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Corpus Voice Introducing the Journalism Club


For any information about the journalism club, or to send in works, contact Alyssa: bayr15@student.corpus.wa.edu.au

Editing and Proofreading: Alyssa Bay, Rebecca Machado, Hayley Groen Layouts: Alyssa Bay, Stephanie Forkin


Contents “Meet the Team” ..................................................................................... 4 Mother’s Day Around the World ............................................................. 6 Sinkholes: The Lowdown ....................................................................... 8 Stuck for Study? ..................................................................................... 9 The Arctic Monkeys .............................................................................. 10 Understanding the Easter Season ....................................................... 11 St Pope John Paul II - A Teenage Perspective .................................... 12 Making the Most of Year Seven ........................................................... 13 The United Nations Day - Year 8 ......................................................... 14 About the Library .................................................................................. 14 The Voice of the Youth ......................................................................... 15 Nellie Bly .............................................................................................. 16


The Journalism

Steph Forkin Year 11

Nathan Cavaney Year 8

Also: Liam Rego, Year 8

Mikaela English Rebekah Craggs Hayley Groen Rebecca Machado Elizabeth Cook Year 11 Year 11 Year 11 Year 11 Year 10


Club: Meet the Team Welcome to the first issue of “Corpus Voice”, Corpus’ new student magazine. This journalism club at Corpus Christi has been underway for a long time, and I’m incredibly excited to be able to introduce it to the college. “Corpus Voice” is intended to be a forum through which the students of Corpus can share their writing, artwork, and photos with the wider college community. The club is open to students of all years and I’d love to encourage all students who would like to contribute to do so, by either joining the club or sending in their work as a once-off. The club is a student-run initiative and I believe it will give us all the opportunity to very much become more engaged with the Corpus community, by nature of simply working as a team of different year levels with a set goal in mind. I think it will offer us a lot from which we can learn, including the importance of “chopping and changing”, communicating, and meeting deadlines, while also giving us the power and responsibility to “call the shots” and really determine for ourselves what we produce. I feel like I speak on behalf of the whole team in saying that we’re very excited to have produced what we have in this issue and we look forward to everything we have to share. Alyssa Bay 11 Chisholm

Yasmin Richards Alyssa Bay Victoria Hebbs Logan deRosario Year 10 Year 11 Year 10 Year 11


Mother’s Day

around the world

Let’s face it: your mum was there when you learned how to ride a bike, and the times you celebrated your birthday. Whether your mum was showered in cards, flowers, or chocolates, Mother’s Day was a great chance to really show her how much you appreciate her. Many countries have adopted this western celebration in many different ways so that mothers can be acknowledged for their importance all around the world. Mother’s Day was first created in 1905. In West Virginia, Anna Jarvis began a memorial for her mother who had passed away. It influenced Anna to make “Mother’s Day” a national holiday to honour mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” By1920, many states in the US had celebrated Mother’s Day. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation for Mother’s Day. In the Catholic religion, the holiday is strongly associated with the Virgin Mary.

Australia In Australia, Mother’s Day is celebrated similarly to the US and mothers are gifted with flowers and cards. This is a time to reflect on mothers - children even celebrate their grandmothers and other women they care for. India Mother’s Day is very new to India. It is great to see a culturally diverse country like India adopt a western celebration. Just like everywhere else, Mothers Day is a time to reflect and acknowledge mothers. In India, people send cards and make meals for their mothers. It won’t be long until Mother’s Day is a national tradition of India. Mexico In Mexico, Mothers Day is celebrated in a much more colourful way. The celebration is treated like a festival, along with music. The day is celebrated by attending mass during which an orchestra plays “Ias mananitas” - this is a tradition for mothers day in Mexico. New Zealand In New Zealand, Mothers Day is celebrated at the same time as the US. The event has been fully influenced by the US and the children recognize the importance of their mothers. They may greet them with flowers and go out for picnics and dinner.


South Africa In South Africa, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. People wear red or pink carnations to represent their mothers. Wearing white symbolizes mothers who have passed away. Young children gift their mums homemade gifts.

France In France, Mother’s Day is called “fetes des meres” and it is celebrated on the 25th of May. Children often write cards or poems for their mothers and families may also have a big dinner to celebrate. Children may get their mothers gifts including letters, and flowers in particular.

