The Lion's Roar - 3 June 2020 | 3 June 2020
St Mark's Stars
Across May and April, Young Change Agents ran the Coronavirus Design Challenge empowering young people to explore the problems caused by Coronavirus and develop potential solutions using design thinking and problem solving skills. One of the challenge winners was from St Mark's: Bella Cooper (M7.1) with her idea of Shelter Shops. Congratulations Bella!
As a runner up Bella will be receiving some great prizes from the reward pool from Young Change Agents. She also got some great feedback from the judges including "Awesome and catchy branding that addresses a social issue on the rise. Unhoused humans are increasing and this is a clever idea to try and reduce the challenge in our country. Love that you are tackling a wicked problem with a smart solution that plays to goodwill, altruism and is also is a very practical use of unused space with amenities. Fabulous pitch video Bella – you are a confident presenter".
Bella chose to enter the challenge after Mrs Paula McGibbon sent the information flyer around to some of her students as part of the Distance Learning Program. If you'd like to participate in this challenge round two is now open! This is a great chance to develop your design thinking and problem-solving skills! Find out more here: https://bit.ly/ycachallenge"
Around the School
To help us prevent the spread of infection, please keep your child at home if they are unwell, or if they are exhibiting early signs that a cold or flu is on the way - runny nose, sniffles, coughs and sneezes. The cold virus spreads very quickly, even in those early stages. We need your help to ensure your child and their friends remain well, and also to ensure the health of teaching staff, so that your child's education can continue uninterrupted by teacher absences.
Staying Healthy in Winter
Winter is often a welcome change in Western Australia after our long, hot summers. But while we live in a temperate climate, winter in most parts means significant drops in temperatures, greater rainfall and storms. Several health conditions are specifically associated with the climatic conditions during our coldest season.
- Staying active, keeping warm and eating nutritious food will boost your immunity.
- Children are more susceptible to asthma attacks during winter.
- If you have a respiratory condition, you have a higher risk of developing health complications.
- Immunisation can help protect you from getting influenza.
- Free flu vaccines are available to all children aged 6 months to 11 years through your GP or immunisation clinic. Find out more.
Medication at School and Medical Action Plans
If your child requires medication to be administered in school, the medication needs to be dropped in to the Wellness Centre. Parents are required to complete a St Mark’s medication form in order for staff to administer the medication. All medication must be in its original packaging and clearly labelled.
Medication Expiry Dates
Please ensure that you keep a record (and set a reminder) for the expiry date of all medication supplied to the school, including Epipens and Ventolin carried by older students. Please contact the Wellness Centre on 94031331 if you are unsure of the expiry date for medication held at school.
Medical Action Plans
It is recommended that Medical Action Plans are reviewed every 12 months and should be no more than 2 years old. If your child has a new or updated Medical Action Plan, please email the updated plan to email@example.com .
Cough, cold or fever? Stay at home!
If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must remain in home isolation until the result of the test is known. If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must remain in home isolation for 14 days after the date of the last contact with the case. Please contact the Covid information helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843), if you require any further information.
It is also important to keep your child at home if they experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. It is a requirement that students do not return to school until 24 hours after any symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea resolve. Find out more.
Get in Touch
For more information on any of the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9403 1331.
We'd like to give a big shout out to the parents who volunteered with exam supervision over the last two weeks. Thank you for giving up your time without any expectations, as the parent commitment hours program is on hold until further notice.
Book Club (Kindy to Year 5)
A quick note from the Library: Book Club closes on Monday 8 June.
As the queues for the Uniform Shop have now subsided, the Uniform Shop opening hours have changed to 4pm to 7pm every Monday and Wednesday.
During Term 2, girls' grey tights and all School ties will also be sold from the Cafeteria. Payment can be made by Quickcliq on SmartRider, EFTPOS or credit card at the Cafeteria at the time of purchase.
Please take note:
- No cash will be accepted. Payment must be by EFTPOS or credit card.
