Long Distance Swimming Carnival
Granville Pool, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
School Open Night 4pm - 7pm
Year 11 & Year 12 TD Excursion
Year 10 Science Excursion
Year 12 Food Technology Excursion
Year 8 Excursion
Year 7 Vaccination Clinic
Year 12 Chemistry Excursion
Year 11 Business Studies Excursion
Year 7 History Excursion
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
Today is International Women’s Day.
The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1908 when a group of 15,000 women marched on the streets of New York, demanding equal rights. Since then every year on 8th March the world joins together to support, raise, inspire and motivate women across all fields of work. The purpose of this day is to focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities. The 8th March is a holiday in many countries.
This morning the Year 12 student leaders, Ms Leah Morrison and Ms Debbie Grigson, attended a student breakfast to celebrate this event and hear from speakers who highlighted the role that women play in advancing equality.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is 'More powerful together'. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The aim of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the goal of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls; and ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
The United Nations has set some key targets to be achieved by the year 2030:
By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.
End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including all types of exploitation.
Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage.
For us as members of the Mercy family, this day, this theme, this challenge and the aspirations voiced by the UN echo the sentiments expressed by Catherine McAuley who wrote, ‘ ... that no work of charity can be more productive of good to society, or more conducive to the happiness of the poor than the careful instruction of women, since whatever be the station they are destined to fill, their example and advice will always possess influence'.
Students at McAuley are urged to think about the privilege of education and how they will use the power of knowledge for change. What will be their goal for themselves and the world in 2030? How will they change the world for the better ?
Ms Laetitia Richmond
mcauley NEWS news
in this issue
NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 1, ISSUE 3
8 MARCH 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
PHOTO 1 OF 5
After travelling overseas as a pilgrim to World Youth Day and visiting different parts of Australia it is wonderful to return to Catherine McAuley Westmead. I would like to thank Ms Lonergan (Acting Religious Education Coordinator) and Ms Van Domburg (Acting Assistant Religious Education Coordinator) whose expertise ensured a smooth start to the commencement of the 2019 school year in our Religious Education classes. Ms Lonergan and Ms Van Domburg were also responsible for organising the school’s liturgical experiences for the first half of the term. I would also like to thank all staff and our talented students who have supported Ms Lonergan and Ms Van Domburg in all their successful endeavours.
Did you notice something different about the canteen menu on Wednesday 6th March? That’s right, the menu contained no meat. Wednesday 6th March was Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting (resist eating between meals) and abstinence (no meat or meat products). This practice will continue on Fridays throughout Lent, that is, for the remainder of Term 1. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Lent is the season immediately before Easter. During Lent we give up, do extra and pray more. Abstinence from meat is seen as a sacrifice which unites us with our fellow Catholics and helps us to identify more closely with the sufferings of the Lord. Abstaining from meat on Friday is a form of penance to honour the death of Jesus on Good Friday.
Abstinence laws consider that meat comes only from warm-blooded animals such as chickens, cows, sheep, pigs, birds - all of which live on land. Fish are cold-blooded. Salt and freshwater species of fish and shellfish are permitted. Since meat has been usually the most valued and expensive part of the meal in many parts of the world, abstaining from it on Fridays has been seen as a true penance.
Another interesting fact about Lent is that the forty days of Lent do not include Sundays – the day Christians celebrate the Resurrection. Lent is a time of reflection as we endeavour to understand more fully God’s great love for us and prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery; the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Lent has a sombre atmosphere. The joyous sounds of Alleluia and the Gloria are missing from the Sunday Mass. The colour purple with its connotations of penance is the dominant colour of vestments and church decoration. Flowers will be absent from the Church until the great celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass.
Lent reminds us of the forty-days that Jesus spent in the wilderness before he took up his public ministry. During this time he fasted and prayed. During this period, we are called to focus on becoming closer to Jesus by praying a little more, doing good deeds for others, going without something we like and giving generously to others in need. During Lent at Catherine McAuley Westmead, we will be supporting the work of Caritas - Project Compassion and the Jesuit Refugee Services to assist those who are less fortunate than ourselves.
