ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
Year 7 Teacher / Parent / Student Meetings; 3:45pm - 7:45pm
Last Day of Term
Term 2 Begins
Staff Professional Development Day
Pupil Free Day
Students Return to School
Years 11 and 12 Visual Arts Excursion
Year 9 Spirituality Day
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
THE MEANING OF EASTER
It has been said that anyone can master anything, given 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. Deliberate practice requires total focus and devotion. Ten thousand hours approximate to 10 years’ worth of persistent, intentional effort, until mastery becomes more like muscle memory. Then, doing that one thing that you have worked so long and hard to master feels like coming home.
For the people of God, our one thing is resurrection – the movement from death to new life. In the long preparatory time of Lent, we continue to practise resurrection. We pray and confess and come to Christ’s Table. We still affirm, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” If we have really immersed ourselves in this Lenten season, we will find our hearts transformed on Easter morning.
Easter is a time of celebration which represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. It commemorates Christ's resurrection from the dead. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead. Saint Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin, destroying the hold that death has on all of us. It is His Resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next. Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important Feast Day on the Christian calendar. Easter is not a spiritual event that happened just once, long ago; we don't say "Christ has risen" but "Christ is risen": He rose, body and soul, and is still alive and with us today. That is the true meaning of Easter.
As we come to the end of Term 1, I would like to thank the Catherine McAuley, Westmead community, staff, students and parents, for a wonderful start to the year.
Wishing you all a safe and blessed Easter break.
Ms Silvana Rossetti
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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 1, ISSUE 5
5 APRIL 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
IN THE NEWS
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Are you giving Lent 100%? Over a month ago together we started our Lenten journey at the Ash Wednesday Liturgy where we pledged to give 100%. Since that time many things have happened. Students have submitted assessment tasks across many of their subjects, various excursions have taken place, the whole school attended the Swimming Carnival and there have been many fundraising initiatives for Project Compassion.
Now as we approach the end of the term, there are many distractions. Our focus may be drawn to deciding which showbags or rides you might seek out at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Perhaps there is an upcoming family holiday or you may be looking forward to visiting family or catching up with friends. For many students and staff the arrival of autumn and its decreasing temperatures make the possibility of sleeping in very attractive. I am sure that many of our students will enjoy a ‘pyjama day’ during the break when they don’t have to rush out of the house to catch a bus or train to get to school but can have a more leisurely day at home.
The forty days of Lent for which we set aside for prayer, fasting and almsgiving to prepare for Easter is not over. Many students have availed themselves of the opportunity to attend a weekday Mass and/or the Lenten Prayer Group before school. If you feel that you haven’t given Lent 100%, it is not too late! This Sunday will be the Fifth Sunday of Lent and Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on the first weekend of the school holidays and there is still plenty of time to keep the solemn promise that was made on Ash Wednesday.
The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:
Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
For locations and times for Holy Week and Easter Mass Times for the Diocese of Parramatta please see the link below:
Elizabeth Harrington from Brisbane Liturgy explains:
It may seem strange then that this period of four days is referred to as the paschal or Easter Triduum, meaning three days. Here the church follows the Jewish method of counting a day from sunset to sunset: so Holy Thursday evening to Good Friday evening is the first day, Good Friday evening to Holy Saturday evening the second, and Holy Saturday evening to Easter Sunday evening the third day. What may seem like four days is actually three.
Venerable Catherine McAuley found much strength in her devotion to the Lord’s Passion, “Meditation upon the Passion enkindles the fire of divine love by representing Jesus Christ in so amiable and merciful a light, as to attract the heart most powerfully to Him.”
While the liturgical services of the Triduum contain many parts of the liturgy which are well known to us, there are many aspects less familiar to us. The Mass on Holy Thursday evening begins in the usual way but there is no blessing or dismissal at the end. Instead there is a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the place of reservation. People depart in silence. The Good Friday liturgy begins with a silent procession, a period of silent prayer, and the opening prayer. It finishes with the prayer over the people. Again there is no final blessing or dismissal. Again people depart in silence.
The liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday give the sense of being unfinished. They leave us up in the air, waiting for something more. And there is more!
At the Easter Vigil we gather around a fire in silent darkness for the blessing of the fire and the lighting of the paschal candle. The liturgy concludes with the joyful paschal dismissal: “Go in the peace of Christ, alleluia, alleluia” as we process out into the dark or Easter dawn, to the sounds of the triumphant Easter hymn.
