- Principal's Welcome
- NAIDOC Week
- A Message from our Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
- RE Matters!
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Improvement
- Trial HSC Exam Timetable
- CHANGES FOR NAPLAN 2023 – IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOLS
- Footy 2 Fight MND
- CaPA News
- English News
- Distance Education
- Careers News
- 2022 Census Privacy Notice
- Senior Study
- Finance News
- Community News
Welcome to Term 3!
I hope your family is well and you enjoyed the winter break.
The Covid pandemic and flu season continues to impact families and schools with Covid cases on the increase throughout NSW and the ACT. We will continue to take a risk-averse approach and work together to prioritise the safety and welfare of students and staff. Fortunately, we have very few Covid cases at the college at present.
It is with great sadness that we begin a new term without one of our valued team members. As communicated during the break, Ms Sue Nash passed away very unexpectedly. Sue had worked at Carroll College since 2002 and held various support roles. For many years, Sue was part of the CaPA KLA team supporting Miriam Shilling and Lizette Richards in Visual Arts. She has also worked in the Canteen, supported in Hospitality, and guided our students as a Classroom Support Assistant. Sue’s children, Jarrah, Maddy and Daniel all attended Carroll College. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.
I share this blessing with you that I shared with staff following Sue’s passing. Too often we take life for granted, our work, and the people who contribute to our happiness and wellbeing every day. As we reflect on life’s most treasured moments, it is the people we connect with that leave lasting impressions. At Sue’s farewell, we were reminded to take time to smell the roses. Sue’s love for gardening was central in her life. How important it is to consciously slow the pace, tell our loved ones how much they mean to us, and be truly present.
The term ahead…
As we focus on a new term ahead, it is wonderful to be welcoming four new staff members to the College. Again, a warm welcome and congratulations to Loretta Parsley (Aboriginal Education), Geoff Riordan (HSIE), Andrew Hallett (PDHPE) and Joel Coates (TAS/PDHPE).
Mrs Deb Enfield is currently on long service leave for the first 4 weeks of term. I congratulate Mrs Anna Smart on her successful appointment to HSIE Coordinator (Acting) in Mrs Enfield’s absence. Mrs Judy Smith is relieving for Mrs Enfield and is also covering some of Mrs Smart’s classes.
Mrs Erica Drewsen has returned to school today following long service leave.
Mrs Cathie Cahill is also on leave at present. Mrs Janet Munyard is replacing Mrs Cahill until she returns from overseas.
Mrs Izabela Rudol will remain off work until the end of Week 4. Mr Brendan Ashby is relieving for Mrs Rudol.
Carroll College celebrated NAIDOC Week this week with a NAIDOC service yesterday. It was simply beautiful. The leadership shown by our Aboriginal students is inspiring. They stand tall and lead our school community to a deeper understanding of our cultural richness.
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with us to amplify our voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome. Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! https://www.naidoc.org.au/awards/current-theme
We are very proud of our students. Their pride and connection to culture is valued and supported at the college. We have much to learn from our First Peoples.
Additional Pupil Free Days
As communicated at the end of last term, Catholic Education is expanding on the support offered to schools to facilitate professional learning due to the pandemic. Director Ross Fox is again providing each school with an additional two days of Professional Learning as was offered in Term 2. The dates of the additional days are as follows:
- Monday 22 August (Week 6)
- Friday 23 September (Week 10)
CHANGES FOR NAPLAN 2023 – IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOLS
Education Ministers have approved changes to the National Assessment Program from 2023. NAPLAN Reforms 2023 contains the latest information on the implications of these changes for schools. Please find details of the reforms further on in this newsletter edition.
CSPA - Parent Survey on Student Wellbeing and Learning
Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) are conducting a survey of Catholic School parents on student Wellbeing and Learning. The survey results will be used to report to the Federal Government and Catholic Education. The survey is open until 31 August 2022.
I encourage your participation in the survey using the CSPA 2022 Parent Survey Flyer
I sincerely thank you for your ongoing support of our staff as we work together to navigate another challenging term. Please know your children are at the forefront of our planning and decision making as we continue to manage the pandemic and influenza. Please reach out if you have concerns or your child needs additional support in any aspect of their learning and development. These are difficult times, and we must support each other as best we can to maintain a positive outlook. We certainly do not need to look too far for inspiration. Our whole school assembly this week showcased so many aspects of student achievement and extra-curricular involvement. I feel truly blessed to be working in an environment where staff are united in nurturing young people to thrive.
