The news of the horrific shootings in Christchurch New Zealand was a shock to both Australia and the entire world. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the families who have been touched by this tragedy. The College sends its heartfelt condolences to all people who have experienced loss of a loved one in this horrendous attack.
The College welcomes back the staff and students from the Year 11 Retreat. Mrs Hornby has spoken highly of the teachers and the students regarding their participation, commitment and overall willingness to go beyond their comfort zones to make the Retreat such a success.
We welcome 2 new staff members to the College: Mrs Brittany Daymond into the Music faculty and Ms Caitlin Pluta as the second College Counsellor. Ms Pluta has had clinical experience working with children and adolescents as well as delivering proactive programs for students and presentations to staff.
All Year 7 classes have now completed their ‘Digital Literacy and Orientation in the Library’ lesson which included how to use the Library Catalogue, how to access Clickview and to research the databases to which the College Library subscribes. Year 7 should now be equipped to adequately complete research tasks and are currently working on their Individual Research Topic in History.
Year 10 this week will commence a ‘buddy experience’ with a Year 11 student. They will accompany their buddy to class, have access to the Senior Quad and Senior Canteen line, as well as having a locker for the day. Year 10 is a pivotal and transition year for students determining their future pathways. The Year 10 students will be interviewed by Ms Allen and I asking about interests, ambitions, goals, study patterns, subjects, Stage 6 study, Apprenticeships, TAFE and the workforce. Students in groups of 5 a day will have the opportunity to experience Stage 6 study with Year 11 students who are completing like-minded subjects.
A number of Year 10 students have already commenced integrated Work Experience into their studies as a pathway to either full time apprenticeships or School Based Apprenticeships and Training (SBAT). Congratulations to Cooper Taylor and Charlie Willock in Year 10 who have commenced their SBAT this week. The College wishes them every success.
We have 7 boys from the College representing Western Rams U16 & U18 in the NSW Country RL Championships. These boys all participated in the Penrith Panthers Regional academies throughout the summer, attending satellite sessions here at St Johns College. Aston Warwick, Riley Wake, Braye Porter, Zac Williams, Fletcher Haycock and Brandan Hamilton (U16) and Tom Stimpson (U18).