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Laureate Assembly

19.02.18

Today we celebrated the outstanding academic achievements of our 2017 graduating class at the annual Blackfriars Priory School Laureate Assembly.

Also recognised during the ceremony were award winners from across the Middle and Senior years in 2017 along with scholarship recipients for 2018.

Following is the Principal's Address to this morning's gathering.


Welcome to all staff & students to our Laureate Assembly today.

A Special welcome to our recent Old Collegians, Yr 12 students from 2017 and parents/families who have walked the journey with their sons over 13 years of education.

Today is a special day when we recognise and celebrate the “effort and achievement” of our students in 2017 from Year 7-12 and acknowledge our Yr. 12 students who achieved an ATAR of 90+ in their SACE results and the 5 students who achieved a SACE merit certificate. Our heartiest congratulations to Tam Tran, Dux of Blackfriars for 2017 with an outstanding ATAR of 99.25. On behalf of Blackfriars School Community, congratulations to all of you for your efforts & outstanding results---best wishes as you begin your post school learning journey, many of you beginning University studies this week.

John Donne, 16th English Century poet wrote, “No man is an island entire unto himself”. I hope you recognise that your success is a product of your individual gifts and talents, your hard work and endeavour but very much a product of the support you have received from your families and your school, Blackfriars.  Your teachers, fellow students and the community of Blackfriars has provided you with a myriad of opportunities & support for you to grow and develop into the fine young man you are today. Many schools can provide a narrow academic education---Blackfriars provides for the development of the whole person with the skills, capabilities and personal attributes that you will need in the complex world you are entering in 2018 and beyond.

We live in an age of individualism, a world where individuals are often preoccupied by themselves and their individual progress. In the tradition of St Dominic, St Albert the Great and St Thomas Aquinas, I encourage you to use your considerable intellect and gifts for Study to contribute in Service to others in our community, to make a positive difference in the world. In other words, “Be a man for others”.

Australian of the Year, Professor of Physics at the University of New South Wales, Michelle Simmons has dedicated her life to Science and Technology to improve life for people. With her colleagues, Professor Simmons has built a quantum computer so advanced it can solve complex medical, scientific and technical problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years.

This year's Senior Australian of the Year, biophysicist Dr Graham Farquhar has dedicated his life to people through food security and feeding the world's population. Eddie Woo, Young Australian Local Hero of the Year has dedicated his life to teaching young people to achieve in the field of Mathematics overcoming the fear of mathematics.

Who knows what your personal contribution to the world will be. I hope, that formed in the Dominican tradition of the Four Pillars of Prayer, Study, Service and Community you will make your unique contribution to making a positive difference by following your dreams, achieving your goals and living a happy and successful life. Best wishes for your future and welcome to the Blackfriars Alumni community.

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School Newsletter - Term 1 | Week 2

09.02.18

Keep up to date with all the news from Blackfriars with our latest newsletter.

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From the Principal

08.12.17

Dear Families and Community of Blackfriars Priory School,

Blessings for Christmas 2017

May we remember the coming of the Christ Child this Christmas.

In our School and in our lives, we are challenged to bring about the kingdom He proclaimed.

May you and your families be richly blessed at this holy time.

May the holidays provide a time for rest, recovery, fun, joy and reflection.

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2018 Primary School Enrolments

19.10.17

Limited vacancies are available for Reception, Year 1, Year 5 and Year 6 in 2018. Please contact the Registrar for further details. registrar@bps.sa.edu.au 

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From the Principal

29.09.17

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Visit of the Provincial Council of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea)

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From the Principal

18.08.17

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Blackfriars Priory School celebrated St Dominic’s Day on Thursday 3 August, although the official date to celebrate the feast of St Dominic in the Church calendar is Tuesday, 8 August. The reason for our change of date was a clash with the feast day of our first Australian Saint, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, also celebrated on Tuesday 8 August.

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From the Principal, Mr Simon Cobiac

07.07.17

Image: This week our students enjoyed a performance by Mr Phil Geia as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations. 

Dear and Caregivers,

Last Saturday evening Archbishop Wilson celebrated Mass for the installation of Fr Karl Emerick OP as Parish Priest of the parish of North Adelaide-Prospect. Fr Karl’s installation as Parish Priest continues the tradition of the presence of the Dominican Friars in the parish of North Adelaide-Prospect and maintains a strong parish connection with Blackfriars Priory School. The occasion was a joyous one with members of Fr Karl’s family from Queensland attending the ceremony. We wish Fr Karl every blessing as he begins this important role of continuing the spiritual journey in the life of faith of the North Adelaide-Prospect Catholic community. Fr Karl will continue in his role as Chair of the Blackfriars Priory School Finance Committee and a member of the Blackfriars Priory School Board.

