So lovely to see fathers, sons and daughters breakfasting together and sharing liturgy and a game of soccer at the Marist campus this morning.
Our Geography students tested their skills against students from all around Australia in the 2017 Australian Geography Competition recently. We had a number of student geographers who performed to a very high level this year with a number of high distinctions, distinctions and credits.
The aim of the competition is to encourage student interest in geography and reward excellence.
BCC entered 38 students from Year 8 to Year 10, representing Mercy and Marist campuses. Congratulations to those who performed so well.
2018 YEAR 7 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS,
P & F BURSARIES AND INDIGENOUS BURSARY
The Principal and Bunbury Catholic College Community congratulate
these students on their achievements and welcome them to our
MARIST CAMPUS in Bunbury and MERCY CAMPUS in Australind.
Year 7 2018
Academic (half) Scholarships
Our Lady of Lourdes School, DARDANUP:
St Joseph’s School, BUNBURY:
South Bunbury Primary School, BUNBURY:
P & F (half) Bursaries
St Anne’s Primary School, HARVEY: Carol Tomas
Leschenault Catholic PS, AUSTRALIND: Jack Vitali
Bunbury Primary School, BUNBURY: Olivia Park & Angus Park
DONNYBROOK District High School: Heidi Gidgup
The BCC Touring Team have returned from the annual Marist Carnival with a win in the Challenge division!
This year’s carnival was held in Forbes, NSW. In the Challenge division final the team played a brilliant game against Marist Sion, Warragul, winning 25 – 2! This is an extraordinary result in a final and most finals are decided by 5 goals or less!
Shantelle Tassone was awarded the “players’ player” – which represents the player ‘most wanted’ by opposing teams throughout the carnival. This was much deserved and a credit to Shantelle’s performance over the carnival duration.
The following players were awarded ‘player of the day’ for our own BCC team – Shantelle Tassone (day 1), Lilly Taylor (day 2) and Courtney Smaniotto (day 3).
All of the girls are to be congratulated and commended for their efforts and performance. They have worked hard for 9 months (or more) to achieve these results. The team will now complete their season in the Busselton competition and compete in the High Schools Cup elimination day in Perth early next term.
The girls performed very well throughout the carnival and were excellent ambassadors for the College throughout the tour.
Many thanks to all the parents and supporters, with special thanks to Myrna Carbone, Ludita McLean and Kerrie Downes for their managing/coaching and ‘mothering’ of the girls throughout the annual campaign!
CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16-29 YEARS OLD! We need your help! Pope Francis wants to hear from you! The Catholic Church’s #Synod2018 of Young People is approaching and the Pope wants to hear from as many young people as possible from all across the world! It’s a chance for your VOICE to be HEARD no matter who you are. Pope has said we want to hear from you regardless of whether you consider yourself to be agnostic, atheist, a non-church goer or lukewarm in the faith!
“This is the Synod of young people and we want to listen to one another. Every young person has something to say to others. He or she has something to say to adults, something to say to priests, sisters, bishops and even the Pope. All of us need to listen to you!” – Pope Francis, April 2017.
Another polished and enjoyable Year 9 Play Night can be added to the history books of Bunbury Catholic College. Each year the Year 9 drama students enjoy exploring Melodrama through different mediums of performance. This culminates in a shared “live” performance now known as the Year 9 Play Night.
The two Year 9 Classes at the Marist Campus worked hard on perfecting and producing their own devised drama pieces while the Mercy year 9 Drama class enjoyed exploring melodramatic territory through a scripted performance of “Robin Hood”. The experience for all students involved was positive, as some students were able to ‘tread the boards’ in front of an audience for the first time.
The audience of friends, family and teachers seemed to enjoy the night and lots of laughs were had. Above all it’s amazing to see the students across the two campuses supporting, encouraging and congratulating one another for their performances which makes the whole event truly inspiring.
A huge thanks to Mrs Karen Walker who tirelessly makes sure all students involved are kitted out in costumes and also have all the props they need to enhance their performance. Also thanks to Ms Brenda Della Salle for her work backstage and to Mr Ted May for his photographic expertise. One last staff thank you to Mercy practicum teacher Natasha Kennworthy for her efforts in helping produce the Mercy performance.
Congratulations to all Year 9 students involved and to all the parents, peers and teachers who came to support The Arts at Bunbury Catholic College. We look forward to doing this again next year.
Mr Robertson and Mr Obern
Last Night’s seminar on ‘Taming the Stress Monster in Adolescence’, run by the Mercy P&F was a great success with over 200 people attending, including many teens alongside their parent. Maggie explored ways for adolescents to understand and help each other to navigate the bumpy ride to adulthood. She also explored great ways to calm and relax. Organiser, Mrs Erica Tonkin, said “Maggie was very engaging and had many really useful tips that people were looking for.” You can read more about her approach here and follow her on facebook.
