IMCC Newsletter Issue 7
From The Principal
I note with concern the number of schools days being lost by some students on a fairly regular basis. It is my view that in the great majority of cases children can 'soldier on' when feeling a little off colour and we do them no favours by allowing them to 'cop out' every time they feel 'tired' or a little stressed.
Furthermore, I think it is quite unfair that some parents simply transfer the responsibility for a child's learning to the teachers – this is done when parents expect teachers to spend extra time helping students 'catch up' for work missed.
Naturally, when our kids are genuinely sick or are in the grip of an infectious complaint then they are far better off at home.
Some might say our kids need to toughen up; maybe it's more of a case of we, as parents, having to toughen up and ensure our kids take a mature and responsible attitude to honouring their commitments.
I want to emphasise that when students are struggling with comprehension or need assistance with work it is their responsibility to approach the teacher or access subject tutorials after school. Our aim is to create independent learners and this can only be done if students take responsibility for their own learning.
Please note that I have also instructed staff to take a strong response to any student who does not honour extra-curricular commitments. I will continue to strongly insist that all our students honour their commitments thereby supporting their team-mates and their College.
A final point is directly to parents. It continues on the theme of student responsibility. The front office has neither the time nor the resources to be chasing students to deliver lunches, articles of clothing etc. To avoid disappointment please place the emphasis back on students to organise themselves.
As an extension to this point can parents please provide advance knowledge of any appointments made for students.
Is not developing personal responsibility and organisation a crucial component of education?
Paul A Rafter
Year 9s have been working on a series of performances to showcase the new Community Garden being built in Butler. Students also performed for Year 1s at Brighton Catholic Primary School last week. Students need to be congratulated on their plays which focused on the importance of fruit and vegetables. The Year 1s loved having the Irene McCormack students coming in to perform for them.
Out and About
Students in Year 9 Golding have been undertaking a variety of Christian Service activities this term, including Kiyara Harvey, Jessica Turner and Brooke Lyons working hard along side volunteer staff at St Vincent De Pauls. Jenna Moss, Demmi Chalmers and Jessica Glover have also been working at the RAAFA setting up a library for the elderly residents of Bullwinkle Lodge. We have had over 20 Year nine students heading down to Brighton Catholic Primary School every Thursday helping Year Ones with their Literacy Programme. A reminder to all students about the Tin drive for Shop front, bring in your cans for collection this week.Miss Karen Wilson
Christian Service Co-ordinator.
From Your Library
Greetings IMCC parents and community members
Book Week is coming
We are celebrating Book Week early at IMCC so the lead up is already underway. Mark Morgan tells us how many sleeps till Book Week at IMCC. Leticia Cope copies down one of the hints from the daily notices. Students who record these hints will have a head start when it comes to winning the daily quizzes and delicious prizes!! .
Book Week Window Quiz
The theme for Book Week this year is Across The Story Bridge. As we know, stories open up whole new worlds to the reader. The window display is of famous "worlds" like Middle Earth and characters like Peter Pan. Students have been trying their luck at matching the characters to their worlds. The answers will be revealed in the Book Week displays on May 26. Stevan Nedeljkovic seems amused by one of the characters.
Cross Country Champions Reading Advice Display
Melissa Barnett, Jaz Baker, Emily Leech and Akuot Manyok (who looks especially happy!) point out what our cross country champions are reading. The winners also had advice for other readers.
With the World Cup just around the corner the new books on that subject have been very popular. William Hill and Brayden Laffrey hold up some favourites.
Students were also delighted to see books that they had requested now in and among the new books. Teisha Farmer and Emma Fox point out the display.
Seth Capon and Melissa Makdessi are regulars at Book Club. Here they show some books they have promoted. Please encourage your children to attend to get some good ideas from other students. Research shows that reading for fun, besides being a pleasure, is the surest way to academic success.
Until next time!
Mrs Judith Jarvis
Book Review: Lockie Leonard – Human Torpedo
Written by Tim Winton
"Lockie Leonard – Human Torpedo" is an ageless classic penned by our very own West Australian author Tim Winton. Along with main character Lockie, a "12 and three quarter year old grommet extraordinaire" the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride of high school dramas, teenage love, raging hormones, dreaded zits and annoying family members.
