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  • Ignatius Park College Newsletter

    368 Ross River Road, Cranbrook Townsville Australia 4814

    E: Info@ipc.qld.edu.au W: www.ipc.qld.edu.au

    P: 07 4796 0222 F: 07 4796 0200

    A Catholic Secondary College in the Edmund Rice Tradition

    Number 24 | 4 August 2016

    The Edmund Rice Community acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which the College stands, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba People, and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future.

    From the Principal

    Dear Parents and Carers

    We have enjoyed an even busier than normal couple of weeks with visitors from England to play Football and Rugby League; a Townsville to Cairns bike ride; visits to the homeless shelter; Year 8 camps, parent/teacher interviews and success in U15 Football. We are fortunate that we have such a diverse and rich range of co-curricular activities and I continue to be amazed at the talent we have here at the College.

    The above examples indicate just how well our boys can achieve if given the opportunity. This generation is often maligned and I read with interest an email sent from a parent recently about coaching ‘Generation Y’. Wayne Bennett had some valuable insights into dealing with Generation Y, the group to which some of our students belong. Generation Y are people born 1980 to 2000 (sometimes called “click and go”). This group has never known a world without the internet, multiple stimulus technology, mobile phones and iPods. They have seen their parents downsized workplace, they have strong values on the environment and diversity, they expect to be consulted and their options respected, career development is not necessarily upwards, they like to work in a team and network continuously, they are savvy consumers, they value fun and a supportive environment and they work to live.

    We, as parents and teachers who belong to Generation X or the Baby Boomers, must be proactive in getting the best out of our boys. Wayne Bennett goes on to say:

    • “It’s not a whole lot different from parenting: If you don’t give the kid the guidelines, the routine, the structure then, you know, the kid goes off and does his own thing, which is often not what the family requires and not what the team requires.

    • I recognise times have changed. As a kid, I remember my parents and elders saying how different we were to their generation. Yes, I have been prepared to change, but I am not going to change my attitude to discipline and commitment. I am not going to compromise. I believe too many parents and too many coaches are using Generation Y as an excuse.

    • Young people have to go to dark places at times in their training environment, in the sports performance area, because that’s the way life is, the only way of finding out how good you really are. So why can’t we expect good behaviour, punctuality and respect? And why do we listen to all the reasons an individual can’t achieve something instead of challenging them to do what they think they can’t do?

    • In our welfare environment, complaints are met with benevolence and charity. They run off to the players’ association. We appease them and they drag a lot of do-gooders with them. We continually shift our social standards and accept less and less as being acceptable.

    • I am not prepared to let it go and would rather remain a member of a small group who won’t give up on challenging young people to do better.”

  • P 2 | Redefining the Education of Young Men

    Curriculum Maths News

    The Queensland Association of Maths Teachers Year 7 - 8 Maths Quiz is an annual Mathematics competition. This year, twenty teams from the Townsville district competed in a fun and challenging afternoon. The competition consists of questions about general Mathematics knowledge, mental computation, written computation, problem solving and estimation.

    Congratulations to the Ignatius Park College Team of Zachary Judge, Julian Fusco-Wright and Joshua Ferns who displayed great team work and were competitive, finishing in the middle of the field – Well done boys!

    Jacinta Foley | Teacher

    I would like to finish with the following reflection called “The Two Seas”.

    There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh and fish live in it. Trees stretch their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip its healing waters. Along the shores the children play, as children played when He was there. He loved it. He could look across its silver surface when He spoke his parables. And on a rolling plain, not far away, he fed 5,000 people.

    The River Jordan makes this Sea with sparkling water from the hills. Men build their houses near it and birds build their nests and every kind of life is happier because the Sea is there. The River Jordan also flows into another Sea. Here, there is no splash of fish, no children’s laughter, no song of birds. Travellers choose another road, unless they are on urgent business. The air hangs heavily above its waters and neither man nor beast will drink it.

    What makes the difference in their neighbouring seas? Not the River Jordan: it empties its water into both. Not the soil in which they lie; not the country about them. Here is the difference: The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the water from the Jordan. For every drop that flows into it, another drop flows out.

    The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously. It will not be tempted into any generous giving. Every drop it gets, it keeps. The Sea of Galilee gives and lives. The other sea gives nothing. It is named Dead. There are two seas in Palestine. There are two kinds of people in the world.

    (Bruce Barton)

    Yours sincerely Michael Conn | Principal

    Year 8 Camps commenced last week.

  • P 3 | Redefining the Education of Young Men

    Curriculum Literacy Corner

    ICAS Science 2016

    Due to poor literacy skills, children with learning difficulties cannot express their feelings well. They may act out rather than tell you what is wrong. Be aware of behaviour and what it could be telling you – annoying others could mean “come to me as I don’t understand”. Gifted children often have difficulty socialising with their peers and get frustrated when their view points are not understood or valued. They will look to adults as their academic peer – in a sense adults are more on their cognitive level than their peers. Allow them time to talk through what they are engaging with at school.

    Nadine Burnett | Learning Support Teacher

    Many thanks to the 122 participants of the UNSW ICAS Science Competition for 2016. Conducted under supervised examination conditions, the experience in dealing with challenging multiple choice questions provided the opportunity for students to demonstrate, hence further develop in skills of observing, measuring, interpreting, predicting and concluding, investigating, reasoning and problem solving. Strengths and weakness were highlighted for these skill areas in each of the year levels, which provides vital information in how we, as educators, may assist students further as we progress through the ever changing curriculum spectrum.

    It has also given unique evidence that illustrates the waves in abilities of cohorts and how a change in focus, such as eliminating the skill of problem solving in certain subjects, influences the performance in the following years of that cohort. Students will be presented with their Certificates as part of Monday’s College Assembly in Week 6.

    Alyssa Deer | Faculty Leader - Science

    Angus Meyers and Daniel Weir

    Bailee Brown and Ethan Engert

  • P 4 | Redefining the Education of Young Men


    APEX Australia’s Townsville branch approached the Ignatius Park Hospitality Department to cater for their annual Formal Dinner. The parameters were a two course Table d’Hote menu with canapés on arrival and a bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

    The Year 12 VET Hospitality class took up the challenge and, after months of planning and preparation, on Saturday 30 July the APEX dinner was held in a beautifully transformed hospitality area. The boys performed excellently, producing attractive quality food all made from scratch. The feedback about the food and service as well as the professionalism of the boys showed how months of planning and hard work can pay off.

    As with all functions run by the Hospitality Department, the boys are assisted in their task by a great team. A special thanks goes to Mrs Debbie Price, who gave up a lot of her personal time to make sure the hospitality area looked spectacular, a task she never fails to achieve. Also thanks to Mrs Karin Bechel-Hunter who, over the months, painstakingly ordered all the varied ingredients so that the boys could develop an amazing menu. Mr Michael Lazzaroni’s assistance on the night also ensured the event ran smoothly. Finally, the enthusiasm and positive attitude of the boys, who willing gave up their Saturday night, made the event a pleasure to be involved in.

    Jude Squire | Teacher in Charge of Hospitality

    Hopsitality News

    Year 12 student, Abhijith Abraham, was announced as one of the winners of the Helen Handbury Leadership Awards as part of the Future Leaders Awards program. The Future Leaders Awards recognises and rewards young Australians who hav