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Edition 14 8 December 2017

Principal’s Message On Friday afternoon at our Year 12 Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony I spoke about the concept of ubuntu. The word ubuntu is part of the Zulu phrase "Ubuntu ngumuntu ngabantu", which literally means that a person is a person through other people. Ubuntu has its roots in humanist African philosophy, where the idea of community is one of the building blocks of society. Ubuntu is that nebulous concept of common humanity or oneness: meaning you and me both.

and you might hold a portion of authority, but if you have no ubuntu, you do not amount to much. Perhaps Ubuntu is best illustrated through the following story:

The main modern proponent of ubuntu philosophy is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In his book, No Future Without Forgiveness, he describes a person with ubuntu as being "open and available to others, affirming of others, someone who has a proper self-assurance." The ubuntu this person possesses comes from being part of a greater whole.

An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get lollies from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket at the foot of a tree. Then he called the children and suggested they play a game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself. So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand and ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the lollies, sat down and began to happily munch away. The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves. The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”

Archbishop Tutu states that you might have much of the world’s riches,

Ubuntu places togetherness above the individual.

Ubuntu is, at the same time, a deeply personal philosophy that calls on us to mirror our humanity for each other. To the observer, ubuntu can be seen and felt in the spirit of willing participation, unquestioning cooperation, warmth, openness, and personal dignity displayed by a group of people towards each other.

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In this edition Principal’s Message


Year 12 Graduation


Years 7 to 11 Mass and Awards


Major Award Recipients


Unleashing Your Potential


Community Day


Drama Performance Evenings


Japanese Semester Two


Catholic Schools Action Research Showcase


Humdicrib Arrives in Uganda


Host Families Required


Fees Due


Inspirational Women


In the Headlines


Parent Advice Online Safety


Up Coming Events in Early 2018


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To all of our students in 2017 who have placed togetherness above the individual I thank you. As we reach the end of the school year, it is a time to reflect upon the wonderful examples of community, friendship, endeavour and hard work enacted throughout the year. Our teachers, students and parents all give so much of themselves to make our school the spirited learning community that it is and I am grateful for this.

Year 12 Graduation

I would like to wish all members of our school community a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in 2018. Best Wishes Brad Cooney Principal

On Friday 1 December the College celebrated our final Mass with the graduating Class of 2017. Mrs Manning expertly orchestrated a joyous, colourful and song filled occasion with the College Chaplin, Msgr John Woods saying the Mass. The blessing of little angel pins was particularly special. The Awards ceremony followed the Mass and Mrs Quirk skillfully produced another high quality assembly to recognise all students in completing their studies. Of course, there was extra recognition for those students who excelled in specialist areas and those who were awarded dux positions. The school presented each student with a beautiful Willow Tree figurine sculpture, called Wisdom, designed by Susan Lordi. This was selected to mark the occasion of this significant life event for our graduating class. The Year 12 Graduation Formal Dinner was held on Saturday 2 December at Parliament House. The students had transformed from senior school girls to elegant, glamorous women. Mr Cooney and staff welcomed the families of our students, and their invited partners,


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to the celebration. I’m not sure if anyone spotted Halley’s Comet in the enormous Arthur Boyd tapestry as Mr Cooney pointed out but I know the girls will remember the glowing faces of each of our guests as they arrived to see the beautifully decorated Hall. The whole community was entertained by the best band in Canberra, Big Boss Groove, who had the dance floor crowded with equally well dressed parents, grandparents, teachers and families, and this was certainly testament to the electric vibe and happiness generated by our close knit community. The College would like to sincerely thank the families who attended all the celebrations. Congratulations to the Class of 2017. Lisa Melis Year 12 Coordinator

Year 12 Graduates

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Year 12 Formal Dinner


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


Year 7 to 11 Mass and Awards


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Major Award Recipients Year 12

Holly Schyvens


Rosemary Collins

Sarah Kelley

Lily Sarah

St Clare’s College Third to the Dux

College Cup and St Clare’s Medal for All Round Excellence

St Clare’s College Dux

St Clare’s College Second to the Dux

Megan Phipps

Elizabeth Crane

Theresa Corson

Natasha Kelly

The Principal’s Award for Leadership and Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the College

