Newsletter Edition 3 / 2023, March 6
Dear Emmanuel College Families,
We are already into the second week of Lent, and, harder to believe, the second half of term one. I have been so pleased by the number of parents, especially those of students new to the school, who have taken time to introduce themselves and comment on how their child has settled into the school year. I remind you that if at any time you have concerns about your child’s progress, or how they are managing at school, please make contact in the first instance with their homeroom teacher or mentor. We love to hear the good reports, but equally, we want to hear from you when you have concerns so we can work together early to address those concerns.
As we experience the weeks of Lent there are some fabulous resources and insights provided by Caritas Australia that help us understand what Project Compassion is and its relationship to Lent. The short video about Laxmi is a compelling story. From a school perspective it epitomises the transformative power of education. You may like to view the story here: https://www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion/laxmi-story-video
Opening School Mass
This week we celebrate our first whole school mass for 2023 in the Emmanuel Centre. Parents and families are most welcome to join us for this beginning of the school year mass. Guests are asked to be seated in the Emmanuel Centre for a 9.15am start. Please ensure you allow time for parking at this busy time of the day. Students are required to wear their full summer uniform including blazer. Students with sport lessons on the day are required to change into their PE uniform for their class. At the conclusion of mass, I will invite Fr. John Corrigan to bless and commission staff new to Emmanuel College this year and Fr. John will pray the following blessing:
New staff members of Emmanuel College: We bless and commission you to teach in this school community and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. As you work alongside us, you will be giving witness to your co-workers, your students and their parents, and to all who meet you in the wider community. We ask God’s blessing on you and wish you well as you begin your work and your experience as a valued member of this College Community.
Planning for our annual Open Evening is well underway. On Wednesday 22 March our doors will be open to visitors to view the College and imagine learning at Emmanuel. At the same time enrolments for 2024 are open. We are accepting enrolments into year seven 2024 and we invite interest in other year levels also. Enquiries can be made through Jo-Anne Nelson on 5560 0888. The enrolment application form is available now on the College website: https://www.emmanuel.vic.edu.au/enrolment
Parking, Drop Off & Pick Up Points
The following information is vital to every family that drives their children to school or collects them at the end of the day. To ensure the safety of students we ask parents to use one of the two drop off/pick up points in the school. Schools and surrounding roads are very busy for a short period of time before and after school with over a thousand students trying to make their way to and from school each day.
DROP OFF/PICK UP POINTS:
- Goold Centre (off Botanic Rd) - parents are asked to drive up the Goold road towards the building and turn left into the loop to drop off/pick up in the designated area. We ask parents not to enter this area before 3.15pm in the afternoon when picking up children.
- The Stage - (off Ardlie St) students are required to wait at the stage entrance area and parents are asked to drive through the staff car park to drop off/pick up children at this point.
The road beside the Emmanuel Centre and the car park behind the Emmanuel Centre are prohibited spaces for drop off and pick up. The car park behind the Emmanuel Centre is for staff and Year 12 students ONLY. It is not safe to have students being dropped off/picked up in this area as it gets very busy as the year goes on with Year 12’s in cars moving in and out of this space.
In my previous report I wondered which House would take out the 2023 swimming competition. Congratulations to McAuley House who were victorious fighting off strong competition from each of the other Houses. The atmosphere of the day and the spirit of competition were impressive. Congratulations also to our top swimmers who were very competitive in the Warrnambool and District competition last Friday at Aquazone winning all divisions. I wish them success and great competition as they move through to the next stage of competition. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Alastair Templeton for his excellent organisation of the event and thank you to staff for both still and drone photography and Montanna McDonald who compiled the video of the House competition. It displays better than my words the fun of the day and why we want all students to attend to experience the joy of belonging.
Click here to view.
Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP) update
Members of the Star of the Sea parish community are involved in the welcoming and resettlement of a refugee family. Supporters are currently raising funds for our family who will arrive later in the year. An online fundraising page has been set up to achieve this aim. We are aiming to raise $12,000 for the support of our family in their first months here. An invitation is extended to all in our community to think about ways to welcome them. Click here for more information or to donate.
