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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 6 | 3 March 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
‘We are male by birth, we are men by age, we are gentlemen by choice.’
Congratulations to our Deputy Principal – Pastoral, Mr John Doolan, and his Pastoral Team on a very effective launch of our annual anti-bullying campaign. As I have said on many occasions, no school or Principal can claim that bullying will not, or does not, happen in a school. It is a measure of a school as to what is done when bullying does occur, but just as importantly, what proactive measures are taken to prevent bullying. The theme ‘One Call Away’ is a powerful theme and should reinforce the level of support we at the College have for anyone who is doing it a bit tough.
Parenting author, Maggie Dent, wrote an excellent article recently called ‘It takes a mindless society to raise a heartless bully’. Dent reports ‘the most important protection schools can build is having a strong play-based curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12. The more play, the better the chances that children and adolescents can develop emotional and social skills. The more a school does to build relationships, the better the school culture will be and less bullying.’
Our extensive co-curricular programme at Ignatius Park provides the ‘play’ base of which Dent speaks and significantly contributes to the positive relationships that are a feature at Ignatius Park and provide a deep human connectedness so important for positive self-esteem and growth.
Congratulations to the following boys who will represent the College at the State Honours Ensemble Program, North Queensland:
Mitchell Parker (8W) on Double Base, Jack Letters (9S) on Tenor Voice, Benjamin Judge (10S) on Flute, Sam Audas-Ryan (11G) on Tenor Voice and Jordan Larsen (12W) on Tenor Saxophone.
Michael Conn | PRINCIPAL
P 2 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Identity & MissionLentPrayer, Fasting and Almsgiving - our call to three aspects of Lent. What do you give yourself as a mid-Lent ‘report card’? I have been heartened by a number of conversations with our young men here at Ignatius Park about Lent being more than giving up sweets, what it is that they are giving and doing at home this Lent. Hopefully these remarks resemble your sons. We can always re-orientate ourselves to this season as we prepare for Easter and the highpoint of our year.
Edmund Rice Awards – Seeking 2016 NominationsOn Wednesday 23 March, we shall be having an Easter Liturgy followed by a day celebrating the legacy of Edmund Rice. As part of this Liturgy, we acknowledge those in both the school community and in the wider community (parents and friends) who have served the College in the spirit of Edmund Rice.
All College community members are invited to nominate adults who, in your opinion, fulfil the criteria of humble service of others in the spirit of Edmund Rice, following Jesus’ example to Ignatius Park College. Please note this is for adults only and students are recognised at the end of the Year.
On receipt of nominations, the College Leadership Team will discern Award recipients for each year. Your nomination should state simply their name, your name and your reasons for nominating them in respect of the criteria. Your nominations or any enquiries are welcome by Friday 11 March to me via email: [email protected]
Easter Liturgy & Edmund Rice Day
We will gather as a College on Wednesday 23 March at 11am for our Easter Liturgy. Our Year 10 Drama students are preparing to present the Stations of the Cross for us in a creative way. This prayer service moves away from a performance to being an ancient devotion of our faith. Our musicians shall lead us in our prayers. All members of the College community are welcome.
At this time we shall also focus upon the inspiration of Edmund Rice and his following of Christ, which still inspires us today. As part of this, we will create an iMovie of ‘Edmund’s Inspiration Alive Today’. For this, we welcome any photos or short video clips that could be used. Specifically, where Edmund’s inspiration of a faith in Jesus enlivened today, could be highlighted. If you have any photos, short videos or commentary to be included, please send material to Julie Owen, [email protected]
Caritas AustraliaDominic (36), from the Jiwaka Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) with his wife and four children, faced many challenges in their region, including inequality, alcohol abuse and violence. However, through participation in the Caritas Australia supported Community Conversations program, Dominic has achieved peace and increased respect for people in his village, and has been able to contribute to a wider reduction of violence and domestic abuse.
“When we start to realise we have power to stand independently to change ourselves, help ourselves, we feel liberated,” says Dominic.
