Issue 17 14 November 2008
Matthew 28.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Message from the Principal
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Primary Celebration Evening
Our focus this week has been on the Primary Celebration Evening held last night. The students presented beautifully and their smiling faces showed the delight with which they received their awards and prizes. The performances, as always, were well received and showed the many talents of the students and staff. I congratulate all students and teachers on a magnificent evening.
New Head of Middle School and Curriculum
Last newsletter I congratulated Mr Nick Johnstone on winning the 2008 Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science and Science Education. This week I congratulate him for being appointed as the new Head of Middle School and Curriculum. Mr Johnstone beat a field that included candidates from many respected schools from Brisbane and interstate. I have every confidence that Mr Johnstone will continue the excellent work of Mrs Goddard and will quickly put his personality on the position. Strangely, and for those interested, I didn’t receive any applications from women.
St Luke’s Life @ St Luke’s
Farewell to Mrs Goddard
The term is quickly passing and I ask that you set aside in your social diary the evening of Thursday 4 December 2008 to say “thank you and best wishes” to Mrs Jane Goddard as she finishes at St Luke’s Anglican School after eight years as Head of Middle School and Curriculum. The evening will start at 5.00 pm and will involve finger food and drinks until approximately 6.30 pm. I draw your attention to the notice elsewhere in the newsletter.
This week has seen the last of the Year 12 examinations, much to the students’ delight. Nearly every student has worked hard to the very end and they will have earned their right to celebrate next week. We are looking forward to joining Year 12 at their Senior Formal on Wednesday 19 November 2008 and their last day of school on Friday 21 November 2008. We hope and pray that as they celebrate among themselves and join with others in this almost rite of passage, that they do so in a responsible way and that they look out for each other.
On Tuesday we had a special Assembly as we celebrated the many recent cultural achievements of our musicians. I was presented with a large number of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards won at this term’s MusicFest contests in Brisbane. We also enjoyed listening to the Concert Band and the Year 10 Rock Band, Late Bus, who played their original composition which the audience really enjoyed. The band also played at last week’s Rock Pop Mime performances. Now there was another great night! It is a little hard to report on this night. You really had to be there. I don’t think anyone there would have left not fully entertained and enthused about what they had seen. Not to be outdone, the Year 3 students played at Lower Primary Assembly and I also enjoyed listening to the Boys’ Vocal Ensemble. What a vibrant school we have!
honour performance faith
On Tuesday the School observed Remembrance Day and Mr Neil Robinson spoke to the students about the significance of this day. It was pleasing to see the students support the day by buying poppies and wearing them. Mr Martin Oates
It always amazes me how rapidly Term 4 progresses. Year 12 students have officially finished their academic program with the completion of block examinations. Next week will be full for these students
as they prepare for the Senior Formal, Church Services and the Farewell Ceremony held on Friday 21 November. I look forward to joining them in these important celebrations which mark the culmination of their schooling. Although this marks an end for the Year 12 students, for the rest of the School there is still much to do. Examination timetables for Years 9, 10 and 11 will be distributed next week. Students should attend all examinations in their full school uniform including hat. Importantly, students in Year 10 and 11 do not need to be in attendance when they are not involved in an examination. Teacher supervised study will be provided throughout the day in the room R3 and students will only be allowed to sign out with written permission from their parents. Please feel free to contact me on 4132 7523 if you require further clarification. As the term draws to a close I would like to remind all students that it is important that they maintain an exemplary standard of dress. The student body as a whole remain well turned out; however, I have noticed that at the end of term some variations in uniform occur. The uniform expectations of the School are clearly described in the Student Diary and should be used as a point of reference for all the School community.
