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“The Truth will set you free”

20th June 2014

Term 2, Week 8

22nd March February

P.O. Box 231, College Drive PORT MACQUARIE 2444 Ph: 02 5525 4100 P.O. Fax: Box 02 5525 2314199 College Drive 2013

PORT MACQUARIE 2444 Ascension of the Lord Ph: 02 5525 4100 St. Agnes’ Port Macquarie What’s on Week 9Our Lady of Lourdes Wauchope Fax: 02 5525 4199 Term 1 2013 Saturday Vigil – 6.00pm and Sunday 7.30am Saturday Vigil – 6.00pm Sunday – 7.30am, 9.00am & 5.00pm Long Flat – 9.30am 2nd & 4th Sunday “The Truth will set you free” 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 Sunday Mass Times:

What’s on Term 2, Week 9 MONDAY, 23rd June (Day 1)


TUESDAY, 24th June (Day 2)


WEDNESDAY, 25th June (Day 3)


THURSDAY, 26th June (Day 4) FRIDAY, 27th June (Day 5)


Staff Briefing 8.30am SAPSS Jazz Band in Performing Arts Centre 4.30-6.00pm Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-4.30pm Flinders House Meeting in the Performing Arts Centre Year 7 Table Tennis Exhibition P1,2 3 in Hall Girls Vocal Group 8.30am in PAC Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-5.00pm Drumline in PAC 1.05pm-1.45pm Diocesan Open North v South Final Boys/Girls Football Year 10 University Presentation in Performing Arts Centre 12.20-1.05pm Year 10 Dance Assessment P6 & 7 Year 12 Successful Transition Night in Performing Arts Centre House Staff Meetings 8.20am-8.45am Dramarama in PAC 3.30pm Senior Percussion Ensemble 1.05pm-1.45pm in PAC Homework Hub in Library till 3.15pm-4.30pm SAPSS Drumline 3.30pm-5.00pm 10 PASS Primary School Coaching P3 & 4 Year 11 Mass in Performing Arts Centre 9.00am Year 11 Senior Soiree In Performing Arts Centre 6-8.30pm Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-5.00pm Macquarie House Meeting in Hall Concert Band 7.45am-8.45am in PAC Homework Hub in Library 3.15pm-4.00pm Oxley House Meeting in Performing Arts Centre St Cares Taree Horse Sports Day Year 11 Semester 1 Academic Awards in Performing Arts Centre 8.50am9.40am 10PASS Primary School Coaching P3 & 4 LAST DAY OF TERM 2

DATES TO REMEMBER: Monday 14th July Tuesday 15th July

First Day Term 3 – Students return in full winter uniform Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 24th June

Year 10 Dance Assessment P6&7

For all the latest news, click the link below to visit St Joseph’s Regional Website

COORDINATING PRINCIPAL’S REPORT TAKING TIME TO REFLECT Fr. Richard Leonard makes the observation that when anyone asks how we are many of us will respond by saying how busy we are or how exhausted we are. The reality is that we live very frantic lives as we struggle to meet family and work commitments. This is not conducive to finding inner peace. Nor is it a good basis for creating living and respectful relationships. We all know how important it is to have an inner peace and to be truly loving people. To achieve this we need to take time to stop and reflect. For most of us that time can only be found at the start or the end of very busy days. The rewards for taking some time to pray, reflect and be ‘mindful’ cannot be underestimated. If we are more at peace within ourselves, more thoughtful and more loving, our relationships will be stronger and our lives so much happier. This is certainly a challenge in a fast paced world. This is what Pope Francis said about these pressures in a recent talk: “Life is often wearisome and many times tragically so… work is tiring; looking for work is exhausting. And finding work today requires much effort. But what is most burdensome in life is not this; what weighs more than all of these things is a lack of love. It weighs upon us never to receive a smile, not to be welcomed. Certain silences are oppressive, even at times within families, between husbands and wives, between parents and children, among siblings. Without love, the burden becomes even heavier, intolerable… Jesus wants our joy to be complete! He said this to the apostles and today he says it to us. Here then, is the first thing I would like to share with you… and it is a saying of Jesus: Come to me, families from around the world, Jesus says, and I will give you rest, so that your joy may be complete. Take home this word of Jesus, carry it in your hearts, share it with the family.” The Director of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lismore, David Condon, acknowledges that ‘families make the greatest contribution to the identity, wellbeing and education of our children”. This is why the Diocese is giving parents the opportunity to develop their understanding of the important partnership they have with the Catholic school. He says that “our parents are doing everything they can to give their children the best chance to grow into well-rounded adults, capable of living worthwhile and meaningful lives. You are not alone in this life-giving responsibility. We in Catholic education want to walk with you in friendship and support”. In October of this year there will be “Proclaim Parent Gatherings.” This will be an opportunity for parents to join us in partnership to assist children to have the best chance for a life full of love and hope.

