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  • Science Day 10

    CCW NEWS Edition 3 27 February 2019

    Leadership Reflection Can we turn the other cheek?

    As I was listening to Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 6: 27 -38) I pondered the challenge Jesus posed to us all of “loving our enemies”. The Gospel goes on to say, “If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also;”. It seems counter-intuitive to turn the other cheek if someone strikes you. Surely, we all have the right to defend ourselves and potentially defend those we love?

    This Gospel goes on to say “Do not judge, and you will not be judged…… Forgive and you will be forgiven.” The message of this Gospel for me, is to understand that the real and deep commitment of living as a Christian is to show compassion, love and understanding to those who seem least worthy of our care and consideration. It is easy to love those who treat us well and those we care for. The challenge shown constantly in the Gospels is Jesus’ love and kindness for the “ungrateful and the wicked”.

    We should not pick and choose whom to love but rather treat everyone well and love without discrimination even when it is the last thing we want to do. I hope and pray as teachers, students and parents of the Catholic College community that we think about and bring this message alive.

    Tony Loorham Deputy Principal - Staff

    KEY DATES - Term 1 Week 5 25 February - 1 March Wed 27 Year 7 Camp - Departure Group 2 - Return Group 1 Thurs 28 School Photo Day 2 - Catch ups/Families/Groups/Year 12 Groups Fri 1 Mar Year 7 Camp - Return Group 2

    Week 6 4 - 8 March Mon 4 Year 9 RITE Journey - Calling & Depature (pg. ) Tue 5 Year 9 RITE Journey - Calling & Depature (pg. ) Wed 6 Year 8 Camp - Group 1 Departs Ash Wednesday Thur 7 Year 8 Camp - Group 2 Departs / Group 1 Returns Fri 8 Year 8 Camp - Group 2 Returns

    Week 7 11 - 15 March Mon 11 Labour Day Public Holiday - No school Wed 13 CCW Assembly Fri 15 National Day Against Bullying & Violence

    Week 8 18 - 22 March Wed 20 Malone Community Mass - Sacred Heart 9.15am da Vinci Community Day

    Student Developm ent, page 4

    Student News, pa ge 6

    Sports News, pag e 8

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    Principal’s pulse Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

    Over the past week I have been fortunate to be involved in the promotion of the Aligned Leisure media launch of the Year 10 Wellbeing Program. This program gives our Year 10 students 40 passes to the facilities located in Wodonga and Albury. I believe the most important feature of this program is that it will be in place for four years.

    We know that research has highlighted the importance of our students combining their studies with a healthy lifestyle. As a school, we simply do not have the ability to build gyms, indoor basketball courts and pools which could be utilised by our students.

    Further to this, our students who are considering a pathway in Health and Sports Science, are able to combine theory with practice by utilising their passes throughout their year. I thank Ben Tudhope and Aligned Leisure for their desire to develop a healthy lifestyle culture amongst the students at Catholic College and we look forward to this assisting our students and staff over the next four years.

    Year 12 Leaders

    Each year I have the opportunity to work closely with the senior leaders of our College. Since the start of the year I have joined our leaders to discuss their hopes for 2019. Recently, a significant number of students and staff participated in the City to City run which raised funds for Albury Wodonga health. The main drivers for participation at Catholic College came from our senior student leadership team. I congratulate the team for their excellent leadership and look forward to other activities which they will run this year.

    Mercy Immersion On 7 March, Christine Telford and I will be participating in the Mercy International Immersion Program in Dublin. We are very fortunate to receive sponsorship from Mercy Education and look forward to the opportunity to explore the role Catherine McAuley played in establishing the Mercy Sisters. I look forward to sharing the stories of the journey with the students and staff when I return. Whilst I am away Mr Eamonn Buckley will be Acting Principal.

    Year 7 camp

    Over this week our Year 7 students have been participating in our Year 7 Camp in Harrietville. I would like to thank Mr Brad Steele and his team for the commitment to providing our Year 7’s with the opportunity to bond and form new relationships that will carry them through the next six years. I also thank the families of our staff members who may have a father, mother or partner away for up to five days.

