“The Truth will set you free”
30th August 2013
Term 3, Week 7
P.O. Box 231, College Drive PORT MACQUARIE 2444 Ph: 02 5525 4100 Fax: 02 5525 4199 www.sapss.nsw.edu.au
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Agnes’ Port Macquarie Our Lady of Lourdes Wauchope Saturday Vigil – 6.00pm Saturday Vigil – 6.00pm and Sunday 7.30am Sunday – 7.30am, 9.00am & 6.00pm Long Flat – 9.30am 2nd & 4th Sunday Kendall – 9.00am Mass (1st Saturday month 10.00am Mass Comboyne) Telegraph Point – Thursday Night 6.00pm Beechwood – 9.30am 1st & 3rd Sunday Lake Cathie – Sunday 8.00am Laurieton – Saturday Vigil 5.30pm, Sunday – 7.30am
What’s on Term 3, Week 8 MONDAY, 2nd September (Day 6)
- SAPSS Jazz Band in Performing Arts Centre 4.30pm-6.00pm Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-4.30pm
TUESDAY, 3rd September (Day 7)
- Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-5.00pm Drumline in PAC 1.05pm-1.45pm
WEDNESDAY, 4th September (Day 8)
- College Assembly Senior Percussion Ensemble 1.05pm-1.45pm in Performing Arts Centre SAPSS Drumline 3.30pm-5.00pm Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-4.30pm
THURSDAY, 5th September (Day 9)
- Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-5.00pm Diocesan Surfing @ Banora Point Design & Technology HSC Marking
FRIDAY, 6th September (Day 10)
- Concert Band 7.45am-8.45am in Performing Arts Centre Diocesan Surfing @ Banora Point U/14 & U/16 Rugby @ Taree Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-4.00pm
DATES TO REMEMBER Monday 9th September – 13th September Monday 9th September Wednesday 11th September Friday 13th September Monday 16th September – 18th September Wednesday 18th September Thursday 19th September
Year 11 Exams Year 12 SRC Lunch T20 MNC Boys 7/8 & 9/10 Cricket Gala Day NSW CCC Athletics @ Homebush Year 8 Camp @ South West Rocks Year 12 Mass @ St Agnes Church Year 12 Major Prizegiving & Morning Tea
COORDINATING PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE FATHER’S DAY This Sunday, 1st September, is Father’s Day. While it can be dismissed as just another commercial promotion, it should be a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures who have helped us in our life’s journey. Sons especially need a father or a father figure. Dr Ken Caulfield has identified five important things sons need from their dads or a father figure: 1. Advice on their future so that they will have purpose and direction in life. 2. Example on how to live in society as a male. 3. Mentoring to keep them on track and accountable. 4. Moral and spiritual values such as respect for authority, service of others, commitment to work and family. 5. Love….. sons need to be shown love and how to cultivate loving relationships with others. Happy Father’s Day to all dads! Mr Jim O’Brien Coordinating Principal
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Invitation to Youth Mass This Sunday, Fr. Donnelly will be the celebrant for the Sunday Youth Mass now commencing at 5.00pm at St Agnes Church. St Joseph’s Regional College students will assist parishioners with music and other aspects of the mass. On behalf of Fr. Donnelly, the Parish and the College community, I extend a very warm welcome to all families to be a part of this celebration and to give thanks for the wonderful opportunities we are given. School Fees– Thank you to Families. I would like to extend my thanks to the families of St Joseph’s Regional College for your attentiveness to payment of School Fees. I have received confirmation from Parish Administration that the College is well-ahead on its collection rates. Invariably this support from families is very much appreciated; for it enables the College to continue to provide a quality education for our students. So, once again, parents many thanks for your on-going support for the endeavour of Catholic Education in St Agnes’ Parish. Principals’ Awards Given last week’s tight assembly agenda, I was unable to present Principal’s Awards to students. In turn, this gave me the opportunity to present awards to students personally during the week. Some awardees had already received Principal’s Awards this year, and I have no doubt that there will be more recipients to come next term. Congratulations to the following year 7-10 students: Isobella Bennett-Tonkin Dominic Byrne Lachlan Camilleri Maxwell Carter Lily Dalrymple Hannah Garven Emily Hannan Georgia Hickling Blake Horton-Hogan
Tanya Johnston Hannah King Daniel Labone Cooper Lewis-Bain Madeline McCauley Claire McIntosh Stephanie McManus Jesse Morgan Emily Nardella
Shannon Neville Alisha Newbound Courtney Newell Eve Pollard Tara Quilligan Hannah Reynolds Shelby Sheldon Lily Smith Jacob Ward
