Week Six, Term Two 2024

From the Principal

Welcome to the Lumen Bulletin for Week Six of Term Two. As always, our students have participated in a range of events over the past two weeks including an excursion to see Elvis The Musical, a Waterwise incursion and the Year 7 GEM Day incursion.

The Year 7 GEM Day incursion focused on developing kindness and compassion in our students, helping them to develop skills to support positive responses to challenging situations. Students have also had the opportunity to explore emotional literacy, including identifying how they feel in certain situations and how emotions affect their actions in a range of scenarios. These experiences have been valuable opportunities for the growth and development of our Year 7 students.

ATAR students commenced their Semester One examinations this week, and these exams will continue into next week. I wish students all the best for these important examinations.

Next Friday we will mark the College’s 40th anniversary with our Lumen Day celebrations. Preparations for this special event are in the final stages, with Homeroom activities such as the popular ‘Dunk Tank’ and ‘Slime the Teacher’ returning this year. I trust that students and staff will enjoy the day.

Today we welcomed Fr Brennan to the College, as he celebrated Mass with us for the first time. Fr Brennan replaces Fr Philip as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Gosnells, and we look forward to embracing him as an integral part of the Lumen community.

At the beginning of Week Eight, I will be taking some leave from the College and will return at the beginning of Week Four, Term Three. During this time, my husband and I will be walking part of the Camino Frances. This is an ancient pilgrim path across the northern Spain, which finishes in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. The Cathedral of Santiago is believed to be the final resting place of St. James. I will also be spending time with my family in the UK. During my absence Peter Sackett will be Acting Principal.

I hope you enjoy reading this bulletin and hearing about the various events and opportunities our students have experienced over the past fortnight.

God Bless.

Karen Prendergast

Karen Prendergast and Fr Brennan Sia

Excursion to Elvis

On Wednesday, 15 May our Year 10 Dance and Drama students had the wonderful opportunity to attend a spectacular performance of Elvis at the Crown Theatre. This excursion was not only a delightful break from our regular routine but also an enriching cultural experience for everyone involved.

The show was a dazzling tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, featuring some of his most iconic songs and energetic dance numbers. The performers delivered an electrifying experience, capturing the essence of Elvis' charisma and musical genius. Their talent and dedication were evident in every note and move, making the performance truly unforgettable.

Our students were captivated from the opening number to the final encore. The energy in the theatre was palpable, with audience members clapping and singing along to timeless hits like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love." The production's high-quality staging, vibrant costumes, and exceptional sound and lighting effects added to the overall magic of the show.

Teachers and students alike left the theatre buzzing with excitement and appreciation for the arts. This excursion not only entertained but also provided an excellent opportunity for students to experience live theatre, fostering a greater appreciation for performance arts. Aligning directly with our in-class courses and tasks, experiences such as these are invaluable in broadening our students' horizons and creating lasting memories. We look forward to more such enriching outings in the future.

Natalie Cox
Head of the Performing Arts

Water Corporation Incursion

On Wednesday, 15 May the Year 7 students participated in the Water Wise Incursion delivered by the Water Corporation.

The incursion was planned to compliment the students' learning of water in HASS. Students were able to experience several diverse range perspectives through interactive stories and activities. The activities engaged the students emotionally and imaginatively allowing them to see the value and importance of water from a global to local perspective and to understand that no one is too small to make a difference when it comes to using water.

It was great to see the engagement and attitude that students showed while participating in the Water Wise incursion.

Robert Dale
Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

Young Vinnies Soup Kitchen

I am delighted to share the success of our recent Vinnies Soup Kitchen event. Last week, with the help of 20 dedicated student volunteers, we prepared a delightful mushroom soup that brought warmth and joy to all involved. I hope that it did the same to the many locals within our community that need it more than us.

I extend a warm invitation to all students to join us at our next Vinnies Soup Kitchen on Monday, 27 May at 3pm to 4:30pm. Whether you're a seasoned cook or simply eager to contribute, your participation is invaluable. Together, let's continue making a positive impact in our community through acts of kindness and service.

