- Principal's Welcome
- 2022 Census Privacy Notice
- Enrolments Online
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Innovation and Religious Education Coordinator
- RE Matters!
- SAVE THE DATE - YEAR 12 COLLEGE FORMAL
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Improvement
- Aboriginal Contact Centre News
- Variety Concert
- 2022 Athletics Carnival Results
- Hospitality News
- 2022 College Snow Trip
- TAS News
- Careers News
- Senior Study
- Finance News
- Community News
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
As Term 2 draws to a close, I take this opportunity to thank all Carroll families and staff for their ongoing support and shared passion for the growth and development of our wonderful school community. Reflecting on the term passed, one only needs to scroll through our CCB Facebook page or read over the term’s newsletters to gain a true sense of the extraordinary and diverse opportunities offered to students at Carroll College. The level of talent, skills, and personal pursuits of our students never ceases to amaze me. I am in awe of their capacity as learners and inspired by their courage and determination to step beyond what is comfortable and be more! The staff and I experience many proud moments with students. It is a very privileged role we share with you as parents in raising our young people to be strong, wise, kind, and passionate individuals. I congratulate all students on a successful semester.
An announcement was made earlier this week regarding future changes to the Higher School Certificate (HSC). I have included the media release below for your information. I am sure more information will follow in the coming months.
26 June 2022
NSW students will have stronger pathways from high school to their future careers as part of the NSW Government’s push to overhaul and modernise the HSC.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the next phase of our once in a generation curriculum reform is updating what students learn in their final years at school, as it has been more than 50 years since the HSC was introduced and 25 years since the last major review.
“A lot has changed in the past 25 years. We need to bring the HSC into the 21st Century and make sure senior students develop the skills and knowledge relevant for the jobs of today and the future,” Ms Mitchell said.
“In today’s economy we all need analytical, communication and collaboration skills to succeed, regardless of whether we are working as a retail manager, plumber, scientific researcher or politician.
“We must start valuing vocational and academic pathways equally, and recognise all students need the skills to thrive in modern workplaces.”
Changes underway to modernise HSC curriculum and assessment include:
- Abolishing the current system of classifying HSC courses as Category A or Category B Vocational Education and Training (VET) so more courses can contribute to a student’s ATAR from 2025.
- Piloting more HSC exams online, starting with the new Enterprise Computing and Software Engineering exams from 2025.
- Introduction of a learner profile to showcase a student’s extra-curricular achievements holistically, not just their exam results.
- Clearer course overviews that link skills and knowledge to careers so Year 10 students will have a greater understanding of the skills they will develop when they are selecting their HSC subjects.
The timeline has also been updated for the new senior secondary syllabuses, with all on track to be delivered by 2025.
Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the Gonski-Shergold review of the VET sector identified current HSC and ATAR arrangements as a barrier to developing a pipeline of job-ready high school graduates.
“When young people complete VET subjects at school, they get real life skills that set them up for a brighter future when they leave the school gates,” Mr Henskens.
“These changes will significantly expand the education and employment pathways available to young people who want to get skilled while still at school and then further their education at a registered training provider or one of our world class universities.”
The NSW curriculum reform program is on track to see all K-10 syllabuses delivered by 2024, and all Year 11-12 syllabuses delivered by 2025. The new Year 11-12 Enterprise Computing and Software Engineering syllabuses will be published on the new digital curriculum platform in Term 3, 2022.
Two of our temporary teaching staff finish contracts today. I sincerely thank Mrs Emily Pacey (TAS Teacher) and Mr Paul Hill (PDHPE Teacher) for their work and guidance of our students this semester. It has been a pleasure working with them and we hope they return to the college at some stage. Both are stepping away from their roles for personal reasons.
