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CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE Annual Report 2013
“AT CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, WE HAVE EARNED A STRONG REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY FOCUSED ON PROVIDING THE VERY BEST EDUCATION FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN SINCE 1983.”
CONTENTS PURPOSE, BELIEF AND VALUES
CHAIR OF THE BOARD
Middle School Report 7 Senior School Report 8 Religious Education 9 Ministry 9 Christian Service 10 Learning Area Reports 10-19 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND AWARDS
Non-attendance Management Teacher Qualifications School Income Student Attendance
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SATISFACTION 24 Insight Surveys
DISCIPLESHIP (Catholic Identity) LEARNING (Education) ENGAGEMENT (Community) ACCOUNTABILITY (Stewardship)
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PURPOSE, BELIEFS AND VALUES CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE
“For a school to be Catholic, it must first be a good school. Otherwise it will be unable to fulfill its mission. The school must begin from the principle that its educational programme is intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person”
Our fundamental Christian beliefs are:
At Corpus Christi College, we have earned a strong reputation in the community for focussing on providing the very best education for young men and women since 1983.
OUR MISSION ‘We are a Catholic Community committed to empowering every learner to serve and enrich our changing world’
Each human being is a unique creation made in God’s image, possessing inherent dignity and worth Education is about learning what it means to be human, and that in Jesus Christ we have a model we can follow Education is a means of discovering a personal meaning in life, of liberating and empowering individuals to take charge of their own lives and contribute to the society in which they live Education encourages the development of individuals by fostering a sense of their own worth, the value and dignity of human life, and of responsibility for and service to others Education facilitates an integration of faith, life and culture.
OUR MOTTO Sequere Dominum - Follow the Lord.
OUR VALUES Guided by our Christian beliefs, our values focus on: • • • •
Nurturing a living faith Promoting justice and service to others Striving for excellence in all we do Fostering joy in learning •
Respecting the dignity of each person Creating and maintaining a caring and inclusive College.
“EDUCATION FACILITATES AN INTEGRATION OF FAITH, LIFE AND CULTURE.”
THE PRINCIPAL’S INTRODUCTION 2013 was the year we marked our thirtieth birthday and there was much to celebrate at Corpus Christi College, with a strong theme of ‘community’ underscoring the year. The year commenced with student leaders rolling out their theme for the year in the form of a banner: ‘Burgundy, Blue and White, Together We Unite’, which we heard chanted during many events through the year. Corpus Christi College’s educational programmes, supported by parents, have seen our students working in the community in a broad range of service learning opportunities. There was a focus on the ‘Thirty for Thirty’ campaign launched at the Opening Community Mass – 30 hours of community service for our 30th year. Our sporting teams also received many accolades during the year, with no better example than winning the ACC B Division Swimming Carnival early in the year. Our Arts students worked hard utilising their talents when performing in the College production, ‘Bugsy Malone’. Our College is now considered one of the leading ‘digital schools’ in the nation, with less of a focus on the devices and more about student learning, achievement and wellbeing. Integrating the meaningful use of technology across our educational programmes has been part of an ongoing strategic plan to help better prepare our students, not only to achieve their academic goals, but also to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. What helps to makes us unique is how we involve our community of students and parents in the roll out of a number of initiatives: •
SEQTA, an online learning management portal for teachers, students and parents, now provides all students with online course materials, daily homework plans and resources; and parents with access to student marks to avoid waiting until the end of term or semester to know how their child is progressing. Summary graded reports are also provided close to the last day of each Semester. This is an example of top-class communication for parents Senior School students each have access to an iPad. Their course materials are supported by iTunes U
courses, the majority of which were produced by teachers themselves, an exciting project in itself •
Ongoing positive student well-being was a focus for the year, and one example devised by the College was the development of an online reporting mechanism for students. Known as Corpus Concerns, the site was devised to ensure students are provided with an effective 24/7 method of reporting any concerns they have, whether cyber-bullying or other forms of harassment, grading their concern so that the most serious lead to texts being sent to senior members of staff to be dealt with immediately. The College also became a nationally accredited ‘e-Smart School’ in 2013 as a result of its fully integrated programmes and initiatives, surprisingly only one of a handful of schools in Western Australia
“OUR COLLEGE IS NOW CONSIDERED ONE OF THE LEADING ‘DIGITAL SCHOOLS’ IN THE NATION, WITH LESS OF A FOCUS ON THE DEVICES AND MORE ABOUT STUDENT LEARNING, ACHIEVEMENT AND WELLBEING.”
The MoJo concept, used ‘mobile journalism’ to change the way students relate to media, building skills to create and publish their own work in a professional manner. Our students have produced many fully integrated newsworthy items as a result.
It is no wonder the College was recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013! Corpus Christi College is a school that is focussed on providing opportunities for our students to excel in all that they do, both as individuals and collectively. This is evident in the pages that follow. Providing this ‘snapshot’ of learning opportunities, events and acknowledgements, each year is testimony to the dedication of our teachers and support staff. As you open the pages that follow, I invite current and prospective families to immerse yourself in the active community life of Corpus Christi College. Best wishes and God bless. Mrs Caroline Payne Principal
CHAIR OF THE BOARD Another year has gone by and I am left bewildered at how quickly time passes by, and yet, we can look back on the year in which we celebrated the College’s 30th birthday and be extremely proud of many achievements. Our College Capital Development Plan has been and continues to be the subject of much discussion. Work on the internal structure of the Tony Curtis Centre was completed earlier in the year, creating an environment more conducive to learning. The first major stage of our new Capital Development Plan is now more than plans on a drawing board. Work is well underway on the new Central Precinct, an area that will no doubt become more than just the geographical hub of the College. The College Leadership Team, together with the College Board, the Finance Committee and the Building Committee continue to plan on the next two stages which include a new Sports Centre and Performing Arts Centre. These major projects will transform the College over the next five years. As was the case with construction of the Year 7 Learning Area (Sadler Centre), these projects will ensure Corpus Christi College remains at the forefront of Catholic Education for many years to come. The College Board has various responsibilities and provides direction and support in the following areas: • • • • • •
Capital Development Strategic Planning Finance Ensuring appropriate governance of the College Supporting the Leadership Team Promoting the College.
Other work currently under the Capital Development Plan is: • • • •
The Central Precinct which will incorporate the Cafeteria, Religious Education Office and Ministry Centre Mayne Block toilet refurbishment Relocation of the Maintenance facilities Planning of the Sports Centre and Performing Arts Centre.
School funding is always a focal point for the Board and with the current government doing a backflip on Gonski reforms, members of the Board and the Leadership Team continue to ensure we are abreast of all the information
available in this area. The Finance Committee and the Board continue to plan in the most diligent manner so as to ensure the College is well placed financially, now and into the future. Some ongoing challenges for the Board are: • • •
Increased operation costs Changes to funding – Gonski Report/Government models Technology infrastructure costs.