Jerome Dueman
College Chaplain

VET Out and About

On Friday, 10 and 17 May I had the privilege to go out and visit some of our Year 12 Certificate IV in Education Support students on their work placements and Year 11 and 12 Certificate II in Building and Construction students. I was proud to see that they are doing a fantastic job, and their mentor teachers and lecturers are pleased to have them on board. Well done to the following students:

  • Paige Linton – Armadale Primary School
  • Selina Turner – Armadale Primary School
  • Samantha Feisst – St Muchin’s Catholic School
  • Payton Ward – St Munchin’s Catholic School
  • Chelsea Agostino – Applecross Primary School
  • Thomas Nicholson – Skill Hire (Year 12)
  • Sean Wirth – Skill Hire (Year 11)

Rosa Nicholls
Head of VET and Transition

Term Two SASJ Results

The Term 2 SASJ competition is underway with Lumen Christi College playing two fixtures so far after a Week 1 bye.

The competition is quite close across sports, with the current ladder standings as follows:

  • Year 7 Boys Basketball – 1st
  • Year 8/9 Boys Basketball – 2nd
  • Year 8/9 Boys Soccer – 2nd
  • Year 7 Girls Netball – 1st
  • Year 8/9 Girls Netball – 4th
  • Year 10 Boys Indoor Beach Volleyball – 1st
  • Year 10 Girls Indoor beach Volleyball – 4th

Next Wednesday, 29 May we play St Norbert College.

Craig Preshaw
Sports Coordinator

Year 7 GEM Day

Year 7 students attended an incursion in the M Centre on Friday, 17 May. The ‘GEM Day’ incursion, in support of the resilience project, aimed to promote an understanding around gratitude, emotional regulation, emotional literacy, and mindfulness. Students had a jam-packed day with an emotional literacy quiz, an empathy escape room and they even created their own comic books to reflect some of their personal character strengths. We hope that this day will continue to develop a culture of compassion and kindness amongst the Year 7 students as they positively interact within their school community.

James Castiello
Head of Year 7

Parents groups and workshops

There are a number of workshops and parent support groups offering information and support on many topics such as ADHD, positive parenting, Austism, and mental health. Below you can find a link to a list of some that are currently on offer in the metro area and online.

Rachel Goodchild

Year 7 2025 Sibling Enrolments

A reminder to all families with a child who they wish to enrol for Year 7, 2025 that enrolments are filling fast. If you are yet to submit your enrolment application, please do so here.

Out of School Student Achievements

Year 10 student Taiya Hendrickse-Paardekooper has been selected into the State School Girls Under 15s Netball team. Taiya will be competing on the Gold Coast in July. Congratulations and good luck, Taiya!

2023 Alumni

Madi Fitch
Mackenzie Redmond

2023 Alumni students Madi Fitch and Mackenzie Redmond have both been offered employment at St Muchin’s Catholic School, working as full-time Education Assistants. Madi and Mackenzie completed a Certificate IV in Education Support at the Fremantle Education Centre while studying in Year 12. Congratulations on this excellent achievement!

Rosa Nicholls
Head of VET and Transition


Monday, 27 May - Friday, 31 MayReconciliation Week
Monday, 27 May - Wednesday, 29 MayYear 11 & 12 ATAR Examinations continue
Wednesday, 29 MaySASJ
Thursday, 30 MayACC Cross Country Carnival
 Year 11 & 12 Students at Home
Friday, 31 MayLumen Day
 Mabo Day
Monday, 3 JuneWA Day Public Holiday
Wednesday, 5 JuneSASJ
 Tangney House Mass - Seminar
Thursday, 6 JuneParent Voice Meeting - 5:30pm
Friday, 7 JuneACC ISP AFL Coaching Incursion
 Homeroom Mass - T3S and T4S

Community News

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