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Tidings Edition 4 6 May 2019

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Try a Day at St Clare’s

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Inclusive Education at St Clare’s

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Easter Liturgy

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New Zealand Science Study Tour


Contents In this edition

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Principal’s Message

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New Look Website

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College Board - Expression of Interest

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From the Desk of the AP Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

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College Captain

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Try a Day at St Clare’s

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Open Evening

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Inclusive Education at St Clare’s

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Junior Technologies at St Clare’s

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ANZAC Commemoration

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Easter Liturgy

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New Zealand Science Study Tour

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Year 10 Photography Portraits

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Taiko Drumming Demonstration and Workshop

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Student Success Program

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Share the Dignity

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2019 Athletics Carnival

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St Clare’s Sport

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In the Headlines

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Inspirational Women

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Upcoming Events

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Principal’s Message Welcome to Term 2. I trust the holiday break was an enjoyable and relaxing time for those who were able to take some time away from work. As we returned to school this Term, in the beautiful autumn weather, we were blessed to open our recently landscaped Clare Lawn to our senior students. Clare Lawn looks amazing and we have installed new furniture for students to utilise. In August, on St Clare’s Day we will unveil a bronze sculpture of St Clare of Assisi depicted as a young, strong and courageous woman. Clare will serve as a reminder for our students of our purpose to Seek Wisdom in all that we endeavour to do. The ANZAC Commemorative Service held on Friday 12 April was a very meaningful ceremony. The St Clare’s ANZAC Spirit Award was awarded to Year 12 student Hannah Poyser as she displays all the values of the Anzac including mateship, honour, courage, and citizenship. The commemorative address was given by Sublieutenant Nicholas Juner. Congratulations and thank you to our Defence Force Transition Mentor, Sarah Huntley, for organising this very special event.

The “Try a Day at St Clare’s” event held on Tuesday 30 April assisted with the transition from Primary to High School for current Year 6 students. We welcomed over 300 students from many schools and they came with a great deal of enthusiasm as they were excited about experiencing St Clare’s for the day. The teachers planned very practical and meaningful lessons in a variety of areas and the students absolutely loved the opportunities provided. To accommodate such an influx of students on a normal school day requires a great deal of planning and effort and I am very grateful to all the staff for assisting in making the day work so smoothly.

VEX World Robotics Tournament. The girls were wonderful ambassadors not just for our College but also for Australia and participated with great spirit in all activities. Thank you to Juliette Major and Jojo Chen and the parents who accompanied the girls on the tour to America. Wishing each of our students the great wisdom of St Clare as they dive into learning and continue to build a Growth Mindset. Brad Cooney Principal

Our Open Evening was held on Wednesday 1 May from 4.30pm until 7.00pm. There was a large contingent of students willing to act as tour guides and we welcomed a large number of visitors on the evening. Many visitors commented on how impressed they were with the girls and the displays of student work. Once again, the staff were very generous in being available to assist prospective families with questions and insights as to all that occurs at the College. Our SWITCH team have recently returned from Louisville, Kentucky, USA where they represented St Clare’s College at the prestigious

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New Look Website New look website promoting ‘Excellence in Girls Education’ St Clare’s College is excited to launch a new and improved website this week. The new professional site showcases all the amazing opportunities available to students. We have also kept in mind the needs of our parent community and have provided a platform for parents, students and prospective families that is easy to navigate and informative. Mr Brad Cooney, stated that ‘it is important to make the community part of the conversation and provide a site that can assist them to navigate the many resources available to assist with their daughter’s education.’ The new site acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of the St Clare’s Community. It recognises our long history in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and acknowledges the great women and men, teachers,

students and parents that have had an association and impact on our school. One of the highlights of the new site is the acknowledgement of our past with the beautiful stories presented by some of our alumnae. These stories will be rotated over time as all of our past and present students are ‘inspirational women’ stated Mr Cooney.

conversation open about how we can work with parents and their daughters as they journey with us through the secondary years of schooling. For further information about what St Clare’s has to offer your daughter please go to www.stcc.act.edu.au Enrolments are now open for 2020.

The new site allows us to engage with the community and keep the

College Board Expression of Interest Parent Representative on College Board The St Clare’s College Board would like to acknowledge the contributions made by Alison Wallace to the College Board. Alison is stepping down from the Board therefore we have a vacancy for a new Board member. Expressions of interest are being called for from the College

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Community for a new parent representative. The successful applicant would need to be able to commit to two Board meetings a term. For a copy of the Board Constitution and criteria for membership please contact Lynore Clarkson on Lynore.clarkson@stcc.act.edu.au Applications are due by close of business Friday 18 May.

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From the Desk of the AP Pastoral Care and Wellbeing the challenges of life and are hope filled people.

