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Holiday Prayer

Loving Lord, thank you so much for holiday times and the wonder and excitement that they engender in all our hearts. We especially thank you for the many blessings we gain from these important times of holiday fun and family reunion.

May our inner soul be refreshed and rejuvenated in a relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by precious friends and family members, which provides us with such a special opportunities of close friendship and communal fun.

During this holiday season we also pray for those that are alone, ill or going through times of stress or difficulty. We pray that you draw close to each and every one of them. Let them know your special peace in their heart and give to each one your calming hand of love.

Father, I thank you for the opportunity to take a holiday and have a complete break from the daily rounds and the many responsibilities and routines that govern our lives.

It is such a joy to have this break and I pray that it will be a time of rest and refreshment when I can go quietly through the day without having to plan for the many ‘workaday’ things that have become the norm in our busy daily schedule.

I pray that during this holiday I will enjoy both spiritual and physical renewal and find rejuvenating rest for my mind and spirit as well as enjoy relaxation and respite for my body as well.

Loving Lord, as we prepare to leave for our journey we pray for travelling mercies, over land and sea, and place ourselves under your protective care. Be with us as we set our for our holiday and we ask that you keep us safe, every step of the way, as we journey to our destination.

We thank you for the beauty of nature that surrounds us with the loveliness of the ever-changing seasons that refresh and revitalise us. We bless you for the day and the night and for periods of sleep and rest - so that we may be refreshed and enabled to face the responsibilities of our daily round.

St Brigid, pray for us. Amen.

(Prayer offered at Staff meeting on Monday)

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Editorial by Jane Curran

Last week I spoke to the girls about the power of voice especially as we are currently in the midst of our own federal election and witness to the Presidential race in the USA. One of the greatest gifts that we have been blessed with is our voice. It allows us to connect and also disconnect. It allows us to reveal ourselves and mask our truth. It is only as powerful as we choose it to be. When I was 10 years old, my Dad took me to task because of an assumption I made and gave voice to. Dad’s surgery was near the ferry wharf of the suburb I grew up in but our house was a couple of kilometres away so I would often wander into the surgery after getting off the ferry in the hope I could get a lift home. If Dad was busy, I’d at least get money for an ice-cream while I waited. One day he was driving me home and I saw a man staggering out of the pub. I immediately said to Dad, “Look at that man – he is drunk.” My father’s words to me still stay with me today, “Jane, from where you sit, all you can see is that he is having difficulty walking. You can say no more than that”.

Socrates, a philosopher from Ancient Greece understood this a long time before Dad did. One day an acquaintance said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute”, Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. There are three filters. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and ...”

“All right”, said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No, just the opposite.”

“So”, Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well”, concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

At the moment, we are witnessing the power of voice and its capacity for both good and evil. On a global scale, we watch the American Presidential race play out and know that Shakespeare could have scripted it as we witness the feud between good and evil but we are still to see what wins. Iago and Macbeth are manifested in the Republican candidate vying for political supremacy. Forty-nine people were gunned down in an act of violence by a semi-automatic weapon and Donald Trump blames this individual act of a mad man as an act of terror perpetrated by Muslims and frames gun ownership as the reasonable and sane response to such violence.

Donald Trump has a voice and it is loud and penetrating. It allows for no opposition and his opinions become absolutes. While I sometimes wonder about the lack of strength in our national election, I would rather these gentle moderates than a radical whose voice resounds with vitriol and hatred, who sends forth ugliness as if it glorifies our world and the people in it.

Many American TV shows and movies foreground the right of free speech but their definition becomes blurred. Many people will argue that there are no filters on speech and anyone can say anything. Freedom of speech is not without responsibility. Think back to Socrates – is it true, is it good, is it useful?

I think the thing that worries me most sometimes is that Donald Trump is not some rich buffoon who is making a mockery of free speech or the American political system. He is alive and living among us everywhere including here at Brigidine. If a facebook post was written with the intention of hurting, if an image was liked with the intention of causing pain, if we have ever used our voice to hurt and destroy rather than build a connection, then our voice has taken away from who we should be.

As teachers, we are constantly surrounded by the beauty of student voices – in their short stories, their poetry, their speeches and their conversations. I am in awe of the power within the language and the girls’ capacity to capture a moment in time.

