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VOLUME XXXIII No 18 2nd December, 2016



DECEMBER Year 6 Graduation


Academic Excellence and Student Leadership


Assembly Years 3 – 12, 9.30 a.m. Term ends for students Staff Development Day


St Spyridon Vespers


St Spyridon Day


HSC Results


ATAR’s released by UAC


JANUARY Staff Development Day


Staff Development Day


Years 1 – 7, 11 & 12 commence


FEBRUARY Years K, 8 – 10 commence


ACER Scholarship Registrations close


In this last Newsletter for 2016: We wish all students, teachers and their families a Merry Christmas, a safe holiday and a Happy New Year.

Mrs E. Stefanou-Haag 1


ST SPYRIDON   JUNIOR SCHOOL  CANTEEN   IS GOING ONLINE    We are happy to  announce that as  from Term 1 2017,  the Junior School  canteen is offering  parents a new  online system for  placing lunch  orders.    Parents will be able  to place and pay for  lunch orders from a  home computer or  mobile device.    It only takes a few  minutes to set up an  on‐line account, and  the system guides  you through the  process.    Register on‐line now  for Term 1 2017. 





Ph. 02 9663 5363 80 Gardeners Road   PO Box149  Kingsford NSW 2032  or       

To register go to   


The canteen is always  seeking volunteers to assist  in the operation of our  school canteen.  If you  would like to assist our  team your assistance would  be required between 8.30 ‐ 1.30pm or for a recess or  lunch time slot.     

You will find the  atmosphere friendly, the  hours flexible a fantastic  way to meet other parents  and staff over a tea or  coffee and to be a part of  your child’s school  community.   

If you are interested in  helping in anyway please  either register your name at  the front office, by the  email address below or  simply come and see us at  the canteen. 

TO PLACE AN ORDER Once you have registered and topped  up your credit card balance simply do  the following.  ST SPYRIDON   1. Go to  JUNIOR SCHOOL  CANTEEN 2. Type in your Username and  IS GOING ONLINE Password  3. Notice in the top right hand  WITH FLEXISCHOOL! corner  How to Register on‐line You can see your account  balance.  Register once on‐line to set up your  If you need to replenish  username and password and to enter  your  your credit card details. Once you have  account balance click on the  done this you don’t need to enter your  TOPUP  card numbers again.  ACCOUNT BUTTON. If not    then  1. Go to  Continue to the next point.  4. Click on the START AN  2. Click “Register Now” and  ORDER FOR  enter your  YOUR CHILD  email address.  5. Click on SELECT A DATE you  3. You will be emailed a link to  can  complete  choose any date up to a  the registration form with  week  username, password, contact  away. NOTE: for same day  details  lunches  and credit card information.  you must order before  4.  Nominate how much you  9am).  would like  6. You will now see the menu,  to put into your online  Choose the items you wish  canteen  to  account.  order PRESS SAVE AND  5. For each of your children click  CONTINUE  add a  7. Select PLACE ORDER  student with the school  8. You can return to the menu  name : St  by  Spyridon.  clicking the EDIT ORDER  6. Start placing your canteen  button  orders  and clear order will delete  Immediately.  everything and return you    to the  Registration for online ordering system  SELECT A DATE page and  is free!  you can  start again or log out. 


OPTIONS You can place a whole  weeks order all at once  if you wish, do it on Sunday  night or at work but make  sure its placed before 9am  or it will not reach the  canteen in time for that  day.   

Remember the food is  prepared and made at  St Spyridon college in our  canteen and is not  outsourced to a catering  company so you can  be assured of quality and  freshness.  Parents are fully supported  by the flexischools  customer service team,  who monitor orders every  day. Every parent has piece  of mind in knowing they  have assistance with every  aspect of the online  ordering system.   

・ Signing up or adding  funds  ・ Placing an order  ・ Order missed in  cut‐off time  ・ Child is sick – need to  cancel an order   

Flexischools tracks all  orders by ensuring they  are downloaded and labels  are printed by the canteen.  If there are changes to an  order, or school computer  problems, flexischools will  send through all orders to  the canteen via fax or  email. No order will be  missed Flexischool  customer service team  takes the pressure off our  canteen staff, allowing  them to get on with  preparation of food for  your children.