Student Success Program

A caring, connected relationship with at least one adult is the most influential driver for good in a teenager’s life. Within that context, adults (parents, other family members, friends, adult mentors, teachers and counsellors) can guide students on where to turn when something goes wrong, offering teenagers’ empathy, grounded perspective and a vote of confidence as they work through challenges, helping them aim for courage, not avoidance. When it comes to expressing emotions or sharing their problems, our students need to feel like they have somewhere to go at the College. Each student at St Clare’s has a dedicated pastoral team consisting of:

to start implementing strategies that ensure your daughter knows where to turn, who to talk to or how to channel their emotions. Start the open and authentic conversation with your daughter to ensure she can recognize those who are part of her support network and encourage her to rely on these people when she needs support through challenging times. When it comes to assisting young people to recognise signs of challenge in their peers we need to teach them about the CLUES method for helping friends they suspect may be need support. With the CLUES method, teens are taught to: •

Connect

Listen

Understand

Express Concern Seek Help

Pastoral Care (PC) Leaders

Classroom teachers

Pastoral (Year) Coordinators

Wellbeing and Diversity Coordinator and learning Support team

Mission and Ministry Coordinator

Defense Transition Mentor

Indigenous Liaison Officer

Catholic Care Counsellors

The Executive

At St Clare’s we continue to make the wellbeing of our students a priority as we are very well aware that, when students are not mentally and emotionally healthy, they’re less likely to be engaged in the learning process. Rather than letting students flounder we work in partnership with them and their parents as the primary carer and educator to support our student’s unique journeys and their individualized care needs to ensure they are prepared to handle

My challenge to parents is to not wait until there is a reason to have

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The Student Success Program (SSP) held every Wednesday afternoon in Term 1, was well attended by students. Students had access to volunteer and employed tutors if they needed assistance or guidance in their academic studies. The Student Success Program is open to any student seeking assistance with their homework, assessment tasks or examination preparation. In Term 2, the SSP will run on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm in the Flexible Learning Centre.

Extraordinary Girls Seeking Wisdom at Try A Day In an inspiring display of enthusiasm and curiosity, 300 Year 6 students from across the Canberra Region took their first big step towards becoming the class of 2025 at St Clare’s College. Try A Day stepped our new sisters through a diverse range of Pastoral activities and curriculum pursuits not previously experienced at primary level. The budding class of 2025 embraced these many challenges with vigor as they experienced new faces, opportunities and friendships whilst experiencing a taste of life in a secondary school. Enrolment packs were sent home with students with applications due by 31 May 2019. Natalie Dickie Assistant Principal Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

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A word from the College Captain

Welcome to Term 2! No one was more impressed than I was by the students in Term 1. The energy with which the girls applied themselves to study, sport, performances and carnivals was incredible! Both of the carnivals - LOUD, colourful, impressive affairs - were a testament to the spirit that is present in the student body at the College. The girls gave up their time and effort to create banners, props and cheers, volunteered to help with carnival logistics, and sacrificed their vocal chords for their houses and their school. I could not respect my fellow students more. This term, as the weather gets colder, things start getting more serious as the semester wraps up.

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This is the period when girls buckle down to prepare for their exams and complete their assignments. Luckily St Clare’s has a holistic approach to study; wellbeing and balance always prioritised over pressure and unrealistic standards. Growth mindsets are also really important for this time of year. The only person each student is compared to is their previous self - improving on your past results matters so much more than beating the other people in your class. Seeking feedback and submitting drafts are the best ways students can help themselves improve! This term is also when weekend winter sports begin. Team sports are, in my opinion, one of the most valuable activities of school life, because they don’t just improve

physical and mental health, but they build character. You learn skills like patience, consistency, perseverance, teamwork and communication in team sports. You also learn how to deal with Canberra’s icy weather, something that definitely builds character! I encourage all the girls this term to dive wholeheartedly into their endeavours, whether academic, sporting or otherwise. Strong women are made when we do hard things, even though they’re hard, with grit and determination. Whether it’s saying no to Netflix or asking for help for the first time, I look forward to witnessing the girls do exactly that this term. Laura van der Linden College Captain

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Inclusive Education at St Clare’s A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action taken to help a student with disability access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. Adjustments can be made across the whole school setting (e.g. ramps into school buildings), in the classroom (such as adapting teaching methods) and at an individual student level (e.g. extra tuition for a student with learning difficulties). Reasonable adjustments reflect the assessed individual needs of the student and are provided in consultation with the student and their parents/carers.

All students are entitled to a quality learning experience at school. Like all schools, St Clare’s College is required to make reasonable adjustments, where needed, to assist students with a disability to access and participate in education free from discrimination and on the same basis as other students. Outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, the Standards require educators, students, parents and others (e.g. allied health professionals) to work together to ensure students with a disability can participate in education. Inclusive Education has become an increasingly growing focus here at St Clare’s College presenting

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significant changes over the last three years that has and will continue to present many benefits to the College. The Inclusive Education Faculty has been heavily involved with the introduction of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on School Students with a Disability – an annual collection that identifies the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students. The NCCD ensures that for the first time information about students is transparent, consistent and reliable at a national level.

