Year 8 Aline Art Excursion
Year 9 Aline Mary MacKillop Place Excursion
Year 8 Swim assessement
Year 7 2019 Orientation
Loyola Trade School Orientation 27-30
Samba Experience Year 7 Music
Year 9 Bline Swim School
Road to Bethlehem Nativity Play RESCHEDULED 5 DEC
St Agnes Cup Reward Day
End of Year Mass
Year 10 Formal
Last Day for Year 10
Year 8 Bline Art Excursion
Semester 2 Awards Ceremoney
Term 4 Concludes for Students
We are rapidly reaching the end of the year.
So much has been happening at St Agnes that it is impossible to adequately capture everything in a newsletter. If you haven’t already done so, please “like” us on Facebook and Instagram which are regularly updated to reflect the great range of activities that the students are involved in.
Using these mediums, you see news and results as they happen. To reflect this move to “news as it happens” we are trialling the newsletter every 3 weeks – generally week, 3, 6 and 9 of the term. In addition to social media, skoolbag and the website are key communication tools.
Year 6 transition has begun with school visits and we welcome all Year 7 2019 students for their Orientation Day next Tuesday.
Additionally we welcome Year 5 students from a number of local schools for Technology Day this week. I am sure that they will enjoy the activities planned.
The program building continues to progress well and be ready for use at the start of next year. This is the first purposefully designed Senior Hub in the Diocese – really exciting!
Staffing: Welcome back to Mr Ken Wolffe - who has returned from well earned leave, my thanks to Ms Liz Gale for her fine work as Acting Assistant Principal in his absence. This term we have had several new teachers join us from Loyola Senior High School – Ms Antoinette Meade, Ms Saroja Dass, Mr John Murphy and Mrs Chrissy Payne. Their recent Stage 6 experience and commitment to our shared community is welcomed.
DATES FOR THE START OF 2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Please take note of the following start dates for staff and students next year.
School Office open: Monday 21st January 2019 9 - 2
Teachers return / School Office open- Tuesday, 29th January 2019
Year 7 and Year 11 commence - Thursday, 31st January 2019 (Y7 8:15am, Y11 10:30am
Years, 8, 9 and 10 commence - Friday, 1st February 2019
Term: Four | Issue 2 | Date: 23 November 2018
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from the principal
School Improvement or Transformation?
It is human nature to look for knowledge or practices that deliver a better result. Throughout the system of Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese we have been talking about the shift from improvement to transformation for some time. Improvement suggests enhancing the present model and structures of schooling. Transformation is about re-imagining teaching and learning for today’s world and today’s learners.
From the end of this year, each school will begin the conversation about what transformation looks like in Catholic schools and school communities across the Diocese. This discussion will be further refined at our system leadership day in mid January 2019.
Our transformation agenda must be underpinned by a Learning Framework that visualises new thinking and articulates new language. This framework is founded on the person and message of Jesus Christ and situated within our Catholic worldview that continually challenges us to be counter-cultural and to serve those on the margins of our communities. Our core work is to transform the lives of each child by transforming the learning and teaching.
Traditional thinking has been to separate learning into K-6 and 7-12 experiences. Our new thinking must integrate and extend beyond a primary and secondary schooling model. That is why our understanding of a contemporary learning framework needs to expand to include early years and post school learning opportunities.
We need to be responsive to the needs of our learners and our wider community. We will work collaboratively with our community to listen to what you have to say about a Pre-to-Post Schooling Framework. This framework will obviously evolve over time as we continue to extend our collective thinking and practice.
Mr Ken Wolffe
Article from CEDP's Transformation Agenda Nov 2018
LIFTED LIVE in the forecourt
from the assistant principal
On the 27th of October, pilgrims from St Agnes Catholic High School were given the opportunity to attend Lifted Live at St Patrick’s Cathedral forecourt. The students experienced God’s love and spirit through the performances, acts and activities provided that evening.
The cathedral’s blessed sacrament chapel was open to us for adoration and reflection, furthermore giving us a reminder of the importance of prayer. Although the night was devoted to the young church of God, we were able to enjoy the other activities such as the bounce castles and carnival games in which we were able to participate and have fun in.
There were many food stalls that sold hot food along with a range of appetizing drinks. Some youth groups such as Youth for Christ (YFC) and Young Christian Students (YCS) who were evangelists had invited us to join them for upcoming events. They also had stalls selling goods and refreshments. Other stalls sold merchandise like hats, shirts, tote bags, jewellery and more!
The music and performances that were given by diocese members gave life and spirit to the event, we were able to sing along and dance to many of the songs showcased that night.