I wish our Year 12 students all the very best for their HSC Trials starting next week.
Stay well and be in touch if we can be of assistance.
This week Carroll College celebrated NAIDOC Week. Students participated in various activities linked to this year’s theme, Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! The whole school NAIDOC service included a smoking ceremony and cleansing. It invited the school community to walk together into the future, and show up for their classmates, friends and teammates.
Indigenous students also had the opportunity to take part in painting workshops with our new Aboriginal Education Worker, Aunty Loretta Parsley, creating some fabulous artworks.
We would like to thank all of our Indigenous students for their enthusiasm and commitment to producing this year’s NAIDOC service. You are a credit to our school and community.
We would like to welcome Aunty Loretta to the team and look forward to her supporting our students and staff each Wednesday and Thursday. Our students are also fortunate to have Patricia Ellis with us Tuesdays delivering Dhurga Langauge classes.
Mrs Katuke and Mrs Davis
Aboriginal Contact Centre
Welcome back to Term 3 2022 to all our families. I hope everyone had a restful break, ready to embrace all the opportunities this term has in store.
Student Leadership Team nominations
The Senior Leadership Team for 2022 has done a wonderful job leading the students to engage in a wide range of carnivals, social justice issues and fundraising events. At this time of the year, however, we need to begin the transition to our next leadership team. At the end of Term 2, through their Academic Care period, Yr 11 spent time focusing on what leadership looks like in a Catholic school and Jesus as a role model of leadership. Students heard from the current College Captains and Mrs Heffernan as they reflected on their leadership.
Following this, students were encouraged to nominate for leadership by completing a self-reflection form. Over the next few weeks, Yr 11 students will be interviewed, and have an opportunity to speak to their peers who together with staff will engage with an online form where they can indicate their views on the individuals they feel are best placed to lead the College.
Thank you to all the Year 11 students who have nominated to be part of this process. It is wonderful to hear the high esteem these individuals hold their school, peers and teachers in. We wish everyone well and pray that through the process our next leaders will emerge.
Growing Stronger Survey
All Year 8 and Year 10 families have received emailed information about the Growing Stronger survey. During August these students have been invited to participate in this research-based initiative, offered in collaboration with the University of Deakin. Growing Stronger hopes to provide valid data to assist organisations in developing evidence-based interventions to assist our youth. Thank you to everyone involved, and we look forward to the outcome.
Our College Counsellor, Naomi Bee, is available for our students on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week. To assist students with making appointment times a new system has been introduced. You can now book in to see the counsellor by scanning a QR code and completing an online form. The QR codes are located on the door of the counsellor's office, pastoral office, Aboriginal Contact Centre and sick bay. If you do not wish to use the QR code, you can still speak with your pastoral coordinator or email the counsellor directly.
Good luck Yr 12
Our Year 12 students begin their Trial HSC examinations at the end of next week. We wish them all the very best. Students and families are reminded that if they have any concerns during this time they are encouraged to make contact with their Pastoral Coordinator.
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
During August the College will be hosting fundraising events and asking for donations, for this year's St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal.
Mr Hamer and his Year 9 RE class have kindly volunteered to run this year’s fundraising and will be organising events over the coming weeks. More details from these students are below.
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a Catholic organisation that yearns to live the teachings of the gospel by serving the poor with love, kindness, hope and justice. The members and volunteers of this organisation reach out to those vulnerable in the community and provide them with money, vouchers, food and warm clothing.
This winter appeal we will be raising awareness on this organisation in hopes of helping those in need this winter. We hope to achieve this by putting together fundraising activities:
Friday 26th August
- Mufti Day/Beanie/Scarf - gold coin donation
- Food Sales - Tap and go will be available
- QKR donations.
We look forward to your support.
9.2 Religious Education
Year 10 subject selections
Next week, Year 10 students will complete their online senior courses. On Monday 1 August, students will have a short demonstration on how to use Web Preferences to complete their selections. Subject selections will be due by Thursday 4 August.
College Awards Assembly
As part of our school wide positive behaviours, BRoulee ABC, the College celebrates students' success. Using the results from the Semester 1 reports, the College will award Academic Excellence Awards (receiving A's in more than half their courses studied), Achievement Awards (receiving an ‘A’ in a course) and Endeavour Awards to Years 7 to 12 students during an Awards Assembly on Tuesday 2 August. Catholic Education has developed a Road Map for Term 3 where assemblies can be conducted however parents/carers are not able to attend. We will film the awards assembly for parents and uploaded onto Sentral for viewing. We will let you know when this is available. We look forward to congratulating students on their Semester 1 results.
