- Principal's Letter
- Assistant Principal Pastoral Care Report
- Curriculum News
- Important Dates for Term 1 2021
- RE Matters
- Sympathy and Prayers
- Aboriginal Contact Centre News
- Year 7 2020 Orientation Day
- Senior Leadership camp
- Student Welfare News
- TAS News
- Year 8 Visual Arts
- Olympian and gold medalist Mack Horton Zoom visit
- CCB Surfing Championship
- Finance News
- Canteen News
- QKr! News
- Senior Study
- Community News
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
We have come to the end of the academic year and what a year it has been! This will be the final newsletter for 2020, as the last day of term for students and staff is Wednesday 16 December.
I take this opportunity to thank all families for their support and understanding as we have navigated an enormously challenging year together. I hope at all times you have felt supported and informed as developments occurred. Our community has been strengthened by the experiences of this year, despite the unpredictable nature of events. The human response in times of devastation, hardship and loss is heart-warming. We are a people of faith and with this comes the courage to face adversity. I pray that this Christmas brings your family the peace and joy that deprived us last year.
I acknowledge the work of the College staff and thank them sincerely for what they bring to their roles each day. Our collaborative approach has enabled us to meet the challenges of 2020.
Thank you to Mr Paul Penberthy, Chair of our College Community Council, and to Council members for their support and direction. Also to Parish Priests, Fr Martins and Fr George. Fr Martins has been a regular presence at the College and has offered spiritual input with staff and students.
Year 7, 2021 Orientation Day
A fantastic day was enjoyed by Year 6 students last Friday as they explored their new secondary learning environment. New friendships were made and students were actively engaged in activities as they interacted with peers. It was a fun day of new adventures as students became familiar with the College and gained confidence in themselves as they began the transition process to Year 7! The new school year commences on Friday 29 January 2021 for Year 7.
Student Leadership Team (SLT) Camp
I had the pleasure of attending part of the SLT Camp last week at Narooma. What a dynamic group of young people! Lots of laughs and great energy as they brainstormed and planned for 2021. There is a great level of respect among the students. It was wonderful to see their leadership skills in action. Special thanks to Mr Hodges, Mrs Dell and Mr Mansfield for their leadership at camp!
We have a number of staff completing temporary contracts at the end of the term. On behalf of the College, I extend our thanks to these colleagues for the commitment they show to our community on a daily basis. Thank you to Laura Wales, Peter Sutton, Cathie Cahill, Jenni Knight, Tim Lyttle and Laura McLarnon.
Our TAS Assistant, Mr Neil O’Hanlon is retiring after many years of working at the College. I wish him every happiness in retirement and thank him for sharing his skills and expertise in the TAS department.
Cheryle King will be returning to work in 2021 in a job-share capacity as Classroom Support Teacher with Rita Cremerius. Mrs King will be working five days p/week until PM Break each day.
Louisa Bonner is commencing Maternity leave at the end of the term. Our warmest regards go to Louisa and partner Ewan and their family, as they await the arrival of their baby due at the end of January.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2020
Yesterday marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. As a Catholic community, we are an inclusive learning community focused on providing the same access to opportunities for all students with a disability. We work closely with families to create Personal Plans that will ensure adjustments are appropriate to the learner and students feel safe and secure at school.
Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World.
Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.
The global crisis of COVID-19 is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion and highlighting that work on disability inclusion is imperative. People with disabilities—one billion people— are one of the most excluded groups in our society and are among the hardest hit in this crisis in terms of fatalities.
End of Year Awards Ceremony – Tuesday 15 December
With COVID-19 restrictions easing slightly, we are able to adapt our plans for our end of year Awards Ceremony in Week 10. We will be holding two separate ceremonies to cater for student, staff and parent numbers. Years 7 & 8 students will come together for the first gathering at 9.45am - 10.35am. Years 9, 10 & 11 students will gather at 11.25am – 12.15pm.
One parent per child is welcome to attend if they are available. Both Award ceremonies will be recorded and the link made available to all parents, so please do not be concerned if you cannot make this occasion. Social distancing and appropriate precautions will remain in place for this function. Parents will be required to sign in at the entrance to the Hall and be seated 10 minutes prior to commencement time.
