Dear Parents, Students and Friends
The Youth Community Service Award (formerly known as the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award) has been conducted by the NSW Branch since its inception in 1993. Each year, 25 senior students from NSW High Schools are recognised for their outstanding service to the community and personally presented with their Award by the Governor of NSW in a ceremony at NSW Government House.
I warmly congratulate Damia O’Loughlin of Year 12 on receiving this outstanding award. We have been thrilled with this announcement after nominating Damia a few months ago.
The College has much to celebrate with the calibre of musicians graduating each year. Bree Mealy joins Harry Hadley, Jack Gallen and Riley Maher becoming the fourth Year 12 student in recent years to be accepted into the Conservatorium of Music at Sydney University. Congratulations to Bree who received the news this week. Bree’s course is a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice). A wonderful achievement!
I also acknowledge the work of our music teachers as they inspire and nurture the talent of our students. Thank you to Ros Maher, Teagan Russell, Dee Farnell and Matt O’Brien.
I often speak to parents about the pastoral care offered at the College. Whether this is at the time of enrolment, managing student wellbeing, talking about behavioural needs or the holistic approach to student development. Whatever the context, what I do know is that Carroll College is second to none in the pastoral care of its students.
There are times when I hear comments circulating about suspension or even expulsion as preferable measures for excluding children from school. These are never the best options. As adults and significant role models in a student’s life at school, the staff and I are charged with the responsibility of caring for children. First and foremost, it’s about care. When children get it wrong, we model understanding, provide support and offer forgiveness. This does not mean there are no consequences.
I am sure you will be heartened to learn that the Pastoral Care of our students and families takes priority. We are very proactive in our engagement with families which is extremely positive. Our statistics to date are as follows:
- Parent phone calls – 1265
- Email correspondence – 1690
- Student interviews – 9082
- Parent Interviews – 131
- Restorative meetings - 17
The relationships we develop with students and their families is possibly the most powerful partnership in educating a child. The stronger we are as a team, the more precise we can be on the areas that matter – whether it be academic care, social, emotional or spiritual development. The trust and partnership between home and school is at the core of a great school community.
Community Council News
Mr Paul Penberthy, Community Council Chair is now a parent representative of Catholic Schools Parents Canberra Goulburn (CSPGC). Paul is also the designated representative for CSPCG on the Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP) NSW/ACT. I congratulate Paul on his appointment to these roles and wish him well. Paul will keep our College Council up to date on matters of interest.
Catalyst – High Impact Teaching Practices (HITP)
Our ‘In Action’ Catalyst team has undertaken further professional learning this week focusing on high impact teaching strategies. Spaced practice was one focus area. I have included information below.
Catalyst – High Impact Teaching Practices (HITP)
Our ‘In Action’ Catalyst team has undertaken further professional learning this week focusing on high impact teaching strategies. Spaced practice was one focus area. I have included information below
Carroll College Honour Roll 2021 – Recognising Achievements of CCB Alumni
Calling for Nominations
The Carroll College Honour Roll is awarded to a former student of Carroll College who has demonstrated excellence in their chosen field and who lives out the Broulee ABC’s through their actions and achievements.
You are invited to contact the College and nominate a former student for this award. Nominations can be forwarded to email@example.com
Please include the following information:
- Name of former student
- Years of attendance at the College
- Brief outline of what they have achieved since leaving Carroll College and how their actions demonstrate one or more aspects of the selection criteria (refer to criteria below).
CCB Honour Roll
- A former student of Carroll College
Criteria for Nomination
The Carroll College Honour Roll is awarded to a former student who has excelled in one or more of the following areas:
- Demonstrated excellence in their chosen field - Sporting, Cultural, Science or the Arts.
- Made a substantial humanitarian contribution to the Local/National/Global Community.
- Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity.
- Contributed to the community on a voluntary basis.
- Made a substantial contribution to development of regional community and/or economy.