College Plate for Outstanding Efforts in Studies

The Archbishop’s Cup for Contribution to the Religious Life of the College

The Founder’s College Cup for Initiative and Service

Alycia Bencic

Grace Lustri

Holly Schyvens

Outstanding Effort in Vocational Studies

The Caltex Best All-Rounder Award

The Canberra Mathematical Association Medal For Excellence

Grace Skvorc

Sophie Barton

Gai Brodtmann Award

The Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award

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Year 11

Casey Horan

Bridget Foot

Merryn Moffatt

Hannah Edwards

Year 11 Student of the Year

Year 11 Robyn Raymond Award

Year 11 Rebecca Morrison-Dempsey Award

Year 11 UNSW School of Economics Prize

Senator Zed Seselja Awards

Lucy Sugerman

Danielle Grimm

Mrs Pip Masterman

Year 11 Senator Zed Seselja Academic Excellence Award

Year 11 Senator Zed Seselja Community Service Award

Senator Zed Seselja Excellence in Teaching Award

Year 10

Ashley Tang

Cristina Munoz

Hannah Poyser

Laura van der Linden

J.J. People’s Award Year 10 Student of the Year

Year 10 Australian Catholic University Award for Social Justice

Year 10 Etelka Thoms Award for Mathematics

Year 10 The Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award

Years 9 - 7

Erin Burke

Habibat Ogunbanwo

Nicole Vea

Year 9 Student of the Year

Year 8 Student of the Year

Katie Bender Award Year 7 Student of the Year

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Unleashing Your Potential Over Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December all Years 7 to 9 students were involved in an exciting program called “Unleashing Your Potential”. Each faculty organised unique activities to engage the students. Some of the activities included a visit from author Belinda Murrell to give an insight into how to create complex characters, Bollywood dancing with a guest teacher, a science show from Fizzics Education, creating dresses for Little Dresses For Africa, making Christmas treats for charities and creating Christmas cards using hands-on mathematics. SOSE and Languages Faculties combined to challenge students to work collaboratively in their House groups. Challenges they undertook included storming a castle, making a box kite and where in the world. Natasha Milde Dean of Students - Junior


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Community Day Community Day is a day where students can have fun and make memories with their year group. This year our Years 7 and 8 students went to Big Splash in Belconnen and Year 9 students went to Jamberoo.

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Drama Performance Evenings Monday 4 December was the final night of the Drama Performance Evenings across Years 7 to 10.

Students in Years 7 and 8 demonstrated their focus and improvisation skills and performed their original short plays. Some fortunate students were also nominated to perform their monologues. The two classes across Years 9 and 10 presented work that was mostly based on scripted plays and monologues in a variety of theatrical styles such as comedy, realism and melodrama. It is always a highlight for the students to perform in front of a live audience and share their work from the semester. Thank you to all those who attended. We look forward to sharing more theatrical moments and magic with the St Clare's community in 2018. Vanessa Johnson Faculty Coordinator Arts & Languages


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Japanese Semester Two Year 7 have finished their year of Japanese studies by learning how to use chopsticks and make yakisoba (a classic Japanese stir fry noodles dish with pork and vegetables seasoned with sweet and savoury sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce).

and Japan and how their eating behaviours have changed since childhood. They delved into the polite tense versus the friendly tense. They watched the movie Whisper of the Heart in Japanese to close the year.

Finding the class chopstick champion involved some practice using chopsticks on Jaffa lollies, then graduating to M & M's and finally to skittles. Congratulations to Mondeeva Raman who had the best skills on the day.

Year 10 finished 4 years of Japanese on a high learning about how to describe their part time work, their rates of pay, the amount of pocket money they receive and how they spend it, compared with Japanese teenagers. They tried korokke, a Japanese meat and potato snack.

Students also played the traditional Japanese paper balloon game, "kamifusen". Year 8 finished their year talking about seasons, dates, school events, their hobbies and how they spend their free time, using frequency words. To end the year, they learnt about traditional New Year's games such as kendama, karuta and fukuwarai. Year 9 spent Semester 2 discussing what fast food looks like in Australia

In the senior class we explored the topics of A Trip to Japan and Living in Japan. After exams we had al lunch at Mei's sushi in Manuka and it was lovely to hear that some of the Year 12 girls have already received early entry university placements. Good luck to each and every one of you. Sayounara until 2018! Lisa Bourne Teacher

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Catholic Schools Action Research Showcase Staff and students attended the Catholic Schools Action Research Showcase (COSA) at the Nationals Convention Centre on Friday 1 December. They presented information about special programs that the College has run in 2017. Students showcased the SAPPSS program, the Seeker program and how STEM seeding funding had been used to purchase a 3D printer and CodeBugs for Textiles classes to make wearable technology items.