Students had the chance to meet Bishop Vincent, who we had a delightful time sharing some laughs with and were given blessings. Students felt welcome and engaged within the diocese as they interacted with other pilgrims from other schools and communities throughout this time we all found union during the event as we all
came together as devotees to share the night.
All the St Agnes students shared a memorable experience we would never forget and would recommend you to
attend Lifted Live 2019!
Stacey Debulos & Mikhaila Ladines
Catholic High School
Ph: 02 8882 0700
Fax: 02 8882 0790
St Clare's Catholic
175 Buckwell Drive
Ph: 02 9835 2466
Fax: 02 9835 2539
91 North Parade
Ph: 8882 9500
Fax: 02 9832 1839
St Agnes Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10) will be taking part in this Vinnies Christmas Hamper Appeal. Each homeroom will receive three bags, each with a distinctive lists of items which they are required to purchase, to be distributed to the families in Rooty Hill. We are all encouraged to participate to create a change in the lives of many.
The hampers will be kept in the classrooms next to the prayer table whilst items are being collected. Please check that your items have at least 6 months before they are expired. We will be collecting your hampers at the end of Week 8. Thank you for your generosity in supporting our Rooty Hill families during this Christmas season.
Below is a suggested items:
Tins of shoulder ham
Long life custard/cream/milk
Christmas decorations (eg. Bon-Bons, tinsel)
Tins of fruit
Coffee, tea, sugar
Pasta and pasta sauces
Meal base ingredients
Tins of vegetables (eg. carrots, peas, corn, potatoes)
Drinks (eg. soft drink, fruit juice,cordial)
(From the VInnies Christmas Appeal website: https://boxformonkeys.com/vinnies-shop/)
For families experiencing disadvantage, the standard back to school items can be simply unaffordable, or leave these children to be further disadvantaged by missing out on basic educational materials they need to learn at school. This often makes children feel visibly different from peers, impacts their confidence and places them at a learning disadvantage from a young age. Back to school support for Vinnies families can be a lifesaver and allows these children to thrive at school and amongst their peers.
This bag eliminates the anxiety of the back to school list.
We have included:
The school bag
Insulated lunch bag
Pencil case are all in a washable fabric in gender-neutral mid blue
Textas, coloured pencils, glue stick, eraser, 2 x lead pencils, 2 x red pens and 2 x black pens
2 x exercise books
A 30cm ruler
Stainless steel water bottle.
Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8) have been given the mission to support Box for Monkeys by donating $5 each towards their homeroom’s Vinnies Back to School Bag. Each homeroom is to:
Your gift can change a life
St Agnes Catholic High School (Stage 4)
partners with Vinnies & ‘Box for Monkeys’
for the Vinnies Christmas Appeal 2018
Meg’s Vinnies Back To School Bag $50.00
Collect $50 to donate ONE ‘Back to School Bag’.
Write a message on the Christmas Tag.
Give collected $50 to the Front Office.
Hang the Christmas Tag on the St Agnes ThanksGIFTING Tree in the Prayer Room.
Pray for the children receiving this gift.
Welcome to the Catholic Church, Hope!
"One Lord, one faith, one Baptism" (Eph 4:5)
1 o 6 pictures
Last Tuesday the 20th November 2018, was a very special day for one of our students. The Year 8 cohort, Learning Advisors, Ms Browning and Mr Wolffe and joined us in celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism of Hope Partridge (Year 8) at St. Aidan’s Parish, Rooty Hill with Deacon Jessie Balorie. I’d like to especially thank Hope’s family for their support in this very special
journey of faith
The ceremony began with the opening hymn ‘You are Mine’. The lyrics “Do not be afraid, I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow Me, I will bring you home. I love you and you are mine” captured the true meaning of baptism. As we gathered around the baptismal font, Hope’s closest friends and teachers lit a candle to represent their support in helping her stay in the light and also be the light to the world. This was a very solemn and beautiful moment where we all witnessed the meaning of true unity in God’s love. As we all witnessed Hope’s initiation to the Catholic Church, it also reminded and affirmed us of our own baptismal promises to live
always in the light of Christ.
Lord, you have searched my heart,
and you know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm.” - (You are Near, Dan Schutte)
This day was truly a beautiful celebration of community, companionship and faith. As I’ve said to students many times before, when do we get to witness one of our friends/peers be baptised? And so we take this day as a wonderful moment to reignite our own faith journey and our oneness with God. Congratulations & welcome to the Catholic Church, Hope!
