Dear Parents, Students and Friends
I trust that you are having an enjoyable week. Semester 2 is well underway and there are many exciting opportunities taking place, bringing energy to College life. This week alone, a number of Year 12 students have travelled to Sydney to be part of the Q&A ABC audience. We have celebrated MacKillop House Day, raising funds for Beyond Blue; enjoyed the talents of our students at the Drama Night, hosted Fathers’ Day Breakfast to say thanks to our dads, and supported Year 11 students who have expressed interest in becoming School Captains in 2020. These students will present speeches to their peers tomorrow. Next weekend, staff and senior students will be heading to the snow to enjoy a weekend of skiing! The activities are diverse and capture the importance of a balanced education.
Planning is well underway with parent and staff representatives meeting regularly to coordinate our combined event, creatively named Lollapalooza! This event aims to bring our local community together, not just our combined school communities, but all who are interested in an evening of eclectic local activity… from music to local produce; market stalls to art displays; rides and giant PESCA – our Twilight Markets are not to be missed! Join us on 22 November from 4.00pm-8.00pm and delight in what the Eurobodalla has to offer. We are encouraging hobbyists and small business owners to come and display their wares. Get involved and be part of creating better local connections!
Armbands for the rides can be purchased now via Qkr or at the School Offices at St Bernard’s, St Mary’s or Carroll College. If you purchase armbands before 15 November, they are only $20ea for unlimited rides. The rides include:
* Large Inflatable Slide * Chair-O-Plane
* Adrenalin Rush Extreme Obstacle Course * The Big Baller
* Storm Swing Ride
If you would like to be part of this Lollapalooza event or have any other ideas, please contact Karen Motyka M: 0415 592 019 or Brigid McNeill M: 0408 888 756.
Staff Spirituality Day
On Friday 18 October (Term 4 Week 1), Fr Richard Leonard will be leading the Combined Catholic Schools Staff Spirituality Day for our three Catholic Schools on the Coast. Fr Richard Leonard is a Jesuit priest who has degrees in Arts and Education, as well as a Masters in Theology. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting, is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Catholic University; has been a visiting scholar within the School of Theatre, Film & Television at UCLA and a Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr Richard has served on juries at the Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Montreal, Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals and he has lectured on faith and culture all over the world. He has been published in America Magazine, Eureka Street, US Catholics, is a regular columnist with The London Tablet and is a regular guest on ABC Radio. We are thrilled to be welcoming Fr Richard next term to the College.
Term 4 - Pupil Free Day
Please note that all students resume Term 4 on Monday 14 October and Friday 18 October is a Pupil Free Day. This change is due to the Staff Spirituality Day and is the same for St Bernard’s and St Mary’s. Thank you for your understanding.
Catholic Education Recognition Awards
This afternoon I am attending the Catholic Schools Cultural Festival & Recognition Awards in Canberra at St Christopher’s Cathedral. I am pleased to report that the Recognition Awards committee has nominated the K-12 Pathway Schools on the Coast Yuin Banaan Organising Committee as one of the category winners. This award will be presented this afternoon at the Awards Mass. I congratulate Michelle Katuke, Catherine Davis, Rebecca Brady, Trish Ellis, Karen Hadley and Marg Croese on this achievement.
Tomorrow I will be attending the Archdiocesan Principal/Clergy/Religious Education Coordinator's Day in Canberra. Mrs Drewson and Mrs Nicoletti will be with me, along with our local Parish Priests, Principals and RECs. We will join with all colleagues in these roles across the System for input. Mr Nathan Mansfield will be Acting Principal in my absence.
Mrs Louise Nott is taking long service leave from tomorrow for the rest of the term. We wish her a lovely break away. Mrs Rita Graziani will be relieving in the front office in Louise’s absence.
Best wishes to all our Carroll College dads this Father’s Day, and to all father figures in the life of children everywhere!