If you have a son or daughter in Year 8, you will recall the successful 2 Genesis Day on the first day of school. The students now follow up upon this with the Exodus Day where they can reflect on their development and achievements from the past year. This provides valuable time for reflection. Reflection is an essential part of the learning process, and will draw together all aspects of their year at school, so that they can look forward positively to 2009. The Genesis Day and Arts Day will be combined in 2008, taking place on Tuesday 2 December. For the Year 9 students we will run our End of Middle School Day, which traditionally has been a time of fun activities and a barbeque. This year we also wish to emphasise some very important reflective activities and some forward thinking and goal-setting for the senior years. There will be a range of other activities and sessions so I look forward to seeing all Middle School students fully involved in these worthwhile activities at the end of the year. Mrs Jane Goddard
Congratulations must go to Year 12 student Aimee Mocatta who has been selected to do pilot training. Aimee will attend the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra to undertake a Bachelor or Aeronautics, whilst undergoing her pilot training. Mr David Eke
As our Year 12 students are completing their exams, I am reminded of the role that events like these play in the process of growing up, of maturing into adults. In transitional moments like Baptism or Schoolies Week there is a process of separation, change and reintegration. For Christians the prime example of this is Baptism. When we come for Baptism we are separated out from the world, changed through the process of Baptism, and emerge from the waters as a new person, a part of the Church. When our Senior students undergo their final examinations, they are separated out, undergo a change through the experiences of being tested, and then rejoin society. There is the hope that this process for them has been a building up, and not a tearing down, but it is important that the people in their lives need to start perceiving these young people as becoming closer to adulthood. They will still need support, love and guidance, but now more than ever, some trust and room to grow. Father Andrew Schmidt
Middle School and Curriculum
I have just been out watching the last group of Year 9 boys commence their Rock and Water Program. This program continues to form an important component of our Year 9 Pastoral Care Program and is a great activity for the boys as they learn self-defence skills as well as selfcontrol and discipline. The boys will continue in Pastoral Care time with another extended session in the last week of school. There is also a range of other special days/ sessions for our students as we approach the end of the school year. For the Year 8 cohort we hold our annual Year 8 Arts Day, once again organised by our Head of Performing Arts, Mrs Leanne Hutchings, and enthusiastically assisted by the Year 8 Arts teachers. This is always a wonderful day where the students showcase skills that they have developed. It is a day of colourful props and costumes and entertaining performances, with drama and music.
Acknowledgement of Funding
St Luke’s Anglican School would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Australian Government in providing funding totalling
$18,812.00, for the construction of the new Tuckshop under the Investing in Our Schools Programme. Mr Wayne Herrmann
Club supports school sailing and helped our students to have a great time once again.
Mrs Julie Sweeney
Cultural and Speech Night Photos
There were many great photos taken at both the Cultural Celebration Evening and Speech Night. Since these functions, quite a few parents have contacted me to find out how they could get copies of photos taken by the professional photographers on these nights. I have arranged with Be Captured Photographics to have these photos placed on their corporate website for viewing and purchase. Log on to www.becaptured.com. au and enter the site. Click ‘Sign In’ which is in the top right-hand corner of the screen. A dialogue box will come up requesting you to enter a username and a password. The St Luke’s username is stlukes and our becapturedsl (“becaptured” and “sl” for St Luke’s) is our password. Once these are entered you will have two galleries from which to choose. The default gallery is the Cultural Celebration Evening photos, and these will load automatically. If you wish to view Speech Night, click ‘Gallery’ in the top left-hand corner and a dropdown menu will appear displaying all of the St Luke’s photo galleries. Just select as appropriate. Photos can be enlarged by clicking ‘Enlarge’ at the bottom of the screen. If you wish to order any of these photos, make a note of each photo’s code. Select ‘Menu” in the top left-hand corner then select ‘Order Form’. A St Luke’s Order Form will download which you can then print and complete. Be Captured will also be taking the School’s Formal photographs which will also be available for viewing on the web. The login process will be the same. Mr Craig Corpe
Year 7 Poetry
Our Year 7 students have been studying a Poetry unit in English and have been enjoying composing poems about a variety of Australian subjects.
A haiku is an unrhymed 17 syllable poem of Japanese origin. The structure is: Line 1 = 5 syllables Line 2 = 7 syllables Line 3 = 5 syllables Goanna by Kelsey Galloway Lying in the sun; Baking on the red hot sand Is the goanna.
Cinquain poems follow the following rules Line 1 = One word (a noun) naming the subject of the verse. Line 2 = Two words (adjectives) describing the subject. Line 3 = Three words (verbs) describing the subject’s actions. Line 4 = Four words giving the writer’s opinion of the subject. Line 5 = One word (noun) giving another name for the subject. Kookaburras by Madeleine Smedley Kookaburras: Noisy, annoying; Chuckling, laughing, flying. A loud alarm clock. Bushkings. Camping Cinquain by Brittanney Hall Camping. Quiet relaxation; Rowing, sleeping, hunting; Fun in the bush. Peace. Thylacine Cinquain by Rhys O’Brien Thylacine. Strong, beautiful, Scampering, jumping, bouncing, Quiet like a corpse. Victim.
