Year 7 Enrolments 2020
This is a focus for staff at St Agnes at the moment and I am very grateful for the support of students and staff on Open Nights as we greet potential new families, who then book a time for a tour. In recent years there has been a strong demand for places at St Agnes so it is essential that any family wishing to secure a place in 2020 completes and submits the application form by May 30.
The school offers places according to the CEO Enrolment Policy, accessible at www.parra.catholic.edu.au. In accordance with this policy, preference is given to students in our local parishes, to siblings and to Catholic students in other schools. This preference applies to applications, which are received by the closing date.
Building Programme – Stage 2
We were delighted last week to learn of the successful tender by Hutchinsons Builders for the next stage of our building plan, which will begin early next term.
This build is particularly exciting as it includes a Performance Centre and Stage 4 Inquiry Hub – fantastic new facilities that will enable St Agnes to deliver comprehensive 7-12 learning experiences.
As this is the last newsletter for the term, I thank all families for their ongoing support and partnership in the learning journey of the young people in our care.
They will shortly receive their interim reports, which provide a snapshot of their learning profiles and application to date. This is a good opportunity to talk through goals and how they can meet these next term.
Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
Year 8 Music Incursion
Year 7 Visual Arts Incursion
Easter Show (Stage 5, Yr 9 Commerce, Yr10 Geography)
Term 1 Concludes
Term 2 Commences
Year 10 A line retreat
Year 10 B line retreat
Year 8 Passover Demonstration
Mothers Day Liturgy
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With increasing time spent online, you might be worried about your child regarding cyberbullying. Understanding cyberbullying can help you to support them to stay safe online.
Conflict between young people is a normal part of growing up, cyberbullying is not.
You may have heard how harmful cyberbullying is but you may feel like you don’t really understand it.
Cyberbullying is bullying that uses electronic means like the internet or mobile phones to aggressively and intentionally harm someone
Cyberbullying can include name calling, abusive comments, spreading rumours, threats of physical harm, being ignored or excluded, having opinions slammed, online impersonation, being sent rude or upsetting images, or having personal information or images sent or shared with others
Cyberbullying is most common in late primary school and early high school and up to half of all young people have experienced it.
Cyberbullying can be difficult for parents to detect because it's covert. Here are some things you might notice your child doing if they're being cyberbullied.
Socialising less with friends and family
Reducing time online or being jumpy when getting text or emails
Avoiding school and dropping out of sports and other activities
Losing self-esteem or confidence
Feeling anxious, sad, embarrassed, angry or physically sick
Changing moods, behaviour, thoughts about self-harm
Some students might be tricked into inviting cyberbullying as it is common for students to consent to a TBH. This stands for To Be Honest and is an open invitation for other young people to say vile things about someone under the guise of ‘being honest’. In addition, many of the contributors to this ‘honesty opportunity’ are anonymous.
What can you do?
Take the time to talk to them.
Be open to listening and understanding their experience of cyberbullying.
Take the cyberbullying seriously
Help them identify what cyberbullying is
Find out details about the cyberbullying
Teach them that cyberbullying is never ok
Reassure them that they're loved
Find out how your child has reacted to it
Teach them about power dynamics that underlie bullying behaviour
Work together to figure out ways they can take back power from the ‘bully’
Involve them in decision making at home to increase their sense of power and control
Role model calmly managing your own emotions
Create opportunities to expand their support friendships
Support them to speak to another trusted adult or counsellor
Advise them to avoid opening emails or responding to cyberbullies
Respect that they may not want to limit online access as this can seem like a punishment and lead to greater social isolation
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All students in Yr 10 this year will be give two opportunities to sit the Minimum Standards Test; once in Week 11 of this term (9th and 10th April) and the other in Term 3. These tests are set by NESA against the Australian Core Skills Framework. The three tests (numeracy, reading and writing) are all 45 minutes in length and the students will complete these online by using their device. Students will be given opportunities in their lessons to discuss the skills required to successfully complete each test. All students need to achieve Level 3; however, if they do
not, they will be able to sit the test a second time later this year.
