ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
MONDAY 24th JUNE
Year 10 Vaccination Clinic
TUESDAY 24th JUNE
Year 10 Japanese Excursion
Captivate Arts Factor Eisteddfod
WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE
Years 9, 10 & 12 Dance Excursion
Year 11 2020 Subject Selection Talks
Year 11 2020 Subject Market
Year 11 2020 Parent Information Evening
FRIDAY 28th JUNE
Year 7 Visual Arts Excursion
Year 8 Pastoral Care Seminar
Year 11 Biology Excursion
Year 12 Geography Excursion
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
The Starfish story by Loren Eisley tells the story of a man who was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, the man asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man replied, “don’t you realise there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, ”I made a difference for that one.”
We all have the opportunity to help create positive change. Sometimes, we feel that we cannot do enough or that the challenge ahead of us is too big. When we find ourselves making excuses for why we can’t, it helps to remember the starfish story. We might not be able to change the entire world, but we can at least change a small part of it, even if only for one person.
One of the most common reasons we procrastinate is because we see the challenge before us as overwhelming. A good way to counter this is to break the big challenge down into smaller pieces and then take those pieces one at a time- like one starfish at a time. To that one starfish, it can make a world of difference.
At Catherine McAuley, there are many opportunities which are available to the students to make a difference. Parents/caregivers, you may consider offering to sponsor one of our senior girls who are participating in the St Vincent De Paul Winter sleepout, volunteer for St Vincent’s Night Patrol, assist with after school tutoring at Ronald McDonald House or you might decide to volunteer at your local church or community group. If your daughter is unable to take part in one of the many opportunities available, she could begin by picking up papers in the playground or recycling bottles. One does not have to start big, in fact, starting small can lead to changes in daily practices which in the long term have the biggest impact.
“A single, ordinary person still can make a difference – and single, ordinary people are doing precisely that every day.”
SUPPORTING YOUR DAUGHTER AT HIGH SCHOOL
Parents can play a vital role in helping teenagers succeed in school by being informed and lending a little support and guidance. Even though teenagers are seeking independence, parental involvement is an important ingredient for academic success. Some of the ways to keep your daughter on track to succeed in high school include:
Attend Parent-Teacher Meetings - Teenagers do better in school when parents support their academic efforts. Attending parent-teacher meetings is a great way to get to know your daughter's teachers and their expectations as well as gauge her progress.
Support Homework Expectations - During the high school years, homework gets more intense and teenagers are learning how to balance academics with extracurricular activities, social lives and jobs. An important way to help your daughter is to make sure that she has a quiet, well-lit, distraction-free place to study that is stocked with resources. Distraction-free means no phone, TV, or websites other than homework-related resources. Be sure to check in from time to time to make sure that your daughter has not become distracted. Regularly sit down with your daughter to help her stick to a homework and study schedule. Encourage your daughter to ask for help when it is needed.
Send Your Teen to School, Ready to Learn - A nutritious breakfast will fuel up your daughter and prepare her for the day. In general, teenagers who eat breakfast have more energy and do better in school. Likewise ensure your daughter is well rested and has had a good night’s sleep.
Take Attendance Seriously - If you daughter is ill, she should take a sick day, otherwise, it is important that she arrives at school on time every day, because having to catch up with class work, projects, tests and homework can be stressful and interfere with learning.
Instill Organisational Skills - Learning and mastering the skills of getting organised, staying focused, and seeing work through to the end will help your daughters in just about everything they do. Parents can help their daughters keep assignments and class information together in binders, notebooks, or folders that are organised by subject. Creating a calendar will help your daughters recognise upcoming deadlines and plan their time accordingly. Do not forget to have them include non-academic commitments on the calendar, too.
NATIONAL RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to Chelsey and Samantha T. who participated in the Australian Federation of Race Walking Clubs National Championships in Canberra. In the Under 14’s division, for individual results, Samantha finished 5th and Chelsey finished 8th, with both of them achieving a personal best for their 2 km race. In addition, Samantha was part of the NSW team which won the gold medal in the Teams Event and Chelsey a member of the third placed team. Well done girls!
