Dear Parents, Students and Friends
I hope you have all enjoyed a much-needed break. Despite our optimism for a ‘normal’ Term 3, concern continues to build with the Covid situation in Victoria and an increase in cases in NSW. Regardless of the challenges that may present this term, please be assured that we are focusing on our students and their learning, and keeping everyone safe.
Last week, Mrs Karen Lyttle led the staff in prayer. As a foundation staff member, Mrs Lyttle based her prayer on the early years of the College, finding inspiration in the leadership of founding Principal, Mr Bill Reid. On the rock at the front of the school is a plaque gifted to the College by the Year 12 Students of 2004. I encourage you to take a look next time you are walking past.
A little piece of history is captured below in an address by Mr Reid to the Year 12 student group of 2000. He wrote…
Term 3 Staffing
As previously communicated by Mr John O’Neill, there are staffing adjustments for Term 3 to facilitate some unforeseen changes. Mrs Belle Barling has returned to her role as Faith Formation Coordinator. Miss Rebecca Douglas will be supporting Mrs Barling with her teaching load. Mrs Amy Dalgleish will be continuing in her current role replacing Miss Fran Davis until the end of Term 3.
· We welcome back Mrs Emma Kenna who returns part-time from Maternity Leave, working Tuesday – Thursday. Ms Jane Garland returns to her support role Monday – Thursday, and will maintain her teaching role on Fridays.
· Mrs Laura Wales returns in Week 4 and will be replacing Mr Paul Cullen. Mr Cullen is taking long service leave. We hope he enjoys a lovely break.
· We welcome back Mrs Katrina Kerkham who will be returning in Week 5.
· Mrs Julie Wiggins has joined our Learning Support team for Semester 2. Mrs Wiggins is currently on leave from her Classroom Support Assistant role at St Mary’s and will be working at the College Monday – Thursday each week.
· We also welcome Mrs Tania Chalker to the position of Student Welfare Officer. Mrs Chalker will be working in the College from Tuesday – Thursday each week. A warm welcome to our new and returning staff members.
During the holidays, I attended the launch of the newly published Dhurga Dictionary and Learner's Grammar book written by Trish Ellis, Kerry Boyenga and Waine Donovan. This celebration was held at the Moruya Library. Congratulations to Trish and her siblings. This is a wonderful resource that will continue to support and strengthen our connection to our local Aboriginal language and culture. Trish (pictured to the right of Mrs Jo Wain) teaches Dhurga to our Aboriginal students every Friday.
Next Tuesday, 4 August is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. Unfortunately, due to current circumstances we will be unable to celebrate this day as we would normally. I have included a link below to a documentary that you may find interesting called In My Blood It Runs. A brief overview is included below.
The critically acclaimed documentary told through the eyes of charismatic 10-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy, Dujuan and his family, revealing the challenges Dujuan faces both in his school and on the streets of Alice Springs. (2019)
Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn Learning Agenda
Recently, Catholic Education presented the Learning Agenda for 2021. There are four main focus areas for next year:
- High Impact Teaching Practice
- Instructional Leadership
- K-2 Literacy
- Curriculum – Mathematics K-6
All schools across the Archdiocese will be asked to focus on two areas that align with their 2021 Annual Improvement Plan. We are fortunate to be already working in the area of Instructional Leadership. Our second area will focus on High Impact Teaching Practices. Catholic Education are streamlining focus areas to ensure all schools are working towards common goals to improve practice.
Creating a high performing school
Last term, Mr Tim Smith from Catholic Education presented some research to the K-12 South Coast Principals on creating a high performing school. The top ten focus areas included:
- Strong leadership that is shared, stable, strategic and sustained over time
- High levels of expectation and teacher efficacy
- Ensuring an orderly but supportive learning environment
- A focus on what matters most
- Building teaching and leadership expertise
- Structured teaching to ensure all students succeed
- Using data to drive improvement
- A staff culture of sharing and responsibility
- Initiatives tailored to the direction of the school
- Engender pride in the school
I am pleased to report that we are committed to improving all focus areas outlined above. The first focus area particularly resonates with me - Strong leadership that is shared, stable, strategic and sustained over time. When this area is right, anything is possible within a school context - schools go from good to great!
