Exciting Morning with Australian Children’s Laureate and Author – Morris Gleitzman

It was an exciting morning on Wednesday 11 September as the Year 7 and 8 students had the privilege of hearing from Morris Gleitzman, 2019 Australian Children’s laureate and author of more than 40 children's books.

In Wednesday's student-led presentation by Caitlin Minorgan, Hannah Bradley and Tyler Elliott, students learned that Mr Gleitzman started writing at the age of 11, his books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways.

“A Giant Leap for Mankind!”

In these first few weeks of Term 3, the Research and Study Centre is celebrating man landing on the moon 50 years ago with displays of memorabilia and books. Interactive augmented reality posters allow students to experience unique lunar and planetary perspectives through a freely downloadable app on their device or phone.

Australian Girls Choir Visit Kennedy

As part of the two week National Tour to Perth, Bunbury, Margaret River, and Denmark, 56 girls from the Australian Girls Choir shared their love of singing and performing with Kennedy Baptist College Performing Arts students through a day of dance, drama and singing workshops.

Freo Artist Works With Kennedy Students

More than 80 aspiring young art students worked together with award-winning Fremantle illustrator, Ross Potter, to celebrate the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo – a species that is endemic to the South West of Western Australia. The collaborative art project was produced here at the College, which is nestled within a native bush setting, adjacent to North Lake, part of the Beeliar Wetland, a significant food source and roosting area for the cockatoo on the Swan coastal plain.

Fastest long distant runner makes College proud

Year 12 Kennedy Baptist College student Luke Shaw accomplished an amazing achievement at the Annual Associated & Catholic Colleges of Western Australia Cross Country event held at Perry Lakes Reserve on 30 May 2019.

From the 1658 male competitors representing 74 schools, Luke claimed overall victory with a time of 12mins and 19.45 seconds for the 4000m run.

Upcoming Specialist Sport Programs Trials for 2020

The Specialist Sport Programs at Kennedy Baptist College were established to assist talented student athletes achieve at the highest level in their chosen sports. The two Specialist Sport Programs currently on offer are Specialist Basketball and Specialist Cricket.

Senior Boys Basketball Team Won Inaugural ACC Championship

Kennedy Baptist College Senior Basketball Team won the inaugural ACC championship held on 22 May 2019 at Bendat Basketball Centre. Kennedy defeated Chisholm Catholic College 52-46. Approximately 55 schools competed in this new elimination competition which has replaced the previous NAS/SAS Interzone final.

Is Your Child Suffering From Wingitus?

This is a chronic condition which affects teenagers around exam time. During this time, you may have a quiet study area available, have made sure your child has less chores so they can have more time to prepare for exams, and even offered rewards for improved results, but wingitus can be all pervasive!

It’s a condition where when you ask how the study is going, the response is “I’ll be fine, I’ll just wing it!” Here are some tried and true remedies to this condition:

Use a study planner – to plan when study is going to take place.

Japan Study Tour 2019

Shrines, sashimi, shinkansen and sticky rice. How do you make sure 19 students know how to eat with chopsticks? Take them on a whirlwind cultural tour of Japan!

Coordinated by Nicole Robins; Timothy Jiow, Cynthia Edward and Sarah Harris accompanied 19 Year 10 and 11 students on the tour, stopping in many places including Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Osaka (one of the food capitals of the world). We dove into understanding cultural parts of Japan visiting the Shinto shrines, temples, gardens and both Nijo and Osaka Castles; as well as experiencing more modern culture at Universal Studios and dinner with karaoke.

Alleviate Exam Stress

Is there a mild feeling of panic in the air at your home? Is your child looking a little bleary, mumbling about study, feeling guilty for not doing enough and yet the exams are weeks away? Sounds like a case of examitius!

Here’s how to alleviate it:

Plan – have a planner in a prominent place which your child fills in so they and you know when they should be studying and when they should be relaxing!
Screen time - negotiate with them on screen time – when and how much, how to reinforce the times away from the screen – what do they think is reasonable?
Balance – build it in – yes there needs to be study, but there also needs to be relaxation, sport, hanging out with family and friends, church and plenty of time for sleep!
Encourage reading – when is the last time you read a good book? Practice it at home and encourage your children to read.