Ms Silvana Rossetti
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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 2, ISSUE 9
21 JUNE 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
Lord, you have blessed us with such love and goodness. We wonder at the beauty of your creation, we thank you for the sustenance of good and drink and we cherish the love of family and friends.
Lord, we offer these gifts to you with thankful hearts and in joyous praise. As we give of our money and resources, we surrender our whole beings to you in worship and adoration.
Lord, may this offering extend the work of your kingdom in your church, your community and into the beautiful world which you have made.
Year 11 Studies of Religion students are currently studying a unit of work titled ‘Religious Tradition Study Christianity’. In this unit of study, students learn about the five Principal Beliefs in Christianity. Every day when we make the Sign of the Cross or pray the Glory Be we are professing one of these five principal beliefs - the nature of God and the Trinity. Christians believe that God is One in nature and Three in Persons. Last Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. In my parish Fr Joey commenced his homily by saying that the Holy Trinity is a mystery and can be difficult to explain.
The late Father John A. Hardon S.J wrote ‘The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the most fundamental of our faith. On it everything else depends and from it everything else derives’. Symbols have long been used to represent the Holy Trinity - the three leaf clover, a triangle, a Celtic Trinity and the fleur-de-lis. To help my students understand the theology that underpins this belief, I read a story book called 'A Picture of God 3 in 1'. The book draws upon the analogy that an apple has three distinctive parts - peel, core and flesh. All are separate components but together form one apple not three apples. God has three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is only one true God, not three gods. Just as the three parts of the apple have a different purpose, each person of the Holy Trinity has a special role. Father John A. Hardon explains:
The Father is from no one; the Son is from the Father only; and the Holy Spirit is from both the Father and the Son equally. God has no beginning; He always is, and always will be. The Father is the progenitor, the Son is the begotten, the Holy Spirit is proceeding. They are all one substance, equally great, equally all-powerful, equally eternal.
Christians are called to enter into this special relationship. In the union of the three persons in the one true God, the love that is shared is self giving not exclusive. The nature of God is to give and receive. Through Baptism, as we make our way through our pilgrim journey, God’s adopted children are invited to share in this non exclusive relationship. Christians have the potential to make a difference, and however small the difference it should not be dismissed.
Last Sunday, I attended a meeting for Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace (CCJP) at the Mercy Convent Parramatta. CCJP is a coalition of individuals and groups, working for the emergence of just social structures in Australia and overseas. It works as an integral part of the Church at the service of the world and especially of the victims of injustice. Despite the inclement weather, many people were present to hear Simon Longstaff’s response to the question is Australia an ethical country? Simon Longstaff is the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. The Ethics Centre is a not-for-profit organisation developing and delivering innovative programs, services and experiences, designed to bring ethics to the centre of personal and professional life.
Simon commenced his response by asking another question - Was Australia ever an ethical country? Since colonisation the notion of a fair go and mateship have existed. The speaker considered these concepts to be myths rather than living truths about our nation. Institutions have betrayed those who were in their care. The vision and purpose for the founding of many institutions has been lost, scandals dominate the media. Simon concluded that credibility, although difficult to reclaim, can be achieved through greater responsibility and accountability. Each person is worthy of intrinsic dignity and this must never be forgotten.
Refugee Week commenced on Sunday 16th June and will conclude on Saturday 22nd June 2019. This week is a time to celebrate Australia’s rich diversity and shed light on the success stories of migrants and refugees in our communities. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen fled Vietnam as a teenager in 1979 on a 17-metre boat jam-packed with 147 refugees. Today, forty years later, in Australia, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen is the Bishop Delegate for Migrants and Refugees.
In 2017 Bishop Vincent wrote:
It is evident that our nation still has a long way to go. We need to continue to work towards the just and humane treatment of migrants and refugees in our care.
Australia has a rich tradition of having a big heart for migrants and refugees. Recently we have seen an erosion of this tradition in our political leaders. It is up to the community, to revive this tradition and continue the work of welcoming strangers.