If your child is a recipient of an award this year, parents will receive an email confidentially a couple of days prior. Again, I thank all families for their understanding with these restrictions.
Return Dates for 2021
- Staff return for two days of professional learning on Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 January 2021
- Years 7, 11 & 12 return on Friday 29 January 2021
- Years 8, 9 & 10 return on Monday 1 February with ALL students
May the blessings of Christmas fill your homes and hearts. From all at Carroll College, I wish your family a safe and joyous Christmas. Enjoy a special holiday period this year.
Ready for a new challenge and steady pay check, I took up a pamphlet run at the age of 14. I spent Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings delivering news of the best bargains Canberra had to offer to the grateful people of Hughes and Garran. I soon learnt the location of every vicious dog in both suburbs.
In Year 9, I was lucky enough to be offered a job by one of my best friend’s dad. He was in charge of the opening of a brand new family restaurant, Henry’s. It was Canberra’s newest place to go for families with tasty burgers, party plans, a video arcade and the world’s greatest salad bar. I got to work in the kitchen with many of my friends, dressed like a chef, making gourmet burgers and steak and dampers. I was also pretty impressed with the front of house staff, or one in particular, the future Mrs Brady.
When I was completing Year 12 at St Edmunds College, I applied for a number of gap year programs in English schools. I was accepted by the Kingswood School in Bath. An amazing school with a history dating back nearly 300 years. In preparation for the trip, I took on a second job washing dishes at Grande’s Cafe in Manuka to pay for my plane ticket. So at 17, two months after Year 12 graduation I headed to Bath, England to spend a year as a PE assistant at The Kingswood School. I lived on site (it was a boarding school) and had an amazing year working with the PE team. In the holidays, I was able to travel around Europe with another of my best friends, who was also on a gap year. Of an evening I worked in a pub, The Hare and Hound, to help pay for my trips.
I was due to commence university at ANU studying Science on my return but enjoyed my time as a PE assistant so much that I transferred to PDHPE Teaching (Bachelor) at the University of Canberra. It was the right decision, and I enjoyed every moment of my four years at UC. I worked at the Canberra Southern Cross Club and The Yamba Club, as well as the Southern Cross Pitch and Putt course whilst I was studying at university.
My first teaching job was at Lanyon High School, in Tuggeranong. It was a relatively new school with young staff and modern curriculum design. I spent four years there, making some great friends, and working with some amazing senior staff who helped me develop my teaching skills.
In 2003, I started life’s most important job, being a parent. With Mrs Brady on maternity leave, we thought it would be a good opportunity to make a move to the country and have a break from city life. We saw the ad for a PE Teacher at Carroll College, Broulee. “Is there even a school there? That’s where we go for holidays! Surely I couldn’t be that lucky to get a job there!” Well, I was, and here I am. 16 years and four boys later, at an amazing school, working with wonderful staff, students and families. Was this my plan when I was 16? Not even close, but I am glad it’s worked out this way.
Volunteering has also been an important part of my time on the coast. I have been keenly involved in many local sports as a player and/or volunteer including rugby union, touch football, athletics, surf club and cricket. As a teenager in Canberra, I was always so appreciative of the volunteers who made sport possible, coaches, referees, canteen helpers, managers and more. I was fortunate enough to play at a first grade level in rugby union and cricket in Canberra, and now have the opportunity to provide those opportunities for many kids on the South Coast.
It is with mixed emotions that I write my last newsletter at Carroll College. As Mrs Heffernan communicated to the College Community this week, I have been invited to join All Saint’s College Maitland to lead Pastoral Care within their College. The decision has not been an easy one, Carroll College is a fantastic school and my decision to depart is brought by the desire to bring my family closer to Grandparents, Aunties and Cousins who are located near Newcastle.
The Carroll College community is enormously supportive. There have been times where we have laughed, cried, forgiven and stood firm together through some very difficult times and last summer showed the resilience and spirit of the College and wider community when we were together pushed to breaking point.
I have been very fortunate enough to meet and get to know many students and their families since moving here from Victoria four years ago and form close friendships with some of these families on a personal level outside of school through sport and other community organisations. I will miss these connections enormously.