This Lent, we can empower people like Dominic to create a better future. There are still many other communities throughout PNG where generational poverty leads to inequality, poverty and violence. Our support for Project Compassion will amplify the voices of vulnerable communities and help them thrive to create a better future for themselves.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts, Forever!
Frank Clarke | Deputy Principal – Identity & Mission
P 3 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Janet AndersonSchool Officer
Vicki AndersenLibrary Assistant
Karin Beschelle-HunterHospitality Assistant
Daniel BeasleySchool Officer
Suzanne BrockSchool Officer
Nikea BettridgeTeacher Librarian
Kath AllanToast Room Convenor
P 4 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Year 11 Geography Natural Disasters Guest Speaker
Students studying Year 11 Geography were recently given the opportunity to listen to Guest Speaker Chris Nitsopolous. Chris is an integral member of the locally founded Oz Cyclone Chasers organisation and is very passionate about this form of natural hazard. Chris has a wide range of experiences dealing with cyclones which includes taking important readings that are often passed on to the Bureau of Meteorology and local community groups in need of weather advice. The presentation was both informative and entertaining and was thoroughly appreciated by the students.
Andrew Kirkpatrick | Teacher
Literacy CornerWhen your child comes across a word they don’t know, they should look it up. Use a dictionary or the internet. Encourage them to share new words and use them in conversation.
Your child should take notes as they read. Introductions, conclusions or topic sentences (the first sentence in a paragraph) are a good place to look for the main ideas.
It is important that children engage with what they are reading. Encourage them to ask questions about what they are reading. They don’t need to know the answer, but by questioning what they are reading, they helping to concrete the content.
Nadine Burnett | Learning Support Teacher
Upcoming ExamsFormal exam timetables for all year levels are now finalised and a copy can be found on the school website: www.ipc.qld.edu.au. Please click on the STUDIES link. Exams for all year levels begin Monday 14 March. This is not a stay at home exam period for any year level. All students are expected to be in attendance until the end of Wednesday, 23 March. If any students are absent for these exams they must have a medical certificate (Year 11 or 12) or a detailed note in the diary (Years 7 – 10) explaining this absence. We will then attempt to hold the exam later in the term when time permits. It is important to note that it is a general working policy of the College to hold exams all year levels up until the last day of student attendance in each year level, except for variations in regards to Work Placement. Please organise family trips around these times if at all possible. Good luck to all students in their upcoming assessments!
ReportsTerm 1 Reports will be distributed on Friday 15 April by email. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Parent/Teacher evening on Wednesday 27 April. Details regarding these interviews will be sent when reports are distributed.
National Literacy and Numeracy Testing (NAPLAN)Year 7 and 9 Parents and Carers should be aware that national testing in Literacy and Numeracy will be carried out this year from 10 - 12 May. There are five different test papers worked on over the three day period. The purpose of the testing is to give individual students a report on how they are progressing in two key areas of learning, namely, Literacy and Numeracy. An individual report will be distributed later in the year. The College is adapting our programs in English and Maths to best prepare the boys for the exams. This is Federal Government testing and we are asked that school and family arrangements be cleared for this three day period if at all possible. The tests will be conducted in Year 7 classrooms (Year 7) or the Hall (Year 9) on the morning of those three days. Our focus area for NAPLAN in 2016 is spelling, in both Years 7 and 9. We wish to improve in this area and help the boys develop in this key skill. All Faculties are working through spelling activities appropriate to their subject area. If you wish to help your son prepare, please see spelling lists that are age appropriate for your son - click on this LINK.
Brendan Stewart | Deputy Principal
P 5 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
CurriculumVocational Education & Training
This week, 107 of our students are developing vital workplace knowledge and skills through industry placement at a wide range of North Queensland businesses. Whilst traditional trades in construction, engineering and electrical are popular we also have boys undertaking work in hospitality, plumbing, IT, logistics, painting, furniture building, demolition and aviation.
