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Celebrating Creativity a year encouraging creative & curious minds PRINCIPAL’S REPORT 2016


On the Cover

Hilary Johnston-Croke with Alyssa Harrington, Year 7


Editor: Natasha Mitchell Art Direction: Nikki Clark



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Principal’s Welcome

Leading a Creative School

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Teaching & Learning

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Staff Professional Learning

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Creative & Performing Arts

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Creative & Curious Minds Training for the Future

Fulfilling Creative Dreams

Dedication & Determination Courage & Confidence Global Adventures & Connections

A Lifetime of Traditions

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Student Wellbeing Capability & Compassion

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Faith & Spirituality

Ceremonies & Contemplation

Page 66 Community Connections & Celebrations Page 71

Thank you

To our Sacred Heart Community PRINCIPAL’S REPORT 2016






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At KRB we promote a growth mindset for students so that they can continually develop to ‘be the best they can be’.

Our Sacred Heart focus goal for 2016 has been ‘Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom’. I have enjoyed seeing how all our students from the ELC to Year 12 have expressed their creativity at Kincoppal-Rose Bay over the last twelve months. Developing and encouraging the ability to be creative is one of the focuses of schools in the 21st century. I never cease to be amazed and wonder at the creativity and innovation of our students. At the beginning of the year I encouraged students to ‘be the best that they can be’ – whether it be in the classroom, on the sports fields, in the swimming pool, through orchestra, public speaking, debating competitions and the many opportunities that KRB offers. KRB students have stepped up to the challenge and truly excelled and have “leaned in” in every area of school life. They have won Visual Art awards, attended the YMCA Junior Parliament, won the Archbishop’s Award for Student Excellence, reached Grand Finals in Debating and Public Speaking and won the National Class category in the Mathematics Association of NSW, Investigating with PRINCIPAL’S REPORT 2016


Mathematics competition. Many other student achievements are detailed in this report. Our students have also improved the lives of people in need both locally and internationally through significant social justice initiatives. Our five Sacred Heart Goals permeate and underpin our school life. In 2016 the innovative and creative ways we promoted these goals ensured outstanding progress and excellent results. Each student has been encouraged to express themselves in original ways and embrace new subjects and initiatives at KRB. It is becoming more evident how creative our school is in all areas of learning from academic courses, sport, fitness and wellbeing to visual arts, drama, social justice programs and academic care. Developing Confidence, Perseverance and Resilience and a Compassionate world view are also key components to success. At KRB we promote a growth mindset for students so that they can continually develop to ‘be the best they can be’. Our High Achievers’ Celebration in February highlighted the ways the Year 12 Class of 2015 had worked together and had demonstrated

creativity, resilience and perseverance in their studies. For all 2015 HSC subjects, a high proportion of KRB students achieved in the top two performance bands (Band 6 or Band 5). Dux of the Class, Frances Ryan achieved an ATAR of 99.85 and also achieved third place in NSW for Economics. The School celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday 9 March and the theme was ‘Pledge for Parity’. Three former students, Cassandra Peoples (KRB 2007), Joanna Del Vecchio (KRB 2009) and Tina Levy (KRB 1994) spoke about their careers in medicine, information technology and veterinary science. Having successful past students talk about their own experiences within these industries highlights the exceptional career paths for women in STEM and provides relatable role models for our students. Creativity is highly valued in the Joigny Centre, where we have created a tinkering space which provides the children with opportunities to deconstruct and reconstruct using a variety of materials, machine parts, odds and ends and recycled objects. Our Year 5 and Year 6 students also participated in the Da Vinci Decathlon, an annual academic competition held at Knox Grammar School. The KRB team won the

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Hilary Johnston-Croke with students and panellists from the Australian Rewire Series Conference 6.


Engineering task, for designing and building a shelter that would be sustainable in a jungle or forest. KRB’s STEM focus was highlighted at The Australian Rewire Conference in June, held in the Edwina Taylor Clark Auditorium in the Maureen Tudehope Centre. I was delighted to be a member of the panel for this Conference along with key figures from the education sector, Professor Michelle Simmons from the ARC Centre of Excellence, Sally-Ann Williams from Google Australia, moderator Julia Hare from The Australian and Darryl Buchanan from the Association of Independent Schools. As a panel we all agreed that investing in STEM was vitally important in order to continue developing a nation of innovators. The newly-introduced Information & Software Technology course, which teaches programming skills and web development, is very popular as an elective for our Year 10 students. There have been a number of highlights this year, including the Year 12 Retreat. The Eucharist organised by the students, was one of the most meaningful I have experienced on a Year 12 Retreat. The students demonstrated a strong sense of support and community as well as a genuine concern for each other. Our whole school Musical this year, ‘Back to the 80s’ was a resounding success. Students were involved in the cast, technical production and orchestra. In Sport we excelled, with KRB sports teams placing within the top ten positions at all IGSSA carnivals and competitions - IGSSA Swimming 7th overall, Tildesley Tennis - 9th overall, Cross Country - 5th overall and IGSSA Gymnastics 8th overall. In Debating our Senior B team reached the ISDA Grand Final and our History Debaters reached the Grand Final of this competition.

This year marked the official opening of Sophie’s Cottage for our three-year-old children. The Cottage was opened by Sister Mary Shanahan rscj. Sister Shanahan spoke of her pleasure “to open this place of joy and of learning that will start young people on a journey that, through 15 years, will take them to places they can only dream of now.’’ We have also refurbished the Year 5 Learning Centre and the Senior School staff room innovatively. We have planned the Year 12 Learning Hub and the new Tuckshop. In Term 2 we conducted a major Parent survey that affirmed the directions of the school and provided the basis for the development of the Strategic Plan 2017-19. We are also grateful to the many families who have supported our School in different ways this year. We are delighted that due to the generosity of many, we have raised over $1million for the Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj Bursary. This will enable us to offer this bursary in perpetuity to a student for both boarding and tuition in the future. The School hosted a very successful Sacred Heart Schools’ conference in August with the theme of developing courageous, confident and compassionate young people in the Sacred Heart tradition. As part of a global network of schools in 44 countries, our students have many opportunities to expand their world view. Students have certainly been given many different opportunities to grow and ‘be the best they can be’. 2016 at KRB has been a year of great energy and creativity and I would like to thank our committed and dedicated staff for working to provide a creative and supportive school environment for our students.







HSC HIGH ACHIEVERS 2015 Excerpt from speech of Hilary Johnston-Croke, Principal, at High Achievers’ Ceremony 2016 The pride and joy that we have in each one of these students, and the entire Class of 2015, is due not only to their outstanding results, but also to the wonderful contribution that they made as students and leaders throughout their time at KRB. KRB, as a non-academically selective school, encourages all students to ‘be the best they can be’. The Year 12 Class of 2015 were great role models. We value their involvement in the many activities offered at KRB. Our most successful students were very good examples of all-rounders. This is what we try to develop our students to be at KRB. We know that being able to work with others, make commitments, be good communicators, be persistent, be resilient and feel confident about their abilities, are all important skills for the future. The students are also socially, culturally and globally aware young women. These are the skills that leading universities and companies are actively looking for. The achievements of the Class of 2015 are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students, their involvement in the many activities of the School and our excellent and very committed teaching staff. They have definitely left a significant legacy at KRB and were great role models for our student body which, as a community, we really appreciate. I congratulate the High Achievers of the Class of 2015 and wish them every happiness, success and fulfilment as they embark on the next stage of their life journey. Well done from everyone at KRB!

“I believe a part of their legacy was their desire to be the best they can be, their enthusiasm, creativity, support of each other and their commitment to the community of the School.” Hilary Johnston-Croke

Opposite page: High Achievers with

Hilary Johnston-Croke Principal



Hilary Johnston-Croke




• ATAR 98.60 • 4th in the State for Chinese Continuers • Blue Ribbon Recipient 2015 • Chamber Strings Captain • Accelerated Mathematics • Fortissimo Award • Started at KRB in Year 7

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• ATAR 97.40 • Captain of Arakoola House • Contribution to the Community of Year 12 2015 Award • Gold Sports Award • Started at KRB in Year 6

Bachelor of Combined Law University of Sydney

ATAR 98.20 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2015 Captain of Stuart House Boarder from Wagga Wagga Swimming Age Champion each year since Year 9 • Swimming Captain 2015 • Caltex Best All Rounder Award • Started at KRB in Year 9

Bachelor of Commerce/Media (PR & Advertising) University of NSW

Bachelor of Commerce/Arts University of NSW




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ATAR 97.40 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2014 Sacred Heart Award winner 2015 Head of Sport Founder of the Glory Shield Gold Sports Award Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award 2015 • Pierre De Coubertin Award 2015 • Started at KRB in Year 3 Bachelor of Business/Law University of Technology, Sydney

ATAR 97.20 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2015 Captain of Murramai House Member of Choir since Year 3 Star of Musicals Gold Sports Award Started at KRB in ELC

Bachelor of Business/Law University of Technology, Sydney

ATAR 97.10 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2015 Yearbook Editor Member of Choir since Year 3 Gold Sports Award Started at KRB in Year 3

Bachelor Media & Communications University of Sydney


ATAR 97.00 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2015 Captain of Arakoola House Accelerated Mathematics Gold Sports Award Started at KRB in Year 7

Bachelor of Commerce University of Technology, Sydney



DUX & DISTINCTION IN STUDIES AWARD It’s often said that “you don’t need to start working and trying hard until Year 11 because only Year 12 counts.” However, I personally think it’s really important to work in younger years as you develop skills and foundations which help you in later years. For example, I remember saying in English, “What’s the point, we don’t do these books in the HSC?” but it’s in the practice of analysing texts and learning essay structures which definitely helps you in the long run. For me, I found it to be vital to have a goal during the HSC. It kept me motivated when I’d much rather be doing anything else BUT studying all day on a Sunday. I also found short term targets, like aiming to move from a B range to A range for an essay, to be helpful as it gave me small tasks to focus on. This seemed less daunting and more productive. The HSC is not a sprint, but rather a two year long marathon, so it’s important to find the right study methods that work best for you. I found that the best way to study was to first, write concise notes for each syllabus point. There is no point in merely highlighting notes in different colours; what’s essential is that you understand the content so you can apply it to answer questions.