We want our girls to have a voice and we want to honour it and that means taking ownership of what we say and write, choosing what voice we use.

If we deny ourselves a voice, we allow a small group to influence what happens, we become dissatisfied with a solution we have had no voice in creating and have no say in decision-making. In effect, we become victims.

My message to the girls was simply:

What will be your voice? Will your words reflect your actions and will they strengthen our common humanity and our sense of justice? Do they make you more beautiful or do they make you ugly; do they enhance your understanding or make you appear ignorant.

Speak truly, speak well and speak usefully. Allow your voice to dignify you.

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I wish everyone an enjoyable break and for those travelling, return safely. I will be on leave at the commencement of next term, returning on Monday 15 August. Mrs Sue Martin will be Acting Principal in my absence and Mrs Sherryl Bremner will be Acting Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning.

Jane Curran
Principal

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Universities

UWS Advantage Schemes

The UWS Advantage is designed to provide prospective students with more opportunities to study at UWS. Students may receive up to 10 Bonus ATAR points qualifying for a range of UWS schemes including regional bonus points, subject bonus points, the early offer program, educational access scheme and the elite athlete and performer bonus scheme. More details…

ANU: Degrees for High Achievers Roadshow

1 August 2016 – Online
Speak to staff, current students, and learn about the opportunity to undertake research as part of an undergraduate degree at ANU. More details…

UTS: Handbook 2016 – Scholarships

Links are provided to a wide range of scholarships offered at UTS. Some of these include faculty scholarships, Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships, equity scholarships, diversity access, indigenous scholarships and more. More details…

UTS: Bachelor of Information Technology Cooperative Scholarship Program

Round 1 Applications Open: 24 April
Round 1 Applications Close: 19 June
Round 2 Applications Open: 15 July
Round 2 Applications Close: 30 September

The Bachelor of Information Technology Cooperative Scholarship Program provides students with $15,500 per year of study, and two six month full-time industry placements with sponsor organisations. There are two rounds of applications in 2016 for the 2017 intake. More details…

UOW Information Evenings for Students and Parents

21 June 2016, 6pm – 8pm, Parramatta
These sessions will provide students and parents with the opportunity to talk to university representatives about courses offered and university life. More details…

ACU: University Experience

5 July 2016
This program will allow prospective students to get a taste of different degrees offered at university. There will be the chance to meet academic staff and current students. To register follow the link. More details…

Engineering & Technology Cadetships

Applications close: Friday 17 June
A reminder that applications for the Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program close on the 17 of June. The 2016 program provides Year 12 students with the opportunity to apply for a Technology Cadetship at Westpac. On completion of their cadetship, Technology Cadets are well-placed to pursue a career in IT and in business. More details…

For more careers news please refer to the weekly careers newsletter under Beyond Brigidine on the College portal.

Michelle Read-Zorn
Careers Counsellor

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Editorial by Brian Loughland

“Facebook is my friend.

YouTube is my voice.

Google is my brain.

Twitter is my heart.”

- A teenager (unknown quote)

One can read that quote from a young person and feel very concerned for them and the world that they inhabit. As parents and educators of adolescents we know there is far more to life and so much more within and around that young person - that they clearly are yet to discover.

Social media is pervasive, alluring and within easy reach for all of our young people today.

Used poorly or without an appropriate filter, it creates a false world based on external beauty, materialism, populism and vanity. People can feel anonymous and can ‘troll’ the lives of others, hiding behind their computer to undermine and entrap them. Used well, social media can build connections and cohesion among families, friends and society and also be a catalyst for change, acting as a voice for those who need to be heard.

Like anything, it is about knowing what you value and how you want to live that is important in this new territory. We leave a footprint or a mark in the lives of others with what we do and say, and the same approach has to be taken towards social media.

“Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go, it’s about hanging on during a bumpy ride.”

- Unknown author

Navigating the road through adolescence can be challenging for parents. There are times when you need extra resources and people to help your child through this time of change and growth.
The quote infers that we need to be more engaged with our young people than ever before. Especially since the world is not as easily ‘defended away’ by parents, with a 24/7 news cycle and pervasive social media in everyone’s hands.