Led by the Inclusive Education Faculty, teachers and school staff identify the number of students receiving an adjustment due to disability in the school, the broad type of disability and the level of adjustment provided based on: •

consultation with parents and carers in the course of determining and providing adjustments

school observations and professional judgments

medical or other professional diagnosis

other relevant information.

This information helps teachers to better support students with disability to take part in school on the same basis as other students. It also provides an opportunity for the College to review the learning support systems and processes in play to continually improve

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education outcomes for students with disability and all students. NCCD funding that St Clare’s College receives is based on the level of adjustment (Supplementary, Substantial, and Extensive) identified through the collection process. In addition to informing funding, the data collected strengthens understanding of schools’ legislative obligations and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 in relation to students who are receiving adjustments because of their disability. Collected data helps to focus attention on the individual adjustments required to support students with a disability to participate in learning on the same basis as other students, and enabling St Clare’s College to better reflect on the needs of these students and to support them more effectively. The collection of data also helps to facilitate a more collaborative and coordinated approach to supporting students who are receiving adjustments because of their disability. Improvements in documentation are also more achievable. Communication between schools, parents/carers and the broader community about the needs of students who are receiving adjustments because of their disability become stronger in the process. Most importantly, collection of data helps to ensure that better support for students who are receiving adjustments becomes routine day to day school practice. The introduction of the NCCD has involved many changes to existing as well as the creation of new student learning plans and the levels of adjustments students receive in regards to their academic and wellbeing needs permitting appropriate and reasonable adjustments to be made to address identified disabilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Historically Inclusive Education was somewhat a standalone faculty, however; with this change has triggered a much more collaborative approach

across the College, working more closely with all faculties to ensure better outcomes are gained for all students. The Inclusive Education Faculty works closely with teachers, parents and allied health professionals to ensure student learning plans are well informed and developed. The faculty is also committed to ensuring a differentiated curriculum is delivered and accessible to those students who benefit from it.

The WISDOM Program Driven by an identified need for a more targeted approach towards literacy and numeracy, the Inclusive Education Faculty were instrumental in the introduction of the WISDOM program in Years 7 to 10 this year. Data was collected from a range of standardised tests such as PAT, NAPLAN and Accelerated Reader to identify students who would benefit from being placed in targeted literacy and numeracy classes. Classes identify and focus on specific skills unique to each student who through guided assistance gain a better understanding and growth in these areas of learning.

Pathways to Work and Learning (PWL):

Work and Learning” is a new senior subject offered here at St Clare’s College this year. The course acts as a foundation for participants needing preparation before attempting further vocational learning and aims to enable students to: •

develop language, literacy and numeracy skills required for the workplace

make informed career choices by exposing them to a range of workplaces

make informed decisions and develop an action plan for work, learning and life.

to acquire workplace digital technology skills.

Pathways to Work and Learning provides a platform for students to improve their literacy, numeracy and digital technology skills as well as develop life skills in career planning in their senior studies. The Inclusive Education team had an active presence during this years “Try a Day” allowing an opportunity to meet and connect with all possible students for 2020. Belinda Maher Inclusive Education Coordinator

Introduced by the Inclusive Education Faculty, “Pathways to

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Junior Technologies at St Clare’s influencing how contemporary and emerging information systems and practices are applied to meet current and future needs. The subject investigates deep knowledge and understanding of information systems. Students have practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge. The subject helps students to become innovative creators of digital solutions, effective users of digital systems and critical consumers of information conveyed by digital systems.

Junior Graphic Design The Technologies faculty is a diverse teaching and learning area. From textiles, graphic design, hospitality, food technology, digital technology to design and technology. Students are exposed to a range of learning environments where students experience a hands-on practical approach to problem solving. In many cases, they are challenged to explore and investigate, design and create, various products and design solutions. Their creativity and enthusiasm is evident in the class where students are actively engaged both collaboratively and individually in understanding and applying the skills and information that they learn. Below is a snapshot of the junior areas that the Technologies faculty currently offer.

Junior Textiles Junior Textiles develops a variety of design and construction skills. Students learn to apply appropriate processes in the research, creation, planning and production of textile

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products. Students are given the opportunity to design and make various fabric items using a range of techniques for a variety of applications. Students develop an understanding of fibre and fabric choices to determine suitable fabric options for their products.

Junior Graphic Design explores a range of topics, from logos and branding to product packaging, graphic design is essential in our everyday life. In this unit, students learn how to make effective and eye-catching promotional material and packaging design solutions.

Junior Food Technology

Junior Design and Technology

Students in Food Technology learn about food groups and nutrition, equipping them to make healthy choices. Students learn to engage in the design process to investigate, design, produce and evaluate healthy eating choices. They explore a range of safe food practices and learn new techniques to prepare, cook and present recipes while exploring the effects and benefits that each ingredient can have on the body.

