Week 2 Term 4

Posted by Fiona Davidson

Year 12 Final Assembly

Learning the art of forgiveness and building relationships in unprecedented times of stress.

That is one of the great life lessons the 2020 Year 12 graduates will take as they leave the school, according to Principal Gavin Hirschhausen.

Addressing the graduates at the Year 12 Final Assembly yesterday, Mr Hirschhausen commended them for their commitment to work through difficulties in relationships, saying it was the best possible preparation for adult life.

“It is in an environment of trust and support – and a Christian understanding of forgiveness – that young people can grow,” he said.

“Relationships matter to God and you have all demonstrated that relationships matter.”

Mr Hirschhausen said learning went beyond subject matter.

“You are a resilient, hard working, tenacious and forgiving group – and that is exactly what is needed in the community,” he said.

His closing thought for the group was to remember that God is with them.

“Dominus vobiscum – ‘go with God’,” he said.

“In whatever circumstance you find yourselves, in your darkest moments, in your deepest challenges… He is with you.”

Head Girl Anisi Sakava urged the Year 2021 Year 12 group to look out for one another, be kind and forgive; and encouraged younger students to stay out of trouble and study hard.

Head Boy Levi Moore thanked teaching staff for upholding Christian values all the time.

“It’s an amazing school,” he said.

“Learn, aspire and achieve … let God lead.”

The Year 12 students did a wonderful job organising their Final Assembly. They recognised and thanked their Teachers with cards and gifts (and even “slimed” some of them). They also presented a gift to the incoming Year 12 class for the Common Room.

We wish you all the very best for your Graduation and Valedictory Dinner tomorrow night, and for your Ball in November, which will be your final College event.

More photos available to view on the College Facebook Page

Secondary Student Council 2021

At the Year 12 Final Assembly on Thursday, the Secondary Student Council for 2021 was announced. Congratulations to the new Leadership Team of the College:

Head Boy, Christian Pipon and Head Girl, Mia-Louise Micke

Deputy Head Boy, Mason Smit and Deputy Head Girl, Bella Davidson

Student Councillors from other year levels are:

Year 7: Reuben James-Wallace and Isabelle Boonzaier

Year 8: Macklin Hargreaves and Nicola Steenekamp

Year 9: Ashton Palmer and Terri Tukutukuivalu

Year 10: Joshua Parsons and Chanelle Wennekes

Year 11: Oliver Easton and Riley Wilson

Rotto Reflections

Written by Claire Crossley, Year 11 student

On October 13, the Year 10 and 11 Sport and Recreation classes left Geraldton for a three-night camp at Rottnest Island.

The first night we all stayed in the Perth suburb of Hillarys, at Sacred Heart College.

On the morning of October 14 we caught a ferry to Rottnest.

The trip consisted of snorkelling, riding around the island, looking for geocaches and playing mini-golf.

During these activities we encountered a variety of wildlife and learned to work as a team, with opportunities to demonstrate leadership potential.

We prepared all meals ourselves and, thankfully, there were no major incidents.

On the island we interacted with the many quokkas. At first we thought they were very cute, however when the quokkas started to poo in tents and steal food our opinions changed. 

Although the quokkas had become a pest, we still enjoyed taking selfies with them.

On October 14 we also snorkelled at Henrietta Rocks, where we saw a shipwreck.

On October 15, we rode 23km to the west of the island. Most of us rode the full length and had a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards. 

Outdoor education has an emphasis summarised by the saying: “plan, do, review”.

The wonderful experiences on this camp provided reflections to ponder for a memorable amount of time. 

A Fortunate Life, A.B. Facey

We can choose an attitude of doom and gloom, or we can choose to have “a fortunate life”.

That’s the over-arching message from the classic Australian autobiography of Albert Facey, A Fortunate Life, with a cinematic adaptation which recently screened at Orana Cinemas.

Mrs Jodie Brotherston, Secondary Teacher English, watched the movie with Year 8 students in a cinema excursion on Monday, 19 October.