- Strict social distancing both inside and outside of the Uniform Shop will be maintained. Only two staff will be serving inside the Shop at any given time so please be patient if you are required to wait outside.
Pre-loved Clothing Sales
The Uniform Shop is once again accepting secondhand uniform items for sale, subject to the following conditions:
- Items must be in good repair - no rips, stains or tears.
- Must be freshly laundered.
- When dropping off the items you wish to sell, it must include a completed Preloved Clothing Form.
- Clothing and forms can be dropped off at the Uniform Shop during trading hours (Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm to 7pm) or can be dropped off by a student to Main Reception between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS
Wheelchairs For Kids (WFK) is an organisation whose mission is to manufacture and distribute wheelchairs to some of millions of severely disabled children all over the world (a project of the Rotary Club of Scarborough WA supported by Christian Brothers). Through the collection of aluminium ring pulls from aluminium cans, St Mark’s can help the WFK program; the ring pulls we collect will be sold as scrap metal and raise money for materials to make the wheelchairs. For every kilogram of ring pulls collected, 60 cents is given. For every $200 donated in support of the WFK program, a child gains a new wheelchair. Collection jars for ring pulls have been set up in all Junior School Classrooms.
SALVOS WINTER APPEAL
As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, we need to be compassionate and committed global citizens and look to how we can make a difference in our own small way. Families and students are asked to bring in non-perishable food items (canned goods/long-life boxed items and warmth items such as beanies, gloves, socks, blankets - good condition only, etc); items collected will be donated to our local Salvos branch at Heathridge to help those in need. Collection bins are located in the Year 4/5 Area.
COLLECTIONS BACK ON TRACK AFTER COVID-19
This year the Junior School with be working with the Salvation Army as part of our Learning Service Program. Over the course of the year representatives from the Salvation Army will be visiting the Junior School to work with our students on better understanding the support services available to people in need and to build empathy.
Last term, our goal was to create male hygiene packs to be distributed by selected students and families. Due to COVID-19 this initiative was put on hold but we would like to get it up and running again. We would like your support to collect items listed below to help our Global Citizenship Council so they may be dispersed on an immersion tour on Tuesday 23 June on the streets of Perth.
To help our Global Citizenship Council with the task of creating these male hygiene bags, we are asking for donations of the following items from our whole school community.
- Shaving cream
- Disposable razors
- Shampoo and Conditioner
Items can be taken to the Junior School Year 4/5 area where collection boxes will be available.
Thank you for your help with these projects.
Thanks to the skill and generosity of our staff we have been able to create two augmented reality sandboxes to aid in the teaching of Geography and Outdoor Education.
Augmented reality technology can help create three dimensional objects using different colours. The shapes created adapt as they are manipulated by the students.
The augmented reality (AR) sandbox is a system of sensors for real time 3D scanning, light projection and geographic information system (GIS) software that allows people to dynamically interact with and modify a virtual/physical landscape topography.
In this task, our Year 8 students were asked to recreate the Kalbarri coastline from a two dimensional topographic map showing different elevations, landforms and contours. Not only were they able to demonstrate their understanding of topography, the hands-on practical nature of learning meant they also great fun!
We'd like to thank the staff involved for helping us create our own sandbox, which ensured we were able to keep costs to the minimum. This includes our Maintenance team who constructed the boxes, the IT team who provided the specs, and Mr Rob Blair (Head of Digital Technologies) for donating the 3D camera.
Use your talents to help UNHCR share the message that everyone counts in defeating COVID-19, including refugees!
An image is worth a thousand words. This is your chance to use your creativity for a good cause. COVID-19 affects everyone on the planet, and the 70.8 million people who have fled their homes to escape conflict or persecution need to be protected like everyone else.
Who can take part?
Anyone in Australia 5-15 years old
What is the theme?
Under the banner 'Everyone Counts', you can focus on one or more of these three themes:
- Everyone should be protected from coronavirus. Everyone should be able to get water, soap, healthcare and medicine. Unfortunately, many refugees forced to flee their homes can't get them, which makes them very vulnerable.