The staff at Carroll do a fantastic job in ensuring that as a Regional College our students have access to as many opportunities and programs that students in cities have. Carroll students, in my opinion, have the edge through the beautiful natural surroundings and lifestyle that living outside of a city brings as well as the great programs and opportunities on offer.
I must thank the teams I work particularly close with for their support during my time here. The Pastoral Team do an outstanding job in ensuring that our students are cared for, have firm boundaries, and can access appropriate resources to support their personal growth and wellbeing. They are an amazing team and families must continue to engage their expertise to help support the students in our care.
The College Executive worked very hard to ensure that the College runs smoothly and is future-facing. We have been through many changes since I joined and the College is very well placed going into the years ahead. I must particularly thank Mrs Heffernan and Mr O’Neill for the challenges they have put to me as a leader in Pastoral Care to ensure our students are cared for and safe.
Thank you all once again, enjoy the Christmas break, keep safe and good luck to all in the future.
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
In the final newsletter for 2020, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the students, parents and staff for all your efforts in what has been a remarkable year. Despite all that nature has thrown at us this year, students have continued to learn, parents have supported their students and teachers have risen to new challenges. It will be with great pleasure that I will present our academic award winners at our upcoming awards ceremony in Week 10. Of all years, these students have thoroughly earned their achievements.
At the Awards Ceremony, there will be a number of different awards presented. Students who have gained an A in a subject will be recognised with an Academic Award. If a student has gained more than half their course results as As in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and with no other results less than a C grade, they will be awarded an Academic Excellence Award. For those students who excel at school and have received As for ALL their courses in both Semester 1 and 2, they will receive a Dux Award. For our students who always put in their best efforts all the time, the Endeavour Award is presented. This award is based on the students Learning Habits in their reports. Those students in Years 7-10 must achieve 90% of their Learning Habits as “Always” and have nothing less than “Usually”. Those students in Year 11 must achieve “Excellent” with no more than 2 “Good” results in their Application and Conduct sections of their reports. Details of the Awards Ceremony will be sent out to parents shortly.
For our students in Years 7-10, the upcoming holidays are a chance to relax and unwind. Students in Year 11 have already commenced their HSC studies. These holidays are a perfect opportunity to spend some time consolidating their understanding of the concepts covered in Term 4. Next year, the last remaining three terms of their schooling will fly by, so any time spent consolidating their learning will pay dividends in the assessments next year.
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
Curriculum and Achievement
Wednesday 27 January – student pupil free day
Thursday 28 January - student pupil free day
Friday 29 January - first day for Years 7, 11, 12 students
Monday 1 February - first day for Years 8, 9, 10 students
Thursday 1 April – last day Term 1
Monday 19 April – student pupil free day
Tuesday 20 April – first day for all students
Friday 25 June – last day Term 2
Monday 12 July – student pupil free day
Tuesday 13 July – first day for all students
Friday 17 September – last day Term 3
Tuesday 5 October – student pupil free day
Wednesday 6 October – first day for all students
Wednesday 15 December – last day Term 4
IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 1
Tuesday 9 February – College Photo Day
Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 February – Senior Retreat
Monday 15 February – College Swimming Carnival (back up date Tuesday 16 February)
Wednesday 17 February – Ash Wednesday
Monday 22 February – Year 7 Welcome evening
Monday 22 February – Year 11 information evening
Tuesday 2 March – Archdiocesan Swimming carnival
Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 March – Year 7 and 11 Peer Support camp
Friday 5 March – Activities Day
Thursday 11 March – Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 11 March – Year 10 immunisations and Year 8 catch up immunisations
Tuesday 16 March – Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 18 March – Gurubangamba Mentoring Day
Tuesday 23 March to Thursday 25 March – NAPLAN readiness tests
Friday 26 March – Xavier House day
Tuesday 30 March - Year 7 immunisations
Wednesday 31 March – Combined Schools Mass
Thursday 1 April – Term 1 ends
For more information on College events and other calendar dates please visit Sentral.
