Correction - 30 June is not a scheduled Pupil Free Day
Dear Parents and Carers
Parents and carers should look for a notification which will be sent via Schoolzine on Tuesday, 28 June.
Shining Lights Week 9, Term 2
On Thursday some primary students made their first Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr Michael Mullens, Fr Pale's relieving priest, told the students at their Retreat last Friday that Reconciliation is like having our own personal windscreen wipers, wiping away our sins and guilt so we are renewed. This renewal is through the grace of God rather than anything we can do to earn forgiveness.
The word Reconciliation is derived from the word "cilia", meaning eyelashes. It allows us to repent, "turn around" and meet each other eye(lash) to eye(lash) again. When the students confess and receive absolution from Fr Adrian, Bega's new priest, who is Jesus' representative on earth, they may feel enlightened by the spirit; joyful and hopeful that they will become closer to God, others and themselvesthrough the experience.
Congratulations to all the students who have made this important step in their faith journey and their families who have supported them along the way.
Our Year 8 students have spent the term learning about the importance of contemplative prayer, especially when it comes to decision making. St Ignatius developed the Daily Examen which encourages us to reflect on our choices and helps us discern how our thoughts, words and actions impact on those around us. The Daily Examen has 5 steps:
- Become aware of God’s presence.
- Review the day with gratitude.
- Pay attention to your emotions.
- Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
- Look toward tomorrow.
As we head towards the July holidays, you may wish to reflect on your year to date. The "Reimagining the Examen" App might be a useful guide to help you on your journey.
Have a safe and joy-filled holiday.
It is not even half way through 2022 yet the excitement begins for our Year 10 students as they begin to consider their pathways for 2023 and beyond. This is an important time for our community as staff and parents guide and support our young people as they consider careers and/or further study options as their years of schooling rapidly wind up.
It can be a challenge and it is perfectly OK if students feel they have no idea what path they wish to take. Even those who are confident may change their mind several times between now and the time they leave Lumen Christi. What is important is that they are fully aware of the support on offer through parents, the school and the wider community as they consider their options.
The first step in this will occur in Week 10 of this term. On Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June, students will rotate through a number of sessions aimed at providing information about the courses on offer for Year 11 and 12, different pathway options, requirements and terminology around the HSC and ATAR as well as completing the Minimum Standards Tests that students must undertake as a part of their Stage 6 transition.
In addition, on Tuesday 28 June between 5:00pm and 7:00pm there will be the opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers of Stage 6 courses in a market-style format to discuss specific details and questions students and parents may have. Between 5:45pm and 6:15pm there will be a whole gathering where parents and students will hear from a number of speakers about the HSC pathways, the course information website and the course selection process.We look forward to commencing this journey with our Year 10 students and are always more than happy to answer any queries as they arise over the coming months
Students in Years 5 & 6 have recently undertaken an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education.
To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and assists in reducing the cost passed on to parents through the school camp fees.
College Update for Week 10 Term 2
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Letter from CE Director, Ross Fox
Dear Parents & Carers
Please see attached link below of correspondence from CE Director, Ross Fox regarding Protected Industraila Action at CECG Schools on Thursday, 30 June for Teaching & Support Staff.
College Update for Week 9 Term 2
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Shining Lights Week 8, Term 2
Leading Learners - Enable others to act
Leading Learners who are in touch with their values recognise the importance of sharing their insights and capacity to learn. Key to the development of themselves is the development of others in the learning community. Trust is a strong value in the disposition of the leading learner.
We all have the capacity for trust, but we don’t always share well. The moist vibrant and progressive classrooms are those in which the students speak with each other about their work, projects and learning.
Be the Light of Christ
Kids being kids, I am sure that you would not be surprised if I told you how much time and effort is consumed by the simple things.
Now the following may elicit a gentle drift back to your own school days; or perhaps I risk a more vigorous response along the lines of “I hated school too.” Perhaps a, “Yeah, they’re the same at home;” perhaps a “Well, what do you expect?” Perhaps you are already asleep by now or have decided to give this up and look for that permission note.
The simple things … uniform should be a simple thing. There are those who fight tooth and nail most days, those who passively resist and a few in between. I have written previously about uniform, so I’ll let this go. Just one thing – Converse gym boot thingies are not school uniform. I don’t get deliberate, unnecessary wearing of PE uniform really. I couldn’t bear the dishonesty of it all…That’s two things, sorry.