Wishing you a great week. In particular I wish staff and students taking part in International Women’s Day on Wednesday a memorable day. Congratulations to the student leaders supported by the Wellbeing and ICT Teams who are running Girls Got Talent over lunch time.
Lord, let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you. Amen (Ps. 32 4-5)
St. Joseph: Pray for us. May the spirit of Catherine McAuley and
Edmund Rice guide us in all that we do. Amen.
Mr Peter Morgan
A Message from Mrs Claire Wrigley
Red Earth Fundraising
Late in term two, 24 students will travel to central Australia on the Red Earth Immersion, visiting indigenous communities. As part of this immersion students will work on a community project and in order to do this, we aim to raise $2500 with all funds going directly to the community project.
Our first fundraising event was a BBQ at our recent swimming sports. It was a most successful fundraiser with students raising $1206. This was made possible by generous donations from The Midfield Group- Sharnie McKenna and Brumby’s Northpoint - David McMahon. We thank Sharnie and David for their support.
Our next fundraiser is an Easter Egg raffle with a number of hampers up for grabs, students will be able to purchase tickets at school and we look forward to our school community supporting this raffle.
Fit4life Parent series - Year 7 Time & Space
A great night was held on Thursday Feb 23 with over 180 mothers/female mentors and children in attendance. A community panel of a parent and two year 8 students started the evening talking about their transition experience. This was followed by a small group activity where participants shared their personal experiences with transition followed by a moving session back in the Emmanuel Centre with treasured items being shared and a lovely reflection read by Zoe and her mum Karen. Many thanks to all the student leaders who helped out during the evening and the staff who volunteered their time to lead groups.
Supporting the Wellbeing of Our Young People
Kings College has offered our school community the opportunity to attend a wonderful presentation from Sharon Witt on Supporting the Wellbeing of Our Young People, to be held at King’s College Auditorium on Thursday 9 March 2023 at 7pm.
Sharon has been involved with supporting young people for over two decades in her role as a Secondary educator and author of 18 books. She is a regular media commentator on issues impacting adolescents, parenting and educational issues, making appearances on radio and television.
Sharon will be sharing the most recent research around what is most impacting the wellbeing of our young people, ten ways you can support the wellbeing of your young person and how to support the wellbeing of parents and carers.
Who should attend?
- Parents of children and/or teenagers
- Youth Leaders
- Anyone who works with children and/or teenagers
Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/CGEZB
Mrs Claire Wrigley
Assistant Principal - Students
What’s Happening in the Mathematics Faculty?
When: Wednesday Afternoon (3.45pm – 4.45pm)
Where: McAuley Campus Library
Students have the opportunity to get assistance with their Mathematics on Wednesday afternoon’s in the McAuley library. Look out for the Math’s teachers, bring your questions and get some help. It’s a great opportunity to work on those areas that you may not fully understand or consolidate the work that has been covered in your class.
Maths Pathway Information Session
Date: Tuesday 7th March
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Wyton Theatre (The Stage), Emmanuel College
Parents in Year 7 and 8 are invited to attend an Information Session on Maths Pathway.
The purpose of this information session is to help you understand the Maths Pathway program used at year 7 and 8 at Emmanuel College. Our aim is to provide you with an understanding of the program so that you can support your child when they are completing maths homework. You will also have an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have with the program.
We have enlisted the help of a year 9 student who will give you an insight to how the program is used, demonstrating the different parts of Maths Pathway, including showing examples of the work covered over the course of the two years the program.
Invites have been distributed through Operoo.
MAV Mathematics Camp for Year 10 Regional students
Date: Monday 26th June – Friday 30th June
Location: Melbourne CBD (TBC)
In 2023 the MAV popular and successful Mathematics Camp for Year 10 Regional students will be a face to face event. The mathematics camp brings together high potential rural and regional students to experience what a career in some of the most exciting organisations in the STEM industry look like.
The aim of the program is to provide a chance for students to gather, with like-minded peers and work in small groups to explore hands-on, industry problems. Students will work in a team to complete a real-world mathematics project.
Students will be required to complete an application for one of the twenty-four spots available. The camp will be at NO cost to students.