On Tuesday November 24, the College was very pleased to hold the Year 9 Formation Day at the school. Ordinarily, students travel to a local venue for this day, but this year it was held on the school grounds. The day was facilitated by Senior leaders, Damia O’Loughlin, Faith Captain, Emma Tuckwell, College Captain, Sarah Penberthy, Vice-Captain, Gemma Mass and Madeleine Forner, Xavier Captains and Gemma Ferguson, Youth Ministry Team member. We were also fortunate to have our Youth Minister for 2021, Liarna Miller with us on the day. Liarna graduated from Carroll College this year and has been successful in gaining the position of Youth Minster for next year. She will be working at the College 2-3 days per week and on other days working in the St Bernard’s and St Mary’s parishes and primary schools.
The Senior Leaders ably lead the Year 9 students through a program entitled, “Who am I?” The day featured games, small group discussions, large group input from the Senior Leaders and watching a motivational speech by Nick Vujicic. These days are always a wonderful opportunity for personal development and time with friends. All in all students had a fun day being with each other.
Some comments from Year 9 about the day…
“My favourite part from Formation Day was when we played the games and how the Year 11 were involved to help us out.”
“My favourite thing that I learnt from Nick Vujicic was “don’t let others words bring you down – you are worth something.”
“I enjoyed the social activity where we would share and come up with ideas as a group.”
“I appreciated the encouragement from the teachers, students and Yr 11 helpers. Everyone was really involved when participating and I got to know more about other people.”
Faith Formation Coordinator
Religious Education Coordinator
Please keep the following families in your prayers, David (Yr 8) and Heidi (Yr 9) Manning on the passing of their Grandmother. Cheryle King (staff) on the passing of her Mother. Michelle Katuke (staff) on the passing of her Grandmother.
Over the past few weeks, Trisha Ellis has been sharing cultural knowledge and experiences with our Indigenous students. They have been participating in bush food walks and yarning circles as well as continuing to explore language. Trisha has also gifted our students with their own talking stick, which has been created especially for us and connects us to country.
Unfortunately, due to the unfolding situation with Covid we have been unable to celebrate NAIDOC as we normally would. This year’s NAIDOC theme was “Always was, always will be’ and students at Carroll College took the opportunity to learn about the significance of the Acknowledgement of Country. Each homeroom decorated their own Acknowledgement of Country to be displayed in their classroom as a reminder that we learn on Walbunja land. Each student also completed a NAIDOC colouring in activity which was linked to this year's theme.
Last week saw our Indigenous Year 6 students visit the college as part of the Gurumbangma Mentoring and Transition Program. The students were able to spend some time connecting with our Indigenous leaders through games and cultural activities, and were taken on a tour of the school. We are looking forward to them starting Year 7 next year.
During the 25th and 26th of November, the 2021 SLT travelled to Narooma with the support of Mr Hodges and Mrs Dell to make our aspirations for Carroll College a reality. We arrived at the Narooma Big4 early Thursday afternoon where we appreciated the beautiful views and stunning accommodation before proceeding to embark on some team building activities. During the activities, we had lots of laughs and learnt a lot about each other and were ready to begin planning for a great year ahead. Discussions began as we covered whiteboard after whiteboard with ideas great and small. After the first session of studious planning and intense discussion, we took a break to cool off at the splash park and pool. Following this, we ventured to Club Narooma for dinner along with Mr Mulally, Mr Mansfield and Mrs Heffernan. When we returned from dinner, we began more careful planning through directly addressing the appreciations and concerns of students as outlined in the student feedback survey. In light of what we discovered, we began working together in brainstorming solutions to frequently raised issues within the survey. Hours of planning, research and discussion followed establishing a plan of events and actions we will take to make our initiatives and ideas happen. Following this planning session, we retired to our cabins to sleep in preparation for the activities of the next day. When we woke up on Friday morning, another spectacular view greeted us which we admired as we ate breakfast and discussed plans for the day. We ended up embarking on a walk along a boardwalk where we reflected on all our discussions during the trip and strengthened our resolve. Some of the ideas in the works include the touch football day next week, Christmas colours day for the Vinnies Christmas appeal, a colour run, fortnightly wellbeing day, Superhero day, pyjama day and much more, so get excited, 2021 will be an unforgettable year for the college community!
Written by Sarah Penberthy and Damia O’Loughlin on behalf of the SLT Emma Tuckwell, Declan Holmes, Maddi Forner, Gemma Mass, Bonnie Brewer, Sam Heffernan, Meg Phillips, Caleb Piper and Marie Slockee-Albert.