Positive Feedback from Year 12 This week I continue to interview Year 12 students as a part of their College Reference Application. It has been both humbling and inspiring to listen to students and their warm praise for St Joseph’s Regional College. Interviews will continue for students making applications, with references distributed to students in Term 4. We continue to keep Year 12 students in our prayers at they prepare for their Higher School Certificate examinations. Walkathon Finally this week, I would like to thank St Joseph’s Regional staff and students for their tremendous contribution to the Walkathon. A special thank you to Mrs Joanne Williams, Mrs Tanya Daley, Mrs Fiona Irving, Mrs Cath Eichmann, Mr Alan McCartney and Mrs Carol Avery for coordinating the event, and also to our wonderful volunteers who have so generously given up their time to assist on the day Ms Peta Rourke, Louise Coles and Sharon Vingerhoets. Assistant Principal Appraisal Dear Parents During Term 3 on Tuesday, 3rd September, Cath Eichmann, St Joseph’s Regional College Assistant Principal will be involved in an assistant principal appraisal process as part of her contract renewal conditions with the Catholic Schools Office. The appraisal process seeks information from a variety of people associated with the parish school. The process aims to highlight the positive aspects of the assistant principal’s performance and identify areas for further development. A timeline will be constructed to suit the needs of the parish school community. A panel consisting of a diocesan parish school principal, a fellow assistant principal and an education consultant from the Catholic Schools Office will conduct the appraisal. The full assistant principal appraisal process involves:
a staff survey and staff interviews an interview with the principal an interview with the parish priest interviews with any parents who wish to present a formal interview with the assistant principal by the panel a self-appraisal report completed by the assistant principal
Any parents who wish to make contact with the panel are welcome to do so by contacting Tonia Flanagan (02 6622 0422) before the appraisal date. Thank you for your support of the parish school’s leadership team. Dirk Botha Assistant Director, Lismore Catholic Schools Office
God Bless Jim Dempsey Principal
MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL YEAR 9 iPAD UPDATE Year 9 students have been given an iPad Agreement letter regarding cost and conditions of our Year 9 iPad rollout. Parents/guardians are required to read, sign and return this agreement by Monday, 9th September at the latest. If you have misplaced this letter or did not receive one, you can download a copy from our Year 9 iPad website: http://go2school.wix.com/year9. This site outlines in more detail our plan; it also includes tips and advice for parents and students on safe use of technology at home. This website can also be accessed through the ‘Quick Links’ section on our College website http://www.pmreglism.catholic.edu.au/
CCA celebrates 125 Years of St Agnes Parish ministering to the Aged in Port Macquarie. All welcome to Program Events from Sunday, 1st to Friday, 6th September 2013
Sunday 1st Sept Monday 2nd Sept Tuesday 3rd Sept
St Agnes Parish CCA Mass and morning tea at St Agnes’ Church Hay Street Port Macquarie 9‐12noon CWA ROOMS Town Green 10‐12noon St Agnes Village Coffee shop ‐tour of village units. TWC Lochinvar place Port Macquarie 2pm PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS Launch at CWA HALL Gordon Street Port Macquarie CWA ROOMS Town Green 9‐12noon 10‐12noon Lourdes Village Coffee shop JWC and tour of village units. Davoron Drive Port Macquarie Emmaus Celebration Mass 16 Colonel Barney Drive. Port Macquarie 11am 2pm St Agnes Hostel Garden Party. Tours of garden. Lochinvar Place Port Macquarie Wednesda 9‐12noon CWA ROOMS Town Green y 4th Sept 10‐12noon Mt Carmel House ‘High Tea’ Lochinvar place. Port Macquarie CCA Community Care Team Open Day afternoon tea at Lourdes House, cnr of Morton & 1.30‐ Heather Street, Port Macquarie 2.30pm Thursday 9‐12noon CWA ROOMS Town Green 5th Sept 10‐1pm Emmaus “The Good Old Days”. Art/ Museum Display/ Vintage Cars/ Coffee shop. 16 Colonel Barney Drive Port Macquarie CWA ROOMS Town Green 9‐12noon Friday 6th Sept 10‐12noon Maryknoll House Morning tea with art and craft display. Lochinvar place Port Macquarie 9.30‐11am Marian Centre Morning tea highlighting the service offered by the Marian Centre
Cath Eichmann Assistant Principal
HOMEWORK HUB FOR SENIOR STUDENTS Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm Over the next two weeks the Homework Hub will be open on a Sunday from 11.00am till 3.00pm for Year 12 students to provide them with a quiet place to study. All Year 12 are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and consolidate the material presented during their Seminar Days. Normal opening hours apply for all other years. On Wednesdays, Mrs Rosenbaum, our Leader of Mathematics, is available to assist you with mathematical problems. The hours are:
Monday and Wednesday 3.15pm - 4.30pm. Tuesday and Thursday 3.15pm - 5.00pm. Friday 3.15pm - 4.00pm.