3 – 12 ACADEMIC ASSEMBLY Congratulations to all students K – 6 for their diligence to their studies and to achieving their learning outcomes. The following students will be recognized for their achievement at the Academic Assembly on the 8th December. 3 Amethyst Peter Baroutis

Amali Roumanous Peter Winnel Eva Drivas Irene Primikirios Aston Roumanous George Alexandratos Alster Dhamari

1st History/Geography, 2nd Gr1 Greek, 2nd English, =3rd Mathematics, =3rd Science 1st Gr1 Greek, 1st Mathematics, 1st Science, 3rd English, 3rd History/Geography 1st English, 2nd History/Geography, =3rd Science 2nd Mathematics, 2nd Science 1st Gr2 Greek 2nd Gr2 Greek =3rd Mathematics 3rd Gr2 Greek Most improved

3 Saphire Franklin Skouteris Georgia Karatasos Ellie Liaskos Spyridoula Karagiorgou Phillip Preketes Lara Stathis Steven Paras Akis Dimitrakopoulos

1st Science, 1st History/Geography, 3rd English, =3rd Mathematics =1st Mathematics, 2nd English, 2nd History/Geography 1st English, =3rd Science =1st Mathematics, 3rd Gr1 Greek =3rd Mathematics, 3rd History/Geography 2nd Science =3rd Science Most Improved

4 Coral Isabella Koutoulogenis Dimitra Kasmas Tara Zinopoulos Holly Durrant Jordan Haramis Sophia Lane Catherine Coutts Julia Kamaras Elizabeth Notaras James Kefalouros

1st English, 2nd Gr1 Greek, 3rd Science 2nd English, 2nd Science, 2nd History/Geography 1st Science, 3rd English 1st History/Geography 1st Mathematics 1st Gr2 Greek 2nd Mathematics 3rd History/Geography 3rd Mathematics Most improved

4 Turquoise Alexandra Bizannes Andrew Dalessis Victoria Stathos Chrysa Kirkis Dean Foundis-Borrett Sara Theocharidis Phoebe Economou

1st English, 1st Mathematics, 1st Science, =1st History/Geography =1st History/Geography, 2nd Mathematics, 3rd Gr1 Greek, 3rd English 1st Gr1 Greek, 2nd Science 2nd English, 3rd Science 3rd Mathematics, 3rd History/Geography 1st Gr3 Greek Most Improved

Chrissy Drakakis

5 Amber Sophia Karatasos Sienna Tsoukalas Mia Paras Fiona Neroutsos Jennifer Pyliotis

1st Gr1 Greek, 1st English, 1st Mathematics, 1st Science, =1st History/Geography =1st History/Geography, 3rd English, 3rd Mathematics 3rd Science, 3rd History/Geography 1st Gr3 Greek 2nd English


Nicholas Notaras Nicholas Bastas Antonios Kourliaftis Katerina De Pasquale 5 Indigo Nektarios Kollias Crystal Coulits Katerina Alexandratos Anne-Marie Aroney Theoni Asproukos Jasmin Moros Evana Haramis Demetrios Paparsenos Anna Kakakios 6 Magenta Paul Giavis

2nd Mathematics 2nd Science 3rd Gr1 Greek Most improved 1st English, 1st Mathematics, 1st Science, 2nd Gr1 Greek, 2nd History/Geography 1st History/Geography, 3rd English 2nd English, 2nd Mathematics =3rd Science, 3rd History/Geography 1st Gr2 Greek 3rd Mathematics =3rd Science 2nd Science Most Improved

Jamyson Gouveros Stephen Koutoulogenis Tiana Natsikas Annalise Denize Erin Zinopoulos Nicholas Papas Eleni Nicholas Leanna Papaleonidas Jorge Cooney Vasili Giaras

1st Mathematics, 1st Science, 2nd Gr1 Greek, 2nd English, 2nd History/Geography 1st History/Geography, 2nd Mathematics =2nd Science, 3rd Gr1 Greek 1st English 1st Gr3 Greek =2nd Science 3rd Mathematics 3rd English =3rd History/Geography =3rd History/Geography Most Improved

6 Pearl Adriana Drakoulis Athanasia Manos Nicolas Kalligiannis Sophia Economou Michael Antoniou Marlon Rallis Lucas Leondaris Dyllon Polyzos Anastasia Lambrou

1st Mathematics, 1st Gr1 Greek, 2nd English 1st English, 1st History/Geography, 3rd Mathematics 1st Science, 3rd History/Geography 2nd History/Geography, 3rd English 1st Gr2 Greek 2nd Science 2nd Mathematics 3rd Science Most Improved

Reading Awards 3A George Alexandratos 3S Steven Paras 4C Myles O’Reilly 4T Chrysa Kirkis 5A Adam Stamos 5I Katerina Alexandratos 6M Jorge Cooney 6P Anastasia Lambrou and Penny Kezalas





