- Blake Dridan's "Eye of the Tiger" Fundraiser
- Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- School Captains for 2018
- House Captains for 2018
- P&F and School Advisory Council AGM and Nominations for Positions
- 'Going Up' Day
- 2018 Learning Groups
- Literacy Assessment Days - Start of 2018
All the blessings of the Season of Advent to you.
May this be a time of gentle wakefulness and anticipation of the joy to come.
May we find a moment each day for stillness, to listen for how God is entering our lives and guiding us.
Blake Dridan ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Fundraiser
A fantastic fundraiser has been organised to support Blake and his family - ‘The Eye of the Tiger’.
Blake fell ill in November last year and has spent the last 13 months fighting for his life. Blake was diagnosed with Bone Marrow Failure and required a Bone Marrow Transplant early this year. Blake is still receiving treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital, though we are very hopeful that he will be able to transition back into St Columba’s early next year. I ask you to please support this fundraiser on behalf of Blake and his family; Luke, Michelle and Georgia.
Details of the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Fundraiser
Buy One Main Meal & Get 50% off the Second Main Meal at one of the following venues:-
Ballarat Leagues Club, North Ballarat Sports Club, The Park Hotel Ballarat, Ballarat Steakhouse, Minerdome Sports Club, The Golf House Hotel, Seymours on Lydiard, The Lake View Hotel
Every voucher purchased will go in the draw to win 1 of 8 fantastic prize packs worth more than $10k
Prize Pack 1 - Auto Pack valued at $1,402
Prize Pack 2 - Fashion Clothing Pack valued at $1,060
Prize Pack 3 - Jewellery, Beauty & Relaxation Pack valued at $1,225
Prize Pack 4 - BBQ & Outdoor Pack valued at $803
Prize Pack 5 - Hospitality Venue Pack valued at $1,130
Prize Pack 6 - Ballarat Miner’s Membership & Entertainment Pack valued at $1,066
Prize Pack 7 - Garden & Outdoors Pack valued at $2.038
Prize Pack 8 - Sport & Recreation Pack valued at $1,333
Cost of Vouchers-
1 x voucher = $10
8 x vouchers = $50
Vouchers available for purchase from the School Office with payment via cash or EFTPOS.
(If you are able to sell some vouchers at your own workplace or business, please see Kathy, Cathy or Chris).
Please support this fundraiser - ALL Funds raised go directly to Blake’s Fight against Bone Marrow Failure
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
As you may be aware, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will sit on 14 December to publicly mark the conclusion of the five-year long inquiry. The Royal Commission’s final report will be delivered to the Governor General on Friday 15 December 2017 and we expect that much of the report will be made public at that time.
In addition to the full report of the Royal Commission, we know that two case studies which focus on Catholic Church Authorities in Ballarat (Case Study 28) and Institutional review of Catholic Church authorities (Case Study 50) will be published. Both reports will rightly criticise the handling of historic child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and both will contain a great deal of distressing material about how church authorities failed to protect children from harm. We expect that the Ballarat report will be released by the end of this week.
For survivors of sexual abuse and their families, the handing down of the Royal Commission Report will be a bittersweet experience. After five years of inquiry, we hope that the final report will provide an opportunity for our extended Church community to move into the light where we can continue to speak openly about wrongs, ensure justice for victims and survivors of abuse and contribute pro-actively to the future shape of our Church.
I do wish to reassure you that child protection remains a serious professional focus for our school community at all times. Catholic schools are deeply committed to child safety and we are vigilant in ensuring that all standards and policies are implemented, monitored and regularly reviewed.
The media attention over coming days may be distressing for you and/or your child. If you need personal assistance:
- Call the Royal Commission Help Line on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au, or
- Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au (24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention)
School Captains for 2018
Congratulations to our 2018 School Captains - Jacob Britt and Molly Fredericks and our 2018 Vice Captains - Jacob Rae and Zara Jones.
Congratulations to our 2018 House Captains:-
Iona (Gold) - Noah Stott & Sienna Hoiles
Clonard (Red) - Tom Palmer & Daisy Darbin
Argyle (Blue) - Bond Ripper & Rose Murnane
Donegal (Green) - Milla Rinaldi & Macy Donaldson
The Annual General Meeting of the School Advisory Council (SAC) and the Parents & Friends Committee (P&F) was held last Wednesday evening. Thank you to those parents and staff who were able to attend.
At this meeting we thanked the members of the SAC and P&F for their support of the school this year.
We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of parents who support the school in many various ways. They have worked tirelessly all year for the good of the school, and particularly for the benefit of all the students. Without their assistance the school would not be able to function in the way it does now and many of the wonderful programs we offer and the resources we have would not be available. Their work and support is very much appreciated by all in our community.
At this meeting we also farewelled a number of members of both committees who are retiring from their positions at the end of this year. Thank you to Janet Smith who will be retiring as P&F Chairperson, David Bourke who will be retiring as Chairperson of the SAC and Wendy Chennell who will also be retiring from the SAC. We also thank Ed Byrne who retired from the SAC earlier this year.
We welcome those parents who have volunteered to join the Parents & Friends Committee or the School Advisory Council. Thank you to Alison Palmer, Luke Cooper and Ethan Corfee who have joined the SAC for 2018.
Congratulations and thanks to the following parents who have been elected onto the P&F or SAC Executive.
SAC Chairperson - Cameron Landry
SAC Deputy Chair - Alison Palmer
Secretary - Lisa Richardson
P&F Chairperson - Natasha (Tash) Bryant
P&F Deputy Chair - Carmen McTigue & Melissa Constable
Treasurer - Caroline Goad
‘Going Up’ Day
It was very exciting to welcome our Foundation students for 2018 on Tuesday for ‘Going Up’ day. We also welcomed Abbey and Joel Molloy who will be joining our school community next year. All students moved into their Learning Community for next year and spent time with their 2018 Learning Group. For most students this is a very exciting time and they look forward to getting to know new students and teachers. However, for some students there are fears that things are going to change and this causes them to worry. If your child is worried about next year and the changes this will bring, please reassure them and discuss with your child’s 2017 teacher so they are aware of your child’s concerns.
LG 1 Kelly Leoncini
LG 2 Sarah Jones
LG 3 Shane Bruty
LG 4 Cleta Forrest
LG 5 Rachel Martino
LG 6 Sharon Marshall / Wayne Lynch
LG 7 Nicky Russell
LG 8 Alison Thorpe
LG 9 Anne Petrie
LG 10 Megan Bourke
LG 11 Torie Waight
LG 12 Lucy Marquand (Ryan)
LG 13 Michelle McMahon / Maree Cooper
LG 14 Kate Snow
Literacy Testing Days - start of 2018
The two Literacy Testing dates for the beginning of 2018 will be Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 1st February. This will apply to all students including our Preps for 2018. All testing will take place in your child’s classroom with their 2018 teacher. This is a special time where your child can spend quality time with their teacher prior to school commencing, as well as complete some literacy assessments.
Please make sure that you have made a booking using the below booking details. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Chris in the office.