The OPtimist Edition 12 / Autumn 2018 - Blackfriars Priory School News & Highlights

 
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The OPtimist Edition 12 / Autumn 2018 - Blackfriars Priory School News & Highlights
From the Principal

Blackfriars Priory School
17 Prospect Rd, Prospect SA 5082
PO Box 86, Prospect SA 5082
T: +61 8 8169 3900
E: admin@bps.sa.edu.au                      2018 Head Prefect, Sebastian Deluca, School Principal, Mr Simon Cobiac and Phi An Tran.
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                                           The Blackfriars Priory School Master Plan:
CRICOS: 02485B                             A Bold, Innovative Vision for the Future
                                           Blackfriars Priory School has launched Stage 1 of our new Master Plan. Construction of
                                           Stage 1 will provide a specialist Year 12 Centre, specialised STEM facilities, general learning
                                           areas and staff facilities. The Stage 1 project, to be constructed during 2019, will be situated
                                           at the front of the school, in the south-western corner and along Highbury Street. This
                                           exciting development will reshape the image and landscape of the school for the first time in
                                           many decades.

                                           The concept of Blackfriars’ new Master Plan was developed by architects, Swanbury Penglase:
                                           Architects of human space, through a process of investigation, collaboration and consultation
                                           with staff, parents and students throughout 2017 and with reference to the school’s Strategic
                                           Plan 16-20. The Master Plan sets out a flexible framework for the development of the campus
                                           over the coming decades.

                                           The Blackfriars School Board recently appointed Swanbury Penglase to continue working with
                                           the school to design Stages 1, 4 and 5 of the Master Plan in collaboration with the Blackfriars
Published by: Blackfriars Priory School    Executive Team and with considerable input from teaching staff. Swanbury Penglase is highly
                                           recognised in the education sector having designed and supervised iconic buildings at St
Submissions: To make a submission to       Peter’s Girls College, Christian Brothers College, St Dominic’s Priory College and the new
the next edition of The OPtimist, please   Catholic Primary School at Hove among many other significant developments.
forward details to the Development
                                           Stages 1, 4 and 5 of the Master Plan respond to the needs of contemporary educational
Office via email: jharmer@bps.sa.edu.au
                                           thinking and research for tailored personalised learning in fit-for-purpose learning spaces.
                                           The spaces created will enable teachers to focus on the development of innovative learning
Changing address? A reminder when
                                           methods to prepare students to take their place in a modern, flexible, problem solving and
changing address to please advise the      creative work-study environment. The spacious, flexible and environmentally sustainable
Development Office so you can continue     building will inspire senior students to deeply engage in the four pillars of Dominican life -
to receive your copy of The OPtimist.      Prayer, Study, Community and Service - and encourage students to see themselves as lifelong
                                           learners.
Not getting The OPtimist? If you know
of any Old Scholars not receiving The      Modern teaching focuses on the development of creative thinking, collaboration, critical
OPtimist, please direct them to the        thinking and ICT rich learning, rather than traditional pedagogy that emphasised the
Development Office.                        accumulation of content knowledge and expansion of predetermined skills. While educational
                                           research suggests the most important factor in effective education is the quality and work
Cover: Principal, Mr Simon Cobiac,         of educators and the quality of relationship between teacher and learner, well-designed and
discusses the new Master Plan with         innovative environments significantly support their efforts.
Year 10 student leaders, Frank Snelling,
                                           Our Master Plan will deliver state-of-the-art, 21st Century facilities, ensuring students and
Adriano Caiazza and Daniel Bui.
                                           staff at Blackfriars have access to contemporary learning environments.

                                           Mr Simon Cobiac
                                           Principal

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Master Plan

2020
VISION
                                                                      Above: The Blackfriars Master Plan overview
                                                                      produced by Swanbury Penglase.
                                                                      Left: 2020 VISION branding developed to accompany
                                                                      the launch of the Master Plan.
New Master Plan
Developing a campus to reflect the needs of                           Below: Conceptual mapping of the structure of
contemporary educational thinking and research.                       Blackfriars to fit in with the Master Plan.

                               PRAYER | STUDY | COMMUNITY | SERVICE

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Student Wellbeing
    Student Leadership                              positions will also play a lead role in their   mateship, leadership, outdoor education
                                                    classes and attend senior student leader        and resilience throughout the four days.
    The senior student leaders for 2018 were
                                                    meetings for experience and to provide input    The students and staff spent the first two
    selected through an intense process in the
                                                    into important issues across the school.        nights at a caravan park near Flinders Chase
    latter part of 2017. There were 12 Prefects
                                                                                                    National Park and the final night at a camp
    (Year12), 8 House Captains (Year12), 8          Camps
                                                                                                    with minimal amenities at Antechamber Bay.
    House Vice Captains (Year 11) and 8 House
                                                    Year 7 students went on their camp to
    Deputy Vice Captains (Year 10) selected.                                                        Throughout the camp all students
                                                    Douglas Scrub on 23 May for three full days
    These students then took part in a two-day                                                      represented the school with complete
                                                    of activities. Students had an information
    leadership camp coordinated by Blackfriars                                                      respect when interacting with members of
                                                    session presented by Wilderness Escape
    leadership team staff and YLead, an                                                             the public. The Wilderness Escape Outdoor
                                                    Outdoor Adventures prior to their departure
    organisation experienced in the formation of                                                    Adventures staff coordinated activities on
                                                    and also a range of conversations in class
    young leaders.                                                                                  the camp and supported students with their
                                                    that supported their preparation.
                                                                                                    preparation. Key teachers and a range of
    The leadership groups have been meeting         The camp was a challenging and rewarding        other staff also attended and put in a tireless
    regularly throughout the 2018 school year       experience and a great opportunity to           amount of work to prepare students for the
    discussing and implementing a range of          strengthen relationships with peers and         camp, to support them in having an enjoyable
    initiatives across the school. The House        staff. Students participated in orienteering,   and rewarding experience on Kangaroo
    Captains have also been making consistent       a high ropes course, hiking, trangia cooking    Island.
    and valuable contributions within their         and a range of other team based activities.
    Houses, supporting the Heads of House.                                                          For the second year in a row the Year 9 camp
                                                    Fortunately, the weather was relatively
    Some of the initiatives include the Captains                                                    was held at Port Elliot and Victor Harbor,
                                                    kind and a successful week was had by all
    committing to the Bite Back Mental Fitness                                                      with a focus on outdoor aquatic and beach
                                                    students and staff.
    Challenge by The Black Dog Institute. This                                                      based activities and cycling. The whole Year
    is a free online positive psychology program    The Year 8 students travelled to Kangaroo       9 cohort went on 6 March for four days.
    that is targeted to adolescents aged 12-18      Island for their camps in two separate          Students had the opportunity to participate
    years, with a particular focus for 13 to 16     groups on 20 February and 27 February.          in kayaking, surfing, raft building, bike riding
    year olds. The program is evidenced based       Each camp went for four days. Students          and a range of team based games. The
    and is a six-week challenge that covers         had an early start, departing Blackfriars at    weather was very kind and the location again
    gratitude, mindfulness, social connections      6.30am to reach the Cape Jervis Ferry and       was stunning.
    and identifying strengths, meaning and          make their way across Backstairs Passage to
                                                                                                    The Year 9 boys have really engaged strongly
    purpose.                                        Penneshaw.
                                                                                                    in the new camp format at Port Elliot and
    The Prefects have been in consultation with     Students participated in activities in their    the activities provided by Surf and Sun,
    other schools to arrange charity events. One    Key Class to develop skills in teamwork,        based in Middleton, have been an excellent
    of these was a netball match with St Mary’s
    College. Our Prefects played a competitive
    game against the girls with a huge crowd on
    hand to watch.