The Homework Hub is for people who are "getting things done"
A message from School Fees Administration, Parish Admin Centre SCHOOL FEES HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR SCHOOL FEE STATEMENT? We believe that communication between the Parish and families is very important, to ensure that we are aware of individual circumstances and are alerted to any possible errors with accounts. Parish Administration posted almost 2000 statements to families last week. Did you receive yours? Many families have already contacted us about their accounts. Here are some of the questions they’ve asked. I’m responsible for part of an account. Why does the statement show more than my share? Our systems do not allow for split accounts. Full fees and the building fund are charged on each account. It is then up to families who have split fee arrangements to ensure each person is paying their share. We can help by: Ensuring the account is sent to both parties Reconciling the account if there is a dispute between parties Do I need to pay the amount owing by 23 August 2013? Some families have chosen to pay their school fees in 3 equal instalments. For these families, their final instalment is due on 23 August 2013. If you have an agreed payment arrangement, pay via Direct Debit, Centrepay or Salary sacrifice, your fees are spread over the entire year. I am struggling financially. Is it possible to pay a reduced fee? Absolutely! Our Fee Assistance Program assesses your current income levels while taking into account your employment situation and the number of children in your family, relative to the rest of the population. This ensures that each family pays a fee that is affordable. However, you MUST get in touch with Parish Admin as soon as possible to make use of this option. Why must my account balance be NIL by the end of the year? Each year our schools budget the amount they will need to provide the best possible resources and staff to ensure your children receive the excellent education for which the St Agnes’ Parish schools are known. These fees are “topped up” by almost $ ¾ million by the Parish, to help keep school fees as low as possible for families. Any fees budgeted and not collected result in the schools having to cut their budgets by that amount each year. What happens if I don’t clear my account by the end of the year? If you think this will apply to you, PLEASE call us to discuss your situation in confidence. Unfortunately where families have not contacted us in advance, the balance remaining will be handed to our Debt Collection Agent for collection in full. How do we contact you? Ring Emma or Chrissie on 6588 7444, email us at email@example.com with your request, or make an appointment to see Trudi at 49 Hay Street, Port Macquarie. John McQueen Parish Director Education
FROM THE LEADER OF CATECHESIS AND SCHOOL EVANGELISATION YOUTH MASS- Father’s Day- 5pm Sunday, 1st September at St Agnes Parish Church Please come along and join us for the 5pm liturgy where our musicians will be leading the music and singing. For those that can stay around afterwards there will be a BBQ and activities at the HUB. Love in a Shoebox Presently, our Pastoral Care groups are working on a project called Operation Christmas Child. This is an international relief project that brings God’s hope and joy to children in over a hundred countries. Each Pastoral Care class are putting together a shoe box filled with gifts for a child of various ages. These are to be completed by this Wednesday so that we are able to deliver them for shipping. Thank you to all the teachers, students and families who have supported this wonderful project. HSC Prayer Sponsors The HSC is fast approaching, as our Year 12 students know all too well. One way we are able to support our students is through prayer. If you would like to be a prayer sponsor this is how it works. A prayer sponsor indicates their interest in praying for a student by calling the school office. Information will then be sent to you about a particular student you can pray for and when they will be writing their exams. We can let them know who is praying for them or you can remain anonymous. We also gather as a school community before each exam and have special prayers prepared by subject teachers to support our students during this stressful time. YOUTH HUB NEWS YOGA at the YOUTH HUB The Youth Hub yoga classes are open to children from 10yrs to adults. This is a gentle, fun class where parents can practice yoga with their child. The ten week course runs from 17th October to 19th December on Thursday’s from 4.00pm – 5.00pm. Cost of the course is $70 ($7 per class) for the 10 