One of the School’s strategic intents over the next few years is to develop our expertise in understanding boys and what motivates them to achieve their best. The objective of this project is to identify opportunities to enhance the current offering and approaches, to enable even more boys to be positively impacted in a way that motivates them to succeed, regardless of their differences.
Commencing in Term 2 and continuing now through Term 3, our independent research partner The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education (Circle), has been conducting investigation in to the boys’ understanding of their own motivational drivers, the teachers’ understanding and the boys’ thoughts on how the School can enhance their motivation.
At the start of this term our staff devoted a day to thinking on ‘boys and motivation’. Dr Phil Cummins from Circle, presented the results of an academic research review on the subject, as well as early findings from his investigation with our boys. Staff provided input on what they believe are the motivational factors that see boys succeed, both through their own actions as teachers and through the culture of the School.
One of the elements of this project is to bring the results to you and the wider community. I am very pleased to announce and invite you to our Boys and Motivation seminar on the afternoon of Saturday, 10 September 2011.
I have invited three exceptional speakers to present to us. Dr Cummins, who specialises in leadership and innovation in education, will present his research about Christ Church boys and this project. Dr Ric Charlesworth, who is a world-recognised motivator, will contribute his thoughts on the subject from his experience as a highly successful coach, captain and mentor. Dr Andrew Martin is a psychologist and recognised for his thought leadership on motivation, engagement and achievement in education. For more information on the seminar and speakers, please refer to the flyer here.
I am really excited to bring these speakers together for the Christ Church and wider community. Please join us for this forum, which is free of charge. Don’t forget to book your place here.
I would like to share a conversation I had with the parents of a Year 6 boys late last week. The parents explained how happy they were with their son’s engagement and performance since arriving at Christ Church. They wondered what had transformed their previously disengaged boy into a boy performing at a high level across the curriculum and co-curricular domains. They asked him what was the difference between his previous experience and his time at Christ Church. Their son answered with: ‘There is an environment of excellence at Christ Church’.
These parents were obviously very grateful to the School and staff, however I was quick to point out it was still up to the boy to do what he has done. He had to take responsibility for his own actions, decisions and learning. Another terrific example of this that stands out in my mind was in 2010 when Ben Anderson in Year 6 wrote a piece for the Stringed Orchestra. Ben had the support to achieve this feat, but it was up to him to do the hard work. He had to take responsibility for his own actions, decisions and learning. At Christ Church, we provide the support for boys to excel in academics, music, the visual arts, the performing arts or sport; however it is up to them to invest the required time, effort and dedication.
It is always a pleasure to watch the boys grow and thrive in our environment of excellence.
The Parents' Association brings you the last of the series of four seminars presented by Anglicare WA, which will be held on Monday 22 August 2011. The focus of this workshop will be to provide information to parents with children in Pre-Primary to Year 3. These earlier school years are marked by rapid changes in a child’s development and experiences. These years can be the optimal time for parents to influence how well their child negotiates situations and relationships. This session will provide parents with the time to consider some approaches to equipping their child with skills and knowledge that will allow them to maximise their potential.
Where: Senior School Staff Room
When: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
To book one of the limited spaces for this seminar, please contact reception on 9442 1555.
The class representatives have organised a commemorative CCGS polo shirt you can buy for your boy to remember his time at the prep school. Your class representatives will be issuing your boy’s teacher with an order form and information sheet that will be sent home and needs to be returned to the main school office by no later than the 22 August (before the mid-term break). It contains all the information you require in purchasing the polo . We have also attached a copy of the order form to this email and the form is available at the uniform shop where you can view sample sizes before ordering.
Strictly no orders will be accepted after 22 August.
For ease of control, only cash will be accepted. Please do not send cheques made out to the school.
Please don’t forget to tick and sign your child’s name to confirm the spelling of his name is correct.
Any queries should be directed to your class representative.
Please click HERE to download the order form
Please click HERE to download the leavers t-shirt sample.
The Prep School library will commence book week celebrations on Monday 22 August with a dress up parade. The boys are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character or anyone from another country.
Friends of the Library and Archives get together - Friday 19 August
Carina Hoang will talk about her new book 'Boat People'. Carina has also agreed to answer any questions you may have on the subject. She will bring along some of her books ($45 each) and will sign them as requested. Feel free to bring friends along to this talk.
When: Friday 19 August at 2:00pm Where: Prep School Library RSVP: Mary Hookey firstname.lastname@example.org or to Therese Brand by Friday 12 August.
Don't forget to drop in to the Prep School office on your way to the Library.