    The Middle Years leadership positions were
    elected in classes through the early part of
    Term 1. Students in these positions have
    attended their own formation opportunities.

    The Year 8 and 9 students attended the
    Halogen Secondary Leaders day and the Year
    9 students attended the YLead Altitude Day in
    June. Both days allowed students to network
    with other students and also hear from a
    range of inspiring speakers.

    Students in Middle School leadership

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Student Wellbeing

experience. We had many boys who learnt to     The program has been very popular in the
surf, kayak or bike ride for the first time.   past, and we see the value in ensuring
The Cyber Bully                                our Year 11 students are provided with
                                               an opportunity to attend this worthwhile
On Wednesday 23 May, all Year 8 and 9
                                               learning experience. RAA Street Smart High
students watched Cyber Bully presented
                                               featured a realistic crash scene reenactment
by Starrs Productions. This is a play that
presents realistic issues for adolescents on   involving vehicles, emergency services and
cyber bullying.                                actors. The aim of this re-enactment is to
                                               be as close as possible to a real life crash.
Students left with a range of thoughts about
                                               Our Year 11 students walked away with an
the impacts of cyber bullying and how
                                               acute understanding of the ramifications that
easily it can occur in contemporary times
with so many adolescents using such a          can occur when not treating the road with
range of communication and social media        respect.
applications. Starrs Productions has been
                                               Mother’s Day Buddies
working on these types of plays for students
in schools for approximately 20 years at       Through our Pastoral Care program, a
schools across the country.                    popular element of recent years has been
RAA Street Smart                               our buddy programs that occur across the
                                               school. Again, this year our buddies got
All Year 11 students attended RAA Street
                                               together, particularly our Year 9 and 10
Smart at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre
                                               students with our Primary boys and created
on Tuesday 10 April. This is an annual
road safety education event hosted by RAA      Mother’s Day cards and messages for special
in conjunction with the Motor Accident         women in their lives. It was great to see boys
Commission. The program aims to reduce         from the Primary and Secondary schools
the state’s shocking youth road toll. Road     coming together to talk about and create
crashes are one of the leading causes of       cards for the influential women in their lives.
death for young people under the age of 25,
and Street Smart aims to demonstrate the       Mr Brett Knowles
devastating reality of road trauma to South    Assistant Deputy Principal
Australian high school students.               Wellbeing (7-12)

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Year 12 Results & Curriculum Development

                                                                                                       Above: Laureate Assembly MC, Deputy
                                                                                                       Principal (Acting), Mr David Ruggiero, with
                                                                                                       Deputy Head Prefect, Dyson Hilder and Head
                                                                                                       Prefect, Sebastian Deluca.
                                                                                                       Left: Principal, Mr Simon Cobiac, presents
                                                                                                       Class of 2017 School Dux, Minh Tam Vu Tran,
                                                                                                       with the Magnus Medal.

    Congratulations to the Year 12 cohort of 2017,    ranging pathways chosen by the boys. Future     to further extend their learning. It offers
    with 99% of students gaining successful           optometrists, pilots, teachers, pharmacists,    students a broad range of problem solving
    SACE (South Australian Certificate of             nurses, engineers, writers, medical             and project-based activities in Science,
    Education) completion!                            professionals, accountants, tradesmen and       Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
                                                      businessmen to name just a few of the areas     (STEM) and enables highly motivated
    Thank you to our teaching staff and support
                                                      chosen by our boys. Regardless of their         students to extend themselves, collaborate
    staff, who have been co-educators with our
                                                      ATAR, job title or salary, we pray that these   with other like-minded students and excel.
    families. As with many staff members, I
                                                      young men will reflect the Four Pillars of
    recall January 2013 and the first day of Year 8                                                   The “Ax” program supplements the Year
                                                      Dominican Life throughout their life and in
    for the graduating class of 2017. The blessing                                                    10 academic curriculum as a weekly
                                                      all they do.
    of seeing these boys mature into fine young                                                       commitment.
    men is a gift of our profession. For Mrs          So, it is with great joy that we welcome this
                                                                                                      “Ax” has three major components
    Hoendervanger, this gift extends back to our      new cohort (’17) of Blacks boys to the ranks
                                                                                                      •     Project based in-school and after-
    first Reception class in 2005.                    of Old Scholars! As an old scholar, it is a
                                                                                                            school STEM extension activities;
                                                      privilege to be a teacher at Blacks. To share
    Our students continue to achieve outstanding                                                      •     Mentoring by industry experts; and
                                                      in the delight of seeing these young men
    results with over twenty students achieving                                                       •     Opportunity to participate in local and
                                                      graduate is a wonderful experience. We are
    an ATAR above 90 and Merits in the subject                                                              international STEM experiences
                                                      all part of the same unbroken bond of old
    areas of Religion Studies, English and            scholars whose stories traverse generations     If your industry or business would like to
    Mathematics.                                      as we unite under the maxim, “Once a Blacks     support the Ax program, please contact
                                                      boy…always a Blacks boy.”                       Director of Development & Community
    The Class of 2017 Laureate Assembly, held
                                                                                                      Relations, Mr Patrick Kelly, or me.
    on Monday 19 February, was an auspicious          Ax Program
    celebration of the Dominican Four Pillars                                                         Mr David Ruggiero (BPS’92)
                                                      The ‘Ax’ program is exciting enrichment
    at Blackfriars Priory School. Students from                                                       Deputy Principal (Acting) - Secondary (7-12)
                                                      program for Year 10 students who wish
    Years 7 to 11 were also acknowledged for
    their academic, pastoral, religious and
    sporting achievements.

    The assembly recognised the 2017 graduates
    who achieved an ATAR of 90 or above and
    culminated in the awarding of the Magnus
    Medal and Nicholas Altman Book Prize
    to Minh Tam Vu Tran, who achieved an
    outstanding ATAR of 99.25. Tam will be
    studying a double degree in Civil Engineering
    and Mathematics and Computer Science at
    Adelaide University.

    A Dominican education focuses on the
    formation of the whole person and honours          Right: Mark Michael (BPS’97) speaks with
                                                       Ax students about his successful career in
    gifted diversity. The variety of gifts present
                                                       Cybersecurity.
    in the Class of 2017 is reflected by the wide-

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Class of 2017 Laureate Assembly

Above: Class of 2017 90+ ATAR recipients with Mr Cobiac and Blackfriars Board Chair, Mr David O’Loughlin.
Clockwise below: Mr Cobiac addresses the Laureate Assembly. Mr Stanborough and Ms Graziano present Adam Nguyen with the House Shield for Overall
Excellence in 2017. Mr Panzarino and Miss De Souza present Christian Apolloni with the St Albert the Great Shield for Academic Excellence. School
Chaplain, Fr Matthew Boland OP. 2017 School Dux, Minh Tam Vu Tran. Miss Reppucci with Antony Macolino on saxophone.

