Friday 3 September, 2010
As members of the wider School community are aware, 2010 is a Strategic Planning year for the School. With the support of Barrington Consulting and Meelup Management, Term 3 has been designated as the consultative phase of this process. Under the directorship of Mr Chris Weiner (a former parent) this is the fifth year that Meelup Management has administered our Community Online Survey on behalf of the School. The results of previous surveys, which can be found here have been pivotal to the ongoing strategic plans that have unfurled our intent since 2006. This year’s survey is particularly important for it is both summative of our last plan and formative of our new Vision as we look towards the graduate of 2030. The 2010 survey has been significantly shortened while some new questions have been added. Parents in Years 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, along with boys in Years 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 and all teaching and support staff are invited to have their say through this instrument (most of the boys won’t get a choice!). If you are the abovementioned groups, please click here to access the 2010 Survey. Parents outside of these year groups are able to make comment, but such comment will not impact upon the longitudinal data of this survey. The School’s use of this survey, although not unique in Australian schools, has been at the leading edge of quality ongoing consultation with key stakeholders around school performance and direction.
In the News
Visit the News page of the School website to catch up with these stories:
- Christ Church Makes National Future Problem Solving Finals
- Queenslea House take out Athletics Honours in Centenary Year
- Choose a Cheese Sandwich Over a Tuna Sandwich: For Science’s Sake
- Health Centre Takes Commonsense Approach
- PE Head Inspires Students and Teachers Through Book
The news stories are written by members of Christ Church’s Community Relations team.
Blue and Gold Masquerade Party 18 September- tickets available
There are only two weeks to go until the Blue and Gold Party. Join us for a spectacular evening of entertainment with glimpses of the past, a celebration of the present and dreams of the future at the Blue and Gold Masquerade Party. You will be entertained by the 17 piece big swing band as you enjoy your evening meal accompanied by fine wines in an informal setting with friends in the new Gymnasium precinct.
This event promises to be one of the highlights of the CCGS Centenary year so organise a group of friends and book your tickets today. Click here to secure your tickets at $100 per person.
Please note that, due to the recent announcement from the Education Minister, we have amended our Term Dates for 2011. Click here for the updated version.
Property and Works
School Gymnasium Precinct Project
This photograph shows the latest progress on the School Gymnasium Precinct. The new building will be used as a multi-purpose hall facility. The undercroft area includes offices for the Property and Works Department, Cadets and two teaching spaces.
Have you moved address or changed your mobile number?
It is important that the School has the correct details (address, phone and email) in case we need to contact you urgently. If your details have changed recently, please contact the School on 9442 1555 so we can update our records.
At various times throughout the school year it becomes necessary to remind all members of the school community of the School Rules. Recently, there have been a number of instances of poor behaviour from small groups of students that have reflected badly on the School. I am seeking parental support to remind your sons of the principles that not only underline our school rules, but are conventions that will help them to become respectful members of the community in which they live.
The School believes that the only discipline of real significance is that which the individual imposes upon himself. These rules aim to make each boy aware of the value of self-control, orderliness and the need to cultivate a sense of responsibility for his own conduct and for the larger community of which he is part.
The number one rule is the “Commonsense Rule” which states that every boy should be thoughtful and considerate of others using his common sense. By way of example, this means that boys travelling on public transport should be giving up their seats for the elderly, they should be conscious of the language they use in public and also respect private and public property. It also assumes that boys of school age do know the difference between what is right and what is wrong. In recent assemblies I have also been reminding boys of the old adage “manners maketh the man”. A simple message that can be very helpful in reminding boys of how they may be judged.
HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
Study Skills Tip For September: What Are Study Skills?
Study skills are known by lots of different terms: effective learning skills, learning to learn skills, meta-cognitive skills, self-regulating skills, independent learning skills. Whatever you like to call these skills, they are the generic skills that help students work more effectively at home, manage their assignments and study efficiently for tests and exams.
Some of these skills you will develop as part of your experiences in particular subjects. Other skills are more focused on the way you approach your work at home. But why are these skills important?
