Newsletter 9 March 2020
Dear Parents and Friends of Providence
The start of 2020 has been so exciting as we have all engaged in the process of beginning to live and own our new name, Providence Christian College.
What, for me personally, has been most exciting, is the way in which our name change has become a catalyst for renewal within the College. One such area of renewal has been a review of our Education Philosophy.
Our Education Philosophy underpins the very foundations of Teaching and Learning at Providence – in the same way that our Core Values underpin Life within the College.
Congruent with everything that has happened so far during the course of our name change, the rich legacy of Thornlie Christian College continues to shine through in our refreshed Education Philosophy.
I commend to you, the Providence Christian College Education Philosophy :
Our Educational Philosophy
Learning For Life
We believe that learning in the context of an authentic Christian worldview brings a sense of wonder, engagement and purpose to the learning experience. It is the function of Christian education to encourage the search for truth in the context of God’s sovereignty and His created universe.
We believe that educational goals are best achieved by providing continuity from Kindergarten to Year 12, for students and their families, in an atmosphere where relationship and community are fostered and encouraged. This provides students with a positive environment, allowing them to have the security of being known and belonging, and having the opportunity to excel.
The example set by our teaching staff is fundamental to establishing and maintaining a caring environment. We take great care in the selection of our staff. Therefore, we employ Christian teachers whose lives reflect the Godly characteristics we seek to encourage and develop in our students.
We recognise the unique, individual nature of each child as a special creation of God and provide a range of educational experiences and training that allows them to discover their personal gifting. Our teachers assist in the development of these gifts, guiding students in their choice of subjects and preparing them to succeed in their life and calling.
Our education encourages our students to learn for life within the context of Godly values. These values form the foundation for life and are vitally important to the spiritual, emotional, social and academic development of young people. They are incorporated into our curriculum and reinforce what is taught at home and in the family church.
Our hope and prayer for every student is that they will make a commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and learn to walk in His ways. It is through a relationship with God that our students can find real meaning and a genuine sense of purpose in life.
Warning for Parents & Students
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This week we welcomed 9 new leaders into our student leadership group. Every year 6 student is involved in a student leadership team. They serve the Primary school and it is really great training in servant leadership. As they are now the top of the pile (as in oldest in the Primary School) we love to help them to give back to the Primary School in some way. For each service team, there is a Monitor who leads the team. Below is a complete list of our 2020 Student Leaders. This Monday they will be attending National Young Leaders day with hundreds of other student leaders from across the state. It is the beginning of their leadership journey and we look forward to the growth we will see across the year as they continue this development through weekly meetings.
Joseph House Captains
Judah House Captains
Rueben House Captains
Levi House Captains
The assembly this week was run by the Student Leaders for 2020. Our House Captains and Prefects did an outstanding job leading it. We were also able to announce our newest leaders, the Monitors. The following students were recognised with a Merit Certificate at the very first assembly
Kaur, Tanvir PDM
Phillips, Tyla PDM
Mukokweza, Alinase PHI
Read, Addison PHI
Rauth, Ezra 01ID
Barnard, Liam 01ID
Paulus, Dillon 01JM
Chukwu-Ike, Obiora 01JM
Tan, Emily 02BB
Boucher, Kael 02BB
Caparn, Summer 02BB
Gunasekara, J oel 02VN
Kim, Irene 02VN
Hayward, Elijah 02VN
Mukokweza, Akhoza 03AC
Snyman, Chanele’ 03AC
Currie, Mayson 03ME
Stanley, Suzanne 03ME
Reid-Rowling, Madison 04DH
Lee, Eva 04DH
Kodituwakku, Ariana 04DH
Grant, Bethenny 04DH
Gatluak, Joel 04DH
Sexton, Sophie 04LT
Min Han Aye, Ethan 04LT
O’Connor, Alexis 05FH
Lim, Mikayla 05FH
Swotwa, Eustace 05LH
Coombs, Malakai 05LH
Steyger, Jacob 05LH
Ramirez, Enoch 06JW
Snyman, Sune 06JW
Gatluak, Jeremiah 06MM
Lin, Daniel 06MM
Willard, Chelsea 06MM
McGillivray, Seth 06MM
Price, Will 06MM
Our Interhouse Swimming Carnival is this Friday. It will be held at Cockburn Arc and we look forward to seeing many of you there. As always we need your help to make sure the day runs smoothly. If you are going to be there, please make sure you email Mr Chris Bongers and let him know you are available. It should be a great day.