Junior Digital Technologies Junior Digital Technologies at St Clare’s College empowers students to shape change by

Junior Design and Technology at St Clare’s College develops a range of design and construction skills while following the design process. The skills students learn, and the confidence that they gain to create new concepts engages students in their learning. Design and Technology develops the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students develop confidence as critical users of technologies and producers of designed solutions. Anthony Maas Acting Technologies Coordinator

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Anzac Commemoration On Friday 12 April St Clare’s College held its annual ANZAC Commemoration. The event was hosted by two Year 12 students, Alexandra Edwards and Jasmine Turton, both students spoke with clarity and integrity throughout the ceremony. The commemoration provided a respectful and considered reminder of the sacrifices made by past and present Australian Defence personnel. Sublieutenant Nicholas Juner provided the audience with a moving keynote address, touching on his personal experiences in defence, the relevance and importance of ANZAC Day and peace in society today. Principal Brad Cooney presented the ANZAC Spirit Award to a well deserving Hannah Poyser (Year 12), a student who consistently displays the values and spirit of the ANZACs. The ceremony was supported by the Chamber Ensemble and Mrs Kylie Bayada, performing beautiful and heartfelt pieces throughout the event. Thank you to all staff and students who assisted in creating a memorable ANZAC Commemoration. Sarah Huntly Defence School Mentor

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Easter Liturgy

On Thursday 11 April our Youth Ministry and Music Ministry Teams under the leadership of our Youth Ministers Chiara Catanzariti, Anjalie Upasena, our Faith and Community Captain Elena Catanzariti and Music Ministry Captain Grace Carton presented our Easter Liturgy, Call to Respond. Highlights included powerful, thought provoking and deeply personal testimonies given by Erin Burke (Year 11), Grace McCarter (Year 10), Tim Murray (MGL Brother), Hannah Poyser (Year 12) and Chiara Strmota (Year 10). A very challenging and deeply moving drama re-enactment illustrating the power of God’s love and forgiveness. Our Youth Ministry team worked tirelessly to portray this message and were especially grateful for the assistance of Andre Le, Michael Seselja and Tommy

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Seselja from Marist in the roles of Jesus, Dad and boyfriend. The Candle Lighting ceremony was especially powerful as it gave all students the opportunity to light a tea candle and reflect on the liturgy and this year each student received a scripture passage or phrase to focus on while listening to our Music Ministers sing I Will, Reckless Love and What a Beautiful Name. They too were fortunate to be supported by Ethan Seselja. Thank you to everyone involved. The time, energy, dedication and enthusiasm you put into presenting the events of Holy Week in particular the crucifixion was much appreciated and highlighted how active Youth Ministry is within our College community. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

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Science Study Tour to New Zealand

Kia Ora! On Saturday 13 April, 23 students in Years 10 to 12 along with three teachers traveled to New Zealand on the Science Study Tour. Over a week they explored the North Island, learning about geology, biology, biodiversity, geography, chemistry and a little bit of Maori culture. The adventure began in Auckland where the girls got to hike up Rangitoto volcano, the largest and youngest volcano in Auckland. Whist hiking they surveyed the natural landscape and learnt about volcano formation in the New Zealand region. The girls got to visit the Goat Island Marine reserve, collecting data from the intertidal zone to analyse biodiversity. They also heard a presentation from marine scientists at the University of Auckland’s Goat Island Discovery Centre before snorkelling through the reef, seeing sting rays, crabs and plenty of fish.

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Next on the tour was the city of Tauranga. On the way, they got to explore the Karangahake Gorge, an abandoned gold mine with windows carved out of the mountainside. When they arrived in Tauranga, they explored mudflats collecting data on the creatures living in the mud. They also got to enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the beach, their first real rest since arriving in NZ. Next on the schedule was the city of Rotorua where many girls had their most memorable moments on the trip. The girls got to take cable cars up Ngongotaha mountain before riding in luges back down under the setting sun, with a few minor bumps here and there. They visited Te Puia, home of New Zealand’s largest geysers and a Maori arts and crafts centre. At Rainbow Springs the girls saw a range of native NZ animals including the kiwi bird and Mrs Worontschak’s favourite, the tuatara. In the afternoon, the girls were lucky enough to visit Hobbiton, the set of Lord of the Rings and

the Hobbit and have drinks at the Green Dragon Inn. A true highlight of the trip was a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village where the girls were immersed in Maori culture, learning traditional stick games, how to use a Poi and even how to do the Hakka. This night was topped off by experiencing a hangi, a traditional meal cooked in the ground. The girls also got to try their hand at some chemistry, analysing hot springs, using titration and formulas to calculate pH. South of Rotorua, the girls experienced the smelliest stop of the trip, Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, which unlike what the name suggests, is not a wonderland but an area of geothermal springs which release a terrible smell of rotten egg due to sulfur. A nice escape from this smell, the girls got to admire the Huka falls before stopping in Taupo for the night. After dinner everyone enjoyed a true wonderland at Debrett’s Thermal Pools, a water park, heated by geothermal

