Very Special Kids’ Piggy Bank Appeal
This year has seen the introduction of a different Religious Education program for our Year 12 students. The program consists of a number of seminar days as well as a component of community service. Recently, over 20 of our Year 12 students gave up part of their weekend to help fundraise for a local charity — Very Special Kids. Each September, Very Special Kids run their annual Piggy Bank Appeal. Our young men were involved by being part of the collection team in the Bourke Street Mall last Saturday and Sunday. Their combined efforts raised nearly $4,000! It is the giving of their time and energy to help those less fortunate that is one of the core principles of a Lasallian education. We encourage our students to take this ideal and enact it throughout the rest of their lives.
A massive thank you to the boys for their efforts on the weekend! They were all fantastic and really got involved and embraced the whole experience.
Friends of Very Special Kids Coordinator
Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional family support services. We help more than 900 families across Victoria with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement.
They will be in the Bourke Street Mall each weekend during September, so if you’re in the city look out for the piggy bank and help raise some funds for this worthwhile charity. Alternatively, you can donate online.
Mr Chris Church
Religious Education Learning Area Team Leader
Write a Book in a Day Incursion
At its inception in 2002, Write a Book in a Day began as a partnership between Katherine Suzanna Pritchard Writers Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth. Chris Oakeley from the Centre and a few volunteers ran the competition and 18 teams raised money for the hospital. Now involving hundreds of schools from all over Australia, funds raised by Write a Book in a Day teams go toward childhood cancer research to improve treatments and find a cure.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in Australian children. Three children die from cancer each week. The Kids’ Cancer Project (TKCP) supports some of the best childhood cancer researchers in Australia — they are independent and not aligned to one institution. The Write a Book in a Day competition has contributed $430,000 of this total since it began supporting TKCP in 2009.
Students from De La Salle College participated in the 2017 competition and this report was prepared for us by Year 12 student, Samuel Callaghan.
On Friday 21 July 2017, students from De La Salle participated in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ fundraising competition for The Kids Cancer Project. In just a single day, several teams from a range of year levels managed to plan, write and bind their own original books for sick children aged 12 to 16.
Competitors arrived at 8:00am at the Tiverton Library, where each team of around half a dozen students received the parameters of their books. These parameters were year level specific and required teams to incorporate particular characters such as a nun or a shoemaker, settings such a dungeon or a house, and plotlines including discovery of magic powers or a birthday surprise gone wrong, within their stories. Teams were also required to implement key words throughout their stories from a list which included the words emerald and pillow. Despite the strange, and somewhat humorous parameters, as well as the narrow time frame; all teams, from the perfectionist seniors to the eager Year 7 students, managed to bind their books before the finish time.
The task required teams to use strong teamwork and communication skills to ensure that the end products were fluent and coherent. As well as the written story, the books featured hand-designed covers and pictures throughout the pages.
At the end of the day, the books were sent to the organisers of the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ event to be judged. They were also distributed to sick children in hospital to read. The event itself not only produces interesting reading material for sick children, but also raises over $150,000 per year for The Kids Cancer Project. The experience of writing a whole entire book from scratch in a single day is a rewarding challenge which I would highly recommend to any De La Salle student looking to embrace their creativity in a collaborative environment for the enjoyment of others.
This Book ‘Carlos the Magnificent’ was written in a day by a team Year 10 and 11 students. Click to read the book in full.
Ms Olivia Wenczel
Learning Area Team Leader — English
The Science of Sleep
On Wednesday 30 August, our Unit 4 Psychology students had the exciting opportunity to take part in the Epworth Sleep Laboratory incursion. Students were able to test out the different resources used to measure sleep. Leon is shown here connected to EEG, EOG, EMG, (and that is his real time data on the big screen), Lachlan got to try the “bright light therapy glasses” (used to assist shift workers in regulating their sleep cycles), and Laurence tested out a CPAP machine (used to treat Sleep Apnoea).
Ms Jessica Stevenson