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Tidings Edition 2 13 March 2020

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Visible Learning in Religious Education

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UNSW Best Female in Mathematics Award

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World’s Greatest Shave

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Ash Wednesday Liturgy


Contents In this edition

©2020 St Clare’s College

Principal’s Message

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Leaders of Learning – Elizabeth Allsopp

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From the Desk of the AP Curriculum and Assessment

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Visible Learning in Religious Education

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Year 8 “Choices, decisions and outcomes” program

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UNSW Best Female in Mathematics Award

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ACS Diversity Event

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OzClo

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Bebras Challenge

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French Crepe Demonstration

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World’s Greatest Shave

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DonateLife Walk

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Youth Ministry Outreach

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Ash Wednesday Liturgy

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Commissioning Mass

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Holy Relics Visit

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Swimming Carnival Results

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Careers News

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

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Online Survey

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Share the Dignity

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Vinnies Easter Egg

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Inspirational Women

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In the Headlines

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Upcoming Events

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Principal’s Message We are now well into Term 1 and many major events have already taken place in our very busy College.

International Women’s Day Sunday 8 March was International Women’s Day which provided us with the opportunity to acknowledge the significant progress that has been made with respect to equality for all whether in education, economically, socially, in our family life or the workplace. Whilst in many countries around the world, there are women in high profile positions whether in government or corporate, there is still much to do in terms of gender parity. It is unfortunate that on average, women still earn less than men, are less likely to advance their careers and continue to accumulate less retirement and superannuation savings. As a community we must empower the young women in our care to not only remember and celebrate women’s achievement thus far, but to also continue taking action for equality for all.

Ash Wednesday and Lent On Wednesday 26 February, our College community gathered in the College Hall to celebrate an Ash Wednesday Liturgy and the beginning of the Lenten season. The liturgy organised by Marie Manning effectively integrated prayer, music and quiet reflection time.

The season of Lent presents our community and our families with an opportunity to examine life and to re-commit ourselves to the Christian practices of almsgiving, prayer and fasting. Each of us is invited to do these things as individuals, but we can also do one or more of these actions as a family or as a school community. Ash Wednesday heralds an opportunity for families and communities such as ours to pray together and to plan for Lenten practices. This year I hope that we can not only contribute with alms for the poor through giving generously to Project Compassion and giving Lent 100% but also that we might feel God calling us to undertake service work where we actively build relationships with a community of people outside of our own comfortable social circles and demonstrate acts of kindness, forgiveness and compassion on a daily basis.

School Visits, Try a Day and Open Evening In the lead up to our annual Open Evening (Thursday 30 April), members of the College Executive and I will be visiting the local Primary Schools with information about enrolling at St Clare’s. It is always a great joy to visit the local primary schools and talk to the Year 6 students about what St Clare’s has to offer for their secondary education.

Our ‘Try a Day’ (Wednesday 29 April) and the Annual Open Evening provide a great opportunity for current and prospective students and their families to see first-hand our state of the art College facilities and our committed staff and students working across all areas of the College. Families can walk through the College at their own pace or take a guided tour led by our current students. It is also a wonderful opportunity to speak with our staff regarding your daughter’s individual learning needs and their specific area of expertise in education.

Interim Reports, Parent/ Teacher/Student Interviews – Term 1 Mid-semester reports for the girls will be available on SEQTA from close of business on Friday 27 March. We have two Parent/Teacher/Student Interview Evenings which will be held on Wednesday 1 April (4:00 pm 7:00 pm) and Monday 6 April (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm). These nights are a great opportunity for parents and carers to meet with their daughter’s individual class teachers to discuss academic progress, learning and growth.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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CoronaVirus COVID-19 Schools Update We are all well aware of the unfolding CoronaVirus COVID-19 situation. I want to reassure you that St Clare’s, along with all Catholic Education (CE) schools are monitoring the advice of authorities and taking the recommendations seriously. A special critical response team has been established at Catholic Education to monitor the information and recommendations made by the Australian Government, NSW and ACT Health and the ACT Education Directorate. Catholic Education provides regular updates to Principals and I attended a special briefing of CE leadership staff on this topic yesterday.

Virus Prevention Strategies

Mandated Medical and Travel Quarantine/ Isolation In relation to travel related mandated quarantine and recommended self-quarantine - Catholic Education schools are following the Australian Government recommendations that are updated daily. If you have travelled in or through the countries of: •

Mainland China

Iran

Italy

Republic of Korea

These countries are considered High Risk and you are required to go through screenings as appropriate and self-isolate for 14 days. See current government guidelines.

St Clare’s is putting preventative measures in place to reduce the risk of infection within the school environment. These measures will be reviewed according to the level of risk the virus poses in our local area and measures may become more restrictive if the risk becomes greater. I have been in contact with our school cleaners to ensure that soap in toilets and hand towels are available and re-filled daily. Hand dryers are available in student toilets and hand towels in school wet areas.

