ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST
Year 7 History Excursion
WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST
Sports, Music, Co Curricular Photos
THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST
Year 12 HSC Visual Arts & Textiles Body of Work Exhibition, 5:30pm
FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST
Year 9 Commerce Market Day
MONDAY 26TH AUGUST
Year 9 2020 Subject Selection Presentations
THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST
Year 12 Pastoral Seminar
FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST
Year 10 Geography Excursion
Darcy Road, Westmead NSW 2145 Phone: 9849 9100 Fax: 9849 9199
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
SPEAKING THE SILENCE
This year, the Australian Mercy Secondary School Association (AMSSA) held its bi-annual staff conference at Monte Sant’Angelo Mercy College on 8th - 10th August. I was fortunate to be able to attend this with Ms Genevieve Banks, Ms Ellen Lonergan, Mrs Belinda Manoogian, Ms Susan Dowling, Ms Bonita Carlin, Ms Lisa Allen, Ms Kaitlyn Tyszkiewicz, Mrs Leanne Kempys and Ms Yolanda Yu. The theme for this year was ‘Speaking the Silence’ which challenged us all to reflect upon the need to be able to discern when to be silent and when to speak out.
The conference was opened by Geraldine Doogue, renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster who was educated in the Mercy tradition. We were then very fortunate to have Bishop Vincent Long celebrate the opening mass. This mass was a wonderful way to begin our Conference with Bishop Vincent reminding us to speak out against injustice. The joint choir and band was a wonderful example of what can be achieved when we work together. A special thank you to Ms Kate Picone who helped to prepare and accompanied six of our students who were part of the joint choir. As always they did us very proud. Thank you to Fritzy, Alexandra and Raneeka of Year 10 as well as Deanne, Angelia and Adhithi of Year 9.
The conference ran over three days, during which time we were very fortunate to hear from Sister Angela Reed, Mercy In Action Global Action Coordinator, United Nations; Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland; Gerardine Kearney MP, Federal Member for Batman Victoria; and Phil Glendenning, Director, Edmund Rice Centre. Each of these excellent speakers had many important themes and messages, but one which ran through all of their addresses was that of speaking up against injustice. Phil Glendenning said “If you are neutral when it comes to injustice than you are on the side of the oppressor.”
Last Sunday, the Gospel focused on waiting for the return of our Messiah. We do not know when this will come and so we are encouraged to live our lives in such a way as to bring about the kingdom, rather than waiting for the kingdom of God to be delivered to us. If we all live the values of the kingdom, by our very actions we bring the kingdom into being. This gives an incredible significance to the way we choose to live our lives and a special significance to speaking the silence.
Catherine McAuley believed that the struggles of others were our struggles and so we should seek to help those who may not be in a position to be able to help themselves. She said, “if the love of God reigns in your heart, it will quickly show in the exterior.” We can sometimes be overwhelmed as to where to start. Phil Glendenning provided as all with a very simple way we can all start to make a difference beginning with our own words and actions. We can all begin by refraining from stereotyping, making insensitive comments, using non-inclusive language, making belittling jokes, justifying our own bias by seeking out like-minded people and accepting negative information while screening out the positive information. If we can all start with these actions then we will be able to show that the love of God reigns in our hearts.
In April this year, Pope Francis urged us all to learn to work together, much as sporting teams do, to help one another and race toward a clear goal. He also emphasized the importance of solidarity with one’s own team and community, especially reaching out to those “who have fallen or suffered a foul or limping because they have been hurt” and to respect both friend and foe. Pope Francis stated, “in our society, we can only be saved together, while we lose if we allow those who are weaker to remain on the sidelines and feel worthless.” Jesus calls on all people to “love and do everything with a look of goodness toward people and their situations,” the ope said. “This means becoming the last one, learning to see beauty even in the smallest things and trying to accept our limits with serenity.” As a school community, I ask that we all strive to take a step towards ‘speaking the silence’ to help one another.
mcauley NEWS news
in this issue
NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 3, ISSUE 12
16 AUGUST 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
Ms Silvana Rossetti
MS LAETITIA RICHMOND, MS SILVANA ROSSETTI AND MS KATE PICONE WITH
choir STUDENTS AT THE AMSSA CONFERENCE OPENING MASS.
