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Edition 5 19 May 2017

Principal’s Message On Thursday we farewelled Natasha Rogers, one of our beloved Year 12 students. The memorial service for Natasha was attended by many of our senior students, parents and staff and was a beautiful recognition and celebration of Natasha’s life. The sudden and unexpected passing of Natasha has brought the College closer together; the response of students, parents and staff reflects the kind of person Natasha was and gives me great hope in the unity of our community. In memory of Natasha I leave you with a reflection titled “Gone from my sight” by Henry Van Dyke.

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

In this edition Principal’s Message


Year 9 Respectful Relationships Day


St Clare’s Student Chosen for the International Science School


Love your Sister


Charity Day


St Vincent de Paul Volunteer Thank You Event


Senior Modern History


Bill Turner Trophy


Year 12 Psychology Stress Better Program


Picture of Happiness Project


Auditions for the Musical Theatre Project


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News


Youth Advisory Council Members


Raising Happy, Healthy and Resilient Children


Changes to Bus Services


In the Headlines


Fees Reminder


Upcoming Events




Best Wishes, Brad Cooney Principal

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Year 9 Respectful Relationships Day As part of the focus on respectful relationships this term, the Year 9 cohort participated in a Respectful Relationships Day with St Edmund’s College. This day was designed to complement the Sexual Assault Prevention Program for Secondary Schools (SAPPSS) program and featured guest speaker, Mr Brent Sanders. The content focused on relationships, sexual/indecent assault and consent. The sessions included open discussions with regard to common misinterpretations around these areas and clarification of relevant legal definitions and consequences. “I thought the day was beneficial. We learnt what to do if we find ourselves in an unsafe situation. We also learnt how to reduce our risk of assault and to look after one another when we are out. The guest speaker was informative, it was great that he used real life situations so we could relate to the topic. It was good that we completed the program with the boys from St Edmund’s College so the message was spread across both campuses. The day related closely to the SAPPSS program and our work in PC as it reinforced the messages and gave us more strategies to use to keep ourselves and our friends safe.” Abby Morton Year 9


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

St Clare’s Student Chosen for the International Science School

University of Sydney has been running The International Science School (formally called the Harry Messel International Science School) since 1962. Students from all over the world are invited to apply to participate in this program and only 140 students and approximately 90 of these students are from Australia. The Science School is a fee free residential school that honours excellence in senior science students. The students are involved in inspiring talks by leading researchers, tours of scientific labs, hands-on experiments and activities, and a packed social program. The school encourages the students to consider careers in Science and this year St Clare’s College is proud to announce that one of our students has obtained a position in this prestigious program. Congratulations to Holly Schyvens (Year 12) for obtaining a place at the science school. Janet Worontschak Science Coordinator

Love your Sister On Wednesday 10 May St Clare’s senior students participated in the Love Your Sister's Big Heart Project.

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


Charity Day On Wednesday 17 May Wibalu and Ulamina held their charity day to support L’Arche. L’Arche offers supported living in community households together with a rich social and cultural life, for adults living with intellectual disability. It allows residence to lead full and rewarding lives in friendship with others who are seeking community and connection. The students were asked to dress in blue and white for a gold coin donation. At recess the Wibalu and Ulamina senior girls held a bake sale, raffle and a braille guessing competition. During lunchtime they held a netball game in the gym against St Edmund’s students.


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

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


St Vincent de Paul Volunteer Thank You Event

On Thursday 11 May St Clare’s College hosted the annual St Vincent de Paul Volunteer Thank You Event. This is an evening of celebration and acknowledgment of the hard and selfless work of a number of members in the community who give of their time to support those in need. The event was held in the Chiara Restaurant and a number of Hospitality and Christian Services students from Years 10 to 12 volunteered to prepare finger foods from smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls to pumpkin parcels. We also had a number of St Clare’s College staff don their aprons and help out in the kitchen. It was a very successful evening and everyone in attendance spoke very highly of the food and service. Thank you to all staff and students involved. Pip Masterman Faculty Coordinator - Technologies

Senior Modern History On Friday 31 March, the Senior Modern History Class role played the trial of Julius Streicher, one of many carried out in the Nuremberg Trials between 1945 and 1949. Julius Streicher was the author and publisher of the newspaper Der Sturmer which became a prominent source of Nazi propaganda in Germany. After WW2, Streicher was charged with crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, War crimes and conspiracy to commit these crimes.