Even at school we need to call on extra support from time to time to get across a consistent message to our girls. This week we have had Paul Dillon, an expert on Drug Education, talking to all of our students in Years 10-12 about harm minimisation, the effects of drugs on humans, and safe practices during social events. The Police Liaison Officer, Linda Hart, has spoken to Year 8 about cyber safety and the law, and more recently to all of Year 10 about the law in relation to under-age drinking and safe-partying. We do these presentations every year at Brigidine to give our girls a balanced understanding of the dangers of drugs and knowing what to do in difficult social situations outside of the College. These experts combine with the voice of the teachers at Brigidine to present a consistent message of concern about safety and the importance of the wellbeing and quality of life of our girls.

Occasionally we do hear of events and gatherings on the weekends where our girls are unsafe and putting themselves at risk. Parents need to play their part and be aware of what is going on around their own daughter. It is important to connect with other parents, check the validity of adolescent plans for the weekend or an event, talk about your concerns for them, and always provide safe options for them when things go wrong. Common sense indicates we should keep laptops out of bedrooms and phones and laptops away from young people after 9pm so they can sleep and get a break from social media and the world around them.

As I have said before, we can’t completely shelter our children from the world so it is important to understand more about what they experiencing and to be more open than we have been in the past about issues that were often not discussed or shared with our parents. Through a greater awareness and readiness to know and understand our girls and their world, we can more effectively help them through their teenage journey and support them to become the confident and flourishing young women we wish them to be.

Brian Loughland
Assistant Principal, Pastoral Care

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Editorial by Bill Gleeson

What is Justice and Democracy?

Many members of the community often ask about the workings of our Justice and Democracy (J and D) Club. Brigidine schools across Australia have developed a strong social justice network working together with a shared vision, articulating and implementing a common charter. The charter for Justice and Democracy begins,

As in some other Brigidine colleges, students at Brigidine College St Ives volunteer to participate in initiatives of the J and D club. Central to the workings of the Justice and Democracy Club are the concepts of educating ourselves and others and undertaking action that benefits others. Awareness, promotion and advocacy tend to be key outcomes. This resonates perfectly with the foundational elements set by the Sisters of St Brigid. Core to the patronage of St Brigid is a commitment to hospitality and service, which strives to give expression to Gospel values. The gospel imperative to ‘love your neighbour’ underscores this work. As part of the College strategic planning it is crucial that this element works with and underpins all areas of College life. The Faith Management goal, “Ensure opportunities for girls and staff to grow in understanding Christ’s mission to love and serve humanity”, is extended by the objective “to promote an informed culture of advocacy through outreach, social justice and immersion”.

We believe:

Alongside the College’s Faith strategic intent is the Kildare Ministries’ vision of “A community where all people are valued, where all creation is recognised as sacred and where hope, justice and courage are our hallmarks”.

The aspect of advocacy has been highlighted in recent J and D initiatives. Lara Czysnok, Vice Captain Social Justice, with the Justice and Democracy Club Captain, Olivia Mueller, presented an overview of such involvements at this week’s College Assembly. These include participation at social justice breakfasts, forums and seminars with neighbouring schools.

Here is an excerpt from the Assembly presentation:

The combined Brigidine St Ives and Randwick Winter Sleep Out.

This was an initiative of the Justice and Democracy Club from both Brigidine colleges, Randwick and St Ives. Each year the Winter Sleep Out is a national event to promote awareness of the issue of Homelessness. Many organisations, including corporate business houses, social justice agencies, charities and schools create opportunities for communities to experience a snapshot of life on the streets.

At Brigidine, the Justice and Democracy Club hosted a Sleep Out on Friday 20 May in the Bowie Hall. The aim was to spread awareness of this ever increasing issue with a simulation of homelessness.

The group was provided with basic meals and accommodation and then were challenged to be technology free. The program included guest speakers, a film on homelessness and ice breaker games. Guest speakers from Youth off the Streets, including teacher Ben Cook with two ex- students from Key College Redfern, Andrew & Daniel, launched the Sleep-Out. An amount of over $850.00 was raised to support Youth off the Streets.

Olivia Mueller (Justice and Democracy Club Captain)

College Justice and Democracy Seminar

Last Friday night at Brigidine, the Justice and Democracy Club and representatives from the NSW United Nations Youth, hosted a seminar on human rights and advocacy.

The evening commenced with a reflection on past social justice initiatives and we were lucky enough to have several past J and D Captains with us on the night. These included Laura Walbank, Tara Chandra, Jessica Lynch and Seraphina Buay. They shared the wonderful experiences they had during the time with the Club, and offered their personal insights into advocacy within and beyond Brigidine.