Taverna Night Palm Sunday Luncheon Mothers’ Night Out Easter Stalls Mother’s Day Stalls Junior School Athletics Carnival Canteen Fathers’ Day Stalls Fathers’ Day Breakfast Fathers’ Day raffle Festival of Learning Open Day Spring Fair Shopping Night Total 2016 Funds raised

REMINDER TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN THE YEAR 7 CLASS 2017 AND YEAR 10 CLASS 2017 Please note that applicants can only register online and ACER has strict deadlines. SCHOLARSHIPS Year 7 Applications are now invited from new and continuing students to sit for the following ACER Examination Scholarship:

5080.00 6017.00 14000.00 7339.00 6300.00 1500.00 5172.00 2445.00 2809.00 2500.00 20000.00 630.00 $73792.00

All funds raised go back to OUR school for educational resources for OUR children.

Year 6 (Year 7, 2018) A Year 6 Scholarship for the top Year 6 student applying for St Spyridon College will receive their tuition fees paid for four years from Year 7 to Year 10.

P&F funds have contributed towards the following items in 2016: - JS/SS Sports Programs, Infant Computers & storage, Technical support at College Performances, Graduation cakes, SS Bibles, JS Robotics Equipment, JS Greek books, SS outdoor furniture, JS Electronic sign and JS Music Equipment.

Year 10 (Year 11, 2018) Two scholarships for the two top Year 10 students will receive their tuition fees paid for two years. Closing date for applications is Monday, 6th February, 2017. ACER scholarship examinations will be held on Saturday, 25th February, 2017.

WELCOME TO 2017 COCKTAIL PARTY – Saturday 18th February 2017 Our first function for the year will be something different. We will be hosting a “Parents only” Cocktail Party to welcome in the New Year in 2017. Save the date in your diary! See flyer attached at the front of the newsletter.

You may register now online: follow the links to Online Scholarship Application.

UNIFORM SHOP We hope to see many new parents come along and join the committee for 2017 too. The 2017 AGM is planned for Tuesday 21st February. All details to follow in the first newsletter for the New Year!

The Uniform Shop will be open for Back to School purchases on: Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 9.00am – 4.00pm Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 9.00am – 4.00pm

Spring fair postscript: If you have not received your follow-up complimentary videos from the “Sofia & The Grammatakia” stall via email as yet, there was an unfortunate technical glitch. Please contact John Nikalopoulos direct for follow-up via phone 0403390284 or email Once again, on behalf of the Parents & Friends Committee, we wish to thank you for your

P&F NEWS And that’s a wrap for a busy P&F 2016! In summary for 2016, the following funds were raised across all our events this year.


the Senior School, is a No Stopping Area till 9:30am. It is also a School Zone.

generous support this year. We hope you and your family enjoy a blessed and safe Christmas, and may the New Year bring you every happiness and good health!

I pray that our Lord extends to you and your families every blessing for Christmas and the New Year. Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

Please don’t hesitate to email or call the P&F for further information.


Angela Kasmas (Secretary)


All are welcome to join us on Wednesday 7th December for our last Morning Assembly of the year and for Carol singing. Children are to come dressed in Christmas costume or Christmas colours.

JUNIOR SCHOOL REPORT We give thanks to God for the many blessing bestowed upon us this year and for the grace provided so we can complete another successful year of learning and growing. I thank each and every one of you for your support of the work that we do in the College.

PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE 2016 Congratulations to the following children who have received their certificates for 2016.

Below you will find some information regarding our last day of the 2016 Academic Year. Please note that there will be no After School Care or Canteen on this day due to early dismissal.

Platinum awards – for seven years of entering the Reading Challenge: Year 6 Paul Giavis , Heleena Ginis, Penny Kezalas, Alexander Nikitopoulos, Enavgeline O’Reilly, Christina Pascalis

Years 3 to 6 are to attend Academic Leadership Assembly at the SPACe (Senior School Campus 1130 Anzac Pde, Maroubra). Primary are to be dropped off at the Senior School by 9:00am and be dressed in full school uniform. They will be seated with their teachers by 9:15am. Parents will need to take Primary students home with them at the conclusion (approximately 11:45am).