Year 12 Major Projects
This term our Year 12 students are completing their HSC major projects. These are individual projects the students have been working on over the past 3 terms. The major projects must be handed in to the supervising teacher on the following dates, no later than 3.00pm. I wish Year 12 students all the best in finalising their major works.
- Industrial Tech – Thursday 11 Aug
- English Ext 2 – Friday 19 Aug
- Drama – Monday 22 Aug
- Design & Tech – Thursday 25 Aug
- Visual Arts – Monday 29 Aug
- Music – Monday 5 Sept
Year 12 Trial Examinations
Year 12 students are busy preparing for their trial HSC examinations. We will hold exams in Weeks 3 to 5 this term. I met with Year 12 last week during their Academic Care period and shared the following tips to help them prepare for their examinations:
- When studying for an examination, the most effective approach is to simulate the behaviour you’ll ultimately be required to perform. Therefore, always include practice exam questions and past papers in your revision sessions. This way, you can get used to the style of questioning and become familiar with any patterns.
- Work through as many examination papers as possible. Aim to complete at least 5 past papers per subject before your Trial Examination.
- The first batch of examination papers should be addressed in an ‘open book’ fashion, i.e. students can refer to their notes, text and books as they are working through the first 2-3 papers.
- After reading a question – give it a go. If you cannot answer the question, refer to your notes.
- Do not worry how long you take to complete a paper. We do not expect you to work through an entire paper at this early stage.
- The next two papers should be tackled in a ‘closed book’ fashion.
- Circle or highlight any difficult questions and re-visit these questions before the Trial Examination.
- Note what’s required of you in the exam(s). Are you required to answer every question in the paper or do some sections allow you to choose between different questions.
- Practice writing answers to sample essay questions. Ask a friend/parent/teacher to use the exam criteria sheet to mark your paper. Use the feedback to make necessary corrections.
- Be aware of marker expectations and ensure you provide well-structured answers to attain maximum scores. Browse the NESA website for past papers and markers feedback notes.
I wish Year 12 students all the best in their preparation and exams.
Please see below for a copy of the Trial HSC Examination timetable.
Years 7 – 10 ICAS Competitions
Carroll College will participate in the ICAS competition this year.
What is ICAS?
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies.
Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who takes part will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.
We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year.
Learn more about ICAS here. (https://www.icasassessments.com/products-icas)
How to participate in ICAS
If you wish for your child to take part in ICAS this year, please:
- Read about ICAS subjects and prices here:(https://www.icasassessments.com/products-icas)
- Read the terms and conditions here: (https://www.icasassessments.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Finalised-Parents-Ts-and-Cs-2022v03-1.pdf)
- Go to Parent Portal here: (https://shop.icasassessments.com/pages/pps)
- Enter our school’s access code –HFB223
- Enter your child’s details, select the tests you would like to purchase, then proceed to payment.
After your payment is made via the Parent Payment System, you will receive an order confirmation email. Please keep this for your records.
Dates to purchase ICAS via the online shop and Parent Payment System.
Shop Closing Date
Sunday 7 August
Sunday 7 August
Sunday 7 August
Sunday 21 August
Sunday 21 August
Sunday 21 August
We look forward to many students taking part in the ICAS competitions this year.
This weeks reminders
- On Tuesday 2 August we will celebrate students' Semester 1 results at a College Awards Assembly.
- Wednesday 3 August Years 8 – 10 will be involved in the Skills Road Careers workshops.
- Year 12 HSC Trial Examinations begin on Friday 5 August.
Term 3 examination and testing weeks:
- Weeks 3 - 5: Year 12 HSC Trial exams
- Week 6: Years 7 - 10 PAT spelling
- Week 7: Year 10 minimum standards tests
- Weeks 8 - 9: Year 11 exams
Assistant Principal, Learning and Improvement
MND is a term used to describe a disease that affects nerve cells called motor neurons. Motor neurons carry messages from the brain to the muscles via the spinal cord, which allows people to complete everyday movements. For a person with MND, this horrible and debilitating disease gradually takes away their use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech and ultimately their ability to breathe…all in an average timeframe of just over 2 years. Each day, two new MND patients are given a diagnosis in Australia, where the disease affects more than 2000 people.