When poor Lockie and his family move to the small coastal town of Angelus, Lockie is faced with starting high school for the first time, where he doesn't know a "single soul, not a single poxy face"
It's from here that the wild ride starts; Lockie falls in love with Vicki Streeton (not just any girl, but the prettiest, smartest and richest girl in the school), he gets his 'tricky bits painted with vegemite by the local bullies, turns 13, is in constant turmoil with both his teachers and parents, gets bashed up by bogans and then realises that love just isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
But hey – being a teenager was never meant to be easy!
Miss Cheryl McKenzie
Geography Stage 2 Excursion to the Naturaliste Centre
As part of the Stage 2 Geography program we visited the Department of Fisheries Education Centre at Hillary's Boat Harbour. The day was exceptionally well planned and presented by Ms Carina Gemignani, who was our guide for the day. The benefits and uniqueness of the Leeuwin current were demostrated through a variety of activities which kept the students thoroughly engaged. In addition to the fisheries side of the excursion, the students started and ended the day by doing mapwork exercises around the harbour. Thanks to Ms Hutchins who accompanied us on the day and took the following stunning photographs.
Mr Byron Northmore
Amanda and Shannon "shaking what the guide gave them". This was an experiment to demonstrate scientific method in determining the size of the Lobster catch over the next 4 year period.
Hannah, Shelby, Zubida, Julie and Stephen engrossed at the rock pool.
Doctor Connor explaining to Eamon, the intricacies of Lobster reproduction.
Important Notice: Learning an instrument is a challenging and ultimately highly rewarding endeavour. The ability to play an instrument enhances quality of life and opens up many opportunities now and later in life.
Parents and students are reminded that enrolment in Instrumental Lessons is ongoing until such time as one term's written notice of withdrawal is received. Please note that the Instrumental Tutors and IMCC Music Staff are not responsible for any notice received verbally. Please also note that fees are payable one term in advance, and remain payable if written notice is not received. The conditions of enrolment in Instrumental Lessons are clearly stated in the Instrumental Handbook and on the application form. The Instrumental Handbook can be accessed through the Music Department's page on the IMCC Portal (under Shared Documents), or by clicking here.
What's On This Term?
Coming Up - Recital Night. Thursday 1st July, Pre-Concert Entertainment from 6:00pm, Concert begins at 6:30pm. Drama Studio, doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are available from Music. Recital Night is IMCC's formal concert, featuring our senior ensembles and soloists.
What's Happening in Music?
Year 11/12 Music (2AB Music) have completed a cover version of MGMT's 'Electric Feel' as part of their work on Electronica Music (see photos). A recording of their cover version will be available soon. They will also be performing at Recital Night . The 11/12 VET Music Class have also been writing and recording (originals) with the aim of uploading them to the Triple J Unearthed High Competition (see photos).
The Music Department has a brand new pair of HPS3000 Headphones (valued at $49.99) to win! Simply write an original song and upload it to Off The Record before the end of term. The song with the highest chart position and the best feedback at the end of term wins! For more details ask in Music (see flier). To join Off The Record click here.
The Music Department has three music stands available ($15 ea - see photo). The Music Stands are in good working condition. The stands cost approximately $50 to purchase brand new. These items are offered on a first-come first-serve basis and are sold as seen. Enquire in the Music Department for more details.
Production Camp was held on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May at Advent Park in Maida Vale. The Cast, Musicians and Dancers for High School Musical completed an intensive rehearsal program over the two days. Everybody worked really hard, but also had really good fun (see photos)! Our thanks to Mr Smith, Miss Dixon, Mrs Simmonds, Miss Malam and Miss Maguire for their hard work and effort.
Mr Mike Newton
Head of Performing Arts
Student Achievement – Dale Hennighan
Recently one of our Year 12 students, Dale Hennighan, represented WA in the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney. Dale competed in the Under 18's 5km walk where he came up against around 20 other competitors which included Open age competitors. Dale performed to an outstanding level and finished the event with a Bronze medal.
Dale is hoping to start competing in the 10km event which he hopes will qualify him for the World Championships and then onto the Olympics. Dale is also part of the Vivid Wireless ID squad which also includes other IMCC athletics superstars Chris Boylen and Jesse Way. Being part of this squad means the boys are being mentored by Australian athlete Jodie Henry on performance enhancement strategies.
We wish Dale, Chris and Jesse all the best with their athletics!