FRANCES RYAN • • • • • • •

ATAR 99.85 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2014 3rd in the State for Economics 2U All Round Achiever 2015 Blue Ribbon Recipient 2015 Year Scholar 2015 Head of Student Representative Council • Gold Sports Award • Senior Sportswoman of the Year Award 2015 • Started at KRB in Year 4 Bachelor of Bio-Medicine University of Melbourne

The crucial study rule is that you can never do enough past papers, at least 15 for each subject. By doing lots of past papers you learn that when trying to test your knowledge, the Board of Studies only has a limited number of ways of asking the same question. After doing practice papers, I would make a note of every question I got wrong, so I would then refer back to specific topics and styles of questions. For all my years here, I couldn’t stress enough, the significance of utilising your teachers. I think this was my most effective study method as I was constantly asking all my teachers for help, whether it be for one question or a whole topic. Teachers are, without a doubt, the most valuable resource; their wisdom and experience can’t be taught in a textbook. The HSC is also like climbing Mount Everest. It starts out nice and gradual, and gets steeper and steeper. There’s the odd avalanche and altitude sickness along the way, and then you reach base camp around the time of HSC trials. And from there, it is steep, 12.


“The HSC has many challenges but at KRB you’ve got the support of the entire community to help you along the way.” Frances Ryan, Class of 2015

but the summit is in sight. The HSC has many challenges but at KRB you’ve got the support of the entire community, to help you along the way. I’d also suggest using your year group as a support when you’re struggling because you are all going through something really similar. Sport is a great way to get involved and keep up your social life. I found it so much easier to sit down and study for 3-5 hours a night if I had done some form of exercise during the day. Also, it’s often said that busy people get the most done, and I really think that if you keep up lots of commitments like involvement in school life, sport and a small social life, you will become more efficient. You’ll be able to get the best out of KRB if you get involved in everything and take every opportunity. I loved going on exchange to Brisbane and Montreal, the World Challenge Trip to Cambodia and Thailand, and being part of the Bowraville camp. The key to being successful is only dependent on the amount of work you are prepared to put in. You do not have to be the smartest person, but you do need to be committed, willing to make sacrifices and put in the effort.

Below: High Achievers 2015 “leaning in” with Hilary Johnston-Croke

Frances Ryan Class of 2015



2015 ACADEMIC RESULT HIGHLIGHTS Highlights of achievements include: • Frances Ryan achieved an ATAR of 99.85,

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making her the Dux of the Class of 2015 and the recipient of the Distinction in Studies Award. Frances also achieved third place in NSW for Economics as well as the honour of being an All-Round Achiever Monica Jones was awarded fourth in the State for Chinese Continuers, an extraordinary achievement for a student who was a part of the first class of students to study Mandarin to HSC level at KRB. Monica was an All-Round Achiever KRB students achieved 134 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers List for 2015 and four mentions for accelerated courses in 2014 KRB was ranked 45th in the State, based on the number of Distinguished Achievers Francesca Daniel and Sophia Grady’s major works in HSC Drama were nominated for OnStage and Sophia’s major work was selected Bijanka Bacic, Stephanie Dammann, Sophie Kondilios, and Congcong Wu’s body of works in HSC Visual Arts were nominated for ARTEXPRESS. Stephanie’s body of work was selected for exhibition Sophie Kondilios and Congcong Wu’s HSC artworks were entered in the Clancy Art Show for Religious Art. Sophie was awarded the Monsignor Doherty Award and Congcong’s was awarded a highly commended Our five Indigenous graduates obtained tertiary places

• The Distinguished Achievers List contains

students who have achieved the highest band (Band 6) for a course or, in the case of higher level extension courses, Band E4. To reach this standard, students need to have achieved an HSC mark of at least 90 • In 2015, Year 12 students from KRB achieved

a total of 134 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers List in 2015 and four mentions in 2014, when they sat the examinations for the Mathematics 2 Unit and Mathematics Extension 1. Individual Course Performance For all HSC subjects, a significant proportion of KRB students achieved in the top two performance bands (Band 6 or Band 5). These results indicate the breadth of student achievement at KRB across a broad range of courses and student interests. High percentages of students achieved in the top two bands in the following subjects:


Design and Technology, English Extension 2, Chinese Background, Music 1

96% 89% 86% 83% 82%

English Extension 1 Visual Arts English (Advanced), French Continuers Mathematics Extension 1 Drama

*Based on a percentile ranking

KRB ranked 14th in the state for English, which is the only compulsory subject for the HSC



HSC 2015 ATAR SCORES 1% Above 98

3% 19%

All-Round Achievers

Above 95


Above 90

The Board of Studies ‘All-Round Achievers’ List contains the names of all students who achieved 90 or more (Band 6) for courses totaling ten or more units. Frances Ryan performed exceptionally well to be included on the ‘AllRound Achievers’ List.

Above 99



A further six students achieved 90 or more in eight or nine units.







• Sarah Cooper



Fine Arts


Combined Law


• Antonia McGrath

Global Studies


• Liana Romeo



Interior Architecture


Languages & International Business


Marine Biology






Occupational Therapy




Political Science




Science Social Work

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Visual Arts


• Kate Filippelis

• Laura Wotherspoon • Jennifer Wratten

“This was one of the great things about the boarding house… if you’re not feeling in the mood to study, just go and find someone in your class and talk through some practice questions. You’ll find that trying to verbalise your thoughts will force you to think about what you’re saying and it will make it easier to then write it.” Laura Wotherspoon Bachelor of Commerce/Arts, University of NSW

“At the trials I certainly wasn’t a year scholar, however, this inspired me to work harder, and not give up. I worked hard to make sure that I was among the high achievers.” Florence Young Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

BY DESTINATION University of New South Wales


Australian National University


University of Sydney


University of Technology Sydney


Charles Sturt University


Australian Catholic University


University of Western Sydney


University of Newcastle


University of New England


National Arts School International College of Management

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Macquarie University University of Melbourne

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University of Wollongong




VALE CLASS OF 2016 The Class of 2016 has embraced all the opportunities available to them, enabling them to actively care for others and improve the lives of people in need. Their example of courage and compassion and their commitment to the school’s community has been exemplary. At the Vale Ceremony on 16 September, students were acknowledged for their academic achievements and contribution to KRB: Established this year, the KRB Scholar Award is presented to a student who has been a Year Scholar every year from Year 7 to Year 12. The inaugural 2016 Award Winners were Megan Fitzgerald and Madeleine Maganas. The Sacred Heart Award was presented to Georgina Harrison, for the way she has identified with, and enacted, the goals, philosophy and practices of KRB, and for the maturity and the compassion she has demonstrated for others. 16.


The Peg Magoffin Memorial Trophy recipient was Josephine Harris, for the manner in which she is regarded by staff and her peers as being caring, genuine and selfless, always placing the needs of others before her own. The Principal’s Award for Resilience was presented to Tara Ritchie for her approach to all challenges with a positive disposition, and with a commitment to give back to others. The Patricia Bowyer Award for Commitment to Service was awarded to Isabella Cooper, who has modelled selfless service through her role as Head of Social Justice. The Katrina Dawson Foundation Prize was awarded to Clara Peers Tejero, who models the values of the Foundation by displaying dedication to her academic studies, and being supportive of others in the learning environment.

The Archbishop of Sydney Award for Student Excellence was awarded to Antoinette Radford who has been outstanding in her dealing with others and her liturgical service to the School. The Principal’s Award for Courage and Confidence was awarded to Gabrielle James Bennett who embodies Sacred Heart values, displays courage and self-confidence and shows talent for engendering energy in others. Twenty-one students received a Blue Ribbon in addition to the Student Leadership Team members, who received theirs at the Leadership Inauguration Ceremony in July 2015: Michela Castiglia, Georgina Harrison, Natalie McDowell, Ki Yan Roshni Chan, Gabrielle James Bennett, Phoebe McGeoch, Elena Coluzzi Farrell, Yuheng Liang, Lara Parmenter, Tyla Comino, Madeleine Maganas, Clara Peers Tejero, Isabella Cooper, Mililma May, Antoinette Radford, Megan Fitzgerald, Eliza McCristal, Caroline Reilly, Josephine Harris, Madeleine McDonald and Tara Ritchie.

