Term 3, Week 7 2022

Welcome to our Week 7 Bulletin. What a fortnight it has been! Our college has been a hive of activity over the last two weeks, with English Week, Languages Week, the Year 11 River Cruise, Dance Showcase and our Fathers’ Day Service all taking place since our last Bulletin was published.

It was great to see so many people attend our Fathers’ Day BBQ Breakfast Service yesterday morning. It was also wonderful to see so many student and staff helpers volunteer their time to help cook the BBQ and greet our guests. I hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the service and would like to wish all fathers a wonderful Fathers’ Day on Sunday.

Yesterday evening I had the privilege of attending the first Dance Showcase. What a spectacular display of talent it was! The hard work and months of practice was evident in the quality of performances. We truly are blessed to have such a high calibre of dancers at the College. Well done to all dancers and Performing Arts staff for putting on such a wonderful show, and the best of luck for the final show tonight.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Year 12 students a fantastic final few weeks of formal classes. With graduation and exams around the corner, your high school journey will soon be over. I hope you enjoy your last few weeks as a college cohort. Look after each other, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Graduation celebrations early next term.

God Bless.

Mrs Karen Prendergast
College Principal

Zero 2 Hero Youth Mental Health Forum

Last week, 27 Lumen Christi College students attended the Zero 2 Hero In Your Head Youth Mental Health Forum at Perth Convention Centre. In Your Head is designed to provide young people and teachers with a greater understanding of adolescent mental health and practical skills to support their own wellbeing. At this one-day event, students heard from a range of inspirational keynote speakers, panellists and workshop facilitators, with interactive break-out sessions throughout the day. Keynote speakers included Maggie Dent (Parenting Author, Podcaster and Educator), Dr Jodi Richardson (Author), Eliza and Mikaela Greene (Professional Surfers) and Craig Hollywood (Founder of Short Back and Sides).

Daniel Ford
Teacher and Campbell House Coordinator

Fathers' Day BBQ Breakfast Service

Yesterday we held our annual Fathers’ Day service. This years’ service took on a new-look format, with fathers, grandfathers, uncles and father-figures invited to join us for a BBQ Breakfast in Jubilee Gardens. They were each given a gift bag, courtesy of the Parent Voice, which contained a mug and a card, and there were two coffee vans on campus filling up their new mugs with hot beverages. The cards included a range of questions for both the fathers/father-figures and the students to ask one another. Guests were also treated to musical entertainment by some of our music students. It was a lovely morning and great to see so many people attend.

You can view the album of photos from the Fathers' Day service here.

Caroline Watson
Deputy Principal of Mission

Dance Showcase - A Night at the Grammys

Yesterday we kicked off our 2022 Dance Showcase, ‘A Night at the Grammys’, with our Year 7-12 dance students taking to the stage to perform various dance items after many months of hard work. The first show was a matinee for local primary school students, followed by an evening show last night which was open to the public. The final show will take place this evening to a sold-out audience.

This year’s theme, ‘A Night at the Grammys’ sees students take inspiration from the famous Grammy Awards and apply that to a variety of dance styles including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop and Lyrical dance. The theme has also been incorporated into the costuming, lighting and set design. 

Well done to everyone involved in the Dance Showcase.

Naomi Pulham
Head of Performing Arts

Angelico Art Exhibition

Recently, as part of the Catholic Arts Festival, Lumen Christi College entered four of our talented Year 10 Visual Arts students into the Angelico Exhibition. The participating students were Miya Auton, Richelle Del Ponso, Devon Easton and Delphine Labonne. Representing the Year 10 Specialist Art class, they all had their work approved for display at the Forrest Centre in Perth. The opening ceremony was a formal evening of speeches and award presentations. We were delighted to discover that Miya Auton was the 2nd Overall Winner in Year 7-10 category for her remarkable drawing of the face of a classical Greek sculpture. Congratulations, Miya! This event is a highlight in the Catholic Education Calendar for Visual Arts. It provides a wonderful opportunity to view the work of other exceptional student artists from all over the state. 

Lance Taylor
Visual Arts Teacher

Vinnies Youth Sleep Out

On the evening of Friday, 19 August, 38 students from Years 7 through to 12 joined together to stand in solidarity with those here in Western Australia that are homeless.