There is so much that happens during a year that it is extremely difficult to mention all the events, milestones, transformations or improvements that have been made. What we do know is that Corpus Christi College continues its pursuit of excellence in all areas. This includes Strategic Goals, Staff Development, Community Education and Consultation, Pastoral Care, College Values, Student Welfare and Academic Excellence. I must commend the College Leadership Team, Finance Committee and Building Committee for the huge amount of work that has gone into the planning and implementation of the College Capital Development Plan. No doubt many more hours will be required as we progress, and we do so, knowing that the College has considered all parameters as part of a lengthy due diligence process. On behalf of the Board, I would like to acknowledge College Staff who go above and beyond for the benefit of our students and the College community as a whole. We have a lot to be proud of – a wonderful College community, strong leadership and an excellent learning environment. Thank you also is extended to the Parent Council and volunteers, and the students and their families who contribute in so many ways to make this College rich in community spirit. As Chair of the College Board, and on behalf of the broader College community, I would like to thank my fellow Board Members for the time, effort and expertise they contribute to Corpus Christi College. The Board will continue to work with the Leadership Team in pursuing the strategic direction of the College. Mr Darren Brealey Board Chair
MIDDLE SCHOOL REPORT
he College has continued to ensure provision of the most appropriate academic, social and religious environment for our early adolescent students. From day one of the year, the opportunities inside and outside of the classroom have been developed to enrich the lives of our students when they join the Corpus Christi College community. This is especially evident with the student involvement in the Quest Retreat in the first week of Year 7. The actions of students in supporting those less fortunate in our community places our College Motto “Follow the Lord” in action.
At the start of the school year, students are encouraged to have a clear set of goals to achieve success in their studies, to ensure that they are building on their existing knowledge and being organised by planning ahead. Students in Middle School have been encouraged to follow some research-based principles for improving their learning including: • • •
In 2013, a conscious effort was made to allow parents to participate in opportunities across the Middle School, such as Mother’s and Father’s Day, and Bring a Parent Days. The promotion of efficient communication across the College community was facilitated with the introduction of coneqt-s and coneqt-p for students and parents. In Year 8, improved learning spaces facilitated collaborative teaching and the promotion of the overall theme of Unity Through Diversity.
very best of their abilities. Learning support programmes cater for those students requiring specific teaching and learning adjustments. The coordination of the Learning Centre has great success at meeting the needs of the individual, including mainstream support and in smaller, more focused groups. Academically, more able students are exposed to opportunities which aim to cater for the unique attributes of students requiring greater depth and breadth of the Year level curriculum offerings. The Learning Excellence Coordinator is further developing an exciting and highly appropriate programme for the start of next year.
Active learning rather than passive learning, including a collaborative approach Having high expectations to encourage high achievement Organising information in a personally meaningful way so that it is more likely to be remembered, learned, and used Effectively using ICT Interacting effectively with teachers to promote learning.
The Year 9 Personal Project epitomises the mission of the College to empower every learner. Through personal choice, with guidance and support, this year long inquiry-based project allows students to be thinkers, creative and responsible. This independent learning opportunity is a valuable lesson for life.
In the Middle School, the philosophy and action is focused on providing students with the tools to learn how to learn. The staff in the Middle School are committed to working together to ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve to the
YEARS 7 TO 9 TESTING RESULTS: 2013 NAPLAN
YEARS 7 TO 9 TESTING RESULTS: WAMSE RESULTS 2013
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The 2013 results reflect that Corpus Christi College Years 7 and 9 cohorts are stronger than their State and National counterparts for all sections of the NAPLAN test.
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The 2013 results reflect that Corpus Christi College Years 7 and 9 cohorts are stronger than their State counterparts.
SENIOR SCHOOL REPORT 2013 was the year where SEQTA, coneqt-p and coneqt-s became significant technologies within the community. The iPad for senior students became an extremely important learning device. Many courses were delivered through iTunes U, enabling students to readily access both essential and support resources. Corpus Christi College has a strong tradition of academic excellence and the Class of 2013, again achieved well. Eight students achieved Certificates of Commendation from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority: Cassandra Bailey, Emily Davies, Christopher De Freitas Basilio, Jacob Dennis, Rachelle Erzay, Ileana O’Brien, Rachel O’Meara and Claudia Wei Hui Tan. We congratulate all our 2013 graduates and wish them every success in their future endeavours.
ANALYSIS OF WACE RESULTS 2013 • • • • • • • • • • •
Highest ATAR: Jacob Dennis 99.15 VET Exhibition: Kristen Young (Sport and Recreation) VET Certificate of Distinction: Kristen Young (Sport and Recreation) Westscheme Award - Excellence in Vocational Education and Training: Alison Young School Median ATAR (all students): 82.00 Number of students in Year 12 (completing 1+ SCSA Course): 179 Number of ATAR students (4+ scaled marks): 124 (69%) Number of Non-ATAR students: 55 (31%) Graduation rate (% of students graduating): 100% Corpus Christi College ranked 45th with 31.8% of students achieving > 65% First 50 VET Schools – achievement: (Based on % students who achieved an AQF VET Certificate II or higher) 36th – 93.42%% (71 VET students achieved Certificate II or higher).
In 2013, Religious Education aimed to help students learn the teachings of the Gospel as proclaimed by the Catholic Church and to develop a sense of the nature of Christianity, and of how Christians are trying to live their lives.
Ministry is at the centre of College life. As a Catholic community we seek to provide a positive and vibrant vision of our Christian faith in action. This is achieved through many peer-to-peer ministry experiences and by offering active service undertakings. In these ways, students see the virtues of Christian faith, hope and charity as an inspiration for their actions and in their lives.
The College provided opportunities for students to understand Catholicism through a process of cultural, systematic and critical reflection. Students learned the teachings of the Gospels and understood what it means to be a Christian in our contemporary, increasingly globalised world. Students were guided through learning and research, to explore how Christians are called to live in relationships with others and with the mysteries of life. Students were challenged and encouraged to explore this religious dimension of life creatively and with imagination.
Ministry undertakings included celebrations such as the Community Mass, Feast Day Mass and Graduation Mass. Retreats were conducted for Years 7, 10, 11 and 12. The College has two active youth groups in Young Vinnies and Friday afternoon Christian Youth Group which continue to grow in numbers.
In Years 11 and 12, Religion and Life explored the associations between religion, society and individuals. It examined the nature of religion and how it offers individuals and their communities an understanding of the world around them. As students develop the knowledge, understanding, values and skills of this course, they understand ways to interact and communicate with people about the diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Through Religion and Life, students learn why and how religions respond to human experiences, such as injustice and suffering. In 2013, the Religion and Life WACE results were most pleasing, indicating the success of the Religious Education programme at Corpus Christi College. Some encouraging findings from the 2013 WACE Results showed that: • • • • •
Corpus Christi College was noted and published as being one of the top five WACE schools for Religion and Life in 2013, and examining the scores further, finished second in the State With close to 100 students in four classes, statistics showed that 90% of the students used Religion and Life as one of their top four scores in their ATAR 50% of the students studying this course had Religion and Life as their highest WACE score Three students from the College scored above 86% in their moderated Examination mark Corpus Christi College Religion and Life scores were over 8% above the State Mean.
“RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IS THE FIRST LEARNING AREA IN THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM. THIS IS BECAUSE, THROUGH A CLASSROOM ACTIVITY, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IS A FORM OF THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD. UNLIKE OTHER LEARNING AREAS, IT IS AN ACTIVITY OF EVANGELISATION IN ITS OWN RIGHT” (MANDATE LETTER, 43)
CHRISTIAN SERVICE All students from Years 7-12 at Corpus Christi College are required to participate in Christian Service. By their participation and involvement in different service activities, students are able to explore the ministry of Jesus and respond to others with the same love and care that Jesus demonstrated. Our College motto of Sequere Dominum – ‘Follow the Lord’ is the basis and reflection point for all service undertaken by our students. Service involvement was extended to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, Relay for Life, Foodbank (via the Quest Retreat, where students collected non-perishable food items from the surrounding communities), Regents Garden Residential Care, Murdoch Hospice, Caritas Australia and Project Compassion.