The celebration of Mother’s Day has been adopted in countries all over the world and is celebrated similarly. It doesn’t matter how; all that matters is that the message of honouring and appreciating your mum is emphasised. It’s good to have somebody who loves and takes care of you, so giving back is the least we can do. Father’s Day is celebration where we honour our fathers. What are you going to do for this year’s Father’s Day?


Sinkholes: The Lowdown Ravini Coorey Sinkholes are depressions in the ground that form over time because of erosion and gravity. They may reveal themselves gradually or with sudden collapses, although it is the sinkhole caused by the latter that often receives the most attention. Sinkholes are usually caused by the water that flows below the topsoil. The water turns acidic from absorbing carbon dioxide and participating in botanical processes, and when it eventually flows down into the bedrock, it begins to whittle away. This is especially true if the bedrock is made of a soft mineral, such as limestone or gypsum. The flowing acidic water can dissolve rock and create underground passages, called conduits, through which more water will eventually flow. Over time, as more water begins to channel through these conduits, underground basins take shape. Called “recharge areas”, these underground pools of water constantly have water flowing to and from them, which further erodes the bedrock. Eventually, the bedrock will be so eroded that it can no longer support the weight of the topsoil above it. When this happens, the topsoil (also called overburden) caves in, creating the sinkhole.

There are three main types of naturally caused sinkholes, distinguished by the types of gaps that form in the bedrock lying below the topsoil: - Cover-collapse sinkhole: This type of sinkhole occurs where the overburden is made of soft material, like clay. As caverns form in the bedrock below, pieces of the topsoil tumble into the empty space, making the topsoil level weaker and weaker, until it eventually caves in. - Cover-subsidence sinkhole: This type of sinkhole is usually characterised by an abundant presence of water and a gradual collapse. - Dissolution (or solution) sinkhole: These type of sink holes don’t exactly sink. The topsoil washes away, exposing the bedrock to erosion. Sinkholes can also be cause by chemical weathering of carbonated rocks like limestone.


Stuck for study? Hayley Groen It’s Term 2 and the pressure is rising for the students of Corpus Christi College. For senior school, exams are just around the corner and it can seem like on top of exams, an endless stream of tests continue to fill up schedules and desired free time. It’s highly beneficial to have some effective study skills up your sleeve, so lets outline your plan of attack and the best tips in town to ace your exams! “You make your notes before your actual test,” says Year 11 Excelsis Club member, Victoria Bandurski. “So that way if you have your test in a week, you don’t have to make notes - you already have them!” For Victoria, repetition is key and she acknowledges that each subject area requires different types of study techniques. “For maths, I like to do previous questions...not necessarily a test, but if we have a handout...I pick a few questions and do those.” Staying motivated is crucial d u r i n g i n t e n s i v e s t u d y. Becoming a motivated worker during exam time is very beneficial - you may have a goal or person whom you want to make proud, leading to more satisfaction after you’ve been studying. Youth Central Australia (youthcentral.vic.gov.au) says, “When you're studying it helps to keep in mind your reasons for doing all this hard work, like a course or career you're working towards. It can help to have something in your study space to remind you of your goals.”

It’s also very important to take care of yourself during exam time. We all know how important sleep is to a developing mind, but those late night caffeine or sugar fixes can also have negative effects on your body. Dr William Sears.M.D (www.askdrsears.com) says that high school students “tend to overdose on sodas containing caffeine and sugar while studying for exams or during periods of stress. Stress also suppresses immunity, so these sugar-users are setting themselves up to get sick at a time when they need to be well.” So during this stressful time, always remember to look after yourself mentally and physically and work to the best of your abilities! You can do it!


The Arctic Monkeys Yasmin Richards Starting out in 2002, carefully hidden by their indie title, these four Sheffield boys have become = known worldwide, hitting our charts and becoming a mainstream, popular success. The Arctic Monkeys have taken us back in time with sounds of 60s rockabilly with an alternative twist. After being hidden for so long, they have emerged with their fifth studio album, AM, featuring tracks such as "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" and "Do I Wanna Know?", creating such a buzz by popular demand. Their newest album, AM, was released last year and since then, the number of followers and fans for the Arctic Monkeys have increased. Shedding the indie blend, they are now the British sensations of rock and alternative flavour. This year, the Arctic Monkeys hit our country’s stages by storm. Their Australian tour was not to be missed and was proven to

be worth it. They played at Perth Arena on the 13th of May and were supported by another indie band, Pond. Reviews went crazy, fans have been raving and the Arctic Monkeys’ Facebook page has been collaged with comments, news feeds and pictures of their AM tour. “It was the best night of my life,” says Isobel Christian of Year 11. “I missed out on their last tour because it was for eighteens plus, but it was amazing!” Never before have the Arctic Monkeys received such critical and commercial success.


