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Edition 3 24 March 2017

In this edition

Principal’s Message Dear St Clare’s Community, We are now more than half way through the journey of Lent which offers us a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, whose very foundation is in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our habits, to pray more sincerely, experience regret for what we've done or failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.

The Season of Lent is offered to us as a time of renewal: a time to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. On Wednesday 5 April there will be a series of Easter liturgies for the students in year groups (Years 7,8,9 at 11.55am-12.35pm and Years 10,11,12 between 12.35-1.15pm) parents are most welcome to attend also. Enrolments for 2018 have commenced. We have visited all the Catholic feeder primary schools, advertised in social and printed media and publicised on the website. This is our opportunity to remind the community that we are welcoming to families, we are inclusive, open to all and we provide a great learning

environment for the students. Our ‘Try a Day’ will be on Wednesday 26 April for prospective Year 7 students and Our College Open Evening will be hosted on Thursday 27 April from 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm. We will facilitate an information session for Year 11, 2018 on Monday 15 May from 6-7 pm. Do you know a family who is interested in a high quality Catholic education for their daughter? Give them a call and invite them to come along to one or all of the information sessions – spread the good news of what St Clare’s has to offer. Interim Reports for Semester 1 were released on Friday 17 March. This report, in conjunction with the Parent-Teacher Interviews that are held on Thursday 30 March (4-7 pm) and Tuesday 4 April (4-6 pm), should enable you to get a reasonable idea of how your daughter is progressing academically so far this semester. On the report there is a column where teachers have indicated whether they would like to see you at the Parent-Teacher Interviews. If the teacher has requested an interview for any subject it does not necessarily indicate that there is a serious problem. Similarly, while teachers may have written No to Interview Continued page 2

Principal’s Message

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From the desk of the AP Curriculum and Assessment Blessing of Refurbished Staffrooms

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Feature in the Bulletin

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Debating

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Languages

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Art Speaks

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Change to 2017 Term Dates

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SEQTA

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HASSE Space School

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Computational Thinking at STCC

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Questacon Comes to St Clare’s

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International Women’s Day

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Swimming Carnival

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Fashion Trip to the VAMFF

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ASC Softball 2017

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Googonian Mathematicians

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Maths Competition

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2016 Teen Chef Award Winners 17 UN Youth Terrirtory Conference 18 Masterclass from Frank Woodly 19 Reducing Our Waste

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NAPLAN Information

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Safety Alert

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10 ways to Strengthen Your Support Network

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In the Headlines

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Parent to Parent

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Fees Reminder

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Upcoming Events

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Notices

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Requested, they are very happy to see any parents of girls in their classes so bookings should be arranged as required. The extraordinary House spirit exhibited by the students at St Clare’s College was on display again at our annual Swimming Carnival on Friday 24 March. We had a high attendance rate at the carnival which is testament to the commitment of our students to participate fully in College activities and events. Watching how our House Captains lead the younger students in preparation for this event and encourage their participation is very rewarding. Please be advised that Term 2 will begin for all students on Wednesday 26 April following the public holiday for Anzac Day. At the start of Term 2 it is expected that all girls will be in winter uniform. We wish to thank all the parents who have been supportive in ensuring that the girls are wearing the correct uniform and we wish to thank the girls for their cooperation also. As the school term draws to a close so too does our journey through the season of Lent. I wish all families a happy and holy Easter and a restful Term 1 break. Best Wishes, Brad Cooney Principal

Visit at Holy Family Primary School

Wednesday 26 April Try a Day at St Clare’s Become a St Clare’s girl for the day! All prospective Year 7, 2018 students are invited to experience the exciting and enriching opportunities that St Clare’s has to offer. Please register online at www.stcc.act.edu.au

Thursday 27 April Open Evening (4.30 pm to 7.30 pm) We would like to extend a warm welcome to all prospective students and their families to visit the College during our Open Evening. The Principal’s address will commence at 6 pm in the College Hall and school tours will be conducted throughout the evening.

Monday 15 May Year 11, 2018 Information Evening (6 pm to 7 pm) Discover the many courses and leadership opportunities available for senior students at St Clare’s. New and continuing students are invited to attend.

P: 02 6260 9400 E: enrolments@stcc.act.edu.au A: 1 McMillan Crescent, Griffith ACT 2603 www.stcc.act.edu.au

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Welcome to our Spirited Learning Community

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105


From the desk of the AP Curriculum and Assessment “My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success.” Isaac Newton

This is the spirit that I seek to encourage in my capacity as Assistant Principal for Curriculum ad Assessment. You should never think that you cannot have an honest exchange of dialogue with your daughter’s teacher regardless of how well she may be achieving. All staff at the College and, in particular, your daughter’s teachers remain open to assist you on any matter within their professional expertise at all times.

