St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst
News from Stannies
This year, Stannies welcomed 92 new Year 7 students to the College.
For Year 7, a big focus at the College is our STEM and Learning to Learn Programs. In STEM, students have been working in groups and producing sketches for a Water Tower Challenge. The boys were set the task to design a tower with a tank that was 30cm high and a second tank which was 30cm from the base of the tower. They had to move water from one tank to the next tank using gravity. The students then needed to look at how much their structure cost, demonstrating how important budgets are to complete a project.
After completing this challenge, the students will start looking at issues of water shortage with a particular focus on Cape Town. The boys will be challenged to develop initiatives to provide clean water for a town.
The Year 7 students have also received an introduction to 21st Century learning. Their task has been to review two recent newspaper articles relating to the four skills needed in a 21st Century workforce. Teachers have introduced the students to the ‘4Cs’ approach to learning to develop these four 21st century skills - Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Teachers will now further develop Year 7 understanding of learning processes with particular attention given to key components of essay writing before the first major learning project is set.
Opening Mass and Family Day
The College Opening School Mass was held on Sunday 18th February in the Performing Arts Centre, welcoming over 850 Stannies staff, students and families. Following the Mass, the College hosted a family day which enabled our visitors to enjoy a BBQ lunch, time in the pool and watching or participating in the inaugural Fathers and Sons T20 Cricket match.
Dr Anne Wenham
World Mission Month National Launch at Stannies
The next generation of potential missionaries gathered at St. Stanislaus College in Bathurst on 1st September 2015, to celebrate the national launch of World Mission Month (WMM) - for the first time outside a major metropolitan area.
The month will focus on the work of dedicated missionaries throughout Australia, with the aim of raising critical funds to support those dioceses engaged in pastoral outreach and ministry to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the most isolated parts of Australia.
Students from Stannies and MacKillop College were joined by more than 500 others from 12 schools across the Diocese for the event.
Bishop Michael McKenna officially launched WMM with a request to the students in the audience: “My great prayer is that all those here today will listen to God in your hearts about where He wants you to go and what He wants you to do”.
Provincial of the Congregation of the Mission, Father Michael Walsh cm, was unable to attend but in a message, he said: “It is, of course, appropriate that WMM 2015 will be launched at St. Stanislaus’ College. The College has always had a strong Mission focus, challenging young men, over many years, to be aware of the needs of the wider Church and the world”.
In her address, Mrs Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools for the Diocese of Bathurst, commended the WMM campaign to all Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese, for their prayerful and financial support.
Catholic Mission Diocesan Director, Mr Mike Deasy, said the event was made possible because of the incredible support Catholic Mission had received from the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.
“This is the first time the national launch has been held outside Sydney. It was only possible because of the support received from the St. Stanislaus’ College community; its Head of College, Dr Anne Wenham; and Fr Doug Akehurst CM, as President of the College and an outstanding liturgist” he said.
“The venue was superb. The liturgy, with its elements of prayer, scripture, music, song, dance and the ecology, was beautifully crafted. It was a tribute to Father Doug and Mark Elliott, the College’s Head of Religion, and an outstanding collaborative effort by St. Stanislaus’ College, MacKillop College, the four Cathedral Parish Catholic primary schools and the Catholic Education Office”.
Catholic Mission National Director, Mr Martin Teulan, said the launch was exceptional and a credit to all those involved. “I thought it was an extraordinary celebration; I was incredibly impressed by the talented and inspirational students involved in the liturgy”.
Mr Teulan said the Month aimed to encourage everyone to “love your neighbour as yourself”.
“The message to every young person is how they can reach out to people in need,” he said. “As Christian people, God is supporting them to be the best person they can be in their lives”.
Information courtesy of Jacinta Carroll
Photo: Chris Seabrook