Recently, we held our annual mid-year concert, presented by the BCC Cert III Music course. It was a great evening that showcased nearly one hundred of our students in a variety of different performances. We’d like to extend a big thank you to the staff and parents who assisted at the door and in the canteen on the night. Congratulations to all of the performers on such an amazing job!
Four students who took part in the Indian Immersion 2016, Chris Gaetke, Ruby Nalder, James Granger and Charles Reddin spoke to the Bunbury Leschenault Rotary Club today about their experiences working with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (started by Saint Mother Teresa) and travelling to different parts of India. This Rotary Club, as well as the BCC Ex-Students Association, donated $1000 which the group used to buy clothes, learning and medical equipment and toys for the children in India. They are pictured here with Rotarians,Steve Woodhouse and ex-student, Michael Jenkins. The group look forward to sharing their presentation which involves slides and a short video to fellow BCC students.
Hundreds of cans, brought in by BCC students, were collected today by the Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault, as part of their ‘give a damn, give a can’ appeal. Year 8 Heads of Year believe we well surpassed last years total with Marist campus collecting 830 cans and Mercy campus 550! Nice work#bccspirit
A celebration of motherhood was held by both campuses this morning when Year 7 students were joined by their mother or special guest. A chance to reflect on what motherhood means, catch up with old friends and your child’s new classmates. Our thanks to Father Edwin and Father Jesse. Mercy campus photos: Erin Hill, Year 10 Media.
A number of BCC students attended the GRIP (G – generosity, R – responsibility, I – Integrity, P – People) Leadership Conference. There were 27 students in total from Years 10 and 11 from both the Mercy and Marist Campuses.
The conference delivers specific leadership training that assists them in developing their skills as school leaders for the future. It is a really fun, fresh and interactive day that allows the students to work and network with other leaders from other schools.
Our students should be extremely proud of themselves, stepping outside their comfort zones and participating in all sorts of games and activities. They shared their own experiences and voiced their opinions and really got involved in the spirit of the day. Some were even brave enough to volunteer to be on stage, including Mr Obern with his original dance moves.
A big thanks to all of the students who attended, your behaviour was outstanding and you made the most of this great opportunity. I hope that you all took something away from the conference and that it left you feeling inspired and enthusiastic about what is possible at Our College!
What a marvellous day and a terrific show of talent from all of our students. The full results are below.
Year 7 Champion Boy: Tom Steele. Runner Up: Liam Heelan.
Year 7 Champion Girl: Madison Klem. Runner Up: Syke Carr.
Year 8 Champion Boy: Byron Musitano. Runner Up: Scott Tuia.
Year 8 Champion Girl: Jessica Verbrugge. Runner Up: Sarina Tassone.
Year 9 Champion Boy: Andrew Maranta. Runner Up: Allesandro Villani.
Year 9 Champion Girl: Caitlin O’Connor. Runner Up: Denver-Lee Innes.
Year 10 Champion Boy: Ty Sears. Runner Up: Hamish Hutton.
Year 10 Champion Girl: Kendall Lewis. Runner Up: Zoe Linton.
Year 11 Champion Boy: Tashian Pierotti. Runner Up: Scott Golder.
Year 11 Champion Girl: Hayley Gulberti. Runner Up: Tenika English.
Year 12 Champion Boy: Blair Hutton. Runner Up: Zacharia Cook.
Year 12 Champion Girl: Alana Gianotti. Runner Up: Georgia Bach.
Junior Champion Boy: Byron Musitano
Junior Champion Girl: Jessica Verbrugge
Senior Champion Boy: Ty Sears
Senior Champion Girl: Alana Gianotti.
Panda Award: Marcellin
Champion House: Valentine
Year 10 and 11
The Year 10 and Year 11 Phys Ed Studies Triathlons was also held in perfect conditions. It was great to see the support for each other as they run through.
The Yr. 12 PE Studies ATAR students completed their triathlon assessment recently, on Wednesday, March 8. This entailed a 500m swim/13.5km cycle/4km run.
The students all completed this task comfortably and there were some very good results posted. This performance is the culmination of their own training program over the summer term and time leading to this event.
This enables the students to integrate theory with a practical outcome. The students often find the distances quite challenging. However, they are capable and talented athletes and always perform well.
Our top performers this year were Ryan Sanders and Alana Gianotti. Well done to all students!!
Mr Graham Jones
Recently, senior Maths students traveled to Perth with Mr Snelson and Mr Dunn to compete in the Have Sum Fun maths competition, held annually at Trinity College. Three BCC teams were entered into the competition, with a Marist team consisting of Desiree Bernhardt, Sophia Musitano, Emily Sykes, Allegra Mazza-Parton and Trinity Mangano placing 9th overall! The other teams, one from Marist and the other a combined Marist-Mercy team, placed 27th and 35th respectively. This was a very good effort from all the students who participated, as there were a total of 39 teams competing at Trinity college, with another 40 teams competing at another venue in Perth.