Over 50% of our students received Year Scholar Awards for outstanding academic achievement in the HSC Assessment Program: Lena Albin, Chloe Kennedy, Clara Peers Tejero, Prue Anderson, Jade Laidlaw, Antoinette Radford, Michela Castiglia, Yuheng Liang, Caroline Reilly, Xiaotong Cen, Laura Ligonis, Saskia Riedel, Yutong Chen, Paulina Lupinski, Anastasia Savvides, Elena Coluzzi Farrell, Vanessa Luvio, Sophie Stack, Isabella Cooper, Yeyan Ma, Gayle Ting, Madeleine Coutts, Madeleine Maganas, Siting Wang, Georgina Cusick, Eva Masur, Xutong Zhong, Megan Fitzgerald, Grace Maynard, Xiaoming Zhou, Hannah Guy, Ellen Hall, Josephine Harris, Georgina Harrison, Grace Harrison, Ruby Harrison, Gabrielle James Bennett, Madeleine McDonald, Natalie McDowell, Phoebe McGeoch, Xanthe O’Neill, Maggie O’Toole, Lara Parmenter and Sophia Parrelli. Above: Hilary Johnston-Croke with Blue Ribbon recipients



NAPLAN RESULTS 2016 The 2016 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy results for KRB were once again very strong across all years and all aspects (Reading, Writing, Grammar and Punctuation, Spelling, Numeracy) compared to the State and to the NSW AIS. This demonstrates that KRB is challenging and consolidating student learning in all years of schooling. Highlights:

Year 7

Year 3

• 55% in the top two bands for Reading

• 88% in the top two bands for Reading

• 48% top two bands in Writing

• 82% in the top two bands for Writing

• 56% in the top two bands for Spelling

• 78% in the top two bands for Spelling

• 63% in the top two bands for Grammar and

• 84% in the top two bands for Grammar and

Punctuation • 68% in the top two bands for Numeracy • Significantly above the NSWAIS and State

means in Reading, Writing, Grammar and Numeracy

Punctuation • 57% in the top two bands for Numeracy • Significantly above the NSWAIS and State

means in Writing • 60% greater or equal to expected growth in

Reading • 75% greater or equal to expected growth in

Year 5 • 77% in the top two bands for Reading • 55% in the top two bands for Spelling • 73% in the top two bands for Grammar and

Punctuation • 49% in the top two bands for Numeracy • Girls significantly above the NSWAIS and

State means in Reading • Boys significantly above the NSWAIS and State

means in Grammar and Numeracy • 70% greater or equal to expected growth in

Reading • 67% greater or equal to expected growth in




Spelling • 79% greater or equal to expected growth in

Grammar and Punctuation • 82% greater or equal to expected growth in

Numeracy Year 9 • 47% in the top two bands for Reading • 63% in the top two bands for Numeracy • 66% greater or equal to expected growth in

Reading • 74% greater or equal to expected growth in

Spelling • 63% greater or equal to expected growth in


INDIGENOUS PROGRAM Our Indigenous Program is a tangible commitment to Sacred Heart values and the creation of an enriching, diverse community. Eleven indigenous students play active and important roles in the School. In June the Cultural Diversity Assembly was opened with a traditional Smoking Ceremony, led by Indigenous Elders Uncle Max Eulo and Aunty Kathy Slater. Kate Downie and Rhiannon Carr were taught how to light gum trees in the coolamon, and joined by Uncle Max and Aunty Kathy in a ceremony to bless the School and drive out evil spirits.

reading Dreamtime stories and helping with face painting, Bush Tucker and flag painting activities.

NAIDOC Week was launched by Mililma May who introduced the 2016 theme of ‘Songlines,’ dreaming tracks which crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores. These ‘Songlines’ record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

Year 12 student Victoria Ashley won the Principal’s Art Award with her work focusing on patterns and endangered animals. Victoria plans to join the Police Force. Mililma May plans to study Law and Communications at UTS, Sydney.

Our indigenous students organised activities to celebrate NAIDOC week and educate KRB about indigenous culture. The girls worked in the Early Learning Centre with our young students,

The students organised a bake sale led by Rhiannon Carr, Kate Downie, Zoe Forrest and Victoria Carroll. They raised over $350, which was given to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation for their work with indigenous students.

The AIEF Graduation Ceremony was held at Admiralty House and presided over by the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove. It was attended by AIEF graduates from all over Australia.



INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS Year 7 • The Year 7 Mathematics class won

first place in the Class category in the Mathematics Association of NSW, Investigating with Mathematics, competition.

UNSW Annual Mathematics Competition • In the Australian Mathematics Competition,

Bella Lamaro was awarded a High Distinction, placing her in the 99 per cent percentile.

Year 8

Year 10

• Eloise North placed third in the Waverley

• Alyssa Meli won 1st prize in the Senior

Youth Art Prize 2016 • Lilli Black was nominated to attend the YMCA

Junior Parliament, representing the thoughts and concerns of her peers in the area of education.

Division for the Woollahra Youth Photographic Competition • Olympia Horsley and Claire Kelly attended

a ‘Make a Difference’ Day at Parliament House NSW • In July Donna Mulhearn spoke to Year 10

Year 9 • Bella Lamaro received a Distinction in the

Junior Division and Agustina Flores Pitton received a Credit in the Senior Division of the



about charity and justice. • Year 10 students were involved in the

Toastmaster’s course.

Year 11 • Teriza Mir was awarded the Sydney

University Year 10 Academic Excellence Award for 2015 • Isabella Monardo

– Selected for the NSW Debating Team Squad – Won the Senior Division of the NSW Final of Rostrum Voice of Youth – Won the National Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking competition in Melbourne – As a member of the Archdale Representative Debating Team, Isabella competed in three major debates against GPS, CAS and CHS. The team were joint winners. • Visual Art students, Sarah Crosby and

Angel Zhao received nominations into the National Art School HSC Intensive Studio Practice Workshop.

• Over thirty Year 11 students participated in

the Ignatian Interschool Forum for 2016 • Angelina Symington received a special

mention from the Mayor of Woollahra for her entry in the Woollahra Photography Competition. Year 12 • Madeleine McDonald was selected for the

United Nations Youth Australia Delegation to the Middle East • Year 12 students were involved in their own

Tertiary Awareness Conference in the Turnbull Centre.

Below: Artwork by Alyssa Meli,Year 10 Mosman Youth Art Prize 2016 Winner





LEARNING INNOVATION & PROJECT BASED LEARNING Educational technologies continue to play a vital part in supporting and enhancing teaching and learning experiences at KRB. KRB is focused on developing 21st century learning and innovation skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. By providing a broad range of learning experiences our students continue to develop the know-how, dispositions and abilities needed to succeed in and contribute to our increasingly global society. • Year 7 students were engaged in the annual

Project Based Learning Program, where they used digital technologies to develop an exhibition where the School’s song lines were woven together to begin the telling of the KRB story. • In the spirit of social entrepreneurship, Year

8 students developed campaigns to educate and raise awareness of an important social issue. They were able to explore and harness the power of technology, social media and the internet, by developing websites, apps, audio visual media and marketing strategies to educate a wider audience about their cause. • 2016 saw the introduction of the BOSTES

Information and Software Technology elective course for Year 10 students. In this course, students develop the knowledge and skills

needed to design and develop information and software technology solutions for a variety of real-world problems. The first students to be enrolled were Lily Alexander, Zoie Jin, Imogen Litchfield and Lucy Roberts-Lovell. The major projects included an app for students to plan and organise their study program, and a chatbased social media website for young people wishing to discuss issues affecting them in the world today. • Coding and computational thinking have

been a major focus for students from Years 3 – 8. This involves learning the principles and language of programming through the website • There is a growing need to educate our

students to be creators as well as consumers of technology.



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ELC children enjoying ‘Wild Time’ 24.


OUT OF CLASSROOM LEARNING WILD TIME AT THE ELC The children have enjoyed delving into Wild Time each week and this year have journeyed farther afield to the Beach where their explorations have led them to explore the many curiosities of that natural environment. Wild Time in Kincoppal-Rose Bay bushland has also engaged the children. The construction of a fire pit and the ensuing campfires built a link to the past people of the land as well as developing a connection between home and school as children built the fire with sticks from their homes and surrounding parks. The children participated in Mud Days, National Tree Day and World Environment Day. They uncovered some historic stairs which led to imagined wildernesses, and took part in rock wall scaling, campsite creating, tree climbing, bull ant finding, humpy constructing, waterway following and even ziplining.

CITY IMMERSION PROGRAM For the Year 9 City Immersion Program the focus has been on a variety of relevant issues including, ‘How is Sydney developing its Sustainability?’, ‘Human Impact on Sydney Harbour?’ and ‘How does the diverse faith community enrich our city?’. Students have visited the Cardoner Project, Wayside Chapel, Oasis and St. Canice’s to educate them on ways of offering assistance to disadvantaged communities. They explored a variety of community services, including youth space and outreach services, mental health programs, twilight teams and Aboriginal projects work together to ensure the most disadvantaged members of our community have access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services. Students also spent three days in Biloela on camp as part of the Outdoor Education Program. There was an emphasis on living and engaging with oneself, others and the natural world. The program builds on the previous Year 7 and 8 outdoor education experiences with a variety of activities such as abseiling and canoeing that the groups rotate through. The Year 10 Project-Based Program included a Retreat, the G10 and a culmination of Philanthropy Projects.





Staff professional learning in 2016 w  as best characterised by its diversity, in terms of the opportunities for professional learning, and the activities undertaken by a wide number of staff across all aspects of the School.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CONFERENCE KRB hosted its annual professional learning conference in April. This year our theme was ‘Learning through Excellence and Innovation’, and we secured three outstanding guest speakers to inspire us over the two day event. Futurist Mark Pesce took us to a world not too many years from now, where routine tasks are undertaken by robots and other technological advancements. He emphasised the need to provide an education that is future focused and that prepares students for the challenges ahead. Keynote speaker Dan Haesler reinforced KRB’s emphasis on positive psychology and this was further reinforced by closing speaker Rocky Biasi, The Accidental Counsellor.

WEEKLY WORKSHOPS A weekly workshop program, piloted in 2016, has offered staff the opportunity to learn from their colleagues every Thursday afternoon. These one and a half hour workshops have also featured external providers such as LEGO classroom. Topics for these workshops have ranged from Using Google classroom effectively, teaching in a Catholic School, Using Weebly technologies and How to Integrate Use of the School Archives into your Teaching Program.

