On Tuesday 15 August, the Year 8 cohort was fortunate to have guest speaker Kelly Vincent come in and chat to us. Kelly is a member of the South Australian Legislative Council for the Dignity Party, a group most concerned with the fair treatment and rights of all people, regardless of any life-influencing factors. Perhaps her greatest achievement was that she was elected at the age of just 21, however what sent shockwaves was that she was the first person in Parliament who was confined to a wheelchair.
The reason for her visit was that the Year 8s are taking part in an English unit about the marginalisation and empowerment of certain groups in our society. Hearing Kelly speak was an eye-opening experience for many people in the year level as among other things it challenged us to think about small-scale actions, facilities or ‘rights’ and how much they can have an impact. One example Kelly gave us was the instillation of mats on beaches so that people who need support with mobility are able to feel the sea again. Although it may seem insignificant, it is something that we all take for granted. Some are more practical issues such as water fountains at varying heights.
The visit not only allowed us to enrich our work, but also gave us a better real world understanding. We greatly appreciate the time Kelly spent to come in and the effort Mrs Ridenour put into organising it.
On Wednesday 30 August, our students of Indonesian enjoyed the wonderful sounds of Michael Jakarimilena, an Indonesian singing sensation and the runner up of Indonesian Idol.
A proud native of West Papua, Michael sang many songs expressing Indonesian national pride and messages of caring for the natural world.
Students joined in the chorus of such favourites as ‘Raya Indonesia’ (Celebrate Indonesia) and ‘Kebyar Kebyar' (Sparkle). Even the teachers got up for a lively folk dance, and the concert concluded with many students dancing to the well-known pop song ‘Happy’.
Thank you to Pak Michael and his band! Terima kasih banyak.
Recently, eight lively Japanese boys arrived on Friday 11 August and spent just over two weeks with us on a cultural exchange. They enjoyed the delight of holding a koala at Gorge Wildlife Park, experienced the history of Hahndorf and endured a very wet few days on Kangaroo Island. All the boys really enjoyed their time in Australia and would certainly have liked to stay longer.
They attended classes, when they were not on outings, and were looked after superbly by some of our Year 9 Ambassadors. I would like to thank those young men – Max 9SWH, Bailey 9PSI, Ethan 9TPR, James 9CWA, Finn 9CWA, James 9SWH, Josh 9KNIC and Angus 9KNIC. Sincere thanks also go to the College families who welcomed the boys into their homes and looked after them so well.
International Students Coordinator
As part of the Year 8 Pastoral Care program for Term 3, the Year 8s have competed in a bounce competition where students work as a team to play a game of Connect Four by bouncing ping pong balls into a square egg carton. The best team from each Home Class then played off in a finals series with the grand final being played on Wednesday 30 August in the Chapel. One student from each home class gathered to establish the official rules before the competition commenced, as well as adjudicating the games throughout. The team spirit shown by the students was electric and we congratulate the 2017 Year 8 Bounce champions Ryan, Michael and Daniel from 8MRI.
Year 8 Pastoral Leader
Later this term, the Year 8s are serving the community through the ‘Service as Action’ unit in Pastoral Care. Two Home Classes, 8EJO and 8JCA, are initiating a car wash to raise funds for The Salvation Army and JDRF. JDRF stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It is a charitable organisation for people with Type 1 diabetes. This charity was chosen from many possible charities by the Year 8 students after Thomas from 8MRI shared about his family and the impact of diabetes. This event will take place in the Winchester and Balmoral Street car parks on Wednesday 13 September from 8.40am - 9.55am. Those who wish to have their car washed may donate money toward these causes after their car has been washed. If the recipient of the car wash is not in a financial position to donate, that is fine as we are serving the community. Thank you in advance for your support.
Grace 8EJO and Claudia 8JCABack to top
On Tuesday 29 August, students in Years 8 and 9 took part in seminars delivered by Encounter Youth. The Year 8 seminar, ‘Know Your Limits’, explored why young people are generally take more risks than older people and discussed the positive and negative risky situations they may face (eg. peer pressure, underage drinking, drug use). The seminar also highlighted key strategies to prevent or deal with those situations.
The Year 9 seminar, ‘Who's Calling Your Shots?’, provided an opportunity for young people to consider their own expectations and beliefs around drinking choices and to compare these to the choices of young people Australia-wide. Through a range of interactive activities, students were able to process the realities of alcohol use and its part in their lives, as well as the role of peer pressure, community and cultural influences.
Middle School Counsellor