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Newsletter 13 2012 - 21 September

Dear parents and carers, Over the last few weeks I have been reading some work by Sr Joan Chittister on the teachings of St Benedict and the Benedictine value of stability. Joan is a Benedictine nun, author and renowned speaker who has written extensively on The Rule of Benedict. She speaks of stability as the act of being the best of who we are, wherever we are. It is basically an invitation to slow down, to stay longer in the same way that the monks committed themselves to monastic life, even if we can’t stay put indefinitely. Joan Chittister contends that stability brings out the best in us. Slowing down or staying put doesn’t stop us from growing: it actually demands that we grow. The polar opposite to stability is mobility and Sr Joan describes mobility as promoting a sort of running away mechanism. She tells us that mobility totally works against stillness and peace. We can see this in our daily lives as we are encouraged to view every shop window as holding a better bargain and every relationship promising a more satisfying partnership. Every new place, every new person and new possibility tempts us to try again, to try over, to try once more to find the perfect place or at least the place perfectly suited to us.

fun, their academic assembly on Monday and their Grad Mass and lunch with their parents on Tuesday. This will be followed by the Year 12 Dinner Dance on Friday evening. This year’s Year 12 have been outstanding leaders and we wish them well as they begin a new chapter in their lives. I would ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for their HSC exams commencing on 15 October. Thank you to the many parents who responded to my letter regarding the freezing of State Government grants to Catholic and independent schools for the next four years. This translates into a significant cut in government support for our school from July 2013. We are in the process of formulating our budgets at present and this news has certainly altered our approach and our thinking. We are now considering ways in which we can continue to provide our level of support and services without unduly impacting on students and families. I will keep you updated on this situation as events unfold. As we reach the end of Term 3 I again thank you for your support and cooperation. We are blessed to have a wonderful community that provides a supportive and welcoming environment and this only occurs as a result of the trust and cooperation that you

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 21 Sept Term 3 ends 8 Oct


10 Oct

Year 7 2013 orientation day

17 Oct

Year 11 leadership day

17-19 Oct Year 7 camp 23 Oct

Year 7 immunisations

26 Oct

Year 11 achievement assembly

For student enquiries and notifications, please ring Student Office on 4226 3969

provide. On behalf of the staff I offer you our most sincere thanks. I will be accompanying the girls on the Italian trip over the term holidays and will not be back at the college until the middle of the second week of Term 4. I would ask that you direct all inquiries to Dr Hack who will be acting principal at this time. I pray that you and your families have a peace filled and happy holiday. Yours sincerely, Frank Pitt - Principal

Our current culture doesn’t value perseverance or persistence; we tend to look at quick fixes and instant gratification. I tend to favour Joan Chittister’s approach of valuing the moment and appreciating the constancy of the journey. As we reach the end of another term, my hope is that in the midst of very busy lives you can spend time finding peace and stability in your lives as the benefits are truly life giving. The Year 12 girls have finished their school careers on a very high note, with an activities day on Friday that was great

Setting the scene - Year 12 Grad Mass 2012 at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre

Love of God · Love of Learning · Hospitality · Stewardship · Peace

From the Dean of Pastoral Care…




Congratulations to Isabel Parnell and Meg Cummins who competed at the Camden Interschools Carnival last week. Over 300 competitors entered across all age divisions.

St Mary’s came 4th in the prestigious National Titration Competition finals held at the University of NSW on 15 September. Year 12 students Beth Grimmer, Brigitte Bradley and Grace Waring competed with 50 other teams in NSW to claim 4th place, and will know their rank against other States in late November. Each has received a gold medal for their precise titration techniques with an error of less than 1%. The aim of the titration competition is to accurately determine the unknown concentration of an acid by using titration techniques.

It is unfortunate, but from time to time the personal property of our students can go missing. In most instances the items are found within a short space of time, after having been left somewhere inadvertently. We all have moments when we think the worst, but more often than not it has been the busy nature of our days that has clouded our memory of where things have been left. However, it is the case that on some rare occasions theft does occur.

The competition was very high. The girls both placed 4th in Galloway Hack for their respective years and combined to record a 5th in the Pairs event. Meg placed 5th on Dolly and Isabel placed 3rd on Ivy in Handy Pony combined event. Belinda Sparks

Students today have a wide variety of items that are valuable. Most students carry at least a mobile phone and/or an MP3 player, each student has a laptop or iPad and students from time to time carry reasonably significant amounts of cash in their wallets.

