solo and Group. The concerts are part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2011. The Dance concerts will be at Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank on 11 March. Well done Mikaela.

Year 9 Athletics Champion Year 9 student Sarah Gardiner is a member of the Wellington Athletics Club with a real future. Sarah has recently competed in her chosen event – hurdles- at the All School Country Championships where she achieved a national qualifying time and two silver medals, one for 90m and one for 200m hurdle events. Sarah, who has a natural talent for this technical athletic event, also attended the Victorian Youth Championships at Olympic Park last weekend where she was presented with silver medals for both the 90m and 200m hurdles by Olympian Jana Pitman. Sarah‟s results in both of these competitions have enabled her to qualify for the Underage National Championships to be held in Sydney where she will compete next week. Good luck Sarah!


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Teaching & Learning at CCS “I strive to be genuine and honest and embrace the challenge of going beyond the ordinary.” Excerpt from College Vision New 5 Period Day: The College has gone beyond the ordinary in structuring a Timetable that enables different period lengths to accommodate theory and practical learning activities across a 10 day cycle. The first month of classes has seen students and staff adapt to a new timetable with more regular classroom contact between students and teachers. I have asked a number of students their comments on this and the range of responses fall generally into the following areas: It is good to see my teachers more regularly. (Senior school student.) I‟m getting homework more often. (Middle School student.) It‟s OK, I‟m getting used to it. (Junior School Student.) Teachers are also valuing seeing students more often and the different length periods facilitate a wide range of learning activities. I would welcome any feedback that parents/guardians may have in relation to this change. Netbook Learning Tool: As a teacher of both Year 9 and 11, I have utilised the student access to the netbook in my classes since they were handed out and am finding that we are moving through curriculum material more efficiently. Students in Year 9 RE have been able to access the Catholic Earthcare website and use a visual thinking tool – Wordle – to unpack and discuss the papal encyclical „Rerum Novarum‟. Students in Year 11 RE are all readily able to access the CD-ROM, Australian Religious Communities and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website to investigate the changing nature of immigration and its impact on Australia as a Multi-Faith Society. Students in Year 9 AUSLAN have been accessing short multi-media clips created by Ms Perry, to develop their vocabulary and experience success at an individual pace. The College will continue to emphasise the appropriate use of this device and students have the responsibility to follow all teacher class instructions in relation to this. Homework Policy: The College revised the Student Homework policy in 2010. This is available to read and discuss with children on the College Website. It will also be placed on the Student Desktop so that students can also refer to what is expected of parents, students and teachers in relation to homework. Students are encouraged to discuss with their teachers any concerns or stresses that may be occurring and negotiate, where appropriate, homework expectations. 2010 Year 11 students who achieved in the Top 8% of the state for their Year 12 Subject: The following students, as Year 11 in 2010, went beyond the ordinary in their dedication to their Year 12 subject and received individual study scores above 40. They were acknowledged at the recent St Patrick‟s Campus assembly: Melissa Righele – Business Management Mitchell Bradley – Design and Technology Grace Lappin-Lee – Health and Human Development Jess Rodaughan – Psychology Maddie Schilg – Visual Communication and Design Annie Lothian – VET Sport & Recreation Isabel Lothian – VET Sport & Recreation Ashleigh Robbins – VET Sport & Recreation Lauren Ryder – VET Sport & Recreation James Seymour – VET Sport & Recreation These students, along with the many others who experienced a Year 12 subject in Year 11, are well placed to tackle the challenge of Year 12 this year. Congratulations on your efforts last year, may you continue with this work ethic, and encouragement of others to do the same, across 2011. Stay Tuned! Julia Wake Director of Teaching and Learning


Anti Bullying Program Year 7 Over the next month, I will be visiting all the year 7 pastoral groups and spending some time introducing myself and talking to students about our Antibullying program at Sion Campus. Students will be shown a DVD, focusing on the myths and facts about bullying behaviour and why some students choose to bully others. The DVD will explain that students who choose to bully can sometimes be categorized into 3 main types. Type One Individuals who are arrogant or have an inflated ego/self esteem. This type will find it difficult to care or understand about the feelings of others.

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Type Two This type of bully will “hang” with the bully because they want the social power that comes with being with the main bully. They often laugh and encourage negative behaviour, which can give the bully more “power”. They sometimes believe that they may become the next target, so they stay in this group to keep themselves safe from bullying. Type Three This type of individual or group is called the “bystander/s”. They stand by and let the bullying behaviour happen. They do not participate in the bullying but they do not say anything to help the victim. Research has suggested that the early years of secondary school can be a time where young people may feel more vulnerable as peers jostle for popularity and friendships, however there is a clear distinction between bullying and aggressive/ “pecking order” type of behavior. Bullying involves an imbalance of power, which means the victim cannot protect or defend themselves adequately.

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The most effective way to reduce bullying in schools is to educate students about bullying behaviour and then to provide them with strategies that will build their resilience, assertiveness and confidence. All students will be given a handout which dispels many of the myths about bullying and also another handout on responses and strategies that they can use. Students in both Years 7 and 8 will also complete a bullying survey late in Term One. This survey provides students with an opportunity to let their Pastoral Teacher, Pastoral Leader/Coordinator or Student Counsellor know whether they have experienced any incidents of bullying. If they have, then the student will be able to request the level of assistance they require by ticking a box on the survey. eg: Mediation between the individuals, an appointment with Student Counsellor, does not want anything done at present or the issue has been resolved. When dealing with any bullying incidents, Restorative Justice Principles are used, where the person causing the harm is educated and made aware of the harm that they have caused the other person. This method is far more effective then punishment, as it gives the young person a chance to learn better ways of relating to their peers and reduces the chances of “pay back” towards the student who may have been bullied. In most instances the student who is bullied doesn‟t want to get the bully into trouble, they just want the bullying to stop. If you have any concerns regarding your young person and you would like to speak to me confidentially, please ring me at Sion on 51439614. Mary McNally Student Counsellor


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