Afterwards Mena Basaly, the President of United Nations Youth, with his colleague Ryan O’Rourke, ran a workshop on the fundamentals of global human rights, where we learnt about contemporary human rights concerns and the differing international mechanisms for rights protection. After the second workshop on global advocacy we concluded the night with a thought-provoking group spectrum debate about all the issues raised.

It was a really exciting and enjoyable night and it was a rewarding experience to be around such active and compassionate minds.

Elle Miller (Justice and Democracy Club Vice Captain)

It never ceases to amaze me the thirst for justice and willingness to serve others that is part and parcel of the Brigidine community. As Pope Francis states in Evangelii Gaudium,

Young people call us to renewed and expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity and open us up to the future, lest we cling to a nostalgia for structures and customs which are no longer life-giving in today’s world. #107

May all girls at Brigidine aspire to act in the world with strength and gentleness.

Bill Gleeson
Assistant Principal Religious Formation


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Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the digital age

By Michael Grose

Frequently I hear parents talk about children’s use of technology as if the technology is a problem.However technology is the context or background in which we must raise our kids to be safe, social and savvy. The bigger question we need to ask is: “What is good parenting in the digital age?”

Our job is to educate kids about technology – helping them be safe, smart and balanced users – so we need some guidelines to follow. Every parent needs to set their own guidelines suitable to their own situation. Here are some ideas to help:


1. Be a good role model

It’s well established now that children will copy many of their parents’ behaviours. Our behaviours and habits now extend to our use of communication technology, which is a good thing as we’ve got the chance to model smart, balanced technology habits. This means we need to be mindful of how often we have a mobile device in our hands when we are around kids. It means we need to take care that we don’t use technology as an emotional pacifier when we feel stressed or under pressure. Model face-to-face communication and healthy ways to manage your stress levels so kids can learn these techniques too.

2. Think about expectations and rules for your kids in the digital world

You wouldn’t drop your kids off for the day in the middle of the city and say, “Have fun. Stay safe!” Yet we often do the equivalent to our kids with technology. Most digital devices are set up for adults so when you introduce a piece of technology think carefully about it’s use and expectations before handing it over to your kids. Where possible and practical use restrictions under settings when you give a device to a child. And place your own restrictions around use and timing when kids use devices, rewarding responsible use with greater freedom.

3. Differentiate between uses

One use doesn’t fit all. Digital technology has three purposes – communication, education and entertainment. Gender plays a part here with girls using digital technology more for communication and boys using digital devices more for entertainment. As a parent we need to be aware how our kids are using technology, which will influence how we respond to them. For instance, you should take a different approach to a child who spends all his time after school playing Minecraft to one who spends significant time online for educational purposes. Nuance your approach according to the children’s technology use.

4. Create social media mantras and scripts to keep kids safe

Parents have always found ways to frame messages for children so that they rattle around inside their heads when parents aren’t around. “Don’t speak to strangers” still reverberates with me decades after my mother first drilled it
in to me. She also gave me the scripts to use with strangers if ever I got lost, or found myself in trouble. So what scripting are you introducing to your child to keep them safe and also make them think about smart use while online?
These include such mantras as “Is it worth posting?”, “Take a deep breath before hitting the send or post button.” “Do you want the principal to see this post?”

5. Create tech-free zones and times

Knowing when to cut off or leave technology is just as important as knowing when to use it appropriately. One way to teach appropriateness of technology use is to introduce tech-free zones and tech-free times into your family. For
instance, dinner tables and mealtimes should be kept technology free to encourage in the moment face-to-face conversations. Bedrooms should be tech free particularly at night to encourage children to get a good night’s sleep.

6. The family that plays together learns together

Technology can bring us together or keep us apart. I recently saw a mother and her early teen son walking down a busy a street both with their faces in mobile devices, only glancing up occasionally from their screens to make sure they didn’t bump into others. Although physically close, mentally they were worlds apart. On the other hand, a well-chosen game can easily connect parents with their kids. Choose games and activities that bring you together and provide opportunities to teach kids about sportsmanship and etiquette.