2020 School Improvement Survey
Annual surveys of Staff, Parents and Students will be undertaken again this year across the Archdiocese. The format is the same as in 2019. Survey links will be sent via email for staff, parents and secondary students. I will inform you again of this process closer to the date.
I hope all our families are keeping well. Enjoy the weekend ahead and please be in touch if you have any questions regarding the current environment.
Our students are very lucky to have great role models in our College, Indigenous, Faith and House Captains who set great examples of positively taking part in College representation and other activities.
This term Year 11 students will begin their leadership journey. In their admin lesson last week students were spoken to by Mrs Heffernan and myself about leadership attributes and qualities that are looked for in students at Carroll College. The process of applying and positions available were discussed with applications being due Friday 31 July at 12 pm.
Students can apply for positions of leadership as:
- College Captain
- College Vice-Captain
- Indigenous Captain
- House Captain
- A leader in Faith Formation
All of these positions follow a similar process for selection and shortlisting occurs at each stage of the process. The selection criteria is a balance of:
- A written application
- A speech to peers (for College Captain only)
- A preference indication by Year 11 students and staff (for College Captain only)
- An interview.
Last year there were many applications with over 30 individual indications for positions of leadership. It is fantastic to see how many students were willing to put themselves forward to become a leader and develop their potential. We look forward to many applications in 2020 from Year 11.
Senior Students and attendance
Could parents please ensure that the Front Office is notified by 9.00 am about senior students who must leave the College during the day for a medical appointment. All appointments when possible should be made outside of school hours and students must remain onsite for all of their timetabled periods throughout the day. The exception for this is Year 12 students who have indicated on their driving forms that they can leave after their last lesson of the day.
There has recently been an increase in the number of ad-hoc requests to leave the College during the day which will affect students attendance and legal requirements to attend school. Medical certificates may be requested for students who frequently request to leave during the day to authorise the absence. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Our students have settled back well after the recent holidays, despite the issues around the latest COVID outbreak and the torrential downpours! It is very important that students who have not returned due to concerns over COVID keep in regular contact with their teachers and complete work set in their google classrooms. Hopefully, we will see everyone back next week.
Our Year 12 students will begin their Trail Exams in Week 5. These exams carry significant weighting towards their final HSC result, so the students should be putting in the extra hard yards now and ramping up the amount of study they are doing if they want to achieve the best possible results.
Year 11 students are working on their final term of the Preliminary Courses. In weeks 9 and 10 of this term, they will be sitting their exams. Students should have already begun to revise Term 1 and 2 work and be completing unit summaries.
Students in Years 7-10 have settled back into the routine very well after the holidays. Classes are getting stuck into their work and there is a studious air about the College. Assessment tasks will soon be being issued and it is imperative that students get started on them as soon as they receive them, and not leave them to the last minute. Ask your students to set some learning goals for the semester and some shorter-term goals to achieve along the way and help them be successful at the end of the year.
All students in Years 8-10 have recently been spoken to about their subject selections for next year. Students in Years 8 & 9 will be selecting TWO electives and students in Year 10 will be selecting all their courses for Year 11. Students will receive an email to their school email address with login details for our online subject selection portal. Please check with your child that they have received this email and that they complete the subject selections before the due date.
Curriculum and Achievement
College Photos Catch Up Day
On Wednesday 12 August the College will be having a photo catch up day for those students who were absent for school photos on Monday. A School Photo form is attached for your convenience should this new date apply to your family.
At the moment, Year 10 students are engaging in course counselling sessions in order to support them in their subject choices for Year 11 and the Higher School Certificate.
All students at Carroll College are required to study Religious Education from Year 7-12. This is the position of Catholic Education Canberra-Goulburn and one that is fully supported by Carroll College. We are very proud of the Religious Education curriculum at the College and know that RE lessons are helping to develop skills in literacy, communication, research, analysis, questioning and reasoning as well as fostering more understanding, informed, justice oriented and socially aware students.
There are three different Religious Education courses on offer to Year 11 and Year 12 students. Below is a summary of each course.