With a bit of research and some last minute props, the girls set up the classroom like a court room and acted out the trial. We had the prosecution arguing for the charges to be laid against Streicher making a very convincing case and the defense


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providing many strong arguments and rebuttals for Streicher, which had the judges thinking hard about the final decision. The discussions became very heated and intense, but each member displayed their passion and determination to win the case. Streicher was ultimately found guilty. From this trial, the girls were able to understand more thoroughly how the Nuremberg Trials worked and how serious the circumstances were. Although this trial was the first debate some people had participated in, I would not be surprised to see many of the girls becoming successful lawyers in the future. Sophie Barton Year 12

Bill Turner Trophy ACT Regional Finals Day

On Monday 1 May St Clare’s College progressed to the next stage of the Bill Turner Trophy by winning the ACT Division Championship. The Bill Turner Trophy is a knockoutstyle soccer competition for school teams of girls aged 15 and under. Each year, over 400 schools from NSW, Queensland, ACT and Victoria compete in this contest.

There are victories and there are victories. While winning two vastly different matches the team went out of their way to be charitable to the opposition. Semi Final – 5-5 draw with Lyneham High. St Clare’s winning 4-2 with penalties Goals: Caitlin Listar (2), Julia Bassett, Lily Pichelmann and Ellen Brown Penalties: (in order) Ellen Brown, Alex McKenzie, Briana Maguire, Caitlin Listar (winner) A Caitlin Listar scored two early goals in the first 13 minutes. Not to be outdone Julia Bassett then went shoulder to shoulder with Lyneham’s right back before beating the ‘keeper with a great angled shot from just inside the box for 3 nil. Lyneham then bounced back with a quality finish five minutes before half time but their supporters were

then immediately silenced by a magnificent twenty five metre strike from Lily Pichelmann to restore the three goal buffer going into half time. Seven minutes into the second half it all changed, Lyneham scored for 4-2 and in the blink of an eye it was 4-3. Through sheer weight of possession Lyneham then forced an error inside the box giving them a penalty which they duly dispatched to level the scores at 4-4 (with 10 minutes still to play). With seemingly three extra players on the field Lyneham then hit the lead with their fourth in fifteen minutes and glory seemed all but over for St Clare’s. However, rallying all the troops forward into a crowded penalty box a goal mouth scramble turned into maroon and blue euphoria as team Captain Ellen Brown toe poked the ball home for 5-5, where the game finished and it was down to penalties. A great save by the keeper, Lilian Geale, on Lyneham’s third penalty put the pressure on the opposition and after Ellen Brown, Alex McKenzie, Briana Maguire and Caitlin Listar had summarily dispatched their penalties Lyneham’s fourth went wide and St Clare’s were through to the final. Final – 1-0 St Clare’s defeated Radford College Goal: Maddison Mertz

St Clare’s scored with the last kick of the game to win. Maddie Mertz ghosted in at the back post to side foot a perfect Julia Bassett pass into an open net. The previous sixty minutes had seen St Clare’s dominate territory, possession, shots on goal and head in hands for parents and coaches to a crazy level in a game they never ever looked like losing. The Radford keeper surely had blisters from saving, parrying and blocking St Clare’s attempts by full time. If it was AFL St Clare’s had 7 goals (all over the bar), 26 behinds to Radford’s solitary behind. Great midfield work by Briana Maguire won heaps of possession for the team whilst the back four of Abbie Maguire, Lily Pichelmann and Leah Geale was most ably led by centre back Ellen Brown who was named Player’s Player on the day. The next venture will be a match against a Southern Highlands school (still to be determined) for a place in the Southern NSW/ACT Regional Final. Squad: Julia Bassett, Ellen Brown, Leah Geale, Lilian Geale, Bronte Grayston, Ninawane Kippaya, Caitlin Listar, Abigail Maguire, Briana Maguire, Maddison Mertz, Alex McKenzie, Lily Pichelmann, Natasha Rokvic and Piper Webb. David Garrity Teacher

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


Year 12 Psychology Stress Better Program

Photo from ABC News Online by Craig Allen.