This week some of our Year 12 students travelled to Sydney to take part in Q&A, it was a great experience for the students taking part in a popular televised show and interacting with other students. Last night was the College Drama evening, where students were able to showcase the well-honed skills that they have been developing this year in performance.
This week the College received some fantastic news that Zalie Betts, Destinee Zischka and Damia O'Loughlin have been invited to represent the Eurobodalla Youth Committee at the NSW Youth Council Conference from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September 2019. The 2019 conference theme is 'Unleash the Future – Tomorrow’s change starts with you'. The conference provides a fantastic opportunity for delegates to network with like-minded young leaders from across the state to connect, share, unpack and develop innovative solutions to current issues and unlock their capacity as future leaders in their communities. More information about the conference can be found below:
Student Leadership interviews are currently taking place with our 2020 potential College Leaders. All students who have applied have put forward sound applications and those applying for College Captain had their interviews with Mrs Heffernan and I last week and their speeches are tomorrow. On behalf of the College Community, I wish all those inspiring young leaders who have put themselves forward the best of luck.
Just a reminder to all Community members that there are excellent resources for parents found on the e-safety Commission website https://www.esafety.gov.au/ which provide resources for parents and students to support them. Later this year, the College is organising a joint K-12 Parent Cybersafety talk by the Australian Federal Police and issues that are facing students and what we can do to further support them at home and school. Please keep an eye out of for this date.
Catholic Education Religious Education Curriculum Project
Earlier in the year, I wrote about the College being involved in an assessment project of Religious Education, in all its forms, across the Archdiocese. Naturally, Carroll College is involved and we have a team of nine staff from across all learning areas who are part of the Project.
One of the initiatives to come from the Project has been to gain data related to Religious Education across the school. Key areas of interest were identified as being:
- What Professional Learning in RE was needed and wanted by teachers of RE?
- What is the understanding of staff - their roles and responsibilities of being part of a Catholic teaching community?
- What faith formation do staff appreciate and what do they find challenging?
- What do students think of belonging to a Catholic community?
- What is the student impression of formal Religious Education classes?
Data was collected using surveys and structured interviews. The results were brought to our meeting last week and shared with the group. On the whole, the feedback was very positive. Overall staff and students have a very good understanding of what it means to belong to a Catholic community and the value of being educated through a particular lens of Gospel values such as love, compassion and hope.
The results allowed us to identify staff needs in terms of education around some of the Catholic traditions that take place and for which knowledge and understanding of is sometimes assumed. I will be developing a booklet for new staff (and any current staff seeking information) about what it means to be part of a Catholic teaching community. Further to this, preferred Professional Learning types and needs were clearly identified and will go to inform the Staff Spirituality Day in Term Four.
Finally, we have noted that we can be clearer in transferring knowledge of Catholic celebrations and rituals, such as the Mass, and will be working with the RE teaching team to incorporate more clarification and explanation about what it is we ask everyone to be a part of and how that can still be relevant in a young person’s life today.
It is a great professional pleasure to lead this team through the Project and it is certainly allowing us to take time to look within and allow that knowledge to inform a strategy for improvement.
Religious Education Coordinator
Wednesday 4 September – Year 10 Spring Fling
Wednesday 11 September – HSC Music Evening
Thursday 12 September – Year 7 Immunisations – 2nd Clinic / Year 10 Meningococcal (catch-up vaccinations).
Thursday 12 September to Friday 20 September – Year 11 Preliminary Examinations
Tuesday 24 September – Last day of Year 12 classes
Wednesday 25 September – Year 12 Graduation Mass and Awards Assembly
Thursday 26 September – Year 12 Graduation Dinner
Friday 27 September – Last day Term 3
Monday 14 October - First day Term 4
Friday 18 October - Pupil Free Day
For more information on College events and other calendar dates, please visit the Parent and Student Sentral portal.
Thank you again to Buddy Martin who spent the first three weeks of term with us at the College. Buddy worked with our Indigenous students to help them create personalised artworks and he created our amazing mural at the front of the school. The students had a fantastic time learning and creating with Buddy.
