Dear Parents, Students and Friends
In continuing Jacqui’s theme of looking at the development and history of our school in its 25th year, the above quote is again from Noel Cook’s book Learning For Life, The Story of Carroll College. It provides a little of the rich history behind the eventual design of our College crest.
Georgia Kite Class of 2000
After graduating from Carroll College in 2000, Georgia went on to tertiary studies at the College of Fine Arts UNSW, completing a Bachelor of Design in 2005. After a year of travel and working through Central and South America, she accepted a job in a Sydney-based design studio as a product and graphic designer. This was the start of a career in design that saw her work nationally and internationally across a range of fashion, product and graphic design projects including designs for the Olympic Games, film and television, and international brands. During this time Georgia travelled extensively and had the opportunity to work in Beijing, Hong Kong, Milan and Vietnam in 2010 becoming the Art Director and Senior Designer at the company she worked for. In 2013 she decided to go back to do further studies and completed a Bachelor of Teaching at UTS. Since then Georgia has worked as a Visual Arts and Photography high school teacher. She continues to freelance design and enjoy her own Art practice in Sydney.
Meet Mrs Lyttle - VET and Careers Coordinator
27 years teaching, 25 years in the one school but I am constantly evolving.
I started my career teaching Primary School in Wollongong after completing a Bachelor of Education Primary at UOW Wollongong. When I moved to Broulee I was very lucky to start teaching at Carroll College in the year it opened, 1995!
Some might think that I have been doing the same thing for the past 25 years but that is not the case.
I started out teaching Art, Design and Tech and PDHPE. Moving into Food Tech, PDHPE and Maths the following year.
For a large chunk of my teaching Career I have continued to teach PDHPE, Maths and Religion. In recent years I retrained as a Vocational Education Teacher teaching Cert II in Sport Coaching, and continue to teach this today along with Religion.
I am constantly looking for further challenges and leadership opportunities, spending some years as Sport Coordinator back in the 90’s, 19 years in Pastoral Leadership at the school and the past 3 years as VET and Careers Coordinator.
In this role I have learned that there are so many career opportunities open to young people these days. Whatever path you take at school it can lead you anywhere.
We farewell Mrs Charlotte Nicoletti at the end of this term. Charlotte will be taking up a full time teaching position at St Francis Xavier College in Canberra in Term 3. Thank you for the outstanding leadership you brought to the College as you fulfilled the Religious Education Coordinator and Faith Formation positions as well as for your role as classroom teacher. We wish you well in your new role.
We welcome Mrs Belle Barling back in her position of Faith Formation Coordinator from the start of Term 3. Belle will oversee the student Formation Days, College celebrations of Mass and other Liturgies and the graduation Mass for our Year 12 students. To allow this to occur, Miss Rebecca Douglas will be taking over the RE component of Belle’s Year 7 Humanities class.
Mrs Amy Dalgleish will continue in her role as TAS teacher for Term 3 replacing Ms Fran Davis.
Last Sunday we also said farewell to Eden Langlands at a Mass at St Bernard’s Church. Eden is studying for the priesthood and had been working in our local parishes for the past 7 months. In that time he visited Carroll College on numerous occasions to talk with our students. We wish him well on his final journey to the priesthood.
As the term ends I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community for your ongoing support over what has been an unprecedented term. I wish to thank all our students and parents for working with us as we navigated the difficulties thrown up by the COVID crisis, and for the engagement of students in their Remote Learning, ably helped by parents in the background. A very special thank you to all the staff of the College for the tremendous job they did in facilitating Remote Learning and then seamlessly transitioning back to “normal” face to face teaching. We have all earned the break. Please find time to rest and recuperate so we can forge ahead in Term 3.
At the end of this term, it is important for students to take a break. Taking breaks from school work is very important to help relieve stress.
Symptoms of Chronic Stress
Letting stress build-up can be unhealthy in several ways. The body is designed to respond to short bursts of stress, but when stress is prolonged and the stress response is triggered repeatedly and on a regular basis chronic stress can set in.
Those who experience chronic stress are more susceptible to conditions ranging from more frequent headaches and other serious issues that impact physical health. At this point, even positive events can feel overwhelming if they take energy to enjoy, and we're not able to respond from a place of strength and wisdom, but rather from a place of anxiety, or we work on auto-pilot.
