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Edition 10 8 September 2017

Principal’s Message Over the past few weeks there have been several wonderful events at the College, all of which contribute to the great school spirit that is so evident within our community.

Our first Science Fair showcased the independent research projects of our Year 7 students. Students used the inquiry process to investigate a topic or theme of interest and present their findings to their peers and to Mrs Gai Brodtmann, Member for Canberra. On Friday 11 August the Youth Ministry team facilitated a retreat on the theme of “Sisterhood”. The event was prayerful and there was opportunity for reconciliation and reflection. The girls prayed the Sisterhood Prayer together:

Lord, Draw us close to your heart. Help us to come without fear to receive your abounding love. We thank you for the life you offer, for the grace only Jesus can give. Help us realise there is no detail of our life too tiny for your concern. Deeply work in us and be our steady guide as we walk with you each day. May your light shine through us to reveal your mercy. Lord, we come to you and receive peace for our hearts, strength for our daily duties and joy for the sacrifice we offer. In you we place our trust.

Following the retreat thirtynine students from Years 7-12 participated in the Vinnie’s School Sleep Out in the College Gymnasium. The students and staff raised funds and awareness about youth homelessness in the ACT. The Year 12 tertiary students sat the ACT Scaling Test (AST) earlier this week and all seem pleased with their efforts. The AST is the test that all ACT tertiary students sit and their performance influences their school based assessments to produce their tertiary entrance rank (ATAR). The students have been well prepared for the AST over recent months and they were well versed in the expectations of style and presentation of these tests. They cannot study specifically for the content however they spent a good deal of time in preparing for the skills necessary to effectively complete the tests. The students do not receive a ‘report’ on their achievements in the AST. The Year 12 students gathered together before the tests on Tuesday and Wednesday for breakfast and listened to final instructions and spent a few moments in prayer in preparation for the tests. It was a wonderful moment and a privilege to bear witness to the collective support they demonstrated to each other. Continued Page 2

In this edition

Year 12 Career’s Talk

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News


ACT Parliamentary Debating Junior Q and A Event

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2017 ACT Vocational Student of the Year


Achievement in Technologies

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Principal’s Message Year 11 Reflection Day Science Fair

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery Japanese Embassy Visit Hospitality Students Meet Maggie Beer


Amber’s Quiche 12 Year 10 Middle Eastern Café

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Year 11 and 12 Drama Production


St Clare’s Students Helping to Provide Renewable Energy to Fiji


Vinnies Day and Sleep Out

Battle for Australia

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South Canberra Year 9/10 Football Championships


ACT Netball Championships

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Combined Senior Band Legacy Badge Day

Uniform Update Changes to the bus schedule Fees Reminder Important Information 50th Anniversary Book QKr! Tip of the Week Inspirational Women In the Headlines Parent Advice Online Safety Upcoming Events Notices

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Congratulations to Year 12 student, Alycia Bencic, who won the ACT Vocational Student of the Year category at the recent ACT Training Excellence Awards. This is a prestigious event and to be selected as the ACT Vocational Student of the Year amongst the many hundreds of students who undertake a VET course in the ACT is a major

achievement. Alycia will now attend the Australian Training Awards held in November. We wish Alycia all the very best in her endeavours.

outstanding and I look forward to analysing the feedback and data gathered in order to continue our school improvement journey.

Thank you to parents, students and staff who have taken the time to complete the School Satisfaction Surveys that were distributed recently. The response rate has been

Best wishes, Brad Cooney Principal

Year 11 Reflection Day The theme for the Year 11 Reflection Day "In the footsteps of St Clare" was a natural extension of the year group theme, "Walking Together". Year 11 students used the day to reflect on what happened in Semester 1, they spent time acknowledging their qualities and characteristics to establish who they are as a year group and actively participated in an effective communication workshop. Prayer, liturgy and goal setting were essential parts of the day that tied all elements together. The highlight of the day was hearing the moving stories of ex-students, Monique Murphy (2011) and Emma Carey (2010). Both girls have experienced great adversity in their young lives and we are most grateful that they shared their faith journey since their life-changing accidents. Both the staff and students were truly inspired by these two wonderful young ladies. A huge thank you to Mrs Manning for her organisation of this day, to the Pastoral Care Leaders who were supportive guides throughout the day and to the students themselves who approached all activities with maturity, sensitivity and positivity. Trish Brown Year 11 Coordinator


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Science Fair On Monday 21 August St Clare's celebrated their first ever Science Fair. For the previous 6 weeks Year 7 students had been working on self designed projects using the inquiry process. Parents were invited to view the work in the hall as the final celebration of Science Week.