Studies in Catholic Thought (1 unit course)
This course is a new course for 2021 and beyond. It is open to students completing a non-ATAR package. The course takes a liberal arts approach. This style of course, “views learning as an active process of exploration rather than a passive process of absorption. Instead of simply learning someone else's answers to life's questions, students are empowered to find their own answers through inquiry, dialogue, and analysis.” Students will require sound literacy skills and will develop skills of locating and selecting relevant and appropriate information. Students will learn how to use this information to communicate a viewpoint. The course will involve regular class discussion and some practical elements.
Studies in Catholic Thought has:
- 5 lessons per cycle
- 3 assessment tasks in the Preliminary (Yr11) course, including a 1 hour final examination
- 3 assessment tasks HSC (Yr 12) course, including a 1 hour final examination
NOTE: Studies in Catholic Thought is NOT able to be used towards a tertiary score.
Studies in Religion (1 unit course)
This course is for students completing an ATAR package. Students will need good literacy skills and be able to communicate clearly in written form. Students will develop skills of analysis, comparison, reasoning and questioning.
This is an interesting and engaging look at society and includes a depth study of Christianity and Islam. The course has very well defined syllabus dot-points and the Preliminary and HSC examinations are closely tied to these dot-points.
SOR I is commonly used by students towards their tertiary score.
Studies of Religion I has:
- 5 lessons per cycle
- 3 assessment tasks in the Preliminary (Yr11) course, including a 1.5 hour final examination
- 3 assessment tasks in the HSC (Yr 12) course, including a 1.5 hour final examination
Studies in Religion (2 unit course)
This course is for students completing an ATAR package. Students should have very good literacy skills and enjoy analysing and communicating in written form. Students will enjoy learning about different societies and cultures and consider how religion influences global events and the lives of individuals. Students will complete a depth study of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
This is a well-rounded study of religion in the modern world. The course has very clearly defined syllabus dot-points and the Preliminary and HSC examinations are closely tied to these dot-points.
Studies of Religion II has:
- 9 lessons per cycle
- 3 assessment tasks in the Preliminary (Yr11) course, including a 2 hour final examination
- 4 assessment tasks in the HSC (Yr 12) course, including a 3 hour final examination
I wish our Year 10 students well at this time of decision making and remind them that we are all here to help and support them, and ensure they feel comfortable in their course selections.
Religious Education Coordinator
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am the Student Welfare Officer. I have recently relocated to the beautiful South Coast from Canberra, and I am delighted to be part of the Carroll College Community. My role will be to support students in a variety of areas, including student wellbeing, career guidance and pathways to employment. I will be working at the College 3 days per week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I will be working closely with the Pastoral Coordinators, VET & Careers, Aboriginal Contact Centre and Learning Support teams.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance, my email contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Welfare Officer
“On a darkling plain”: Helping adolescents deal with uncertainty in C-19 times
I believe that the study of History should be compulsory. We seem to learn, albeit slowly, from mistakes and History allows us to see “the long view” of how societies operate. Have you ever had someone assert, “Things were better in my day (or the good old days)”. On face value there is much in the modern world of which to be fearful…but hasn’t this always been so?
The Medieval period or Middle Ages has always held a fascination. Many years ago I read Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Between 1300-1399, the human race (well, Europe anyway) faced extinction from The Black Death and war raged almost continually for a century (The 100 Years War). Tuchman sardonically commented on the blood sports of the time involving young males with hands tied behind backs seeking to kill animals using their heads. Gross beyond measure? Think of some things that pass for entertainment today.
Nature was then seen as a mysterious entity that proceeded in its own right. The Romantic period that followed saw Nature imbued with a voice of its own. It spoke to humans and even meted out punishment as was shown in the Ancient Mariner killing the albatross. These poets were artists of certainty, there were answers out in the countryside. A little later, because of war and industrialisation, Nature (and God) became silent. No longer could Wordsworth hear nature in “the loud, dry wind”.