Once again BCC hosted the annual Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 Competition Have Sum Fun Mathematics competition with teams from a large number of school across the south west. Congratulations to all of our students who participated and to the Year 9/Year 10 team of Om Heble, Sam Lee, Breanna Barraclough, Andre Lachica, Ruby Gilroy and Miriam Bertola on winning their division.
Overall, fantastic results from all teams! It was a great experience for the students, and the competitive atmosphere was both fun and thrilling. Have Sum Fun is definitely an event for passionate maths students to look forward to participating in next year!
Emily Sykes, Year 12
|Marist Canteen Menu||Price||Notes|
|Daily Recess Selection|
Cheese and Salad 1/2 wrap
Apple Crumble and Custard
Fruit Salad Cup
V Term 2&3
GF Terms 1&4
|Chicken Crackles x 3|
Ham/Cheese Toasted SW
|Chicken Chilli Dogs|
Chicken Nuggets x 3
Fish and Chips
|Yummy Drummy Roll|
|Daily Lunch - |
1/2 Lebanese Roll
Egg/ Beef/ Tuna
Gluten Free bread on request
V GF seasonal
|Daily Lunch - |
Chicken Chilli Wrap
Chicker Burger w Salad
Term 2 & 3
Term 2 & 3
Fish & Chips
Hot Chicken Roll
Term 2 & 3
Hot Beef & Gravy Roll
Chicken Burger w Salad
Term 2 & 3
Chicken Chilli Wrap
Fish Fillet Burger
Term 2 & 3
Tomato Sauce/Salad Dressing
1/2 Vegemite Roll
1/2 Buttered Roll
|Available at Lunchtime only|
Grain Wave Chips
Quelch Fruit Sticks
|Drinks- all day|
UP & Go
Harvey Fresh Juice
Harvey Fresh Juice
Lunch only- LOL
OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, a state and national competition, the particular focus of which is logical thinking, as it relates to discovering how languages work. The competition is run by academics at major universities in Australia. The competition is designed for students from Years 9 to 12 and typically appeals to students who like languages, maths, computers, or natural sciences.
We entered 6 teams across both campuses into OzCLO this year. These students should be commended for giving up their own time to compete and prepare for this competition. I have been so impressed by their organisational skills, academic ability and self-motivation!
Round one was held on Wednesday 8th of March. We wish the teams every luck for getting into the National Competitions later this month.
Names of students that entered:
Blake Botica Yr 10
Matthew Butler Yr 10
Caleb Warnod Yr 10
Riley Elstermann Yr 10
Conor Tilbrook Yr 9
Joel Cronin Yr 9
Matthew Botica Yr 9
Georgia Shinnick Yr 9
Carmel Italiano Y9
Hayley Lowe Y9
Veronica Congdon Y9
Sienna Smargiassi Y9
Josh Ieraci Y9
Michaela Whitham Y9
Manaia Meads Y9
Sarina Ioppolo Y9
Andre Lachica Y9
Ryan Morgan Y10
Isaiah Tolentino Y10
Sam Lee Y10
Emilia Payne Y10
Kyle Borlini Y10
Matthew Clarke Y10
Lachlan Brown Y10
Marist Campus (Bunbury) Mercy Campus (Australind)
YEAR 7 2018 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, INDIGENOUS AND P&F BURSARIES
Make the most of these opportunities for current Year 6 students. It is free to apply.
Scholarships and Bursaries.
The scholarship covers basic tuition fee and it is renewable each year up to the 3rd year of secondary school, subject to continued academic excellence.
Exam: 9.00am Saturday 6 May 2017.
Venue: Bunbury Catholic College, Rodsted Street BUNBURY
INDIGENOUS BURSARIES and PARENTS & FRIENDS’ BURSARIES are also offered.
Applications here close on Wednesday 5 April 2017.Download Application
During the Summer Holidays I was given the opportunity to be one of 25 students attending the week long Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School at Curtin University. Throughout the week I got the chance to speak to engineering companies such as John Holland and Aurecon and hear from some engineers about their journey to where they are now. It was great to hear from them because it helped me realise that even though I may struggle in Physics (a key area for becoming an engineer), I’m not the only one.
We also visited the new Perth Stadium and seeing it during construction was awesome. We went behind the scenes at the Fiona Stanley Hospital.We had our own Dinner Dance, which is where we received a Certificate of Completion for the Summer School and got to dance our hearts out. Of course I can’t forget the best part, making 25 new friends from all over WA, SA and even the Northern Territory. I went up there not knowing anyone and came back with a whole new family! What a great way to start the new year and I can’t wait to go again next year for the Pathway Program. I hope if you are Indigenous and are in Years 9,10 or 11 you think about applying even if you are like me and engineering was not what you had planned for your future.
