School Cross Country Trials, 7:30am
Year 10 Allwell Testing
Year 11 Geography Excursion
28th - 29th MARCH
Year 7 Camp
PDSSSC Swimming Carnival
Year 11 Study Skills Seminar
PSCCCS Soccer Gala Day
Year 9 Geography Excursion
Year 8 Spirituality Day
NSWCCC Swimming/Diving Championships
Year 7 Teacher / Parent / Student Meetings; 3:45pm - 7:45pm
Last Day of Term 1
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
Email: email@example.com Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
Enrolments for Year 7, 2020 are a current focus for staff at Catherine McAuley. We were very pleased to welcome families who attended our Open Night and Enrolment Information Evening on Tuesday 12th March. I would like to thank all staff and students who made the night such a success. Students were display assistants, performers and tour guides. Our school was buzzing with parents, prospective future Year 7 students and our current students and staff.
We were grateful that fine weather greeted our first visitors and the evening was a great success. This is due to the generosity of our amazing staff, students and parents. Thank you to Mrs Jacqui Hamilton who organised the day and to the staff, 300 plus students and members of the P&F, Mrs Angela Franulovic and Dr Sabine Pillar, who gave up their Tuesday evening to work and promote our school. Feedback from parents centred very much on how impressed they were with Catherine McAuley girls’ talent, confidence and warm, friendly approach.
Traditionally Catherine McAuley, Westmead has had more enrolment applications than places to offer and so it was essential that any family wishing to apply for a place in 2020, submits the completed application form to the school office on Friday 22nd March 2019, which was the closing date for the first round of applications to be considered for Year 7, 2020.
The school offers places according to the CEO 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 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.
Congratulations to the following students: Year 7 - Grace Russell and Chelsea Danao, Year 8 - Aiza Reshty and Makayla McKinnon, Year 9 - Angelina Mitri and Victoria Carr,
Year 10 - Jemma Abdilla and Akanksha Negi, Year 11 - Tram Nguyen and Aina Bhatia and
Year 12 - Sara Hodge and Maddie Hamilton who competed in the Catholic Schools Debating Association Public Speaking competition held over the last two weeks. Chelsea, Aiza, Angelina, Victoria and Maddie made it through to round 2 which were the Zone finals. This was an outstanding effort in a competition which starts with more than 70 speakers in each Year group division. Thank you to Ms Stephanie Dito who facilitated the Public Speaking competition this year for our school.Congratulations to all students who tried out for a place as well.
A great effort by all students!
Ms Laetitia Richmond
mcauley NEWS news
in this issue
NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 1, ISSUE 4
22 MARCH 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
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Each week during Lent, students from Catherine McAuley Westmead and Parramatta Marist have been journeying together at the Lenten Prayer Group. This group meets every Thursday morning before school in the Mercy Chapel or La Valla Chapel. This year the Lenten Prayer Group are journeying through the Lukan texts. Luke’s Gospel has been called the Gospel of Compassion. Just as Jesus showed compassion during his time on earth, we too are called today to be people of compassion.
During Lent we strive to focus our attention on our prayers, fasting and almsgiving. As we approach the halfway point in our Lenten journey, it is a good time to reflect upon the pledges that we made on Ash Wednesday. If we have strayed away from our pledges and feel that we have gone offcourse, it is not too late to steer ourselves back onto the right pathway. Pope Francis writes in his message for Lent 2019:
Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.
At Catherine McAuley, students and staff have been doing this through their donations to Project Compassion and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). In the coming weeks, Year 11 students completing the Mission Module will spend time assisting the staff at Jesuit Social Services in Mt Druitt. This will be the first visit of many to various local organisations where our young women of Mercy can share their gifts and talents with those members of our community who are in need. I would like to thank Ms Lonergan and Mrs Brennan who are developing this new initiative at Catherine McAuley.
Trying something new for the first time can mean taking a risk. However, taking a risk can also make a difference, that is, it can develop relationships and transform lives. Monday 25th March is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. We need to remember that Mary was a young betrothed (not yet married) woman in a remote village in Galilee, when she risked all to say “yes” to God. Brendan Byrne SJ explains that Mary’s words “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38), is at once an expression of faith and an insertion of herself into the long line of women who have, in the course of Israel’s history, faithfully served the purposes of God. If you need any information about this long line of women, our Year 8 students are experts as they have been learning about women in the Bible!