NAIDOC Week
The 2017 theme for NAIDOC week is ‘Our Languages Matter’. “The theme aims to emphasise the unique and essential role that indigenous languages play in cultural identity, liking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.” (http://www.naidoc.org.au/2017-national-naidoc-theme)

Blackfriars Priory School celebrated NAIDOC week with a special focus during pastoral care lessons and morning prayer. On Thursday, students attended an indigenous performance from Mr Phil Geia of Palm Island which is located off the east coast, north of Townsville. Mr Geia shared his ATSI ‘Island Dreaming’ culture and music presentation for NAIDOC week.

The purpose of the week was to focus on the process of genuine reconciliation with our indigenous people, built on a deeper understanding and appreciation of their unique culture and the principles of Catholic social teaching.

End of Term 2
Friday is the final week of Term 2 and it is the end of a very busy week with Year 10 students on Industry Week and Year 11 and 12 students sitting end of Semester-Mid Year Examinations. The term has been a very productive time of learning for students and participation in a wide range of co-curricular activities. I congratulate students on their enthusiasm, effort, positive behaviour, cooperation and quality of performance in making this term a very memorable and successful one.

Term 3
Monday 24 July is a professional learning day for staff. Therefore, the first day of school for all students is Tuesday 25 July 2017. OSHC facilities are available for those families if required.

I wish all students and staff a safe and refreshing holiday break.

God Bless.

Mr Simon Cobiac
Principal 

 

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Deputy Principal ELC - 12 Term 2 Week 10

06.07.17

Image: Old Scholars and Army Reservists, Timothy Tedmanson and Brandon Nguyen, (Pictured with Mrs Mirasgentis) returned to Blackfriars Priory School to talk about Defence Force careers.

It has been an extremely busy Semester and I wish both staff and students a well-deserved break. When we review the semester, everyone should be proud of their achievements whether it is in the classroom, on the sporting field, on stage, in service to our community or in achieving our own personal and professional goals. The numerous highlights this semester reflect the diversity of curriculum and co-curricular opportunities and are a reflection on the people who make up our wonderful community. The staff as a whole are committed and are the reason this term has been such a success. I am blessed to be working with such a wonderful and dynamic team. 

For our Year 12 students the semester break should be a time when they have a break from the routine of attending school, but I encourage them to maintain their regular study routine during the holidays in preparation for assessment tasks and final year exams. The feedback from their mid-year examinations should inform their revision program to improve their knowledge, understanding and application of skills and concepts.

Reports
Reports will be distributed to students on Friday 7 July 2017 and we encourage families to discuss the report with their child and invite them to share their own reflection on their academic performance; their own attitudes and behaviours. The School reports will provide parents or guardians with information regarding their child’s progress in all subject areas, their attitude and conduct in class.  It is an opportunity to invite your child to discuss and reflect on their academic performance and how they are progressing socially and emotionally during the school year.

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Veritas - From the APRIM

05.07.17

Image: Recently the whole school gathered to celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul.

Staff Formation Program
Stopping to re-evaluate if our connectedness is giving us life is imperative. Despite our different expressions of giftedness, if we are firmly rooted in the Holy Spirit, our lives will be of God, and our fruit will last.  As we come to the end of another term, it is important for us to stop and examine the balance of the Four Pillars in our life.

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From the Counselling Suite

05.07.17

Some Ideas to Combat the Stress and Anxiety of Life
I am unsure of whether it is simply that winter seems to be colder than usual, and it is nearing the end of term, but there seems to be an epidemic of stress and depressive symptoms in the school community at the moment. Boys are stressed, parents are stressed and teachers are stressed. No doubt the holidays will help, but there are also some very simple remedies to stress that we overlook – sometimes we are more comfortable talking about our stress levels and anxiety rather than taking positive actions to remedy the situation.  

So, what is it that is going to contribute to making us feel more at peace, more able to cope and to rid ourselves of that constant state of hypersensitivity that often results from feelings of stress and anxiety? There is nothing new in the following list, but we all need to be reminded from time to time of what we should be doing.

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