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Edition 12 6 November 2017

Principal’s Message As our busy and productive 2017 academic year draws closer to its natural conclusion, my message to students and their families is to keep in mind these three fundamental things; 1. Be kind (to self and others): At this busy time of the year, take some time out for yourself to reflect on how things are going, to pray for guidance or to just simply ‘be’ yourself in any given moment. Participating in activities such as sport or cultural endeavours can also assist with your wellbeing. Eating healthy meals and getting the right amount of sleep (approximately 8-10 hours per night for teenagers) and screen free time are essential. Remember to be kind to others in your daily interactions and conversations and to always take time to listen carefully to what others are saying or keep an eye out for other people’s needs, hopes and dreams. 2. Focus on the present, Look to the Future: It is important to remain focussed on the present and to also look towards the future. Schedule time for school work, assignments and assessment and schedule time for relaxation and fun. Enjoy the moment whilst keeping an eye to your preferred future.

3. Act with integrity and Seek Wisdom: In all that you undertake in life it is vitally important that you act with integrity and seek wisdom. Treat people as you yourself wish to be treated, be truthful and endeavour to learn as you go (not just academically but also about interacting with others in an inclusive, welcoming, positive and authentic way). This week, I had the pleasure of attending three out of the four performances of our Musical Theatre Project for 2017, Unrequited: Girl meets Boy Band. Created from Emma Grey’s novel of the same name, the musical has strong female lead characters at its centre. Our students performed spectacularly on stage and in production. We were blessed to have Emma and Sally Whitwell (Aria award winning musician) working with our students throughout the entire creative process. Vanessa Johnson and Kylie Bayada (staff members) directed the musical and choreographed the show and I thank them for the many hours of work that went towards making this Musical Theatre Project such a great success. It is quite clear that many of our students will go on to achieve great things in the Performing Arts industry. I also

In this edition Principal’s Message

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Year 10 Reflection Day

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From the Desk of the AP Curriculum & Assessment

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Celebration of Sports Night

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Charities and Leadership Handover Assembly

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Unrequited Musical Theatre Project

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Orientation Day

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Spreading the Advantages of Renewable Energy to Fiji

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Science Trip to Lucas Heights Nuclear Facility

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Science Fair Awards

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VEX Robotics Scrimmage

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Tierney House

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Road Safety Education

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Japanese Film Festival

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Preparing St Gregory’s Students for Confirmation

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Guest Lecturer Vicar General, Father Tony Percy

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Dragon Boating Regatta

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Uniform Update

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School TV

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Fees Reminder

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Inspirational Women

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In the Headlines

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Parent Advice Online Safety

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Upcoming Events

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Notices

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thank the parents of the students who performed or participated in the musical for driving them and picking them up from rehearsals and technical runs and the intensive weekend workshops.

Year 10 Reflection Day

On the 16 and 17 October St Clare’s College held the annual Art, Design and Technologies Exhibition. I was fortunate to be able to present students with awards and an acknowledgement of their individual creative abilities across a wide range of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, information technology, fashion and textiles design, design and technology and photography. Our Visual Arts, Design and Technologies teachers have had a positive impact on our students, through constant encouragement and the setting of high expectations for each individual student. The House Charities are a vital part of the life of the College. At the House Charities assembly on 1 November around $10,000 which has been collected over the year was presented to representatives from our House charities and another cheque was presented to Catholic Missions for our whole school charity to purchase a humidicrib for a small hospital in Uganda. I congratulate all House and College Leaders and Marie Manning, our Mission and Ministry Coordinator, who have been strongly involved in organising the fundraising events throughout the year. Thank you also to the girls and family members who have supported these events. On Friday 10 November we will hold a breakfast for our Year 12 students in the Staff Common Room. We will farewell the Year 12 students at an assembly in the College gymnasium at 11.05am. Parents and guardians of Year 12 students are most welcome to attend the farewell assembly. Exams for students in Years 9-12 begin on Tuesday 14 November. Best Wishes Brad Cooney Principal

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On Wednesday 25 October Year 10 students were given time away from their academic studies to reflect and engage in activities that made them think beyond what they were capable of and what they have to offer in life. Sam Clear from Walk4one, several years ago conducted a 15,600 km on walk on foot around the world through South America, Central America and North America, across Siberia by train, and on foot again from Moscow to the western most point of Spain, all to pray for unity. He now uses his extraordinary experiences as an invitation to students to reflect on their own capacity to change the world around them. Students participated in reflection time, story time and interactive fun activities. Topics covered: }}

Engaging in our great passion. Students were to think of ways they could change the world and how they can carry God’s love into the world and make a difference.

