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Term: Three | Issue 1 | Date: August 3 2018
As we begin Semester 2 it is hard to believe that we are already half way through the year. It was lovely to speak with so many parents last week at the student led conferences. These were an opportunity for parents to work with their child and the learning adviser to discuss progress and set not just goals for Semester 2 but strategies to achieve them. I would encourage parents to continue these conversations at home as we work in partnership to enable all students to grow and achieve their best.
Wednesday’s Academic Assembly was an opportunity to celebrate the success of those students who achieved excellence in 2 or more KLAs – no easy task and one that reflects ongoing commitment and determination. Congratulations again to all recipients.
It is a significant time for our Year 10 students as they face subject selection or begin the process to transition to vocational or other pathways. I spoke with Yr 10 this week about their subject selections for Years 11 and 12 , where I reminded them that there is no secret formula for success. It is about choosing their right pathway.
The highest achievers in any subject and indeed in any field, are those doing something they are interested in and are good at. If young people follow their love of learning and interests and harness this to direct their choices about subjects and pathways beyond school, their decisions will flow.
Renovations are in full swing and on schedule! The students have responded exceptionally and it will be exciting to watch the reimagination of the spaces throughout this semester.
On Monday I attended the feast mass for St Ignatius Loyola at Loyola Senior High School and Trade Training Centre. This was a wonderful celebration of diversity and acknowledgement of the ongoing works of the Jesuit community; I share with you the prayer of St Ignatius:
teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.
Mobile Phone Use
The New South Wales education minister Rob Stokes has ordered a review into mobile phone use in schools. He said the review would look at the risks and rewards of social media and would ultimately decide whether to ban them in NSW schools. Recently, lawmakers in France decided that students under the age of 15 must leave their phones at home, or at least have them turned off during the school day. French high schools will be allowed to decide whether they implement the ban in their classrooms.
The measure also prohibits the use of tablets, computers, and other internet-connected devices as well. There are exceptions in place for students with disabilities and for the educational use of devices in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities. This was a campaign promise of French president Emmanuel Macron, and after the measure was passed he tweeted, “Commitment held.” A Finnish education expert, Pasi Sahlberg, also recently said he believed mobile phone-related distraction was a main reason for Australia sliding down in pisa rankings.
Parents and teachers in Australia have concerns about cyber bullying and safety, as well as technology distracting from schoolwork. But do the benefits of having phones in classrooms – such as contact with parents, access to mental health text lines, and learning opportunities – outweigh the risks? Many parents I have spoken to believe that mobile phones are too easily used at the expense of face-to-face communication. Teenagers can message, avoiding a more challenging conversation. We also know that smartphone apps and messages prompt dopamine release, which reinforces use. The mere presence of one’s phone consumes attention even when it’s not being checked. It’s been shown we have reduced working memory capacity and fluid intelligence when our phone is upside down and silent on our desk compared with when it is in another room.
Many psychologists would say that the introduction of smartphones has led to a decline in people’s ability to cope with uncertainty. We are trying to teach our students in mathematics that it is ok to be uncertain in order for them to wrestle with problems for a while. Persistence in maths, as in other areas of life, pays off eventually.
What are the rules at St Agnes? Students bring their own device (usually either an Ipad or Chromebook) and are able to access it for learning purposes via the school’s network. They are not to be on social media or sites not related to their learning. Their device should only be accessed when the teacher allows it. In regards to phone use we do not ban them from the school, however, no phone should be visible during class time and certainly should not be used during class time. If it is seen it will be confiscated from the student and parents will be required to come to school to collect it. If students are accessing social media sites during class time they will receive a Saturday detention. Phones may be used to listen to music etc during recess and lunch. There should be no need for students to be calling anyone on their phone during school hours. Any student/parent contact should normally be via the school office, especially if it is an emergency. We are acting ‘in loco parentis’ which means in place of parents so we need to know what is going on for the young people in our charge. It is not acceptable for parents to call students during class time.