Mary is the first person to commit herself to faith in God that comes to us from Jesus. She is the first among all believers. She hears the word of God and acts upon it. Henry Ossawa Tanner’s painting of the Annunciation captures Mary’s bewilderment as the Angel Gabriel appears to her. Mary is portrayed as a dark haired Jewish peasant girl, seated at the edge of her couch in a striped crumpled attire. The orderly arrangement of the room, in contrast to her bed, suggests that Mary has suddenly been awakened in the middle of the night. The blinding form of the angel is the only source of light in the room. As this infused flood of golden light falls onto Mary’s face, it allures us to where fear begins to give way to contemplation and contemplation to acceptance. Mary wears no halo or celestial attribute. Her hands humbly clasped, her head tilted upwards and her eyes focused. She is clearly receptive and open to God’s will.
Students in Year 9 have been studying a variety of images of Jesus painted throughout history. At a closer inspection of Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation, they may observe the symbolism of the Angel Gabriel. Having no physical appearance or angelic wings, Gabriel is rather depicted as a pillar of light. However, at a closer glance, one observes that this vertical beam intersects with the horizontal shelf to form a cross. It thus foreshadows the Crucifixion as it proclaims the Incarnation at the same time. The colours of the composition further embellish the liturgical and artistic beauty of the painting: red symbolises love, white signifies purity, blue stands for wisdom, and gold is reminiscent for divinity.
Mary responded to the Angel through her actions. She travelled to visit her cousin Elizabeth, an older relative who unexpectedly was with child. It could be said that Mary lived in the present moment. Kathleen Erickson RSM reminds us that Mary’s call, is also our call, “Together, we must nurture inner joy and compassion to meet hatred and polarisation with courage. We must encourage one another to explore new articulations of the transformative power of love and truth. We may be bewildered, overwhelmed, even exhausted. But like Mary, we are called”. In the remaining weeks of Lent, may we be more like Mary and be brave enough to take those risks which transform lives.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
Third Sunday of Lent 24th March 2019
Peter is thrilled to now have clean water on tap at his boarding school. Long walks to unsafe water sources were tiring for Peter, who is living with a disability. With more free time and fewer illnesses caused by dirty water, Peter can fulfil his hope of focusing on his studies, providing him with brighter future
Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help young people with disabilities gain access to clean water in the Solomon Islands, providing hope for a brighter future. 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.
A recent University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study of nearly 6,000 incoming female university students has found that graduates of all-girl schools are more likely to show higher levels of science self-confidence, consider themselves critical thinkers, score higher on measures of academic habits of mind, and demonstrate stronger study habits (Riggers-Piehl, Lim & King, 2018, p. 6).
The most notable findings of the study include:
Graduates of girls’ schools are more likely than their co-educated peers to “indicate higher levels of self-confidence in their science-related skills”. They are more likely to describe themselves as “very confident” or “absolutely confident” (pp. 3-4):
in their understanding of scientific concepts (52% of girls’ school graduates vs 48% of co-educated girls)
in using technical science skills such as tools, instruments and techniques (46% vs 42%)
in their ability to generate a research question (45% vs 41%)
in their ability to explain the results of a study (60% vs 56%)
in determining how to collect appropriate data (51% vs 46%)
Alumnae of girls’ schools “demonstrate stronger academic skills as measured in terms of habits of mind, which are a set of traits and behaviors associated with academic success”, than their co-educated counterparts. They are more likely to (p. 2):
frequently seek out alternative solutions to a problem (53% of girls’ school graduates vs 48% of co-educated girls)
frequently seek out solutions to a problem and explain it to others (68% vs 64%)
explore topics on their own, even when not required (44% vs 39%)
frequently support their arguments with logic (68% vs 61%)
categorise their critical thinking ability as “somewhat strong” or a “major” strength (40% vs 37%)
Girls’ school graduates are “more academically engaged” than co-educated girls. They are more likely than their co-educated peers to (p. 3):
spend 11 or more hours per week on homework (42% vs 37%)
frequently tutor other students (22% vs 15%)
frequently study with other students (55% vs 49%)
Stronger community involvement
Graduates of girls’ schools are “more active in volunteerism and more interested in community development”. They are more likely than co-educated girls to (p. 4):
report having “frequently” participated in volunteer work in the past year (52% vs 47%)
believe it is “very important” or “essential” to become involved in environmentally minded programs in the future (36% vs 31%)
believe it is “very important” or “essential” to have a goal of participating in a community action program (50% vs 42%)
Girls’ school alumnae “feel more prepared to work and live in a diverse society compared to their co-educated counterparts”. They are more likely than alumnae from co-educational schools to (pp. 4-5):
believe that “helping to promote racial understanding” is a “very important” or “essential” goal (59% vs 50%)
report that their “tolerance of others with different beliefs” is “somewhat strong” or a “major” strength (50% vs 45%)
state that their “ability to work cooperatively with diverse people” is “somewhat strong” or a “major” strength (62% vs 56%)
believe that “improving my understanding of other countries and cultures” is a “very important” or “essential goal” (75% vs 70%).
