Parents and Friends Meeting
6pm for a 6:30pm start
Opening School Mass
Year 9 Study SKills
Year 7 Bootcamp / Pastoral Seminar
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
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Welcome back to the 2019 school year at Catherine McAuley, Westmead. A warm welcome to our new students and their families who have joined our community this year and to the following new staff:
Mrs Paula Reed- History Coordinator.
Mrs Susan Dowling who joins the Maths Department.
Ms Bonnie Lam who joins the Maths Department.
Ms Sabina Zadro who joins the Social Science and VET Departments.
Mr Troy Formosa who will be our ICT Manager.
We are also pleased to welcome back:
Ms Melissa Cahill from maternity leave.
Mrs Elizabeth Lowrencev
Ms Leanne Catto who rejoins the TAS Department.
Mrs Lynne Hamilton
Ms Piera Goh
We have had a great start to our school year. On Wednesday 30th January, 202 Year 7 students began at Catherine McAuley. I would like to congratulate them on their quick adaptation to life in high school! I would also like to thank Mrs Teresa Wilson the Year 7 Coordinator, the Year 7 Homeroom teachers and our Year 12 student leaders who made such a smooth transition possible. I would like to acknowledge the Year 12 students who gave up the last day of their holidays to support our Year 7 students. We also wish Year 12 the best of luck as they start on the final year of their schooling.
All students have received a gift of a badge from the Year 12 Leadership Team. This is to remind students of our theme of We ARE - accepting, respectful and empowering this year. You will hear more about this theme from our School Captains throughout the year.
During the January holidays we have undertaken some work to improve school facilities. We have completed a number of refurbishments and garden areas within the grounds of the school. The Morley Centre is having air conditioning installed and will be an active construction site at least during the first weeks of term. There will also be an upgrade to the interior of the Morley Centre including painting, stage refurbishment, sound and AV upgrade. We expect this to be ongoing throughout Term 1 and 2.
On Wednesday we were very pleased to welcome back our Class of 2018 High Achievers to our school assembly to recognise their achievements. Each of them each achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the state, with our Dux - Caitlin Abood ranked in the top 1%.
Two students in this cohort were named as ‘Top Achievers’ meaning that they placed in the top 10 of their course. Seven students present had their practical work nominated by the HSC examiners for display in various showcases. Erin Bortoluzzi will be performing her HSC dance piece at Callback.
A number of students in the year knew that they had won a place at university before they had sat any exams at all. They were selected because of their ability to juggle their academic workload at the same time as holding significant leadership roles in the school or wider community.
We also acknowledge the accomplishments of the whole class of 2018. 55 students were named on the merit list meaning that they achieved a band 6 result in at least one of their courses. A significant number of the year group have been offered a place at university or TAFE, and 86% of them achieved at least one band 5 or 6 in their HSC subjects - demonstrating the breadth and commitment of these students.
The class of 2018 were a group that were proud of themselves and each other’s achievements. This reflected their leadership theme of Ordinary to Extraordinary through their words and actions. As a school community we congratulate them and wish them every success for the future.
For our 2019 students - as we start our school year take time to care for each other and our school. I ask you to do your best and be proud of your achievements this year. But especially to reach out to those in need and support those who need your help.
Your teachers are here to support and challenge you. We all look forward to a great year ahead. Have a wonderful start to 2019.
Ms Laetitia Richmond
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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 1, ISSUE 1
8 FEBRUARY 2019
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
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HSC 2018 HIGH ACHIEVERS
Dux 2018 Speech at the High Achievers Assembly
Wednesday, 6th February 2019
(ATAR of 99.3)
Good morning Ms Richmond, Ms Grigson, Mrs Wilson, fellow high achievers, parents, staff and students.
I would like to say how honoured I am to stand before you as the Dux of Catherine McAuley Westmead Class of 2018. To my fellow high achievers, I would like to congratulate each of you for your hard work and amazing results. The results that we achieved as a grade are testament to how hard we worked, but also our unwavering dedication and commitment to our studies. You should all be very proud of yourselves, as I am sure your families are as well, and I wish you all the very best for all that you do in your lives. I am confident that each and every one of you will succeed in your future careers and I am grateful to have been able to spend my high school days with you all.
The commitment to studying the HSC can prove to be both challenging and at times overwhelming. Whilst completing our senior years of high school, I, and many of my fellow peers, were faced with many obstacles such as stress and anxiety, which made our HSC journey a little less than the smooth sailing we had wished it to be. However, I can confidently say the results that we achieved would not have been possible without the constant support and encouragement of many people in our life.
