Term 3, Week 5 2022

After an exciting month enjoying some long service leave visiting family and friends in England, and having the opportunity to experience the joy of a family wedding, it’s great to be back at Lumen!

As always, it’s been an action-packed fortnight during which the weather has been kind to us for our much-anticipated whole school events; the Interhouse Athletics Carnival held last Friday, and Lumen Day, which we celebrated on Monday. Staff and students are also looking forward to the Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout which is taking place tonight.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Vice Principal, Peter Sackett, and the Executive Leadership Team for stepping in for me during my period of leave. Knowing the College was in such safe hands allowed me to fully enjoy the break.

I hope that you enjoy reading about some of the exciting events and activities that have taken place over the last fortnight below.

Mrs Karen Prendergast
College Principal

Student Free Day & Lumen Catholic Day Reminder

A reminder that as per the College calendar, Friday, 26 August and Monday, 29 August are Student Free Days. Staff will be participating in a professional learning day on the Friday, and the College has our annual Catholic Day on the Monday.   

Interhouse Athletics Carnival

On Wednesday, 10 August we held our annual Interhouse Athletics Twilight Carnival, with students participating in events such as the 1500m, high jump and javelin. It was wonderful to see so many students participate in these events, and a large number of family members there to support the students. We then followed this up with our whole school Interhouse Athletics Carnival on Friday, 12 August. The school was buzzing with House spirit and cheers that could be heard on the other side of the campus!

The final House results were:
5th: Campbell - 3562
4th: Salvado - 4649
3rd: MacKillop - 5050
2nd: Tangney - 5619
1st: Yagan – 5644

Well done to everyone who participated in the carnival and earned points for their House.

To view the full album of photos from the carnival, please click here.

Lumen Day

Earlier this week we celebrated the College’s 38th birthday with our annual Lumen Day celebrations. We were blessed with beautiful sunny weather for a day full of fun activities and festivity.

To kick off the day, the whole school participated in a chalk mural drawing. The mural was designed in collaboration with Year 11 student, Iyrie and Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Sonya Stephen to represent the Lumen Community. You can view a video of this chalk mural here.

We then celebrated Mass together, followed by an SLT-led assembly, our annual drone photo and then the Principal's Cup soccer match. Following this, each Homeroom set up their food or activity stall. Students enjoyed activities such as the always-popular teacher dunk tank, face painting, animal farm, blend-a-bike, VR Goggles, sumo suits and more.

We finished the day with the Lumen Day Talent Show, which saw a number of students perform in front of the school. Thank you to our MCs, Julia and Jason, who did a fantastic job running the talent show. After many votes, our 2022 Talent Quest winning act was the duo singing act of Year 9 students Maria Cole and Tanya Marufu. Congratulations to everyone who performed.    

UN Youth Evatt Competition

On Friday, 5 August, Lumen Christ College hosted a round of the HASS United Nations, Evatt Competition, the most prestigious high school Model UN competition. The college’s seven teams competed against visiting schools, Aquinas College, Perth Modern and Hale School. The Evatt Trophy Competition engages high school students across Australia in world affairs and issues through debating mock Security Council resolutions from the position of an assigned country.

In pairs, students were assigned a country and one resolution a week prior to the competition. They then developed their stance on the prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned country. On the day of the round, they will debate, amend, and finally voted on the prepared resolution and one impromptu resolution.

The competition provided a forum for HASS students at Lumen Christi College to meet other like-minded students and develop their public speaking and negotiation skills. It fosters learning through a non-teaching environment and creates a positive and empowering experience for students who are interested in international relations, politics, and world affairs.

Congratulations to the following students and their assigned countries for an outstanding effort:
Angel Garavillas and Makayla Squillace - United Kingdom
Jessica Warren and Veera Vyas - USA
Wotty Garcia and Rose Nixon - Ghana
Alessia Ricupero and Devon Easton - Albania
Khaw Di Hatha and Parastoo Azimi - Ireland
Nanthethaa Navaneethakrishnan and Hanna Raju- Brazil
Delphine Labonne and Nanthana Navaneethakrishnan – Gabon

Marrissa Pirie
Head of HASS

Certificate III Music Industry Excursion

Last week the Year 11 and 12 Certificate III Music Industry students participated in an excursion to the recording studio at Sound Lab to gain insight into the world of recording. Students recorded a demo of their original song written in class and a cover. This provided students with real-life industry experience, giving them a taste of what it’s like to lay down tracks in a studio environment. These projects aim to prepare students for when they graduate so they can pursue work as a soloist or part of a music group.

Rosa Nicholls
Careers Coordinator/Teacher

ACC Inclusive Sports Indoor Soccer & No Limits Carnival

On Friday, 5 August an excited group of Diversity Education students took part in an ACC Inclusive Sports Indoor Soccer and No Limits Carnival at Lords Sports Centre in Subiaco. Students played four rounds of soccer, showing wonderful teamwork and scoring some excellent goals which saw them progress through to the final. The final went to a penalty shootout, with Lumen losing by one goal.

In the No Limits Carnival, our students played strongly and again made the grand final. This game was played vigorously and Lumen finished in second place being beaten by one goal. Thank you to the Lumen parents who attended, as well as all the staff for their support during the carnivals.

Gina Broderick
Diversity Education Teacher

Science Week

This week our Science Department promoted all things science in celebration of National Science Week. On Wednesday, Science Teachers dressed up as various scientific professions including chemists, zoologists, doctors, veterinarians, physicians and mad scientists! Students participated in a range of hands-on experiments throughout the week such as DIY lava lamps, making candy glass, various psychology experiments, heart dissections and giant bubbles. Year 7 students were also treated to a fun, interactive 'mad science' show presented by our mad scientist Raging Rosevear, Barking Mad Bulich, and Mrs P and Mrs H!

