Year 9 Study SKills
Year 7 Bootcamp / Pastoral Seminar
PDSSSC Touch Gala Day
Year 10 Geography excursion
School Open Night 4pm - 7pm
Year 8 Geography excursion
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
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The enrolment process for Year 7, 2020 is well underway and our Open Night and Enrolment Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 12th March. The school open evening will give families the opportunity to tour the school and view facilities as well as meet our staff, students and School Leadership Team. The event will be held between 4pm - 7pm with car parking via Gate 3 off Darcy Road, Westmead. Thank you to students who will be tour guides and display assistants on the evening.
Catherine McAuley, Westmead has had a high demand for enrolment places. It is essential that any family wishing to apply for a place in 2020 submit the completed application form to the school office no later than Friday, March 22nd 2019, which is the closing date for the first round of applications to be considered for Year 7, 2020.
The school offers places according to the CEDP Enrolment Policy, accessible at www.parra.catholic.edu.au. In accordance with this policy, preference is given to students in our local parishes, to siblings and to Catholic students in other schools. This preference applies to applications which are received by the closing date. Applications received after this date go into the 2nd round of interviews and offers, and in the past, very few places have been available in the 2nd round. If you are intending to apply for a place in 2020, and you have not already submitted your application, please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Interviews for places in 2020 will take place at the school throughout Term 1 and 2.
Congratulations to our new student leaders who were ‘badged’ and made their leadership pledge at our Opening School Mass last Friday in front of family and friends as well as our whole school community. Our Mass was also an opportunity for Year 7 and our new staff to be formally welcomed into the Catherine McAuley community as they joined our ‘Circle of Mercy’.
Thank you to Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Fr Walter Fogarty, Fr Dennis Andrew, Fr Martino Da Costa, Fr Robert Bossino and Fr Chris Del Rosario for celebrating the Mass with our community. Thank you to our special guests who joined us - Sr Mary Louise Petro, Sr Maria Lawton, Sr Barbara McDonough and Sr Margaret Shepherd from the Sisters of Mercy, Parramatta, Mr Greg Whitby, Executive Director CEDP, Dr Geoff Lee, State Member for Parramatta, Mr Andrew Wilson, Lord Mayor - City of Parramatta Council, Senior Constable Dusan Dakic, School Liaison Police - Parramatta/Cumberland Youth & Crime Prevention Command and Mrs Angela Franulovic, President - Catherine McAuley Parents & Friends Association. Thank you as well to our student choir and musicians and altar servers. We were delighted to have so many parents and families join with us for this special event to mark the start of our school year.
Ms Laetitia Richmond
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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
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22 FEBRUARY 2019
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
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Today we celebrated the beginning of our school year with a wonderful Opening School Mass. The theme of our Mass and our year is ‘We are Called’ which adds and builds onto the theme of the Year 12 Leaders of ‘We Are’. This theme reminds us that we are people of mercy called to do God’s work; ‘“to act justly, to love tenderly, to serve one another and walk humbly with God” Micah 6:8.
This Mass was an opportunity to welcome and bless our new teachers and students with a Circle of Mercy - a beautiful tradition to bring all our community together. We had many special guests who came to celebrate with us and we were especially happy that Bishop Vincent, Father Walter, Father Bob, Father Denis, Father Martinho and Father Chris all con-celebrated Mass for us together.
Thank you to Ms Picone for the beautiful music ministry she and her team provided, Mr Cavill and his IT Team who had us wired for sound, the office staff, the Leadership Team and all those who helped in any way.
Ms Ellen Lonergan
Acting Religious Education Coordinator
Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen, OFM Conv DD, Bishop of Parramatta with Student Leaders at our Opening School Mass.
RED MASS AT St PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
Our School Captains attended the inaugural Red Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday, 13th February accompanied by Ms Ellen Lonergan, Acting Religious Education Coordinator and representatives from other schools. With the new judicial year underway the Red Mass gave the opportunity to members of the judiciary and legal community in the Parramatta region to gather together to reaffirm their commitments to faith and justice.
The Red Mass was organised by the St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, the Parramatta and District Law Society and the St Thomas More Society. More information and photos are available via the Catholic Outlook website: https://catholicoutlook.org/law-and-order-at-inaugural-red-mass/
above - ATTENDEES OF THE RED MASS,
St patrick's cathedral, parramatta.
left - school captains with Ms Ellen Lonergan,
acting rec at the Red Mass.