We welcome four new colleagues to Carroll College next term. Mr Geoffrey Riordan (preferred title) will be job-sharing with Mrs Cassie Johnston, teaching HSIE. Mr Riordan will be teaching 2.5 days per cycle. He is a Professor Emeritus and has held the position of Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education at the University of Canberra since 2011. He is currently an Education Consultant (RAND Australia), and Senior Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change (HKIE). We warmly welcome Geoffrey to the Carroll team.
Mr Andrew Hallett has been appointed as our new PDHPE teacher. Mr Hallett will be teaching four days p/week. Mr Hallett comes to us from Ulladulla High and holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Wollongong, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, and Certificate III in Sport Coaching. This means Mr Hallett is a qualified VET Teacher as well as Classroom Teacher. Mr Hallett will be a wonderful addition to our PDHPE faculty and to our team as a whole.
We also welcome Mr Joel Coates as our new TAS teacher replacing Mrs Pacey for Semester 2. Mr Coates also teaches PDHPE and will be job-sharing five PDHPE classes with Mr Hallett. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), Bachelor of Arts in Design Technology, Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and Certificate II in Furniture Making. Mr Coates’ expertise will be appreciated in the TAS department, along with his capacity to also teach VET.
Following interviews today, we have appointed Mrs Loretta Parsley to the position of Aboriginal Education Worker. We are thrilled to be welcoming Loretta to Carroll College. Loretta is a Walbunja Elder, Cultural Advisor, Social & Emotional Wellbeing Support – Mental Health/Trauma, Cultural Knowledge Holder, and Advocate for First Nations Rights. Loretta holds a Diploma of Teaching, currently studying Diploma of Arts, Consultant for First Nations workshops, and Business Owner of Doolagarl Dreaming. Loretta will be working in the College two days per week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I congratulate Loretta and look forward to learning from her.
The calibre of our new teachers to Carroll College is outstanding. I am thrilled with the abovementioned appointments and know these educators will be fully supported by our community as they begin in their new roles.
I was so sorry to miss the Variety Concert last week. From all accounts, it was an exceptional showcase of talent and creative flair! Congratulations to all involved. I particularly thank our music teachers and technicians, hospitality team, and teaching and executive staff who supported this event. The coordination of an evening such as this requires an enormous level of teamwork, time, and commitment. The Carroll team is second to none!
Thank you also to all parents and friends who attended to support our students. Always an outstanding concert!
I met with the Monarch Construction team yesterday and Architect, Russell McFarland to be updated on the building developments of our new student toilet facilities. The project is coming together very well despite some initial delays with materials. Handover is anticipated mid to late August. The design, aesthetics and functionality of this project will be welcomed by all. I am confident it will exceed expectations!
Best wishes for a safe, happy and relaxing break.
Teachers love learning. We love helping others learn, we love learning ourselves. A teacher is always learning and taking part in professional learning and development to improve their practice. But not all professional learning is equal. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has recently released a guidance report titled, “Effective Professional Development”. The guidance report aims to “support schools in selecting external PD” because “PD has great potential.” It is quite clear and well accepted that an effective teacher who is able to employ high impact and quality teaching practices, can make an enormous difference to a child’s learning and their success in school. The good news is that teachers engaging with effective professional development can also continue to improve as practitioners, much like our students.
The “Effective Professional Development” guidance report has identified four key elements for effective PD: build knowledge, motivate staff, develop teaching techniques and embed practice. In my last Newsletter article, I shared with the community the staff who were currently filming lessons for the Teach Well PD course as part of the Archdiocesan Catalyst program. All the staff have filmed and submitted their lesson and have received feedback from Teach Well through their mentoring scheme. Staff have commented how valuable, affirming and specific the feedback has been. The Teach Well course is directly aligned with the EEF’s findings and mentoring and feedback sits within develop teaching techniques. The report states:
Monitoring the performance of participants and offering feedback to support their improvement may also support better professional development outcomes and subsequent pupil performance. Supportive observations, with formative feedback, should be clearly differentiated from notions of high-stakes lesson observations linked to appraisal targets.