MATHEMATICS Staff and students were extremely busy in 2013. The number of students involved in Mathematics competitions and activities continued to grow and once again, exceeded all previous years. In March, a total of 18 students from Years 8, 9 10, 11 and 12 participated in the Have Sum Fun Competition sponsored by the Mathematics Association of WA. The Upper Secondary team consisted of Years 11 and 12 students, including Christian Benino, Mitchell Cavanagh, Michael Clark, Joshanne Dar, Jacob Dennis and Siddharth Iyer. There were two Lower Secondary teams. Team 1: Domenico Bezuidenhout, Gordon Chiang, Lachlan Clark, Mitchell Garland, Cade McEwen and Alexander McLernon. Team 2: Alexander Di Rosso, Sudaba Faroughi, Thomasina Foo, Johanes Yacob-Anthonisamy, Kartika Le Roux and Jack Maguire. These students enjoyed testing their mathematical problem solving skills in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. During the year, students from Years 7, 8 and 9 competed in the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad. The Olympiad develops flexibility for problem-solving, fosters creativity and ingenuity and strengthens intuition, and stimulates enthusiasm and enjoyment for Mathematics. The most notable scores came from the following individuals:
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Jodi Gagner, Corran O’Brien, Thomas Hill, Rohan Bay, Semira Ballantyne, Jackson Edgar, Vincent Julius and Jonathan Lim.
YEAR 8 Phoebe Holmes, Johanes Yacob-Antonisamy, Brendan Alvaro, Mitchell Garland and Alexander McLernon.
YEAR 9 Matthew Bailey, Lachlan Clark, Cian Flynn, Thomasina Foo, Scott Whiting, Nina Lazarov and Elisha Randall. In August, 300 students sat the Australian Mathematics Competition achieving some outstanding results. James Van Ravestein (Year 7) performed exceptionally well, placing in the top percentile of candidates and winning a well-deserved prize. The overall breakdown of awards was: 1 Prize, 3 High Distinctions, 55 Distinctions and 135 Credits. The Prudence Award for the highest number of consecutive correct answers was also awarded to James Van Ravestein. In 2013, the Australian Curriculum was taught in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 as the College completes the transition to the Australian Curriculum in Middle School and prepares for the introduction of the new Senior Australian Curriculum courses to Year 11 in 2015.
ENGLISH In 2013, the English Learning Area at Corpus Christi College provided students with many opportunities in the way of incursions and excursions, to pursue their interest in the area of English.
PUBLIC SPEAKING Mrs Noreen Stevenson once again organised and ran a wonderful public speaking programme with the help of Mrs Lorraine Carpenter, Mrs Manuela Piscetek and Mrs Colleen Litchfield. Participation in external and school-based competitions was afforded to all students.
CURTIN DAY Stage 3 English and Literature students were given the opportunity to attend revision seminars at Curtin University. The day also allowed students the opportunity to experience ‘life’ at university.
LITERATURE CENTRE WRITING DAYS This year, a select number of our Years 7, 8 and 9 students have been participating in Youth Writing Courses at The Literature Centre in Fremantle. These students attend once per term and have a great opportunity to work with some of our wellknown children’s writers, such as Matt Ottley.
YEAR 8 PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP Picture books were all the talk when Sarah Dyson from The Literature Centre ran her workshop for our Year 8 students. This was a great opportunity for students to learn about where writers get their inspirations from and the process of writing and illustrating a picture book
YEAR 9 PERSUASIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS At the end of Term One, our Year 9 students took part in persuasive writing workshops held at the school and run by Sarah Dyson from The Literature Centre, to help prepare them for NAPLAN. Students were taught skills to help them write persuasively using rhetorical devices and to structure an argument.
OUR STUDENTS HAVE ‘GOOD ANSWERS’ We were thrilled to learn that two of our 2012 Stage 3 English students had essays from their WACE examinations published in the Good Answers for 2013, as outstanding exemplars. This is an excellent endorsement of the quality of teaching and learning at Corpus Christi College.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK The Sadler Centre balcony became Macbeth’s castle, with a production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Macbeth. This highly successful Middle School production of Macbeth, followed on from Romeo and Juliet the previous year. The set, costumes and props were complemented by a modern soundtrack to give this production a very contemporary feel.
NAPLAN Once again, our Years 7 and 9 students sat their NAPLAN tests at the beginning of Term Two. All students did their best and achieved results above the national benchmarks in all literacy tests.
The Australian Curriculum has been consolidated and supported by the roll-out of Pearson digital resources to Years 7, 8 and 9. Students also have full access to course resources via iTunes U and SEQTA.
It was a year of change and growth for the Humanities Learning Area in 2013. Implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9, involvement in the LEAD pedagogical project where we focused on mastering the art of questioning in the classroom and the continued integration of the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning were key areas of focus. We always aimed to provide learning experiences that were consistently engaging and relevant, nurtured curiosity and encouraged the student’s strengths and talents. Existing knowledge and practices continue to be constantly reviewed to maximise student engagement and understanding, and parents receive regular feedback on the performance of their child. Highlights of 2013 include:
PRIORITY AREAS • • • •
All course documents and resources on iTunes U Increased involvement in relevant Science Professional Learning Continue up-skilling ICT Complete implementing ACARA.
COMPETITION RESULTS •
The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) School’s Quiz Year 8: First prize.
Science IQ Competition Term Four Year 8: Third place
University of NSW Science Competition Year 9: five Distinctions
IGCSE Year 10 Science Examinations (Cambridge): five A+ grade which is a scaled score of above 90%, 12 students obtained an A grade which is a scaled score of above 80%
Big Science Competition: four High Distinctions (95%+), 13 Distinctions (85%+)
National Chemistry Competition Year 10: eight High Distinctions (90%+) and six Distinctions (80%+)
National Chemistry Competition Year 11: four High Distinctions (90%+) and one Distinction (80%+)
National Chemistry Competition Year 12: four High Distinctions (90%+) and seven Distinctions (80%+).
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WACE Year 12 Psychology: placed in the Top Ten Schools
Engineering Australia Award Year 12: Jacob Dennis with over 75% in Stage 3 Chemistry and Physics, Mathematics Specialist Stage 3C/D and Mathematics Stage 3C/D
Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Day Year 11
Rotary Science Experience Scholarship Year 10
STAR Quiz Competition Murdoch University Year 10
National Science Week was again celebrated with exciting activities. Year 7 students had chickens hatching; Human Biology and Biology Year 12 students carried out an electrophoresis practical activity, forensic facial reconstruction and isolated DNA at Murdoch University; 16 Years 10 and 11 students enjoyed the Guys and Girls Talking Science with WA’s Chief Scientist and some of the 80 inspiring scientists present about careers.
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54 Year 10 students successfully applied to attend the 2014 Canberra Tour – these students will learn more about our history and political and legal system Over 30 Year 9 extension students selected Stage 2 courses in 2013 The United Nations Day and Poverty Conference reflected the high student engagement in Humanities A number of students achieved excellent results in the Australian Geography Competition. Elana Di Giuseppe received a High Distinction, whilst Mark Tin, Emily King, Alexander Tuvik, Lachlan Clark, Claudia Karwacki and Peter Hill received a Distinction.
Next year, the Australian Curriculum will be further expanded into Middle School. Students will be encouraged to be active drivers of technology to enhance their learning, rather than being passive users of the ICT devices and resources at their disposal. We also look forward to the 2014 Canberra Tour.
TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERPRISE In the Technology and Enterprise Learning Area students apply knowledge, skills, experience and resources to the development of technological solutions that are designed to meet the changing needs of individuals, societies and environments. Students become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials, information, systems and processes to create solutions that consider the short and long-term impact on societies and environments (Learning Area Statement). The Technology and Enterprise Learning Area at the College continues to enjoy successful teaching and learning experiences as we implement the technology process and applied technology to projects in the Design and Technology workshops, the Food and Textiles production rooms and the Computing and Information Technology collaborative resource areas. Class Free Week for Middle School students during the year provided the opportunity to showcase the Technology and Enterprise Learning Area. All Middle School students were invited to participate in a wide variety of organised activities aimed at highlighting future work, employment, vocational and leisure opportunities in Technology and Enterprise. These activities further inspired some eager Middle School
students to instigate after school activity groups in Materials: Project Metal, Robotics Extension and an After School Sewing class. Hospitality Stage 1B was introduced this year for senior students and has been very popular. Children,
Language is compulsory for all students in Years 7 to 9 at Corpus Christi College. Students are able to select from three languages, namely French, Italian and Indonesian. At the end of Year 9, students may choose to continue studying the language through to Year 12 as a WACE course and taking advantage of the 10% bonus entry into a Tertiary Institution. Students at the College have achieved great results and past students have acted as mentors for the younger students studying a language. Linguistic and cultural exchange opportunities have increased with arrangements now in place with three sister schools: Smak St Hendrikus in Indonesia, Maison Blanche (French) on Reunion Island and Istituto di Istruzione Superiore A. Panzini in Senigallia (Italy). A second Italian exchange programme is offered in collaboration with the Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian (WAATI) and the International Exchange Organisation AFS Intercultura. The culture of these three languages, Bahasa Indonesia, Italiano and Français is celebrated throughout the College during Languages Week and attending cultural excursions. These practical experiences enhance and consolidate students’ understanding and appreciation of learning a second language.
Family and Community: Caring for Others Stage 1B was also a popular course with senior students and offered them the opportunity of experiencing ‘virtual babies’ in their care, whilst in Materials Design and Technology: Textiles Stage 1B, students showed their fashion flair by designing and producing their own label of resort wear. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia invited our senior students studying Accounting and Finance to attend their annual gala function that provided demonstrations of many of the opportunities and career paths available to accounting graduates. Our delegation represented Corpus Christi College admirably with students Carla Italiano, Amanda Mitchell, Brandon Rhodes and Daniel Patat giving a high quality performance when they participated in the challenge activity designed by the Chartered Accountants. The dynamic partnership created when committed and innovative staff journey into teaching and learning with talented and inspired students, continues to guarantee infinite enjoyment and success in the Technology and Enterprise Learning Area.
THE ARTS With the employment of a new Head of the Arts, 2013 was witness to a new and culturally enlivening vision. The Arts team has worked tirelessly, with passion, to deliver the best arts experience possible. The team has a burning desire to lead and inspire the many talents hidden within the student body. Arts promises to be a place where all can find access to an arts experience in 2014.
DANCE 2013 was another successful year for Dance at the College as the Senior School curriculum was consolidated and the extracurricular programme expanded. Some significant events in dance included: • • • • • • • •
Annual Dance Showcase “Life in Motion” at Curtin Theatre National Dance Week Celebration Before School Dance Troupes The Corpus Collective Consolidation of Boys Dance Crew An Honourable Mention for the Before School Dance Troupes “Inspire” Dance Troupe Embedding of professional artists into the Dance Curriculum.
DRAMA Drama continues to thrive at the College with master classes, excursions and incursions embedded in the curriculum to maximise learning and performance skills. Students from Drama have gained places at the some of the best universities including (WAAPA) and for many students, Drama was their highest scoring subject. In 2013, there was a plethora of opportunities for students to showcase their talents, including: • • • • • • • • •
School Production of “Bugsy Malone” Year 12 Drama Production of “Inheritance” Year 11 Production of Scenes from “The Threepenny Opera” Year 12 Drama Showcase TheatreSports Establishment of an Arts Technical team Youth Theatre Drama – component of Year 6 Fun Day Drama Club at Lunch times High Arts Tea extra learning sessions.
MUSIC Music compliments the many facets of College life – liturgical events, assemblies, competitions, tours and academic courses. Parent Council generously contributed funds for the purchase of two new Yamaha upright pianos for the Music suites. Music highlights of 2013 include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Conner Minervini (Year 12) with the College Choir and musicians, performed at the LifeLink launch in a performance broadcast to Catholic Schools and Colleges across the State. Highest achievement at the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges: Contemporary Band (Knights of the Southern Cross Award The Good Folk of Corpus Secondary Instrumental Duet (Dr Peter Tannock Award) - Christian Benino and Kartika Zhuang Contribution to liturgical events at the College Fremantle Eisteddfod Corpus Grooves at The Ellington Concert Band and Wind Ensemble Primary School Tour Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges ABODA Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association: WA Schools’ Concert Band Festival Spring Soiree – Senior students in Concert WA Classical Guitar Festival Vocal Recital Guitar Concert Stage 2 Music offered in a Contemporary Music context for the first time Music Camp at Point Walter Camp and Recreation Site Carols on the Green.
VISUAL ARTS A significant amount of change and growth has occurred in Visual Arts. The Art Club continues to flourish and a number of incursions/excursions and workshops continue to be included in the curriculum. Visual Arts students exhibit in external competitions/ exhibitions. The College has achieved positive results with many students winning awards for their creativity and innovation. Highlights this year included: • • •
Joshanne Dar (Year 12) selected to exhibit in the 2014 Perspectives exhibition Megan Flack (Year 9) Photography Award at the Atwell Arts Centre and Gallery and Angelico Exhibition Numerous awards won: Black Swan awards, Melville Arts awards and Atwell Arts Centre and Gallery Youth Awards.
SPORT The College Sport theme for 2013 was Play for the Team, Play for the Challenge. Students were challenged to put teammates before themselves and take some risks in pushing beyond their comfort zone during preparation and competition.
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HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION In 2013, the College welcomed the introduction of the Stage 3 Outdoor Education course to the Health and Physical Education landscape. This course, along with the other Outdoor Education units offered across the years, bolstered numbers, reflecting the popularity of the subject. Within Physical Education, our Middle School programmes continued to focus on developing the whole student. As well as studying Health, students were delivered detailed and holistic programmes that motivated them to enjoy an active and healthy life. The expanding Health and Physical Education Learning Area continues to attain its high standard of professionalism and pedagogy. With numbers at near capacity across all subjects, staff are filled with confidence by the great results achieved and are motivated to continue their good work in 2014.
Address global concerns regarding drop out rates in sport; the battle against screen based technology; National Guidelines for physical activity in children; the decreasing supply of volunteers and qualified coaches Advocacy: Consulting our stakeholders; Burgundy White and Blue Sports Awards Dinner; Improving news and results in the media Social Development: Improving officiating and coaching partnerships; increasing Inter-House sporting opportunities run by student leaders Inclusion/Diversity: Updating the College Sport Code of Conduct for players and coaches; ensuring ESC students are more involved with the expanded Inter-House mixed competitions; wider sporting choices to cater for a diversity of sporting interests Service: Promoting coaching and officiating; expanding the roles of captains and leaders; promoting sports leadership in Middle School.
WORKPLACE LEARNING At Corpus Christi College eligible Years 11 and 12 students complete Workplace Learning: Employability Skills. This mode of workplace learning provides opportunities for students to demonstrate at least 20 skills relevant to entry-level training in a real workplace. Achievement of one programme of Workplace Learning: Employability Skills, provides two unit equivalents towards the WACE completion requirement.