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springs, meaning that no one was ever cold in the water. The final stop of the trip was at Waitomo. On the way there, the girls visited Tongariro National Park and collected data on the slopes of Mt. Ruapehu. In the evening the girls did a walk through a collapsed cave system catching a glimpse of a few glow worms. On the final day, the girls went on a tour of Waitomo’s glowworm caves, riding in a boat through a river flowing through the caves. Overall, the New Zealand study tour was a huge success, offering both an array of scientific knowledge and cultural appreciation for the country. We’re sure none of the girls will forget the time spent there. A massive thank you to Mrs Worontschak, Mrs Hastings and Mrs Cupitt for organising and taking us on this trip. Another thank you to Michele our lovely tour guide, and Rachel our trusted bus driver. Sarah Jackson Year 11

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Year 10 Photography Portraits This semester, Year 10 Photography students have been learning about how to create engaging portraits. Students have been working hard to create ‘environmental’ portraits, that focus on how to portray their chosen subject in their ‘environment’ – on the sports field, at the beach, at school or at home feeding the dogs. Students have undertaken workshops on using studio lighting as well as using reflectors and diffusers to get the best portraits outdoors. Photography students who attended the inaugural art and photography retreat in Tuross Heads, experimented working with models in a beach setting and produced some fantastic results. Here are some examples of the outstanding work that Year 10 students have been producing in Photography.

Bronwyn Kneeshaw

Meredith Barnes Photography Teacher

Sara Maier

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Eleanor Jenkins

Sara Maier

Emma Major

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

During Term One, a group of Years 9 to 11 students completed their Adventurous Journey for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The expedition required students to hike for several kilometers, set up their own tents, cook their own food through the use of trangias and to navigate their way around Mimosa Rocks National Park. The Journey began at Lions Park where students met their coastlife tour guide and were briefed on what to expect during the expedition. After water proofing their bags, students set off for a brief 5 kilometer hike to our first camp site for the night. Students set up their tents and cooked their meals as the cloak of night started to set in. The next day began with a hike through the terrains of Mimosa Rocks National Park. As students approached a coastal inlet they were tasked with the challenge of constructing a raft using only four materials; rope, barrels, wood and an oar. The group had to transport themselves and their belongings to the other side of the inlet to continue their journey.

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After this the girls then continued their hike through the National Park to their next campsite. This hike was a continuous uphill exploration that intertwined with open beaches, rocky shorelines and coastal forest trails.

yet they persevered and were determined to push outside their comfort zones. Finishing the hike at Mogareeka was a huge relief and after lunch the group had a second burst of energy to tackle a kayaking lesson.

On the second night, students set up camp on the beach and had the opportunity to explore their surroundings before night fall. After cooking a scrumptious dinner the girls were treated with a night of campfire games and an astronomy lesson by our tour guide.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is designed for students who seek to test themselves, who challenge their own self-imposed limitations and learn how persistence can bring about success in the most challenging of situations.

The third day began with camp pack-up followed by a hike to another coastal inlet. The group had to walk through waist deep water with their backpacks being held over their heads; not an easy task! The girls embraced this difficult challenge and succeeded to cross the waterway. Leaving their bags on a sand bar, the group than swam to the other side. After this brief morning swim, the group went straight back into hiking to the final end point. The last 5 kilometers of the hike was the biggest physical and mental struggle of the trip. By this stage numerous girls had aches and pains throughout their bodies,

The following students: Ella Blewitt, Eloise Brown, Jorja Field, Emily Fleming-Berry, Alyssa Fitzgerald, Ninawane Kippaya, Alana Kunovec, Sarah Jackson, Olivia Maher, Nivedha Manikandan, Hannah Murrals, Sarah Mooney, Elisha O’brien, Jessica Poyser, Claudia Read, Maia Schyvens, Zoe Sugerman and Charlotte Stimson excelled at challenging themselves and discovering newfound personal and physical strengths. Hannah Baillie Duke of Edinburgh Facilitator

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Taiko Drumming Demonstration & Workshop On Wednesday 10 April, Kiyomi Sensei from EZ Japanese visited us to demonstrate Taiko drumming to all our music and Japanese students from Years 7 to 12. Students were taught how to play the Taiko, the importance of teamwork and manners and the correct breathing techniques, which help with stress relief. All students had the opportunity to learn some correct Japanese terms and a short sequence of music. After the session, Years 9 and 10 Music and Japanese students had a one on one workshop with Kiyomi Sensei that was hands-on, interactive and integrated with culture, where everyone had an enjoyable time making plenty of noise!

“The drumming activity that we took part in was really interesting because it combined music and Japanese. I like that it combined both because I don’t know much about Japanese but I do know about music. This meant I was able to learn new things while using knowledge I already had. Overall, I really enjoyed it and thought it was worthwhile. I would take part in something like it again if it were to come up again.” Lara Robertson (Year 9) Lisa Bourne Arts and Languages Assistant Coordinator

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The Student Success Program The Student Success Program is Back in Term 2, now on Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30pm to 5.00pm, in the Learning Commons. The academic support program is resourced with two ex-students, employed as academic tutors, and many generous faculty staff, including a Teacher Librarian to assist with any resourcing needs for your assignments. We welcome back ex-students Ayesha Sultana and Elizabeth de Souza to Wednesday and Leah Morberger and Nicole Val join us for Thursday. Come and make the most of this generous service. Come every week or just drop in and ask for help when you need it. Anna Hayes SSP Coordinator

Share the Dignity St Clare’s is supporting Share the Dignity campaign during Term 2. Share the Dignity is a women’s charity that collects thousands of sanitary items such as pads, tampons and personal hygiene products for women experiencing homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.