This week represents the first of six industry placement blocks that our VET pathway boys will undertake this year. The placement program at Ignatius Park College is quite unique in North Queensland and potentially provides our boys with a head start over students from other schools.
A huge thanks must be extended to all the businesses that agree to take our students for industry placement. Without their support this program, and the outcomes for our students, would not be possible.
We would appreciate your support in reminding VET students:• LogbooksmustbeviewedandsignedbytheVETofficeonMonday.• TheymustarriveonMondaypreparedforall classes - this includes having their construction uniform and shoes.• Ifstudentswishtochangeplacements,that needs to be organised next week with the VET Office.
Shane Dove | VET Program Leader
Big History Design Partner School Program
During 2016, Ignatius Park College has been asked to be a part of The Big History Design Partner School Program. This program has carefully selected a cohort of 20 highs schools from across Australia out of the hundreds who are implementing the Big History Project in the classroom. This program is by invitation only and on behalf of the Big History Institute, Macquarie University. Design Partner schools work closely with the Big History Institute competing surveys and unit logs available on the Big History Project website to iterate and refine the course. This feedback goes directly to the Big History Project in America to inform decision making processes regarding suggested refinements and improvements to enable the course and materials to better meet the needs of students. To receive an invitation to be a part of this program is indeed a privilege for the boys and myself. I look forward to working with Macquarie University and indeed if parents have feedback that they wish me to pass onto the Big History Institute please feel free to contact me at the College.
Sally Conn | Teacher
Defence NewsSpouse Pass for Lavarack BarracksPlease contact Geckos or the Pass Office to obtain forms to gain or update a spouse pass to enable entry to Lavarack Barracks. This will allow spouses to attend functions, activities and services on base. 1. Contact Pass Office to make a booking. Telephone: 4411 8812.2. Contact Geckos for them to greet you at the gate. Telephone: 4411 1741.
ADF STUDENTS’ ROCK CLINICWe are excited about the DTM program for Term 1 which offers the “ADF Students Rock Clinic”. Jason Baillie, guitarist from “King Social”, the band which has recently featured on Australia’s Got Talent will be leading this initiative. The clinic will take place on 8 March at 3.30pm. Students will need to return their permission forms to me as soon as possible.
Diane Jensen | Defence Transition Mentor
IMPORTANT CONTACTSDCO – 1800 624 608VVCS – 1800 624 608
P 6 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Last week saw the Ignatius Park Seniors for 2016 successfully launch our Anti Bullying Campaign. This year’s theme, ‘One Call Away,’ was well received by the school body, as it was explained to them that help is only one call away. A call is made to attract someone’s attention. To attract their attention to you. The call is demonstrated in a number of ways. Such as talking to a teacher, a trusted adult, a senior, a buddy, a peer mentor, or even blue walling it through the College website. The call isn’t exclusive to the target either, the innocent bystander has more of a responsibility of calling for help.
To constantly remind the students of Ignatius Park College that help is only One Call Away, the Year 7s were given a postcard to keep in their Diary and posters are spreading around the school walls. A full sized telephone box was also built, painted ‘Iggy Blue’ and emblazoned with our catchcry One Call Away to symbolise and remind the students of the numerous ways that help is available here at The Park.
On behalf of the Senior Cohort, Prefects and School Captains, I would like to thank the two VET boys, Dwight Hawken and Daniel Fraser, for donating their time to help build the telephone box. I would also like to thank Mr Van Dorsselaer and Mr Sim for their assistance also, the task took a considerable amount of time to complete and their valuable assistance was very much appreciated. I would also like to thank Mr Brown for editing the video, which can be found through the school’s Facebook Page. The launch was also successfully documented on the Local Channel 9 News.
Callum McDonald | College Prefect
Parent Lounge is an easy way for parents to retrieve and update information, make bookings and payments on school fees. This year, the College will be using Parent Lounge for Parent/Teacher Interview bookings as well.
If you haven’t previously used this system, please take the time to login to Parent Lounge by clicking this LINK. Alternatively, Parent Lounge may be accessed from the icon on the College website. You will find relevant information and instructions on this page.