Should you or your child have any further questions, please visit the website below:
This year at St. Agnes, all students in Years 7 and 9 will be sitting NAPLAN Online. NAPLAN Online uses an adaptive test design, which presents questions that better match student achievement levels and provides more precise results for our teachers. All students are presented with questions that test the same range of difficulty and the results will be reported on the same NAPLAN assessment scale used in previous years. NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through their regular school curriculum. A specific letter has been sent home to all families of students in Year 7 and 9 which explains this in
Effective Senior Study Habits
Time is of the essence may be a cliché, but for our inaugural Year 11 students it is undeniable that there are no shortcuts that can be taken when studying. The recommended hours of study per week for each 1 unit course that you are undertaking is 2 hours. All students are studying either 12 or 13 units and so it equates to 24 hours per week for all your subjects or three hours study per day. It is important to settle into a study routine that suits you as soon as possible. Always prioritise the subject which is a challenge and attend to that one first. When studying, always have a plan in mind, otherwise you could just be staring blankly at the screen for a few hours with no result. You must make sure that you get teacher feedback and if necessary ask your teachers or
Learning Advisors for help.
Another factor that will help you achieve your best is not to waste time in class. Complete the set tasks within a time period, as class time is for learning and productive work. If you are falling behind for any reason, there is always time that you can reclaim during the course of a normal school day. Go to the Library before school, during lunch or visit Homework Club. Set up study groups which can happen during your study periods on your timetable. Teaching someone else will always consolidate your knowledge. Sometimes students claim that they have no time, yet the same students during their study periods are found to be on their phones listening to music with no work in front of them at all. Remember, consistency and adherence to a fixed study timetable will benefit you in the long run. There is no easy way to reach your goal. Please remember, regular attendance
at school is essential.
Mr Geoffrey Kemmis
Head of Learning
HEAD OF LEARNING
HEAD OF MISSION REPORT
by Harry Sadsad
YEAR 11 LEARNING SPACE
Reflecting on this Lenten Season..
Our culture is fascinated with the massive. Our culture's fascinated with the spectacular. And we can fall into the trap of believing that people who do extraordinary things, people who create extraordinary things, people who invent extraordinary things are a different breed or a different class of human being.
When it comes to Holy Moments, one of the dangers, one of the risks is for us to think, “Oh, I want to create some huge, big Holy Moment” and, you know, God doesn't work that way. We read in the Scriptures that those who are faithful in small things will be entrusted with larger things.
And that tends to be the story of most people's spiritual journey. God asks us to do little things here and little things there, and then he asks us to do something that's a little bit bigger, and a little bit bigger, and a little bit bigger. And all of a sudden you find yourself doing things and thinking, “Wow, I never imagined that God would invite me to do that, or that God would collaborate with me in in something so significant.” And the reality is that most of them are anonymous. Nobody knows about them, nobody sees them, maybe nobody acknowledges them, nobody gives you the pat on the back and says, “Wow, that was a great Holy Moment.”
Most of the holy people who have walked this world, nobody even knows about them. Everyone's forgotten about them now. Nobody ever thought of them as “Wow, she's a really holy person” or “Wow, he's a great saint.” There are no holy cards of them. They passed through history powerfully, but anonymously. But one thing is very, very clear, and that is the world is a better place because they lived. And that's our mandate as human beings. Not as Christians, but as human beings, our mandate is to leave this world a better place than it was when we arrived, and our mandate as Christians is to do that on an exponential scale.
Is the world a better place because you're here? Is the world a better place because you're here today? Get out there and create a Holy Moment and it will be.
What message do I want to offer others through what I say and do this Lent?
What would you like to do this Lent to make it more meaningful for you and your family?
Source: Reflection by Matthew Kelly, dynamicatholic.org.
Project Compassion Update
Our school Project Compassion drive kicked off on Ash Wednesday with each Homeroom receiving their Project Compassion box. Our students have been very generous with their contribution and our Social Justice Portfolio Team have come up with a few initiatives to help boost awareness of the great work of Caritas.
“ 50 cent Fridays”
To help with promoting our contribution to Project Compassion this year, our Social Justice Student Leaders have come up with a initiative called “50 cent Fridays”, where each student is encouraged to save their loose change throughout the week and contribute 50 cents into their respective Project Compassion Box each Friday
until the end of term.
Our house competition for Project Compassion tally is as follows. Every dollar raised is one point for your respective house to go towards Reward Day at the end of the year.
Acting Head of Mission
Surrounded by her entire family and school community, St Agnes High School Year 11 student Vai Mauia took part in the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave.
