Mazzarello Campus News

Mazzarello Campus News

Working Bee 2: 20th June
One priority of the Mazzarello Campus has been to improve the surrounds of the Horticultural areas of the College. As part of the many ideals of the Mazzarello Campus, community service is seen as a vital ingredient in a child's growth. It is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with other families, and in addition the satisfaction of knowing that each supporting family will have contributed to the success of the Year 9 Program, promoted the school, and worked alongside other parents to make Salesian College a school each of us can be proud of. On Saturday 23rd July staff, students and members from their families gathered to continnue this process. The morning saw a great amount of manual work completed. Works included, the building of trellis for the bean and pea crops, mulching and further planting out of the Horticultural Patch.

We are well on the way in producing a bumper crop of vegetables for the upcoming Harvest Food Festival planned for November this year.

At the end of the morning participants were invited for morning tea. During this time the Stud Cattle and Show Sheep team members paraded their animals and answered many questions. It was a great opportunity for people to get up close and personal with our award winning heifers and sheep. We would like to recognise the efforts of all participants who gave up their personal time for the College.

 

Mazzarello Campus Parent Information Evening 11th August
An information session is to be held on the evening on Thursday the 11th August, between 6pm -7.30pm in the College Ballroom. During this session families will be provided with information pertaining to the program offered at the Year 9 Mazzarello Campus.

The focus of the evening will revolve around four key areas of interest in regards to the facilitation of the Yr9 Campus. An overview of the curriculum will illustrate how the three Key Principles of the Program; Foundation, Discovery and Challenge are to incorporate all of the essential elements of the new Victorian Curriculum standards. Members of the company Outdoor Education Group will present important information in regards to the Adventure Camp for next year.

At the conclusion of the presentations a question and answer session will be held to help facilitate any questions families may have in regards to any matters arising from the presentations or any other issues regarding Year 9 for 2017. We look forward to all families of our year 8 students attending.

Debating Reflection by Jakob Kaucki OY9 Maz4
I have been debating through the College’s debating program for the past 2 ½ years now and currently debate at a year 10 level (C grade.) Just before the end of semester 1 the DAV (Debating Association of Victoria) development administrator Tara O’Brien asked 15 of the highest scoring ‘C’ and ‘B’ grade debaters in Victoria to attend the Debating Development squad program. I was lucky enough to be one of those selected to participate. I was excited at the prospect to be offered this opportunity as I hope to improve my debating techniques and skills.

The program was held at Wesley College on St. Kilda road from the 29th of June – 1st of July. I had to make my way to the city each day as the program ran from 9:00am - 4:30pm. This involved a train and tram journey every day, whether rain hail or shine and I did in fact experience a rainy day, a sunny day and a day of hail.

The coaching I received helped me in areas such as improving my debating skills by practising, reviewing my debate and watching other speakers. I was taught the use of correct language such as pausing after ideas and eliminating useless language. I was given pointers as to things to be wary of in debating such as the pace at which I speak, not making the speech boring and using persuasive language. We were also given insight as to how adjudicators assess debates.

At the conclusion of the program, the participants gave their gratitude and thanks to the DAV officials and mentors for their time and expertise they provided at this program. For each skills/matter/information session we had a different mentor who was a debating squad program alumni member who volunteered their time to assist us.

Overall, I was looking forward to being part of the program and although during the first day I had mixed feelings about how much I would enjoy it I left the first day excited about the prospect of continuing with the program. Not all participants attended all 3 days but I felt that the full 3-day program provided the most thorough understanding of the structure of debating and the skills and techniques required to be a success debater.

I thank the DAV, Tara O’Brien directly, for running this program and selecting me as one of its members this year. Although only in Year 9 I was privileged to meet other debaters between years 10 and 12 who debate in C grade or higher who also inspired me to continue my debating. I would recommend debating for anyone who is looking for a fun activity which boosts confidence, language skills and quick thinking.

Brendon Fogarty
Director
Mazzarello Campus