Interschool Sailing Challenge
St Luke’s Sailing squad once again travelled to Keppel Bay Sailing Club to compete in its only school event for the year. After winning the trophy in 2007 the students found local knowledge of the racing course and competition amongst the schools; St Brendan’s, Yeppoon State High School and Rockhampton Grammar School, an advantage. Six heats lasting about one hour each were keenly sailed Saturday and Sunday by Tamara Millett and Hannah Witten in the School’s tasar Penny Farthing to place fifth out of 17 boats for the weekend. Lauren See and Ted Millett sailed sabots with Ted winning the ‘Most Improved Sailor’ award. Damian Sweeney, challenged by his first season in a lazer, came third in overall points. St Luke’s came second in the challenge with only five points between us and the first place winner, Yeppoon. The students are looking forward to getting back into training for a 2009 win. The Keppel Bay Sailing
An ode is a lyrical verse written in second person to praise the subject. Ode to a Crocodile by Ivan Darasz O crazy, carnivorous crocodile, You are so strong and scary: Big, mighty jaws, Bumpy, scaly skin, Long, powerful body and Stretchy, muscular legs. Your movement is so sleek Sliding through the water; Watching your prey Hiding under the water. Waiting to bite. O lazy relaxed crocodile Watching and waiting, Sleeping and waiting in the sun.
A couplet is a pair of lines that usually rhyme. Cute Couplets by Kirra Brockfield What is white? The moon is white; White and bright moonlight. What is red? Rubies are red. With diamonds and gold, on her head; What is black? Cats are black; Running down the cul-de-sac. Ms Izabela Pike
Congratulations to the following students who received Half, Full and Honours Colours for selection in sporting teams. Half Colours Lydia Goddard Jeremy Dimes Bianka Dexter William Curtis Emily Gray Luke Gerry Lukas Gray Luke Evans Full Colours Benjamin Sheppard Kaitlyn Hoppe Glen Walker Heidi Whalley Honours Colours Karla Dexter
Free verse is written without using strict meter, rhythm, or rhyme, but still recognisable as poetry. A Barbecue with the Family by Alexandrea Franks A barbecue with the family Is always good and fun; I see smiling people, beer And sausages in a bun. I hear the fizzing of soft drink And chirping from birds; Adults talking loudly Of things that sound absurd. I can feel the soft grass, The warmth of the sun, The wind blowing gently And a hug from my mum. Smelling the mouth-watering sausages And patties being flipped, Carrots and crackers In a light, tasty dip. The food is always delicious With salad and tender steak. We all dig in, then wait for Some ice-blocks and chocolate cake. When the family’s together, It really is great, But we have to go now; See you later, mate!
Surf Life Saving Rugby Union and Touch Football Surf Life Saving and Athletics Basketball Swimming Tennis Surf Life Saving Athletics
Surf Life Saving Equestrian Touch Football Equestrian
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Most Valuable Player for Australian Football. Joe Bassard Rory Oates 15 October 22 October
Congratulations to Charli Hartwig who came third in her age group and won the Doug Wedermeyer Memorial Team Jumping Group at the Eidsvold Annual Gymkhana on Saturday 1 November. This was followed with a win for her age group and being named Champion Senior Rider (over 13 years) at the Eidsvold Special Gymkhana on Sunday 2 November. Mr Peter Robinson
5 Document prepared on Wednesday 12 November 2008. Please note that some dates may alter in the future. Details of times, venues may not be available at this time. This calendar does not necessarily give full details of any event.
Tuesday 18 November Tuesday 18 November Tuesday 18 November Wednesday 19 November
Music Department sausage sizzle will be held as a department break up for students from Year 4 to Year 12 from 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm. Shares for Schools Program: Macarthur Coal will fly a student and a member of staff to Brisbane for their Board meeting today. Service Assembly for Middle and Senior School students will commence at 9.30 am in the Multipurpose Centre. Year 12 Formal will be held at the Brothers Club. This Formal commences with a Service at Christ Church Anglican Church at 5.00 pm followed by a formal function at the Brothers Sports Club at 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm.