For those parents who were unable to celebrate with us at our Opening School Mass please view a selection of photos elsewhere in this newsletter and many more on our School Facebook Page.
The lowest performing students around the world miss more school than their academically successful schoolmates. School attendance is critical to student's academic success but more importantly research shows that low performance at school, generally leads to a more difficult life with less access to good jobs. School absenteeism has significant negative consequences that can last a lifetime. Any student who misses a school day misses an opportunity to learn. We ask that parents support the school and their daughters’ by ensuring they are at school each day. Please use the ample holiday periods for any travel you wish to do. Your daughter only has one chance at her high school education but a lifetime to travel.
learning and teaching
The FYA released the new work reality report in 2018. This report examines the work reality facing our youth today. The report follows the journeys of 14,000 young people over ten years, from ages 15 to 25. The New Work Reality, reveals that young Australians face a number of significant barriers when seeking full-time work. The snapshot below taken from the report summarises the findings of the report, highlighting both the barriers as well as the factors that assist students in gaining full-time work. One of the factors that assisted young people in gaining full-time work was the building of enterprise skills in education. The report states “Young people who are able to build transferable enterprise skills, such as problem-solving, communication and teamwork through formal education can accelerate their transition to full-time work by 17 months” (p.19). At Catherine McAuley we are committed to developing these valuable skills in our students every day in every lesson. If you would like to read the report you can access it here.
THE FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS (FYA)
On Friday 1st March, Year 7 will attend a Mac Bootcamp as well as a pastoral session during the day. These sessions will take place at school. This day will provide Year 7 with valuable information on how to use their Mac laptops to maximise their academic success as well as how to keep safe online.
Ms Silvana Rossetti
(Learning and Teaching)
YEAR 7 MAC BOOTCAMP AND PASTORAL DAY
Parents are often concerned about the issue of homework and in particular whether a student is spending too much or too little time on homework. This often depends on the year level, a student’s ability to plan and organise their time and how easy or challenging a student is finding the particular work. A general guide over 5 nights per week would be:
Students in Years 7 to 8 approximately one hour a night on homework.
Students in Years 9 and 10 approximately one and a half hours per night on homework.
Senior students a minimum of two and a half hours.
This time includes homework and assignments. The times are based on the fact that the students have to prepare for 5 lessons for the following school day, except for Thursday. So for Year 7 and 8 students they would be looking at 10 to 15 minutes for each subject they have the next school day and Years 9 and 10 students 15 to 20 minutes for each subject. With assignments the key is to plan out the time and not leave everything to the last minute. If not all of the time is required for completing set tasks then students should take the opportunity to revise and study their subjects.
I would encourage parents to supervise their daughter’s homework. If your daughter has not completed her homework in a particular subject after these suggested times then parents should write a note in the school diary and she go onto the work in her next subject. Your daughter can show the diary note to her teacher the next day and it is important that she asks the teacher for help. Some of the reasons homework is set is to consolidate the work done in class, to develop planning and individual thinking skills, to prepare for the next lesson and to allow students to take some responsibility for their learning.
Parents should not be worried about helping their daughters with their homework, but they should not do the work for them. Peer tutoring and homework help is available in the library Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons each week. In addition, the school diary provides some great information about study and homework as does the study skills online handbook which can be accessed at https://www.studyskillshandbook.com.au/
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This year each year group will focus on a specific area, a brief outline of each area is given below.
YEAR 7 - The focus will be to ensure a smooth transition into secondary school. This will incorporate the concept of inclusion (not only their inclusion into the Catherine McAuley community, but also between each other) through values such as respect, acceptance and tolerance.
YEAR 8 - The focus is on resilience. The Homeroom Team will explore strategies to develop resilience in different facets of school life: academic (seeking assistance and trying new study techniques to overcome academic challenges); social (strategies to deal with fallout from friendship issues and negative effects of social media interaction). The aim is to develop the girls' ability to solve their own problems and overcome challenges or seek help.
YEAR 9 - Year 9 focus will be 'integrity', mainly focusing on academic integrity and 'doing the right thing when no one is watching'. The aim is to make the girls accountable and responsible for their own learning.