Rasha Ali 10.1
Vanie Barcelon 10.1
Carlos Clariz 10.2
Angelene Concepcion 10.2
Demitreous Deeb 10.2
Kiera Everingham 10.2
Micah Fernandez 10.3
Jordan Ferry 10.3
Selenna Fuimaono 10.3
Anthony Gagliardi 10.3
Jesse Gonzalez 10.3
Dillan Goro 10.3
Maddison Harris 10.3
Jonathan Israel 10.4
John Jadulco 10.4
Callandra Jane 10.4
Jiro Justiniani 10.4
Kylah King 10.4
Nitish Krishna 10.4
Katelyn Leonardo 10.5
Nathan Luk 10.5
Shreya Maharaj 10.5
Mikaella Manalo 10.5
Krystal Neely 10.5
Kimie Obrero 10.5
Anella Saco 10.6
Priyanshi Sharma 10.7
Rhiannon Soans 10.7
Evan Tecson 10.7
Lilly Thomas 10.7
Katalina Vave 10.8
Alyssa Willis 10.8
Kate Alyssa Abadejos 9.1
Christina Abi Chemouni 9.1
Marianna Al-Najar 9.1
Dilara Alsan 9.1
Robert Apostol 9.1
Chrystal Aquilizan 9.1
Alexi Bonete 9.2
Dominique Byrne 9.2
Therese Clarke 9.2
Carlos Danial 9.2
Stacey Debulos 9.2
Stephanie Derjani 9.3
Alecksandra Favor 9.3
Kaira Francisco 9.3
Prince Martin Gonzales 9.3
Ida-Laura Ioane 9.4
Praveena Kilberd Kugathasan 9.4
Lily Kotarac 9.4
Mikhaila Ladines 9.4
Julian Lapus 9.4
Ruth Nool 9.5
Ninno Austral Obrero 9.5
Jeyda Ozturk 9.6
Holly-Anne Ramos 9.6
Ashwita Samy 9.7
Jamieson Sukkarieh 9.7
Emma Yousif 9.8
Farida Zaheer 9.8
Dalia Alameh 8.1
Amory Albanese 8.1
Francesca Arcilla 8.1
Valentine Asalemo 8.1
Breearna Ayers 8.1
Emil Balajan 8.1
Kyra Barcelon 8.1
Shiraz Bawab 8.1
Jazlyn Bell 8.1
Natalie Buneta 8.1
Nicole Cabalhin 8.2
Pranay Chand 8.2
Varshini Chand 8.2
Jazmine Curmi 8.2
Reigne Ysabella David 8.2
Stephanie De Leon 8.2
Mark Julian DeGuzman 8.2
Rita El-Ghossein 8.3
Jdyn Espino 8.3
Micaela Francisco 8.3
Julia Freeman 8.3
Ila Fuimaono 8.3
Javier Garcia 8.4
Angeli Hate 8.4
Emma Johnston 8.4
Abhitesh Kumar 8.5
Theresa Maksymowicz 8.5
Kayla Montenegro 8.6
Andrew Padrilan 8.6
Tristan Payuran 8.6
Adi Ulamila Raikadroka 8.6
Neil Swin 8.7
Winston Vaka 8.8
Aaron Vicedas 8.8
Janelle Viray 8.8
Erin Woodley 8.8
Rojin Altun 7.1
Akon Angara 7.1
Camille Aquilizan 7.1
Sasipim Aye 7.1
Samyog Basnet 7.1
Amarra Bumactao 7.2
Edric Certeza 7.2
Michelle Clarke 7.2
Ella Deluca 7.3
Raven Diola 7.3
Beatrix Favor 7.3
Frerika Jane 7.4
Annabelle Kayrouz 7.5
Melos Kebede 7.5
Gabriella Lapus 7.5
Joleanne Magallanes 7.5
Akshay Maharaj 7.5
Bassam Marjana 7.6
Charlotte Menolotto 7.6
Clara Michael 7.6
David Miguel 7.6
Bryon Murphy 7.6
Mohammed Niloy 7.6
Ritika Prasad 7.7
Keala Pringley 7.7
Christian Ramos 7.7
Montana Saric 7.8
Name Withheld 7.8
Heleana Soriano 7.8
Bella Teuma-Manaog 7.9
Jon Timbol 7.9
Grace Valades 7.9
Mischa Vella 7.9
Miriam Warwick-Smith 7.9
Chloe Watson 7.9
Phoenix Welzel 7.9
Year 10 Dee Why Beach Excursion
Lifted Live Event
Year 7 Science Incursion
Year 9 A!&A2 Science incursion
Western Sydney Finals Day Girls
Chess Club Semi Finals
Fathers Day Liturgy
PDSSSC Athletics Carnival
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Welcome back to all staff and students! This term there are a number of social justice activities planned, the Sacramental Program formation sessions and the introduction of Project Based Learning that is currently occuring in Year 9 RE classes. This week Year 7 RE classes visited the Central Synagogue in Bondi and the St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney as part of our learning in the unit “The Life and Times of Jesus”. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students for representing St. Agnes proudly and for the reverence and respect they showed whilst at these sacred sites and a very big thank you to our teachers Mr Szczygiel, Mrs Chapman, Ms Raad, Ms Kelly, Ms Henderson, Miss Pauperis and Mrs Copping for the tour they conducted at the St Mary’s Cathedral and ensuring it was an enjoyable learning experience for all. A more detailed recount of this excursion will be shown in the next newsletter.