Year 11 Hospitality students will be off campus all day working at the Brothers Club in preparation for the Senior Formal. Thursday 20 November Year 12 Beach Day will be held at the Basin, Bargara. Thursday 20 November Germany exchange debrief and video evening will be held in T5/6 from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. Friday 21 November – 26 International Model Solar Challenge at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. November Friday 21 November Last day of school for Year 12 students. Service at Christ Church at 9.15 am followed by morning tea at the multipurpose centre and then a send off from the Lohse Centre Monday 24 November Primary Academic Assembly will be held today at 2.00 pm. Students in Years 3 to 6 will be involved. Tuesday 25 November A representative from the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association will visit Year 2 today as part of their classroom theme. Wednesday 26 November Volunteers Morning Tea will be held in the multipurpose centre from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. Wednesday 26 November Thursday 27 November
Friday 28 November
Wednesday 19 November
Friday 28 November Friday 28 November Tuesday 02 December Tuesday 02 December Thursday 04 December Thursday 04 December Thursday 04 December
The Parents & Friends’ Association meeting will be held this evening in T6. New parent orientation afternoon will be held today. Primary will meet in the Lohse Centre; Middle in the Multipurpose Centre and Senior will meet in T4. Primary Christmas Concert for students in Preparatory to Year 2 will be held in the Lohse Centre commencing with dinner at 5.00 pm with the concert starting at 6.00 pm. Year 10 Semi-Formal will be held at the PCYC from 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm.
Last day for Years 10 and 11 students. Year 8 Reflection and Arts Day will be held today; students will still attend Assembly. Year 6 Liturgy and Farewell to students in Year 6 will take place today in the Lohse Centre at 10.00 am. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 2008. End of Middle Schooling Day for all Year 9 students will be held today; they will still attend the End of Year service. End of Year Service will be held in the multipurpose centre at 12.30 pm.
Thursday 04 December Thursday 04 December Sunday 07 December
Primary Christmas Break Up will be held at the Lohse Centre commencing at 1.30 pm. Preparatory R students will be having their movie premiere today. Preparatory M will be having a farewell party for parents and students. St Luke’s Gold Day will be held at the Bargara Golf Course. Students in
2009 TERM DATES AND HOLIDAYS
(Approved by School Council on Tuesday 03 June 2008)
Term 1:(11 wks; 53 school days) Term 2:(09 wks; 42 school days) Term 3:(09 wks; 44 school days) Term 4:(09 wks; 44 school days) Last day for Yr 12: Last day for Yr 10-11:
Tuesday 27 January – Thursday 9 April Monday 27 April – Friday 26 June Tuesday 21 July – Friday 18 September Monday 05 October – Thursday 03 Dec Friday 20 November Friday 27 November
Easter holiday: (2 weeks) Friday 10 April – Sunday 26 April Winter holiday: (3 weeks) Saturday 27 June – Monday 20 July Spring holiday: (2 weeks) Saturday 19 September – Sunday 04 October Pupil free days: Wednesday 21 January (new teaching staff)
Thursday 22 January (all teaching staff) Friday 23 January (all teaching staff) Monday 20 July (all teaching staff) Friday 04 December (all teaching staff) Panel day 1 and Panel day 2 are both school days (but will be optional for students in Years 11 and 12). In 2008, the School office will be closed from Monday 15 December and will re-open on Monday 05 January 2009. The School shop will re-open on Monday 12 January 2009. Vacation Care will close on Friday 12 December 2008 and will re-open on Monday 12 January 2009.