The Gurumbanga Indigenous Mentoring program kicked off last week with Year 5 and 6 Indigenous student’s coming from the local primary schools to meet and be mentored by Carroll College students. They also worked with Buddy creating a personalised painting and participated in some fun activities that helped them get to know the other students. We still have two more days of the program to go!
Congratulations to Carroll College, St Bernard’s and St Mary's who have won a Recognition award for their organisation of the Yuin Banaan event that was held earlier in the term. Staff will travel to Canberra today to receive the award.
Carroll College has two new arrivals in the Agriculture department and students have taken the opportunity to come and meet ‘Milkshake and Cheesecake’. They are two very cute, three week old Friesian calves, from a dairy just outside of Bodalla. The calves are part of a programme called “Cows Create Careers”, which encourages students to consider a career in Agriculture and farming.
A gentle reminder to parents the we are not able to use the PA system to call students during class time. It can only be used during breaks, before & after school (with the exception of exam periods).
If student's are required to leave early during the course of the day, please provide a note. If you do require to pick up student's unexpectedly please phone ahead to the office. This will allow staff time to collect them from class and have them waiting at the office when you arrive.
Over the past number of weeks, the VET Hospitality students have been extremely busy in the College commercial kitchen catering a variety of events; these include the College registration and the Southern Region Principals meeting.
Students had the opportunity to partake in the catering days with the hours they put in contributing towards their mandatory service periods, a requirement of their VET course.
The College registration saw students unleash their creative talents over three days and put together a large grazing board for 80 people. The students also prepared morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the panel members and these were a hit with everyone!
Week 6 saw the students get involved in catering for the Southern Region Principals Meeting held at the College. Fifteen senior staff members came together from various schools and the Canberra Goulburn office and the Hospitality students provided a delicious spread of fresh baked tomato, olive and fetta tarts, chopped salads, brown rice bowls, cheese plates, fruit boards and a selection of house made treats.
Catered events at the College are a fantastic way to highlight the efforts of our wonderful Hospitality students, their abilities and also aid student learning and development alongside the theory components of their studies.
Well done to the Year 11 VET Hospitality students!
Hospitality Classroom Teacher
Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Eurobodalla Council and local businesses are working together to offer up to 20 traineeships and apprenticeships for Eurobodalla's young people. The employment opportunities will start in 2019 or 2020 and target young people between the ages of 16 and 21. The jobs are from a variety of fields including:
* business administration
* engineering technology
* customer service.
Open age apprenticeships and cadetships for electricians, plant operators and engineers will also be available.
Council's employment and recruitment teams are working together to support young people to apply! Sessions will run at Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma libraries to have a chat about:
* the opportunities on offer
* the process of applying
* tips about writing a resume
* how to respond to selection criteria
* the process of notification.
Head over to Council's Employment Revolution page for more information about Y-Train and the list of employment opportunities available.
Bookings are essential
Spaces are limited so bookings are essential. Contact Employment Projects Officer Amy Kovacs to find out more:
T: 4474 7380
E: Amy Kovacs
Term 3 Statements were emailed on 13 August and are due tomorrow (Friday 30 August). Thank you to those families who have paid their fees.
If you are having any difficulties with fees, please contact the Business Manager Rhonda Forner or email: Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au
Creative Kids Vouchers and Music Lessons
The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the new Creative Kids program. Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school. The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities. The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued. To use the voucher, give the details to your registered activity provider. The program runs year-round, so kids can get creative at any time.
Individual Athlete Program - South East Sports Academy
Moruya Town to Surf Fun Run
Sunday 8 September 2019
The annual 8km fun run starts at 9am in Moruya Riverside Park and travels along South Head Road to Moruya SLSC.
This event is for competitors of all ages, the undulating course offers a challenge for experienced runners while well within the capabilities of the casual jogger or walker. It is a great community event and Moruya SLSC's major fundraiser.
More information and entry link can be found on the club's website: https://www.moruyasurf.org.au/fun-run/2019-event-info