From the Deputies

High Achievers' Enjoy A Special Lunch

 

We held our annual High Achievers' lunch last week rewarding students who achieved a Certificate of Distinction or a Certificate of Excellence.  Students were also presented with a Certificate at the first Year Assembly.

 

The minimum criteria for these Certificates is as follows:

 

Year 7-9: A minimum 80 percent average over the five core subjects (Maths, Science, English, Religion and HASS) as well as a high percentage of ‘A’ grades over the entire course of study.  We also look at work ethic indicators, contribution to College and his demonstration of the core values of St Eugene de Mazenod (Respect, Dignity, Excellence, Compassion, Charity, Community) when awarding this certificate.

 

Year 10: A minimum 70 percent average over the five core areas including the extended streams in Maths, English, Science and Religion.  The additional criteria mention above is also considered.

 

Year 11-12: For ATAR students, a projected ATAR greater than 90 and for General students, a minimum of three A grades and three B grades.

 

At the High Achievers lunch, the students were joined by the Principal, Deputy Principals and the Heads of Years. While celebrating their academic success, the boys had an opportunity for group discussions to explore strategies for ongoing and sustained academic excellence.

 

 

 

A High Achievers lunch will be held again at the beginning of Semester Two for students who meet the criteria as outlined above based on the Semester One report.

 

John Payne

Deputy Principal – Senior School

National Day of Action Against Bullying

 

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on Friday 15 March.  The aim of the day is to draw attention to the issue of bullying while giving schools the chance to take action and engage students to be part of the solution when addressing bullying in schools and the wider community. While a National Day of Action is a good thing, every member of our community should take action every day.

 

Bullying is described on the “Bullying. No Way!” website - bullyingnoway.gov.au – as happening when one person (or a group of people) with more power than someone else repeatedly tries to upset or hurt them. 

 

In the case of online bullying (cyberbullying), the action does not necessarily need to be repeated to be bullying because of the very public and potentially lasting nature of the action.

 

When questioned about actions that may be labelled as bullying, students often claim that they were “just having fun” or they were “just joking”. In some instances, this may be the case and in those circumstances the issues are easily addressed.  Sometimes, however, these excuses are used to mask a different intent.

 

Some students confuse “banter” with “bullying”. Banter can be defined as “playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks” and can be a positive thing in building relationships; however, banter is only acceptable when everyone involved is enjoying the interaction.  We are all capable of hurting someone’s feelings without intending to, so it is very important that we are mindful of what we say and the impact that our words can have on others.  Someone laughing at our comments does not mean it is ok – sometimes people laugh in response to hide the hurt that has been caused. If one person finds the comments upsetting or offensive, and lets that be known, and it continues, it may be described as bullying.

 

In instances where banter has “missed the mark” the resolution is generally quite straightforward and the person in the wrong generally changes the behaviours that have caused the problem.  In cases where the bullying has been intentional, Mazenod has a clear and strong process for dealing with such instances. The process used can be found on page 17 in the College diary.

 

The key to dealing with cases of bullying is for those who are the subject of it or witness it to report the problem to either a teacher, a parent or a trusted adult.  Where students witness bullying occurring and they don’t report it, they may be seen as supporting the bullying behaviour and included in the follow up process.

 

Within the Pastoral Care programmes at Mazenod the issue of relationships, friendship and bullying are addressed as are the actions to take when things don’t go as you would like.

 

Jeff Ronan

Deputy Principal

Administration and Year 7-9 Student Welfare