The presentations highlighted how the the projects met the annual school improvement plan goals. Juliette Major ICT Coordinator

Humdicrib Arrives in Uganda This year both Kipara and Wirana Houses raised awareness and funds for the incredible work of Catholic Mission in Uganda. In June, Sister Mary Goretti from St Luke's Bujuni Health Centre in Uganda spoke to our College Leaders about the need for up to date facilities in caring for newborn babies. Thanks to the efforts of the entire St Clare's community a much-needed humdicrib has been purchased and now installed at the hospital. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator


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Host Families Required Next year we are fortunate to have a Japanese Assistant Language Teacher and we would love to find a number of host families to host her. Her name is Nana Wakabe and she is 23 years old. Ideally if you could host Nana for a term that would be great, but if you are interested in hosting her for a minimum of 4 weeks we would still love to hear from you. All Nana will require from the host family is her accommodation and meals. Nana will need to have her own room with a table/lamp. Dinner, breakfast and a cut lunch will need to be provided by you and she can always make her own lunch from ingredients you provide. Financial compensation will be paid to the host family per week. If you are interested in hosting Nana please contact me on 6260 9400 or email me at I will be happy to share more details and her profile with you at this time. Lisa Bourne Japanese Teacher

Fees Due Fees were due on 9 November 2017 for payment in full unless arrangements have otherwise been approved by the College. If you would like to adjust your fee instalment payments for 2018 please contact the Accounts Clerk on 6260 9461 Accounts Clerk

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Inspirational Women

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Class of Fiona McKergow

Since leaving St Clare's in 1987, Fiona McKergow has had some great opportunities to help others in her career mostly embedded in the public service. Like many, what she studied at University has not necessarily been a reflection of her career. Fiona started off using her science degree as a wildlife officer (trapping legless lizard, earless dragons and Corroborree frogs). Fiona's career has included everything from managing environmental aspects of islands, to negotiating international adoption quotas, fisheries negotiations, live animals exports to the Middle East (where she became an expert on animal welfare in Cairo abattoirs). She has representing Australia in the World Trade Organisation and in international climate change negotiations. She also managed Australia’s aid to small island states in the Pacific (Kiribati and Tuvalu) and supported the Government of Nauru to provide essential education and health services to refugees or asylum seekers. Currently, Fiona is working on ensuring the 820,000 displaced Rohingya ethnic Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh receive the essential lifesaving food, water, sanitation and shelter they need, and working on how Australia can work with other countries to address this crisis of monumental proportions. Fiona is also the mother of Evie Grmek in Year 10. She would like to say to all the current students at the College that "You are not defined by your job (or your salary, your marital or parental status, your post code, the size of your house, the size of your jeans or whether you wear Jimmy Choos). What does define you is the positive impact you can leave behind."

Class of Angie Lu


After graduating from St Clare’s in 2015, Angie move from Canberra to undertake a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney. She currently resides on campus at The Women’s College, an all-female residential community. This opportunity would not have been possible without the support from past and present St Clare’s staff who were critical in helping her successfully apply for the Katrina Dawson Scholarship. At university, Angie campaigned for the student newspaper and had a whirlwind introduction to student politics. College is central to her life as she participates in a variety of intercollegiate activities such as group instrumental, debating, group choir and oration. As Angie approaches her third and final “senior” year at college, she will be responsible for encouraging social justice, diversity and inclusion and promoting philanthropic initiatives within the Women’s College community as the Women’s College Community Representative for 2018. Angie still intends to pursue a career in education and teaching after finishing her majors in pure mathematics, English and philosophy. She is currently planning to return to Sydney over the 2017/2018 summer break to complete a science research experience program and eventually go on exchange to Europe in her fourth and final year. Angie is eternally grateful towards the St Clare’s community for everything they have done for her. If any staff or students think Angie could assist with scholarship, degree or accommodation enquiries regarding the University of Sydney or The Women’s College, please feel free to contact her at