Firstly, I would like to thank my beautiful family for being with me on every step of the journey, especially during the highs and lows. The love and support they have showed me throughout my life has been constant, providing me with every opportunity to exceed, encouraging me to do my best and expecting nothing from me but my own satisfaction in my efforts. They have instilled in me the importance of a making the most of my education - something that so many people around the world can only wish to receive. But most importantly, they have always encouraged me to strive to be the best person I can possibly be in every situation.
I would also like to thank my amazing friends for their constant support and dedication to study. Not only did they provide me with a refuge from the stress and consuming workload of school and study, but they also became an ideal support group by which we fuelled each other to keep going even when the feeling of being burnt crept up on us. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for everything you guys have done for me.
To the many teachers of Catherine McAuley - I would like to say a sincere thank you on behalf of the Class of 2018 for moulding us into the people we are today. Your constant support and dedication over the years has not gone unnoticed - you made learning interesting and as enjoyable as it could possibly be, encouraging us to always ask questions and extend our learning beyond the confinements of a classroom. In writing this speech, I stumbled upon a simile which I believe most accurately describes the teaching staff here at Catherine McAuley. It reads, ‘A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.’
So I would once again like to extend my appreciation to the teachers for consuming themselves in late night marking, early morning classes, answering emails before exams, holding lunch time tutoring classes and making sure no one left classes confused. I now understand why the school holidays are such an imperative part of the teaching profession.
I would also like to thank Mrs Wilson for always being there to support and guide the Class of 2018 throughout our secondary education, especially our final year. In particular, your constant encouragement to ‘do well’ because we didn’t ‘need luck’ before an exam is something that will always remain with me. You are such an inspiration to all of us and we wish you all the best for whatever you do in your life.
My experience as a student has always been to study hard and to give myself every chance to learn as much as I can. I cannot emphasise this enough when I say that there is no such thing as being ‘naturally smart’. No one is born knowing how to write an essay about the timeless concerns that William Shakespeare explores in his plays. Nor are we to know how to apply Calculus or Pythagoras’s Theorem to solve problems.
The whole idea of studying is to constantly improve upon your academic performance by devoting time to writing notes, actually learning your notes and testing yourself on that knowledge. There is no single way of studying nor is there a perfect combination of subjects that will automatically get you an amazing ATAR. Pick a method of studying that you enjoy and subjects that you excel at and interest you, because if you are studying something that you love then you are more inclined to work hard at it and hard work will always beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Now that I have completed high school, I look back with no regrets and much satisfaction knowing that I could not have worked any harder than I did - that the results I achieved reflected my absolute best.
To the class of 2019, a major point I would like to share with you is that Year 12 is not just about the HSC. There are many experiences in your final year at school that will help to shape the person that you are. Whilst I encourage you to get involved and make as many memories as possible, I also urge you to work the hardest that you possibly can over the next three terms, because there is no better feeling than knowing you have earned the right to do absolutely nothing in the three month holiday following HSC.
To the current Year 7 students - my challenge to you is to make the commitment to work hard for the next six years - striving to do your best and learning from your mistakes in every possible situation. Make the most of your time here at Catherine McAuley because time will fly … especially when you are having fun.
Thank you all for listening and I wish every one of you a great year ahead.
Caitlin Abood, dux of catherine mCauley 2018
with her family.
It is a great pleasure for me to be stepping into the role of Religious Education Coordinator while Ms Banks is on leave. It is a huge role and one which has many facets including helping to lead the spiritual formation of a large and wonderful community such as Catherine McAuley. It also involves providing opportunities for prayer and worship and getting the classroom learning of Religious Education off to a good start. I appreciate the support I have already received from the students, leadership team and Fr Walter as I fulfil this role.
Our RE classrooms are off to a flying start. Year 12s are beginning their second unit for their HSC courses and have received their first assessment task for the year. Year 11 are exploring the Nature of Religion and Belief and Searching for Meaning and we are very excited to be trialling the new ministry unit with a number of our Year 11 students.
Year 10 have begun by looking at what makes a Happy Life and exploring how the Gospels can be our roadmap to a happy life. Year 9 are looking at Images of Jesus, Year 8 are exploring Women in the Bible and Year 7 are looking at how they can be people of Mercy and bring their gifts to our community.
We are working hard on preparations for our Opening School Mass on the 22nd of February. This is a wonderful celebration of our community at which we welcome our new students and staff into the Circle of Mercy. This year we are hoping that the Bishop will celebrate Mass with us and many of our parish priests will be here to help us bring in the new year. All parents are warmly invited to attend and there is an invitation included at the back of this newsletter.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything.
Please pray for me as I undertake this special role.