In the light of the global refugee crisis, Australia needs to be a model and responsible world citizen with a more generous, non-discriminatory and balanced immigration policy – one which accords with the capacity of our nation and the best natures of all Australians. The government’s present immigration policy is far from being a model for other nations. We therefore need to continue to work in bringing about an end to indefinite offshore detention. We must shed light on successful programmes and continue to advocate for the implementation of more humane programs.
It is hoped that during Refugee Week women and men of good will can voice their concerns, share their stories and bring about concrete changes to policies which do not respect the dignity of the human person. May we all continue our work to bring about positive outcomes for our refugee sisters and brothers who are less fortunate than us.
God, no one is a stranger to you and no one is ever far from your loving care.
In your kindness watch over migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, those separated from their loved ones, those who are lost and those who have been exiled from their homes.
Bring them safely to the place where they long to be, and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, who too was a refugee and migrant who travelled to another land searching for a home.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
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learning and teaching
Tell Them From Me Survey
Thank you to all of the parents and students who took part in the Tell Them From Me survey. Your feedback is very much appreciated and will be used to assist the school to better meet the needs of our community.
Years 7-10 Parent / Student / Teaching Meetings
On Wednesday, 3rd July from 3:45pm - 7:30pm and Thursday, 4th July from 8:30am - 1pm parents of students in Years 7-10 will have an opportunity to meet with their daughter’s teachers to discuss their progress in Semester 1. A letter was sent home with your daughter outlining the details of how to book an appointment using our online booking system. The code of this event is 2dgbz. The site will be open for bookings from Friday, 28th June at 9am.
Year 10 Into Year 11
I recently wrote to all parents/carers and students of Year 10 outlining the upcoming process for senior subject selection. I encourage all students and parents/carers to engage in conversations regarding their interests and aspirations as Year 10 looks towards senior study and beyond. On Wednesday, 26th June we invite parents and students of Year 10 to our subject selection market afternoon and information evening in the Morley Centre. Year 10 students have been given access to a subject selection website which can be accessed here:
which contains information, presentations, videos and more relating to the subject selection process in general and all the specific subjects being offered in Year 11 2020.
Each Thursday afternoon a group of almost 40 Years 9 - 11 students are involved in STEM initiatives. Last term the girls were involved in a bottle rocket competition and for the rest of this year they are participating in the Australian Space Design Competition. The girls work as a team to design a futuristic space settlement, planning structural engineering, operations and infrastructure, personnel factors, automation, and business development.
Each Tuesday afternoon a group of 12 Years 9 and 10 students are involved in the ‘F1 in Schools’ Challenge. Each year more than 17,000 schools in 44 nations take on the challenge of developing the world’s fastest miniature F1 car. Mimicking the world of a Formula One team, teams of four students design, analyse, test, make and race a model F1 car. This week the teams tested their initial F1 prototypes.
Ms Katie Patterson
Acting Assistant Principal
(Learning and Teaching)
Often attributed to Saint Patrick, the three-leaf clover has become one of the most easily identifiable depictions of the Trinity in art.
Have You Considered a VET Course?
A recent article in The Daily Telegraph looked at vocational education and training courses (VET) under the headline ‘The important education option parents aren’t talking about’.
Given many students are currently looking at their subject options for next year it is worthwhile to know the facts about vocational courses. VET courses offered here at McAuley are aligned to specific needs of the industry - Hospitality, Business Services, Retail and Fitness as well as external VET courses such as Health Services, Design Fundamentals, Property Services and Animal Studies.
VET delivers employment outcomes as high as 91% for some graduates and opens the door to many opportunities in a range of well paid careers. Click on the link below to read this article:
Ms Judy Smith
Leader of Learning Vocational Education Training Parramatta Cluster
Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
Great Article on Motivation: How to motivate kids to practice hard things
It’s never been easier to seek out instant gratification and to stave off boredom almost indefinitely. So it’s not surprising that many young people are struggling with the repetitive, often boring practice and study required to master skills and cement new knowledge.
Anyone can be taught the value and the how-to of deliberate practice, however. According to this article, studies show that children as young as five grasped the concept and engaged in deliberate practice of simple games spontaneously. Along the way though, it can be easy for young people to become so frustrated with complex tasks that they give up, or to fall into the belief that they can’t improve their ability without raw talent. This is where parents and educators can provide support.