Our Year 1 and 2 students are almost finished with their swimming lessons. Just a reminder to clearly label everything to minimise our lost property.
Mr Matt Splatt
Head of Primary
Who could believe that we are halfway through the first term for 2020. All, I believe, have got into the rhythm of all of the happenings in the past fortnight and I am sure you will concur that life here at the College is a very busy one.
Let me share some of the things that have been happening over the past two weeks or are on the calendar to happen shortly.
Online Literacy and Numeracy Testing (OLNA)
The OLNA assessments were sat last week for the students who were listed to sit one or more of the testings. The results will be out at the end of Term Two. The next testing will take place in September.
Visual Art Year 11 and 12
On February 28, our Year 11 & 12 Visual Art General class was treated to an exciting life drawing experience! Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre visited with their beautiful (and shy!) Baudin Cockatoo, Rex, for us to observe and draw. Students are completing a unit of study inspired by the theme of Endangered Species, so it was great to learn about our beautiful endangered cockatoos here in WA. After observing the colours, textures and shapes of the cockatoo with some live charcoal sketches, students are now working on a more detailed cockatoo drawing from the photos they took. We look forward to sharing some of our finished pieces with you later!
Mrs Florisson Teacher-In-Charge Visual Art
HASS Year Seven
Water Scarcity! Building wells! Researching Desalination plants! Project-based learning through Co Spaces in the Year 7 HASS classroom! Solving problems!
Ms Lynam Year 7 HASS Teacher and Middle Schooling Co-ordinator
Student Councillors announced for 2020
Another important group to be welcomed into the College Student Leadership Team took place last week with the election of the Student Councillors. It was very encouraging to see so many students nominating to be elected. Each presented a short speech to their Form class on why they would like to be elected and represent their Form on the Council. The following are to be congratulated on being elected as representatives and will join the Prefects, House and Vice House Captains, The Choir Leaders, Sound Representative and Music Captains on the Student Leadership Team. Students were presented with their badge of office at a combined assembly last week. A special thank you to the parents who came along to support their child and be included in the celebrations.
Congratulations to the following Student Councillors for 2020
HEAD OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL Sanjana Marri and Brian Yeong
7H Joanna Raji and Welwyn Charis 7P Naomi Jensen and Kayla Regan 7S Theo Hartono and Rico Erasmus
8MA Renatah Ohlson and Zidane D’Sylva 8C Liyakha Mpofu and Grace Pryce 8T Isaac Samuel and Ewald Prinsloo
9D Ella Sein and Brandon Didsman 9M Yiran Ma and Michael Chigumbu 9P Liyanda Mpofu and Owen Vivimai
10C Kaylee Arnold and Alexander Nwelue 10 K Saskia Booysen and Samantha Kingsford
10N Charmaine Kazomba and Domenic Rossi 10T Lauryn Heath and Sarah Dau
11E Phoebe Lim and Elijah Ramirez 11GR Joshua Meyer and Georgia Deegan 11MM Nicole Kwidzai and Gael Brutus
12B Myrel Fernandez and Cobain Lawrance 12G Giorgia Grayson and Kirk Deocampo
12J Shruti Shorey and Mia van der Klashorst 12ST Riechel Macabales and Dante Ramirez
Staff Liaison – Mrs Rae Munyard
Heads of the Student Council – Sanjana Marri and Brian Yeong
Creative Fashion and Textiles Department
Women over Waste
Staff members from our Textiles Department at Providence Christian College recently attended a Fascination with Threads workshop at EMRC Ascott. The purpose of the workshop was to make people more aware of the sustainability of textiles, the impact it has on the environment and what can be done to reduce the thousands of tons of textiles ending up in landfill each year.