On Ash Wednesday we gathered as a school community to commence our Lenten journey when we received the Blessed Ashes. Lent is a wonderful season in the Church calendar – time set aside to renew and prepare ourselves to receive the fullness of life in the resurrection. It’s a time for a bit of a spiritual ‘spring-clean’. After all, the word ‘Lent’ means ‘springtime’. Just as a ‘spring-clean’ in our homes gives us a renewed sense of order and purpose, a spiritual spring-clean lifts our spirits, sweeps out the bad habits and creates space in our lives for God.
The Student Lenten Prayer Group has already commenced. Each week during Lent students from Catherine McAuley and Parramatta Marist will meet on a Thursday morning before school to ‘pray a little more’ as part of their Lenten journey. Some people try to attend a weekday Mass during Lent. This opportunity is available on Wednesday mornings before school each week for all students and staff.
It can be difficult during Lent when we give up, do extra and pray more. As People of Mercy we must be like Venerable Catherine McAuley who knew without doubt that our God is a loving and merciful God. The following words from Pope Francis provide much encouragement and guidance as we commence our Lenten journey and I look forward to travelling with you this Lent:
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
First Sunday of Lent 10th March 2019
ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY
Wednesday, 6th March 2019
Twelve-year-old Thandolwayo would walk seven kilometres each day to collect contaminated water for her family. It looked like she would never realise her hope of finishing her education and becoming a nurse, until a Caritas Australia supported project created access to clean water helping Thandolwayo to stay at school and achieve a future full of hope.
Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and to provide clean water and a future full of hope for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe. Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
Do you want to fast this Lent?
Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
learning and teaching
While A to E grades are an important indicator of your daughter’s progress at school, they are only part of the picture. Student reports also include information on your daughter’s level of effort and progress in each subject. For example, your daughter may have received a D in a particular subject but the report will also indicate the level of effort that she has made. This information will help you discuss with your daughter and her teacher how to provide encouragement and improve progress.
The Board of Studies has developed the following descriptions of achievement for use by all NSW schools.
A - Outstanding Achievement
The student has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.
B - High Achievement
The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.
C - Sound Achievement
The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.
D - Basic Achievement
The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a basic level of competence in the processes and skills.
E - Limited Achievement
The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.
Please be aware that a grade C means that your daughter is ‘on track’ in relation to what she is expected to learn. A grade D or E indicates that, in relation to what she is expected to learn, she has demonstrated only basic or limited achievement. This means that she has learnt some things but not enough to be ‘on track’ in relation to syllabus standards. A grade D or E is an alert to you and your daughter that more needs to be done to keep her ‘on track’.
If you have any concern about your daughter’s progress or behaviour, or you just want to have a general discussion about her, you don’t have to wait until you receive a written report. If you have concerns regarding your daughter’s progress in a particular class, please make contact with your daughter’s class teacher either via email or by phone to arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss your concerns.
YEAR 7 AND 9 NAPLAN
This year, NAPLAN will be run online for both Years 7 and 9. A letter has been emailed home to all Years 7 and 9 parents explaining the process. The letter also appears at the end of this newsletter.
REPORTING - A TO E GRADES ARE ONLY PART OF THE PICTURE
Miss Thuijs spoke with the Year 7 students about ‘How to Cope with Difficult Situations’.
Year 7s learned that feelings such as stress and anxiety come and go like the waves, and that when the waves feel like they are crashing over you that you can use a BOARD to help balance on the waves and ‘surf your way through’.
It is important for students to understand that difficult emotions and feelings are normal, and that sometimes they need to sit through or ‘surf through’ this distress in order to develop resilience and coping.
All students were given a handout to keep in their student planner to refer to in times of need. Parents are encouraged to discuss these strategies and to also encourage use of these strategies at home.