A word or two about assessment It is difficult to comprehend that seven weeks have passed since the start of the academic year. I trust the term has begun well for your daughter, and her learning to date has been engaging and enriching. By this stage of the year your daughter is definitely in the midst of several assessment tasks and no doubt she is trying to juggle the many competing demands of homework, assignments, study and social life. It is a time, therefore, for careful reassurance and understanding as we try to assist them through this process. It was my pleasure to speak with each of the Year 12 students at the beginning of this year, to discuss their course packages and the necessary requirements to maintain their current Senior Secondary Certificate (formally known as the Year 12 Certificate) eligibility. Further to these meetings I also had the opportunity to speak individually with the Year 12 students who are on the pathway to attain a Tertiary Entrance Statement, to discuss their ATAR estimates. What was most impressive during these meetings was the maturity and determination displayed by these young women. These conversations allowed for frank, open, honest discussion

regarding future plans and how best to achieve their goals. It is important for me to stress to you the importance of never giving up on a circumstance, no matter how it may look. All achievement is invaluable; all effort is rewarded. Your role in assisting with this encouragement and creating a positive environment in which your daughter(s) can learn and develop, cannot be overstated. On Thursday 30 March (Week 9) and Tuesday 4 April (Week 10), the College will be hosting Parent Teacher interviews. The Parent Teacher interview process is invaluable as it provides an open, transparent and inclusive format in which to speak personally with your daughter’s teachers and to share knowledge about your daughter’s likes, dislikes, needs and/ or problems; or indeed any other concerns that you may wish to raise and of which you may not think we are aware.

A well-structured parent teacher evening should be seen as a positive opportunity to assist all parties with the education of your daughter.

The beginning of a new school year often brings with it an excitement from each student to be organised and approach each class with the enthusiasm and determination needed to succeed. This is a wonderful goal and one that we at St Clare's are keen to support and encourage. Sometimes we need to ask our students to revisit this drive, and renew their commitment and determination to their learning, including the completion of assessment tasks. To this end, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all students of the College’s recommendations for the successful management of assessment and homework. Assessment Tasks are distributed to allow ample time for student preparation and submission. Assessment task due dates are indicated on all Unit Outlines, as well as the assessment task sheet. Students and parents can access these documents on SEQTA. In Years 7 – 10, each faculty at St Clare’s College has focused on continuous learning through the implementation of various formative assessment processes rather than concentrating on formal summative tasks. Formative assessment processes allow for the student to engage in their learning through class work and various activities that Continued page 4

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provide skill-based development. Formative assessment work should be seen as a series of critical stepping-stones for the education of your daughter.

A word about planning for assessment Managing the multitude of assessment tasks, homework, home and family commitments and extracurricular activities can be challenging. Students in all year groups have participated in an Assessment Planning exercise in which they have mapped their assessment tasks for all subjects in Semester One. The planning exercise enables students to see where their assessment load is heaviest. Students are responsible for implementing strategies to allow them to manage these peak times. If your daughter is feeling overwhelmed about her assessment, please reassure her that the College has a variety of resources in place to assist students of assessment requirements or who are having difficulties in meeting

all of the requirements. Students should speak to their class teachers, faculty coordinators and Dean of Students (Junior and Senior). At St Clare’s College it is our aim to optimise the success of each student and curriculum staff understand they need to work to meet this requirement. We are here for you.

An excellent curriculum and learning environment St Clare’s College prides itself in developing and delivering an excellent curriculum catering for the learning needs of a wide range of students. Students are encouraged to become active learners and take increased responsibility for their own learning. The formal curriculum delivery is complemented by a diverse range of opportunities, allowing students to experience learning in a variety of settings through excursions, guest speakers, use of ICT, participation in competitions and collaborative research opportunities.

Integral to the College is the importance placed on learning, and a focus on each and every student working to achieve to the very best of their ability. The staff at St Clare’s College are dynamic, talented and have, at the heart of their teaching, a passion for education and doing their utmost to impart this passion and love of learning to their students, your daughters. On behalf of the staff, we look forward to working with you and your daughter in pursuit of their learning and helping them achieve to the best of their ability. With a vibrant beginning to the school year, 2017 promises to be a year filled with great opportunities for our students. We ask, with your encouragement, that your daughter embraces the many and varied activities on offer at the College that will surely enhance the gratifying academic program that is available to her. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sharyn Quirk Assistant Principal Curriculum and Assessment sharyn.quirk@stcc.act.edu.au

Blessing of Refurbished Staffrooms On Monday 6 March Monsignor John Woods our College Chaplain blessed each of the following refurbished Staff rooms: Arts and Languages, Mathematics, Physical Education and Religious Education. Father also took the time to personalize his blessing for the staff members belonging to each of these faculties. Marie Manning Acting Mission and Ministry Coordinator

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Feature in the Bulletin

St Clare’s featured in the first edition of Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn’s Bulletin for 2017. Mr Brad Cooney, Principal, and a number of our students where asked to give an aspiration that they have for this year. A copy of this publication can be viewed at https://cg.catholic.edu.au/3DI/Bulletin12017/index.html

Debating

Debating for 2017 has officially begun with the first round during week six. Already we have seen some fantastic debating from all the girls. In the first week, our Year 7 team and our Year 8 team debated the topic: That we should ban junk food in school canteens; and our four Year 9/10 teams debated the topic: That we should prohibit celebrity entertainers from endorsing a political party. All teams debated well, and five out of our six teams won. The main questions of the celebrity entertainers debate were ‘How much influence do celebrity entertainers have?’ and ‘Is this influence good or bad?’. The outcome of the debate was determined by which team answered the questions best and convinced the adjudicator that they had the better argument.