Further information and the application form can be accessed using:
If you have any questions regarding the information above feel free to email Richard Hodson (email@example.com)
Mr Richard Hodson
Student Voice - Year 7 Camp Reflections
I really enjoyed surfing - the part that made it great was seeing everyone who didn't know how to stand up or surf properly jump in the water and give it a go! ( which is hard to do for some people)
I got to get a little closer to some new people in my class and other classrooms, which was also a nice thing to experience. The thing that made me laugh the most was probably when I was laughing too hard in my cabin for no reason at all when we were supposed to be asleep!
I would not change a thing about camp, It was an amazing adventure and I can't wait to go on the many more camps at emmanuel! Overall i would give this camp a 10/10!!
I loved going surfing because I got to laugh with other people and be in the ocean. I met April who is in 7I and she made me laugh a lot. After I went home I told mum about April and she said we used to be good friends at swimming when we were younger. If i could change anything about camp I think it would be the groups, I only was able to get to know a few people in my group but I would've liked to branch out a bit more.
I enjoyed making tons of new friends! I met a lot of new people and learnt many new things about them. I experienced new things such as stand up paddle boarding and surfing. I enjoyed the night walk down to see the birds coming in. This camp was a definite 10!! I had so much fun. thank you for the great experience.
I enjoyed finding the crabs at the beach and then making Mr Weymouth's family! I ended up knowing some other peoples names but don't hang out with them as I love my friends I have at the moment. Lots of things made me laugh but one of the funniest was teaching Molly how to dab people up was very funny. I don't think I would have changed anything as it was really fun and a good experience. I definitely loved this camp and I rate it a 10/10
Camp was so good to make friends and build stronger relationships with the people we already knew. I came out of camp with so many friends and memories to last forever. Even though it was just in Port Fairy it was still a great experience!
The first three words that come to my mind when I think about camp are I LOVED IT.
At camp I made a heap of new friends. The activities were great we did cool things like surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, the pool, boat ride, ice cream and lots more.
I think Emmanuel is so lucky to have that camp and that the next year year 7's will love it.
The part I enjoyed the most of camp would have to be making new friends and hanging out with new people. I got to know heaps of new people I didn’t know before from being mixed up in groups and I found out that some of them do the same sports as me. My friends made laugh on camp and when something funny happed one the activities. If I could do any thing different on camp I would be to go to bed earlier so I was not tired on the activities.
Out of ten I would give it an 8 because some times it would be really hard when we had to walk every were and your legs would be jelly at the end of the day.
On camp I really enjoyed making new friends and all the activities we did. My top three favourite activities that we did were surfing, stand up paddle boarding and the boat cruise/ice - cream.
I would rate camp a 9/10 because it was really fun making new friends and doing all the activities
I loved camp so much. It was so kind that the teachers gave up their time to do that for us and give us that opportunity. Going to see the Mutton birds was amazing to see. I loved getting wet and giving everything a go! It was an amazing experience and thank you to all the teachers.
I thoroughly enjoyed camp, especially the walk to the lighthouse. It was a great opportunity to spot native wildlife. I even made a new friend. He and I have so much in common and we really get along. If it weren't for camp, I wouldn't have my new friend. Thanks to all the students, staff and parents who made camp possible, especially the parents who volunteered their time to make meals for everyone.
Student Voice - Swimming Carnival
What a day! Thanks to the outstanding commitments from teachers across the board of the school, all students attended the Swimming Sports Carnival on Tuesday the 21st of February. Thanks to the amazing facilities at Aquazone, students were able to enjoy the indoor pool for their novelty events as well enjoying the warm Warrnambool sun. The day was full of pride and enthusiasm as students and faculty from all houses participated in a variety of swimming competitions to earn points for their houses. It was great to see kids of all ages participating and spreading positivity throughout the day encouraging each other to try their best! As a senior school cohort it was our job to provide encouragement and lead by example as well as connecting the colleges theme of Courage to Climb into all aspects of the day. Thanks to the wellbeing team an art mural was set up representing a mountain where students were encouraged to write there names as they travel through the year each on their own journey. It was great to see students representing all the house colours, cheering under one banner as McAuley were the lucky winners, credited to their persistence and passion. In all it was a great day, as the school looks towards the Athletics House Cup!