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Extra Special Graduates
                                                    Left: Carlo Armiento and Liam Meegan on the
                                                    back oval as part of the first Reception class
                                                    in 2005.
                                                    Right: Carlo and Liam together again 13 years
                                                    later as Year 12 graduates.

                                                   those joining us in the secondary school it
                                                   has been a five year sojourn.

                                                   2017 however marked the Graduation of an
                                                   extra special group of students who were the
                                                   first to make the journey from Reception to
                                                   Year 12, a tenure of 13 years at 17 Prospect
                                                   Road.

                                                   In 2005 Blackfriars opened its doors for
                                                   Reception students to commence, creating
                                                   a pathway of junior primary, primary, middle
                                                   and secondary school for the first time.

                                                   The first Reception class teacher was
                                                   Mrs Tanya Hoendervanger, so it seemed
                                                   appropriate for the Year 12 boys who started
                                                   with her in 2005 to visit their Reception
                                                   classroom and meet the new Receptions of
                                                   2017.
    As the Jacaranda tree on the front lawn                                                             of course all members of the Reception Class
    of Blackfriars displays its lilac flowers in   To add to the 2017 graduation celebrations,          of 2005 for the significant part you have played
    November and the Advent Term concludes,        Dr Paul Hine, who was Principal at
                                                                                                        in the history of Blackfriars Priory School. You
    our thoughts as a community turn to our        Blackfriars in 2005, kept his promise to the
                                                                                                        are “Extra Special” graduates indeed!
    Year 12 students who are graduating.           first Reception boys and attended the 2017
                                                   Graduation ceremony at Bonython Hall.                Mr Jon Harmer
    Over the years, that journey has been a ten
    year one, for those in Years 3 -12. Or for     Thank you to Mrs Hoendervanger, Dr Hine and          Community Liaison Officer

    Generations In Jazz 2018

                                                                               Images from this year’s Generations in Jazz festival in Mt Gambier. For
                                                                               more photos, visit our Facebook page.

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Religious Identity & Mission

 Anthony Truong, Nathan Sewart, Jackson Puddy and Noah Snigg at the          Mr Parrella ‘supports’ Mrs Carmody during one of the group activities at
 Year 7 Retreat day.                                                         the Year 7 Retreat day.

Term 1 of 2018 was punctuated by a                approach to the themes of ‘Agents of Change’
series of reflection days. Years 6, 7, 8, 9       (for the Year of Youth) and ‘The Reach’ (social
and 11 attended themed reflection days            justice). The days were again held at the
that enhanced relationships, provided             North Adelaide Football Club. The students
opportunities for spiritual growth and were       were outstanding in their approach to the
directed towards strengthened personal            day, and while the style of presentation was
relationships with God. This year several         energetic and very different to their usual
of the days were conducted by external            experience, they embraced opportunities to
agencies.                                         allow their lights to shine. The NET team was
                                                  expert in their ability to quickly form positive
Year 6
                                                  relationships with our boys, and this was
The Year 6 reflection day was led by staff        most evident in the way they led individuals
members and was held at the North Adelaide        through paired personal prayer.
Football Club. The boys were engaged and
                                                  Year 11
demonstrated leadership in their approach
to activities, which was fitting given that       The Year 11 Reflection Day was held at the
the theme of the day was ‘Leadership’.            Village Well at Aldgate and was conducted by
Students looked at successful leaders             RealTalk, an evangelistic team that presents
across several domains through time and           on the issues of masculinity, relationships
sought to replicate their qualities in making     and sexuality. The presenters dealt with
personal leadership pledges. Meditations          the topics in a sensitive manner and were
also provided time for students to reflect on     truthful and accurate to Church teachings.
the spiritual gifts they possess that enable      Our young men were excellent in the manner
courageous leadership.                            in which they approached the day and the
                                                  presenters were very impressed.
Year 7
                                                  Matthew Crisanti
The Year 7 reflection day was also led
                                                  (Acting) Assistant Deputy Principal:
by staff members and held at the North
                                                  Religious Identity and Mission (APRIM)
Adelaide Football Club. The theme was
‘Balance’ and students considered the St
                                                   Right and below: Various activities at the
Catherine of Siena concept of the Power
                                                   North Adelaide Football Club and the adjacent
of Two Feet in a metaphoric way. Students
                                                   Memorial Gardens during this year’s retreats.
considered the direction their feet had taken
so far and the balance they provided. They
explored their personal gifts and imagined
the direction their feet would take them
and these gifts into the future. They also
considered the Dominican Four Pillars as a
balanced approach to life, in particular the
contemplative effect of prayer and study on
the action components of being in community
and providing service.

Years 8 and 9
The Year 8 and 9 reflection days were
conducted by the National Evangelistic Team
(NET) Ministries. This group of 12 young
men and women provided a highly engaging,
entertaining, spiritual and prayerful

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Welcome Back to Blacks!
     2018 has seen quite a few new members of
     staff arriving at Blackfriars but some not
     quite as “new” as others! Two particularly
     well-known faces have re-appeared.
     Old Scholar, Mr Patrick Kelly (‘90), has
     returned as Director of Development and
     Community Relations. Patrick was a well-
     known student during the 1980s being a
     Prefect, First XI cricketer, Open basketballer
     and recipient of the 1990 School Spirit
     award. On returning to “Blacks”, Patrick
     brings with him a wealth of experience in
     the areas of Marketing, Communications,
     Fundraising and Community Development in
     the education domain.
     The second returnee is Mr Frank Ali. Frank
     is fondly remembered by a generation
     of families involved in the Blackfriars
     Primary School from 1981 to 1998. Frank
     subsequently spent a total of 19 years as
     Principal of the Junior Schools at both
     Mercedes College and St Johns Grammar
     School. Roll on to 2018 and Frank has
     returned in the role of Head of the Primary
                                                       Frank Ali & Patrick Kelly with primary students in the newly developed Primary playground space.
     School. It’s wonderful to have Frank back         The boys pictured are all sons of Old Scholars who attended the primary school during Mr Ali’s
     and to once again benefit from the wealth of      previous tenure as Head of Primary at Blackfriars. L–R: Oliver Glen-Holmes (Yr 4 / Father – Anthony
     knowledge and experience he brings to the         Glen-Holmes), Anton Renna (Yr 6 / Vince Renna), Oliver Saint (Yr 6 / Richard Saint), Alex Battistella
     role.                                             (Yr 5 / Paul Battistella) and in front, Athanasios Stavliotis (Yr 1 / Christos Stavliotis). NB - Not only did
                                                       Patrick utilise the space in his days as a primary student but the adjacent plane trees were planted by
     On behalf of all at Blackfriars a heartfelt
                                                       Frank himself in the year before he left Blackfriars in the 90s.
     welcome back to Patrick and Frank.