I would like to commend our students for their diligent efforts in all their endeavours throughout Term 1. During the final days of Lent may we prepare ourselves so that we can joyfully proclaim Alleluia when we celebrate our risen Lord.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
keely, year 11 selling raffle tickets to year 7 students
Third Sunday of Lent 7th April 2019
During Project Compassion Homerooms have been organising ways to raise money for Caritas Australia and their Project Compassion 2019 campaign. Project Compassion boxes are located in each Homeroom for students to donate any loose coins and a number of fundraising initiatives have taken place.
Caritas House have organised an Easter egg raffle, Year 9 Ryan a pizza stall, Year 10 Clare a pancake stall, Year 7 and 12 Caritas a bake stall and Student Learning Leaders a trivia competition - just to name a few of the activities taking place.
Project Compassion has one week left so please support the final initiatives next week. Year 7 Coolock will hold a baked goods stall in Mercy Square on Monday and Year 11 Ryan will be selling Easter eggs in Mercy Square on Tuesday.
Salma featured in Project Compassion 2013. At the time she was pregnant with her first child, sick and terribly frightened. In distress, she sought the help of a midwife trained by Caritas’ Safe Motherhood Program. Six years on, she’s now a healthy mother of two strong, happy children. Salma is committed to giving her children the education they need to provide them with the future she hoped for.
Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help reduce infant mortality rates in countries like Bangladesh and proved hope to pregnant women in remote communities for happy and healthy families. 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.
Year 12 students with project compassion boxes.
PROJECT COMPASSION FUNDRAISING
learning and teaching
Ms Silvana Rossetti
(Learning and Teaching)
On Friday 29th March Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services (www.enhanced-learning.net) ran a study skills session with Year 11. The session focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies in order to maximise their results in their final years of school. The main areas covered with Year 11 were working effectively in the evenings and dealing with distractions, managing time efficiently, planning for assessments, making brain-friendly study notes on a regular basis and using a wide variety of active study techniques to suit individual learning styles. 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 and parents at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. The slides from the presentation have been uploaded to the Year 11 Google classroom under Study Skills. Any student who was absent and missed the seminar should read through the slides and complete the activities in the booklet which can be collected from your Year Coordinator.
Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and enter the username: mcauley and the password: 189results. There are lots of useful handouts on the THINGS TO PRINT page on this site and students can work through the units where they need additional help.
YEAR 11 STUDY SKILLS SEMINAR
If you are looking for tips and ideas to help you nurture your daughter’s potential, then you may be interested in a government funded website, Learning Potential. This website has hundreds of articles on all aspects of your daughter’s learning and development, from early years to the end of high school, with more articles being added all the time.
You are able to browse by category or enter a topic in the search box. All the content is also available on the free Learning Potential app which can be downloaded on the App Store or Google Play.
If you also have a child in primary school, the complementary Learning Potential Resources website has great ways which you can use to reinforce the skills that your child is developing in the classroom.
The website can be accessed here. With the holidays approaching, you may be interested in the article on being smart with screen time which can be accessed here.
HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAYS
I wish all members of the Catherine McAuley community a safe, happy and restful holiday. I look forward to continuing to work with you all in Term 2.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT LEARNING POTENTIAL
Ms Debbie Grigson
What parents should know about roasting, a new cyberbullying trend Index
School blazers must be worn to and from school in Terms 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.
Term 1 - Concludes on Friday 12th April 2019 - 3:10pm
Term 2 - Students start school on Tuesday 30th April 2019
School Winter Uniform is worn in Terms 2 and 3
The Importance of Developing People Skills
Experts are warning parents to be aware of a recent rise in the social media trend of 'roasting', which many critics consider a harmful form of cyberbullying.
The trend involves people asking to be insulted by posting photos or videos of themselves on platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Reddit, usually with the hashtag #roastme. Then friends or strangers online will take turns insulting the person who posted the original video or photo. Sometimes the insults are lighthearted or humorous, but the comments can also very quickly turn alarmingly mean.
ABC News' T.J. Holmes sat down with high school students to understand more about the online trend that has left some parents baffled. The following link provides more information and the interview by ABC News Reporter T.J. Holmes
Please ensure your daughter wears the school uniform correctly in Term 2 and 3.
