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                                The newsletter of St Bernard’s College, Essendon is published the 2nd & 4th week of each month
                                                                                                                                               October 12,

                                                                                    ‘To Chinese Premier Hu Jintao and the UN Security
From The College Leadership Team                                                    Council: We stand alongside the citizens of Burma in their
   On October 1 the new entity Edmund Rice Education
                                                                                    peaceful protests. We urge you to oppose a violent
   Australia [EREA] came into being. This organization replaces
                                                                                    crackdown on the demonstrators, and to support genuine
   the various province leadership groups around Australia and
                                                                                    reconciliation and democracy in Burma. We pledge to hold
   becomes the governing body of the 38 Christian Brothers
                                                                                    you accountable for any further bloodshed’.
   schools still operating in our country. We ask the blessing of
   the Lord and the wisdom of Edmund Rice for this new entity
                                                                                    Stand Up:
   as it begins its operation.
                                                                                    On October 17, join millions of people from around the world to
   We extend a warm welcome to all those who have assisted
                                                                                    STAND UP and SPEAK OUT against poverty and injustice.
   the College as a Volunteer to a special dinner on
                                                                                    In 2000, world leaders from 190 countries signed up to the
   Wednesday, October 31 at 6:30pm in the Pavilion. RSVP
                                                                                    Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a global plan to halve
   October 20, 2007 to Sharon or Mandy on 9289 1136.
                                                                                    extreme poverty by 2015. Last year, 91,987 Australians joined
   Welcome to the final term of 2007. Please give special
                                                                                    more than 23 million people in 87 countries in the STAND UP
   thought to our Year 12 class who begin their exams in a short
                                                                                    campaign. It was the largest single coordinated mobilization in
   period of time. We have been delighted with the way the
                                                                                    the history of the Guinness World Records.
   class have approached their final year at SBC and look
   forward to the special celebrations that will mark their                         This year, you can join this growing movement of people calling
   graduation starting with the Final Assembly on October 19 –                      on our leaders to take action now. On October 17, 2007 STAND
   parents of Year 12 students are encouraged to be in                              UP and SPEAK OUT! Check out the ‘Make Poverty History’ website
   attendance as we see the passing on of student leadership                        for further information.
   and awards made to those who have excelled in extra
   curricula activities culminating in our Sports Person and Arts                   “If you make gifts to rich people or oppress the poor to
   Person of the Year awards.                                                       get rich, you will become poor yourself” Proverbs 22:16 -
   The holiday period has been busy for many at SBC – a very                        this text was written on the inside cover of Edmund
   successful soccer tour of the UK was undertaken by senior                        Rice’s bible.
   players under the direction of Mr Cosentino; Year 12 students
   had trial exams, thanks to the generosity of their teachers
   who made time in the holidays to set and correct this work;
                                                                                    Parent & Board News
   and our maintenance team completed a number of important                         College Building Committee
   projects around the College. Your College Principal was                          We expect work to commence on the new artificial soccer pitch
   fortunate to be part of a delegation of Victorian Principals                     by the end of the month. This facility is FIFA approved and meets
   who saw first hand how schools operate in China and how                          the standards of international games. It will be used for a variety
   their society and economy is surging ahead. It was certainly                     of other sports and will be ready for use at the start of the 2008
   interesting to see all students in the major cities from prep to                 school year.
   Year 9 learning English in school.
                   Frank FitzGerald, John McKenna, Nick Scully, Caroline Sheehan,   The St. Bernard’s College Foundation
                                                Bruce Wallace, Brendan Douglas
                                                                                    The Foundation is hosting a fund raising dinner for the St.
    Please visit our website on a daily basis for important announcements; event    Bernard’s College Building Fund on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at
    calendar; student resources etc. ALSO, please     The Australian Club 110 William Street, Melbourne.
    keep College updated with any change of address including email address
                                                                                    You will partake in delightful cuisine prepared by the talented
                                                                                    chefs at The Australian Club and enjoy a gala night of opera and
                      Please remember in your prayers
    Albert (Alby) Hamid, grandfather of of Thomas 11D and Haydn 9E Carland
                                                                                    song with Joanna Cole, soprano, and Daniel Goodwin, counter
           May He Rest in Peace                                                     tenor, fresh from Nireno in Opera Australia’s Julius Caesar. Both
                                                                                                                       will be supported on the
Edmund Rice Network                                                                                                    grand piano by David McNicol.

