From the Principal
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Friday 24th August saw the Yr 9 Art Launch for their Project Based Learning task where students responded to: Who do you say I am? (Mk8:29)
It was wonderful to share this event with so many parents and grandparents.
Many thanks to Ms Janet Chapman for her organisation of Daffodil Day. All students were invited to place a note of hope, encouragement and remembrance to those affected by cancer. The wall of daffodils created a visual awareness of the disease and importantly serves as a source of support to those affected by cancer in our community.
Congratulations to our PDSSSC Frisbee team who won the Grand Final last week in a tight match 5-4 against MCHF. Congratulations to our PDSSSC Dance group represented the school well in last weeks PDSSSC Dance competition and won the Cultural Dance division. Congratulations to our girls Rugby League team winning the Western District Gala Day. Great work!
Building Update: Despite a couple of setbacks with the weather and water pipes, I am pleased to confirm that not only is our building work still on track, we are now able to access the new temporary buildings. Being able to use these will alleviate some of the pressure of recent weeks.
As we celebrate Fathers Day on Sunday we pray,
Term: Three | Issue 3 | Date: 31st August 2018
you entrusted your Son Jesus,
the child of Mary,
to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.
Bless all fathers and male care givers
as they care for their families.
Give them strength and wisdom,
tenderness and patience;
support them in the work they have to do,
protecting those who look to them,
as we look to you for love and salvation,
through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.
St Francis and St Agnes
Pray for them
PDSSSC Basketball Gala Day
Year 10 Vaccination Day
September 12 - 13
Kool Skools Album recording
PDSSSC Basketball Gala Day
Staff Development Day
State Rugby League Finals
Year 8 Aline Wetlands excursion
Year 8 Bline Wetlands excursion
Feast of St Francis of Assisi Mass/Multicultural Celebrations/Colour Run Walkathon
Part 1of the installation of the demountables to cater for the loss of the Chappotin Building during its refurbishment for the Seniors next year.
Catholic High School
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St Clare's Catholic
175 Buckwell Drive
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91 North Parade
Ph: 8882 9500
Fax: 02 9832 1839
Matthew 7: 1 -2
Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others, and he will apply to you the same rules you apply to others.
In recent weeks on several occasions I have spoken to students about the importance of kindness in the face of increasing worries in society about bullying, social media harassment, road rage, mental health concerns and the escalation of abuse of individuals in the community. This mirrors the increasing concern about abuse and attacks on our community volunteers, including coaches, referees and umpires, as well as workers in our hospital and education systems.
Australia has always been known as the country where we give everyone a “fair go” and yet this seems to have been eroded in recent years, particularly reflected at times in sustained and vicious abuse on social media. More than ever in history, individuals have the tools to attack and belittle others with relative anonymity, speed and twenty-four hour- a-day access.
A recent article I read gave some wonderful tips to build kindness in our children and reinforce many of the values that we promote.
1. Build empathy – Encourage our children to put themselves in the shoes of others and to consider how they would feel if isolated, ridiculed or made fun of.
2. Encourage our children to be positive and affirming, rather than choosing to be critical and negative. This can start with how they speak in the home and to others, and how we speak to them and to others with whom we may have a disagreement.
3. Be a good role model as a parent, our children learn from us when we are polite, use manners in public, show patience, forgive human error and show tolerance and understanding to strangers or people who are different to us in looks, values or preferences.
4. Encourage our children to work for reward, to have delayed satisfaction at times and to take responsibility – washing up, making their bed, cleaning, washing clothes or hanging them out, making lunch, taking the rubbish out – and thus to accept responsibility as part of a family.
5. Consciously make time for the family to sit and talk, free of devices and distractions (e.g. regular no phones/no devices, family meals at a table). Encourage chat about everyone’s day and encourage active listening, empathy and affirming.
6. Stay attuned as much as possible to online behaviour and internet use. Have open and brave discussions about internet use and cyber bullying.
7. Promote mindfulness and gratitude. We are all incredibly blessed to live in this nation, even in times of pain or suffering or misfortune. Trying to look outward rather than inward can be incredibly therapeutic and remind us of the good around us (just look at the efforts of so many people in Australia to help our struggling farmers and rural communities).
From the Assistant Principal
Sacramental Program 2018
The Sacramental Program is a significant part of the St Agnes school life as we are a place where students come to know and love Jesus through the sacraments. With a strong Catholic identity, the Sacraments of Initiation is an invitation to all students and families to the Catholic faith that is open to all those who wish to enter into a life of relationship with Christ and the whole church.
We have officially begun the Sacramental Program for 2018 with 11 student candidates. The formation sessions will be conducted every Friday morning with Mrs Nicole Hicks, our Sacramental Program facilitator until Week 6
of next term.