Anne and Fran from WOW, the Women over Waste group spoke about the fast fashion industry, countries of origin and how consumer habits can be changed to have a positive influence. The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in the world and textiles forms a huge part of each individuals’ life, right from the moment you are born and wrapped in a baby blanket. A reminder from the Waste Education Team that each of us can make a difference by being more aware when buying new garments.
Garments pinned to a globe to determine which countries produce the most garments.
Consumers should be aware of proper care instructions to ensure textiles items last longer.
Mrs Steyn Teacher-in-Charge Home Economics Textiles
Traditionally observed on March 21, the Secondary School will be celebrating Harmony Week commencing Week 7, March 16. This is a great opportunity to reinforce our Theme of Empathy and the Theme of Harmony Week – Everybody Belongs.
The following activities are being organised by the Social Concerns and Environment Committee
- Form time – Discussions will be encouraged to stimulate thoughts about what Harmony Week is all about.
- Classroom Decoration Competition
A new initiative this year to get the students more engaged with the theme of Harmony Week is to have a classroom decoration competition reflecting harmonious relationships between cultures. The best decorated class will win a pizza lunch. The judging will occur on Thursday during Lunch and the results will be announced before the end of the school day and the pizza lunch will be provided on Monday March 23 2020.
- The Canteen will be providing special lunches from the Monday to the Friday ( to be advertised)
- Free coffee/ tea for staff on Thursday Morning – March 19 2020 at the El Modo Cafe.
- Special Assembly of Thursday March 19 2020. Students are encouraged to dress in cultural attire or something Orange. This is not a Free Dress day. If students are not in cultural dress or in orange, the normal College uniform is to be worn.
- Parents are very welcome to attend our Special Assembly on the Thursday.
Mrs David Mr Soo and Mrs Greenaway ( Staff Liaisons Social Concerns and Environment)
Katie and Jackson (Chairpersons)
Inter-House Swimming Carnival
Our 2020 Secondary School Inter-House Swimming Carnival was a great success with the Levi House taking the honours of the Champion House, four years in a row. Well done, Levi Rams.
All students are to be congratulated on putting in a fantastic effort to earn points for their House. There was a lot of excitement and the atmosphere was great, with lots of team spirit. The Novelty events were over filled as it seemed the students could not get enough ploughing through the water (in all sorts of ways) on a body board to compete in the relay for their House.
The carnival ran very smoothly all due to the very careful planning and preparation by the Physical Education Staff, and on the day, the Staff and the House Captains all very proficiently looking after their allocated tasks. It was also great to see so many parents come along and support their child at the carnival and of course cheer them on and get very excited at the finish line.
Congratulations to the King and Queen of the pool, Individual Age Champions and the Champion House, Levi.
