The Lion's Roar - 14 August 2019 | 14 August 2019
St Mark's Stars
Congratulations to Beth Cater (C8.1), who was announced as a finalist in the Young Achiever of the Year category in the WA Football Commission's Northern Conference Awards of Excellence. This award recognises outstanding achievement or contribution by 13-19 year olds at a local club level. For Beth it is recognition for her hard-work volunteering. Well done, Beth!
We wish Matthew Weatherald (C11.1) all the best as he heads to Sydney next month to attend the High Performance Training Camp as part of his selection to the Australian Fencing Team. Matthew will then travel to Melbourne where he will be representing WA in the National Airforce Cadets Shooting Competition.
St Mark’s had 11 students competing in the State Robocup Competition last weekend, with three of our four teams progressing through to the Finals.
While none of the teams placed in the Grand Final, the Year 11 Team, lead by Alex Dalton, ranked 2nd on Friday in the Open Line Rescue, and ranked 4th during the Preliminary Finals on Saturday. The Team missed out on the Grand Final by one place. They had many comment on the high level of engineering involved in the design of their robot.
All students were excellent ambassadors of St Mark’s and displayed impressive problem solving and coding skills, while also showing the resilience needed to learn and improve. They have been working on these robots all year and have all put in a huge amount of time and energy towards this success.
We'd like to thank Dr Ray Williams, Mrs Michelle Chomiak and Mr Rob Blair for their support of the students as they have built and re-built their robots this year.
Well done to all the St Mark's participants: Memphis Marshall, Aiden Kirby-Smith, Connor Walton, Archie Butterworth, Nik Wurster, Cameron Paton, Francois Fouche, Matthew Ciccullo, Luke Ellis,Toby Lorkin and Alex Dalton.
On Saturday 24 August, the School Hall will be transformed into cowboy central, complete with country rock band Renegade, dance floor, silent disco, beverages and more! So mark your diaries, and save the date: 24 August 2019.
Around the School
As part of our ongoing commitment to continuously improving the School, we believe it is critical to seek our community's opinion on a range of issues relating to St Mark's Anglican Community School.
We are grateful to everyone who has completed the survey so far. To date, participation in all three of the surveys (students, parents and staff) has been good, and we look forward to seeing more of our community having their say:
- Parent survey: 22.8% have completed their survey (closes on 9 September)
- Staff survey: 45.9% have completed their survey (closes on 10 September)
- Student survey: 53.6% have completed their survey (closes on 10 September)
Please note: we do not have access to any information that shows who has/hasn’t completed the survey or what they have said, just the percentage of respondents.
If you have not receive your survey instructions as yet, please check your spam and junk email folders before contacting Mandy Cosser at email@example.com. While we strongly encourage you to participate, the survey is not compulsory. If you decide that you do not want to complete the survey, simply click ‘Unsubscribe’ in the instruction or reminder email.
Your feedback is very important to us as we continue to build a successful School and strengthen our reputation as an ‘educator of choice.’
Thank you for your assistance in helping to shape the future direction of St Mark's.
About the survey
We have engaged the professional services of MYP Corporation (MYPCorp) to undertake a strictly private and confidential School Results Survey on our behalf. The survey should take approximately 10 - 15 minutes and will need to be completed online between 20 August and 9 September 2019. There are no right or wrong answers and we ask that you respond honestly to each statement.
Please note that this survey will be confidential. No member of the leadership team at St Mark's will have access to your individual responses. We will be provided with a summary of collated results only.
MYPCorp will undertake the following process to ensure anonymity:
- Parents and guardians will be emailed individual survey logins.
- Results will be collated externally.
- A summary of collated results will be provided to the School's leadership team.
Dear Parents / Guardians
Following the reporting in the news recently of a young woman being harassed by strangers in Trigg bushland, I thought it timely to remind our community of some useful messages to be discussing with our children. It is important that we are mindful of minimising any risk to the safety and wellbeing of our children, and so we encourage all parents to reiterate important protective behaviour messages at home. Some or all of the following messages might be appropriate:
- Travel in company. Walk/stay with friends, where possible. Never wander off or go out of sight
- Walk on the right hand side of the road so you face oncoming traffic
- Wherever possible, leave space between yourself and the roadway
- Stay in areas that are well lit
- Plan trips to avoid areas hidden from view (such as bush or behind shopping centres)
- Keep earphones and headphones off to stay aware of surroundings
- Keep mobile phones, if appropriate, turned on and have an emergency number in the phone book
- Keep away from cars that stop nearby
- Do not hesitate to run if you feel at risk
- Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police
- Practise saying ‘NO’ loudly and repeatedly, if unsure
- Yell ‘HELP’ as loudly and repeatedly as possible, until heard. Potential predators hate noise and attention
- Find a safe adult (a police officer or someone similar) or a safe spot (if fearful) such as a school or a shop (someone wearing a uniform is not necessarily safe)
- If safe, photograph or memorise the number plate of suspicious cars Report to police number plates and descriptions of threatening people
Steven Davies, Principal
Early Learning Centre
REMINDER: K-1 GARDEN WATERING ROSTER – Term 3 and holidays
The roster for Term 3 and the October holidays was uploaded to the Early Learning Document Portal during Week 1 of this term. A revised instruction sheet is also available on the Early Learning Document Portal. Thank you to those parents who have already entered their names on the roster. Parent hours can be earned for assisting.
