- Principal's Letter
- RE Matters
- Important Dates for Term 4
- Aboriginal Contact Centre
- Student's Leaving Early
- HSIE News
- Reading Matters
- Hospitality News
- Science News
- Senior Study Session
- Year 12 Snow Trip
- Year 10 Spring Fling
- Finance Update
- Canteen News
- Qkr! News
- VET & Career News
- Community News
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
each of us is to exercise them accordingly.
ROMANS 12:6 NASB
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
We are enjoying a very positive week at the College. Our Year 12 students are front and centre at present as their final year of secondary education draws to a close in the next couple of weeks. They are a very special group of young people, all with different aspirations for the future and excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. Personally, it is heart-warming for me to witness the end of their secondary education as I began as a new Principal at St Mary’s with many of them when they commenced in Kindergarten. To see them develop into such beautiful young adults is very rewarding. They are a credit to themselves and their families.
World Challenge 2020
I was so encouraged by the attendance at Monday night’s information evening for our World Challenge experience to Cambodia. The HUB was full of enthusiastic travellers! For next year only, this experience is open to Years 9, 10 & 11 students (2020 grade levels). This way our current Year 10 students will have the opportunity to participate. From 2021, it will be open to Years 9 & 10 students only. As students move into their senior years, our priority is to minimise the disruptions to their study patterns. For more information check out: https://weareworldchallenge.com/australasia/carrollcollegecambodia
Join the team NOW! Click HERE and enter the booking Code: NAJMN2GE and follow the prompts to complete your application. A deposit of $290 is required upon sign up.
Year 12 students and staff who attended the snow trip last weekend had a fantastic time away! This senior trip was coordinated by Mr Sean Mulally and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Mr Mulally, Mr Fogarty, Mr Hodges, Miss Gray, Miss Bonner, Mrs Johnston and Mrs Enfield who offered to accompany the students. I am sure this will become a sought after annual event!
I have been selected as part of the second Evidence Forum for our Archdiocese to travel to Melbourne with a group of educational leaders next week to visit lead schools. Earlier this year, the first Evidence Forum took place. In March 2019, 18 Catholic Education Office and school leaders travelled to Perth to visit schools with a strong commitment to a whole-of-school pedagogy approach. Next week, the focus moves to high performing schools in Melbourne.
The largest barrier to student learning is the effect of within-school variability (Hattie, 2015). Eliminating variation involves identifying highly effective teaching practices and implementing them, building collective efficacy, and improving consistency in practice across the whole school. There is more than one way to achieve improvement, and the answer will not be the same for every school. We will be visiting primary and secondary schools in Melbourne that have implemented programs with different emphases on inquiry learning and explicit teaching. None of these schools are purist about pedagogy or believe that there is only ever ‘one way’ to educate students. But these schools do emphasise different approaches, which has important implications for teacher practice.
Going on this learning journey will enable us to continue working towards greater coherence and effectiveness in evidence-informed pedagogy across the system. I will be away from Monday – Thursday next week. Mr John O’Neill will be Acting Principal in my absence.
School Improvement Survey 2019 Feedback
I will email the collated feedback from the 2019 Parent Survey today. We had 189 parents respond. I have only included the general Commendations (One thing I particularly like about the school is…) and Recommendations (If I could improve ONE thing at our school it would be…). Due to the level of detail, I have snipped each of these sections into a separate document for ease of reading. Comments have not been altered.
Staff are getting involved in various games against Year 12 in their final weeks at the College. The competition is steep! The staff netball team, pictured right, did us proud with the game finishing in a draw. Everyone is gearing up for the next challenge!
Amy Dalgleish has been successful in gaining the abovementioned position. Amy if a qualified Sous-Chef, having experience in high profile restaurants, and has been a business owner herself. She holds a business degree and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Education Secondary TAS degree. Amy commenced in the role this week. Amy will be working Tues-Friday each week. Amy will be a great addition to our team and brings a high level of expertise and experience.
I am pleased to announce that following a panel selection process, Deanne Armaya is our new Science/STEM Assistant. Deanne will hold this position in a temporary capacity until the end of the year. Deanne comes to us with a Science background. She has worked in both medical science laboratories, as well as assisting students in the practical components of tertiary level science studies as a microbiology demonstrator. Deanne currently works for NSW Health, working across the Southern Health Pathology laboratories. I congratulate Deanne on her successful appointment to the College. Deanne commences in this role next Monday.