When helped with the process of deliberate practice, young people can not only improve their performance, but also learn the value of determination and delayed gratification, attitudes that will have a major impact in their future lives.
Read the article: How to Motivate Kids to Practice Hard Things
Attendance - “Every Learner, Every Day”
Regular attendance at school is critical to ensuring that every student has the kind of opportunities in life that she deserves.
If you daughter is absent due to illness please inform the school by email on the day of her absence via email@example.com
If your daughter is absent for more than 2 days please supply the school with a medical certificate clearly stating the dates of absence.
If an email, response to absence text or medical certificate is provided another parental note is not required.
For 2019 each student will have their attendance percentage appear on their School Report. Parents of students with an attendance level less than 90% are encouraged to contact their Year Coordinator to discuss what strategies can be put in place to ensure your daughter is up to date with her classwork.
Catherine McAuley Attendance Data as of Monday 17th June 2019
Year 11 and 12 Study Day
On Thursday 4th July Years 7 - 10 have Parent / Teacher / Student Meetings and Year 11 and 12 can study from home or use the school facilities specifically the library, TAS or Art Rooms to work on major works or individual study. On this day Years 11 and 12 may come to school in appropriate casual clothing and sign in and out at Student Reception.
Dates to Remember
Monday 22 July 2019
Staff Professional Learning Day
Tuesday 23 July 2019
Year 7 - 12 Students resume classes
Wednesday 3 July 2019
Formal classes finish for Term 2
3:45pm - 7:45pm Year 7 - 10 Parent / Teacher / Student Meetings
Thursday 4 July 2019
8:30am - 1pm Year 7 - 10 Parent / Teacher / Student Meeting
(Students are to wear full winter uniform to the meetings)
Year 11 and 12 Study Day
Friday 5th July 2019
Staff Spirituality Day - Pupil Free Day
Ms Debbie Grigson
Year 12 Students Attend Parramatta Careers Expo
Year 12 students attended the annual Parramatta Cluster Careers Expo on Friday, 14th June 2019 which was held at St Paul’s Greystanes. The Expo gave students the opportunity to meet with representatives from a large number of universities, trades, colleges, industry and gap year providers.
Mrs Amanda Chahine
A Career in Social Work
The Career Mondays talk on Monday, 17th June was held by two social workers from Westmead Hospital who came to inspire and inform the girls about this rewarding profession.
Emma Graham and Ashlea Stollard explained how being a social worker is a job that has no one day ever the same. Both Emma and Ashlea currently work in the geriatric ward at the hospital and have had such a variety of experiences with clients over the years, including helping someone organise a funeral, teaching someone how to recharge a phone and bug-bombing a house!
Essentially, social workers perform important roles in community services that assist people to solve problems, often at a very stressful and lonely time in their lives. There are a range of community service roles that social workers provide to enhance wellbeing in different sectors of the community. The qualification to become a social worker is a four-year bachelor's degree.
Once again we ask parents not to park in the properties surrounding the school including the accommodation quarters adjacent to Gate 3 in Darcy Road. Also, parents are taking up parking spots at Westmead Private Hospital and Westmead Dental Hospital stopping patients from using this area. These areas are now monitored by Parking Rangers and fines may apply.
Students are reminded to ensure the safety of their belongings they need to have their locker locked. The school has provided each student with a locker and lock. It is essential that students lock their locker. Please discuss the importance of this practise with your daughter.
Ms Debbie Grigson
Please find the latest Career Newsletter in the link below. There are many events coming up covering aviation, hospitality, science and law. Online events are becoming more popular, with a live Facebook event on subject selection with Notre Dame and a virtual open day at Torrens University.
Also, don't forget our upcoming Career Mondays events at Catherine McAuley:
Monday 13th May - Physiotherapy (Forum)
Monday 20th May - Notre Dame University (BM 202)
Career News 8th May
Twelve Key Factors to Consider When Weighing Up Your Career Options
As Year 10 have began a careers program in the lead up to senior subject selection, and UAC applications for Year 12 have opened, an article which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald titled, Twelve Key Factors to Consider When Weighing Up Your Career Options, by Jim Bright is worthwhile reading. The article looks at career planning and adds some balance to students' career goals as they make decisions.