If you have travelled in or through the countries of:

As you would be aware the virus is most likely to spread through hand to mouth transition. Students will be encouraged to wash hands before they eat food and place it in their mouth. Where possible they should avoid placing their hands in their mouth and their eyes.

You can follow Australian Government information on COVID-019 at: Department of Health

Posters will be displayed around the school this week reminding them of best practice in: •

Washing Hands

Using Hand Sanitiser

Sneezing and Coughing

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Thailand

Cambodia

Hong Kong

Japan

Indonesia

Singapore

These countries are considered a moderate risk and you are required to monitor your health and selfisolate if you have any flu or virus symptoms.

work with families to ensure the best care and advice is provided for the safety of members of our community. Information provided is strictly confidential and you are welcome to email me directly on this matter: brad.cooney@stcc.act.edu.au

Self-Isolation Request Students, staff and parents/ visitors displaying flu or virus like symptoms are strongly encouraged to not attend school until their symptoms improve. In other words, self-isolating and staying home rather than attending school for the safety of others. I am expecting more information to follow shortly from CE and authorities. Thank you to all students, staff and families who have contributed and participated in the many events that have already occurred over the first six weeks of the year. I hope that all students, especially our new students, have settled into the year well and I wish you all a very successful 2020. Best Wishes Brad Cooney Principal

Travel Information Required Please inform the staff in the school office if you or members of your family have returned from travel overseas. I also encourage you to provide the school with details of any information about any overseas travel you are intending to undertake. We will

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Leaders of Learning:

Elizabeth Allsopp Teaching and Learning Coordinator (Acting) When I was eight, I wanted to be a teacher. It took me a few decades and three other careers, before I found my way to teaching, with a Masters of Teaching, and I’m so glad I did. I have never had a job which challenged me as much, yet at the same time, is so rewarding and interesting. The advantage of this circular route to education is that I have a broad range of life experience, which I bring into the classroom. My previous roles include working in Policing and several diplomatic postings around South East Asia and the Pacific. I am a strong advocate for education as a life changer for individuals, and as a way of changing the world because I have seen the positive effects it has, particularly for women.

I am excited to take up the challenge of Acting Teaching and Learning Coordinator this year, and once again, I am on a steep learning curve. It is well worth the struggle, as I get to work with amazing learners, both in and outside the classroom. Working with students in the classroom, where I teach English, Politics and Legal, is such a wonderful experience, as I am part of the process in which our students develop as independent learners and critical thinkers. I love being part of the SOSE and the English teams, and working collaboratively to achieve outcomes for our students.

My new role allows me to work with students and staff in dynamic ways. I am part of the team of teachers and support staff who help ensure our students have the best possible range of options in the future. I am honoured to be able to work with staff across the College, building on St Clare’s long history in Canberra, to ensure we are working in an inclusive, challenging and inspiring learning environment.

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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From the Desk of the AP Curriculum and Assessment

The Parable of the Frog: A Story of Change I recall my first assembly last year where I shared the story of “The Carpenter”, building your house – grit, passion and perseverance. I’ve also shared the story of the “Black Belt” – the journey of discipline, work and the pursuit of the everhigher standard, and I ended the year with the story of the “Pencil” – fulfilling the purpose to which you were born to accomplish, never allowing yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant that that you cannot make a difference. So, it is fitting that I commence the year with another story about… “The Frog”. A few years-ago a few scientists conducted an experiment involving a little frog. In their lab was a tank of steaming, boiling hot water. They wanted to establish how the frog would react when dropped into the tank. Armed in their white aprons, clipboards, pencils, goggles, and rubber gloves, they held the squirming little frog over the tank. Focusing intently on what they

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were about to do they dropped the frog…ZING! Faster than a bolt of lightning the frog leaped into the air, careening off the ceiling. “Hmmm”, the scientists murmured amongst themselves. They did it again. Same frog, same tank of steaming water and…ZING! The frog blasted out of the tank. The scientists murmured amongst themselves again, recorded their notes, and decided to take the experiment a step further. They took the same frog, and held it over a different tank of water. Only this time the water was lukewarm, not too cold, not too hot just right. They dropped the frog and…nothing! The little guy just laid there, floating lazily; arms and legs splayed gently on the water surface. You can just imagine the frog’s thoughts: “Man, this is all right! This is perfect”. The frog laid in the water contented, happy, and relaxed. But what the frog didn’t know was that underneath the tank was a glowing light. The light was slowly, but surely, heating the tank of water. The contented frog, oblivious to the changing temperature, boiled to death.