Year 9 RE - Project Based Learning
Over the past 5 weeks, Year 9 RE classes have embarked on our first Project Based Learning project for the “Images of Jesus” unit. Students have been working towards answering the PBL project driving question:
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?”.
The learning has involved researching how art has evolved over time through the Byzantine, Baroque, Renaissance and contemporary art periods and how religious art and architecture were influenced by the historical and cultural events of that time. Students are answering this driving question through a personal image of Jesus that can either can done using ICT tools or more traditional forms of art making such as paint and charcoal and is deeply grounded by their reflections from the Gospels. Students have achieved this by using the Contemplating Scriptures guide that take them on a journey to understanding, interpreting and then visualising an answer to Jesus question
“Who do you say I am?”.
As part of the PBL Project, an art exhibition of these artworks, known as ‘Christ Express’ will be open to our families, friends and community members on Friday, 24th August 2018. There are two
sessions available to view these artworks and to meet the artists:
Session 1: 10.30 am to 11.30 am
Session 2: 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
To RSVP for Christ Express, please contact myself via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8882 0700 to make your booking for one or both of the sessions by Tuesday, 21st August. These details are also available on the poster below.
On behalf of the Year 9 RE teachers Mr Szczygiel, Mr Sadsad, Mrs Chapman and Ms Henderson, we look forward to showcasing the wonderful artworks of our students with you all.
World Vision 40 Hour Famine - Backpack Challenge 2018
(Taken from the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge 2018 web page)
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.
The Backpack Challenge will run from next week 8pm Friday (17 Aug) to 12pm Sunday (19 Aug).
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 email@example.com. Thank you for your ongoing support to our mission of actively participating in social justice initiatives for our community and for our world.
40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge 2018 Must Visit Links:
Sign up https://www.40hourfamine.com.au/
Terms and Conditions https://www.40hourfamine.com.au/terms
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.
The Sacraments are an integral part of the Church and the Catholic faith and are visible signs of God’s invisible grace. The sacraments are drawn from the love that Jesus has for all of us as shown in his life, passion, death, and resurrection. This love is shared with us by the Holy Spirit through human ceremonies instituted by Christ. In completing the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation), a significant journey of faith and formation is celebrated and involves the support of
the family, parish and school.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to
express your interest by next Friday 10th August.
To complete the Sacramental Program at St Agnes, the following dates are scheduled for the sacramental program sessions commencing in Term 3 during school hours:
Session 1: Thursday, 16th August 2018 (Introduction for students)
Session 2: Thursday, 23rd August 2018
Session 3: Thursday, 30th August 2018
Session 4: Thursday, 6th September 2018
Session 5: Thursday, 13th September 2018
Session 6: Thursday, 20th September 2018
Session 7: Thursday, 27th September 2018
Sacrament Mass Celebration: Scheduled for Term 4, 2018. Date to be finalised.
I look forward to sharing the PBL Project with our community and to journey with our students in the
Sacramental Program this year.
Pace e bene,
Religious Education Coordinator
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
Teaching and Learning: Curriculum
Homework Club Update
Thank you to the many students that are now attending Homework Club on a regular basis. Remember that the purpose of Homework Club is to provide students with a safe environment to complete homework, assessment tasks, catch up work or to simply study and revise current content.