Parents circulated among the displays and there was a quiet buzz of activity that indicated a high level of interest on their part. Many girls were seen to have their photos taken with family around their projects and they were excited to see the awards that were given out on the night. The topics ranged from the double dipping dilemma to effective stain removal. We would like to thank all the parents who braved a cold night to acknowledge the great work of their daughters. Janet Worontschak Science Coordinator


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Year 12 Careers Talk

Department of Finance Career Starters Program

Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship

On Wednesday 16 August, Year 11 and 12 had the opportunity to learn about the Career Starter Program offered by the Department of Finance. Kathy Temple provided a detailed presentation to the students about the structure of the development program, which includes training, forums and networking events all of which are designed to enhance skill and knowledge development with the aim to produce effective employees within the Department. The work is varied and interesting and there are many opportunities to work on projects.

Do you want a fee free degree? Do you want a generous text book and equipment allowance paid to you at the beginning of each academic year? If the answer is ‘yes’ and you’d like to study at UNSW on the ADFA campus as a civilian then you need to read more about the degrees on offer.

The transition from school to work can be a challenge for some students and this program is perfect for those wishing to gain a secure permanent position immediately after completing Year 12, with a competitive salary of $45 249. You are eligible to apply for positions that begin in 2018 or you can apply during 2018, if you completed Year 12 in 2017, for the 2019 placement. The students discovered they would have to serve a six month probation period if their application was successful. During this time you need to display proper codes of conduct and demonstrate competence. There is a mentor for each graduate and also a manager who assists you. After the probation period you are eligible to apply for study assistance should you choose to further your studies. This includes financial support and up to six hours of paid study leave. As a Career Starter you begin the job with a nine day allocation of recreation leave. The Year 12 students interested will have submitted their applications by now, however, any Year 11 student interested in this program should go to for more information or email to find out more about these exciting positions so that you are ready with an application this time next year. There are brochures available in the Year 12 Coordinator’s office.

Sonje Verkuylen visited the College on Thursday 31 August to talk to interested senior students on this fantastic program. A female student in her first year on this program spoke of the benefits of the program and her enjoyment of studying at this campus. The program includes the potential for two paid six week work experience placements which are offered during semester breaks. Students studying Mathematics, Science, Computing and Engineering should investigate this program. We discussed a variety of courses, from Cyber Security to Submarine Architecture. Go to to read more or you can email Sonje also provided information on the Defence Work Experience Program which is an inclusive program for all Australian students at secondary school, university, CIT and other places of education. You must be at least 15 years of age to gain a position on this program. Go to and click on the ‘Current Work Experience Placement’ link. There are brochures in Mrs Melis’ office about both of these Department of Defence programs if you are thinking this could be a career path for you. Lisa Melis Year 12 Coordinator

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander News Visit from St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre

From Wednesday 9 August to Friday 11 August, St Clare’s College hosted seven students from St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre, Alice Springs. The Aboriginal students and their teachers, Rebecca and Sharnee adapted well to the cold. On Wednesday 9 August the students were buddied with a St Clare’s Aboriginal student to attend classes and gain an experience of a different school. They were fortunate to arrive on a charity day, as all St Clare’s student were in non-uniform, the students


blended in when attending classes and were able to participate in the fun lunchtime activites as part of the fundraising for HOME in Queanbeyan. A social dinner was also organised for Thursday 10 August at Grill’d in the Canberra Centre. Four of our students and their parents attended, along with myself and the group from St Joseph’s. On Friday 11 August a combined excursion was held for the St Clare’s indigenous students and

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the St Joseph’s students. The day started with a Welcome to Country and morning tea by Reconciliation Australia. The students spent the day touring some of Canberra’s highlights, including Old Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery and Questacon. This visit has consolidated our relationship with St Joseph’s and we look forward to future visits. Caroline Blackshaw Aboriginal Contact Teacher

ACT Parliamentary Debating On Friday 1 September, eight St Clare’s students from Years 9 and 10 participated in the ACT Parliamentary Debating for Semester Two.