You’re probably thinking to yourself what a terrible story! Think again. Apply this story of the frog to that of your own life. If any of you are like me, then you’ve probably come to a startling revelation. If you are serious about being successful in achieving your goals in life, you need to make some changes. If you’re not moving in the direction you need to go to realise your visions, your dreams, your aspirations in life guess what? You’ll end up like our little frog. You’ll fail in your own complacency, mediocrity and contentment; common behaviours of the high percentage of people who don’t quite reach their potential. “Do not consider painful what is good for you” (Euripides). For me this quote is quite profound. And if you take it to heart, if you follow a solid game plan, if you study hard, work hard, put in the time and effort, and actively seek out support from others that success requires you’ll make it. You’ll win. So, I challenge students to get started. Model yourselves after those who are succeeding. Two

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things I’ve learned about people who succeed in their endeavours: 1. They work extraordinarily hard. 2. The other quality that really separates them is integrity! Reliable, trustworthy, dependable. They adhere to the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Silly. Their daily plan is simple, consistent, persistent and real. A can-do attitude. Or if presented with a challenge, rather than saying “I can’t (or will not) do it” – “I can’t do it…..YET”. And with the right mindset, actively seeking out those who can support the can-do attitude that permits the desired progress. Everyone wins! So, where are you? Where are you going? What are your goals? How are you going to get there? Are you making any progress? It has been said that there are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. Now we know there is a third: change. It you’re not going anywhere, you may be like our little frog friend. Be wary of contentment and complacency; never accept mediocrity. Follow the winners! You CAN do it! This year sees the College commence a three-year journey of change. How we choose to respond to this change will affect our capacity to reach our full potential. Our strategic intent – SEEK WISDOM frames our commitment to facilitating the use of researchbased teaching practices in all classrooms to ensure that every student is engaged, challenged and experiences at least one years’ growth as a learner. We aspire to become a Visible Learning School, which will draw attention to the following markers of success: 1. The Visible Learner (the students). What type of learner are you aspiring to be? Are you an assessmentcapable visible learner? Do you know the desired learner characteristics (our College Learner Behaviours)? Is there a shared language of learning

in the school? Do leaders and teachers empower students to take greater ownership of their own learning? Is student voice evident in decision making across the school? Are learner’s visible learners – able to talk about their learning? Are learners actively engaged participants in the learning process? Can learners describe what a good learner looks like in the school?

learning approaches? Do teachers differentiate to provide appropriate levels of challenge for all students? Do teachers make the learning intentions and success criteria clear to students? To enable teacher clarity and capacity to connect with both students and parents, this year will see advancements in the use of our learning management system – SEQTA. Watch this space.

2. Know Thy Impact. Are learners able to articulate where they are at in their learning and their next learning steps? Does the school have a focus on learning and progress? Does the school have a process for ongoing review of student data? Are monitoring tools used to track progress and achievement? Yes, we do! The Student Progress Program, operating out of the FLC every Wednesday and Thursday (effective Week 3) is resourced with external tutors and generous teachers to support learning and progress. Students are encouraged to utilise this resource to assist with classwork and/ or assessment. This year will see the introduction of a Student Progress Committee. In short, this committee will monitor and track student progress (which will draw upon testing – external and internal; grade point average from the completion of school based assessment in real time, learner behaviours and attendance just to name a few). This vehicle will enable targeted counselling to support students’ capacity to bring their personal best.

4. Effective Feedback. Does the school have a clear picture of the type of feedback culture and practice we are aspiring to have? Are there opportunities for students to give teachers feedback? Is time for feedback planned for in lessons? Do students get regular, just-intime, just-for-me feedback about their learning? Is student feedback routinely sought at all levels? Are students invited to give feedback to teachers? Educator Impact and SEQTA will be key to enabling our capacity to deliver and foster opportunity to provide effective feedback.

3. Inspired Passionate Teachers/Visible Teaching and Leading. Does the school have a clear picture of the quality of practice expected from teachers? Do teachers maximize available learning time through use of engaging teaching and

Starting to implement something new can call for a shift in actions and practices that are changes for teachers as well as students and parents. These changes may be initially uncomfortable, may not be mastered and need further clarity. Mistakes are ok. Learn from them – be the “Pencil”. Communicate. Change is difficult; sustaining and deepening achievement brings additional layers of complexity. The good news is that it can be done with the right focus, mindset and adopting a shared language of learning around what Visible Learning is and the changes and shifts called for in practice – for everyone! Where are we going? We are going together. How are we going? Together. We can always do it better with the right attitude learner behaviours. Where to next? Watch this space. Dearne Marrapodi Assistant Principal - Curriculum and Assessment

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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Visible Learning in Religious Education

This year marks the beginning of an exciting journey for St Clare’s College, as we embark on the path to becoming a Visible Learning school. For the Religious Education faculty, this journey dovetails with our ongoing rejuvenation of curriculum, with its focus on the principles of inquiry that form the foundation of our pedagogical approach to teaching and learning in this rich subject area. There’s a lot of educational lingo in that introduction! And even for those of us who are walking this path, there’s a lot to unpack and explore. So what does it all really mean in practice? And how are the students of St Clare’s going to be the beneficiaries of this in their Religious Education classes?

