Magis

Week 5 has been busy with a number of activities for our gifted secondary students. Mr Mazur met with students who have been offered the SPIRIT course at UWA during the April holidays. This is a wonderful extension program for gifted students and will connect with the College Astronomy Club. All students are welcome to join the Astronomy Club. The Club is meeting weekly at the moment for 'star gazing' nights on the College Oval. Students can speak to Mr Mazur about the Club or check notices on Simon to see which night is viewing night. We are discussing extending our Astronomy Club this year to include activities with secondary students from other local schools.

Philosophy Club has begun the year with its first meeting on Friday at lunch time. All students are welcome. Students are invited to bring a question to be contemplated over lunch. Media Club is meeting every second Wednesday at lunch time in X10. Our next meeting is March 12. All students from Years 7 to 12 are welcome. We will be organising some film workshops for talented media students later in the semester. Chess Club met this week on Thursday at lunch time in the Library. All Chess players from Years 7 to 12 are welcome.

Deep concentration in the Chess Club - Karl Maluga and Daniel Corvaia

Students in Years 11 and 12 have been offered a brilliant opportunity to extend themselves in Live Audio Engineering Workshops to be run after school in Term 2 this year. Students who are interested in music and technology are encouraged to see me about this innovative new program This year places are limited, so interested students need to see me as soon as possible to ensure a place.

Mock Trials are underway with the College team attending briefing sessions in the mornings with Mr Fitzpatrick and Mrs de Faria. Old boy and 2013 Senior Magis Scholar, William Paparo, has been helping the team prepare their case. William was in the College team as a barrister for three years and received many accolades for his articulate and intelligently deft manner in the courtroom.

Xavier College in Victoria has invited us to again send a team to the Annual Australian Jesuit Schools Debating Carnival. Students from Years 11 and 12 are invited to see me if they are interested in joining our team in Melbourne in July. Students are billeted with a Xavier College family during the Carnival. Last year our team had a wonderful experience at St Ignatius, Riverview, meeting high flyers from other Jesuit schools and debating matters of social justice with great passion and eloquence.

Library

Once again our Primary Lego Club met on Wednesday afternoon. The students responded to the challenge to 'build a tool' with great initiative. The result of their work is on display in the entrance to the Library. Also on display are new books. Students are invited to come and browse our collection.

On Mondays and Thursdays we are focussing on reading and quiet study in the Library at lunch time. A number of both Primary and Secondary students have asked about reading clubs. At the moment Mrs Holmes is considering a Primary Reading Club, while our Secondary Library Monitors are initiating a Secondary Reading Club to meet on Thursday at lunch time in the Library. If anyone has queries about these activities, please see Mrs Holmes or me.

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Dr Annette Pedersen
Magis and Ignatius Centre Coordinator