If you have forgotten your password, you can use the password reset link to email you a temporary password. If you are still experiencing difficulties, please contact the College Office.
Jordan Jilg | Systems Administrator
P 7 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Co-curricularRugby League Report
First XIIIThe First XIII played their first game of the Aaron Payne Cup yesterday against bitter rivals Kirwan State High. Tensions are always high as these two teams battle to gain early bragging rights in the 2016 season. The boys have certainly done all the right things at training since the beginning of Term 4 last year and looked forward to finally going into battle against Kirwan. Iggy Park made an explosive effort in the first half with good defensive sets which kept Kirwan at bay. Unfortunately we went down in the second half and struggled to regain possession. Enemarki Shibasaki has been appointed the First XIII Captain for 2016 and is ably supported by Tom McCagh as his Deputy. Both boys are very deserving of this honour and will lead the side throughout this year with pride, passion and in true ‘Iggy Spirit’. The team were presented their match jerseys from Iggy Old boy and NRL Premiership winner, Michael Morgan on Sunday night. They now look forward to a double header in Rockhampton next Wednesday.
U15The boys had a tough week on the training paddock refining combinations in preparation for the opening game of the Cowboys Challenge played against Kirwan State High School as part of the North Queensland Trials yesterday. Coach Groves has the boys fit, strong, confident and ready to go. The Under 15s made a winning start against Kirwan, 18-16. A near perfect opening half saw the boys go into the break, up 18-0. The Kirwan side showed a lot of spirit and almost stole a draw on the final siren. Congratulations to the following boys who were selected in the North Queensland Schoolboys Team: Cameron Bateup, Sam Nimmo, Michael O’Brien, Adrian Trevilyan, Mark Gardiner, Riley Maddern, Joey Jensen and Noah Power.
U14It was a more relaxed week for the Ignatius Park College U14’s, with Mr Gaston’s team enjoying a bye and chance to refresh ahead of their game against Pimlico next week. For Mr Geaney and Mr Brown’s team it was a different story, however, as they took on Kirwan State High in a fiercely fought encounter. The boys were full of confidence after a comfortable win over Pimlico the week before, and carried this effort through into the game against Kirwan.
U13In the Under 13 age group, Ignatius Park College White ran out winners over Pimlico State High 50 – 10. In what was a great overall team effort, the boys found their groove in attack running in some outstanding team tries. Players to impress were Jai Hill, Aiden Scott and Ryley Musumeci, although several other names could easily have been mentioned in what was an impressive team effort. The boys then followed up this win the following week with a gutsy team effort to win 28-6 over Kirwan SHS with only 13 men. Jake McAuliffe led from the front and stood out in the middle to take 3 MVP points. Special mention to Jordan Davies (2 MVP) and our smart halves Maverick Pegararo and James Yardley (1 MVP each). The boys played to our strengths on the edges and scored some great tries through skilful speedy backline movements.
Ignatius Park College Blue were also victorious on Wednesday afternoon. Despite being low on numbers due to Year 7 camp, the boys really worked hard for each other, eventually running out winners 20 – 0. Preston Brown was impressive for Ignatius Park College as was Kmani Levi.
U12Ignatius Park College produced their strongest game of the season to date, defeating Ryan Catholic College 28-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Ryan were first to score and looked threatening from the kick off. Our boys made a good effort in defence with Cieron Cuthbert-Botha screaming across from fullback to make a try-saving tackle. Eden Hess, Cody Sadler and Kuresa Fota Pio made outstanding individual efforts both in attack and defence. The boys played their best footy in the second half of the game. Next week IPC play against Kirwan 1. The boys are looking forward to another shot at their arch rivals after a first up defeat in Round 1.
Mountain Biking NewsDid you know the College’s TrailBurners Mountain Bike group has a Facebook page?
https://www.facebook.com/groups/trailburners/Parents and students who ride are invited to gain access. Simply click the link and press the JOIN button for membership. When you are accepted, you will be able to access all the news about the group and the trails; communicate with the coaches and riding community; and contribute to the group page in many ways. Membership is required in order to contribute, but anyone can view the page.
