Student Progress Meetings give you a great opportunity to:
It’s not always practical to have an appointment with each one, especially if you have more than one child at St Francis Xavier College. Instead, talk to your child about which teachers they would like you to meet. Generally, it is a good idea to meet with teachers of the compulsory subjects. If you have got enough time, you could also talk with teachers in a couple of the electives where your child has the greatest interest or difficulties.
If you have a concern about something, it can be helpful to develop strategies in partnership with your child’s teachers and importantly, to agree on who will follow up on the strategies and when. If you need to discuss any problems with the teacher, it helps to come ready with some possible solutions, or at least some positive and practical suggestions. Be willing to listen to the teacher’s ideas, too. The aim is for you and your child’s teacher to work on problems in partnership with each other. After all, we share the same goal of wanting your child to learn and experience success.
Congratulations to all staff and students for contributing to a fantastic House Swimming Carnival last week. We congratulate Schneider House for winning House Spirit, and to Gallagher for winning the event for the fourth year in a row!
Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, featuring an exciting program of festivals and events across metropolitan and regional areas. Proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Cultural Diversity Week invites our community to embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity. The Week is held annually in March to coincide with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony Day on 21 March. Today, almost half of Victorians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas. We come from 200 countries, speak over 260 languages and follow more than 130 different faiths. Victoria is considered one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world.
Our students and staff were encouraged to traditional dress or a splash of orange to celebrate Harmony Day today.
On March 5, all Year 7 students at the Officer Campus listened to a guest speaker, Nadine Saadi. Nadine’s speech relayed the story of her life, growing up with a Palestinian heritage and eventually moving to Australia to study. To emphasise the Year 7 English theme of Identity and Belonging for Term 1, Nadine shared how she has had a changing sense of both identity and belonging throughout her life. She focused particularly on how her family, education, Islam and nationhood have considerably contributed to her sense of self. The students were provided with the opportunity to reflect on Nadine’s presentation during their English lessons. We are very thankful for Nadine’s visit and the participation of our Year 7 students.
Catholic Social Teaching promotes a vision of a just society. Caritas Australia has worked together with other Caritas organisations around the world for more than 50 years to combat poverty, promote justice and uphold human dignity. Caritas Australia assists people with helping themselves regardless of race, political beliefs, gender or religion. They work with the support of donations raised by schools and individuals in parishes what to fund and assist projects. These projects help and benefit many communities, making a difference in their lives. During the launch, we explored stories of people whose lives were changed thanks to donations raised and projects caritas had implemented. One of these stories was about Thandolwayo, and how Caritas helped the locals in her Zimbabwean town to install water tanks and taps that provided fresh clean water for the community. In this way children don’t have to waste their time every morning to go fetch water and then go exhausted to school. They can be at school for a longer time and learn more and kids can concentrate at school. This water is also used for a variety of different reasons; the community can use the water to bathe every day, to wash dishes, water the plants or crops, mould bricks and much more.
Ashreena Arul Das – 2019 Justice Captain
Project Compassion is a non-profit program created by Caritas to combat the ever-growing problem of Poverty. Poverty is experienced in all parts of the world. Almost one half of the world’s population are currently living with less than $2.50 a day as budget. Imagine, living with less than 250 cents in your bank account each day. This is hardly enough money to buy a small snack let alone to fund a whole day’s worth of basic resources needed to survive. This is not to mention the gruelling daily labour that these people go through every day. Before school, children walk more than 3km through rough terrain to supply water to their families.
Every year during Lent, Caritas launches Project Compassion, a six-week program designed to raise awareness for people living in these conditions and to help development in less fortunate countries. However, they do not have the funding to carry out these projects. Caritas is an organization that supports those who are struggling to make ends meet. They use their donations to make a difference in communities around the world. Caritas is different to other charities as they ask the community that they are working with what they need, rather than just giving them what they think they need. Caritas focuses on development rather than aid because what good is helping these countries during disaster if we aren’t preparing for future disaster. Take for example Caritas’ Sustainable Food and Livelihood Security (SuFoL) project. You can donate directly via the Caritas website.
Tahlia Simmons and Osanda Wewalwala – 2019 Liturgy Captains
The Social Justice Team at the Officer campus were inspired by the story of Thandolwayo, a young girl in Zimbabwe who walked for hours each morning to a crocodile infested river to carry water back to her village. In order to support Thandolwayo our students decided to hold a water challenge where students were encouraged to donate a gold coin to Project Compassion and undertake the Water Challenge of carrying a bucket of water up and down our oval hill ‘Zimbabwe style’ to experience in a small way the difficulties that Thandolwayo went through.
We had a great level of participation and the students really enjoyed trying to carry the water. We had various levels of success but amazing amounts of endeavour.
A big thanks to the Social Justice Team who organised and ran the activity and a big thanks to all those students who donated and participated.
On 14 March, Officer Campus celebrated International Pi Day, a special day in the Maths calendar (or rather, Maths teachers’ calendars). To celebrate the famous number, students were challenged to recite Pi to as many decimal places as they possibly could.
There was much at stake in this fierce competition, as winning students would have the honour of being able to do something many would only dream of: the opportunity to throw ‘pie’ into the face of a Maths teacher of their choice.
In a spectacular lunchtime battle involving eight contenders, the crowd stood in awe as students utilised various strategies to attempt to memorise and recite the illogical and pattern-less sequence of numbers. In the end, three students came out on top: Scarlett Johnson (Year 7) with 28 digits, Kyna Marsiglio (Year 9) with 48 digits, and Carline Tuazama (Year 8) with an unprecedented 57 digits. Carline’s strategy of singing the digits as a song was truly inspiring to see, maintaining composure despite the awe-struck faces of the audience.
Then came the most exciting part… the part the crowd were waiting to see. Ms Roberts, Mr Hanger and Mr Black were the Maths teachers selected to be on the receiving end of a whipped cream pie. After the vigour in which the winning students went about rubbing the ‘pie’ in, it is safe to say these Maths teachers will be avoiding whipped cream for quite some time! We congratulate all students for their participation in the event, and a massive thank you to all staff who helped make the event one to remember.
SunSmart has a new app, see UV, which uses augmented reality to depict what your skin could look like if you don’t protect it in the sun. We actively encourage all within our community to use a combination of sun protection measures during the daily sun protection times and remind everyone of the need to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.
Slip, Slop, Slap
One of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history was launched by Cancer Council in 1981. Sid the seagull, wearing board shorts, t-shirt and a hat, tap-danced his way across our TV screens singing a catchy jingle to remind us of three easy ways of protecting against skin cancer.
You might remember Sid singing, “Slip, Slop, Slap! It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that Slip, Slop, Slap! In the sun we always say ‘Slip Slop Slap!’ Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat, Slip, Slop, Slap! You can stop skin cancer – say: ‘Slip, Slop, Slap!’” Most skin cancer can be prevented by using good sun protection. I encourage you to talk to your son about the importance of wearing sunscreen.