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Term: Two | Issue 4 | Date: June 22 2018
Refugee Week (16-23 June) is a unique opportunity for us all to experience and celebrate the rich diversity of refugee communities. Diversity and inclusiveness are key attributes of the St Agnes community.
Student led conferences: A reminder that these take place on Monday July 23. There will be no classes on this day.
The Mustard Seed:
Matthew 13:31-32: “He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.’”
The parable about the mustard seed is used to illustrate the surprising growth of the church in spite of small and unpromising beginnings. The point is that God can work through small and ordinary agents (like ourselves) to achieve surprising and significant results. That is how the Church of God began - in a very small way with only twelve Apostles, Yet today the Church spreads throughout the world and Catholics today number
over 1.2 billion.
Fr. Alex McAllister SDS tells us that we can say the same for the Kingdom of God growing within our own hearts. Its start is small and insignificant but with the proper nurturing grows and grows until we turn our whole lives over to the Lord. We should find this truth encouraging and allow it to free us from a sense of helplessness.
Many of our students catch a bus to and/or from school. Most students have an Opal card (this is required). However, some students catch a bus but either do not have an Opal card or they have one but do not scan it when entering/leaving the bus.
Bus drivers do not want to leave children stranded and unable to get home so they generally allow students without an Opal card to get on the bus. Students then think, well why should I tap on and off if I can still get my bus without a card?
This lack of compliance with public transport can have far reaching consequences. Bus companies are paid accordingly to how many customers they have. With school transport, the only way they know how many students use the service is by the electronic tap on and off. If no students comply then they are within their rights to cancel services. Bus drivers are also within their rights to charge any student getting on a bus without a card.
If parents want full service for their children to travel to and from school by bus then together we must ensure that all students have an Opal card and use it consistently.
Please discuss this with your children and explain to them that they may be disadvantaged if they or their friends do not follow correct procedures.
APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR AN OPAL CARD. https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal-for-school-students/
World Youth Day - Panama 2019
Over the past two weeks, the WYD pilgrims have hosted two fundraising events. The first event was held on the 7th June, named “Mexican Madness” to acknowledge the pilgrimage to see the sacred site of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Students were encouraged to come dressed in their best mexican attire and they received a WYD raffle for $2. With many student helpers and the delicious recipe of Mr Hilder, they cooked a bowl of nachos and sold this for $5 at lunch time. Along with a photobooth, the day raised $1590!! The support from all staff and students are greatly appreciated and it is through this kind of support that we are able to continue to send our students to participate in World Youth Day opportunities.
Year 10 Subject Selection Round 2 Open
Year 9 Aline Kokoda Memorial Track
Year 9 Bline Kokoda Memorial Track
Year 10 Career Expo
Year 10 Salsa Day
Year 10 Subject Selection Round 2 Close
Last Day of Term 2
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A very special thank you to the following cooks for the day: Caitlin Adema, Elyse O’Brien, Callandra Jane, Rhiannon Soans, Eulla Bondoc, Vanie Barcelon, Tina Natini and Katalina Vave and the Events Portfolio Leaders for assisting in the setup of the day.
I am inviting all our families and friends to join us in supporting our WYD pilgrims by purchasing online raffle ticket books at $2 a ticket. The steps are as follows:
Step 1: Visit website www.rafflelink.com.au/wyd2019. Check out this website for all the cool prizes to be won!
Step 2: Select the number of tickets ($2 each)
Step 3: Choose “St Agnes” in the school/parish option.
Step 4: Pay online.
Let’s raise as much money as we can as a St Agnes community!
Thank you for your continued support in all our WYD fundraising initiatives
as we value these wonderful opportunities for faith formation of our students.
St Agnes Day 2018
Celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Agnes College, as it was originally called was established in 1962 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. They were an institute that, in the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, lived in simplicity according to the Gospel and found strength for mission in the contemplation of the Eucharist. Today we celebrate 56 years of Catholic education in the Rooty Hill area, maintaining the Franciscan spirit of simplicity
acceptance of all and a deep personal love of Jesus.
On this day we also celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that reminds us that we are called to the fullness of life through the love of Jesus. It has been revealed just how much God is willing to love us by sending His Son. God’s love is made real and personified in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the morning, all students participated in an Appreciation activity that gave all students the opportunity to write a letter of appreciation and gratitude to 2-3 people in their homeroom. Thank you to Mrs Chapman, Mr Hilder and the Pastoral Care Portfolio Leaders for all the preparation to
continue the spirit of thanks that marks the St. Agnes experience.
