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Edition 6 9 June 2017

Principal’s Message We are approaching the end of term and the girls are very busy preparing for tests and completing work for oral presentations, assignments and various assessment items that are due over the next few weeks. The formal exam period for students in Years 11-12 runs from 8 - 16 June. We wish the girls well for their exams. The Student Representative Council facilitated a stress free week in the lead up to the exam period. This has been particularly well received by our students who have undertaken a range of activities in creative and performing arts and even had the opportunity to hang out with a few furry friends! I had the pleasure of attending the combined schools student cabaret, Eddies on Broadway on the 25 May. It was a delight to see our Year 10 and Senior Dance classes perform on the evening with individual singing performances from our girls alongside the combined St Edmund’s and St Clare’s Band. The creative capacity of our students was further showcased on Thursday 1 June with the opening of our Art and Design Exhibition and the senior Drama performance evening

In this edition CEO Sleepout

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“Stage Fright”. The quality of student work in the Art and Design Exhibition, including fashion and textiles, photography, graphic design and design and technology was extremely high.

Response to 13 Reasons Why


Stress Free Week


Art and Design Evening


Stage Fright


Outrun331 Project


The senior Drama students wrote and performed original short plays and the audience very much enjoyed the focus on comedy at “Stage Fright”.

Picture Happiness on Earth Project




Parliamentary Debating


Rehearsals are in top gear for “Unrequited: Girl meets Boy Band” which will be held from 3-4 November. This is a wonderful production that is employing the skills and talents of many of our students, staff and parents. We hope to see many of you at one of the performances. Tickets will be on sale late in Term 3. We are currently processing enrolment applications for Years 7 and 11 in 2018. There has been a strong demand for places which is a very positive situation for the College. Notifications regarding places for Year 7, 2018 will be sent out in late June while preliminary offers for Year 11, 2018 will be made in June/July. Best Wishes Brad Cooney Principal

Principal’s Message

ANU Maths Day Biology Field Trip Bill Turner Trophy Giants Cup Trivia Night Eddie’s on Broadway Altitude Day Wheelers Book ePlatform Da Vinci Decathlon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News Birrigai Excursion Languages Showcase PARTY Program St Clare’s Alumni In the Headlines SchoolTV Bus Route Changes Fees Reminder Qkr! Fact Sheet Upcoming Events Notices

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CEO Sleepout

There are over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia. On Thursday 22 June, I will be sleeping out for the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise much needed funds to support St Vincent de Paul. Please help me fight homelessness by donating online through and searching for Brad Cooney, St Clare’s College. Thank you, Brad Cooney Principal

Response to 13 Reasons Why

Recently a TV series titled 13 Reasons Why was released via Netflix. The series portrays the story of a young girl who ended her life. Mental health experts have expressed significant concerns about the graphic nature and content of the series and its failure to promote positive, proactive and effective help-seeking behaviours. We encourage you to monitor and discuss your daughter’s social media use and television program viewing at home. Our school counsellors are happy to communicate with you should you have any concerns. Please contact the school on 6260 9400 if you would like to talk to one of our School Counsellors or have any significant concerns regarding your daughter. If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Headspace on 1800 650 890 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

Stress Free Week In the lead up to exams and assessment period the Student Representative Council facilitated a Stress Free Week with a wide variety of activities during lunchtime such as art classes, meditation and dodge-ball.

The highlight of the week was when Years 10 to 12 could “cuddle a kitten” during PC time. The kittens where brought in by Flossie's Kitten Rescue.


