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ST JOSEPH’S REGIONAL COLLEGE 8th March February 2013 What’s on Week 7 Term 1 2013

“The Truth will set you free”


P.O. Box 231 College Drive PORT MACQUARIE 2444 Ph: 02 5525 4100 Fax: 02 5525 4199

4th Sunday in Lent

Mass Times: St. Agnes’ Port Macquarie Our Lady of Lourdes Wauchope Saturday Vigil – 6.00pm Saturday Vigil – 6.00pm Sunday – 7.30am, 9.00am & 6.00pm Sunday 7.30am Telegraph Point – Thursday Night 6.00pm Beechwood – 9.00am 1st & 3rd Laurieton – Saturday Vigil 5.30pm, Sunday – 7.30am Kendall – 9.00am Mass (1st Saturday month 10.00am Mass Comboyne) Long Flat – 9.00am 2nd & 4th Sunday MONDAY, 11th March (Day 1)

- Flinders House Meeting in PAC Staff Briefing 8.30am CCC Baseball Mr Cannon attending SAPSS Jazz Band in Performing Arts Centre 4.30pm - 6.00pm

TUESDAY, 12th March (Day 2)

- Innes House Meeting in PAC CCC Baseball Mr Cannon attending SAPSS Concert Band in Performing Arts Centre 4.00pm - 5.30pm Homework Hub in Study Centre till 5.00pm Drumline in PAC 1.05pm - 1.45pm

WEDNESDAY, 13th March (Day 3)

- House Staff Meetings 8.20am - 8.45am Combined Senior Meeting in PAC A-L Parent/Teacher Interviews 4.00pm - 7.00pm in Hall Dramarama in PAC 3.30pm Senior Percussion Ensemble 1.05pm - 1.45pm in Performing Arts Centre

THURSDAY, 14th March (Day 4)

- Macquarie House Meeting in PAC Year 7 Immunisation Day in F5 Homework Hub in Study Centre till 5.00pm

FRIDAY, 15th March (Day 5)

- Concert Band 7.45am - 8.45am in Performing Arts Centre Oxley House Meeting in PAC John Morrison Music Workshop in PAC Year 9 Immunisation Day in F5

DATES TO REMEMBER: Monday 18th- 22nd March Monday 18th March Wednesday 27th March Thursday 28th March Friday 29th March

Year 10 Retreat Year 11 Reflection Day M-Z Parent/Teacher Interviews 4.00pm – 7.00pm Holy Thursday Good Friday

COORDINATING PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK Catholic Schools’ Week (CSW) is celebrated this year during the coming week, 10th-16th March. The theme for CSW is ‘Every Child Counts’. This is a core belief of Catholic Education. It is our belief that we are born in ‘the image and likeness of God’. Each person is unique and equally deserving of love, respect and a good holistic education. One of the special features of our Catholic Schools’ Week is our emphasis on the pastoral care of all members of our school community. Even though we have relatively large numbers enrolled in our schools, we strive to ensure that structures are in place to provide students with regular contact in small groups with a pastoral care teacher in addition to their various subject teachers. Teams of pastoral care teachers are led by Year, House or Pastoral Coordinators. Their role has similarities with the role we have as parents. It involves nurturing and guiding as well as disciplining when necessary. Both roles are sometimes necessary if young people are to learn how to be responsible members of the family, school and wider community. During Catholic Schools’ Week we remember those who have worked so hard to create our Parish schools that are among the best in Australia. We especially acknowledge the dedicated service of the Sisters of St Joseph who established our first Catholic school in Port Macquarie in 1913. The Sisters staffed the original school for almost 70 years and laid the foundation for the great Catholic schools we have now in Port Macquarie. As we celebrate the centenary of Catholic Education in Port Macquarie we remember all the Sisters who served our Parish. You might be interested to know that: One in five Australians are educated in Catholic schools; Non-government schools teach the same curriculum as government schools, with the addition of Religious Education; Catholic schools meet high standards required for registration and accreditation by the Board of Studies; Our unique SAPSS structure gives students in Port Macquarie a choice of pathways for the HSC – a vocational, employment focussed pathway available at Newman Senior Technical College or the more traditional academic pathway available at both St Joseph’s Regional and MacKillop Senior College. Our HSC results place us among the best performing schools in the State; and Catholic schools receive much less funding than government schools. The gap is offset by tuition fees, building levies, fundraising and grants from our local Parish. We invite families to ‘Enrol in Excellence’ in our Catholic schools. We strive to ensure excellence in teaching and learning, in pastoral care, in the creative and performing arts, in sport and in personal and spiritual foundation. This can only be achieved by parents and teachers working in partnership to achieve the very best education for all students entrusted to our care. Mr Jim O’Brien Coordinating Principal

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE YEAR 7 REFLECTION DAY This week has been a significant one for Year 7 students’ journeys at St Joseph’s Regional College. On Monday students travelled to the Youth Hub for their Reflection Day. The morning sessions incorporated a gathering with discussion in small groups with regard to making responsible choices. Students then had the opportunity to meet with our College Chaplain, Fr. James Forster who talked to the students about important aspects of the Eucharist, The Word and the significant features of St Agnes Church. Students then travelled to Wauchope Pool to finish the day with a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim in the pools.