Prep School Music Department Fundraising Practice-a-thon
Would you like to help raise money for Christ Church House while having fun, playing your musical instrument? Now you can and it’s easy! During Term 3, the Prep school Music Department is running a fundraising practice-o-thon, where boys can be sponsored for every practice session they do on their instrument.
How to do it
Ask your family, friends, team-mates and neighbours to pledge a small amount of money, either per practice session or just a set amount. A suitable rate per session would be between 5 and 50c per practice session.
Fill in the details below, and get practicing!
Then collect the money, put your information form and the amount you have raised in an envelope and bring it Miss Seaman by Friday 23 September.
The amount of money raised will be announced at the end of term assembly.
Next Monday afternoon, all parents and boys have the opportunity to meet with tutors to discuss their semester one report and to revisit the goals set at the beginning of the year. These are important touch points to provide clarity and understanding about each other’s expectations and work requirements for the ensuing semester.
At this time of the year the focus for boys in Years 10 and 11 is on next year, subject selections and leadership opportunities. This week boys in Year 12 were issued with their TISC booklets, which explain the process for application to WA universities. There will be a follow up presentation to the boys about this information in the near future.
This morning I attended a breakfast for the staff members that have volunteered to participate as leaders and support for this year’s Year 10 Venture. As Mr Mark Morrissy aptly prefaced this morning, ‘This is a cornerstone activity at CCGS which is seen as a right of passage for our Year 10 boys’. This year we will celebrate the 21st year of Venture. Its success has evolved progressively over the years and is largely due to the commitment made by staff members that spend eleven days with the boys; undertaking the same experience together. The other important element is that the boys undertake this experience together as a year level at the same time.
Finally, with the introduction of iPads to all boys in Years 9 and 10, I’d like to remind parents to read the iPad Programme Information Booklet that has lots of useful information and recommendations. You can refer to the booklet here, and it is stored under ‘Important Documents’ on the website.
Please join us at the Friends of Midnite meeting on 1 September from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in the Christ Church Drama Centre Foyer and meet other parents who are keen to see Pericles be the success it can be. I cannot understate how helpful it would be for each parent to contribute in some way to this mammoth spectacle.
Click HERE to read the letter to parents.
Click HERE to download the Pericles final cast list.
Click HERE to download the rehersal schedule.
Volunteers are needed to host an event at home, similar to the previous curry night which will require everyone to BYO their food and supplies. We also require help to set up the event and to tidy up afterwards. A venue which can hold aproximately 50 people will be needed.
Please register your interest by contacting Trish on 0408 073 881 or email email@example.com
This is a call to all Year 9 and 10 students. UWA, ECU and Curtin Universities are hosting The Science Experience from 17 to 19 January 2012. This experience includes 3/4 days of the wonders of science and technology. The programme includes; experiments, lectures, an opportunity to learn about careers in science, engineering and technology. The cost is approximately $110 but we might be able to organise Rotary sponsorship. For more information ask your son to see Mr Michael Masterton.
The WA Young Innovator of the Year 2011 Program is designed to help young people develop their ideas. From gadgets that fix a problem, gizmos to fill a need, or services that will excite - all inventions are welcome.
Visit the Scitech website and register for the program to start receiving mentoring guidance and weekly newsletters with tips to help develop your innovation ideas. Submissions must be received by 4.00pm, Friday 2 September, 2011.
Open to innovators aged 14 to 16 years on September 2, 2011. To be eligible for a prize, participants must electronically submit a written report describing their innovation, plus a display or model demonstrating the concept. See the website for details. Open to WA participants only.
Selected finalists will be notified and asked to transport their displays to Scitech where they will be judged by an expert panel at the final judging event and the winners announced. All participants must agree to have photos of their innovation displayed electronically at the final judging event and on the Scitech website.
School photographs taken by our regular school photographer, Photo Hendriks, are available for purchase by students and parents. Order forms have been distributed to students in the Senior School and these forms should have been forwarded to parents.
Students / Parents will be able to purchase a variety of photo packages that include:
• Individual portrait photos
• The House group photo
Order forms, together with payment, are to be returned to the School Marshals office by Friday 19th August. Orders will then be received through the school within three weeks.
Additionally, website details and a pass word are contained on the order form which will allow online purchase of Mitre magazine photos:
• Sports group photographs (Summer and Winter 1st Teams)
• Swimming Squad; Rowing Squad
• Cadet photos (Army Cadets, Surf Life Cadets and ENCOMM)
• Year 12 Photographs – Class of 2011; Year 1 to 12 @ CCGS
The 2011 Secondary School House Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 1 September at the WA Athletics Stadium, next to Challenge Stadium. The stadium has very good facilities for athletes and spectators and we anticipate an excellent day of competition.