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Art and Design Evening On Thursday 1 June students from Year 11 and 12 Visual Art, Photography, Fashion and Textiles, Design and Technology and Graphic Design classes combined to present an Evening of Art and Design. This event enabled students to showcase art and design works from their Semester One courses. Students took great pride in discussing and displaying their work, for parents and the wider St Clare's Community. Live music played by students added to the electric atmosphere. It was encouraging to see students during the day, coming and going from their classes, to stop in their tracks and observe the wide range of styles, topics and mediums used in creating the works. This event was the first of the end of Semester Art and Design displays that will be a feature of the St Clare's annual calendar. We are looking forward to seeing what these talented students will create next semester! Vanessa Johnson Faculty Coordinator Arts and Languages

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Stage Fright! Year 11 & 12 Drama Comedy Night On Thursday 1 June the Year 11 and 12 Drama class performed in "Stage Fright!", an evening of Comedy. Students wrote, produced and performed a series of original short plays, monologues and duologues as part of their assessment. The opportunity to perform their work to a live audience was relished by all and the class felt very supported. The death of a treasured shared house pet, fine ladies lost at sea, young men forced to overcome their fears at boot camp, first love and break ups, stage fright and the auctioning of iconic Australian landmarks and locations. These were just some of the topics and stories that had the audience rolling in the isles with laughter. Afterwards, students were given the opportunity to reflect and evaluate their experience. Here is what some of them wrote:

"I really enjoyed performing in front of the live audience and I was shocked I wasn't nervous!....Having the audience there instead of the class was very different and really helped bring our comedy to life....I believe the class worked really well together to produce the show and it was evident on the night that we were willing to step up or help each other out when needed.....Overall it was a fun night and all the feedback we have received has been really positive." Thank you for your support and the class is already looking forward to their next class production towards the end of the year. Vanessa Johnson Faculty Coordinator - Arts and Languages


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Outrun331 Picture Happiness Project on Earth Project

On 1 June we were privileged to have Brendan Greenwood come and talk with the Year 10 students about his story of hope and restoration in mental health. He spoke of his own personal journey with mental health and how he managed to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health issues. He spoke to the girls about seeking help and support from others and how to recognise our bodies way of telling us something is wrong. He also spoke about allowing ourselves time to heal and knowing there is hope. The statistics show that 1 in every 5 Australians will experience a mental illness and that 1 in 4 youths are getting professional help. The Outrun331 program started its long journey from the steps of the Sydney Opera House to the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. Brendan along the way got to tell his story whilst raising awareness and understanding of Mental Health and bringing hope and empathy to others around him.

The "Picture Happiness on Earth" project has drawn to a close for Years 7 and 8 Digital Technologies students. After eight weeks of workshops with Questacon, writing up proposals and storyboards, scripting and filming the teams' ideas for what happiness on earth looks, YouTube voting and a few nail biting moments the winning team has been announced. Staff from Questacon and The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo took into account public voting and their own observations of the students' projects in order to choose the winning scenario. Staff made the announcement to the students a week ago. Year 8 students Alyssa Fitzgerald, Emily Kelly, Tayla Julien and Olivia Graham decided that "Child Safety" was essential to the picture of happiness on earth and using data, encouraged people around the world to consider being foster parents to ensure that children everywhere were safe and happy. We are excited to announce that this concept is the winning scenario from Australia for 2017. The scenario is going to be given to Japanese students who will work with the St Clare's winning team to create an installation for the Tsunagari Globe in the foyer of the Miraikan Museum. The students are now preparing for travel to Tokyo in November to present their findings. Film maker Clare Young has created a short film documenting the student process in the project and you can view it through the link: Juliette Major Curriculum Coordinator - ICT

"We rise by lifting others" Robert Ingersoll Kym Darmody Year 10 Coordinator

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Switch Update

Students from SWITCH were treated liked film stars after being interviewed by videographers from the University of Canberra as part of their work on the Samsung project. Rob Fitzgerald interviewed the students about their experiences using the technology and the inquiry based learning project. Teams have been working on and off campus to find out what they can learn and how they can teach the world using Samsung devices. Excursions off campus included places in our local area such as Tidbinbilla and Questacon. The students work will be presented at Parliament House in late June. Juliette Major Curriculum Coordinator - ICT