Girls’ school alumnae “are more interested in political involvement than their peers from co-educational settings”. They are more likely than co-educated girls to (p. 5):
have publicly communicated their opinion about a cause in the past year (61% vs 55%)
believe it is “very important” or “essential” to “keep up to date with political affairs” (54% vs 47%)
believe it is “very important” or “essential” to “influence the political structure” (27% vs 23%)
An executive summary of the research can be found via this link.
Riggers-Piehl, T., Lim, G., & King, K. (2018, December). Fostering academic and social engagement: An investigation into the effects of all-girls education in the transition to university. Executive summary. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), University of California (UCLA).
Sax, L, Arms, E., Woodruff, M., Riggers, T., & Egan, K. (2009). Women graduates of single-sex and coeducational high schools: differences in their characteristics and their transition to college. Los Angeles: UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
learning and teaching
YEAR 7 PARENT / STUDENT / TEACHER MEETINGS
THE EFFECT OF AN ALL GIRLS EDUCATION IN THE
TRANSITION TO UNIVERSITY
A reminder to parents of Year 7 students to please use the online booking system to make an appointment with your daughter’s teachers to discuss her Interim report. A letter was sent home outlining all the details of the evening, including how to book your interviews using our online system. You can access the site at www.schoolinterviews.com.au and the booking code is 7jwby.
Ms Silvana Rossetti
(Learning and Teaching)
Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity
This year Australian schools are being called to support the 2019 theme - Bullying. No Way! Take action every day.
Bullying. No Way! is developed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group. It is an initiative of all Australian education jurisdictions – all state, territory and federal education departments, as well as national Catholic and independent schooling sectors. The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is a an initiative of all Australian education ministers.
Catherine McAuley supports the National Day of Action against bullying and violence. The school continues to address these issues throughout each Year group in Form Meetings and Homeroom and within the curriculum. While Friday 15th March was a day of national awareness, this awareness and education continues each day at Catherine McAuley. Our focus this year is Digital Resilience and the importance of each student’s digital footprint.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has launched new virtual classrooms in support of the National Day of Action 2019. This year’s focus is digital resilience. The virtual presentation explores supportive peer relationships and how to recover from negative online experiences. Students are encouraged to take a pledge to use these digital resilience strategies to help themselves and others.
Friday 15th March 2019 - National day of action against bullying and violence’
Harmony Day 21st March, is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.
Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Australians can choose to wear something orange during 17-23 March to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.
Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.
There are some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity:
nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
we identify with over 300 ancestries
since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.
These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
At this time of the term students are preparing for assessment tasks. It is a good time to reassess the space where you work at home. It is best to work in whatever space has the least amount of distractions. Here are some points to consider:
Natural lighting is best, but if not possible then a good strong bulb in your room and a bright desk lamp is essential. What is the lighting like in your study area?
Fresh air and oxygen to the brain helps keep you mentally alert. What is the ventilation and air quality like in your study area?
Your work space sets the tone for the way you approach your study. Is your desk large enough? What is your working space or desk like?
The chair you use should be comfortable (but not so comfy you fall asleep) and adjustable to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders. What is your chair like?
When you are trying to memorise things, quiet is essential. No music (unless it is certain types of classical like baroque). How effectively can you keep your room quiet?
Storage is essential to help you keep your notes organised and sorted. Shelves, a filing cabinet, drawers. What is the storage like in your room?
It is important to keep your study area uncluttered and organised. A large pin board for notices and a calendar are useful.
How organised is your study area?
How many distractions do you have in your room? Computer, phone etc? It is always a good idea to switch off or remove distractions before you start work. If you have to use your laptop make a conscious effort to not use personal technology during times when you are doing schoolwork. How well do you cope with the distractions in your room?
To learn more about setting up an effective work area at home (including the effect the colour of your room has on your ability to study and how to set up your room ergonomically) visit the Home Study Environment unit of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.
Our school’s subscription details are -
As this is a busy time of the term for assessment, I remind students and parents that the Library is available for study and homework Monday to Thursday 7:45am to 5pm and Friday 7:45am to 4pm. On Wednesday afternoon Teacher’s are available for Maths Tutoring and Monday to Thursday Peer Tutoring is available for Students.