Gold Certificates – awarded to children who have completed 3 years of the Challenge Years 3 and 4 George Alexandratos, Christof Bieri, Curtis Constantinou, Chrissy Drakakis, Joshua Tsoukalas, Sarah Constantinidis, Catherine Coutts, Andrew Dalessis, Phoebe Economou, Chloe Kristallis

Kindergarten to Year 2, are to arrive at the Junior School at normal time. Parents to collect Infants children by 12:00pm or as soon as practical if you are attending the Academic Leadership Assembly.

Mrs Bartlett Librarian Junior School

Private Bus children will be bussed to and from the Senior Campus. Please note early departure time at 12pm. This means, you will need to meet your child at the designated bus stop earlier.

CONDOLENCES Our sincere condolences are extended to Aston and Amali Roumanous, Mr & Mrs Roumanous, Kostan Papadopoulos, Mr & Mrs Papadopoulos and extended family on the loss of their beautiful mother and grandmother Maria. May Our Lord grant rest to her soul and long life to her family to remember her.

For the safety of the students of our College I ask that you exercise extreme caution as you approach and leave the Senior Campus. The grass area opposite the Senior School admin building will be available for parking. Please note that the parking on Anzac Pde, outside

Mrs A. Synesios Principal Junior School






Over the last 10 days Year 10 have been participating in activities to prepare for their Preliminary and HSC Courses.

On Thursday, 8th December, 2016 we will be rewarding students for their academic achievements as well as announcing the Student Leaders for 2017.

These included a visit to Holy Cross Monastery, Central Mangrove, guest speakers, introduction to Courses and a First Aid Course.

This special assembly will take place in the Sports and Performing Arts Centre and will start promptly at 9.30 a.m. and end at approx. 11.30 a.m.

Next week they will go Paddle Boarding and visit St Basil’s Nursing Home.

Senior School students will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Years 7-10 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Years 11 and 12. Students are to arrive at School and assemble in the courtyard no later than 8.45 a.m. Students are to wear summer uniform and blazer. The reports for Years 7-10 will be distributed at the end of the program. All parents and family are encouraged to attend. Please be seated by 9.15a.m. Students will be dismissed at the end of Assembly for the year.




This term, Year 9 Food Technology students visited Sydney Tower Restaurant to further enhance their learning of food safety, hygiene and business practices in a contemporary field. We began with an educational tour of the premises to observe production areas, followed by a full Buffet lunch. The food provided reflected the study area ‘Food in Australia’, as students feasted on a variety of dishes reflecting past and present Australia. Students particularly enjoyed the kangaroo, emu and crocodile dishes!

In continuing with our focus topic area “Food Trends”, Year 10 Food Technology created the ever popular “Naked Cake” this term. Within 2 hours, the students successfully achieved their design brief to create a celebratory cake incorporating up to date food items and production techniques. Students were able to evaluate the concept of trends as a reflection of changes within our society and the impact of technological development.


THE AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION 2016 Hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world enter this prestigious mathematics competition also known as the AMC. The AMC has three aims:  To highlight the importance of mathematics as a curriculum subject.  To give students an opportunity to discover talent in mathematics.  To provide resources for the classroom and general discussion. The AMC continues to be a major school mathematics event and is one part of our further enrichment and problem-solving program.

Chanele Bteddini Mary Diamond Anastasia Gikas Taylor Marinos

Credit Credit Credit Credit

In Year 8 George Hatzidis George Stavrou Chadey Bteddini Nicholas Drakoulis Chloe Drougas Marko Gacevic Belal Hijazi Anastasia Reeve

Distinction Distinction Credit Credit Credit Credit Credit Credit

In Year 9 Peter Nikas Desi Kapodistrias Eleni Preketes Tiffany Tsoukalas Emmanuel Tzanakes Georgia Veryinis

Distinction Credit Credit Credit Credit Credit

In Year 10 Yuan (Anne) Zheng Stephen Bletsas Elian Prayster Rhea Tsimboukis

Distinction Credit Credit Credit

In Year 11 Vasileios Kourliaftis Jonathan Lim George Raptis Jordan Stojkovic Jackson Tan

Distinction Distinction Credit Credit Credit

Mr A. Kollias Curriculum Leader - Mathematics

It is with pleasure that I list below, in alphabetical order and by achievement, in their Year, the students at St Spyridon College that received an award of Distinction or Credit this year. Certificates will be presented to many of these students at a forthcoming Middle School assembly. Please note that individual performance reports will be given to every student that took part.