Parliamentary Debating

On Friday 26 May, a team of five Year 10 and three Year 9 students went to the Legislative Assembly to participate in the Interschool Parliamentary debate. It was a great experience with the team winning their first debate but unfortunately, losing their second. When the team arrived at the Legislative Assembly everyone was pretty nervous at first so the first debate was very quiet and there were no additional questions after the presenting team gave their argument. The first session of the day was run by Caroline Le Couter who acted as the speaker. The St Clare’s team had no


debates in the first session and they where able to watch the other teams present. This gave the team many important tips. We asked questions to the affirmative teams in the ‘questions without notice’ portion in order to go against their case. The second session of the day was run by Chris Steel. The St Clare’s team was presenting in the first debate of the session and spoke on the topic of ‘Government funding to scientific research is short sighted’. They decided to speak on the negative side and after four speeches and many well answered questions without notice, they were able to

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convince the rest of the schools that their side was correct. Everyone was very excited to have won a debate and that carried through to the next three debates (even though they were not presenting), and the team asked many questions without notice to the other teams who had to present. The final session of the day was being run by Vicki Dunn. The second St Clare’s team presented their debate on the negative side for ‘Euthanasia should be legalised in Australia.’ The girls asked informative questions in order to go against the affirmative team’s case, but after a hard fought and difficult debate, St Clare’s lost to the other team. When the day finished, there was a small question time with some politicians and there were many interesting discussions such as how to become a politician and housing affordability for young people in the future. It was a very enjoyable and informative day. Sarah Jackson (Year 9) and Alex Dooley (Year 9)

ANU Maths Day

On Friday 26 May, Mrs Thurgar and Mr Dantas, and six Year 12 students: Elizabeth de Souza, Sarah Kelley, Anna Lee, Caitlin, Russell, Holly Schyvens and Alexandra Sheil, spent the day engaged in four mathematics challenges with many local and regional Year 12 students at the ANU Maths Day. The four challenges included: }}

A group of story problems Twenty questions solved by the whole team. Marks were awarded for each correct response, according to question difficulty.


A swiss ‘find the rule’ problem Competing against another school for five rounds. Each team member alternated with the other team members to respond with the outcome of the next numbers input into an unknown pattern. One cryptic clue was given at the start, and each round lasted for only a few minutes. Responses ranged from knowing the pattern, to an educated guess.


A cross number puzzle Two students solved the ‘down’ clues and three students solved the ‘up’ clues. Each part of the team’s correct responses were communicated to the other part of the team. Strategic guessing was permitted to advance further responses.


The relay – a test of brainpower and physical stamina Two students solved the ‘even’ clues and three students solved the ‘odd’ clues. Each alternate question was only released if the previous question had been released. Each question allowed for three attempts, although tactical “passing” was permitted for the timely release of a question to the other part of the team. Strategic guessing was encouraged to keep the contest moving along.

Biology Field Trip

On Thursday 25 May the Year 11 Biology students conducted an ecology investigation at the ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus. The girls had a fantastic day putting their skills into practice. Natalie Fairfax Faculty Coordinator - SOSE

The St Clare’s girls improved on the results from last year, moving the College into the top third overall. The girls approached the contest with a sense of enjoyment and experienced a day of conversation and mathematical interaction with like-minded students. It is to the credit of our students, who volunteered to each take a turn at joining a combined schools team. They where the only school to do so. Vivienne Thurgar Teacher

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Bill Turner Trophy

Round 3: St Clare’s vs Bowral High School

Squad: Julia Bassett, Ellen Brown, Leah Geale, Lilian Geale (gk), Bronte Grayston (absent), Ninawane Kippaya, Abigail Maguire, Briana Maguire, Caitlin Listar, Alex McKenzie, Maddison Mertz, Lily Pichelmann, Natasha Rokvic and Piper Webb.

