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Welcome to Term 4 Week 8.
The end of the year is rapidly approaching and preparations and planning are well underway at the College for our annual Giving Mass and Presentation Awards Assembly. Parents are always most welcome and encouraged to attend these events which celebrate our relationship with Christ and recognise outstanding student achievement. The Giving Mass takes place on Thursday 13th December at 10.00am and the Presentation Awards Assembly on Tuesday 18th December at 10.00am.
On Friday 30th November the College community learnt that Jacqui Heffernan has been appointed Principal of the College from 2019. Jacqui is a Catholic leader with extensive experience as Principal in leading schools. We welcome Jacqui to our fantastic College and look forward to her leading us in the future.
Carroll College Community Council
The Community Council met on 5th December for our final meeting of the year. Discussed at the meeting was the new mobile phone policy (which will shortly be sent out to students and parents), amendments to Parent/Teacher interviews, a new student initiative on the introduction of a bucket hat and updates on other various projects taking place in the College.
The Community Council is an important group that is the voice of the community and works with the Principal to have a positive influence over the vision and direction of the College. I encourage as many Parents as possible to continue to be involved in the Council. Their work is highly valued and having a strategic impact upon the College which benefits the whole community. Thank you to all members for their hard work this year, their positive impact is being felt throughout the College.
Last week, I had the privilege of presenting the inaugural Carroll College Honour Roll Award. In line with our articulated vision of Learning for Life and Celebrating Success, this prestigious award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of a Carroll College Graduate and will be presented annually.
The inaugural recipient was Cassandra Staples.
Cassie was a student of the College from 2005 until her graduation in 2010. During her time at the College, Cassie was a keen sportsperson, excelling in Netball. Originally, from Bateman’s Bay, Cassie always wanted to play netball as a young girl and indeed, has represented NSW in this sport. Now she is an international rugby sevens star.
Cassie is currently a full-time professional athlete playing rugby 7's representing Australia and travelling the world and went from internet sensation to International Women's Sevens star in 2017, debuting in Langford, Canada, only six months after first training in the Australian Women's Sevens framework. Whilst fairly new to Rugby, her netball background has held her in good stead with her core strength and agility being one of her many assets on the paddock.
In 2018, Cassie made her Commonwealth Games Debut on the Gold Coast where the team were silver medallists at this year's Commonwealth Games. She was also part of the team that were bronze medallists at this year's World Cup.
Just as significantly, off the field, Cassie believes strongly in giving back to others, Along with her team, she visits schools domestically every few weeks for either a few hours or spending a whole day training there, to meet and provide inspiration for the children and teach rugby. The team also visits schools all over the world when away playing tournaments. They aim to motivate, set a good example and encourage children to work hard to achieve goals and convey that anything is possible.
They provide jerseys and equipment at fund-raisers for sick children and needy organisations.
Cassie has made visits to both her old schools Carroll College and Sunshine Bay Primary earlier this year of her own accord and in her own time as she desires to talk to and inspire schoolchildren and give back to her community where she grew up. This provides immense satisfaction to Cassie.
She always tries to respond to local people that reach out to her.
During our School Assembly last Thursday, Cassie received her award and addressed the student body outlining the role her schooling has played in her success and urged students to strive to achieve their dreams however big or small.
Cassie spoke of her life as a professional athlete and was able to provide great insights into what has helped her success. She was also able to provide students with some entertaining anecdotes about her school life. Following the assembly, Cassie met with and chatted to, the students who were eager to hear a little more about her career.
Cassie is a worthy recipient of this award and is an exemplary role model to current Carroll College students.
We are very keen to grow this award so if you know of any past students of the College who are doing wonderful things, we would love to hear about them.
For many people, Christmas is all about family. Spending time together, sharing a meal and creating meaningful memories. These moments are precious. But what if you couldn't provide a meal for your family, or even a home? This is the reality many Australian families face this Christmas.
With 2.2 million people living below the poverty line in Australia, including over half a million children, your donation allows the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide hampers to families in need this Christmas. The hampers are received by individuals and families in our local area. During Christmas 2017, 251 hampers were provided in the Far South Coast and 372 hampers were provided in the Tuggeranong and Monaro region.
The St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Hamper Appeal has begun at Carroll College. Each student has been asked to donate non-perishable item/s to the appeal. Each homeroom will create a hamper for a local family in need. We ask all donated items are in date and do not contain peanuts. Hampers will be presented to the St Vincent de Paul Society at the College Giving Mass on 13 December. All are welcome to attend the Giving Mass, Thursday 13 December, 10am in the College Hall.