Ms Ellen Lonergan
Acting Religious Education Coordinator
LEARNING AND TEACHING
On the 15th of January, four students and two teachers began their pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama. The pilgrimage commenced with five days in Mexico. During this time, there were a number of activities that pilgrims experienced, including visiting exceptionally beautiful churches, meeting kind Mexican young people, climbing the Pyramid of the Sun and interacting with children at schools and disability centres. However, the highlight of our time in Mexico was visiting The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, located in the north of Mexico City. In 1531 Mary appeared to an indigenous man, St. Juan Diego, and provided him with a miraculous sign, her image permanently imprinted on his apron. We were able to see this imprint in person, as well as witness the faith of thousands of Mexican people and their devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The next stop on our pilgrimage was Panama, a small country in Central America. During WYD week, we saw the Pope (several times!), attended daily catechesis (teaching) sessions and Mass with English speaking bishops and experienced the universality of the Church by meeting young people from all over the world.
The pinnacle of the pilgrimage experience was the final weekend. On Saturday, we left our hotel early and made our way to the site of the sleep out and final Mass. This involved taking crowded trains, carrying overnight bags with lots of food and water and walking 3 hours in the midday sun. It was not an easy experience, but was made bearable but the friendly Panamanian locals spraying water on us and handing out bottles of water.
On Saturday night, we had the WYD Vigil with the Pope. There was adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and it was incredible to see hundreds of thousands of young people in prayerful silence. After benediction, it was time to eat dinner and sleep out under the stars.
We had a 6am wake up the next day with the MC screaming into the microphone “BUENOS DIAS.” This was definitely one of the funniest moments of the trip.
The concluding Mass was celebrated by Pope Francis, and one of the key messages he gave was that “young people are not the future but the now of God.” As such, he encouraged us to imitate Mary’s example of daring to say yes to God, and live with authenticity and joy, safe in the knowledge that we are following God’s plan for our lives. The Mass ended with the announcement that the next WYD would be in Portugal in 2022.
Our pilgrimage concluded with a two day retreat in Houston, Texas, where we had time to process our experiences individually and in our small groups. It was amazing to listen to the testimonies of fellow pilgrims and hear their insights after such an intense journey.
We would like to thank our Catherine McAuley community for their support of us in getting to Panama and also while we were on pilgrimage. We couldn’t have had this amazing experience without you.
Here are the highlights of our student pilgrims:
Panamáand the atmosphere that surrounded World Youth Day 2019 is indescribable. Being among people from all over the world, united through our faith, was absolutely AMAZING. Some of my highlights from the pilgrimage would have to be hearing Bishop Barron speak at the fiat, sharing daily masses with the Parramatta Pilgrims, sleeping out under the stars in preparation for the final Mass and seeing Pope Francis. I felt truly connected to my faith and the people around me and can't wait to share more of my experience with the school community!
The opportunity to go to World Youth Day is one that is unforgettable. The different cultures we were able to experience throughout the pilgrimage was amazing, knowing that we all were coming together to celebrate our oneness in our faith. The highlight of our pilgrimage was the ‘Fiat’ night we got to experience during WYD week. It was one that constantly reminded us to be courageous like Mary and say "yes" to what God is calling us to.
Miss Rebecca Reynolds
Science Teacher and WYD Pilgrim
Most Reverend bishop vincent LONG VAN nguyen, bishop of parramatta, with McAuley and Parramatta Pilgrims.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
learning and teaching
Each year, all CEDP schools set three goals, a formation, literacy and numeracy goal. For 2019, Catherine McAuley Westmead has set the following three goals around these areas;
Formation Goal: For students to demonstrate an enhanced engagement through the new draft Religious Education Curriculum.
Why this goal?: In keeping with the system priority in Religious Education, Catherine McAuley will be implementing the new Religious Education Curriculum. Hence a focus on quality learning and formation in Religious Education.
Literacy Goal: Students will apply cohesive strategies to effectively comprehend texts by the end of 2019.
Why this goal?: This will build on the gains made by 2018’s focus on developing inferential skills, vocabulary and making connections. These are sub-skills within a broader goal of improving reading comprehension. In 2019 our focus will be on expanding the repertoire of teacher strategies to teach comprehension skills as well as a shift to a release of responsibility to the students for applying comprehension strategies.
Numeracy Goal: To improve the numeracy skills of all students with a targeted focus on Year 8 students in fractions, decimals and percentages across four key learning areas. This improvement will be measured through a pre and post test which includes questions from the four key learning areas.