St Clare’s 11 defeated Bowral High School 0 Goals: Alex McKenzie 3, Ellen Brown 2, Maddison Mertz 2, own goal 2, Ninawane Kippaya and Briana Maguire. St Clare’s College flexed its muscles in the first inter regional match for the team in this year’s competition. Playing on home turf for the first time since 2015. The team ran out comprehensive winners against a plucky Bowral High School side to book a place in the Southern NSW/ ACT Region final against a team as yet to be identified. Making most of the excellent conditions and the carpet like surface of Ashley Oval the team used their silky skills and cohesiveness to put the opposition on the back foot from the get go. Eight minutes in and a trademark Julia Bassett run down the left and accurate cut back caught Bowral off guard, and with a number of eager maroon shirts lurking, Bowral managed only to put the ball into their own net for the first goal of the game. The second followed soon after as Briana


Maguire pounced on an opportunity to calmly slot the ball home from close range. The game established some equilibrium for a while until the St Clare’s midfield began to dominate, Abbie Maquire streaming forward with great runs down the flank and Piper Webb winning countless ball to dominate possession and territory for the team. It came as no surprise when Alex McKenzie scored the third to pretty much seal the game before the break. The second half into the wind posed a different challenge but the cool heads of Leah Geale and Natasha Rokvic set the team up with excellent possession and precision passing from the back. Alex then grabbed another early in the second half before a great Abbie Maguire pass set Maddison Mertz free down the right and with plenty to do on the angle she scorched an inch perfect shot past the Bowral keeper just inside the near post. Team Captain and Player’s Player Award winner (for the second game running) Ellen Brown then matched Maddie’s

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great finish with one of her own as she chested down, pivoted and unleashed a right foot volley from eighteen metres that gave the keeper no chance. Throughout this time Lily Pichelmann was giving good minutes in midfield, busy as ever, before Alex brought up her hat trick for 7-0. An own goal followed before the Ellen doubled up from close range, as did Maddie after a neat header hit the ‘keeper before knocking in the rebound. Ninawane Kippaya then rounded out the scoring with a top quality finish on the run, great reward for her dynamic play up front all game. David Garrity Teacher

Giants Cup

ACT Under 16 Australian Football Championships A magnificient tagging display by Ainsley Scrivner and Mackenzie Browne on McKillop’s top gun nullified their go forward and from there SCC’s pressure was relentless. Stephanie Lahey was sublime down back with great strength and body work, ably supported by the sure hands of Nell Washington. Kiara Keane’s amazing ability to read the play and pick off the 50/50 balls gave the team great rebound. Not to be outdone Julia Bassett was also exemplary across half back.

On Tuesday May 23, St Clare’s College (SCC) sent a large and wellcredentialed squad of 25 players to the ACT Championships held at Hughes. On the back of six solid training weeks the girls had earned their spots and the right to represent the maroon and blue with view to retaining the ACT Championship they won as Under 15s in 2016. In the end the spoils went to St Francis Xavier College (SFX), the team defeated by SCC in last year’s final. St Clare’s laid justifiable claims to being second best team on the day, with the vagaries of the pool system placing the girls in the same pool as SFX with only one to make the final. St Clare’s 40 point demolition of Daramalan College, the second placed team from the other pool in the 3rd/4th play-off match and SFXs easy final win reinforced this.

Game 1: St Clare’s 2-3-15 lost to St Francis Xavier College 3-4-22 Goals: Jazlin McGinley and Cecilia Maher In what ironically was the defining match of the tournament, the two teams arm wrestled for most of the game with numerous lead changes. First timer player Jazlin McGinley got SCC on the board with a debut goal inside the first eight minutes and with SFX answering just before the change it was all tied up at half time. SFX then got an early one to hit the lead and after a well-earned

goal from a free kick by team captain Cecilia Maher it was all to play for down the stretch. A third to SFX and a handy behind inside the last five minutes proved decisive and the dream of the final was all but over.