It was left to poets like Matthew Arnold to find answers in the silence, to try to make sense of change and the loss of faith in living. In the wonderful “Dover Beach”, the poet meditates on his own times:
“The world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams, so various, so beautiful, so
Hath neither certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”
He wrote these dour thoughts on his honeymoon! But doesn’t he mirror the zeitgeist of our own C-19 riddled 2020?
Teenagers worry about the state of the world, their parents’ health and their future. We must model optimism, re-assure them that it is a good world and that “the sun also rises and hastens back to the place where it arose”. The hope of tomorrow, if you will. A vaccine will come and, if we are all sensible, we will come out of this chastened but wiser perhaps.
And then there is the historical masterpiece The Autumn of the Middle Ages in which John Huizinga mused: ”When the world was half a thousand years younger all envisaged much sharper outlines…all things had about them something glitteringly cruel and public”. This could have been written at any time in the 21st Century! Social media despite its positive function can be deleterious in being a vehicle for vilification, trolling, traducing reputations and producing fake news. We live in a time of public confession, disclosure, of tribal judgement. Where is Arnold’s certitude when our lives are so dominated by the sound of an incoming text or Instagram?
Mankind has always lived on “a darkling plain” devoid of easily accessible answers with the world whelming around us. In his inimitable, succinct style, Arnold proposes the answer: “The Sea of Faith was once too, at the full…Ah, Love, let us be true to one another”.
When children are anxious, afraid, uncertain, the best antidote is love and comfort but then isn’t that true for the refugee, the disadvantaged, the elderly, the marginalised? Of all of us, really.
Let’s try to find meaning in the little, simple things of life: the walk with loved ones, reading, writing or other creative pursuits.
It has been another interesting start to the term and because of this we have postponed our NAIDOC celebrations until term 4. We look forward to celebrating this important event on our calendar with everyone then. This term will see the first day of the Gurumbanga Indigenous Mentoring program, to assist students from Years 5 and 6 to transition to secondary school. This program is open to students from any primary school, so if you are interested or know of anyone that may be interested please contact Mrs Katuke or Mrs Davis.
At the end of last term during Dhurga our students explored a cultural display featuring stone tools, possum skins and drum, grass baskets plus much more. Students were encouraged to examine the cultural items that captivated their interest. And congratulations to Trish along with Kerry and Waine on the publication of their Dhurga dictionary.
We are in the process of selecting a new Indigenous leader for 2021 with Year 11 students currently applying for the role. We look forward to sharing who will be our next Indigenous captain with you soon. Year 10 will also be selecting their subjects for Year 11 over the coming weeks. They will be undergoing course counselling with a KLA leader to ensure that their selections are catering for their future pathways.
VET Work placements are on hold due to COVID-19. NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has released the following: Students undertaking VET courses in 2020 will remain eligible for the Preliminary or HSC credit units if unable to complete work placement.
Students commencing a 240-hour, 300-hour or 360-hour VET course in 2020 that has a mandatory work placement requirement, who will continue the course in 2021, will meet the course requirement if they complete 35 hours of work placement. For most courses this is a reduced requirement. It is anticipated that the placement could be completed later in 2020, or in 2021.
Friday 24th July Carroll College held the Year 11 2021 Curriculum Expo. Hospitality students demonstrated their barista skills by making hot chocolates for all in attendance.
Business Services, Construction, Hospitality, Information Digital Media Technology and Sport Coaching (VET subjects) were showcased and anyone wanting further information on any of the VET courses we offer please do not hesitate to see Mrs Lyttle and Mrs Paull in the VET/Careers office.
Join the millions of people who study a vocational education and training course! VET is flexible, gives you career options and opens doors to further opportunities.
What is happening in class?
Over the course of the year, students have continued working toward achieving a Certificate II in Business Services. Recent units completed include Communicate electronically, Develop keyboard speed and accuracy and Produce simple word documents.
The students are continuing to develop the skills and knowledge required in the office space. The Communicate electronically unit provided the students a real insight into email etiquette and the do’s and don'ts of what is accepted in a professional working environment. It was often said to the students, ‘once it is sent you must consider where it may end up.’
Information Digital Media Technology
Currently in Year 11 students are learning the design concepts and coding for creating websites. Students are learning to code using a computer language called HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). This allows them to understand the coding in which all websites are based upon.