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Editorial by Sue Martin

There have been many antennae twitching in education circles in the last few weeks regarding the potential changes to the curriculum that may follow the BOSTES Review which is due to Minister Piccoli on 30 June. Those changes have been discussed for some time and are likely to be reflected in the draft syllabuses for the HSC subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History as they become aligned in scope and sequence with Australian Curriculum requirements in Years 7 to 10. Driving the discussions is a concern about Australia’s declining achievement in the international educational testing and Australia’s readiness for the future in a global market place. The media release from Federal Minister Simon Birmingham on 12 May regarding his Student Achievement Plan articulated this concern. As government funding will be attached to the proposals it is likely the BOSTES Review will attempt to address those concerns.

The Commonwealth plan focuses on the importance of literacy and numeracy underpinning standards. Minister Birmingham proposes providing annual reports to parents identifying literacy and numeracy attainment with a minimum standard expected for Year 12 and that within a decade students will complete English or a humanities subject and mathematics or a science subject prior to attaining an ATAR. This is straightforward at one level but in schools where English and the humanities subject of Studies of Religion are compulsory and not all students feel Mathematics is their strength, this is something to think about.

The BOSTES Review has been underway for a few months and takes into account those issues raised by Commonwealth and State governments. It has been mooted that the minimum standard expected of Year 12 students will not be Band 2, as it is presently, but a literacy and numeracy level of achievement calibrated with NAPLAN. At this stage it is difficult to see how the grading standards for Year 10 and 11 RoSA will align to this.

There is also a desire to extend the high performing students and to do this by reducing the breadth of courses and increasing their depth. The reduction in content will be welcomed by both teachers and students alike in a stressful, time poor environment. The requirement of greater depth will become evident in a greater emphasis on the thinking required within the disciplines.

Scientific, mathematical and historical thinking already underpin the development of curriculum documents in the Australian Curriculum. It is not surprising therefore that Science Extension is being considered for Year 12, as is the introduction of Philosophy and Psychology as new HSC courses. More interesting is the Critical Thinking test for Year 11 which is being trialled this year in a number of schools. It consists of 80 multiple choice questions based on analytical and logical reasoning, independent of subjects, and is enthusiastically supported by the universities.

One of the important changes being considered in the Review is around assessment. There is increasing concern that assessment is the source of unhealthy levels of anxiety and some of the suggestions to alleviate this are to reduce the number of assessments, change the weightings and components of the weighting, reducing the maximum weighting allocated to internal examinations, especially the Trial HSC examinations, and consider whether an assessment task should be completed in Year 11. Assessment will focus more on its purpose and utilise methods that are not about regurgitating content, but assessing depth of learning.

Next year, the NAPLAN tests will be a computerised adaptive test. This means that the questions a student answers will be marked in real time and ‘adapt’ to the student’s level of ability. This will generate a better assessment of the highest performing students and provide better diagnostic data to assist planning. One has to wonder whether this form of testing will appear in some form in Years 11 and 12 in the future – possibly a literacy and numeracy test?

Last week the Writing Briefs of the new syllabuses were made available to schools and evidence of the intentions became clearer: less content, greater focus on thinking, literacy and numeracy, more reasoning, more problem solving, more experiments, more real world contemporary examples and less complex, prescriptive requirements.

Mathematics General 2 will be aligned to Mathematics with common questions to remove the unfortunate and unfair scaling that favoured the lower level of mathematics in the high mark range in ATAR calculations. The consequence of university students being unable to meet the mathematical requirements of their undergraduate courses has led to Sydney University making Mathematics a prerequisite subject for all commerce, science, medical and engineering degrees; other universities may well follow.

In English, there will be less texts, less prescriptions in the choice of texts and a greater emphasis on writing, removing the practice of using prepared essays in the examination. Similar changes are evident in Science and History.

Draft syllabuses will drop into schools before long accompanied by assessment requirements and time lines for implementation. These changes are exciting for teachers on so many levels but represent a period of considerable planning and programming. It will also require a clear understanding of the implications for schools and good information being communicated to parents and students.

The subject selection evenings next term will start the process. The meeting for Year 10 parents is on Thursday 28 July and for Year 8 parents on Thursday 25 August.

Sue Martin
Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

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Duke of Edinburgh News

Bronze Qualifying Hike and Practice Canoe Rescheduled

Following the postponement of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh canoe and hike expedition last weekend, after discussions with OEG and the monitoring of the venues the girls will be going to, it has been decided that no expeditions be run this coming weekend. The venues and rivers are not at a safe level and these expeditions have been rescheduled as follows.