     Once a Blacks Boy...
     Members of the wider Blackfriars community       (‘95), Peter Dunn (‘72), Gordon Grieve (‘86),            Rinaldi (‘07), Rene Schinkel (‘67), Brenton
     are quite possibly aware that several current    Hugh Haskett (‘99), Michael Heath (‘07),                 Stewart (‘75), Lee Swiderski (‘90), Daniel
     members of staff are Old Scholars. However,      Sam Horsell (‘06), Stephen Kilcoyne (‘77),               Quinlivan (‘03), Fr Joseph Vnuk OP (‘78),
     did you know that in fact no fewer than ten                                                               Andrew Wald (‘69), Martin Wald and John
                                                      Elijah Kopsaftis (‘09), Mario Madonna (‘84),
     current members of staff traversed through                                                                Zandona (‘76).
                                                      Christian Martino (‘03), Brian Mooney (‘80),
     the gates of 17 Prospect Road during their
                                                      Frank Moylan (‘76), Ray Murphy (‘73), Heath              Mr Jon Harmer
     formative years. Ironically, the presence
     of so many “old boys” on staff is not only a     Patience (‘93), Paul Pattison (‘80), Luke                Community Liaison Officer
     compliment to them but also to the school
     in its role in educating these young men
     to a point where they are indeed fine role
     models to current students and the ethos of
     Blackfriars and the Dominican Order.
     It thus seemed appropriate to have them
     gather together for a photograph in The
     Parlour of St Catharines, for old time’s sake.
     It also seemed very appropriate to have Br
     Brendan join them, given hat he taught all of
     them during his 59 years at Blackfriars!
     Congratulations “boys” for your considerable
     tenure at Blackfriars and your ongoing
     contribution to our community.
     The following Old Scholars have also
     been staff members at Blackfriars in the
     past - Stan Astachnowicz (‘79), Paul Atkin
     (‘79), Matthew Baluyot (‘97), Paul Belton         Br Brendan (centre) pictured with current Old Scholar staff members (L-R seated): Garth Starrs (‘91),
     (‘75), Cameron Brealey (‘09), Danny Clifford      John Niedzwiecki (‘80), Ernie Luongo (‘82), Patrick Kelly (‘90); (L-R standing): Henry Vo (‘09), Corey
                                                       Leditschke (‘05), David Ruggiero (‘92), Michael Parrella (‘08) and Sam Budden (‘11). Absent - Phillip
     (‘69), Jason Cosgrove (‘93), Royce Davey
                                                       Alderson (‘84), Mitchell Brealey (‘12)
     (‘66), Harry Davis (‘59), John De Nicholo

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Overseas Student Program
For many years, Blackfriars has welcomed          the pastoral assistance already provided for     second day was an opportunity for interested
students from across the globe who wish to        the students and their homestay families by      families to learn more about each of the
study in Australia. Our Overseas Students         our Overseas Student Liaison Officer.            individual schools represented.
Program adds an extra dimension to life at
                                                  To introduce prospective Overseas Students       Over the course of the launches, Blackfriars
Blackfriars enabling local and international
                                                  to Blackfriars, we are establishing a formal     was introduced to around 60 international
students to think beyond boundaries, form
                                                  study tour format, particularly designed to      agents and over 100 families looking
lasting global friendships and develop an
                                                  support families in China, Korea, Vietnam        for information about studying in South
informed perspective of the world.
                                                  and Hong Kong exploring the opportunity          Australia. Participation in these events has
Our current cohort of full-time overseas          Adelaide provides for their son’s secondary      already resulted in a number of formal
students includes boys from China, Vietnam,       schooling. These tours will be 2-3 weeks         enrolment queries.
Malaysia and South Korea. For Term 2 they         in duration and occur during the early part
have been joined by a Year 10 student from        of Term 3, lining up with the Asian nations’     With these initiatives being developed we
France. In previous years Blackfriars has         summer school break.                             are looking forward to our Overseas Student
hosted students from Hong Kong, India, The                                                         Program continuing to enrich the diversity of
                                                  The tours will include cultural as well as       our Blackfriars community.
Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand,
                                                  educational immersion opportunities and
Japan and many European nations.                                                                   If you are interested in learning more about
                                                  will enhance our own domestic students’
Blackfriars is registered to host a maximum       teaching and learning program in the             the program, or even in becoming a part of
of 50 overseas students at any one time.          Australian Curriculum priority area “Asia and    it as a homestay family, please contact the
These students can be enrolled on either          Australia’s engagement with Asia”.               school to learn more, including the financial
long-term (minimum one year) or short-term                                                         incentives available.
                                                  Adelaide International Schools Alliance
(1 -4 term) programs. Typically, the students
                                                                                                   Mr Patrick Kelly (BPS’90)
are enrolled in the Secondary School,             In a broader context, Blackfriars is also a
                                                                                                   Director of Development &
however, when accompanied by a guardian,          foundation member of a new state-wide
                                                                                                   Community Relations
overseas students can enrol in our Primary        initiative designed to attract overseas
School.                                           students to study in South Australia. The
                                                  Adelaide Independent Schools Alliance (AISA)
When studying at Blackfriars, our overseas
                                                  is comprised of 11 non-government schools,
students live with a carefully matched local
                                                  each with a common goal to make Adelaide
family in a homestay arrangement. Along
                                                  an international education destination of
with the overseas student, the homestay
                                                  choice for families.
family becomes an integral part of the
Blackfriars community and provides the            The AISA schools are working together to
opportunity for our visiting students to be       enrich the overall experience for students
fully immersed in Australian culture.             who come to Adelaide by offering joint
                                                  extra-curricular programs to complement
Unlike overseas students who attend
                                                  the students’ time spent at school as well as
schools with boarding facilities, our overseas
                                                  social opportunities.
students experience day-to-day Australian
family life and hospitality while receiving the   Blackfriars is the only member of the
support they would expect at home in a safe       Alliance offering an all boys option for
and encouraging environment.                      interested families.

Blackfriars is currently exploring ways           AISA was formally launched earlier this year
we can enhance our Overseas Students                                                                Above: Principal, Mr Simon Cobiac, with Mr
                                                  at events in Shanghai (China) 13-14 April
                                                                                                    Oh-Jang Kwon from the North Chungcheong
Program. Internally, we are about to              and Hanoi (Vietnam) on 15-16 April with
                                                                                                    Province Education Authority, Korea.
establish an Overseas Student Teaching and        Blackfriars represented at both. The first day
Learning Team. This will comprise teachers        of each launch was dedicated to meeting with      Below: Blackfriars Director of Development,
                                                                                                    Mr Patrick Kelly, with Adelaide school
from key curriculum areas to act as ‘first        Chinese and Vietnamese based education
                                                                                                    representatives and education agents at the
responders’ to assist our overseas students       agents who work with families to identify
                                                                                                    Hanoi launch of AISA.
with subject support. This will complement        suitable schools for their child, while the

                                                                                                                                                   11
Focus on Drama

      The cast of “Forever 19’: Daniel Jarmyn, Brock Murray, Benedict Gbala, Connor Watson and Harry Mears, with Blackfriars Old Scholar, John Schumann (‘65)
      and Mr Robert Becker.

