iServi News | 10 May 2019 | Term 2, Week 2
Called to Serve
As Servites we are called to serve. We have been most proud of our College students and staff who always provide great witness to this statement, particularly over the last week.
Last weekend more than 40 Year 10 students in three teams spent 24 hours walking around a specially designed circuit at Claremont Showgrounds to raise funds and awareness for cancer research as part of the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life. This important event attracted participants from across all walks of life, including large school groups. Students are to be congratulated for the positive and dedicated way that they committed their efforts to this important cause. We need to acknowledge Assistant Deputy Principal Service and Justice Education Mr Chris Callus for his tireless efforts in organising our contribution to the event.
We also continue to be very proud of the efforts of our students and staff involved in the Servite Soup Kitchen and Homelessness We Care. Thanks to the efforts of staff and students involved, we are providing very much need food and companionship for many homeless people in Perth. We are thrilled to be able to support the amazing work of a variety of key organisations that are committed to feeding and caring for those people who call Perth’s streets home. We need to acknowledge Ms Katie Thiveos and Mr Chris Callus, along with the many staff and very dedicated students, in bringing these initiatives to fruition. We invite continued involvement from interested students in this important and impactful work.
It is wonderful to see so many of our students continuing to look outward to the needs of others and serving those in need.
Year 12 Retreat
Our Year 12 students spent Wednesday through to Friday this week on Retreat. This significant event in the life of our senior students was held across three venues with two Priories attending each site.
I had the great privilege to spend time at each of the Retreats and was in awe of the terrific sense of connection, friendship, support, openness and spirituality present. This atmosphere can only be created through the genuine engagement and honest input of our students and we applaud them for their contribution.
This special time in the lives of our Year 12 students allows them to pause and retreat from what can be a very stressful, busy and arduous time of their lives. It provides them with the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, their gifts and talents and to reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances and to explore their own faith journey.
These events of course can only happen thanks to the dedicated contribution of College staff. We thank our Retreat staff for their time and talents in ensuring the success of the Retreats.
As a school with a core charism of community, we warmly welcome parent engagement in the life of the College. As I have mentioned in the past, recent educational research suggests that genuine parent engagement can positively impact student learning outcomes.
We were pleased this week to hold a Parent Connect session on the use of our College administration platform, SEQTA. As many parents are aware, SEQTA enables parents to monitor their child’s academic and pastoral development anywhere, anytime and is therefore an important tool for families. We were very happy to welcome a large contingent of parents and guardians to the College this week to explore how best to utilise the components available in SEQTA. We will hold additional sessions later this year.
We also look forward to two upcoming Parent Connect session hosted by the Servite Parents and Friends. This first of these, entitled RU Legal, is scheduled for Wednesday 29 May in the College Auditorium commencing at 7.00pm and will focus on “laws affecting young people and legal responsibilities for all members of our community”. This key event is being presented by Legal Aid WA. Admission is free and bookings are available here.
The second upcoming Parent Connect event, again proudly organised by Servite Parents and Friends, is a presentation by John ‘JC’ Coutis to be held at the College on Wednesday 31 July commencing at 7.00pm. John is a “remarkable Australian who was born with a severe physical disability in which doctors gave him little chance of survival. John has not only defied medical opinion, he has thrived and is acknowledged as one of the world’s most inspirational speakers” . This event is a must-see for all parents as John uses “humour to communicate important life lessons” that will assist in the development of healthy, motivated and resilient young people. This is also a free event. Bookings are available here.
Northern Associated Schools Sport
We wish all of our NAS teams well as they commence their first round of winter sporting fixtures next week. Students yet to commit to a Term 2 sport are strongly encouraged to do so in support of their own health and wellness. Of course, being part of a team also builds collaboration and communication skills, grows a sense of pride in one’s school and deepens friendships.
Details of our NAS sporting program are available directly from Head of Sport Mr Dave Maxwell.
Mr Jeff Allen