2017 Marist Basketball Carnival Brisbane
Both the girls’ and boys’ teams have been training extremely hard in preparation for the carnival to be held in Brisbane in the first week of the April school holidays.
Both teams attended a 2-day intensive training camp which focussed on fitness, team and individual skill development, game play and team building activities.
Local South West Slammers player and fitness trainer Courtney Bayliss put the players through a rigorous fitness session, whilst BCC staff member Lisa Hammond took them through a complete yoga workout.
Both teams played a scratch match against local A grade men’s and women’s teams with some very positive individual and team performances. The players observed and analysed each other’s games, providing valuable feedback to add to the learning experience.
Both teams are competing in local competitions to gain much needed match practice, with the girls playing at Eaton in the women’s competition on a Wednesday night, and the boys playing in the Australind under 20 men’s competition on a Monday night. Both teams only have four games left to play, and spectators are always welcome.
The teams travelling to Brisbane to compete are:
4 Lauren Vincent 4 Griffin Russell
5 Nicola Van Dijk 5 Logan Farr
6 Jasmine Barrett 6 Nicholas Dinkgreve
7 Nicole Craig 8 Patrick Wright
8 Ellena Gillett 9 Clayton Dickinson
10 Georgie Mitchell 10 Finn Rossiter
11 Candace Clarke 11 Ben Harris
12 Tasmin Birch 12 Mitchell Lawler
15 Lauren O’Connor 13 Craig Kamocha
15 Domenic Dagostino
The Leadership group for the girl’s team is Georgie Mitchell, Nicole Craig and Jas Barrett.
Ms Kelly Bastow is the coach for the girls’ team, with Ms Mikala Kemp-Downes travelling as the team manager.
The Captain of the boys’ team is Clayton Dickinson, with Craig Kamocha as the Vice-Captain.
Ms Kerry Langley is the coach of the boys’ team, with Mr Brad Dunn managing.
Parents, students and staff recently had the opportunity to listen to Paul Litherland from Surfonlinesafe discussing being safe online in a number of contexts. If you would like to follow up on that issue, here is the link www.surfonlinesafe.com.au/.
Tennis – Schools Classic South West
On Tuesday 21st February, BCC sent 13 teams to complete in the Schools Tennis Classic South West in Bunbury. Slightly blustery conditions made games challenging but the sun eventually shone and made for some great team performances. In the Herbert Edwards (junior) division BCC 1 took out the competition by finishing on top of their pool. The team consisted of Liam Cox, Aidan Hutchinson, Scott Tuia, Ryan Babich and Lachlan Lord, who were undefeated for the day.
Both the BCC number one ranked senior teams also took out their finals in the Mursell Cup.
The girls team; Kayla Myburgh, Summer O’Keefe, Courtney Babich and Kate Lockley won a tight match against Bunbury Cathedral Grammar.
Our senior boys; Cooper Smith, Connor Lord, Michael Frayne and Eckhard Strydom put in a strong performance against BCC 2 -Blair Hutton, Matt De Bonis, Tom Heenan and Jesse Musitano – coming out on top for the second consecutive year.
All our winning teams will now travel to Perth to compete for the title against some strong Metro competition.
Congratulations to our top VET student from 2016 , Jane Huey. Jane spoke at our opening assembly about the benefits of alternative pathways to university entrance and how the opportunity to study Certificate courses rather than ATAR courses benefited her greatly. She will be studying nursing at University. We congratulate Jane. Jane was presented with a cheque for $1000 from the BCC Ex-Students’ Association by Mrs Nola Jennings.
Congratulations to our Kelderman Award Winner (top ATAR 2016), 99 Club inductee and Dux, Andrew Italiano. Andrew received Academic Awards for all of his 6 ATAR subjects; Chemistry ATAR, English literature ATAR, Mathematics Methods ATAR, Mathematics Specialist ATAR, Physics ATAR and Religion and Life ATAR and received an ATAR of 99.35. Andrew was presented with the Kelderman Award by Mrs Trish Kelderman at the Opening Assembly. Andrew was also presented with a cheque for $1000 from the BCC Ex-Students’ Association by Mrs Nola Jennings. We wish him all the best in his future career which will involve studying Physics at UWA after a gap year.
We celebrated a wonderful Opening Mass with Father Edwin Ocho. Our first assembly followed, providing us with the opportunity to bless and install our student leaders and present them with their badge of office. Our student leaders provide a great service to the school community and we congratulate them and thank them for their efforts.
Our Year 7 students have had a fun-filled few days participating in activities which help develop their self-awareness, personal development, team building, problem solving and environmental awareness.This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and staff to get to know each other in a more relaxed environment, away from the classroom. The friendships made on these days are a great way to start life at BCC.