PERFORMANCE GOALS FOR 2013 1. Maintaining standing as a ‘top five’ ACC Cross Country and Athletics School 2. Achieving promotion to A Division in Swimming within three years 3. Continuing to improve our profile and performance in AFL Football and Netball. PREMIERS FINALISTS ACC B Division Swimming Overall Aggregate Shield Junior Boys Basketball ACC B Division Swimming Overall Girls Shield
Junior Boys Soccer
ACC B Division Swimming Junior Girls Shield
Junior Boys AFL Football
ACC B Division Swimming Junior Boys Shield
Senior Girls Soccer
Senior Boys AFL Football Jakovich SportsReady Cup
Junior Girls Soccer
Year 7 Girls Football – Dockers Cup
Year 7 Boys AFL Football
Year 7 SASJ Overall Champions
Open Girls Netball
Senior Boys Cricket Graeme Wood Shield
Year 8 Girls Netball
Senior Boys Cricket - Geoff Marsh Shield
Senior Girls Basketball
In the workplace, students are assessed on skills such as, communication, teamwork, problemsolving, self-management, planning and organising, technology, learning, initiative and enterprise and safety and health. These skills can be applied to any work situation and industry area. Year 12 students were placed during Semester One, whilst placements were offered to Year 11 students in Semester Two. Placement options in a variety of industry areas included, Physical Education, Primary Education, Events Management, Retail, Drafting, Electrical, Nursing, Plumbing, Carpentry, Welding, Automotive, Childcare and Information Technology. Year 10 students in the HeadStart programme completed the Workplace Learning Stage 1A/B Course. The course aimed to provide all students with the knowledge, workplace skills and attitudes valued within work environments as a preparation for employment. This involved attendance at two workplaces during the year in a variety of industry areas including, Aviation, Hospitality and Construction.
Junior Girls Cricket - T20 Blast
ACC MAJOR DIVISIONAL CARNIVAL RESULTS B Division Swimming Cross Country A Division Athletics
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LEARNING SUPPORT Students with learning difficulties, both diagnosed and undiagnosed are all accommodated at the College. Effective classroom teaching strategies, scaffolded activities and assistance from support teachers and Learning Assistants allows these students to access all areas of the curriculum. In 2013, a 0.8FTE numeracy support teacher and a team of curriculum support teachers (one from each Learning Area) staffed the Learning Centre. Although a literacy support teacher was not employed, literacy assistance was delivered by a team of curriculum support teachers. Curriculum support teachers were responsible for up-skilling teaching staff on learning difficulties, modifying activities, supporting planning, team teaching, modifying assessments and creating resources within a specific Learning Area. This ensures that all teachers can provide students with appropriate access to the learning activities. The Learning Centre also provides support to students through a variety of programmes: •
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iLAN (Intensive Literacy and Numeracy programme) – identified students in Years 7 and 8 are invited to be withdrawn from learning a second language. Extensive instruction is provided in small groups relating to the work being covered each week in numeracy, spelling, grammar and study skills iCulture – Year 9 students who previously participated in iLAN receive assistance each week with spelling, work studies and cultural studies, including scaffolding of the Personal Project Report in Term Three Assistance with homework, projects and developing effective time management and revision skills in student-driven appointment bookings In-class support with programmes and strategies to help all students access the curriculum Professional Learning provided for teachers Updating information on SEQTA to ensure TALAs (Teaching and Learning Adjustments plans) and student profiles are provided for specific learning needs Two full-time Learning Assistants and one 0.6FTE Learning Assistant were employed to support classes in Years 7, 8 and 9. Their timetable was at the discretion of the Director of Learning Support.
EDUCATION SUPPORT The placement of Education Support Centre (ESC) students within the College and resources required, are decided on according to the needs of the students each year. Subsequently, the timetable structure in the ESC can change, based on a needs analysis of the Centre’s teachers and students. In Semester One, students were taught by a ‘subject specific’ ESC teacher in each Learning Area, e.g the Science specialist teacher taught all students in the ESC Science class/es according to their individual level. This applied to Religious Education, Mathematics, Spelling and Reading. In Semester Two, the structure changed, whereby students were divided into either the Middle School or Senior School group. Additional to the core subjects, Middle School students worked to the best of their abilities in Religious Education, Independent Living Skills, Sports and Community Connections. Senior School students continued their TAFE and work experience visits, as well as Introduction to Certificate I: Business, all imperative in preparing them for entry into the workplace and life after school. The Inspire Café continued its daily barista training (staff coffees) and pop up stalls for student purchases. Students were included in the People First Protective Behaviours Programme, the Notre Dame University
Sporting Programme and the Inclusive Sports Carnivals of soccer, bowling, athletics and swimming as their timetabled permitted. Students also participated in the College’s Dance Showcase at Nexus Theatre and attended the second annual Disco available for all Catholic School Education Support students. This year it was hosted by Corpus Christi College and was a great success. Information and Communication Technologies have continued to be very important for ESC students giving them access to mainstream and specialised curriculums. The use of iPads was a 2013 initiative, offering a variety of apps to consolidate skills and to support speech and language outcomes. In 2013, the Professional Learning theme included expertise in child development, specific disability knowledge, updated technology skills, Vocational Training and mental health. Staff at the Centre undertook professional learning on Epilepsy, Speech therapy and creating a Professional Learning community. The Centre held an information Open Night for parents in February and again in November, showcasing and celebrating students’ work. A barbecue picnic to welcome new families was also held in November.
Students and staff at Corpus Christi College have access to technology that is now at the ‘cutting edge’ of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The ICT department has built a learning environment where teachers and students learn together in a culture of respect, trust and collective commitment to learning. This has been the essential ingredient for success in developing our College as an outstanding digital school environment. There have been significant shifts in the way teachers work together within subjects and across various learning areas. The College has formed many strategic partnerships. Our ICT Service Team has moved towards a service oriented approach of ICT support, resulting in a restructure of our ICT Service Team. To assist us implement our technological initiatives, we have appointed past students and trained current students to provide in-class support to teachers and fellow students.
ITUNES U AND SEQTA Students now expand their horizons beyond the information provided by a subject teacher and a textbook. Yet, they still need the wisdom and support of their teachers who are creating new learning objects designed on essential twenty first century learning skills and learning how to learn. All Senior School students will have access to an iPad in 2014. Students are also encouraged to bring other technologies to school that support their learning style. In 2014, our Year 7 students will again have the opportunity to select an Apple laptop of their choice. The Year 9 parent-funded programme continues to maximise our students’ learning environment allowing the capability to collaborate, share experiences and work across disciplines. Midway through 2013, a new relationship was formed with the Australia Academic Research Network (AARNet) to provide the College community with access to a dedicated high-capacity Internet fibre connection to provide instant access throughout the day. AARNet has many strong strategic alignments with research organisations throughout Australia providing more educational content opportunities for our staff and students. All College courses show the following information in SEQTA (our student learning management system): • Programmes and Assessment Outlines
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY • • • • •
Daily Lesson Plan Homework when and where applicable Marksbook (marked work must be visible within a week of marking) Staff are using coneqt Messaging as the Parent /Teacher Contact Coneqt-p and coneqt-s are portals for parents and students to access information on communications, course programmes, reports, homework and assessments.
ITUNES U iTunes U provides educators an easy way to design complete courses which contain digital content such as audio and video files. These courses can be easily distributed via the iTunes U app. Subject courses are delivered via iPads which makes them ideal for student courses in Years 10-12.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP Students have learnt about the value of becoming good digital citizens and staying safe in the cyber world. At parent forums and information evenings, we raise the importance of parents managing their children’s internet time and developing an ‘at home Internet contract’, developing Social Media guidelines and a Code of Ethics to follow when online. Involvement of parents, students and staff is critical, with the College creating an online system of student reporting cyber issues called ‘Corpus Concerns’. Many of our students still need to understand what goes online – stays online.