Why this goal?: Recent NAPLAN data for Year 7 2018 indicated an area of challenge being in the number domain, particularly fractions, decimals and percentages. Reinforcing these concepts outside the mathematics curriculum will assist students in firstly seeing the relevance of numeracy skills outside the maths classroom and increase the number frequency of exposure.
These goals will be a focus for all staff throughout the year.
All the research clearly demonstrates that a child has the most chance of experiencing success when school and home work together. As the school year begins I thought I would provide you with some useful tips for developing good habits and attitudes towards school and education.
Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your children. What we say and do in our daily lives can help them to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning and to build confidence in themselves as learners. Showing our children that we both value education and use it in our daily lives provides them with powerful models and contributes greatly to their success in school. In addition, by showing interest in their children's education, parents and families can spark enthusiasm in them and lead them to a very important understanding - that learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding and is well worth the effort required.
Monitor your child's television, video game, and internet use. Try to ensure your child spends more time engaging in conversation and outdoor activities than they do online.
Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help your child to succeed in school and in life. The importance of reading simply can't be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning.
Talk with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in children's school success. It's through hearing parents and family members talk and through responding to that talk that young children begin to pick up the language skills they will need if they are to do well. For example, children who don't hear a lot of talk and who aren't encouraged to talk themselves often have problems learning to read, which can lead to other school problems. In addition, children who haven't learned to listen carefully often have trouble following directions and paying attention in class. It's also important for you to show your child that you're interested in what he has to say.
Encourage your child to use the library. Libraries are places of learning and discovery for everyone. Helping your child find out about libraries will set him on the road to being an independent learner. Remember that libraries also offer a quiet place for students to complete homework, and are often open in the evening.
Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently. Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success. You can help your child to develop these qualities by establish reasonable rules that you enforce consistently, making it clear to your child that she has to take responsibility for what she does, both at home and at school, showing your child how to break a job down into small steps, and monitor what your child does after school, in the evenings and on weekends. If you can't be there when your child gets home, give her the responsibility of checking in with you by phone to discuss her plans.
Encourage active learning. Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and bookstores. To promote active learning, listen to your child's ideas and respond to them. Let her jump in with questions and opinions when you read books together. When you encourage this type of give-and-take at home, your child's participation and interest in school is likely to increase.
Ms Silvana Rossetti
(Learning and Teaching)
FORMATION, LITERACY AND NUMERACY GOALS FOR 2019
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING AT HOME
Welcome back to 2019! It is wonderful to be back at Catherine McAuley and I am looking forward to working with the community throughout 2019.
Welcome to 2019
On behalf of the Pastoral Team I welcome to Catherine McAuley our Year 7 students and their families. I also welcome any new students and their families to the Catherine McAuley Community.
My challenge to our students in 2019 is to live out in practical ways our Mercy Values of:
JUSTICE, we commit to living justly by engaging in action for social justice and by celebrating our diversity and inclusiveness.
EXCELLENCE, we strive for our personal best in all we do.
INTEGRITY, we lead lives which integrate our personal beliefs and values with those of the school.
COURAGE, we stand up for our beliefs by putting our values into practice.
HOSPITALITY, we create a community where all feel welcome, through openness to people, ideas and challenges.
In the Newsletter I will highlight aspects of school life that we are concerned about and ask parents to work with us to achieve a positive outcome for all students. I will also provide information that may assist parents / guardians and your daughter with her schooling in the form of a specific study skills, health and wellbeing information, or organisation tips.
Supporting Your Daughter Through Senior Study -
Youtube Series for Parents
Miss Thuijs, School Counsellor recently spoke to the Year 11 and 12 students about ‘Mastering their Senior Studies’. Her presentation provided information to students about how to manage their study and other commitments whilst staying healthy and looking after their general wellbeing.
Miss Thuijs has recorded a small YouTube series for parents which covers the same topics and can be seen here. The short 5 minute videos cover the below topics. It is recommended that parents watch each short clip to gain the most benefit from the series.
Introduction to Senior Years
Healthy Body Healthy Mind
Developing Smart Study Habits
To Do List for Parents.
This YouTube playlist is the first of many videos that Miss Thuijs will be sharing with parents to help support their daughters throughout their school years. Additionally, Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to attend a 'Put Off Procrastination' workshop in Week 3 or 4. Please encourage your daughter to attend this workshop which will offer suggestions on ways to manage distractions and increase motivation. Students are able to register their interest by emailing Miss Thuijs.
FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELLOR - MS KIMBERLEY THUIJS
Each student has received a School Planner that will support and build student wellbeing.
The School Planner highlights the following six elements of Wellbeing:
Positive Engagement: Building your connection to yourself and the present moment.
Meaning and Purpose: Having passion and a reason for doing what you do.
