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Pelican : June 2010
10 COMMUNITY SERVICE Community Service at St Edmund’s College challenges our students to live out the Edmund Rice call to seek opportunities to be of service to others and to be responsive to the disadvantaged in our local, national and international communities. Our students are offered the ‘Brothers’ programme and House based charity work as well as other community service activities. The ‘Brothers’ programme requires students to complete a minimum of twenty hours community service in Years 11 and 12. Bronze, Silver and Gold Certifcates acknowledge the completion of 50,100 or 200 hours of additional service. A ‘Blue and White’ award may be presented, at the discretion of the Principal and Brothers’ Committee, in recognition of outstanding contribution to a social justice programme or charitable work in the community. The nominated charity for each House is: Clancy Beyond Blue Haydon Home in Queanbeyan Mulrooney Vision Australia O’Brien The Salvation Army Treacy Orphanage / Preparatory School in Ghana Rice Father Frank Jones’ Latin American Mission In addition, our students respond to immediate situations or needs that occur throughout the year at a local, national or international level. Working in groups or Houses furthers the chance for students to develop relationships and a sense of spirit within the College while, most importantly, thinking and responding to others in need. Peter Milligan Deputy Principal MULROONEY HOUSE ‘PULLING TOGETHER’ Mulrooney House has experienced great academic success in the past, but in recent months we have noticed that the study habits of the boys could be dramatically improved. We are encouraging the boys to ‘pull together’ as a House and learn to support each other through their own academic journey. This term Mulrooney House will be utilizing the student resources of the vertical house system. In essence the senior students and tutors will provide a scaffolded environment to assist the junior boys to study during our Pastoral Care time and the senior students will receive supervised study amongst their peers. This type of study is called ‘Scaffolded Study’ and it is designed for each of the students to reach their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ (ZPD). As students study and interact with each other, they develop specifc models of communication, expression and explanation. They receive support and develop skills they do not receive studying on their own and hopefully achieve academic successes that they have never known before. The boys will participate in this program for Terms Two and Three, using current school reports and examination results as a benchmark to measure success. We will revisit our current study strategies, refne the areas that need to be altered and implement these changes until the remainder of the year. This program by no means replaces any study that the boys should be doing at home, but should be a means of developing skills to assist them in their own private study. Developing and supporting the boys with continued study habits at home are essential for the boys to receive the success we would all like to see. When parents, staff and students ‘pull together’ and continue this momentum we can achieve greater success. Matt Negline Head of Mulrooney House 2010 BRINGS CHANGES TO CLANCY HOUSE Clancy House has undergone numerous changes in 2010. We began the year with signifcant changes in staffng. Head of House, Ryan Greer, took up a twelve months offer to work at Trinity College Goulburn and I was appointed in his absence. Into the position of Assistant Head of House we have welcomed Jacob Knowles. Jacob has already brought his energy and passion to Clancy House – notably redesigning the Clancy area, creating a new emerging leaders program and running the Clancy House Council. With the departures of our Tutors Doug Davidson (retired) and Denzil Fox (Middle School), we have welcomed back Leigh Pirie as a Tutor as well as new Tutors, Cherie Langley and Karim Sedour. Our student leadership team has been well led by Stephen Tarlinton (Captain) and Dolan Moore (Vice-Captain) who in turn have been well assisted by Billy Chalker, Andrew Fahey and Daniel Matthews. These leaders are in turn supported by the hard working Clancy House Council. The Clancy House Charity this year is Beyond Blue – The National Depression Initiative. Later in the year we will be raising money and awareness in what we consider to be a major issue in Australian society. In the House Cup we put in a mighty effort in the swimming carnival, coming a close second to Rice and we have recently hit the lead riding on the back of our outstanding application grades. In Clancy our motto is Forti Nihil Diffcile – Nothing is Diffcult for the Strong. It is this attitude that we are striving to bring to all of our endeavours this year as we look to create a lasting tradition of achievement and success. Andrew Pritchard Acting Head of Clancy House Mulrooney boys ‘pulling together’. Swimming carnivals are serious business for Clancy Captain, Stephen Tarlinton, and Sports’ Captain, Andrew Fahey.