We were given the chance to participate in two debates, one as the presenting team and once as the questioning team. We were also able to engage in the ‘questions without notice’ portion of each debate. The two topics we participated in were “Elite sports in Australia is over funded” to which we argued the negative side and “Driver-less cars will lower the road toll” where we were the questioning team. A highlight of the day was being able to see and have real MLAs come in as speakers for our debates. It was a great experience which we are all thankful for. We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Leer for organising the day. Sophie O’Donnell and Grace Turnbull (Year 10)

Junior Q and A Event

We were very lucky to have a broad panel designed to represent the range of support people and services available to our students, including our School Counsellors, Mrs Bridget Bandle, Mrs Renee Jones, Mr Richard Dantas, our School Captain Megan Phipps and Sarah Mckenna, a Psychological Clinician working with Headspace ACT.

Last week the junior members of the Student Representative Council hosted a Q and A, modelled on the TV show, on the topic of Managing Mental and Emotional Health, Friends, School and Life.

Students asked questions about how to manage difficult conversation with peers, teachers and parents, how to manage competing priorities, how to help a friend who has a mental illness and what a person can do if they think they may be suffering from a mental illness. The core message was that whenever students are facing a challenge, the first step is to realize

that there is support available and that all they need to do is approach someone they trust and ask for help. The person they approach may not have all the answers, but they can provide them with resources and other avenues of support that can empower individuals to manage the stresses and challenges of every day life. I would like to congratulate the Student Representative Council for their initiative in providing these worthwhile Q and A events for St Clare’s students this term, and encourage all students to reflect on what they have learnt and seek further information on any topic that they are interested in. Stephanie Burns SRC Facilitator

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2017 ACT Vocational Student of the Year Alycia, along with her parents and college staff, attended a formal dinner at QT Hotel on Thursday 31 August 31 following news of her selection as a finalist for the award.

St Clare’s College would like to extend a huge congratulations to Alycia Bencic of Year 12 for her achievement of ACT Vocational Student of the Year for 2017.

Alycia was the only school student selected as a finalist in the category and she was up against six other students from a range of registered training organisations. Following the announcement that Alycia had won the award for 2017 she presented a heartfelt speech of appreciation and gratitude. Alycia will now attend the National Australian Training Award event in November at the National Convention Centre.

Alycia has dedicated an extensive amount of time to her VET studies over the last three years whilst also completing a tertiary package in Year 11 and 12. Alycia has participated in VET studies in Business Administration, Early Childhood Education and Care and Hospitality. She is working with CIT to complete two of these awards at Certificate III level. She has engaged in a tremendous amount of extra hours to complete work placement and build her skills in these industries. Congratulations Alycia and we wish you all the very best at Nationals in November. Pip Masterman Technologies Coordinator

Achievements in Technologies

Congratulations to the following Year 12 students for their wonderful achievements in Technologies:

Alyssa Osmond won first place in the Graphic and Web Design category of the UC Dean’s Design Competition with her entry for the SEAACT Science Fair promotional materials from her semester one unit of Graphic Design this year. Furthermore, Alyssa’s design was chosen by SEAACT as the winning entry for all of their promotional materials for the 2017 event.


Sophia Paragalli won the People’s Choice Award in the Architecture and Industrial Design category of the UC Dean’s Design Competition with her entry Indonesian Teak TV Unit with Tile Aspect. Sophia completed this work during her first semester Design and Technology unit this year and her keen eye and attention for detail contributed to a very effective result.

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Lucie Twyford won first place in two categories at the ANU School of Art and Design Blueprint Competition. Lucie won the Digital and Material category with her wearable electronics outfit from her semester one unit of Fashion and Textiles this year. She also won the Sustainability and Ethics category with the recycled fashion outfit from her semester one unit of Fashion and Textiles last year.

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery The Year 11 and 12 Fashion and Textiles class visited Megalo Print Studio and Gallery in Week 6 to witness screen printing in action.