weeks. All mats and props are supplied. For further information contact Martine- 0403 841 685 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website http://www.spirityogaonline.com.au/ Do you want to make a difference in your local community? Interact is a branch of Rotary International for 12-18 year olds aiming to make a difference on a local, national and international level. Interact is run by youth for youth – so our group can make a difference to issues that affect us. Come join us at the Youth Hub Port Macquarie on the Wednesday, 4th September at 4.00pm, to see if there is anything to interest you! It’s a great opportunity to meet other youth in our community – there is even free pizza! Our meetings our held every two weeks at the Youth Hub, and are open to all 12-18 year olds. For more info see: www.interactportmacquarie.com The Youth Hub is situated at 140 Horton Street Port Macquarie. For further information please contact Michael Gilmour, Manager Port Macquarie Youth Centre on 6584 7569 or 0408 258 398 or email email@example.com Public Access/dropin hours Monday to Friday 3pm - 7pm, Office hours Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm Nora Swain Leader of Catechesis and School Evangelisation
LIBRARY NEWS Term 3 Photography Competition Due to the popularity of the Term 1 Photography Competition #Summer, we are proud to announce we are running a competition again in term 3. The theme is #kindography, and you can view the details about the competition at https://www.smore.com/5tkm-kindography. We are hoping that, as before, our talented students get creative with cameras, phones, iPads etc., and give us the opportunity to showcase their work. Take a look at some of our entries to date.
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#Kindography "In the end, only kindness matters" - Jewel Enter our Term 3 Photography Competition The theme for our term 3 Photography Competition is #Kindography
How do I enter? Step 1. Take a photograph! You can use any device that you want - camera, phone, iPad etc. The theme of your photograph MUST reflect the theme of Kindness. It MUST contain an image of a person or persons. Step 2. Email your photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your subject heading should be in the format of #kindography - your name (e.g. #kindography - John Smith). Step 3. Any person/s whose image/s appears in your photograph must complete the online permission form included in this flyer to allow their image to be uploaded to the St Joseph's Regional College Library's FaceBook page and Pinterest Board. Failure to do so will mean that we will not be able to upload your photo to our galleries.
Karen Bale Teacher Librarian
YEAR 12 REMINDERS Early Entry Schemes
Friday 6th September Friday, 13th September
USYD E12 closes online SCU STAR
University Guest Visits This week, representatives from University of New England, Southern Cross University and Charles Sturt University made themselves available at lunchtime to conference with our Year 12 students. We are grateful for their input and support for our students at this busy time. Australian Defence Force On Thursday, 19th September, the ADF will conduct an information session for Years 10-12. Students wishing to attend this session must indicate their intention via a sign-on sheet in the Library. All students must have their diaries signed by their Period 6 , Day 9 teacher to show as they enter the session. Work Experience- If your child is interested in undertaking work experience, each individual case will be considered on its merit. Students would need to discuss with us suitable dates but preferable these will be in holiday times and only under exceptional circumstances would this condition be waived. If you require further information, go to the College Moodle site and access it via students – Careers – Work Experience. Careers Weekly Email Newsletter -All Year 11 and 12 students, parents and relevant Year 10 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 careers information is broadcast through this method, so please keep details updated. Regional Careers Website- Our new Regional College Careers website at www.SJRCPortcareers.com 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. Karen Bale & Leanne Tinsey Leaders of Careers and University Transition
CREATIVE ARTS NEWS Congratulations to our Year 12 Visual Arts students for on submitting their Bodies of Work for the HSC assessment this week, and also to our Year 12 Drama students on completing their HSC performance assessment. Many terms worth of hard work have gone into these creative works and we are so proud of all you have accomplished.