As part of the current course in Psychology, students participated in Mental Health Education ACT (MIEACT) Stress Better program on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May. MIEACT’s Stress Better Program for Young Adults uses a unique method of delivery using direct positive contact to break down self-stigma that is linked to help seeking and acknowledgment of help problems. The program does this in several ways:



Provides practical tools to help alleviate stress and anxiety


Inspires young people to value their community, friends, family, hopes and aspirations


Connects unmanaged stress and anxiety to potential

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Aligns with the evidence based Mental Health and Wellbeing Health Promotion Program


Links to National Curriculum on Health and Wellbeing


Provides expert content on help seeking resources in your local community location and expectations.

Win News and ABC News came to St Clare’s College to do some filming for a story on this new mental health initiative aimed at young Canberrans. They filmed classes and held interviews with students about their experiences as senior students,

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balancing school work, peer pressures, stress and their participation in the Stress Better program. MIEACT also did a public launch of their new Stress Better Program at the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday 11 May. The Stress Better Program is a great initiative that any secondary student would benefit from as it provides simple ways to recognise stress, its causes and ways to overcome it. You can read the article featuring St Clare’s Students by ABC News via the link: Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher

Picture of Happiness Project

Questacon visited the school to film and interview some of the students to promote the work they had done. We encourage our College community to celebrate the students' achievements by watching the videos Questacon have uploaded. Please view the teams' work and "like' the video. The popular vote is only a small component of the competition. Final judgement lies with the Miraikan Museum and Questacon staff.

Students from the Year 7 and 8 Digital Technologies have completed their video projects from the “Tsungagari Picture of Happiness on Earth” competition in conjunction with Questacon and the Miraikan Museum. The videos are now open to voting. You can view all the videos and vote for your favourite video via this link: l5tg7nq For the competition, students working with staff from Questacon,

identified their own personal happiness and as a team chose a happiness that they could apply to the world. Using data supplied by Miraikan, students were able to tie specific happiness concepts to other reliable data sources from WHO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Each team then had to complete a proposal, storyboard, script, film and edit their message to the world. Filmmakers from

The winning entry concept will be given to Japanese students who will transfer the ideas to the Tsunagari Globe in the foyer of the Miraikan Museum. The team with the winning entry will be invited to travel to Tokyo in November to present their work. The classes would also like to extend our thanks to Doug Newton-Walters and Chris Mornement from Questacon who worked with our students to prepare and guide them through their project. Juliette Major Curriculum Coordinator - ICT

Auditions for the Musical Theatre Project

Over the last two weeks auditions have been taking place for the Musical Theatre Project, Unrequited: Girl Meets Boyband. Emma Grey the author of Unrequited joined me for the auditions. Emma said she has “never had so many consecutive cases of the goosebumps,” while watching the auditions. Sally Whitewell, the composer for the musical took to Facebook after watching and the auditions at home she posted; “Have spent the last hour watching and re-watching all the wonderful auditions for the musical I co-wrote “Unrequited”. So much talent! It was incredibly moving to hear our songs brought to life.” Congratulations to all the girls who have auditioned. Vanessa Johnson Arts and Languages Coordinator

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


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News

Significant Upcoming Dates Sunday 21 May

Stomp Out the Gap

Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Day

On Wednesday 24 May St Clare’s will be supporting Cathy Freeman’s Foundation, Stomp Out the Gap initiative. Students can support this cause by wearing black, red and yellow for a gold coin donation.

Wednesday 24 May

National Sorry Day Bridge Walk

Stomp Out the Gap Day DIDJERIBONE with Tjupurru performance for Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 from 12pm to 1pm

Friday 26 May

On Friday 26 May from 9am to 1pm all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students along with a friend are welcome to attend the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk. This year’s Bridge Walk is dedicated to the memory of Steven Freeman who died the day of the last Sorry Day Bridge walk on 27 May 2016.

National Sorry Day Bridge Walk

Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher

27 May to 3 June

Saturday 27 May 1967 Referendum

National Reconciliation Week

Youth Advisory Council Members

Living in the heart of the Nation’s Capital City brings many opportunities for our students. Neve Tually and KAte Washington (Year 12) submitted an application to be considered for a position on the Senator Zed Seselja 2017 Youth Advisory Council. They have waited patiently and have recently been informed that their applications were successful. Congratulations ladies!


Kate and Neve have been chosen as they displayed interests in current affairs, politics, youth issues and demonstrated leadership potential. Not only are they going to learn about and be involved in the political process, beginning in May, but they will also tackle a community project proposal. This means that they will present their project to the Council and the Senator where one project will be actioned by the Council the following year. As if that’s not enough to keep them busy with the already heavy workload of being a Year 12 student, Kate and Neve will be involved in a community service project with Senator Seselja, serving breakfast to people experiencing homelessness in Canberra.