St. Francis of Assisi was particularly passionate about experiencing the living God through reading and
contemplating the Scriptures and receiving the
sacraments. He quotes, “What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation”. Every Wednesday in the Prayer Room, we are blessed to celebrate Mass and make confession available to our staff and students as a way for us to
receive Jesus most intimately through the sacraments.
To our parents and guardians, this invitation is still open for your child to participate in the Sacramental Program this year. Please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Wednesday, 5th September.
I’d like to also take this opportunity to welcome our new Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion - Ms Jeunelle Juarez, Kiera Everingham (10.2), Chanel Saliba (10.7) and Nathan Kako
(10.4) who had completed the training this week.
I look forward to sharing this wonderful journey of faith with you and your family.
Christ Express - an Art Exhibition on the Images of Jesus by Year 9 2018
(Friday, 24th August)
“Who do you say I am? (Mk 8:29)
Over the past 7 weeks, Year 9 RE classes have embarked on their first Project Based Learning project for the
“Images of Jesus” unit. Students have been working towards answering the PBL project
How can we as students of St Agnes Catholic High School create, present and explain a contemporary visual presentation of Jesus Christ , based on the Gospels, so that we can engage our St Agnes community to respond to Jesus’ question “Who do you say I am?”.
On behalf of the Year 9 RE teachers - Mr Richard Szczygiel, Mrs Jenet Chapman, Ms Ashleigh Henderson and Mr Harry Sadsad and myself, we'd like to extend a very big thank you to all community members, parents, families, staff and students for visiting Christ Express last Friday. Your engagement with the artworks created a buzz that showed your appreciation to the wonderful work of all Year 9 students. We will be showcasing the artworks who received particular recognition awards in a special way very soon through our facebook page and in the next newsletter.
Social Justice at St Agnes
St Vincent De Paul
“Winter Wonder Appeal 2018”
It's that time of the year where we show our support to St Vincent De Paul by collecting warm clothing that will be donated to those experiencing homelessness this Winter.
Did you know?
Tonight 116,427 will be homeless
7,500 are families, 402 children are under 10, 27% are under 18.
Every day, 250 people are turned away from crisis centres across the country
Our work with St Vincent De Paul is very important to our school community and we extend this invitation to our community members and families to help us collect winter clothing this term.
We are all aware of the devastating effects that the Australian drought has impacted on Australian rural communities and farmers. Next week, St Agnes is doing our small part in assisting the hundreds of Aussie rural families in need of assistance by holding a Farmer themed mufti day with a $2 donation and a bake sale
Calling for cakes and baked goods!
We are asking for cakes and baked goods to be donated on the day as we aim to raise $2000. Thank you to our staff, students and families for your support towards our fundraising
for our farmers in need.
World Youth Day - Panama 2019
Over the past two weeks, our St Agnes Pilgrims have begun their formation sessions towards their pilgrimage to Panama in 2019. The Diocese of Parramatta have finalised 176 pilgrims on
the journey and here is a breakdown:
53 parish young adult pilgrims
50 student pilgrims
27 teacher pilgrims
25 small group leaders
17 support staff, chaplains, & senior leaders
2 seminarian pilgrims
2 CEDP staff pilgrims
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 raffle will be drawn on the 27th October at the Lifted Live event at the St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta forecourt.
The purchase raffle tickets online, please 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.
It is a privilege to be a part of a school community that continues to respond to the needs of our neighbours and it is with thankfulness to all of you for your generosity. I want to share with you this prayer by St Francis of Assisi that embraces all that we do here at St. Agnes:
Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patienc and humility,
there is neither anger nor worries.
Where there is poverty and joy,
there is neither greed nor selfishness.
Where there is peace and meditation,
there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
Pace e bene,
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.”
St Agnes Farmers Day - Tuesday, 4th September Helping support Australia’s rural communities and Aussie farmers
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
STUDY SKILLS TIP
Some students are naturally able to find a good balance between all the facets of their life: schoolwork, sports, activities, friends, family, technology and all of the other aspects of life that keep us busy from when we wake to when we sleep.
Other students struggle to fit their schoolwork in during the evenings and weekend. Some students come home after school and just sort of ‘wait’ until they feel like working. And what happens is that they never feel like it so they just don’t get started!
Some students start work not long after they get home, but they drag their work out over the whole night doing work in front of the TV, or the computer or their phone. It takes them the whole night, but they hardly get any work done and they don’t feel like they have had a break at all.
A much more effective way to approach home study each evening is to keep your school work and your personal life separate.
Don’t do your work in front of the TV
Don’t do it while on social network sites or while using messenger apps
work in 20-30 minute blocks of time and during this time make the conscious choice to actually remove or turn off things that are going to distract you. As it is only for a short block of time, it is bearable.
Train yourself to have breaks from your distractions for the blocks of time when you do schoolwork. By doing this you will learn to really focus and concentrate on what you are doing for a block of time. You will be amazed at how much work you get done and how productive you are during this time. Then at the end of that half hour period you have a proper break and really
enjoy your free time.