The students are currently studying Design Applications with a focus on techniques of printing and dyeing textiles. While, during class, we have explored processes of screen printing with hand cut stencils, the students were yet to understand the process of photo emulsion to create screen prints. Megalo showed us their facilities and equipment and were able to guide the students through the process of exposing a hand drawn or digitally created artwork on a screen. Following this demonstration we saw techniques that can be used to create longer runs of fabric rather than single prints and the girls understood the idea of repeats and the work that goes into planning these to achieve all over prints on fabric. The session was highly engaging and we are grateful to Megalo Print Studio and Gallery for giving us their time to increase our understanding of industry processes. Pip Masterman Technologies Coordinator

Japanese Embassy Visit

On Thursday 31 August members from the Embassy of Japan visited the Year 8 Japanese classes. They talked about what it would be like to go to school in Japan. They bought school uniforms to show the girls what they look like and discussed special school events. Here is what some of the girls had to say. “I enjoyed learning about Japanese schooling and how it is different from schooling here. I found the school uniforms interesting and different. I learnt that a lot of Japanese schools have a swimming pool and I wish that Australian schools did too.” Chiara Strmota “It was good hearing things from a different perspective; from Japanese people who have been to school in Japan.” Lauren Moloney Lisa Bourne Japanese Teacher

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Hospitality Students Meet Maggie Beer

mushrooms and slow roasted roma tomato served with black garlic truffle aioli. We all agreed that Pialligo estate smokehouse has the best bacon in the Canberra! Maggie Beer AM (Australian Cook and Food Author) and Ngaire Hobbins (Nutritionist specialising in Aged Care) spoke to the audience about the importance of nutrition and eating fresh food to improve our brain health. Maggie discussed the importance diet for mind health, focusing on the advantages of making all food from scratch including cultivating the produce through gardening. She works with a scientists to produce her recipes for her recipe book and the research has indicated that eating fresh food in the way the food came from its source has increased brain health.

On Tuesday 29 August, three hospitality students attended the Alzheimers Australia Breakfast where Maggie Beer was a guest speaker. Laura Colosimo (Year 12), Merryn Moffatt (Year 11), Teagan Arnold (Year 10) with Mrs Nutt attended the breakfast at the AIS.

Amber’s Quiche


The girls enjoyed seeing the Hospitality service from a function service perspective, particularly how the maître d’ was directing the waiting staff to serve over 300 guests. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, sourdough, beef chipolata, bacon, caramalised forest

We learnt a lot about not only food and beverage service, but also about the importance of nutrition in ensuring we can reduce the risk of alzhiemers. A wonderful morning was had by all who attended. Monique Nutt Hospitality Teacher

Recipe for Pastry:

Recipe for Filling:

1 ¾ cups plain flour 125g chilled butter 1 egg Method: 1. Add all ingredients together into a processer and process until all combined. 2. Take dough out of processer and put into glad wrap and put into fridge for 10 minutes 3. Take out and roll 4. Butter the quiche dish 5. Press pastry into the dish. 6. Put baking paper on top 7. Put rice on top of the baking paper 8. Bake for 10 minutes at 180oC 9. Remove paper and rice and bake for a further 10 minutes. 10. Allow to cool.

1 cup milk 2 eggs 4 shakes of pepper 2 shakes of salt 2 pieces of bacon ½ cup cheese Method: 1. Mix the eggs and milk together. 2. Cut bacon and cook in microwave for 1 minute (cover with paper towel) 3. Add bacon and cheese to the milk/egg mixture 4. Pour mixture into the pastry case 5. Cook for approximately 30 minutes until golden. 6. Serve with vegetables and chips.

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Amber Dawson Year 7

Year 10 Middle Eastern Café Over the course of this year the Year 10 hospitality class has been developing their culinary and service skills. Culinary skills are demonstrated when the students are ‘cooking, preparing to cook and presenting a meal’.

The girls were asked to create a menu where they had to reconstitute ingredients left over from a previous practical lesson. This presented a challenge for the class but they managed to design a menu based on Middle Eastern cuisine. Leading up to the café, the students practiced their menu, tasted it and adapted the recipes to improve flavours and presentation. The girls demonstrated maturity and professionalism leading up to and throughout the café, it was a fantastic experience and a pleasure to be a part of. Amie Connor Technologies Teacher

Year 11 and 12 Drama Production A Little Box of Oblivion

On Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September the Year 11 and 12 drama students will be presenting “A Little Box of Oblivion” by Stephen Bean. This short play involves a bunch of eclectic characters who, on one sunny afternoon, discover a box on a bench. The box can not be moved, opened, tilted or knocked. But why? What will happen? What will be destroyed if it’s touched?! To find out, come along and support the Year 11 & 12 Drama class who have directed, designed, produced this play, and will be acting in this student led production. If you are a drama student you are strongly advised to attend, to view and evaluate the work of senior drama students. The production is suitable for students in Years 7-12 Bookings can be made through the link: Tickets are free. A gold coin donation on the night for the program (collected for charity) will be most welcomed. Where: St Clare’s College Drama Theatrette When: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September Vanessa Johnson Arts & Languages Coordinator