YEAR 10 - Year 10 focus is preparation for senior studies including academic rigour, study skills and independent learning.
YEAR 11 - The focus for Year 11 is one of our Mercy values: Excellence - every lesson, every task, every day!
YEAR 12 - The focus for Year 12 will be managing stress/anxiety. Ms Thuijs (School Counsellor) and Ms Morrison (Year Coordinator) will be working with the students to help normalise stress and provide strategies to help them cope when they are feeling symptoms of stress or feeling anxious. The strategies will include workshops and one-on-one sessions to help students with things such as: 'studying smarter, not harder,' time management, organisation, exam preparation and the importance of mindfulness.
Please discuss with your daughter what ways their Year group focus has been highlighted at Form Meetings. In upcoming Newsletters the Year Coordinators will share information for parents on how they can support their daughter’s year group focus at home.
2019 Year Group Focus
2019 Year Group Focus Posters
Year group Focus Posters for years 7 - 9
(Years 10 - 12 on next page)
How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience
Sometimes anxiety and stress reach levels that impede a girl’s ability to navigate life effectively. Dr. Lisa Damour has tips for parents and teens to help manage these situations.
Damour, a psychologist and author of the new book "Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls," has spent decades working with adolescent girls and their families. In recent years, she has noticed a change in how society views stress. “Somehow a misunderstanding has grown up about stress and anxiety where our culture now sees both as pathological,” said Damour. “The upshot of that is that we have adults and young people who are stressed about being stressed and anxious about being anxious.”
Anxiety is a normal and healthy function, according to Damour, and much of the anxiety that teenagers express is a sign that they are aware of their surroundings, mindful of their growing responsibilities, and frightened of things that are, in fact, scary. Adults can make a difference simply by “reassuring them that, a great deal of time, stress is just operating as a friend and ally to them.”
Responding Instead of Reacting
Teenage girls are particularly sensitive to the cues they receive from parents and teachers – from words to facial expressions. How adults respond to teens’ emotional reactions matters a lot, said Damour. When adults become anxious in response to a teen’s anxiety, it exacerbates the situation.
Helping girls weather stress storms can be “excruciating for parents,” and Damour said she understands the almost primal desire to alleviate the pain, solve the problem for them or remove the stressor -- such as letting them stay home from school if they are anxious about a test. But avoidance feeds anxiety. Girls often feel stressed because they overestimate the difficulty of a situation and underestimate their ability to deal with it, said Damour. When they avoid a situation, they miss the opportunity to correct that perception and recognize their own strength.
To read further please go to the link: https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/52994/how-to-help-
Year group Focus Posters for years 10 - 12
FROM THE YEAR 11 COORDINATOR - MS JOANNE DAE
Year 11 continue to transition smoothly to senior studies. The majority of students display an excellent attitude to work and a commitment to developing the time management skills required to ensure they are able to balance homework and assessments with the demands of part time work, sporting and leisure pursuits and family time. Some students have made the decision to change courses and they are now catching up on work missed in the first few weeks. This week should see the end of any movement between courses. VET subjects have also commenced and students have the benefit of being taught industry and work skills by highly qualified and dedicated teachers. Students at McAuley have a history of achieving outstanding results in these courses and it is expected this trend will continue with the class of 2020. Thus far, the girls are certainly taking up the challenge of our theme of Excellence - every lesson, every task, every day!
In Homeroom the students have been working on skills and achievement, identifying challenges and how to overcome the challenges they will face in their learning and other aspects of their lives. At the end of each week, students are asked to complete “what went well’ in their School Planner and parents/carers are encouraged to read these entries and discuss the many areas of success with the girls.
Mrs Vassallo spoke about training for Vinnie’s Van at the form assembly this week and many students have expressed their interest in getting involved in this wonderful community service opportunity. The training afternoon is scheduled for Monday 3rd June from 3:30-4:30pm. All girls intending to go out in the van will need to complete the training. Information will be sent home closer to the date.