KIDS WHO DO CHORES MORE ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL ADULTS
In the Harvard Grant Study, the longest running longitudinal study in history, (spanning 75 years and counting - from 1938 to the present), researchers identified two things that people need in order to be happy and successful:
What is the best way to develop work ethic in young people? Based on the experiences of the 724 high-achievers who were part of the study there is a consensus. "The study found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids ... comes from having done chores as a kid," says Julie Lythcott-Haims, in her 2015 TED talk. If you would like to read more about this study you can access the article, “Kids who do chores are more successful adults” here.
Ms Silvana Rossetti
(Learning and Teaching)
Year 9 Study Skills Seminar
This week Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services (www.enhanced-learning.net) ran a study skills session with Year 9. The session helped the girls assess what changes could be made to work towards achieving their personal best in an efficient and effective way. Students examined their home study environment, the way they organise and manage their resources, how to work effectively at home and deal with distractions, how to manage the workload in high school, and the steps to studying in high school: making study notes, learning the notes by testing yourself and using techniques that complement your learning preferences and doing as much practise as possible. Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made. Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website: http://studyskillstoptipsparents.com/. All secondary students at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and enter the username: mcauley and the password: 189results and start improving your results today!
Year 7 Pastoral Seminar
FROM THE YEAR 11 COORDINATOR - MS JOANNE DAE
UNIFORM - SPORTS TRACKSUIT
Valour Sport have advised that our tracksuit order will be arriving around the 3rd week of May, currently the uniform shop has no small sizes ie. small, extra small, 14K and 12K.
Until the tracksuits are in stock girls may wear their school jumper with their
sports uniform on a Thursday.
Term 1 of the Year 11 course is now half way over and the students are approaching a very heavy assessment period. All students should be checking their personal Term 1 assessment planner regularly to ensure they are commencing tasks in a timely fashion that will ensure no need for rushing or undue distress in the days leading up to the due date. All students will have multiple tasks due in the next 3-4 weeks; time management and organisation are the keys to success when juggling multiple assessment tasks and external responsibilities. To assist students who may be struggling with organisation, there are two lunchtime sessions in week 7, during which students will be guided in creating a home study schedule which incorporates work, sporting and other cultural commitments, family events and time for homework, revision and assessments. Some students have identified they are struggling with the difference between these three distinct aspects of their home study program and this will be explained in depth. The dates of these sessions are Tuesday 12th March and Thursday 14th March and the venue is BM231. If necessary, additional sessions will be organised for Week 8.
It is very pleasing to see the number of Year 11 students who have decided to remain in the library after school and complete homework or assessment tasks. Without exception, these students have stated the 90 minutes after school are used far more effectively than the same amount of time at home as there are no distractions from social media or other external influences. The school library has the added advantage of peer tutors available Monday to Wednesday from 3.15 - 4.15pm who can assist with all subjects, Maths Lab run by staff on Wednesdays and library staff who can assist with online research and accessing databases that provide much more detailed and specialised information than a Google search. Utilising these resources is an efficient way to maximise output and minimise undue amounts of time spent struggling over a concept or seeking information. The library is open until 5pm Monday to Thursday and 4 pm on Fridays and students are encouraged to remain at school if this is possible. The added advantage for parents is that students should have completed most of their homework and know how to access information required for the successful completion of assessments, which contributes to a more harmonious home life. If students are not able to remain after school, BM 231 is available at lunchtime for homework and study and a number of students use this area several times a week.
This week in Homeroom students have been asked to read over their learning style and the 4 points they identified last week to enhance their learning. They have been asked to reflect upon whether they have put these 4 points into action and if not, the reasons for this. Students will have numerous learning opportunities during school years and beyond and they need to be able to determine how they can best learn in each situation. This sometimes requires them to utilise a variety of strategies suitable for their learning style rather than do the same thing in each learning environment. Year 11 is the best time to experiment with multiple approaches to learning in different subjects so they have a variety of skills and strategies to maximise success in the HSC and in whatever pathway they choose after school. At the end of each week, students are asked to write 3 things that went well in their planners and I encourage parents to talk about these successes with students. The planner is also the primary communication between parents and teachers so please do not hesitate to write a message for a teacher in the planner. I would also ask parents to sign the planner each week; Homeroom teachers will be signing the planners and can discuss any issues of concern that may have been raised by subject teachers or parents.