Game 2: St Clare’s 2-6-18 defeated Alfred Deakin High School 0-0-0 Goals: Anna Mihalyka and Jazlin McGinley The goal now was to go undefeated the rest of the day and with absolutely steely resolve SCC shut out Alfred Deakin High School to romp home for win number one. But for some wayward kicking in the second half (six consecutive behinds) the score would have blown out. Anna Mihalyka scored a debut goal after a strong mark and set shot, whilst Jazlin doubled up after excellent lead up play early in the second half. Hayley Jacobs was everywhere in this match in a best on ground performance whilst Julianna Vidovic was monumental with great chasing and harassment.

Game 3: St Clare’s 5-5-35 defeated St Mary McKillop College 0-1-1 Goals: Ella Ryan 2, Sarah Kirk, Ainsley Scrivner and Alyssa Seden Always a grudge match this one and SCC lifted to without doubt their best performance of the day.

Two first half goals to ever threatening sharpshooter Ella Ryan had the team up by 15 at the break. Sarah Kirk, Ainsley Scrivner and Alyssa Seden then added further majors with excellent goals that were great reward for their outstanding effort and ball winning prowess in this game.

Game 4: 3rd/4th Play off – Team 2 Pool A vs Team 2 Pool B St Clare’s 5-1343 defeated Daramalan College 0-3-3 Goals: Cecilia Maher 2, Anna Mihalyka, Sarah Kirk and Madeline Dooley The scoreline said it all as SCC kept the opposition goalless for the third consecutive match to completely dominate proceedings. Lily Hayter added another standout performance to an already impressive highlight reel in this one. Another spellbinding performance from Player’s Player Award winner Cecilia, (how many of her was out there!!) resulted in a two goal haul. Backed up by Anna and Sarah’s second goals of the day (how easy is this game!) the team left Dara in its wake before clean hands and an excellent finish from another debutante, Madeline Dooley, ensured a fitting finish to a highly successful tournament. David Garrity Teacher

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Trivia Night

On Tuesday 23 May, St Clare’s College held a Trivia Night for Year 11 and 12 students to support the St Vincent de Paul Society. We had a great turn out with roughly 200 boys and girls from Catholic and Private Colleges attending. The theme of “come in your funkiest sweaters” was a big hit and the atmosphere was amazing! DJ Danci kept the crowd on their feet after trivia was over. Some of the students who attended said:

“Even though team Smoothie Chew weren’t successful in winning the trivia overall, I believe if there was a competition on who raved the hardest during DJ Danci’s set, it would’ve been us in first place!” Lara Balzanelli, Radford College “The night was full of light, colour and the funniest people, and the trivia was so much fun!” William Cusack, Marist College The night was a massive success and we raised close to $2,500 for St Vincent de Paul society. A big thank you to all the girls who volunteered their time for the event, as well as Mrs Maciejewski, Mrs O’Brien and all the teachers who supervised. Sarah O’Neill and Kate Washington Vinnies Captains


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Eddie’s on Broadway Congratulations to the Year 10 and Senior Dance classes who performed for the St Edmund's Cabaret, Eddie’s on Broadway on Thursday 25 May. The girls created class pieces around the Broadway musical theme and performed to a packed auditorium as part of their class assessment. Other St Clare's students shared their talents too as a member of the band and singing duets. It was a great night full of fun, laughter and entertainment. Trish Brown Year 11 Coordinator

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Altitude Day

On Friday June 2, Madeline Dooley, Jorja Field, Arabella Haskins, Jasmine Jones and Lily O'Brien from Year 9 participated in Altitude Day at the ANU. Altitude Day is an annual leadership conference held across Australia for Year 9 students. The day included energising activities, inspirational guest speakers and provided the students with an opportunity to network with other Year 9 students. The girls who participated learned how to make a difference and become active and inspiring leaders.

“The guest speakers shared their journeys to becoming inspiring leaders and making a difference. Nip Wijewickrema, who was a national finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2016, taught us that if you see a need then you should act, don’t wait for others to make a positive change. She shared her journey creating GG’s flowers, a social enterprise, where she provides opportunities for people with disabilities that they were not getting elsewhere.