Mrs Rita Cremerius who currently holds the Science/STEM Assistant role will be moving into Learning Support to assist in this area for the remainder of the year.
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 Primary Schools. Thank you for your understanding.
Lollapalooza – 22 November 2019
Have you purchased armbands for the rides at Lollapalooza? These 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.
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.
Year 3 Eucharist Retreat Day
On Thursday 29 August, the Year 9 Youth Ministry (CSYMI) class facilitated the Year 3 Eucharist Retreat Day at the College. All students in Year 3 at St Bernard’s and St Mary’s primary schools attended the day along with students from other local schools who are preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist.
Our Youth Minister, Juliette helped to prepare the Year 9 class and supported them in their leadership of the program. Year 9 students were responsible for performing a drama, organising materials and running small groups. Once again it was a wonderful day of peer ministry and the students lead the primary children with care and confidence.
Thank you to Karen Lyttle, the classroom teacher, and Juliette for their running of the day.
We wish all the children receiving the Sacrament of Eucharist the very best and our prayers are with you as you take this important step in your faith journey.
Carroll College’s Youth Minister, Juliette Pierre has decided to move on from her position and return to her hometown of Melbourne to be with her family and friends. Juliette has been a member of the Carroll College community since March and has contributed to the Easter service, all sacramental retreat days, Carroll Day Mass and the Year 7 and 8 Formation Days. We thank Juliette for her service to our community and wish her the very best in her future endeavours. May she be blessed in her work with the youth of her local parish.
Religious Education Coordinator
IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 4
Monday 14 October – Term 4 starts for Year 7 – 11 students
Thursday 17 October to Monday 11 November – Year 12 HSC exams
Friday 18 October – student pupil free day
Tuesday 22 October – College Assembly
Friday 1 November – Year 9 Pastoral day
Monday 4 November to Friday 8 November – Year 10 exams
Wednesday 6 November to Friday 8 November – Year 11 senior retreat
Monday 11 November – Christmas hamper appeal begins
Monday 11 November to Thursday 14 November – Year 7 to 9 exams
Monday 18 November to Friday 22 November – Year 11 VET work placement
Wednesday 20 November – School of Rock excursion to Sydney
Friday 22 November – Year 7 Pastoral day
Friday 22 November – Year 9 Formation day
Tuesday 26 November – College assembly
Tuesday 26 November – SLT 2020 training
Friday 29 November – Year 7 2020 Orientation day
Thursday 5 December to Friday 6 December – Year 10 peer support training
Friday 6 December – Year 9 Maths excursion to Jamberoo
Thursday 12 December – Giving Mass
Monday 16 December – House Awards assembly
Tuesday 17 December – Final Awards assembly
Wednesday 18 December – Last day Term 4 2019
For more information on College events and other calendar dates please visit the parent and student Sentral portal.
Last week Carroll College hosted the second session of the Gurumbangma Indigenous Mentoring program. We had students join us from Batemans Bay Primary and St Mary’s Primary in Moruya. The students participated in a range of fun activities that focused on building resilience and getting to know each other and their mentors. All students had a great day. The third session will be held on Tuesday 29th October in term 4.
Last week also saw Jeff from the NRL School 2 Work program visit the school to work with our Year 12 students for the last time before they sit their HSC. The program will see our Year 12 students being supported after they finish at the College and enter the workforce or further education.
This week Michelle Katuke, Catherine Davis, Nathan Mansfield and Charlotte Nicoletti have travelled to the Hunter Valley to attend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference. The experience will see staff have the opportunity to meet and learn from speakers such as Anita Heiss and Jeff McMullen. Staff will learn new ways of engaging with Indigenous learning and how to transfer that to the classroom environment.
Aboriginal Education Assistant
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.
QandA - Year 12 students in Sydney.
Allie Roberson of Year 12 submitted an application on behalf of the College to attend the QandA schools special. Only a few schools are able to attend, and we were one of the lucky ones or rather because of Allie’s well-written application, the College won audience seats. Ten senior leaders took up the opportunity to be an audience member.
Great debates on economic issues and social views could be heard on the bus trip to Sydney. Students experienced the food delights of Spice Alley before moving to the ABC studios. The students were most engaged during the show. We saw glimpses of Adam Zutt and Georgia Callister transfixed by the debate between Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier; Kristina Keneally, Senator for NSW and students from schools in WA, SA and NSW. A range of topics from the abortion legislation to climate change and behaviours of Parliamentarians were discussed.