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 Year Coordinator on email@example.com or 9849 9147.
Year 7 students spent last Friday, 1st March attending a Mac Bootcamp and a Pastoral Care Day. Half the Year 7 form attended the Mac Bootcamp in Periods 1 and 2 whilst the other half attended the pastoral session with Senior Constable Dusan Dakic and Ms Kimberley Thuijs, School Counsellor. The two groups then swapped with the final period of the day allowing the whole form to come together for a final Mac session.
Two Year 7 students have written the below reports:
The Mac Bootcamp was an amazing experience as it helped us learn how to use our Macs effectively for our learning. We learnt how to customize our computers to suit any of our needs and we also learnt how to stay organized, even if we feel like we are organized well enough. We also had the opportunity to attend a talk with Senior Constable Dusan Dakic about staying safe on the internet and Miss Thuijs, School Counsellor spoke to us about not always worrying about the small things and that everything is going to be alright. I had an excellent day with my friends and learning how to adjust and cope with being in high school just that little bit better. Zoe Abela, 7 Clare
I found much of the information in the Mac Bootcamp session helpful even though I already knew quite a few ‘tricks’ because I have a sister in Year 11 who has helped me. The lady from Apple who ran the Mac session did give me some new tips and the session would have been really helpful for those who are new to using a MacBook.
In the second half of the day I attended the safe internet session and even though I don’t use social media if I was to ever start using it I will now know how to be a good digital citizen. We then had a session with our School Counsellor and she taught us what to do when we’re feeling stressed, anxious, nervous, etc. She gave us BOARD to follow - Breathe, Observe the present, Am I catastrophising, Realistic thinking and problem solving and Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Finally, we finished the day by coming together as a form and looked at the different apps we will use while at McAuley. These included iMovie, Keynote, Garageband and Pages. Overall the day was helpful and informative. Annalise Elias, 7 Clare
Year 7 Mac Bootcamp and Pastoral Care Day
group photo of Year 7 and Year 12
Vaccination Video Titles
HPV vaccine for teenagers
Cancer Council Australia
Year 7 students & parents
3 mins 19 sec
The HPV vaccine
Year 7 parents
2 mins 48 sec
Samantha’s story – Surviving HPV related cancer
1 min 34 sec
Talk to your mob about HPV
2 mins 22 sec
Immunisation: What is it?
Australian Academy of Science
1 min 26 sec
Group photo of Year 7 and Year 8
Coolock buddies. PHOTO 1 OF 6
School Vaccination Program - HPV Vaccine
Year 7 students, and some Year 8 students requiring 2nd dose catch-up, are taking part in the government HPV vaccine program. The first clinic is on THURSDAY 21st MARCH. All Year 7 students have been given a Vaccination Form and extra Vaccination Forms can be collected from the Front Office.
If you would like further information on the HPV vaccine please click on the video links below:
Years 7, 8 and 12 Coolock Buddies
Over the past couple of weeks students in Year 7 Coolock have met up with their ‘buddies’ in both Year 8 Coolock and Year 12 Coolock with each Year 7 student matched up with a buddy in a higher grade. This has been organised by the Homeroom Teachers Ms McCaul, Ms Robson and Ms Aquino and is designed to help the younger students make friends outside of Year 7 and increase their support network at school. The older students were able to offer advice to Year 7 about school life and the coming together is also a way to increase House spirit.
Ms Debbie Grigson
Please find the latest Career Newsletter in the link below. For students and parents new to this, all events and news items listed contain hyperlinks in the sub-heading so that you can visit the websites for more information or to register. These events are often on weekends or weeknights and it is up to individual students and their parents to make arrangements to attend. This is a great way to research a potential career.