In the second week, the Year 9 and 10 teams debated the topic: This house would include a 'none of the above' box on voting ballots. It was quite a tough topic, however half of our teams managed to win. The main questions of this debate were ‘Who gets the better democracy?’ and ‘Which model is best for the people?’. Teams won by convincing the adjudicator that their side of the debate was more democratic and better for the people. Cristina Munoz Year 10

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Languages

Shopping in Japanese

In Year 10 Japanese the class has been learning about shopping – where we shop, why we shop, where we choose to shop, how much things are, counting items, etc. So, in order to put the language we have learned into practice we simulated a shopping experience in the classroom. The students had to take turns being customers and shopkeepers and using the appropriate language that is required in each situation. The customers had a list of items in Japanese they had to shop for and an amount of money. The shopkeepers also each had a list of items with a price they had to sell them for and work out the change. The students embraced the opportunity and consolidated their language from the unit. Lisa Bourne Teacher

Faisons des crêpes à St Clare’s College!! An enjoyable moment for the Year 8 French students who enjoyed practising their language while savouring a delicious produce made by our guest, Kim de Poorter.

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Meeting Students from Nagasaki, Japan

On Monday 20 March the St Edmund's Year 10 Japanese class invited our students to visit with their visiting school from Nagasaki. We played 'minute to win it' and then had one minute to chat on different topics in Japanese and English making comparisons between teenage lives in Japan and Australia. Thank you to Mr Taylor and his class for the delicious egg and bacon rolls. Lisa Bourne Teacher


Art Speaks Change to 2017 Japanese Term Dates for ACT Schools Comes Alive! Are you a budding artists? The Japan Foundation is running a free online competition. Submissions are now open for the 2017 Art Speaks Japanese Comes Alive! Art Speaks Japanese Comes Alive! is an annual art and language contest for school-level students of Japanese. Students create their own artwork inspired by the Art Speaks Japanese, Japanese Language Education Kit (from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales). The contest is easy to enter. Students can create individual artworks, set up a matching artwork display in their classroom, or work together with classmates to create a group artwork display at their school or at a school event. Simply email the photo/s of the artwork together with a completed online entry form by the deadline (30 August 2017).

The published term dates for Students in ACT Catholic schools shows Term 2 starting on 24 April 2017. ACT public school commence Term 2 on 26 April following the ANZAC Day public holiday on Tuesday 25 April. Following extensive conciliation and a further hearing in the fair work commission on Thursday 9 March in relation to the term dates disputes, Catholic Education Canberra & Goulburn has decided it will extend the pupil vacation period to include Monday 24 April.

Term 2 will commence on Wednesday 26 April. The school calendar has been updated on the St Clare’s website.

SEQTA SEQTA is the College’s new Learning Management System. Students and staff are learning how to use the course content area and have been implementing the pastoral notification and attendance sections for approximately 12 months.

E​ ntries close on 30 August 2017 and the results will be viewable in the online gallery.

It is expected that by Semester 2 the College will have more areas of SEQTA available to students. Students currently log into SEQTA Learn to access their course material.

Create your own Japanese artwork! ENTRIES CLOSE 30 AUGUST 2017 www.artalive.jpf-sydney.net

ART SPEAKS JAPANESE COMES ALIVE! 2017 STUDENT ART CONTEST

Details can be accessed at http://artalive.jpf-sydney.net/

Our Curriculum Coordinators have attended training this year to manage online programmes and have gone back and instructed their faculty staff on how to create and manage the course content area for students. As the semester progresses they will begin to use marks books. We envisage that assessments will appear for the students in the Assessments section once the staff have all had training on how to use it. In the meantime staff have been asked to provide each student with a hard copy of the assessment item. Students will always receive a hard copy of an assessment item.

Parents and Guardians can also access SEQTA Engage now with their own logins via the Portal on the school website. Logins were emailed to parents in the last 12 months. If you need to have your login sent to you again please contact Jenni Johnson at jenni.johnson@stcc.act.edu.au On the SEQTA Engage Dashboard parents and guardians can also monitor unresolved absences. Please remember to send absence notifications through to Student Administration in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience while we learn how to use our wonderful new learning management system. Juliette Major Curriculum Coordinator - ICT

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HASSE Space School I am very pleased to announce that St Clare’s College will be involved in the December 2017 HASSE Space School International Study Program. Through our partnership with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and HASSE, our girls will have the unique opportunity to join this once in a lifetime, STEM-based experience at NASA in the USA.

Tailored to develop leaders for the next generation, this NASA program aims to inspire and nourish ongoing interest in STEM-based careers; empowering and preparing girls for the fastest growing and most sought after occupations of the 21st century. The girls are given unique access to NASA facilities and training programs, while learning personal and leadership skills to apply through their school years and beyond. Please see the official invitation for a one-hour information session that takes place on

Tuesday, 28 March at St Clare’s College in the Flexible Learning Centre (FLC). }}

6.00-7.00pm for the Junior Space School Program (years 7, 8, 9)

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7.30-8.30pm for the Senior Space School Program (years 10, 11, 12)

Date: Location:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Flexible Learning Centre St Clare’s College 1 McMillan Cres, Griffith

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Junior Space School For students in years 7, 8, 9 6pm to 7pm Presentation and Q&A For December 2017 Expedition Senior Space School For students in years 10, 11, 12 7.30pm to 8.30pm Presentation and Q&A For December 2017 Expedition

Aside from providing them with an unforgettable experience, girls come to recognise the importance of multi-disciplinary learning as well as the role imagination plays in critical thinking and problem solving. These are lifelong skills that our girls will be able to adapt and use in any situation. The program comes highly recommended by both teachers and parents of previous girls that have participated in the HASSE Space School with schools across Australia. I encourage you to attend this evening information session and please RSVP to ensure your child will receive a complete information kit on the program: http://www.ivicon.com.au/alliance I look forward to your attendance on the night. Kind regards Brad Cooney Principal

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Computational Thinking at STCC Recently students studying Digital Technologies were a part of two online challenges the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge and the Code Masters Challenges.