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Firstly thank you to Mrs Helen Gilbert and Mr David Lewis who were the primary organisers of the Year 7 Reflection Day. My thanks also to Ms Amiee Gardner, Mr Craig Buesnell, Ms Ebanie Green, Ms Jade Meddemmen, Mr Jason Berry, Mrs Deborah Nicholson, Mr Wunambi Connor, Ms Jackie Howard, Mrs Kay Curran, Nicole Prior, Mr Bruce Smith, Mr Daniel Blackman, Mrs Helen Gilbert, Ms Jasmine Ryan and Ms Hannah O’Brien who were in attendance on the day. PARENT TEACHER EVENING To follow up, On Tuesday evening we welcomed Year 7 parents for their first P/T Night. I would like to thank our College Assistant Principal, Mrs Cath Eichmann for her wonderful coordination of the evening. I believe the advent of online booking has made the organisation of the evening for families more seamless … congratulations to Administration Coordinator, Mr Chris Kalchbauer who enabled this system. Also, my sincere thanks to Mrs Wendy Welsh, Mrs Carol Avery, Mrs Kerrie Badewitz, Mrs Laura VonHoldt, Mrs Diana Walsh, Mr Daniel O’Mullane, Senior Hospitality students, Shaun Hinton, MacKenzie Murray, Malachi Gooding, Brieanna Borg and Aidhan Fahey and Senior leaders Tiarna Semchyshyn, James Dick and Andrew Newbound who also contributed to the evening. Overall, parents were very happy with the evening. I commend to you a letter from one of our Year 7 parents, Sheridan King. Good morning Mr Dempsey, I just wanted to let you know that at last night’s Year 7 Parent Teacher interviews I found your staff to be extremely positive, friendly, encouraging, tech “savy” and very professional. They have all worked hard to get to know Isaac in such a short time, it was a pleasure to experience, I believe they love what they do and it showed. The staff and students who manned the BBQ cooked our dinner beautifully. Even the little things like a full bin was taken away and replaced with an empty one during the night so no waste was left around. It just gives the school a very caring and professional image. The lady in the canteen who was serving the tea and coffee was also very friendly & welcoming. It made me want to go back to school again! Keep up the good work. Have a great day. Kind regards Sheridan King

CONTRIBUTION OF OUR YEAR AND HOUSE COORDINATORS This week I would also like to thank our Year and House Coordinators who work very hard to ensure our sons and daughters are taken care of here at St Joseph’s Regional College. In addition, these dedicated teachers assist in the organisation of major Year Group events that occur throughout the College year. Congratulations to Year 12 Coordinator, Ms Heidi Flanagan, Year 11 Coordinator, Mr Bruce Smith and House Coordinators, Mr Frank Johnson- Oxley, Mr Dave Lewis- Macquarie, Mr Richard Battiston- Innes, and Mr Adrian Ryan- Flinders. Together, they make a great team.

Mr Frank Johnston, Mr Adrian Ryan, Mr Bruce Smith, Mr Richard Battison, Mr David Lewis and Ms Heidi Flanagan

God Bless, Jim Dempsey Principal

YEAR 8 - 12 PARENT-TEACHER NIGHT Year 8-12 Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th March from 4.00pm – 7.30pm (Surnames A-L) and Wednesday 27th March 4.00pm 7.30pm (Surnames M-W). All parents are encouraged to attend these interviews as they are a critical contributor to your child’s success and happiness at school . The evening provides the opportunity to meet with your child’s Pastoral Care (PC) Teacher as well as all subject teachers. It will also give you the opportunity to give teachers a brief insight into your child and their learning. Teachers will use the opportunity to let you know how your child has settled-in to the 2013 school year and show you ways your child will be learning in their classroom, including how you can check their work and assist with homework and assignments. This year the College has introduced a new on-line system for booking interviews. In order to book your interviews (5 minutes per teacher) please go to the College website and click on the Parent-Teacher interviews link. You will need to have a copy of your child’s timetable (in their diary) with subjects and teachers names for each subject. Enter the School Event Code from the box below and then follow steps 1, 2 and 3. Please BE CAREFUL to book interviews for the correct date.