In a show of solidarity, Vai’s mum, Manufala Gearman,also participated and shaved her head. A close family friend and owner of Issa’s Barber Shop in Mount Druitt, had the honour of using his clippers and shaver to work on their hair.
Vai said she had been thinking about it for a year, after she found out a cousin died from Ewing’s sarcoma (a bone cancer) in Samoa just before her 21st birthday. “It was a personal goal for my mum and me,” Vai said.
During the week, the school community got behind Vai’s fundraising target of $3000 by holding a mufti day, bake sale and allowing Vai to have her hair shaved during recess.
Written by CEDP
Vai's Greatest Shave
Year 7 Camp
On the 20th March, 2019, the Year 7 cohort along with the staff and school leaders, departed St Agnes Catholic High School, to attend Morisset Outdoor Education Camp. When we arrived, the Year 7 students adjourned to the meeting hall, settling in, meeting their assigned instructors, and their group members. They were given their first activities, and were filled with excitement as they rushed to their cabins to get ready. Students participated in various activities, some of which included; the giant swing, mud world, challenge ropes, abseiling, flying fox, kayaking and sailing. Throughout the three days at camp, it was wonderful to see year 7 students form new bonds with different people, stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging themselves to new experiences. With each activity, the students encouraged one another and made unforgettable memories that they can cherish. The students were especially engaged in the night activities, beginning with a liturgy, led by the peer support members. The core message of this ceremony, being light, was carried on through a following activity of Commando. The students stepped into the woods, surrounded by darkness and obstacles, which challenged them to overcome their fears through their self-discovered source of light. The leaders and staff searched for the students in their camouflage attire and water guns, as they were protecting their hostages. After an early wake up the next day, four activities commenced, ending our last night at camp with a BANG! A memorable night showcasing hidden talents, washing away any doubts, wrapped with continuous support and encouragement from fellow peers. Our last day, was exhausting, yet enjoyable, making it difficult to let go of our attachment to a place where many memories were made, over a limited period of three days. Overall, Morisset Outdoor Education Camp had a significant impact on the year 7 students, staff and leaders, forming an enjoyable experience.
Christina Abi Chemouni & Dominique Byrne
On Friday 15th March, St Agnes held their annual Athletics Carnival at Blacktown Olympic Sports Park, Rooty Hill. After a miserable week of rain and thunderstorms, the sun managed to shine at times to make it a pleasant day.
It was a very successful day with some outstanding results and a few students setting personal best times in both track and field events. There were also an overwhelming number of students who took part in the participation events throughout the day. All of these students are to be commended on the great team spirit and gaining extra points for their house colours.
Congratulations to the following students who were the age champions for 2019
The winning house was Francis on 1843 points, second place to Chisholm 1062, third place Xavier 1023 and in fourth place Mackillop on 735 points. Congratulations to all students but especially Francis.
Overall the day was a huge success and the students should be congratulated on their efforts. Along with this I would just like to thank all staff and students helpers for assisting throughout the day.
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In The Classroom - Work Studies
Work studies is a board endorsed course offered to senior students at St Agnes. The purpose of this subject offered to students is to guide the learner into a successful transition from school to the workforce, further education and training. Through their learning, the students are developing their knowledge and understandings of the skills needed for effective
career planning, performance in the workplace and the work environment.
One of the main focuses of ‘Work Studies’ is to encourage students to achieve success by demonstrating their achievement, improvement, resilience and personal best. Students practice setting goals, practicing employability skills and discovering
pathways available to them once their school journey has ended.
Every fortnight, the students completing the work studies course have the opportunity to put their employability skills to the test. The students spend some time in the school canteen as ‘workers’. During this time, they are able to showcase and demonstrate the skills that they are developing and learning in class by completing tasks such as unpacking stock and restocking fridges. Most importantly, the students are exercising their communication and teamwork skills during this time.
The students are thoroughly enjoying their time working in the canteen.
Work Studies Teacher
What happens when you leave St Agnes Catholic High School?
Each term we will take a look at a past student and where they are now.
Previously these students left us in Year 10, now that we are going through to Year 12, we hope these stories and insights will encourage a successful career path for our current students.
These stories may be a path that you hadn't even thought of, and will give you those answers on how to achieve your goals.
