FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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Term: Two | Issue 5 | Date: 6 July 2018
Thank you for your support this week with the later start on Wednesday. As St Agnes prepares for its first stage 6 cohort, there is a need to revise many areas to ensure that we are well prepared for a 7-12 continuum.
Very early next term, the physical changes will begin to take place. As shared earlier, the Chapiton building will be refurbished as part of the first stage. While this will necessitate some short-term changes, the long-term benefits will be enjoyed by all our community and enable our learning spaces to more effectively reflect our learning philosophy.
Student Led Conferences – 23 July
A reminder that there are no formal classes on the first day of Term 3, this is an opportunity for parents to meet with students learning advisers and hear of the progress to date and set goals for semester two.
This is the final newsletter for the term. We can be very pleased with the rich learning that has occurred over this time. Everyone now has the opportunity to take a well-deserved break to spend time with family and friends and come back to Term 3 ready for new challenges. I hope that you all are able to enjoy some quality time as a family and that, if you are heading off anywhere, you have safe journeys.
Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love created me,
making me in the image and likeness of God.
Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of heaven.
Glory be to the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me
by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.
Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever.
Parent Classroom Concerns and Questions
St Agnes Catholic High School is very keen to work closely with parents to maximise their child’s learning and to provide opportunities in preparing them for a changing world. We encourage our students to become responsible learners, challenging themselves to succeed and taking responsibility for their own actions. The role of the Principal and Assistant Principals is to ensure that procedures have been put into place to ensure not only the smooth running of the school, but to ensure that every child’s schooling at St Agnes is productive
As we all appreciate, with over 690 students at the school coming from around 500 families, it is not possible for the either the Principal and Assistant Principalto respond immediately to all calls coming from parents.
In general, if a parent calls the school to discuss a classroom based matter they will be directed in the first instance to the classroom teacher. The relevant Subject Coordinator will also be notified of the parent contact. The teacher will contact the parent as soon as possible, recognising their teaching, supervisory and administrative obligations. The teacher will let the Subject Coordinator
know whether the issue has been resolved at this level.
If the issue has not been resolved, the relevant Subject Coordinator would be the next point of contact for a parent. If the issue has still not been resolved,
the Assistant Principal could then become involved.
The primary role of Stage Coordinators and Assistant Stage Coordinators is one of a pastoral and wellbeing nature. They are able to provide an overall picture of a student, whilst not generally having responsibility to resolve subject-based classroom issues, which are the primary responsibility of the
teacher and, if required, the relevant Subject Coordinator.
Where issues cross a number of subject areas or if it relates to behaviour in the playground, then usually the Stage teams will be involved with teachers and Subject Coordinators in working with the student and parents to resolve the matter, with the support of the Wellbeing/ Learning Enhancement staff. e.g. Ms Joanne Penna (Learning Support Coordinator) and Ms Prue Excell (School
Counsellor) where applicable.
If parents feel that their concerns have not been heard or they need further clarification on how these have been responded to, then they are asked to contact the Assistant Principal and subsequently, if felt appropriate, the Principal.
Where parents have a concern, the School will follow its FAIR principles in responding to the matter, issue or incident raised
Find out the facts
Ascertain and acknowledge the situation
Initiate appropriate actions
Restore Respect and Responsibility
Parents wishing to go immediately to the Principal or Assistant Principal regarding a classroom or playground matter will be asked to follow the above pathway. Following the FAIR process may involve delaying a response until all the evidence can be gathered and a balanced, considered and
appropriate response determined.
Of course, matters that are determined to be of a Child Protection nature under government and system guidelines will be dealt with as a matter of urgency and confidentiality in accordance with relevant statutory guidelines.
JULY 7 - JULY 22
Student led Parent/Teacher conferences
Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews begin
Semester 1 Awards Ceremony
Year 7 Visit to Central Synagogue and St Mary's Cathedral
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
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
I take this opportunity to inform families that we have made some changes to the school run, and owned, Uniform Shop effective from Monday 6th August 2018.
In consultation with CEDP we have decided to outsource the shop to be overseen by a company called ‘The School Locker” (TSL). The School Locker is a division of Harvey Norman and already has a presence within schools in the Parramatta Diocese.
The shop will continue to stock all of our current items of clothing and will now extend its range to include technology items. A comprehensive catalogue and online link will become available to the community in the coming weeks via our website, Skoolbag App link and via our Facebook page.
Prices and quality will remain comparable and of a high standard and purchases and payments will not only be made via the school shop direct but through an online option also.
The trading days and hours of operation of the school shop will change to: -
Monday 8:00am to 12:00pm And Wednesday 12:00pm to 4:00pm
All students will be issued with a Student Advantage Card when visiting the uniform shop. This card unlocks educational pricing.
Rental options are available for technology.
The School Locker website is www.theschoollocker.com.au. This link will become available to log onto the St Agnes Catholic High School site.