Understanding the Easter Season

help us with our cross. As Pope Francis said in his World Youth Day speech in 2013, “There is no cross, big or small, which the Lord does not carry with us.”

Rebecca Machado, 11CH

So maybe next year when the time comes around for us to rack our brains for what we should give up for Lent, whether we’ll stick to it and why on Earth we should give something up anyway, we’ll remember that the whole reason we are alive, the reason we are leading the life we do, the reason we have the freedom to choose our lives, is thanks to that one guy who let soldiers nail him to a cross, who endured humiliation beyond our imagination, and yet is still with us to help us carry our cross.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What’s the whole point of Lent?” Yeah, we’re not supposed to eat meat, we have to give up something we like, and it goes for 40 days. Blah, blah, blah... But what does it all mean? I mean, what happens after Easter? Do we just take up the things we gave up and go on with our lives...? What really is the point? In the Catholic faith, Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, is by far the most significant event of the liturgical calendar and a holy day of observation. The period of Lent is a time in which Christians must prepare for the magnitude of the event of Easter which is about to happen. But what most people do not know is that Easter does not just end after Easter Sunday - the Church doesn’t just reboot and go on with Bible readings. In fact, the Easter season continues for several weeks, and we learn from Bible readings how the Apostles, and the followers of Jesus, learnt how to deal with the fact that Jesus was no longer was them in flesh, but rather now in spirit. This is a call for us - not only the Catholics, or Christians, but for everyone - to realise that just because Easter Sunday has come and gone, we don’t just go back to oour everyday lives. We too need to realise that although we don’t have Jesus right next to us, helping us with that maths test next period or wishing us luck before a piano recital, He’s still there. Just as He, Jesus, had to carry His cross to Calvary, we too have our cross to bear - all of us, whether big or small, serious or trivial. It might be a disability, a difficult experience, or even just a bad habit - everyone carries their own cross and it is the season of Easter in which we realise that Jesus is here to help us. He has died, risen and is still here to


The Canonisation of St John Paul II - A Teenage Perspective Rebekah Craggs

When I was little, I watched a film on the life of the then-Pope John Paul II. The film concentrated on the assassination attempt on the Pope’s life, and his incredible reaction-absolute, unrestrained and completely genuine forgiveness.

seminary during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

When we think of saints, we often think of historical figures encased in stained glass windows or, of the recently beatified Australian patron saint, Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop. But the reality is, most of us have not been alive to physically experience a saint’s life on earth. Until now.

JPII: “Music is extremely helpful for prayer. As St Augustine said, ‘He who sings, prays twice.’”

Saint John Paul II became Pope in 1978, the first pope in over 400 years to not be Italian. He led the Church for over 25 years, travelling to more than 100 countries and touching the lives of millions around the world.

And reading that made me really, really happy. Why? Because how relatable is this? How cool is this?!

But I think the coolest things about Saint John Paul II (and there are many) are not very well known. First of all, his birth name was Karol Jozef Wotjtyla, born May 18 1920 in Poland. His name, undoubtedly, is awesome, and the life he lived under the name (before his time as Pope) is even more so. He was a very athletic student, who played soccer, backpacked, and loved skiing - a pastime he enjoyed until he was 73 years old. He learnt 8 languages during his life and studied at a secret

I found an extract of a conversation on impactingculture.com that he once had with one of his friends that went like this:

Friend: “Were you a good singer, Holy Father?”
 JPII: “When I sang, it was more like I was praying only once.”