SACRED HEART SCHOOLS’ CONFERENCE A particular highlight in terms of professional learning this year was the opportunity for KRB to host the inaugural Sacred Heart Schools’ Conference in August. Colleagues from Barradene College Auckland, Stuartholme

Brisbane and Sacre Coeur Melbourne joined KRB staff to share insights and practice from our network of schools. A highlight of the Conference included the wisdom and inspiration from Keynote Speaker Sr Suzanne Cook RSCJ from the United States.

STEM A key focus of professional learning at KRB in 2016 has been in the area of STEM technologies. The School has sent staff to key conferences held in Sydney, including the Computational Thinking and Digital Thinking Conference held in September. As well, staff members, Linda Chui and Stella O’Toole from the Science and Technology departments, were invited to present a workshop at the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) Digital Technologies Conference in Sydney in October.

HSC MARKERS Teachers in the Senior School add to their professional learning through participation in external examination marking processes. In 2016 teachers were engaged in Higher School Certificate practical marking in Music and Design and Technology, as well as theory marking in Geography, Economics, Modern History, Chemistry and Music. Exposure to the marking process adds a level of insight that is valuable for preparing students. This knowledge is then shared with colleagues through faculty development programs.




REATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS Fulfilling Creative Dreams




KRB SCHOOL MUSICAL ‘BACK TO THE 80S’ The year began with fluoro clothes and crimped hair as students from Years 4-11 took the stage for the musical ‘Back to the 80s’. Audiences ventured back in time with music that left everyone bopping in their seats, including Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Love Shack, Footloose, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go and many more pop favourites. All performances were sold out, with local primary school students attending the technical dress rehearsal. This show was a truly collaborative effort by the whole KRB community and the standard of the production reflected the experience and expertise.



YEAR 7 & 8 PLAY – THE TROLLEYS BY SARA WEST In September audiences were thrust into the magical world of The Trolleys by Sara West – the inaugural Year 7/8 play. The play was set in a post-apocalyptic planet where a gang of wild and unruly kids who call themselves ‘The Trolleys’ survive through jars of light that act as their life source. Featuring the talents of 20 Year 7 and 8 students, The Trolleys incorporated movement pieces, rap and interesting use of space, set and props to bring the play from page to stage.

The play provided a wonderful opportunity for the girls to discover their passion for Drama and performing in their formative years of high school. The most significant aspect of this production was that it was created almost entirely by KRB students. Sasha Danswan, Year 11, was the Assistant Student Director, and the set was created by Year 10 Design & Technology students who, when presented with a room of junk from Reverse Garbage, were given just one and a half hours to construct a post-apocalyptic junk yard.

YEAR 9 & 10 DRAMA PERFORMANCE EVENING Year 9 Drama students studied Australian Gothic Theatre, pioneered by Sydney-based playwright Angela Betzien. This is is loosely related to Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock. The students’ performances were based around the topic ‘Lost, stolen and ‘strayed: Children in the Australian bush.’

Year 10 Drama students studied Verbatim and Documentary Theatre, and used the words from real people in combination with interviews and secondary sources, to perform historical Australian events. The audience was particularly taken with the students’ thoughtful manipulation of movement on stage and their ability to work together as an ensemble.

INTERHOUSE THEATRESPORTS COMPETITION & INTERSCHOOL THEATRESPORTS COMPETITION Theatreports begins each year with a oneday intensive for all students. The next day students compete in the Interhouse Theatresports competition. Each house has a junior and senior team and together they battle for the most laughs, playing games such as Death in a Minute, Words with Numbers, Genre Rollercoaster and Alphabet. The two winning teams went on to compete in the



Interschool Theatresports Competition hosted by ImproAustralia. The senior team consisted of Harriet Robertson, Ava Peterson, Samantha Randall and Georgie Cope, who competed at Barker College. The Junior team comprised Martha Castellini, Honor Douglas, Olivia Parsons and Jemima Knight who competed at Tara Anglican Girls’ School on Wednesday 25 May.


Throughout Term 3, Year 11 Drama students studied Epic Theatre, a style of political theatre pioneered by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. The study of this style of theatre culminated in the Year 11 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht. However, this play had a twist! The play was adapted to 2026 America, ten years after Donald Trump was voted in as President of the United States. The political message asked audiences to consider who should take possession of things – the person who is the owner or the person who can care for it best. The performance was a brilliant spectacle of singing, dancing, music, dramatic storytelling and bright costumes, all set on a giant chalk board set.



YEAR 12 HSC SHOWCASE The talent and hard work of the Year 12 Drama cohort was on display at the HSC Drama Showcase. The evening showcased the Group Performances which are self-devised, collaborative pieces performed in a heightened realism style. These pieces were highly physical, energetic and extremely entertaining. The subtle political undertones also left audiences thinking about topical issues in our society today. Students who had chosen monologue as their Individual Project also performed their pieces. Costume design, promotion and program design and theatre criticism folios were also on display. These highly sophisticated projects and performances showcased the dynamic ability of KRB Drama students.



MUSIC Music is a vital component of a Sacred Heart Education. It enlivens all school celebrations and events and offers a way to express the intangible.

Students are given many opportunities to perform within both curriculum and co-curricular Music ensembles at KRB. Music is at the heart of the School, with regular performances at assemblies, where students perform solos and small ensemble pieces in a wide range of styles and genres. During 2016, the Music Department participated in a departmental review to ensure needs of

students are met, especially in performance. As a result, several initiatives have been successfully implemented, including the formation of an Infants Choir and Year 3 and Year 4 Percussion ensembles. These three new ensembles recently had their debut performances at the Junior School Chapel Concert.





CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES In Term 2 the School celebrated the development of the choral program under the guidance of Choral Director, Mark Stubley, in an uplifting concert by KRB choirs and also a number of smaller ensembles, duets and solos. Guest artist was alumna Sara O’Connor (KRB’91). The Senior School Chapel Concert is the major showcase for excellence during the year. The Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Senior and Chamber Choirs performed programs that included popular, Sacred and Classical works. Their varied repertoire provided the audience with a snapshot of the variety and individualisation provided by the Music syllabus. HSC Music students performed their entire repertoire with the ensembles and accompanists they used for their HSC Performance exam at the end of Term 3. The students were given written feedback from an experienced Music educator, to assist with final preparation for their exam. The concert is a highlight of KRB’s annual music calendar and is always an enjoyable afternoon for the audience. The Junior School Chapel Concert is a popular fixture in the music calendar. Choral and incremental groups plus soloists performed for family and friends in our beautiful Chapel. This year the Infants Choir and Year 3 and Year 4 Percussion Ensembles made their debut. Students studying in the Accomplishment Music Program presented Studio Concerts for families and friends. These concerts enabled students to perform for their families and friends and also provided an opportunity for informal meetings with music teachers.

Music camp has been a favourite fixture on the Music Department’s calendar for 36 years. It gives the musicians in the large ensembles the opportunity to rehearse for the end of year performances – Carols Night, Celebration of Achievements and the Closing Mass. Members of the Orchestra and Choirs get away from the restraints of the school day and travel to Collaroy for two and a half days of solid music making. Music camp is one of the students’ favourite events of the year. The Year 11 students display great leadership and ingenuity, devising fun programs for the evening activities and the Junior School Choir and Orchestra members join for one day. Carols Night is a joyous celebration of the music of the Advent season. Students from Years K-11 perform vocal and instrumental music together. The spirit of Christmas is palpable with a sense of joy and excitement at the coming of the Christ Child. As well as their own music making, students also attended performances by internationally regarded professional bodies. All students from K – Year 8 attended performances organised by the curriculum specialists at Musica Viva and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Elective Music students from Years 9-12 attended the four concerts in the Meet the Music concert series and a performance of an opera from the traditional repertoire at the Sydney Opera House.






Major musical ensembles – Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Junior, Senior and Infants Choirs, and Chamber Choir - have all added new members in 2016, with over a quarter of the Senior School community involved in Music ensembles organised as part of the co-curricular program. Music enables students from Year K-12 to regularly perform together for important liturgies and events including: Opening of the School Year Mass, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day and Family Masses, Sacred Heart Day and Celebration of Achievement. The School Orchestra plus the Junior and Senior School Choirs regularly combine throughout the year to perform together. Membership of Music both vocal and instrumental ensembles provides valuable community building and opportunities for leadership. Senior students are excellent role models for students in younger years, with peer to peer mentoring and the opportunity to work collaboratively together.

KRB musicians actively support and enhance many Social Justice initiatives. In 2016, members of the KRB Chamber Strings were again ambassadors at the Caritas event held to raise awareness and funds for the work of Caritas in women’s education.


Year 11 Music students participated in an event organised by Australian Religious Against People Trafficking at Strathfield in May. The concert was a fundraiser to support the work of Religious working with trafficked women. The students were a hit with the audience performing ‘Boom Clap’ to great acclaim.

ART & DESIGN KRB continues to develop relationships with professional artists, creative industries and tertiary institutions. Professional artists Catherine O’Donnell and Jason Wing held separate art workshops for Senior Art students, presenting ideas about working within a creative industry. Catherine O Donnell is currently exhibiting her work at the NSW Art Gallery as part of the Dobell Drawing exhibition. She conducted an outstanding drawing workshop for Year 10 students. Jason Wing is a Chinese Indigenous artist who presented a lecture to our students, investigating how art is a reflection of contemporary society and how an artist can act as a social commentator. Many Year 12 students have taken this approach with their artwork this year. Visual Art classes had the privilege of a visit by KRB alumna, Julia Robinson (‘87), the Associate Professor of Art History at New York University, who spoke of her own experience as a curator, and provided students with advice of different ways to work in the art industry.

This page: Visual prominence of Sacred Heart Goals (integrated with student photography) PRINCIPAL’S REPORT 2016


CREATING A ‘GALLERY’ SPACE IN THE SCHOOL The Gallery hanging system installed in the main areas of the school showcase students’ artwork. This enables students, visitors and staff to see what KRB students are producing. The system allows for the rotation of works, which encourages a diversity in the visual display of creativity around the School.

