What a fantastic effort! These students raised approximately $8000 between them for the Leukaemia Foundation. There certainly was a great vibe out in the College Centre Area for the World’s Greatest Shave.

Thanks to our hair stylists - Silvana, Donna and Cheryl - and to Mr Boom and the SRC for their support, help and clean up.

Money raised from the sale of fairy floss was also donated to this worthwhile cause.

Congratulations to Apryl Cignarella, Miah Tula, Riley Alfeo, Matthew Driscoll (Year 9), Ellen Vera, Charlotte Cuff, Austen Lantry (Year 11), Lachlan Birch and Ella Manera (Year 12).

World's Greatest Shave

Kate Fitzsimons from the Nicole Fitzsimons foundation presented to Yrs 11 and 12 this week. An integral part of The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation is raising awareness of travel safety overseas among young Australian tourists, with a focus on the dangers of riding motorbikes in foreign countries, maintaining personal safety & the importance of purchasing travel insurance before embarking on any holiday. Further advice was delivered on the purchase of alcoholic drinks that may be laced with methanol in some popular schoolies travel spots. By raising awareness of these fatal risks through presentations at local schools and community clubs, the Fitzsimons family hopes to save other innocent families from suffering the heart ache of losing a loved one in a senseless way.

The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation is also a charity registered with ACNC – ABN 61 161 928 829

Adam Lawson  - Pastoral Programs Co-ordinator

Productions: Year 9 "Respectfully Me" and Year 7 "Cybershorts" Tuesday 27th February
A drama production company presented six short plays this week in which Year 9 viewed "Respectfully Me" and Year 7 "Cybershorts." Each of these activities aims to educate students about issues of bullying, respect, cybersafety and digital citizenship. Years 7 and 10 have also had presentations in small groups from solicitors from Legal Aid and Child Legal services on this topic for World Safer Internet day earlier this year.
The content was as follows for Year 9:

Play One - The Disney Effect
Princess trout-pout thinks she is too fat and is concerned that the filters on her Snapchat have broken. Prince Big-Guns worries he will never get a girlfriend because his biceps aren't big enough and he cried watching the Bachelor...
This play takes a light-hearted look at how gender roles and expectations are represented in the media and empowers adolescents to feel more in control and alleviate the pressure to conform to certain ideals.

Play Two - Over the Line
Maya is having a tough time- she's been fighting with her best mate. She went through her boyfriend's phone and found messages to another girl and she failed a really important exam at school. Pulled into the Principal's office she's asked to explain her behaviour where she reveals that her life has been turned upside down by the announcement her parents are getting a divorce.
At the end of this play, the audience was asked to nominate a moment in the play that Maya's anger got out of control and affected her relationship with another character. They were encouraged to think about what went wrong and what choices Maya had available to her to make a better decision.
This play identified strategies and behaviours for negotiating respectful relationships in a range of settings.

Play Three 21st Century Bystander
Amelie and Lucy are best friends, but when Amelie kisses Tom, Caitlyn's ex-boyfriend, at a party all hell breaks loose in the group. Angry and determined to get revenge, Caitlyn creates a fake account online pretending to be Tom. What starts as a joke quickly spirals out of control when the fake Tom asks Amelie for inappropriate photos and then threatens to put them on a dodgy website. What hurts Amelie the most is when it is revealed that everyone was in on the joke and no one stood up for her and stopped it.
This was a clever play that puts the audience firmly in the position of the bystander. At the end of the play, using a version of Augusto Boal's forum theatre, the audience was asked at what point the bystander (themselves and Lucy) could have stopped the situation and created a positive outcome. The actors then improvised the chosen moment, incorporating the student's ideas.
A Q & A session followed that gave the students the opportunity to explore the choices made in the Forum Theatre section, plus detail the legal ramifications for all the behaviours demonstrated.

The Year 7 plays covered:

Social Not-Working_

Tonight is Mark's party and Lily has planned every detail of her outfit. When she fails to show up at the party, her friend Beth gets worried and goes to her house. What she finds is a dishevelled, emotional, exhausted Lily. Worried her outfit didn't work, Lily spent hours on Snapchat, AskFM, Twitter, KIK, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram trying to get everyone's opinion and was left far too exhausted to attend the party. This play takes a light-hearted look at the way in which social networking is taking over our lives. 

at the end, a discussion was held about the issues associated with these sites.