Here is a link to this article: https://amp.smh.com.au/business/workplace/twelve-key-factors-to-consider-when-weighing-up-your-career-
Mrs Amanda Chahine
YEAR 12 STUDENTS ATTENDING THE PARRAMATTA CLUSTER CAREERS EXPO.
Year 11 Students Attend University of Sydney Honours Outreach Event
A group of Year 11 Science students had the opportunity to attend the University of Sydney Honours Outreach Event on Tuesday, 18th June.
Students were able to listen to a lecture delivered by one of the professors about the replication of DNA genetic code and cancerous cells. Following this we took part in interactive workshops where we were able to gain a deeper understanding of the genetic material. I particularly liked this workshop as the processes of DNA replication were modelled for our understanding, providing an in-depth explanation of the biological processes.
We were also fortunate enough to listen and learn about the Honours students’ research tasks that they are completing for their particular field of science. We then had individual discussions with these students and were able to ask them questions about their field of interest and ask what led them to their research projects and degrees in science. This was extremely helpful for us as we were able to gain advice in studying science at universities, and we obtained a thorough understanding of different research projects they are undergoing.
Donations Desperately Needed By Vinnies Van Night Patrol
Homelessness Awareness Week Commences Monday 24th June
Approximately 116,000 people a night across Australia are coping with some form of homelessness - and research says that nearly 50% of these are under 25 years of age.
The Catherine McAuley Westmead Homelessness Awareness Week commences next Monday, 24th June. This week has been organised by Ms Sandra Vassallo, Catherine McAuley Vinnies Van Coordinator and the Vinnies Van student volunteers. The aim of the week is to raise awareness and offer support to those individuals who are homeless.
During Homelessness Awareness Week we are asking if families could donate items which are desperately needed by the Vinnies Van Night Patrol. These items will be distributed to those in need and have been requested as items which will greatly assist those enduring the cold winter nights ahead.
This year the theme for our drive will be a ‘Winter Comfort Drive’ which not only symbolises the cry for help but also identifies some of the items most in need. These can include socks, scarves, beanies, gloves, blankets or cans or packets of soup, to name a few. Blankets may be pre-loved but all other items need to be new.
Collection points for the drive will be outside the Food Technology kitchen (EA003) and also with the Homelessness Awareness Week exhibition board located in Mercy Square.
Students - please take a moment during the week to have a look at our exhibition board in Mercy Square. Reflect on an image or read a story from someone using the St Vincent de Paul services and reflect about how you think they may be feeling, especially now during these cold and miserable wintery nights.
Please help us support this worthy cause and bring in your items next week.
STUDENTS PREPARING THEIR EXHIBITION BOARD FOR HOMELESS AWARENeSS WEEK.
Last Friday, Years 8 and 9 students from the Mercy in Action Group (MAG) travelled to Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College for a day to learn about sustainability and the importance of being sustainable. McAuley students joined with other students from the Mercy schools in Sydney.
Throughout the day the girls experienced and participated in many events including a discussion of Pope Francis’s call for action in regards to the environment, sustain-a-bingo, a talk about the native stingless bees, a waste audit talk told by the Green Team Captain from Monte and a talk by Sophia Skarparis, The Young Conservationist of the Year 2018.
Catherine McAuley led the discussion on Pope Francis’s call for action and we learnt that we all have a role to play in keeping our earth green and clean. After recess we had an expert talk to us about native stingless bees, we found out so much about these bees and how they help us survive. We learnt how we are all connected - bees need flowers, flowers need bees and we need both flowers and bees.
The Green Team Caption from Monte, Penelope, explained to us what a waste audit is and how it can help the school become less wasteful. We then heard from Sophia, Young Conservationist of the Year 2018, who spoke about her campaign to ban plastic bags. Sophia managed to get 1,200 signatures for the ban of plastic bags with one of her main concepts being BYO - Bring Your Own. She highlighted the negatives of single-use items and the benefit of your own reusable items.
