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Formation & Service Week 4 Term 3

Poké Flutes

It is very easy for older people to be suspicious of the online world and assume danger is lurking behind every new trend and fad. Keeping up with technology can leave you confused, frustrated and cynical. Despite this, there is an even greater danger in keeping our heads in the sand when it comes to what our boys are engaging with online

Last Saturday night, when investigating a ruckus outside my front door, I discovered about 250 people milling around my house and blocking off my street. There were middle-age ‘tradies’ emerging from utes, primary school children running from parents’ cars and university students from different cultural backgrounds. I had no idea what was going on! Soon I learned (despite the fact that I could not see it) that there was a ‘Snorlax’ right outside my front gate!

A Snorlax is one of the most powerful Pokémon Go characters. They love to sleep and eat and are the heaviest Pokémon record. They get grumpy if they don’t get enough food each day and after eating a snack they love to have a nap. A Snorlax has no magical weapons yet its real power lies in that, as it sleeps, it blocks people from passing to where they need to go.

So what? Quite often it may appear that you are raising a technological Snorlax! A son who, despite all your energy and efforts, does not seem to want to engage with you, take on board your magical insights and wisdom nor budge from their perspective or beliefs. This passive resistance can be quite powerful and dangerous. The only way to wake up a Snorlax in order that it no longer blocks the path is to use a Poké Flute! A Poké Flute is an instrument that, when played, wakes the Snorlax up and engages it to dance and move out of the way (I’m not making this up).

What is our Poké Flute with technology? Knowledge (of technology) and love (willing the best outcome for your son knowing you can’t control the outcome). I realised this as I chatted to the Pokémon mob. We cannot remain suspicious and naive when it comes to how this generation use and engage with technology as they were a community experiencing a really positive and powerful moment.

Here are a few tunes that you might find helpful when it comes to using your Poké Flute against your Snorlax:

Snapshot of Research on Aussie Teens and Kids Online click here.

“12 Apps That Parents Should Know About”: click here.

“Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner” click here.

Enjoy your weekend.

Mr Conor Finn, Dean of Formation
finnc@atc.qld.edu.au.

Year 8 Toiletries Drive “IT’S IN THE BAG!”

This organisation collects new/pre loved handbags filled with essential toiletries, sanitary products, and some clothing to the homeless/vulnerable/at risk women in our society. As part of our Service Program, the Year 8 cohort has been called to action and have been asked to bring in toiletry items which can be made up into distribution packs. Items will be collected during homeroom and the drive will run until the end of Week 8 of Term 3. Thank you very much for your support. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mr Bernard Wong, Service Program Coordinator
wongb@atc.qld.edu.au

Service Program Week 4

Year 8 Visit WSSS Fun Run

Year 8 students at WSSS

Over the last 12 months, our current year 8 cohort has been serving the community of Western Suburbs Special School, assisting with various special event days. Their ‘Fun Run’ was held on Thursday 28 July and our students went along. The boys were great role models, playing games and encouraging students to be involved. They then prepared and cooked a BBQ lunch to share. The day was a huge success and everyone loved Super Turtle!

• Noah (Year 8) was very busy during the school holidays contributing to his service hours by volunteering at community kindergarten helping setup, helping children with activities and packing up at the end of the session and helping clean up a football field at Kenmore after flooding. Noah also participated in this year’s Operation Rimau.

Noah collecting footy boots for disadvantaged youth.

• Cooper (Year 4) and Zac (Year 6) visited the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Denpasar over the holidays. Jodie O’Shea was a young Australian who lost her life in the 2002 Bali bombings. The boys gathered clothes that no longer fit them, bought toiletries and big tins of MILO to take over to Bali. Zac, Cooper and their younger brother Bailey played rugby, basketball, jumped over a ‘hurdle made out of elastic bands’, made paper planes and just ran around and had fun for the afternoon with some of the 87 children who live at the orphanage. Please remember to send your Service stories and photos to signumfidei@atc.qld.edu.au. and log your hours.

The Beachy-Head family visited an orphanage in Bali.

Cu Chullain Awards Week 4

Year 4 Joshua Leavitt, Callum Christiansen, Aidan Brennan, Jed Gallagher
Year 5 Jayden Harris, Daniel Monteiro, Henry Freeland, Joseph Reynolds
Year 6 Nic Morris, Zac Williams, Zak Price, David Saunders