All Christ Church students in Years 7-12 are expected to attend the House Athletics Carnival. The dress for all boys is House singlet/polo shirt and House winter top, School tracksuit pants or PE shorts, white socks and joggers. All boys must wear House Top when competing.
Parents are most welcome to attend and are asked to sit in the seats at the east end by the finish line, or with the boys in House areas. Alcohol consumption is not permitted. Programmes will be available from the results desk near the finish line during the day. A copy of the event timetable is on the school web site.
Parking will be available on the northern side of the Challenge Stadium. The entrance is off Stephenson Avenue at the same point of entry as if you were arriving for a swimming carnival. Follow the signs at the roundabout. Challenge Stadium is a busy place at this time, so an early arrival is suggested to avoid missing the start.
Challenge Stadium charges an entrance fee of $3.00 for all non-student spectators. Cashiers are located at the entry points. Students do not have to pay on entry.
Public transport to the AK Reserve is limited. However, school buses provide transport for the boys to and from the stadium from the school. The buses leave the School at 8.00am and depart the Stadium at approximately 2.15pm. Boys wishing to use the School buses are asked to advise their Head of House. Boys travelling by car should ensure that return transport is arranged prior to the carnival as access to telephones at AK Reserve is restricted.
The venue will be open to athletes and spectators from 8.30am and the programme commences promptly at 9.00am. Drinks and food will be available from the kiosk along the main concourse. You may wish to take your own food and drinks to avoid queues.
It is anticipated that the Carnival, including the presentation of trophies, will be completed by 2.10pm. All boys are expected to remain seated in their House area until that time and will be dismissed by their Head of Houses.
We look forward to seeing you there.
To view the Athletics programme for 2011 please click HERE
Don't miss these presentations by international tour guests, Hanson Robotics, as they explore their world of robotics technology, science and vision. Hear them talk about human-like robotics, the mechanics of robot faces, intelligent software, bio-inspire nanotech materials, cognitive science using robots and the application of these robots in research and the arts
National Science Week celebrates the importance of science to our lives.
National Science Week celebrates the importance of science to our lives.
The week will run between 13 and 21 August. There will be a number of public and school events taking place during that week. Details about these events will be published in the newspapers and are available from the web at http://www.scienceweek.gov.au/YourState/WA/Pages/default.aspx so keep your eyes open. There will also been special activities taking place throughout the week at the School. For more information ask your science teacher closer to the date and read the Daily Bulletin closely.
Many thanks to Senior School parents using the Absentee Line - 9442 1777 for your son’s absence.
A reminder that this is a 24 hour service available to you to inform us if your son is absent for any reason i.e. illness, medical, dental, music lesson, late, etc. Please state clearly his particulars, eg, Name, House, Year and Tutor. If your son is absent for more than 2 days please inform your Tutor or Head of House.
If you would prefer to sms your message, please text to 0428 937 350 which is the designated absentee number (you cannot call this number, text only).
For the Preparatory School absentees, parents will need to contact the Preparatory Reception on 9442 1666.
Open Day showcases UWA’s courses, facilities, and key research endeavours, and prospective students, families and the community at large are all welcome to attend.
Included in this year’s program is a guest speaker series. UWA graduate Patrick Hollingworth will talk about how he overcame his fear of heights to climb Mt Everest and Peter Quinn will speak about the oldest scientific endeavour of mankind, astronomy.
For more information about UWA’s Open Day, the Guest Speaker Series and all the activities taking place on the day please go to http://www.open.uwa.edu.au/what
'Reconciling with a broken world' - 15 August
We are inviting staff and students to join in the next Conversations on Tap on Monday, 15 August 2011 at 5.45pm in Foley Hall [ND1], Mouat Street, Fremantle “Reconciling with a broken world” Presented by Una Glennon (author of Ciara’s Gift: Grief edged with gold) Donations appreciated. Light refreshments served. Please rsvp to Stacie O’Neill on 9433 0581 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Melbourne University – Lunch and information session for Interstate students
The University of Melbourne will be holding their annual Open Day on Sunday 21 August.
The Office of Admissions will be hosting a special information session and lunch for students and parents from interstate who visit us on this day. See attached flyer.
Skills West Expo will provide insight into skill-short industries and opportunities across WA including health & community, hospitality & tourism, retail, transport a& logistics, resources, manufacturing, construction & infrastructure, financial and insurance services.
