Cultural & Spiritual Experience in Cambodia

St Paul's College students during school holidays, 14 students, 3 ex-students and 4 staff participated in a two week cultural and spiritual experience through immersion and service in rural Cambodia.

This was both encouraging  for the Cambodian communities visited, where one person thanked us bringing them hope by visiting, and for our students to see the amazing work God is doing through his people in development and empowerment at the local level. 

Our College is committed to immersing our students to a wide world or cultural and learning experience - providing them a wonderful opportunity to serve other communities.




SAM ROWE - Ex-student & an AFL Legend returns to school

Ex-student and AFL legend Sam Rowe back to St Paul's College recently, and was a hit with all who met him!  Sam was a student here from 2000 to 2005 and is now an AFL player with St Kilda Football Club.  During his visit, Sam spoke to the boys' Year 9 Rite Journey class about his life, career, experience with cancer and the support he had from his family and friends, and football club (which at the time was Carlton).  Sam shared with the boys to always encourage and support each other through trials, and explained how important it is to open up to family and friends, and talk problems through.  Since his cancer, Sam has become an ambassador for Movember.

 

Sam also led coaching sessions with the Year 9/10 PASS class, visited the Walla Walla Primary School, and held a classroom session with Year 11 Sport and Recreation students about coaching.

 

An entertaining Q&A session at lunchtime was held for students, which also saw some great old photos and memories appear from his years at St Paul's.  He spoke of how he has learned that determination is key to overcoming adversity, and working hard for what you want to achieve in life.

We greatly appreciate Sam giving up his day off for the week to come to St Paul's, and hope he enjoyed his trip down memory lane!

 

Day Supports Dolly's Dream

Hundreds of dollars were raised for the foundation launched in memory of Amy "Dolly" Everett by students at St Paul's College.

The college's student representative council (SRC) organised guest speakers from Dolly's Dream Truck and Rural Mental Health for the second annual Farmer's Day.   Year 10 student Lara Hamilton, 15, said the foundation was doing important work to address bullying.  "You can't get away from it as everyone these days has a phone", she said.   "I think what they're doing is absolutely great, bringing that focus".

Well done Lara for organising such a great event for a worthy cause!




Production - Wowed Sell Out Crowds

Students from St Paul's College wowed sell out shows with their performance of "High School Musical".  An outstanding effort from everyone involved, with many students for the first time making their debut on stage!  It was an enormous learning curve for many, discovering talents that they never knew they had.  Well done to the cast and crew, we are very proud of you all.

Knowledge : Challenges : Fun

Knowledge : Challenges : Fun were all the catch cry for students today at the 2nd Annual Farmer's Day, organised by our Student Representative Council.

At St Paul's we recognise that Agriculture is a huge part of the Australian economy and provides a wide range of diverse career opportunities and services. Many of our students have career aspirations across a wide range of agricultural fields and we understand the need to support them in their pathways and decision making about their futures.

We welcomed a variety of organisations who addressed students in Years 10 - 12 at the Ag Careers Expo, discussing their contribution to rural sector, educational options and pathways for opportunities.

A big thanks to Ag Skills Victoria who ran the Farmer's Challenge, involving teams of students using their practical skills and agility.

A well-being focus at St Paul's is important, and today played an important part, highlighting mental health literacy, including mental health of our rural students and their families. Ms Amelia Cottrell from NSW Rural Health addressed our community highlighting support and risk factors for mental illness plus representatives from the Dolly's Dream Foundation presented issues around youth mental health.

  

Farmer's Day & Ag Careers Expo

St Paul's College is hosting our 2nd Annual Farmer's Day on Monday 17th June, with a lunch commencing at 12.30pm followed by the Farmer's Challenge, musical items and guest speakers from Dolly's Dream Foundation, and Rural Mental Health. The day of fundraising activities has been developed and co-ordinated by our Student Representative Council (SRC) focusing on rural well being and awareness around bullying and cyber bullying. 

An Agriculture Careers Expo will be held with an information session for senior students on study and career opportunities from Marcus Oldham College, CSU Wagga, Kotzurs, and Ag Skills Victoria.  Information stands will be available to explore during the afternoon.

Funds raised will go towards Dolly's Dream Foundation and the day will conclude at 3.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend!




Year 9's, Making the Rite Journey

t Paul's Year 9 students attended their first Rite Journey Camp, held at Warrambui Camp located outside Canberra.

Some of the activities students engaged in were included -  Team Survivor Challenge, visit to Wee Jasper and hike along the Hume and Hovell Track, Mountain Bike Riding and the Australian War Memorial.  Thursday afternoon was perhaps one of the biggest challenges for many - the Solo, which was a 4 hour activity of personal reflection.

Words that students identified throughout the week were : challenge, teamwork, communication, initiative, relationship, fear, friends, fun, opportunity, respect, confidence, resilience, fatigue, optimism, happiness, out of comfort zone, sore body, kindness, listening skills, thoughtfulness, helpfulness.

Memories made for a life time!
 

SCHOLARSHIPS NOW OPEN

DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

St Paul's College is offering a generous variety of scholarships for students entering 2020, in boarding, equine, agriculture, sport and indigenous.

Scholarships are based on ability and potential.

We encourage all families who are considering the College, to call our Enrolments Manager, Mrs Joanne Knobel on 02 60 292 200 to investigate the possibilities.

Applications closed 28 June 2019.

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