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YEAR 12 FAREWELL!

The Year 12 girls are amidst their final exams now and we wish them well. Just over a week ago they completed their farewell activities and celebrations. The girls behaved wonderfully over the final weeks; they celebrated heartily, respectfully and with a fair dose of melancholy! Our thanks go to the Year 12 homegroup teachers for their guiding efforts over this time.

The final school assembly was a great credit to the

girls.

It showcased

their dynamism, creativity

and

genuine regard for each other and the school.

The Graduation Mass was a lovely celebration with great support from the choir and musicians. The Year 12 girls looked resplendent in their gowns (many actually looked taller, a little blonder and even a little browner!). The celebrations concluded much later after a fulsome dinner, many snapshots and some energetic dancing at Ultima.

I would also like to thank David Sharpe (the ‘BBQ Bloke’,Ellie’s father) for cooking up a feast for all the girls a few Mondays back.

So parents… you have done a fine job with your girls… now just get them through the final exams… and ‘Schoolies’ and…. yes the task continues!

Regards SHAUN COATES YEAR12 COORDINATOR

SPRING MUSIC CONCERT

‘Music and Movies’

On Monday 26th October the Music Department proudly presented the annual Spring Music Concert at the Clocktower Centre to a sell out audience. With the theme of ‘Music and Movies’ the audience were treated to a selection of themes and tunes from movies. Congratulations to all music students who took part in the concert. Having practised and rehearsed for many months, the concert was an acknowledgement and celebration of the student’s achievements this year. The standard of each ensemble was outstanding and many thanks to the Music Staff for their generous time and efforts. MR DARREN EMERSON DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

TERM 1 DATES 2010

MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2010 Years 7 & 12 until 12.30pm New Students Years 8 – 11 start at 1:30pm – 3:00pm

TUESDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2010 All students whole day.

FRIDAY 26 MARCH END OF TERM 1.

YEAR 8 MATTERS

As usual there has been a lot going on at school for the Year 8 students of late. Pastoral care has been taken up with problem solving, fun activities and information about issues such as body image. The atmosphere in the pastoral care classes has been vibrant and positive and pleasing from a level co-ordinator’s point of view. In many classes, students are able to get away from the usual routine, and sit in a circle and share ideas with their teacher and with each other.

There have been a number of excursions of late. This has included the study of animal species at the zoo, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the rapidly changing face of the city’s Docklands precinct with a look at its exciting architecture.

The SRC has been working hard to prepare for future assemblies and contribute to the amazing amount of money raised to help treat leukaemia. A large number of Year 8’s brought cakes into the school to serve the hungry student population at recess and lunchtime.

Fiontar is nearing the end of its third topic, which is primarily about making links with the community. Lovely stories are coming to me about the excellent attitude of students on a myriad number of excursions. One of the greatest pleasures I have had at this school is seeing Year 8 girls learning how to interact with elderly people in aged care, especially those on dementia wards. Sometimes their conversations are all one-sided, and yet the girls are able to adjust to this after a little while, and share their own much appreciated experiences with elderly people who can only sit and listen. The girls have gained a lot of pleasure from applying makeup, painting nails and singing and dancing for a whole new audience.

The Year 8 students have also learnt a lot from their day to day curriculum. They have made beautiful children’s booklets in English, have learnt about the Titanic in Maths, studied medieval life in History, placed songs on the computer in Music, and learnt the complex rules of table tennis in PE. DARREN HARRISON YEAR 8 CO-ORDINATOR

SCHOOL ANNUAL PUBLICATION COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

The School Annual will be distributed to students of Year 7 – 9 on the last day of school (Friday 4 December).

The students’ YLC will coordinate the time and place for the distribution. Years 10 – 12 students are asked to collect their copy from Front Reception from Monday 7 December. SANDRA CICCOTOSTO SCHOOL ANNUAL – EDITOR

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