- Principal's Welcome
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Innovation and Religious Education Coordinator
- A Message from our Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
- RE Matters!
- St Vincent de Paul Fundraiser
- Sympathy and Prayers
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Improvement
- Little Sellers Art Competition
- Model United Nations Assembly - MUNA
- Father's Day 2022
- Sports News
- Chess Club
- Career News
- Student Welfare News
- THANK YOU
- Finance News
- Senior Study
- Community News
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
I hope you have enjoyed a pleasant week. Each week seems to pass very quickly in the busyness of family life. This past fortnight has seen many highlights for our Carroll students. I have captured a few to share with you below. It is with great pride that we celebrate the achievements of our young people. They are truly incredible individuals!
National Model United Nations Assembly
Congratulations to Bailey Brady, Zac Holmes and Heidi Manning of Year 11 who were wonderful representatives of the College last weekend at the National Model United Nations Assembly in Canberra. These students were the delegation of Cuba and had a very busy weekend debating six UN resolutions. After the last few weeks spent researching the history, politics and foreign relations of Cuba and preparing ten speeches, all three students had the opportunity to deliver addresses to 15 other schools, Rotarian members from various Canberra districts, and other members of the community at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House). Bailey, Heidi and Zac all delivered their speeches with confidence and demonstrated an excellent understanding of the topics debated including global food security, the situation in the South China Sea and UN structural reform.
A special thank you to Mrs Anna Voysey-McManus who created costumes and ensured that our team stood out amongst the many other delegations.
Year 10 Civics and Citizenship Pilot Program
Congratulations to Sophie Eppelstun of Year 10 who has been accepted to participate in the pilot Civics and Citizenship National Program to be held for the first time at the NSW Parliament on Thursday 27 October 2022. This event is fully funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. The organisers of this event will be National Curriculum Services (NCS) based in Victoria. Congratulations to Sophie!
Macquarie University Leadership Camp
Macquarie University Walanga Muru hosts a three-day leadership camp for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Year 10. The camp runs from 13- 15 September 2022.
The Rising Stars camp is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young leaders to:
- consider career options
- develop their leadership skills
- immerse themselves in university life.
Camp activities are designed to develop students’ leadership skills, grow their cultural knowledge, and encourage their future aspirations.
Congratulations to Cooper Lasscock, Rhianna Brierley and Samantha Ellis on their successful applications and selection.
Little Sellers Art Competition
Congratulations to Amelia Hick (Year 7) and Raphaella Herford (Year 11) who won best artwork in their age categories.
In the major prize category, Eve Willis of Year 11 won The Youth Award and Raphaella Herford won the Scholarship Prize. This is the first year a monetary scholarship of $2000 has been awarded to a senior student. Congratulations to Raphaella!
Student Leadership Team (SLT) 2023
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with all Year 11 students wishing to be considered for the position of College Captain and Vice-Captain in 2023. This process is always so enjoyable. To witness the leadership capacity of our students and learn of their goals and aspirations for the college is heart-warming. The process through to completion is a rigorous one to fill all positions.
Congratulations to our new Student Leadership Team for 2023. A special whole school assembly is planned for Wednesday 21 September for the leadership handover and commissioning of our new Student Leadership Team. This will be followed by a Guard of Honour for Year 12 students as they leave the college having formally finished their last day of lessons before preparing for their HSC exams. An exciting day awaits!
Please keep Mrs Rhonda Forner and her girls, Madeleine and Brodie in your thoughts and prayers. Trevor Forner will be laid to rest next Tuesday 30 August. A Requiem Mass will be held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in O’Connor, Canberra commencing at 10.30am. Burial will follow at Bungendore Cemetery.
“Let us never forget to pray for each other. Prayer is our greatest strength” - Pope Francis.
May peace and happiness fill your homes.
I have written a number of Newsletter articles this year about the Catalyst initiative being undertaken by all teaching staff in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese. One important element of this training is cognitive load theory. Cognitive load theory was recently described by British educationalist Dylan Wiliam as ‘the single most important thing for teachers to know’ (Wiliam 2017). Simply put, cognitive load theory supports two ideas: 1) that the human brain can only process small amounts of new information at any given time and 2) that the brain can process very large amounts of stored information. An example of this would be to remember a mobile phone number given to us for the first time. If recited to us once, even twice, we might struggle to recall all the numbers in the correct order without writing the number down or saying it over and over. However, we can recall all the lyrics to a song we might not have heard in 10 years.