As the workforce continues to evolve, employers are placing a premium on people with skills that will help secure their success in the future.
Within each Year Group at Catherine McAuley the Year Coordinators work with the pastoral team to develop people skills in the girls. The development of these skills will often take the girls out of their comfort zone. Our aim is to prepare them for dealing with a range of situations that may confront them throughout their life. The following article Recruiters reveal: Top 5 in demand skills and why reinforces five skills that employers are highlighting as essential for success in the future.
These skills are:
A Proactive Approach
I encourage you take time to read the article as it provides a brief description of each skill and how it can be enacted within the a workplace. I have also shared this article with Years 10, 11 and 12 students.
Winter Uniform – Terms 2 and 3
Compulsory School Blazer Optional School jumper
Short sleeved school blouse School black scarf
School winter skirt
Opaque black stockings – not knee high
Standard black lace up school shoes
Please find the latest Career Newsletter in the link below.
This issue has so many events and opportunities in nursing, engineering, design, defence, accounting - across universities, TAFE and private colleges. There are also maths seminars and HSC subject workshops. Check out what's on offer for the upcoming school holidays to get some careers research underway. Be sure to click on the sub-heading links to register for events.
Career Mondays 3rd April
Mrs Amanda Chahine
A Health Focus For Our Career Mondays Talks
25th March and 1st April
Last Monday, 25th March the ‘Career Mondays’ talk at the school consisted of a special panel of team researchers from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research. Dr Ruby Lin Associate Professor, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, brought 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).
The panel shared their career journeys which involved exploring different ideas before going into medical research - Ruby had considered medicine, but also was a qualified piano teacher by age 17. Aleksandra was entering a basketball and a modelling career before pursuing science at university. This exciting field is currently working with large companies such as Amazon and Google who use big data, and learning from them so that similar principles can be applied to patient data. They also shared some of the highlights of working as a team in a lab, and some of the challenges in their research process.
Year 11 students Nimmarata and Ava with speakers Dr Ruby Lin, Dr Aleksandra Petrovis Fabijan and Josephine Ho from the Westmead Institute
for Medical Research.
Monique Bartlett, Registered Nurse and Cardiology Clinical Nurse Consultant with students MIA, TAMARA, PAIGE AND KRISTEN.
This Monday, 1st April, the Career Mondays topic was Nursing with Registered Nurse, Monique Bartlett speaking to over 60 interested students. Monique is a Cardiology Clinical Nurse Consultant who works in the University clinics at Westmead Hospital where she cares predominantly for heart failure patients in the outpatient setting.
Monique has been a nurse for 28 years, and has continued to study throughout her career, leading to the role of Nurse Practitioner. She shared some of the pros and cons of nursing, some of which included the flexibility that shift work allows, and the opportunities to travel.
Students were able to hear how the nursing profession has changed, where nurses are now completing tasks formerly done by doctors. They also had the chance to examine a defibrillator and touch various heart aides such as a pacemaker.
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta & Mrs Janine Sabeh
Congratulations to the Science staff - Email from a member of the public
Dear Ms Richmond,
Last week I was going for a walk in the North Sydney area and walked through Luna Park at the end of my walk, before sitting for a while near the Milson’s Point wharf. When I entered Luna Park, I saw numerous small and larger groups of students from two different high schools. As I continued to walk through the park, I observed very different behaviour amongst the two different schools.
I walked closer to a group of your students to look at their shirts to ascertain what school they attended and saw Catherine McAuley written on their shirts. The behaviour I observed, without exception, was wonderful to watch, this unfortunately was in considerable contrast to the other school in attendance. Your students walked quietly and sensibly chatting to each and seemed to be capable of this behaviour without an adult nearby. As I was sitting near the wharf, they began to gather just outside Luna Park, I assume to start travelling back to school. Even as they gathered in a group there was no fuss, just happy interactions. I would also add that I did not observe staff stressed and shouting either which seems to be part and parcel of most school excursions now days!
It was a breath of fresh air to observe your students. I think your students were a great advertisement for your school and a credit to the education in prosocial behaviour that you are obviously providing.
Please pass on my congratulations to the students and teachers involved.