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Kate and Neve are looking forward to meeting the entire council, which is formed with youth from Canberra schools, at Senator Seselja’s Electorate Office. They will also be attending meetings at the Parliament House office as there are three councils planned for the year. There will also be the opportunity to meet with Senator Seselja individually to discuss matters relating to youth affairs. We are confident that Kate and Neve will contribute to discussions which will lead to the implementation of facilities for the Youth of the region. Lisa Melis Acting Year 12 Coordinator

Raising Happy, Healthy and Resilient Children

Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.

It’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children.

SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.

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In the Headlines

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Rugby Team


Congratulations to the Year 9/10 Rugby team for winning the ACT/SNSW Rugby Championships on May 3. Ainsley Scrivener from Year 10 was named as the Player of Match in the Final.

Congratulations to Eliza Burton from Year 12 for making the Australian 17/U Athlete Squad for Netball.

Mother’s Day Gala Dinner

On Friday 5 May, St Clare's students attended the Mother's Day Gala Dinner for Karinya House. Karinya House is one of the chosen charities that Alinda and Makara House is supporting this year. Thank you Sarah Kelly, President of Karinya House for the photo.

Australian Gymnastics Championships Congratulations to Georgia Keane from Year 10 and Mia Canton from Year 7. Georgia and Mia have been selected to represent ACT in the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne this May. We wish the girls the best of luck in the competition.


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

ACTSmart Earth Hour Awards

On Thursday 18 May, four students from Years 9 and 10 were recognised by ACTSmart Earth Hour Awards at a ceremony in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Natasha Fecondo (Year 9) received first place for her poster. Amelia Miles, Aileen Shaji and Jasmine Turton (Year 10) received first place for their poem. Audrye Lee (Year 10) received a Highly Commended Award. In addition, St Clare’s received a Highly Commended Award for our participation in the ACTSmart Earth Hour Awards. Congratulations to all the award recipients and all the girls who entered this competition.

ASC Athletics Carnival

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 College Fees Office on 6260 9461 if an adjustment is required. Accounts Office

Upcoming Events Congratulations to all the girls who competed at the ASC Athletics Carnival on Thursday 4 May. The St Clare's girls came away with some terrific results. Aislinn Ryan: 3rd in the 400m Jordyne Rauter: 3rd in the 1500m and in the 800m Tayla Julien: 2nd in the javelin Nakita Taylor: 1st in the javelin Tatiana Olivetti: 2nd in the shot put Lucy Donohoe: 2nd in the shotput Amelia Vea: 3rd in the 100m Rachel Salmond: 3rd in the 200 m Megan White: 1st in discus and 2nd triple jump Alexia Horvat: 2nd in the discus Emma Dunn: 1st in the 1500m and 800m Keely Small: 1st in the 1500m, 800m and 100m Olivia O'Donnell: 1st in the 1500m, 800m and 400m Hanna Lukowski: 2nd in the 400m and 3rd in the triple jump Grace Brennan: 1st in the long jump and 100m Opens Relay Team came 2nd

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Attention Year 7 Parents Your child’s second round of vaccinations are due in Term 2–3 Your School can provide you with the date The following vaccines will be offered FREE as part of the ACT School Immunisation Program in Term 2–3

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Dose 2

If your child missed the dTpa vaccine in Term 1? You should have received a letter with information on how to get this from your GP

If your child missed the HPV vaccine in Term 1? They will receive their first dose of HPV in Round 2, during Term 2-3

Where can I get more information? immunisation/high-school-immunisation-program

© Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, 2016 | | Enquiries: Canberra 13ACT1 or 132281


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Vaccin are sch ations e for 17 duled July

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Upcoming Events Wednesday 24 May - ASC Cross Country Carnival Thursday 25 May - RAP Meeting Friday 26 May - Inter-School Parlimentary Debating Thursday 1 June - Arts and Design Evening Monday 5 June - Bell Shakespeare Production Thursday 8 June - Senior Exams Start

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Contact Us: P: 6260 9400 E: St Clare’s College 1 McMillan Crescent Griffith ACT 2603

ACT OzTag Cougar Trials Sunday 28 May Dickson Playin g Fields Antil St, Dickso n

Charity Day for Karinya House Friday 2 June Check emails for details Daily notices are available on the montiors throughout the school.

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