Well firstly getting higher marks will certainly give you more choices about what you might do when you leave school. There is also a strong sense of satisfaction in knowing that you did your best so you can walk away without regret.
However the importance of developing study skills goes way beyond these two reasons. The study skills you develop at school are actually lifelong learning skills. Regardless of whether you stay in the same career for your whole life or change careers 10 times, you will continually have to be learning. You will have to be certified, meet certain regulations, learn new elements of your job, study to move to the next promotional level – you are going to be learning for your entire life, it doesn’t stop just because you leave school.
Through developing good study skills you are also developing personal management skills – how to make yourself do things when you don’t want to do it, how to ask for help, how to manage and organise your resources – all sorts of things that will contribute to your future success. People with strong learning skills and self-management skills are more ready to face the challenges of succeeding in what can be a very competitive world. So each time you manage to get yourself doing something you didn’t feel like doing, celebrate another success in the development of your personal strengths and abilities!
Working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au will help you develop and improve these essential skills.
Click on the What’s New button on the For Student tab to see everything else that has been added to the site this month such as tips for using technology to help you study.
Senior Teacher Librarian
TEE total offer intensive courses, co-ordinated by Christ Church, which run during school vacations to students for the TEE examinations. TEE teachers and TEE markers provide quality tutorials for small groups of students. Places are now available for the Term 3 holidays (27 September - 1 October). For further information, click here to be directed to the TEE total website.
The Removalists Performance - Friday 10 September
Year 11 and interested Year 10 students are encouraged to see a performance of The Removalists by David Williamson. For more details, click here.
Beyond Queenslea Drive 2011
Year 9 Parents will have received an email inviting them to apply for the Beyond Queenslea Drive Immersion Programme in 2011. To read reports from the students who were involved in the programme this year and to download an application form, please visit the Beyond Queenslea Drive page by clicking here.
Athletics training has commenced for the 2010 season. Full training details with regards to days, times and training venues can be found by clicking on this link.
Pre-season Football Tour to Melbourne 2011 - Register now
Once again the Football Club is embarking on a tour of Melbourne. The tour group will depart from Perth on Sunday, 24 April 2011 and return on Sunday, 1 May 2011. Cost of this all inclusive tour will be approximately $1800, depending on number of participants.
Tour highlights include: CCGS v 2 Melbourne Schools, MCG Museum, Docklands Stadium, ANZAC Day match between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG and ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Please click here for a copy of the itinerary and registration form.
Concerto Night - Friday 10 September
Tickets for Concerto Night are now available. Four Christ Church Year 12 students will be performing concerti along with Year 12 soloists from MLC. Concerto Night is happening on Friday 10 September at Hadley Hall, MLC and tickets can be purchased at http://www.trybooking.com/HCR.
Rock Workshop hosts old boy Mark McEntee - Friday 17 September
On Friday, September 17 (Week 9), the Music Department will be hosting guest artist old boy Mark McEntee (1972) at both Senior and Prep Rock Workshops in the Chapel. Mr McEntee was a founding member and lead guitarist of the Divinyls, who were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006, and is a member of the Australian rock elite. Mr McEntee will be visiting the Year 11 Rock workshop from 1.30pm, and the Prep Rock Workshop from 3.30pm. All students are welcome to attend as audience members, especially those with an interest in amplified instruments.
2011 China Tour
The Music Department is excited to announce plans for a 2011 tour to Beijing and Hong Kong. Please see Holly Norman (9442 1648) at the Music Department for more information about this great opportunity or visit the information sheet here. Expressions of interest close at the end of Term 3 so please return your form and tour deposit promptly.
Year 12 Instrumental Students
A reminder that Year 12 students do not receive instrumental lessons in Term 4, due to their reduced contact time at school. Any Year 12 students who wish to continue with instrumental lessons throughout Term 4 should discuss this with their instrumental teacher and notify Holly Norman in the Music Department prior to the end of Term 3.