On the 21st of February, Emmanuel has one of the most exciting days of the year. Where everyone no matter their grade or house can get together, to celebrate. 2023 …. ANNUAL EMMANUEL SWIMMING CARNIVAL.
And wow I was shocked to see how many people had dressed up in their colours. Although I was most excited for the people who dressed in blue (totally not my house colour). Everyone wore either shirts or tutus and brightly coloured wigs. The anticipation was well deserved for this, as we each proudly displayed our house anthems as if we were protesting.
As we crossed the campus to aquazone, we made sure to make a lot of noise for the Egan team with the yr 12s bringing megaphones which was a blast to say the least. So finally once we arrived at the pool with the different coloured tents set. And once everyone was openly greeted by Mr Wrigley the new tradition of all the Yr 12s from the four houses jumping into the pool was introduced and given scores by the Head of Houses. It was time…. LET THE RACES BEGIN.
All the races went swimmingly, the freestyle and the relays were my favourite. I also gave my support and participation in the backstroke 50ms 15 years old, in the end I lost but it's not about winning but about participation and supporting your house. I really appreciate how the school goes out of their way to continue doing the art and activities areas around the pool. As I remember it from as early as year 8 they have never let me down. I also enjoyed munching on the delicious sausages the school was selling for a great cause, to fund the Red Earth trip and to help everyone with lots of love and support. However my favourite moment of the day was the novelty events where I got to jump into the indoor pool with my friend for 30 minutes where we all played water volleyball together. Activities and days like these help me build a stronger relationship with my peers and help us to further bond for the remaining school years we have together.
In conclusion, unfortunately, Mcauley house won, with Egan coming second with a measly 36 point difference. But all in all a wonderful experience for many and would certainly recommend those who would rather miss this day, to join it and experience the school in a not so formal condition. This experience will only come once a year and will be more memorable after you leave school and remember all the memories you have made along the way. Go Egan.
I believe the swimming carnival was a huge success. There was house sprite from all the houses (Mostly Maguire!!!) There was a big crowd on the hill that were cheering for their houses.
The sausage sizzle was great. A great fundraiser event for the students to get involved with too.
Overall, the day was great with lots of fun!!!
House Swimming Carnival
On Tuesday the 21st of February the College’s students made their way to Aqua Zone for the House Swimming competition. With House colours on full display, the carnival kicked off with the Year 12 leaders competing in a big splash competition. As we moved into the races it became clear there were many talented swimmers spread throughout the House groups. Congratulations to all who competed on the day for their House earning valuable points, a list of age group champions can be found below:
- 12-13 Boys- Max Philpot
- 12-13 Girls- Zoe Davis
- 14 Boys- Jake Denaro
- 14 Girls- Grace Carr
- 15 Boys- Juse de Silva-Smith
- 15 Girls- Layla McCarthy
- 16 Boys- Dylan Denaro
- 16 Girls- Jade King
- 17 Boys- Eamon McCarthy
- 17 Girls- Mia Cook
- 18-20 Boys- Charlie Henderson
- 18-20 Girls- Mimi Jenkins
Overall House Scores:
1st- McAuley 750
2nd- Egan 714
3rd- Maguire 649
4th- Rice 625
WD Division Swimming
On Friday the 3rd of March Emmanuel was represented by 50 students at the WD Swimming Championships. It was a successful day all round with 45 students now progressing to the Regional finals, this includes 17 relay teams progressing also.
Final results for the day are below, best of luck to all competitors who now progress to the Regional finals in Horsham on Tuesday the 14th of March.
1st- Emmanuel 1192
2nd- Warrnambool College 527
3rd- Brauer 387
4th- King's College 121
Mr Alastair Templeton
Sports & Lunchtime Activities Coordinator
The Library is holding a UNO competition on Friday 10 March and Friday 17 March. Students are invited to be a part of the competition. It will be held in the Reading Room of the Library at 1.10pm on those days. The Grand Final will be held on 17 March.