YEAR 9 DRAMA - Aladdin This term, the Year 9 Drama students were given the task of preparing and presenting a children’s theatre production to a junior school audience. In keeping with what is showing in Sydney, we decided on the musical Aladdin. Each student was allocated a role and we rehearsed diligently in Drama lessons and outside of school. In addition to learning all lines and direction, the students were given the responsibility of being in charge of an element of production; lighting, costume, props and sound. We were fortunate enough to have Sally Carter, a student teacher helping throughout Term 4. Her expertise and

Well done to the students listed here and congratulations to all the students who took on the challenge. In Year 7 Mihalis Dovellos Distinction Gianni Keramitzis Distinction Teoni Antonopoulos Credit James Bletsas Credit


experience as a NIDA stage manager graduate was invaluable. The students worked hard to produce an outstanding performance showed to our wonderful Year 4 students on Tuesday 29th November. Watching how Jade, Dimitrios, Christine, Manny, Sophie, Caitlin, Chrissy, Spiros, Georgia and Chris developed as performers was an incredibly rewarding experience. Whilst the production at the end was successful, I was fortunate enough to view the process along the way. Mrs E. Mulligan English/Drama Teacher

CANTEEN I would like to thank our wonderful volunteers Diane Siagos, Elenie Coroneos and Elizabeth Alsop who continue to help throughout the year. Their enthusiasm and support over the years has been both enjoyable and greatly appreciated. A big thank you to our staff, Ms Gambrielle, Mr Georgoulopoulos, Mr Kaldis, Mrs Grillakis, Mr Giles, Mr Picardi and Mr Zafiropoulos, Year 11 and Year 12 students who helped us in times of need, and during my absence this year. I would like to thank our students and staff for supporting our canteen and allowing us to cater for their recess and lunch. Wishing all our students, staff, families and friends a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. Mrs I. Paraskevas Canteen Supervisor Wishing everyone a Holy Christmas and a Blessed New Year. Mrs A. Katsogiannis Principal Senior School



Αγαπητοί γονείς και φίλοι, Στην έκδοση αυτή θα ήθελα να συγχαρώ τις μαθήτριες της Β΄ Γυμνασίου, Παναγιώτα Καπάτου και Μαρίσσα Διακουμή που συμμετείχαν στο διαγωνισμό «Δημήτρια», ο οποίος διεξάγεται κάθε χρόνο από την



Πανμακεδονική Ένωση. Οι μαθήτριές μας κέρδισαν το ΠΡΩΤΟ ΒΡΑΒΕΙΟ για την εργασία τους. Συγχαρητήρια και στις δύο και θερμές ευχαριστίες στην καθηγήτρια των Εικαστικών Τεχνών Κυρία Pringle για την καθοδήγηση και την εποπτεία της στην εργασία των παιδιών μας.



MEETING USAIN ST LEO BOLT There was history to be made in the Rio Olympics and I for one was not going to miss watching it unfold. A simple man from Jamaica had run three events and won gold medals in all three events. These events were the 100m, 200m and 4x100m sprints, over three consecutive Olympic Games.

Καλά Χριστούγεννα σε όλους και καλά αποτελέσματα στους μαθητές της Γ΄ Λυκείου. Θα σας κρατούμε συντροφιά και πάλι το 2017 πρώτα ο Θεός.

This amazing man is none other than Usain Bolt. He is regarded as the fasted human ever created and I admire and idolize him for his sporting achievements. Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity by my parents to meet him in person in Melbourne. Firstly, I had to wake up very early to catch our 7am morning flight. My Mum and I arrived in Melbourne at around 8:30am. My uncle had arranged to have a special car waiting for us at the airport upon our arrival. Our driver George picked us up and drove us into the city where we went looking for some Puma clothing to purchase in case Usain Bolt was going to sign them. After shopping, I really wanted to go on a tram, so we walked to the tram station and we took the tram around Melbourne City. We were waiting on a phone call from Usain Bolts manager as to what time we would meet him. They finally messaged my mum and said we could meet him at 2pm. As my mum knew I loved sushi, she took me for lunch to Nobu. At Nobu we could actually see Usain Bolt holding a press conference for Nitro Athletics outside the Crown Casino. Once his press conference was finished and we had finished our lunch, his personal bodyguard came to the restaurant and got us. They took us up to his private room and we were told to wait there. At this point I was starting to get very excited but also very nervous about meeting Bolt. Within five minutes he came over to where we were siting and high-fived me. We sat down together on the lounge and he asked a lot of different questions. Some of these questions were; what is my favourite

κ. Μ. Φαλέτα


sport? Do I know any fun facts about him? What do I want to be when I grow up? We spoke for a long time and then I got to take some photos with him and his best friend, John Steffenson (who is an Australian Silver Medal winner in the 200m sprint). He also signed a lot of merchandise for me and my family.