The simple things … psychologically/rational mind unformed – I get it, but a simple thing is that the bin is three steps away, but still a kid will jam their lunch wrapper between the slats of the seats or throw it behind them with James Bondesque subterfuge. Probably the same kids who are passionate about the environment in other contexts. But they don’t make the connection. Recycling bins are enormously challenging for the same reason (you actually have to think and maybe take four steps.)
The simple things … give me a dollar, PLEASE, for every “ Can I go to the toilet,” “Can I fill my drink bottle,” “I left it in my locker,” “Can I have a hair tie?,” ”It’s out of charge,” “Just muckin around,” “ I was at the bubbler,” “My shoes got wet,” ( and this occurred during the drought years).
And speaking of lockers (glad you asked), the simple things…a famous foundation LCCC staff member (take a bow Mrs Armstrong) once said to me that, “a locker without a lock is just a cupboard.” This remains one of my favourite pieces of Yoda-like wisdom in teaching. Mercifully we have very few thefts, some “we we’re just mucking arounds,” but virtually zero problems, amazingly, with locked lockers.
Far, far, more seriously… one of the simple things (or maybe not as simple as I would like) is the way that kids sometimes speak to one another. Now it is as old as the hills that adolescent boys will constantly pull, grab, tousle, touch each other in a primitive, unconscious display of aspirational sexual dominance. But I am really saddened, and it is nearly always boys, (and, yes, there are differences between boys and girls, not in rights, but developmentally, and I was a boy once myself), that some of the appalling sexist and discriminatory language that you would have hoped died out at least a generation or three ago can still, on occasion, be heard. The kids often are completely oblivious to real meaning. This is often when the notorious, “Everyone else” defense is rolled out. I understand the occasional brain explosion, but I think that politeness is a simple thing. Student empathy is every teachers dream. But it’s possible - many LCCC kids actually thank their teachers after lessons.
Anyway, I have a barrage of more simple things but should come to a point:
There are such individuals, and LCCC has a heap of them, in correct uniform every day, who use the bins appropriately , who are down the track at developing empathy, who have locks on their lockers. And you know - they are usually much happier. They have the simple things under control. Who they are is not defined by their rebelliousness in not using a bin or wearing PE uniform on the wrong days. And, please don’t think that I am endorsing the “mainstream” kid with all of life’s advantages (if such a one exists), I’ve said nothing about academic ability nor am I advocating conformist automatons. The world needs rebels absolutely, but choose a cause more worthy than not bringing your gear to class.
I’m suggesting that every single kid at Lumen can be, has the opportunity to be (some with assistance /support), a kid who takes care of the simple things. This being the case helps us then to get on far more quickly with other business… like trying to unlock their potential…let their light shine.
From Careers Pathways - 2023/2024 Subjects
First things first: what is subject selection?
Essentially, it’s where you get to choose (finally, hooray!) the subjects you would like to study and the ones you’d like to drop. This sounds great in theory, but the process to get there can be a bit more complex.
You get to pick your subjects to help you prepare for life once school is over. It means you can stop studying anything you definitely won’t need, and you can specialise with in-depth learning in some of the areas that interest you. You don’t have enough time to study everything, so you’ll need to pick the subjects that match your post-school plans.
Your subjects will also impact on the qualifications you get when you leave school. You’ll need to study the right combination of subjects to qualify for a certificate of school completion, and if you want to leave with a VET qualification then you’ll need to meet the criteria for that as well. If you’re thinking about going to university then you may need an ATAR
5 tips for Subject Selection for Year 11 and 12
Tip 1 – what do you have to pick? Are there any compulsory courses? These could be courses your school is making you take, like physical education, religion, or English. If you’re not sure if there are any compulsory subjects you’ll need to do at your high school, now is the time to check that out.
Get yourself down to Mrs Thompson, Mr Lynn or Mr Crawford and ask. That way you won’t go ahead and plan 6 subjects you’d like to study, only to have to sacrifice one or two for the compulsory subjects.
Tip 2 – what are you passionate about? If you love studying a certain subject or you have your heart already set on a career, that’s fantastic. Doing what you love will not only make you happier in both the long and short term, but you’re more likely to do well at it too. So if, for example, you love art, don’t stop doing it in favour of another subject that you think typically scales better, just to boost your overall ATAR score. You should definitely choose subjects that you enjoy, but be realistic about what the long term opportunities those subjects will give you and maybe compromise on one or two.