- Everyone can help defeat the virus - Health workers, Humanitarian workers, You - by raising awareness and staying at home! Refugees are also making a difference. Some make soap, others help older people, and many are doctors and nurses.
- Everyone should be kind to each other. The virus can affect anyone, so there is no reason to blame anyone. Refugees mustn't become the targets of discrimination.
How do I take part?
You can send in either a single drawing or a comic strip.
- Draw by hand, and take a good-quality photograph or scan; or
- Draw on your computer and save the file as a .pdf, .jpg or .png
How will entries be judged?
We aren't looking for a 'winner', but will select some entries to publish in Australia for UNHCR's social media channels and supporter magazine. We'll choose them based on creativity and how well they convey the message. Try to inspire hope and solidarity!
If you choose to enter, we’d love to see your art too – copy your entry email to email@example.com and we’ll print a selection for display around School.
And feel free to post your art on your own social media with hashtags #everyonecounts #withrefugees.
Book a one-on-one conversation with CQU and they will be in touch to help you find the answers to your questions and talk to you about the wide range of study options available at CQUniversity. You can choose your preferred conversation option, from a telephone or video call, email or social, such as Facebook messenger. Book a conversation.
18 June: Curtin Psychology Video Presentation
Curtin’s video presentation will be available from 18 June, offering detailed information about the Bachelor of Psychology and the range of double degrees available, as well as information about entry prerequisites, pathways, and uni life. Find the video HERE.
If you have any questions about the psychology program in the lead up to the presentation, contact Professor Natalie Gasson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtin Announces Scholarships
Scholarships provide support to high performing students who wish to enhance their portfolio of achievements, but also encourage students experiencing financial hardship to maximise their ability to study. On 25 May, Curtin published 6 academic excellence scholarships which don’t close until 18 December.
- Business and Law Top Excellence
- Charles Watson Top Excellence (Health Sciences)
- Curtin Excellence
- Humanities Excellence
- John de Laeter Top Excellence (Science and Engineering)
- Women in Engineering
For details go HERE.
ECU Business Information Session 16 June 1pm to 2pm
If you are dreaming of becoming an accountant, hotel manager, HR manager, project manager or an entrepreneur then our online event is perfect for you! Join the online information session and find out everything you need to know about studying undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Business at ECU. This discipline includes our Bachelor of Commerce with a choice of 14 majors, including courses in hospitality, marketing, events and more. Find information HERE.
University Open Days
There is some uncertainty about what is happening with university open days. Some are going online.
- ECU has decided to take its Open Day online with a Virtual Open Day
- UWA has moved its Open Day online. Find Information HERE.
- Curtin says More Information Coming Soon.
- Murdoch is still advertising its Open Day for 26 July.
- CQU is running Virtual Open Days on 1st and 15th August
- Notre Dame hasn’t made an announcement for 2020. It previously planned to have its Open Day on 8 August.
July Tuition and Revision Programs
Most organisations that provide out of school tuition have added online classes to their services. These providers also do OLNA and NAPLAN revision programs. This is provided for information only and is not an endorsement of any particular program.
New AATIS Apprentice & Industry Facebook Pages
14 June Applications Close for 2021 National Youth Science Forum
If you like hands-on science workshops, meeting new people and hearing from world-class scientists, apply for the 2021 National Youth Science Forum by 14 June 2021. For more information head over to the NYSF website.
- There are Equity Scholarships that cover about $1000 of the costs.
- See a video gallery of previous camps HERE.
A Day in the Life of a Soldier
- Karrakatta, WA
- 03 September or 5 November
13 Brigade is a Reserve Brigade-Level formation of the Australian Army. They provide the Australian Army with a Reserve Response Force and a High Readiness Reserve Combat Team which are capable of deployment at short notice with Regular Army Units, or in support of civilian agencies. This placement offers participants the opportunity to have exposure to a range of Army roles and is ideal for the student who is considering a career with Army, either in a Regular or Reserve capacity. Check details HERE.