Skills and Achievement: Building your capabilities to strive, thrive and flourish.
Relationships and Optimism: Focusing optimistically and believing you and others matter.
Strength and Emotions: Being in charge of your emotions through your strengths.
Exercise and Health: Having a healthy body and healthy mind.
Each week the School Planner highlights a specific Wellbeing element providing information and short reflection activities. Homeroom Teachers will focus on some elements of this information in Homeroom.
As we begin a new school year I highlight with parents and students the following procedures outlined in the Catherine McAuley School Planner.
Parent Information - Page 6A
Procedures to follow regarding attendance - Page 7A
Student Charter - Page 13A
Expectations of Catherine McAuley Students - Pages 15A - 18A
Anti-bullying Information - Page 19A
Technology & BYOD Procedures - Page 20A
Dress Code - Pages 21A -23A
Merit Award System - Pages 24A - 25A
The school discourages students leaving early and ask where possible for parents to make appointments for their daughter outside school hours.
It is an expectation of the school for parents to sign their daughter’s School Planner once a week. The School Planner is an organisational tool for the student in relation to school, it is not to be used as a student’s social diary.
YEAR 7 PARENT WELCOME EVENING
On Friday 8th February Year 7 students had the opportunity to show their familes around the school highlighting where their Homeroom and locker is situated as well as their classrooms. At 5:45pm Year 7 families gathered in the Morley Centre to be welcomed by Ms Richmond (Principal). Ms Grigson (Assistant Principal, Pastoral Care/ Administration) and Ms Rossetti (Assistant Principal, Learning and Teaching) highlighted procedures pertaining to Year 7. Ms Thuijs, the School Counsellor, also provided Year 7 parents and students with Wellbeing Tips and other information regarding the transition to high school.
The following link outlines the information presented on Friday evening : 2019 Year 7 Parent Information
Year 11 have certainly hit the ground running and many teachers have commented that they have made a smooth transition to senior school. On the first day back, Ms Kim Thuijs, the School Counsellor, gave a presentation on ‘managing senior studies’ which highlighted the importance of organisation, time management, achieving a balance between school, part time work, socialising, physical activity and most importantly, getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that students in this age group require 8-10 hours sleep a night and that the deep phases of sleep are where learning is cemented into long term memory. Students also heard from Ms Rossetti and Ms Patterson about NESA requirements in relation to attendance and assessments. It is clear from tracking student progress from Year 10 to Year 12 that students with higher attendance rates perform significantly better in the HSC.
During Homeroom, students have been working on organisation, learning goals for Term 1 and recognising strengths and emotions. Students have also been given a weekly study planner and have filled this out to assist them to devote time to homework, revision and assessments, as well as other weekly commitments. This should be displayed in an obvious place in or near their study area.
Students in Clare and Mercedes also welcomed new Homeroom teachers this year. Mrs Susan Dowling is the Homeroom teacher for Clare and Ms Sabina Zadro will be sharing Mercedes with Mrs Relan. We also welcome two new students this year; Tyler Cunningham in Ryan and Anjolie Lescuyer in Clare. I know the girls have made the new teachers and students feel very welcome.
Senior years are a challenging and exciting phase of schooling for the students and we look forward to working in partnership with parents on this very important journey. Please do not hesitate to contact the Year Coordinator by phone or email if there is anything you would like to clarify.
To support parents NSW Western Sydney Health also are promoting the following workshops.
Western Sydney Local Health Promotion - Upcoming workshops & resources to support student health & wellbeing
Tuesday 5 February 2019: Safer Internet Day
Friday 15 March 2019: National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
Promoting healthy lifestyles during adolescence - 20 February 2019, Free. Webinar
Infographic: Keeping an eye on screen time
Alcohol & young people: Parent & community resource to help reduce young people's vulnerability to harm from alcohol (Note: Victorian publication so not all service links are relevant)
FROM THE YEAR 11 COORDINATOR - MS JOANNE DAE
The beginning of the year is a great time to review your child’s online safety and get ahead of any issues that may come up through the year.
Some tips to get you started, include:
Sharent responsibly—be mindful about sharing your child’s first day of school and other milestones on social media. Think about who can see the photos and what information you may be giving away, because even a school crest on a student’s uniform can say a lot about where they spend their time. Asking your child if it’s okay to share their photo is also a great way to help grow their understanding of consent and respect. See more information about sharenting.
Know the signs for cyberbullying—school can be a particularly challenging time for young people, especially if they’re being bullied. Research states complaints show most cyberbullying stems from interactions associated with school. So watch out for signs that your child may be affected, like being secretive with their online activities, avoiding school or social outings, a decline in school grades, or a sudden change in friendship groups. See more information about how to help your child experiencing cyberbullying.