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St Clare’s Students Helping to Provide Renewable Energy to Fiji

Tia Hatchman and Alex Dooley from Year 9, have come runners up in a National Science Competition about renewable energy for remote medical centres in Fiji. Their task was to construct a narrative PowerPoint to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of two renewable energy sources and apply them to the remote medical centres and to Fiji’s landscape. The girls chose bioenergy and tidal energy for their renewable energy sources, and researched how they would be effective in the Fijian landscape and the vitality of keeping vaccines cool in remote medical locations.

As runners up in the competition they have been invited to attend a ten-day trip to Fiji in which they will be teaching students about renewable energy. They will be embarking on this trip in early October with Ms Elizabeth White as their accompanying teacher. We wish them the best. Paula Taylor Science Teacher

Vinnies Day & Sleep Out The Winter Appeal for Vincent de Paul was held on Friday 11 August to raise money and awareness for those in need. Students were invited to come to school dressed in outfits purchased from Vinnies for a gold coin donation. At lunch we held a fashion show, where students and teachers walked the catwalk to showcase their outfits from Vinnies. In the evening the Vinnies School Sleep Out was held. There was a great turn out with 39 students plus teachers attending. The night was a huge success. The student came away from the experience having learnt about homelessness and the work that Vinnies do. A huge thank you goes out to all of the students and teachers who got involved with Vinnies Day and the Sleep Out. It was great to see your enthusiasm! Sarah O’Neill and Kate Washington Vinnies Captains


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Combined Senior Band

This year the Combined Senior Band have performed at the St Edmund’s Cabaret and the College Blue and White Ball. Early next term they will have their Band Camp at The Pines, Tuross from the 11-14 October in preparation for the Big Band Bash on Friday 14 October. Here are some comments from the girls about their experiences in the band:

“Band is a really fun part of my week. I enjoy spending the Wednesday and Friday mornings playing with the band. It has given me many opportunities this year to perform at events such as the Cabaret night and the Blue and White Ball at St Edmund’s College. The people in the band are really friendly and I love playing music with a big group of people.” Mia Tomlin, flute (Year 10)

“Being in the band is an AMAZING experience! It is so much fun and you learn so many things. You get to test your abilities and learn new skills that you will never forget. We also have our own camp. We go down to the beach and look out at the sea and we go for walks to the shops and contribute in activities such as trivia nights and movie nights. We also have our own talent competitions (it’s not all that serious, it’s more about the fun). There is always a positive vibe in band and performing for everyone is such a thrilling experience for us all. We play all sorts of songs. If anyone is upset there is always someone there who is willing to lend their ear. We’re pretty much our own family and we will gladly welcome anyone who wants to join us.” Jessica Lagerwaard, flute (Year 10) If your daughter is learning an instrument and would like to join the band please contact the Arts and Language Faculty. If your daughter would like to start learning an instrument please contact the front office for the contact details of our private instrumental teachers who come to the school. Lisa Bourne 0.5 Coordinator of Arts and Language

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Legacy Badge Day On Friday 1 September a small group of Year 11 and 12 students assisted in volunteering for Legacy Badge Day at Griffith shops.

Legacy Week is the annual national appeal to raise awareness and funds for the families of our incapacitated and deceased Veterans. It was a beautiful, sunny Friday and the girls displayed enthusiasm and dedication towards volunteering. Many people donated towards this wonderful charity. An elderly gentleman shared a story of how Legacy had helped him and his family, after his Father died during WWII in Europe. Legacy supported him and his siblings through School, University and even brought him his first suit for employment. He was extremely emotional when discussing Legacy and his past and it was thought provoking hearing a real-life story of the support Legacy provides to deceased and incapacitated veterans and their families. Thank you to all the girls who volunteered their time and effort towards Legacy Badge Day. Sarah Huntly Defence Transition Mentor