I'd like to send my warmest thank you to Fr Pat Mullins SJ, who is a dear friend of St Agnes and continues to support us with good humor and faith, and to all staff and students for their presence and support at our St Agnes Day Mass. After Mass, each homeroom shared a morning tea together, a
St Agnes tradition of appreciation for those that care and teach us.
I’d like to particularly thank the following staff and students for their contribution to our wonderful celebration: To Ms Juarez, Mr Jadrijevic and the amazing musicians and choir, for all the extra time and work that you put into preparing our musicians and singers. Your work is behind the scenes yet sets the scene for our Mass so thank you again for the love you put into all our celebrations.
To Ms Green, for your creativity in bringing out the Sacred Heart of Jesus in such a beautiful way on our altar. Your ideas and the grace in which you put into making our celebrations so beautiful is so greatly noticed and appreciated.
And to Ms Carlin and Ms Raad for
coordinating the photography for the
Whenever we come together in Mass,
it is always a beautiful reminder of
the wonderful community that we
Pace e bene,
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Pace e bene,
Religious Education Coordinator
Pace e bene,
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Last Friday night we held our annual “Insanity” school disco held in the San Damiano Centre. This year we had 203 students attend, our biggest disco yet! This evening would not have been possible without Mr Nuque the DJ, the father of Alyanna Nuque (St Agnes graduate of 2017) who continues to support us so generously in our fundraising events. Also, a very warm thank you to the Year 10 leaders who assisted in the running of the evening and also to our disco staff - Mr Sadsad, Ms Raad, Mr Azzopardi, Mr Krishna, Miss Thauvette, Mrs Chapman, Mr Chavez, Ms Juarez, Mr Jadrijevic, Ms Fielding and Ms Browning who spend their Friday evening ensuring that this was yet another enjoyable night.
In the first week of term 3, Semester One reports will be issued to parents at parent-teacher interviews that will be held on Monday 23 July 2018. (There will be no lessons on this day)
These academic reports will provide detailed information on the topics, outcomes and grades achieved by students across their subjects. The interviews will provide an opportunity for students to sit with their Learning Advisor and parents and showcase their digital learning portfolio containing work samples of their learning this semester. This is a very important event for the school community and so it is expected that all parents attend. You can book your interview time through the school website, by clicking on the link. You can find it here http://www.stagnesrootyhill.catholic.edu.au/
Technology as an Educational Tool
St Agnes is a Bring Your Own Device school, using Ipads and Google Chromebooks as an educational tool. There is an expectation that your child’s device is brought to school everyday and is fully charged. If the device is damaged it is the families responsibility to repair it in a timely manner. If a new device is needed because the IPAD is beyond repair, then the Google Chromebook may be a more affordable alternative.
Western Sydney Careers Expo
On Thursday 28th June, all Year 10 students will be travelling to the Western Sydney Careers Expo held at Sydney Olympic Park. The expo provides local school students with a quality experience of seminars/presentations and access to more than 100 organisations including Universities, Private Providers, TAFE, apprenticeships/traineeships, employers, state and local government and Defence Forces to assist them with their career planning and career decisions.
Year 11 2019 Subject Selection confirmation letters have gone home with each student. Please take the time to read through and complete the questionnaire, and return it to your childs homeroom teacher by Friday 29th June.
Acting Teaching and Learning Coordinator
TEACHING AND LEARNING: CURRICULUM
This year marks the 10th visit to St Agnes from the St Mary’s Sub Branch Vietnam Veterans Association. We were honoured yet again with guest speakers Mr and Mrs Vin and Nancy Cosgrove and Mr Jeff Perry.
On the 6th of June, the year 10 students were expertly informed not only about the events and battles leading up and including the Vietnam war but they got to experience what it would be like carrying the heavy packs the soldiers had, during the war.
While it was a source of amusement that the telecommunication used during the war was bigger and heavier than house bricks, the students were told that these were state of the art communication technology of the time and it saved many lives.
It was also clear that if the birthday ballot had been applied many of our students would have been recruited had they been of age during this period.
One thing that captured the attention of the Year 10 audience was when Mr Cosgrove attempted to describe the sound of war as well as the horror of being wounded and being stranded behind enemy lines.
The students were so engaged that they willingly gave up part of their lunchtime to hear the final summation of the presentation. Many students stayed back to ask more questions.