Tuesday was spent visiting iconic sites in Syndey, sites chosen by the students and what we thought they should and would like to see:- the site of the first Aboriginal protest, the Aboriginal Day of Mourning; Downing Centre Courts; NSW War Memorial; St Mary’s Cathedral; Parliament House; Sydney Hospital; State Library; Opera House and the Rocks.
A shout out to Sean Mullally. His calm manner, knowledge of Sydney and genuine interest in the students helped to make the two days flow smoothly.
I know that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and so did I.
Mrs Debbie Enfield
Children and the Art of Happiness
I am responding to a few suggestions from parents/carers about topics for articles about adolescent health. I am happy to do so. Here is an article I wrote some time ago about this most important of human conditions- happiness.
In 2001, The Sydney Morning Herald presented a series of written reflections on social issues. One article by Dorothy Rowe was particularly interesting. She made these observations:
*the idea that children have a right to be happy is a notion that has only been accepted relatively recently. It was Charles Dickens, in fact, who challenged the prevailing view that childhood (for the poor at least) had to be endured. She argued in her book that:
* Happiness is not something that can be acquired like a new car or clothes. Hence when people are described as “sad” it is to suggest that they always have a choice. They don’t always!
* Happiness is too easily equated with owning things. As we too often see, millionaires may be miserable also. The most desired relationship between a child and parent is not concerned with buying things but with shared, quality time.
* As Peter Allen wrote in his song:
“Don’t wish too hard for what you want ‘cause you might get it, then when you get it, you might find you never want it at all”. But this is nothing new. Two thousand years ago, Jesus told his small band of followers to store up treasures that are not perishable.
* Happiness exists only in the present, of putting aside worries about the past or future and concentrating on what is happening now:
“then we are able to savour…thrill to the feeling of wind in the face or salt water around our body, be intrigued or amazed by events in the world, be enraptured or comforted by the closeness of another or burst into laughter with the joy of companionship or living. Being able to do this, people can indeed be happy.”(Rowe)
There may be a few lessons to be drawn from her work. We must instil or at least foster a sense of wonder in our children.
The “Gee whizz”of my own childhood may be in danger of being replaced by the “So what?” in this generation. Furthermore, we as adults, must encourage optimism. A sense of optimism is an awareness “that despite nastiness, tragedy and stupidity in the world, there is something else” Pessimism is a resignation to a notion that things can’t change. This is to deny the rich and subtle variety of our day-to -day lives. Bouncing back after disappointment is something that is taught and caught!
Adolescence can be turbulent and fraught and sometimes we have a tendency to accentuate the terrible things happening in the world. Much modern literature, film and music gravitates towards gloomy and sullen ideology. That is not to say we should shy away from sadness but to develop armour in the home and classroom to enable children to deal with life’s problems.
Children need to see that there is good in the world and that family, loyal friendship, laughter and community are the real currency of life.
Reference: ”Wanting Everything: The Art of Happiness” by Dorothy Rowe (2001)
Mr. Paul Cullen
The 1st XI (after Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’)
If we should lose, think well on this, reader
That there’s some donkeys on a foreign field
That try and play for England, there shall be
From those rich twats irony revealed
A team whom England bore, paid, idolized
Gave lots – unseemly huge – amounts of dosh
Eleven of England’s best now so despised
From dread performance, excuses will not wash.
And think this day, all players lost their way
A game forever remembered, but no less
And gives great joy to those with mind to care
The sights and sounds; crowds happy for their feats
So go today onto this foreign field
Bring home the urn; make happy Aussie streets.
Year 10 student
Food Technology and Hospitality have decided to continue along with the efforts of the CCB Greenies group and ‘go green’.
What does this mean for your child?
The College will no longer be purchasing any single use plastics for students to take their cooked items home in as of Monday 9 September. It is advised that students from both subject areas bring in their own reusable containers from home to assist in the College’s contribution to more green and sustainable practices however, we will have the following items for sale should students not have a container.
Wooden cutlery will be available for 0.10c each
Cardboard boxes will be available for $1.00 each
Paper plates and paper bags are free and are available at all times.
We will look into having students make their own bees-wax wraps as an alternative to cling-wrap.
We would love your assistance in implementing these new sustainable practices for a better future for the planet.
Emma Kenna, Jane Garland, Victoria Nicholson, Louisa Bonner, Fran Davis and Emma Mullins.