SCIENCE NEWS Another opportunity is available for those budding scientists out there in year 8 and 9, see Mr Bennie if interested for an information booklet. THE SCIENCE EXPERIENCE; ENJOY 3 days in which you will be introduced to some of the wonders of science and technology PERFORM interesting experiments in university laboratories. HEAR leaders in science, technology and engineering LEARN about careers in science and technology. LOCATED at 37 Universities around Australia PROGRAMS are non-selective COST is $115 for the 3 day program. SPONSORSHIP is available through Rotary.
MATHS VAULT PROBLEMS Henry covers his desk using 100 post-it notes. Sally’s post-it notes are half the area of Henry’s and her desk is twice the area. How many of Sally’s post-it notes will she need to cover her desk? Last Week’s Answer: there are 11 boys in the class
Messages from Catholic Schools Parent Assembly Supporting Families Dear Parents and Carers, We have some families in our school community that are currently facing some significantly challenging medical hardships. We are trying to support these families through these difficult times by providing meals to help ease the burden. Donations of meals ie: casseroles etc would be warmly received and greatly appreciated. These care packages will be delivered to our families regularly to provide continued support and let them know they are in our thoughts. If you could find some time to help, please label your meals with ingredients and deliver them to the school office. A big thankyou to the parents who have already contributed to this need. Your generosity was accepted with great appreciation and smiles Thanking you in advance for your support. Peta Rourke Parent Assembly Cluster Organiser, Catholic Services Office Lismore
CANTEEN ROSTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The College canteen is in need of some extra help. If you would like to help on any day during the week between 9.30am-1.30pm (or even just a couple of hours in the middle of the day) please phone Emma Daley at the College Canteen on 5525 4100. Term 3, Week 8 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Help Please Kim Galloway Help Please Pat Shirt Karen Walsh
UNIFORMS UNIFORM SHOP The College second hand uniform shop is open every Monday from 2.45pm – 3.45pm. Please go to office for directions. Thank you to the many families who have so kindly donated unwanted uniforms. We are in very short supplies of tracksuit pants; and would appreciate if you have any unwanted items. We are still collecting the girls’ summer aqua tunic dress to send to an overseas school. Donations are very much appreciated
COMMUNITY NOTICES DRUM ATTACK- Weekend Drumming Boot Camp for school aged drummers is being held on Friday, 27th Friday – Sunday, 29th September. For further details please contact Mandy on 0431 234 201 or email email@example.com
TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST SPORT INFORMATION FROM THE REGIONAL VISIT http://www.pmreglism.catholic.edu.au/sport/sport
TERM 3 Week 8 Week 9
Fri 6th Sept Yr 11 Exams Tues 10th Sept Fri 13th Sept Yr 11 Exams Mon 16th - Wed 18th Sept Tue 17th Sept Fri 20th Sept
Diocesan Surfing - Banora Point "Tents Up" day Yr 8 during sport CCC Athletics – Homebush Year 8 Camp - Trial Bay Coast to Country Cup Rugby Union Final - Forster Last day of term 3
Diocesan/Northern NSWCCC Cricket Trials An expression of interest is being called for any player who would like to trial for the Northern NSWCCC Cricket Teams. This process takes the place of the Diocesan Cricket Trials. Students now go straight to Northern CCC trials. Age groups are:
U/19s - Players must be U/19 and in Year 11 or below as at 1st September in the year of the following year of selections
15s - Must be 15 years or under on 1st September 2014
Please use the following link to the CCC website to put in your expression of interest. https://www.csss.nsw.edu.au/nswccc-cricket%28boys%29.aspx WALKATHON- Mini Marathon - For those students who wish to run the Walkathon in our mini-marathon, are asked to complete the entry form which can be found on our College website or follow the link is below. https://docs.google.com/a/lism.catholic.edu.au/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEJ4anN3bnhlR1 hUME5ZUkpoamlMTXc6MQ#gid=0
ATTENDANCE REMINDER A reminder to all parents, notes must be in within 7 days of your child's absence or the absence will be reported on your child's report as UNEXPLAINED. Students who have more than 15 days leave in a year must have supporting documentation from a doctor or make written application to the Assistant Principal. This may also require an interview with the Principal or Assistant Principal. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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.