Mr Brad Giles
Head of Sport
CAS Soccer Summary
IMCC v St Marks (Round 2) & Prendiville (Round 3)
The season of CAS Soccer fixtures is now well underway and our combined Year 7 / Year 8 Boy's team is leading the way with clinical performances, stunning goals and successive clean sheets. Six goals against St Marks - Elliot Banks (2), Liam Johns (2), Coire McGuigan and Ross Boag and three against a previously unbeaten Prendiville outfit, Elliot grabbing another brace (taking his season's tally to eight) and a goal from Jordan Scragg, puts the boys top of the ladder at the half way point.
The Year 7 boys who predominantly make up the Year 9 team continue to impress, despite losing both fixtures on the road. Jake Makin scored one of the best hat-tricks ever in our 5 – 3 loss to St Marks and we actually took a shock 2 – 0 lead against Prendiville, again Jake demonstrating his finishing ability, before going down 5 – 2. There is no doubting the boys' commitment and spirit however, as they battle all the way to the final whistle.
The Senior Boys continue to look for some reward for their determined play. Drawing 0 – 0 against St Marks with 10 minutes to go suggested we might get our first point of the campaign, however to their credit, the opposition finished the stronger and deservedly won the game, although the 6 – 0 final score line flattered them somewhat. A similar story against Prendiville and a shaky 5 minute spell just after half time proved our undoing once again as we succumbed to a third defeat, this time 7 – 1. On a positive note however, we did manage to score the final goal of the game, an absolute screamer from Kieran Tierney, 35 yards out, top right hand corner – an early candidate for goal of the season!
Their female counterparts are showing them how it should be done, currently unbeaten and sitting in second position on the ladder, just behind Prendiville who they drew with in a high scoring 6 – 6 game this week. Goals from Lizzie Mayar (3), Tessa Mettam (2) and Bianca Smith secured their share of the points, following a 2 – 0 victory against St. Marks the previous week, again Lizzie finding the back of the net with aplomb! Former student and soccer coach Shawn Billam is building a very accomplished senior side as they look towards their next opponents and hopefully another 3 points.
The Junior Girls had mixed fortunes in their respective fixtures, beating St Marks 2 – 1 but narrowly losing against Prendiville 3 – 1. Nevertheless, 4 points from 7 and a mid ladder position is a good place to be at this stage of the season.
Mr Tony Summers
Senior Soccer Coach & Head of House
I will be placing our orders for stock for 2011 in June 2010. If you think your child might need a size other than the standard sizes, either bigger or smaller, pease contact me as soon as possible – this also applies to siblings starting in 2011.
I still have ordered blazers that need to be picked up. If you have ordered a blazer and not collected it please contact me urgently.
The tights have arrived and we now have stock of most sizes. Tights cost $8.50.
Don't forget we have warm Scarves for $14.00.
Trading hours for this term: Tuesdays from noon-4pm
Thursdays from 8am-11am
Unfortunately the Uniform Shop will be closed for the last week of Term 2 and the first week of Term 3. Also, there will be no holiday trading in the July school holidays.
The last day for trading for Term 2 will be Thursday 24th June which will have extended trading from 8am until 1.30pm.
The Uniform Shop will open again for Term 3 on Tuesday 27th July with extended trading hours from 8am to 4pm. Normal trading hours will resume thereafter.
If you are able to assist in the Uniform Shop particularly from July 27th to 19th August, for any length of time, it would be greatly appreciated. Please leave your name and contact number at the College office or phone me at the Uniform Shop on 9562 2430.
Ms Lyn Waite
Uniform Shop Coordinator
CUPCAKE DAY TUESDAY 1ST JUNE
The Parent Council would like to remind everyone of our next Cupcake Day to be held on Tuesday 1st June. The Cupcake stall will be set up outside the Science block at recess.
All students benefit from Cupcake Day so we really appreciate the generous donations we receive from the nominated Care Groups. Care Groups from Years 7, 8 and 9 are asked to contribute twice a year. Care Groups from Years 11 and 12 are asked to contribute only once a year.
Care Groups 7MB,9MB,10MB and 11MB are rostered to bring Cupcakes for Tuesday 1st June. We thank these Care Groups in anticipation of their generous donations.
All cakes can be left at the College office on the morning of 1st June.
Cupcakes are sold for 50 cents each and hot/cold chocmilk is available for $1.00 a cup.
We would love to have parent volunteers assist on Cupcake Day. If you would like to offer your assistance please meet outside the Admin Block at 10.15am on the 1st June. For further information please contact Tracey on 0403 001 815.