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ST. JOSEPH’S REGIONAL COLLEGE 23rd November 2012 What’s on Week 8 Term 4 2012

“The Truth will set you free”

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

SUNDAY Our Lord Jesus Christ The King 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, 26th November (Day 6)


Staff Briefing 8.30am Leadership Team Meeting Period 1 SAPSS Jazz band in Performing Arts Centre from 4.00pm – 6.00pm iPad Information Evening 7.00pm

TUESDAY, 27th November (Day 7)


Sport day for Year 7-10 SAPSS Leadership Team Meeting period 4 Homework Hub for Seniors till 5.00pm

WEDNESDAY, 28th November (Day 8)


Junior Percussion Ensemble 8.00am – 8.45am in PAC College Assembly 8.45am Senior Percussion Ensemble 1.05pm – 1.45pm in C1 Admin Team Meeting period 6 Dramarama in PAC 3.30pm

THURSDAY, 29th November (Day 9)


Seniors Meeting in morning PC Homework Hub for Seniors till 5.00pm

FRIDAY, 30th November (Day 10)


Concert Band in PAC 7.45am – 8.45am Year 7-10 Meetings in morning PC Pastoral Team Meeting period 4

DATES TO REMEMBER: Wednesday 5th December – Monday 10th December Tuesday 11th December Wednesday 5th December – Friday 14th December Wednesday 12th December – Friday 14th December Monday 17th December Monday 17th December Thursday 20th December

Year 7-10 Exams Year 7-9 Exams & Year 10 PC Day HSC Assessment Tasks Non-class days – supervision available Year 10 Award Presentations Christmas Mass and Exam Feedback Lessons Year 7-9 Awards – Last day for students

COORDINATING PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE UNHAPPINESS HABITS An article by author Michael Herbert in a recent Health and Wellbeing Newsletter (Vital Staff No. 35, 2012) explains how we can improve our happiness when we stop the following behaviours: Blaming When something goes wrong the tendency is to blame others. However, when we take responsibility it empowers us, we learn and we become better and smarter. Our happiness grows because we are more confident and more competent. A friend of mine jokes that we like to have someone to blame because “no one wants to be a self-made failure”. Impressing We place ourselves under enormous pressure when we feel the need to impress others. It is important to be ourselves and to be comfortable in our own skin. Being Inflexible As we get older it is easy to become rigid and cling to the past. The challenge is to keep learning and moving forward. Happiness comes with the ability to grow and improve in the midst of fear and insecurity. Interjecting Apart from it being annoying when someone interrupts us, it is extremely rude. Such rudeness destroys friendships and the happiness that comes from them. Complaining When we complain we make ourselves and others miserable. We improve our happiness when we focus on solutions rather than complaints. Controlling Good relationships are based on mutual respect. When one person exercises power and control over another, it is unlikely that there will be a friendship which creates happiness. Holding Back We can burn up much nervous energy worrying about the future. When we get involved and focus on the present moment we are more likely to experience fulfilment and happiness. The message is that we can improve our happiness and that of others around us when we avoid these negative tendencies. Mr Jim O’Brien Coordinating Principal

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE YEAR 12 GRADUATION DINNER Our Year 12 2012 Graduation was an outstanding success. A beautiful night and celebration for our Year 12 students and their parents. I appreciate the wonderful support of Fr Donnelly and Fr James and all the staff who attended our Graduation. Congratulations to the parents and staff committee who prepared the venue and organised a lovely environment for our celebration. This group was led by Heidi Flanagan and they worked wonderfully together as a team.

END OF YEAR PROGRAM Please remember our program for the end of the year. In an effort to keep students in the College engaged in learning for a greater proportion of Term 4, Semester 2 examinations are commencing 5th December. This date has been advertised in the parent calendar and is in the newsletter this term. This will mean that there will be a couple of non-class days for students to enable staff to complete marking, collate marks, prepare reports and awards. Research confirms the importance of feedback from teachers for effective student learning so we will have students return to school to review exam papers, receive reports and attend academic award ceremonies. I urge all students to make best use of this time in an effort to end the year achieving their personal best in their studies. I ask that any parent who requires supervision for their son/daughter on these non-class days please contact the office in order that adequate plans can be put in place. ROWING REGATTA – CONGRATULATIONS Mr Alan McCartney is our College Maintenance Coordinator and our rowing coach and I wanted to sincerely congratulate him on all his time and effort dedicated to Rowing for our students. He has been working very long hours after work and on Saturdays in order to develop our Rowing academy in the College. I am indebted to Alan and I know our students will benefit from his passion and expertise. The students who competed last Sunday were successful and are supported by a group of parents and other adults in the committee. I know from the commitment and dedication of all involved this new venture will be long lasting and successful. SCHOOL FEES AND SUBJECT FEES Please note that accounts should have been finalised by 16th November 2012. To ensure that your student receives their Semester 2 2012 school report prompt payment is requested by Friday 14th December. The Parish Finance Committee has asked the College to ensure all accounts are cleared by the end of 2012.

