The celebration of student achievement last week was like no other in the fifty-four year history of Chanel College. An awards ceremony for each year level, live-streamed via our Facebook page, represented just another of the adjustments to our usual way of doing things that has been necessitated by the response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has impacted on so many aspects of our lives this year. While much has changed, each awards ceremony last week was testament to the fact that our students have achieved our ideal that they be ‘Respectful, Responsible, Resilient Learners’ who always do their best, aiming for excellence and avoiding mediocrity.
Each day we were able to celebrate student achievement in all areas of College life – across academic, co-curricular and sporting pursuits. We warmly congratulate all students who received awards.
I thank Ms Wolffe for her leadership in the organisation of the ceremonies. Events such as this one can only happen because of the work of many, so I also add a special “thank you” to all members of staff who supported Ms Wolffe in bringing everything together for this event. In particular, I acknowledge the work done by Mr Bobby Fisher who ensured that the live-streaming went smoothly and Mrs Stacy Berry who was our photographer. Our Middle Years Leaders – Jade McErlain, Brady Blake and Jack Ellis, along with our 2021 College Captains, Louis Romagnalo and Charlise Falconer, did a wonderful job in introducing the celebrations.
It was also very exciting to be able to showcase our Flute and Strings Ensembles, Concert and Rock Bands. Each performance was fabulous and showed how far our Instrumental Music Program has come in just 12 months – with several weeks lost while we were learning from home. I was immensely proud of our musicians and must acknowledge and thank Mrs Slow, Mrs Berry, Mrs Rippingale and our IM Tutors, for the wonderful work that they have done, and continue to do, to provide our students with every opportunity to engage with this important aspect of the cultural life of our College.
Thank you to all parents and friends of Chanel College who joined us via the live stream for this celebration and to all students for their attentiveness during each ceremony.
And, finally, a huge “Congratulations” to all award recipients. We are very proud of your achievements in this 2020 school year. In the face of challenging times, you have done well … you have done your best … you have succeeded!
A Full list of Award Recipients for Years 7 – 11 will be published in this Newsletter.
FROM THE QUEENSLAND CATHOLIC EDUCATION COMMISSION
Please take a moment to read the following information from the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) in the lead up to the Queensland State Election.
Friendly reminder to register online for Sunday Masses at: www.sosgladstone.eventbrite.com.au or phone Bernadette Ariens on 0417 513 515, registration closes at 12pm each Saturday. Please arrive early, as you may miss out on a seat if you arrive after Mass has begun.
Our newly appointed Student Leaders for 2021 participated in their two day retreat at the Parish Centre on 15 and 16 October. The retreat provided time for the group to realise and acknowledge their own and each other’s gifts and talents as they prepare to lead and serve Chanel College next year. They also had the opportunity to plan the student led activities that will happen in Term 1
Year 7 Retreat Day
On 19 October, Year 7 students experienced their second retreat day for this year. The day was held in the Marian Centre and students enjoyed a pizza and watermelon lunch. Michael Fitzpatrick from Belum Pty Ltd was the presenter for the day. The retreat focussed on enhancing resilience and self-esteem through the student’s awareness of God’s unconditional love and acceptance of them. Also, they were encouraged to make connections between their day-to-day life and faith in God.
Mission Month – October
This year World Mission Month focuses on the essential work of priests, religious and lay missionaries in Cambodia, supporting people with disability and their families.
For over 20 years, Bishop Enrique “Kike” Figaredo Alvargonzalez and his team in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang have been working to advocate for people with disability, providing support such as healthcare, food, financial assistance and education.
Bishop “Kike” also features in an inspirational video produced by Catholic Mission, that connects mission partners across the world. More than 30 missionaries based in over 25 different countries speak of hope in a variety of languages. At its heart though, the video, launched as part of World Mission Month, has a simple message, but with great impact: #We are Still Here.
The Recycled Uniform ‘Outlet’ is open Tuesday afternoon from 3.30 to 4.15 pm. If you have an urgent need for recycled uniforms, please see Mrs Hore in Student Services. Formal uniforms sell for $10.00 per item, sports uniform and house shirts are $5.00 per item. Jackets are available for $25.00 each. All prices are negotiable.