Setting up your space at home
STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR MARCH
Please ensure your daughter wears the school uniform correctly in Term 2 and 3.
School Winter Uniform is worn in Term 2 and 3
Winter Uniform – Terms 2 and 3
Compulsory School Blazer
Short sleeved school blouse
School winter skirt
Opaque black stockings – not knee high
Standard black lace up school shoes
Optional School jumper
School black scarf
Term 1 - Concludes on Friday 12th April 2019 - 3:10pm
Term 2 - Students start school on Tuesday 30th April 2019
Ms Debbie Grigson
The School continues to receive communication from members of the public regarding the behaviour of some students travelling to and from school. The major concern currently is students traveling on the Tway buses. It is disappointing that some students are displaying a lack of respect for other passengers by taking up seats on crowded buses, not using their Opal cards when entering the bus, loud discussions and use of bad language.
On Tuesday bus inspectors informed the school that students have been opening the back door as the bus leaves the bus stop or while the bus is in motion. This is extremely dangerous behaviour. The inspectors have been at the Tway bus stops in the afternoon speaking to students about this behaviour, making them aware that CCTV footage will be used on the buses to identify students who are involved in this dangerous behaviour.
At Form Assemblies and through Daily Notices this behaviour has been highlighted with the students. I would ask parents to discuss appropriate behaviour on public transport, including the importance of using their Opal Card. For more buses to be placed on different bus routes, students must use their Opal Card so the bus companies can lobby for more buses based on the numbers received from the Opal Card system.
School blazers must be worn to and from school in Term 2 and 3. Jumpers without blazers are to be worn only within the school grounds.
Students (Years 7-10) wear their sports uniform to and from school on Thursdays only. Jumpers are not to be worn with tracksuit pants. The school uniform is only available from the School Uniform Shop. All articles of school clothing must be clearly labelled.
Parents of students who do not wear the correct uniform will be contacted to either collect the student or bring in the correct uniform.
Attendance links to success -
particularly for senior students
Compiled by Ms Joanne Dae Year 11 Coordinator
2 Zubrick, S. R., School attendance: Equities and inequities in growth trajectories of academic performance https://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1221&context=research_conference
School attendance plays a critical role in enhancing the lives of students in schools. Every day of attendance adds to a student's achievement and success at school. This achievement and success is not merely in the academic domain, although that is a critical aspect of schooling. Attendance also affects all aspects of a students’ wellbeing.
Studies undertaken for the Australian Centre for Educational Research by Stephen Zubrick concluded that “average academic achievement on NAPLAN tests declined with any absence from school and continued to decline as absence rates increased. The nature of the relationship between absence from school and achievement, across all subgroups of students, strongly suggests that every day of attendance in school contributes towards a child’s learning, and that academic outcomes are enhanced by maximising attendance in school”. The impact of attendance on achievement in the senior years of schooling is just as great and statistical analyses completed on student performance in the HSC at Catherine McAuley confirm the research findings: students with higher attendance rates perform significantly better in the HSC. The clear message is that there is a direct relationship between school attendance and academic performance: every day counts. Moreover, the effects of non-attendance accumulate over time so there is no real ‘catching up’ when days of school are missed.
High attendance rates also promote inclusion and involvement where students encourage each other to get involved in the life of the school, develop themselves as a whole person and strengthen community spirit. This enhances their sense of belonging and their social wellbeing while also providing a range of opportunities to explore their talents and extend themselves beyond the classroom. Students who participate in extracurricular activities and volunteering opportunities also have an advantage in UAC applications; especially those courses related to Health and Medicine, early entry offers to University and in securing apprenticeships and traineeships.
The CEDP have produced a short video on the impact of attendance on student learning and wellbeing. It can be access here
The CEDP attendance benchmark is 90%. As of Wednesday 20th March, the attendance rates are as follows:
If you would like to discuss attendance or any other aspect of your child’s education, please do not hesitate to email or phone your daughter’s Year Coordinator.
STUDENTS WORKING IN THE LIBRARY'S DESIGNATED T.A.C.E. SPACE.
Please find the latest Career Newsletter in the link below.
There are many parent information evenings at various universities, targeting Year 10 students as they gear up for senior subject selection in the coming months. There are opportunities to explore careers in hotels and tourism, nursing, architecture, planning, design, and some interesting articles on female electricians and the Qantas pilot training program.