When you click finish, your interview timetable will be emailed to you automatically - check your junk mail folder if you do not receive your email immediately. You can return to the site at any time, and change your interviews - until bookings close. Please REMEMBER to bring the email with times on it to the evening as this will be the only way of knowing your interview times. For parents that do not have access to the internet at home, at work, at a friend’s house or on their phones, parents may send a note to school with the approximate times they require, or phone the school on 02) 5525 4100. Cath Eichmann Assistant Principal

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION Centenary Book After many months of research and preparation, the Centenary Book is almost ready for print. This comprehensive historical document will be professionally printed and will include photos and stories of Catholic education in St Agnes’ Parish. It will include St Joseph’s Family Services and all Parish schools and will be very reasonably priced at just $20. How many books should we have printed? A very good question. We are very keen to find out how many people are interested in purchasing a copy of the Centenary Book which is anticipated to be available in May this year. We would really appreciate your expression of interest to help us gauge the demand. All expressions of interest to Parish Administration – 6588 7444 or email: Thank you for your assistance. John McQueen Director Parish Education

FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR Caritas – Project Compassion On Friday the College held a coin line to drive fund raising for Caritas’ Project Compassion. Each PC sent a representative with the money they had raised so far. The lines were impressive and O2 managed three lines with a combined total of over 40 metres. This amount was raised in part through a lunchtime Harlem Shake which can be viewed on YouTube with a link through the College Moodle. (Keen eyes may spot the New College Principal and Religious Education Coordinator busting some moves!) Pastoral Care groups have been directed to the Caritas website to see exactly what sort of change their loose change can make in the lives of others. It is an important part of our College culture as we celebrate Lent and think about our fellow man and endeavour to live out a Christian lifestyle.

YEARS 7, 8 and 9 IMMUNISATION DAYS North Coast Area Health Service is holding an Immunisation Day at St. Joseph’s Regional College as follows: Thursday, 14th March: Year 7 – Girls only: HPV and Hepatitis B Year 7 – Boys only: HPV and Hepatitis B Friday, 15st March:

Year 9 Boys only:


Years 8 Girls only (catch up from 2012): HPV These students will be notified during PC next week – consent forms were lodged in 2012, this paperwork will be brought along by NSW Community Health A Parent Information Kit was sent home with students for this vaccine. This kit contains information about the vaccine and the disease that it protects against as well as a consent form. Vaccinations will not be administered to students without a signed consent form Verbal consent is NOT SUFFICIENT Signed consent forms are to be returned to the Area Health Nurse on Immunisation Day Please do not return completed forms prior to this day. A record of vaccination will be kept by the Area Health service and a copy will be provided to the vaccinated student for their records. Please understand that if you do not have your child immunised in the Year (eg. Year 7 - 9) that is offered by North Coast Public Area Health, you can then access this vaccine at a later stage at your General Practitioner. The cost of the vaccine however will not be covered by this program. Parents/guardians who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so by collecting the form from the College office. Any questions or concerns regarding the vaccinations can be addressed by calling Bernadette Williams at the Public Health Unit on 6620 7503. Chris Kalchbauer Administration Coordinator

Creative Arts News

We CAN Creative Arts News Creative Arts Senior Excursion: 3rd – 5th April 2013 Preparation is underway for the Senior Creative Arts Excursion to Sydney. This excursion gives students to explore the possibilities on offer in their Creative Arts courses and to immerse themselves in the opportunities that their city counterparts have on a regular basis. Senior students have now received their permission notes and are asked to return them to the office by Friday, 15th March.

YEAR 9 CANBERRA EXCURSION Plans for the annual Year 9 excursion to Canberra are well underway. The dates for the excursion are 24th - 27th June 2013 (Term 2 Week 9) The purpose of the trip is twofold. The main aim is to tie in with the HSIE (Human Society and its Environment) Curriculum and to provide students with the opportunity to experience firsthand some of Australia’s cultural and entertainment sites including: * Australian War Memorial * Anzac Parade Memorials * Old Parliament House * New Parliament House * Newcastle University tour

* Australian Institute of Sport * Questacon * AIS night activity * Circular Quay/Manly Ferry * Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

It is also hoped that the trip will enhance the community spirit already established in Year 9, providing an opportunity for students to develop new friendships or cement old ones. The experience of independence and interdependence of living and working together as a community is invaluable. The cost of the excursion has been finalised at $390 and will cover accommodation, transport, meals (except for lunch on the trip down and dinner on the trip home) and all entry fees. The amount been billed to your school account. The first instalment of $100 is due by Monday, 25th March 2013 (Term 1, week 9) with the balance payable before Monday, 10th June (Term 2 week 7). To assist with numbers please complete the permission slip given to all Year 9 students and return note to Mr Johnston by Monday, 18th March 2013. Please note that the first instalment is a binding non-refundable commitment to attend the camp. This is to assist with covering basic costs once numbers are booked and confirmed. If you are unable to meet this cost, please contact Mr Warneken or Mr Johnston as soon as possible. No student should miss out because of financial difficulties. As this excursion is an integral part of the HSIE curriculum and an important community building exercise, it would be extremely advantageous for your child to attend. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this excursion, please do not hesitate to contact either mr Warneken or Mr Johnston at the College. Mr. Jason Warneken Leader of HSIE