SENIOR SCHOOL (Years 10-11)
Computer Science 1A Bradley Le Guier Design: Technical Graphics Stage 1B Tayla Johannisen Accounting and Finance Stage 2 Kieran Chong Applied Information Technology Stage 2 Sandro Stikić Computer Science Stage 3 Sean O’Neill Certificate I Information, Digital Media & Technology Year 11 Christopher Chong HEADSTART
Indonesian Year 10 Jessica Natalina Italian Year 10 Sam Coten ARTS Indonesian Stage 2 Victorya O’Shea Dance Year 10 Samantha Judkins English Jake Higgs Italian Stage 2 Remi Rodari Drama Year 10 Shannon Kelly Certificate I Information, Digital Fine Art Year 10 Victoria Bandurski Media & Technology Nathan Prins MATHEMATICS Dance Stage 2 Taylor Pymm Workplace Learning Aaron Hawkins Mathematics Year 10 Course A Victoria Bandurski Drama Stage 2 Jake Pitcher Highest HeadStart Achiever James Channing Matthew Desa Design Basics Year 10 Chloe Kingston Mathematics Year 10 Course B Jack Melling Music Stage 2 Harry Johnston EDUCATION SUPPORT Mathematics Year 10 Course C Ashleigh Sword-Gray Visual Arts Stage 2 Kirsty Mouttet Education Support Year 10 Braden Hannon Mathematics Year 10 Stage 1C Aaron Hawkins Education Support Year 11 Daisy Dimmick Mathematics Year 11 Stage 1E Myles Johnson ENGLISH Mathematics Year 11 Stage 2A/B Jessica Taylor English Year 10 Kartika Le Roux Mathematics Year 11 Stage 2C/D Emma Vieira BEST ALL ROUND AT SPORT Literature Stage 1 Shannon Kelly Mathematics Year 11 Stage 3A/B James Minson Year 10 (male) Cameron Beath English Stage 2 Ranya Sharafizad Matthew Satti Year 10 (female) Hayley Hardwick Literature Stage 2 Mitchell Cavanagh Mathematics Year 11 Stage 3C/D Erin Anthony Year 11 (male) Kurt Wesley Mathematics Year 11 Specialist Year 11 (female) Evie Marchetti HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION Stage 3A/B Erin Anthony Health Education Year 10 Rebekah-Anne Craggs SCIENCE Physical Education (Boys) Year 10 Rhys Jones Physical Education (Girls) Year 10 Erin Solomon Biology Year 10 Emma Marsh Sports Education in Physical Chemistry Year 10 Cameron Urquhart Education Year 10 Samuel Duyvestyn and Human Biological Sciences Hayley Hardwick Year 10 Jessie Yong Sports Science Year 10 Sean Grant IGCSE Science Year 10 Victoria Bandurski Outdoor Education Year 10 Brayden Hill Serena Yung Outdoor Education Stage 1 Evie Marchetti Outdoor Education Stage 2 Jemma Cianfrini TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERPRISE Physical Education Stage 2 Kirsty Mouttet Physics Year 10 Katrina Gan Psychology Stage 1 Tanika Sgherza HUMANITIES Chemistry Stage 2 Mitchell Cavanagh A Sense of Place Year 10 Sophia White Erin Anthony Economics Year 10 Jessica Natalina Human Biological Sciences Stage 2 Erin Anthony Geography Year 10 Max Puls Physics Stage 2 Mitchell Cavanagh Nation States to Superpowers Year 10 Tanika Sgherza Psychology Stage 2 Kate Diviney Modern History Stage 2 Shannon Kelly Accounting Stage 1 Matthew Dobson Economics Stage 2 Victoria Bandurski Applied Information Technology 1C Mason Fordyce Economics Stage 3 Mitchell Cavanagh Food Technology Year 10 Rebecca Machado 20 Technical Graphics Year 10 Luke Mifsud Wood Technology Year 10 Mark Tin
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious Education Year 10 Religion and Life Stage 1A/B Religion and Life Stage 2A/B Edith Cowan University ECU Citizenship Year 11
Serena Yung Evie Marchetti Erin Anthony Tiarna Petterson
ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD Year 10 Year 11
Emma Marsh Christian Benino
COLLEGE LEADERSHIP AWARDS St Mary of the Cross Year 10 St Mary of the Cross Year 11
Rebekah-Anne Craggs Mikayla McKinlay
Year 11 Dux
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Years 7-9) Year 7 Religious Education Year 8 Religious Education Year 8 Religious Education Year 9 Religious Education Year 9 Religious Education
Bethany Fimmel Olivia Fuderer Dimitrie Damos Teresa Math Danielle D’Mello
SCIENCE Year 7 Science Year 8 Science Year 9 Science
Shaun Byrne Alexander Di Rosso Alison Cook
ENGLISH Year 7 English Year 8 English Year 9 English Year 9 Pre-Literature
Reen Minotti Phoebe Holmes Michelle Ng Jamie Nicole Lim
LANGUAGES Year 7 Italian Year 7 French Year 7 Indonesian Year 8 Italian Year 8 French Year 8 Indonesian Year 9 Italian Year 9 French Year 9 Indonesian
Alex Kingsbury Bethany Fimmel Adriana Gough Olivia Mocerino Phoebe Holmes Samuel Budihardjo Rachel Martin Thomas Glyde Ricky Perdec
LEARNING CENTRE Year 7 iLAN Year 8 iLAN Year 9 iCulture Year 9 iCulture
Dean Pearce Riley Iliffe-Turner Daniel Ialacci Brandon Navarro
HUMANITIES Year 7 Humanities Year 8 Humanities Year 9 Humanities Year 9 Humanities
Rohan Bay Olivia Fuderer Emma Bendtsen Molly Elliott
MATHEMATICS Year 7 Mathematics Year 7 Mathematics
Corran O’Brien Jodi Gagner
Year 8 Mathematics Year 8 Mathematics Year 9 Mathematics Year 9 Mathematics
Magdalene Sng Alexander Di Rosso Thomasina Foo Lachlan Clark
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION Year 7 Physical and Health Education Year 7 Physical and Health Education Year 8 Physical and Health Education Year 8 Physical and Health Education Year 9 Ball Games Year 9 Outdoor Education Year 9 Physical and Health Education Year 9 Physical and Health Education Year 9 Sport and Fitness
Corran O’Brien Jessica De Freitas Basilio Thomas Wright Claire Coten Isaac Huggins Patrick Tichelaar Jordan Giudicatti Jacqueline Pivac Lachlan Clark
EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTRE Middle School Education Support Centre Middle School Education Support Centre
Alex Tilli Lili Thoms
THE ARTS Year 7 Arts Year 8 Arts Year 9 Craft Year 9 Dance Year 9 Design Basics Year 9 Digital Imagery Year 9 Drama Year 9 Fine Art Year 9 Music
Sarah Ho Nadia Long Teresa Math Cassandra Rauh Matthew Bailey Joel Matusiak Olivia McCarthy Michael Pereira James Holloway
TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERPRISE Year 7 Technology Year 8 Technology Year 9 Business Beginnings Year 9 Caring for Children Year 9 Clever Hands Year 9 Food Technology Year 9 Jewellery Year 9 Metals Technology Year 9 Plastics Technology Year 9 Technical Graphics
Sarah Ho Kenith Png Lachlan Clark Clarissa Sutandi Cassandra Rauh Tamara Porter Brittany Pascoe Brittany Pascoe Daniel Ialacci Molly Elliott
Year 9 Wood Technology
ST MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP Year 7 St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Jessica De Freitas Basilio Year 8 St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Emma Zanoli Year 9 St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Molly Elliott
YEAR 12 AWARDS ARTS
Dance Stage 3 Shannon Kelly Drama Stage 3 Delia Price Music Stage 3 Delia Price Visual Arts Stage 3 Rachelle Erzay ENGLISH
Year 12 Stage 1 C/D Hannah Robinson Year 12 English Stage 2 Alison Young English Stage 3 Christopher De Freitas Basilio Literature Stage 3 Claudia Wei Hui Tan
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical Education Studies Stage 1C/D Jake Basire Outdoor Education Stage 3 Rovik Olsen Physical Education Stage 3 Jardena Johnson HUMANITIES