The second guest speaker, Matt Kershaw, told us never to give up and that success takes a lot of hard work. He encouraged us to find our passion and to seek out mentors to help us get through hard times. He shared his journey of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. His message was to acknowledge the fear but do it anyway!” (Madeline Dooley, Arabella Haskins and Jasmine Jones.) Renee Jones Year 9 Coordinator

Wheelers Book ePlatform

New ebook platform at the St Clare’s College Library! The library has recently purchased Wheelers Book eplatform. This platform offers the latest bestsellers and over 1000 titles! If you can't find what you’re after on the library shelves try the ebook at or login through the Oliver homepage on the portal. Head to the library or email if you have any questions. Enjoy reading! Anne Plowman Teacher Librarian


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Da Vinci Decathlon The 2017 Da Vinci Decathlon’s theme was Imagination, and for the teams from St Clare’s their imaginations’ ran wild. Our Year 8 team placed eleventh out of twenty-nine teams competing and managed to score in the top ten for Engineering, Science, English, Drama, Ideation and Cartography. Our Year 7 team placed eleventh out of twenty-four, scoring in the top ten for Art and Poetry, English, Ideation and Code Breaking. The Year 8 team had this to say:

“Da Vinci helped us to work together to achieve our goals and it's a great bonding experience. We really enjoyed da Vinci because you got to interact with different people and learn new things.” All of the girls involved put in work in their lunchtime to come together as a team and solve problems. Of particular note is our performance in Ideation, a new category that takes a problem that exists in society and asks students to come up with a plan for how to fix it. Taking an idea and turning it into a creation is the concept behind Ideation and our teams were able to demonstrate originality, practicality and resourcefulness in this pursuit. The girls are to be congratulated for their efforts leading up to, and on the day. Anne Plowman, Teacher Librarian and Avril Baker, Teacher

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News Stomp Out the Gap Day On Wednesday 24 May St Clare’s College celebrated “Stomp Out the Gap Day”. The students were asked to dress in red, yellow and black for a donation and the funds raised went to support the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The Cathy Freeman Foundation vision is for Australia where Indigenous and non-Indigenous children to have the same education standards and opportunities in life. Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher

Didjeribone Performance On the 24 May Years 7, 8, 10 and 12 had the opportunity to watch Queensland based international performer Adrian Fabila Tjupurrula, aka Tjupurru, play the Didjeribone. Tjupurru is a descendant of the Djabera Djabera Tribe of the Western Australian Kimberlies. The Didjeribone is an Australian made and designed instrument fusing the elements of the didjeridoo and trombone. Tjupurru shares his inspiring personal journey, the history of his culture and the Djabera Djabera Tribe. Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher


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St Edmund’s Badge Ceremony For the past three years there has been a tradition between St Edmund’s and St Clare’s College to join together for a Badge Ceremony. On the 15 May, twenty-one girls and the boys combined for this special occasion. Father Baiju conducted a lovely ceremony where Aboriginal badges were blessed and handed out to all students. After the ceremony we celebrated with a combined lunch. Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher

National Sorry Day Bridge Walk

On Friday 26 May, St Clare’s and St Edmund’s Aboriginal and nonAboriginal students participated in the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk. The National Sorry Day Bridge Walk commemorates National Sorry Day which is an Australiawide observance held each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Aboriginal Australians who

were forcibly removed from their families and communities. It was 21 years ago that the important Bringing Them Home Report was handed down, this included personal stories of trauma and separation of children from their families. The day started out cold and overcast, then the sun came out as everyone gathered to hear Welcome to Country. A smoking ceremony was held which everyone passed through as they walked over Commonwealth

Bridge. Members of the public, numerous schools and media were present. Afterwards we all enjoyed a BBQ lunch. This is an important experience for our Aboriginal students and friends. This year’s Bridge Walk is dedicated to the memory of Steven Freeman who died in the AMC, the day of the last Sorry Day Bridge Walk on 27 May 2016. Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher

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Birrigai Excursion

For Years 7 and 8 Defence and Indigenous Students

Birrigai is an outdoor education centre set in the stunning Brindabella Ranges, and is a wonderful place to participate in a day of outdoor activities which provide leadership, challenges and personal development. On Monday 1 May, Year 7 and 8 Defence and Indigenous students from St Clare’s and three other schools, spent a beautiful, sunny day at Birrigai. All students had a wonderful time participating in activities like the “Giant Swing” and the “Flying Fox”. Students also participated in team building activities, which involved challenges and positive communication. It was an adventure filled integration day and everyone who attended gained new friendships, encouraged others and most of all had fun! Sarah Huntly Defence Transition Mentor

Languages Showcase On Wednesday 31 May the Year 10 Language classes were invited to attend the Languages Showcase at the ANU to experience an engaging, interactive and first hand taste of university language studies. The day consisted a of short presentation from the leading language experts about the languages offered at the ANU, including Ancient and Middle Eastern, Asian and Modern European languages. Students were asked to register online prior to the day to select their lecture choices. Lisa Bourne Teacher


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Party Program

On Tuesday 30 May, thirty Year 10 students took part in the P.A.R.T.Y program at the Canberra Hospital. P.A.R.T.Y. is an acronym for Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth, and is an in-hospital injury awareness and prevention program that is aimed at providing teenagers with information about trauma that will enable them to recognise potential injury-producing situations, make prevention-oriented choices, and adopt behaviours that minimise unnecessary risk. Kym Darmody Year 10 Coordinator

St Clare’s Alumni When you graduate from St Clare’s College you become a lifelong member of our alumni community.

St Clare’s alumni are spread throughout the world, making a significant impact in their fields of expertise and within the community. To celebrate our community we would be interested in finding out what past students have achieved. We are hoping to include a new section in Tidings titled ‘Inspirational Women’ and we would like to hear from any past students that would like to be featured in Tidings. If you are interested in contributing please provide an article (200-300 words) and a current photo to

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Our Voice: Lucy Sugerman

Photo from Channel Nine

We at St Clare’s have all known what an amazing talent Lucy Sugerman (Year 11) is and now we are seeing how much she has captured the hearts of the nation. Lucy opened the first live show of The Voice with her rendition of Miley’s Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball. Her performance got her voted through to the next round by viewers from all over Australia. Lucy’s next live performance is on this Sunday night at 7pm on Chanel 9. We are encouraging all of the St Clare’s community to vote for Lucy during the show using The Voice app, voting through the app is free. You can also listen to Lucy’s performances through Apple Music and download through iTunes this also counts towards her votes. For more information head to The Voice website:

Keely Small to Run for Australia

Congratulations to Keely Small (Year 10) who will be representing Australia in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas this July for both the 800m and 1500m events.

ASC Cross Country Carnival

Volleyball Our Year 8 and combined Year 9/10 volleyball teams both went undefeated in the South Side Volleyball Championships. In the ACT Volleyball finals the Year 8 team placed second and the Year 9/10 team placed third. Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the girls who competed on the 24 May at the ASC Cross Country Carnival. Results from the day included Keely Small placing first in the under 16 years, Emma Dunn came first in the under 14s and Jordyne Rauter came third in the under 14s.


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Gymnastics Australian Championships

During May we had three of our students representing the Gymnastics ACT in the Gymnastics Australia Championships in Melbourne, Georgia Keane (Year 10), Mia Canton (Year 7) and Rebecca Rainey (Year 7). }}

Mia for represented the ACT in the Level 6 Womens Trio for Balance.


Rebecca for placing first on beam and second on floor in the Australian National Level 8 competition.


Georgia has been named as the Junior Women's Level 10 National Silver All Around Medalist. She won a gold medal for floor, silver medal for uneven bars, bronze medal for vault and fourth place on beam. Georgia has also been named in the Women's National Australian Levels Team who will be competing in New Zealand this year.