     In last year’s second edition of “The               scholars. Peter was a scholar and teacher at        TV, and will feature farcical slapstick comedy,
     OPtimist”, the opening of the new Fr James          Blackfriars who went on to forge a career as        singing, dancing and magic. Again, it is
     O’ Doherty Performing Arts Theatre was              an actor with the Red Shed and State Theatre        such a pleasure to see old scholars do well.
     featured.                                           Company, as well as director and theatre            Michael Girdler who works in production at
                                                         educator for many years at AC Arts. His             Channel 9 will be hosting our Stage 2 Drama
     The creative possibilities that have opened
                                                         photo adorns the walls of the State Theatre
     up with the advent of this theatre are                                                                  class at the Channel 9 studios to give them
                                                         Company alongside luminaries like Geoffrey
     quite exciting. It was the setting for the                                                              an insight into the real life goings on behind
                                                         Rush.
     promotional video for the Fringe Festival                                                               the scenes of a live-to- air show.
     performance of TRUTH that we shot                   It is always a pleasure to expose our Drama
                                                                                                             AHXFI will be performed in term 3 in the
     early in the year. We took the bold step            students to old scholars who have made a
     into unchartered waters and invited a               career in the performing and media arts.            Father James O’ Doherty Performing Arts
     professional theatre critic to our Fringe           During the course of this year our students         Theatre. You will need to see the show to find
     Performance and were pleasantly surprised           listened to the education officer from Rising       out what the acronym stands for.
     to be given 4.5 stars by the Adelaide Theatre       Sun Pictures and were told of the incredible
                                                                                                             Mr Robert Becker
     Guide.                                              work that old scholar, John Toth, is doing
                                                                                                             Senior Drama Teacher
                                                         there in the field of digital manipulation
     An Evening with John Schumann, a Blackfriars
                                                         and computer graphics for many Hollywood
     old scholar, featured a performance of the
                                                         movies like the Harry Potter series, Lord of
     play “Forever 19”, that was work-shopped by
                                                         the Rings, Thor Ragnuk, to name a few.
     the Stage 2 Drama class of 2017, using the
     lyrics of Schumann’s “I Was Only 19” to tell        Later this term, the year 8 Drama classes
     the story of post-traumatic stress suffered         will be having an acting workshop with
     by our Vietnam War veterans. It garnered            Stephen Noonan whose CV as an artist spans
     significant interest not only among our old         Circus, Magic, Physical Theatre, Dance and
     scholars but also the wider community. The          Children’s Theatre.
     sell-out audience was equally impressed
                                                         The Stage 2 Drama class are busy preparing
     with the performances as with the potential
                                                         their Performance which is basically their
     that the theatre offered.
                                                         external exam. Their play, AHXFI, written
     It was a pleasure to see one of the local           by Karen Sierp (the author of last year’s
     legends of the South Australian theatre             successful performance, TRUTH) is a
     scene, Peter Dunn (‘72) at this performance         departure from previous offerings. This is a
     enthusing about the work of our old                 play which goes behind the scenes of Reality

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Focus on Drama

Top left: Former Blackfriars Drama colleagues, Mr Peter Dunn (’72) and Mr
Robert Becker reunite as fellow past colleagues, Mr Cobiac and Mr Harmer
look on.
Top right: Cast members, Daniel Jarmyn and Brock Murray meeting John
Schumann after their performance.
Middle Left: Messrs Harmer, Schumann and Becker and cast at the post-
performance Q&A session.
Middle right: Old Scholar, Stephen Noonan (‘86), passing on advice to mem-
bers of the Year 8 Drama class.
Bottom left: Members of the Stage 2 Drama class, Carlos Garcia, Christian
Apolloni and Adam Nguyen with, Michael Girdler (‘85), at Channel 9.
Bottom right: Witness, Lorenzo Ravida, with Barrister, Brock Murray, during
the performance of ‘TRUTH’.
Right: Old Scholar, Harrison Gilbertson (‘11) shared his wealth of knowledge
and experience in the film industry with Middle School Drama students.

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Co-Curricular Achievements
     Senior A Water Polo                                                  Jesse Taylor (Year 11)
     Congratulations to the Senior A Water Polo team on winning the       Jesse has been selected in the
     Sports Association for Adelaide Schools (SAAS) Grand Final. They     Australian-born 2001 team for
     defeated St Peter’s College 6 – 3. The team went undefeated          the Pan-Pacific Youth Water Polo
     throughout the entire competition! Well done to coach Jon Harmer     Tournament. He is also the co-
     and all members of the team – Brayden Addison (Co-Captain), Jesse    captain of the Senior A Water Polo
     Taylor (Co-Captain), Ben Richmond, Dyson Hilder, Lachlan Fowler,     team and part of the winning team
     Zen Zaccara, James Wiebrecht, Jack Slaven and Declan Hillman.        in the inaugural SAAS Senior A
     Catholic Secondary Schools Academy Cup                               Water Polo Grand Final.

     On Wednesday 11 April, Blackfriars Priory School competed against    Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio (Year 11)
     Nazareth Catholic College and Cardijn College in the Catholic        Luis has been selected to
     Secondary Schools Academy Cup. This is an annual event between       represent School Sport South
     each school where a selected squad of Year 8 and Year 9 students     Australia at the upcoming School
     from each Schools’ Soccer Academy compete and showcase their         Sport Australia National Football     Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio
     soccer talents. Blackfriars finished runner-up.                      (Soccer) Championships. The
     First XI Cricket                                                     championship will be held in
                                                                          Shepparton, Victoria, from 25 to
     Congratulations to six students making their debut in the First XI
                                                                          31 August 2018.
     Cricket team – Gurender Singh, James Smith, Oscar Gray, Cooper
     O’Leary, Ryan Ross and Julian Cornish. The captains for 2018 are     Lorenzo Ravida (Year 12)
     Hamish Ralph and Alexander Koutroulis-Duke.                          Congratulations to Lorenzo Ravida
                                                                          for being selected to appear in the
     Student Achievements                                                 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
                                                                          He will be performing in The
     Isaiah Lee (Year 8)
                                                                          Class of Cabaret which has been
     Isaiah was awarded the Jim                                           a regular fixture of the Adelaide
     Aufderheide Trophy and Max                                           Cabaret Festival for the past nine
     Medwell Trophy from Table                                            years and is a showcase of the        Lorenzo Ravida with Mr Becker
     Tennis South Australia (TTSA)                                        most talented secondary school
     for his performances at State,                                       singers, dancers and actors in
     National and International                                           Adelaide. This is an opportunity
     levels throughout 2017. He has                                       for them to share their personal
     also been selected in the 2018                                       stories through a musical
     Australian Junior Table Tennis                                       performance on the Festival
     squad. Isaiah will be competing          Isaiah Lee                  Theatre stage.
     in multiple international table
     tennis events held in the Cook                                       Vince Ravida (Year 11)
     Islands: the ITTF Oceania Elevate                                    Vince Ravida was named as lead
     Performance Camp, ITTF Oceania                                       trumpet for the Generations in
     Junior Championships and ITTF                                        Jazz Division 3 Superband from
     World Junior Championships.                                          among 50 bands / schools in the
                                                                                                                Vince Ravida with Miss Repucci
                                                                          division.
     Noah Caton (Year 9)
     Noah has been selected in                                            SA Water Polo
     the South Australian team for                                        Representatives
     the School Sports Australia                                          Congratulations to Ben Taylor (Year 7), Declan Hillman (Year 8), Jack
     Swimming Championships to be                                         Slaven (Year 8) and Lachlan Zurcher (Year 9) for being selected in the
                                              Noah Caton with Mr Cobiac
     held in Tasmania this July.                                          State 14-and-under Water Polo team.