There is a house challenge to see which house can bring in the most donations!

We are asking YOU to start buying some of these items and bring them to school from throughout Term 2. Please leave them in the big box at Student Admin area, or the boxes labelled with your house, located at the Kindness Corner in the cafeteria.

Small dignities make a big difference.

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It is important to remember that every woman deserves the dignity so many of us take for granted and we want your help in order to benefit women in crisis.

Thanks in advance! Atka, Grace and Juliana Year 12

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Athletics Carnival

Wareen goes back to back to back to back to back to back, Kipara keeps the spirit! The 2019 St Clare’s College Interhouse Athletics Carnival saw Wareen do what many thought was unthinkable and win a sixth straight Championship Trophy. What’s their secret? Do they scurry off for altitude training in the summer holidays whilst everyone else is down the coast? Suffice to say the Wareen Wildcats were precisely that as they went nuts when the results were announced. On their own mission of domination in 2019 the inmates of Kipara (Kipara Kaught Red Handed - their spelling not mine!) escaped with a break out win in the Spirit Cup, and with their red and orange hands firmly on the trophy began basking in their swimming athletics Spirit Cup double. Who’d have thought?

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After what could only be described as a high octane march past the houses then set themselves for the day ahead. The noise was incredible, the colours spectacular whilst the passion from the houses charged the atmosphere. Students charged straight into the first novelty event they could find, and with those participation points in the bank everyone felt a lot better about themselves. Tug-o-war roared, sack races went off and everyone was having a great time. Whilst this was going on the heats of the 100s were being run, nervous Year 7s making their SCC debuts whilst some of the more experienced Year 10 students doing everything humanly possible to ensure that they ran with their mates. Slick times and hamstring survival ensued and everyone waited eagerly to see if they had made the final. From here the really brave ones (these

are ones you’d go to war with!) set themselves up for a tilt at the 400 metre timed final. Everyone survived again, though a practical lesson about pacing and lactic acid was delivered on the run to approximately 60% of those who ran. Out in the field it was a sea of soaring javelins and shots being heaved (release the beast!!!) with the grace and beauty of the long jump as a back drop. All the while they were chasing Wareen and had Kipara shouting in their ear, when will it stop? The crowd then turned the straight into a tunnel of colour three and four deep each side as the 100 Finals took place. Tiffany Taylor took out the 12 Years, stamping herself as an athlete of the future with other victories in the 200 and shot (not your typical combination!), whilst in the 13s the eagerly anticipated Honey

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Proudfoot Vs Sophie Brennan match race turned into a drag race as both athletes brought the best out in each other with Honey taking the win. These two athletes pretty much shared all events on the day. Imogen Johnston scorched the field in the 14s adding to an impressive tally of gold that already included the 200, 400 and long jump. Georgia Willey then ran the second fastest time of the day to take out the 15s, followed by Amelia Vea pipping Gisela Vea in the 16 Years race. Fastest time of the day went to Year 11 student Alex McKenzie who rolled back the years to triumph in the blue riband Senior Final. This year saw the inclusion of a new event - the St Clare’s Bowie Bolt, Torie Bowie being women’s 100m World Champion and Bolt being some guy from Jamaica who

made it easy for an athletics pun. The event saw the eight fastest times from the morning 100 metre heats go head to head in a race to end all races. The field comprised Nakita Taylor (Yr 11), Honey Proudfoot (Yr 7), Alex McKenzie (Yr 11), Amelia Vea (Yr 10), Sophie Brennan (Yr 8), Imogen Johnston (Yr 8) and Georgia Willey (Yr 9) with Georgia taking the spoils in a sub 13 second time from Alex. None of the staff required ambulances after the Teachers vs House Captains relays which in itself was a win, but for the record the teachers won...…….. AGAIN!!!! And finally to the war cries, that last chance to rid yourself of any voice that you may have left at this point in the afternoon. All houses were well rehearsed and responded to a fever pitch when it was their turn. Dad joke of the day however went to Alinda Athens,

“Perhaps you were born for a time such as this” Esther 4:14

who, dressed in their white robes and togas broke mid routine into a short rendition of Grease Lightning (we see what you did there!).

