House News

St Mark’s House Footy Jumper Day — 20 September

On Wednesday 20 September, students are allowed to wear a ‘footy jumper’ to school. St Mark’s House will use this opportunity to promote awareness and raise funds for our House Charity, the Opening the Doors Foundation, which aims to provide indigenous students with educational resources and opportunities. The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps and other school-associated costs.

The AFL Cup will be on site between 11:00am and 2:00pm and we will have a photo booth for students to have a photo in their footy jumper with the AFL Cup.

Mr Paul Harrup
St Mark’s House Coordinator

Year 8 House Science Slide Competition

This term our Year 8 students were introduced to the wonderful world of Biology, looking at animal and plant cells through a microscope. We decided to run a competition to see who could create the best homemade slide. We collected around fifty different homemade slides that ranged from leaves to dirt to a spider web. Some very creative and exciting slides were produced which made judging difficult, but we congratulate Max Kovacevic who’s fly wing slide has earned St Leo’s House a cool 10 points. Well done Max!

Runners-up were William Dwyer’s sea salt slide and William Regan’s lettuce leaf close-up. Congratulations to every student who had a go. We may have some future biologists amongst us!

  • First place and 10 points to St Leo’s House
  • Second place and 7 points to St Edwin’s House
  • Third place and 5 points to St Edwin’s House

Ms Joelene Dight-Smith
Laboratory Manager – Tiverton Campus

St Austin’s House Charity

At the end of Term 2, St Austin’s House ran a week-long event in support of our House Charity, The Melbourne Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office. The intention of the week was to raise awareness for “Welcome Refugees Week”, a national campaign held between June 19–23.

During the week-long event the following activities were held across the College;

  • Published daily in the student daily notices were testimonials of refugees now living in Australia.
  • A compilation of recorded short stories of refugee testimonials used during homeroom/mentor time for discussion and contemplation.
  • Throughout the week, St Austin’s House Leaders visited both campus Year Level assemblies promoting the week, posters were made and displayed in classrooms and common areas around the College. St Austin’s Student Leaders also visited the staff Monday morning briefings prior to this event to promote awareness with College staff.
  • On Friday 23 June, we held a casual clothes day with a gold coin donation from every member of the community in support of the charity. During lunch time on this day, the Leaders ran a sausage sizzle at Kinnoull selling over 250 sausages and 200 cans of drink.
  • After school on Friday 23 June, a “Detention4Detention” session was held in the St Miguel Theatre where students used this time to demonstrate their support for Refugees in detention.

Last Friday, we welcomed Ms Brenda Hubber, Executive Officer from the Melbourne Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office to receive a cheque on behalf of the De La Salle community for $1,609.58. St Austin’s House is very proud to have raised the awareness of refugees and migrants throughout the week-long campaign and we look forward to building on this next year.

Mr Shane Mackintosh
St Austin’s House Coordinator

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