Stars It never went too far Glowing white and wonderful Until he went far Some are glowing light Twinkling in the night sky Saying a goodnight

Before he left to go to his radio commitments, he wished me the best of luck and said he hoped I broke his 100m running record one day. I am still in shock I got to meet him and have personal time with him.

Jasmin Moros Spring on the Beach The ocean calms down The pine trees sway in the breeze The burnt sun lives on

This was the best day ever and one I will never forget.

Crystal Coulits

Emmanuel Moros 2A





As part of the ‘Preparing for the Preliminaries’ program, Year 10 students participated in a career-readiness workshop on ‘Presentation and Appearance’, provided by Kathryn Taylor from Turning Point Consulting. The students found this to be a very informative and useful session, where they were provided with many tips which should prove beneficial not only for interviews and meetings for employment, but for applications for scholarships, cadetships and early offers to university as well. The students enjoyed hearing Kathryn’s insights into the corporate world and what recruiters look for in candidates.

POEMS BY YEAR 5 Lost And Away From Home Lost in a different land, Where they all mined and panned, Deep, down is where I went, Away from my cosy tent. Light, light fading fast, Just not to find it last, Golden treasures beneath the earth, Far away from my hearth. Darkness shall engulf me, Stabbing pains in the back and knee, Getting deeper and more determined, Rotting away with all the vermin. Anna Kakakios


information, advice and to discuss your course options. Register to attend at:

Youtube: About UNSW UNSW’s Youtube channel, hosts a range of videos providing information on disciplines, courses, scholarships, student experiences and advice from current and graduated students. To access the videos, visit: w6kubDED3pNn9Yg



The iPhone/iPad app “undergraduate 20.17” is the easiest way you can deal with bonus points. It enables you to list only the bonus points for your particular subjects. With cutoff scores and your bonus points listed for every course, it’s easy to work things out. Go to the App Store on your iPhone or iPad, use the search term ‘undergrad’ and undergraduate 20.17 is the first app listed.

This session is essential for students in Years 10, 11 or 12 who are considering a career in graphics, web, video, animation, visual effects, screen and sound, digital and mobile, games, journalism or advertising and PR. For further information or to register, please visit:



For students wanting to become an early childhood and primary teacher, who don’t meet the requirements of three Band 5s, Macquarie University recommend: • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Students can complete one session (four units) and then transfer into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Birth to 12).

Portfolio submission is a means of boosting students’ chances of gaining entry into the Bachelor of Design (Hons), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Media Arts (Hons) or Bachelor of Art Theory. Students who have just completed Year 12 are still able to submit their portfolios to be considered for admission in 2017. Portfolios are assessed in the order in which they are received, so should be submitted as soon as possible. For further information, please see:

Students wanting to become an early childhood, primary or secondary teacher need only to meet the ATAR requirements to be considered. For these students, they recommend: • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) • Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Primary) • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology with Bachelor of Education (Primary) • Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

UNSW INFO DAY Saturday, 17 December 2016 11:00am to 4:00pm Location: UNSW Kensington Campus


On this day, the day after the ATARs are released, you can visit the UNSW campus for


more about entry options, campus life and various scholarship opportunities. RSVP by the 5th December.

• Bachelor of Science with Bachelor of Education (Secondary)



Applications close 14th February 2017 New students who achieve an ATAR of at least 93 and have been admitted to a non-law degree at Macquarie University to begin in 2017, can apply for admission to the pre-law pathway prior to their first semester of studies. The program will allow students to undertake introductory law classes, and upon satisfactory completion of these units, allow students to transfer into either the Bachelor of Laws or a Double Degree with Bachelor of Laws.


UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS The University of Sydney offers Equity Scholarships for students commencing in 2017. These are applied for via UAC’s website. Scholarships include University of Sydney Bridging Course Scholarships, Burton Educational Trust Scholarship, Rural Sustainability Scholarships, Environmental Sustainability Scholarships, The William John and Lizzie May Sinclair Scholarship, Roy Frederick Turner AM Scholarship, Graham Daniels Scholarship in Engineering and Information Technologies, Peter Giles Memorial Scholarship in Pharmacy, Commonwealth Indigenous Scholarships, and University of Sydney Accommodation Scholarship. equity.shtml


‘Get more from your ATAR’ Info Evening: Fri. 16 December 2016, 3-8pm. Register at 2017 Events Undergraduate Information Evening, Thu. 5 January, 4-8pm Bachelor of Clinical Science offer holder event, Wed. 1 February Macquarie in a Day, Wed. 19 & Thu. 20 April, 9-3pm Career Advisers and Teachers Day, Fri. 5 May, 9-2pm Student and Parent Info Night, Wed. 17 May Open Day, Sat. 19 August Macquarie Taster Days, 26, 27 & 28 September


UMAT 2017 REGISTRATIONS OPEN SOON Registrations for UMAT 2017 open early December 2016 and close 2nd June 2017. The test takes place nationally on the 26th July 2017. UMAT is a test that is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.