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This week we had science incursions for years 7, 9 and 10. Students got an opportunity to actively engage in a number of different experiments. They saw gigantic bubbles, flying toilet paper, hair- raising electricity experiments, bubbling liquid nitrogen demonstration, nail chair and giant gyroscope in year 7 and in year 9 students witnessed coloured shadows, luminescent minerals, optical fibre and learn about colour and energy relationships. Students in year 10 understood reactions including applications of controlled explosions. This helped students gain increased appreciation and understanding of the importance of science in their own lives and society, locally and globally.
On behalf of St Agnes staff and students we would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful parents and guardians, who collected the Coles Sports For School Coupons. We collected enough to purchase four soccer balls, one netball and four
tennis balls. Our students are always very happy to play with new equipment and we all appreciate your generosity.
Coles Sports For Schools
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Commerce experiential learning success!
On August 14 and 15, students from Mr Sadsad’s and Mr Azzopardi’s Commerce classes took on the challenge for their assessment to work collaboratively to create and run their own business for a day. This assessment was part of the learning in "Running a Business" unit. This type of experiential learning is invaluable as students learned to work in teams, learned about work health and safety issues regarding food handling and customer service. Apart from compiling profit and loss statements, students also needed strong communication and negotiation skills to create items for sale and convince
consumers to buy their merchandise.
We would like to thank the St Agnes community and the parents of our Commerce students in particular, for supporting our little ventures. It has been a valuable experience that our students will
keep with them for years to come.
HSIE Commerce Teacher
Around the classrooms
TUESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
CAKE STALL AND MUFTI DAY!
DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR COINS
ST AGNES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Sunday 9th September 2018
School Poetry & Short Story Writing Competition
The 2018 Poetry & Short Story School Writing Competitions is NOW OPEN!! There is over $3000 in CASH and PRIZES to be won!
Students from ALL AROUND Australia are invited to enter their ORIGINAL poems or short stories to be in the running for the fabulous CASH and prizes on offer.
Lawn and Garden Services: Help CatholicCare to Help Disabled Workers
CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains (CatholicCare) is the diocesan social services organisation. Our Mamre Garden Services employed disabled people in a lawn and garden service lawns for both residential and commercial clients. The team of workers is supervised by our Garden Crew Supervisor. Each job is quoted separately and you will not be disappointed with the quality of the work. If you’re interested in having your lawns and/or gardens serviced by CatholicCare or would like more information, please contact 02 8843 2500 or visit our website www.ccss.org.au
RCIA: How it can grow your Parish’s Faith Life
Wednesday 12 September – Part 1
Wednesday 19 September – Part 2
The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) provides eligible school students with free or subsidised travel from home to school.
The scheme includes:
Free travel to and from home and school on approved train, bus, ferry and light rail services during school term.
If issued with a School Opal card, always tap on when boarding and tap off when leaving the bus.
From the Bishop's Office
Remember to TAP ON, TAP OFF
Catholic High School
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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
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
To be held at the IFM, 1-5 Marion St Blacktown from 7.00–9.00. To register contact the Office For Worship: email@example.com or 02 8838 3456.
Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Retired and Sick Priests: 2 September
There will be a special collection for the Clergy Support Foundation of the Diocese – on Father’s Day. Your donation helps them cover healthcare costs and expenses associated with everyday living, supplementing the pension that some receive. Please give generously this Father’s Day Appeal. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Donations can be made here: https://parracatholic.org/csf/
Children’s Liturgy Workshop: 5 September
This workshop will be held at the IFM, 1-5 Marion St, Blacktown from 7.30-9pm. To register contact the Office For Worship: firstname.lastname@example.org or 028838 3456. This is an important evening for all those assisting with Children’s Liturgy in their Parish.
The Permanent Diaconate: 9 September
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.
St Vincent de Paul DROUGHT APPEAL
Help support struggling rural communities facing tough drought conditions. Help individuals and communities across NSW in three ways:
· Provide immediate relief through food assistance and other household bill payments
· Fund the delivery of water and animal feed by partner organisations
· Organise social events for rural communities to come together and find support
Donations can be made by calling 13 18 12, www.vinnies.org.au/drought or at any local Vinnies Shop.
Kimberley Catholic Volunteer Service
Volunteers wanted – Finance Officer and Property Manager. The Diocese of Broome, Western Australia requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc. Placements are preferred for a period of six months. We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Broome, Balgo, Kalumburu and Bidyadanga. For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact Anneliese Rohr via 08 9192 1060 and email@example.com or visit Web: www.broomediocese.org.
Holy Hour for Vocations: 6 September
Families and youth (aged 18-35) are invited to join the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for a Holy Hour of Prayer for Vocations from 7.00pm-8.00pm followed by a pizza supper. The Good Shepherd Church, 130-136 Hyatts Road, Plumpton. RSVP to Sr Paula on 0449 656 406, firstname.lastname@example.org