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Communication, Choices and Consequences Students participated in interactive activities engaging with each other regarding how they can put into action where they want to make a difference in the world.

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Embracing Trust with Courage Trust is such a simple concept, and yet the lack of it produces such a crippling fear in certain situations. Students looked at the wonderful consequences of trusting in God’s love and finished with prayer.

The Year 10 students set a goal for themselves as a result of participating in the Reflection Day. Goals set by the students included: to spread happiness, change my attitude, open myself up to the community and to use my passion to create change. Kym Darmody Year 10 Coordinator


From the Desk of the AP Curriculum & Assessment On behalf of all the curriculum staff, I wish to extend to you the warmest welcome for the final term of 2017. It always amazes me how quickly the year can pass one by and 2017 has been no exception to this. I consider in many respects it is a testament to how hard everyone has been working in their efforts to both deliver and receive a wonderful education. It is also a strong measure of your support to your daughter. It remains important, however, for all of us to continue to hold our focus until the end, as there are many important activities still to complete.

assessment has reduced the overall number of direct assessment tasks, which provides for a more refined depth to student learning.

Award Ceremonies

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Year 12: Friday 1 December at 2:00 pm.

With regard this assessment, please be advised that the exam schedule for Years 9 – 12 has been sent to each student and a copy should have been provided to each family. Please make sure you review this schedule so you are familiar with the work being completed by your daughter at this time.

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Years 7 - 11: Friday 8 December at 11:15 am.

Let me also quickly say how proud the College is of its departing seniors. They are a credit to themselves and the College and, importantly to you, their families who have invested so much love, time and interest in allowing them to reach this point. You should be justifiably proud of their efforts— remember these efforts as they embark on that next great adventure in their lives with your support.

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Finish Strongly The focus your daughter now holds until the end of this year will mean different things for each of you. It is important, however, to not allow your daughter to undo what she has achieved and to ensure she finishes off her formative and summative assessment tasks in a manner of which she, as well as you, can feel proud. These assessment tasks will take on different identities depending on the year group and subjects under consideration. What may they look like you may ask? Separate to exams, there will be projects, journals and continuing classwork, all of which is designed to keep students and parents engaged in the journey of each student while on their learning continuum. The implementation of this combination of formative and summative

Friday 24 November at 1.30 pm: Unit and Course Scores will be released for student viewing. Wednesday 13 December at 12.00 pm: The following will be available for collection from the College: (1) ACT Senior Secondary Certificates; (2) Tertiary Entrance Statement containing your daughter’s ATAR; and (3) VET Certificates.

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Friday 24 November at 1.30 pm: Unit scores will be released for student viewing.

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Thursday 07 December: Year 10 Certificates will be available for collection from the Front Reception or Student Admin.

Dates:

Location: College Hall

Celebration: Year 12 Graduation Ceremony: Year 12 students and their parents will have the opportunity to celebrate the significant achievements of our Graduating cohort of 2017. Years 7 - 11 Award Ceremony: Parents of our Years 7 – 11 student recipients will be invited to join the College community in celebrating the success of their daughter.

Closing Let me thank all students and parents for their efforts and commitment to this vital education continuum during 2017. It has been a pleasure to work with you and to watch, each day, the manner in which your daughters apply themselves to their studies, learning experiences and relationships. We look forward to continuing this learning journey and listening to your thoughts and ideas, as we grow together as a dynamic and inclusive College community. May each student be proud of all who have gone before them, and identify with being strong, capable and courageous women of the future. Sharyn Quirk AP Curriculum and Assessment

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Celebration of Sports

Award Recipients: Sport

Athlete of the Year

Spirit of St Clare Award

AFL

Cecilia Maher

Jazlin McGinley

Athletics

Grace Brennan

Keely Small

Basketball

Emma Rowcliffe

Brianna Sellars

Cricket

Nakita Taylor

Tayla Julien

Cross Country

Emma Dunn

Sarah Kirk

On Thursday 26 October, students, staff and parents celebrated the achievements of all students who participated in sport here at St Clare’s this year.

