Every year the Priory Leadership Council attends the annual Summit in Crestline, CA. The summit is a time where everyone in PLC, Trinity Corp, PAL, and HSK come together to brainstorm and come up with effective ways to impact the school. Students stay in cabins with their respective Priory/Committee/Group for the week and attend workshops “Leadership Lessons” led by the different adult rectors. Rectors are responsible for monitoring the growth of the students and ensuring that they are working to their fullest potential. The slideshow below was created by the Communications Committee at the summit. The 2013-2014 Priory Leadership Council is ready to impress the community, please like the “Servite Priory” Facebook page for more updates.
Last Thursday, Jackie Francois spoke to our student body during Priory period about Chastity. We were reminded how to treat woman and how to be real men. We were told that real men are those who are respect women, those who are spiritual, and those who truly care about women. After a few good laughs her fiancé Bobby Angel, Coordinator of Retreats, came on stage and proposed again to Jackie while I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons played. Unlike most male speakers, Jackie Francois was able to offer a woman’s perspective on the subject of chastity.
Servite High School’s Key Club worked closely for the past few months with Operation of Hope, an organization that helps families with children affected by cleft lips. Key Club was able to raise $520 in cash and collect over 5 tubs of stuffed animals, blankets, and baby items. The club was able to present the President, Jennifer Trubenbach, with the check Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The Alexis priory got involved by donating money for supplies and making the blankets during priory periods in the month of April. The club is so proud to see how many lives will be affected in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Next year, the Priory Leadership Program’s Media & Technology Committee will be undergoing some considerable expansion. Currently, the committee’s sole focus is on the production of Servite TV and the technology associated with the PLC (website, mobile apps, etc.). Next year, with guidance and support from the Servite Communications Office, the scope of the committee will expand to include:
production of Servite TV
video production & editing
development of new technology initiatives
publicity and coverage of campus activities (athletic events, theater performances, dances, fundraisers, etc.)
promotion of Servite’s public image, brand recognition, etc.
alumni relations (development and maintenance of Priory alumni database, ongoing contact with alumni, etc.)
Servite blogs & social media
Servite & Priory newsletters
If, based on this information, you are interested in applying for a position on the committee and have not already done so, we will be accepting new applications through next Wednesday, April 17. Application information can be found on the “2013-2014 Leadership Application Process” Moodle site that is listed under my name.
If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to reply to me or contact Mrs. Thomas in the Communications Office (email@example.com), who will be moderating the committee.
We’ve done tonnes and heaps (Aussie spelling and slang) of things over the past few days. So here’s the update broken down by days.
On Sunday, there was one main event for the day. We (the hosts and students) all attended an Australian Football League (AFL) game. Australian rules football is a very fast paced exciting sport to watch. It is like a cross between soccer, basketball, and rugby. We watched the West Coast Eagles host the Hawthorn Hawks. The Eagles lost in a shootout 98-148, but it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. The game was fast paced and high scoring and we all had a lot of fun.
On Monday, we returned to school. We each attended a wide variety of classes. One of the highlights was drama, where we got to see Nico Kadlec’s host, Nick, perform a short scene from the Australian play Cloudstreet. Nico and Alex Lee went with Alex’s host to the beach and hung out there after school. My (Donald Annarella) host family and Brian Garrido’s host family met back up in Leederville that night and had amazing Italian food for dinner.
Tuesday, we continued shadowing and attending classes at school. One of the chief highlights was when we had morning tea with International Servite Student Network (ISSN) girls. They brought a host of traditional and uniquely Australian food items such as tim tams, pavlova, ANZAC cookies, etc… and gave each of us a gift bag. After school, we met with the Assistant Deputy Principals (Rectors for each priory) and gave a presentation on how we approach formation, leadership, and school spirit at Servite High School. Following that, Nico, Brian, my host Luke, and I all went to Scarborough Beach.
On our penultimate day in Australia, we once again went to class. The highlight of the school day took place in Human Biology, where we dissected a cow heart and several sheep hearts. After school, Brian and I went to the Northern Association of Sports (NAS) basketball championship game, which Servite College won, defeating Newman College by 11 points. We cheered on the team and showed them how our school spirit is at games back home. After that, we all met up at Fremantle Prison and took a flashlight tour of the 150+ year old establishment. We learned about the colonization of Australia as well as the history and functions of the prison. It was definitely a great place to visit.
Thanks all of you who read and follow the blog. Your support means a lot to us over in Australia. We will have one last update after we return home from the trip.
This update will cover our first 3 days of school.
We all arrived at school around 8:30 (school starts at 8:45 and ends at 3:20). Once there, we checked in with Dr. Cox (principal) to figure out our schedule for the day. We attended the leadership training session for the Year 11’s (junior class) during periods 1 and 2. During those periods we watched a presentation given by Mr. Wiles (head of leadership development), did small group activities by priory (there are 6 priories), and had a Q&A session with the head boy and head girl. Next was break. Then after break we had periods 3&4. During period 3 we caught up on school assignments. Period 4, we attended Mountaintop Day, which is equivalent to our formation meetings. The theme of this Mountaintop Day was love, specifically what is love and God’s love for us. After that was lunch, and then we attended Mountaintop Day for the last 2 periods, periods 5&6. That night, we all met up at Leederville, which is this street with a bunch of cafes and stores, and we hung out with the International Servite School Network (ISSN) girls who came over to America last year.
We were at school at 8:00 where we met with the priory leaders and the head boy and girl from Servite College. We discussed our leadership systems, the differences and similarities, and issues that face each of our schools. After the leadership meeting in the morning we went to Mrs. Mac’s Meat Pie (Australia’s #1 meat pie producer) factory and took a tour of the facility. We learned about the whole process of making a meat pie and received free meat pies afterward. After that, we finished out the school day in class. After school we all went to the mall and did some souvenir shopping.
We attended class for the whole school day on Friday. Some of the classes we attended were Psychology, Chemistry, Math, Economics, and PE. After school, we all met up at Hillary’s Boat Harbor and hung out with our hosts and the ISSN girls. Hillary’s is a pier where the ferries leave and also where there are plenty of shops and restaurants.
On Saturday we had an action packed day. Nico and I (Donald) started off the day when went with my host, Luke, to his rec league basketball game and played in the game. Our team won. After that we all met up at the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA). After AQWA we did some souvenir shopping and then attended Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Perth.