Ignatius Park College
368 Ross River Road, Cranbrook
Townsville Australia 4814
P: 07 4796 0222
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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
• 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
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.
Michael Conn | Principal
Year 8 Camps commenced last week.
P 3 | Redefining the Education of Young Men
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
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
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