Dr Amanda Webb and I have begun planning for the end of year Magis Workshop. Ten Year 8 students from our College will join students from Corpus Christi and Newman Colleges to explore "landscape" from cultural and scientific perspectives. Students will spend a day working on campus and then spend a day working at Naturescape in Kings Park. This will be a rich interdisciplinary learning experience for our gifted students.

On Wednesday last week we held the finals of the annual Year 10 Atticus Finch Justice Award.

All Year 10 students are required to complete a cross-curricular task that demonstrates their understanding of the issues of justice and fairness as they are studied in both English and Religious Education classes.

The assessment is an individual speech in which students write in response to two stimulus materials (an image and a quote). Their reading and understanding of these texts is used in conjunction with studies in English and Religious Education classes. Students are given time in their classes to work on their speeches. Their teachers guide them with developing ideas, research and speaking techniques.

The speeches are four to five minutes long. The two best speakers from each class competes for the Atticus Finch Justice Award. These finalists present their speech to the entire Year 10 cohort in the Lecture Theatre. The winner, as chosen by the Principal, Magis Coordinator and Learning Area Coordinators, is presented with a trophy and a prize at Presentation Night.

The Atticus Finch Justice Award was initiated in 2011. It exemplifies the College's ethos of "Seek Justice" through the study of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mocking Bird in English and the unit of work focussing on freedom, conscience and vocation in Religious Education.

The 2015 Atticus Finch Justice Award was won by Siobhan Waller.


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Dr Annette Pedersen - Magis & Ignatius Centre Coordinator