2011 Humanities Tour to Greece and Italy
The Humanities Department is excited to announce the 2011 tour of Greece and Italy. This tour is a perfect complement to the Year 11 and 12 Ancient History course but is also open to all boys in Year 10,11 or 12 who want to experience the culture, history and sights of these incredible places. Visiting world famous historical sights such as the Acropolis, Sparta, Mycenae, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pompeii, Capri and Venice the tour will be a wonderful experience for any boy lucky enough to be able to go. Please contact Gareth Phillips in the Humanities Department (94421549) for more information about this great opportunity or click here for the information letter and draft itinerary. Places are limited so please return your form promptly.
Noake House Novelty Walk and Morning Tea - Saturday 4 September
Our fundraising event this year is the Noake Novelty Walk from Matilda Bay to Christ Church to raise money for the MS Society. Boys are to meet at the Hale School Boat Shed on the corner of Hackett Drive and Stirling Highway in time to start walking at 9.30am. Boys, staff and any other members of the Noake family who would like to join us will follow the walk/cycle path along the river and enter Jutland Parade via Iris Avenue. The route continues along Victoria Avenue to Christ Church. The walk will take approximately one and a half hours. A checkpoint is indicated on the map. Year 11 Peer Support Leaders and our House Prefect Team will provide leadership. Wear a novelty outfit (tasteful and brown with a hint of owl) with prizes for the best outfits.
Parents are invited to join us and meet other Noake House parents in the CCGS Refectory for morning tea after the walk, 11.00am - 12.00 noon. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
We hope you are able to support this event and look forward to seeing you there.
Click here to download the walk map.
M A Crawford
Head of House
Jupp House Bowls - Tuesday 14 September
Following the hugely successful inaugural Jupp Day on the Green, the Jupp boys and their families are again invited to Mosman Park Bowls Club on Tuesday 14 September, from 3.30pm to 6.00pm. Invitations have been sent home with boys and are to be returned to your son’s tutor by Tuesday 24 August. The day will involve Lawn Bowls, fundraising for this year’s charity (Parkerville Children and Youth Group) and our annual sundowner. A light afternoon tea is provided. We look forward to you joining us.
Head of Jupp House
TAFE Admissions 2011 - Open 5 September
Applications for TAFE open on 5 September. The closing date varies depending on the course. Click here to download an information sheet.
Notre Dame Admissions Information and Courses Expo - Tuesday 7 September
Notre Dame will be conducting an Admissions Information and Courses Expo on Tuesday 7 September 2010. The Expo starts at 5.30pm with a presentation at 6.15pm. The location is the new Teacher Education Building, Cnr Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle.
This evening is a fantastic opportunity for students to collect final course information and hear about the admissions process at Notre Dame before they hand in their 2011 applications. The Foundation Year program will also be explained, along with the various Study Abroad programs on offer to Notre Dame students.
For more information, please contact the Prospective Students Office on 9433 0533 or email email@example.com.
Central Life Information Evening - Wednesday 8 September
At Central Institute of Technology we want to help you make decisions and focus on your future career. You can find out what your future life will look like at Central at our Central Life Information Evening Wednesday 8 September 2010.
What will be happening at Central Life?
You will be able to speak with our lecturers about which Central courses and careers may be right for you. There will be the opportunity to talk with our staff about our campuses, state-of-the-art facilities and services available to students. Chat to our career counsellors and find which course might be right for you. You can learn about how to apply and enrol for full-time study and also about our part-time study options, online and short courses, traineeships and apprenticeships. Our university pathways arrangements with leading WA universities will also be featured at Central Life. Have a coffee and a chat and find out what your future life will look like at Central.
RSVP and WIN! Would you like to come along? Find out all of the details and RSVP using the form on our Central Life Information Evening website at www.central.wa.edu.au/centrallife for your chance to win one of ten double passes to the movies. Hope to see you at Central Life and studying at Central soon!
Can’t make it to the night? No problem. To help decide your next step take a look at our website at www.central.wa.edu.au, call us on 1300 300 822 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help you.
ECU Prospective Student Information Evenings in September
You are invited onto campus for an evening of information and inspiration. These evenings provide prospective students and their families with the opportunity to access the information they need to make informed choices about studying at ECU including university admission, subject selection, scholarships and a host of other issues. The night will open with a presentation then an Expo for specific questions.