Memory is part of cognitive load theory. Working memory is where information is initially processed and this memory can only hold small pieces of information for a short period of time – the phone number. Long-term memory where large amounts of information is stored – our catalogue of music memory from which we can recall thousands of melodies and lyrics.
Every day our students are using their working memory to learn new content and concepts. If working memory is overloaded, it is highly likely that the student will not be able to absorb the new information which then prevents them from learning and therefore memorising what they have just been taught.
Transferring knowledge and information into long-term memory is essential as this reduces the burden on working memory. When the brain can automatically recall information, there is minimal conscious effort on the brain, freeing it up to focus on the new task at hand. Therefore, the goal is to reduce cognitive load in order to assist students in transferring working memory to long-term memory which in turn allows for an increase in knowledge gained.
Effective teaching techniques are essential in reducing cognitive load and supporting students in their acquisition of new knowledge. One technique common at Carroll College is the ‘worked example’ strategy. An article from the NSW Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation states, “Cognitive load theory: Research that teachers really need to understand (2017) describes the ‘worked example effect’:
A ‘worked example’ is a problem that has already been solved for the learner, with every step fully explained and clearly shown. The ‘worked example effect’ is the widely replicated finding that novice learners who are given worked examples to study perform better on subsequent tests than learners who are required to solve the equivalent problems themselves (Carroll 1994; Cooper & Sweller 1987; Sweller & Cooper 1985). The reason for this, according to cognitive load theory, is that unguided problem-solving places a heavy burden on working memory, inhibiting the ability of the learner to transfer the information into their long-term memory. The learner may effectively solve the problem, but because their working memory was overloaded they may not recognise and remember the rule that would allow them to quickly solve the same problem again in the future.
This is not the only strategy to help reduce cognitive load. Teachers can make use of a range of strategies that demonstrate best practice. Understanding cognitive load theory is part of a teacher’s toolkit and something that your child’s teacher will be making use of to increase their opportunities to transfer their learning into long-term memory.
Teaching strategies from cognitive load theory
Assistant Principal, Learning and Innovation
Farewell Events for Year 12 2022
In the coming weeks we will be farewelling our Year 12 students. This is a very significant time for the College as we celebrate their contribution to our community and wish them every success for the future. The events we have planned offer a variety of ways for the students, staff and families to recognise the achievements of our Year 12’s.
Our celebrations are outlined below and occur across Term 3 Week 10.
Monday 19 September – Year 12 students will attend their normal classes.
Tuesday 20 September – breakfast will be served in the Senior Courtyard courtesy of the College from 7.30am for Year 12 students and staff. Later in the afternoon Year 12 students, their families and College staff will gather at 5.00pm at Sacred Heart Church, Moruya for Mass celebrated by Fr Eden Langlands. Following our Mass we will have our Awards ceremony acknowledging the achievements and aspirations of Year 12.
Wednesday 21 September - Year 12 will attend classes for the first two periods, followed by a whole school assembly. Unfortunately, parents are unable to attend the final assembly due to COVID restrictions however, this event will be recorded and made available to families.
At this assembly, we will be introducing and commissioning the incoming Student Leadership Team for 2022/2023. As a final acknowledgement from the student body, a Guard of Honour will farewell the Year 12 students as they leave to attend their luncheon at Moruya Golf Club with the Pastoral Coordinators and representatives of the College Executive.
Thursday 22 September – the Year 12 Graduation Formal Dinner/Dance will be held at Bay Pavilions commencing 5.45pm. Families of Year 12 students have been sent an online invitation and we would appreciate an RSVP for this event at your earliest convenience.
Year 12 Scholarship Award application
The Batemans Bay Youth Foundation (BBYF) generously offers 10 scholarships to support students in the local area as they begin their educational journey for a qualification beyond school. The scholarship award of $3500 is open to everyone, not just those thinking of a University pathway. Students can apply through the Batemans Bay Youth Foundation website. Scholarships and Grants - Batemans Bay Youth Foundation (bbyf.org.au) In recent years several Carroll College students have benefitted from this award, and we strongly encourage students to apply.