Mr Jim O’Brien Coordinating Principal

NEWS FROM THE ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL This week Year 8 and 9 students were able to come together to be part of a Reflection Day led by Youth Retreat Coordinator, Chris Doyle. Reflection Day was certainly a great event judging by the responses of Year 8 and 9 students. One of the reasons for the retreat being so positive is the willingness of students to be open to new experiences and willing to take advantage of what is being offered. While at St Joseph’s Regional College students have the opportunity to develop their faith as they grow and experiences like the Retreat provide that opportunity. I thank Ms Nora Swain and the Leaders of Pastoral Care for their organisation and the teachers and students for their positive involvement. New Leadership Roles for the Remainder of the Term and Term 3 On behalf of the College community I would like to congratulate Mr Sean Jennings who will be filling the new leadership role for the remainder of Term 2 and weeks 1 to 4 of Term 3. Mr Jennings will fill the role of Leader of Catechesis and School Evangelisation during Ms Nora Swain’s Long Service. We wish Mr Jennings the very best in his leadership role and additionally wish Ms Nora Swain a very restful break during her leave I would also like to thank the casual teachers for their fantastic work this term, particularly those who have done blocks of time for permanent staff on Long Service Leave. Best wishes for year nine for a successful excursion As Year 9 venture off to Canberra next week I wish them all the best for a successful excursion. I am very confident that under the leadership of Mr Jason Warneken and Mr Richard Battiston the trip will be very beneficial for our students. I am indebted to them and to Mrs Diana Walsh, Miss Amy Chaloner, Mr Greg Hollis, Miss Hannah O’Brien, Mr Jeremy Buckley, Miss Ann-Marie Healy, Mr Kim Eichmann, Mrs Joanne Middleton, Mrs Penny McKee, Mr Mitch Robins and Ms Jackie Howard who are leaving their homes, normal routines and families to enable our students to have this wonderful experience. Principal’s Awards Congratulations to the following students who received a Principal’s Award in assembly this week: Mackenzie Adams, Orla Aherne, Eilidh Aldridge, Jaralyn Barber, Lauren Brown, Hannah Brown, Joshua Burridge, Tessa Connors, Ryan Cooper, Matthew Cramp, Julia Cutajar, Kade Fens, Drew Ferris, Isabella Field, Justine Foreman, Dylan Forsyth, Jacob Gaskill, Jamie Henry, Toby Hill, Caleb Hunter, Teegan Keesing, Tyla Kemp, Rebecca Lakis-Smith, Phoebe Le Page, Selena Loveday, Therese Manns, Patrick McKinnon, Jaye McKittrick, Kate Morgan-Floyd, Alisha Newbound, Elizabeth Pike, Jordan Potts, Luke Roe, Isaac Sanderson, Faith Sparrow, Hugh Stewart, Tahni Triffitt, Georgia Williams, Chloe Winn and Sharni Zerafa. This award acknowledged by the college community is yet another opportunity for students to achieve their personal excellence at St. Joseph’s Regional College.