|U/13||GIRLS||Elisabeth Hellbusch||Sunny Wright|
|U/13||BOYS||Ben Mostert||Jesse Swart|
|U/14||GIRLS||Lillian Devincentis||Chane’ Booysen|
|U/14||BOYS||Andrew Hellbusch||Harry Hondema|
|U/15||GIRLS||Sarah Ng||Viktoria Vranyak|
|U/15||BOYS||Neil Becker||James Prosser|
|U/16||GIRLS||Kaylee Arnold||Saskia Booysen|
|U/16||BOYS||Jaykan Stephens||Domenic Rossi|
|U/17||GIRLS||Julia Messier||Stephanie Devincentis|
|U/17||BOYS||Michael Bowling||Zander Mostert|
|U/19||GIRLS||Sarah Skelton||Misty Ross|
|U/19||BOYS||Johann De Wet||Luke Forrester|
King of the Pool: Zander Mostert – 29.34s
Queen of the Pool: Julia Messier – 30.96s
|U14||50m Backstroke||Lillian Devincentis||38.52||Judah|
|U17||50m Freestyle||Julia Messier||30.96||Levi|
|U17||50m Backstroke||Stephanie Devincentis||37.65||Judah|
|U17||50m Backstroke||Michael Bowling||35.87||Joseph|
|U17||100m Freestyle||Julia Messier||1.09.84||Levi|
1st Place: LEVI
2nd place: JOSEPH
3rd Place: JUDAH
4th place: REUBEN
Individual Champions Middle School
Individual Champions Senior School
(Absent for photo Yr 12 Girl Champion Sarah Skelton)
The ACC Interschool Swimming Carnival will be held next week on Friday March 20. Please download the ACC app to keep up with current scores and updates. We wish our squad all the best and please keep them all in your prayers as they train for the carnival and complete.
Tutoring by Staff
As mentioned at the recent Parent Information evenings, the College staff offer to students in all subject areas extra assistance and tutoring. We encourage students to avail themselves of the opportunities that our staff are offering to assist them with their studies and therefore attain the goals they are hoping to achieve in their respective subjects. We thank the staff for making themselves available to assist the students and the generosity of their time. The tutoring timetable is accessible on SEQTA should you wish your child to be tutored.
Year Nine Personal Development Day
All parents of students in Year Nine will have received a letter via an email with details of the Personal Development Day to be held Wednesday March 18. As mentioned in the letter the day is considered the same as a normal school day so students are expected to attend. Please read the information carefully so that your child is attired correctly and brings with them what has been requested. The day will be held at Woodman Point and it is hoped that by the end of the day it has not only been an enjoyable time with lots of fun, but that the objectives have been achieved in the bonding of relationships both with staff and students through the many activities of teamwork and co-operation.
Year Eight Camp
Preparations are in full swing organising the Year 8 Camp. A meeting of all of the Year Eight parents and students is to be held on Tuesday March 24 in the MPH. The meeting will commence at 6.00 pm and it is envisaged that it will be over within the hour. The meeting is to provide parents with a little more information about the camp and explain some of the paperwork that is required in order for a child to attend the camp. All parents will have received a letter of invitation via an email. It is great to see the students getting excited about this exciting adventure. (staff are too!)
College Senior Ball
This will be held on Thursday April 23 (during the school holidays) and an invitation has been sent to all students in Year 11 and 12 and a letter to parents explaining in a little more detail the College stance on such an event.
There are several special events that are held for our Year 12’s throughout the year and the College Senior Ball is one of those that all students in Year 11 and 12 look forward to and from this exciting evening creates many memories. Deposits for the Ball are now due and payment is to be made on-line. The Entertainment and Functions Committee under the guidance of Chairpersons Jill Dutt, Lynelle Taylor and Staff Liaison Mrs Balding are busy planning and organising what promises to be, a memorable night for all. If you need further clarification on any aspect of the Ball please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Balding.
Head of Secondary
Thornlie Swimming Club
Today I was privileged to attend your “House” Swimming Carnival and was impressed with the student participation and the staff organization. Although I was looking for talent potential to improve the depth of our team at Thornlie Swimming Club, I was excited by the keenness and efforts applied by all swimmers.
As such, I cordially invite not only those I spoke to and felt had potential but any participant of today’s carnival who would like to improve; to attend any 2 free coaching sessions with the Thornlie Swimming Club at either of the following venues.
Mon or Wed 6.00pm – 7.30pm Cannington Leisureplex
Tue or Thurs 6.30pm – 8.20pm Gosnells Leisure World
If you then feel you would like to join our club, we welcome you and can guarantee improvement and satisfaction with your continued development and confidence.
George Brown (Head Coach)
Thornlie Swimming Club
Text: 0431095639 Email: email@example.com