News/Justice Issues                                                                                                              For bookings or further
After decades of military dictatorship,                                                                                          information please contact
the people of Burma are rising – and                                                                                             either Peter Reilly 0419 556
they need our help. Marches begun                                                                                                106 or Michael Perrett on
by monks and nuns are snowballing:                                                                                               9289 1106 or 0416 050 927.
over 100,000 have taken to the
streets of Rangoon. When the                                                                                                     The Ladies and Friends
Burmese last marched in 1988, the                                                                                                Auxiliary meeting will be
military massacred thousands. But if                                                                                             Wednesday, November 7
the world stands up for the                                                                                                      at 9:30am in the Pavilion.
protesters, this time it could be
different. A petition will be sent to                                                                                            Parents      and      Friends
United Nations Security Council                                                                                                  Auxiliary meeting will be the
members (including the dictatorship’s                                                                                            Annual General Meeting
main backer China) and to media at                                                                                               on November 12, 2007 at
                                                   Top Left: Cast from “The Outsiders”. The season runs from Oct
the UN (via the website below), while                                                                                            7:30pm in the Board Room.
also alerting the marchers to our                  Top Right: Mr FitzGerald on his visit to a school in Nanjing City.            ALL        PARENTS        ARE
support: if interested in signing the              Bottom Left: Soccer Team with Arsenal's Patrick Viera                         WELCOME!! If you require any
following, please look at the website:             Bottom Right: Term 4 ACC sport opens with the Year 9 cricket                  additional information please                                          match against St Bede’s College.
                                                                                                                                 contact Lucy Palazzolo on
                                                                                                                                 0400 962 668.
                                                                       We are also at the business end of the year regarding re-
General News                                                           enrolment for instrumental students in 2008. Please note that re-
                                                                       enrolment for all music lessons will be automatic. If students no
The Strand parents are asked to note that The Strand Students’         longer wish to partake in lessons next year, a note from a
Assessment Week for Semester Two begins on the Thursday of
                                                                       parent/guardian indicating a termination of lessons is required by
week 4 of this Term and continues after the Cup holidays to the        the end of November.
end of Week 5. All students are encouraged to prepare well for
these important assessments.
                                                                       ACC Swimming - It’s that time of the year again. Training
                                                                       begins this Sunday at St Bernard’s Pool, 6:15pm to 7:45pm. All
Year 9, 2008 for current Year 8 students - Subject                     students who have been part of our ACC squad should attend.
Selection will occur in week 4 of Term 4. An information session
                                                                       Students who would like to be part of our squad and try out for
for students will be held on Monday, October 29. The Parent            the ACC competition next year are also invited. We are in need of
Information session, which will also include Santa Monica              more senior swimmers in particular, so come on board.
information, will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30pm in
the Auditorium (students are encouraged to attend with parents).       The squad is trained voluntarily by experienced swimmers / surf
In addition, we expect that all information regarding subject          lifesavers/swim teachers, who are all ex-students of St Bernard’s.
selection will be available on the school website by Friday,
October 26. Subject Selection is completed via the website on a        Surf Life-Saving Bronze Medallion - Do you want to be a
secure web page by Monday, November 12.                                surf life-saver? Patrol the beach in Summer? Compete in surf
                              Caroline Sheehan, Director of Learning   carnivals? Make new friends in a healthy environment?
                                                                       Swimmers who will be 15 years of age by December 15, 2007 are
LOOKING for assistance in part time work? Any student                  invited to take part in a one week training camp to achieve their
interested in preparing for part time employment can see Mrs           Bronze Medallion. The camp is conducted by Jan Juc Surf Life
Luca in the Careers Office, who will provide assistance with:          Saving Club (near Torquay), with fully qualified supervisors. As
o reviewing student resumes                                            well, participants in the training camp this year will be eligible to
o practice interviews                                                  obtain their Workplace Certificate 11 in Public Safety (Aquatic
o tips on how to get part time jobs                                    Rescue), a nationally accredited VET course. Join the growing list
                                                                       of St Bernard’s boys who are part of the Jan Juc Life-Saving Club.