Management Techniques for Chronic Stress
Holidays and even shorter breaks where we get some physical and psychological 'space' from the demands of life can bring many rewards. Obviously, we feel less stress when we are not in a stressful environment.
Holidays interrupt the cycle of stress that can lead to being overwhelmed. They give us a break from chronic stress so we can restore ourselves physically and mentally to a healthier place.
Because a chronically-triggered stress response can lead to decreased creativity, memory problems, and other issues, this break in the stress cycle can lead to sharper thinking and increased creativity that can spill into all areas of our lives. This makes us better at our work, more available in our relationships, more energetic with our families, and more able to enjoy life for a prolonged amount of time after we return.
Sometimes, it is obvious when a vacation is necessary. But other times, the stress we experience can sneak up on us, and we may be less able to recognize when we're at risk for overwhelm and burnout.
Because we all respond to stress in unique ways, our signs of overwhelm may be unique as well. However, there are some general warning signs that apply in most cases. If you are experiencing one or more of the following, it is a good idea to start planning some downtime, even if it is in the form of a weekend at home to recharge the batteries.
Signs That You Should Take a Break
Lack of energy
Lack of motivation
More frequent frustration
Mild health issues
Sleep disturbances due to stress
Ideas and Solutions
It is a good idea to manage stress before it feels overwhelming. You can even have minutes-long breaks that you take throughout the day to keep productivity higher and to keep from feeling overwhelmed. The key is to prioritise rest and fun. Resting, not overdoing things, and not let work creep in.
Uniform and haircuts
Just a reminder that all students should be in full winter uniform. During days that are cold the College Blazer, jumper, rugby jumper or black jacket are the only approved items that are to be worn.
When in PE uniform, white socks must be worn. Black socks are not permitted and footwear must be athletic shoes, i.e runners. Skate type shoes are not acceptable for PE activities.
Jewellery must be kept to a minimum including single stud earrings for each ear and those with long hair must have it tied back. Mullets are not permissible at any time. For further information please refer to the uniform policy found on the College website. Any student out of uniform for any reason must attend a Pastoral Detention at recess, even if they have a note. This is to help students prepare for the workplace where you must always be in the correct attire at all times. Thank you for parental support on this.
Some students are starting to obtain their P-plates and applying for the privilege to drive to school. Students should not be driving until their paperwork has been submitted and approved. The College puts students safety as an absolute priority at all times. Students may not take any passengers without completing the correct forms and check if the list of passengers is appropriate.
All drivers must be at the College by 8.40am each morning and only Year 12 may leave after their last lesson of the day if permission has been granted by the College.
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Year 7 – 10 Reports
The Year 7- 10 reports were made available in the Sentral Parent Portal today. Students and families are encouraged to read the report together and discuss the results and learning habits. If you are unable to access the portal, please contact me at the College via phone or email Sandra.email@example.com. Parent teacher interviews will be held in Term 3 on Tuesday 18 August and Wednesday 26 August. Bookings will be opened two weeks before the interviews are being held.
Homeroom Awards Presentation
As part of our school wide positive behaviours, Broulee ABC, the College ‘celebrates success’. Using the results from the Semester 1 reports, the College will award Achievement Awards (receiving an A in a course) and Endeavour Awards to Year 7 – 12 students during an extended Homeroom on Thursday 23 July. We look forward to coming together at the end of the year as a College community, after COVID-19 restrictions are reduced, for our final awards assembly.
Year 10 Curriculum Expo and Course Counselling
On Tuesday 28 July, the Curriculum Expo will be held in the College Hall. Year 10 students and one parent are invited to have the opportunity to visit curriculum stalls, discuss NSW Education Standards, investigate Vocational Education and Training opportunities and find out about Elective Courses offered at the College. Please see the flyer for more information. Following the Curriculum Expo, Year 10 students will have the opportunity to meet with a Coordinator to discuss their subject choices for Year 11. The course counselling sessions will be held during week 2 and parents are welcome to attend. Students were emailed their course counselling times yesterday.
Year 12 Trial Examinations
Year 12 students are busy preparing for their trial HSC examinations. Exams will be held in Weeks 5 and 6 next term. I met with Year 12 last week during their Admin period and shared the following tips to help them prepare for their examinations:
- When studying for an examination, the most effective approach is to simulate the behaviour you’ll ultimately be required to perform. Therefore, always include practice exam questions and past papers in your revision sessions. This way, you can get used to the style of questioning and become familiar with any patterns.