                                                                           State 14-and-under Water Polo representatives (L-R): Declan
      Jesse Taylor - national water polo representative                    Hillman, Jack Slaven, Ben Taylor and Lachlan Turner.

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Many students! Many activities! Many talents!

                                                                            Senior A water polo team (L-R back): Dyson Hilder, Brayden Addison
 First XI cricket débutantes: (L-R): Gurender Singh, James Smith, Oscar     (co-capt), Zen Zaccara, Lachlan Fowler, James Wiebrecht. (L-R front):
 Gray, Cooper O’Leary, Ryan Ross and Julian Cornish                         Jesse Taylor (co-capt), Declan Hillman, Ben Taylor, Jack Slaven.

Swimming and Athletics Carnivals 2018
                                                                           Swimming Carnival Results
Our annual Blackfriars Swimming and Athletics Carnivals provide
                                                                           Friday 16 February, Adelaide Aquatics Centre, North Adelaide
an opportunity for students to come together as a community and
compete in numerous events.                                                 1st       Denifle / Jarrett                    795 points
Images from carnival presentations can be found on following pages.         2nd       Burke / Lacordaire                   784 points
Athletics Carnival Results                                                  3rd       DeVittoria / Lagrange                735 points
Thursday 22 March, SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End                           4th       Aquinas / Horten                     506 points

 1st        Denifle / Jarrett                     2573 points
                                                                           Swimming Carnival Age Champions
 2nd        Burke / Lacordaire                    2532.5 points
                                                                            Open      Jesse Taylor              DeVittoria / Lagrange
 3rd        Aquinas / Horten                      2015.5 points
                                                                            U16       Victor Lim                Denifle / Jarrett
 4th        DeVittoria / Lagrange                 1857.5 points
                                                                            U15       Lachlan Sewart            Burke / Lacordaire
Athletics Carnival Age Champions                                            U14       Noah Caton                Burke / Lacordaire

 Open       Dyson Hilder               Denifle / Jarrett                    U13       Ben Taylor                DeVittoria / Lagrange

 U16        Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio      Aquinas / Horten
                                                                           Swimming Records
 U15        Lewis Saint                DeVittoria / Lagrange
                                                                            U14 50m Freestyle      Noah Caton     28.28 (NEW)       29.06 (OLD)
 U14        Kelsey Rypstra             Denifle / Jarrett
 U13        Nicolas Pamula             Denifle / Jarrett                   Mr Michael Parrella (BPS’08)
                                                                           Secondary Co-Curricular Coordinator

UN Youth Voice National Final
During the last week of the Term 1 holidays I attended the Voice
National Final in Brisbane. These five days consisted of workshops,
public speaking and interacting with like-minded people. I was
selected as a result of passing the preliminary rounds and winning
the state final in South Australia.

In this competition we had to pitch solutions to worldwide issues
that remain unsolved. The twenty people in my division, from around
Australia, presented innovative ideas to fix global problems.

The two topics I discussed were: “How can we increase access to
medicine in the developing world?” and “How can we ensure the
benefits of globalisation are realised around the world?”

Unfortunately, I was not selected in the top five places to speak at the
Supreme Court of Brisbane, however this five-day adventure was an
excellent opportunity to not only talk with like-minded students and
learn skills in public speaking, but also to represent the young people
of Australia with feasible and creative solutions to humanitarian
crises.

Frank Snelling
Year 10

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Primary News
     2018 started brightly for our Reception to Year 6 boys and our ELC        the boys use so regularly and with glee, including Frassati Hall.
     boys and girls. Only a few changes to staffing meant the year started
                                                                               There have been some wonderful occasions already this year that our
     smoothly for all. We welcomed Liz Rowley this year in her role as
                                                                               boys and the wider community have been able to enjoy. These include
     replacement teacher in Year 1 and other Primary staff were all on
                                                                               our annual Sports Day and Swimming Carnival. I have particularly
     board last year (except for me!).
                                                                               loved the way that participation is so strongly encouraged, even
     I will introduce myself and a give brief history of my background. I      having our ELC children join the older boys for Sports Day
     started my teaching career here at Blackfriars in 1981 and became
                                                                               Our Beautiful Mothers Day Liturgy run by our Reception classes was
     Head of Primary here in 1987 until 1998. I then had two Primary
                                                                               so meaningful and so poignantly presented that there were a few
     Principal stints at Mercedes College and St John’s Grammar School.
                                                                               tears in the huge crowd that came to support the liturgy and morning
     I was fortunate late last year in winning the position of Head of
                                                                               tea.
     Primary back here so started afresh at the beginning of the year. My
     son attended the Secondary school here in the 90s so I have a fond        The other event / excursion that showed how strong our community is
     regard and the highest respect for this Dominican school.                 was the walk down to Murrati Cakes & Gateaux with our ELC children.
                                                                               21 in fact, along with their teachers, ESOs and parents accompanied
     It is a very strange coming back after a 20 year absence. Much has
                                                                               us on the journey. Old Scholars, Michael (‘99) and James Parris (‘00),
     changed - as I will allude to - but much of the charm of Blackfriars is
                                                                               welcomed us and showed the children their baking facilities. Then
     still here. Seeing Brother Brendan still active in the community was
                                                                               they were treated to one of their famous cakes and a biscuit to take
     one of my greatest joys; a man who has dedicated so much of his life
                                                                               home - all gratis!
     to this school and the Dominicans and still working as hard as ever.
     Working with past colleagues like Mrs Rita Purvis, Mrs Claire Holland     On the way back, Mrs Karen McEntee and I dropped in to Schinella’s
     and Mr John Niedzwiecki in the Primary school is eerie but delightful.    to organise flowers for the children to make their mums lovely cards.
     Mr Jon Harmer, Mr Chris Packer and others I have kept up with             There were nine bunches we required and again the generosity shown
     during my absence in social occasions; and to be work colleagues          to us by another great old scholar family was touching with all those
     again makes it easy and enjoyable to come to work. I even worked          flowers delivered to our doorstep at no charge. The children were so
     briefly (an age ago) with Simon Cobiac, when he was here teaching         well behaved on their trek and not one complaint about the distance
     in the eighties. Again I love the fact that I have reacquainted myself    traveled – love the resilience!
     with quite a number of old scholars who are now dads here and who
                                                                               The Four Pillars of Dominican Life at Blackfriars are touted as the
     are quick to remind me of the discipline regime that has mellowed
                                                                               cornerstone of our culture and community and, in the short time I
     so much in current times. There are two staff members, Mr David
                                                                               have been back, I can attest that they are not just rhetoric but are
     Ruggiero and Mr Patrick Kelly who were star pupils of mine. There
                                                                               truly lived out by the boys and all members of the community.
     are some wonderful advantages to getting old!
                                                                               Mr Frank Ali
     The school over the last few years has seen some significant changes
                                                                               Head of Primary
     including the establishment of a beautiful and excellently run
     Early Learning Centre for 3 and 4 year old boys and girls. Physical
     improvements are also evident with the development of the Primary
     School play space including the St Martin de Porres Quadrangle
     which was a concrete quad in my earlier days. (Jon Harmer did
     start the beautification of the area in my last year here planting the
     beautiful plane trees we see flourishing in the area).