I'd like to take this opportunity to deeply thank St Agnes staff for making our school a place where our young people do feel supported and encouraged to seek out and take a leap of faith.
The Road to Bethlehem: A liturgical Pilgrimage
Come and journey with us to the road to Bethlehem as we encounter the greatest love story of all….
On behalf of St. Agnes Catholic High School, I’d like to invite all our family, friends, neighbours, local parishes and schools to The Road to Bethlehem production on Thursday, 5th December 2018 at St. Agnes Catholic High School from:
9.30 - 10.30am (Session 1)
11.00 - 12.00pm (Session 2)
This liturgical pilgrimage is our way of bringing our community together to prepare our hearts for the birth of our Saviour with the Nativity story brought to life.
Did you know?...St. Francis of Assisi who had a special devotion to the Child Jesus inspired this production and he is credited with creating the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223. It is believed that St. Francis was first inspired by this idea after visiting the historical place of Christ’s birth on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land—the humble stable in a Bethlehem cave.
There will be live animals on site that has always been a crowd favourite, with students and staff involved as characters of the Nativity.
We look forward to sharing this very special evening with you as we encounter the birth of our Lord.
Pace e bene,
Picture from 2015, this year will be just as exciting!
5TH OF DECEMBER
by Josiah Raad
bin it to win it
Environment Initiatives at St Agnes:
A progress report
Rasha Ali, Heliana Tavares, Abul Tuil and Priyanshi Sharma competed in a Mooting Competition at the
University of Western Sydney.
They made it to the second round, losing only by two points. We are immensely proud of them as they were the only Year 10 team in the competition, versing Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies students.
Please congratulation them for their participation, they spent a lot of time preparing for both sides of the moot, in the midst of their exam period.
We are pleased to announce that the ‘Return and Earn’ campaign run by the Environment Portfolio leaders at St Agnes in conjunction with Sell and Parker Blacktown has been an outstanding success! Due to the dedicated efforts of many staff and students, we were able to fill up the big yellow cage to almost capacity. Overall, the St Agnes community were able to save 8, 212 bottles and cans from ending up as waste in landfill. This is an amazing effort and will definitely make a positive impact on our environment. Our efforts have also resulted in our school community receiving just over $500 for recycling these bottles and cans. These funds will go towards an environmental initiative at the school.
Spring has arrived and our vertical garden is absolutely blooming! The wonderful efforts made by the Environmental leaders in establishing the garden have certainly paid off. Through their careful application of nutrients into the potting mix and ensuring they used correct planting methods, the team were able to create the perfect foundation for the plants to not only survive, but also thrive. Each and every one of our selected plants and herbs are flourishing and providing beautiful colour and delicious options to add to meals made in Food Technology. Many students are enjoying the beautiful natural addition to our school environment and have also enjoyed watering and tasting the selection of edible plants that are on offer. We encourage more students to make use of the garden to ensure it is being utilised to its full potential. Why not grab some mint to add to your water bottle for a refreshing drink, as the weather gets warmer? Or grab some lettuce or chives to add to your summer salad?
Definition of Mooting:
Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at school to appearing in court.
"CAPA was a successful night , I enjoyed every little bit of it. The way I see CAPA is that God uses us singers, dancers , actors and musicians as the best way possible and I greatly appreciate it. "
Crystal-Rose Marsh Year 10
The night was an amazing oppurtunity to showcase talent, and to show our parents our power drive. From having music, drama, dancing and fashion in the performance we were able to see how diverse the school really is. In general everybody had a great time and we will always remember the night to be against all odds but fantastic.
Mary Yousif Year 9
Sent from my iPad
"CAPA night was definitely a triumph despite the weather. All performers were stellar on stage and gave valiant efforts. Personally, I am satisfied with my performance, though I know I’m capable of much more, so next year I look to surpass my previous showing by a vast margin. Congratulations to all participants."
Sebastien Belleza Year 9
A huge thankyou to all of the Creative Arts/TAS teachers, Miss Juerez, Miss Pauperis, Miss Millwood, Miss Thauvette, Miss Gale and Mr Scarpin, Miss Stellis for all your commitment and efforts in culmination of our CAPA night.
Despite the rain, the show continued. All students and staff were not deterred and worked as a team.
I’d like to also thank all the parents and carers, for their support and understanding of the changes that needed to be made on the night.
We are really proud of our student’s talents and hard work, both front of stage and back, to make this night an enjoyable occasion.
Thankyou to Ms Browning and Mr Wolffe for your support of this event.