    Happy Days, Darta

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    admin newS

    oNe-off bus travel

    If your child is a registered country bus traveller and requires a friend to travel casually on the bus, please contact Alex McSwiney alex.mcswiney@ccw.vic.edu.au or see her in the Front Office. Alex will provide the casual bus traveller with a form which will need to be filled out by a parent or guardian. The bottom section of the form must be handed to the bus driver or the child will be refused travel. Could parents/guardians please ensure that this form is completed and returned to Alex at least two days prior to travel. Registered country bus travellers who require to travel on a different bus for sport training etc, are also required to complete a Bus Travel form clearly stating the dates of travel.

    Alex McSwiney Administration

    Learning Walks

    Learning walks are designed to give prospective members of our community a real sense of what a day in the life of a Catholic College student is. They are conducted by either the Principal or a Deputy Principal. Those members of our community who choose to engage in the activity have an opportunity to see how we utilize all areas of our school site. The important part of the conversation is also around our future, and many of the new initiatives and ideas will be discussed in these walks.

    If you would like to participate in either please email Janelle Peacock janelle.peacock@ccw.vic.edu.au

    Next available dates: Friday 29 March at 10.00am with Darta Hovey, Principal Tuesday 2 May at 9.15am with Eammon Buckley, Deputy Principal - Student Development Tuesday 15 May at 12.00pm with Darta Hovey & Shaun Mason, Deputy Principal - Learning, Teaching and Innovation Tuesday 11 June at 11.00am with Darta Hovey

    School photos 2019 - Day 2

    Day 2: Thursday 28 February. This day will be for family photos, group photos, Year 12 Community & group photos and any student to have their individual photos if they were absent on Day 1. Students are expected to be in full summer uniform and Year 12 students to be wearing their jumpers.

    Family photo envelopes will be available from the LCL Assistant Office prior to this day. Payments can be made online or by cash.

    PLEASE NOTE: All students must have a photo taken even if families are not wishing to purchase any prints. Student’s photos are required for the College’s record system.

    If you have any questions or misplace your key shoot number, please contact Hayley Neves hayley.neves@ccw.vic.edu.au or 6043 5550.

    Hayley Neves Publications & Media Officer

    mailto:alex.mcswiney%40ccw.vic.edu.au?subject=Casual%20Bus%20Travel mailto:janelle.peacock%40ccw.vic.edu.au?subject=Learning%20Walks mailto:hayley.neves%40ccw.vic.edu.au?subject=School%20Photos

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    student development


    Japanese Tutoring Do you have a student in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10 who studies Japanese and who would like some extra help with their Japanese studies? Akira Kerr, who is an experienced Japanese speaker, is offering free tutoring sessions at Catholic College Wodonga. To organise tutoring sessions contact Akira by email: 163842@ccw.vic.edu.au

    Hosting for Japanese Language Assistant This year we will be assisted in Japanese classes by Hitomi Sano who is a 21 year old university student studying International Relations at the University of Kitakyushu. Hitomi will be with us for Terms 2, 3 and 4 and we are seeking interested families who could host her for five week blocks (half a term). There will be some financial assistance given of $75 per week to help cover the costs of hosting. If you are interested in hosting Hitomi, please contact either Kanae Kerr: kanae.kerr@ccw.vic.edu.au | Alex Reynolds: alex.reynolds@ccw.vic.edu.au Michelle Atkinson: michelle.atkinson@ccw.vic.edu.au | Heather Cirovic: heather.cirovic@ccw.vic.edu.au

    Heather Cirovic Languages Learning Coach

    Literacy and numeracy parent forum

    We would like to thank those parents and guardians who attended the CCW Literacy and Numeracy Parent Forum on Wednesday 20 February. Those who attended were able to hear about the endeavours of our staff to lift literacy and numeracy rates in our student body. Details regarding a new Reading Program were explained and support for the increased focus on reading time and reading for pleasure was overwhelming. Steve Ramage also explained the need for mental Maths to be a focus in Mathematics classes and used data to show the benefits that mental Maths can have for senior students. Most importantly, we spoke about our focus on ‘growth’. Staff and students alike should simply be endeavouring to improve their literacy and numeracy abilities over time. There is no competition between students, rather, sta