Mrs Louise Ibbett
Assistant Principal-Pastoral Care
On Thursday 25 August, Mr Hamer’s Year 9 Religious Education class, along with students in Year 9-10 Food Technology, hosted a range of delicious food stalls to help raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. It was a wonderful occasion and created a strong sense of community. Thank you to Mr Hamer, Mrs Dalgleish, Ms Garland and Mrs Kenna for their preparation and involvement. Thank you to the students who deserve to be very proud of their efforts to support members of our community in need this winter.
Religious Education Coordinator
Please keep the following family in your prayers, Lucas (Year 7) and Shelby Henderson (Year 10) on the passing of their Grandmother.
Also Mrs Rhonda Forner, College Business Manager and her family on the passing of her husband, Trevor.
We keep these families and all who are needing our support at this time in our thoughts and prayers.
This week, I participated in professional learning in Sydney to start studying a Certificate III in Information Technology. On Monday, I spent the day learning about the Vocational Education Framework and the requirements to successfully deliver VET courses in schools. From Tuesday to Thursday, I attended TAFE at the St George campus, and through a mix of theory and practical activities, they presented me with materials to:
- Work and communicate effectively in an ICT environment
- Install and optimise operating system software
- Troubleshoot ICT problems
- Apply the fundamentals of networking
- Build simple websites
- Apply introductory programming techniques
I will complete several assignments over the semester and an industry work placement day to complete Certificate III in IT. I look forward to more students in the future selecting VET Information Technology as a senior course in Stage 6, especially students who are interested in cyber security, game design, networking, support, or web design.
Year 10 Minimum Standards Tests
The HSC minimum standard is a way of supporting and ensuring students have a functional level of literacy and numeracy. To achieve a HSC in 2020 and beyond, students must sit the HSC minimum standards online tests in reading, writing and numeracy. Each of the three tests are 45 minutes duration.
Year 10 students will complete the minimum standards test in Week 7. Students will use their own devices to complete the test.
Reading - Tuesday 30 August, Period 3.
Numeracy – Wednesday 31 August, Period 5.
Writing – Thursday 1 September, Period 1.
Year 11 Examinations
Year 11 examinations are in Weeks 8 and 9. Students should prepare for their examinations by revising the year's work and other study material set by their class teacher. If students have questions regarding their exams, I encouraged them to talk to their class teachers. Good luck with your preparation Year 11.
Please see below for a copy of the Examination timetable.
Father’s Day Drive-Thru Breakfast
The Carroll College community would like to warmly invite all fathers, guardians and grandfathers to attend our annual Fathers’ Day breakfast on Thursday 1 September from 7.30am to 8.30am. This year we will have a Drive-Thru breakfast, because of the COVID restrictions. Please see below for a copy of the invitation.
Earlier this year, I advertised Studiosity. Studiosity is a free 24/7 online tutorial service available to our students. It offers:
- Connect Live: on-demand, one-to-one help in core curricula: English, Maths, Sciences. They conduct discussions in a non-threatening text-based format.
- Writing Feedback: non-content based feedback – structure, spelling, grammar, language. This service includes assistance with resumes and job applications, as well as essays, creative writing, etc. Feedback is provided within 24 hours.
Students who are members of Batemans Bay, Moruya or Narooma libraries have free access to this service and the additional learning support provided. Students can login through the Studiosity website, or use the Studiosity app. Please see the attachment or ring your local library for more information. I encourage all students to become members of our local libraries and make the most of this free service.
Batemans Bay Library: 4472 5850
Moruya Library: 4474 1333
Narooma library: 4476 1164
Year 12 Practical Marking
Next week, the HSC Drama Practical Examination and Industrial Technology Major Works will be marked. For our students, their performance or submitted works are an opportunity to explore an area of personal interest and express ideas and opinions. These performances and major works have been developed over an extended period of time, under the supervision of Mrs Teagan Lomax (Drama) and Ms Emma Mullins (Industrial Technology). I congratulate all our students in finalising their projects and thank the teachers for their dedication and support to deliver works of a high standard.