Hockey

Madeline Dooley

Alexia Horvat

Netball

Alyssa Seden

Lauren Thomas

Oztag

Amelia Ross

Callie Robertson

The awards presented on the night included: Athlete of the Year - for the student who has been voted the best player through their skills, commitment and contribution to the sport, and the Spirit of St Clare Award - for the student who has demonstrated the St Clare's values whilst representing the College in a sport.

Rugby

Eloise Ryan

Monique Jugovac

Snowsports

Bridget Job

Chelsea Sunderland

Soccer

Ellen Brown

Tara Finlen

Softball

Alexandra Edwards

Ella Ruiz

Swimming

Abbey Webb

Gabrielle Waller

The overall Sportswoman of the Year for Senior students (Years 10-12) and for Junior students (Years 7-9) was awarded to the student who has demonstrated the values of St Clare’s College while achieving a high level of selection in their chosen sport/s.

Tennis

Callison Row

Anneka Rogers

Touch

Amelia Vea

Reeghan De Bono

Volleyball

Harriet Sharp

Jacqueline Wallace

Waterpolo

Tia Hatchman

Grace Turnbull

Weekend Netball

Madison Winter

Caitlin Bull

It was a great night for those who braved the down pour with the Sport Captains giving recaps of the gala days, events and highlights that have happened in the sport arena this here at St Clare's.

Sportswoman of the Year

Congratulations to all students who won an award on the night and to all students who participated in sport throughout the year. A big thank you for all the support from staff and parents throughout the year. Josh McGrath Sports Coordinator

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Senior: Keely Small

Junior: Eloise Ryan

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Charity and Leadership Handover Assembly

On Wednesday 1 November we held our Charity and Leadership Handover Assembly. The 2017 House Captains acknowledged the great work of our students and the charities that support those in need. Cheques were handed out to representatives from the following charities: Catholic Mission, HOME in Queanbeyan, Karinya House, L’Arche, St Vincent de Paul Society and Caritas. Our 2017 Captains then officially handed over their duties to the 2018 College and House Captains.

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Musical Theatre Project

World Premiere at St Clare’s College Hall.

winning composer, wrote the incredible music.

Written by Emma Grey, based on her novel, UNREQUITED, published in 2017 by Harper Collins. Music by Sally Whitwell.

This was an extraordinary opportunity for the school to participate in the workshopping of an original piece of musical theatre, with students working closely with the composer and author as the musical was developed.

We were privileged to stage the world premiere of Unrequited: The Musical on Thursday 2 November, with four productions through to Saturday 4 November evening. The show is an original composition, based on the teen novel, Unrequited, published by HarperCollins and written by St Clare’s mum, Emma Grey. Sally Whitwell, dual ARIA-

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Infinite Lights and Sounds donated our fabulous staging, and mentored students in learning how to operate the sound desk and lighting, and we were brilliantly supported by the girls in our stage crew. In all my years teaching drama and staging shows in schools, I have

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never encountered a group of girls as talented or professional as our students. Working together as we explore an untested show adds challenge and complexity, and our students embraced the opportunity. I know Sally and Emma were immensely grateful for the dedicated and spirited way that students brought their ‘baby’ alive. We are grateful to the boys from St Edmund’s college for their participation in the show, and to teachers Margaret Thomas from St Edmund’s and Kylie Bayada from St Clare’s for their unfailing support, assistance and encouragement. Vanessa Johnson Arts and Languages Coordinator


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Orientation Day St Clare’s College was very excited to welcome the newest members of our community, our Class of 2023, to their Orientation Day last Friday. Over 200 Year 6 students joined us to learn more about the school and start connecting with the staff and other students who will help them transition into high school next year. The students began the day by meeting the College Executive and their Year 7 Coordinator, Mrs Renee McDonald. They then spent some time with a Pastoral Care Leader learning about Pastoral Care at St Clare’s. Our Year 6 students were also lucky enough to go to a performance ‘taster’ of our 2017 school production ‘Unrequited’. Many of the girls enjoyed this experience so much that they booked tickets and came back to watch the show with their families. After recess the girls undertook three activities. One was designed to assist them identify their

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character strengths and learn a little about some of the personal development lessons they undertake as part of their formal Pastoral Care Curriculum. One allowed them to access the school’s online learning portal, SEQTA. In this session they learnt how to check their course outlines, where to find assessment tasks, and had a little play with some of the features available via SEQTA including making an entry on an online discussion forum. The last activity was a school wide scavenger hunt. This was designed to teach them how to find their way around the school grounds to the key students service locations. They also had to visit Mr Cooney in his office to collect the St Clare’s College password – Seek Wisdom! At lunch the girls were given some time out to relax but were also invited to participate in some planned activities if they wanted to. The activities included Key Ball in the