- Work through as many examination papers as possible. Aim to complete at least 5 past papers per subject before your Trial Examination.
- The first batch of examination papers should be addressed in an ‘open book’ fashion i.e. students can refer to their notes, text and books as they are working through the first 2-3 papers.
- After reading a question – give it a go. If you are unable to answer the question refer to your notes.
- Do not worry how long it takes you to complete a paper, you are not expected to work through an entire paper at this early stage.
- The next two papers should be tackled in a ‘closed book’ fashion.
- Circle or highlight difficult questions and re-visit these questions before the Trial Examination.
- Note what’s required of you in the exam(s). Are you required to answer every question in the paper or do some sections allow you to choose between different questions?
- Practice writing answers to sample essay questions. Ask a friend/parent/teacher to use the exam criteria sheet to mark your paper. Use the feedback to make necessary corrections.
- Be aware of marker expectations and ensure you provide well-structured answers to attain maximum scores. Browse the NESA website for past papers and markers feedback notes.
Good luck with your studies Year 12.
Please see below for a copy of the Trial HSC Examination timetable.
Wishing all our families a very restful and enjoyable break. Students return to school next term on Tuesday 21 July.
Assistant Principal Curriculum and Achievement (Acting)
College Photo Day
School photos will be held on Monday 27 July. Students will need to be dressed in their full winter uniform for their year group and individual photo. Students will need to bring their photo envelopes to school on photo day. If you returned your photo envelope in Term 1, they will be handed out to students on the day. There are spare photo envelopes at the front office for any families requiring one. Family photo envelopes can be collected from the front office.
SLT, Year photo & fun photo
Uniform Changes for students who have PDHPE practical lessons
Students in classes 10.3 (Mr Brady) and 10.4 (Mr Fogarty) can wear their PE uniform to school. They will need to bring their winter uniform to school and change at AM break.
Year 9 and 10 students in PASS 1 class (Mr Fogarty) can wear their PE uniform to school. They will need to bring their winter uniform to school and change at PM break.
Students in classes 8.3 (Mr Fogarty) and 8.4 (Mrs Nugent) are to wear their winter uniform to school. They will need to bring their PE uniform to school and change at PM break.
Students in classes 7.1 (Mr Brady) and 7.2 (Mrs Nugent) are to wear their winter uniform to school. They will need to bring their PE uniform to school and change at AM break.
On Sunday June 28, St Bernard’s Parish held a lovely farewell Mass for Seminarian Eden Langlands. Eden is in his fifth year of study for the priesthood has been working in the Parish and Catholic school communities for the past seven months. And what an interesting seven months it has been in this region. Eden addressed the congregation at the end of Mass and spoke of his dream to enter the priesthood since he was a child. I was struck by his confidence in his faith and his acknowledgement that his life choice, his vocation and religious calling, is one that it quite counter-cultural in Australia in 2020. Regardless, Eden sees his life as one of service and that it is through service that he will find his true purpose and joy.
Eden’s life of service resonates well with the purpose of Catholic education. At its core, Catholic education too is dedicated to service inspired by Jesus’ example of servant leadership. As teachers and support staff we are committed to supporting and being of service to the students in our care. In turn, we hope and expect students who progress through Catholic education to know that they must also be willing to be of service to others in their own lives. To see how they can help others, recognise where they can make a difference and to contribute to their communities. Service is a great privilege and responding to the call to be of service a great example of one’s character, and in some cases, one’s faith.
I will leave you with Eden’s own words of reflection and thanks.
Dear Parishioners of St Bernard’s Batehaven,
I would like to sincerely thank you all for welcoming me into your parish and making me feel very much part of your community over the past 7 months of my pastoral placement. It has been a great privilege to get to know so many parishioners and to be welcomed into your lives during this most challenging year. I have been so encouraged by the faith and resilience of the people of this community and you have all been such an instrumental part of my formation; for this I am most grateful.
Please continue to pray for me as I return to the seminary to complete my studies, be assured of my prayers too, and I look forward to visiting the Bay in my holidays to catch up again!
Religious Education Coordinator
“Don’t be a Wuss!”