But fact number 20 on this website is really telling of the man that Saint John Paul II was. It’s unbelievable, but true-he knew all 2000 bishops in the entire, worldwide Catholic Church by name. I can’t even remember what I had for dinner two nights ago-major props to a man who had so many responsibilities, so many roles and jobs to do every single day, but he took the time to commit to memory-and therefore give importance and recognition to-all his bishops. The actual process of canonization is usually quite lengthy, about 5 years, but the process in this case was only 16 months. This included the confirmation of two miracles attributed to the late Pope. A French nun was cured of her Parkinson’s


disease after praying to John Paul II, and a woman who attributed the curing of a brain aneurysm to be as a result of a photograph of the Pope speaking to her. Pope John Paul II was canonized along with Pope John XXII and, and perhaps

one day, as Corpus Christi College celebrates our patron saints, someday, somewhere, there will be a school. And in that school, they will remember the coolest Pope, the gentlest Pope, Poland and the people’s Pope-Saint John Paul II. 


Making the Most of Year Seven Victoria Hebbs, 10ME

Term 2 of Year Seven is already well underway, and there are roughly thirty weeks left. But how do you make the most of Year Seven and your thirty weeks? After all, Year Seven only comes around once, and you don’t want to waste it feeling lost.

Find your niche: What are you best at? Of course you should try your hardest at everything you do, but when you know what you like, it gives you more purpose. There are plenty of clubs and groups around Corpus Christi to try. Check the notices or ask around to find something that’ll suit you. Some options include Robotics Club, Art Club, MoJos, Young Vinnies and Public Speaking... the list is virtually endless!

Don’t write something off because you weren’t great at it in the past: Just because you were terrible at running or painting in Year Six, it doesn’t mean you can’t improve or enjoy it now. If you don’t try something, you’ll never know where it could have led you.

Start routines: Getting organised in Year Seven is extremely important. Setting yourself a morning routine or a daily study timetable will set you up for later on - you’ll feel less stressed and more focused. Also try setting aside a few minutes to organise yourself each day, whether that means sorting out your locker or clearing your mind.

Participate: Year Seven is the perfect time to channel house and school spirit. By being an active member of your house and school, you’ll build more friendships and feel involved. But perhaps most importantly, as Rachel D of Year 7 Salvado warns, “Have fun while you can, because later on there’s way more stress and work to be done.”


United Nations Day - Year 8 students Liam Rego

The students of Year 8 at Corpus Christi College celebrated with the Humanities department, the United Nations Day on the 24th of March. The first four periods of the day were filled with dramatic encounters as students, dressed up in spectacular costumes, were debating in their Humanities classes, and it truly felt as if it were an actual United Nations conference. Moreover, the students were invited to get into the spirit of the day by preparing a special dish from their represented country to be shared during lunch, after their fruitful debates. However, the students were also assessed on their performance throughout the day, which added to the value of the presentations. Furthermore, this brought out the spirit of universality amongst students and teachers, as countries were allocated with various cultures and diverse nationalities to be played by students.

About the Library Nathan Cavaney

Who doesn’t like the library? It’s a place full of books in which students can come sometimes and sit down, relax and read. The library has many positives; there are many, many stories, but the library doesn’t just have books - it has newspapers and magazines, too. When you’re looking for a book: If the book you are looking for is not on the shelf, it is probably being used by someone else. If you still cannot find it, you can look on the library drive on Coneqt-s. You just go on the jumpstart page and click “library”, then click “overdrive”. There you will find some ebooks you can borrow. However, if someone is using an ebook, then another person cannot. Studying: The library is not just for reading - you can also study and do homework. The library has homework days a few times in the week for study and if you’re in middle school but you don’t think you can come to the library after school, you can usually use some of your library lesson for study (as well as doing some reading in that lesson), as every student in middle school has a library lesson every second week.


The Youth Voice and Impact


Alyssa Bay

“Our voice, Our Impact.” This is the catchphrase for this year’s National Youth Week, “The largest celebration of young people in Australia”. National Youth Week coincides this year with the KickstART Youth Arts Festival, for which I was privileged to be on the planning committee. The theme for the KickstART festival this year is “Journeys,” with an implication of both literally traveling and exploring the world around us, as well as journeys on a more personal level in allowing our own ‘life’s journey’ to be as fulfilling as possible. I believe that these two themes (Journeys and Our Voice, Our Impact) both convey a strong message that truly encompasses the importance of the voice of the youth in today’s society, and the enormous capacity that we, as youth, do have to make a difference and make our journey, as individuals and perhaps as a whole generation, one worth remembering. I find that today, there seems to be increasing opportunities for young people in Australia to take part in the wider community. Youth are given opportunities to volunteer, to work and to take part in community events, and the development of