Fr. Francis Carroll … Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts … Forever
Mrs. Charlotte Nicoletti
Coordinator of Religious Education and Faith Formation
Advent: Celebrating the Hospitality of God
We live in seasons: from spring to summer and from autumn to winter. Each season remains vital to life and living. In the church, we celebrate different seasons as well: from Advent to Christmas and from Lent to Easter with some intermittent periods called, the Ordinary Time. Each of these seasons add flavour to our faith and our faith journey.
Once again, a warm welcome to a new season and a new beginning: for us in this part of world, its summer; for the Church, it’s a New Year (Year C), ushered in by the season of Advent.
Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectation, waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. In summary Christ is the reason for the season
In the Catholic Church, the season consists of four weeks. The four weeks are divided into two parts: Part I commences with the first Sunday of Advent to 16th December and part II begins on the 17th and ends 24thDecember. This is designed to enable adequate spiritual preparation for Christmas.
At Christmas, we celebrate not only the birth anniversary of Jesus, but, we also anticipate his second coming in glory.
As a season of preparations and waiting St. Luke invites us to be vigilant as we await the gratuitous hospitality of God towards humanity.
BOOKS MAKE GREAT PRESENTS AT CHRISTMAS
Christmas is nearly upon us as is shopping for presents. What about some books for your child, even Kindle or other E-books. Back in the Jurassic Period, my own childhood was filled with the magic of books given on birthdays and at Christmas. The long idylls of summer sometimes turned to boredom and then, sure enough, fiction filled the void. I was off on adventures aboard “The Pequod”, Neverland, Troy, The House of Usher or at the Admiral Benbow. I have never forgotten those tales. They provided the door for my lifetime journey through books and the gleaning of all the wisdom and vicarious experience they contain. I want that for your child as well. Netflix only goes part of the way. To lose yourself in a book is to be transported to places we may never visit. It enhances the imagination, something sorely needed in today’s world. Here is an abridged extract in The Chicago Tribune on books as gifts.
“They're meaningful, portable, and, by the standards of modern gift giving, appealingly inexpensive. They also ship and wrap easily, and allow me to put my money where my heart is: art, ideas and the written word. So why did I hesitate for so long to give books as gifts? For the same reasons, I'm guessing, that a lot of book-lovers refrain. The pitfalls, from giving a book to someone who already has it, to giving a book to someone who hates it unconditionally, are considerable.
In my world, if you give the wrong jewellery or sweater, you're a lovable klutz — or maybe, at worst, someone with hilariously bad taste. Give the wrong book to a fellow reader and you risk saying something borderline insulting: that you haven't been listening, that you don't understand, that you just don't care.
If you're ready to give books, or ramp up your book-giving for the holiday season, my main advice is, get started. But I have learned a few things on my journey…Among the highlights: Give the book behind a favourite movie, know where to check the reviews of books you haven't read (but suspect would be perfect), get free advice from a librarian or bookseller.
Give a book you love
This is the foolproof type of book giving: You have read the book, you love the book, you love your child/friend; what could go wrong?
Give me a book someone else loves
If a book in the right subject area has a National Book Award or a Pulitzer Prize, I'm good to go. If not, I want know what the reviewers say.
When using Amazon, you'll want to check the average customer rating (from zero to five stars) and the "most helpful" positive and negative reviews, which address vital issues such as suitability, engagement and quality.” Nora Schoenberg in The Chicago Tribune
I wish parents,carers and friends of the College a very blessed Christmas. Thank you for your kind messages of interest and support throughout the year. If you have any ideas for articles in 2019, please contact me.
Once the Thread was Cut
Wrapped in cotton warmth now I awake in fright
Whispers of my parents thread their grief unto my ears
And now my eyes are open to the light that is so bright
Everything is now awake my bliss now disappears
A delicate thread untimely cut, separating us
I begin to fade as abandoned now I wait
And like a ship upon a sea swaying temper-tossed
Fuming from my very soul this raging vengeful hate.
When we rewind our memories the days wind on in flight
Life now standing still but I must always look forward
Rage subsides to tears and broken pieces of a life
Grief is an endless ocean, I have to pull shoreward
With time the pieces seem less broken – whisper: “It’s alright”
And I shall wait until the day when we will reunite.
by Grace Reid
The Power of the Word
Have you ever thought of the power of the word?
The tiny things that hurt when heard,
From other beings or face to face,
These words cast demons without a haste.