Carroll College has now had 16 staff undertake this mentoring and feedback process. We are committed to increasing this practice and providing not only opportunities for more staff to take part in the Teach Well course in 2023, but also observing and providing constructive, supportive feedback to each other on a more regular basis. I feel we are on a very strong pathway of effective professional learning that will have the ultimate result of improved learning for our students as well as our staff.
Assistant Principal, Learning and Innovation
In Term 3 Carroll College will be taking part in the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. Mr Paul Hamer’s Year 9 RE class will be driving the Appeal this year and they will be planning and facilitating fund-raising activities during the term. The students will have more information to share about their goals for the Appeal, however families are certainly welcome to donate goods to the school at any time and we will ensure they are donated to our local St Vincent de Paul conference. The request for donations from SVdP include:
- Sleeping bags
- Non-perishable food.
The Vinnies Winter Appeal aims to help people at risk of or are already experiencing homelessness by providing emergency relief, outreach and support. Your participation will help ensure that families get the financial and emotional support they need to keep themselves and their children safe.
More information will be forthcoming from Mr Hamer and his students early in Term 3 and I encourage students and families to support their efforts wholeheartedly.
As we approach the second term holidays, we can look back on a very successful term. Students and staff have been involved in a wide range of events as the COVID-19 restrictions eased. Once again, we have enjoyed and celebrated many successes.
Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options. In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent, and remain in school, employment or training until they turn 17.
Students who are absent from school miss out on valuable instruction and information in their learning. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships. Regular attendance in classes is needed to fully understand the course work. Of course, sometimes our students are sick and need to stay home to get well, and that’s OK! When students are absent, they can catch up on the class work by visiting their Google Classroom page.
What your child learns each day builds on what they learned the day before. If they miss school, their learning routine is broken. When your child misses one day per fortnight, they miss upwards of 4 weeks per year, which equates to one year missed over their school life. The chart below shows how every day at school counts.
If your child is not meeting the NESA requirements and satisfactorily completing course work, Years 10 – 12 students are awarded a ‘Non-Completion Warning’ (or N-letter). Students in Years 7 – 9 receive an ‘Unsatisfactory Progress’ letter. This term, students who have received these letters are due to frequent absences, resulting in missing important course work and not completing assessment tasks. The letter is posted home, which outlines the issue of concern and the date by which students should redeem the outcomes of the missed work. If the problem is not corrected, students may receive an ‘N’ determination. This means the course will not be listed on the student’s Record of School Achievement (RoSA) or Transcript of Study.
Year 12 students are heading into their last term of school, which will be a very busy term. Trials start at the end of Week 3 for 2 weeks. A copy of the trial examination timetable is below. Practical courses will have their HSC major works submitted during the term and students will prepare for their final HSC examinations. I encourage all students to use their holiday time wisely to balance revision and relaxation. Year 12, continue to work hard, you are nearly there!
Term 3 reminders, Weeks 1 and 2…
- School will resume on Tuesday 19 July, timetable Day 2, with Monday 18 July being a pupil-free day for a staff professional learning day.
- College NAIDOC service will be held on Thursday 28 July.
- Tuesday 2 August we will celebrate students' Semester 1 results at a College Awards Assembly.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable holiday and thank you for your continued support.
Assistant Principal Learning and Improvement
It has been a big couple of weeks in the Aboriginal Contact Centre. Recently Samantha, Rhianna, Sarmaya and Isaac completed the My Voice, My Journey Program. Students participated in cultural activities and visited local cultural sites. Some of the College staff had the opportunity to join students in some of the activities. Mrs Catherine Davis, Mrs Karen Ashby and Mrs Louise Ibbet had the pleasure of joining students for dinner at Murramarang Resort where students were able to show the staff what they had been working on during the program. Samantha, Rhianna and Sarmya made possum skin cloaks and clap sticks, while Isaac made hand carved spears. Mrs Davis also joined the students on a guided tour from Aunty Lynn of Gulaga in Tilba as part of the program.