All Bronze students who were scheduled to complete the hike or canoe last weekend will now do so next term, on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July. All details will be the same as previously planned for and all route plans and meal plans will remain current for this upcoming expedition in July. A permission note has been sent home this week with the new date and confirming the travel details, your prompt return of this note would be greatly appreciated.

Silver Practice Hike and Practice Canoe 11 June to 13 June Postponed

Unfortunately due to the severe weather conditions experienced last weekend and the effect on the venues we would be using we have made the decision in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Group to postpone all Silver expeditions scheduled for this weekend.

All Silver students who were scheduled to complete the hike or canoe this coming weekend will now do so next term, on Friday 29 July, Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July. All details will be the same as previously planned for and all route plans and meal plans will remain current for this upcoming expedition in July. A permission note has been sent home this week with the new date and confirming the travel details, your prompt return of this note would be greatly appreciated.

Hillary Challenge update

Three Brigidine teams braved the weather last weekend at the 2016 Hillary Challenge. The Hillary Challenge is the toughest adventure competition for high school students. Not only does this event require a high level of physical and mental fitness, being a team sport, members need the ability to work together under stress. The teams are scored on their skill, speed and endurance during a 2-day series of outdoor adventure challenges, including a rogaine and a multisport race on the final day. In true adventure racing tradition, the exact details of all challenges will be kept secret until the event. Due to the weather conditions the event took on a slightly different format last weekend, however the challenge and adventure were very much still present.

Brigidine teams finished in first, second and fourth positions and are now the NSW State Championships, having the opportunity to compete in the National Championships in Victoria in October.

Congratulations to all students involved over the weekend and especially to the Brigidine Blue team consisting of Emily Thornton, Melinda Thomas, Miki Ellis and Larissa Navakas-Pettersen. These girls have training hard over the past months and this is a most deserving win.

2016 Sydney North Schools Orienteering Championships Opportunity to compete

Brigidine this year will be competing in the Schools Orienteering Championships at St Ives Showground, on Monday 8 August. The students will leave school at 8.45am after mentor and return to school in time for period 6 and the normal end of the school day.

Orienteering is the original adventure race: part athletics, part geography, part maths, part problem solving. Using the orienteering map, students navigate their way around a course set through parkland and/or bush.

Any Duke of Edinburgh students wishing to compete in the 2016 Championships one day event please contact Mrs Wacher by Friday 17 June.

Duke of Edinburgh Question time – Thursday lunch

All students are reminded that Mrs Wacher and the Club captains are available every Thursday at lunch in the Anita Murray courtyard. Please come along and have your queries answered rather than sending emails.

Child Protection Forms

All 2016 Duke of Edinburgh participants must have each assessor complete the Working with Children form which includes a WWC number and hand these in before the activity can be commenced. A copy of the Working with Children form can also be found on the Brigidine Duke of Edinburgh Portal page. These forms are in the Resources folder of each level of the award. Hard copies are available from Mrs Wacher on Thursday’s at lunchtime (Duke of Ed question time) outside the Anita Murray building.

Please be aware that this form must be completed by your assessor before any outside of school activity can be started. All participants must complete this form, even if the assessor is the same as last year.

Upcoming Duke of Edinburgh Important dates:

Thursday 16 June - Bronze qualifying hike (Option 2) and canoe briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Thursday 16 June - Silver qualifying hike and canoe briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Thursday 16 June - Gold practice pack and paddle (Sydney) briefing 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Thursday 23 June – Gold Fiji Experience meeting with Clint Miller from Destination Dreaming 3.30pm – 6pm Chapel

Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June – Bronze Qualifying hike (Option 2)

Saturday 25 June to Sunday 26 June – Bronze Qualifying canoe (all canoe participants)

Saturday 25 June to Monday 27 June – Silver qualifying hike and canoe

Saturday 25 June to Tuesday 28 June – Gold practice pack and paddle (Sydney)

Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July - Silver practice hike and canoe Kangaroo Valley

Saturday 30 July to Sunday 31 July – Bronze Qualifying hike (Option 1)

Saturday 30 July to Sunday 31 July – Bronze Practice Canoe (All canoe participants)

Skye Wacher
TIC Duke of Edinburgh

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