Generation Text
In love for the first time, Brit's choices are coming back to haunt her. Photos that she has taken of herself and Snapchatted to her boyfriend have resurfaced after he screenshotted them and sent them out. The play picks up when Brit and her boyfriend have broken up, and she discovers he has made those photos public property. For every action, there is a reaction, and 'Generation Text' explores the consequences that ensue.

Improv Workshop (after Performance)

5 volunteers were given a different character from the play and were asked to answer questions about the emotional implications the scene has had on that person. Students were encouraged to explore the inner emotional state of the character. Students were asked to explain their emotional states and justify their choices. Characters portrayed were: Brit, Jess (friend), Eli (boyfriend), Brit's mother and her teacher.

Georgia has just met the guy of her dreams, without actually meeting him. He added her on facebook, they had some mutual friends, so she said yes. After chatting online she thinks that he may be the boyfriend she has been looking for. Little does she know, that this boy, Callan, is actually her former best friend Zara who is playing a prank by creating a character who will eventually break Georgia's heart. She thinks it's funny, a little harmless fun until Georgia stops coming to school.
'Fakebook' looks past the 'harmless fun' of the schoolyard and explores the many consequences that arise from Zara's actions.
Forum Theatre Workshop (after Performance)
After the play, the students were able to decide what could have happened differently to create a positive outcome, the actors then replayed the chosen scene with the changes in it. A Q&A session was integrated into this section to encourage the students to think about the moral implications of these actions. 
A summary of safe internet guidelines can be found here:

The internet and mobile phones provide a great way to communicate and express yourself with others, but it's important to make sure they're used responsibly so that everybody has an enjoyable online experience. It's all about respecting yourself and others.
1. Use a strong password (a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers).
2. Don't believe everything you read – make sure you know it's coming from a reliable source.
3. Don't give out any private information over the internet or through mobile phones about you, your family, friends or other people that you know.
4. Think before you send! You have to think about what you are saying and how the recipient/s may feel.
5. Don't hide behind a computer screen, if you wouldn't say it to their face, don't say it at all!
6. Don't post inappropriate or illegal content anywhere on the internet.
7. Make sure your social networking profile is set to private (check your security settings).
8. Only accept friend requests from people you actually know – even if it is a friend of a friend it's not a good idea to add them unless you actually know them.
9. Tell your friends to ask for your permission before uploading and/or tagging a photo of you on their social networking profiles.
10. Don't click on any links that are embedded in emails - type the URL into the browser and go from there.

Source: Australian Federal Police.

Here is a great website for parents wanting further info:

Adam Lawson - Pastoral Programs Co-ordinator.


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Tuesday, February 6 is Safer Internet Day” (SID). SID is a worldwide event held annually. This year the theme is “ Create, connect and share respect: A better Internet starts with you”. It will focus on the shared responsibility we all have to use the Internet creatively for the common good of each other. Our College will  place a strong emphasis on students thoughtfully planning their online activities ensuring that they show empathy and respect for others.

Years 7 and 10 will be listen to a Cybersafety presentation from Legal Aid Speakers. Also some classes will have the opportunity to be involved in a writing activity entitled “Rewrite Your Story. Report Cyberbullying” which gives students a chance to rethink the actions could have made all the difference in turning a negative situation into a positive one.
Rewrite Your Story - https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/classroom-resources/rewrite-your-story

Students requiring winter uniforms can order/purchase all items on the following dates:

Tuesday 20 February
Wednesday 21 February
Thursday 22 February

3pm - 7pm each day

All blazers must be ordered and purchased prior to Tuesday 27 February.

Students will require winter uniform from the beginning of Term 2.

We look forward to welcoming our new students, Year 7 and Year 10 Peer Support Leaders back to school tomorrow (Tuesday 30 January).

All other students return on Wednesday.

Pleaes be aware that ALL students at the College are to wear their full Summer Uniform on Wednesday. NO students are to wear their PE uniform on this day.
The photographer will be here to take Student ID photos - any student not wearing the correct Summer Uniform will not be photographed for their ID card.
Images from the Year 12 Graduation November 10, 2017