Tuesday 7 September, Building 32
Mount Lawley Campus
Monday 13 September, Building 13
Please register and see other events listed at http://www.ecu.edu.au/future-students/events
For further information, please contact ECU on 13 43 28 or email email@example.com
Notre Dame University Admissions Guide 2011 - Close Thursday 30 September
Notre Dame is not a member of TISC and requires that students submit a separate application to the University. The 2011 Admissions Guide, which includes a tear-out application form, is now available from Ms Clarke. The due date for applications is Thursday 30 September 2010, 4pm.
Photography Competition - ‘Engineering for People’
The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at The University of Western Australia would like to invite students of all ages to enter its inaugural ‘Engineering for People’ Photography Competition. The photography competition is an initiative which aims to encourage photographers of all levels (both professional and amateur) to submit work that explores the place and role that engineers can play in people’s lives. Entrants are encouraged to think about the role engineering plays in society and consider the ways in which engineering can involve people in a participatory way, contribute to the development of basic human needs and serve diverse communities.
Entries will be judged on the entrant’s demonstrated skill and ability, how the work addresses the subject matter and originality and creativity. The competition will open at 9.00am on Monday, 9 August 2010 and close at 4.00pm on Friday, 29 October 2010. Download a flyer here for more information.
LW PARRY PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Yesterday the Year 4 – 6 boys got together for their first full training session for the Prep School Athletics Carnival. The focus for our carnivals is full participation as every boy earns House Points for taking part. Having said that, I know the boys are trying their best to cross the line first! The carnivals are as follows:
· The Early Learning Centre Athletics Carnival will commence at 10.00am on Tuesday, 14 September on the Senior School Oval. Parking will be available on the Prep School Oval.
· Year 4 - 6 Jump Finals will be held at 3.00pm-4.30pm on Monday, 13 September on the Prep School Oval.
· The Years 4 - 6 Athletics Carnival will be held from 11.00 until 2.30pm on Thursday, 16 September at the Mt Claremont Playing Fields.
Night of the Arts - Monday 20 September 6.00pm
We are three weeks away from our annual celebration of the Arts and our artists are finalising their masterpieces and putting the finishing touches to their performances. The Night of the Arts, the start to the Week of the Arts, is the opening to the art exhibition and a showcase of various music ensembles. The Night of the Arts will open in the Chapel forecourt at 6.00pm with a break dancing performance and brief opening ceremony. This year we want as many boys as possible to attend the opening and enjoy the exhibition and performances.
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day - Friday 24 September
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is also fast approaching and invitations have been sent home. The day commences with an Assembly commencing at 8.50am, followed by time in classes with the boys and finishing with a morning tea. We look forward to seeing as many grandparents and special friends as possible on the day.
HEAD OF THE LW PARRY PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Subject Selection Forms for Year 7 2011
Year 6 Parents are reminded that the opportunity to select subjects for Year 7 2011 close on Wednesday 7 September. Please ensure your son returns his form by the due date.
Friends of the Library and Archives Afternoon Tea - Friday 10 September
You are invited to Afternoon Tea in the Prep Library between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Friday 10 September.
This is an informal get together to get to know other parents who help in the library. Brother James will talk about the Pilgrimage of Hope and all the pilgrimages that are now running.
RSVP to Mary Hookey in the Prep Library 9442 1722 or Therese Brand firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heartkids Fundraiser - Wednesday 15 September
Did you know that six babies are born every day with heart disease? That is over 2000 a year. Heart disease is the leading cause of infant death in Australia ,accounting for 30% of deaths. Childhood heart disease takes more lives than all other childhood diseases combined- twice that of cancers.
The boys in Years 3 and 5 will be holding a "Cuppa for Kids" fundraiser on Wednesday 15 September, 10.40am – 11.00am in the Chapel Forecourt. Tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and nibbles will be on sale for $1 - $3, with proceeds going to the HeartKids charity. Donations would be greatly appreciated. For further information about this charity, please visit the website www.heartkids.org.au.