Geography Stage 3 Nicholas Overington Modern History Stage 3 Jeremy Koh LANGUAGES
Indonesian Stage 3 Nicholas Robson Italian Stage 3 Emily Davies MATHEMATICS Mathematics Stage 1B/C Mathematics Stage 1D/E Mathematics Stage 2A/B
Peter McMahon Claire Holley Brianna Rooney Shane Parry
Mathematics Stage 2C/D Daniel Malone EDUCATION SUPPORT Arvinda Pinnagoda Zachary Sgherza BEST ALL AROUND SPORTS Andrew Needham Mathematics Stage 3A/B Chloe Weir Jessica Vince Mathematics Stage 3C/D Jacob Dennis RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Mathematics Specialist 3C/D Jacob Dennis Religion and Life Stage 1C/D James Mason SCIENCE Religion and Life Stage 3A/B Charlotte Wong Biological Sciences Stage 3 Chemistry Stage 3 Human Biological Sciences Stage 3 Physics Stage 3 Psychology Stage 3
Rovik Olsen Jacob Dennis Rachel O’Meara Benjamin Cook Cassandra Bailey
TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERPRISE
LEADERSHIP AWARDS Arts Leadership Sports Leadership Christian Service Corpus Christi Medals Sequere Dominium Westscheme Award for Excellence in VET Proxime Accessit College Dux
Applied Information Technology Stage 1C/D Mason Fordyce Business Management & Enterprise Stage 1A/B Carla Italiano Children, Family, Community: Caring for Others Stage 1A/B Lara Kalotay Food Science and Technology Stage 1 A/B Chloe Weir Design: Technical Graphics Stage 1 A/B Franklane Di Mento Materials Design and Technology: Metals Stage 1A/B Dino Jardim Materials Design and Technology: Textiles Stage 1 C/D Alison Young Materials Design and Technology: Wood Stage 1A/B Dino Jardim Accounting and Finance Stage 3 Carla Italiano Applied Information Technology Stage 3 Michael Surjan
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND WORKPLACE LEARNING Certificate II: Outdoor Recreation Alison Young Certificate II: Sport (Coaching) Minjee Lee Certificate II: Information, Digital Media & Technology Madeline Doyle 22 Certificate III: Business Erin Lukosius Workplace Learning Kelly Weir
Delia Price Lauren Crane Kristen Young Isobel Ziatas Sebastian Anthony Barry Barone Tahlia Brealey Lauren Crane Emily Davies Katelyn Earl Ileana O’Brien Rachel O’Meara Delia Price Claudia E Tan Chloe Weir Christopher Wijaya Kristen Young Isobel Ziatas Rachel O’Meara Alison Young Charlotte Wong Jacob Dennis
“FOR A SCHOOL TO BE CATHOLIC, IT MUST FIRST BE A GOOD SCHOOL. OTHERWISE IT WILL BE UNABLE TO FULFILL ITS MISSION. THE SCHOOL MUST BEGIN FROM THE PRINCIPLE THAT ITS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME IS INTENTIONALLY DIRECTED TO THE GROWTH OF THE WHOLE PERSON”
COLLEGE INFORMATION NON-ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT Parents are notified by an SMS text message if Student Services have not received a phone call or SMS message on the absentee hotline by 10.00am on the day of the absence. If parents do not respond to the SMS message and a note is not handed in on the day of the student’s return to school, Student Services place a message in the Daily Bulletin for the student to report to Student Services to explain the absence. If an adequate explanation has still not been received, parents are sent a letter asking them for an explanation of the absence. If the absence is still unexplained, the parent will be contacted.
TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS During the year, the College employed a total of 107 teachers. Of the 107 teaching staff, 37 were male and 69 female. There were no Indigenous employees. Collectively, the qualifications held by staff were: • Doctorates 1 (1%) • Masters Degrees 18 (16%) • Bachelor Degrees 94 (91%) • Post-graduate Diploma 36 (33%) • Certificates 15 (14%). Staff Attendance for the 2013 academic year was 98.00%.
SCHOOL INCOME School income as broken down by funding source is calculated by the Federal Government and placed on the ACARA website link: My School: http://www.myschool.edu.au
STUDENT ATTENDANCE Year
94% 94% 93% 93% 92% 93%
SATISFACTION The continuing journey of improvement as a College is facilitated by the access and use of feedback data from all members of the school community. The QCS Framework developed by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia is a valuable opportunity to receive direct access to relevant data. The survey is held annually. The information from the QCS Insight SRC provides data which aims to capture a snapshot of student, parent and staff culture over the previous 12 months. A total of 107 staff, 139 students and 26 parents completed the survey. This information can be used to gain a better understanding of staff and parent views about organisational health in our school, and aspects of studentsâ€™ social adjustment and emotional wellbeing. The survey has indicated the strengths of our school and also the areas for improvement. We have introduced a culture of surveying stakeholders, especially staff and students, to provide us with an indication of how effective the strategies to improve the culture have been. In focusing on becoming a professional learning community, we know teachers will develop a stronger clarity of purpose, contribute to building trust so as to interdependently work together in high functioning teams which will support teachers to prepare dynamic lessons, to be involved in the vast array of extra-curricular activities on the journey to provide their students with the highest quality Catholic education. The Catholic education system is becoming increasingly aware of the need to attend to the culture in our schools, for culture is a major factor in ensuring that we improve outcomes for students.
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Students feel positive and cheerful at school most of the time, although they can occasionally feel tense and stressed Students feel happy about being a student at this school Teachers put energy into classes, are well-prepared and are preparing students for their future Teachers could understand how students learn better and explain things more clearly sometimes Teachers help students to do their best and provide support when they need it Teachers could make learning more interesting and inspiring Students are very keen to do well at school and feel other students like them Students see continuing or completing their education is important to them Students know that their friends at school really care about them Classroom behaviour sometimes does inhibit learning in the classroom Student feel very safe at school Students recognise opportunities the school offers to learn about the Catholic faith, celebrate Mass, participate in liturgies and prayer Staff are respectful, caring and fair, while students are also, but to a lesser degree, respectful, caring and fair, but not necessarily forgiving or trustful of one another Students have opportunities to participate in Christian service activities to be compassionate and to be involved in social justice issues Students felt positive about the survey and found it easy to understand.