Mr Cosgrove was also impressed with our students and wrote a very complimentary letter about the school and the student body.
St Agnes is privileged to have such a close association with the St Mary’s Sub Branch of the Vietnam Veterans. We look forward to many more visits from the veterans, who are committed to keeping the memory of the sacrifices and experiences of the Vietnam war, alive.
Vietnam Veterans Incursion
There have been numerous reports in the media lately about the benefits and seemingly impediments of mobile phones in schools.
Unfortunately, when the focus of the user is not that of learning but of other intentions then the phone becomes a source of distraction.
The St Agnes policy on mobile phones states that Mobile phones may be brought to school but they must be turned off at all times during school hours (including before school, recess and lunch time). Mobile phones will be confiscated in the following cases:
If students have them out during school hours
If students use them during school hours
If an incoming call is received during school hours
Confiscated phones will be held in the administration office until collected by the student’s parents.
On the whole, no student should be accessing their mobile phones during class time. Moreover, students should not be contacting parents or family members during the day about situations at school especially when the school is unaware of the issue. I ask parents not to respond to phone calls or texts before contacting the school to seek clarification.
Student Led Parent/Teacher Interviews
23 July 2018 8am - 5pm
No formal lessons will be held. Students must attend in full winter uniform with parents.
Parents are to arrive 15min prior to appointed time to receive reports.
20 minute Interview duration
Book online via http://www.stagnesrootyhill.catholic.edu.au/
WHO NEEDS IT?
Teens lead busy lives, and, let's face it, between school, part-time jobs, extracurricular activities and an active social life, you often don't take time to sit down for breakfast. In fact, around a quarter of Australian kids skip or miss breakfast every day. You mightn't think so, but missing out on breakfast can create all sorts of problems at school, such as difficulty concentrating, becoming tired, experiencing learning difficulties and exhibiting behavioural problems.
If your hungry and distracted the chances ar you won't be concentrating and may disrupt the rest of the class.
Why eat breakfast?
After fasting all night, breakfast is the first source of energy you get to set you up for the day. You wouldn't expect a car to start when it's sitting on empty and the same goes for your mind and body. Eating breakfast can help you:
Remember things better
Solve mathematical problems
Understand more when you are reading and listening
In fact, a carbohydrate-rich breakfast may be extra good for cognitive performance, particularly among girls.
Missing breakfast often means that you tend to eat more at your next meal, especially fatty foods and sugar. Regularly eating breakfast has been shown to equal increased intake of good things like fibre, wholegrain, calcium and lots of vitamins and a reduction in bad things like unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Strange to say, but it's been shown that skipping breakfast can actually make you gain weight!
Peter’s Pence Collection
The Peter’s Pence Collection is traditionally taken up throughout Catholic parishes around the world either on 29 June, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, or on the Sunday closest to this Solemnity. This collection helps provide the Holy Father with funds for emergency assistance to those in need. The proceeds enable Pope Francis to assist the most disadvantaged in emergency situations including victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Thank you for your generosity.
Pilgrimage from Prague to Dubrovnik in September-October School Holidays
A three-week pilgrimage - The Shrines and Cathedrals of Central Europe - from Prague to Dubrovnik in the September-October School Holidays will be led by Fr John McSweeney from St John 23rd Parish, Stanhope Gardens. For more information contact Harvest Journeys on 1800 819 156 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Permanent Diaconate: 8 July
The discernment program for those who are interested in finding out more about this Vocation will be held at St John 23rd Parish, 160 Perfection Avenue, Stanhope Gardens 2768. Come and learn more about vocations to the Diaconate and have a chat with our team members. We are looking for men aged between 35 to 55 and residing in the Diocese of Parramatta. Our discernment program consists of five sessions, with each session dealing with different aspects of the Diaconate. The meetings will commence at 3.00pm until 6.00pm followed by the Parish Mass and Fellowship. The 2018 dates on Sundays: 9 September, 4 November. For further information visit www.parracatholic.org/permanent-diaconate or please contact any of the following deacons: Deacon James – 0425 213 832, Deacon Tan – 0407 270 782, Deacon George – 0408 440 769
Holy Hour for Vocations: 5 July
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth cordially invite YOUTH (age 18-35) to join us for Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, 5 July at 7:00 pm. Join us also for pizza at 8:00pm, Holy Spirit Convent, 120 Capuchin Way, Plumpton. RSVP: Sr Paula by 1st June, e-mail: email@example.com mob: 0449 656 406
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