Battle For Australia

On Wednesday 6 September, a group of St Clare's students, and 60 students from other Schools in the Canberra region, attended the Battle for Australia Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. The Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council organises the ceremony with the Australian War Memorial to acknowledge the series of battles that stopped the Japanese advance toward Australia during World War II. 2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda campaign, and many of these battles. The term “Battle for Australia” was first used by


Prime Minister John Curtin after the fall of Singapore and is now more widely accepted by the Australian public. Battle for Australia Day was formally gazetted in 2008, to be commemorated on the first Wednesday in September. During the commemoration, the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, provided a reflective address on the values displayed by the veterans who were fighting during the Battle for Australia. He discussed the meaning of the first line of the National Anthem 'Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and

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free', he encouraged the audience to reflect on the words and appreciate the sacrifice Australians made during the Battle for Australia in World War II. The Royal Military College Band and Rugby Choir sang a beautiful rendition of 'I am Australian'. Students took part in the creation of a wattle wreath, to represent the youth of today. It was a memorable and emotive ceremony, and the students appreciated the opportunity to attend and take part in the proceedings. Sarah Huntly Defence Transition Mentor

South Canberra Football Championships

High. A fifth minute Telopea goal was the only score in the semi consigning the team to the third fourth place play-off match. The Maroon team lost both their opening matches to the pool topping teams in Telopea High and Mt Stromlo High which meant they were playing off for fifth through eighth in the second half of the day.

On Tuesday 5 September two teams from Years 9 and 10 represented the College on a cold day at Mawson. St Clare’s Blue qualified for the ACT Championships day by topping its pool after three straight wins against

Melrose High, Caroline Chisholm High and St Mary McKillop College. In a meritorious display the team scored ten goals without conceding through the pool matches to earn a semi-final match up with Telopea

An unlucky 0-0 draw with Trinity Christian School in the final pool match had the team confident of a good play off showing against Melrose High. Another hard fought 0-0 draw was a solid way to end the day for a team that improved greatly each match. David Garrity Teacher

ACT Netball Championships Year 7/8: Runner Up

Our Year 7 and 8 team was a little low on numbers from championships the weekend before but we had showed up to play our best. The draw showed the top two Southside teams – St Clare’s and Calwell High School were to face the top two Northside teams – St Francis Xavier College and John Paul College. We were to play each team twice and our goal for each game was to have strong starts in the first half to take the pressure off the second half and ensure we gave good ball to our shooters in the circle. The final result saw us take up the runner up ribbons on the day. Thank you to our umpire Madeline Maguire for your valuable knowledge of the game. Thank you to parents who came out and supported the girls throughout the day. Players’ Player: Charlize Cleary

Year 9/10: Joint ACT Champions After a long weekend of Netball the students despite being battered and bruised were ready to give the day their all. Being undefeated in the rounds left the girls on a high and they entered semis and finals feeling confident and playing well. The finals saw us once again facing Merici College and a goal for goal game meant the final hooter saw us tied up. In extra time we played tight defence and intuitive offence

ending the extra time still all tied up. An extra period was added and both teams pushed themselves to the extreme and once again saw the scores tied up. With more extra time looking likely and everyone leaving it all out there on the court both teams happily agreed to finish the day as joint ACT Champions. Special thanks to Kiara Keane for her excellent umpiring, all the parents who made it down for a game or two and all the girls for giving their all. Players’ Player: Ainsley Scrivener Nicola Hollingsworth Teacher

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Uniform Update

The College Blazer will be a compulsory item of clothing for the winter terms ie Terms 2 and 3, in addition to the school jumper or on its own. The blazer may also be worn in summer over the Summer Dress or as part of the Senior Uniform. There may also be times during the year when students are requested to wear the blazer if they are representing the College or attending a formal function at the College. Due to the increase in the number of families that will be purchasing blazers over the next few months, our uniform supplier, Savvy School Wear, would like us to provide them with an indication of the sizes required to ensure that they have the appropriate levels of stock. If you require a blazer for your daughter(s) for next year please complete the following survey by Monday 11 September. Your assistance with this process is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your daughter is in the correct uniform at all times. Brad Cooney Principal

Changes to the Bus Schedule On Saturday 7 October 2017, Transport Canberra will be introducing a revised network and timetable. This change is the first of a series of improvements towards an integrated public transport system in 2018 with the introduction of light rail to the Nation’s Capital. This information including new timetables and maps are now available for parents and students to view on the Transport Canberra website: Some dedicated school services have also changed. We ask all parents and students to check their school route timings and maps for changes. This information is available on the schools page. You can choose to search by Route Number or School Name. Should you have any queries regarding your school service please call 13 17 10. Transport Canberra


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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 installment 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 needed. Accounts Clerk

Please check your family email for important changes to the invoicing of fees. Accounts Office

50th Anniversary Book In 2015 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. A commemorative book was published on St Clare’s throughout the years.