2009 Public Holidays New Year’s Day Australia Day Good Friday Easter Monday Anzac Day Labour Day Bundaberg Show Holiday St Luke’s Holiday Thursday 1 January Monday 26 January Friday 10 April Monday 13 April Saturday 25 April Monday 04 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May (this is a trade-off against the expectation of attendance at the Back to St Luke’s Weekend (especially Sunday) Monday 08 June
We would be delighted if you could join us to
Head of Middle School and Curriculum
Mrs Jane Goddard
Thursday 4 December 2008 from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm in T5 / T6
Dress – Neat Casual (students also) Drinks and Finger Food supplied
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No. 73 November 2008
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder is the name used to describe a set of 'mood swing' conditions, the most severe form of which used to be called 'manic depression'. Bipolar Disorder I is the more severe disorder - with individuals being more likely to experience mania, have longer 'highs', be more likely to have psychotic experiences and be more likely to be hospitalised. Bipolar Disorder II is generally viewed as less severe, with no psychotic experiences, and with episodes tending to last only hours to a few days, but longitudinal studies suggest impairment is often as severe as in Bipolar I Disorder. The high moods are called mania or hypomania and the low mood is called depression. It is important to note that everyone has mood swings from time to time. It is only when these moods become extreme and interfere with personal and professional life that Bipolar Disorder may be present and medical assessment may be warranted. Other key points about Bipolar Disorder • Occasionally people can experience a mixture of both highs and lows at the same time, or switch during the day, giving a mixed picture. A small number of people with Bipolar Disorder (5%) experience only the 'highs', whereas the vast majority of Bipolar sufferers alternate between highs and lows. Some people may only have one episode of mania once a decade, while others may have daily mood swings. For each individual the pattern is quite distinct. People with Bipolar Disorder experience normal moods in between their swings. Women and men develop Bipolar I Disorder at equal rates while the rate of Bipolar II is somewhat higher in females. Bipolar Disorder can commence in childhood, but onset is commoner in the teens or early 20s. Some people develop their first episode in mid-to-late adulthood. Many people go for years before it is accurately diagnosed or treated (see How to tell if you have Bipolar Disorder) Women with Bipolar Disorder have a very high chance of a significant mood disturbance both during pregnancy and in the post-partum period - most commonly in the first four weeks. (Most will have a depressive episode, a significant proportion will have highs, and 10% will have mixed highs and lows.) With the right treatment, the vast majority of people with Bipolar Disorder are able, to varying extents, to live normal and productive lives. Some people with Bipolar Disorder can become suicidal. It is very important that talk of suicide be taken seriously and for such people to be treated immediately by a mental health professional or other appropriate person. See Getting Help and Emergency Help.
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Bipolar depression is the name given to the depression experienced in those who have Bipolar Disorder (in other words, they experience depression as well as manic and hypomanic episodes).
This is in contrast to those who experience unipolar depression, the form of depression where there are episodes of depression only (and no episodes of mania). The depression that people with Bipolar Disorder experience is generally of a melancholic or psychotic type - therefore more biological in its nature. The features of melancholic depression are: • • a more severely depressed mood (see signs of depression) than is the case with non-melancholic depression psychomotor disturbance - where movements are slowed and/or agitated, and concentration impaired. Many people describe an inability at such times to get out of bed, to fire up and do basic chores - thus, a very physical state.
Melancholic depression has a low spontaneous remission rate. It responds best to physical treatments (for example antidepressant drugs) and only minimally (at best) to non-physical treatments such as counselling or psychotherapy. Depression and Bipolar I and II The depression experienced by sufferers of Bipolar Disorder is equally as severe for people with Bipolar II as for people with Bipolar I, and with a similar psychomotor disturbance component. However, younger people with Bipolar II are more likely to report increased sleep and food cravings rather than insomnia and appetite/weight loss as usally experienced in melancholia. Some recent studies have gone further by showing that depression can be both more frequent and more chronic in the case of Bipolar II than with Bipolar I, and that there is a comparable suicide risk between Bipolar I and II sufferers, (with some researchers even reporting a higher risk for Bipolar II sufferers). Therefore, for people with Bipolar II, treating depression becomes a vitally important issue. Also, rapid cycling tends to be far more common among sufferers of Bipolar II than Bipolar I, leading both to difficulties in diagnosis and missed treatment opportunities.
Bipolar Disorder involves episodes of depression and episodes of mania or hypomania. Therefore its management usually involves two parts: • • Treating the current episode of mania or depression, and Preventing the long-term recurrence of mania and depression.
In this section we cover the main treatment approaches for Bipolar Disorder. Key points about treatments • • • • • Bipolar Disorder is an illness which can require long-term treatment. Everyone is different and therefore the appropriate treatment for a particular individual is a matter for a skilled medical practitioner Physical treatments are necessary for Bipolar Disorder - psychological approaches by themselves are not sufficient but, alongside drug treatments, serve a valuable complementary role. With the right medical management people with Bipolar Disorder can achieve stability and live successful lives. While the great majority of people with Bipolar Disorder will benefit from treatment, it is difficult to know beforehand; o which drug regime will be of most benefit to any particular individual, and o how long it will take to bring the mood swings under control. Therefore, keeping a Daily Mood Graph can be of fundamental importance to your clinician in assessing the impact of differing treatments on your mood swings over time, and will be of great benefit to you.