Bebras is offered world wide. Students from Years 7 to 10 participated during their class or during the SWITCH club at lunchtime. The students acheived six Credit, two Merit and five Participation Certificates. Olivia Graham and Alyssa Fitzgerald from Year 8 said:

“Some of the questions were easy but the majority of the questions were challenging. We were asked to solve coding questions and questions that helped us reach our final goal of finding the area of a space.” The University of Melbourne ran the second online challenge, CodeMasters. This was St Clare’s College first entry into the Code Masters Challenge and the students were tested in their computational skills. The Bebras Challenge will be offered again in second semester. Juliette Major Curriculum Coordinator - ICT

Questacon Comes to St Clare’s On Thursday 3 March The Shell Questacon Science Circus visited St Clare’s and presented two exciting shows for the students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The Science Circus is a long standing partnership between Questacon, Shell and The Australian National University. The first show was about pressure. Pressure is the amount of force exerted over an area and a student was asked to sit on a bed of nails. Air pressure was also explored with an air cannon and other exciting acts. The second show was a fun and explosive show based upon the science of the amazing substance known as Liquid Nitrogen, one of the coldest substances known. Janet Worontschak Science Coordinator

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International Women’s Day On Wednesday 8 March, the St Clare’s community celebrated International Women’s Day. Our goal was to encourage the community to 'be bold for change' and break out of their cocoons. Students and teachers were invited to write on a butterfly how they will be bold for change in 2017 and add it to the wall display. The event included a photo booth so that the message not only remained in our school but was spread into the wider community on social media. We were also lucky enough to be invited to the International Women's Day lunch at the Convention Centre. The event had a lineup of incredibly inspirational women who shared their powerful stories and messages to a number of women from the Canberra community. The event inspired us so much that we can't wait to create more initiatives that inspire women in our communities, keep an eye out later in the year for some more exciting women's events! Grace Lustri and Tori Salafia Year 12

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Swimming Carnival

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Fashion Trip to the VAMFF

To begin our fashion getaway we travelled to St Albans in Melbourne. We were immersed in Aboriginal culture through watching a traditional smoking ceremony. We then moved into the recently built community centre where we created silk scarves, by tie dying silk. Guest speakers talked to us about creating opportunities in fashion and hospitality for refugees and migrants. After the exhibition we went to Lygon Street for an Italian lunch. We then got glammed up and headed to the Melbourne Museum for the Global Indigenous runway. This was a really interesting show as it gave young Indigenous people a chance to try out modelling and Indigenous designers the chance to create garments. The garments were really colourful, unique and holistic which represented the designers.

makeup or hair done which was great fun! We were all very excited upon arriving at the runway for the first show where we received our gift bags filled with goodies. The show was amazing and really helpful for our current fashion unit at school. Each of the designers was different with intricate, beautiful designs. There was then a short break before the second show commenced. We were allowed to move to the first and second rows for the second show to have a better view and get some extra goodies. This show

After the show we went back to the Nunnery for a quick shoe change in preparation for the evening shows. There were many photo opportunities which we took advantage of at the VAMFF foyer. We each had the chance to get our

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was also amazing and we all got inspiration for our assignments. We were all very grateful for our amazing experience and the excitement didn’t die down even after the end of the second show. After another quick stop into the Nunnery we changed into comfy clothes to go out for dinner. An eight hour bus ride followed. Special thanks to Mrs Masterman, Mrs Major and Michael our bus driver. This opportunity would not have been possible or fun without you. Year 11/12 Fashion Design Class


ASC Softball 2017

Softball Team: Charlize Bale, Mackenzie Bale, Elana Catanzarita, Alexandra Edwards, Zarah Gloria, Kara Murphy, Amy Tropman, Sophie O’Donnell, Hayley O’ Sullivan, Lizzie Rice, Ella Ruiz, Nakita Taylor, Anabelle Tetley, and Georgia Ugov.

The ACT Secondary Girls 13 years and over Championship was held on Friday 3 March at the Hawker International Softball Centre. St Clare’s entered one team of girls from Years 7 to 10 in the 9/10 division.

Kara grew in confidence in batting and managing to steal between bases; Nakita’s strong throw from the outfield to home base stopped a homerun. Anabella had a good hit to fill the bases, with Ella managing to bring herself and Georgia home.

Our first game against St Mary McKillop College saw us slow to start with an unexpected loss of 3-2, but it was a good reminder of the rules in running to bases and making the most of the innings. This motivated the team and the next game against Canberra College showed what the team was capable of, convincingly winning 14-0, managing to score the maximum amount of runs allowed in each innings. Special mention to Ella, Alexandra and Mackenzie for big hits and Mackenzie for her consistent pitching.