On Monday the online assessment handbooks were made available to Year 11 students and Mrs Rossetti and Ms Patterson spoke to the students about the importance of complying with NESA procedures in relation to illness/misadventure and the consequences if procedures are not followed. Please ask your daughter to show you the handbook and explain the procedures carefully so there is no confusion. Emailing the Director of Studies for any absence on the day of an assessment and providing a medical certificate on the first day back are essential elements of the assessment regulations. On Tuesday, students were given a term assessment planner to complete and this should be placed in a highly visible location in or near their home study area. It is also recommended that a copy be kept inside the door of the locker as a constant visual reminder of when tasks are due.
As always, if you have any concerns or would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s education, please do not hesitate to email or phone the Ms Dae ,
Year Coordinator, email@example.com or
AMAZING STUDY TECHNIQUE
This link to the video demonstrates an excellent study technique using flash cards. It works with the idea of not always revising content you already know!
Further information about the method:
New idea for flash cards: Use picture or diagrams with descriptive sentences
This is one way to study smarter, not harder.
FROM THE YEAR 12 COORDINATOR - MS LEAH MORRISON
We ask parents to discuss with their daughter appropriate behaviour on public transport and walking to and from school. Our school is in a high pedestrian and traffic area. With the increased number of building works in the area there has been an increase in trucks using the area especially in the morning. Students have been instructed when using their mobile phones to only use one earphone so they are aware of the noises around them.
STUDY SKILLS TIP: USEFUL HANDOUTS AND PLANNERS
Just a reminder that our school subscribes to the study skills website www.studyskillshandbook.com.au which means that all parents and students at the school can access the site at school and at home. Please take some time this week to log in and have a look.
This is a website with units of work on different study skills topics, looking at how students can improve their results as well as other resources and planning templates to make dealing with schoolwork easier.
On the THINGS TO PRINT page at the top of the home page there are many useful handouts. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see an alphabetical list.
One of these is the ‘Top Tips For Parents’ handout. Some examples of the types of tips on this handout are as follows:
It is a great idea for students to set up a folder for each subject that stays at home, somewhere to file away past tests, assignments, completed topics and to keep everything together for that subject.
Each night students should work on homework first, then assignments or test preparation. After this students need to look for other things they can do to enhance their understanding of their subjects, such as making study notes, doing extra questions, revising earlier topics.
The best way to deal with distractions is to work in half hour blocks with no distractions during this time. This means during the half hour blocks allocated to schoolwork, no social media etc. not for the whole night, just for those half hour blocks.
One of the biggest mistakes students make is leaving their study notes until just before their exams. One of the best habits students can get into is doing their study notes throughout the year, at the end of each topic is a good time to do this. Whenever students don’t have much homework, they should be working on study notes.
The HELP guides on the Things to Print page are also useful resources. Each is a 10 page booklet that targets specific areas. There is a great one for students starting Year 7 and another for those starting Year 11.
For students a very useful handout is the term planner. It is a great idea at the start of every term to print off the term planner (or print out 4 for the year). Simply fill in the due dates for the term as you find out about them, and place the term planner somewhere visible at home – for example above your desk on a noticeboard. Highlight tests in one colour and assignments in another colour so they stand out clearly. Cross off each day as you go, so you have a clear picture of how the work is spread out over the term and how long until things are due. At Catherine McAuley the Year Coordinators have made Term Planners available to students and have worked through the process of filling in the Term Planner at Year Meetings.
Writing these due dates in your School Planner as well is essential of course, but it does not give you the overall picture like a term planner. This is a good thing to do at the start of every term right from the start of secondary school through to the end (and beyond to university as well!).
Our school’s subscription details to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au are:
User name: mcauley
peer support at mcauley
Many of our school buses are at capacity. If another bus is to be place on the school route, students must have an activated Opal card and use the card when boarding and alighting the bus / train. Please ensure your daughter’s Opal Card is activated. If you have concerns regarding the bus / train services you need to contact the relevant company to lodge a complaint.
Once again we ask parents not to park in the properties surrounding the school including the accommodation quarters adjacent to Gate 3 in Darcy Road. Also parents are taking up parking spots at Westmead Private Hospital and Westmead Dental Hospital stopping patients from using this area. These areas are now monitored by Parking Rangers and fines may apply.
Ms Debbie Grigson
Our Year 7 students will spend time each Thursday afternoon during Term 1 participating in the Peer Support Program at the school. This program is run by Year 10 students and those Year 10 students who were selected to be Peer Support Leaders were trained last year for the role. The program provides opportunities for Year 7 students to develop skills for building relationships and encourages students to participate fully in the life of the school.