St. George’s Preschool
STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
Student Leaders Attend Leadership Afternoon
Catherine McAuley students leaders were invited to attend a leadership afternoon tea at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta on Thursday 28th of March. School Captains, Sara Hodge and Jamelle Touma were accompanied by Payton Frangie (Leader of Caritas), Claudia Wijaya (Leader of Ryan), Danielle Faddoul (Leader of Hospitality) and Bianca Queixalos (Leader of Clare). We participated in a number of activities that brought a cohort of leaders from different schools closer together. We were involved in a number of icebreaker games, such as ‘Finish the Lyrics,’ to help the leaders from different school get to know one another.
The afternoon gave us the opportunity to meet like minded people, share leadership ideas and discuss our achievements and adversities whilst having a great time. The experience allowed the leaders to talk about school leadership initiatives and how each school supported their community. This was valuable experience that allowed us to meet leadership teams from different schools and gain an insight into the different fundraisers, initiatives and projects that take place in the Diocese. It gave us the opportunity to learn from different people about strategies they use to increase student involvement and participation, along with the various dynamics of their school community.
Sara Hodge and Claudia Wijaya
Student Leaders and Student Media Team
"Having the opportunity to learn more about the human anatomy was insightful and beneficial to our studies in PDHPE. Overall it was a great experience!”
Olivia and Maddison, Year 12
“It was amazing to see REAL bodies, muscles, nerves, bones and organs displayed in a way I've never seen before. It taught us a lot about the different systems within the body, which is very relevant to what we are currently learning. It was truly a great learning experience”.
Oliva, Year 11
“Body World was an experience I will never forget. It was as equally fascinating as it was chilling looking at real plasticised bodies from up close. I could not stop thinking these are real bodies that belonged to people who once lived and this instilled an inevitable respect for them for donating their bodies so we can all learn from them. I learnt a lot about our body while I was there through interactives that let you see what is inside your own body as you stand in front of a projector and also through the bank of information available at each body or part you went to. Overall, it was a mesmerising and unique experience and I would absolutely go again”.
Dolphy, Year 12
A number of Year 11 and 12 PDHPE students, Year 12 Biology students and PDHPE and Biology teachers, visited the Body World Vital Exhibition, Sydney Town Hall on Thursday, 28th March. This was an anatomical exhibition featuring over 150 specimens of real human bodies. Students were able to see some of the effects that poor lifestyle habits have on our bodies as well as the positive impacts of healthy living.
The exhibition offered an eye opening insight into the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the students were able to make many links to their studies in both PDHPE and Biology. Some of the students who attended have commented below:
Senior PDHPE and Biology Students Visit
Body World Exhibition
Student Work From Visual Arts
Year 11 Visual Arts Using Charcoal or Graphite as Medium
Here are a some examples of completed works of Year 11 Visual Arts students of Mrs Stevie-Lee Lane. These students selected to use charcoal or graphite as their medium. Students focused on formal qualities of representing an object or arrangement of objects. Students focused on the shape, tone, space, and placement of the object to make a balanced composition.
Year 9 Visual Arts Documenting Aspects of Suburbia
Year 9 Visual Arts students of Mrs Lane have been experimenting with different techniques using oil pastels and have been documenting aspects of suburbia. Students have now started their formal drawing as part of the Unit Topic: Suburbia.
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Year 11 Ancient History Students Explore City of Troy
Year 11 Ancient History students with Ms Van Domburg are investigating the ancient past by exploring representations and archaeological evidence of the city of Troy. The students recently listened to an extract of Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. This is the only written source for the famous story of the Trojan War and the Greek wooden horse trickery. Is it mythical? Is it historically accurate? What evidence supports Homer's poetry? Where is the lost city of Troy? Students will continue to examine the multiple perspectives revealed through multidisciplinary approaches to archaeology and might be closer to an answer at the end of their unit.
Some student storyboard examples are shown here along with photos of the Year 11 Ancient History class with Ms Van Domburg enjoying the nice weather while reading The Iliad.
Year 12 Food Technology Students Visit Dairy Farm
Year 12 Food Technology students set off to Leppington Pastoral Company on Tuesday, 19th March eager to learn about the Australian Food Industry. The Leppington Pastoral Company is a family owned and operated dairy farm, milking 2,000 cows in a modern dairy facility that is one of the largest found in Australia. The dairy is based on a US style of farming, milking cows 3 times per day.
The purpose of this excursion was to learn about the agricultural sector of the Australian Food Industry and once we arrived at the farm we were given a tour by Fiona, whose family it is who runs the company.