In this issue, there are career workshops at Parramatta Library, Sydney University and UNSW info evenings, a carpentry boot camp in the April holidays, medicine information sessions, specific events for Year 12 and more.
Career News 6th March
Mrs Amanda Chahine
Career Mondays has returned for 2019 with lunchtime talks each Monday in the McAuley Forum on a particular career. This week it was a talk on paramedicine as a career.
Paramedicine As A Career Option
On Monday, 4th March, our ‘Career Mondays’ topic was Paramedicine, presented by Belinda Crean from Paramedical Services. Around 50 students from all grades attended to hear about this exciting career and the variety of jobs on offer with a paramedicine qualification.
Belinda outlined how 80% of the job is actually talking to people and that you genuinely have to want to help people to be successful in this role. Other particular qualities needed to be a paramedic included empathy, physical fitness, good written and verbal communication skills, and strong leadership skills. The need for continuous learning was also highlighted as well as the ability to learn from mistakes.
Potential employers apart from the Ambulance Services include: patient transport, mine sites, construction industry, sporting events, motorsports, overseas clinical, resort clinical, air ambulance, oil rigs and also there is also a demand for paramedics in countries such as England, Mexico, New Zealand, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
There are great study pathways for students interested in this career, as a Certificate IV in Health Care and a Diploma in Paramedicine can lead to recognition of prior learning for a Bachelor of Paramedicine. The vocational pathway enables students to enter this career with or without an ATAR and means they can work in the field as Emergency Medical Technicians, before fully qualifying as a paramedic. For more information, go to: www.paramedicalservices.com.au
GUEST PRESENTER, BELINDA CREAN FROM
PARAMEDIcAL SERVICES, talKING TO STUDENTS ABOUT A CAREER IN PARAMEDICINE.
ACU To Open a Campus in Blacktown
The Australian Catholic University has just announced that they will be opening a campus in Blacktown with the first student enrolments for 2020. Click on the link for more information:
Upcoming 'Career Mondays' Topics
Week 7 - 11th March
Building Industry Careers
Daniel Edwards from the Master Builders Association will give an overview of the various careers in the building industry and highlight the support for women in these careers.
Come along if you are interested in: construction, project management, carpentry, planning, architecture, design, trades and apprenticeships.
TAFE Services Coordinator Marie Bunston will talk about how TAFE offers so many more courses apart from hair and beauty, hospitality and design. Did you know that Sydney TAFE is the number 1 place in Australia to study Fashion Design? And that you can complete not only certificate courses and diplomas at TAFE but also a bachelor’s degree? Come along to hear about the many options and pathways to uni via TAFE as well.
Dr Ruby Lin, Associate Professor, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the Westmead Institute of Medical Research will bring her team, Dr Aleksandra Petrovis Fabijan (phage biologist) and nurse Josephine Ho to explain their current clinical trial using bacteriophage therapy for critically ill patients (where antibiotics doesn’t work). Come along to hear what it is like to work in this exciting field of science and health.
Week 8 - 18th March
Week 9 - 25th March
The Premier's Reading Challenge
The PRC is a statewide program to encourage students to read 20 books between now and the end of August. Participants who complete the challenge will receive an award to acknowledge their effort.
All books in the library that are part of the challenge have a green dot on their spine label.
For students who love to read and are up for a challenge they can email Ms Sabeh, Librarian and she will create an account for them: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to last year’s participants:
Jemma Abdilla, Chloe Apps, Christen Baltasar,
Anne Maria Clivin, Mary Dcruz, Sophie Fahey,
Sofia Falzon, Tanya Francis, Makayla Hashim,
Nishika Jain, Zara Lobo, Veronica Maroun,
Natasha Muttoo, Liya Nagawkar, Sophie Obreza, Sophie Poole, Isabelle Roque Talato, Emma Santa Maria, Davida Sarpong, Felicity Sugiri and Chelsey Torrens.
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta & Mrs Janine Sabeh
reMINDER - Library opening hours
MONDAY - THURSDAY: 7:40AM - 5PM
FRIDAY: 7:40AM - 4PM
A Notice from the Social Justice Office, Diocese of Parramatta
A reminder from the Social Justice Office about the Housing Assembly.