Should you wish to donate your second hand uniforms to the school, your items will be donated to families in need. Please bring them to Reception area in the Administration building.
World Vision 40 Hour Famine - Backpack Challenge 2018
(Taken from the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge 2018 web page)
Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge and take a stand for young refugees around the world. You'll unite with thousands of other Australians to lead global change by raising funds for young people who've been forced to flee their homes. Take up the challenge and
commit to living out of your back pack with only essentials for 40 hours.
Globally there are 68.5 million refugee and displaced people - and more than half are under 18. By joining the 40HF Backpack Challenge movement, you'll connect with four of these young people and begin to understand what it's like to leave almost everything behind. Be a voice for change for Lilias, Obada, Jubaida and Rhoda.
Pace e bene,
Religious Education Coordinator
UNIFORM SHOP NEWS
The Backpack Challenge will run from 8pm Friday (17 Aug) to 12pm Sunday (19 Aug). Challenges will drop throughout the weekend so be ready to drop your backpack and go! #40HourFamine
Over the past week, students have received information on the World Vision 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge 2018. Every year, St Agnes actively participates in this global initiative and aim to raise as much money, as well as awareness of the refugee crisis that currently exists in our world today. On Friday, 22nd June student leaders from each year group participated in a workshop with Philippa Paull, a World Vision Youth Community Relationship Coordinator to learn about how St Agnes could invite students to the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge. This year, St Agnes have set ourselves a goal to raise $5500 with 50 participants. In previous years, we have been able to collectively raise approximately $3000 so we are setting the standard much higher this year and encourage the support of our families and friends to join us in this valuable learning experience.
For students to participate in this challenge, they are to seek parental/guardian permission first by returning a permission note available at the Student Office. If parents/guardians would like more information, you are most welcome to contact me on 8882 0700 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your ongoing support to our mission of actively participating in social justice initiatives for our
community and for our world.
Sacramental Program 2018
This year, the St Agnes Formation Goal for students is for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sacraments. We’ve been working towards this goal through our weekly Mass available at Recess with Confessions available right after. We have had a positive response from students who regularly attend Mass and it is encouraging to know students are also taking up the opportunity to go to
Confession and use the prayer room for personal reflection time.
To our parents and guardians: In partnership with the St. Aidan’s Parish Rooty Hill, I’d like to invite any St Agnes student who is interested in completing the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation this year to email Mrs Reyes at email@example.com to express your interest. I encourage our parents to have this conversation with your child if you have been thinking about their initiation to the Catholic Church or completion of the Sacraments of Initiation. More information will be communicated to our students in the form of a letter next term. I look forward to your response soon.
I wish all our staff and students a relaxing, enjoyable and safe holidays break. Here is a prayer I’d like to share with you all:
Pace e bene,
May the holiday break be for us
a time of rest and recreation to help restore us and re-create us
in your image and likeness,
as we enjoy
more of the love and presence
of our families and friends,
on whom we ask your blessing.
ST AGNES CHOIR
Competitors and their families had the privilege to hear our choir sing the Dharug and Australian National Anthems at the NSWCPSSSC Cross Country in June.
Semester 2 Timetables have been issued today, please ensure students bring the correct equipment for the start of Term 3.
On Thursday 28 June, Year 10 students travelled to Sydney Olympic Park to visit one hundred and thirty four exhibitors at the Western Sydney Careers Expo. Students spent time walking through exhibitor stalls and speaking to various course providers about career paths and opportunities. Universities, TAFE, the Australian Defence Force and numerous private colleges representing the arts, music, information technology and hospitality industries were visited. Students also had the opportunity to sit and listen to seminar talks including those given by the Universities Admissions Centre, Apprentice Employment Network, English Teachers Association of NSW the Mathematics Association of NSW, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Resources for Courses seminar focusing on time management tips and study advice. The Careers Expo was highly beneficial in providing relevant and timely information to the students that could be used to assist in their subject choices for Years 11
TEACHING AND LEARNING COORDINATOR
MUSIC INCURSION - Recap
The music incursion was incredibly fun and I didn't see a single flaw or downfall in the overall execution of the program. The teacher Tom was funny and easily understandable, and he made sure that every single student got a turn on the instruments and was able to play a different part of the overall song during the rotation, and speaking of which: the final delivery of the whole song was outstanding and sounded like real music someone could sing or dance to. Overall, it was a very fun experience.
- Raven Year 7
Careers Market - Homebush
Year 9 Kokoda Memorial Track
Year nine recently were honoured to be escorted around the Kokoda Memorial Track on the 26th and 27th of July, by the veterans of past conflicts. Unfortunately only one of the veterans of the Kokoda campaign accompanied our students this year. The remaining Kokoda veterans are battling health issues and we wish them well in their recoveries. They were missed on this excursion.
