Meet Kylie Agale the new Province Indigenous Consultant
In a recent email to contacts around the Province Kylie
introduced herself in her own words in this way...
MY FAMILY LINKS are to the Karriyarra people of the
Pilbara region of WA so I am a visitor to Noongar country.
Prior to commencing at Westcourt, I held a position at Catholic
Education Office WA managing a school attendance project through
the National Indigenous English Literacy and Numeracy Strategy.
This was a cross sectoral position which provided consultation,
development, implementation and evaluation of school attendance
initiatives in four identified regions - Kimberley, Port Hedland,
Kalgoorlie and Swan (metro).
Before entering Catholic Education Office I was employed
with the Department for Community Development as an education
officer in the north west of WA. This position provided education
support to families with children from birth to 17 years.
We welcome Kylie to the Edmund Rice Network and wish her
well following in the footsteps of Marlene Jackamarra.
boss reports in from Egypt
CBC Adelaide Principal, Pat Cronin, has been on sabbatical...
He provided this recent report on his travels
to the College community...
the Pyramids in Egypt
I HAVE JUST RETURNED from the five week Bible Lands
Study Tour. It was an exciting tour, as we visited many places
not normally covered on the tourist route. For example, the
visit to Yalvac, in Turkey, was mainly to visit the partially
excavated site of Pisidian Antioch, where Paul (in the Acts
of the Apostles, Chapter 13) first preached to the Gentiles.
There is evidence of the First Century synagogue within this
Roman town. Another site, was at Heiropolis and the nearby
hill, under which is believed to be the ancient city of Colossus,
the people of whom are called Colossians in two of Paul's
There are many places in Turkey that we visited, that were
scenes of St Paul's missionary journeys. Other places we visited
were in Greece, Israel and Egypt. The visits to Israel, the
Holy Land, were most rewarding in time for meditations on
the Scriptures at Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth.
I prayed for our staff, students and parents at many of these
I wish you all well for first term as I continue my Long
Service Leave until April. I will be in Melbourne from next
week and can be contacted through the Christian Brothers if
necessary. I am preparing for a visit to the Solomon Islands,
as a guest of Bishop O'Grady to see how CBC might be able
to assist one or more of the Catholic schools in this difficult
The school is well and truly in the safe hands of Mr Lambert,
the Executive, staff and the School Board. God bless all of
you for now and I will be in touch from time to time.
CBC Adelaide newsletter
Leaders' Conference at Nudgee
How to make Edmund Rice schools better places...
Has anyone noticed how young people are much
taller these days than equivalent children at the same age
were twenty years ago? When you read this reflection from
Ben Clarke, College Captain at Wakefield Street, one could
also come to the conclusion that there's been a bit more intellectual
and emotional development going on in the last few decades
as well. Congratulations Ben, and all the young leaders who
attended this Conference...
leaders at Nudgee.
AS THIS YEARS CBC ADELAIDE COLLEGE CAPTAIN I was given
the privilege of attending a leaders conference at Nudgee
College in Queensland, comprising all the Australian Edmund
Rice Schools and their captains. The leaders forum was a four-day
conference from 19th to 22nd January. During the four days
I was able to meet many other captains from all over Australia,
and though at first everyone was fairly quiet, by the end
of the trip we made many contacts and friends with all the
other Edmund Rice School Captains.
We had many guest speakers who came in to talk to us about
leadership, how to follow our dreams, and how to help others.
We also as a leadership group took time to reflect on how
we can make our College a better place by sharing knowledge
and collaborating ideas together. As a collective group we
discussed the role as College Captain, our journey this year
and the responsibility that comes with leadership. This was
helped by a reflection below that I think is fairly relevant
in most peoples lives, as at the best of times life doesn't
always go to plan and how sometimes we can feel quite alone.
night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across
the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed
two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and
the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked
back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed many times along the path of his life there was
only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened
at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about
"LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd
walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of
footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me."
The LORD replied, "My precious, precious child, I love
you and would never leave you. During your times of trial
and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it
was then that I carried you."
We were also given the privilege to attend "Big Breaky".
This is a Christian Service Program organised by the Edmund
Rice Schools in Brisbane to feed the homeless. However, this
was not about just feeding their bellies, it was about being
there as a person to talk to, because for many of these people
we could have been the only person they spoke to for the whole
day, as many street people are isolated and are completely
ignored by society. This puts a lot of things into perspective
for me as when you think about it this situation is not uncommon
within our schools, with many students who can sometimes feel
isolated and really just need someone to talk to. Therefore,
I ask all students within our College community to try and
make sure this is not the case at CBC. If you see a student
sitting by himself at lunch then just spend a couple of minutes
to talk to him, you would be surprised it can make a world
Being a school strong in the Edmund Rice tradition it is
important to remember that our whole school ethos is about
helping others who are less fortunate than us. As a Christian
community we are called to reach out to others. At the leaders
forum we really focused on all these issues and that of injustice
in our world.
I left the conference feeling greater prepared for the year
and challenges ahead, as well as a greater attitude to make
our College and the world a better place, to challenge issues
of injustice. With the help of this experience I was able
to also gain strong ties with the captains of our other Edmund
Rice Schools in Adelaide (Rostrevor and St Paul's College),
as well as being left with a strong sense of duty to do the
very best I can in my role this year. Promoting the ideals
of the Edmund Rice tradition within our College that truly
makes this College a unique community.
"Were we to know the merit and value of only going
from street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of
God we should prize it more than gold or silver."
Blessed Edmund Rice
Ben Clarke [College Captain]
CBC Adelaide newsletter
A racehorse challenge for the students at Tardun...
mares and their foals at Tardun
THE NEWSLETTER FOR CBAS TARDUN was speculating last
week that the mares at the college might yet produce a winner
of the Perth Cup. Apparently the two thoroughbred mares at
the Agricultural School have already produced a number of
winning racehorses and now have two further foals at foot
who are just a few months old. The Horse Club members at the
school this term will learn how to feed and maintain horses,
and also how to halter break and lead foals, to teach them
to creep feed, to lift their feet, and to allow staff to trim
their feet. We suggest other members of the Edmund Rice Network
watch this development with interest and see how long it takes
these students to themselves produce a winning racehorse.
Wouldn't that put a bit of wind in their sails a bit like
what football has done for the students at Clontarf and the
awards the students at Bindoon and Tardun itself win from
time to time at the Royal Show and other District Shows?
was unabashedly filched and modified from the CBAS Tardun
The editors are taking bets on when the first Tardun winner
will come home and at which racecourse.
Open Day Sunday, 6th March
ROSTREVOR IS GEARING UP for their Open Day on Sunday
6th March from 1.00pm-4.00pm. If you know of anyone in the
Adelaide area in the market for an all boys Catholic
education then please spread the word. As well as tours and
a range of demonstrations the P&F have established a reputation
for "the famous afternoon tea in the Valley". The
Reception Area for the Open Day is via the Junior School entrance
with parking on McNally Oval.
And guess what? If you managed to get this far you've reached
the last page of this newsletter. Best wishes 'til next time.