On Wednesday 27 July, Carroll College held a successful fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) research by supporting the Footy 2 Fight MND event.
All the proceeds from our fundraiser will go to the Fight MND charity. Fight MND, a nonprofit organisation founded in 2014, uses donations to fund research into successful treatments and to provide vital assistive equipment to help improve the lives of Australians living with MND. For MND research and treatment, the organisation has raised more than $48 million.
To raise awareness, and express their support, students came dressed in the Fight MND colours; black, yellow and blue or their favourite footy colours. A range of events were held
- Year 12 sold high quality coffees and ham and cheese croissants to staff and senior students, utilising the hospitality room’s commercial espresso machine.
- During AM break, Yr 12 held a successful bake sale and raffle with fantastic prizes from Big Freeze beanies, confectionary goods, and charitable donations in the form of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you very much to Cafe 366, Crumb Cafe and Tuross Boatshed and Cafe for their generous contribution to our fundraiser.
- Additionally, we received contributions from parents and guardians through the Qkr! app, along with staff and students purchasing Big Freeze beanies, which contributed to the total.
- The fundraiser was highly successful as we raised over $1700 to donate to the Fight MND charity.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
The Ice Slide
On Saturday 30 July, the Narooma Lions AFL club are hosting the Footy 2 Fight MND round of AFL at the Bill Smyth Oval in Narooma. At this event, the ‘ice slide’, which is synonymous with the Big Freeze, will be held from 5.00pm. If Carroll College has raised the most funds out of the local participating schools, our Assistant Principal, Mrs Louise Ibbett, will get to enjoy the ice slide. We encourage everyone to come along, participate and show their support for this important cause.
CSYMA Youth Ministers visited from Canberra and facilitated a formation program for our Year 10 Youth Ministry class. Students participated in activities aimed at strengthening their faith and developing their leadership skills.
Thank you to the CE RE Team who worked with these students.
At Carroll College, we offer Photography as a single subject in Year 11 and Year 12.
Throughout the Visual Arts Department in Years 7-10 we are able to introduce the students to the wonderful world of photography, both analogue and digital, through their artmaking.
We are very privileged to have a large Darkroom in our department, which enables students to go back to basics through traditional processes. Darkroom photography uses film and SLR cameras. Students use black and white film to capture images on manual SLR cameras. The film is developed at school and the process of creating enlargements of the images then takes place in the darkroom.
Recently we were generously gifted a Minolta camera with lenses and attachments from a member of the community who wanted to see it used. We are so incredibly appreciative as these cameras are very hard to come by in the digital world of modern living.
Thank you to Val Oreton for the kind contribution to our department.
Insight Publications Creative Writing Competition for 2022.
This competition aims to ignite a passion for creative writing in secondary-school students and to inspire the voices of the future.
Who can enter?
You must be enrolled in Years 7–12 in Australian secondary education to take part in this competition.
How many times can you enter?
You can only submit one entry.
There is an optional theme that you may use to inspire your entry; however, you are not required to write to this or any other theme.
The optional theme is: Look for the magic in every moment.
There will be six categories:
- Year 7
- Year 8
- Year 9
- Year 10
- Year 11
- Year 12.
You must only submit an entry in the category that corresponds to your current year level or homeschool equivalent.
Entries must be your own original work. This means that your work must not be written by, or in conjunction with, your friends, family, teachers or parents.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will be automatically disqualified from the competition if any plagiarised work is submitted.
Entries that have been previously published or submitted in any other writing competition will not be accepted.
The word length of your story must not exceed 1400 words.
All entries must be accompanied by a 100-word statement that addresses at least one of the following:
- your motivation for writing
- the creative inspiration for your entry
- your aspirations for future writing.
This written statement will be used to help determine the winner of a special award that honours the legacy of a founding member of Insight Publications, Iris Breuer. The Iris Breuer Writing Award will take both the creative piece and the written statement into account. This award seeks to recognise and celebrate young people’s engagement with and passion for writing and literature.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||Year 12|
|First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $50
|First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $50
|First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $175
Third Prize: $100
|First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $175
Third Prize: $100
|First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $225
Third Prize: $150
|First Prize: $300
Second Prize $225
Third Prize: $150
Iris Breuer Writing Award: $200
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 3 fee statements will be emailed shortly. 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 2022 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 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.
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:
Information on Newstart allowance:
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.