Also, our Career Mondays guest speaker program topics in the coming weeks include medical research, nursing and in Week 11, a presentation from Macquarie University.
Career Newsletter 20th March
Mrs Amanda Chahine
T.A.C.E - Think Analyse Challenge Experiment
The T.A.C.E Space is a place for girls to further explore STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in STEM principles through a variety of resources to create lifelong learners. A strong knowledge in STEM will hold our girls in good stead for careers of the future.
This term the students are working towards a dance competition in Week 11. The girls are using their coding skills to program an Edison Robot to “carve up the dance floor”.
The T.A.C.E Space is now open to students of all years in the library every Tuesday lunchtime.
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta & Mrs Janine Sabeh
Year 10 MAG EXCURSION
On Wednesday, 13th March the Year 10 Mercy in Action Group Leaders and the Social Justice Leaders attended the Mercy 6 Day at OLMC Parramatta. The theme of the day was ‘The Power of One’. The girls heard from a guest speaker from the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, an Australian foundation which helps to eradicate fistula from Ethiopia. For more information on the foundation please visit Hamlin.org.au.
The girls were inspired on the day to take action and be the change you want to see in the world. Watch this space to see what the MAG Team achieves this year!
Miss Lisa Allen
The Mercy in Action Group (MAG) undertake a number of initiatives each year to foster the Mercy values in the school.
The MAG students have initiated a ‘Book of Kindness’ which is slowly making its way around the school with each Homeroom dedicated a page to decorated to highlight what inspires that Homeroom. When the book is complete it will be displayed in the Library.
MAG is currently collecting items for the Jesuit Refugee Service food bank. This Lent the Jesuit Refugee Service is seeking donations for their foodbank which provides food and toiletries to over 350 refugees and their families each month. They have invited us to join their ‘6 Weeks of Lent - Give 6 Things’. If you would like to help out those in need you can add a few items to your shopping list and bring them in. These items can be placed in the labelled baskets that will be in Mercy Square and Coolock Court each morning.
The items we will be collecting each week include:
Week 7: Basmati or Jasmine Rice
Week 8: Tuna in Oil
Week 9: Cooking Oil
Week 10: Tinned Tomatoes
Week 11: Chickpeas and Red Kidney Beans
Other items that are needed and can also be donated include: lentils, pasta, shampoo and other toiletry items.
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MERCY IN ACTION 2019
Vinnies Van Night Patrol
Catherine McAuley continues with the Vinnies Van Night Patrol on the first Tuesday of each month. This month it was Ms Rebecca Reynolds who was joined by McAuley students Kayla Hernandez and Caitlin Ardill. Ms Reynolds says that it was an eye-opening experience for the students involved.
Our school joins with Parramatta Marist in sending out students and staff members to feed the homeless with the van making stops at Parramatta and Mount Druitt.
Kayla, caitlin and ms reynolds with students from parramatta marist at the recent vinnies van night patrol.
Year 11 Students Attend Leadership Seminar at Parliament House, Sydney
STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
Holli and Avegail, Year 11 at Parliament House, Sydney where they attended a Young Women and Leadership Seminar.
On Thursday, 7th March we had the privilege of attending the ‘Young Women and Leadership’ seminar at Parliament House, Sydney. This day was all about the importance of providing young women with opportunities to demonstrate leadership and to work harder to achieve gender equality in decision making in the workplace, the community and in politics. The speakers were women who have been elected to Parliament.
The keynote speaker shared her story of hardships, failure and successes and condensed these experiences into ‘Life Rules’ which emphasised that leadership is less about how to manage others and more about demonstrating ‘self leadership’ or managing yourself. There was emphasis on the need for young women to be educated, encouraged and empowered to understand and unlock their enormous potential through opportunities to lead in schools, the workplace and in Parliament. One of the most important messages was to always challenge yourself and no matter how many times you fall down, to get back up, learn from the experience and use that wisdom to keep going forward.
As high school students, our main ambition in achieving gender equality should be to voice our opinions where necessary. When listening to the women speak about their own experiences in Parliament, it was clear that women do most of the work in political campaigns and indeed in many areas of our society, but often see themselves as inferior and tend to have a lack of self-belief. One message we can take away from this is that diminishing our self worth will not bring a change in our way of living. The only way this change can occur is through the empowerment of ourselves and the women around us, forming a sisterhood of strength.