Groups of between 7 - 8 Year 7 students come together with two Year 10 mentors for one hour each Thursday. The peer support groups look at all the issues Year 7 students may face as they settle into high school. Organisation, communication skills, how to use their student planners, how to handle homework and assessments and how to organise their lockers are just some of the topics that will be discussed. Each week the groups will also participate in fun games as they get to know each other better.
Please find the first issue of the Career News for 2019 in the link below.
For students interested in exploring engineering as a career, there are two camps running in the school holidays. Charles Sturt University is running experience days in the April school holidays - its worth checking out the campus and courses of this rural university before applying.
There are resources for students interested in apprenticeships, information on land surveying (lots of demand for this area), and important information for Year 12 students concerning UAC and UCAT (Medicine and Dentistry).
Career News 20th February 2019
Mrs Amanda Chahine
Comments from some of the Year 10 Peer Support Leaders on the Peer Support Program:
“The Year 7 students are really enthusiastic and peer support is an opportunity for them to develop a relationship with older girls and a chance to have some fun together”, Sophie Johnson
“Peer support is such a great way for Year 7 students to meet others in their grade. We have played games to get the Year 7s to know each other better. The Year 10 Peer Support Leaders spend time each week organising what we are going to do with our students”, Michaela Attard
“I was keen to be a Peer Support Leader as I wanted to help make the transition from primary school to high school easier for the Year 7 students. Peer support helps them get more involved and sets them up for how to handle their assessments and know more about what we do at our school. We want them to get involved in school events like the swimming and athletic carnivals”, Molly Crocker
“Peer support is all about making the Year 7s feel comfortable and seeing the smilies on their faces”, Marina Mekhael
“I understand what it is like to start in Year 7 with no one you really know. I started at McAuley not really knowing anyone else and it was peer support which helped me to meet my closest friends”, Ashleigh Simpson
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some of the peer Support groups who come together on Thursday afternoons.
Last week on 15th and 16th February 2019 10 Year 10 students attended the ‘Girl Ed World’ Wow Summit at the University of Sydney. This annual event is described by the University as a transformational learning and mentorship event just for teenage girls. It aims to build in the students who attend 21st Century employability skills, problem solving techniques as part of the ‘Design Thinking in Challenge Teams’ and the opportunity to meet global career mentors. Avni Singh and Lauren Ardill who attended the summit have written about their experience.
Our creative design thinking skills were immediately put to the test on day one as three Girl World partners assigned us a challenge to potentially change the world. Microsoft wanted to know ‘How to make technology more appealing as as a job’, Women for Election wanted to see ‘How we would redesign democracy for the real world’ and Virgin Australia, whom had achieve gender equality within their Pilot Cadet Program wondered ‘How to attract women into non-traditional aviation roles such as engineering’.
Once assigned a problem we were then put into small groups to solve the problem and create a pitch for our solution. We had the opportunity to present our pitches to representatives from a range of companies who would then take our pitches back to their company and consider all our ideas. This was an outstanding opportunity and we are still waiting to hear what the companies think. It was a lot of fun getting to know girls from other schools all around Australia as part of this challenge!
On Day 2 we were able to listen to a diverse range of females in the workforce. There were women from Microsoft, the Labour Party, Virgin Australia, Women's Agenda, Raise the Bar and 1 Million Women, Code Like a Girl, UniSuper, Science Gallery, World Drone Congress, Emergent, Fact Check, Twitter, Coder Academy and Mamma Mia! Media Group. The day was mostly comprised of inspiring women sharing all of their amazing achievements and knowledge and inspired everyone to go out in the world and make a real difference.
Overall the Girl Ed World WOW Summit was amazing and we would highly recommend it to anyone next time it comes around! It was a very inspirational event.
For more information please head to the Girl Ed World website at http://www.girledworld.com/ on details about future events.
Avni Singh, Student Media Team and Lauren Ardill, Year 10
Year 10 students who attended:
Lauren Ardill, Jemma Abdilla, Raneeka De Alwis, Aimee Hasset, Freya Lipping, Azeerayh Mostoles, Avni Singh, Tahlia Poole, Akansha Negi and Arundahti Shivasubramaniam
Girl ed world wow summit 2019
year 10 students who attended the girl ed world wow summit at the university of sydney.