Please note that we still need parent help for most Mondays and Fridays during Term 3 (including this Friday and next Monday). Your assistance is very much appreciated. Please be aware that all plants around the frog pond area are under cover and will need to be hand watered even on rainy days.
REMINDER: K-12 DAFFODIL DAY FUNDRAISER – orders due Wednesday 14 August
If you would like to support this charity, please complete the daffodil order form which is available on the Early Learning Document Portal. Orders will need to be returned to School with exact cash by Wednesday 14 August. This offer is open to the whole School (K-Y12). Please note that daffodils will be sent home with students on Wednesday 21 August. As Kindy Starfish will not be at School on this day, please make arrangements for orders to be collected from ELC Reception on Wednesday 21 August.
REMINDER: K-5 BOOK WEEK (19-23 August) & K-5 BOOK FAIR (26-30 August)
As part of Book Week celebrations, K-Y5 students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Thursday 22 August. Please note the change of date (originally scheduled for Friday 23 August). Kindy Starfish students are invited to dress up on Tuesday 20 August. Students may come to School in their chosen dress up. Various other activities will also take place during that week (details are provided in the parent information letter).
The K-5 Book Fair (26 to 30 August) provides an opportunity for parents to visit the Primary Library with their children before or after school on nominated days and purchase books (a schedule is provided in the parent information letter). The parent information letter was previously uploaded to the Early Learning Document Portal.
REMINDER: ELC ASSEMBLIES THIS TERM
The ELC assembly dates are listed in the Term 3 Events document currently available on the Early Learning Document Portal. The first assembly will be 1WEL assembly on Wednesday 21 August commencing at approximately 9am in the PAC. 1WEL parents are invited to attend their class assembly. ELC Assemblies will take place at 9am in the Barbara Godwin Performing Arts Complex (PAC) and will run for 30-45 minutes. Parents are invited to attend their own class assemblies. ELC Chapel will follow directly after Wednesday Assemblies in the PAC. Parents are welcome to attend Chapel if they wish.
REMINDER: ELC FATHERS’/SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBER DAY – Friday 30 August (8.30-10.30am)
Just a reminder for Dads and other special family members to keep the morning of Friday 30 August free. Kindy Starfish students and dads/special family member are also invited to attend the festivities. Our theme for this year is Dad Business and Dads can wear their regular work/day clothes, but perhaps include sport shoes. The event includes a free sausage sizzle. A parent information letter has been uploaded to the Early Learning document portal this week.
REMINDER: K-Y12 P&F DANCE (adults only) – Saturday 24 August
The P&F Dance is coming up on 24 August, with a Wild, Wild West theme. The event gets rave reviews every year, and is a fabulous night out for the School community – parents, staff and Old Scholars. So dust off your cowboy boots and book your place at www.trybooking.com/bcbpf. An information flyer was previously uploaded to the Early Learning Document Portal and paper copies were sent home earlier this term.
The Year 1 children have been working with the Year 8 Science Extension students to create a beautiful frog-friendly pond. We invite you to come and explore the area which is located in the north east corner of the Early Learning Centre grounds.
The students have named the area Kooboolong Boodja (meaning 'frog wet area' in Noongar language). At the moment, there are four Pygmy Perch in the pond. They will help to keep the pond healthy and eat mosquito larvae. Tadpoles will be introduced to our pond towards the end of August, when hatching commences.
If you have any plants, rocks or ornaments that you think may be suitable for us to add to this area, please contact Mrs Collie in the ELC Reception.
Please remember to supervise your children in the area, encouraging them to take care where they are stepping as the plants are trying to establish themselves.
A big thank you to Mr & Mrs Ann and Jim Edwards (grandparents of Sophie Coffin in the Kindy Turtles class) and Belinda Devenish (Kindergarten EA) for their dedication and passion in bringing this project to fruition.
The Year Three students at St Mark’s are once again collecting donations and gold coins for Operation Christmas Child. There will be a free-dress day on 20 September in the Junior School, as a reward for anyone who has made a donation by this date.
Donations are for children aged 2-14 years old and can include an item fitting the following description:
- Something to love (e.g. a toy or a doll)
- Something for school (e.g. pencils, pencil case, notebook)
- Something for personal hygiene (e.g. a flannel, a bar of soap, a toothbrush)
- Something to wear (e.g. any new clothes, hats, shoes or underwear)
- Something to play with (e.g. ball, small toy, a yo yo, skipping rope)
- Something special (e,g. a bag to carry their box, finger puppets, a note from you)
For postage and safety reasons, we cannot accept liquids, pastes, gels or balms or any items related to war. The gold coin donations are to help cover the postage of our boxes. Participation in this fundraiser is not compulsory, however, we ask you to keep our box recipients in your daily prayers.
All items must be new, as per the charity guidelines. There are labelled boxes for donations in the 2/3 Open Area.
Thank you for your support!
The Arts (K to 12)
Yesterday's special Matinee performance of the Beauty & The Beast was a big success and has ramped up the cast and crew's excitement ahead of the four sold-out shows taking place this week - starting tonight!
As you can see from the photographs, the whole production team has put in a massive effort to get our musical up and running. We hope that you love it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
In our Community
Free webinar: End of Year Anxiety
This time of year can be pretty hectic. First we have the scramble to finish up 2019 and prepare for whatever new stage 2020 might bring for each of the kids in your family. Even if you do get to enjoy some time off, holidays and family traditions can present challenges including:
- disrupted routines
- changes in sleep patterns
- financial pressure
- pressure to get everything ‘just perfect’
- dealing with tricky emotions around family traditions (especially after loss, separation or painful memories).
Tempers can be frayed and emotions can run high. Maggie Dent is offering a free webinar on tackling this issue.
Tuesday 10th December
Online (via Zoom)
St Nicolas' Anglican Church Sundowner
St Nicolas' is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Consecration of St Nicolas' Carine-Duncraig. Join them on Saturday 7 December at 6.30pm in the Church Hall for finger foods and drinks. They would love to catch up with past parishioners and friends of our community. BYO drinks. RSVP to 9448 1421 by Monday 2 December 2019.
Parent Prayer Group
The Parent Prayer group invites all St Mark's parents to join them every Monday to pray for our School community: students, staff and families.
Where: Parish Centre (next to the Chapel)
When: Every Monday
Time: 8.30am to 9.30am
All are welcome. If you'd like more information, please call Rebecca Preston (0423 154 650) or Maree Hendry (0468 362 777).
Ride and Stride for Sarcoma
Earlier this year, a School family, the Hoogenkamps, lost their teenage son Kristian to Alveola Rhabdomyosarcoma. The Ride & Stride event is a fundraiser to enable further medical research into this rare cancer. Another School family have chosen to participate in support of the Hoogekamps by entering this challenge and raising funds for research. You can make a donation here. All donations from this event will be put towards sarcoma research through the Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation.
General Community Notices
Summer Events Calendar
The City of Joondalup’s Youth Services Team has released a new Summer Events Calendar - a great way to find out what is happening in the City over the summer holidays. The calendar is available online.
WA Youth Strings Orchestra: Applications close 15 Nov
Applications are now open for 2020. Come and join the Youth Strings Orchestras! Open to students of violin, viola, cello and double bass form Years 3 to 9. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at Newman College. For more information go to www.wayouthstrings.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See flyer below.
Joondalup Youth Awards: Applications close 22 Nov (Year 10s)
The City is once again offering current Year 10 students the opportunity to apply for the City of Joondalup Youth Awards. Students in Year 10 or equivalent are able to apply for an amount of $1,000 to assist them in completing their ATAR/General/Alternate Studies in 2020. Any questions regarding applications can be directed towards the Youth Projects Officer 9400 4929. Applications close on 22 November 2019. Application forms and eligibility criteria are available online. See flyer below
If you are involved in a not-for-profit community group, such as a sports club, you are welcome to send through items for inclusion on this page. Please email email@example.com with your request.
Free session with Mark Lee Football Coaching (K-Y6)
Mark Lee Coaching will be a running before school coaching sessions on the Junior School oval. This program run independently from St Mark's and is open to the wider community (including children from other schools). However, we are pleased to share an offer from the organisers that is exclusive to students attending St Mark's: one free coaching session for students from Kindy to Year 6. The free session for Kindy, Pre Primary, Year 1 and Year 2 is on Friday 22 November, and the free session for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 is on Friday 29 November. Please download the flyer for more information.