REPORTS and AWARD CEREMONIES Year 11 reports will be issued Friday 27th June after the Award Ceremony in the College Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at 9.00am. Year 7-10 Academic Award Ceremonies will be held on Friday 18th July. Students will receive their Semester one report at the completion of the ceremony. These reports contain valuable information on student’s progress so far, and will identify areas upon which students need to concentrate in order to improve further in the second half of the year. I would strongly encourage all students and parents to read this report carefully, and be willing to implement any suggested strategies from the start of next Term. The times for the Year 7-10 Award Ceremonies will be confirmed in next week’s newsletter. Students are given awards based on effort and application in all subjects. Listed below is a brief explanation of the awards:     

EXCELLENCE AWARD: Given to students in Years 7 -10 who receive an “A” in the Common Grade scale. (Year 11 students must be in the top 10% to receive this award). APPLICATION AWARD: Given to students who have consistently applied themselves in their Approach to Learning EXCELLENCE AND APPLICATION: Awarded to students when an excellent academic standard is achieved with consistent application. OUTSTANDING APPLICATION AWARD: Students who receive Application Awards in all, or all but one, subjects receive this award. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Students in Years 7 and 8 who are nominated for Excellence and Application awards in more than 6 subjects will receive this award. In Year 9 and 10 this award goes to students who have achieved Excellence and Application in more than 5 subjects. COMMUNITY SERVICE: Awarded to students who have participated in 10 hours or more of community service throughout the semester.

As we reflect on the past term and achievements, often attained through students using their talents, I include the following prayer for reflection. We can use our unique talents to make a difference to others, however we all have one talent that can certainly change lives. Talents Lord to some people you gave ten talents, To others five and to others just one, Each of us has different talents May we use them for the benefit of all Each of us has the one talent that is most important – The power to love. With this one talent we can do so much. Make sure we do not hide it from anyone. If we love we will care about others – all of them We will be sympathetic to them, understand them, Feel for them Can we do anything greater in life? Lord just for today, help us fill our lives, With love. Amen

Mr Chris Kalchbauer Acting Assistant Principal

Japanese Exchange Students – Host Families needed An expression of interest is sought from families to host visiting students from the Sorachi region of Hokkaido in the northern island of Japan. The Hokkaido Australia Society request that one student be accommodated per host family with the buddy being of the same gender. In this way, each student can undertake the same challenge of immersing him/herself into a family without being compared with another student. The Hokkaido Australia Society has been conducting non-profit education projects for more than 30 years, believing that it is important for students to have the experience of visiting another country, exchanging with students of similar ages, attending schools and interacting with families to broaden their knowledge and understanding of life and a world outside of what they are used to. This project is an opportunity for the Japanese students to be exposed to other customs, other languages and other people through having the opportunity to attend school for one week. It is also an opportunity for St. Joseph's students to gain practical experience through communicating with Japanese students of similar ages and being exposed to a different aspect of the language they have chosen to study. The program is fully voluntary and students are aware that without support from families of the College allowing them into their homes for one week that this opportunity would not be available to them. This is the planned schedule for this year:

Sunday 27th July

Arrive in Port Macquarie

Monday 28th July –Friday 1st August

Attend school

Saturday 2nd August

With host family

Sunday 3rd August

Depart Port Macquarie

Please contact Donna Eames at our College office to submit your interest.

FROM OUR LEADER OF CATECHESIS AND EVANGELISATION Year 11 Street Retreat Good luck to our Year 11 students who have headed to Brisbane this week with Mrs Gilbert for the annual diocesan Street Retreat. Our students will join students from other secondary schools throughout the dioceses to work in a variety of facilities focused on a range of social justice initiatives. We wish them well and look forward to the students sharing their experience at our next school assembly. Thank you to the following students who are representing our school community on the Street Retreat: Christa Morrow, Danya Gobius, Kimberly Ross, Michael Riley, Cameron Bird and Zac Parnell. Ms Nora Swain Leader of Catechesis and Evangelisation