ADFA Education Awards
The Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. This is a prestigious award awarded to the 120 most suitable applicants who have applied for entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). To find out more go HERE.
The Arts (K to 12)
Our Performing Arts staff and students are definitely missing their time on stage. To cure their blues, we are running a mini-retrospective of some past productions.
Flashback to 2019 when Senior School students took to the stage for their production of God of Carnage. It was great to have students across year groups working together, learning from each other and making new friends.
God of Carnage (originally in French, Le Dieu du carnage) is play by Yasmina Reza. The play is about two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park. They agree to meet to discuss the matter in a civilised manner. However, as the evening progresses, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into pure chaos. It is a comedy of manners, without the manners!
To honour NAIDOC Week, which falls in the upcoming school holidays, our Junior School students will have the privilege of working with Indigenous artist, Jade Dolman. Jade will be a Guest Artist in the Junior School during Weeks 8 and 9. She will run Visual Art workshops during Week 8, teaching all students about Aboriginal culture and art, specifically looking at the meaning behind the paintings, symbols, colours and evolution of this traditional form of storytelling. Year 2 and 3 students will paint large canvases for their common area. During Week 9, Jade, together with our students, will paint a large mural on an external wall in the Year 4/5 Area. The mural will feature original designs by our students. For more information go to Find out more about Jade. For any other questions, please contact Mrs Wharton via email at email@example.com
Instrumental Lessons in Term 3
If your child is interested in starting a musical instrument next term (including voice), please request a copy of the Instrumental Music Handbook from Arts Administrator, Ms Eloise Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form is located on the back of the Handbook. Once completed, please send it to Eloise at the above address, or hand it in to the Music office.
Please refer to the Instrumental Music Handbook 2020 for any information that you will need regarding instrumental music lessons at St Mark's. Applications must be received no later than Friday 19 June. Applications received after this date will go on the wait list for Term 4.
* Please note: this only applies to new students; existing enrolments automatically roll over from term to term and year to year unless notice of withdrawal is given.
Withdrawals from Instrumental Lessons or Late Enrolments
If your child wishes to withdraw from instrumental lessons for Term 3, please ensure you notify Eloise Thomas at email@example.com by Friday 19 June.
Please be advised that the deadline for withdrawals or commencements is Friday 19 June.
Any withdrawals or commencements after this deadline will not be accepted and will be charged one term’s fees before withdrawal can take effect.
In our Community
Our Facebook series for parents and students, #TechTuesday, allows us to share information, tips or news on one aspect of the digital world. As not all members of our community use social media, we will repeat the #TechTuesday in the weekly newsletter.
Do you have a question that you'd like to see answered in next week's #TechTuesday? Please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find an answer for you!
Technology provides a great way for people to contribute to genuine science projects. This week's #techtuesday tip for an ongoing 'citizen science' project that will be perfect for the July holidays, especially if you are travelling through an area that was affected by bush fires. It is a family friendly project that is helping to map the recovery of Australia’s biodiversity by contributing records of recovering plants and animals returning to and re-establishing in areas burnt in the 2019/20 bush fires. It is done in a game format via a free downloadable app. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/dDun50A8EYh
#TechTuesday - 10 June 2020
Today we look at a more positive way our community can use technology as citizen scientists - and help break a world record!
The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance (ADSA) is working to map light pollution and need your help. On Sunday 21 June 2020, the darkest day of year, record the light pollution in your area using the Globe at Night webapp. You could be a world record holder AND help scientists map light pollution and the impacts on the environment. To take part, you will need to download an app.
There are two options. Participate for free online or pay the small fee of $3 to participate, which includes an official certificate, and going in the draw to win prizes. To find out more, head to the ADSA website.
#TechTuesday - 2 June 2020
- Keep your own privacy settings up-to-date and show your children how to stay on top of theirs
- Think before you post. Ask yourself if your comment is constructive before you post.
- Don’t hide behind your profile picture. Social media is not anonymous. Your online reputation will stay with you for a long time. If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it to them online.
