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South Australian Catholic schools have
been asked to submit one-minute videos
of their ecological programs to be used in
presentations to the Paris climate summit
UK sustainability expert Professor Paul
Clarke issued the invitation during a
visit to Adelaide last month. He told The
Southern Cross he expects 30-40 schools
to participate in eduCOP21, a global forum
for young people from around the world to
share their ideas leading up to the climate
change talks at the Conference of Parties
(COP21) in Paris on December 7-8.
Professor Clarke is co-founder of the
Pop-Up Foundation which helps schools
establish spaces where teachers, parents
and the wider community can come
together to explore sustainable living.
During his 10-day visit to Adelaide he held
seminars with teachers and visited schools
including Marymount College Hove, Holy
Family Catholic School Parafield Gardens,
St Brigid’s Catholic School Kilburn and
Nazareth Primary Campus Findon. He
also spent a day with the Southern Hills
Ecological Action Project (SHEAP) and
conducted a full-day “ecology colloquium”
called Our Common Home – A Shared
Inheritance at West Beach.
The professor of education at St Mary's
University College, London, said he had
noticed a “whole leap of awareness” since
the release of the papal encyclical Laudato
“We’ve been on about the need to take a
different line for years but now people are
saying ‘this works, this makes sense’,” he
“I had been saying that this was going to
be an important document but no-one
really listens until it comes out.
“I can really sense a shift in people...now
they are grappling with the question of
how we respond to the Pope’s message.”
Professor Clarke said here in South
Australia there has been an extended
conversation over many years on
ecological conversion which meant
Catholic educators were in a position to
“It’s exciting times,” he said. “We are
beginning to realise that there is a huge
resource of people and ideas out there.”
After hearing from schools about their
involvement in the Forest of Eden tree-
planting initiative, Professor Clarke
described the children’s efforts as
He said students were talking about “not
just planting a tree” but about creating a
bio-habitat and examining what the impact
would be in 60 or 70 years’ time.
Professor Clarke said the call had been put
out world-wide to gather video stories for
the Paris talks in order to highlight to an
international audience what schools were
doing at the local level.
By Jenny Brinkworth
Blackfriars Priory School students are
launching a magazine aimed at adolescent
boys in a bid to plug a gap in Adelaide’s
Year 11 student Jebin Thomas said the
journalism team of the school’s 2015
Enterprise Program had found there
were many magazines aimed at a male
readership of around 12 years and under,
or over 21.
“But there really wasn’t anything in
between,” he said last month.
Having identified the target audience of 13
to 18 year old boys, the journalism team
went on to develop a logo and name for
their quarterly publication, The Wingman.
“We chose the title The Wingman because
it is about serving others and being there
for each other,” said student Thomas
“The Wingman is committed to supporting
the growth of each boy in their adolescent
years where they are forging friendships
and developing their identity,” he said.
The journalism team last term surveyed
170 students to discover what their target
audience wanted to read, how often they
wanted to read it and in what medium.
The survey found music, sport, health and
current events in Adelaide were the top
four priorities for students surveyed and
that they wanted to receive the publication
via email, followed closely by a printed
copy, every three months.
The students are currently sourcing
advertisers for the first edition – a 40-
page magazine including news, in-depth
features and lighter stories to engage and
entertain students, raise awareness and
assist spiritual development.
The first edition is expected to be a free
publication to be issued to students and
staff by the end of the fourth term.
The students have been guided by media
mentors for the past few months, including
girl magazine Dolly editor Lucy Cousins,
who reportedly has been impressed by the
project and its target audience.
The magazine reflects the philosophy
of the ‘Boys to Gentlemen’ program
introduced at Blackfriars earlier this year.
The program is a holistic approach to
educating boys in ‘life skills’ encompassing
the areas of etiquette, achieving full
potential, confidence, public speaking,
journalism, image and styling as well as
Anyone interested in supporting the
magazine can contact the Journalism
Team at thewingmanmagazine@gmail.
WINGMEN: Part of the journalism team from Blackfriars Priory School launching a
new boy’s magazine (L-R front) Nathaniel Preece and Thomas O'Donnell and
(L-R rear) Thomas Glancy, Ben Santos and Jebin Thomas.
Students to launch boy mag for teens
Marcellin student Reece Jongenelis was
announced as winner of the School-based
Apprentice of the Year at the 2015 SA
Training Awards Gala Dinner.
In addition to this prestigious award, Reece
was also the recipient of the People's
Reece is a Year 12 student undertaking
a school-based apprenticeship in
electrotechnology. His trade-trainer and
teacher-mentor are David Hill and Todd
Micke respectively and his employer is
Reece will attend the Australian Training
Awards in Hobart this month.
GREEN THUMBS: Paul Clarke at a Forest of Eden forum attended by students from nine schools at Marymount College Hove.
Photo: John Hemmings
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