Tip 3 – do your research. Before you commit to which subjects you’ll take next year, you really should do some reading. Whether you’re planning on going on to study further, take up an apprenticeship, or start working, you should find out what prospective institutions or employers will need from your high school education. If you’d like to go to university and have even a vague idea about what course you’d like to do, you should find out what the prerequisites are.
Each University has different requirements though, so you might like to check a few and see if there’s a common theme. Teaching and medicine courses also tend to have strict subject requirements.
Tip 4 – keep your options open. You might love chemistry, physics and maths. And up until now you’ve been doing really well in those subjects too. That’s great; maybe you’ll go on to love those subjects and enter a STEM related career. But you might also decide in Year 12 that you’ve actually had enough of sciences and your passion is taking you down a different route.
Conversely, if you really don’t enjoy maths, but you’re interested in a career in the science or health fields, chances are you’ll need maths, so you may have to suck it up and at least take the baseline option. Either way, it’s definitely worth considering spreading your choices wider and incorporating a few different subjects that’ll give you more flexibility when it comes to choosing universities or careers.
You’ll be amazed how much growing and learning you’ll still do in the next 2 years of high school and beyond. It’s exciting, and giving yourself more scope will ultimately just give you more options and more choices later in life.
Tip 5 – challenge yourself. If you’re looking at doing Maths or English and similar subjects where there are different levels, make sure you talk to your current teacher about the appropriate level for you! Then double check this against any University entry requirements.
Important things to avoid when it comes to subject selection
A few of our recommended don’ts when it comes to subject selection include:
- Don’t just choose what you think are the easy options; you’re wasting your opportunity to be and to do so much more.
- Don’t choose subjects to be with your friends or satisfy your parents’ wishes.
- Don’t choose subjects because you think they’ll scale well or lead to a well-paid career. You might end up hating your time at school and university and putting yourself behind rather than getting ahead.
- Don’t be unrealistic, e.g. don’t choose chemistry and physics because you love animals and think being a vet would be nice. If you’re not great at those subjects and are a bit squeamish anyway, you really need to find new and realistic ways to pursue your dream of working with animals.
The Subject Selection Handbook is out now – Student will need to set up their Study Work Grow account with the details listed on Mrs Thompsons door to access this.
Work out what your goals are, it’s then a lot easier to find the pathways that can get you there. This complete handbook, could help you by guiding you through the decision making process step-by-step, learn what motivates you, help you to refine your goals and then work out the best pathways for you.
Yes, it’s a big decision, but Subject selection in Year 10 will not define the rest of your life.
So don’t stress about it too much. Give it some thought, do the research and choose subjects that will help you to enjoy your last two years at school.
You can always do bridging courses and find alternative pathways to get you where you want to be. That could be your plan B.
Taking the time now to choose subjects that you’ll enjoy, do well at and will get you where you want to be faster and with less time spent in struggle-town, will make your life less complicated in the long run. Ultimately, it will be time well spent.
Shining Lights Week 7 Term 2
Retreats are an important part of the Lumen Christi experience. They are an opportunity for students to step away from the busy-ness of their daily lives and bond with their whole year group. They're also an opportunity to reflect on our Scriptural Theme - we're very blessed to be able to hold these retreats at the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club, with the backdrop of the beach easily recognisable as "holy ground".
This week Years 9 and 10 participate in their Retreat days. With a focus on stewardship and Pope Francis' 2015 letter "Laudato Si “:Care for our Common Home", students will have opportunities to be in nature, appreciate nature and pray that we can all make decisions that respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
Each year primary students have a half day retreat and secondary students a full day retreat; culminating in a 4 day retreat in Year 12 at the picturesque Adventist Alpine Village. Even the College staff have an annual Spirituality Retreat Day, with this year's focus, structured around the See-Judge-Act model, also exploring the ethics and implications of "Laudato Si".
Ecological conversion is intrinsic to our identity as a Catholic College, not an added extra. Our College philosophy is that, in learning, we actively seek answers to challenging questions, to ask the bigger questions of how and why, and we express our knowledge in ways that illuminate our understanding of the world. For this reason, retreats are compulsory College events, not an optional extra.
As parents and carers, we can also benefit from taking a break, connecting with nature and reflecting on life's big questions. Perhaps this long weekend is a chance to retreat
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PUPIL FREE DAY TOMORROW
A REMINDER THAT TOMORROW IS A PUPIL FREE DAY.
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