Final results: Championships: 1st Wareen 2nd Makara 3rd Ulamina Spirit: 1st Kipara, 2nd Wareen, 3rd Ulamina David Garrity Sports Facilitator

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St Clare’s Sport

ACT Women's Volleyball Autumn Season - Tuesday nights at Lyneham Hockey Centre Two St Clare's teams undefeated after opening four rounds The wins keep coming for the St Clare's Junior and Open Women's B volleyball teams at Lyneham on Tuesday nights. The Seniors are currently flying with a 4 win 0 loss record after the completion of the opening month of competition. Three of these four victories have been completed in straight sets and the girls are looking to maintain their winning form after the holiday break as they head towards the finals later in the term. With a game based around very sound shot selection and a strong ability to chase down the team has gelled brilliantly incorporating no less than four new players into the combination. Building on consistent serving as the foundation of the team's success the SCC has consistently built scoreboard pressure on the opposition, whilst also showing great determination and grit to win their way through some close sets. Team: Tash Morrison, Macey Radburn, Lucy Trotman, Eliza Foot, Clare Laffey, Emma Thomson, Laura Edwards, Jasmine Jones and Abbey Osmond.

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Our other undefeated team is one of the Junior teams, once again with a 4 - 0 win loss record. This team has dominated the competition so far with straight set victories in all matches, some opposition sets not reaching double figures. This team has built on their debut competition experience last year to show a lot of composure and a great understanding of the game, working well as a team. Once again good consistent and deep serving has made it hard for all opposition teams to make plays, having to bring the ball back from deep on their side of the net. After such a dominant start the team is looking to go one better than their silver medal of semester 2 2018. Team: Lauren Codd, Carolyn Sisley, Chelsea Staples, Kaitlyn Kelly, Sophie Campbell, Sachi Proctor, Rose Graham and Katherine Kneesha. The third SCC team, also playing in the Junior competition has done exceedingly well in their very first volleyball competition. An epic Round 2 victory against Merici College was a great result in only their second ever competitive match. The team continues to improve their knowledge and understanding of the game, developing their positioning and ability to predict what is likely to happen getting better each game.

We look forward to watching this team evolve after the holiday break, hopefully pushing for a finals position. Team: Layla Alfares, Chelsea Henderson, Ayushka Khaniya, Molly Western, Cheyenne Crozier, Kaitlyn Lloyd.

St Clare's Weekend Netball - Competition starts Saturday 4 May Let the games begin as they say. St Clare's will be represented by 15 teams in this year's SCNA Winter Competition at Deakin. Much excitement is brewing as many regulars are now combining with a bevvy of super talented new players in our higher division sides. With four Year 7 teams lining up there is a very strong base for the future and we are looking forward to some good results from these teams in Intermediates Division 3 and 4. Our six Year 8 teams are the real flag bearers for the school, ultra deep in talent and with many combinations returning from teams in 2018 the netball will be of the highest quality. The match up between our two Intermediate Division 2 teams in particular should be an absolute classic given the speed, height and ball skills that both teams possess. There is no doubt that our Intermediate Div 2 Year 9 team

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won't want to be outdone by the Year 8s, promising again to be another couple of matches to pencil in as must see. The flagship Year 9 Intermediate Div 1 team carry the weight of expectation with them as they look to bring back the Div 1 trophy from 2018 won by their now Year 10 predecessors. Finally the Year 10s, 11s and 12s are represented by a team in each of the three Senior Divisions, rounding out a tremendous SCC representation each Saturday. Bound to be plenty of friendly faces amidst the variety of weather conditions that will prevail through Terms 2 and 3. Training has seen fantastic numbers at both Year 7 (upwards of 30 students on Wednesdays) and Year 8 (40 plus in all sessions on Mondays) squad sessions, building community along the way. Here's hoping the positive training vibe continues as our teams look to challenge themselves and develop their skills further.

time they gave up to manage selection trials. #thetimeisnow David Garrity Sports Facilitator

ASC Swimming Carnival For the third year in a row St Clare’s College has won the Associated Southern Colleges (ASC) Swimming Carnival which this year was held on Tuesday 9 April at the AIS. Collectively, our swim team yet again proved that through strong participation, dedication and obviously endless hours of personal training we are impressive and definitely hard to beat. Thank you to every member of the team especially our up and coming Year 7 students. Individually, many personal bests were achieved on the day as illustrated by the Age Championship results. Special congratulations to the following students.

U 12s

Amy Brandenburger 3rd

U 13’s

Ashley Patton

3rd

U 14’s

Patrice Parker

2nd

U 15’s

Habitat Ogumbanwo 2nd

U 16’s

Kayla Jones

2nd

U 17’s

Brooke Levay

2nd

Congratulations to the following swimmers who through their excellent results at ASC have qualified for the ACT Swimming Championships to be held on 6 and 8 May. Amy Brandenburger, Ruby May Vivian, Sarah Bennett, Amy Gasnier, Charlotte Guthrie, Aislinn Hawkins, Kayla Jones, Bethwynn Lacey, Brooke Levay, Habibat Ogunbanwo, Patrice Parker, Ashley Patton, Emma Thomson and Sarah Wicks. Marie Manning Mission and Ministry Coordinator