Parramatta, Mantra Hotel – 12 6:30pm – 9pm


For students who are interested in undertaking a trade, TAFE offers pre-apprenticeship courses which can help students get started with a trade career.


The dinners are a chance for Year 12 students to meet UNSW academics and current students as well as industry professionals to find out


Pre-apprenticeships Course Finder


The Pre-apprenticeships Course Finder is one of the most popular pages on the Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service website, with an average of around 4,300 direct hits a month. There are over 140 pre-apprenticeships currently active.

Projects Abroad arrange safe, sustainable and worthwhile volunteer programmes for individuals and groups alike. Working in 30 developing countries, volunteers from Year 10 upwards can make a contribution to projects in childcare, construction, conservation, education and human rights among many others. This session gives an overview of the projects and the chance to send in questions throughout.

AUSTRALIAN THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE SUMMER HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS Comedy Masterclass – 4th to 6th January Short Film Making – 9th to 13th January Musical Theatre Through the Ages – 9th to 13th January Screen Acting – 9th to 13th January Burn the Seats – 9th to 13th January Rise Up – 16th to 20th January Stage and Screen – 16th to 20th January HSC Intensive – 16th to 19th January Cabaret Masterclass – 23rd to 25th January



8 January Summer Camp directors from across the USA are coming to Australia to hire staff for their camps. Participants are hired on the spot to work for 9-12 weeks as camp counsellors in America. This is a cultural exchange program and perfect for a gap year. For details head to the website or call 1300 889 067.

NIDA YOUNG ACTORS STUDIO Sundays 11am-5pm for all of 2017 @ NIDA Sydney Auditions: 4th December, 10am. Book online as soon as possible. AU



USEFUL WEBSITES: These are worth a look: Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) This website helps prospective uni students make informed choices about their future. QILT provides students with a broad range of information about Australian universities including graduate job prospects and student satisfaction and retention rates.


9 January to 23rd February 2017 Summer school will provide the opportunity to complete an intensive Diploma course at St Patrick’s City Campus. There are two Diploma options in either Business or Business Administration, each cost $6000 and Smart and Skilled funding is available. For further information, contact Anne Fairhall on 0407 278 164 or email:

The Importance of Maths Visit the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s website to view a range of career profiles from apprentice chefs to Electricians to Nurses where mathematics is a necessary part of their everyday jobs. Skill Gaps in the Australian Job Market This article summarises some of the gaps in the Australian job market as of October 2016.

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Intermediate A These girls are yet to secure a win but their determination and competitive spirit in a difficult division is to be admired. Each week the girls participate to the best of their ability and provide tough competition to their opponents. Hopefully with this continued positive approach a win is not too far away.

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Intermediate B The Year 9 girls have had a successful start to the season. Round 5 they played a double header against Redlands where they narrowly lost against the top placed undefeated team and won convincingly in the second game that day. In Round 6 the girls unfortunately lost 2015 against Oxley. The girls need to secure a couple more wins in order to qualify for the Semi Finals.

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Junior Girls It has been most pleasing watching the development of all the Junior girls. The Junior A team has been extremely competitive in Division 1 where their strong defence has earned them success. Their Round 6 match was very exciting where they scored a basket in the last 30 seconds to win the match. The Junior B team and both Junior C teams continue to develop their skills each week both at training and in their matches. I look forward to watching their growth continue in 2017.


ISA GIRLS BASKETBALL The girls have had a fantastic start to the Basketball season. Results have been favourable for some teams however the girls have developed their Basketball skills each week and thoroughly enjoyed the competition. Opens This year’s competition has been incredibly close with the top 4 teams within 2 points of each other each time they have played. During Round 5 the girls versed Oakhill 2 and they were able to achieve a convincing win. Perhaps the most exciting match was Round 6 against Oxley first where the girls were able to defeat the undefeated first placed team. This win was extremely important for the girl’s confidence as they now have belief in themselves and will enter the back end of the season with a positive approach. At one point the team had a 10 point lead, however, the final score was 26-20. The team still have a hard road ahead next year as they need to play St Andrews and St Pauls Grammar who are above them on the ladder. However, with their continued dedication to improve and develop their team, cohesion they will no doubt see favourable results and secure themselves a semi-final position.