VISUAL PROMINENCE OF SACRED HEART GOALS Key words associated with the Sacred Heart goals were created using Visual Art students photographs: a creative integration of imagery with text to reflect our goals and values. Eloise North, Year 8 was placed third in the Waverley Youth Art Prize 2016 Alyssa Meli, won 1st prize in the Senior Division for the Woollahra Youth Photographic Competition Above: Eloise North’s artwork won 3rd place in the Waverley Youth Art Prize 2016 Below: Alyssa Meli’s artwork won 1st prize in the Senior Division for the Woollahra Youth Photographic Competition



Year 11 Visual Art students, Sarah Crosby and Angel Zhao were accepted into the National Art School HSC Intensive Studio Practice Workshop Angelina Symington, Year 11 received a special mention from the Mayor of Woollahra for her entry in the Woollahra Photography Competition.

ARTISTS OF THE MONTH Visual Art students are recognised for their creativity and a special award is given every month to a student who has excelled in her artistic endeavours. • Bianca Meli, Year 7

HSC ART AND DESIGN EXHIBITION 2016 The 2016 Visual Arts students created exceptional Bodies of Work using strong conceptual ideas including social, political and personal commentary, demonstrating the power of Visual Arts as a vehicle of communication. The diverse range of artworks is a reflection of KRB’s intention to encourage students to work with their personal strengths. Every student’s work is a reflection of hard work, perseverance and collaboration.

• Francesca Athas, Year 11 • Harriet Robertson, Year 11 • Molly North, Year 7 • Phoebe Hughes, Year 9 • Sophia Laverty, Year 7



ARTEXPRESS ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales Visual Arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination. Josephine Harris, Year 12, was nominated from over 9,000 students from NSW for ARTEXPRESS 2016. Josephine’s artwork entitled ‘Upon the Shelf’ excelled in the chosen media of pen drawing and also in its conceptual practice. Josephine commented on the concept behind her work: “Through my biro pen drawings I intend to demonstrate the beauty of age, in which one’s face is in fact a collection of the experiences which have formed each individual’s identity.



These experiences are a part of the traditions associated with the elderly members of society. Therefore, my artwork acts to exemplify why the elderly should not be placed ‘upon the shelf’ but rather valued for their knowledge and personification of the past. The bottles with the drawings of elderly people placed inside of them metaphorically represents this concern. With an increasingly ageing world population, the regard of this sector of the population must be taken more seriously, and we must look to new methods to ensure the resources to give them the potential to still participate in society.”

“Through my biro pen drawings I intend to demonstrate the beauty of age, in which one’s face is in fact a collection of the experiences, which have formed each individual’s identity.” Below: Josephine Harris and her artwork ‘Upon the Shelf’



SPORT KRB students have continued to perform to an outstanding level across many codes of sport in 2016 and many of our teams have placed in the top ten at IGSSA carnivals and competitions. SWIMMING HIGHLIGHTS

NSW CIS Carnival

• Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival - Murramai

• Elly O’Donoghue – 5th 200m Breaststroke,

was the winner of the overall point score and Arakoola the Spirit Cup • Year 7-12 Swimming Carnival - Tangara won

the overall pointscore and Kungala was the winner of the Spirit Cup • Isobel Thomson, Year 6, was selected for the

NSWCIS Swimming Carnival and competed in the 12 Years 50m Butterfly. IGSSA Swimming • KRB placed 7th overall. The team included

Rhiannon Carr, Elly O’Donoghue and Alessandra Gazal • Elly O’Donoghue – 6th Open 200m and

2nd 17 Years 50m Breaststroke • Senior Medley Relay – 2nd and 4th in

Final. The team included Alessandra Gazal, Rhiannon Carr, Elly O’Donoghue and Georgia Strain • Senior Freestyle Relay – 3rd. The team

included Alessandra Gazal, Rhiannon Carr, Elly O’Donoghue and Georgia Strain • Rhiannon Carr – 1st in 17 Years Butterfly and

2nd in Final • Alessandra Gazal – 2nd in 17 Years 50m

Backstroke • Lucienne Gerathy – 3rd in 16 Years 50m




4th 50m Breaststroke and 6th 100m Breaststroke. Elly also competed at the Olympic Trials in Adelaide in 100m and 50m Breaststroke events • Alessandra Gazal – 4th 50m Butterfly and

8th 100m Butterfly • Rhiannon Carr – 1st Gold in 50m Butterfly

and 1st Gold in 100m Butterfly. Rhiannon competed in the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships where she won Gold in both 50m and 100m Butterfly. Her excellent results gained her entry into the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Darwin where she received 2nd place in the 50m Butterfly, 3rd place in the 100m Butterfly and 3rd place in the medley relay. Australian Championships • Rhiannon Carr – 4th place in 100m Butterfly

and 7th in 200m Butterfly • Elly O’Donoghue – 100 and 200m

Breaststroke • Alessandra Gazal – 100m Butterfly and 50m

Freestyle and member of the KRB Relay • Georgia Strain – member of the KRB Relay

for KRB aquatics.





At the NSW All Schools Triathlon stand out results were gained by Charlotte Ekins, Ava Dowd and Amelia Stynes, who placed 6th overall and 3rd at NSWCIS.

The Year 5 Mixed Basketball team was undefeated in Term 4 and the Year 3 and 4 Boys Cricket team gained great improvements in Terms 1 and 4.



• KRB placed 9th in the Tildesley Tennis

• KRB had ten Year 7-12 students qualify for

competition. Captain Georgina Harrison led the way in the singles with a 4th round appearance, Gigi Hancock made it to the 3rd round and Eloise Bridgers reached the 2nd round. In the doubles Claire Hamblin and Amy O’Reilly made it through to the 3rd round. Josephine Harris and Claire McRedmond played well to make it to the 2nd round • Lauren Whiting, Year 6 came 2nd in her

pool at the NSWCIS Tennis Championships winning 3 of her 4 matches. She then secured a place in the PSSA team at Tweed Heads. This competition comprises the top students from every region in NSW. Lauren was undefeated in the Singles and Doubles matches and the CIS team won the event overall • Term 1 Year 7-12 Tennis – KRB 7, KRB 8 and

KRB 10 were Premiers • Term 4 Year 7-12 Tennis Premiers – KRB 7.

RUGBY LEAGUE Two Year 3 and 4 boys’ teams competed in the Luke Ricketson 7 Aside Rugby League competition for Independent Primary schools within the Eastern Suburbs area. Both teams played exceptionally well, making great progress in attack and scoring great tries. Each team played four pool games in their age divisions.



the NSWCIS Cross Country Championship. KRB Cross Country Captain Lucy Edwards led the way by winning Gold in the Under 18 Years 6km event. She was well supported by her fellow Year 12 class mates Ruby Harrison 5th, Phoebe McGeoch 14th and Grace Harrison 29th, to take out the U/18 champion team title (Gold Medalists). Other stand out results from the day were by Amelia Stynes U/14 and Coco Remond U/13 • KRB students progressed to the NSW All

Schools Cross Country Carnival; Lucy Edwards U/18 6km placed 5th and made the NSW team to compete at the National Cross Country. Lucy placed an amazing 20th place in the U/20 year age group and won Gold in the NSW school girls’ team • KRB had 6 girls from Year 3-6 representing

IPSHA and KRB at the NSWCIS Cross Country Carnival. Alexandra Field, Year 5, had the best result, placing 3rd in the U/11 3km followed by her sister Charlotte Field placing 6th in the 8/9yrs 2km event • Outstanding results were achieved at the

NSWCIS. In the U/10 Matilda Waugh achieved 20th, Manon Spinola 35th, and in the U/12 Georgia St John achieved 22nd, and Eva Smith 33rd • At the NSW PSSA Cross Country Alexandra

Field placed 7th in the 11yrs 3km, and Charlotte Field placed 26th in the 8/9yrs 2km.





• KRB had the highest number of Year 2-6

• In the IGSSA Football competition, KRB 1sts,

Netball teams playing in the Randwick Netball competition in 2016 (17 teams). Year 2 and Year 3 were involved in the ‘Net Set Go’ Netball Program, where the focus was on personal achievement in terms of competence, enhanced self-esteem, social cooperation, maximum participation and skill development in a fun environment. Six teams reached the Semi Finals, four teams then made Finals with Year 4 Blue reaching Grand Finals and becoming Premiers of their division. • Year 4 Blue Grand Final winners included

Sophia Mullan, Jemma Keighran, Holly Dawson, Freya Dawson, Bella McMahon, Manon Spinola and Lucie Norburn. • Three Junior School students were selected

in the Randwick Representative Netball team: Jessica Pitt, Lulu McMahon and Maisy Gale. • Lara Parmenter Year 12, was selected in the

IGSSA Netball team to play at the Tri State Challenge in Melbourne. The IGSSA Netball team were runners up in this competition. • KRB had a very successful Netball season

with 6 out of 29 Netball teams winning their division and becoming Premiers: KRB 3, KRB 7, KRB 9, KRB 19, KRB 24 and KRB 27.

BASKETBALL • KRB had 13 teams playing in the IGSSA

Basketball competition. KRB 1sts Basketball were first place in their division • Year 4-6 students had 7 teams playing in the

IPSHA Basketball competition.



KRB 10 and KRB 11 placed first overall in their division • KRB 1 was undefeated all season.