Keith Spencer |Teacher | Trailburners MTB Coordinator
P 8 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
CommunityCareers CornerCareer of the Week - Construction careers
According to the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Construction Industry employment is projected to grow by 8% to November 2018. To find out about construction jobs, visit the Be Constructive WEBSITE. A range of information sheets can be accessed regarding construction jobs in the ‘Career practitioners’ section.
The Tuckwell Scholarship This generous scholarship is available for students applying to study at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Applications for 2016 will open on 29 February 2016 and closes on the 30th March 2016. Click HERE for information about the selection criteria and the three-stage application process.
Looking After YourselfA lot is required of students during Years 11 and 12. At times it can become quite stressful. It is important to build resilience to meet the challenges that can be faced. The Generation Success WEBSITE contains a wealth of strategies and resources to encourage healthy habits.
Trade Careers in the Defence Force Information SessionsWith a trade in the Australian Defence Force students will start on a great wage while training in their chosen field and receiving nationally recognised qualifications. Attend an information session to find out more.
Tuesday 22 March, 6pm at DFR Townsville, 143 Walker St, Townsville or for more information click HERE.
Dannielle Charge | Careers and Student Counsellor
FREE TRAINING Certificate III in Business Administration
Are you: Unemployed and looking for work Working part-time or casual and want to find another
job with more hours NOT on Australian Government Assistance Been on Australian Government Assistance for more
than 6 months Committed to 8 weeks of classroom training
If you fit the above criteria and would like more information please call:
Jobtrain Ph: 4723 1666
‘This training is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.’
Mrs Allan was very appreciative of the Treacy House, led by Matthew Oliver, who presented her with funds for the Toastroom on Monday. Great initiative, Matt, and congratulations to the Treacy boys for their generosity!
P 9 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
Maths Explains Our World is a hands-‐on and interactive series of afternoon workshops for high achieving Year Eight students. During these innovative sessions participants will experience how maths is used in different disciplines at James Cook University. The workshops will run for seven consecutive Mondays in Term 2 starting May 9th. Students will have the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance their ability to solve problems.
When: Term 2, 2016, 9 May to 20 June. Time: Monday 4:15 pm -‐ 5:45 pm Where: JCU Townsville (details to follow) Cost: $40 total
Places are limited to 20
Pairs of students are encouraged to attend as buddies where they will work together with other students from different Townsville schools in real life scenarios. Prizes are on offer, along with take home materials and interactive incentives.
How to register
Parents/Carers should register their children online. 1. Go to this link: http://alumni.jcu.edu.au/MEOW 2. Enter in student details 3. Make payment by Credit Card. A confirmation email will be sent back with more details.
A series of workshops for Year Eight students, showcasing applications of
mathematics at JCU
Registrations are now open
For more information contact: [email protected]
Shaun Belward: Phone 47814297
The Townsville Melanoma March is the MIA’s annual fundraising event which aims to create awareness about melanoma and raise vital funds for research. It will be held on Sunday 13th March at Riverway. On-the-day registrations will commence from 8am and the March will start at 9am. There will also be raffles, info, food and entertainment. All money raised will go directly to the MIA.
You can register online at www.melanomamarch.org.au. Students, staff and families are welcomed and encouraged to take part in this event and contribute to a worthy cause.
Townsville Melanoma March Committee
P 10 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
St Margaret Mary’s College OPEN DAY
Friday 18th March 2016
3.15 pm to 6.00 pm
This wonderful experience allows you the opportunity to:
Be guided on individual tours by our proud students
View and even participate in various Subject Displays
Look over the many Extra-curricular Activities the College offers
Meet our professional, friendly and dedicated staff
Sample delicious food catered by our skilled Hospitality Students
Come and see your future and meet our Young Women of Spirit and Purpose
Applications for Year 7, 2016 due in by Thursday 24th March 2016