Assistant Principal Learning and Improvement
This week's reminders
- We will hold the second Parent Teacher evening on Wednesday 31 August, 3.30pm - 6.30pm. You can make a booking to meet your child’s class teachers via the Sentral Parent Portal until 11.00 am on Tuesday 30 August.
- Marking of the HSC Drama Practical Examination will take place on Tuesday 30 August and Industrial Technology on Thursday 1 September.
- We will celebrate MacKillop House day on Friday 2 September.
Term 3 examination and testing weeks:
- Week 7: Year 10 minimum standards tests
- Weeks 8 - 9: Year 11 exams
Many of our students were successful in becoming finalists in the annual Little Sellers Art Competition. The competition is run by Eurobodalla Council and exhibited at the Basil Sellers Art Gallery. This year’s theme was “Greet the sun, face the moon”.
Amelia Hick won best artwork in Years 5 to 7.
Raphaella Herford won best artwork in Years 11 and 12.
In the major prize category Eve Willis won The Youth Award and Raphaella Herford won the Scholarship Prize.
This is the first year the award has had the Scholarship Prize of $2000 for a student in Years 11 or 12. The prize money is for further study in the arts. Congratulations to Raphaella for winning this award.
The artworks are still on display at the BAS, located behind the Moruya Library.
Visual Arts Teacher
Congratulations Bailey Brady, Heidi Manning and Zac Holmes who competed in the National MUNA competition in Canberra last weekend. Over the weekend, six resolutions were debated against 16 other schools, some from as far away as Queensland.
Archdiocesan Athletics report
The Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival was held on Tuesday 23 August at AIS Track and Field Stadium in Canberra. We were met with freezing cold conditions and rain which persisted throughout the day. The students did an amazing job of getting ready for their races and performing to the best of their ability despite the freezing conditions.
We had 17 students qualify for the CCC Athletics Carnival in Sydney later in the term. Congratulations to - Michael Aitken, Beau Armstrong, Zane Brady, Erin Drewson, Indi Follett, Luke Gallen, Will Grant, Jordyn Holzhauser, Hannah Kobold, Lori Kobold, Sahara Koushal, Kaylee Lloyd, Angus Lyons, Pypar McCarthy, Kodi Perkins, Will Tiffen and Leah Westol.
I would also like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our senior Sports Coaching students who helped out tirelessly during the day - Jazelle Reidy, Noah Reid, Malaki Moreton, Leah Westol, Afton Haultain, Max Buckley, Ella Crow, Tanesha Dennis, Islay McLeod, Grace Ralston, Maddison Druett, Matt Cox, Sam Wise, Isaac Slockee and Kiearra Te-kowhai.
Thanks to all our parents who came and supported the students on the day. And finally a big thanks to our staff - Mr Brady, Mr Hallett, Mr Hadley, Mrs Paull and Mrs Drewson who also assisted on the day.
Full results from the carnival can be found on the Canberra Goulburn Sport website - https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/results/athletics
Congratulation to Bill Eppelstun who has qualified for the 2022 Fayde Junior Matchplay.
In Term 2, four of our six rugby union teams qualified to compete in the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby 7’s Finals in Canberra. The finals are contested between the top two teams from the South Coast, Monaro, Goulburn and Canberra regions.
Our Open Boys and 7/8 Boys played on Wednesday 3 August at Southwell Park Lyneham. Both teams played extremely well on the day, qualifying for the Grand Final in their divisions. Congratulations to our 7/8 Boys who won the Grand Final against Yanco 19-10. Well done also to our Open Boys who lost a close grand final 5-17 to Erindale College.
Our Open Girls and 7/8 played on Wednesday 10 August at Southwell Park Lyneham. Both teams started the day strong with wins in their first games. Congratulations to our 7/8 Girls, who were undefeated in all games and tournament champions, winning a close grand final against Murrumbidgee High School. Well done also to our Open Girls, with two wins and two losses in their pool matches and placed third overall.
The reintroduction of the Carroll College Chess and Boardgames Club was a great success with many students coming along to join in the fun.
The most thrilling game of the day was game 1 between Aisha McLean and Tyler Chown. The game was a festival of combative chess with piece after piece being taken. With the board nearly empty of pieces Aisha started to push pawns and saw the opportunity for a pawn run to the back rank where she promoted her pawn to a rook and checkmated soon after. It was a very close game and both players should be very proud of the way they played.