Cecilia Donova, from Heartkids is coming along to see all our wonderful boys enjoy this day and also give a small talk in Chapel at 11.50am. Parents are invited to come along and find out more details about Heartkids and heart disease in children.
Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 15 September
The Parents' Association AGM will be held Wednesday 15 September, 7.30pm in the Senior School Staff Room. The office bearers and committee, and Auxiliary office bearers will be elected for the coming year at this meeting. Please click here to read the minutes from 2009 and here to read the Agenda for the 2010 AGM.
Celia Lashlie Live – A talk on growing gorgeous boys into good men
Adolescent boys – they seem to disappear into another world where they barely communicate, and where fast cars, alcohol and drugs are constant temptations. Will they survive to become good men? How can parents and schools understand and help them through this difficult and dangerous time?
Celia Lashlie has some of the answers. After years of working in the prison service she knows what can happen when boys make the wrong choices. She also knows what it’s like to be a parent – she raised a son on her own and feared for his survival. During the recent Good Man Project she talked to 180 classes of boys throughout New Zealand and what she found was surprising, amusing and, in some cases, frightening. She has continued to work with many more schools in New Zealand and Australia on this work.
This is a recording of one of the hundreds of speaking engagements that Celia has given in New Zealand and Australia since the launch of her international best-selling book ‘He’ll Be OK – Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men’.
With support from the Parents Association, Celia Lashlie has visited Christ Church Grammar School for the past years and spoken to both boys and their parents. If you would like to hear her messages again – or were unable to come along to the public meeting in July, audio copies of Celia’s talk are available for purchase at the main school reception at a cost of $20.00 each.
Year 4 Parents Cocktail Event - Friday 3 September
Year 4 parents and teachers are invited to Mosman's Restaurant, Mosman Park for a cocktail event on Friday 3 September. Enjoy delicious canapés, curry and dessert, plus beer and wine (red, white and sparkling) from 7.00pm until 9.00pm. Please RSVP by sending numbers and payment to your individual class rep.
Year 3 Family Afternoon - Saturday 4 September
Year 3 Family Rollerskating Afternoon 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Rolloways Leisure Centre, 352a South Street, O’Connor
All year 3 boys and family members are invited to join us for a fun afternoon of roller-skating. The cost per person to skate (including skate hire and entrance) is $8 and can be paid on arrival. Food and refreshments are available to purchase at the venue. Please RSVP to Jess Mahony at email@example.com
Year 12 Mothers’ Evening Drinks - Wednesday 8 September
Evening Drinks for all year 12 mums will be held on Wednesday 8 September between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at 19 Hill Terrace, Mosman Park. BYO. For further information contact Cath Witherow on 9386 8476 or Jenny Rawlinson on 9384 1179.
Year 3 Parents' Function - Wednesday 8 September
The class mothers of year 3 invite you all to join us for a casual get together at Cottesloe's newest Champagne Wine Bar, Elba located in Napoleon Street. We would love you all to join us from 7.00pm on Wednesday 8 September for a glass of wine and if you wish to stay on and enjoy their exciting Tapas Menu. So we have an idea of numbers and if you have any queries could you please contact either Jodi Coleman (3CH) on firstname.lastname@example.org 0407 233 520 or Nikki Love (3GH) on email@example.com 0416 096 669 no later than Monday 6 September.
Hope to see you all there,
Jess, Jodi, Libby and Nikki.
Year 9 Parents Morning Coffee - Thursday 9 September
Year 9 parents are invited to a coffee morning at Cimbalino, 105 Waratah Ave, Dalkeith on Thursday 9 September at 10.00am. Buy your own coffee and cake! Any queries please call Karin O’Malley on 0408812278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 7 Parents Pre-Party Drinks – Saturday 18 September
Thinking about attending the CCGS Blue & Gold Masquerade Party but unsure because you are either going alone or new to the school? To break the ice, join us for pre-party drinks from 6.00pm at 705 Claremont Residence, St Quentin’s Avenue and meet a few parents before crossing the road to school to join in the fun! Please RSVP to Susan Montanari on 0488 975517 or email email@example.com.