The current C-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus gender identity and reactions to this global trauma. A Gallup poll in mid-May revealed that only 29% of men always wore a mask outside the home compared to 44% of women. It also found that “men were more likely to self-report negative emotions when wearing a face mask, finding it shameful, not cool, a sign of weakness and a stigma”. The President of the U.S hasn’t helped either by boasting in the most hollow, machismo way that he does not want to appear weak by wearing a face covering. What does this say to boys and young men?
Gender stereotypes are dangerous. In a recent “Eureka” article, Danek Jotanovic cited that another study showed that men were less likely to recycle or bring reusable shopping bags to the supermarket because they feared it would make them “look gay”. Making the world greener was deemed to be unmasculine. One politician had to Tweet to say, “Wear a mask. It’s patriotic, manly and the right thing to do”.
It appears that even the most beneficial act is inextricably linked to gender. An iconic documentary on Veganism promoted the benefits to men but had to rely on the appeal to men wanting to increase muscle mass, masculinity and fertility over animal welfare, the environmentism or ethics. Jotanovic brings us to the major point here: “If to care is feminine, is to care only for one’s self masculine?” Women are socialised to care for others, to put the needs of others first, to observe the collective good but often we men are sold the idea that behaviours are for our sole benefit.
The late and great poet Bruce Dawe wrote ‘so it’s goodbye to the soft cry in the corner when no one’s looking…”. This is what so many of our males leave behind in adolescence. Bottling up complex emotions is deleterious to both physical and emotional health. Women live longer, on average, because of a deeper social network. Domestic violence statistics speak to how some men deal with stress. It begins in the playground when the fist becomes the arbitrary means of dealing with trouble. The skill of negotiation is always a better solution. It must be taught.
The construction of masculinity starts in the home and classroom despite the obvious influence of the media. The needs of others are just as important as the individual needs. Here are a few observations over 45 years of teaching:
- The most well-adjusted male ex-students I meet years later, have invariably have an interest in some means of creative self-expression whether it be competitive sport, Music, Art, Writing or the Performing Arts.
- Are we teaching boys an overt and practical means of showing respect, especially to women? Begins with respecting mum. Here’s where dads and male guardians have a particular role to play. My own father had gracious manners. I watched and learned from him as a child.
- The importance of grooming and personal hygiene can be taught. What do we expect of our male children? That they shower regularly, be neat when needed and observe bathroom hygiene (the boys toilet at school is proof that some boys do not have skills in this area)
There should be celebration about masculinity. There are many good things about being male. However, we must be held accountable for actions as well as thought. Over a long acreer, I have learned that students, on the whole, grow to be good partners and fathers. But there are forces seeking to maintain the false assumption that men are captives of their hormones.
During Term 2 the Agriculture students have been working hard to get our vegetable gardens prepared for sewing. They have tested the soil and corrected the pH where necessary, fertilized and weeded and have now sewn their first crops of the season. A wide variety of plants were chosen to not only help students gain an understanding of what can be grown during the winter months but to also provide the canteen and hospitality students with fresh produce such as brassicas, snow peas, onions, garlic, beetroot, carrots, potatoes, lettuce, spinach and herbs. The students are also working on repairing and improving the chicken hutch in preparation for the arrival of some new feathered friends.
Technology Mandatory Engineering Challenge
Students in 7.2 Technology were challenged with the task of building the tallest spaghetti tower using a list of limited resources. They collaborated in teams to come up with a design and then carefully executed their plans. There was much excitement as the prize for the winning team was two blocks of chocolate! The tower was to be free standing and MUST have a marshmallow on the very top. The teams worked hard and faced the challenge with enthusiasm. The tallest tower was created by Brodie Forner, Archer Choice and Aliza Vagg. Well done to all the whole class for your perseverance and enthusiasm during this challenge.
To say it’s been an extraordinary year is an understatement and teaching a practical subject such as VET Construction has been challenging. We made the most of the lock down by covering a lot of the theory in the core Units and I congratulate students for their willingness to join our remote sessions.
When we returned we all couldn’t wait to get back into the workshop. We finally completed our sharpening stone boxes which were finished to an exceptionally high standard. The students gained skills in measuring and marking, routing, chiselling, planing and finishing.
On behalf of the students and the College I’d like to thank Andrew Mizzi from Trussworx in Moruya for donating the quality timber back in February that made these projects possible. I know the students appreciated the change from using Radiata Pine.
