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Paul O'Donnell
St Joseph's College

Walk Safely to School Day

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Friday 18th May was Walk Safely To School Day, in its 19th year this campaign looks to promote road safety and healthy active lifestyles. The autumn conditions were perfect which meant St Joseph’s College was very well represented with a large turnout of over 100 staff, students and parents taking part in the short walk from Spencer Park IGA to the College. Each student (and some adults) were given stickers which acknowledged that they had taken part the nation-wide activity. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents that walked with their children and also to all of the staff who made time in their busy day to walk safely to school – we look forward to an even bigger day next year!!!

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Paul O'Donnell
St Joseph's College

Fun Run and Lap-a-thon

Recently St Joseph's College completed their annual fundraising 5km Fun Run and Lap-a-thon raising funds for the Wheelchairs for Kids project. Students choose whether they would particpate in the 5km around the local area or take part in the walking Lap-a-thon on the College oval.

There was some fantastic efforts from the 5km runners who gave it their all to perform to their best. Spirits were also high amongst the Lap-a-thoners many of whom got into the spirit of the afternoon by dressing up. There was live music and entertainment to keep everyones motivation high for the duration of the event.

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Congratulations to the particpants and those who contributed to the cause with over $4000 being raised for the worthy cause.

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Paul O'Donnell
St Joseph's College

WA Schools MTB Championships

Back in September 13 students from St Joseph's College Albany travelled to Perth to tackle the WA Schools MTB Championships held at the Goat Farm MTB Park in Greenmount on Friday 1st September.

Thanks to Mark and Jenny Wardle from Rock and Roll Mountain Biking for hosting a fantastic event. The St Joseph's students loved it and were really proud to finish third in the overall schools challenge.

Several of the students loved the experience so much they can't wait to take their parents back to the Goat Farm on the next family trip to Perth. The trip was so popular the school will be looking for more opportunities to expand their MTB program in 2018!

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Paul O'Donnell

Mountain Biking on the Curriculum

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This semester a select bunch of keen Year Nine students have chosen Adventure Sports as their elective. Over the course of the Term Two, the practical excursions lead by Mr Paul O’Donnell and Notre Dame Prac Student Jackson Shaw include mountain biking, canoeing and trail running, whilst the theory lessons have been focusing on principles of training, skills, team work, leadership and motivation.

On Thursday of Week Five the class loaded their bikes onto the bike trailer, jumped on the bus and got off to a morning of riding around Mt. Melville.
Throughout the ride, there was an abundance of mud (Sam Osborne), lactic acid (Phillip Woods) and determination (Ellie White).

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In Week Six, the class took a trip to Lake Seppings where they were assessed on their bike fitness skills measured by time trial laps around the lake.
The standout student was Jessica Waldron who took off at the start to a commanding lead and held the rest of the class back to take line honors and 1st place.

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Paul O'Donnell

St Joseph's Day Fair

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What a combination of events in one day! St Joseph's College celebrated National Cycle to School Day, St Patrick's Day and had our College patron, St Joseph's, school fair all on Friday 17th March.

There was a fantastic response with lots of students (and parents!) cycling to school for the day. Many students also used their bikes in the bike skills activities available at the fair. Stuart Passmore, from Passmore Cycles, was on hand to provide free bike checks and maintenance tips for the bike owners. The obstacle course was a challenging but rewarding activity and the balance test was only completed by two super cyclists!

We look forward to increasing the numbers of cyclists for next year's event!

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