As the 2021 school year draws to a close, we look back at another busy term full of wonderful learning opportunities for our students.
From the Principal
As I look back over the past term, as always, I’m struck by the variety of activities that our students have participated in including the ACC Inclusive Sports Carnival, the Music concert, Year 9 and 10 Outdoor Education Camps to name but a few.
Throughout the term, many of our Senior Students completed exams, whether final WACE exams, or internal Year 10 and 11 exams. Our Year 12 students graduated from the College in October. We transformed the gym to farewell our graduating senior students. We wish them well in their future endeavours and pray that the Light of Christ continues to shine on them.
We also celebrated the achievement of students in Years 7-11 in our Middle School and Senior School Presentation Ceremonies held at the end of November. It is always a pleasure to celebrate the gifts and talents of our students and to acknowledge them as Lights of Example and Lights of Excellence, as they strive to achieve their personal best. I would like to thank the many parents, extended family members and friends who were able to participate in this celebration of our students’ achievements.
Our Vision for Learning ‘Discover Together’ was clearly in evidence as our Year 7 HASS students took part in an excursion to the WA State Parliament and Constitution Centre earlier this term. HASS teachers prepared the students well, so they were able to have a rich and enjoyable educational experience as they explored on a practical level how state politics functions and the intricacies of the voting system. I was delighted to be able to accompany the students on this excursion and to see the benefit they gained from it. Some of the students also had the opportunity to meet the Premier, which they were very excited about!
Last week, the Science Learning Area organised a Year 8 excursion to the Eco Centre and a Year 7 excursion to the zoo, which I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. As always, it was great to see the students building on their classroom experiences, as they enjoyed the opportunity to consolidate their prior learning.
In preparation for 2022, earlier this term we welcomed the incoming Year 7 cohort as they began their transition to the College. The orientation program supports the students to make a smooth entry to secondary schooling. We also invited Year 5 students from some local Catholic Primary schools to experience ‘A Day in the Life of a Lumen Student’. This gave the students an opportunity to experience what life at secondary school is like. I would like to thank the staff from Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School and St Munchin's Catholic Primary School for enabling this activity to take place.
On Saturday, 4 December we held our inaugural Lumen community Christmas fair at the College, Illumenating Christmas. This was a wonderful community event which included carol singing, dance performances, craft stall, food trucks and much more. It was very well supported by members of the community and some valuable funds were raised to support the Vinnie’s Christmas appeal.
As is always the case at the end of the school year, we have several students and staff who are leaving the College to take up new opportunities or to follow different pathways. To those students who are leaving us, we wish you all the best. Good luck next year and ‘may the Light of Christ continue to provide you with direction and inspiration for all of your endeavours'.
To the staff who are leaving us at the end of this year. On behalf of the College community, I would like to thank you for everything you’ve done to support our students and to wish you well for the future.
Those whose short-term contacts have been completed: Chris Newman, Marie Dominque O’Connell, Jo-Anne Pritchard and Dave Wilkinson.
Members of our Administration and Support team and Student Services team: Karen Houston, Karyn Mills, Brigita Sapina, Laura Steeles
Teachers: Rielle Doik, Sophie English, Leon Magg, Shanice Stacey, Trevor Still, Paul Townsend
House Coordinators: Erinn Campbell, Caolan Dodgson, Sonia La Macchia (Languages Coordinator)
Heads of Learning Area: Laura Hawdon, Katie Hodson, Phil Oddie, Carmen Stewart
Vice Principal, Silvana Vicoli, leaves the College after 5 years of service to commence her Principalship at Servite College, Tuart Hill. On behalf of the College community, I would like to thank Silvana for the huge contribution she has made to the College community and to wish her well for the future.
I would like to make special mention of Cheryl Bedggood, Executive Assistant, who retires from the College after 31 years. Cheryl has had a significant impact on the College community during her time at Lumen, for which we are very grateful. I would like to wish Cheryl all the best for the future, as she takes the time to pursue her interests and has the opportunity to spend more time with her family.
We also have two staff members who will be enjoying a period of leave in 2022: Danny Friedlos and Fran Worth.
I would like to thank these staff for their hard work and commitment to the College and to wish them well for next year.
As we enter the Holy season of Christmas, I wish all our families and college staff a Holy and peaceful Christmas. I hope we all find the opportunity to take some time to reflect on Jesus’ message to love one another and to spread Jesus’ love, by making the lives of others better this Christmas.
I wish all staff, students a safe and enjoyable summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.
Year 12 Graduation
On Friday, 22 October, the College celebrated the Year 12 cohort with two graduation events.
In the morning, the graduating class of 2021 was acknowledged in front of the entire College community with an assembly and mass celebrated by Fr. Phillip. In the evening, students and their families were welcomed to the College for the official presentation of the Year 12 awards, dinner and performances from the College music department. The evening provided an opportunity to reflect on the past six years of schooling life at Lumen Christi, as well as acknowledge the outstanding achievements of students who have acted as lights of faith, example, excellence, welcome and creativity.