The evening began with a cooking session in our wonderful Home Economics department which eventuated into our very own soup kitchen. We were blessed to be joined in this endeavor by Sr. Maureen Burke, Sr. Francine Roberts, Belinda and Mel, all from Cana communities, who serve those that find themselves without somewhere to rest within our community. We were also joined by Colin Krause from the St Vincent de Paul Society. Colin thanked the students for their efforts and enforced that without events like our winter sleep out, it would be much harder for those that are doing it tough within our community.

After our shared meal, our new friends from Cana communities joined us in the chapel and gave very heart felt witness by sharing their stories of homelessness with the students. We are forever thankful to Belinda and Mel for being brave enough to share with the students.

Once the Year 7 and 8 students had been collected by parents, those left had time for reflection before choosing a spot under the stars to bed down for the night. Whilst we were blessed with fine weather, the lack of cloud cover gave us all a taste of how cold it can get without shelter for the night.

Many thanks to the wonderful families and teachers that supported our event. We are very proud to share that the evening raised just over $1200, breaking the $500 target set by the students. Well done to all involved. You are truly both Lights of Welcome and Lights of Example.

Tracey La Vanda
Christian Service Learning Coordinator

English Week

Every year, English Week is filled with superb energy and enthusiasm, and this year was certainly no exception. Typically, we aim to align the week’s celebrations with CBCA Book Week, and for this reason we commenced English Week with a costume day. Staff and students alike were beyond impressive as they donned outfits resembling memorable book and film characters, including the cast from The Addams Family, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Wizard of Oz, just to name a few. Our winners were as follows:

Year 7: Shaun Nelson
Year 8: Maddy Townsend
Year 9: Max Curran
Year 10: Mercy Oballoker
Year 11: Kaylee Axiak
Year 12: Oliver Hedley

Department runners-up:
Executive Leadership Team
Physical Education

Department Winner:
Humanities and Social Sciences

Well done to our winners, the costumes were phenomenal!

Then on the Wednesday of English Week, over 130 students participated in the Write a Book in a Day competition, where 19 extended books were written, illustrated, published and uploaded for children in hospitals to read. The students clearly loved the entire 12 hours of commitment to writing, and their teachers at Lumen are very impressed with their dedication. What a way to showcase our students’ talents and creativity, with the different styles of writing and text genre being brought into play. It was indeed a remarkable week for all at our College, and we wait in anticipation to see what next year brings!

Mai McShane
Head of English

Year 12 Science Excursion

On Wednesday, 31 August the Year 12 ATAR Biology, Human Biology and General Psychology classes attended the zoo to enhance their learning about several topics relevant to each course. The Human Biology students enjoyed an interactive learning experience, where important links were made between our closest living relatives; primates and human evolution. The Biology students learnt about homeostasis and handled some of the zoo endotherms(snakes). The Psychology students learnt about conditioning and observational learning these psychological theories were applied to animal training and long term care. 

Margarita Tranquille
Deputy Principal of Middle School

Year 12 Outdoor Education Canoeing Expedition

On Tuesday, 23 August 18 enthusiastic Year 12 outdoor education students embarked on their final expedition of the two year Outdoor Education program at Lumen Christi College. This expedition was canoeing on the Blackwood River for three days. Students carried all of their belongings which were required for the duration of the expedition in a watertight barrel which was tied in their canoe. Students had to use the skills which they learnt throughout their seven week canoeing unit to navigate their way through the various rapids.

It was pleasing to see the students successfully navigate their way through the fast flowing water whilst keeping themselves dry and not falling into the cold water. There might have been some ‘friendly’ banter on the water, which saw a capsized canoe.

I would like to thank the instructors at Outdoor Discoveries for their preparation in ensuring a smooth expedition and I would like to thank Mike and Mike for their guidance, support and for teaching the students valuable canoeing and life skills which I am hopeful that they can carry into their lives outside of school. Similarly, I would like to thank Mr Josh Norris for his help as support whilst myself and the students paddled for the three days.

I hope that the memories and relationships formed on this expedition will stick with the students for a long time to come.