You can purchase a copy of the 50th Anniversary book through reception for $20.00 plus $2 for postage and handling.

Wisdom Through the Years

For more information contact reception on 6260 9400

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Inspirational Women

Contributions are greatlly welcomed from past students. Send 300 words plus a current image to


Class of Louise Line (nee Irwin) Louisa Line finishing St Clare’s in Year 12 in 1989, since leaving school she has worked for the Victorian Racing Club in Events, for a Federal Minister for Resources and Energy and Hawthon Football Club in Marketing and Events. Louisa came up with the idea of selling food, as well as drink and party wares that were different and gave that magical, wow feeling to events. She started her online store The Little Big Company out of her garage in 2009. Louisa’s business has since grown so much that she now operates out of a large warehouse and has just launched their first concept retail store in inner Melbourne. Lousia has a team of people delivering items for major events, to hotels to the general public. Louisa has style parties and worked with Adriano Zumbo, on wedding shoots and also for TV shoots. Her products have featured on Masterchef, The Block, and My Kitchen Rules. The parties she has styled and also the products from the store have featured in many magazines and also they have aslo been on TV a few times giving party styling tips and event design tips with our products. Louisa recently finished presenting to the final event students at the William Angliss Institute in Event Design.


Class of Ashleigh Bujaroski

2017 is Ashleigh Bujaroski’s first year out of St Clare’s College and she couldn’t have been more ready to take on the next stage of life. Ashleigh is currently undertaking a University degree in Business Administration, alongside starting up her own business. Over Year 11 and Year 12 she had envisioned and worked hard to develop an online surf clothing brand. Throughout this time she had produced a business plan, marketing strategies and took advice from social media marketing specialists in order to determine a plan for her initial business startup. This year Ashleigh applied to be a designer at FASHFEST in Canberra. She organized and managed a successful photoshoot and developed a promotional video for the application process using a number of coastal hot sports along the South Coast as her location. She was able to create and edit the promotional video herself by utalising all the skills and knowledge she gained from her Year 11 and 12 Information Technology class with Mrs Major. Her application has been successful and her unique designs will appear on the FASHFEST runway in late September. Her label is very different to typical couture designers that are seen on the FASHFEST runway; each design is sketched on paper, edited digitally and printed locally, utilizing the advancements of Technology within the t-shirt process, digital marketing and sales. There is still a long road ahead for Ashleigh and more hard work is needed to grow her label and succeed further. Her aim is to create comfortable and unique apparel that each tells a story, reflecting the connection we have to the ocean, beautiful coastlines and beaches where the land meets the sea.


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

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Touch Football

Show Jumping

Good luck to Elise Wilson (Year 12) who will be competing in the Touch Football Open’s Alliance Cup Nationals in Caloundra over 12 to 15 September.

Good luck to Jess and Sarah Davies (Year 12 ) who will be competing at the Australian Show Jumping Championships in Melbourne from 11 to 18 September. Emma Rowcliffe (Year 11) competed in the School Sport Basketball Nationals for the ACT. Her team got the bronze medal after being undefeated in all our round games leading up to the semi finals. She was one of the leading scorers for the tournament and has been selected in the Australian School Girls Squad. Congratulations Emma!

Dance In late August, Chloe Hart (Year 12) competed at the Orange Eisteddfod for dance. She has competed for several years in the Eisteddfod this being her last year. Congratulations Chloe.

Netball Update Three St Clare’s students have made it to the ACT U15s Netball Team, Lauren Thomas (Year 9), Caitlin Bull (Year 9) and Reeghan De Bono (Year 10). Congratulations girls!

ACT Cricket Championships On Wednesday 6 September we had four teams from Years 7 to 10 compete at the ACT Cricket Championships. All the girls played hard and demonstrated great sportsmanship. Our Year 9/10 Blue team came away as ACT Cricket Champions! Congratulations to all the girls who competed.

