Senior School

Congratulations

Year 10 student Caitlin Gordon has been selected to represent the Australian Under 18 Women’s Baseball Team in the Asia Insurance Phoenix Cup in Hong Kong from 15 to 25 February 2016.

The team will compete against top teams in the Asia Pacific Region including China, Guam, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and tournament hosts Hong Kong for the Defenders Cup.

Caitlin is the youngest player in the squad and we wish her and the team well.

Congratulations to Kiara Burke in Year 11 who auditioned and was offered a place playing Cello in the WA Youth Orchestra in 2016.

Congratulations also to Sophie Carrington (Year 9) and Sianan Bell (Year 12) who this year were offered places playing Flute in the WA Youth Orchestra.

Japanese Tour 2016

As part of our 2016 Japan Educational and Cultural Tour, a group of students and staff visited Hojo High School which is located in our sister state, Hyogo Prefecture. 

We were welcomed by the Principal, Mr Sugano and after an official welcome assembly, the students joined various classes to experience Japanese schooling. Hojo High School also prepared intercultural activities with some of their classes, which was a valuable experience for students from both schools. By the end of the day, it was very hard for both staff and students to say our farewells. 

As this was the first visit to Hojo High School from a school in Western Australia, our visit also made it into the local paper the following day. We hope to further strengthen our friendship with Hojo High School when they visit our College this year.

Mrs Trish Knoblich
Japanese Teacher

Sports Update

Welcome back to another year of sport at Swan. This year I really hope we can continue to develop and grow our sense of community spirit as our students represent the College in the different sporting opportunities available.

Inter-school Basketball

We have had an amazing response to our inter-school basketball teams this term so as a result we will be holding try-outs this week at lunchtime. The Year 10-12’s try outs were on Wednesday, the Year 8 and 9’s on Thursday and the Year 7’s will be held on Monday Week 3. If your child has returned a permission slip they will need to attend their relevant try-out session.

The competition kicks off in Week 4 with a home game against Swan Valley Anglican School starting just before 4:00pm. If you would like to come down and watch, the games will be in the Swan Centre.

Swimming Trials

Our annual swim trials will be held on Friday 12 February at Bilgoman Pool in Darlington. The trials are for those students who wish to represent their House at our upcoming Interhouse Swimming Carnival in Week 5. The trials run from the start of the day until lunch time and students are required to have their books for their classes after lunch. 

Students must wear their formal College uniform to the trials at Bilgoman where they may change into their bathers. They will then change back into their formal uniform following the trials. Students who are in incorrect uniform on the morning of the trials will be asked to remain at the College. 

We look forward to a great year of sport at Swan Christian College. 

Mr Sam Tweedie
Deputy Head of Health, PE and Sport

What is HASS? 

You will have noticed a new subject appear on the timetables of students in the Middle and Senior School this year: HASS.  The study of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business has been labelled many different things across the different States and Territories of Australia. In WA it has been referred to ‘Society and Environment’ for many years, but now with a revised Australian Curriculum these topics are now ‘Humanities and Social Sciences’ or ‘HASS’.

The Humanities has long been an area of strength at Swan. Our Year 12 Modern History class of 2015 was recognised as being amongst the top in the State, and our Stage 2 Geography course boasted the Number 1 student in the State. 

While History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business may seem to be a strange combination of subjects to group together, they all have one central idea in common: significance. Each of these disciplines of the Humanities is concerned with the significance of events, people, places, processes and ideas on our society.

The best way to study for HASS is to constantly ask: “why is this significant to my life, my family, my country, my world?” Students who are able to explain significance are students who succeed and go on to receive outstanding results in the WACE examinations, but also have a deeper appreciation of our world and the place the God has created for them in it.

2016 promises to be an exciting year in HASS as we study God’s creation, the actions and ideas of previous generations, and better understand the society we live in and the blessing of God’s providence in our world.

Mr Jonathan Myers
Head of Humanities and Social Sciences