WA universities, TAFE and a wide range Group Training Organisations will also be on hand for information on education and training to develop a graduate or vocational career.
Venue: Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
Dates: 9.00am – 4.00pm Friday 19 August
9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 20 August
10.00am – 4.00pm Sunday 21 August
New York University Abu Dhabi Information Evening
Abu Dhabi seeks top high school students from all backgrounds and from around the world who are at the top of their class, intellectually engaged, passionately committed to positive change, and interested in joining an internationally diverse student body.
Please join the NYUAD information session in Perth: Place: Pan Pacific Hotel 207 Adelaide Terrace Date: Monday 15 August
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Space is limited so please reserve your place by Thursday, August 11 by emailing email@example.com. Please include the name of each person attending and their relation to the prospective student. Also include any dietary restrictions we should be aware of.
The Western Australian Institute of Fashion and Textiles – Open Day
25, 26 & 27 August 2011
Polytechnic West Bentley Campus
Learn more about the most highly regarded fashion training provider in WA.
Please click HERE to download the flyer.
‘Ski & Snowboard Instructor Internship Programs’ in North America.
We are now taking applications for these positions which will commence in December 2011.
This is a fantastic opportunity for school leavers because it gives them an opportunity to obtain paid employment in Canada and complete an internationally recognised ski or snowboard instructing qualification. I would be grateful if you could inform interested students, in their last or second to last year of high school, of this opportunity.
Successful applicants will receive:
A GUARANTEED offer of employment as a Ski or Snowboard Instructor
Early season orientation, instructor training and accommodation package - Everything sorted so all you have to do is ski or ride!
Canadian Instructor Association membership and level one ski or snowboard examination (CSIA / CASI International Certification)
Training, support and further qualifications throughout the season
Assistance and support with obtaining Working Holiday Visas, flights and insurances (in partnership with STA Travel)
We are looking for school leavers who:
Have a passion for skiing or snowboarding (beginner to advanced ability welcome)
Have a willingness to learn through training and working
Have an interest in travel and adventure
Are available between November and April
Will be 18 years of age by November
Are looking for a life changing experience
Have the financial support to participate (the all inclusive program costs start at approx $5000)
This will give them some really handy (and FREE!) information, tips and advice on taking a winter season and entering the ski industry.
Notre Dame 2012 Early Offer Program
Year 12 students who have a predicted ATAR of 90 or above have the opportunity to apply for Notre Dame's 2012 Early Offer Program. If a student is successful in their application they will receive a place in their desired course before they sit the final TEE examination. This allows them to face the exams with reduced stress and added confidence. The Application Booklet is available from Ms Jody Clarke. Closing date Friday 5 August.
Why Antipodeans Abroad?
With a range of gap year options, it may be difficult to determine what programs are most suitable for students. There are a number of reasons why Antipodeans Abroad is one of the leading gap year providers including:
• Over 13 years experience working with Australian students in developing countries
• Australian based head office
• Intensive pre-departure preparation and training including two-day Training Course
• Extensive risk management experience and practice
• Volunteers ALWAYS travel in small groups of students from across Australia
• Managed placements in-country in conjunction with local In-country Agents
• 24-hour support & back up
• 24 hour medical consultant at Travellers Medical and Vaccination Clinic
• Partnership with Student Flights to ensure students are on same flights
• Premium travel insurance
Curtin University Scholarships 2012
Curtin University Scholarships Office is now calling for nominations from 2011 Year 12 students for the following scholarships: The John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship
Create Your Future Scholarship
Curtin Principal's Recommendation Award
Nomination forms for these scholarships are available for download HERE.
The entire scholarship program is available on the Curtin website.
Extended Season of 'Antigone' - Saturday 20 August now on sale
Due to overwhelming demand Midnite's 'Antigone' has extended it season. Do not miss the opportunity to see this epic tragedy. The last 3 performance sold out within days of tickets being released for sale. So go to midnite.ccgs.wa.edu.au and book your tickets now.
‘Friends of Music' has secured one of WA’s finest instrumentalists, Grammy Award-winner Lucky Oceans (Zydecats), to entertain boys and adults alike with his amazing pedal steel guitar and stories of his musical life from the USA to Fremantle. Tickets will be strictly limited. Book online now at www.trybooking.com/TEQ.
In January 2012 we embark on the eighth Pilgrimage of Hope to Kolkata, where we will continue to build on the success of previous pilgrimages working alongside Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Sisters, helping them to serve the ‘poorest of the poor’.