Sydney Town Hall 14 March 6.00 pm – 8.40 pm
As registration are swiftly growing the time to register is now. Don’t miss out.
Please don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference for the common good.
Make a difference for your children, neighbours, family and friends.
Bring to life this year’s Social Justice Statement.
Please Join us! Register Here: https://www.sydneyalliance.org.au/housing
Year 8 Hannah Adams, Mia Brownlow, Makayla McKinnon, Ketaki Naik, Jasmine Ong, Sophia Poole,
Mariana Rebazza and Emma Santa Maria
Year 9 Sofia Falzon, Jacintta Gong, Jasmina Icaca and Natasha Muttoo
Year 10 Hazel Castillo, Paria Antoinette Issa and Lira Shrestha
Year 11 Praveena Navaratnam, Daniella Majnaric, Selena Topalian and Mikayla Maroun
Year 12 Melanie Alcala, Alexandria El Hagg, Sherin Kachappillil Shajee, Akon Kual and Yoana Rozkalla
STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
Congratulations to Praveena Navaratnam, Year 11 who was a winner in the Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge. Praveena won herself an iPad mini.
Students in the Diocese were invited to read over the Christmas holidays and submit entries as to why they liked a particular book, animated novel, comic, play or piece of poetry. The challenge was designed to instil in students a love of reading.
Praveena says she took part because she enjoys reading as it allows her to escape from reality and enter a world she is unable to enter in real life. “I always read for at least an hour before I go to bed and in the holidays, almost 4 hours a day. My favourite book series is 'The Land of Stories' by Chris Colfer. I enjoy that the author gives the characters contrasting personalities. Characters like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and other common story characters are given totally different personalities”.
Students who took part in the Executive Director’s Reading Challenge were:
Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge
some of the students who participated in the Executive Director's summer reading challenge.
Year 7 History Cookie Excavation
Year 7 History students of Ms McCaul took part in a ‘cookie excavation’ last week as part of their study of the topic ‘Investigating the Past’.
Each student was given a choc-chip cookie, a digging tool and a gird. The students had to use the tool to excavate the 'artefacts' (choc-chips) from the dig-site (cookie) without destroying either and then map their findings on the grid.
The purpose of this task was to develop an understanding of archaeological skills and the challenges that archaeologists face. The students really enjoyed it and needless to say, some artefacts were eaten.
Ms Sally McCaul
Get Help With Your Maths Homework!
Another 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.
Piano Tuition Program
Individual piano tuition is available for students during school hours 8.30am - 3pm. Lessons are held once a week for 30 minutes at a cost of $35 per lesson. Lessons are charged in 10 lesson lots with payment required no later than the 2nd week.
For further information please contact Mrs Sandra Huber on 0414 868 395 or email: email@example.com
Year 9 Japanese students of Ms Reynolds were last week having a calligraphy lesson learning how to write the days of the week in Japanese.
And some Year 8 Japanese students made a video to help fellow students learn the days of the week. Click on the link below to view. Their movements show the meaning of Kanji letter, one of the Japanese writing systems.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
year 8 japanese students.
MCCS Touch Football Competition - Round 4
Our touch football teams continue to have outstanding games in the MCCS Touch Football competition.
Our Junior Team had their first loss of the season last week against Marist Sisters Woolwich. Coach Ms Beadman said the team lost 8-2 after having won their first three games.
Our Open Team also lost against Marist Sisters Woolwich last week in a game that their coach Ms Brincat described as their best game so far. The team was winning at half time but lost in the second half with a final score of 6-4. Congratulations to Olivia Lawne who was nominated by the other team as the Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Open Team has so far won 2 games and lost 2.