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In the Headlines

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Stage is Set for Tereza Neal Tereza Neal has been a St Clare's College student since Year 7 and has just completed Year 11. She studied Dance at school each year which complemented her dance training at National Capital Ballet School. Tereza started dancing at age 6. Whilst at National Capital Ballet School, Tereza performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, playing Clara, the Queen of the Dryads in Coppelia, the Street Dancer in Don Quixote, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Earlier this year she had the opportunity to join the Melbourne Ballet Company when they performed locally. This was a great honour and experience. Tereza has dedicated her time to developing her career as a dancer and is congratulated on successfully auditioning for a prestigious full-time ballet training school in Sydney, the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Whilst Tereza will be missed by her Year 11 friends, teachers and the Senior Dance class in particular, Tereza is about to embark on an exciting step in her path to becoming a professional dancer.

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Touch Football

On Sunday 26 November our four ACT Touch Football representatives for the Pacific School Games attended the State Dinner for Touch Football. National representatives attended the event including Elise Wilson (Year 12) and Rebecca Beath (Class of 2011) who are on the 2017 Australian Alliance Women's Team.

Lucy Performs to a Sell-Out Show

Congratulations to Eloise Ryan (Year 9) who has made the Australian Oztag 2018 Representative team as a shadow player. If selected in the final team she will be playing in the ITF World Cup on the 1-4 November in Coffs Harbour 2018.

Lucy Sugerman (Year 11) has had a highly successful year with her making it to the finals on The Voice as a highlight. On Sunday 3 December Lucy headlined her own sell-out gig at The Street Theatre. Lucy will be performing at various events over the Christmas break including Queanbeyan Festival of Ability and Joyeux Noel for the Salvos over this weekend. To find out more follow her on Facebook @LucySugerman

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Sleep research suggests that teenagers need around 9-10 hours of sleep every night, but our kids’ smartphones can be seriously impeding that. Constant vibrating notifications and flashing lights throughout the night disturbs sleep cycles, and the lost sleep can impact energy, mood, and performance at school. Agreeing to turn Wi-Fi routers off during the night can help, as well as buying alarm clocks so that teens don’t rely on their phones to wake them.




Facebook Messenger is a messaging app that uses a data plan to send texts, voice-messages, and share photos and video. While it was developed by Facebook, Messenger can be used to text or call contacts from their mobile devices, and can be used without downloading the Facebook app.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Unless the location notification is manually turned off, anyone who receives a message can see on a map where the sender is located.

WHAT IS IT? Tinder is a dating and messaging app designed for users to be able to like or dislike other users within a close proximity. If two people like each other they are matched, and are then free to chat and organise to meet.

As of 2016, users can also talk to artificially intelligent "bots" that can be used to play games and share content, but also monitor conversations to prompt things like creating events and online shopping suggestions in the chat. The ability to use messenger to make payments and send money is currently in development. To learn more about trending apps and parent tips, visit the Perimeter Guardian blog here.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS? The premise for this app is for dating. While some users may be looking for a long-term relationship, most are on the app to find sexual encounters. As a result, users are overly sexual and can become rude and aggressive when their advances are rejected. Users can band together in groups, known as “Tinder Social”. If a user has Facebook friends on Tinder, they can add them to a group and start matching with other groups without the friend’s permission. Many users have also come across fake accounts that send automated replies with links to download viruses to try to obtain personal information. There are also people who use fake profiles to try to extort users by encouraging them to send inappropriate photos and videos and then threaten to publish them online.


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To the St Clare's College Community, Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Up Coming Events in Early 2018 The College calendar of events for 2018 is up on the website

Monday 5 February - Term 1 commences for Years 7, Year 11 & College Leaders Monday 5 February - Orientation for new students in Years 8, 9, 10 & 12 Tuesday 6 February - Continuing students commence Years 8, 9, 10 & 12 Tuesday 6 February - Opening Assembly Wednesday 7 February - College Leader Morning Tea Thursday 8 February - Year 11, 2018 'What is meant by Senior Study and Focus Day' Tuesday 13 February - Senior Focus Day 9 am - 1 pm Tuesday 13 February - Opening Mass Thursday 15 February - School Photos Thursday 15 February - Year 7 Liturgy and Information Evening Wednesday 21 February - School Census

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

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