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Gym, Zumba in the Dance studio or board and card games in the Library. It was amazing to see how confident they were in heading out and about the school to get involved. After lunch the girls had some time to reflect on their day and ask any questions to which they did not yet have the answer. They were also encouraged to record the names and contact details of students they had met from other schools so that they could arrange to catch up with their new friends before they officially commence Year 7 next year. The Class of 2023 impressed us all with their enthusiasm. Our community can’t wait for them to join us on their education journey and know that these girls have a supportive pathway to success ahead of them. Bridget Bandle AP Pastoral Care


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Spreading the Advantages of Renewable Energy to Fiji can correctly teach it to the new generation, so that the remote Fijian villages can have reliable renewable energy sources in the future. The FHEC was very impressed with the girls work at the schools and expressed keen interest in doing more work in the future to further develop their curriculum and teaching methods. Whilst over there, Tia and Alex donated school supplies and energy equipment to the remote schools located up the Navua river. They also dropped much needed medical supplies to Namuamua Medical Centre, where they are expected to treat over 30 villages full of people with little equipment. They are so grateful to those in our community who donated the school and medical supplies and the items were much appreciated and are sure to be well used within the communities.

Tia Hatchman and Alex Dooley (Year 9) came runners up in a National Science Competition on renewable energy in remote Fijian medical centres. From this, they where given the opportunity to travel to Fiji in the last school holidays to preach the advantages of renewable energy in the rural schools. They were accompanied by science teacher Ms Elizabeth White. During the 11 days they visited two schools and the home of the former Director of the Fijian Higher Education Commissioner.

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Tia and Alex ran a presentation through the use of skits, songs and energy equipment to convey the message of the benefits of renewable energy, showing students about all the ways renewable energy can be created in Fiji, due to their abundance of resources such as, solar, hydro and bioenergy, as well as conveying how to properly maintain the systems. They also informed the Fijian Higher Education Commission (FHEC) as to how they can implement renewable energy into their curriculum and how they

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The students had an amazing time staying in the homes of the extremely welcoming Fijians in the remote villages. Even though, a lot of work was involved, the girls were also able to have fun swimming in the pools of waterfalls, going on jungle walks in the backyard of a Fijian home, and experiencing the patriotism of Fiji Day. Some other memorable moments were experiencing the plentiful rain of Fiji whilst travelling through rapids and walking through flooded water! Tia and Alex had a wonderful experience and felt so privileged to have such an amazing opportunity to be immersed in the Fijian culture. They felt like they truly made a difference to the lives of students in the remote Fijian villages. Tia Hatchman and Alex Dooley Year 9


Science Trip to Lucas Heights Nuclear Facility

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), operates the only nuclear reactor in Australia. This small, modern, highly specialised reactor allows ANSTO to do world-class neutron-beam research and produce major international percentages of important medical radio-isotopes and "doped" silicon destined for electronic microchip manufacture. The opportunity to visit this facility was given to 40 students from Senior Chemistry and Physics classes on 18 November. A technical but enthusiastically delivered introduction by guide, retired nuclear chemist Dr Robin Davis, set the scene for our site visit. Security on site is akin to that of our major airports: absolutely no phones or cameras, water bottles only and stern warnings from Australian Federal Police officers on entry. Along with information on waste management, nuclear accidents, security, future plans and the nuclear industry generally, the group were

shown the ever-growing number of ongoing experiments being conducted by international teams with equipment whose precision is amazing but, due to good Aussie ingenuity, sometimes has cost a fraction of what might be the case in the USA, Asia or Europe. A "tour" inside the reactor building followed via scale models and remote video cameras that could be operated by our guide.

career paths that include nuclear science. We came away with renewed pride in the achievements of Australian scientific research. Did you know that Australia's first ever Nobel Prize was won over a century ago? See if you can find the recipient.

Hopefully the visit to ANSTO inspired some of the students to consider

Rob Pegalo Science Teacher

For the reasons above, on-site pictures were an absolute no-no, so the image shows the group inside the visitor reception building.