These performances saw the team place first in Pool B, putting us up against the second place winners from Pool A, Melba/Copland Secondary School. We won this game 4-2. Highlights were Alexandra and Ella’s homeruns, Hayley’s skillful stealing of bases and Ella’s catching.

Up against St Francis Xavier College next the win was much closer at 3-1.

The final game of the day saw us face Belconnen High School whose team also had a strong pitcher. Unfortunately, we went down by only one run, losing 4-3. The strong fielding in the outfield, big hits by Amy, Ella, Mackenzie and Nakita and a good eye and patience shown by Lizzie and Anabelle at the plate

gave us our best chance at getting runs home. Mackenzie and Ella’s pitching and catching duo were formidable and Amy, Hayley and Alex on bases, as well as Lizzie and Charlize at short stop.

I would like to commend the team on their dedication to training, commendable sportsmanship and team spirit on the day. A strong batting line up, skillful stealing of bases, efficient fielding and strong pitchers saw this team be very competitive on the day. Thanks to Nathan Bale for his umpiring and Deborah for scoring on the day. Lisa Bourne Teacher

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Googonian Mathematicians

Maths Competition Create and submit a 3-5 minute video and you could win $2,000

The Maths faculty has recently received information from AMSI (the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute) concerning a national competition in which students form teams to create a short (3 to 5 minute long) video on the theme "Maths is our future". Prizes from $200 to $2000 are to be awarded. From the information sent, we read that:

As a maths teacher I hear it all the time. ‘What are we doing this for?’ ‘When am I ever going to use this?’ Sometimes it is difficult for a student to see the point of some learning, especially when it is difficult to relate to everyday life. But we use maths all the time. Sure, some of the more complex and abstract concepts are not so easy to relate to, but some of the easier concepts and problems solving skills are particularly useful and easier to integrate into our lives. Real life home improvement projects require a good understanding of mathematical concepts. From calculating how much timber will be needed to construct a deck, to figuring out the area of walls and ceilings in order to purchase enough paint. So, when implementing the Year 12 Essential Maths course this year, the topic of scales, plans and models had the potential to make it a real home building project. The girls have been given a budget in which they will need to ‘purchase’ land in a new area developed in Googong and ‘build’ a house. Some of the questions they need to answer are: }}

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They are becoming Googonians but I think, in the process, they are becoming mathematicians. Carolyn Batch Teacher of Years 11 and 12 Essential Maths

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Registration opens on 1 March and final deadline for submissions is 23 June 2017. Mrs Rasmus has copies of the flier for those who are interested. Please collect them from the maths staffroom Room W102. You can also visit the website for more information and view some of the previous winners videos http://teachers.choosemaths.org. au/student-awards/


2016 Teen Chef Award Winners

Year 11 2016 Hospitality students Hanna Lukowski, Jaslin O’Connell, Alycia Bencic and Alicia Jones were presented with their trophy for winning the 2016 Teen Chef Competition. The trophy will take pride of place in the Hospitality display cabinet to inspire budding chef’s and future entrants.Here is a recap of the eventful day: On Wednesday 31 August 2016, Year 11 Hospitality students participated in the finals of the Teen Chef Competition. The students presented 4 dishes to the judges with the core ingredients of kale, chestnut and manadarin. Their menu consisted of pumpkin, kale and goats cheese filo pastry as entrée, mandarin spatchcock with a mandarin and cherry reduction for main and a chocolate chestnut and raspberry tart for dessert and a mystery dish of Green tea crepes with mandarin sauce.

The organisers of the teen chef competition had provided the students with vouchers to purchase their ingredients at the Belconnen Fresh food markets. We met bright and early on the day of the competition, where the girls enjoyed spending their vouchers to select their ingredients. They had fun identifying some unusual produce and even taste tested a sweet basil seed drink. The girls are still debating about whether they liked it or not. Once all ingredients were purchased it was time to get to the kitchen. The competition started with the John Paul College II team preparing their dishes. The St Clare’s team watched on with awe and respect. The John Paul College team plated 4 delicious dishes with creative and professional presentation. Then it was St Clare’s time to shine. The girls were ready in their professional chef’s outfits and they utilised their preparation time to quickly get their

equipment and stations set up. They executed their dishes with precision and professionalism. They worked effectively as a team and demonstrated highly developed communication skills. The judges were so impressed with their performance and professionalism they commented that the girls worked with more precision than some of their existing apprentices and they would happily employ them to work in their kitchen. Throughout the competition the judges roamed through the kitchen often asking the girls questions in regards to the principles of cookery related to their dish and their use of ingredients in relation to environmental sustainability. The girls worked well under pressure and enjoyed the cooking experience. When the girls had cleared their stations, it was time for the judges to announce the winners. Both teams were waiting with nervous anticipation. The judges commented on the high calibre of both teams and were very impressed with the quality of the final products and the professionalism of the students involved. They mentioned that they were particularly impressed with the food presentation skills demonstrated and the communications skills demonstrated between the teams. The final results were close and that the winner was St Clare’s College! There was lots of hugs and tears of joy. The girls congratulated the John Paul College II team members and then were presented with their prize of a $600 Harvey Norman voucher, $200 worth of Belconnen Fresh food markets vouchers and each team member received a cookbook. We are so proud of the girls, they have been excellent ambassadors for the College and it has been wonderful to see such talented and passionate students showcase their culinary skills. Monique Nutt Hospitality Teacher

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UN Youth Territory Conference 2017

Over the Canberra Day long weekend, I attended the UN Youth Territory Conference 2017.