ATHLETICS • At IGSSA Athletics, Maisie Stevens placed 1st

in the U/16 years 100m and 1st in the U/16 200m events, and broke both IGSSA records for these events • Other results included Antonia McCristal:

2nd in the division 1 1500m, 3rd in division 1 800m, Amelia Stynes: 3rd in the division 1 400m, and Lucy Edwards: 3rd in division 1 800m and 1500m • KRB was well represented at the NSW All

Schools Athletics with Maisie Stevens winning the U/17 200m and 100m. Her 100m time of 11.81 was the fastest time set since 1980 (36 years). Maisie also competed at the Australian National Olympic Trials Athletic Championships, where she gained 2nd place in the 100m heat, 5th place in the 100m semi-final, 4th place in the 20m. Maisie was the youngest competitor by a few years in all the sprint events • In the ELC – Year 6 Athletics Carnival

Kungala, led by captains Millicent Senes and Amelia Marr and Vice Captains Matilda Waugh and Lucia Parker won the overall Point Score and the Spirit Cup • At the NSW CIS Athletics Carnival, Allegra

Pantzer competed in the 9yrs 100m, qualifying for the final and placing 6th. Alexandra Field competed in the 11yrs 800m, placing 11th, and Alexandra Smeallie competed in the 11yrs Shot Put.





• KRB had three teams playing Term 2

KRB had three representatives at the State Snow Sports competition:

Hockey and 5 teams playing in the IGSSA competition in Term 3 • KRB 4 remained undefeated all season and

were Premiers of their division.

• Tiffany Gorman – Division 5 (Years 3 and 4),

Skier-cross 23rd place • Penelope Hughes – Division 3 (Years 7 and

8) Alpine Giant Slalom 1st, Skier-cross 2nd

GYMNASTICS • KRB placed 8th overall at the IGSSA

Gymnastics Carnival. Level 5 gymnasts, Clemence Mechineau, Lucie Norburn and Lucia Parker competed at State Championships against competitive gymnasts from across NSW. Clemence’s best apparatus was Floor with a score of 8.875 out of 10. Lucia’s best apparatus was Floor with 8.45 out of 10 and Lucie’s best apparatus was vault with 8.65 out of 10.

EQUESTRIAN • Sarah Noonan, Xanthe Smith, Matilda

Metcalfe, Emma Hunter, Brooke Hunter, Hilary Yabsley and Phoebe Yabsley competed in the North West Expo at Coonabarabran. The highlight event was with Riverview in the division 1 Polocrosse competition. The KRB team achieved a 4th place finish

• Phoebe Hughes – Division 2 (Years 9 and

10) Alpine Giant Slalom 3rd, Skier-cross 10th.


events: Alpine Div 2 – 9th place, Skier X Div 2 – 21st place • Penelope Hughes competed in the following

events: Alpine Div 3 – 1st place, Skier X Div 3 – 7th place. Penelope is the Number One ranked U14 Female alpine ski racer in Australia and has earned selection to the NSW/ACT Alpine team as well as the Australian National Alpine Children’s team. She has been selected to represent Australia at all International children’s competitions, including Topolino Italy, The USA Nationals and the Whistler Cup in 2017.

• Sarah Noonan represented KRB at the

Godolphin NSW Equestrian Inter schools event. With over 60 riders in each secondary school age class, Sarah achieved; 2nd place in the 1.10 m showjumping class and 3rd place in the 1 metre showjumping.

TOUCH FOOTBALL • In Term 1 Touch Football Premiers – KRB 2,

10 & 13, KRB placed 4th out of 11 schools in the Championship Trophy • Term 4 Touch Football Premiers – KRB 6



WATER POLO In Term 1 KRB 3 (Junior 1sts) was undefeated and Premiers of their division. There were 9 Water Polo teams playing with teams made up of students from Year 5-11 in the Term 4 Water Polo competition. Term 4 Water Polo Finalists – KRB 1 and KRB 6.

BADMINTON Badminton continues to grow with more students becoming involved in the Term 1 Saturday competition. KRB 4 and KRB 5 were Premiers in 2016.



KRB has a long tradition of developing qualified student leaders who show courage and confidence, with a strong focus on service and empowering others to be the best they can be. 50.


LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP BREAKFASTS Year 6 and Year 12 Leaders met regularly over breakfast in the Junior School Library where Year 12 leaders shared their insights and Year 6 leaders shared inspiring leadership quotes.

YEAR 11 LEADERSHIP TRAINING In August, Burn Bright, an organisation involved in youth leadership, conducted a one day Year 11 Student Leadership Development Day.

PEER SUPPORT The Peer Support and Peer Tutoring Programs ran throughout 2016 to assist in building community and leadership skills, especially for our Year 10 students. The collaboration these students demonstrated in the way they approached set tasks was admirable. Peer Support Leaders held many sessions with Year 7 over the year, to mentor them through the early stages of the Senior School. The Peer Tutors attended the Barat Burn library each week to assist younger students with their homework.

STUDENT ALLIANCE Student Alliance is a networking group involving girls’ schools from around Sydney who come together and listen to guest speakers to discuss current issues in our society. Many Year 9, 10 and 11 students attended Student Alliance meetings and gave presentations during the year.

LEADERSHIP IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL The Student Leadership team was redesigned in 2016 giving all students in Year 5 and 6 the opportunity to apply for various roles. Achievements included: • The Wellness team redesigned the Year 5 and

6 bathrooms • The Dance and Voice team provided weekly

opportunities for students to dance and have fun during recess times

• The Music and Drama team organised and

hosted the Junior School Talent Quest • The Artistic Design team designed and

constructed a beautiful heart with messages from the entire Junior School as a part of Sacred Heart Day celebrations • The Science and Environment team promoted

threatened and endangered species • The Digital Media team worked on video

productions for a variety of school events. All teams played very important roles and organised activities for all Junior School students, contributing to the success of Wellness Week. The Year 6 Student Leadership team participated in the Sacré Coeur and Ignatian Student Leadership Conference. The conference theme was ‘Strength in Unity’. KRB students were outstanding in their commitment to each activity, and demonstrated their ability to work as part of a team. Drawing from this camp our student leaders then led a half day leadership course for Year 4 and Year 5 in Term 4. They shared their thoughts and ideas and some of the experiences that had helped them to develop team skills. YLEAD, a leadership facilitation group, spent a day with the Year 4 and Year 5 students preparing them for their roles in 2017. Students worked on the following concepts to: • Develop self-confidence, by recognising their

own and other’s individual strengths • Build a year group that understands the value

of positive and respectful relationships • Explore the skills and tools associated with

effective teamwork and collaboration • Learn about the foundations of leadership and

its place in school and the wider community. PRINCIPAL’S REPORT 2016




EXCHANGE PROGRAMS KRB continues to strengthen its involvement in the Global Exchange program. Students are provided the unique opportunity to expand their learning beyond the campus at Rose Bay by living and studying in over 140 Sacred Heart Schools around the world. The importance of maintaining global connections and broadening our knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a true global citizen has been a key focus of the KRB exchange program in 2016. Students participated in exchange programs across a number of different Sacred Heart schools worldwide, including, Boston, Greenwich, Lake Forest, New York City and Princeton. 2016 exchange opportunities included: • Jessica Gardiner, Newton Country Day School

of the Sacred Heart, Boston, USA • Eliza Murphy, Newton Country Day School of

the Sacred Heart, Boston, USA • Perri Moustoukis, Woodlands Academy of the

Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, USA • Alexandra Baldry, Woodlands Academy of the

Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, USA • Main (Sally) Xie, Woodlands Academy of the

Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, USA • Samantha Randall, Convent of the Sacred

Heart, New York City, USA • Kate Giles, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New

York City, USA • Georgia Strain, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

New York City, USA • Anastasia Cooper, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

New York City, USA • Alyssa Meli, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New

York City, USA • Willow Westwood, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

New York City, USA • Olivia Donoghue, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

New York City, USA • Lucienne Gerathy, Stuart Country Day School of

the Sacred Heart, Princeton, USA • Helen Markey, Stuart Country Day School of the

Sacred Heart, Princeton, USA • Harriett Robertson, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

Greenwich, USA • Sarah Maloney, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

Greenwich, USA

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENTS As part of KRB’s commitment to promote tolerance and resilience, a number of students will be going on exchange to different Sacred Heart Schools in December 2016-January 2017.

• Juliet Ring, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

• Michelle Nakhle, Sacred Heart Schools,

• Jaslyn Tan, Convent of the Sacred Heart, San

Atherton, USA • Olivia Murphy, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

Greenwich, USA

Greenwich, USA • Charlotte Byrne, Convent of the Sacred Heart,

San Francisco, USA Francisco, USA • Zoie Jun, Sacred Heart School, Tokyo, Japan • Michell Xie, Sacred Heart School, Tokyo, Japan PRINCIPAL’S REPORT 2016


PROCESSION OF THE LANTERNS Dating back to the early 1900s, the tradition of Procession of the Lanterns is significant in Sacred Heart Schools globally, a sentiment that is evident in the KRB boarders’ preparation on the eve of Sacred Heart Day. A formal dinner attended by all boarders, boarding staff, special guests, members of the Leadership Team and Year 12 boarding parents is followed by a



magnificent procession, in which each girl carries her glowing lantern in to the Chapel typifies the solemnity and sacredness of the ritual. A very special thank you is extended to Mark Stubley, who selects hymns and ensures the girls are well rehearsed for the occasion, and to the sacristan, Maureen Brian, who arranges the Chapel for the event.

BOARDING DEVELOPING THE SPIRIT There were many occasions and opportunities for boarders to develop their faith and spirituality in 2016. With the support of the Sisters of the rscj in KRB’s community, Director of Mission, John Mooney, Heads of House, Kylie Mulholland, Veronica Radich, Sarah Metcalfe, and Director of Boarding, Anne-Maree Bennett, the student leaders ably led students in prayer, liturgy and reflection on numerous occasions throughout the year. This year, the Principal created a new leadership position for boarding, Boarding Liturgy Leader, to which Georgie Cope, Year 11 boarder was elected. This meant that there was authentic student leadership of the Year 7 to 11 boarding Liturgy representatives. With the funding from the Chaplaincy Grant, masses for boarders were arranged on campus, twice a term. The liturgy leaders were integral in organising the venue, tone and focus for the masses and boarders were able to engage and participate fully.