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ACT Science Fair Awards Earlier in the year, all students in Year 7 completed individual scientific investigations which were displayed at our Science Fair night. As part of this task, students were given the opportunity to extend themselves by entering their investigations into the ACT Science Fair. This involved presenting their work as a full scientific report. The secondary/ post compulsory category of the ACT Science Fair is particularly challenging for our younger students as they are being judged against students from across the ACT in Years 7 to 12. This year we are pleased to announce that three of our students were selected for awards at the ACT Science Fair. Congratulations go to Jessica Charles, for her project on the Effectiveness of Washing Hands with Water; Alice Tooth for her project on Which Material Best Starts a Camp Fire and Kayla Walker for her project on the Protective Properties of a Non-Newtonian Liquid. Jessica, Alice and Kayla each won an encouragement award along with $50 prize money for their efforts in applying the scientific method. Well done girls. Elaina Cupitt Science Teacher Jessica Charles and Kayla Walker absent from photo Alice Tooth

Science Educators’ Association of the ACT (SEA*ACT) was also pleased to recognise the efforts of Ms Miller's Graphic Design students who developed a portfolio of work towards a rebranding competition. We are pleased to announce that Alyssa Osmond was the finalist and her designs have now been widely used and adopted for future science fairs in the ACT. Natasha Schirripa was also recognised as the runner up in the competition, also producing an impressive portfolio. A big thank you to Ms Miller who worked diligently with her class to produce industry-quality work. Paula Taylor Science Teacher

Pam Miller, Alyssa Osmond, Natasha Schirripa and Paula Taylor.

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VEX Robotics Scrimmage

St Clare's College hosted a regional VEX Robotics scrimmage on 24 October with teams from Canberra, Goulburn and Moss Vale attending. First time teams were welcomed to the College and students were able to mentor younger teams to ensure everyone could play. Students had been practicing their set up of fields and running the Tournament Manager software required to control the autonomous section of the competition and the driver controlled robots. Both VEX IQ and VEX EDR teams competed

on the day. VEX IQ is designed for primary to middle school year students to drive a robot made primarily from plastic components using remote control. VEX EDR is designed for high school students to create a robot to solve a particular game each year using their own design and metal components. Both systems require students to use engineering and design concepts to brainstorm, build, test and drive their robot to solve the game. The beauty of the VEX competition is that each game requires two teams working in an alliance to compete

together to achieve their maximum score. Teams cannot win alone. Students from St Clare's College placed first in alliance for the VEX IQ Challenge and the Senior team took out the Design Award for their robot. Successful events like this would not be possible without the enthusiasm and preparation of the students and the support supplied by the College staff to host the event. Juliette Major ICT Coordinator

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Tierney House "Care is the Cure”

I was wondering what to do in my holidays. They come and go so fast. Before you know it, you’re back among assignments and exams. These last holidays I experienced something very different. Right from my first encounter with Cameron French, Manager of Tierney House, I felt welcome. Tierney House is adjacent to St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst and is part of the extensive Sisters of Charity health network. It offers accommodation, health services and support to a maximum of 12 men and women who stay for an average of 10 days. Staffed by the Homeless Health Team, Tierney House helps its residents to get back on their feet.

Cameron French, Manager of Tierney House and Helen Brumby

At Tierney House sometimes it’s the simple things that make the greatest difference, like regular meals, being in safe place, having a clean bed and a long hot shower, clean clothes, new underwear, a pair of shoes, and a toilet bag filled with useful practical things. Some of the things I learnt were that homelessness can happen to anyone; the family unit is key - keep your family and friends close and don’t cut people off, even when things get tough support your family and friends; talk about how you feel; “a problem shared is a problem halved”, developing a family takes time and hard times will happen in all relationships but you have to stick together. One of the staff members I met described her work and “pouring hope into hearts that are feeling lifeless” and that “compassion isn’t compassion unless you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do something”.

I was humbled and inspired by the compassion I witnessed towards some of the most vulnerable in the community. I saw the difference that actions can make and how the world can be changed for the better. A pinboard at Tierney House grabbed my attention with words from Michael Leunig’s Hymn captured what Tierney House is about. Helen Brumby Year 11 Sister Tierney, Sister of Charity, serving tea to homeless men in Darlinghurst