We looked at how the cows were bred, how milk was harvested, processed and then chilled using the latest technology and we even looked at the social habits of cows. We saw first hand how the welfare of the cows is a priority and how important food safety is to the final product.
Sara Hodge, Year 12 student said that “the excursion was highly informative, in regards to our HSC studies. It was an insightful look into an authentic Australian food company”.
Sara Hodge and Reanna Rodrigues
Year 8 Geography Project Based Learning Task on
As part of their studies this term, students in Year 8 Geography classes have completed a project-based learning task on water management. Working in groups, students had to present four specific promotional and educational items designed to improve people's understanding of global water issues and how they can improve their own water use in their households, school and community.
Each of the groups showed their creativity through creating prezis, websites, posters, brochures, logos, badges and even a rap song to get their message across.
Your teachers have been very impressed with your efforts. Well done Year 8 Geography!"
Mr Tony Taniane
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Year 7 ‘The Big Dig’ and Nicholson Museum Excursion
On Friday, 22nd March the Year 7 History classes visited The Big Dig at The Rocks and The Nicholson Museum at Sydney University. At The Big Dig the students took part in a program called ‘Cesspits and Old Rubbish’ which involved examining archaeological evidence discovered in wells, cisterns, cellars and cesspits to investigate whether The Rocks really was the ‘dirty slum’ it was seen as during the 19th century. The students were able to imagine life as it was for the people who lived in the small houses and narrow lanes of this close-knit neighbourhood.
The Nicholson Museum is a veritable trove of beautiful artefacts from the past. Our study of ancient Egypt was brought to life with the mummies, scarab beetles, coffins and statues all from the time of the pharaohs. The students even got involved in a role play which helped them understand the excavation of Pompeii and Herculaneum after their destruction by the eruption of Vesuvius. A wonderful day was had by all and the students learnt a great deal about the past.
Ms Lynne Hamilton
Year 7 Camp Student Quotes
“My first impressions on heading to camp, I can honestly say was that I was very nervous about who was going to be in my cabin, was I going to like them, what were they going to think of my daggy pajamas. I was really worried that my group wouldn’t like me or think I was weird and it would be full of people I didn’t know. To my surprise it was the complete opposite. Everyone in my group was really nice and very welcoming. I am so incredibly grateful for the experience to go on camp in my first term of high school. A million thoughts were originally floating through my brain about what people would think of me when really it was all fine”. Emma Abdel-Ahad
“Camp was an experience that I will definitely never forget, I have made new friends, tried new things and learned to be independent. I have challenged myself and pushed my limits, and now I feel more confident with my abilities. These experiences have made me open-minded to any opportunities that are thrown at me, Vision Valley was a 100% all-round awesome experience!” Lara Tyle
“I loved the activities but my favourite was the flying fox. It was my first time doing some of the activities and the flying fox was one of them. I had a blast. It was incredible getting out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed camp and I wish we could do it all over again. Camp was WONDERFUL”,
“The amazing part of camp is meeting new people which is what I did and became very good friends with them. Meeting new people helped me with knowing my grade”. Jamee Walker
“Camp was AMAZING! This year I thought that camp wouldn’t be as fun as I’d hoped. I’m telling you now, I was WRONG! When we began with some activities after having lunch, we were told we weren’t going to do any water activities. I was sad and had second thoughts on whether this was going to be interesting or not. We instead had orienteering, archery, high ropes, drumming and the duel flying fox. There were certainly a lot of FUN activities to participate in. The food I thought was GREAT! We had nachos, curry, eggs for breakfast and fish & chips. We thought that the servers gave us reasonable portion sizes and the food quality was 5/5. I really enjoyed sitting, talking and eating with my friends. The rooms were COMFY! They suited me and my roomates perfectly. I know this because, when we all woke up we thought we were at home. Being in a room where I didn’t have anyone I knew with me was actually a good thing, because I made quite a few more friends. They were NICE and very welcoming. In the end I enjoyed myself and I know many others did too. I thank all the teachers and staff who attended our camp especially Mrs Wilson who organised this event for the Year 7s”. Gisela Tenner
Year 7 Camp
Thursday 28th - Friday 29th March 2019
Wesley Vision Valley Arcadia
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“My time at camp was such a great experience to get to know each other and meet new people we would not necessarily go to and say hi. Since we are in Year 7, we don’t know as many people as we did in Year 6. Camp motivated us to be confident and try our best to open ourselves to new people who may actually end up being our best friends”. Alana Medak
“I met so many new people and I had the most amazing time. The Year 7 camp is the perfect memory for us to carry with us throughout the rest of our high school lives”. Sienna Volante
"The camp was a fun, social and creative way to detox from our technical devices. It allowed me and my group to work together and meet heaps of new people. I did things I would never have done by myself. My favourite activity was the flying fox because it was really exhilarating". Angel Nasr.