STUDENTS USING THE LIBRARY AT LUNCHTIMES
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta & Mrs Janine Sabeh
Term 1 is in full swing and assignments are being handed out in classes right across the school. Before you jump on to Google and start researching take a moment to visit the library's ‘Website Selection Criteria’ page to make sure the information you are using passes the CRAAP test.
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reMINDER - Library opening hours
MONDAY - THURSDAY: 7.40AM - 5.00PM
FRIDAY: 7.40AM - 4.00PM
STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
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Opening School Mass
Friday 22nd February 2019
More photos from our Opening School Mass including the leadership ceremony are available via this link to our School Facebook Page
At the beginning of our school masses is the procession of symbols – items that are of relevance to the school. These include symbols of faith and Mercy. The Mercy charism has been handed down to us from the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy who founded the school in 1966.
A Cup and Saucer – carried by Sarah O’Dare. Catherine believed that welcoming people who needed help, and offering them something to eat or drink, was a way to share God's love. Just before Catherine died, she asked that her Sisters have a 'good cup of tea' together to comfort each other. The cup of tea is a symbol of the Mercy value of hospitality.
A Picture of Catherine McAuley – carried by Lauren Madeleine. Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. Catherine's spirituality was one of thought, prayer and action. She believed that there must be time for prayer and reflection and a readiness to help the poor in every situation.
Mercy Cross - carried by Samuelle Amor. This cross was designed by Catherine McAuley, a symbol of her deep love for the crucified Jesus. This cross challenges us to a deeper awareness of the mystery of death and resurrection. It reminds us of God's great love and mercy.
A Shawl – carried by Taylah Jones. Late one night in 1832 Catherine carried home in her arms, wrapped in her black woollen shawl, the newborn baby of a poor woman who had died of cholera. The shawl is a symbol of giving protection and shelter to those in need.
A Pair of Walking Shoes - Carried by Sarah-Jane Georges. The Sisters of Mercy were known as the 'walking nuns'. These shoes are a symbol of the work done by the Sisters of Mercy and all who walk in their footsteps.
Year 7 Parents welcome afternoon / evening
It was lovely to see so many Year 7 parents and guardians attend our Welcome Afternoon/Evening on Friday, 8th February.
Year 7 students had the opportunity to show their family around the school before coming together for light refreshments in Mercy Square. The event concluded with a formal welcome from our School Principal and Assistant Principals as well as our School Captains. Our school counsellor, Miss Thuijs, also spoke to parents on how to help their daughters with settling in to high school.
Many more photos from our Year 7 Parents Welcome Evening are available on the School Facebook Page via the link: https://www.facebook.com/catherinemcauleywestmead/
On the 9th of February 2019, Ms Newman and the Year 12 Drama class experienced the presentation and exhibition of OnSTAGE. OnSTAGE is an annual event held at the Seymour Centre which presents outstanding drama performances and projects from the HSC. We were able to view the performances and projects from the 2018 HSC.
Being able to attend this performance was an amazing opportunity because it informed as well as entertained.
It sparked inspiration and provided us with a clearer path towards our HSC Drama Individual and Group projects.
The program ranged from comedic group performances filled to the brim with witty one-liners to earnest individual performances that tugged at your heartstrings. As well as the performances, we were also able to see director’s folios, costume designs and lighting designs. It was interesting to see how the minds of other creators and artists worked - how all the elements of the dramatic arts worked together.
Going to OnSTAGE just reaffirmed my love for drama. It was an amazing opportunity to be given.
Kiahna Habito, Year 12 Drama Student
Year 12 drama class visit onstage
Year 12 student attends inaugural summer school program at the ramsay centre for western civilisation
Congratulations to Claudia Wijaya, Year 12 who received a scholarship to attend the inaugural summer school program at the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation was established in 2017 as it seeks to advance education by promoting studies and discussion of western civilisation. The summer school program was an academic extension program where students could learn to read and think at university level, immerse themselves in critical thought, and build on their debating, communication and presentation skills.