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Road Safety Education

On Thursday 2 November, 120 Year 11 students attended the RYDA My Life: My Choices Road Safety Education Program at the Stutton Road Driver Training Centre. We were met by an enthusiastic team of Rotary volunteers who escorted us throughout the day. In small groups, students took part in six workshops: 1. Speed & Stopping - Practical observation of the relationship between speed and stopping distances plus a focus on care safety features and maintenance. 2. Hazards & Distractions - Interactive session where students form strategies to manage distractions and improve their hazard perception skills. 3. The ‘I’ in Drive - Reflective session designed to show students how their personality impacts on road safety; students will self-assess and analyse risky situations in cars. 4. Road Choices - Discussion run by a police officer on key risk areas for young drivers and passengers which features hard-hitting videos on decision-making and choices. 5. After the Crash - Powerful presentation by a speaker about the crash that changed their life and features an exercise where students examine how a similar crash would affect their life and plans. 6. Genevieve’s Story - Emotional story about a young driver and passenger involved in a road crash; students will analyse the crash and develop plans for decision-making in risky situations. As our Year 11 students are in the high risk category for road crashes, this excursion was a great opportunity to equip the girls with tools and knowledge they need to stay safe on the road, regardless of whether they were P-Platers, Learners, drivers in ACT, NSW or non-drivers. We were invited to be part of this pilot program, and I feel very fortunate that we could offer this program to our Year 11 students at such an important time in their driving career. Trish Brown Year 11 Coordinator

Japanese Film Festival

On Friday 13 October students watched the movie “Chihayafuru” at Dendy cinemas as part of the Japanese Film Festival, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Students were treated to a teacher quiz at the beginning of the session based on facts about Japan and also were part of a quiz on the topics of the movie. Then, the movie drama started. A film about childhood friends bound together by their love for “karuta”, the Japanese card game using Tanka poetry and lighting fast-reactions. The Years 9 and 10 classes were lucky to also have lessons in the afternoon that day where we could do the follow up activities about the movie. Needless to say the anticipation for Part 2 coming out in November is high. Lisa Bourne Teacher

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Preparing St Gregory’s Students for Confirmation On Friday 27 October four members of our Youth Ministry Team, Neve Tually, Anjalie Upasena, Adriana Stramandinoli and Laura van der Linden assisted St Edmund's Year 10 Youth Ministry Team in preparing students from St Gregory's Parish in Queanbeyan for their Confirmation. Kate McManus-Green the Year 6 Teacher and Religious Education Coordinator thanked the girls for sharing their passion about their faith with the students. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry

Guest Lecturer Vicar General, Father Tony Percy Vicar General, Father Tony Percy, has been a guest lecturer on the 'Theology of the Body' for one of our Year 12 Religion classes. Fr Tony gave the students a great deal to think about during his lessons and we appreciate him giving us his time and passing on his knowledge. Maryellen Moore Religious Education Coordinator

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

This month has seen the culmination of the Adventurous Journey section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. The Bronze and Silver Award participants have been out on their qualifying expeditions and all students have passed that aspect of the Award with flying colours.

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Alex Dooley (Year 9)

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Sarah Jackson (Year 9)

Bronze Award – Jenolan Caves

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Nakita Taylor (Year 9)

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Rosie O’Brien (Year 9)

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Five students ventured to Jenolan Caves and hiked 24 km over two days to Black Range Campground and back, part of the well-known, Six-Foot Track. The terrain was very steep and we had to manage full rucksacks to ascend over 400 metres on the first day and then the challenge of making our way back down the steep slopes on the Sunday was just as difficult and required team communication and support.

Kasia Doszpot (Year 9)

Silver Award – Kangaroo Valley

We managed to avoid the resident swooping magpie at the campsite and participants cooked some fantastic tacos using the Trangia stoves. After all that hiking we climbed up and down over 900 steps to explore Lucas Cave and saw how the landscape had been created under our feet in the limestone, resulting in the formation of the

Our Silver Award participants adventured on a three-day kayak expedition with Kangaroo Valley Safari’s up the Shoalhaven Gorge. We flat water paddled up the river seeing the spectacular views of the sheer gorge cliffs and becoming familiar with lots of the local wildlife, such as eagles, lizards and even some red belly black snakes. Participants expertly packed their kayaks for the three-day trip, making careful choices about their food to ensure it lasted for the time away without refrigeration and tasted great. They had pasta one night and the other a fabulous stir fry. We had to carry the kayaks across

some rapids to ensure our journey could continue and on the way home we stopped off at Fitzroy Falls to see the landscape from a different perspective. Congratulations Silver Participants: }}

Cristina Munoz (Year 10)

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Mia Tomlin (Year 10)