Mr Frank Johnston Oxley Coordinator

HOMEWORK HUB The Homework Hub has commenced very successfully for 2013. The Library is a great place for students to complete class work and assessment tasks. The Library’s resources are available for use during this time. On Wednesdays, Mrs Rosenbaum, our Leader of Mathematics, is available to assist you with mathematical problems. The hours are:

Monday and Wednesday 3.15-4.30pm. Tuesday and Thursday 3.15-5.00pm. Friday 3.15-4.00pm.

The Homework Hub is for people who are "getting things done". Mrs Narelle Mathews Homework Hub Supervisor

LIBRARY NEWS Parent Library We have a growing collection of material kindly made available to us for your use by the Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Parent Assembly. Over the next few weeks I will feature a book in this section of the newsletter and you are very welcome to borrow the book if you wish. Please contact Library staff to borrow the book. Big Porn Inc by Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray seeks to expose the hams inherent in the global pornography industry. The links that this industry has with violence, degradation and the early sexualisation of children are discussed in what has been described by Steve Biddulph, a prominent Australian writer as “a powerful and humane book…. A breakthrough”.

#Summer Competition During the course of a year we tend to offer competitions with some great prizes. Our first term photography competition with the theme of #Summer is proving to be popular with over 50 entries already. Each week I will feature one of the entries so that you can see the calibre of our budding photographers. This week….Torren Hunter’s picture takes centre stage.

Stay up to date with what’s happening….

“Like” us at St Joseph’s Regional College Library, on FaceBook. Or Follow us on Twitter – @sjrcexchange

Karen Bale Teacher Librarian


CAREERS WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER All Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents will receive each week a newsletter detailing all careers information that we receive. We hope some of the websites and information will be relevant to you and your son or daughter. Please contact us if you require further information or delete if nothing is relevant. If you are not receiving these emails please check with the college office that your contact details are up-to-date. All of our careers information is broadcast through this method so it is vital that details are current. REGIONAL CAREERS WEBSITE Our new Regional College Careers website at offers up-to-date information for parents and students in all year groups. MOODLE – CAREERS Always updated with important documents for work experience and university information. Parents can access this information via your child’s login. YEAR 8, 9 and 10 – TAX FILE NUMBERS Tax file number forms are processed by Mrs Tinsey every Friday. New forms are now available from the office. CAREER IN HEALTH Any students interested in a Career in Health are invited to attend the Health Careers Forum at Manning Education Centre in Taree on 27th March. Students would have to find their own transport, but need to let us know so we can RSVP on your behalf. Karen Bale & Leanne Tinsey Careers Coordinators

MATHS VAULT PROBLEMS When a maths class is split into groups of four, there are two students left. When split into groups of 5, there is one left. There are 15 girls in the class and a smaller number of boys. How many boys are there in the class? Last Week’s Answer: The purple block is on the bottom

CANTEEN ROSTER Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Marion Pallot Viccy Tickle Julie Leahy Christina Cole Michelle Cramp

UNIFORMS UNIFORM SHOP The College second hand uniform shop is open every Monday from 2.45pm – 3.45pm. Please go to office for directions. LABELLING It would be appreciated if parents could ensure that ALL uniform items are CLEARLY labelled with student’s name and PC class as it is impossible to return lost items that are not labelled.

MAGAZINES WANTED The Year 10 Retreat coordinators would appreciate any donations of unwanted magazines particularly motorbike, 4WD, fishing and surfing magazines for students to use during the retreat. Donations can be dropped into the front office of the College.

PARENT ASSEMBLY NEWS – TERM 1 Upcoming events: Family Retreats

9/10th March 2013 – Southern Family Retreat - Grassy Head 23/24 March 2013 – Northern Family Retreat - Evans Head

Please note that the RSVP’s for Family Retreats are due in by 1st March 2013 as numbers are required for booking accommodation and food etc. You can register for all of these events by calling 1300 557 874 If you have any questions, ideas or are interested in becoming involved with our amazing Parent Assembly team, please do not hesitate to contact your Parish School Representative through your school office or Peta Rourke, Cluster Organiser on: 0400 420 614

COMMUNITY NOTICES CINEMA UNDER THE STARS screening Ice Age 4 to be showcased at Westport Park in Port Macquarie, on Friday 22nd March, this is a great free public event. If you would like any further information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on (02) 6583 3322, or email at:

SPORT TERM 1 2013 Week 7 Mon 11th Mar:

CCC Golf Wauchope

Week 8 18th & 19th Mar:

Diocesan Winter Sports Trials


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