- Give yourself a ‘rule’ about who you connect with on social media, and who you do not. For example, if you would stop and say hi to them on the street, you will add them as a Facebook friend. This helps to demonstrate boundaries in the online world.
- Find topics your family are interested in and talk about it. Take the conversation online by commenting on a group or page about the topic, and show your children how to connect with others safely and respectfully on issues that they care about.
- Demonstrate respectful conversations online. Show your child that some people may have different opinions to you. Treat people with the same respect you would give them face-to-face and report troll-like or bullying behaviour instead of engaging with it.
#TechTuesday - 26 May 2020
Are you able to spot the signs of an online scam when you see them? Challenge yourself with these five common scam examples, courtesy of the ACCC Consumer Rights' SCAMWATCH website.
#TechTuesday - 19 May 2020
While restrictions around COVID-19 may be slowly lifting, for some members of our community in high-risk categories, the restrictions will remain a significant factor in their lives. Some seniors may struggle with a sense of isolation. Technology is an important way they can remain connected with the wider world, but they may not be as proficient in utilising it. Our #techtuesday tip is to encourage the younger generation to reach out to older members of their family and help them get connected by learning new skills, such as video calls, social media and more. There are some great suggestions on the e-Safety Commissioner's website on how our young people can mentor and support older people. (PS: We'd love some photos or videos of our young people helping their grandparents to get set up!)
#TechTuesday - 12 May 2020
You wouldn't give your child the keys to a car and let them drive off down the highway without lessons. It is the same way with devices that can connect to the online world. Safe on Social Media offers some useful tips for parents to discuss and prepare strategies for online safety in this handy document.
#TechTuesday - 5 May 2020
Young children at home are increasingly playing and interacting online. How much do you know about Social Media and Digital Reputation? Take this quiz and find out how much you really do (or don't!) know.
#TechTuesday - 28 April 2020
Young children at home are increasingly playing and interacting online. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has teamed up with Play School to bring you a special episode exploring good online safety habits. Teachers and parents can also find online learning resources relating to the episode on the ABC Kids Early Education website.
#TechTuesday - 21 April 2020
As thoughts turn to Term 2 and the continuation of our Distance Learning Program, we have put together some helpful tips on what to do if IT troubles arise at home.
#TechTuesday - 14 April 2020
Keeping Schools and Learning Safe Online. The Commissioner of eSafety has some great top tips & resources to help keep schools & students safe online during distance learning, can be found here.
#TechTuesday - 7 April 2020
Keeping our kids safe online during COVID-19: The eSafety Commissioner is working to help keep families safe, offering practical tools that empower parents and carers to be a positive influence in their kids’ online lives. To this end, they have published a new resource for families: Global Safety Advice for Parents and Carers, which is available to download from the eSafety website.
#TechTuesday - 31 March 2020
#TechTuesdays - 24 March
The Online World for Under 5s | The eSafety Early Years program from Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides advice on how parents and carers can support young children under 5 to have safe and enjoyable experiences online.
#TechTuesdays - 17 March
Can you spot when you're being phished? Take this little quiz and find out how savvy you are when it comes to protecting yourself online. Great way to discuss the issue as a family: ask your children to have a go at completing the quiz too!
#TechTuesday - 9 March 2020
This week, we focus on an app that is useful to the whole family - Smiling Mind. Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into people's lives. It offers age-appropriate programs for the whole family, including younger children and adults. Wellbeing is essential for learning. With mindfulness, students are more focused and more engaged learners. The app is free and available for both Apple and Android devices.
#TechTuesday - 3 March 2020
Time for another #TechTuesday tip! Adults are just as much at risk as our children are when it comes to cybercrime. This week, we look at some tips on password management, phishing, VPNs and more. Thanks to Safe on Social Media for the resources.
#TechTuesday - 25 February 2020
Last week, we looked at TikTok, an app that is of particular concern in our community. Our thanks go to Safe on Social for this insightful information sheet. Plenty for parents (and students) to consider! Download the TikTok Info Sheet