Claudia Wijaya has written the following:
The summer school program was a two and a half day residential program that helps students develop skills that will be benefit their HSC preparation and provide a taste of what university life might offer. We were immersed in sessions using the Socratic method to answer a philosophical question - this method encourages students to engage in cooperative and critical discussions in small groups. It was through argumentative dialogue that allowed us to scrutinise the underlying suppositions of our positions and those of our peers and to evaluate our relationship with other beliefs of the book or topic under discussion. The texts examined were ‘The Apology' by Plato and 'Hamlet' by Shakespeare. There was also an interactive workshop by Bell Shakespeare.
The last day was the most exciting where we had the opportunity to meet the Board. This included the Chairman The Hon John Howard OM AC and Chair Members The Hon Tony Abbott, Mr Peter Evans and Dr Michael Easson. We were able to have lunch with them first - where I sat right in front of The Hon John Howard to discuss political issues including the relationship between Indonesia and Australia (as I'm from Indonesia). It was then followed by an open conversation with all members to hear their stories of success and vision for the planned BA in Western Civilisation.
Year 12 Student Media Team
Claudia Wijaya, Year 12 with Former Prime Minister
The Hon John Howard om ac.
'dabbing' with The Hon Tony Abbott, former prime minister of Australia
students from around Australia who attended the summer program
Year 10 PDHPE students of Mrs Muggleton are working on their assessment task for the topic 'Movement Composition'. This lesson is their first lesson in planning their composition. They have five lessons in total to create their performance. Students are required to choose a theme and portray this in their movement piece.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
Year 8 Technology Mandatory students of Ms Jarosevski were this week learning new skills in the TAS workshop such as wood burning, stencilling and using the scroll saw and drill pass. The students are beginning their project of designing and making clocks out of plywood.
1. When did you commence teaching at McAuley?
I am returning to Catherine McAuley after having worked at McAuley in my very first teaching post. That lasted three years and I am now very happy to return.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
I have been teaching for 30 years.
3. What other schools have you taught at or what other positions have you held?
Catherine McAuley was my first teaching post and then I taught for a few years in London and also worked in London at the Imperial War Museum in a public relations position. On returning to Australia I spent 18 years in boys education before working at a number of other schools across Sydney. I am an Executive Member of the History Teachers Association of NSW.
4. What are your qualifications?
I have a major in History and post graduate qualifications.
5. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
I have happy memories of this school and now am pleased to have a continuation of the Mercy school spirit which is so strong at this school. Students at Catherine McAuley definitely have a love of learning and I enjoy the sense of collaboration and community which exists amongst staff and students.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy to travel and visit new places of historical interest. I also enjoy reading.
7. What advice would you give your students in approaching their studies?
I would advise students to pursue their interests and to follow their passions and then success will follow.
MEET THE TEACHER
Mrs Paula Reed
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
Thursday afternoon is sport and activity afternoon. From MCCS sport, to yoga, to the Environment Group, to cheerleading, to tai chi, to power walking, to frisbee and many more. Students have many opportunities to get active.
Photos show Year 9 students doing cheer leading and some of our students from the Environment Group in one of the Catherine McAuley rose gardens.
The MCCS Sport this team is volleyball and touch football.
Ms Beadman, who is coaching the MCCS Junior Touch Football team, has sent through this photo of the team after their win this week against St Patrick's Marist College, Dundas. The team won 3-2.
MCCS Junior Touch Football Team
YEAR 11 STUDENT REPRESENTS AUSTRALIA IN OCEANIA BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to Majan Almazan, Year 11 who played recently for Australia in the Victor Oceania Badminton Championships 2019. Majan came Runner Up in the Women’s Doubles and was a semifinalist in both the Women’s Single and Mixed Doubles.
Almazan was also part of the Junior Mixed Team Event which saw Australia named as the Junior Oceania Team for 2019 beating New Zealand in a tight match 3 games to 2.
Well done to Majan and her fellow badminton team mates for their success at this tournament.
Alexia Uri & Eunice Cruz, Year 12 - Opening School Mass
Claudia Wijaya, Year 12 - Summer School Program at Ramsay Centre
Avni Singh, Year 10 - Girled World Summit
A recent post to the page which appeared on Monday, 11th February 2019 is below:
Year 11 students attended Sydney University’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science event today!
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