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.
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.
St Paul's College students have begun the process of researching undergraduate degrees, institutions, and entry requirements for their university applications.
This term, our senior students will be busy attending the many local experience days and careers expos. So far, interested students have attended the Albury Wodonga Health Expo and the Wodonga TAFE Experience Days, the LaTrobe Experience Clever Day, Taste of TAFE NSW, the Albury Wodonga Careers Expo, and, the CSU Wagga Wagga Explore Day. These days are part of our preparation to launch our students into their chosen career - providing them all with a hands on experience, the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible, and to meet experts or current students in these fields.
Our new Year 7 class has hit the ground running launching themselves in our innovative LaunchEd program. LaunchEd is a cross curricular subject that involves English, History and Geography. Integration of these subjects only takes place where there are relevant and obvious connections across these learning areas. It is how we choose to implement the curriculum that gives LaunchEd the unique opportunity to develop independent learners that gives them a flexible place to learn.
LaunchEd has a strong emphasis on 21st century skills such as independence, collaboration, peers and self-reflection and technology. Students work with every student and this enriches their social skills and confidence in presentation skills / public speaking. This program is also beneficial to our teachers, as it is team taught, allowing our staff to work together and learn from each other.
Our Year 7 students are enjoying LaunchEd, and are navigating their way around using their devices and the various learning platforms.
It has been a busy start to the year at St Paul's for our Year 10 - 12 students in regard to future career opportunities!
Recently CSU ambassadors visited the school to present information to our Year 12 cohort about the pathways, courses and opportunities the university offers. This was an important opportunity for our Year 12 students to start thinking about their post-school options.
Mr Bruce Walpole from Walpole Surveying met with our senior years to discuss career pathways and options in Surveying. Following a demonstration of the surveying instruments, Mr Walpole challenged the group to guess the exact distance between two points in the schoolyard. Well done to Kealy Steeper whose guess was within 30cm of the exact distance!
Coming up this term we also have a Careers visit to the Defence Expo.
College Year 11 Hospitality student experienced the culinary delights of Melbourne City on their annual "foodies" excursion!
Many foodie places were discovered by the students including an extensive hotel tour of The Langham, with them enjoying visiting the luxurious Penthouse apartments, main kitchen and wonderful buffet lunch. Other hightlights included the William Angliss Institute, Chocoholic Foodies Tour (a definite highlight), and finishing at the Queen Victoria Foodies Tour and Markets.
The students enjoyed tasting the finest chocolates from Lindt, Haighs, ChocMamma, Koko Black and topped off an amazing hot chocolate with liquid nitrogen, gelato and self-toasted marshmellows!
Congratulations goes out to the student for their presentation, attitude and behaviour throughout the whole trip. We hope you found it informative and now have an understanding that Hospitality is much bigger than first thought.
St Paul's College Year 11 students enjoyed a morning of "mock interviews" preparing them for their future career path and lifelong journey.
Representatives from a local Employment Agency and College teachers were involved in the activity - outlining to the students what to expect and how to present themselves when in an employment interview.
We trust this training will assist our senior students and prepare them for their future endeavors.
Five students from St Paul's were presented with awards displaying excellence in their Science Research Project. The award was a certificate and prize money of $100 for each student provided by the Rowe Scientific Regional School Student Grants, secured through the Science Teachers Association of NSW.
Many of the best St. Paul's College students' poetry entries from Year 10 Poetry Unit were entered in the Poetry section of the 2016 Write Around the Murray Festival. Isabella Brunt from the College won the Year 9/10 section for the region with her interesting and insightful War poem.
Isabella participated in a presentation on Saturday 15th October at the Albury Library Museum where she was awarded a Dymocks book voucher and some money for her efforts. She also won $500 for the College to assist in the develop of our English program.