This week has a focus on creating menu bars and navigation, scrolling text and using styling sheets that allows the colour schemes of a website to be quickly changed, regardless of how many pages the website has.
Year 11 VET Construction students have been finalising the first 4 core modules of the course and most students have managed to keep up the with theory content which is an important foundation for future learning. Units studied have included; WHS, Working effectively and sustainably in the construction industry, Read and Interpret Plans and Specifications and Use Carpentry Tools and Equipment.
Students have completed the workshop drawing for the Tool Carry All project which should be completed by the end of this term. This project aims to teach students about attention to detail and how to use construction hand tools safely and effectively. We intend to complete the Measurement and Calculations and Workplace Communication units this term also so it’s looking to be a busy but rewarding term.
Year 12 Construction are developing micro skills in the use of power tools constructing tool boxes with alternative processes, to engage in a wider range of tools and equipment for the industry.
Year 11 spent the majority of term 2 learning about and coaching netball. This will continue into this term and hopefully restrictions on work placements will be lifted soon to enable these students to showcase their learned skills in the wider community.
Year 12 will be endeavoring to start a competitive Basketball competition for students and staff over the next few weeks. The draw will be released this week and games will be played at AM breaks in the hall. Keep an eye out on sentral notices for further information.
Year 11 Hospitality were able to showcase their skills by making and serving hot chocolates to Year 10 students and teachers at the Curriculum Expo. It was wonderful to see the students looking professional in their uniforms.
As we start our second semester there is a huge range of things happening in the careers world.
Years 8, 9 and 10 are in the process of elective choices to complete for 2021. All students are encouraged to make an appointment with Mrs Lyttle our Careers Advisor if they wish to further discuss subject and course selection and post school pathways.
Parents can also contact Ms Lyttle via email Karen.Lyttle@cg.catholic.edu.au or phone the College on 44715600 to make an appointment.
Anyone considering School based Apprenticeships or Traineeships also need to contact Mrs Lyttle by Week 4.
To keep up to date with Career opportunities and notices
COURSE & INSTITUTION INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS
Whitehouse Institute of Design - Information Sessions Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia is now hosting Live Course Information Sessions via Zoom. Upcoming information Sessions can be found at; http://whitehouse-design.edu.au/whitehouse-events/ Staff will be available on Zoom to answer any questions you may have regarding tuition fees, early entry for 2021, enrolments and career paths in the design industry.
Charles Sturt Open Day - On campus and Virtual in September From interactive tours to intriguing information sessions, find out all about Charles Sturt Uni at Open Day! Albury-Wodonga - 6 September, Wagga - 13 September, Dubbo - 19 September, Port Macquarie - 20 September, Orange - 26 September, Bathurst - 27 September 2020. There will also be Virtual Open Day Tuesday 15- Thursday 17 September. Find out more: https://study.csu.edu.au/life/events/open-day
Parent Information Evening - Tuesday 4 August, 6.30pm - 8pm - Charles Sturt University At Online Parent Night, Charles Sturt representatives will step families through the application process and early offer programs. Guests will learn about paths into uni, student services, accommodation options and scholarships. Plus, experts will be available to answer specific course and support program questions. Register online: https://study.csu.edu.au/life/events/parents
2020 Greater Sydney Employment, Life Skills & Leisure Expo TAFE NSW will be exhibiting at the 2020 Greater Sydney Employment, Life Skills & Leisure Expo. This ONLINE Expo targets school leavers and school students (years 10-12) with disabilities & their families from the Greater Sydney area. The website will have resources available for students and families from 21 July and a live expo day on 4 August (12pm-6pm). www.employmentlifeskillsleisureexpo.com.au