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



If you are worried that your child is spending too much time using electronic devices, you should try to agree together on a clear set of rules around screen time in the home. Talk to your child on when you think it is appropriate and inappropriate to use screens, for example dinner time, homework time and bedtime. It is important to model this behaviour yourself, and to refrain from relying on using screens as an easy way to keep kids amused.




Kik Messenger is an instant messenger app for mobile devices. It uses a smartphone's data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages, photos, videos, sketches and other content. Kik is known for preserving users' anonymity by allowing users to register without providing a telephone number.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Kik Messenger has drawn controversy due to its reported involvement in several incidents of child exploitation and grooming. The app has been criticised as unsafe for minors due to its anonymity features and weak parental control mechanisms.

WHAT IS IT? WhatsApp is a free messaging app available for iPhone and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s data plan or wireless connection to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, and voice messages.


Kik has its own internal apps, some of which require users to purchase them or make in-app microtransactions. Kik also has its own dating apps that randomly matches users, but there is no way to verify the age of the people you match with. The app’s anonymity also makes it easy for users to be targets of cyber bullying.
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WhatsApp consumes a significant amount of “background data”, meaning that it continues to run and consume data even when it hasn’t been manually opened. As of 2016 Facebook owns WhatsApp, which means that by default, account information is shared between the two apps. This is used to more accurately target ads toward users. You can manually turn this off in the WhatsApp’s settings. WhatsApp does have end-to-end encryption, meaning that only the communicating users can read messages sent. This is useful in terms of keeping your messages private, but can mean that users receive viruses and software specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorised access to a computer system, because the app doesn’t screen messages sent.


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


Many students are going to encounter bullying, whether it’s at school or online. It’s important to talk to your children about it before it happens and ensure they know how to deal with bullying; whether it’s happening to them or if they see it happen to someone else. Find out what avenues your child’s school has for dealing with bullying and familiarise yourself with the other services available. The SafeGuard reporting platform is one way students can report bullying and ask for help.



WHAT IS IT? Sarahah is an “honest feedback” app that allows users to post anonymous messages online. The app works as an add-on to Snapchat and can be synced with the contact list on your phone. In July and August 2017 it was the most popular app for both iPhone and Android users.



Each account created generates a link to receive messages, which users share on their social media accounts. Users don’t have to accept each other as contacts to send messages, and it is possible to use these links without creating an account. Users can also search for one another within the app, unless they manually disable their account appearing in search results.

Anonymous social media is a kind of social networking where the main functionality is to be able to interact and share content without the user’s identity being revealed. The medium is often used for “confession apps” like Whisper, or messaging apps like Sarahah. These apps tend to be short-lived, but new ones frequently appear to replace them.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? In 2013, the anonymous social media site was linked to the suicides of several teenagers who suffered abuse on the website. Following criticisms, the site made several changes to its online safety policy. It is now possible to disable the anonymous feature, and a reporting tool for abuse has been added. 

The content is totally unmoderated, and the anonymity of the app means users can be cruel with no fear of consequence. Similar apps have faced criticism in the past for enabling cyberbullying.

Sarahah has been found to be storing the user’s phone contacts on their server, despite the app not syncing with them.

Yik Yak, a messaging app that allowed people to create and view discussion threads within a set radius, faced scrutiny after the murder of a user who was repeatedly threatened over the app. The company shut down in 2017. There are countless other similar apps that have faced controversies, from creating spaces for bullying, to specifically targeting underage users, and speculation of whether they are doing enough to protect and support their users. For more information on trending apps visit our blog at

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


Upcoming Events Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September - Year 11 and 12 Drama Production “A Little Box of Oblivion” Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 September - Year 9 Camp Thursday 14 September - ACT Athletics Carnival Friday 15 September - Grandparents Day Monday 18 September - Year 12 Biology Excursion Tuesday 19 September - Japan Study Tour 2018 Meeting Wednesday 20 September - Student Leadership 2018 Voting Thursday 21 September - Year 10 Social Friday 22 September - Dance Festival Year 10, Canberra Theatre Friday 22 September - Term 3 Finishes Monday 9 October - Term 4 Commences (Summer Uniform) Wednesday 11 October - Term 4 Assembly Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 October - Combined Band Camp Friday 13 October - Japanese Film Festival for Years 9 to 12

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Tidings Edition 10, 8 September 2017  
Tidings Edition 10, 8 September 2017