- Become an inspirational role model for the students at Carroll College.
Feedback invited from staff and community.
CCCC examine the nominees and selects.
Successful recipient invited to end of year awards and asked to deliver a presentation to students.
Award recipient’s name is added to the Carroll College honour roll board.
We continue to prioritise student, staff and community health and safety as COVID-19 continues to escalate in severity. Please remain vigilant as we work together for the protection of all.
Best wishes to our Year 12 students as they commence their Trial HSC exams next week. Exams are scheduled across Weeks 5 & 6.
University early entry offers will also start being released from next week.
Blessings on your home and family.
At the end of last week, Mrs Heffernan and I had the pleasure of interviewing the Year 11 students who nominated to be considered for the Captain and Vice Captain roles for the Student Leadership team for 2022. These conversations allowed students to express the importance that Carroll College plays in their lives, their appreciation for the opportunities they have, and their vision for how they can contribute to enhancing the student experience moving forward. Students followed this interview with a speech to their Year group, which for some, seemed daunting but everyone shone as they shared their ideas with their peers. We are continuing the nomination process over the coming week to allow students to nominate for a range of other leadership positions to have their interview opportunity. The outcome of the process will be shared with the College community in the coming weeks when will have an opportunity to celebrate and farewell our current leaders and commission the team for 2022.
At the moment we are all confronted with the uncertain times that the Covid Delta virus is causing. As much as our regional location is offering a buffer we all realise that this is fragile. Many families have connections to communities that have been in lockdown for some time. This situation creates an ongoing source of tension which for some can lead to a build up of stress and anxiety. Headspace National is hosting free mental health education sessions across identified regions in NSW, on ways to support a young person when they are concerned about their mental health.
To access these sessions please refer to the links attached.
Our Year 12 students will begin their Trial HSC examinations next week. We wish them well. As the exam timetable begins, students are reminded that even though they are not following their normal lesson timetable, the resources of the Pastoral Care team are always available. Students can call the College and ask to speak to their Pastoral Coordinator or they can email for support.
Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
We wish our Year 12 students all the best in their upcoming Trial exams. Students should be assured that if they have put in the hard yards, they will be rewarded. If they have any last-minute questions they should email their teachers. If they don’t have an exam in any particular time slot, they are encouraged to come and study at school and touch base with their teachers. Good luck!
I encourage all parents to make time to meet, via Teams, with all their children’s teachers during the upcoming Parent-Teacher evenings. The use of technology means you can meet no matter where you are. Once you have made a booking in Sentral, the teacher will email you a Teams invite. We ask that you join the meeting 5 minutes before your scheduled time slot and wait in the “lobby” until the teacher lets you in. These meetings are a great way to set some goals with your child and teacher to improve their grades for the second semester. If you have any difficulties with making a booking, please contact the College and we can help you or make bookings for you. Parent-Teacher evenings are on the following dates and times.
Tuesday 10 August (3.30pm - 7.00pm) - Week 5
Tuesday 17 August (3.30pm - 6.30pm) - Week 6
Thursday 19 August (3.30pm - 7.00pm) - Week 6
Year 11 students should now be increasing their study time in preparation for their End of Year Exams. Students should be completing unit summaries in all subjects and attempting past papers to check their understanding. The Year 11 exams begin in Week 8 and continue into Week 9.
Year 10 will be sitting the compulsory NESA Minimum Standards Tests in Week 7. Successful completion of these tests is mandatory if a student wishes to achieve an HSC credential. To be successful, students must attain a Level Three against the Australian Core Skills Framework in the Writing, Reading and Numeracy tests. Our students have always achieved these levels in the past. Students have multiple opportunities to achieve these levels and staff are on hand to assist students who have additional learning needs. If you would like to discuss these tests for your child, please contact me at the College.