Jan Frans Beschey, Assumption of the Virgin,
On Thursday, 15th August we celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Assumption is a holy day of obligation and we were very appreciative that the Very Rev Fr Bob Bossini, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta made time in his busy schedule to celebrate Mass for the Westmead Catholic Community. It was wonderful to see that many students and staff availed themselves of this opportunity. In his homily, Fr Bob spoke about the promise made by God and especially on this day, as Christians, how we celebrate hope.
In Australia, the holy days of obligation are the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas Day), the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all Sundays of the year. Historically derived, holy days of obligation were special occasions on which Catholics, over the age of reason, were obliged to attend Mass. They were also encouraged to refrain from any work or involvement with commerce which would interfere with their participation in divine worship.
In Australia in previous years, there was a greater number of Holy Days of Obligation (Mary, Mother of God, the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ and All Saints’ Day). In May 2001 the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference exercised the option of Canon Law to suppress some of the Holy Days of Obligation or transfer them to a Sunday (the Ascension). The number of holy days of obligation has changed greatly over time, cognisant of social change and the need for employment to support the family. The question could be asked why has the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference retained the Assumption?
The Assumption is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ. It is also known as the 'Dormition of the Virgin Mary' (Mary falling asleep). This feast commemorates two events - the departure of Mary from this life and the assumption of her body into heaven. Pope Pius Xll, in 1950, defined that Mary "after the completion of her earthly life...was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven." Her body wasn't allowed to corrupt nor was it allowed to remain in a tomb. In the early Christian centuries relics of saints and those who gave their lives for the faith were jealously guarded and highly prized. Many cities claim the mortal remains of saints, both famous and little-known. But there are no records of Mary's bodily remains being venerated anywhere.
The Gospel for this holy day recalls Mary's actions after the announcement of Jesus' birth by the Angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles they and their unborn children will play in God's plan for salvation. Mary responds to Elizabeth's greeting with her song of praise, the Magnificat. Both women recall and echo God's history of showing favour upon the people of Israel. Mary's Magnificat, in particular, echoes the song of praise offered by Hannah, the mother of Samuel.
The Gospel for this day reminds us that Mary's Assumption into heaven is best understood with regard for the full spectrum of Catholic beliefs about the person of Christ and the person of Mary. Only Mary, who was born without the stain of original sin, the Immaculate Conception, could give birth to Christ, who is fully God and fully human. This is called the Immaculate Conception. Because of Mary's role in God's plan of salvation, she does not suffer from the effects of sin, which are death and decay. Mary is the first to receive the fullness of the redemption that her son has won for all of humanity. The Church, therefore, recognises Mary as the sign of the salvation promised to all.
Today's Gospel highlights Mary's faith. Mary's faith enabled her to recognise the work of God in her people's history and in her own life. Her openness to God allowed God to work through her so that salvation might come to all. Mary is a model and symbol of the Church. Fr Bob’s homily also addressed Mary’s courage and he reminded us that we need to be courageous like Mary. May we be like Mary, open and cooperative in God's plan of salvation.
Year 9 2020 Elective Selection
Starting in week 6, Year 8 students will start the process of elective selection for their Stage 5 electives. Students select two electives which they study for both Years 9 and 10 and a third elective which they study just in Year 9. Students will be given access to a Subject Selection website which contains information, presentations, videos and more relating to the elective selection process in general and all the specific subjects being offered. The selection of Stage 5 electives gives students a chance to explore new curriculum areas and / or continue with subjects that are no longer compulsory. A combination of electives which includes both practical and theory is often desirable to provide variety in the school day.
learning and teaching
STAFF AND STUDENTS AT THE DIOCESAN EDUCATION MASS AND MISSION EXPO.
Year 12 Trial Examinations
The Year 12 Trial Examinations are almost completed with the final exams taking place on Monday, 20th August. The girls are to be commended for the way in which they have approached and engaged with their exams. As in past years, the trial examinations have been supervised by our HSC examination Presiding Officer and her team. This allows the girls to acclimatise to the formal structure of the HSC examinations later this year. Upon the return of classes after the trials exams, students will be finalising course content and consolidating their learning.