Overall, 15 students from Ms Harris’ and Ms Hsu’s Year 12 Chemistry classes entered the regional stage in June at the University of Wollongong. All 15 girls have trained rigorously after school hours on a fortnightly basis. It was a pleasure to announce that Beth Grimmer, Brigitte Bradley and Grace Waring also came 1st in NSW at the regional stage of the competition. Congratulations girls! Ching-Wen Hsu

Please be aware that the college does not take any responsibility or liability for the loss of mobile phones, MP3 players or cash. Parents are encouraged to remind their daughters to consider the following tips to assist in protecting personal property at school. • Don’t bring valuable items to school. If you don’t absolutely need something, leave it at home. Keep only as much cash in your wallet as you need in one day. • Have valuables clearly labelled or marked, to ensure they can be identified to you personally. You may be interested to know that Apple do provide an engraving option for their products. • Avoid calling attention to your valuables. Keep valuables securely in your locker or on your person, tucked discreetly in blazer pocket or pencil case. • Never leave valuables unattended. Most items go missing permanently when left unattended. Please ensure that your phone/MP3 player or cash is removed from school bags when left in common areas.

Isabel and Meg YEAR 8 SCIENCE RAISE FUNDS FOR TARONGA ZOO Thanks to all students who created wonderful “Zootopia” products, as well as being such willing customers. Students were able to choose from toys, masks, puzzles, keyrings, cakes and paintings ... to name a few! In all, $294 was raised in a short space of time. This money has now been donated to the Tiger Appeal at Taronga Zoo. Year 8 Science staff

____________YEAR 12 ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY_______________ SIOBHAN O’BRIEN Siobhan’s achievements: 1st Place in Chemistry , 1st Place in Economics, 1st Place in English Advanced, 1st Place in Mathematics, 1st Place in Mathematics Extension 1, 1st Place in Physics, 1st Place in Studies of Religion I, College Spirit Award, Overall Academic Excellence, Principal’s Award, Sports Award, St Mary’s Award, Student Leadership Body Award, University of Wollongong Award - 1st Place in Economics, 100% Attendance .

• Secure your locker at all times. Students should not share their locker combinations or leave lockers unlocked. It is surprising how many lockers are left unlocked at times. Emma Magill

PRAYERS FOR OUR HSC STUDENTS Dear parents, If you would like to pray for a Year 12 student who would appreciate your spiritual support, could you please send an email message to natty.apolo@ Natty will then email you the name of a student who you can include in your family’s prayers. Joanne Hack

Grace Waring, Brigitte Bradley and Beth Grimmer

Siobhan O’Brien with her parents MEG CONNELL Meg’s achievements: 1st Place in English Extension 1, 1st Place in General Mathematics, 1st Place in Music 1, Application award, Bev Rigby Memorial Plaque, College Spirit Award, Cultural Award, Honours in English Advanced, Honours in Legal Studies, Student Leadership Body Award.

JESSICA GROZDANOV Jessica’s achievements: 1st Place in Chemistry, Caltex Award, College Spirit Award, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, Honours in Mathematics, Honours in PDHPE, Honours in Physics, Principal’s Award. BRIDGET HAYWOOD Bridget’s achievements: Application award, College Spirit Award, Honours in Biology, Honours in English Advanced, Honours in Modern History, Honours in Studies of Religion I, Sr Rita Hayes Leadership Award, Student Leadership Body Award.




Congratulations to Andrea Berrell on her outstanding performance at CCC Athletics at Homebush last Friday. Andrea won the 16years 200m and came 2nd in the 100m. Unfortunately she withdrew from her favoured event, the 400m, due to a foot injury. Congratulations to Alexandra Parker on winning the 13years Long Jump event, and Hannah Preeo, 2nd in the 13year 1500m.

The Arcadians congratulate Meg Kunkler, Gabby Bussoletti and Tash Bussoletti on their roles in the upcoming production of You’re History.

On 4 September five students from Year 10 (Jess Cruickshank, Siobhan Back, Cassie Grant, Chloe Rodgers and Alana Ridley) accompanied by Dr Jola Kusters-Sztaba, travelled to St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Albion Park to attend the official launch of world Mission Month.