I would like to acknowledge a few of the major award winners from the evening:
• Fr. Tom Prendiville Service Award: Alphina Padua
• Service to Ministry Award: Breanna Escoto
• Natasha Soklich Award: Lukas Milne & Sharon Musa
• College Leadership Award: Sofia De Guzman
• Community Leadership Award: Jessica Garratt
• DUX General: Ken Jaunky & Gabriel Calderon Pedraza
• Proxime Accessit ATAR: Ella Friedlos
• DUX ATAR: Thomas Morton
• Lumen Medals: Georgianna Boyd, Sofia De Guzman, Breanna Escoto, Jessica Garratt, Lukas Milne, Thomas Morton, Alphina Padua, Ashleigh Smith & Jake Taylor
A full list of Year 12 award winners can be seen here.
I extend my congratulations to these students and all of the other award winners from the evening. I wish our graduating class of 2021 all the best with their future endeavours.
Click here to view the photos from the Year 12 Graduation.
Assistant Deputy Principal - Senior School
Year 7 2022 Orientation Day
On Friday, 12 November, approximately 170 future Lumen students attended the Year 7 2022 Orientation Day.
The program was filled with engaging learning activities. The students participated in House games, slime making, an 'Amazing Race' and a montage of sporting and mathematics activities. House Coordinators, specialist teachers and student leaders facilitated the day and feedback from new students included: “the best day ever”, “I can’t wait to start at Lumen” and “I really enjoyed the Science activity.” Students left the College feeling more familiar with the large campus, and most met the challenge of their Head of Year, Mrs Saxon, in making two new friends throughout the day. The students also took the opportunity to read some of the current Year 7 cohorts’ reflections on what it was like to be a Year 7 student at Lumen Christi in 2021. Some students enjoyed basketball and table tennis during their break time, while others enjoyed the company of their new group of peers. I look forward to welcoming these students back to our College early in 2022.
Assistant Deputy Principal - Middle School
Young ICT Explorers Award Winners
Congratulations to students Julian Ranieri, Deegan Mellor and Bianca Patio who received 2nd place for their search and rescue prototype in the recent Young ICT Explorers Senior Awards.
We hope they continue to be inspired to explore the many possibilities in digital technology and keep experimenting with innovative ways to solve real-world problems, big and small. Well done to you all. You are an excellent Light of Creativity.
Term 4 may have been the shortest of the year, but the students in HASS have still been busy!
HASS classes have been engaging in the Australian democratic process and being empowered by their rights and responsibilities in being an active citizen.
Year 9 HASS classes spent several weeks preparing for the Year 9 HASS elections. Parties were busy campaigning, sharing their political platforms and speaking to the media in the build up to the elections. B Block was a visual smorgasbord of candidate choices, who delivered their videos with various teacher’s endorsements. The Electoral Commission provided official ballot boxes and papers, and we were ready to vote. Students were eager to cast their vote and the ballots were sent away to be officially counted, and the winner was …. Negash and his political party. Well done! It was a super tight race with no safe electorate’s seats.
All Year 7 classes experienced first-hand Western Australia’s political system with a visit to Parliament House. Students were privileged and engaged in witnessing the Legislative Assembly debating several important bills, speaking to the Premier, Hon Mark McGowan and the opposition leader, Hon Mia Davies. Students explored the Constitution and participated in their own preferential elections, with the clear winner being KFC.
Year 11 Modern History students visited the Holocaust Institute of WA as part of their studies. While a confronting reality to the atrocities of WWII, students were provided with the opportunity to engage in testimonials and develop an authentic understanding of historical events.
Head of HASS
Year 10 Art
The Year 10 art program concluded in Week 9 of this term and the results were really satisfying.
The theme for this year was called “Go Classics”. We started the year with drawing exercises to develop our skills in the creation of realism. Our inspiration and theory component was an investigation into the Classical Eras of Greek and Roman art; specifically, sculpture. We extended our investigation 1500 years to the Renaissance era and then an additional 200 years to more contemporary times. Our major paintings were influenced by the past but reflect more modern colour theory practices.
Head of Visual Arts
Outdoor Education News
Earlier this term both the Year 9 and Year 10 Outdoor Education classes participated in their end of year Expeditions. Year 10’s headed down to Margaret River, and the Year 9’s to Dwellingup.
Year 10’s were blessed with fantastic weather which allowed them to participate in all of the planned activities including bushwalking, caving, abseiling, climbing and mountain biking. Students had been prepping and planning for this trip all year, from cooking all of their own meals on trangia’s to setting up their tents to sleep in for the three days. Well done to all of the Year 10’s who attended. You participated in some challenging activities and were lights of example to all those whose paths you crossed.
Year 9’s also had fantastic weather for their program which was lucky as it was a busy couple of days. Outdoor Ed students participated in a range of activities including canoeing, rogaining, bush craft and team building.
It was great to see all students have an enjoyable time and challenge themselves in all activities. We look forward to seeing many of you in Year 10 Outdoor Education next year.
I would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff who attended Outdoor Education Expeditions this year. Without your assistance we could not run these wonderful experiences.
Outdoor Education Teacher
Minecraft Global Build Challenge
This semester seven of our Year 7 students entered the Minecraft Education Global Build Challenge with the goal to inspire the development of creative environmental design solutions in Minecraft: Education Edition.
