Magis

This week our Magis students and activities are foregrounded in Open Day. Media Club students will run a special photo-booth in the Library. Chess Club members will have a display game in the Library Courtyard. The Astronomy Club will have their sophisticated telescope available for interested visitors to gaze at the skies. Other Magis activities will be featured on the Magis Noticeboard around the corner from Student Reception.

Cultural DeCoding

With two academics from The University of Notre Dame I have been working on an article about the Cultural DeCoding gifted program I initiated at that university. We intend to submit the paper to an international journal of education. It will be good to have the unique work we do at the College discussed and reviewed at this academic level.

Magis Carnival

In Term 2 we are holding a Magis Carnival at the College for gifted Year 11 and 12 students. We are inviting students from Catholic schools to examine complex problems from our world and beyond. These problems will have a spiritual dimension or a philosophical connection to the religious underpinning of our school. For example, questions such as:

  • Linear concepts of time limit our thinking.
  • Social responsibility is confined within borders.
  • Happiness is a misunderstood idea in the western world.
  • Space is finite.
  • The notion of 'self' is limiting.

This program will will run after school from 4.30 to 7pm on 26 June. Interested parents or students should contact me.

From the Magis Scholar's Desk

If you have ever been interested in the United Nations, global issues, debating, or you just wanted to develop your public speaking, research, teamwork and leadership skills, then this opportunity is for you.

This April the UN Youth competition, Evatt is beginning. Evatt takes the form of model sessions of the UN Security Council. Teams are comprised of two students from the same school and each team is allocated one of the fifteen countries that currently sit on the Security Council. Together they share the work of researching their country's stance on prominent security issues and debate, amend, and vote on resolutions prepared by our facilitators, all the while pushing their national agenda.

The top 15 teams from across the State will be selected to represent their school at the State Final held at Parliament House in Perth. The top five teams from the State Final will go on and represent their school and state at the Evatt National Finals held in Adelaide this December.

However this is only open for students in Years 9-12.

Registration closes 27th of March and 3rd of April.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Dr Pedersen or click on the link below

http://www.unyouth.org.au/?p=207

Mariah Mwipatayi
Senior Magis Scholar 2014

Library

Lego Club has become a great success in the Library on Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Students from Years 3 to 6 are welcome to join the Club. Parents are reminded to please drop their children off. Those parents who do not want to help with the Lego tasks or challenges will need to return at 4.30pm to collect their student. As secondary students work and read in the library after school until 5pm we are unable to accommodate parents meeting in the Library.

Mrs Holmes with Joel Margaria, Patrick Eastwood and Marshall Lalor.

Reading Theory Group

The English Department and Library are running a Reading Theory Group for Year 12 students. All Year 12 students are invited. We will read and discuss all the major literary theories from Russian formalism to post structuralism. We hope to get to the point where we consider why we use theory? What is the point? Apart from offering an intellectually exciting and stimulating challenge, this will also really help our senior students in their English and Literature studies. Students will meet at lunch time on Monday.

Dr Annette Pedersen
Magis & Ignatius Centre Coordinator

pedersen.annette@johnxxiii.edu.au