Years 7 to 10 will be sitting a Progressive Assessment Test (PAT) in Spelling during Weeks 8 and 9. This test is part of the PAT test suite of tests that the College uses to track the progress of individual students and cohorts. The data obtained allows us to target our teaching so that we ensure all students are learning at their potential. Please encourage your child to take these tests seriously so that the data we gain on them is an accurate reflection of their ability. If you would like more information about these tests, please contact me.
Curriculum and Achievement
The Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – 8 August
This Sunday, the Catholic Church honours and celebrates the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Feast Days are held on the date that the saint has died. St Mary of the Cross Mackillop is the Patron of one of Carroll College’s Houses, MacKillop House (Blue House). Patrons and Patron Saints are important in Catholic schools as they provide the community with role models of faith and evidence of the fact that people can live both an ordinary and an exceptional life.
In her biography on the Sydney Catholic Schools website we learn that,
Mary MacKillop was born in 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne. On 8 August 1909, she died, having suffered a disabling stroke in 1902. Inspired by a meeting with Fr. Julian Tenison-Woods, Mary MacKillop took her vows at the age of twenty five, and the religious name, “Mary of the Cross”. In doing so, she founded the congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. Soon after taking her religious vows, Mary MacKillop founded several schools. Within five years of taking her vows and founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Mary had established over thirty schools in South Australia. By that time, more than one hundred women had joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Mary worked most especially with the children of the poor and she is credited with many words of wisdom including, “Never see a need without doing something about it.” This brief profile of her life illustrates Mary’s dedication to education, service and faith. Valuing education, care of others and faith are things we wish for our students at Carroll College and so makes Mary of the Cross a wonderful choice as a Patron for our community.
St Mary of the Cross is Australia’s first, and only, saint. She was canonised (made a saint) by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010. In 2013, she was also given the title, Patron Saint of Australia, a patronage she shares with Mary Help of Christians.
Since May 2020, Parishes across Australia have been praying a prayer to entrust Australia to the care and protection of Mary Help of Christians during the Covid-19 Pandemic. As our nation continues to struggle with this disease, we continue to make this prayer.
Religious Education Coordinator
Soil Your Undies Challenge started today in Agriculture. An initiative of UNE to study soil types across NSW. Today the students chose their location for where they will bury their undies. Undies will officially be buried during National Science Week on Thursday 19 August.
Photo of Phoebe Piper and Felicity Lotze cuddling our new hen 'Cotton'.
Career Reminders and Presentations to Yr 12
Last Friday, UOW and ACU presented virtually to students of Year 12 who were interested in information and tips on how to apply for their early entry pathways.
A reminder that the Uni of Wollongong Application for Early entry closes on 13 August. Please drop into the careers office any break time to ask questions if you need assistance with this. Don't miss this deadline!
11 weeks to go until the due date! Due Week 3, Term 4 to go to Work experience Week 7 Term 4.
Transport for NSW Apprentice and Trainee recruitment is now open for 2022!
Our programs allow people to complete a nationally recognised qualification whilst getting paid and gaining valuable hands on experience with Transport for NSW. We have 6 programs that we are offering next year.
Please view our brochure which contains detailed information regarding each of our programs.
Term 3 fee statements were emailed on 22 July with a due date of Friday 13 August. Thank you to families who have made payments. Any recent payments will be receipted shortly.
The College recommends a regular payment approach to managing your school fees and to reduce the financial burden that delaying fee payments may cause. For example, a regular weekly or fortnightly payment through Direct Debit, BPay or Qkr! can assist in managing your school fees. The 2021 Fee Schedule is available on the Carroll College website – Enrolment/Fees. In this section of the website, there is also a Fee Calculator to assist families in determining fee payment amounts in managing their school fee payments. If you are unable to pay off your school fees in full by the end of the year, you will need to set up a Fee Agreement with the College. A fee agreement assists both the College and families in managing school fees. Please contact our finance team via firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain Fee Agreement Form.