My Journey Virtual Expo TAFE NSW is excited to participate in the My Journey Virtual Expo from 22-23 July 2020 from 12pm-8pm. Students can chat to a TAFE NSW representative about future career pathways, download study option resources and hear from graduates on what it’s like to study with TAFE NSW. Students can register by visiting https://myjourney.vfairs.com/
The University of Sydney - Year 12 Parent Information Session The University of Sydney will be hosting an online parent information session on Tuesday the 4th of August, from 6pm-7pm. Please visit the University of Sydney's undergraduate events page for more information: https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/events-for-prospective-students/undergraduate.html
Learn about the ACAP experience ACAP's information sessions are a great way for students to gain an insight into a career in psychology, counselling or criminology. ACAP educators and course advisors will discuss course information, flexible learning opportunities, career pathways and everything ACAP! Sessions are run online on September 2nd & 3rd. Register here: https://www.acap.edu.au/home/online-events/
The University of Sydney - Meet Sydney Online - Western Sydney: Tuesday 28 July, 5.00pm-6.15pm Hear from keynote speaker Eddie Woo, as well as current students and alumni from the Western Sydney region who will share their experience of choosing courses, admission pathways, scholarships, financial support, student life and the types of careers available to Sydney graduates. For more information: https://sydney.edu.au/undergraduate-events
The University of Sydney - Year 12 Parent Information Session: Tuesday 4 August, 6.00pm-7.00pm The University of Sydney will be hosting an online parent information session for parents with children in Year 12. Please visit the University of Sydney's undergraduate events page for more information: https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/events-for-prospective-students/undergraduate.html
Study interior design: Sydney Design School Info Session Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 6pm Constantly restyling your room or scrolling Instagram for inspiration? Imagine a future designing homes, restaurants, offices or hotels! Become an accredited Interior Designer with Australia’s award winning interior design school and live your creative dream. Join Sydney Design School for their on campus Info Session and get started in January! Register online here https://bit.ly/32lcABE
Study social media marketing from industry experts at Orana 10118NAT Diploma of Social Media Marketing is launching in February 2021. This course specialises in fashion, beauty and lifestyle and is exclusive to Orana – it’s the perfect course for the social media obsessed and those that dream of becoming an influencer. Applications are now open with early entry and scholarship available. To request more information, head to http://oranacollege.com.au/
SYDNEY CAMPUS OPEN DAY | 22 & 23 AUGUST 2020 SAE is opening the doors of it.
it's state-of-the-art, Sydney campus on Saturday 22 August and Sunday 23 August, as an opportunity for guests to check out the facilities and equipment, meet with lecturers and ask any questions about studying at SAE.To ensure SAE adheres to COVID19 restrictions, a number of Open Day session times are available.REGISTER HERE to attend: https://bit.ly/32qXeM3
UTS Undergraduate online Q&A Join the UTS webinar to learn about your undergraduate course options and how to apply for Autumn 2021. Hosted by UTS Future Students team, you can ask all your questions about admissions requirements, key dates, how to apply for recognition of prior learning, your study options and more. Register: https://uts.ac/UGwebinar
UTS Open Week: Monday 31 August – Saturday 5 September UTS Open Week is your chance to explore your course and career options. Join UTS for a range of online info sessions, virtual tours, podcasts and digital workshops. Register your interest at https://openweek.uts.edu.au/. For more information, contact UTS at Future.Students@uts.edu.au.