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Overall, parents’ responses were very positive Most parents felt the academic standards provided adequate challenge for their child and the school is meeting their child’s academic needs Most felt the school had good extra-curricular programmes on offer at the school Most agreed that their child is developing organisational skills to help complete homework tasks Most strongly disagreed that their child had been bullied and teased Most strongly agreed that their child gets on well with their peers and feels accepted by other students Most agreed that their child is developing good social skills Parents are comfortable with approaching the school with their concerns they might have, recognising that the school takes parents seriously, although there were lower responses to teachers understanding a parent’s point of view Teachers at the school are dedicated and have a lot of pride in their work Teachers at the school are very good at encouraging children to learn and work to teach their child to be more persistent Teachers manage children’s behavior fairly, consistently and sensibly at a slightly above average level Parents score the school’s ‘reporting’ as useful and feel the school is always striving to improve Parents felt their child was well supported in their transitions which are perceived to be done well at the school
Parents agreed that their children are provided opportunities for reflecting on their faith, the Catholic faith, celebrating Mass, liturgies and prayers, and participating in social justice activities Staff members are respectful, caring and show forgiveness but could work on their trust of one another.
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There is a focus at the school on improving the quality of the school’s teaching and learning practices Staff believe they can make a difference to student learning and student wellbeing. Most of their personal goals align with the goals of the school Staff recognise there is a lot expected of them at this school and feel there could be more encouragement and recognition of their work Staff would welcome more opportunities for professional growth as staff would like to improve their skills, knowledge and performance There were low levels of response to supportive leadership defined as the extent to which the school’s leaders are approachable, can be relied upon, understand the problems facing staff, and communicate well with staff Staff would welcome more opportunities to participate in the decisions that affect the way they do their work Staff noted strong responses to successful partnerships with parents, the provision of quality teaching experiences and learning environments, and overall confidence in their ability to make a difference in student learning, engagement and wellbeing Although most staff understood the purpose of the QCS framework, fewer were confident regarding how to personalise this or how it could lead to greater school success.
FUTURE FOCUS In 2014, Corpus Christi College Strategic Goals continue to be informed by a number of consultative processes, including extensive community surveys. With a newly appointed Director of Catholic Education last year, the system wide ‘Strategic Direction 2014-16 was released late in 2013. The College has utilised both the CEO LEADing in a flourishing Catholic Education system framework as well as our findings during 2013, whilst utilising the Catholic Education Office School Review and Improvement Framework. There are four Focus Areas identified to guide our growth: 1. Learning (Education). 2. Engagement (Community Relationships). 3. Accountabillity (Stewardship). 4. Discipleship (Catholic Identity). Within each of these Focus Areas, there are a number of review components so as to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement.
FOCUS AREA: DISCIPLESHIP (Catholic Identity) Discipleship is our calling – we are committed to deepening our relationship with Jesus. In 2014, the College will focus on the following key goals that lie in QCS Domain One, Catholic Identity: 1. For all leaders to understand their role in promoting the evangelisation purposes of Corpus Christi College by embodying the vision and values of the College as a Catholic school. 2. Continuing to plan, implement and promote social action and justice opportunities, linked to the College Christian Service Learning Policy and Programme, for both staff and students. 3. Planning to introduce a regular, weekly Mass in the College Chapel, suggested to be each Friday. The focus would eventually include all Homerooms having the opportunity to organise a Mass. 4. Finalise the refurbishment of the Chapel in Semester One, with a focus on being more welcoming. 5. Develop a range of strategies for students and staff to use the Chapel more. The Religious Education and Ministry team of teachers, as well as student leaders will devise strategies to enable this call to action.
In 2014, there will be a focus on the academic performance and pastoral welfare of an individual student, and the professional improvement and support for an individual staff member. Strategies will include: 1. 2.
FOCUS AREA: LEARNING (Education) Learning is what we do – we are committed to learning at every level.
In 2014, the focus on student wellbeing continues, ensuring student learning occurs in a supportive and safe environment that is inclusive and pastoral for all learners. Strategies will include: 1. 2.
Heads of Year will focus on facilitating and supporting an individual child’s educational programme, results and Learning goals. The Pastoral Council will have a focus on the formation of an exemplar Homeroom Teacher, so as to enable a high quality of pastoral care of individual students. Strongly performing academic students will be identified and informed they are performing well academically, acknowledged for their difference, so as to be nurtured in a supportive culture of learning excellence where the individual’s talents are honoured.
Common teaching and learning practices, standards and expectations for students from Years 7 to 12 will be identified and embedded. Continue to honour a culture of learning through implementing the Corpus Christi College Professional Learning Community (PLC) model which reflects the view that no human endeavour requires more wisdom, more humanity, more hard work or dedication, than those roles associated with schools. There are four pillars of a PLC – collaborative teamwork, teacher capacity, leadership capacity and professional development. These four pillars are reflected in the strategic goals set for staff each year. The College provides a world-class digital learning environment for students and staff which was recognised in 2013, with its nomination and selection as an Apple Distinguished School. The College is now an e-Smart School and will continue to develop and implement strategies that promote good digital citizenship, and a positive e-smart culture amongst all community members. Participation in 2014 in the CEO Contemporary Learning Environments Survey, in partnership with ECU and Curtin Universities, and coordinated by Chief Information and Innovations Officer David Wood, will provide the College with initial data regarding the impact of digital learning devices on student engagement and achievement. The results will be presented to the Teaching and Learning Council. Continue to remodel classrooms to maximise learning opportunities that technology provides, as funds allow.
During Semester One 2014, there will be a review of courses in the Senior School, taking into account the new WACE to be implemented from 2015. In addition, there will be continued focus on implementing the Australian Curriculum as determined by ACARA and the WA Standards Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
FOCUS AREA: ENGAGEMENT (Community) Engagement is essential – we are committed to Catholic Education’s mission through relationships with all. In 2014, the College will focus on the following key goals which lie in the QCS Domain Three, Community: These are: 1. Continue to look at strategies to improve communication between parents and teachers through the online SEQTA portal, coneqt-p. 2. Implement the strategies defined by the formal review of the College Enrolment Process. 3. The Principal and the Parent Council to focus on strategies to enhance the sense of community amongst new and current families, including promoting opportunities for volunteering and the use of facilities out-of-school hours. 4. The Principal and Deputy Principal Ministry to review existing links with the Parish communities through the Parish Pastoral Community meetings held each term. Corpus Communications would be involved in enhancing relationship opportunities as they arise. 5. The College will develop an Aboriginal Reconciliation Strategy.
FOCUS AREA: ACCOUNTABILITY (Stewardship) Accountability is not optional. We have personal and collective responsibility for our system’s success. In 2014, the College will focus on the following key goals Domain Four, Capital Development and Stewardship, which will include: 1.
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Proceed with the Capital Development Plan under the newly created five year financial model: a. Sports Centre Project will commence by the start of 2015. b. Design drawings for the Performing Arts Centre to be finalised and prepared to go to tender in 2015. c. Cafeteria Hub, Religious Education and Ministry Centre, Entrance and Landscaping project, to be formally opened in Semester Two. Identify, cost, prioritise and timeline the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment priorities for the College. The College Board and Leadership Team to commence a Sustainability and Carbon Neutral policy with regards to future building and landscaping projects, with active involvement of student leaders and teachers. Investigate paper-less processes in administration and teaching for possible documentation and trial, and if effective after evaluation, adopt practices with the approval of the Principal. Formulate a Risk Management Policy and Procedures for consideration and implementation by the Board and College Leadership Team. The standard of twenty first century learning environments developed in the Middle School (including furniture) shall: a. Require ongoing upgrades and refurbishments across all classrooms, as budgets allow and over the course of the next three years. b. Be reflected in all new buildings, classrooms and outdoor areas.
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Murdoch Drive, Bateman WA 6150 PO BOX 279, Willetton WA 6955 Tel: 61 8 6332 2500 Web: www.corpus.wa.edu.au