With the guidance of many influential women, we were taught the value of our positions as girls in an ever-changing society, and the importance of using our age and generation to strive for an environment that is not dominated by men or women, but equally occupied by both. We should challenge social dynamics to pave a path for not only ourselves but for all the women who will fill our shoes in the future, for a change begins with an individual, so we must be at the forefront of this change.
Holli Smith and Avegail Matutina
Year 11 Students Awarded in Texstyle Exhibition
Congratulations to Caitlin Munroe, Year 11 who has been awarded 1st place in the annual 'Texstyle' exhibition - Stage 5 Textile Art Project Category. Congratulations also to Shenna Sambat, Year 11 who has been awarded a Highly Commended in the same category.
'Texstyle' is an exhibition of Higher School Certificate Textiles and Design Major Projects and was on show at The Muse, TAFE Ultimo. In addition to the Stage 6 works the exhibition also showcased the winners from the Stage 5 Textile Art Piece in which both Caitlin and Shenna had their work exhibited.
SHENNA SAMBAT and her highly commended textiles work.
CAITLIN MUNROE WITH MS LAETITIA RICHMOND AND
MRS ELAINE MAHER.
CAITLIN's winning textiles work.
Years 11 & 12 Textiles and Design Students Visit
Texstyle and Shape/Akira Exhibition
Years 11 & 12 Textile and Design students on their excursion - photo 1 of 3
Displays at the powerhouse museum - photo 1 of 3
Last Wednesday, 13th March both the Years 11 and 12 Textiles and Design classes travelled to The Muse at Ultimo TAFE to view the ‘Texstyle’ exhibition. The students were also able to view the awarded work on display by Year 11 students Caitlin Munroe and Shenna Sambat.
After viewing the exhibition the Year 11 students attended an informative seminar regarding the supporting documentation of the Major Textile Project (MTP) which explained to the students what HSC markers were looking for and gave them many helpful tips.
We were also fortunate enough to have a short guided tour of the Fashion Design Studio in which famous designers such as Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Zimmermann and Dion Lee were past graduates of. The Fashion Design Studio is known to be in the top 30 fashion studios in the world. We were shown the manufacturing rooms where fabric is cut and assembled, the fabric print rooms, where screen and sublimation printing occurs and the computer aided design rooms where some students were using Illustrator to design their collections.
Students then travelled to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), known as the Powerhouse Museum, to see both the Shape and the Akira Isogawa exhibition. The Akira exhibition was a wonderful display showcasing this fashion designer’s past 25 years work. Students were able to see close up the elaborate decorative techniques of beading, shibori, smocking, dyeing and embroidery in his garments. Students in Year 12 are currently studying Akira Isogawa as a contemporary designer as part of their syllabus.
Mrs Elaine Maher
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RECYCLE FOR SIGHT
Are there any old prescription glasses around the house? These can be used to help others in countries that do not have the same access to corrective glasses as we do.
Bring in old pairs of glasses - we will be collected them all year and sending them off month by month to organisations who distribute them to other countries. They will be collected in Homeroom.
Help someone else to see as we do. It is as simple as one, two, see.....
Year 10 Study Physics at Luna Park
Year 10 Science students experienced firsthand the effects of potential and kinetic forces on a great day out at Luna Park on Monday, 18th March. Their bodies were spun, twirled, pushed and pulled – one of the best ways to experience physics.
Feelings of a Refugee
Here I am. Finally, here.
I made it to Adelaide without fear.
All my memories beginning to fade.
All my hope, has quickly strayed.
I had to keep praying to stay strong,
And hope that one day, I will belong.
Wartime History Incursions for Years 9 & 10
Value of Life
Freedom, is it just a concept?
Sitting on a throne and in return give nothing
Imprisoned like animals
What is the value of life?
Swiping your card to attain what you want?
Like having a barcode?
Called only by numbers and letters.
How much are we really worth?
Just a Dream
I stare out the window, surroundings so desolate
Recalling the time my family was not separate.
I am now waiting in this lifeless, disconsolate prison
My hope is gone, darkness arisen.
They forced me away and said “it was for my own good”
Yet now I’m beginning to wonder if they misunderstood
This life does not have any freedom or justice
I sit here alone, my life is abducted.
Where Do I Belong?
I used to belong in Afghanistan
Yet now I belong, not anywhere.
I wish I could escape, run, be free
I wish the world was fair so I could be me.
I’m sick of feeling like an outcast
For freedom here, I must hold fast.
I wish my family was here with me
I wish we weren’t divided by land and sea.
A Collection of Poems from Year 7 Students
Voices screeching, fingers pointing
a cruel world made for strangers.