ANU Virtual Open Week 22-28 August The Australian National University (ANU) invites you to attend ANU Virtual Open Week. Starting Saturday 22 August, the week long event will include live webinars, interactive sessions with ANU Students and Academics, virtual tours of the campus and accommodation, and much more! For more information and to register for this event, go to https://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/virtual-open-week-2020
Virtual Open Day- 22nd of August UC will be holding its Virtual Open day on Saturday 22nd August, 9am – 4pm. Get the chance to chat to UC staff and students, book a personalised consultation, take a virtual tour or two, and watch live and on-demand sessions. Register now for a chance to win 1 of 5 $250 gift cards. https://www.canberra.edu.au/openday?register
Western Sydney University 2020 Open Day OPEN DAY WEEKEND August 14, 15, 16 Schools only preview - Friday 14 August - Register: www.westernsydney.edu.au/schoolsopenday Open Day will be a virtual experience and span across 3 days. Teachers and students will be able to explore Western's course offerings, experience student life and find out about early offer programs including HSC True Reward. Register: www.westernsydney.edu.au/openday
BOND UNIVERSITY | OPEN DAY LIVE, 25 JULY @ 12PM Bond University’s Open Day 2020 will be just as exciting and informative as always, but this year it will be broadcast live from campus! Grab your favourite device and drop into your favourite chair, couch or beanbag to livestream the action. Join Bond online from 12pm on Saturday 25 July for campus tours, faculty demos, and more! Register now at https://bond.edu.au/openday
Register for myfuture's free webinars Register for the free ‘introduction to myfuture’ webinar on Tuesday 18th August at 1.00pm (AEST). They will demonstrate the key features of the myfuture website including some resources that students and parents can use from home. You might also be interested in one of the other upcoming webinars or perhaps watching one of the previous events? Check them out here: https://myfuture.edu.au/footer
SCHOLARSHIPS, EARLY ENTRY AND ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS
Early Offer Round (COVID-19) application due UC will be making early offers through a special admissions round in August 2020 in response to COVID. For students to be considered for this round they must submit a UAC & SRS application and preference a UC SRS course by the 5th of July. Recommendations from schools are due 26th July.
2021 Student Exchange Applications Now Open! World Education Program (WEP) Australia is now accepting applications for 2021 student exchange programs. WEP has now introduced New Zealand as a destination, so there are 28 incredible locations for students to choose from! Short term, semester and year programs available. Students can request an information pack at WEP.ORG.AU or by texting 'EXCHANGE' to 0428 246 633. Charles Sturt Advantage Early Offer Applications open until 31 August Apply online for an early offer to Charles Sturt. The Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program helped more than 700 students secure an offer in 2020. The program looks beyond academic skills and rewards people with soft skills. In addition to a conditional offer in September, students receive an exclusive support program, welcome events, gifts and a 5 point ATAR reduction for most courses.
The University of Sydney - New early offer scheme for music and visual arts. Exceptionally talented students in music and visual arts can now apply for courses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney College of Arts prior to receiving an ATAR. Students can receive an early offer based on an audition and interview or by submitting a portfolio and undertaking an interview. The offer applies to domestic students wishing to apply for studies in 2021. bit.ly/usydcasas
The University of Sydney - Sydney Scholars Applications Open! Students can now apply for the University of Sydney's flagship scholarship; the Sydney Scholars Award. Open to domestic and international students who display high academic achievement and are in their final year of secondary education. Applications close 30 September:
Notre Dame University’s Early Offer program is closing soon! Notre Dame’s Early Offer program gives students the opportunity to receive an offer prior to sitting their HSC exams, so they can finish Year 12 with added confidence. Apply online direct to Notre Dame before the 31st of July. For more information visit www.notredame.edu.au/study/early-offer-sydney or call 8204 4404.
Secure a spot at Orana for 2021 with early entry. Finish high school with confidence about your life after high school by applying for Orana’s early entry program. School leavers can now apply for early entry to all three accredited courses offered at Orana. With small, engaging class sizes only limited spaces are available for the February 2021 intake. Be sure to apply now at http://oranacollege.com.au/early-entry
Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
Term 3 fee statements were emailed on Friday 24th July with a due date of Friday 28th August.
If you have been impacted by COVID-19, 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 not related to COVID-19 (including Bushfire, flood or any other hardship), please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au
All information is treated and maintained confidentially.
Given the challenges that 2020 has presented, there are many avenues for support. These are listed below to provide some assistance.
The National Bushfire Recovery Agency is able to provide assistance to individuals and families, businesses, not for profits, primary producers – everyone in our community. Their website address is: https://www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/
Information for individuals and families:
For support – relating to Bushfires, drought, flood and/or Covid-19 for individuals and families:
For small business and not for profits support relating to Bushfires, drought, flood and/or Covid-19:
For well-being and mental health support:
Bushfire Specific Assistance
Disaster Recovery Allowance
Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Allowance
Aust’n Gov’t Disaster Recovery Payment
Ex-gratia Disaster Recovery Payment
Recovery Support Officer
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.
Recent changes to Jobkeeper can be found at:
Information on Jobseeker can be found at:
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 etc
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:
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.