Last week, Years 5 and 6 Indigenous students from St Marys, Moruya and St Bernards, Batemans Bay came to the College for the second session of the Gurumbangamba Mentoring and Transition Program. This session focused on ‘Resilience’ and saw students participate in a range of fun activities as they explored this theme. Our next session of the program will be held on Friday 16 September. A big thank you to Malaki, Tanesha, Bailey and Isaac who were amazing mentors to the younger students on the day.
NAIDOC Week 2022 begins this Sunday 3 July and runs until Sunday 10 July. This year's theme of ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’ celebrates those who have enabled change and continue to strive for positive outcomes for First Nations peoples and communities. There are many celebrations being held in our local community and we look forward to celebrating at the College when we return in Term 3. On Friday 22 July, Indigenous students from the College will join students from our local feeder primary schools for a Combined Schools NAIDOC Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Moruya. Parents are invited to attend. On Thursday 28 July the College will hold its own NAIDOC liturgy and school event to celebrate this important week.
After another fun and successful Carroll College Variety Concert, we reflect on the immense talent of our Performing Arts students here at Carroll College. We are so proud of all of our students for performing on the night and we would like to pass on our thanks and congratulations to them all. The dedication and excitement shown by each student in rehearsals and preparation for the concert was wonderful to witness.
A combination of solo and group musical items allowed for all students to take part in a way that they were comfortable with and the evening was filled with a diversity of acts and age groups. A special mention to our Drama students Erin and Charlotte, who performed their fabulous Monologues and our trio of hosts for the night Sam, Tane and Huon. There were many absolutely stunning moments throughout the evening which we are looking forward to watching on the video that will be ready in approximately a month's time. It was so rewarding to see students who were new to performing, beaming with pride as they walked off the stage and to witness our more seasoned performers, inspiring and encouraging our younger students.
We would also like to thank families for their support and attendance at the Variety Concert on such a cold evening. Thank you for taking the time to watch the students perform, as it means the world to them and us.
We would like to acknowledge Matt O'Brien and Matt King who also performed in many songs and we would like to acknowledge the time that they put into rehearsing for the concert. Matt O'Brien also spent many days in the lead-up to the Variety Concert improving our sound and lighting set up in the hall and making sure that the students sounded professional and the stage looked amazing. Thanks also to Claire Reid who also assisted with sound and lighting on Wednesday during the day and evening. Hearing Mrs Smart singing Sam Bath's very clever composition that was in the style of a musical theatre song was another highlight of the evening. No good event is ever without catering and I would like to acknowledge Jane Garland and Emma Kenna for catering for so many people and the many staff who helped serve food.
Once the video order form is ready, it will be posted on Sentral Daily Notices. Families will have the option to buy a video of the entire evening or selected songs/acts. With the end of term in sight, we would like to wish you all an enjoyable, relaxing and safe holiday.
Teagan Lomax & Ros Maher
Age champions –
12 Yrs winner
13 Yrs winner
14 Yrs winner
15 Yrs winner
16 Yrs winner
17 Yrs+ winner
House results –
Congratulations to all the abovementioned students and also to the students who competed on the day. Students who came 1st or 2nd in any event are eligible to compete in the Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival which will be held on the 23 August (Week 5) in Canberra. Please register ASAP via the www.csnsw.sport website and pay for the bus via Qkr.
Year 11 Hospitality students have been very busy catering for staff lunches. Each week, one class has the opportunity to prepare, cook and serve meals to staff members who have placed an order.
Week 9 saw students from Food & Beverage Class 2 serve up a meal of Chicken Marylands braised in apple cider with apples, sweet potato mash and steamed greens.
Week 10 saw students from Food & Beverage Class 1 serve up a meal of Crispy beer-battered fish tacos, chipotle slaw, guacamole, Pico de gallo and a decadent banana pudding topped with flambe banana.
Staff-catered lunches are providing the students with an amazing opportunity to refine their skills learnt in the course. It also serves as part of the mandatory industry service and catering periods students must participate in to attain a certificate II in their VET subject.