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Intentional Learning Teachers since the beginning of time have heard students bemoan, “Why do I even need to know this?” This is a challenging question that the RE faculty are turning inwards, re-framing our thinking about why the concepts and content in our subject area are worthy of exploration. By way of example, how do you make the prophets of the Old Testament relevant to 13 year old girls? For our Year 8 classes facing this very question, our approach has been to invite our students to consider the challenges of having a voice; of speaking out even if your view is in opposition to the majority, something that is indeed relevant for these students. Our Year 7 have been engaged in conversational and informal quiz tools, as well as visits to the Clare lawn and Chapel, to gain insights about them and their prior knowledge of Catholic traditions. This type of intentional

learning is crucial to developing shared teaching and learning that connects with our students, and makes explicit our learning goals.

Collaboration John Hattie’s research into visible learning identified a range of influences on student achievement. Collective teacher efficacy was demonstrated to have one the greatest impacts on student achievement (Hattie, 2015). Working collaboratively to develop programs of learning in teaching teams this year is allowing us the scope to create lessons with greater variety and richness. But teacher efficacy is just one side of the collaboration coin: our students are also being challenged to collaborate and learn to work effectively to draw on their shared expertise. Our Year 9 students are working towards the presentation of campfire stories, selecting scriptural texts

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and interpreting their meaning in order to engage an audience of their peers. Meanwhile, Year 10 students have been unpacking key events of the Reformation through group role-plays, and comparing these to the challenges faced by the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020. These are examples of the types of collaborative tasks that we can’t simply ‘Google’ the answer to! They rely on shared understanding and exploration to develop depth of responses.

Engagement The powerful findings of the Grattan Institute Report, released in 2017, noted that: “When students are engaged in class, they learn more. It is vital that teachers create the right classroom climate for learning.” (Grattan Institute, 2017) In Religious Education, this starts with shared expectations of

challenging learning, established in all classes to begin the academic year. The challenges of unpacking religious concepts have been particularly evident for our senior students undertaking the BSSS Religious Studies course. Our Year 11 students have been exploring the concept of divinity throughout history, and recently spent time using clay to shape their own representations of pre-historical religious responses to the place of the divine in human existence. Year 12 are grappling with the way that media portrays religious themes through the use of various technical and linguistic conventions, which they are attempting to re-create in their own creative pieces. Through engaging and challenging tasks such as these, we aim to encourage deep conceptual learning in Religious Education.

Personal Journey Religious Education at St Clare’s has a strong history of stirring the imagination of students. Underpinning the pedagogical and theoretical principles of the application of visible learning in RE, lies our commitment to an invitation to personal growth in faith and self-awareness. The person of Jesus certainly offers an instructional model that is second to none for our faculty team! Through an invitation to encounter concepts of faith, ask questions about the relevance of religion in our lives, and participate in prayer and spiritual experiences, the Religious Education classroom offers all students an opportunity to encounter faith in their daily school life. What a privilege it is for our team of teachers to walk this path with them. Nicola Edghill Leader of Learning – Religious Education

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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Choices, Decisions and Outcomes Program

Thursday and Friday of Week 6 Year 8 participated in a Choices, Decisions and Outcomes program in House groups run by the Catholic Education Office. The program focussed on presenting factual information and encouraged students to consider the consequences of choices they have regarding their relationships. Students participated in small and large group sessions with lots of practical activities. There was lots of opportunity for fun discussions and I thank Year 8 for embracing the program and the wonderful team from the Catholic Education Office for joining us. Renee Macdonald Year 8 Coordinator

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UNSW Canberra Prize for Best Female in Mathematics In recognition and celebration of the talents and hard work of female students around the Canberra region, in the field of Mathematics, UNSW Canberra initiated the Prize for Best Female in Mathematics, now in its third year. Tylah Baker (Year 9) and Nivedha Manikandan (Year 10) were the first prize recipients from St Clare’s, based on their 2019 results in Mathematics. Both students receive a $250 prize and a $5000 undergraduate scholarship (if they choose to later enrol in a Bachelor of Engineering as a civilian at UNSW Canberra). During the awards ceremony, which was held at ADFA on Wednesday 4 March in the lead up to International Women’s Day, award recipients were privileged to

hear from Dr Sondross El Sawah, Associate Professor for the School of Engineering and Information Technology. Dr El Sawah spoke about the need for young women to free themselves from limiting stereotypical female roles and embrace careers in STEM. Dr El Sawah spoke of her influential career advising Environmental and Defence decision makers to make better decisions by using computation and logic. Congratulations are also extended to the second and thrid prize winners, Charlotte Guthrie and Imogen Johnston (Year 9) and Jessica Charles and Rory Bugden (Year 10). Beth Bright Leader of Learning – Mathematics