In 2021 we would like to facilitate The Seasons for Growth Adult Program on the college premises; this program comes at no cost for members of our school community. The Seasons for Growth Program will be offered to parents, guardians and carers in Term 2, week 2. The sessions will run for 8 weeks and be 70 minutes long or 4 x1hour 40min sessions. The session times will be decided by the participants.
Please view the attached flyer to gain information on the program.
If you are interested in being part of the program or have any questions, please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
What a term it has been in TAS! The warm weather and consistent rainfall have helped with the Spring crop of vegetables that are literally jumping out of the ground. We have been lucky enough to receive 36 quail eggs from Mr Gary Hawkins of Moruya. The eggs are currently in the incubator and due to hatch any day now. We would like to send out a HUGE thank you to Gary for his generous donation. Gary, also known as Gizmo in the local area grown quails for meat and supplies restaurants up and down the coast. He also sells his eggs at Southland Fruit and Vegetable store in Moruya. The students are excited to see the eggs hatch and to have some more animals at the farm. We recently renames the Ag Plot and it is now called Red Gate Farm. Our entry gate has now been appropriately painted red and will soon have a sign made with the new name. Harley and Rose are now ¾ of their final weight and will soon be fully grown. They have been a wonderful addition to the Red Gate Farm and have become well loved by the students and staff. Their playful and friendly nature makes them the perfect addition to our school and we look forward to seeing them grow and thrive over the coming years.
Design and Technology News
In other news the design and technology students have completed their wax models of their Art Deco rings and they have been sent off to be cast in Sterling Silver. In the down time while waiting for their rings to return the students have been designing a Ring Box to hold and display their completed rings. The boxes are being designed using a variety of online drawing programs such as Sketch Up and Illustrator and will eventually be cut out using the laser cutter. Along with the was rings the students have completed an acrylic ring and a wooden ring to learn different techniques and to explore a variety of materials. I look forward to sharing all their completed projects in the next newsletter.
Food Technology News
Recently the Year 9-10 Food Technology students completed a practical exam making Meringues. The results were amazing and the students are to be commended on their hard work. Next year the Year 7 and 8 students will be introduced to more Agriculture in their Food/Ag program and will be planting, monitoring, harvesting and processing their produce. This will be a great stepping stone to Agriculture in Years 9 and 10 and we look forward to seeing them out in the garden more.
WOW! What an amazing year it has been for the Technology Mandatory students. Their projects have been design, produced and finished to such a high standard and they should all be very proud of themselves. The new laser cutter has enabled the students to personalise their projects in a more professional way. Students have learnt to use Inkscape and Illustrator to produce vector graphics that they have them etched using the laser cutter, into their projects. I look forward to seeing this grow and the use of this machine increase as students become more confident in their design skills.
Last week, Year 9 participated in a presentation by Olympian and gold medallist, Mack Horton. The special presentation titled ‘Olympics Unleashed Online’ allowed Mack to interact virtually with students via ZOOM. Olympics Unleashed, presented by Optus, is taking athletes into NSW classrooms to motivate students to be their personal best and inspire them to overcome challenges.
Term 4 fees were due on Friday 20 November 2020. Thank you to families who have made payments. Any recent payments will be receipted shortly.
Any new Direct Debit arrangements or changes to existing Direct Debits should be provided to the College via email email@example.com by Wednesday 9 December 2020 to be actioned before the College Christmas closure.
Direct Debit forms can be downloaded from the College Website www.ccb.nsw.edu.au/fees. Qkr and BPAY payments can also be made at any time. BPAY reference details can be found on the bottom left hand side of Fee Statements.
If you require school fee assistance due to any hardship, please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au. All information is treated and maintained confidentially.
Please note the College Christmas close down period is 16 December 2020 – 26 January 2021. Finance Staff can be contacted on Wednesday 27 January 2021 when school resumes.
The Finance Team wishes all our families a very happy and festive Christmas and, a safe and relaxing New Years.
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
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:
Changes to Government Assistance:
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/deferrals.
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:
Please choose the correct excursion for your child’s Year Group and also the correct child attending that event to avoid the consent note being completed in the wrong child’s name.
Qkr! is our preferred payment option. If you need assistance with using Qkr, please contact the Office.