Students followed a guide around the track, who provided insights about wars and in particular the Kokoda battle during WWII. Students gained a greater understanding not only of the battle but also of the impact on the soldiers and the Australian people during this time.
Students listened to the veterans talk about fathers, brothers, friends, and family whom suffered in the war. Students learned about the sacrifices and hardships many soldiers endured and the bravery of heroes of the Kokoda theatre of war. As well as the importance of this battle to the Australian people.
Our students were commended for their inquiring minds and relevant questions. It was obvious they wanted to learn all they could. The Year 9 students were congratulated for their reverence and behaviour on this excursion. The veteran guides sort out teachers, to compliment our students to them.
Despite the dismal weather the students valued the experience of meeting and talking with the veterans and remembering the many sacrifices made to secure our future.
Many thanks to the teachers who supervised excursion, Miss Clarke, Mr Azzopardi, Mrs McGovern, Mrs Millwood, Mrs Tomich, Mr Chavez, Mr Dempsey and Mrs Shaw.
TERM 3 COMMENCES WITH PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES ON 23 JULY
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS AND STAY SAFE
Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses
The Office For Worship is taking enrolments for its Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses for those who are interested in being Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Bringing Communion to the Sick and Dying. To be held at the Institute For Mission at 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown. Enrolments close 9 August. NOTE: Introduction Session on 16 August is compulsory.
Please see your Parish office for a form or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 8838 3456 or parracatholic.org/office-for-worship/
Early-bird registration for the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention hosted by the Diocese of Parramatta on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops is now open at www.acymc.org.au. The event will host up to 500 adult delegates who are engaged in ministry with young people in parishes, schools, agencies and ministries of the Catholic Church. Rooty Hill RSL, September 21-23. Contact James Camden, Director, Catholic Youth Parramatta for more information (02) 8838 3428 or email@example.com
Faith in Marriage Seminar: 3 August
All are welcome to attend the 2018 ‘Faith in Marriage’ Seminar address is entitled ‘Marriage & Men in Contemporary Society’ and will be given by Robert Falzon co-founder of menALIVE. All parishioners are warmly welcome to attend this free event on Friday 3 August at 7.30pm at the Institute for Mission, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 8838 3460.
Office for Worship Formation Day: 11 August
The Office For Worship is offering a Ministry of Communion to the Sick and Dying Ongoing Formation Day on Saturday 11 August, 9.30am – 2.00pm (Morning Tea and lunch provided) at the Institute For Mission, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown. RSVP by 6 of August, 2018. For more information or to register contact email@example.com 02 8838 3456.
St Philomena Association Holy Masses: 11 August
St John Vianney was very devoted to St Philomena. Pope Gregory XVI called her “the great wonder worker”. Mass at midday with Confession from 11.30am: St John Vianney's Church, 17 Cameron St, Doonside. A short walk north from Doonside station, the one past Blacktown. Please bring a snack to share. Elizabeth tel or text 0423 15 44 63, firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Libby Peoples (events)
Holy Spirit Seminary Open Day: 19 August
"Come and See Day" at Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park on 19 August 2018 is a whole-day event, inspired by Our Lord’s invitation to the two disciples of John the Baptist to “Come and see”, found in the Gospel of John. Open Day provides single men open to a priestly vocation with the opportunity to experience seminary life, beginning with Holy Mass at St Oliver’s Parish Church at 10 am, followed by talks, a tour, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and dinner with Bishop Vincent. RSVP essential. Please contact Fr John Paul Escarlan via email@example.com or 0420 310 771
Sydney World Youth Day Mass: 20 July
July 20 2018 will mark 10 years since the Archdiocese of Sydney hosted World Youth Day 2008. To this day, WYD08 remains one of the most powerful demonstrations of faith our country has seen, welcoming Pope Benedict XVI and 500,000 pilgrims from around the world to our city. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Catholics from across Sydney are invited to join Archbishop Anthony Fisher for a special Mass followed by food and cultural performances plus the announcement of a number of new initiatives for youth ministry. Co-hosted by Sydney Catholic Youth, the event will also include the launch of Archbishop Fisher’s new book for young people My Dear Young Friend: Forty letters on youth, faith and future. Friday July 20 for 5:30pm Mass followed by WYD08 event at 7:00pm at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. WYD08 event at St Mary’s Cathedral College Hall. All welcome.
‘Come and See’ Weekend Retreat for Women: 21 July
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth offer weekend retreats for women aged 18-35 who want to discern their vocation to religious life. These retreats offer a one-to-one encounter and include prayer time, talks and accompaniment. Bring only a holy Bible and a smile! 21 July from 2:30pm at Holy Spirit Convent, 120 Capuchin Way, Plumpton. For more information contact Sr Paula tel 0449 656 406, firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM THE BISHOPS OFFICE
Please if your son/daughter have accidently picked up a set of keys on a keyring of the Tube London Stations map with 2 keys attached, can you please send them back to the school.
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