ACS Diversity Event Australian Computer Society Canberra hosted a Diversity and Inclusion event on Tuesday 3 March at the National Portrait Gallery to promote "Mental Health & Wellbeing beyond the workplace" as part of International Women's Day celebrations. Year 12 Information Technolongies student Clare Cafaro-Stauffer represented the College at the event and was able hear from a wide range of speakers within the industry including Carrie - Ann Leeson, CEO, Lifeline Canberra and Gavin McCosker, Deputy Chief Executive, Australian Financial

Security Authority who were able to give insight specific to their workplace and professional experience. Clare also used this opportunity to speak with other attendees in the IT field that highlighted the range of employment and study opportunities available. Monica Bailey Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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OzClo

On 4 March two teams participated in the annual Australian Computational Linguistics Olympiad (OzClo) Senior team included: Piper Davies; Emily Fleming-Berry; Laura Harrison and Lauren Moloney. The junior team consisted of: Zoe Sugarman; Tylah Baker; Sarah Rosin and Jessica Charles.

Teams had two hours to solve linguistics and computational problems. The competition aims to introduce students in Years 9-12 to language puzzles so they can develop problem-solving strategies and learn about the structures and diversity of the world's languages. The competition has grown each year, and now involves around

1500 students participating from schools around the country, online and offline. This is the first time St Clare's College has participated in the online competition. Lisa Bourne Assistant Leader of Learning – Arts and Languages

Bebras Challenge Students across the College studying Information Technology and Digital Technology participated in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. During their classes, students worked in teams of up to four people to solve a series of computational challenges in the online platform. The challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to use algorithmic thinking to solve the puzzles, work in new teams and justify their thinking processes. Juliette Major Leader of Learning – ICT

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French Crêpe Demonstration

Year 8 French students were treated to a French crêpe demonstration and tasting on Tuesday 25 February, for Shrove Tuesday and the end of the Mardi Gras period. Students prepared for the experience by learning ingredients in French and by learning how to order food in French. Each class watched a demonstration in the target language by chef, Kim de Poorter, who has been bringing his crêpes to St Clare’s for many years. Students then engaged in some French conversation with Kim and their classroom teachers before tucking in to a delicious crêpe. We would like to extend a huge thank you to M. De Poorter for providing us with such an authentic experience. Sonia Conte Language Teacher

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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World’s Greatest Shave On Wednesday 11 March the following courageous staff and students participated in the World’s Greatest Shave. Students who shaved their hair were Georgia Andrighetto (Year 8), Molly Western (Year 8) and Juanita Exon (Year 9). Students who cut their hair were Alyssa Taylor (Year 8) and Eilish Mc Lennan (Year 11). Staff who shaved their hair were Mr Josh McGrath and Mr Brian Talbot Congratulations and a sincere thank you for the awareness raising and financial support each of you gave to this worthy cause. Many thanks also to the number of staff and students who came along to support the event and even participated in wearing a crazy hairdo for the day. The creative styles were something to behold!! Finally thank you to the professional hairdressers within our community of St Clare’s that support us in hosting this event for the World’s Greatest Shave. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

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DonateLife Walk On Wednesday 26 February, St Clare’s Staff, students and parents (past and present) participated in the 6 km DonateLife walk around the lake. It was wonderful to see so many of our community taking part in raising awareness of the importance of organ donation. I trust many conversations around the topic have occurred because families who have had these discussions about their donation decision are much more likely to say yes to this gift of life when their loved one is registered on the Australian Organ Donor Register. For more information visit www.giftoflife.asn.au Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

Youth Ministry Outreach On Thursday 27 February, our Youth Ministry Team comprising of students in Years 10 – 12 had their first Outreach activity for 2020. The allure of pancakes provided the perfect opportunity to let the College community know what Youth Ministry is all about and how students can become involved in ministry activities in 2020. A huge thank you to Chiara Catanzariti, Youth Minister 2020, Clare Corson, Faith and Community Captain 2020 and all our Youth Ministers who flipped pancakes for the masses on Thursday, what a fantastic effort. Thank you. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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Ash Wednesday Liturgy Wednesday 26 February marked the beginning of Lent, an important holy day and as a College, we celebrated with an Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the Hall. As you will be aware, Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. These ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us as well as reminding us to repent for our sins. At our Liturgy Reverend Barclay along with many of our Youth Ministers applied the ashes to our forehead and spoke the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Those who did not wish to receive the ashes were welcomed to receive a blessing “Go in peace”. For Catholics Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer, fasting and a time to avoid eating meat (abstaining). It marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a time of penance, reflection, and fasting, which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a time of self-denial and prayer. A time to focus on becoming closer to Jesus by praying, doing good deeds, giving generously to those in need and most importantly working on becoming the person God meant as to be. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