social media has further allowed us a chance and a forum in which we can voice our opinions. We are truly, now more than ever before, being given an opportunity to make an impact. A prime example of this is through organisations such as the United Nations Youth Australia and the various events that they organise for young people. I was fortunate enough to take part in such an event - the UN Youth State Conference weekend, held in March this year. At the camp, 84 students debated different resolutions as a mock General Assembly and discussed what the true meaning of a “democracy” is. We also collaborated and made a video on the UN Millennium Goals. Not only was the whole camp great exposure to the UN for just the students who went on it, but it has also proven to be added exposure to other members of the community as the video created by the delegates was launched in Subiaco to the public, including Members of Parliament. In addition, the organisation will be holding the Global Development Summit on the 24th of May, wherein the students attending will be able to contribute to discussions on economic growth which will be sent in to the G20 summit in Brisbane later this year, giving youth the chance to “help shape global economic policy.”


Pope Francis is another greatly influential character who publicly acknowledges the importance of youth in society, the tremendous impact we can have and the vital role we play in the makings of our world. This is seen through his inspiring message at World Youth Day in which he announced, “Let me tell you what I hope will be the outcome of World Youth Day: I hope there will be noise. … I want you to make yourselves heard... I want the noise to go out... onto the streets, I want us to resist everything worldly, everything static, everything comfortable... everything that might make us closed in on ourselves.” It is through all of these influences and because of the exposure I have had that I now, more than ever before, am realising the true significance and impact of youth today. No, we are not yet politicians, doctors, astronauts or engineers. We are not yet activists, lobbyists, police officers or artists. However, we are the next generation of world leaders. Despite our age and lack of official title, we do have the ability to influence our society. If we put ourselves out there, people will listen. We can make a difference. In fact, we need to make a difference. Why? It’s quite simple - we are the difference. We are the future of the world, and it is our voice, and our impact.


Nellie Bly Mikaela English 19th century journalist, Nellie Bly, was a revolutionary figure as both an advocator of human rights and a pioneer of undercover, investigative journalism. Bly was born on the 5th of May, 1864, in Pennsylvania, USA. From a young age, Bly wanted to be independent and work to support her family. She went to school to train to become a teacher - one of the few acceptable professions for women at the time. However, Bly always wanted to become a writer. In 1885, Bly was hired by the American newspaper, ‘The Pittsburgh Dispatch’. Bly gained publishers' attention when she wrote a heated letter to the paper in response to an article that criticised women, claiming that they belonged in the home and a working woman was a ‘monstrosity’. Whilst working with the paper, Bly wrote articles on the difficulties faced by young girls and generally expanded on the negative consequences of sexist ideologies and the importance of promoting women’s rights issues. In 1887, Bly was offered a job with the paper ‘New York World’ on the condition that she report on the mentally ill at Blackwell’s Island, a large asylum in New York. Information on conditions inside the institute was difficult to access. In order to write her article, Bly impersonated a mad person and was admitted into the asylum. She spent 10 days at the institute, investigating the cruel treatment of patients and reporting it in her article for the ‘New York World’. The story was a success; the public stirring it caused prompted politicians to make reforms at the institute and the general treatment of mental health patients.

Bly’s unorthodox method of journalism was controversial amongst her peers. Her hand on journalism was considered showy. Most journalists at the time reported to support public opinion, unlike who Bly aimed to expose corruption and injustice in society. She was not afraid to side with the poor and disadvantaged. The height of Bly’s fame came in 1889 when she travelled around the world in a race to beat the fictional character Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Bly achieved celebrity status for making the journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. Bly continued her work at the ‘New York World’ until she married at 30 and took a break from her writing. 10 years later, after her husband's death, Bly returned to journalism and continued working until her death in 1922, at the age of 57. Nellie Bly is an inspiration as a passionate and vocal supporter of human rights. Bly used her articles as a platform to speak on behalf of the voiceless, reporting the true conditions of the poor and remaining unbiased by public opinion. Throughout her career, Bly worked to ensure the integrity of the journalism industry.


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