We explored the theme of ‘Redefining Statehood in the 21st Century’ which prepared us for the mock UN debates. Statehood and the definition of statehood can be an intimidating topic and I personally went in knowing very little about it; but, if you have an interest in history, international relations or diplomacy, engaging with the topic would not be challenging. If the idea of learning about a (possibly new) topic all weekend intimidates you – don’t worry! The weekend itself revolves around interesting workshops, fun games and amazing conversations. I’ve known about the Territory Conference for years and had been to a couple of UN Youth Day events in the past but was always apprehensive about signing up for

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the weekend long Conference. I was unsure of what to expect, who would be there, whether I would know enough, whether it would be interesting or a dread. This year, being in Year 12 therefore the last year I could sign up, I decided to just go for it. Even leading up to the weekend I was a bit apprehensive but my apprehension quickly dissipated as I arrived on the Friday evening with Sophie Barton. Sophie and I were instantly welcomed by the amazing facilitators who remained welcoming, caring, helpful and intelligent the entire weekend. The facilitators initiated conversation with all the delegates (students) as they arrived and got everyone talking and introducing themselves. An introduction, dinner, welfare briefing and more games kept everyone involved throughout Friday evening and we went to our very comfortable rooms with new friends. Saturday involved workshops all day, trivia and a themed disco (or board games if disco is not your thing).

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105

The workshops introduced us to the topic of statehood and allowed us to discuss the ideas surrounding statehood openly. Workshop activities were fun, interesting and did not require too much prior knowledge. If you knew everything about what we were discussing, that was cool; if you knew nothing and could not even pronounce the name of the country we were discussing, that was also cool. The workshops were made to include and engage all delegates and facilitators were there to answer your questions as they came up. Trivia and disco (for me mostly board games) that night was entertaining and led me to meet and interact with even more interesting people. Sunday was debate day. Territory Conference debates are not competitive and are reasonably laid back while still being informative and interesting. The facilitators taught everyone how debates are run earlier on the weekend, but reminded us again on debate day. Earlier in the week we were emailed a country which we were to represent at the mock UN General Assembly debates. The debates had an accepting environment that encouraged all delegates to participate. No matter your participation level, debate day was an experience. I recommend, if your interested, to go to UN Youth events! It was an amazing experience that introduced me to so many amazing, like-minded, intelligent people who taught me a lot. I came out of UN Youth events with more knowledge and more of an understanding about current and relevant issues in our local, national and international community. Be willing to learn, be open to different perspectives and gain a new, unique experience at UN Youth Territory Conference, and other UN Youth events. Sophia Childs Year 12


Masterclass from Frank Woodly

On Thursday 2 March, Year 11 and 12 Drama students were fortunate to watch Australia comedian Frank Woodley in action at the Canberra Theatre. The students are studying Comedy and benefited from meeting Mr Woodley after the show. He generously gave an impromptu masterclass in Comedy for the students and they are feeling inspired and confident as they prepare for their own performances and their Comedy Night next term. Vanessa Johnson Faculty Coordinator - Arts & Languages

Reducing Our Waste

On Thursday 16 March, the Environmental Committee and I held an event in honour of Clean Up Australia Day. All of the rubbish bins located in the outside areas of our school and in the hallways were taken away and all students received biodegradable plastic bags to collect their rubbish in. The aim of this event was to show our students the amount of waste that they produced individually within one school day. All of the full rubbish bags were then collected and placed in the Quad area to allow our students to see the amount of waste our whole college produces in one day. Many of our students were surprised by the amount of rubbish that was collected. The students gained an awareness of waste within our school and hopefully this will lead to a change in behaviours. Christina Hummer Year 12

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2017 information for parents and carers

What is NAPLAN?

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN tests reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. Federal, state and territory education ministers agreed that NAPLAN will move online from 2017, over a threeyear period. This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments.

Why do students do NAPLAN tests?

NAPLAN is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools, teachers and parents can determine whether or not students are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy. The tests provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education programs are working and what areas could be improved. All government and non-government education authorities have contributed to the development of NAPLAN Online tests. NAPLAN tests are one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process; they do not replace the extensive ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance.

What are the benefits of NAPLAN Online?

NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Assessments will use an adaptive ‘tailored test design’, which gives students questions better suited to their achievement level. This form of testing will help teachers customise their teaching more specifically to student needs.

Will all schools start doing NAPLAN Online at the same time?

No. States and territories will each determine when their schools will move to NAPLAN Online. Some schools will continue to administer paper-based NAPLAN assessments until then.

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What will be tested as part of NAPLAN?

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. NAPLAN content is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. To become more familiar with NAPLAN Online, please visit the public demonstration site at the NAP website: www.nap.edu.au

Who will run the tests?

NAPLAN tests are conducted at schools and administered by classroom teachers, school deputies or principals. State and territory education authorities are responsible for implementation in their state/territory.