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Commissioning Mass

On Friday 6 March at our annual Commissioning Mass all members of the Youth Ministry Team 10 to 12 received a Holy Spirit Badge from Clare Corson, our Faith and Community Captain for 2020. Our Music Ministry Captain Lara Pulciani and our St Vincent de Paul Captains for 2020 Erin Burke and Amber Perkins received their Captains Badge from Ms Beth Doherty and Mrs Esther O’Brien. Finally, all members of the Years 7 to 9 Youth Ministry team and Music Ministry Team received a blessing from Father Trenton. Together in the words of St Clare we prayed together that as ministers within our community, we may be:

Lovers of God and our souls, and the souls of our sisters and brothers. May we always be eager to follow the gospel of Christ. May the Lord be with us always, and wherever we are, may we be with the Lord always. May we become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others. May we love one another with the charity of Christ, let the love you have in your hearts be shown outwardly in your deeds so that compelled by such an example, the sisters may also grow in the love of God and charity for one another. May we love God, serve God; everything is in that. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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Holy Relics Visit

St Therese of Lisieux's relics and those of her parents St Louis and St Marie-Azelie are coming to Canberra. Over one week in March, the relics of the Little Flower, one of the most loved saints of modern times, will travel through the Archdiocese, stopping by St Christopher's Cathedral Parish along the way. “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” - St Therese of Lisieux. Relics are physical remains which connect us with the goodness and holiness of the saint; leading a heart that genuinely seeks, to receive and respond to grace freely given. Through God’s grace relics can make us realise the truth of what it possible (and expected!) The saints who are "visiting" are a mother, a father, a daughter; and they show us that the path to holiness is so often the path of struggle and ordinary life;

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carried out and lived with love and dependence on God. They are of great relevance for us. They have been where we are and have allowed God to perfect them. The Martins prove that the family is the seed ground of holiness and goodness. Our world can learn deeply from them. The word relic comes from the Latin relinquo, literally meaning I leave, or I abandon – where we get our word relinquish. Relics and their veneration ultimately point us to the greater picture, and are just another in the long line of treasures which Jesus has given to His bride, the Church. Relics summon us to appreciate not only the heroic individuals who have served God so selflessly, but especially the love and mercy, of a God who loves the human person so much, that He deigns to reveal His Glory... through them, and so.... through us, His creatures. Fr Trenton St Clare’s College Chaplain

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Swimming Carnival Results

The 2020 St Clare’s College Interhouse Swimming Carnival was a great success. The students raised the bar once again and participated exceptionally well in both the competitive and novelty events. The day was full of colour and cheers in the grandstands and every student “mixed a tune” in a variety of ways. To the victors, Makara and Alinda were the spoiled children as the both came away with trophies at the end of the day. Makara claimed the Championship trophy for another year with Wareen hot on their heels in second place and Alinda coming in third. The battle for the Spirit Cup Alinda, “they have spirit yes they do, they have spirit how ‘bout you?” just kept the fast finishing Wareen at bay in the war cries to remain the last house with their head above water by a mere handful of points. As the balloons were popped, banners were rewrapped and the bunting came down on another great whole school community event congratulations go to all involved for excellent participation, organisation and energy. Six houses now plan new strategies to get their names on the next piece of silverware, and with a highly talented team ready to be picked, we wait anxiously for the ASC Championships to see if SCC can bring back the shield.

Champion House 1. Makara 2. Wareen 3. Alinda

Spirit Cup

Age Champions Champion

Runner Up

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Amelie Nettlefold

Isla Donnell

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Amy Brandenburger and Jessica Graham

Ruby-May Vivian

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Ashley Patton

Imogen Stokes

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Sarah Bennett and Patrice Parker

Charlotte Guthrie

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Habibat Ogunbanwo

Ashlin Hawkins

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Tyler Ryan

Siana Black

Dawn Frazer Swimmer of the Year Habibat Ogunbanwo

2020 Swim Team selection: 12

Amelie Nettlefold, Isla Dennell, Freya Moss, Matilda Howell

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Amy Brandenburger, Chaya Hall, Ruby-May Vivian, Jessica Graham

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Ashley Patton, Emily Kite, Angelina Brown, Imogen Stokes, Lara Stincic

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Amy Gasnier, Patrice Parker, Charlotte Guthrie, Sarah Bennett

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Habibat Ogunbanwo, Aislinn Hawkins, Sarah Wicks, Halle Parker

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Tyler Ryan, Lauren Thomas, Lucy Donohue, Siana Black, Emma Thomson

Kym Darmody Sports Facilitator

1. Alinda 2. Wareen 3. Wirana

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena

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Careers News

MedEntry UCAT Preparation Reminder for students interested in Medicine, registration for the UCAT testing is now open. This test is essential to enter a medical school in Australia. Students can see me for me details or visit their website: www.MedEntry.edu.au

Defence Recruiting Breakfast Congratulations to Georgina Chapman, Piper Davies, Grace McCarter and Madelyn Norton who used the opportunity to attend the Defence Recruiting International Women’s Day Breakfast on 6 March to gather valuable information about their career options and pathways.