Year 8 Retreat Day – Chris Doyle On Tuesday, 17th June 2014, Year 8 participated in a Retreat Day, facilitated by the amazing Chris Doyle. The students laughed, sang, danced, wrote songs, built human structures, choreographed, hugged, affirmed each other, made decisions and laughed some more as they focussed on the importance of being selfless - not selfish. Chris’s unique style of combining music, humour and pop culture to ignite the spirit of the students certainly brought many out of their comfort zones and left the students (and staff) with a closer bond by the end of the day. Many thanks to Chris Doyle and other star performers of the day – particularly Father James who belted out a great rendition of the INXS hit “Never Tear Us Apart” and Benen Livermore with his soulful performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit“. Congratulations Year 8 – you certainly took up the opportunity to reflect and you participated wholeheartedly.

Mrs Tanya Daley Acting Year 8 Coordinator

NEWS FROM THE LEADER OF CURRICULUM Change of Report Descriptors In Week 1 of Term 3, students in Years 7-10 will be receiving their Semester One reports. As part of the College’s ongoing commitment to excellence in education and the effective feedback to parents on their child’s academic progress, the approaches to Learning descriptors have been modified to be more reflective of the student’s performance and progress in class. A copy of the new descriptors are listed below. Attitude

Demonstrates a positive attitude and is engaged in their learning


Completes classwork and homework to the best of their ability


Works collaboratively with the class teacher and peers


Demonstrates the organisational skills required for learning

Mr Ian Lutton Leader of Curriculum

Helping kids in Papua New Guinea Amy Webb, one of the Youth Ministry Officers at St Paul's High School, is embarking on a mission’s trip to Papua New Guinea this school holidays. She will be spending some time in Port Moresby and Mt Hagan, helping to run equipping schools for local youth leaders, rallies for young people and spending time with orphans. If you are able to donate any pencils, crayons, kids clothing, school books, colouring-in books, any kind of school accessory/stationery or toys (teddies etc.), she will carry these things over to those who need it in Papua New Guinea. If you could drop these into the school office, St Agnes’ Presbytery Office or to the Youth Ministry Officer at your school before Wednesday 25th June, your support would be very much appreciated. John McQueen Director Parish Education (on behalf of Amy) DONATIONS FOR THE ART ROOM We need: old clean towels, sheets, magazines and newspapers, items to draw such as tea cups, vases, teapots, glass wear, bottles, fake fruit and flowers etc for still life pictures, old toothbrushes and plastic shopping bags. Your donations would be greatly appreciated.

Mrs Renee May Art Teacher

Year 10 Nambus Visit On Thursday, 19th June our Year 10 students were again lucky enough to have a visit from the Nambus. They listened to Vietnam veteran’s war experiences, viewed displays and had a hands on experience with military items from the Vietnam War. The visit supports our current Year 10 History Curriculum in which students learn about Australia and the Vietnam War era. Here are some photos from the day:

Mr Jason Warneken Leader of HSIE

MATHS VAULT Multiple choice for the thinkers If (A) a+ 4

, then equals: (B) 2a + 8 (C) 3a + 2 (D) 4a + 8 (E) 27a + 8

Last Week’s Answer: x = 45 degrees Mr Bruce Smith Maths Teacher Year 7-11 Debating Our debating students from St Joseph’s Regional College attended the inaugural Combined Schools Debating Day, hosted by St Columba Anglican School on Thursday 19 June. Our College was fortunate to have several teams competing in this prestigious event and I must commend them for their exemplary behaviour in both the preparation of their debates and their studious efforts when at St Columba for the day. Under substantial pressure, these students represented us with pride and their studious, cooperative approach is noteworthy. Prepared debate topics such as, “Single sex schools are better for students”, “Social networking does more harm than good” and “Sometimes free speech should be restricted” allowed our students to showcase their research skills, their application of logic and their persuasive, oratorical skill in their respective debates. Successful groups were then chosen to compete in an impromptu debate –Topics such as, “That reality TV does more harm than good” and “That education should be free” tested the debaters’ ability to think quickly and form reasoned, logical arguments under time pressures. All teams performed well on this day. I must make special mention of our Year 7 team (Joshua Dietrich, Jazmin Lindsay-Farelle, Toby Fraser and Amelia Stennett) who succeeded in their final debate to take the title of first place in their section. Year 8’s team of Emily Shelley, Jess Gardner and Paul Olsen performed admirably on the day. Year 9’s Cane Wilkins, Jo Cutler, Courtney Newell and Bill Robinson should be similarly proud of their efforts. Congratulations to the Year 10 team of Miranda Cropper, Mary Shelley, Kaes Besseling and Maddi Sinclair who were the victors in their division. Congratulations should also be given to the Year 11 team of Darcy Howard, Eleanor Wright, James Searle and Grant Shea, for their impressive second place in the highly contested senior debating section. It should be noted that the spirit of the day is to foster interest and excellence in debating across all schools and that, whilst the victories and losses above are of interest, students gain much from the process of organising their own logical arguments and skilled rebuttal and also from being exposed to other skilled debaters around our local area. We must thank St Columba Anglican School for hosting this event again and certainly look forward to next year.

Ms Anne Marchment English Teacher

CANTEEN NEWS 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 Jo Farthing at the College Canteen on 5525 4100. Term 2, Week 9 Monday

Marion Pallot


Helen Anderson


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Pat Shirt


The Senior Soiree is a showcase of the talented work that our Year 11 Creative Arts Students produce. It is a celebration of the work produced by our Year 11 Drama, Music and Visual Art students and gives us a chance to reflect on how truly gifted our students are. It will be held in the Creative Arts block on Wednesday the 25th of June, beginning with the art exhibition at 5pm, and the performance starting at 6pm. Complimentary canapes and sweets will be served from 5pm by the Year 11 Hospitality students. There will also be tea and coffee available. Come along and enjoy a night of entertainment, all are welcome.

James Dick Trainee

YOUTH HUB CONCERT: You’re Invited! THURSDAY 7pm June 26th






WALKATHON – 8th August 2014

This year’s Walkathon will be held on Friday, 8th August 2014 and is a major fundraising event for the College, giving students the opportunity to raise funds for items they feel will enhance their learning and make their time at SJRC more enjoyable. In recent years money raised has purchased outdoor seating, BBQ tables and chairs, sporting and musical equipment, comfortable lounge style seating for the library, F5 Open Learning and Student Services rooms. In addition to these items $$$$ have been put aside over the past three years toward the purchase of a College mini-bus to be used for sporting, cultural and community service activities. This will in turn reduce the cost for parents. All students are strongly encouraged to raise money and next week will be given their Sponsorship Envelope. There will be prizes for students who raise the most money in each year group, PCs that earn over $1000, the highest earning PC and all students who raise over $50 go into the draw for a $500 gift voucher at a store of their choice. Every $50 earns an extra ticket in the major prize. Families and local business are also welcomed to sponsor with monetary donations or with suitable prizes for the students. Please contact Mrs Joanne Williams in the office if you would like to become a sponsor. Alternatively if you would like to discuss a major sponsorship of a College Mini-Bus please phone Mr Chris Kalchbauer at the College. Thank you for encouraging your sons and daughters to seek sponsorship, in addition to completing the healthy 10km walk, as it provides opportunity to purchase items which could not otherwise be purchased for students.

Highest PC tally in Weeks 1 &3 WIN A PIZZA LUNCH Highest PC over $1000 wins a JET BOAT RIDE FOR ALL PC MEMBERS

LIBRARY Sync YA Literature into your earphones This is an annual promotion sponsored by Audiofile magazine which allows everybody to download free audiobooks (two per week) for several weeks onto a device. Go to to sign up for regular emails which will contain links to the download, and keep watching this space for details as they emerge. Some titles will not be available to Australian listeners due to Digital Rights Management issues. This week:

Term 1 Photography Competition – My Town This competition was widely supported across the whole College community, and it has been a very difficult task making a decision as to the winners. Crowd power was used to find “Peoples’ Choice” winners, and they were determined to be Anais Bleasdale with her beautiful photo of the beach and headland as the winner with 38 votes, and Jye Rousell with his peaceful rural depiction was the runner-up with 34 votes. .