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Ashley Tang (Year 10)

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Megan White (Year 10)

Congratulations and thank you to all award participants for a fantastic couple of weekends in the Australian Wilderness working towards your goals. Thank you to our staff Amie Connor and Natasha Milde for accompanying these excursions to provide these unique experiences for our Award participants and to all the families who have helped support their children to complete this challenging award program. Students aged 14 years and above who are interested in joining the Award program should contact natalie.fairfax@stcc.act.edu.au for more information. Natalie Fairfax Teacher

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Dragon Boating Regatta St Clare’s College combines with St Edmund’s College to create an awesome Dragon boating team called Saints. The team has participated in regular training sessions held every Tuesday and Thursday to prepare for the regattas held over the next few months on Saturday mornings. The first regatta was held on Saturday 21 October. The teams participated in a number of events on the day. The girls boat was awarded second place in our women’s heat, and the mixed boat was awarded second in the mixed B final. Congratulations to the team, to Danielle Grimm the captain and supporting teachers Mrs Stephanie Campbell and Mrs Monique Nutt. Monique Nutt Teacher

Uniform Update

Pants as an Winter Uniform Option in 2018 Next year the College will be offering pants as a winter uniform option. Unfortunately, the pant style offered by Savvy Schoolwear was not suitable so we have sourced the pants through NNT Uniforms. A representative from NNT will visit the College in March and June (prior to the winter terms) to provide students with the opportunity to try on the pants and place an order. Details of exact dates and times will be advertised in the New Year.

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School TV

School Transitions Every year, more and more emphasis is placed on School Transitions. Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up! However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information. Here is the link to this month’s edition stcc.act.schooltv.me/newsletter/school-transitions

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 needed. Accounts Clerk

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Inspirational Women

Contributions are greatlly welcomed from past students. Send 300 words plus a current image to media@stcc.act.edu.au

1987

Class of We are all Inspirational Inspirational: [adjective] making you feel full of hope or encouraged When the call came out that they were looking for insights from “inspirational women” who were alumni of St Clare’s College Canberra, it generated some insightful reactions from a few friends – and not surprisingly many automatically equated high achievers to being the same as an inspirational women. Some are, some aren’t. When you google the term “Inspirational” , it is totally unrelated to salary, marital or parental status, your post code, the size of your house, the size of your jeans or Jimmy Choos, or where you may have travelled. It is more about making you feel full of hope or encouraged to do something. Hopefully something positive. And we have many girls from our Class of ‘87 that have done this, often quietly, and in the background, without the limelight. Some, of course, have had the spotlight centred on them, and made it to the front of the Canberra Times - some were just “feel good” news stories, some stories were more about public policy achievements, and others are about personal battles, sporting or artistic achievements or not-for-profit contributions to society or a sector. Many in the class of 1987 have survived and thrived against all odds and others have been contributing at a level that has profound and long term impacts on the next generation or the world they will live in. Some have managed to settle in to roles that can have a positive impact and make a broad contribution to a better society or community , whether at the top of a corporate rung, or at the grass roots level whether volunteering, fundraising or just providing basic life-saving services. Some have had a more one-on-one impact – whether just one student making it through year 10 or year 12, assisting a terminally sick or critically ill individual, or a lonely neighbour or relative. In focusing on the class of ’87, there are some that have clearly achieved a lots in their chosen career, but the emphasis is on “their” choice or career. We have all travelled different paths, some more mainstream than others, but those paths are all about the individuals’ choice (and sacrifices). Each path is taken for its own unique reasons, and has its own positive and negatives. We can all stalk our former class-mates on Google and find a name of a colleague that has made it in to the digital domain, and considered by someone, somewhere, of being “newsworthy”. However, newsworthy does not equate to inspirational. The question we really need to ask, every time, when we are looking for inspirational women, is what will their lasting impact be? If they have made one person feel full of hope and encouraged them to do something positive, then they can be considered inspirational. Class of 87’ 30 Year Reunion Organising Committee

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


In the Headlines

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Swimming Champion

Congratulations to Gabby Waller (Year 11) who competed at the MC NSW Championships on Saturday 21 October at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. She came away with two gold and three silver medals!

City News: Cover Girl Keely Small (Year 10) was on the cover of Canberra CityNews on Thursday 26 October celebrating her amazing achievements on the track this year and talking about what is next for her. Congratulations Keely!