The Eisteddfod season has begun with much excitement with the St Clare's Chorale attending the Cowra Eisteddfod. The Chorale placed first in the Open Sacred Section and Highly Commended in the Open Choir Section. The smaller group also came first in the Open Folk and Open Popular Sections. The adjudicator awarded her highest mark in the entire eisteddfod to the girls for their performance in the Folk Section. Congratulations to everyone on the fantastic results.

Calisthenics Nationals On 21 May, Jacqueline Dunn (Year 8) competed in the Calishenics ACT Championship Solo Competition. She came first in the 14-16 year old Division 1 section and won the perpetual trophy. Jacqueline is the finalist for the ACT in her division and will be competing at NIDA in Sydney in July.

ACT Hockey Regional Carnival

Congratulations to the girls in the Year 7 to 10 Hockey team who have taken out the title of Regional Champions at the ACT Hockey Regional Carnival.

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Australian Women’s Rugby

Touch Football Congratulations to the following girls named in the 2017 Training Squads for the NYC and Alliance Cup for Touch Football.

Congratulations to Violeta Tupou (Class of 2016), she has been named as one of the two Brumbies Rugby women chosen in the Wallaroos squad to take on England in Wellington on Friday 9 June.


Mackenzie Browne (Year 10)


Jada Hartwig (Year 11)


Kiara Keane (Year 10)


Emma McDonald (Year 11)


Elise Wilson (Year 12)

League Tag Congratulations to the Year 9/10 League Tag team who become the champions of the first High School Girls League Tag Gala Day.

Rugby Gala Day Congratulations to the rugby girls who have completed a clean sweep and have taken out the Rugby 10's Gala day. The girls played with great St Clare’s pride. Congratulations to Ainsley Scrivener for player of the day.


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

State Basketball Congratulations to Emma Rowcliffe (Year 11) for her selection in the U18 Girls Basketball ACT.

Netball Academy Programs 2017 Congratulations to the following talented athletes who have been selected in The Netball ACT Academy programs for 2017. }}

ACTAS/NACT Talented Athlete Program - Eliza Burton (Year 12)


NACT Emerging Talented Athlete program - Rachel Gubler (Class of 2016)


NACT Developing Talented Athlete program - Reeghan De Bono (Year 10)


NACT Academy Associate Scholarship - Sophie Immonen (Class of 2015)


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

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

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. 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. The latest edition of SchoolTV features information on Social Media and Digital Reputation. To access the edition go to:

Bus Route Changes Changes to Bus Routes on Bugden Avenue Gowrie

School Route 488 and 489

From Tuesday 13 June until Friday 28 July, a section of Bugden Ave between Ashley Drive and Mullins Place in Gowrie will be closed due to road works.

Please be advised that these works are near completion and school service 488 and 489 will return to normal running time on Tuesday 13 June.

The following bus stops on Bugden Avenue will be closed during this time: 1529, 1530, 1531, 1532, 1533, 1534, 1535 and 1536. Students are asked to use stops located on Castleton Crescent. This information, including printable maps, is available from

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


(St Clare’s College)

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

Upcoming Events 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

Vaccin are sch ations e for 17 duled July

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


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


Upcoming Events Monday 12 June - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Wednesday 14 June - Year 7 Drama Open Classroom Evening Thursday 15 June - Year 8 Drama Open Classroom Evening Wednesday 21 June - Year 8 Retreat Day Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 June - Snow Sports Camp Friday 23 June - World of Maths Monday 26 to Friday 30 June - Year 10 Week Wednesday 28 June - Year 9 Reflection Day Wednesday 28 June - Senior Feedback Day with Teachers Friday 30 June - Last day of Term 2


Club e c n e i Sc esday n d e W Every P111 n i e m lunchti dents All stu e welcom

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

Japanese Tuto ring Every Thursday Lunch 2 in P10 8 (odd weeks) an d FLC (even wee ks)

Aboriginal Tuto r Each Monday Period 2 and D ay 2 Period 3

Daily notices are available on the montiors throughout the school.

Tidings Edition 6, 9 June 2017  
Tidings Edition 6, 9 June 2017