How can I help my child prepare for the tests? NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students have already been learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the online test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. Parents can also familiarise themselves with the testing experience by using the public demonstration site available at www.nap.edu.au

Help your child prepare for NAPLAN by reassuring them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and reminding them on the day to simply try their best. If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN Online, you should make a time to speak with their teacher. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.

What additional support can schools provide for students with special needs?

All students are encouraged to participate in NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN Online will meet the needs of all students, including those with a disability. As students with an identified need progress through the online tests, as appropriate, they will be given an alternative question that is more accessible but still assesses the same content. Students with disability may qualify for adjustments that reflect the support normally provided in the classroom. Students who have a temporary injury may also be reasonably accommodated.

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105


A formal exemption may be granted for a student with significant intellectual disability and/or significant coexisting conditions, or for a student who has recently arrived in Australia and has a non-English speaking background.

Your school principal and your state testing authority can give you more information on special provisions or the process required to gain a formal exemption.

For more information about NAPLAN Online: • visit the NAP website: www.nap.edu.au • contact your child’s school • contact your state or territory’s education authority (details available on the NAP website).

How is NAPLAN performance measured?

NAPLAN is not a pass-or-fail type test. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. Each test scale has 10 bands and all year levels are reported on the same scale. Six bands are reported for each year level for each test. One of these bands represents the national minimum standard for students at each year level. A result at the national minimum standard indicates that the student demonstrated the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia. The results for students sitting NAPLAN online are comparable to those from the paper-based assessment.

What happens if my child is absent from school on test days?

Where possible, schools will organise for individual students who are absent at the time of testing to complete missed tests at another time during the NAPLAN Online test window.

Will I receive a report on my child’s performance?

Schools that administer NAPLAN Online will receive a student summary report commencing the week of 19 June. A final Individual Student Report (ISR) will also be issued later in the year, at the same time as the reports are issued to students who completed the test on paper. The same final ISR report format is used for every student in Australia. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent to you. If you do not receive the reports, you should contact the school. Individual student results are strictly confidential.

How are NAPLAN test results used? • •

Schools use results to improve teaching programs and to set goals in literacy and numeracy. School systems use results to review programs and support offered to schools.

Students and parents may use individual results to discuss progress with teachers. NAPLAN current and trend results are available on the My School website: www.myschool.edu.au

Where can I get more information?

For ACARA’s privacy policy, go to: www.acara.edu.au/ contact-us/privacy

NAPLAN Online 2017 tests

In 2017, NAPLAN Online has a longer test window than the paper test to ensure each school participating in online testing can plan for the use of their in-school computer resources. The NAPLAN Online test window starts on 9 May and finishes on 19 May. The online tests need to be taken in a specific order, as shown below. •

To be completed in the first two days.

Reading

To be completed before the conventions of language test.

Conventions of language

To be completed any time after the reading test. This test includes spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Numeracy

Writing

• •

To be completed after the conventions of language test. The numeracy test includes number and algebra; measurement and geometry; and statistics and probability. Calculators are not permitted to be used for the online numeracy tests in Years 3 and 5 (just like for the paper test). In Years 7 and 9, there will be a short section at the start of the online test that assesses important mental calculation skills. For all questions after this section, a calculator will be provided by the online test, which will be available for use if needed.

In 2017, Year 3 students will undertake online assessments for numeracy, reading and conventions of language. However, they will do a paper-based writing test. Students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will complete all NAPLAN assessments online.

www.nap.edu.au

© Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2017

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105

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Safety Alert 22 March 2017 Dear Parents/Carers

St Clare's College has been made aware that there has been a product recall for Epipen® 300 microgram (µg) Adrenaline Injection Syringe Auto-Injectors (AUST R 42978) used for the treatment of allergic emergencies (anaphylaxis) with the following batch numbers: }}

Batch number 5FA665 Expiry Apr 17

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Batch number 5FA6651 Expiry Apr 17

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Batch number 5FA6652 Expiry Apr 17

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Batch number 5FA6653 Expiry Apr 17

The school has conducted a review of the EpiPen® that are currently stocked within the first aid kits/rooms for student/staff medical needs and has taken the recommended steps as advised by the supplier Alphapharm Pty Ltd. We ask that all families who have a need to have EpiPen® in the home also complete a review of the batch numbers and action the following steps: 1. Check if you have a 300µg EpiPen® (yellow carton and label) and if you do, check the batch number and expiry. The batch number and expiry can be found on the label of the pen or o the end of the carton.

2. If the EpiPen® 300µg has the following batch numbers 5FA665, 5FA6651, 5FA6652 or 5FA6653 and an expiry of Apr17, the EpiPen® 300µgwill need to be replaced with a new one as soon as possible by returning it to a pharmacist. 3. A pharmacist will replace the EpiPen® 300µg from the affected batch with an EpiPen® 300µg from a different batch FREE OF CHARGE. 4. The EpiPen® 300µg must be retained until a replacement is made available and use if required

Should you have any queries or concerns please contact the school on 6260 9400. Kind regards, Brad Cooney Principal

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“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105


10 ways to Strengthen Your Support Network

1.

Reach out to people by being friendly, helpful and kind.

2.

