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Ignatius Park CollegeNewsletter
368 Ross River Road, CranbrookTownsville Australia 4814
E: [email protected]: www.ipc.qld.edu.au
P: 07 4796 0222F: 07 4796 0200
A Catholic Secondary College in the Edmund Rice Tradition
Number 20 | 22 June 2016
The Edmund Rice Community acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which the College stands, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba People, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future.
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to finish this term with a tribute to all those who got out of their comfort zone in Semester 1.
In 1910, US President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a powerful and inspiring speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, tiled Citizenship in a Republic. This speech emphasised his belief that the success of a Republic rested not on the brilliance of its citizens but on the disciplined work and character; the quality of its people. Roosevelt addressed the importance of having a go, of possessing the courage to fight those big battles in life, even if they may end in defeat.
We see, all too often, those who dare to do great things can meet with cynicism and criticism. It even happens within our own schools and Church. The Pope’s recent Encyclical Laudato Si on common care of our common home is a prime example. Our schools, our Church and our communities need leaders - people who will stand up for what they believe. People who, at times, will take some risks; who have the courage to make our society a better place; and who won’t be bystanders, but engaged participants.
Roosevelt captured this sentiment when he said (and this remains one of my favourite quotes from history):
It is not the critic who counts;nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles;
or where the doer of deeds could have done better.The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.If he fails at least fail daring greatly, so that his place shall never bewith those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
If one lacks the courage and character to risk in pursuit of achieving worthwhile goals – they will never realise their potential, nor achieve anything of significance in their life.
There is no question that at Ignatius Park we have produced so many who have dared to be that “man in the arena” who have had the courage to roll up their sleeves and have their face marred by dust and sweat. Some have gone on to hold positions of great influence and make significant contributions to the wider community.
Congratulations to the U15 Football Team who progress through to the next round of the national Bill Turner Cup competition. Our First XIII Rugby League team travels to Rockhampton this week for the annual Confraternity Shield Carnival. The boys and coaches have put in many hours of preparation for this carnival and we wish them well.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish our families an enjoyable holiday.
Michael Conn | Principal
P 2 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Identity & MissionSony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp
A group of Year 11 Students from Ignatius Park College and St Patrick’s College, Townsville will be hosting Townsville’s first Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp. This will be holiday camp for 16 special needs children who currently are students at the Townsville Community Learning Centre, where Br Jon Hansen has been taking senior students as a form of community outreach for over ten years. This Camp is fully residential for three days and promises to be such a rewarding
and fun experience for all concerned. A 2 minute video link to give you an idea is HERE We have now finalised the program of events for our Campers. Lots of fun activities have been organised for the Gala Day on Monday and we are now seeking sponsorship to assist in the delivery of these activities.
Activities include: • Slushies (Slushie Machine)• Soft serve ice creams (Soft serve machine)• Fairy Floss • Sausage Sizzle• Dunking machine• Merry-go-round• Jumping castle• Petting Zoo• Pirate show (costumes and props)• Show Bags (fillers)
How you can help?
• While we have sourced many of these items, you might like to sponsor that activity by putting some money toward the cost.• You may know someone who has this equipment and wouldn’t mind donating it on the day.
If you are interested in helping out in whatever way, shape or form, please contact me via the College office on 4796 0222 or [email protected]
Novena Prayers for Vocations
Catholics and all Christians have been invited to join in prayers over 9 weeks for vocations to religious life. A Novena is a time of concentrated efforts for a particular intention. Novena (nova is Latin for nine) can be across 9 days weeks or other period of time.
Below is the prayers for week 3, 4 and 5. We request that you join your prayerful intentions with others in Queensland to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
For all young men and women who are making lifetime choices at this time, that they will include service to the people of God among their options.
Let us pray to the Lord.Lord, hear our prayer.
For all those discerning their vocation, that they may be attentive to the voice of the Lord in their hearts, and respond with freedom and generosity.
Let us pray to the Lord.Lord, hear our prayer
For our young people, that they may find a joyful faith in their families, and encouragement to respond to a life of ministry and service.
Let us pray to the Lord.Lord, hear our prayer.
Live Jesus in Our Heart, Forever.
Frank Clarke | Deputy Principal - Identity & Mission
P 3 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
CurriculumLibrary NewsLast Thursday, 16 June, four students from the College participated in the North Queensland Year 7/8 Readers’ Cup. Edwin Jomon, Elijah Weeks, James Clarke and Mitchell Parker were required to read five books throughout the term and meet each week to prepare for the competition. On the night, these students competed against other teams to answer quiz questions from the books. The team tied in sixth place and there were only six points separating the Ignatius Park College team and the winning team. Over forty teams were present on the night competing for the Year 5/6 and Year 7/8 Readers’ Cup titles. These young men represented the College with pride and demonstrated exceptional teamwork skills on the night.
Nikea Bettridge | Teacher - Librarian
Maths NewsMaths Explains Our WorldYear 8 Maths students Zachary Judge, Yanni Collocott, Kieran Truett and Julian Fusco-Wright have been attending the James Cook University (JCU) Maths Explains Our World workshops. They have experienced how maths is used in different disciplines at JCU through a series of hands-on and interactive workshops. The boys enjoyed demonstrations and activities across the Engineering, Sports Science, Chemistry, Economics, Oceanography, Geology and Medical departments at JCU.Congratulations to Zachary and Kieran for achieving Level 5 in the Challenge questions. Zachary selected the winning key to unlock the major prize.The students have learnt new skills and enhanced their ability to problem solve. The workshops have been a lot of fun and given the boys the opportunity to experience and explore the JCU campus.