Defence Influencer Event Defence Recruiting invites interested students and their parents to their upcoming 2020 Influencer event. You will hear of opportunities available to students, staff will be on hand to answer

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questions and give pathways guidance; UNSW representatives will give information about degrees and there will be an ADFA campus tour. Where: Australian Defence Force Academy – Adams Auditorium When: Friday 27 March (You choose session 1 or 2 – see details below) Who: Years 10 – 12 students with a strong interest in a career in Defence Note: this is not a school excursion; individual students are welcome to attend (ensuring there is no clash with assessments on this day) along with a parent. How to RSVP: 1. Check student’s assessment calendar and parent availability 2. Send an email to CPTACT@dfr.com.au to book a seat. In the email include a confirm names of all attendees (student and parent) and along with which session you would

like to attend (Session 1: 9-12pm or Session 2: 1-4pm). 3. Email me (Mrs Brown careers@stcc.act.edu.au) with this same information so I can have school attendance rolls updated. Session 1: •

9.00 am: Event starts

9.30 am: Defence Force recruiting presentation

10.00 am: UNSW presentation

10.30 am: ADFA Tour

11.15 am: Free time for influencers to see assets and talk to DFR staff

12.00 pm: Session concludes

Session 2: •

1.00 pm: Event starts

1.30 pm: Defence Force recruiting presentation

2.00 pm: UNSW presentation

2.30 pm: ADFA Tour

3.15 pm: Free time for influencers to see assets and talk to DFR staff

4.00 pm: Session concludes

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Career Guidance Students in Years 10, 11 & 12 are encouraged to make an appointment with me if they wish to discuss career pathways options. Email careers@stcc.act. edu.au to make a time.

Work Experience (WEX) Students in Years 10-12 are encouraged and supported to do WEX. Students should make a time to see me to discuss options and the process in the first instance.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Upcoming School Presentations Institution Date/Time Years ANU

18 March PC time

UAC

1 April Period 4

11 and 12 12 (compulsory)

ACU

13 May PC Time

11 and 12

CIT

20 May PC time

10, 11 and 12

UC

27 May PC time

11 and 12

Useful Acronyms •

ACU – Australian Catholic University

ADFA – Australian Defence Force Academy

ANU – Australian National University

CIT – Canberra Institute of Technology

UAC – Universities Admissions Centre

UC – University of Canberra

UNSW – University of NSW (Sydney & Canberra campus)

WEX – Work Experience

Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any career or future pathway questions. Trish Brown Careers and Future Pathways Facilitator P: 6260 9454 E: careers@stcc.act.edu.au

Yumma! That’s hello in Ngunnawal. This year the captain for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is Ellie Smith. Ellie is looking forward to contributing to the school community and working with her peers to increase cultural awareness within the school. One of the key initiatives Ellie wants to bring to the role is peertutoring, having benefitted from working with older students when she was a junior, Ellie is keen to give back and help students improve their organisation skills and develop in confidence. On Thursday 20 February, we held and introductory afternoon tea and Personalised Learning Plan meeting in the Staff Lunch Room for all families, students and

staff. This was a great opportunity to meet with families and form connections in our community here at St Clare’s. As we move ahead in the Term, keep an eye out for upcoming plans for NAIDOC Week and don’t forget the following key details: •

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pastoral Care will be happening every Day 9 in C105

Peer Tutoring on Days 2 and 9 in C105

After school tutoring in the FLC every Wednesday and Thursday

Avril Baker Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contact Teacher

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Online Survey Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (Catholic Education), will shortly release an online survey to better understand your opinion of the value Catholic schools like ours provide and what that means for you and your children. The findings of this research will be used by Catholic Education to improve the offering of Catholic schools. The survey will be sent out to parents via email in the coming week and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Privacy and confidentiality Please note that Catholic Education has engaged JWS Research to host the survey, collect the data and analyse the results. JWS Research is an independent, fully accredited, Australian research agency (see www.jwsresearch.com for further information). Survey results will be reported in the aggregate with individual responses remaining completely confidential and

treated in accordance with the relevant privacy laws, including the Market and Social Research Privacy Principles and the industry’s code of professional behaviour.

Share the Dignity For the month of March we are collecting donations for Share the Dignity. Please donate packets of sanitary items to the donation box near the stairs outside the Hall. Vinnies Committee

Easter Egg Drive The St Vincent de Paul Committee is collecting Easter Eggs for Vinnies please donate individually wrapped Easter Eggs and someone will be around during PC time to collect them or you can drop them off at the SOSE Office. Vinnies Committee