Find others with similar interests and get involved with them. Don't sit around and wait for people to come to you.

3.

When you are upset about something, tell someone and if they're not interested, tell someone else. Don't keep your feelings locked up inside.

4.

Ask for help whenever you need it. Everybody needs help sometimes.

5.

Invite others to join in on your activities.

6.

Be the kind of friend you would like to have.

7.

When you see someone who is upset or sad, reach out and ask them if they would like to talk. They might do the same for you one day.

8.

Ask your family members for their support. Make a suggestion that the members of your household have a weekly family meeting where everyone has a chance to talk about anything they want.

9.

If you make promises to people, make sure you keep them.

10. Be reliable, trustworthy and honest with everyone.

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path� Psalms 119:105

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In the Headlines

Secondary Schools Tennis Competition

On Tuesday 28 February, eight St Clare's representatives attended the 2017 Secondary Schools Tennis Competition at the Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham. The team was comprised of Jasmine Burns, Anneka Rogers, Clare Lafferty, Callison Row, Kathryn Liston, Charni Wells, Heather Byron and Olivia Burt. These girls had a lot of fun and showed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Some highlights of the day include: Anneka Rogers making it to the 14 and under girls semifinals in which she lost to the number 1 seed in a close match, Callison Row winning the 14 and under girls consolation draw, and Kathryn Liston making it to round 3 of the open girls singles where she played a great match against the number 1 seed. Overall the day was a success. Thanks to Mr McGrath for his great support throughout the day. Olivia Burt Year 11

Kidslit Quiz On 15 March, Olivia Phelps, Maia Schyvens, Sophie Chandler, Lauren Moloney, Ashley Thorne, Bridie McCarther, Olivia Maher and Tayla Julien went to Canberra Girls Grammar School to compete in the 26th annual Kids Literature Quiz (KLQ). This year there were twenty three groups competing in teams of four. The competition was divided into ten rounds, with each round having a different theme including folklore, famous animals and book knowledge. The two teams from St Clare’s College came second and eleventh and won some great prizes. The day was a lot of fun!

Brilliant Run by Keely Small

Image sourced from https://twitter.com/ David_Tarbotton

On Saturday 11 March at the AIS Athletics track, 15 year old, Year 10 St Clare's student Keely Small won the open womens 800 metre race. In a personal best time of 2:01.46, she broke the Under 18 Australian record and beat an amazing field of accomplished runners and Olympians. To watch the race visit our Facebook page.

Kayaking Win Charlotte Stimson came first in the Ladies U14 K1 7.75km at the PaddleNSW State Marathon Championships. Charlotte has only been paddling for a short time and only graduated to a K1 just prior to Christmas. Kiaran Lomas Kayak Coach, Burley Griffin Canoe Club

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“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105


ACT Rugby 7s Champions

Singing for the Recognition and Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the two teams of Years 7/8 and Years 9/10 girls who became the ACT 7s Rugby Champions on March 8.

The St Clare's Choir was honoured to perform at the recent Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Recognition and Awards ceremony at St Christopher's Cathedral. The Recognition Awards recognise people who display innovation and/or excellence in addressing one of the three areas of Strategic Intent: Build and Celebrate Catholic Culture; Build Capacity and Build Community. St Clare's had five of members of staff who were presented with awards as part of this ceremony.

Athletics

Rowing

Good luck to Hannah Lukowski and Grace Brennan from Year 12 who will be competing in Sydney at the Junior Athletics Championships next week.

St Clare’s College was well represented at the annual ACT Head of the Lake School’s regatta on the 11 and 12 March. The crew of cox Yolanda Patterson, stroke Bridget Hickman, Emily Carroll, Lucy Egan Richards and bow Juliette Straughair competed in the Year 11 and 12 quad. It was a strong competition against other schools but the crew came together on the day to combine well as a crew. Emily, Juliette and Lucy completed their rowing season with excellent results at the ACT Championships the preceding weekend. Rowing Captain Bridget will race at the NSW Grade Championships next month at the Sydney Olympic Rowing course.

Contributions are greatly received for any updates on student activities. Content and images can be sent to media@stcc.act.edu.au

Parent to Parent Parents, are you challenged with parenting a teenager? Would you like to know that you are not alone? Parent to Parent (Canberra region) is a newly formed group of parents supporting each other in parenting teenagers tackling life's challenges. If you would like to meet other parents and share experiences we would love you to join us. If you are interested please email us at the following address: parenttoparentcanberraregion@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105

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Fees Reminder

Fees are now due for payment in full unless arrangements have otherwise been approved by the College. If you have an arrangement in place, please ensure that the instalment payments are sufficient to have your account paid in full by the end of this year. Please contact the Accounts Clerk on 6260 9461 if an adjustment is needed. Accounts Office

Upcoming Events Tuesday 28 March - HASSE Space School Information Evening Thursday 30 March - Parent Teacher Interviews Tuesday 4 April - Parent Teacher Interviews Wednesday 26 April - Try A Day at St Clare's Thursday 27 April - Open Evening

Notices Daily notices are available on the montiors throughout the school.

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Walk for Epilepsy Sunday 26 March 10 am Commonweath Place, Lake Burley Griffin www.epilepsyact.org.au

Science Club Every Wednesd ay lunchtime in P 111 All students welcome

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