Finally, we did an ethical stewardship activity, where we discussed excess plastic in all packaging. We were split into groups and we put on a mission to make an environmentally friendly way to package the different items. All groups did an outstanding job and we really amazed the teachers as we didn’t just come up with reusable and recyclable packaging, we also came up with eco-friendly ways to add logos and decorations to our non-plastic package design.
Overall, the day was really fun. We had a great time and learnt a lot. We can’t wait to bring it back to McAuley and help make our school more environmentally friendly!
Caitlin K. and Liya N.
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Years 8 & 9 MAG Students Attend Sustainability Event
STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
Our achievements for the 2019 NSW Championship were:
1st overall in NSW (out of 294 schools)
1st overall in the 1001 - 2500 students category (out of 14 schools)
1st overall in French (out of 228 schools)
1st overall in Japanese (out of 192 schools)
1st overall in Arabic (out of 105 schools)
1st overall in Maori (out of 64 schools)
2nd overall in Spanish (out of 166 schools)
1st overall in Russian (out of 76 schools)
1st overall in Greek (out of 83 schools)
1st overall in Samoan (out of 37 schools)
3rd overall in Indonesian (out of 80 schools)
6th overall in German (out of 148 schools)
6th overall in Italian (out of 164 schools
Catherine McAuley Wins the
Language Perfect NSW Championship
Our Year 12 Chemistry students competed in the NSW Schools Titration competition on Saturday, 15th June at the University of NSW. This competition is a quantitative analytical competition open to students across NSW.
In what was an early chilly start outside the Chemical Sciences Building at UNSW our students competed in teams of three. Students were required to in ninety minutes to complete a set of acid-base titrations to determine the unknown concentration of weak acid. A team’s score will depend on the accuracy of the work of its members.
Our students proudly represented the school in a challenging competition. The final results will be available early Term 3.
Mrs Belinda Manoogian
Catherine McAuley has placed 1st in NSW in the Education Perfect NSW Languages Championships for 2019! This is an online competition designed to encourage students to learn vocabulary in foreign languages. Well done to our language students who took part.
Lunchtime Peer Tutoring
Year 9 History Elective Students Visit Sydney Jewish Museum
Year 9 History Elective students had the opportunity to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum last Friday, 14th June. As well as engaging with the exhibits, the girls heard incredible stories of survival from two Holocaust survivors, Ana and Lucy. The day was an opportunity for the girls to learn more about the horrific conditions of living as a Jew in Nazi Germany, but also to witness stories of hope and resilience in the face of brutal persecution. Some reflections from the students are below.
Ms Emma Carah
The overall day at the Jewish museum was great. I enjoyed the talk we had with Lucy, a survivor of the Holocaust, and the tour of the museum where we got to see items donated by the survivors. I really loved the architecture of the Jewish museum - it was so detailed and the layout was built around the Star of David. We learnt so much about the Holocaust, especially the reality of the harsh conditions people had to live in and got to see the special momentums they kept. Altogether the day was full of new experiences and I look forward to going back. Chevonne G., 9 Ryan1
Visiting this museum was eye opening. It allows you to understand how the Jews may have been feeling and expands your view on world history. We were given a tour of the museum by Clair, who is a family member of a surviver from the Holocaust. Clair talked in detail about the items on display and what it was like for the families at this time. We were then introduced to Ana, a survivor from the Holocaust. We learnt about her story and how she survived. She told us what she was feeling, about the people around her and also the timeline of her life. Visiting the museum was such an amazing experience and being talked to by a survivor was a one in a lifetime experience. I learnt so much and felt so much while I was there. The visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum is an experience I would recommend to all as it shows you the worst human atrocity. Phoebe F., 9 Coolock1
Year 12 students continue to offer peer tutoring to younger students during lunch times on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Any student who would like some help with homework, assessments or other work should come along to the silver seats behind Mary’s Garden on these days. Please note that peer tutoring is no longer being offered in the library after school.