Many of the students that attend Homework Club do so to improve their skills and fluency in Mathematics. St Agnes can now guarantee that for Term 3 there will always be at least two
Mathematics Teachers at Homework Club for every session.
Other KLA areas will also be catered for and students are reminded to talk with their class teachers if they need extra assistance as many teachers stay back or offer other means of assistance at regular intervals.
Homework Club runs each Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:30 in the school library.
OPEN FROM THE 6TH AUGUST 2018
The school uniform shop is open on Mondays between 8:00am and 12:00pm,
and Wednesdays between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
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Semester One Academic Awards Ceremony was held in the San Damiano Centre for students in Years 7-10 who excelled in their academic studies. We would like to congratulate all award recipients for their diligent and consistent efforts in attaining such pleasing results in their studies throughout Semester One. These students have put in the extra effort, commitment and work that have led to their achievements. Below is the list of award recipients.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING
ACADEMIC AWARD WINNERS
School Bus Information
ATTENTION SCHOOL BUS RIDERS
It has come to our attention that some students are catching the 6567 bus in the afternoon and it is not stopping where they need to get to and then they have to walk a kilometre to where they needed to be. If sudents are wanting to get off the bus on Rooty Hill Road North near St Aidans Primary School the bus you need to catch is the 6543 which departs school at 2.32pm. It does take a longer route around to Rooty Hill station, but it allows the students to get off anywhere along Rooty Hill Rd North before Woodstock Ave.
Below is the school bus timetable.
2018 Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expos Whether you are at school and looking for a career path, a parent hoping to give your child the best opportunities in life, or a teacher that wants to see their students start off on the right foot – the 2018 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expos have all the answers you need.
Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
Tuesday 28 August 2018 – 3pm to 8pm
Penrith Panthers Exhibition Marquee, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith NSW
South Western Sydney/Macarthur Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
Thursday 30 August 2018 - 3pm to 8pm
Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW
Central Coast Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
Tuesday 4 September 2018 - 3pm to 8pm
Mingara Recreation Club, 12/14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi NSW
**Free entry to all expos and registration is not required**
FROM THE BISHOPS OFFICE
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 0420 310 771
Migrant and Refugee Week: 20-26 August
Pope Francis has chosen as the theme for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, ‘Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees’. We are challenged by the message of the Holy Father to consider how we can welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees in
our own Australian context. For more information please visit: parracatholic.org/socialjustice
Campion College Book Sale: 11 August
The Library at Campion College Australia will be holding a book sale with a large number of second hand books for sale. Subjects include theology, literature, history and philosophy. Saturday 11 August from 10am to 4pm at Campion College Australia, 8-14 Austin Woodbury Place, Old Toongabbie, NSW 2146. Inquiries via 02 9896 9307 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Healing After Abortion Retreat: 10-12 August
Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries, Sydney offers regular healing retreats for those who have experienced an abortion. The retreat offers a sanctuary in which to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion in a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment. Information and a brochure can found at: www.rachelsvineyard.org.auor call us on our confidential voicemail number 0400 092 555 or email email@example.com.
Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 17-19 August
Take the time to step back from everyday distractions and rediscover your relationship! 17 - 19 August at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Book online at www.wwme.org.au - alternatively contact Adrian and Janet Sullivan: on 0490 774 419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian Catholic Historical Society Lecture: 19 August
Senator Susan Ryan AO - Catholic Social Justice and parliamentary politics. Visit the ACHS website www.australiancatholichistoricalsociety.com.au for more information.
Christian Meditation: 19 August
You are invited to our Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Days for 2018 at St Benedict's Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia on Sunday 19 August. Arrival time at the monastery is from 10am for a 10:30am start. Conclusion is around 3pm. Mass is celebrated at 2pm. There will be presentations and periods of meditation with the opportunity of an introduction to Christian Meditation for newcomers. Bring your own picnic lunch. Tea and coffee provided. Registration is on the day. There is no set charge, a donation may be made for the monks. There may be accommodation available at the Monastery Guest House enquiries to Br Terry Cavanagh on 0438 282 318. Other enquiries to Ann Bergman 02 9498 2625 email@example.com or Ann Lomas 02 9456 4775 firstname.lastname@example.org
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