I would like to commend the girls for their efforts and dedication to training and their ISA matches each week. Their skill development and understanding of the game continues to improve and it has been pleasure to watch their growth. Their participation in the ISA program has enabled them to strengthen their friendships, develop team cohesion and value the importance of healthy competition in sport. I would like to wish all students, parents and coaches a Merry Christmas and safe holidays and thankyou for your support of the ISA sport program.

BOYS ISA BASKETBALL The boys’ teams have been training hard knowing that for our junior teams success on the weekend was paramount in giving the teams an opportunity to feature in the finals in 2017. It has been a challenging year with some


near losses and disappointing team performances and despite the interrupted training with academic examinations, the boys managed to do well on a difficult away trip. The U13 Blue team defeated St Pius X College comfortably and are currently sitting in 2nd place with 5 wins and 1 loss. The boys must be commended for their effort and willingness to improve on their performances every week.

year’s finals and have yet to really assert their authority on the competition. This week was make or break and the boys lifted, particularly in defence with strong structured defence the boys were easily able to account for a very well organised and structured Redfield College team. Although a great result the task ahead is enormous. Defeating 3rd place Redfield now paves the way for what is hoped is continued success in the New Year.

As for the U13 White team they too were in better form this week. Needing to win to stay in contention the boys were comfortable winners defeating Redfield College after a shaky start. Franklin Pyliotis together with Marcus James were very strong off the board as was Billy Bounos with his excellent leadership from the point guard position. Given that this is now their second win of the season, the boys need to put together a strong start to the 2017 season in order to reach the semi-finals.

In the U17 and Opens games, both teams struggled under the relentless and determined Redfield attack. Both teams did not show up, and they were dealt a brutal blow in the last game of the season. That said the interrupted preparation and the looming holidays are unwelcomed distractions that did have an unwanted impact on team performance. It has been a tough year in Basketball with many teams being pushed by their opponents. The realisation that being challenged and not always winning is a learning curve that strengthens your resolve and athletic ability. Wishing all families a blessed Christmas and a Happy New year. Boys Basketball Dates for the New Year 2017 Round 7 Saturday 4th February 2017 Round 8 Saturday 11th February 2017 Round 9 Saturday 18th February 2017 Round 10 Saturday 25th February 2017 Semi Finals: Saturday 4th March 2017 Finals: Saturday 11th March 2017 Boys Basketball Holiday Training All boys’ basketball teams will be having a training session on Monday, 23rd January 2017 in the SPACe (Sports and Performing Arts Centre) U13 Blue and U13 White at 8am – 10:00am U14 and U15 10am – 12noon U17 and Opens from 12 noon to 3pm (Lunch Provided)

Our U14 boys did not have the same fortunes going down to Redfield in a very close game. The boys were very good on the back of their structured attack and while the signs were promising, the team could not capitalise on some easy scoring opportunities, while Redfield took their chances. Despite this the boys played well and still have the opportunity to feature in a semi-final should they win their opening 2 games of the season.

Mr F. Kaldis Boys Sport

The U15 boys were under no illusions coming into the game. This team featured in last


Ms K. O’Shea Girls Sport






TERM 1 Thursday 26th January 2017 th

2017 DATES

Australia Day, Public Holiday

Friday 27 January 2017

Staff Development Day

Monday 30th January 2017

Staff Development Day

Tuesday 31st January 2017

Years 1 to 7, 11 & 12 commence

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Kindergarten and Years 8 – 10 commence

Friday 7th April 2017

Term ends

Sunday 16th April2017



Monday 24th April 2017

Staff Development Day

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Anzac Day, Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Students return

Monday 12th June 2017

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday


Friday 23 June 2017

Term ends for Staff and students


Monday 17th July 2017

Staff Development Day

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Students return

Tuesday 15th August 2017

The Dormition of the Theotokos – School Closed

Friday 22nd September 2017

Term ends for Staff and students


Monday 9th October 2017

Staff Development Day

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Students return

Thursday 7th December 2017

Term ends for students

Friday 8th December 2017

Staff Development Day


News 169 18a 2016  

The St Spyridon Newsletter No 169 for December 2016

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