Term 2, Week 8 2022

As we emerge from the various Covid related restrictions that have affected aspects of college life over recent years, and the range of events and activities in which we can now participate is increasing, we thought it would be a great opportunity to launch our re-vamped newsletter, 'The Lumen Bulletin'.

This newsletter will be published each fortnight and will be a celebration of student achievements and a summary of some of the events that have taken place over the past 2 weeks. It will also provide a snapshot of what’s happening over the coming 2 weeks. We hope you enjoy the read!

Sorry Day & Reconciliation Week 

On Thursday, 26 May we acknowledged Sorry Day, followed by Reconciliation Week from Friday 27 May to Friday 3 June. Students learnt about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and explored how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation. Throughout the week, students and staff started each day with an Acknowledgement of Country, followed by prayer and then participated in a range of activities with a focus on reconciliation. A collaborative display of photos and stories from students’ family members who were part of the Stolen Generations was created and displayed in the Discovery Centre. The College also ran a Reconciliation Week colouring activity, and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participated in excursions throughout the week to immerse themselves in the cultural history of Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

African Mentoring Program

The African Mentoring Program has recommenced this term for our Year 8-10 African students. This program, which is run by mentors from the Organisation of African Communities Western Australia, aims to support students with African heritage to develop the skills of resilience and self-esteem.

Jessica Selected to Compete in National Geography’s Big Week Out

Following her outstanding result in the recent National Geography Competition, Year 11 student, Jessica Warren has been selected as the Western Australian female representative in the National Geography Big Week Out Competition, to be held in the Northern Territory next month.

Jessica is one of only 16 students across Australia invited to attend the annual Geography Big Week Out, with invitations going to the top-performing Year 11 male and female student from each state and combined territory, based on their Australian Geography Competition results.

Geography’s Big Week Out is a five-day event during which the students focus on fieldwork, spatial technologies, and analytical skills. Following the Big Week Out, the top four students will then be selected to represent Australia in the International Geography Olympiad in Bandung, Indonesia in 2023.

We wish Jessica the best of luck at the Big Week Out and look forward to hearing all about her trip! Read more here.

Southern Associated Schools Junior (SASJ)

With the relaxing of Covid restrictions, staff and students were delighted to see the return of the Southern Associated Schools Junior (SASJ) sports competition this term. Games take place on Wednesday afternoons throughout Term 2, with teams from various schools competing in a range of sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, and netball. 

Diversity Education students win ACC Spirit Shield 

Our Diversity Education students recently participated in the Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) Inclusive Sports Fun Run and Activity Day at Jackadder Lake in Woodlands. Students completed two laps of the lake, and once they had crossed the finish line, they formed a cheer squad, clapping and encouraging the other competitors across the finish line. Students then took part in a series of skill activities and modified games. At the end of the day, our students were awarded the overall “Sue Bigelow Spirit Shield”, which recognises the school team who showed the best sportsmanship and encouragement throughout the day. This is a great achievement, and we are so proud for the exemplary way in which our students represented the College. Our congratulations to all of them.

ACC Cross Country

I was really pleased to be able to attend the ACC Cross Country Carnival on Thursday, 2 June, where I was proud to see how well our students represented the College, both on and off the ‘field’. A special mention must go to Tobee Brackin, who came in 15th out of 262 runners in the girls U/16, Kaiden Civich who came in 23rd out of 292 runners in the boys U/16, and Luke Crestani who finished 26th out of 283 runners in the boys Open event. 

Try a Trade

Last week, 48 Year 9 students participated in the Try a Trade program, which ran over three days. Students learnt about bricklaying, carpentry, paving, and painting and decorating and received hands-on training. Students will receive a Certificate of Participation which they can then use as a reference if they choose to apply for relevant TAFE courses.

Premier's Reading Challenge

All Year 7 to 10 students are encouraged to participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge, which requires them to read 12 books between now and 9 September. Students who complete the challenge will be entered into a draw to win some amazing prizes. To register students should visit the following website www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au. Head over to the Discovery Centre and get reading!

Principal's Cup - Volleyball

Every year we hold a series of sporting matches for the 'Principal's Cup', with staff competing against Year 12 students in various sports such as basketball, soccer and netball. At the end of the year, I present the Principal's Cup to the winning group.

On Wednesday, we held our first game for the year, Volleyball, with two teams of students taking on two teams of staff. Students packed out the Sports Centre to cheer the Year 12 teams on, however, it was the staff who came away victorious! The next game will be ultimate frisbee next term. Good luck, students and staff!

Karen Prendergast


Monday, 20 JuneYear 10 & 12 Careers Day
Tuesday, 21 JuneCollege Photo Day - don't forget to bring your personalised envelope!
Wednesday, 22 JuneWhole School Assembly
Thursday, 23 JuneYear 12 Canoe Excursion
Friday, 24 JuneLanguages Incursion
Monday, 27 JuneParent Voice meeting at 5:30pm
Wednesday, 29 JuneYagan House Mass
Wednesday, 29 JuneYear 11 Mountain Bike Excursion
Wednesday, 29 JuneCertificate III Dance Ballet Excursion
Every Tuesday & ThursdayStudy Support Sessions run every week from 3:30pm to 4:30pm - refer to SEQTA Notices for more information

View the College Calendar

Careers Advice

Year 10 Subject Selection
Things to consider when choosing subjects for Year 11… students need to ask themselves the following questions:

•    Do I enjoy this subject?
•    Am I good at it?
•    Do I know what the course entails?
•    Have I asked relevant teachers about the course?
•    Do I know what I want to do after completing high school?
•    Am I choosing this subject just because my friends are?
•    Is it something I want to do because it leads to a future pathway or because I want to try something different?

Mrs Rosa Nicholls
Careers Coordinator/Teacher