Set screen time limits—our research shows more than half of parents are concerned about the amount of time their children spend online. With screens increasingly being used at school and home, it’s important to ensure your child has a healthy balance of offline and online time. Setting screen-free zones in the home and negotiating switch off times are useful ways to do this. Don’t forget, quality over quantity! See more information about managing screen time.
Use tools - parental controls on smartphones, TVs and computers can help limit your child seeing inappropriate content and help manage their time online. Make sure the privacy settings on their apps and games are turned on and help show them how to block and report people online. See more information about using parental controls and privacy and reporting tools.
Stay engaged—as soon as we hand our child a device, we should be talking to them about the do’s and don’ts of the online world. It’s also important to let them know we’ll be there to support them if anything goes wrong. There is no substitute for taking an interest in your children’s online lives from an early age, to help establish strong foundations and open lines of communication. See more information about keeping your children safe online.
Heading back to school should be an exciting time for children and parents, so use these tips to help you both get off to a good start. You can stay informed throughout the school year as new online risks and issues emerge by visiting esafety.gov.au.
Ms Debbie Grigson
5 Tips for Back-to-School Online Safety from
STUDY SKILLS TIP: NEW SCHOOL YEAR RESOLUTIONS
Just like many people set new year’s resolutions, it is a great idea to set some clear targets for school this year. Here’s what you do.
Brainstorm ideas on what you could do this year at school or at home to improve your learning, to make yourself more effective or to improve your results this year. Let all the ideas flow unrestricted. Ask your parents and family and friends for ideas. It might be things like ‘do study notes at the end of each topic’, or ‘work in half hour blocks with no social media during that time’. Once you have lots of ideas, it is time to focus. Cross out the ones that aren’t that great – there will be a few. Now read through what is left. Choose the top 3 ideas that if you implemented them would make the biggest difference for you. But no point just circling these, you need to take action!
Write the 3 things you are going to try and do and focus on this year on a big piece of paper or whiteboard and place it somewhere in the house where you will see it every day – like your mirror! Or the fridge! Or the toilet!
Tell at least 3 people what you are aiming to achieve this year. Maybe a friend, a family member and a teacher.
Put reminders in as many places as possible, if you have an iPhone you could create a reminder that pops up each week. Write it in your school diary, in your books.
Aim to have a regular time each week where you assess how you are going with these actions.
At the end of the term, think about how you are going. If you have them under control, what else could you try. If they are not under control, what could you do differently?
You will find lots of useful grids and planners to help you be organised for school this year at the bottom of the THINGS TO PRINT page,
Our school’s subscription details to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au are -
User name: mcauley
Please find the first issue of the Career News for 2019 in the link below.
There are lots of events and opportunities around Sydney in the coming months that can assist with your career exploration. This issue has events on medicine, politics, police recruitment, short film making, and events for parents on supporting your child through the HSC and Year 10 subject selection.
Careers Newsletter 6th February
Mrs Amanda Chahine
Mrs Amanda Chahine
Come into the library and grab a book to start expanding your mind!
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta & Mrs Janine Sabeh
On the first Tuesday of each month Catherine McAuley joins with Parramatta Marist and sends students and a staff member out to feed the homeless with the van making stops at Parramatta and Mount Druitt. This past Tuesday, 5th February, was the first patrol for 2019 and on this occasion was an all McAuley night with five Year 12 students joining Ms Sandra Vassallo, Vinnies Van Coordinator, on the patrol.
Students who volunteer to take part in the Vinnies Van have undergone training prior to learn about what life can be like for a homeless person and how best to communicate. Ms Vassallo says the students who took part on Tuesday found it a rewarding and humbling experience as well as a real eye opener. The night was a busy one with many homeless approaching the van for food and drink. It was a sad night with a father and his three children under six approaching the van at Mt Druitt and a young women in her late 20s approaching the van at Parramatta and telling them that it was her first night on the street.
The students who took part on this patrol were Year 12 students Jamelle Touma, Bianca Queixalos, Hayley Farrugia, Amaja Dedigama and Aretha Iskandar.
The next training for Vinnies Van will be held in May and senior students will also have the opportunity to raise money for the Vinnies Van Night Patrol at the Winter Sleepout to be held on 28th June.
Vinnies Van Night Patrol
Jamelle, Bianca, Hayley, Amaja and Aretha with
MRs Sandra Vassallo, Vinnies Van Coordinator,
on the first Vinnies Van Night Patrol for 2019.