“Facey personally endured incredible hardships – two world wars, was essentially orphaned – yet his outlook on life was just so positive,” Mrs Brotherston says.

“At the end of every trial he goes through, he talks about how he considers himself fortunate, hence the title A Fortunate Life.”

Mrs Brotherston said the 32 students who watched the movie, which incorporates live stage performances from three actors, were impressed by their capacity to remember their lines for the one hour and 43 minutes of the program.

A favourite scene for the students was when Facey and a farmer were chased by a pig, after Facey had thrown a rock at the animal, with one of the actors commentating at speed like a race-caller as the chase got under way.

For Mrs Brotherston, favourite moments were the visual spectacles, with two scenes in particular standing out for cleverly combining live action and cinema: one where Facey was lowered into a deep well and, the other, where he was rescued after he became lost in the bush.

That and Facey’s overcoming attitude.

Here are a few thoughts from some of the Year 8 students who attended the Show:

“When I arrived at the cinema I was expecting one of those musicals about the war, but boy was I wrong! That was the best play I’ve ever seen. I was amazed at the talent the actors possessed.” Noah A

“The one thing I really loved is how the actors didn’t have to go off the stage… Bert showed me not to ever give up when going through hard moments in your life.” Terri T

“I was absolutely submerged in the show… A Fortunate Life was a marvellous show and I am so happy that I was privileged to see it.” Sienna N

Primary Create Music Showcase

What a wonderful Music Showcase our Music Teacher Mr Joshua Gibson, put together on Wednesday morning. Parents and family members who attended were in for a treat of joyful music making by the Primary students in Years 1-6.

Thanks to some expert assistance by Lysander, Jasper, Drew and Aiden from Year 6, musical instruments were changed over speedily between acts on stage. There was such a variety of different performances.

The students enjoyment in their musical endeavours was very evident to see.

Thanks Mr Gibson for making music such a fun part of student learning here at the College.

Outdoor Education

How blessed are we to live in Geraldton where our students can go fishing and sailing as part of their Outdoor Education Studies??

College Calendar

What’s Coming Up?

Check here for the most up to date Calendar information.

Fri 23/10, Yr 12 Breakfast with Staff and Retreat (off site)

Sat 24/10, Yr 12 Graduation and Valedictory Dinner (ticketed events)

Mon 26/10, Secondary Assembly, 2.06pm College Hall

Wed 28/10, Primary Assembly, 9.00am College Hall

Wed 28/10, Sports Presentation Evening (Strath Lions, Netball, Hockey), 5.00-7.00pm

Fri 30/10, Bandanna Day – purchase Bandannas from Student Services for $5 each

Pond Repairs – Administration

We have been having ongoing issues with the pond leaking and having to top up the water level.

The pond is going to be drained and cleaned, and will not be refilled until such time as we can repair the leak/s. This may be for an extended period of time, unfortunately.

Community Notices

Mangoes for Sale

Lighthouse Church have a Mango Fundraiser again in 2020, selling 10kg boxes of mangoes for $45 each (Kensington Pride fruit from Kununurra). If you would like to order box/es, please email fdavidson@scc.wa.edu.au. Fruit should be here some time in November, and should be collected from the College.

Batter Up Softball

Looking for something for ages 4-9 or know someone who is?

In Partnership with Softball Australia and Bulldogs Softball Club we are hosting a ‘Softball Batter Up Program’ which will run for 5 wks commencing Nov 2nd – Nov 30th @ GGS. Boys & Girls ages 4-9yrs. If you have a child who would like to join in and have fun please see attached flyer for more information and then click on the link below to register. Closing date Oct 26th.

Registration Link – https://www.softballbatterup.com.au/…/suiside…/

Bands Spectacular

Some of our Music Students will be playing in the Bands Spectacular next weekend – which will be held here at the College. This is a ticketed event. See details on the poster if you would like to attend.