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Sarah O’Neil

Class of 2017

Hi, I’m Sarah. I’m 20 years old and I work as a preschool educator and music teacher for young children. I graduated St Clare’s College back in 2017 and have spent the last two and a bit years working, studying, volunteering and travelling. University might be on the cards for me soon, when I have more clarity about what I want to do. But right now, I’m focused on finding work I love and doing it. I was 17 years old, and Vinnies Captain at St Clare’s when I started volunteering with the Vinnies Youth Programs, which provides respite and recreation to disadvantaged young people. Now, almost four years later, I’m a senior leader of the St Joe’s Youth Program and a Member of the Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn Territory Council as VP of Centres. I volunteer on a weekly basis with Youth camps, activities and the Youth conference. I also volunteer on a monthly basis with the Vinnies Night Patrol program to provide outreach and social connection to Canberrans experiencing homelessness. Recently, I’ve been part of a volunteer team providing support to bushfire victims. The experience was unlike anything I’d ever done before, and though at times it was challenging, I found the work to be very rewarding. I spent two days with a fantastic team of people, all of which had also made the trip in from Canberra. As a team, we saw over 100 people

between the two days. We heard stories of people from all walks of life and how they have affected by the recent bushfires. I spoke to a single mother of two disabled children; a father who admitted that he was embarrassed asking for help; and an elderly woman who was about to retire, but after the fires is no longer able to. Sometimes it got emotional, because it was hard for people to talk about what they’d lost. It was quite confronting hearing stories from those who were directly impacted and hearing about how close the fires got to their homes. Of course, knowing that we are able to assist people through this difficult time was really the most rewarding part. I’m so grateful for those who have volunteered their time and continue to volunteer their time to help the people on the South Coast who have been affected by the fires. I’m also so grateful that because of my volunteering role, I was given the opportunity to be one of the people working directly with bushfire victims. Remember; individuals can make a difference. And, “no one is too small to make a difference,” Greta Thunberg. If you’re interested in volunteering with the Vinnies Youth Programs or learning more about what YOU can do, please don’t hesitate to contact me at sarahnatasha25@gmail.com

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


IN THE HEADLINES Senior Ballerina

ACT School Sports Awards

Sunday 1 March Joelle Van Den Nieuwenhuijzen (Year 7) auditioned in Sydney for the Cecchetti Ballet Conference.

On Wednesday 11 March the 2019 ACT School Sports Awards ceremony was held. Congratulations to the following students:

Joelle has been invited to be part of the Senior Tableau Cecchetti Ballet NSW. Rehearsals begin in Sydney 22 March. She will be performing at the Concourse Theatre in Chatswood Wednesday 15 July.

Amelia Norton (Year 7) won the 12 and under Achievement Award and Ella Norton (Year 7) was nominated in the same category.

This was the first time Joelle auditioned and to be accepted as a senior is a wonderful achievement.

Eva Lahmann (Year 8) was nominated for the 12 and under all rounder award and Lauren Thomas (Year 12) was nominated for the 13 years and over All Rounder and Leadership Award. Hayley Macdonald (Year 10 2019 student) won the 13 and over All Rounder Award.

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Upcoming Events Wednesday 18 March

Thursday 19 March

Friday 20 March

Year 7 Reflection Day

Winter Pants Fittings 3.304.30pm in the Staff room

Harmony Day

Space Camp Information Evening 5.30pm - 8.00pm in the Hall

Monday 23 March

Wednesday 25 March

Thursday 26 March

Board Meeting

Snowsports Meeting 5.30pm7.30pnm in the College Hall

Year 7 Parent Welcome Drinks 5.30pm-7.00pm

Friday 27 March

Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 March

Wednesday 1 April

Big Day In (Senior IT inclursion)

Relay for Life

Year 12 UAC Talk (Period 4) Charity Day Assembly (PC) Parent Teacher Interviews 4pm - 7pm in the College Hall

Friday 3 April St Clare’s Athletics Carnival

Year 7 Parent

Welcome Drinks Mr Brad Cooney and the staff at St Clare's College would like to invite all Year 7 Parents to Welcome Drinks on Thursday 26 March from 5.30pm – 7.00pm at the College. Register your attendance through Trybookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BIRDF We hope to see you then.


Seek WISDOM Excellence in Girls’ Education Since 1965

Key Dates Scholarships

Tuesday 31 March St Clare’s offers senior and junior scholarships to new and/or continuing students. Further details and application forms can be found on our website.

Try a Day at St Clare’s College

Wednesday 29 April We invite prospective Year 7 students to experience the exciting and enriching opportunities available at St Clare’s College. Please register via our website.

Open Evening

Thursday 30 April An opportunity for prospective families to look at our facilities and talk to staff and students. It will run

from 4.30pm to 7.30pm with an information session to be held in the College Hall at 6.00pm.

School Tours

5 May, 13 May, 25 May, 6 August and 15 October School Tours are available by appointment. Please phone the College if you wish to register for a tour.

Year 11, 2021 Information Evening

Wednesday 20 May Discover the many courses and leadership opportunities available for senior students on Wednesday 20 May from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at the College.

P: 02 6260 9400 | E: enrolments@stcc.act.edu.au | www.stcc.act.edu.au


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