Australian Space Design Competition
A combined Catherine McAuley / Marist team of students competed in the finals of the Australian Space Design Competition at the University of Queensland over the January school holidays. Our team’s proposal had been judged as being among the top ten submissions in Australia and therefore gained them entry into the final.
This competition is an industry-simulation event which sees teams submit a tender outlining a design for a space settlement. The competition is designed to give students an insight into Science, Maths and Engineering disciplines for university studies and to boost their skills in preparation for tertiary education. Over 150 students from around Australia took place in the final.
Our team was not the eventual winner but to be one of the top 10 teams chosen from around the country was a great achievement. Well done to all the students involved.
thE COMBINED MCAULEY / MARIST Team WITH
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STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
During this past summer study break I had the opportunity to participate in the Women In Engineering Camp that the University of NSW hosts annually. This program was provided to 100 high school students who had applied through applications and as I am highly interested in the study of engineering I wanted to put myself forward for opportunities like this.
The camp agenda consisted of numerous panels and workshops to educate the participants of the various disciplines of engineering. Site visits were also included which provided opportunities to better understand the career life of an engineer. Social networking not only included meeting women my age but also highly respected engineers who gave advice on work experience.
Overall this experience was highly beneficial to myself despite attending alone and I would recommend it to other students.
Women in Engineering Camp 2019
Badges Given Out To Symbolise
the Student Leadership Theme
New Canteen Provider for 2019
Our school has a new canteen provider with Bon Appetit Catering now operating the school canteen. A copy of the menu is included at the back of this newsletter and is also on display at the canteen windows for students. Each day there will also be a special item as part of the menu.
Gluten free options are also available and a menu outlining all the gluten free items is also included at the back of the newsletter. Please note that these items need to be pre-ordered by 8.30am before Homeroom. Students then pick up their lunch from the window with the wording 'Canteen' above it. The canteen will also provide 'the make your own sandwich/wrap option', where students can choose the fillings they would like in their sandwich or wrap.
For students using Eftpos facilities at the canteen they will need to spend at least $5 otherwise they will be required to use cash.
Each student has received a commemorative badge that symbolises the student leadership theme for 2019 - ‘WE ARE - Accepting, Respectful and Empowering’. The student leaders hope students will wear their badges with pride.
The theme for 2019 was announced late last year with Jamelle Touma, School Co Captain saying, “this theme encourages us to communicate effectively, support individuals and the school community and to be the best version of ourselves. It encapsulates everything in our own lives, from loving yourself to caring for the environment”.
The Student Leaders came up with their theme at the leadership camp held in Term 4 last year and also created a chant that will be sung by the leaders at school assemblies:
School Body: Accept
School Body: Respect
School Body: Empower
Leaders: WE ARE
School Body: McAuley
students wearing the commemorative badge.
A requirement of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) syllabus is for students to participate in practical physical activity lessons. For these lessons students are required to bring their sport uniform to change into to participate in the lesson. Class teachers will inform students the days allocated as practical lessons.
Students will need to ensure that they have their school hat, school sports shirt, school shorts or tracksuit pants (in winter terms 2 and 3) and predominantly white sneakers, for each of their practical lessons. All items of clothing should be labelled with their name and be carried to school in their black excursion bag. Students are also encouraged to bring a water bottle to each practical lesson.
If a student does not bring any part of their sport uniform, and does not provide a note for injury or illness, they may not be able to participate in the lesson and will be issued with a PDHPE uniform infringement as specified by their teacher. A note will also be recorded in their student planner. These infringements will be recorded and after every three uniform infringements, the student will receive an afternoon detention. If a student continues to fail to bring her sport uniform, contact will be made with her parents/guardians. Some PDHPE assessment tasks are practical assessment tasks and if a student does not have the appropriate uniform they may not be able to complete the assessment, resulting in a zero mark.
If a student cannot participate in practical lessons due to an injury or illness, they require a note from their parents. If it is an ongoing medical issue or injury, preventing participation, a doctors certificate will be required. When a student is cleared to return to practical participation, a doctors clearance should be provided to her class teacher.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Miss Sharon Brincat, PDHPE Coordinator on 9849-9100.
Your cooperation with this is appreciated,
The PDHPE Department
Get Help With Your
A reminder to students that Maths teachers are available to answer all your maths questions at Maths Lab each Monday lunchtime in BM214 and Wednesdays after school in the library.
Parents may wish to encourage their daughters to attend as Maths Lab is run by the Mathematics Department as a service for students to assist them with their maths questions and maths homework. It is time the Maths teachers have set aside when students can ask a Maths teacher for help outside of the normal lesson time. It can be used for help with class work or revision of any Maths topic. Students may even wish to use Maths Lab as a place to come and do their Maths homework and a teacher will then be there if help is needed.