On Tuesday, 13 August four Year 11 students accompanied Ms Rossetti and Ms Banks to the Diocesan Education Mass and Mission Expo at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta.
Once a year schools from throughout the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta come together to celebrate Mass and to share what is happening in each school community. The Principal Celebrant was Bishop Vincent Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD and his concelebrants were Father Christopher de Souza VG EV and Father Andrew Fornal OP.
After Mass in the Cathedral Cloisters, the students had an opportunity to share with people from other schools how we reach out to others through our involvement with Mercy Works and the Mission Module. This year we collaborated with Parramatta Marist High, Sacred Heart Primary and Mother Teresa Primary to showcase what wonderful things are happening at the Westmead Catholic Community.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
Diocesan Education Mass and Mission Expo
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The first presentation looked at the changing environment in which we teach. On a daily basis, educators are facing new challenges exacerbated by the influences of new technologies. Traditionally teachers have not been considered frontline workers. It is a term more associated with the health profession. However, with the increasing influence of technology, the demands on teachers, particularly in the wellbeing space, has seen the role include frontline characteristics - direct care, aspects of community and public health, administration and reporting requirements and dealing with mental health behaviours. The online environment is highlighting the complexity of risks for both vulnerable students as well as for staff.
In this presentation the Office of the eSafety Commissioner:
discussed the importance of digital well-being and maintaining perspective
discussed strategies to incorporate into self-care practices to manage those incidents that were never in the job description
examine the need to adopt an intersectional approach to understanding why some young people are targeted online and how this contributes to increased vulnerability.
As a result of this presentation and workshops that followed, staff discussed strategies on how to best understand and work with our young people within this current digital environment. In upcoming newsletters we will share with you examples of strategies and / or information students are receiving via Homeroom and Form Meetings.
Year 9 are focusing this term on Resilience. At their Form Meeting students from 9 Ryan presented information on Resilience and Ms Beadman led them through Reading the Resiliency Mandala (Source: projectresilience.com)
Following on from the previous newsletters discussion regarding homework and studying; once students have made a plan as to the homework and study they will complete each night, the next challenge is sticking to it!
Procrastination can undo even the best of plans. Procrastination is a personal choice, but we often fail to recognise this. It is actively choosing to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing. It involves ignoring and avoiding an unpleasant, but likely more important task, in favour of one that is more enjoyable or easier. Procrastination can often make us feel guilty or ashamed. It can lead to reduced productivity and cause us to miss out on achieving our (SMARTIES) goals.
Procrastination is a habit and thus it is possible to overcome it and form new more positive habits. The following are suggestions to help students and parents deal with and prevent procrastination:
Forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past. Studies show that self-forgiveness can help you to feel more positive about yourself and reduce the likelihood of procrastination in the future.
Commit to the task. Focus on doing, not avoiding.
Promise yourself a reward. If you complete a difficult or undesirable task on time, reward yourself.
Ask someone to check up on you. Peer pressure works!
Use an online tool such as Procraster can help self-monitor.
Act as you go. Tackle tasks as soon as they arise, rather than letting them build up over another day.
Staff Professional Learning Day
Monday 22nd July 2019
The Challenge of Today’s Learner: Resilience or Resistance?
Ms Katie Patterson
Acting Assistant Principal
(Learning and Teaching)
STUDY SKILLS TIP FOR AUGUST
THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY SLEEP FOR STUDENTS
Sleep is crucial not just for physical and mental well-being, but for the consolidation of learning, and to ensure you perform in all your endeavours in peak condition. The absolute last resort should be to sacrifice sleep time in order to get things done.
How much sleep is right for you? This is tricky as everyone is different. Some lucky people need only 6 hours a night, most people need about 8 hours and some people need 10 hours!
Two ways to tell if you are getting enough sleep:
How quickly do you fall asleep at night? If you fall asleep instantly that can be a sign you are not getting enough sleep, it should take 10-15 minutes to fall asleep.
How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? If you feel tired and sluggish then that can also be a sign that you need to get to bed earlier.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF YOUR SLEEP:
Avoid caffeine (cola drinks, coffee, energy drinks, chocolate) after dinner or even better, no later than 4pm.