Of particular note were the para-liturgies on boarders’ in-weekends, ably led by the Liturgy Representatives and Georgie Cope, the Easter Liturgy, the Procession of the Lanterns, and reflective prayers of thanksgiving each week at Monday Formal Dinner, where students celebrated and gave thanks to God for unique relationships, achievements and good fortune in being part of the loving KRB community. This year KRB has been fortunate to host a range of overseas students in the boarding house. This has fostered KRB’s global focus and raised awareness of the internationality of the Sacred Heart Network. In Term 2, two French Exchange students joined KRB, and their Year 11 KRB host sisters. In the last four weeks of term 4, four students from Sagrado Corazon schools in Mexico City, Monterrey and Barcelona, and another from Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Seattle, joined the Year 10 students in Jackson House.



BOARDING IN-WEEKENDS At the end of the first week each term, staff and students in boarding enjoy an “in-weekend”, a whole two days in first term and a day and a half in the remaining terms. Taking time out from the hectic pace of the first weeks of the school term, enjoying each other’s company, unique talents and diversity, is a very well preserved practice in the boarding community. Making cakes and biscuits, watching movies in the PLTC rooms, engaging in colour runs, playing games, performing in front of peers, making movies/

video clips, singing karaoke, going to Skyzone, enjoying an in-house fun fair on the Noviceship Lawn, seeing the stage production of “Aladdin, The Musical” are wonderful opportunities to relax in each other’s company and get to know one another better. The highlight of each weekend is the joy and fulfilment of praying together in a special liturgy prepared by KRB boarding leaders.

CELEBRATORY DINNER OCCASIONS Aside from our special Monday Night Formal Dinners, the chance to celebrate occasions such as Chinese New Year, Papua New Guinea Independence Day, the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Halloween, the Melbourne Cup and Christmas as a boarding community add both richness and excitement. The celebration of Chinese New Year enables boarders from China to share this special cultural event with all members of the boarding community; a marvellous opportunity for everyone to have a small experience of the culture, cuisine and customs of China. Similarly, PNG Independence Day celebrations afforded boarders from that region the opportunity to share photos of their homes and cultural traditions with their peers, and learn the PNG national anthem. Year 12 Boarders’ Farewell Dinner, at the end of Term 3, is the first in a series of significant Vale Celebrations for the Year 12s. Boarders from Years 7 to 11, the Sisters of the KRB community, Principal Hilary Johnston-Croke, day and boarding staff, and parents of Year 12s come



together to commend the Year 12 boarders and wish them well as they leave our close-knit community. Speeches, handmade cards from buddies, siblings and cousins, flowers, and video representations of the girls’ time in boarding that captured the uniqueness of the KRB boarding experience, constituted the special menu to ensure that heart, body and spirit are replete by evening’s end. A fabulous excuse to dress up, Halloween is a favourite Term 4 dinner event. The dining hall is festooned with cobwebs and filled with witches, ghosts, zombies and a special door for trick or treating. The evening is planned and ably conducted by our Year 11 and SRC leaders, with the diligent assistance of boarding staff. The final celebratory dinner of the year was abChristmas dinner, accompanied by a Carol Service. Students exchanged small handmade gifts and reflected on the significant opportunities and achievements the year has afforded them. Christmas is a time or birth and renewal, a time of thanksgiving and peace and this was certainly the tenor of our Christmas celebration in 2016.



POSITIVE EDUCATION In 2016 KRB continued to develop and enhance the Positive Education Program. The program is based on Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology principles, which aim to “educate for both traditional skills and for happiness.” The focus has been to develop students’ capabilities, whereby they learn the skills necessary for overcoming adversity and increased resilience. Activities including Wellness Week, Outdoor Education Program, Year 9 City Immersion Experience, G10, Big Sister Transition Program, You Can Sit With Me campaign, Pastoral Programs, Buddy Activities and Well Wednesday all assisted in providing challenging opportunities for the students and helped build a sense of purpose and connection. Many KRB students took advantage of the Global Exchange Program, which developed independence and resourcefulness and gave students an understanding of other Sacred Heart Schools, and the wonderful opportunities and challenges of travelling overseas. KRB’s continued use of STAR, the student tracking program is an integral part of Academic Care. It has enabled staff to better monitor the academic, social, emotional and spiritual goals of each student and provide the necessary guidance to support them to achieve to their potential.

VIVA 7S & AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S 7S Year 5 boys and girls were introduced to the new and exciting sport of VIVA7s Rugby Union through a coaching clinic and training session on the MTC Fields. The clinic was a follow up to their introductory session held at Lyne Park. The two teams were put through their paces by several members of the Australian Women’s 7s team, including Brooke Walker and Dom Du Toit and Tom Keft, a Development Officer with the New South Wales Rugby Union. 58.


(These Australian Women’s 7s players went on to become a vital part of the historic gold medal performance by Australia at the Rio Olympics!) The students worked on a number of different skills before taking to the field to play a game captained by Brooke and Dom. A Q&A session after the game allowed the students a fantastic insight into the diet, training schedule and commitments undertaken by members of the Australian Women’s 7s team.

FATHER & CHILD DAY AT THE CRICKET A recent addition to the Barat Burn social calendar is the KRB Father/ Child Cricket Day. The event involved a day/night clash between the New South Wales Blues and the Victorian Bushrangers at North Sydney. The children and their fathers thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and early evening; chasing and compiling a litany of autographs from members of both sides as they fielded on or near the boundary fence on their souvenir miniature bats.

“It was fun watching the game and getting signatures from the players on our mini bats.” John, Year 3 “It was so much fun. I loved watching the professional cricketers whacking it for six! I can’t wait to go next year.” Max, Year 5

parent information evening In 2016, each Year Group had a Parent Information Evening. These focused on KRB’s goal of developing all students as All-Rounders as well as the importance of parent-school

partnerships in supporting the development of the whole child. These evenings also reinforced the importance of embracing all of the opportunities provided to students at KRB.





RELIGIOUS EDUCATION As a school community the focus for 2016 was contemplation. Programs for the Junior School were based on those used at the Sacred Heart school in Miami, Florida. It invited students to learn the technique for contemplation and this program was offered to all students at Barat Burn. In the Secondary School a program has been developed as the basis and preparation for the Year 10 Philanthropy Program. Year 10 students were given sessions of contemplation using an outside facilitator. Programs were also delivered for Senior Students. All liturgies and prayer services for this year have had contemplation incorporated into them.

• On 2 February, the School Community

• The opening Prayer Service for staff was held

• At the Assembly on 10 February, a ceremony

on 27 January in the Chapel. As the spiritual focus for the year was Goal 5, ‘Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom’, with a special emphasis on Contemplation, the staff were invited into reflection through prayer and music. The reflection centred on the importance of becoming aware of the presence of God in the life of each member of staff. • On 28 January, the first day back for students,

the school community welcomed parents with an opening Eucharist. The theme of this Mass was Contemplation in Action and was celebrated by Rev Phillip Miscamble OFM. This Eucharist had been prepared by Sister Mary Shanahan rscj and a group of parents.

gathered for the Opening School Mass. This was held in the MTC with Rev Phillip Miscamble OFM as celebrant. Again, the theme was Contemplation in Action. Students from both Barat Burn and the Secondary School contributed to this ceremony, in particular the Thanksgiving Reflection performed by Barat Burn. The Mass was enriched by both choir and orchestra and the student Head of Liturgy, Antoinette Radford, who acted as MC. Many parents also attended this occasion. of the distribution of ashes occurred. This was within the context again of the school’s contemplative focus. The students and staff were invited to enter into an Imagination Prayer, based on that of Saint Ignatius Loyola, which asks them to visualise in more detail the situation of the Gospel passage. It calls the congregation to bring to the imagination the sensations of the five senses. Students from Barat Burn also attended this ceremony. Both the Cor Unum Leaders and the Eucharistic Ministers, along with the Principal, distributed the ashes.



RETREATS The theme running through 2016 was personal growth towards active leadership. In February, Year 12 Annual Retreat travelled to the Salvation Army Conference Centre at Collaroy. The first session explored the importance of relationships in finding one’s true self by watching and discussing the film, ‘As it is in Heaven’. In the second session, a presentation was given on the importance of laughter as a means of distancing oneself from situations of tension and stress. During the Mass, the Student Leadership Team presented the homily in a creative way by passing around a large rock which echoed the Gospel message – ‘Come to me all you who are heavily burdened.’ Mililma May, Year 12 created another acknowledgement of Country, incorporating the strong contemplative nature of her own people. The Principal spoke about the need to be resilient, to take risks, to follow one’s own heart, and to always be true to yourself. She spoke about the need for women to reach out and assert themselves in all walks of life. Finally, in the last session, as is usual on this retreat, each member of a pastoral group wrote an affirmation for all other members. In March, the Year 11 Annual Retreat took place at the Salvation Army Centre at Collaroy. The theme was personal growth towards active leadership. Various activities invited



them to reflect on their own skills and talents and to come to a deeper understanding of what it means to have a leadership role at KRB. The Mass, prepared by the students, was celebrated by Fr Philip Watkins SSS. The Mass provides the students an opportunity to plan a creative and dynamic liturgy. Year 10’s Retreat was held in November with a focus on contemplation. They were led in meditation and asked to explore ways in which they could use the campus as a contemplative environment. The Year 9 Annual Retreat explored the theme of social justice. They were addressed by UNICEF and by OASIS while exploring the needs of the homeless in preparation

On 30 March, Monsignor Tony Doherty pp presented his reflection on authentic power and empowerment in the Church at the first Spirituality Evening. He focused on what it means to serve as Christians in bringing about the Kingdom of God. To prayerfully begin the Professional Development Conference at the start of Term 2, staff were firstly instructed in a specific way of contemplation adapted from Buddhism. They were then taken into this practice as a further means of understanding the new prayer focus of the school: Contemplation.