A back and forth tug-o-war game took place between Justin Murphy and Archie Cockram. Skillful moves were played by both players with Archie surprising himself when he was able to dominate the centre of the board with his knight. As the end of AM break approached, both players shook hands across the board and accepted the draw.
Annelise McLennan took on Mr Foster in one of the feature matches. Annelise played a tight game creeping up the board with pawns and key pieces to set stealthy traps for Mr Foster. Once Mr Foster disrupted the pawn structure there was room to flank the centre of the board and Mr Foster surprised himself when the rook sliding to the H file caused Annelise’s king to be trapped by the opposing queen and it was checkmate in the corner. Annelise learnt a lot about pawn movement and is getting ready for more chess in coming weeks it is hoped.
The game between Mrs King and Joshua Sawyer is set to be a marathon with the board placed carefully in battle readiness for next week. The pieces are set and with Mrs King’s increasing knowledge of how pieces move across the board under Josh’s tutelage, things are well placed for an exciting endgame.
Come along and join in the fun! Every Wednesday AM Break in the Hub.
Engineering Australia Information Sessions
QUICK CHATS – 7 Undergrads, 7 Engineers, 7 Minutes – is finally here!
For students Years 9-12, parents, teachers & advisors!
This is a series of opportunities to ask your burning questions about Engineering – directly with Engineers & Engineering Students via live video.
You and your students can now register for the sessions that are of interest to you. Please note, numbers are limited to the first 140 students – we will repeat popular opportunities a little later!
Sydney University at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club
Meet Sydney event (for teachers and students to hear stories from our current university students and staff, and ask questions) - location is the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club
When: 31st August (NEXT WEEK)
Meet Sydney 5 – 6:30pm
Tuesday 30 August What “type” of Engineer do you want to be?
Aeronautical; Biomedical; Chemical; Civil; Electrical Mechanical/Mechatronic; Software
Start time: 5.00pm SHARP!
Finish time: 6.15pm
Tuesday 13 September: Which University?
We have 10 Accredited Engineering Universities in ACT/NSW – here are 7 under the spotlight (we will cover all universities during the series)
Start time: 5.00pm SHARP!
Finish time: 6.15pm
More Sessions will appear in the coming weeks on the Engineering Futures noticeboard!
Careers Counsellor & Pathway Specialist
VET Business Service/ Hospitality Teacher
Monday - Tuesday (Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn) / Wednesday - Friday (Carroll College, Broulee)
How to communicate effectively with your teenager
Building a positive relationship with your child is a key component to building connections, love and trust. This is one of the most important tasks as a parent/carer. When your child feels loved and cared for, they will trust and love you in return, this is a healthy relationship. When we are dealing with teenagers, we need to make changes in both our language and approach to communication. Below is a link from Reach Out that provides some tips and ideas on how to communicate with your teenager.
Student Welfare Officer
A big thank you to Carroll College staff and students
On behalf of the committee of Footy 2 Fight MND, I would like to thank the Carroll College community in helping us raise awareness and money to donate for vital research and help for people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. All money raised will be donated to FIGHT MND. The response that we received from the student body and the staff was outstanding and I am so grateful of your generosity and I am also proud to be a part of this lovely school community. Carroll College raised an amazing $1846.60!!
A big shout out to Mrs Louise Ibbett who made the trek down to Narooma to brave the “Ice slide”. She looked amazing in her school uniform and piggy-tails and was a great ‘sport’ as she bravely went down the slide chanting “Carroll, Carroll, Carroll’ along with students in the crowd. Well done Louise as I know you were a little worried about how cold you would be.
Also a big thank you to the staff who came along to the day and also the night event. It was lovely to have the support from my co-workers. I can not explain how grateful I am to each and everyone of you.
Carroll College helped Footy 2 Fight MND raise a whopping $28,475 on the day and we are hoping to get to $30,00 by the end of August. If you would like to help us get to this total, please head to our Footy 2 Fight MND Facebook page where you can buy raffle tickets or bid on a 2022 Sydney Swans Squad signed football.
Thanks and gratitude
Term 3 fee statements were emailed on 1 August with a due date of Friday 12 August. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 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.