How To Make Sure Your Math Anxiety Doesn’t Make your Kids Hate Math
Mrs Joanne Evans, Mathematics Coordinator, has suggested the below article for parents who are interested in their daughter’s performance in mathematics:
PDHPE Practical Requirements
Reflections From Year 7 On Their First Week at High School
Comments from Year 7 students on how they have found the first week at McAuley:
“I keep getting lost but the older girls are offering to help and asking if I am OK”.
“A Year 12 girl held an umbrella over me at the bus stop when it was raining to stop me getting wet”.
“There are lots of tryouts for sporting teams taking place which has been fun”.
“Some of the homework has been hard”.
“The teachers are really nice”.
“I have to be organised every morning and check my classes so that I know what books to bring to school and what I can leave in my locker”.
“I am gradually building up confidence as I get around the school”.
“The lock on the lockers is really hard sometimes as it jams and it has a code I need to remember”.
“I am staying up late doing all the homework”.
“In high school you need to go beyond your boundaries compared to primary school”.
“We have been able to make new friends and meet new people”.
“The teachers are genuine and respectful and they go step by step with the learning”.
“We get to decorate the inside of our lockers which is fun and when it is someone’s birthday we are allowed to decorate outside too”.
“I am enjoying learning new things”.
“The buses are crowded but I do love catching the bus to school”.
“It is a change from primary school because we aren’t babied anymore”.
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Year 10 Science students of Ms Raja were extracting DNA from kiwi fruit on Tuesday, 5th February.
Year 7 students with Ms Reynolds in Japanese7 were making origami in class this week as they learn about one of the Japanese festivals called ‘Setsubun’ which marks the day before the start of spring.
Year 7 Science students of Ms Bain participated in an activity to introduce them to science and all the different branches it has to offer such as biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, etc.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
The MCCS sport competition started this week with teams playing in volleyball and touch football.
Catherine McAuley had three teams play in the Volleyball competition - a Junior Team and two Open Teams. All teams won their games against Domremy College, Five Dock. For some students this was the first time they had played volleyball so it was a great start to the competition.
We have two teams in the Touch Football competition - a Junior Team and an Open Team. Both teams won their games against Trinity Catholic College, Auburn. The Junior Team won 10 - 0 and the Open Team 9 - 1.
Junior Teams are made up of Years 7 and 8 students and Open Teams are made up of Years 9 - 12 students.
year 12 student receives australia day award
Congratulations to Olivia Lawne, Year 12 student and Student Leader of Sport, who received a Highly Commended Award in the category of Young Citizen of the Year at the City of Parramatta Australia Day Awards. Below is the citation which was read out when she was presented on stage:
Olivia Lawne is the 2018/2019 Sports Leader at Catherine McAuley Westmead and has been a rugby league referee since 2015. While in this role, Olivia has demonstrated both academic and on-field excellence, and has been an ambassador for female referees in what is largely a male dominated sport. The confidence others have in her ability has been recognised through her selection as a referee or touch judge for a number of grand final matches, and as one of only two females into the prestigious National Rugby League Referees Emerging Education Academy program.
Olivia demonstrates pride and professionalism and is a role model for younger students, encouraging female participation in sport.
CLASS OF 2018 STUDENT SELECTED FOR CALLBACK
Congratulations to Erin Bortoluzzi, Class of 2018, who has had her Major Study Performance selected to be performed in the Callback Showcase at the Seymour Centre on Friday, 15th February. Callback is a showcase of all the exemplary HSC dance performance and it is an achievement to be selected to perform.
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Year 12 Student Named a
The Hills Shire Times on Tuesday, 8th January ran an article with the headline ‘Matisse is a shooting star’ featuring Year 12 student Matisse Letherbarrow who is excelling in her sport of netball.
Former Student Named as Finalist in Parravision
Former student Isabel Szanto, Class of 2016, was always a stand out performer when she played her guitar at school and the school is very proud that she is now making moves in her music career. The below article appeared in the Daily Telegraph and Parramatta Advertiser during the holidays.
Madelaine Hamilton, Year 12 - High Achievers Assembly
A recent post to the page is below:
Welcome to our new Year 7 students and any other students new to Catherine McAuley, Westmead! A selection of photos showing some of our new Year 7 students - the future Class of 2024!
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photography credits for the student media team
School Photos are being taken on TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2019.
Each student has received an order envelope which details the order process. Please note that parents who place their order online do not need to return the order envelope.
Extra order envelopes can be collected from the Front Office.
Sibling order envelopes can also be collected at the Front Office.