“I couldn't sleep Wednesday night, I couldn't believe I was going to my Year 7 camp. We did so many activities including a bush walk, swimming, archery, crate stacking, canoeing, a water slide and more over the two days we were there. After dinner we watched a movie with choc tops and popcorn underneath the stars. We had so much fun that I fell asleep on the bus ride home. A big thank you to the Vision Valley Crew, Mrs Wilson and all the teachers for planing this, arranging activities, meals, cabins and giving up time with your families for the two days to be with us”. Naydeen Poumale
“What I loved most about camp were the activities. Especially canoeing, the gliding possum and archery. When we were canoeing we saw baby ducklings that were only seven days old. We were able to see their nests and our instructor said that he saw the birth of the ducklings which was really cool! Definitely a highlight!” Lauren Saliba
Mr Christopher Foran
MEET THE TEACHER
Year 11 Hospitality Students
Year 11 Hospitality students of Mrs Jarosevski are currently studying Food and Beverage and in this lesson they learned to make crepes with strawberries and cream.
1. When did you commence teaching at McAuley?
I started teaching at Catherine McAuley in 2018.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
This year is my 25th year of teaching.
3. What other schools have you taught at?
I have taught at schools both in Australia and overseas. In Australia I have taught at Cheltenham Girls High School, Beecroft and Crestwood High School, Baulkham Hills. I have taught overseas in Singapore for 4 ½ years at a local Catholic school called Montfort Secondary School and in India for approximately 13 years. I have always held roles as an English Teacher.
4. What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Arts (English Honours) and a Bachelor of Education.
5. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
The students at Catherine McAuley are focused and receptive. They participate enthusiastically in class and the life of the school.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to travel and have enjoyed some trekking trips in India. Most recently I completed a trip to Goecha La in India which was a 9 day trek.
7. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
I would advise students that they must read widely, they must know the texts wells and they must practice writing.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
CROSS COUNTRY 2019
Bright and early on Wednesday, 27th March, 47 keen runners from all years ran a 5km cross country course down at Parramatta Park which started at 7.20am. The course comprised of grass, gravel and tar surfaces. All students ran against each other regardless of age.
The students who came Top 3 have been battling it out over the last few years for the top spot but Jasmine James-Howard in Year 11 holds the title once again! She was closely followed by Hannah Hamilton, Year 10 and Jacqueline Hopley, Year 10 who rounded out the Top 3.
I would like to thank the parents for bringing their daughters out so early to participate in this cross country event, the students helpers (Olivia Lawne, Elizabeth Brown, Zahra Ali and Lily Hodge), to the staff members (Miss Brincat, Miss Encomienda and Mrs Altair) who helped set up the cones, stand at checkpoints, record results and to Ms Dae who rode her bike in front of the group to show the athletes the route to follow. The event could not have happened without you!
The top 5 students from each age group will progress through to represent Catherine McAuley at the PDSSSC Cross Country Championship held on Friday, May 3rd at Jamison Park in Penrith.
Below are the student age champions and school champions for the cross country event. Congratulations girls - brilliant effort!
Ms Brooke Robson
olivia, madeline, ella and jasmine who came first in the +17 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay and the 4 x 50m medley relay.
year 12 students
olivia, madeline and ella.
On Friday 29th March, 14 students from Years 7-12 represented Catherine McAuley at the PDSSSC Swimming Carnival held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. As always, our swimmers excelled in the pool and performed personal best times for their individual events.
Most of our students came Top 3 in the races they participated in which is an incredible performance as they were against 22 other schools from the Parramatta Diocese. 9 of our 14 competitors have been chosen to represent the PDSSSC at the NSWCCC swimming carnival on Friday 5th April. We wish the following girls luck at this championship event!