Our Senior Relay team finished 3rd, beaten by 100th of a second. Runners were Lucy Formosa, Cassie Grant, Maddy Fisher and Andrea Berrell. Well done girls. Belinda Sparks

You’re History begins with a nerdy teenager turning a portable classroom into a time machine - a mischievous detention class is sent hurtling back through history! With parallels between hierarchical history and today’s schoolyard, here is a rollicking musical full of wonderful characters, historical mayhem and sensational songs. The production runs 12-23 September at the Miners Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal. Tickets are $10 for concession, $15 for adults, and groups of 10+ are $10 each. Bookings can be made at or 4284 8348. THE MATHEMATICS ENRICHMENT CLUB

The liturgy was led by Bishop Peter Ingham and various Catholic high and primary schools from across the Illawarra were represented. The theme was ‘’Restore hope to someone special’’. It was a very moving ceremony which highlighted the importance of social justice and compassion towards people in need. The liturgy was accompanied by the choir from St Joseph’s Catholic High School which may the ceremony especially beautiful. The simple message we left with was ‘’let your life change the world one person at a time’’. Jola Kusters-Sztaba

At St Mary’s students are fortunate to have a wide variety of clubs. Among them is the Mathematics Enrichment Club. Earlier this year, students in the Maths Enrichment Club participated in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians, which is a national competition run by the Australian Mathematics Trust. Eleven students from across Years 7 and 8 completed the Junior Level of the Challenge Stage for Young Australians. The following students achieved a High Distinction which represents results achieved in the top 10% nationally: Year 7 Kiarna Rosandic and Stefanie Kusters; Year 8 Rebecca Jones, Hannah Shipp, Kiara Zentrich and Isabella Todd. Top: Andrea Berrell, Lucy Formosa and Cassie Grant Above: Andrea Berrell

Simone Carmody of Year 7 received a Distinction which represents the next 15% of results nationally. The following students received a Credit which represents the next 25%of results nationally: Year 7 Marita Fegan, Cellina Zayya and Jessica Hewett; Year 8 Lucy Nichols. All students are congratulated on achieving outstanding results. Jola Kusters-Sztaba

BARNARDOS FIND-A-FAMILY Barnardos is a non-profit organisation working with children who require longterm and permanent foster carers as they are unable to live with their birth family. They are looking for people who can provide: SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Recently Ms Margaret Hore was congratulated by Mr Peter Turner, Director of Schools, Wollongong Catholic Education Office, on her outstanding service to Catholic education - 45 years as a member of St Mary’s College staff.

Bishop Peter with our students and Dr Kusters-Sztaba VISIT BY MEMBERS OF THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION The HSIE faculty were honoured to receive a visit from members of the Korean War Veterans’ Association last week as part of their program of visits to schools across the State to present valuable teaching resources to commemorate 60 years since Australia’s involvement in the Korean War. Mr Allen Lewis, Mr Norm Charman and Mrs Alice Burns presented the faculty with a resource kit comprising of CDs, books and maps that have been designed to bring a greater awareness to students of the service performed by Australian service men and women in Korea between 1950 and 1953. These resources will now be used in Stage 5 History classes. Terese Coleman

• monthly weekend care • temporary care • permanent care or adoption. If you think you can help, call Barnardos in the Illawarra on 4297 0670. Mr Lewis and Mr Charman with Mrs Coleman, Mrs Chenery and Mrs Dawson



AFL 9-A-SIDE COMPETITION FOR GIRLS... starting Term 4 for an 8-week period. Weeks 1 and 2 will provide intensive training and games, then the following 6 weeks will be full games. Year 7-8-9 start at 4.50pm. Year 10-11 start at 5.15pm. Phone Dave Johnson for more info on 4226 6302. Cost is $55 for the comp and you receive a free footy. Why not get a group of friends to join? JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT Presented by the children from St Columkilles Catholic Primary School at Arcardians Theatre Corrimal - Friday 12 October, 1pm and 7.30pm - Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the school or ring 4284 7987. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE PEOPLES TRUCK? Each November, in conjunction with the i98 Camp Quality Convoy, McMahons Transport donates a B-Double truck to the people of the Illawarra. For a small donation your name can be sign-written on the side of the truck for 12 months. 100% of the money raised is donated to Camp Quality, a wonderful charity that provides fun programs to children and their families affected by cancer. In 2011 $43,276.20 was raised. For more information or to donate simply follow this link: http://www. Contact Nicole McMahon 0438 343 683 or Carmal Burgess 4256 8884. McMahons Transport meets all costs involved in the organisation of the Peoples Truck.

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