Blame is crushing, guilt is haunting
A prison that no one escapes.
There is nowhere safe or a refugee
like you like me.
Both Years 9 and 10 History students attended incursions during the week to coincide with work they are studying on World War I for Year 9 and The Vietnam War and Australia’s Involvement for Year 10.
Year 10 students enjoyed a performance by Mr Brett Hunt in his performance piece ‘Dusted Off’ which tells the story of his family’s experiences during and after the Vietnam War. Mr Hunt’s father is the Frankie referred to in a popular song by Red Gum called ‘I Was Only 19’. The song contains the line ‘And Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon’. As part of the performance students learnt about the effects of the war on Mr Hunt and his entire family.
“It was a fantastic and engaging way to gain a perspective and introduction into the Vietnam War”, says Julia Trueman, Year 10 History student. “The play gave us an insight into the comradery they shared and the horrors they faced. The performance was a moving tribute to the performer’s father and friends whom served their country”.
Meanwhile Year 9 students learnt about Australia’s involvement in WWI. The students viewed a performance called ‘Fightin’ the Kaiser’ which tells the story of the Anzacs.
students with Performer mr brett hunt at their recent history incursion - photo 1 of 2.
Year 7 English students of Ms Tyszkiewicz in 7.E have been creating poems based on the novel the students are studying in class, ‘Refugee: An Australian Story' by Alan Sunderland. Many of the poems explore ideas of freedom, friendship and escape and some of these poems are below.
Many more photos from our Open Night can be viewed via the photo album on our
School Facebook page.
Thank you to all the students and staff who made our visitors welcome at our Open Night last week. We welcomed hundreds of family to the school and our student tour guides showed them around the campus whilst staff and students welcomed them into classrooms.
Catherine McAuley Open Night
Tuesday 12th March 2019 4pm - 7pm
Mr Paul Dinh
Maths Teacher and Caritas House Patron
MEET THE TEACHER
1. When did you commence teaching at McAuley?
I started teaching at Catherine McAuley in 2013.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
I have been teaching for six years and Catherine McAuley is my first teaching position.
3. What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies from the University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Australian Catholic University.
4. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
What I enjoy most about teaching at McAuley are the students. I don’t think you will get this environment anywhere else. McAuley students are respectful, eagar and they are very involved in the school spirit.
5, What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to go to the gym and play soccer.
6. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
I would advise students that consistent revision is key, mainly practising past papers. I would also advise students that it is important to discuss what you have learnt with teachers, friends and family.
Students in Year 9 PASS with Ms Altair have been learning about how to improve components fitness
and have been working hard in the gym to try to improve their fitness test results. They have studied how to design training programs and examined the principles of training.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
year 8 students participating in the afl program.
Year 8 AFL Program
Over the next 3 weeks, Year 8 are participating in an AFL program during their PDHPE lessons. The program is run by development officers from the GWS Giants AFL Football Club. Students will participate in lessons to learn the basic skills associated with AFL. This is the third year that we have run this program and we are sure that this year's participants will enjoy it just as much as previous years. On Tuesday this week the students were coached by Alyce Parker, a player with the Women’s GWS team.
Don't forget that the GWS Giants have offered families and friends of Catherine McAuley a discounted price for the Round 1 game this Sunday. 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 ask your daughter to see Miss Brincat at school or you can email me.
Ticket Link - School’s Offer
Promo Code/ Password for tickets: SCHOOLS
Miss Sharon Brincat
Olivia Andree-Evarts, Sinead Elliott,
Olivia Lawne (Sport Leader), Ms Robson, Sports Coordinator and Ella Tauroa at the long distance swimming carnival. Olivia, Sinead and Ella are Year 12 students who have swam at every swimming carnival since Year 7 and have now just competed in their final McAuley carnival.
Monday 11th March was our long distance swimming carnival which was held off site at Granville Pool for the second year. This carnival is not compulsory and gives the girls a chance to compete in swimming events that are longer than 50m which aren’t held at the whole school carnival.
We have quite a few elite swimmers attending McAuley so this was a great afternoon for them to compete against each other and showcase their talents in the pool. This strong swimming culture is shown through the number of records broken on the day which are mentioned below. A big congratulations to all participants as the girls performed at their best and the teachers and student helpers who came down to the pool to support the students and assist with the running of the event.
Friday 15th March was our whole school swimming carnival which was held at Blacktown Aquatic Centre. We had the entire indoor pool for our carnival which created a great atmosphere! The girls got involved in all the events that were both competitive and non-competitive to get house points.