CBCA Notables List
This week the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the Notables List. These books form a long list of books that are of good quality. Towards the end of March CBCA will announce the shortlist of books in each category, which are taken from the Notables List. People sometimes use these lists to help in choosing a book to read or to buy as a present for someone.
The Notables list are: https://cbca.org.au/notables-2023
Emmanuel College is participating in Australia Reads, a country wide celebration of reading on Thursday 9 March, 4.30-5.30pm in the Library Reading Room. The College Student Book Club and the Parent Book Club will be involved.
College Student Book Club
Report by Sithum K, Book Club Leader, Year 11:
The first book club meeting of 2023 was held on the 23rd of February in the Library. We discussed the current books that are being read by the members and future events. This included the Melbourne Writers Festival that will be held in early May in Melbourne. Students in the Book Club will attend the Secondary Schools Program and meet authors: Tom Taylor (DC Comics and Marvel writer), Nova Weetman, Lili Wilkinson and Kay Kerr.
Mrs Margaret Sinnott
Year 7H Food Studies
First time in the school kitchen for 7H was a great success. They made baked potatoes and learnt about safe knife skills and how to clean their station. They enjoyed the finished product but not all were keen on the coleslaw!
Ms Kristy Cameron
Year 10 Metalwork
Halfway through the term and the Year 10 Metalwork class have all just begun their major project- the Rocket Stove/Patio Heater. Coming into Metalwork from Year 9 Design Technology and being another year older, these students are able access a larger range of metal fabrication equipment and are quickly put to the challenge on the welders. With a bigger focus on independence and quality, the class not only learn how to use the equipment, but how to set up, replace consumables, chose the appropriate welding machine and how to give each other valuable feedback in a supportive way.
With safety modules completed, all students begin their welding journey on the TIG machines where learning the basics is easier. They quickly progress to the MIG and ARC machines and after a few weeks must present 3 welds for assessment. These can include tee joins, flat passes, butt joins, V welds, various tube joins and plug welds. After these welds are ticked off, the students begin their major project. The Rocket Stove model has been designed to incorporate all of these welds along with industry standard fabrication processes using angle grinders, bench grinders, the metal band saw and finishing processes.
Mr Ben McKenzie
Design & Technology Coordinator
Be Kind Day
Be Kind Day was celebrated in homerooms and mentor groups on Thursday 2nd March here at Emmanuel College. Students were asked to practise spreading kindness to their peers by writing an anonymous kind message about someone in their class, and students would receive their message the following day.
This activity was aimed at students to promote peer acceptance, fight loneliness, boost self confidence and improve mood. Kindness is known to increase your sense of connectivity with others and strengthen relationships. This also teaches students to be kind to themselves by practising gratitude, as often we are our own worst critics.
Research has shown that acts of kindness may be contagious, as we are more likely to perform acts of kindness when surrounded by it.
So ‘Be Kind’ and spread the love!
The Wellbeing Team
Clean Up Australia Day
At Emmanuel College we are very lucky to have the WCC bin system (Green waste, yellow recycling and red landfill.) This means the same rules and colours apply to our school bins, as it does at most students homes. This makes it easy for us all to remember. Our goal this year is to ensure we are using this system correctly. All students at our school are encouraged to place their rubbish in the correct bin and we have several education based projects starting soon, to help us met our goal.
However, even with our best efforts, some rubbish always gets loose. To combat this and to celebrate CLEAN-UP AUSTRALIA DAY at Emmanuel College, our Year 7 and 8 students are starting a "Clean up our school program". We have adopted the moto of "Cleaning up Australia - today, tomorrow, EVERY DAY. Because, our students decided it is important to keep our school and therefore Australia clean everyday, not just one day!
The program will work with each Year 7 & 8 homeroom, where they will be allocated sessions spread throughout the year, where it will be their turn to ensure that any loose rubbish is collected and placed in the appropriate bin. This will be completed at times that fit in with their class schedule. The students will be using tongs to collect and sort the rubbish into the correct bin and will be instructed to wash their hands before returning to class. By doing this program they will be learning the importance of Cleaning up Australia - today, tomorrow, EVERY DAY and also learning how to correctly use our waste system. This knowledge will hopefully encourage them to use waste systems effectively throughout their time at Emmanuel College, but also in their homes.