If you have uniforms your child no longer requires – all donations are gratefully accepted.
22 October – Mr Rose’s Year 7D Religion Class
29 October – Mrs Meiring’s Year 7C Religion Class
Class Mass is celebrated in the College Chapel at 10.40 am each Thursday
Please Pray for …
All those who care for and offer support to others during Covid-19.
People in our community who are unwell or recovering from illness.
Our newly appointed Student Leaders for 2021
Priests, religious and lay missionaries working with vulnerable people in many countries
Praise and Thanks for…
all people, who are working to ensure justice and peace prevail in many troubled countries.
the work being done cooperatively between nations to produce a vaccine in the fight against Covid-19
Individuals and organisations who diligently work to alleviate poverty and inequality in our world.
The privilege of living in a country where education and health facilities are accessible
The Chanel Interact Club has been collecting school supplies for the Smith Family, a charity that helps Australian children who are living in poverty. Currently more than 1.2 million children and young people live in poverty and their circumstances often make it next to impossible to have adequate access to resources for school.
This leads to disadvantaged students being up to 2 or 3 years behind in reading and mathematics by the time they are 15.
The Smith Family believes that education is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of disadvantage, and Chanel students wanted to help support other students by getting behind this cause. During last term the student body donated whatever school resources they could, such as stationery and note books, and we were so overwhelmed with the generosity shown by Chanel families. Thank you to everyone who helped us with this cause.
In Term 3, Chanel’s Interact Club organised a drive to collect school supplies for The Smith Family. The Smith Family represents over 600 children in the Gladstone area who are experiencing disadvantages. Throughout Australia, 1 in 6 children live in poverty, and limited access to school supplies has a detrimental effect on their ability to engage in and succeed at school. Supplying stationery, pencils, and other basic school needs, gives these children the opportunity to feel included and more confident about their school experiences. Carlie Busby and Rebecca Whittaker from The Smith Family Gladstone, came to Chanel today to receive the donations of the supplies that were generously donated by Chanel’s families. The Interact Club thanks everyone who donated to this worthy cause, and is pleased to be able to provide assistance to other students who are in need.
In partnership with schools across Queensland, the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) connects the finest young musicians with a team of eminent international and national conductors in pursuit of musical excellence.
Last weekend, 9 Chanel College students, had the privilege of attending SHEP, to immerse themselves in all aspects of Ensemble Music, and to help inspire and grow their musical talents.
We congratulate our College students on this amazing achievement.
During anti-poverty week, McAuley 2 asked the Chanel College Community to take action and Stand Up against poverty so that the world’s poor can have a voice too.
Poverty is created by the actions of people, which means it can be eradicated – it is not a question of if, but when. But for this to happen we must all work together towards the creation of a more just and fairer world.
It is not right that over 3 million Australians are living below the poverty line; that is 1 in 8 people!
By standing in solidarity with those living in poverty members of McAuley 2 hope that they have inspired everyone to take action for a just world.
The Year 10 Social Studies students have been investigating pandemics throughout history whilst researching how they arise, the way they are spread, and how authorities have dealt with them once they reach pandemic level.
During class the students took on the roles of city officials and worked in groups to save the citizens of their city from the rising threat of a zombie invasion. As the virus spread through the population and panic set in, how would they best protect their city and save the citizens who weren’t infected, while somehow also trying to control and contain the rapidly-spreading virus.
Very lively and interesting debate ensued, as the students tried to reach their objectives.
ISABELLA ZERNER School Based Traineeship – Cert III in Sport & Rec
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ACCEPTING ENROLMENTS FOR YEAR 7 IN 2022
Chanel College is accepting Enrolments for Year 7 in 2022. This applies to students currently in Year 5.
Please note, however, that the interview process will not commence until 2021.
Please submit your Enrolment Application to secure a place for 2022.
Chanel College is fast becoming one of the most well respected Colleges in Central Qld, where we strive to meet and maximise each student’s individual potential.
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