Ella Joynes
Head of Science

Dance Showcase Tickets On Sale

Tickets are now on sale to our 2022 Dance Showcase, ‘A Night at the Grammys’! Dance students will perform a matinee for local Primary School students as well as two public shows on Thursday, 1 and Friday, 2 September at 7pm. Tickets are $5 and selling fast! To book, please click here.

English Week

This coming Monday, 22 August will see two very exciting events to commence English Week; Dress Up Day and The Big Book Swap! Students and staff are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book or film character, as well as bring a pre-loved book to the Jubilee Gardens at Break 2 to swap their title for another. This is the first time we are running a book swap at Lumen, and in costume too, so it will no doubt be an amazing event. Watch this space for photos!

Then to continue celebrating English Week, on Wednesday, 24 August students will participate in the sensational national writing competition, Write a Book in a Day. The teams will spend twelve hours of the day writing, illustrating and publishing novels in order to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Council.

Mai McShane
Head of English

Year 10 Girls Win the ACC AFL Carnival!

Congratulations to our Year 10 Girls AFL team who recently won the ACC Division 4 AFL Carnival! The girls played outstandingly, coming away undefeated. Well done, girls! 

Fathers' Day BBQ Breakfast

This year, our Fathers' Liturgy is taking on a new look. We are inviting fathers, grandfathers, uncles and father-figures to join us in the Jubilee Gardens for our Fathers’ Day BBQ breakfast on Thursday, 1 September.

You are welcome any time between 7:30am and 8:30am for some breakfast, bonding and a blessing. For more information including how to RSVP, please refer to the email sent to all families on Friday, 19 August.

Caroline Watson
Deputy Principal of Mission

Vinnies Youth School Sleepout

The Lumen Christi College Vinnies Youth Team will be sleeping out tonight, 19 August to both raise funds for the St Vincent de Paul Winter appeal and stand in solidarity with those that are experiencing homelessness here in Western Australia. As well as sleeping out, the students will make soup for their dinner and pack up the extras to donate to local charities. The students have set a fundraising goal of $500 and have been working hard towards that goal. A pop-up op-shop was a big success on Lumen Day and a Cadburys chocolate fundraiser is currently under way. If you would like to help us towards our goal, please visit our official “Vinnies School Sleepout” page via the following link to make a donation and view updates towards our goal: Lumen Christi College in Vinnies WA School Sleepout 

Many thanks to Danish Patisseries in Bassendean AKA “Cookies ’N’ More” for donation of bread and rolls and the wonderful teachers who have volunteered to sleep-out with our amazing students.

Tracey La Vanda
Christian Service Learning Coordinator

Safe Use of Online Technology

Recent releases from the eSafety Commissioner have focused on how both schools and parents can work in partnership to support healthy use of technology. In the article titled “Taming Technology” the Commissioner highlights three key areas parents can support their child in developing responsible and positive use of technology. (Below are some of the key points discussed in the article)

Parents can:

1. Be engaged, open and supportive
• Get involved. Share online time with your children as part of family life. Play games together. Talk about favourite apps, or websites.
• Reassure your child they can always come to you, no matter what.

2. Set some rules
• Consider creating a family technology agreement. This is a set of rules about how devices, like smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs and gaming consoles are used in your home.

3. Use technology and get information
• Get to know the devices you and your children use and set them up for privacy and online safety. Take advantage of parental controls to monitor and control screen time and access to content, based on your child’s age and experience.

For the full article: Online safety basics | eSafety Commissioner

Abbie Races to Victory 

Year 10 Yagan House student, Abbie Cameron is achieving huge success across the country in the exciting world of motorcycle road racing. Abbie races a Yamaha R15 150cc road bike as well as a Yamaha R3 321cc road bike at state and national level. She has recently returned from Darwin where she won the Junior (Under 16) all gender event, winning three out of three races. Abbie is also currently participating in the Oceania Junior Cup (OJC), a Junior Road Race Academy aimed at developing Oceania’s next road racing stars. Abbie is the only West Australian in the OJC. So far, Abbie has raced in all four rounds to date in Phillip Island VIC, Queensland Raceway in QLD, Wakefield Raceway in NSW, and last week at Morgan Park Raceway QLD. Her next round is the biggest motorcycle race event in Australia for the year! Abbie along with her fellow OJC racers will be racing support in the Australian Moto GP at Phillip Island in October. We wish Abbie the best of luck!     


Monday, 22 AugustEnglish Week Dress Up Day & Book Swap
Tuesday, 23 August Year 10-12 ACC Boys and Girls Basketball Carnival 
Tuesday, 23 August Year 12 Outdoor Education Canoe Expedition
Wednesday, 24 August English Week Write a Book in a Day Competition
Wednesday, 24 August Year 12 Outdoor Education Canoe Expedition
Thursday, 25 AugustYear 11 River Cruise
Thursday, 25 AugustYear 12 Outdoor Education Canoe Expedition
Friday, 26 August Student Free Day
Monday, 29 August Lumen Catholic Day (student free day)
Tuesday, 30 August Dance Showcase Rehearsal
Wednesday, 31 August Year 12 Zoo Excursion (ATAR Biology, Human Biology & General Psychology students)
Thursday, 1 September Dance Showcase Matinee & evening show
Thursday, 1 September Fathers’ Day Liturgy
Friday, 2 September Dance Showcase evening show
Every Tuesday & ThursdayStudy Support Sessions run every week from 3:30pm to 4:30pm - refer to SEQTA Notices for more information

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