Year 11 Hospitality students are to be congratulated on how hard they have worked in all their catered events this term. It has certainly been very busy!
The staff at Carroll College would like to thank our Wednesday Baristas. Without them, we don't know how we would get through the day.
Bethany Russell, Alana Gallen and Georgia Norman come in every Wednesday at 8am to serve staff Coffees and croissants.
We also thank Makaylah Cowen for her service 1st term.
The Senior Snow Trip is fast approaching and there are 5 'last minute' places on the trip available to Years 11 and 12 students! The Snow Trip runs from the afternoon of Friday 19 August to Sunday 21 August. The entire trip costs $700 which includes: 2 day lift tickets, 3 two-hour lessons, ski or snowboard equipment hire, transport, accommodation, as well as breakfast and dinner while in Jindabyne. This is the first trip we have been able to have since 2019 and is a wonderful opportunity to experience the snow with friends at a very cheap cost. Trip costs can be paid in instalments. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mr Mulally (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
Year 8 Technology Mandatory have spent the term learning about engineering and aerodynamics. They have used their practical workshop skills to design and shape a balsa wood racing car. This car was then powered by a CO2 canister and competed in a knockout tournament to see who had the fastest car. Will Tyler was the champion in 8TAS2 and he competed against the champion of 8TAS4, Abby Foster. Abby’s car proved to be unbeatable. Congratulations Abby!
Term 2 fee statements were emailed on 6 May with a due date of Friday 27 May. Thank you to families who have made payments. Any recent payments will be receipted shortly. All families are emailed a fee statement including those who make regular payments. This provides information on where your account and fees are to the dates indicated and provides the opportunity to check your account.
Any families currently who have submitted a Fee Concession Application, your application process is currently underway.
Families assessed as having the capacity to pay fees are expected to pay their fees. Where families demonstrate an unwillingness to pay fees, the College will recover fees and this may involve referral to a debt collection agency. Additional costs incurred in the collection of fees are the responsibility of the debtor/parent/guardian.
Managing your Fees
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 setup 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 email@example.com to obtain Fee Agreement Form.
Fee Assistance – Concession Application
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. Separate forms can be provided to each parent. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 & Natural Disaster Support
Given the challenges that 2020 to 2022 has presented, there are many avenues for support. These are listed below to provide some assistance.
Financial Assistance due to recent Flooding.
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency is able to provide assistance to individuals and families, businesses, not for profits, primary producers – everyone in our community following natural disasters including recent flooding. Their website address is: https://recovery.gov.au/#/map
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.
Information on Jobseeker can be found at:
Changes to Government Assistance:
Emergency Financial 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.
What's happening in the Eurobodalla for our youth......
FREE Creative Workshops!
The Create and Celebrate Art Workshops are a series of free local youth workshops located at Art Central in Moruya. Art Central is a volunteer run space for the Arts Council of Eurobodalla to run workshops, classes and community gatherings. 8 creative workshops will be held across a two-week period. Workshops will have a maximum of 10 young people, so make sure to register ASAP, so you don't miss out.
Workshops will run between 10am and 2pm, with a free lunch provided.
The workshops program for the 2 weeks is...
- Monday 4th July 2022 - NAIDOC Art Workshop with a local Aboriginal Artist
- Tuesday 5th July 2022 - Guitar Basics Workshop
- Wednesday 6th July 2022 - Art for the Heart | Art and Well-being Workshop
- Thursday 7th July 2022 - Paint a Mate | Bring a mate and paint each other’s portrait
- Monday 11th July 2022 - Wear it Purple Felting Workshop
- Tuesday 12th July 2022 - Open Art Workshop | Draw or paint
- Wednesday 13th July 2022 - Art for the Heart | Art and Well-being Workshop
- Thursday 14th July 2022 - Paint a Mate | Bring a mate and paint each other’s portrait