PDSSSC OPENS TOUCH FOOTBALL TEAM
MCCS OPEN TEAM TOUCH FOOTBALL
MCCS JUNIOR TOUCH FOOTBALL
PDSSSC Touch Gala Day
Catherine McAuley had two teams take part in the PDSSSC Touch Football Gala Day this week on Tuesday, 5th March. Reports on the day are below:
The Opens Touch Team coached by Miss Brincat started off strong, winning 3-1 in our first game and were undefeated in our remaining three pool games. We made the grand final, being first past the post in our pool but ended up losing 4-2 in a close game against Gilroy. Everyone played their best, even though it got tough in the heat. Overall, it was a great day. Congratulations to all the girls on their efforts.
The U15 Team consisted of students across Years 7-10. The team played five games in their pool and won 3 and lost 2. Catherine McAuley came 2nd in the pool but did not progress to the finals.
Game 1: V’s Marian College Winners 1-0
Game 2: V’s OLMC Loss 0-1
Game 3: V’s Xavier College Winners 2-1
Game 4: V’s Wildcard Players Loss 1-2
Game 5: V’s St Clare’s Winners 5-1
All girls played exceptionally well and the team grew stronger together as the games went on.
PDSSSC U15 TOUCH FOOTBALL TEAM
3rd/46 teams in NSWCCC
10th/60 teams in NSWCCC
4th/60 teams in NSWCCC
7th/60 teams in NSWCCC
17 years +
18th/32 teams in NSWCCC
Ms Brooke Robson
NSW All Schools Individual & Team Triathlon
Three students from Year 8 competed in the NSW All Schools Individual Triathlon on Thursday, 28th February. This event was held at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith and the results are shown in the table below.
On Friday, 1st March 15 students from Years 8 - 12 competed in the NSW All Schools Team Triathlon also at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith. These results are also shown below.
NSW ALL SCHOOLS INDIVIDUAL TRIATHLON
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TEAMS TRIATHLON
11th/30 individuals in NSWCCC
9th/30 individuals in NSWCCC
12th/30 individuals in NSWCCC
Opal Card - Bus Information
One of the requirements travelling on Hillsbus is the need for students to tap on and off when they travel to and from school.
Opal data gathered by tapping on and off is used to determine demand for bus services. If students don’t tap on and tap off, services may be cancelled due the lack of recorded patronage.
With this in mind, we ask for your assistance in reminding your students that tapping on and off at the beginning and end of each trip is one of the conditions of using a School Opal card.
Your assistance helps us ensure we are able to provide the appropriate level of service to your students.
Thank you in advance for your assistance, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any issues with Hillsbus.
Regional Operations Manager
Hillsbus Pty Ltd
students who competed in the recently held nsw all schools individual and team triathlons.
Class of 1971 Reunion
Ex students from the Class of 1971 held a reunion earlier this year (in January) and sent through some photos of their luncheon.
Claire Simpson who organised the event said everyone had a great time and there will be another catch up in June as many were unable to attend the January lunch. She said it was like time stood still with many of their memories and much fun was had with a quiz to see how much everyone remembered.
The Catholic Weekly on Sunday, 3rd March 2019 had a special feature for Catholic Schools Week which featured an article on Catherine McAuley.
Sania Dalal, Rachel Corpuz & Aaina Bhatia Year 11 - Ash Wednesday Liturgy
A recent post to the page which appeared on Friday 8th March 2019 is below:
Happy International Women's Day to all the young women at Catherine McAuley! Thank you to our 2019 School Student Leaders for their inspiring leadership.
News From Our Facebook Page
Like our School Facebook page for regular posts and news items from the school. A link to the page can be found by clicking on the Facebook icon to the left.
School Fees have now been issued and are due by 29th March 2019.
photography credits for the student media team
4th March 2019
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for students in Years 7 and 9. Planning has begun to move NAPLAN from a pen and paper assessment to an online assessment.
School readiness test 2019
Any school in NSW who is transitioning to NAPLAN Online this year will need to participate in a School Readiness Test ( SRT). Catherine McAuley will hold the tests on Wednesday 27 March for Year 7 and Friday
29 March for Year 9.
The test will ensure schools are ready to undertake NAPLAN Online in May. It also allows students and teachers to familiarise themselves with the online system and experience the test delivery method.