Angie Lu Recipient of Katrina Dawson Foundation Scholarship Angie Lu (College Captain from 2015) was a recipient of the inaugural Katrina Dawson Foundation Scholarship last year. The scholarships aim to support students attending the Women's College at the University of Sydney who display an outstanding capacity for leadership, academic excellence and community engagement. Angie alongside fellow recipients featured in "The Women's College" publication.

Riddle Room Escape

Badminton On Monday 23 October and Friday 27 October we sent out two teams a Years 7/8 and a Years 9/10 team to Badminton ACT competition. Our students played very well all day and combined with Canberra Grammar School to make a very formidable teams. The Years 7/8 team came fourth and the Years 9/10 team came fifth. Congratulations girls! Year 11 students Sharlin, Casey, Heather and Shannon competed in the Riddle Room Escape League on Wednesday 25 October. By solving riddles, working together as a team and using their communication skills they were able to escape The Nightmare room.

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NOVEMBER 2017

As social media has become so prevalent in the world today, online relationships have become a part of adolescent development. Helping our kids navigate these relationships can be difficult, but it is important that they understand the impact their online behaviour has on their digital footprint and reputation. When a post is published, it becomes public property. Teens need an open line of communication to be able to come to their families when something is happening online that they are uncomfortable with.

TUMBLR

WHAT IS IT?

Tumblr is an online micro-blogging and social networking platform aimed at teens. Users generate and re-blog text, video and audio posts as well as follow and message other users.

FACEBOOK

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? The content on Tumblr is largely unmoderated, and anyone can post anything they want. There are countless accounts that exclusively post pornography and violent content. The anonymous messaging feature creates an outlet for bullies to send cruel messages. There have been instances of organised groups using this feature to specifically target Tumblr users who have shared struggles with mental illness.

WHAT IS IT? Facebook is a popular social-networking app for users to connect with friends and strangers. Users can create text posts, share photos, videos and articles, as well as join groups and create events.

Tumblr has become notorious for glamorising mental illnesses like self-harming and eating disorders. Dedicated blogs post tips on how to suppress appetites, purge meals and hide mental illnesses from family and friends.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Once anything is posted to Facebook, it becomes public within the user’s community of friends, and can easily be copied and shared again. Every time a user posts something online, they are creating a permanent digital footprint that stays in cyberspace forever. Many workplaces look through Facebook accounts when considering potential employees, and anything that shouldn’t be online could be damaging to future work opportunities. Whenever users play games or use applications through Facebook, they are asked to give permission to access the user’s profile, which gives account information to third parties. It is in Facebook’s best interest to share as much information about its users to advertising companies so they can more accurately target their ads. For more information and tips, visit our blog at www.perimeterguardian.com.au/insights

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


Upcoming Events

St Thomas the Apostle School and Parish Fete - Memories 39 Boddington Circuit, KAMBAH ACT 2902 Saturday 11 November 2017, 10am - 2:30pm Join us to celebrate 40 years of St Thomas school being celebrated on Remembrance day. There will be Show Bags, Cake Stall, Trash 'n' Treasure, Craft Stall, Plant Stall, Community Displays, Tombola Dodgem Cars, Sizzler Supa Cha Cha, Rock Climbing wall, Competitions, prizes, great food & much more. There is lots to see, do and buy. Come along and share the fun. There will also be a room of memories set up for past and present students to see photos from the "old" days.

Attention Year 7 Parents Your child’s vaccinations are due again in Term 4 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 4 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Dose 3 Varicella (chickenpox)

If your child missed a vaccine during the year? You will receive a letter in the post with information on catching up through the GP

Varicella is recommended for all students who

have not had the vaccine, including those that have previously had the disease.

Where can I get more information? http://www.health.act.gov.au/our-services/ immunisation/high-school-immunisation-program

© Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, 2016 www.health.act.gov.au | www.act.gov.au | Enquiries: Canberra 13ACT1 or 132281

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Upcoming Events Wednesday 8 November - Year 7 Reflection Day Thursday 9 November - Last Day of Classes for Year 12 Friday 10 November - Year 12 Breakfast and Farewell Assembly Friday 10 November - Last Day of Classes for Year 11 Tuesday 14 to Tuesday 21 November - Senior Exams Wednesday 22 November - Year 10 College Preparation Day Thursday 23 to Friday 24 November - Year 11 AST Trial Friday 24 to Thursday 30 November - Years 9 and 10 Exams

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