The Judging panel chose two winners - Jamieson Williams with his image of a dense fog, and Andrew Hyde with his creative view of a distant town with water as the feature.

Congratulations Andrew and Jamieson.

Highly commended entries were received from Jackson Vercoe, Josh Burridge, Jack Handley, Emily Camilleri and Tom Walker, and they are showcased below.

Congratulations to these photographers and to all who entered – the standard was exceptional across the board and makes judging very difficult. There will be a further competition in Term 3 – theme to be announced. Sydney Morning Herald Study Guides The Sydney Morning Herald this week published its “Tool UP” Study Guide section for students undertaking HSC studies. Although not available on-line, there are links to some individual Study Guides on the SMH website which I will list here. English Chemistry Like us on Facebook-St Josephs Regional College Dance Textiles & Design Visual Arts Engineering Studies Ancient History

Follow us on Twitter – @sjrcexchange

Karen Bale Teacher Librarian


Mid Coast Careers Market Congratulations to Ben Schneider who won the Master Builder’s Association of Oxley Division Prize for his accurate construction project on the day. He was the successful winner from nearly 200 participants in this competition. His prize was presented to him by Mr Ian Scanes, Head Teacher Building Trade, Southern Area, North Coast TAFE. Congratulations also to Danika Ahern. Her involvement and participation on the day saw her successfully win the Mid Coast Connect prize of a $50 voucher for JB Hi-fi. Thank you to Ashley McIntosh and Dianne Bridge from Mid Coast Connect for their presentation at our assembly. Wirl Career We have subscribed to a new career exploration tool, Wirl Career. To access a careers quiz to identify possible occupations of interest matching your personality, interests and skills and also acts as a starting point for investigation in to future career options. Go to and login using the following detail: Login:


Password: giant28

Upcoming events: - Monday, 23rd June - Tuesday, 24th June - Tuesday, 24th June

Discover Engineering Local Information Session (see flyer) University Roadshow P5- Year 10 only “Successful Transitions” for Year 12 students & their parents7.00pm in the PAC Career Interviews- Students can make appointments to see Mrs Tinsey in the Study Centre or Mrs Bale in the Library. Personal Career Emails- Parents of Years 10, 11 and 12 will be included in our regular weekly Careers newsletter which are emailed out. Please make sure you register your preferred email address as a point of contact with the College office if you haven’t already done so. Regional Careers Website- The 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 their child’s login.

Mrs Karen Bale & Mrs Leanne Tinsey, Leaders of Careers and University Transition

UNIFORM UPDATE JOPRIM will be closed from 30 June – 6 July 2014 for stocktaking and staff annual leave. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Winter Opening hours from 7 July 2014: Monday: Closed Tuesday – Friday: 12.30-16.30 Saturday: 09.00 – 12.00

HOMEWORK HUB The Library is a great place for students to complete class work and assessment tasks. All Library resources are available for use during this time. On Tuesdays, 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". Just a reminder that the homework hub is only for homework or study. The homework hub is not a place for students to socialise, wait for buses or play with iPads. Students not involved in productive school work will be asked to leave the homework hub.



Term 2

Week 9 Year 9 Canberra Excursion Tues 24th June Dio Nth v Sth Open Soccer Wed 25th June Athletics 13s high jump - hall at lunch Thurs 26th June Athletics 12s high jump - hall at lunch Fri 27th June Taree School Horse Sports Day



2014 Term 3 Sport Elective Choices Please ensure all sport money for term two is paid by Thursday of week 1 term 3, otherwise you may not receive what you elected. The sport selection program will open on Wednesday the 16th July 2014 (week 1 term 3) and close on Thursday afternoon the 17th July at 3pm.

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