     Many other additions have added to the ambiance and facilities that

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2018 Japan Exchange
During the April school holidays, from 11
to 27 April, 14 students from Blackfriars
took part in an exchange program to Japan.
After a week of sightseeing in Tokyo, Kyoto,
Hiroshima and Himeji, the Blackfriars group
was warmly welcomed by their host families
from Nagoya Otani High School, our sister
school.

The week long homestay and school
exchange was the most memorable part
of the trip for the students. At our sister
school, the boys attended classes with
their host brothers and sisters and learned
about Japanese culture by participating in a
traditional calligraphy class and green tea
ceremony. They also had an opportunity to
make Japanese traditional lanterns with a
professional craftsman.

At home, the boys practiced speaking
Japanese with their host families and
experienced Japanese home life first hand.
It was nerve racking at first, however, thanks
to the hospitality of our host families, the
nervousness dissolved very quickly.

The boys will cherish the friendships they
developed with their host families and
Nagoya Otani students in addition to their
learning experience for the years to come.

Ms Chikako Oguma
Coordinator - Languages

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Community News
     Staff Farewells 2017                            Welcome back                                          true athletic competition and some markedly
                                                                                                           more novel events can provide.
     In the cut and thrust of any academic year it   Mark Birchmore (‘78)
                                                                                                           Notwithstanding the above, some individuals
     is not unusual to farewell staff as they move   It was with great pleasure that we welcomed
                                                                                                           do stand out when chronicling the history of
     into different phases of their lives. However   back Old Scholar Mark Birchmore to present
                                                                                                           Athletics at Blackfriars. Old Scholar Rene
     2017 was particularly notable with our          the Fr John Neill Cup to the winners of this
                                                                                                           Schinkel is one such person.
     community bidding farewell to the following     year’s (49Th) Annual Swimming Carnival at
     staff, whose tenure has been significant, at    the Adelaide Aquatic Centre on February 16.           50 years ago, Rene Schinkel had already
     the end of Term 4.                                                                                    established a wonderful reputation in South
                                                     Mark, who coincidentally is assisting with
                                                                                                           Australian athletics as an outstanding long
     In order of tenure we thank the following       the organising of his graduation year’s 40th
                                                                                                           distance runner. Rene is not only an Old
                                                     Anniversary reunion this year, presented
     staff for the wonderful service they given                                                            Scholar but also one of only a few people, to
                                                     the cup to Denifle / Jarrett House captains,
     to Blackfriars. Their collective efforts have                                                         also be a former staff member and parent.
                                                     Xavier Preece and Alexander Koutroulis-
     been an integral part of our community for a
                                                     Duke.                                                 As a member of the school athletics team he
     combined 176 years!
                                                                                                           continued a fine reputation that Blackfriars
                                                     As students, Mark and his older brother
     Mr Olev Harm (39 years)                                                                               had in the 1960s by dominating events at the
                                                     Wayne were very well known for their
     Mr Charli Holoubek (36 years)                                                                         Catholic Combined Sports at Norwood Oval.
                                                     sporting prowess, representing Blackfriars
     Mrs Pam Gervasi (26 years)                                                                            As some Blackfriars Old Scholars fondly
                                                     at Football, Swimming and Water Polo with
     Mr Amedeo Penna (19 years)                                                                            remember, the entire school was bused to
                                                     distinction in the 1970s.
                                                                                                           Norwood Oval, the stands were packed and
     Ms Smantha Slee (16 years)
                                                     Presenting the Fr Neill Cup bought back               when Rene rounded the final bend to win the
     Mrs Cara Oosterbaan (12 years)
                                                     strong memories for Mark, as he himself               800m and 1500m events, the hundreds of
     Mr Jarrod Meers (12 years)
                                                     was in Xavier and Alexander’s shoes when              Blackfriars boys in the stands would chant
     Miss Vicki Dent (11 years)
                                                     he was presented with the winner’s cup as             “Schin - kel! Schin - kel!” over and over again
     Mrs Anna Mirasgentis (5 years)                  Swimming Captain of Cussen (White ) House             as Rene crossed the line first.
                                                     40 years ago in 1978.
                                                                                                           But it was to be 51 years ago, almost to the
                                                     Thank you for joining us again Mark. It was           day of this year’s Athletics Carnival, that
                                                     greatly appreciated.                                  Rene Schinkel’s star shone brightest! It was
                                                                                                           a weekend in March, 1967. On the Saturday
                                                     Rene Schinkel (‘67)
                                                                                                           Rene set two South Australian Schoolboy
                                                     This year’s Blackfriars Athletics carnival
                                                                                                           records in the Open 800m and 1500m which
                                                     marked the 64th anniversary of this important
                                                                                                           in itself was fantastic! But then, on the
                                                     event on the school calendar. Commencing
                                                                                                           following day, - Rene broke three Blackfriars
                                                     on the school’s back oval in 1954 to now
                                                                                                           records in the 440 yards, 880 yards and mile
                                                     being at the SA Athletics Stadium at Mile
                                                                                                           as a proud captain of Cussen (White) House.
                                                     End, the annual carnival continues to be a
                                                     highlight for many of our students. Over              It was with great pleasure that we welcomed
                                                     the years many, many, past students,                  Rene, as one of THE finest athletes in
                                                     parents and staff have enjoyed the fun and            Blackfriars’ 65 year history, to present the
                                                     frustration, excitement and exasperation that         winner’s trophy at this year’s carnival.

      Mr Charli Holoubek ‘makes a point’ of his 36
      year tenure as recorded on the Blackfriars
      staff honour board, acknowledging 20+ years
      of service.

      Retiring staff members, Mr Amedeo Penna         House captains, (L) Xavier Preece (Jarrett) and (R) Alexander Koutroulis-Duke (Denifle), receiving the
      and Mr Olev Harm, together at the 2017 staff    winners’ cups at the Swimming Carnival from Mark Birchmore (‘78) and the Athletics Carnival Rene
      farewell.                                       Schinkel (‘67).

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Old Scholars

Cycle 4 Sam
Mr Martin Roberts taught at Blackfriars
for 13 years between 1996 and 2008. The
popular Head of Middle School taught
Physical Education, SOSE, Outdoor Education
and Religion.

Of course, he also conveyed his passion and
expertise for the sport of hockey via coaching
numerous teams in the Blackfriars co-
curricular program.

“Marty”, as Mr Roberts was fondly known by
his colleagues, may have left Blackfriars ten
years ago but his memory lives on in a truly
wonderful way.