Here are some comments from our Year 8 leaders about this program:
"It is a great way to help your community in the fight to stop rubbish from hurting the environment that we all care about. Remember to put your rubbish in the bin as well, to prevent harm." Luke Robson
“I think this is a great opportunity for us students to clean up rubbish, not just one day but every day of the year, as we have a beautiful environment.” Sophie Smith
“I think that cleanup Australia day- everyday, is a great idea. It will make our school and community so much cleaner and tidier.” Rosie Bowman
“I think that the idea is a great idea to get students involved with cleaning up our school!” Lachlan Gnome
Community service is a very important part of Emmanuel College, it is embedded in every year level. This program is another way we encourage community service. We have the Emmanuel Award, which is a merit-based system which recognises a range of endeavours to which our students contribute, and encourages positive behaviours. One of the categories of this award is community service. Therefore, in order to recognise Year 7 and 8 students' work in the “clean up our school porgram” they will each receive a merit point for this community service. We also encourage year 9-12 students to not only always put their rubbish in the correct bin, but also when seeing 7 & 8 students out working to say 'THANK YOU ' to them and their teachers for their efforts in making our school litter free and participating in ‘Clean up Australia Day- today, tomorrow & EVERYDAY’. Their hard work and community service is stopping our rubbish making its way into waterways and prevents the damage vital ecosystems.
Ms Brooke Jones
Environment & Sustainability Coordinator
"Empowering Parents: A Guide to Supporting Your Child's Learning" Series - ChatGPT
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a computer program that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate text. It can write essays, solve math problems, and much more. What makes ChatGPT unique is that it can create responses in conversational format, like how people write and speak.
How do you use ChatGPT?
To use ChatGPT, you first create a free account on the OpenAI website. Then, you can type in a question or command and ChatGPT will generate a response. You can ask it to do things like write a story in the voice of a movie character or suggest a recipe based on the food you have at home. You can continue to refine your requests to ChatGPT, and it saves a record of your conversations.
Where does ChatGPT get its information?
ChatGPT uses information from the internet to create its responses. However, it doesn't tell you where it got the information from, and it can sometimes make mistakes or spread misinformation. The information ChatGPT uses is also only up to date as of 2021.
Why are some schools banning ChatGPT?
Some schools are banning ChatGPT because they are worried that students will use it to do their schoolwork for them, such as writing papers or solving equations. They are concerned that could lead to inaccurate information and affect their learning if they rely too much on the program.
Is ChatGPT banned at Emmanuel College?
How can I talk to my child about ChatGPT?
If your child uses or wants to use ChatGPT, it's important to talk to them about checking the credibility of sources before trusting the information. ChatGPT doesn't tell you where it got its information from, which could be a concern. It's also important to talk to your child about plagiarism and how using ChatGPT to do their schoolwork could be considered cheating. However, ChatGPT can be used in creative ways, such as generating outdoor activities or craft projects to try as a family.
Ms Simone Rolfe
Director of Learning
Catholic School Parents Victoria Update
Click here to visit the CSPV website and find out more.
U14 Girls Football
This year the WNFC are putting together their first junior female team in the history of the club.
Click here to register your interest.
The Youth Circle program supports people aged 12-25 years to confidently advocate for the needs and aspirations of young people in Warrnambool. The next workshop will be focused on discussing mental health for young people in Warrnambool, with the aim of identifying the current issues and barriers and some recommendations to address these.
Click here to register.
Warrnambool Wolves Pre-Season
Interesting in becoming a Football Umpire?
Tuesday March 7
Biodiversity Excursion (Year 10 Environmental Science classes)
Maths Pathway Information Session
Wednesday March 8
GWR Cricket - Intermediate & Senior Boys and Girls
International Womens Day - Girls Got Talent
Thursday March 9
Opening College Mass
Monday March 13
Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday March 14
Wednesday March 15
Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN - Writing
Thursday March 16
Warrnambool Social Innovators (Year 8 leaders)
Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN - Reading
Friday March 17
Warrnambool Social Innovators (Year 8 leaders)
Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN - Conventions of Language
Monday March 20
Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN - Numeracy