Spinning words into streaks of lies,
Wall built up to act as a disguise.
For when they shout they scream inside,
Breaking and taking, you try to hide,
The hurt, the pain, the material gain,
All because of the spoken strain.
You bite, you bleed, you try to fight,
But even small can be your smite,
For it is not particularly what was said,
But the image painted inside your head.
They twist and drag you through the dirt,
Stuck to your mind like a tattooed sweatshirt.
Yet, they don’t know the tears you’ve bled,
For they don’t know the stress you’ve shed.
For they don’t know and will never see,
The pain the words have glued to thee.
And words they spread like fire in the night,
Unaware till they suddenly bite,
And in the pain it spreads throughout,
A sudden plague, refusing to out.
What anguishes one, is one to another,
Hurting and forming, an army to suffer.
Words, they snap and stab at your heart,
Ripping and clawing your limbs apart.
Turning your soul upside down,
Striking confusion, wondering how.
There are two sides to the story of old,
The murderer and the victim, behold,
For that is the power that words do hold.
And see, we all have that powerful gift,
To make a soul break or make a soul lift.
We all hold the weapon, capable of death,
A weapon that glides through our very own breath.
But the spoken word is not all curse,
Sure it breaks apart worlds, but not all words hurt.
We all desire even slight acknowledgment,
For words express appreciation and accomplishment.
They may form wars but also bring them to peace,
They may be icy, but they can also bring heat.
See words are what we base everything we do upon,
Give a comment, opinions matter, or not, and then some.
Yet what we face,
The issues in place,
Is that words issue beings fate,
Even if it is just a mistake.
Or a simple broken regulation,
See I have a revelation,
The worldwide epidemic of frustration,
Biting heads with speculations,
One way deal contemplation,
But far from the point to be made,
People only see the hate,
Or get drowned in kinds spits,
That they forget when the truth hits,
And then mind gets brain split,
Difficult differentiation, left thinking that’s it
And not to mention those who suffocate,
Beneath the choking blanket of hate,
Only wish to seek, to find,
The answer that they need inside.
To hear an honest opinion, away from killers,
For they fall victim to spoken stingers.
So again, for all the tales occurred,
Have you ever thought of the power of the word?
By Tyne Porteous
YMCA Canberra Space Squad Program
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the Space Camp:
- Jakob Barbara (Yr 8)
- Chelsea Russell (Yr 9)
- Bethany Russell (Yr 8)
- Madeline Handley (Yr 8)
These students will be ‘cadets’ during the 5 day adventure in December 2018 where they will visit the deep space centre, fly drones, experiment with robots, rub shoulders with astronauts as well as making spectroscopes.
Well done Cadets!
Carroll College would like to invite you to encourage your child to take advantage of a free online reading resource made available over this summer.
Details may be accessed via the websites below.
Use the following codes to gain access to the resources offered:
User Name: CaNe30
School Name: Australia Summer Reading
Mr. Stephen Knight
English and Languages KLA Coordinator
Congratulations to Roxy Horne who has been selected in the ACT Youth Girls 7s Team to compete in the National 7s Championships in QLD.
The tournament commences on Friday with ACT playing Queensland White, Western Australia and Northern Territory in their pool matches.
Roxy has been playing 7s rugby with Batemans Bay for 3 years. She was talent identified for selection playing in the Brumbies 7s Super Series and while representing Carroll College at the High School 7s Finals in September.
The squad is for Under 17 girls, which makes Roxy's selection particularly impressive as she is still only 15.
Matches will be live streamed at: http://www.rugby.com.au/
Friday 7th December:
10:00am ACT v QLD
1:20pm ACT v NT
4:40pm ACT v WA
We wish Roxy and her team all the best for the tournament.
Best of Luck to Shayne Hargraves as she heads to Cairns (Qld) to compete in the 16yrs girls 3000m event at the School Sport Australia National Athletics Championships. Shayne has had a stellar year thus far and we are extremely proud of her. Shayne will be competing on Thursday December 6th. Good luck Shayne!
The College Clothing pool is available for all parents through the Front office. Uniform pieces are $5 each (jackets are $40/$45). The Clothing pool currently has a lot of uniform in stock if you would like to purchase any uniform items for 2019.
The college appreciates receiving second hand uniforms for the clothing pool but we can only accept uniforms of a certain standard. The office does not want clothing with holes, tears, buttons off and generally items that have passed there use by date.
Resources on Loan
All Students were issued last week with a notice of resources on loan in their name.
All borrowed resources are due back by the end of Term 4 each year or become payable to the College in Term 1,2018 to recoup the cost to replace those items.