Year 11 students have been busy finishing their second last cooking task for Stocks, Soups and Sauces, this week making eggs benedict.
Caleb Piper was awarded the “Chef Of The Week” button this week for his excellent eggs benedict and hollandaise sauce.
Year 11 student Skye Faith (bottom right) won the prestigious “Chef Coloured” button of the week.
Well done to both students for their excellent work.
Mrs Lyttle our VET Coordinator got a surprise when she was presented with her favourite breakfast treat this week and by the looks of her smile she was very happy!
Meanwhile, Year 12 students Isabella Cummins and Bryce Hodgetts have been in charge of the kitchen brigade this week with two great dishes.
Bryce made a delicious meal of honey glazed roasted pork shoulder… Mr Mansfield came over for a meal but only got to eat the vegetables as we used soy sauce (which isn’t gluten free). Poor Mr Mansfield! He was happy with his roasted vegetables though.
Private Music Lessons and Creative Kids Vouchers
Have you applied for the Creative Kids Voucher for your child yet? This exciting initiative gives parents $100 per child to spend towards music or other creative lessons or activities. This may be the perfect time for your son or daughter to begin private music lessons with one of our tutors that teach during school time. Most of our tutors are Creative Kids Providers so that you can use your voucher to pay for $100 of lessons.
Creative Kids Vouchers can be applied for at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-creative-kids-voucher
You will receive your Creative Kids Voucher by email. Once you have received it, you can forward it to the teacher of your choice for payment. You will need to ensure that the teacher is a Creative Kids Provider before you do this.
Unfortunately the 25th Anniversary Jersey order for Small and XS sizes has been delayed due to the COVID overseas delivery timeframes. We are expecting these to arrive in late August. All orders already made will be handed out on arrival.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
College Beanies and Scarves are now available to purchase via Qkr or from the College canteen for $10 each.
Term 2 fee statements were emailed on Friday 22nd May with a due date of Friday 3rd July (end of this term).
If you have recently completed a Concession Application, this process is currently underway. Please note that the College has experienced delays with reviewing Fee Concessions this year as a result of the Bushfires, Covid-19 and Catholic Education guidelines. If you have provided a concession application to the College, you may sometimes be asked to supply additional supporting information. All information is treated and maintained confidentially.
If your family has been impacted by COVID-19 through the loss of the primary source of income or livelihood through redundancy, stand down, reduction in hours, carer’s responsibilities, health issues, business closure and/or reduced turnover or other related impact during Term 2, 2020 - please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au to request a COVID-19 Fee Assistance Request Form.
If you require financial assistance due to any other hardship (e.g. low income, health or other hardship) not related to COVID-19 including Bushfires, please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au
COVID 19 Financial Survival Guide
Please be aware that you are not alone and there are resources available to assist you and your family at this time. Listed below are some of those resources for information.
Financial Institution Support during Covid19
Financial Institutions are also offering a range of assistance to account holders, homeowners and businesses. Please enquire with your financial institution to access financial support such as:
- Suspending payments on credit cards and personal loans
- Reduce interest rates on home loans/suspending or deferring home loan repayments/loan variations/reducing loan interest rates
- Loans and support for small business
- Loan extensions and other options.
Teachers Mutual Bank
Scams during Coronavirus
Please be aware that there are some financial scams relating to Coronavirus. These may be in the form of text messages, emails or phone calls. The best approach is to not provide any of your financial information. If you suspect you have been contacted as part of a scam, you can report it to scamwatch – scamwatch.com.au/report-a-scam and the police.
For additional support, other services available include:
Sacred Heart Parish, Moruya
POSITION VACANT - PART TIME PARISH SECRETARY.
People are invited to apply for the position of Parish Secretary for Sacred Heart Parish, Moruya.
This is a part-time permanent position, 15 hours per week, Wednesday—Friday 9am—2pm.
- Experience with Microsoft suite & database packages.
- Strong communication and liaison skills
- Strong organisational skills
- Ability to work in a team environment and show personal initiative.
- Desire to share in the mission of Christ in the Catholic tradition.
- Salary will be subject to Clerk Award Level 4 rates. Please email your application (including resume) to George.firstname.lastname@example.org. Application addressed to Fr George Azhakath, Parish Priest must be received by Friday 24th July, 2020.