The Principal spoke about the need to be resilient, to take risks, to follow one’s own heart, and to always be true to yourself.

for their work during the Inner City Immersion Experience.

On 15 May – the Solemnity of Pentecost – Years 3, 4 and 5 celebrated their annual Family Mass. The sanctuary was decorated so that the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit were clearly displayed. All students presented small flames with their names on for the Offertory Procession and participated as readers and servers. For the Sacred Heart Schools Conference three prayer services were designed to celebrate the theme of that Conference. Taking Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the model for the School’s understanding of the nature of its education, each of the three prayer services focused on a variety of her characteristics: her humility, her courage, her prophetic nature and her absolute faith in God, and the nature and mission of her son. The Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop was recognised by the school community and a memorial shrine was created in the heart of the Chapel. The first of Masses planned and celebrated for the Boarding School took place in July with the newly appointed Liturgy Leader in Boarding planning the liturgy. This liturgy was celebrated by Fr Philip Watkins SSS.



SOCIAL JUSTICE In December 2015 students and staff travelled to India with Antipodeans Abroad. Flying into Kolkata, the group moved into the foothills of the Himalayas to work for an orphanage attached to a Buddhist monastery. They then spent time trekking through the foothills to view Mount Everest and enter the life and work of the local people. Finally they flew across the sub-continent to Delhi, and then down to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The School was asked to raise awareness and clothing for the victims of the storms in Fiji. In under a week, both staff and students generously brought in shoes, blankets and clothing. These were packed and sent to Fiji. A meeting was held with Father David Braithwaite sj to establish opportunities for Year 12 students to consider working with the Jesuit Community immediately after leaving Year 12. Students in Year 12 were addressed by leaders



and organisers of the Cardiner Project, based in Broadway. Year 9 students attended this project during their Inner City Immersion Experience. Also discussed was the possibility that some might choose these social justice projects for their GAP year. The school raised goods for Saint Vincent de Paul and Matthew Talbot, which were brought to the Mass on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. Seventeen students, six staff members and three alumnae along with GAP students, conducted the annual Saint Mary’s Bowraville Camp in late September. The camp provided activities for the indigenous students of the Catholic Primary School. The activities included science experiments, visual arts projects, sports and games, music and dancing, and environmental projects.





SACRED HEART COMMUNITY Community is a hallmark of KRB and in 2016 the School continued to maintain connections with all members of the community. KRB FAMILIES 2016 • The importance of welcoming new families to

KRB continued in 2016. One hundred and forty-five new families were invited to one of two Welcome Dinners hosted by the Principal. They met the Chair of the School Board and Board members, members of the Leadership Team and the Head of Admissions, and heard about the vision for the School. • The Parents’ & Friends Association (P&F)

welcomed new families to KRB at the Cocktail Party held in February 2016. This was an opportunity for new families to meet other parents and for all parents to celebrate the beginning of a new year • The P&F also organised a very successful

Movie Night in October for families across all years. Other opportunities to welcome KRB parents and to engage them in the community included: • Five Family Masses and Morning Teas • A Morning Tea for alumnae who are current

parents was held in March and enabled alumnae from across a number of years to connect • The Year 12 Mothers’ Lunch, the first of a

series of farewell events for the Year 12 Class of 2016, was held in August. At the lunch, mothers who had been parents for ten years

or more or boarding parents for six years or more were acknowledged. The longest was 21 years association. Jeanne Bridgers spoke of the wonderful opportunities that each of her three children had received at KRB • The Junior School Mothers’ Day Mass and

Afternoon Tea and the Senior School Mother Daughter Luncheon enabled mothers to celebrate with their daughters and sons. Guest speaker at the Mother Daughter Lunch, Sally Bryant (’78) of ABC Radio spoke of the many challenges facing women living in rural NSW and the opportunities given to her at KRB • The Junior School Fathers’ Day Breakfast

and Mass and the Senior School Father Daughter Dinner demonstrated the special bond between fathers, daughters and sons. A special feature of the Father Daughter Dinner was the acknowledgement of those fathers who had been associated with KRB for ten years or as a boarding father for six years. Sixteen fathers were acknowledged • The Music and Debating celebrations were

opportunities for families and students to join with staff to celebrate the achievements and the importance of working together.



KRB REGIONAL OVERSEAS CONNECTIONS KRB continued to ensure that families living in regional NSW and overseas were able to connect with the School. Parent Student Information Evenings, Welcome Dinners for new families and Parent Teacher Evenings were strategically placed near weekends to ensure attendance from country families. Overseas families were also able to access presentations at meetings via video link. In March 2016, the Principal hosted and gave a presentation at a Cocktail Party in Singapore for

past students, current parents and some future families. This was followed by a cocktail party in Hong Kong and a luncheon. The aim of these events is to continue to build relationships, with all members of the KRB community, to provide feedback to parents about their daughters’ progress, to hear what past students are achieving and to encourage future enrolments. Parents and alumnae had the opportunity to connect and network, and parents were also able to hear about their child’s progress.

THE WIDER KRB COMMUNITY Connecting with grandparents, past parents and past students are all important components of building community at KRB. A number of events were held in 2016, involving these groups. The Grandparents and Special Friends Mornings for Year 5 and 7 students and a similar event for ELC students, gave visitors an opportunity to spend time with their grandchildren and see them in a learning environment. Visitors of Year 7 students were able to experience learning in the Year 7 Space, now called the Stuart Centre.



PAST STUDENTS Past students have been involved in a number of significant events this year: • Rachael Prothero, Head Girl 1997, spoke

of the opportunities this leadership position had given her at the Student Leadership Inauguration Ceremony in July • Alexandra Lazar (2003) was guest speaker at

the Year 12 Graduation Ball in November • Three past students, Cassandra Peoples

(2007), Joanna Del Vecchio (2009) and Tina Levy (1994) who are working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) spoke at the International Women’s Day Assembly in March. Past students appreciate their connection to KRB and this has been demonstrated in their attendance at various gatherings. • A Card Day organised by the Sacré Coeur

• A number of reunions were held at the School

in 2016. The classes of 1986 and 1996 had lunch followed by a tour, and the classes of 1976, 1991, 2006 and 2011 celebrated with drinks and a tour. A booklet containing reflections and details about current occupations from students of these classes was distributed • Past students from the Rose Bay and

Kincoppal classes of 1938 to 1965 enjoyed ‘Sandwiches and Song’ in October, an event held for past students who left the school 50 or more years ago. The visitors appreciated musical performances from the soloists and as well met a Year 10 group and the Year 11 Student Leadership Team. Ruby Kohler, Year 11, the first recipient of the Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj Boarding Bursary spoke of her first year as a KRB student.

Association of NSW was held in the MTC in July. Many past students and parents enjoyed the day and the informal atmosphere



SUPPORTING KRB KRB is grateful for the support received through a number of programs and events over the year. • KRB is very grateful for the wonderful

support that has been received for the Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj Boarding Bursary. Over $1million has been raised and in 2018 the School will offer this perpetual bursary for both boarding and tuition • The first recipient of this Bursary, Ruby Kohler,

Year 11, from Atherton QLD began in 2016 • The KRB Annual Giving Program is supported

by current and past parents and past students and provides funds for the Bursary, Building and Indigenous Funds. Over $50,000 was raised through the Program in 2016 • Over 500 guests enjoyed the fifth KRB

Rugby Lunch on Friday 4 August at The Four



Seasons Hotel Sydney. Vince Sorrenti was an outstanding MC and the panel of former Wallaby, Simon Poidevin, NRL player Brett Finch and Anthony Bell, Chief Patron of the Australian Sailing Team’s Patrons Program were engaging in their reflections of their experiences. A total of $180,000 was raised for the KRB Bursary Fund • Fundraising for Stage 3 of the Junior School

Masterplan continued in 2016. The Principal emphasised the importance of the project at all Junior School Information Evenings and at the Principal’s Welcome Dinners • Fundraising began for the Year 12 Learning

Hub in 2016.

THANK YOU I acknowledge the wonderful contribution that so many of our students have made in a variety of ways in 2016. Students have displayed their creative talent in many areas and have embraced all the opportunities that we have offered. They have also demonstrated a strong sense of community in their support of each other. I would also express my gratitude to the Board Chair, Bryan Curtin and the other Board members for their insight and integrity and for their commitment to ensure that KRB continues to live out its mission as a Sacred Heart School. Thank you to Elizabeth Clark (Deputy Principal) and the other members of the Leadership Team for their hard work and dedication: John Dooley (Business Manager) Michelle Chaplin (Head of Junior School), Anne-Maree Bennett (Director of Boarding), Carrie Scanlan (Director of Students), Nicola Dennis (Director of Teaching and Learning), Jonathan Saurine

(Director of Learning Innovation), John Mooney (Director of Mission) and Mary Cook (Director of Development). I would especially like to thank all the KRB staff, for their efforts in ensuring that this School continues to strive to ensure that each of our students is the best they can be. I thank Sister Mary Shanahan RSCJ for her contribution and support this year. Many thanks as well to our P&F and to the members of the SacrĂŠ Coeur Association who have supported our efforts. We appreciate as well our parents and friends who continuously show support for the life of the School through their involvement in activities and their efforts as volunteers. Hilary Johnston-Croke, Principal




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