Year 7 Irene Suryathyo
Year 8 Sophie Fahey
Year 9 Liberty Temmo and Chloe Whyte
Year 10 Elizabeth Kitcher
Year 11 Jasmine James-Howard
Year 12 Olivia Andree-Evarts, Madeline Franjic and
Ms Brooke Robson
PDSSSC Swimming Carnival
SWIMMING RECORDS BROKEN AT THE SCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL.
The following girls need to be congratulated as they have broken a record that was set either at the Long Distance Swimming Carnival or the School Swimming Carnival. There were 10 records broken in total! An incredible feat by our students!
Olivia Andree-Evarts: 18 Years 50m Backstroke 32.7
18 Years 50m Butterfly 30.52
Jasmine James-Howard: 17 Years 50m Butterfly 29.55
Elizabeth Kitcher: 15 Years 50m Freestyle 27.95
Irene Suryathyo: 12 Years 50m Freestyle 30.71
12 Years 100m Freestyle 1.08.87
Ella Tauroa: 18 Years 50m Freestyle 28.49
18 Years 50m Backstroke 32.52
Liberty Temmo: 14 Years 50m Freestyle 28.81
14 Years 100m Freestyle 1.04.14
Open Waterpolo Team Win MCCS Competition
Congratulations to our Open Waterpolo Team who have won the MCCS competition in an exciting grand final held on Thursday, 4th April against Domremy Collage, Five Dock with a final score of 6 - 2.
Coach Mrs Alison Finnerty said that it was like watching an Olympic event with the level of excitement, sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst the players. The senior students are to be commended for acting as great role models to the young players with a number of Year 8 students on the team.
A special thank you to outgoing Year 12 students and co-captains Olivia Andree-Evarts and Ella Tauroa who have now played their last game. Thank you girls for your contributions and support. At the end of the grand final both Olivia and Ella presented the winning medals to the team.
MRS ALISON FINNERTY WITH THE WINNING OPEN WATERPOLO TEAM.
Other MCCS Sporting News
In other MCCS sporting news our Senior Volleyball Team won their semi-final against St Patrick’s, Dundas and will now play in the grand final next week. Our team won in two sets 28 - 26 and 25 - 6.
Our Senior and Junior Touch Football Teams both played in semi-finals this week and were both beaten by very strong teams. The Seniors lost 2 - 0 against Marist Sisters, Woolwich and did well to hold off the strong Woolwich team after they scored their two points right at the beginning of the game. The Junior Team lost 5 - 2 against Bethlehem College, Ashfield.
Year 12 Student Training Partner with NSW Swifts
Year 11 Student selected for nswccc opens waterpolo team
Congratulations to Matisse Letherbarrow, Year 12 who has recently been named Captain of the 2019 NSW 17/U Team for the NSW Swifts.
Matisse is a 2019 Training Partner for the Swifts which means she helps with day-to-day training of the squads and is able to provide support as a replacement player if necessary. NSW Swifts Head Coach says on the NSW Institute of Sport website that “It’s really important to us to have Training Partners because they get the chance to further develop their skills in a high-performance environment and the players in the main Swifts roster push themselves harder as a result”. Matisse is the youngest Training Partner in the team for 2019.
Congratulations to Keely Segavcic, Year 11 who has been selected for the NSWCCC Opens Waterpolo Team. Keely will compete with the team in the NSW All Schools Championships against NSWCIS and NSWCHS in May.
Student Leaders in Catholic Weekly
An article on our Student Leadership Theme for 2019 appeared in the Catholic Weekly on Sunday, 31st March 2019 as part of their Catholic School Leaders 2019 feature. An advertisement showing our Student Leaders also appeared.
Year 12 Student Class of 2018 Appears in Dancetrain Magazine
Erin Bortoluzzi, Class of 2018 was selected to perform in the Callback Showcase earlier this year and is to now have a photo of herself performing appear in ‘Dancetrain Magazine’.
PUPIL FREE DAY ON
Monday 29th APRIL
School Fees reminder
School Fees are now due, if you have paid thank you, otherwise please contact the school or alternately visit http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/school-fees
to arrange payment.
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School uniform shop
The Uniform Shop will be open this coming Thursday on 11th April
between 8am - 1pm.
An additional trading day has been added!
We will also be open Friday, 12th April from 8am - 1pm, however on this day we will only be able to accept EFTPOS.
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Form located at back of this newsletter.
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