We started the day off with the annual cheer off where each House gets 1 minute to demonstrate a unified cheer they have been working on over the past few weeks. As always, their performances gave onlookers goosebumps as their voices echoed around the pool! The chants were even louder this year as it was an indoor venue. Such passion and pride was shown through their cheering, which 3 new members of staff judged. This winner will be announced at the next school assembly.
The girls need to be congratulated as every student had their House colour on and got involved in the swimming events and cheering over the day. There was a sea of colour surrounding the pool with banners and props representing the 7 House colours. There were not many moments throughout the day where the girls weren’t cheering for their peers in the pool.
The most exciting race of the day was the Fastest Girl in McAuley OPEN 50m Freestyle event which sees the 8 fastest swimmers from Years 7-12 in the 50m freestyle event compete for the title. It was another extremely quick race which saw Elizabeth Kitcher in Year 10 take the title! She was followed closely by Ella Tauroa (11) and Liberty Temmo (8).
I would like to say a huge thank you to Miss Brincat who ran the swimming carnival on Friday in my absence and our school sport leaders Olivia Lawne (12) and Jasmine James-Howard (11) for their efforts behind the scenes to make sure the day ran smoothly. I would also like to thank all of the parents who took the time to come down and support their daughters and other students during the carnival. This day would not have been possible if it weren’t for all the staff and the House Patrons for getting their girls passionate about their House with cheers and costumes. All of the girls who participated swam really well and performed personal best times. I believe that around two thirds of the student population went into the water on the day whether it was to compete in a championship race or to gain House points in the novelty events.A special mention to our Year 12 swimmers who have swam in each swimming carnival, long distance and whole school, since Year 7! These girls include Olivia Andree-Evarts, Sinead Elliott, Maddie Franjic and Ella Tauroa.
SWIMMING CARNIVAL REPORT
CATHERINE McAULEY SWIMMING AGE CHAMPIONS
Friday, 15th March 2019
More photos from the school swimming carnival are available on the School Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/catherinemcauleywestmead/
IRENE, yr 7 who competed in the Fastest Girl in mcAuley race with older students.
U12'S 50M FREESTYLE
U17'S 50M FREESTYLE
Fastest Girl in the School
The final race of the day was the Open 50m Freestyle
Final. Congratulations to
Elizabeth Kitcher 1st place,
Ella Tauroa 2nd place and
Liberty Temmo 3rd place.
A special mention also to Year 7 student
Irene Suryathyo who competed in the race.
Click on the Youtube link to view the race:
U16'S 50M FREESTYLE
4 X 50M FREESTYLE TEAM - Caritas
U14'S 50M FREESTYLE
U13'S 50M FREESTYLE
50m Freestyle Final winners in each Year Group
U15'S 50M FREESTYLE
U18'S 50M FREESTYLE
OPEN 50M FREESTYLE
A tradition at the
Swimming Carnival each year
are the House cheers which open the carnival.
Click on the video icons to view the cheer from each House.
Swimming Carnival House Cheers
The Australian had a special feature ‘Women in Education’ on Friday, 8th March 2019 - International Women’s Day, which featured an article on the strides made by girls in education over the past few decades. The article looked at Catherine McAuley and our School Dux for 2019 Caitlin Abood.
Rachel Corpuz, Year 11 - Open Night
Julia Trueman and Avni Singh, Year 10 - Open Night
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News From Our Facebook Page
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Some of the recent posts to the page are below:
CSDA Public Speaking season has started! Congratulations to our student representatives from Round 1 and 2!
Our Student leaders attended the International Women’s Day Breakfast held on Friday, 8th March at the Novotel in Parramatta. This event was organised by the Zonta Club, Hills District. Speakers included Prof. Kristy Muir and Ms Annabelle Daniel.
photography credits for the student media team
Cumberland Council Youth Week 2019 Activities
Youth Week is a huge event for young people across NSW. For Youth Week 2019 Cumberland Council is supporting the Youth Planning Team in the planning, preparation and delivery of three Youth Week activities.
Friday 12th April :5:00 – 9:00pm Night Market and movie at Auburn Centre for Community
Saturday 13th April :1:00 – 4:00pm Basketball workshop with Western Sydney Wolves at PCYC (Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe)
Tuesday 16th April: 1:00 – 3:00pm Inflatable Fun Fare at Bathurst Street Park
The Youth Planning Team in conjunction with the Youth Participation Team at Council are committed to bringing together the young people in Cumberland by providing these three fun and engaging activities.