Whilst teaching at Blackfriars, Marty learned
that his 2 year old son, Sam, suffered from a
very rare neurological degenerative disease
called Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, for
which there is no cure. There are only 500         L–R: Former staff member Marcus Trimboli, Marty O’Connor (‘87), Martin Roberts, Patrick Stewart
known cases of this disease worldwide. Sam         (17) and Frankie Roberts (both support crew) pictured on the Pt Lincoln jetty celebrating the end of
                                                   the 1,000 km long Cycle4Sam#7 Tour of the Eyre Peninsula.
fought very bravely for the five years of his
young life but passed away in 2005.
                                                  In 2018, the Tour of the Eyre Peninsula               and the Siblings, Fathers and Mothers
In 2018 and some 13 years after Sam’s             raised $70,000 for the WHC Paediatric                 Bereavement Groups.
brave battle ended, Marty, with ongoing
                                                  Palliative Care service to make a grand total
support from family, friends and colleagues,                                                            From all at Blackfriars, congratulations to
                                                  of $720,000 from the 12 years since the fund
continues to raise money via the Sam
                                                  commenced. The fund has also supported                Mr Roberts, his family and friends for the
Roberts Family Fund which supports families
in South Australia who have children battling     projects such as the Sam Roberts Family               wonderful work they do in loving memory of
rare diseases.                                    Unit at the WCH, the Art Therapy program,             Sam. Long may it continue!

Gary Mavrinac –
Still going strong !
The year was 1979. As a very slightly framed
Year 9 student, Gary Mavrinac, had just
chosen Water Polo as his activity of choice
in the Blackfriars co – curricular program.
Whether it was Gary’s Croatian heritage or
even the fact that his older brother, Larry,
was already playing, young Gary battled
manfully with the rigorous demands that
Water Polo can present to newcomers.

Roll on 1980 and his coach, Mr Harmer,
decided those long limbs and natural egg-
beater kick could be put to better use by Gary
being a goalkeeper - THE most important            Gary Mavrinac (Red Cap) pictured with his victorious team mates after their 2018 Grand Final win.
position in the team. The rest, as they say, is    Clockwise Front Left: Jamie Histed (‘05), Liam Rowland (‘17), Shaun Curtis (’04), Chris Macolino (‘12),
history.                                           Dylan Baker (‘11), Conor Rowland (‘17), Mark Parrish (‘04) and Luke Curtis (‘08).

“Mavo“, as Gary has been affectionately           Director, culminating in being awarded                year. With the ages of fellow old scholars
known since his school days, thrived in goals!
                                                  Life Membership in 2003.                              in the team spanning his 35 years since
In the space of a few years he was playing
club and state water polo, captaining the         More amazingly, as a member of the largely            graduation, including graduates of 2017, Gary
Open A team for two years before graduating       Blackfriars Old Scholars club, the Adelaide           is very much the grandfather figure, but still
in 1983.                                          Vikings Water Polo Club, Gary, some 35 years          performs at a very high standard.

However, Gary’s water polo career was far         after finishing at Blackfriars and aged in his
                                                                                                        Congratulations “Mavo”! Your enthusiasm,
from finished, both in and out of the water!      mid-50s, STILL plays !
                                                                                                        perseverance, exemplary sportsmanship and
He went on to represent South Australia           Ever the “keeper of the goals“, Gary took             athletic longevity, are an inspiration to us all!.
at the senior men’s level and was a board         great delight in being a key member of the
member of SA Water Polo over a 20 year            AVWPC B Grade team , which took out the               Mr Jon Harmer
period, including ten years as Finance            Water Polo SA Premiership earlier this                Community Liaison Officer

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Blackfriars Old Scholars Association Soccer Club

     2018 is an extra special year for BOSA           a huge success with a fantastic new venue         Clipsal by Schneider Electric, Trio, Body
     Soccer Club as we celebrate 20 years since       this year as we welcome The Jarmer Room           Fit Physiotherapy, Terry Howe Printing
     he establishment of our club. A significant      at Jarmer’s Kitchen who have come on board        Services, SJ Electric, Romaldi Constructions,
     milestone which will be highlighted              to host the events.                               Occupational Therapy For Children, Perry’s
     throughout the year with major events to                                                           Bakery, Marianne Grasso, JS Sports, Pizza in
                                                      None of our success is possible without
     celebrate.
                                                      the support from our sponsors, so we’d            Giro and Blackfriars Priory School.
     In Season 2018 BOSASC continues to               like to extend a heart-felt thank you for
                                                                                                        Keep in touch with BOSA SC news via our
     field four senior men’s teams in the South       their commitment again this season. Their
                                                                                                        website bosasc.com.au, email us – info@
     Australian Amateur Soccer League Saturday        generous contributions help make our
     Divisions as well as a women’s team in           visions a reality and as we continue to grow      bosasc.com.au and follow us on social
     the FFSA competition, all with a strong          as a club, partnerships with our sponsors are     media – Facebook @bosasoccerclub, Twitter/
     leadership team in coaches and captains. All     vital to our success on and off the field:        Instagram @bosasc.
     five teams have started the year off in fine
                                                      Schinella’s, Buildtec, Century 21 (City           Ralph Armiento (BPS’88)
     form currently sitting in great positions on
                                                      Inner North, Prospect), ODV Lending,              Secretary General BOSASC
     their respective ladders. Special mention
     to the women’s side, who have had a great
     start to the season being undefeated so
     far. The girls took part in a very tough pre-
     season to build from on their first season in
     the competition which was an unsuccessful
     campaign. They continue to go from strength
     to strength each week proving they’re the
     team to watch this season!

     In other highlights so far this year, amateur
     league affiliated clubs, for the first time
     in history, were able to enter into the FFA
     Cup competition. Our Premier A side
     was successful in getting through the
     preliminary round beating Federation State
     League club Adelaide Victory, 5-0. With
     this, BOSASC progressed through to the
     final 32 and competed in Round 1 where we
     were successful in beating Federation State
     League club, Mount Barker 5-0.

     After progressing to the round of 16 our FFA
     Cup journey came to an end losing 1-5 to
     National Premier League outfit, Adelaide          Above: BOSA Soccer Premier B - Cichanowski Shield Champions
     Olympic, in front of a record crowd at Charles    Below: BOSA Premier A v NPL side, Adelaide Olympic - FFA Cup, Anzac Day 2018
     Cane Reserve on Anzac Day.

     The boys were proud of their efforts though
     as they put up a gallant performance against
     a team ranked three divisions above them. A
     huge thank you to all our players, sponsors,
     members and supporters who were at the
     games cheering from the sidelines, it’s that
     kind of support we need each and every
     week!

     The Premier B side created history this
     year winning the club’s first ever Reserves
     Cichanowski Shield. The game is played
     each year between the previous year’s
     Sunday Division 1 Premier B Champions and
     Saturday Division 1 Premier B Champions.
     After a tight contest between the teams,
     BOSASC managed to overcome a determined
     Elizabeth Downs to prevail 2-1 winners and
     become the champion of champions!

     Off-field we have a huge year planned for our
     20th anniversary with our annual quiz night
     and end of year gala / presentation night a
     few of the highlights. Our monthly Best on
     Ground Awards nights are also proving to be

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