We thank you for your help in following up the return of these valuable resources.
Thank you for paying School Fees
To the families who have paid school fees by the due date or as per Fee Reduction and/or Approved Payment Arrangements – THANK YOU.
Reminder: School Fees are now Overdue
Term 4 School Fees were due at the end of Week 1 - Friday 19th October 2018. It is now Week 8. Please make arrangements to pay any outstanding school fees immediately. For any families on 2018 Reduction of Fee Arrangements or Approved Payment Arrangements – please ensure that you are meeting the conditions of the fee reduction or payment arrangement. If you do not meet the conditions of your 2018 Fee Reduction or Approved Payment Arrangement, full fees are payable immediately. If you are not able to meet the conditions of your 2018 Fee Reduction or Approved Payment Arrangement, please contact the College as soon as possible.
Where fees remain outstanding, the College will pursue those outstanding school fees. As part of this process, continuing outstanding fees, unsatisfactory responses, non-payment, and lack of regular payment or long-term outstanding fees will result in the pursuit of those outstanding fees through a debt collection agency. Referral to a debt collection agency can affect your credit rating.
Reduction of Fees & Payment Arrangements
Parents experiencing financial difficulties may apply for school fees assistance which may offer Reduction of Fees and/or an Approved Payment Arrangement. This is done through the Application for Reduction of Fees which also requires supporting documentation. An Approved Payment Arrangement extends the period of time of fee payment (that is, a gradual payment of the fees) but also requires supporting documentation. All of this information is maintained confidentially.
Reductions of Fees and Approved Payment Arrangements are generally granted on an annual basis, which requires a separate application each year. In some situations, reductions may be reviewed on a term basis. This may require you to lodge an application at the commencement of each term. You will be asked to discuss various aspects of your application. These arrangements are granted on the basis of conditions including, that you commit to and maintain a suitable payment plan. If you are unable to meet those conditions, the fee reduction or approved payment arrangement is null and void. This means that all fees would be due immediately.
Access to Reduction of Fees and Approved Payment Arrangements are put in place to manage the payment of school fees and outstanding school fees, while families have students enrolled at the College. On student withdrawal, i.e. where students are no longer enrolled at the College – these arrangements are void. Prior to withdrawal, arrangements need to be made to pay outstanding fees in full. If you are unable to do this, please arrange a meeting with the Business Manager and supporting documentation must be presented to determine an appropriate payment arrangement.
The College uses school fees to meet operating costs such as equipment, resources and improvements and building works which provide our students with many opportunities. Where there are outstanding fees, these will be followed up according to Catholic Education and Carroll College Fee Policies.
As part of Applications for Reduction of Fees and Approved Payment Arrangements, the College is also implementing the Carroll College Volunteer Program. This program aims to provide opportunities for parents, carers or guardians to support and assist the college. As part of this program, parents/carers are required to obtain a current Volunteer Working with Children Check before participating in any volunteering activities at the College. Prior to commencing any volunteer work, volunteers will also need to complete a Volunteer Induction Program.
Drought Relief Assistance
The College is also able to provide additional assistance to any of our farming families as a result of the drought. Additional assistance can be provided in relation to Fees under Drought Relief Assistance. Please email the Business Manager to obtain further information.
Contact the Business Manager
Please contact the College by phone 4471 5600 to arrange an appointment today or email the Business Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Batemans Bay Rural Fire Brigade will be hosting a cadet program commencing next year. This program is targeted at boys and girls aged from 12-16 years old. As a cadet, they will learn many new skills, gain a great knowledge of firefighting and make many new friends along the way. Training will be undertaken by qualified firefighters who are very excited to be a part of this program.
If you’re interested, Batemans Bay Brigade will be hosting an information night on the 10th of December commencing at 5:30pm at our station on the corner of Orient St and Bent St, Batemans Bay. On this night, we will show the potential cadet/s around our station as well as have a chat with the cadet/s and parents/guardians about how the program is going to take place. It is important that Parents also attend as parental permission is needed to join.... We hope to see you there!
Over the coming school holidays, the NSW Department of Education is rolling out the Share Our Space program at schools across the state which will open up the playgrounds, ovals and sports fields for the whole community to enjoy.
Broulee Public School, (Cambridge Cresc, Broulee) will be participating in the program during these school holidays. The gates will be open between:
24 Dec 2018 - 25 Jan 2018
8am - 6pm
For more information on this initiative, please visit schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au or contact us on 1300 679 332.