“On the afternoon of the 6th of September, 28 students from Year 12 embarked on the excursion of the year. After a more than ten year hiatus, the annual Carroll College Senior Snow Trip was reinstated, and the current Year 12 cohort were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go. After a few hours on the bus (and a quick Macca’s run), we arrived at our accommodation in Jindabyne, and were immediately fitted out with our snow gear. It was an early night, and we definitely were going to need it.
After a 5:45am start on Saturday and a quick breakfast, we departed for Thredbo, and what ensued was a first-time experience for many of us on the trip. Arriving at Thredbo, we were greeted with a torrent of snow falling from the sky and 7cm of fresh powder snow as we shoved on the tight ski boots and balaclavas. For the rest of the day, we split into groups based on snow experience, attending two lessons and having hours of free time to carve up the slopes. Time flew by, and before we knew it, it was time to head home with blisters and bruises galore, but with smiles on our faces.
That night would be a night that many of us will remember for a long, long time. The inaugural CCB Snow Trip Talent Show was held, with a variety of acts being performed by both staff and students. We had some amazingly bad jokes, contortion acts, card tricks, and many more, culminating with a Staff vs Students dance off to Gwen Stefani’s iconic Hollaback Girl (Not to be biased, but the students might’ve scraped a win… but lets just call it a tie!).
It was harder to wake up the second morning, but it was definitely worth it. Now that we were a little used to the skis and snowboards, and some confidence had been gained, we really got into it. Whether you were one of the advanced snowboarders, flying down High Noon, or a beginner snowploughing down Friday Flats, we all had a ball. Between fresh donuts and hot chocolate breaks, everyone had a crack at sliding around the snow, regardless of the many (many) stacks, much to the amusement of the teachers and instructors.
Come the afternoon of Sunday, it was once again time to pack up the bus, drop off our hired gear, and start the trek home. We were all incredibly tired, which made for a somewhat quiet bus ride, but it was 100% worth it. It could not have happened without the amazing support of the staff along for the ride, a massive thankyou to Mr Mulally, Ms Gray, Mrs Johnston, Mr Fogarty, Mrs Bonner, Mrs Enfield, and last but not least, Mr Hodges.
This trip was such an amazing experience to conclude our Year 12 journey, and it is one that every one of us is so incredibly grateful that we got the chance to attend. The excursion went off without a hitch, and hopefully will continue for years to come so that other years get the opportunity to have as much fun as we did.
Quote of the trip: “Fresh tracks on Friday flats! Yew!” – Riza
Year 12 student
Term 3 Reminder Statements were emailed on 4th September. 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.
St Cecilia Youth Music Scholarships
2019 Scholarships Open
Applications are now invited from young people aged 8 - 18 years who wish to apply for audition for the 2019 St Cecilia Music Scholarships.
Scholarships are offered in four categories:
Junior (8-13) Classical
Junior (8-13) Contemporary
Senior (14-18) Classical
Senior (14-18) Contemporary
Applications will be accepted up to 5.00pm on Friday 27 September 2019.
Intending applicants should read the Rules of Entry prior to submitting an application.
For more information including and to access application form please go to https://www.stcecilia.org.au/scholarships/auditions/
Broulee Rural Fire Brigade is participating in Get Ready Weekend on Saturday 14 September 2019.
Students will provide some work for display, demonstrating how to prepare for bush fire. This artwork will be on public display in our station on Saturday 14 September 10am till 3pm. With prizes for the winning work.
Cameron's H Hardware Moruya will be on-site, with products to assist in bush fire preparation. We are having a bush fire survival planning workshop and firefighting demonstrations.
The first 50 residents that come and develop a Bush Fire Survival Plan will get a free coffee on us from The FIX coffee who will be on-site! South Coast all for kids will have a jumping castle for the kids to bounce on, whilst you get ready with brigade members.
So we are asking our community to get behind us and drop in and meet your local brigade, have cuppa and chat, the kids can check out the trucks the station and have a snag and bounce.
Let us help you, get ready for the fire season!!!
Individual Athlete Program - South East Sports Academy
Reboot in Bermagui – School Holiday fun for families and everyone
Can you please include the following notice in your Community Announcements in school newsletters?
“ReBoot in Bermagui – the long week-end - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October.. Fun Runs, ocean swims, tug-o-war (kids comp too), yoga, pilates, hula hooping comp, Scoot, Skate & BMX comp, barefoot bowls, Surf lessons and more! Check out the program and register for all events online at www.rebootinbermagui.com.au and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.