P 4 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Jordy Stevens and Benjamin Judge travelled to Sydney on the weekend to compete in the U15 Oztag State of Origin. The U15 Queensland boys lost the first game to 2 – 1 to NSW but fought back for a well-deserved 2 all draw in the second game. Unfavourable weather resulted in the cancellation of the third game. Congratulations to both boys for representing their State.
Northern Mendi Marlins
Congratulations to Jordan Davies, Kmani Levi, Thomas Duffy and Lucas Dummett who have recently been selected to represent the Northern Mendi Marlins U13 side. These young men will be heading to Toowoomba this coming Monday to compete at the State Championships. We wish them well.
Bill Turner CupOn Tuesday this week, our U15 Ignatius Park College Football (Soccer) team played Burdekin Catholic High at Ignatius Park College. The winner of this game progresses to the next round of the national Bill Turner Cup competition, to be played early Term 3 against a Cairns side. The winner of the Cairns game goes to the state finals of the competition, a clear aim for the boys in our squad!
Ignatius Park College won the game on Tuesday 4 – 0, with all players contributing to a wonderful result. Louis Zabala (2), Nickia Whaleboat and Mitchell Gulson scored goals in the victory, but all players contributed to the positive play of the team. Last year the Ignatius Park College team played Burdekin Catholic High in the Burdekin and was well beaten, so yesterday’s result was sweet revenge for a few of the older boys who were also in the squad last year.
The squad enjoys playing possession football, but this is not possible without the careful preparation of the College grounds beforehand. Many thanks to groundsmen Greg Pecchiar and Dave Hodgson for their efforts, as well as staff Shane Dove and Paul Bruce for their help with the boys. We look forward to playing the Cairns team soon, and hopefully bringing good news from that contest in the weeks ahead.
The Bill Turner Cup squad for 2016 is:
Riley Bloom (GK), Bailey Waddington, Ethan Ramsbotham, Tim Ambrose, Cameron Stabler, Ben Stewart, Louis Zabala, Nickia Whaleboat, Jayden Haines, Tristan Mentor, Mitchell Gulson, Kyren Walters and Daniel Kratzmann.
Brendan Stewart | Deputy Principal - Coach
P 5 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
What to do on the school holidays?
An important strategy for your son in career exploration is experiencing the job he is interested in. This can be undertaken in a number of ways:
• Work observation - spending a day or more with someone already in the job at their workplace• Career interview – developing a list of questions and interviewing someone already in a job they are investigating• Work experience – spending some time (a week if possible) in the job• Investigating courses by visiting institutions and talking to providers about their courses• Getting a part-time job or volunteering in their job of interest• Doing a course or workshop that relates to the type of work they want to do.
The school holidays are a perfect time to do some of these activities.
2017 Australian Government ICT Apprenticeship Program
The Australian Government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Apprenticeship Program targets students who are currently completing their Year 12 studies. As an apprentice they will complete an ICT qualification as well as work within an Australian Government agency in ICT related areas such as:
• IT general• IT testing• IT networking• IT programming• Software development• Systems analysis and design.
Applications for the 2017 Program will open next week on Monday, 27 June 2016. Visit http://www.australia.gov.au/ictentrylevel for more information. This website also has information about cadetships in ICT that students can apply for after they have completed one year of an undergraduate degree in ICT.
Is your son considering a job in the Navy? There is a Navy Careers Information Session at Defence Force Recruiting Townsville on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 6pm.To book your spot, email your details to [email protected] See https://www.facebook.com/DefenceJobsAustralia/events for details about these information sessions. You can also find information sessions for the Army Reserve on this site.
Jobs that don’t exist yet, but willThe following list of jobs is from the ‘Careers Spotlight’ brochure produced by the University of Queensland (UQ). The brochure also has a list of the most in-demand jobs. As you read about these futuristic jobs, try to identify the skills needed to do them and how a person might acquire these skills.
Avatar Relationship Managers – Not quite like the blockbuster, avatar relationship managers will be responsible for developing appropriate online personalities to help conduct business activities like brainstorming and collaborating over the internet.
Crypto-Currency Regulators – With Bitcoin-esque currencies on the horizon as the future norm, it’ll be essential that the digital currency market is assessed and monitored.
Dimensionalist – 3D printing is still relatively in its infancy, however it’s being used more and more in the fields of engineering, medicine and manufacturing. There is already a huge demand for people with the ability to use this equipment, but there will also be a need for those who can apply multidimensional thinking to develop creative new ways to use 3D technology in the business world.
Computer Personality Designer – If you like technology and psychology, this could be the job for you. The future will see computers adopting more and more human qualities and there will be a need for professionals to ascertain the best human traits to inject into computers.
Big-Data Analyser – Thanks to our addiction to social media (and the internet in general), an unfathomable amount of data has been collected. Big-data analysers will be responsible for decoding it all, understanding what it means and translating it into methods for businesses to make confident decisions.
Dannielle Charge | Careers and Student Counsellor
P 6 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
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