Year 9 Accelerated Maths Class Participate in
The Year 9 Accelerated Maths class took part in a Maths Challenge Day at Cerdon College, Merryland last week on Thursday, 13th June. Alannah E. has written the following about the experience:
Our day started with a few puzzles and races to warm up which was really fun. This was then followed by more intense puzzles and games. We then had to partner up with someone from a different school. Although awkward at first, it was great getting to meet new people! Lastly, to finish the day, in our school groups we were challenged to see who could build the longest spanning bridge using blocks. Catherine McAuley won with our bridge spanning 43cm.
Overall, the Maths Challenge Day was great and really insightful. We were constantly challenged to think outside the box to find the quickest strategy to solve a problem. Congratulations to Adithi and Victoria who came third in the morning competition and Natasha who came 3rd with a Cerdon student in the afternoon competition. I would also like to thank all the teachers who made such an effort to put this day together.
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Vocal Ensemble Rehearsing for CAPTIVATE
Our Vocal Ensemble students have been busy rehearsing for the CAPTIVATE Arts Factory Eisteddfod to take place next week on Tuesday, 25th June. The piece the students are performing is called ‘Riversong’. Click on the link to view the 3 minute
23 second video: https://youtu.be/LZjpUSewFiQ
AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPION TOM LAURICH SPEAKING TO YEAR 9 STUDENTS.
Olympics Unleashed Program
Catherine McAuley were fortunate enough to be involved in the Olympics Unleashed Program offered by the Australian Olympic Committee. This initiative involves Olympic athletes visiting NSW schools to inspire young Australians ahead of Tokyo 2020. Tom Laurich, an Australian rowing champion, spoke with six of our Year 9 classes on Wednesday, 12th June. Tom delivered an engaging presentation about his journey as an elite athlete competing in multiple Olympic Games. He explored techniques our students can use to be resilient and stay motivated when achieving personal goals and how challenging yourself can build self confidence.
Lucia, Year 9 student:
As a person who enjoys playing sport and would love to become an elite athlete one day, the talk from Tom Laurich was really interesting and taught me a lot about what it means to be an athlete. He spoke to us about how he first became a rower and how he got to where he is today. He answered all our questions about how he balanced school and sport, and about all his adventures throughout his life. It was a really interesting and enjoyable presentation that I learnt a lot from.
Sheridan, Year 9 student:
For people like Lucia and I we both have an absolute love for sport and couldn’t imagine life without it. Tom’s talk has made me realise that I too could have the opportunity of being on the big stage one day, considering his journey started off with him reading a newspaper article. He has shown us that no matter what you encounter in your life to never give up. He taught us to just always go for every opportunity that gets thrown at us. Tom stated that he is now a coach and he said that with the people he coaches he tries to get them to work as well as him and that he is happy if they achieve what him and his team didn’t get to achieve. On behalf of Year 9, I'm happy to say that he has really given us insight into what one can achieve if they stick to their training schedule, do the hard work and have confidence in themselves.
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McAuley Shield 2019
Year 12 vs Staff Competition
The Year 12 students beat the staff easily in netball - the most recent event held as part of the McAuley Shield, the traditional Year 12 vs Staff competition. The staff didn’t really have a chance against the talented Year 12 netball players with a final score of 35 - 5.
Overall the competition is currently a draw with the staff beating the students at handball and Singstar and the Year 12 students beating the staff at Newcombe Ball and netball.
Next up will likely be Family Feud.
The Year 7 Debating Team.
The Year 8 Debating Team.
Elimination Rounds in CSDA Debating Competition
The elimination rounds are currently taking place in the CSDA (Catholic Schools Debating Association) competition with our Years 7 and 8 Teams making it through to the elimination round 1 held at Christian Brothers, Lewisham. Our teams spoke well but did not make it through to the next round.
Our Year 11 Team have made it through to the elimination round 2 and will debate on Friday night at Oakhill College. The Year 11 Team have so far won all six of their debates.
The Years 7 and 8 Teams both won five out of their six debates, the Year 10 Team won four out of six and the Year 9 Team won three out of six. Well done to all our debating students on what has been a wonderful competition.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
MEET THE TEACHER
McAuley Student nominated for
vet school student of the year
Good luck to Alexia U., Year 12 who has been nominated for Western Sydney VET in School Student of the Year in the NSW Training Awards for her studies in Business Services!