"The CAPA night this year was a very unique experience as everyone had to persevere yet still have fun throughout the night. I, personally, had stayed back for almost the whole day in order to prep for a few acts of my own. Although the rain did cause us to change locations, we were able to get most of the acts done. I feel bad for most of the drama performers and the Fashion Parade girls as their act was going overtime and the night was put to an abrupt halt, but the people who actually performed were incredible and very talented. Their voices and dance moves were exceptional and provided great entertainment and represented our school well. The day, overall, was very stressful, but in the end, it was all worth it because we got to witness the thrilling acts of most of our school students."
Farida Zaheer Year 9
“CAPA Night showcased talents that brought smiles to many faces. From the dance items, drama acts to the music performances, the uniqueness of it created an atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation. Although the weather nearly ruined most of the equipment, CAPA continued to go on and did not lose any hope. The best part was how I was given the opportunity to record the performances for future students to see. It was breathtaking to watch the performances up close and record them for others to enjoy as well. Even though at times I was quite worried about my camera getting wet, I immensely enjoyed CAPA night. It was memorable night full of entertainment and energy.”
Prianshi Sharma Year 10
CAPA this year was full of wonders! Honestly I thought the rain would’ve came later on at night, but i jinxed myself a bit too much. Despite all the moving around and stressing out, I’ve honestly enjoyed this one. Only once in a while you’d experience such chaos yet still enjoy every moment & not everything goes to plan, there is always something bound to happen. My last year doing CAPA and I’m glad everything that happened, happened. As a member of St Agnes Catholic High School I’ve always liked being seen as the Agnes Risktakers, either go hard or go home.
Kathleen Sikuea Year 10
"A successful event, brilliantly incorporating the various efforts and creativity of the St Agnes Community with teachers and students alike, it was indeed a job well done"
Jordan Ferry Year 10
tas 2018 report
CLICK ON THE ARROW FOR MORE PICTURES OF STUDENT TAS WORK
around the classrooms
What a big year it has been in the Technological and Applied Studies area in 2018!!
The students have been very busy throughout the year, working on many projects across all the TAS subjects.
They have shown a great ‘passion’ working on their designated projects and many have shown great skill involved with creating these Designs.
It is a real pleasure watching these jobs/ creations coming to ‘life’ and the enjoyment that it brings to the students.
Big Congratulations to all students across so many classes on the effort that you have put in to these jobs. It makes teaching in these areas a real joy.
Year 8 Animals in
my Teacup Program
student capa pictures
Multicultural Wearable Unit
PDSSSC - ST AGNES V'S BEDE POLDING
AROUND THE GROUNDS
bishops statement socual
justice essay competition
australian maths competition
IN THE MEDIA
Inter Girls Basketball
Junior Girls Basketball
Year 7 - 11
The school uniform shop is open on Mondays between 8:00am and 12:00pm,
and Wednesdays between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
SHOP ONLINE AT
SENIOR UNIFORM UPDATE:- Due to the senior's uniform being designed mid
year - it has had to go through a sampling process. This has delayed delivery to January, and will be available from the Uniform Shop.
Open Wednesday 30th 8am - 4pm
Thursday 31st 8am - 12pm
Catholic High School
Ph: 02 8882 0700
Fax: 02 8882 0799
St Clare's Catholic
175 Buckwell Drive
Ph: 02 9835 2466
Fax: 02 9835 2539
91 North Parade
Ph: 8882 9500
Fax: 02 9832 1839
FROM THE BISHOPS OFFICE
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2019: Thirsting for Justice
A wonderful opportunity for a faith formation experience for parishioners, leaders, teachers, catechists ... all people in ministry and all people who would like to enrich their faith! Join this pilgrimage group to attend the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 18-30 March 2019. Cost of pilgrimage $4350 for 12 days with some additional expenses. Please contact Lisa Bright on 9622 1125 or email@example.com for an information pack.
Grief to Grace – Healing the Wounds of Abuse
This is a spiritual retreat for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse. The retreat will be held May 26 – 31 2019. To request an application contact Anne by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0478599241. For more information visit www.grieftograce.org
Communications Officer – Diocese of Parramatta
More details at: parracatholic.org/employment
Parish Secretary (part-time, maternity leave role) – Holy Spirit Parish, St Clair
More details at: holyspiritstclair.com.au
Media and Community Liaison Officer – Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations
More details at: www.catholicjobsonline.com.au
9 Adelaide Street
Ph: 02 9625 8404
23 Nelson Street
Mt Druitt South
Ph: 02 9625 8847
254 Luxford Road
Ph: 02 9628 7272
St John Vianney's
17 Cameron Street
Ph: 02 9622 3426