The school readiness test is a ‘practice run’ for schools to assess their technology ahead of NAPLAN Online. The readiness test is NOT an assessment of student ability. The readiness test allows schools to:
become familiar with the NAPLAN Online test format and processes
check whether they have the technical capacity, rooms and devices to administer NAPLAN Online
provide students in NAPLAN years 7 and 9 with the opportunity to experience the online test
question types and format by completing a practice NAPLAN online test.
The test includes the use of the locked down browser, on screen tools such as rulers and calculators and includes sample questions for literacy and numeracy (40 minutes). Students will also gain experience in the online writing task (40 minutes).
Since the test is not an assessment, it won’t be marked and results won’t be distributed.
What are the benefits of NAPLAN Online?
Results will be faster and more precise
Your child’s individual results will be returned to you within just a few weeks of the NAPLAN testing.
Online assessment will reduce the time it takes to mark and provide feedback to schools, teachers and parents.
Improved precision and timing of results will help teachers to tailor their teaching more specifically to address students’ learning needs.
Tailored tests will provide better assessment
The online format allows for ‘tailored testing’, where the test adapts to a student’s performance and asks questions that match their achievement level.
Students in each year level start with the same set of questions which can then branch into a different set of questions based on their responses to the first set of questions.
This means that students will be directed to questions that may be easier or more challenging depending on their responses.
This test design will allow students to better demonstrate their literacy and numeracy skills.
Students find online assessment is more engaging*, which means they are encouraged to persist longer and try harder.
* Research by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) into online assessment has shown that students have engaged well with electronic tests.
Frequently asked questions
Which students will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test?
Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will participate.
How should I prepare my child for the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test?
Your child will not need any academic preparation for the school readiness test. This is not a test of their literacy and numeracy skills, but an opportunity for them to experience the online test format and for their school to assess its online testing capability.
How will students be prevented from using the internet or spell checkers when completing the test?
The NAPLAN Online assessment platform will have state-of- the-art security protections. The assessment is delivered inside a locked-down browser. This ensures students cannot access the internet or spell checkers while completing the test.
For more information
Parents and students interested in familiarising themselves with the NAPLAN Online format can access the NAPLAN Online demonstration site that includes sample tests for each NAPLAN year. Use the following link: http://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site
Further information about NAPLAN Online is available on the national ACARA website: http://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment
Further details about how NESA complies with NSW privacy laws, including a right to access and request amendment to your personal information, are available here. Information about how ESA handles information for the purpose of NAPLAN Online is available here. Information about how NSW Catholic schools comply with privacy laws is available here.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the Director of Studies, Ms Katie Patterson.
Ms Silvana Rossetti Ms Katie Patterson
Assistant Principal Director of Studies
(Learning and Teaching)
Notice from Hillsbus Regarding School Bus Service Changes
Please find below the school travel advice commencing from 18th March, 2019.
The new Rouse Hill Station Bus Interchange will be open on 18th March, all the Hillsbus services will operate via the Northwest Tway stops in Rouse Hill.
We advise all students to check their services before travelling.
We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.
GWS AFL Round 1 Ticket Offer
Are you a GWS (Greater Western Sydney) Giants Fan? The GWS Giants play the Essendon Bombers in Round 1 of the AFL on Sunday 24th March at Sydney Showground Stadium.
They are offering students, parents, friends and staff of schools, including Catherine McAuley Westmead an opportunity to attend the game for $11 a ticket.
The school with the most attendees will win a train like a Giant experience at Giants headquarters, to see the facilities and players inside an elite facility.
If you would like to purchase tickets for you, your family and friends please visit the link below and enter the password. You will be asked to select our schools name from a drop down menu. If you have any questions please see Miss Brincat at school or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s see if we can get some McAuley representatives at the game to be in with a chance to win the experience.
Ticket Link - School’s Offer
Promo Code/ Password for tickets: