The Southern Cross : December 2012
December 2012 Page 19 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross schools | SHARING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Mount Carmel College Year 9 students joined residents from the Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged to share a Christmas morning tea with them at the college in Rosewater. The residents of the home prepared Christmas gifts for the students, and the students, with the help of their very own Father Christmas, learnt about the gift of giving and presented the residents with new plants to take back to the home with them, reminding them of the growing relationships with students at Mount Carmel College. BLESSED: Our Lady of Hope School, Greenwith, celebrated the opening and blessing of their Middle Years Learning Centre on October 24. Vicar General Father Philip Marshall led the celebration, with the other special guests including Dr Paul Sharkey, the Director of Catholic Education in Adelaide, and Mr Tony Zappia, the Federal Member of Parliament for the electorate of Makin. The new building is a flexible learning space that houses five classrooms, built around a shared learning area which runs through the centre of the building. Catholic primary school students raised more than $1000 for burns victims and Aborigines through an art auction of their own work at a gala charity night organised and hosted by the 54 students themselves. Year 6 and 7 students from St John the Baptist School, in Plympton, held the gala night on October 18 after brainstorming with teachers ways in which they could give back to the community. Middle school teacher, National Partnerships Numeracy coach and special education coordinator Toni Fitzgerald said the students created a business called F.A.T.E. (Fundraising, Artistic, Teaching, Events), which was established with the guidance of teachers."It was decided that there would be eight departments: data, accountants, events, catering, advertising, art, communications and fundraising," he said. "The students wrote resumes and applied in writing to the board of directors (the teachers) for one of the positions in our business. The students worked collaboratively in their departments to plan and organise for the charity gala night, where their artwork would go on sale to family and friends." The profit of $1113.40 made from the business venture went towards the Julian Burton Burns Trust and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. "The learning created for students through involvement in Enterprise Education, as well as opportunity to plan a community event, was a wonderful example of how links are made between learning and community at St John the Baptist Catholic School," said Principal Shana Boeyen. Year 6 student Todd Routley said he had learnt how to communicate better with people and how important it was to build relationships. Parent Ben Pike said the gala night showed the ingenuity of the students and the attention to detail in planning and organising the event. "What impressed us the most was the clever integration of artistic creativity, of both visual and performing arts, basic business maths, future job finding skills, hard work and above all the concept of all pulling together as a team," he said. GOOD CAUSE: St John the Baptist School students (L-R) Maria Podnar and Ned Aurora at the gala night they helped host and organise with 52 other senior students to raise funds by auctioning student art recently. Enterprising students TOP OF THE POOL: Blackfriars students Kieren Halliday, Liam Cameron, Liam Kuchel, Luke Macolino and Cameron Den Dekker represented South Australia at the National 16 & under Water Polo titles held in Brisbane. Not only did Blackfirars boys make up almost half of the total team but Year 10 classmates Cameron Den Dekker and Luke Macolino also had the distinction of being selected as co-captains of the team. The team finished 14th out of 25 teams, winning 5 of the 10 games contested. Luke Macolino and Cameron Den Dekker have also been selected for the 16 and under Australian Water Polo squad.