Winners will be announced at the award ceremony tonight, Friday, 21st June 2019.
1. When did you commence teaching at McAuley?
I started at Catherine McAuley in July 2010.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
I have been teaching for over 25 years.
3. What other schools have you taught at?
I have taught at a variety of different schools both in Sydney and other
States. I have taught at Catholic Regional College, Traralgon (now called
Lavalla Catholic College) located in the Gippsland region of Victoria and in Queensland at St Mary’s Catholic
College, Kingaroy. In Sydney I have taught at St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas and St Paul’s Catholic
4. What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Certificate in Education, a Masters of Arts (Theological Studies) and VET qualifications for Hospitality.
5. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
I love the students - their intelligence, their sense of justice, their compassion and empathy for each other and other people.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like walking, reading, handcrafts like knitting and sewing when I have the time and also gardening.
7. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
I would advise students that the most important thing is that they try their best and to seek help if they are uncertain about something.
Year 11 Hospitality students of Ms Jarosevski were making fish and chips on Thursday.
The Student Environment Group spent Thursday afternoon this week tidying up the gardens around the school grounds. Students were sweeping, pruning and weeding, amongst other activities.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
AROUND THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Well done to sisters Chelsey T., Year 8 and Samantha T., Year 7 who both competed over the long weekend in the Australian Federation of Race Walking Clubs National Championships in Canberra.
Both Chelsey and Samantha did very well with both competing in the Under 14s division and achieving a personal best for their 2km race. Chelsey placed 8th and Samantha placed 5th. Samantha was also part of the NSW Team which won a gold medal in the team event.
Well done to the McAuley Teal Hockey Team who played in the MCCS Hockey grand final this week on Thursday, 20th June. Our team were beaten by Marist Sisters Woolwich with a final score 1 - 0. It was a close game with Marist Sisters only scoring in the final few seconds.
MCCS Hockey Team Runners Up in Competition
STUDENTS COMPETE IN AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF RACE WALKING CLUBS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
MCCS AFL GRAND FINAL WINNERS AND COACH MS ENCOMIENDA.
Congratulations to the MCCS Junior AFL Team who have won the MCCS Competition!
In other sporting news our Years 7 and 9 MCCS Netball Teams played and lost in the semi finals this week. Our Year 10 won and will play in the grand final next week.
The MCCS Junior AFL Grand Final was played this week on Thursday against Trinity Catholic College, Auburn. Catherine McAuley won with a final score of 26 - 21. Ms Val Encomienda, AFL Coach has written the following:
After Trinity dominated the first half our girls were motivated and hungry to win the second half. The girls managed to tie the game thereby forcing it into extra time. Our players were unsuccessful in scoring in the first half of extra time with Trinity on seven points. The whole game was a nail-biter but with the determination of our players they managed to score two goals in the second half of extra time leaving them with a win of 26 - 21.
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Well done to our Hip Hop Troupe who competed on Wednesday this week in the CAPTIVATE Arts Factory Eisteddfod. Our Troupe were in the Commercial Dance section competing against 10 other Catholic secondary schools from the Parramatta Diocese. We were placed second in our section which was a great effort and hopefully is a good sign for this Troupe who are competing in the 'Bring It On' Hip Hop Competition on Saturday.
Good luck to all for the Bring It On Dance Competition!
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St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta
Preparation for Confirmation
Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta is now open for students who have completed the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The online registration form can be found on St Patrick’s Cathedral website https://stpatscathedral.com.au under the Sacraments tab in the section titled Confirmation. Alternately, please contact the sacramental coordinator Meg Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the calendar of sessions of preparation are as follows:
Confirmation 1: Tuesday 23rd July, 7.30pm - Parent session
Confirmation 2: Tuesday 30th July, 7.30pm - Parent Session
Confirmation 3: Saturday 10th August, 4.30pm - Parent and Children Session
Confirmation 4: Saturday 17th August, 4:30pm - Parent and Children Session
Confirmation 5: Saturday 24th August, 4pm - Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation followed by 6pm Vigil Mass
Ceremony for Confirmation: Friday 30th August, 7pm
(Please note that the sessions of preparation are held in St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall.)