In this section of the site we offer some insights into the wide range of activities that combine to become Life at Lumen Christi College. The brief synopsis provides, visitors in particular, a glimpse of the diverse ways our Community celebrates life, faith and academic achievement. Access to the Newsletter and snapshots of recent events enables all who belong to the Lumen Community to keep up to date with recent happenings in the College.
Annual events in the Lumen
A diverse range of activities take place at Lumen throughout the school year. Some of the key events; essentially those which involve a substantial number of students, or indeed the whole College Community are outlined below. These snippets will help to give a flavour of life at Lumen.
Annual Community Mass Liturgical celebrations hold an important place in the life of the College. Mass is celebrated, on a weekly basis, before the school day begins, and with class and house groups at other times during the year. In keeping with the liturgical seasons other services also take place within our community. At the start of each academic year parents, staff and students gather together for the Annual Community mass. The occasion provides us with the opportunity to ask for God's blessing on the year, to pray for one another, and to spend time together socially.
College Tours and Enrolments Deciding which High School is best for their child can be daunting experience for parents. The College offers opportunities each term for families to take part in a tour, meet staff and sample the facilities available on our wonderful campus. Some Tours are held during school time; others take place on Saturday mornings. Enrolment Evenings enable those who have applied for a Year 7 or 8 place at Lumen Christi to learn more about the College. Participants engage in a group interview process at the College as a step towards enrolment. Enrolments take place throughout the year. Further details on enrolments.
Year 7 & 8 Activities As part of their orientation into the College our Year 7 & 8 students take part in a series of off-site activities early in the term. Time and space away from the College provides a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to get to know one another. Students engage in a wide range of team activities. These offer challenges which encourage mutual support, tolerance and acceptance. The diverse nature of the programme ensures all students have the chance to feel comfortable and indeed shine in one or more of the activities; be it on land, water or wheels; in the kitchen, the chapel or the informal socialising. Relationships established during the three days help create a sense of identity amongst House groups and lay firm foundations on which to build during the rest of the year.
Lumen Day June 17th is the day Lumen Christi keeps as its birthday. On this day the whole College Community come together to celebrate through prayer and through play. Amazing displays of creative flair are experienced as each homeroom organises an activity. Wonderful, sportsmanship and much fun are enjoyed as students spend money. Doing so is an acknowledgement of our good fortune and a means of raising funds for the poor and needy in our world. The fantastic spirit of generosity continues during the Talent Quest where each act is enthusiastically applauded and loose change thrown eagerly into buckets as voting currency. Proceeds from the day go to the SVDP Winter Appeal.
Principal's Cup The Principal’s Cup is awarded to the overall winner of the activities in which Year 12 students and staff teams compete throughout the year. These usually take place on the last day of term and though traditionally comprising of sporting events are not limited to these. The final event of the Principals Cup takes place on the last day of Term 3.
Sports Carnivals Throughout the year students compete in a range of sporting events. Three of the major internal ones are the Inter-house Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals. All students have the opportunity to take part, with Year 7 and Year 8 students particularly encouraged to do so. In addition to providing shields for the winning House, the Carnivals help towards the selection of teams to compete in the, State wide, Associated Catholic Colleges Carnivals. Year 8 students also have the chance to compete in a sport of their choice in the regional Lightning Carnivals.
Major House Activities The College Pastoral Care system is organised through the network of Homerooms which make up the Five College Houses. Each House is a community within the wider College Community. For many events in the life of the College students gather and participate in House groups. As with the Lumen Day Activities, the sessions provide opportunities for promoting House identity, enabling students to bond with staff and students belonging to their House. House groups also come together to acknowledge and celebrate faith.
Reflection and Health Education Days Acknowledging the connectedness of body, mind and spirit, annual reflection and Health Education Sessions take place with Year 9 and Year 10 students. Over two days students explore a range of theoretical concepts and engage in a variety of activities that help to deepen their understanding of attitudes and behaviours which help to shape the body, the mind and the soul now and for the future.
Input on these days may be provided by College staff members, external agencies, or a combination of the two. Participation in the days helps students to view life from different perspectives and recognise how faith and life have an impact on each other.
Career Preparation Beginning in Year 8 Lumen Christi engages students in exploration and reflection about the world of work and pathways to future careers. Parent Information Evenings, the Year 10 Careers Seminar in the city, visits by staff from local Universities and the local TAFE also provide valuable information and encourage students to explore the full range of options available to them. Supported by INSTEP and the individual mentoring programme available to senior students, these activities help equip students with the awareness, skills and information to make informed choices about their future.
The Arts The energy and enthusiasm which abounds in the Arts Learning Area at Lumen Christi is utilised in many creative ways. In striving for excellence staff and students readily display their talents for the benefit of the College and wider Community. Involvement in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival allows individuals, as well as groups large and small, to challenge themselves in a range of drama, dance, music and public speaking disciplines. Annually College students take part in productions, music concerts, dance and art showcases.
Social Highlights Each year group within the College has a social event to look forward to in the Year. For Year 7, 8 and 9 students this takes the form of a Social Evening where the games, socialising and dancing are very much enjoyed. Things step up a gear for the Year 10 Dance, in preparation for which students engage in a course of dance lessons. The Year 11 River Cruise offers a different ambience and dancing experience, which is again much enjoyed. Before the stress of exams sets in Year 12 students, dressed in their finery, take once again to the dance floor at their Leavers Ball. To prevent disruption of school and important study time, the event happens during the Easter break. Later in the year the Year 12 Graduation Mass and dinner provide a wonderful end to the students’ engagement with the Lumen Community.
Presentation Evening The Annual Lumen Christi Presentation Evening is a real highlight in the life of the College. It is the one occasion in the year when students, parents, staff, Board Members and invited guests gather to celebrate all that being part of the Lumen Community means. In the wonderful setting of Burswood Theatre many achievements are acknowledged, prizes awarded and talents demonstrated. Here the College bid a final, fond, farewell to the Year 12 students as they move on to the next phase of life’s journey.
World Youth Day 2008 A privileged group of Lumen students were fortunate enough to travel to Sydney to be part of the 2008 WYD events in Sydney. Additionally, the whole school community revelled in the opportunity given to host a visit of the YWD Cross and Icon while here in Perth. The memory of this momentous occasion will be cherished for many years to come. Hear more about the Lumen WYD Journey.