Name: Helen Shaw
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I am a lawyer by day that is a not-so-secret avid globetrotter, history buff, bookworm and wannabe travel writer. I love animals, sport and foreign languages. I studied French and Italian at St Agnes. I studied Mandarin Chinese at University. I have studied Spanish and beginner level Russian and Indonesian at community college evening courses for fun.
What is your job title? Senior Solicitor (criminal law) at Legal Aid NSW.
What year did you leave St Agnes CHS? I finished Year 10 in 1990.
Where did you study after St Agnes? I studied at what was then called John Paul II Senior High School in Marayong for Year 11 and 12. I then studied a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University from 1993 to 1997. I then studied Post Graduate Diploma in Continuing Legal Practice at the College of Law, St Leonards in 1998.
Favourite subject at school and why? Modern History – because I am interested in people and events of the past. I believe that history shapes the present world, and we need to know the past to understand the present, and the future, and to also be careful not to repeat some atrocities.
Italian – because it is a beautiful language, and a language of some of my ancestors.
What was your favourite part of your school experience? Learning new things every day.
What advice would you give your high school self? There are many things that are not worth stressing over. Save your energy for the things and the people that really matter.
Personal Career Path Questions
Why did you choose this career path? It was my way of contributing to achieving social justice, and to helping people who need help and who may be marginalised. Just because someone is accused of a crime does not mean they are guilty, or that they are a bad person.
What do you enjoy most about your job? That special and rare moment when justice is achieved. That feeling when the jury get it “right”, when an innocent person goes free, when a person is able to move forward with their life.
What education and training are required for this industry? You must study a law degree and complete a practical legal training. Many universities will require you to undertake two degrees simultaneously – a combined degree. I studied a Bachelor of Arts (Mandarin Chinese major, Modern History minor) with Bachelor of Laws. It took 5 years full time. Then I did my Post Graduate degree at the College of Law, for 4 or 5 months full time on campus, plus a Practical Legal Training component in a Law Firm. Then I got admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in October 1998, at age 23. It is a long period of study. You have to be dedicated and disciplined and prepared to commit to that length of time.
What technical skills are important to have for this job? Computer literacy, research skills, writing skills, speaking skills.
Staying Connected - Where are they now?
After School Ensemble Friday 4 - 6pm
Staff celebrate International Woman's Day
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Flexible Payment Plan
This provides options to pay Fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly between March and November.
FEES & CHARGES
In accordance with Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Conditions of Enrolment:
Payment Due Date: All Fees and Charges are due and payable 30 days from the date of the School Tax Invoice / Statement unless a payment arrangement is agreed to by the school in writing prior to the Current Term Fees Due date.
Withdrawal of a Student: A full terms notice (10 school weeks) in writing must be given to the Principal before a parent / guardian terminates the Student’s enrolment. If sufficient notice of termination of the Student’s enrolment is not given, the parent / guardian is to pay the School one term’s school fees including any Diocesan Fees applicable. This amount reflects the School’s financial loss associated with the Student’s withdrawal without sufficient notice of termination. One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s
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Bishop Vincent’s Statement on the Christchurch Attack
Bishop Vincent has issued a statement on the Christchurch attack. The statement can be found here: catholicoutlook.org/christchurchattack
Join St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir
St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Parramatta is recruiting singers! This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of highly talented musicians. Choral scholarships are also available to singers who demonstrate advanced vocal skills and musical leadership qualities. For further information visit stpatscathedral.com.au/music or contact the Music Director, Bernard Kirkpatrick on 0430 431 884.
Dr Laurie Woods
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the Diocese of Parramatta has engaged Dr Laurie Woods to present on the Gospel of St Luke. Venue: IFM Marion St Blacktown. Time: 10am – 2pm. Dates: Fridays March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12. All are welcome. BYO lunch. Please register with Maree on 02 8838 3486.