Currently, enrolled families facing significant financial difficulty are able to apply for fee assistance. Fee assistance is income based and requires supporting documentation. You may be asked to meet to discuss aspects of your application and will be required to provide supporting documentation. Fee assistance can include:
- a payment plan (extends the payment period to 12 months and commits families to make ongoing payments to pay off school fees by the end of the school year)
- an extended payment plan (extends the payment period to greater than 12 months and commits families to make ongoing payments to pay off school fees over an approved, extended period of time)
- Fee Concession – partial reduction of fees and payment plan
- Fee Concession – full reduction of fees
Fee assistance is an annual application process based on your circumstances. In some situations, any reductions may be reviewed on a term by term basis, which would then require separate applications including supporting documentation at the start of each term. Where your circumstances improve during the school year, the College relies on families to get in touch, so that your fee assistance can be adjusted accordingly and the College is able to provide support to other families requiring assistance.
Government grants provide part of the funding required to operate the College. The balance of operating costs are funded through school fees. The ongoing operations of the College are dependent on parents paying the required level of fees. Every effort will be made by the College to recover fees from parents who are deemed to have the capacity to pay fees.
On the basis of the information provided in the Fee Assistance Form, the Fee Committee will determine an appropriate level of fee support based upon guidelines agreed to by Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and Carroll College. The Fee Committee reviews fee assistance applications once per term, in the latter half of the term. Applicants will be then be advised of the outcome via email and letter. Please sign a copy of this letter and return via the envelope provided to the College. Following receipt of signed agreement letter, the concession will then be applied to your fees. Where you are granted a partial reduction in school fees with a payment plan, it is necessary that you commit to maintaining your payment plan. Where you are on a payment plan or extended payment plan, it is important to maintain those ongoing payments. If you need to change your payment plan arrangements, please get in touch with College as soon as practicable.
Change in Circumstances – Request for Split Billing
Where there has been a change to your family circumstances and you require split billing, this creates a variation to your school fee obligations from initial enrolment. Please request the Split Billing Request Form which needs to be signed and dated by both parents/guardians to take effect. This form requires parents to indicate the percentage split for fees and acknowledges your obligations relating to fees, levies and charges incurred while your child is enrolled at the College. Please contact our finance team via email@example.com to obtain a Split Billing Request Form.
All information is treated and maintained confidentially.
If you require fee assistance, please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au
Access to Bushfire Support
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/
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:
When finalising payments on Qkr, please make sure to finalise anything that is in the cart on the top right hand corner. If the cart is not empty and you do not have a receipt, this means the payment and consent has not been finalised. This includes any events or excursions that only require permission (eg. swimming consent notes). Once you have signed the permission note you will still need to ‘checkout’ at the end of the process to ensure the permission note is finalised. Thank you!
Qkr! Is our preferred payment option. If you need help using this app, please contact the Office on 44 715600.
Important message from Priors Bus Service
Please be advised that it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transport.
Please provide your children with a face mask and explain the importance of wearing it on the school bus.
This is also to keep our drivers safe, as the bus is their workplace, and they will all be wearing masks to keep themselves, our community, and your children safe.
All students are expected to wear face masks whilst on the bus. No student will be refused entry to the bus if they are not wearing one, however, we cannot stress enough the importance of everyone one (students included) to do the right thing.
Notification of further extension to North Head Drive road closure
Moruya’s North Head Drive will remain closed to through-traffic for another month due to excessive moisture in the road sub-base making the road unsuitable for sealing works.
North Head Drive is likely to remain closed until 20 August 2021.
In the meantime, commuters should continue to access the Moruya Airport, the racecourse or the speedway using the Princes Highway and Broulee Road, which will add a few extra minutes to their travel time to and from Moruya.
The road is closed from just south of the Moruya Airport intersection to just east of Quarry Park Reserve.
Road closures can be viewed online at any time by visiting our Road closures webpage.
Ph: 4474 7366
vulcan street moruya nsw 2537 | po box 99 moruya nsw 2537
Eurobodalla Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we work.