Dylan Sarolea
Outdoor Education Coordinator

College Art Exhibition

Lumen Christi College's annual Art Exhibition is in Week 9. The Art Exhibition is a wonderful showcase of selected works from the Visual and Media Arts students from Year 7 to Year 12. The Official Opening night is by invitation only. General viewing times are 8-9am and 3:15-5pm on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September. 

Lance Taylor
Visual Arts Teacher

Year 12 Dance and Drama Original Performance Evening

The Year 12 Dance and Drama Original Performance Evening will take place on Thursday, 15 September at 6:30pm. This is an amazing opportunity for our community to witness the talents of our Year 12 Dance and Drama students. The evening is also a necessary component of the Dance and Drama curriculum.

Guests are invited to view the College's Art Exhibition in the Performing Arts Centre before the show. Doors to the Exhibition will be open from 5:30pm.

Tickets are $5 each. They will go on sale Monday, 5 September and can be purchased via this link.

Natalie Cox
Drama Teacher

How Ridiculous visit Year 12s

Earlier this week, the Year 12 students were visited by YouTube sensation group, 'How Ridiculous' who gave an important speech about perseverance. Brett spoke to the students about the challenges they will face in life and in the last few weeks of school and how important it is to find your strength, grit, and determination to overcome the challenges of life. He also touched upon the valuable life lesson that no success comes without great effort.

James Castiello
Head of Year 12 

Australian History Competition

Year 9 and 10 HASS classes were lucky enough to participate in the Australian History Competition. This opportunity showcases and promotes the importance of history. The competition focuses on testing students interpretation and source analysis skills rather than prior knowledge and understanding.

Congratulations to the following students for their excellent achievement:

Year 9 Credit:
• Joshua Burns
• Raphael Graham
• Tamasin O’Hara
• Ann Padua
• Dean Scari
• Fred Taylor
• Lincoln Wheeler

Year 9 Distinction:
• Isabelle Carr

Year 10 Credit:
• Miya Auton
• Khan Chang
• Jacob Eddington
• Chloe Friedlos
• Aiden Heerey
• Moyo Johnson
• Josie McGregor
• Reilly Mercer
• Lucas Morphett
• Alessia Ricupero
• Sabrina Rosman
• Seth Urlus
• Payton Ward

Year 10 Distinction:
• Poppy Fitzpatrick
• Joshua Mingo

Marrissa Pirie
Head of HASS

Mihaylia to represent Australia in Netball Tour

Congratulations to Year 7 student, Mihaylia Colbung who has been invited to participate in the International Netball Tour in Fiji in December. She will play in a test series against Fiji in the Under 13/14 National and Regional Representative Teams. Good luck, Mihaylia! 

Paige and Josie awarded joint runners-up at Fairest & Best evening

Congratulations to Year 10 students Paige Linton and Josie McGregor who were recently awarded joint runners-up in the Year 9/10 Girls 2022 Fairest & Best Football Awards at the Fremantle District/Conference awards night. Well done, girls!


Monday, 5 September to Friday, 9 SeptemberNAIDOC Week
Monday, 5 SeptemberNAIDOC Week Assembly
Tuesday, 6 September Year 11 & 12 Literature Movie Night
Wednesday, 7 to Friday, 9 September Year 11 Outdoor Education Mountain Bike Expedition 
Wednesday, 7 September Tangney House Mass
Thursday, 8 September Year 10 Businessbites Market Day
Friday, 9 September ACC Inclusive Sports Athletics Carnival
Wednesday, 14 September College Art Exhibition Opening
Wednesday, 14 September Year 12 ATAR Chemistry excursion
Thursday, 15 September Year 12 Original Performance Evening
Friday, 16 September ACC Athletics Carnival

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Careers Column

Applying to Uni via TISC
University applications are now open - and if you’re in Year 12 and thinking of applying for 2023, but haven’t yet I'm here to help!

First, take a look at this handy timeline to get an overview of the university application process.

How do I apply?
When can I apply?
When do applications close?
What if I miss the Main Offer Round application deadline?
Help! I have applied but changed my mind about the course I want to do
When can I expect to receive an offer?
Yay, I got an offer – but what’s next?
What do I do if I don’t get any offers?

Mrs Rosa Nicholls
Careers Coordinator/Teacher