Susan Montanari, Trish Hawkins & Tracy White
Year 7 Reps
Year 11 Parent and Son Sports Evening - 19 September
A Year 11 parent and son sports evening will be held at Revolution Sports, 37 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park between 5.00pm and 7.00pm on Sunday, 19 September. Tickets will be approximately $20 per person (depending on numbers). Contact Gwen Emms on 0418 905 809 to book your spot or obtain more information.
Term 3 Volunteer Roster Now Available
The Canteen requires volunteers every day of the school term. If you would like to support us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that volunteers are required to tie their hair back and wear enclosed shoes for safety reasons. An apron will be supplied and free parking is available in the Claremont shopping precinct. Click here to view the volunteers roster for Term 3.
Uniform Shop - Volunteers Urgently Needed Please
New Summer Stock Arrivals
If you have an hour or two to spare we would sincerely appreciate your help in the Uniform Shop, to help us manage our new Summer stock deliveries. The most crucial times are Wednesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, and Friday mornings, but of course you are also most welcome on Mondays.
New Student Appointment Days
Do you remember your first trip to the Uniform Shop, when you saw your son transformed into a Christ Church Grammar School student? The person who helped you on this day was most likely another mother who volunteered her time. It is now time once again when we ask for volunteer help from our parent community, so that we may continue to offer this unique service to our new 2011 students and their parents. We have time slots of just 3 hours each, on the 30 November and 2 December 2010, and the 18, 20, 25 and 28 January 2011.
Whilst it may seem a little daunting to take this on, the staff at the Uniform Shop have formulated a process which is very simple to follow.
Therefore, if you could please consider carrying this kindness you once received forward to the next generation of CCGS families, please contact the staff at the Uniform Shop on 9442 1716, and they would be delighted to add your name to the roster.
Don Fraser Club
Photos from the 2009/10 season
The Don Fraser Club is selling a compilation of photos from the 2009/10 season. The CDs are available for purchase from School Reception for $10.00 each.
Gravity Discovery Centre School Holiday Programme
The Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin is hosting a range of special holiday activities. Go on bush tucker walks and learn about model rockets and remote controlled helicopters during the day. Then at night discover the cosmos and nocturnal wildlife. For more information visit the Gravity Discovery Centre website at www.gravitycentre.com.au or contact them on 9575 7577 or email@example.com. Click here to download an information page.
UWA Vacation Care
October 2010 Vacation Care programme and vacancies for After School Care for children attending full time pre-primary to year seven primary school are available at the UWA Outside School Hours Care, 18 Parkway, Nedlands. Check details and enrol online at our website www.childcare.uwa.edu.au or phone Connie on 9389 1848 (centre) 0412237742 (mobile) or Jo and Karen on 9389 9433 for the program and enrolment forms.
Dolphins Water Polo Club
Dolphins Water Polo Club, situated at Claremont Pool, Davies Road, Claremont, is seeking new junior members for the coming 2010/2011 season. Registration is between 9.00am and 11.00am on Saturday 18 September. Contact the club on 0410 429 342 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download an information sheet.
City Beach Water Polo Club Requires Players
City Beach Walter Polo Club, based at Challenge Stadium, are targeting junior boys who might be interested in learning how to play water polo through our extremely well run Saturday morning Flippaball and Schools Competitions. The Club is also be conducting a Spring School Holiday Camp during the second week of the upcoming school break. The boys will be coached by Andrei “Kova” Kovalenko (CBWPC’s Head Coach who played in 3 Olympics for Soviet Union, Ukraine & Australia)
Please feel free to download the a flyer by clicking here and contact anyone from the Club, or simply turn up to one of our training sessions.
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club Holiday Training Courses
During the October school holidays Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club will be conduction two separate weeks of children's training courses. Courses will run from Monday to Friday each week. Enrolments are open to anyone interested in learning to sail or improving their existing skills. Participants in all courses must be able to swim and be water confident. For more information visit the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club website by clicking here or contact Club Development Officer, Barry Martin on 9384 9100.
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