Places are open to students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 in 2012 and a group of 15 adults (parents from the schools involved in POH or parish). An information evening will be held on Thursday 28 July, 6.30pm – 8.00pm in the Senior School Staff Room. The application form is available on the website www.thepilgrimageofhope.com. For further information, please email Brother James at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0407 399 953. The POH11 India DVD is also available for viewing. Please call in to the office to borrow a copy.
Positive sexual health and relationship education for children
In response to advice from WA parents, WA Health has developed Talk Soon. Talk Often. A guide for parents talking to their kids about sex. This free parent resource outlines the importance of good communication, family values, and how to initiate regular and relaxed conversations about sexuality and relationships. To order a copy please go to www.public.health.wa.gov.au/2/1276/2/parentcaregiver.pm
Free School Dental Service - how to enrol
The School Dental Service continues to provide free general and preventative dental care for all enrolled students from Pre-Primary to Year 11. Your child can continue to go to the same Dental Therapy Centre attended in primary school, or you can contact a new centre if it is more convenient. If you are not enrolled and wish to do so, please contact:
Swanbourne Dental Therapy Centre
C/o Primary School
Youth on Health Performing Arts Festival - YOH Fest 2011 -
See your local schools battle it out for a spot in YOH Fest 2011 Grand Final. For further information please click HERE to download the flyer.
Global Health Short Course
The Global Health Short Course (GHSC) is a 7 week public lecture series started in 2009 by Interhealth, WAMSS’s (West Australian Medical Students Society) Global Health group. Each week guest speakers will provide talks and discussions around various important International Health issues, while sharing their own personal experiences and highlighting ways in which the audience can contribute to the cause. Stalls from a number of volunteer organisations will also be set up each week, allowing opportunities for attendees to ask questions, learn about and get involved in various volunteer and humanitarian programs.
To view further information and schedual of events, please click HERE to download the information flyer.
Autism West speaker presentations
Autism West is delighted to be hosting this special event with Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant, International Educator and Author.
Following Julies key note speaking engagement at the International Mindd forum in Sydney she will visit Perth for a one off presentation on:
Why and how autism diets help children improve
Benefits for children with Autism
Scientific rationale for healing diets
Overview of effective autism diet options
Practical steps for getting started, boosting nutrition, and tips for picky eaters.
The event is on Sunday 21 August 8.45am – 1.45pm at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, Nedlands. Please book early to avoid disappointment & make the most of this special opportunity. Visit www.nourishinghope.com to register online.
AMPFEST Heats for 2011
AmpFest 2011 is a live music contest open to original bands, duos and solo acts. Over $10,000 worth of prizes and valuable industry experience are up for grabs.
AmpFest is designed by young people for young people and has been running since 2003. The Youth Advisory Councils of Claremont, Mosman Park, Subiaco and Peppermint Grove have formulated AmpFest to offer valuable professional development skills for young unsigned acts and provide a series of safe and fun events for the local community.
Safe social networking - family-friendly Facebook and beyond - Saturday 12 November
Facebook and other social networking sites are here to stay, so rather than avoiding them or not knowing quite what your children are doing on them, get educated and involved. ‘Safe Social Networking’ will introduce you to social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, give you facts about their safety and privacy, and offer strategies to ensure you and your family do social networking in a safe and fun way.
Nominations for the 2011 Mosman Park Volunteer Awards are now open! If you know someone in the community who helps out "for the love of it" the Town of Mosman Park encourages you to give them a pat on the back and nominate them for one of the nine category awards.
Nominations close 19 August 2011. Awards will be announced at the Mosman Park Volunteers Function taking place on Friday 21 October 2011.
Please click HERE to download the nomination form.
Local Legends - 2010 Mosman Park Volunteer Award Winners
To view a list of the 2010 local legend award winners please click HERE
When you give, you get so much more - You could win a 42” Plasma Television!
As part of National Asthma Week, the Asthma Foundation WA we are conducting a street appeal on Friday the 2nd of September in the Perth CBD. Proceeds of the appeal will go towards the continuation of asthma related services to the 225,000 Western Australians living with asthma. Christ Church Grammar students are invited to help this worthy cause and assist in the street appeal. Students have the option of 3 time slots; 7.30am-9.00am, 12.00pm-1.30pm, or 4.30pm-6.00pm. As an incentive, the person who raises the most money on the day will win a 42” plasma TV! Please contact James Garnaut at the Asthma Foundation WA if you and some friends are able to help. James.email@example.com or 0401 440 126.
Under 10 year old cricket at the WACA
For more information on how to join up for up for under 10s cricket go to www.waca.com.au