“May the spirit of the Lord be with you” Mrs Anne O’Brien Principal


Tasks this week. IC = in class task; HI = Hand in task




Friday Tech Skills (IC), Textiles (IC)







EXAMINATIONS Exam Timetables have been given to students. Copies of these can be found on the school Moodle page under Term 4 Assessments. Study Guides for all exams can also be found on this also. Students are strongly encouraged to use these study guides and the Blank Study Timetable to develop an effective study program for Weeks 710. Study should include summarising workbook and textbook notes as well as devising and practising exam style questions. Year 7 and 8 should be doing 1 ½ hours study per night and Year 9 and 10 2 hours would be expected. Year 11 students would be doing 2 ½ - 3 hours per night. ABSENCE FROM EXAMS Students are reminded that it is compulsory to be at school during the period of the exam block from Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th December where they will be completing their exams. If a student is absent on the day of the exam, the College needs to be contacted that morning via a phone call to the office before 8.45am. Upon returning to the College you need to see Mr Lutton at the Studies Coordinators’ office before morning PC so that a time can be organised for the exam to be completed. The designated non-class days of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Week 10 (12th to the 14th December) will be allocated for the completion of any missed exam. Failure to complete an exam without a satisfactory reason will result in a mark of zero being awarded for that task. Ian Lutton Acting Curriculum Coordinator

ITALY STUDY TOUR 2013 Our next and final meeting is on the 3rd December at MacKillop at 7.30pm. Academy Travel will be distributing our tickets and other documents, but it is urgent that all those travelling have submitted a copy of their passports and travel insurance (if not using the one provided by Academy Travel) well before this date. Also we hope to give out the group scarf (this includes students and relatives) so if you have not already paid please give $22 to Mr Warneken ASAP. You should also receive from Academy Travel and invoice for flights between Sydney and Port Macquarie and vice versa shortly if you indicated you wanted extra flights. Thank You Mr Warneken

ST JOSEPH’S REGIONAL COLLEGE UNIFORM POOL is now OPEN in the C Block servery Winter, summer and sport uniforms now available for sale at very reasonable prices. Hours of operation: Each Monday 2.30 – 3.30pm •

Donations of any uniform items in reasonable condition will be greatly appreciated.

If you do have any uniforms you wish to donate please leave them at the College office.

CANTEEN ROSTER Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Help Please! Helen Anderson Karen Walsh Help Please! Help Please!

FROM THE OFFICE If you have recently changed your email address please email your new address to ABSENCE NOTES Below you will find a proforma for a student Absence Note. This is the preferred method for parents to notify the College of their child’s absences. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PARENTS / GUARDIANS EXPLANATION FOR PUPIL’S ABSENCE PUPIL’S NAME _______________________________________Year__________ PC ________ DATE(S) OF ABSENCE _________________________________________________________ REASON FOR ABSENCE ________________________________________________________ PARENT / GUARDIAN SIGNATURE ________________________________ DATE _________ *Failure to have an absence explained within 7 days of returning to school MUST, BY LAW, be recorded and reported as UNEXPLAINED ABSENCE.

FROM THE MATHS’ VAULT DICE QUESTION I have three special four-sided dice. They have one letter on each side. When I roll them together I get three random letters which I try to rearrange into a word. In my eight goes so far I have made the words: CAT, SON, POD, RIG, PEG, TAP, DIN, APE What are the letters on each dice? Answer for last week The time is 9 pm

FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR 1913 -2013 Celebrating 100 years of Catholic education in St Agnes’ Parish Save the Date: Saturday 15 June 2013

LIBRARY NEWS BOOK RETURN As the academic year draws to a close, it is timely to remind all students and parents that book return is an essential part of every College student’s obligations, and that losses must be paid for. Important dates for this aspect of College life are as follows: Monday 26 November – last day for student borrowing Years 7-9 Friday 7 December – all Year 10 textbooks and Library books to be returned by this day Tuesday 11 December – all Years 7-9 textbooks and Library books to be returned by this day Students will be emailed copies of their loans list each week between now and the end of the year and are urged to attend to the responsible return of all items in good time. Reports will be withheld from those who fail to return all items, or who fail to pay the replacement costs of lost items.

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 ALERT All Year 11 and 12 parents are encouraged to ensure that they have subscribed to their free service as all careers information is distributed this way. Follow the link below and follow the prompts to sign up. 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. UPCOMING EVENTS 19th December BOS results for HSC candidates – Breakfast at College 20th December

ATAR results for HSC candidates – tea/coffee and advice in College Library from 11.00am (parents and students welcome)

UNI CONNECT A forum to connect regional secondary students with university students across Australia. How to find us: Search Facebook Pages for Uni Connect and ‘like’ the page to start asking questions. How to use the page: • If you have a broad question write it directly onto the wall and someone will get back to you •

If you have a specific question about a university or degree go to the not titled “Meet the Uni Connect Team’ which is pinned to the top of the wall and search for someone currently studying at the university or doing the degree you are interested in, then write the question on the wall starting off with the name of the Uni Connect Team Member you are addressing the question to.

Keep an eye on the notes section for university tips, interview tips, application tips, FAQ and more.

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ST JOSEPH’S REGIONAL COLLEGE SPORTS WRAP Week 8 26th Nov - Diocesan Golf – Casino ROWING REGATTA RESULTS Congratulations to our rowers who competed in their first rowing regatta at Wauchope this morning. All members of the squad have been training under the tutelage of Mr. Alan McCartney our head coach and the hard work has paid off with some excellent results being recorded. A number of teams and individuals recorded wins - for a full list of results please see the sport webpage.

A huge thank you goes to the parents of our rowers who successfully ran the canteen on Sunday raising around $1200 to help fund new equipment for our rowing program.

MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS The NSW All School Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships was held at Yellowmundee in western Sydney on the 11th of November. The Championship was conducted as a 4 hour team race with each team completing as many laps as they can in the allowed time. The course was enjoyed by all riders with many sweeping corners and a few jumps, each lap taking approximately 15 minutes. St Joseph’s Regional College was proudly represented at the Championships by six riders including Jackson Boswell, Jason Butriss, Troy Dimond, Tom Hooper, Jay Irby and Jye Kelly. The team of Jason Butriss, Tom Hooper and Jackson Boswell battled hard to achieve an excellent result coming 4th their division.

Mr D McLachlan

St Josephs Regional College Newsletter 23rd November 2012  
St Josephs Regional College Newsletter 23rd November 2012  

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