Volunteers Urgently Needed for Visiting Residents of Aged Care Facility
Are you interested in visiting an elderly person in a nursing home who has no or very few visitors? This service is organised through CatholicCare. You would visit on average once every two weeks with CatholicCare providing training and other support. After talking with you about your interests, we will match you with a resident in a nursing home within approximately 10km of your home. The visit is entirely within the nursing home – you do not take the person on outings or shopping etc. For more information, contact Deb Woolacott on 0418 114 055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communion to the Sick at Blacktown Hospital
We urgently require people to take Holy Communion to patients in Blacktown Hospital on Sundays. Volunteers are currently rostered on every second month (6 times annually). Distribution of Communion takes about 2 to 3 hours. Security checks required and carpark access available. Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who can help with this important ministry please contact Deacon George Bryan at Mary, Queen of the Family Parish Blacktown either via the parish office or via at George.Bryan@parracatholic.org
Laudati Si’ Lenten Group
A Laudato Si' Lenten discussion group will be held at St Madeleine's Parish, Kenthurst on each Sunday during Lent (March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 and 14). The group will be unpacking Pope Francis’ 2015 environment encyclical Laudato Si’ - Care for our Common Home. A group discussion for youth and all interested in learning more about the call to grow our green hearts. RSVP to Sue Martin on 0432 716 577.
Bishop’s Lenten Appeal
The Ephpheta Centre, supported by the Parramatta Catholic Foundation, gives hope, compassion, connectivity and care to the deaf and hard of hearing. Your kind-hearted support will provide chaplaincy and pastoral care for the vulnerable and isolated, in homes, hospitals, prison and aged-care facilities. Please be a channel of hope and give generously via the Appeal envelopes or online at yourcatholicfoundation.org.au/appeal.
The Jesuit Refugee Service’s foodbank provides much needed fresh food, non-perishable items, and toiletries to over 350 individuals and families every month. We invite you to join our Lenten Foodbank Appeal: “6 weeks of Lent- Give 6 Things”. JRS have identified six staple items that are most frequently requested, and we are encouraging parishioners to bring one designated item to their parish each week over Lent. Contact 02 9098 9336 or email@example.com for more information.
Healing after Abortion
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat offers a sanctuary in which to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion in a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment. Rachel’s Vineyard offers a confidential voicemail number: 0400 092 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The retreats for 2019 will be held at Varroville, NSW on April 5-7 and Oct 25-27. Brochures are in the church or see the website: www.rachelsvineyard.org.au
Mt Schoenstatt: 29 - 30 March
24 hours of Adoration for the Lord, 2019 at Mt Schoenstatt. Where: Shrine, 230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa. Time: Begins with Holy Mass at 6pm on Friday 29 March, finishing with Holy Mass at 5pm on Saturday 30 March. Each hour will have reflection and music presented by different groups and individuals. Every half hour the Shrine will be silent for prayer and reflection. Come for 1 hour or 24, no obligation for a particular time period. Enquires for groups or individuals: email@example.com or phone Ann-Maree: 02 4773 8338.
Lenten Retreat Day: 30 March
Join the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia and the Sisterhood Catholic Women’s Movement for a Lenten Retreat Day. The day will focus on the theme, "Nature, Grace and Glory: Imago Dei Revealed in Us." Beginning at 10am with talks, discussion opportunities, Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, morning tea and lunch, and more. An optional Vigil Mass at the location will follow. Register at www.trybooking.com/BBEQA or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Holy Hour for Vocations: 4 April
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth cordially invite families and youth (ages 18-35) to join us for Holy Hour for Vocations. Thursday 4 April 2019 at 7.00pm. Join us also for the meal at 8.00pm. The Good Shepherd Church, 130-136 Hyatts Rd, Plumpton NSW 2761. RSVP to Sr Paula on email@example.com or 0449 656 406.
Light to the Nations (LTTN) 2019: 18 – 21 April
LTTN is an Easter Pilgrimage event held biannually for Catholics (singles and families) aged 16+. Camp under the open skies with 1,000 other young people as we celebrate the Easter Triduum. Held in the grounds of Chevalier College, Bowral NSW from 18-21 April 2019. Visit www.lttn.org.au for more information and register today. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0432 228 250.
ime out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset - your marriage! 26-28 April at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Bookings at www.wwme.org.au or Adrian and Janet Sullivan on 0490 774 419 or email@example.com
Women in Leadership: 4 - 7 July
The Benedictine Abbey, Jamberoo invites women of any age and any experience in formal leadership positions, and for those who exercise leadership without a formal title in business, schools, homes, offices, parishes, anywhere to the Women in Leadership workshop. The aim is to support women to explore their unique gifts – as people, as women and as leaders. 4-7 July. 02 4236 0533 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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