All students had to incorporate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in this challenge which ran globally, with five winning student teams for each age group and one grand prize winner to be drawn at the end of December. Well done to the following students who participated in this challenge: Ashton Brady, Batisani Tshuma, Bronte McGillivray, Ethan Sullivan-Thomas, Gemma Rosman, Owen Howrie and Tyler Page.
A Day in the Life of a Lumen student
On Friday, 19 November, we hosted 70 Year 5 students from St Munchin’s and Good Shepherd Catholic Primary Schools, for our inaugural “A day in the life of a Lumen student.”
Students rotated through various learning experiences throughout the day, including boat building in Materials Design, slime making in Science and various Performing Arts and sport activities. Several of our Year 7 students acted as tour guides for the day and shone their Lights of Welcome on the visiting school groups. The primary school teachers indicated that students really enjoyed experiencing a taste of high school life. We look forward to welcoming new groups of students to a similar experience day in 2022. I would like to thank Mrs Agar our Marketing & Public Relations Officer for her organisation of the day.
Assistant Deputy Principal - Middle School
To celebrate the end of the year, the Year 7 and Year 8 cohorts attended excursions as part of the science curriculum.
On Monday, 6 December, Year 8 students attended the Perth Hills Discovery Centre to participate in the Nearer to Nature Schools Program. The students carried out a range of activities which focused on environmental science and indigenous culture. Highlights of the day included learning about the positive conservation impact on endangered fauna through the Western Shield Conservation Program, and being introduced to traditional implements and experiencing how Noongar people sourced food from the bush.
The day was a hot one, but the students conducted themselves in an exemplary manner and were empowered to take positive action for our environment.
Click here to see more photos from this excursion.
On Tuesday, 7 December, Year 7 students attended the Perth Zoo as part of the biological sciences curriculum. As part of the excursion, students listened to a talk by the zoo keepers titled 'the Danger Games'. The experience provided an introduction to the current threats to the survival of Western Australian species in the wild and included a special meet and greet with a bobtail skink and a Black-headed Python. For the remainder of the day, students visited each of the exhibits paying particular attention to the design of the enclosures and the conservation status of each animal.
It was another very hot day for the students, but they represented the College wonderfully and were positively commented on their enthusiasm and behaviour by the zookeepers.
Click here to view more photos from this excursion.
Acting Head of Science
On 1 December 2021, students in the Drama Club performed for their parents and peers.
This performance was completely self-devised by the students over the last semester, with students experiencing Drama in an 'outside of class' experience. It was an amazing opportunity for our students to work alongside the Drama Captain on a show which was completely student-led. Well done to all of the students involved in this incredible piece.
ACC Inclusive Sports
On Friday, 29 October 2021, students in the Learning Hub attended the ACC Inclusive Sport Day Carnival.
Students and staff hopped on the bus at 8am very eager to find out which sports they would be able to try out at the Carnival. We arrived around 9:15am and walked to the John XXIII oval. Students were excited to start and proceeded to have a go at a variety of sports such as frisbee, lacrosse, golf, soccer, AFL, bowling, cricket, and rugby. Students and staff had an enjoyable and fun filled day and are looking forward to attending the ACC Inclusive Carnivals again in 2022.
Diversity Education Teacher
Saturday, 4 December saw the Inaugural Illumenating Christmas event held at the College.
Throughout the course of 2021 a dedicated group from the College planned the community event to celebrate Christmas.
The evening saw around 500 past, current and incoming members of the College community join in for a spirited celebration. Entertainment on the evening was generously provided by the College Arts department through song and dance, which was enjoyed by all.
Over the course of the evening around $1000 was raised for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.
It was a wonderful inaugural event which we hope to continue in the years to come. A huge thanks must go to all of the staff, students and parents who donated their time, talents and goods to make the event a success.
Assistant Deputy Principal - Mission
Seven Year 10 students volunteered to take part in the St Vincent de Paul Just Start It Hackathon.
The day allowed students to create innovative solutions to tackle the issue of homelessness in Perth. Students presented their solutions to a panel of St Vinnies representatives so that the organisation could use some of the ideas generated by the students in their own marketing.
Well done to everyone who participated in the Hackathon.
Young Vinnies Coordinator
Out of School Student Achievements
Congratulations to Year 9 student Deegan Mellor who has had great success in the Motorsport arena as of late, including a third place in the Fab Martinelli Cup as well as being awarded the Moora Junior New Stars trophy.
Congratulations to Year 11 students Toby Crestani and Ashleigh Vogels who recently performed in the Class Act Performers Showcase. Toby was awarded the Senior Award for Excellence which is a fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to Year 8 student Grace Wise and Year 10 student Jacob Hale who both recently competed in the Kimberly Open Swim Meet, taking home over a dozen medals between them! Jacob and Grace represented their local club, Riverton Aquanauts.
Term 1 2022 Key Dates
- Friday, 28 January - Year 12 Ball
- Monday, 31 January - Year 7, Year 12 and all new students commence Term 1 2022
- Tuesday, 1 February: Years 8 - 11 commence Term 1 2022