What’s in a backpack?
On Tuesday evening 40 students and six staff took part in the Vinnie’s Winter Sleepout on the College grounds. The evening began with presentations from guest speakers from Passages Youth Engagement Hub and Young Vinnies WA. Both organisations do amazing work in assisting people experiencing homelessness. One pillar of the work of Passages is to provide basic needs for homeless youth and the guest speaker brought along a simple, small backpack that is given to youth on the streets who seek Passages help. The boys were asked to imagine what they believe would be the contents of this pack and compare this to the many items they use and take for granted in preparing for the day.
Year 12 Ball
Last night we celebrated the Year 12 Ball at the Pan Pacific. It was a wonderful evening for our Year 12 students, their guests and the many staff who attended in support. College Captain, Giacomo Paduano opened the Ball with a brief address reminding his fellow seniors to enjoy each other’s company and remember their shared journey that has got them to this point of celebrating a key senior year event.
Congratulations to all students who have participated in the winter sports’ program to date. Some school teams have reached the end of their knock-out season but several are still active in the competition, including the Year 8/9 Eagles Cup Football team and the Senior Soccer team. The First XVIII played their grand final on Wednesday against Churchlands Senior High School, only to go down by one point. It was a fantastic display of football by both teams and our boys played an exciting brand of football and showed great spirit and sportsmanship. Thank you to all the coaches involved across the school Soccer, Football and Basketball programs.
I wish all families a safe and happy mid-year break. Although many parents will not have extended time away from work, I am sure families are looking forward to having their boys on holiday and enjoying a rest. The month of July figures strongly in campaigns to reduce and ‘do without’; an example being ‘Plastic Free July’. Perhaps, the boys can do their part at home over the break to support sustainability in the use of plastics and extend their ‘going without’ to less screen time on devices, more outside activity and help around the home.
“Be firm in goodness” – St Eugene