IT Information Night on Monday, October 22, 2007                       For further details of the schedule and costs, pick up a Camp
All students studying IT for the first time in 2008 from Year 10       Information Pack from Mrs Carol Iannazzo on the Clairvaux
onwards are required to attend an information night with               Campus, or contact Luke Van Meel (ex-SBC) the Instruction &
their parents. Notebook specifications as well as the IT curriculum    Examination Manager on 0423 262 720. Places are limited so get
will be discussed. It will be held in the Pavilion at 7:00pm.          your application forms in by October 31.          Carol Iannazzo

Flag Pole - The Australian Government has funded the                   St. Bernard’s Under 17 Football
purchase of a flag pole which has been erected at the entrance to      Next year it will be our 12th season in the MSJFL having played in
the College from Gate 3. At some stage during this Term, there         3 grand finals and winning in 1998 & 2005. Any players or
will be a flag raising ceremony attended by an Australian              parents requiring information for next season should contact
Government representative.                                             coach, Mel Beyer at work on 9375 3355; Mobile: 0412 247 486 or
‘The Outsiders’ – St Bernard’s/St Columba’s 2007
Drama Production                                                       St Bernard's Basketball Club is in need of coaches. We are
Tickets are now on sale for the 2007 drama production, which           in great need of people who would like to get involved in
this year is an adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic novel about        basketball as a coach of a team in our club. The teams play on
teenage gang-warfare and social division in ‘The Outsiders’.           Saturdays at Keilor Stadium and nearby stadiums. If interested
                                                                       contact Mr. Jeff Mifsud.
Featuring a cast of students from St Bernard’s and St. Columba’s,
the season commences Thursday, October 18, until Saturday,             St Bernard's Basketball Club also has limited vacancies in our
October 20. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the fantastic show!      Boy's teams at Under 16s and 18s, if you would like to play
                                                                       please contact Mr Jeff Mifsud at St Bernard's College.
For ticket order forms, check out the College website, or pick one
up from the College office. Be quick, as tickets are limited!”
                                                                       England Soccer Trip '07
                                                                       During the recent holidays, a combined Year 10 and Year 11 SBC soccer
The Spring Concert will be on the evening of Thursday                  team travelled to London to compete in a series of soccer friendlies
October 25, at 7:30pm in the College Auditorium and will be one        against London schools and youth academies.
of the last performance opportunities for the year for many of our
senior musicians. All the major College Ensembles are adding the       The team had an opportunity to do a spot of sightseeing and visited all
                                                                       the old favourites like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Bridge.
finishing touches to their performance items and are sounding
                                                                       A highlight was the new favourite in the London eye, a huge ferris wheel
fantastic. We encourage a large audience. All are welcome.             that has magnificent views down the Thames.
The Year 7 Concert for students of 7E, F, G and H, the Honours         The team also visited Chelsea's stadium and completed a tour and were
Band and Junior Band will occur on the evening of Tuesday,             treated to Arsenal's stadium (emirates) where they got to sit in the
November 27 at 7:30pm in the College Auditorium. Many Year 7           change rooms and enter the players race to the pitch!
students are showing excellent promise as our next generation of       SBC took the English schools by surprise and came away with an
musicians. We encourage a large audience in support of their           incredible record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The two losses only
efforts.                                                               coming to a Year 13 team and Arsenal's youth academy!
Of significant importance, any student in any year level who is        Results:
hiring a school owned instrument is asked to return it to the          Game 1: SBC defeated City of London (5-2); Game 2: SBC defeated
Music Department by the end of November. Due to servicing and          London Nautical (2-0); Game 3: SBC defeated Hackney Free (2-1);
maintenance, there will be little opportunity to borrow                Game 4: SBC drew Millwall youth (0-0); Game 5: SBC lost to Royal
                                                                       Russell (4-3); Game 6: SBC defeated St Paul's way (4-1); Game 7: SBC
instruments over the summer break. Students who have been
                                                                       drew Bishop Challoner (0-0); Game 8: SBC lost to Arsenal youth (6-0)
fortunate to have access of a school instrument for 1 or 2 years
should consider purchasing or hiring outside of school as students     8 games in 9 days saw a much deserved rest on the last full day in
of Year 7 2008 will have priority.                                     London! Plans are under way for a return in 2009!
                                                                                                                         Vince Cosentino