Thanks to the many student coaches who have put their hands up to lead teams this year, and the many others who have volunteered for umpiring duties. There are still positions available for any parents who would like to be involved. Please contact Mr Garrity david.garrity@stcc.act.edu.au if you are interested. As a reminder game times are as follows: 12.00 pm: Intermediates Div 2 and 4 (six teams) 1.00 pm: Intermediates Div 1 and 3 (six teams) 2.00 pm: Seniors Div 1 and 3 (two teams) 3.15 pm: Seniors Div 2 (one team) Many thanks goes to Mrs Hawke for the incredible number of hours she has put in organising teams and assisting with selection trials. Thanks also to Lauren Thomas (Weekend Netball Captain), Mrs Macdonald, Ms Chen, Mrs Bourne, Mr Elliott and Mr Garrity for the

“Perhaps you were born for a time such as this” Esther 4:14

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IN THE HEADLINES Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award

Congratulations to Mandeep Kaur (Year 11), Cristina Munoz (Year 12) and Keely Small (Year 12) for being nominated for the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award 2019.

ACT Gymnast of the Year

Hockey Championship

Rebecca Rainey (Year 9) will be competing at the Australian National Championships for Gymnastics from 19 to 27 May. On the last weekend of Term 1, Rebecca won the National level 10 gymnastic state title award, the ACT gymnast of the year award and she received an award for acheiveing a score that places her in the top 5 of Australia. Congratulations Rebecca!

Congratulations to Ella Ruiz (Year 10) who recently competed at the State under 15 girls Hockey Championships in Narellan, Sydney.

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Tennis Champion

ACT Netball Representatives

Congratulations and best of luck to Callison Row (Year 10) has been selected to represent the ACT in the Pizzey Cup, the National under 18 Schools Tennis Championships. This year, the event will be held in Adelaide from the 4 to 11 May. Along side the event, Callison will also participate in a singles tournament known as the Australia Cup.

Harriet Sharp (Year 10), Lauren Thomas (Year 11) and Charlise Cleary (Year 9) over the school holidays competed at the Under 17s Netball National Championships in Brisbane. Congratulations ladies.

Prima Ballerina

Basketball Nationals

Charisse Timermanis (Year 11) recently competed in the Riverside Dance Festival competition in Canberra and achieved some wonderful results. She received the most promising classical Ballet dancer award, first in her Demi-Charcter Classical solo performance, second in Classical Solo Championship, second in Classical Solo Routine, second in Demi Character Improvisation, first in the Trio Routine which received the highest overall duo/trio score for the entire competition. Well done Charisse!

Hayley Macdonald (Year 10) recently represented the ACT in the U18’s Basketball Nationals in Townsville.

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Sarah Major

Class of 2001 Since graduating from St Clare’s in 2001, Sarah Major (nee Whittle) has done many things. Initially she continued to study at the Canberra Institute of Technology, then went on to undertake her teaching degree at the University of Canberra but left to work at Questacon for 2 years in her dream job! It was while working at Questacon that she married her high school sweetheart before moving to Brisbane in 2006. Since then, Sarah has worked in a variety of jobs, ranging from a gymnastics coach to a Patient Transport Officer with Queensland Ambulance Service. During her time working in the ambulance service she discovered that she really loved helping people, and this led to her decision to do her nursing degree. After graduating, she was lucky enough to be offered a graduate position in operating theatres at the largest tertiary private hospital in Brisbane, and now she works closely with a team of highly experienced nurses and doctors as an anaesthetics nurse, caring for people who require surgery, at a smaller private hospital.

Eventually Sarah wants to work for Mercy Ships helping the most disadvantaged people get the quality care that they need, but for now her focus is mainly on her two children. In the meantime, she has decided to do the OXFAM Trail Walk in Brisbane, which is a 100km or 55km walk to raise funds for people in third world countries that need necessities like food, water, clothing, housing and toilets, all things that we take for granted every single day. As this year is the first year that she is doing the trail walk, with a team of fantastic women called Papa Leguas, which means Road Runner in Portuguese, they are choosing to do the 55km walk. In order to do this, they must raise a minimum of $1600 to compete. If you would like to help her achieve this goal, please follow this link https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/my/ donate/payment/34562/169243

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


Upcoming Events Tuesday 7 May

Wednesday 8 May

Thursday 9 May

School Tours with the Principal 9am or 4pm

ACT Swimming Championships at the AIS

Year 10 Immunisation

Vinnies Trivia Night in the College Hall

Term 2 Assembly 12.15pm -1.15pm

Friday 10 May

Monday 13 May

Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 to Monday 20 May

Year 12 Dance Practical Moderation Day

Year 11, 2020 Information Night 6pm - 7.30pm in the College Hall

NAPLAN Testing Years 7 and 9

Wednesday 15 May

Monday 20 May

Friday 24 May

School Tours with the Principal 9am or 4pm

St Vincent de Paul Thank You Function

St Clare’s Sisterhood Retreat 5pm-9pm in the College Hall

Case Space School Information Night in the Staffroom 5.30pm

Snowsports Meeting 5.30pm-7pm

Family Breakfast Friday 31 May

“Perhaps you were born for a time such as this” Esther 4:14

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