Organise as much as you can at night to minimise what you have to do in the morning (e.g. organise your clothes for the next day, pack your bag).
Try and have a half hour to an hour before you go to bed without computers, TV, phone or any electronic devices or homework or chatting to friends. If you can’t do that, at least put the devices on night mode or turn the brightness down.
Set up a relaxing ‘wind-down’ routine for before you go to bed. Do this same routine every night (e.g. warm shower, reading, listening to quiet music) so your brain associates these activities with bed time and sleep.
A drop in body temperature near bedtime triggers the sense that is time to go to sleep. So after a warm bath or hot shower, cool yourself down. It is also better at night to be cool rather than overheated.
Keep your room as dark and as quiet as possible at night.
When you lie in bed, start at your feet and mentally imagine relaxing each muscle as you slowly work your way up the body. Most people do not make it up to their head before they fall asleep!
In the morning open the curtains wide or go out into the sun and get lots of light to help wake your brain. Being exposed to lots of natural light during the day will also help the body produce the melatonin at the right time for a good sleep cycle.
A healthy breakfast will help to kick-start your body clock for the day.
Learn more about lifestyle habits of successful students at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.
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Each circle of the diagram represents a stage of development. At the centre of the circle is the self. The ring closest to the center holds the name of the childhood phases of all the resiliencies. Moving outward, the next ring holds the adolescent stages, and the one after that, the adult stages. The outermost ring, gives the general, overall name of each resiliency.
Reading the diagram ring by ring will give you an understanding of the general concept of resilience at each stage of development. Each wedge represents one resiliency. It names the overall resiliency on the outermost arc then moves inward through the adult, adolescent, and childhood stages. For instance, insight takes the form of understanding in adulthood, knowing in adolescence, and sensing in childhood.
Ms Debbie Grigson
Fundraiser for Preschool Education Programs
in Timor Leste
Clare and Dobson Houses began their fundraising for the Mercy Works preschool educational programs in Timor Leste on Friday, 2 August with a ‘One-Stop Stationery Shop’. Students from Clare and Dobson had brought in stationary items which were then sold at great prices to students. Pens, textas, bull clips, folders and journals were some of the items available.
All money raised this term will go to Mercy Works.
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Mercy Day is celebrated at Catherine McAuley on Friday, 6th September 2019. This is a compulsory day for all students. The theme for the day is 'Super Solos, Dynamic Duos, Terrific Trios and Golden Groups', girls are encouraged to dress in outfits representing the theme. The theme is decided and promoted by the SRC.
The day begins with Mass. Parents are welcome to attend Mass in the Morley Centre, please be seated by 9:15am. On Monday, 5th August students were given a letter to take home outlining the program and activities for Mercy Day.
senior constable dusan dakic with
year 12 students and teacher ms lu.
Years 11 & 12 English Studies Learn About Online Safety With Senior Constable Dakic
Staff and student news
On Wednesday, 21st May and Tuesday, 6th August Senior Constable Dusan Dakic spoke to Years 11 and 12 English Studies about online safety as part of the HSC module 'Digital Worlds'. Here is what some students had to say about the talk:
“Constable Dakic's talk was about the possible dangers of the online world and the importance of being safe online, as well as ways in which to do this. He also described situations in which technology wasn't used appropriately. I gained a greater knowledge of the online world, especially the dangers in regards to online predators, cyberbullying and the importance of being safe online.” Sirena
“The talk from the police officer about cyber safety and the risks that people face from online ‘traps’ provides a better insight into the world of technological threats. I had a great time listening to what Constable Dakic had to say about the topic, asking him questions and trying to understand the situations that he has had to deal with.” Talia
“The talk that was given by the Constable was very informative about the use of social media and digital technology. It enhanced my knowledge about online safety and opened my eyes to stories which occur in real life.” Ruth
“The talk that I listened to was very detailed yet ‘straight to the point’. This talk taught myself and many others how important it is to watch what you’re doing on the internet. What I got from this talk was just how easy it is to hack into anyone's account.” Rylee
“From Senior Constable Dakic I learnt how to be safe online and to be careful with my social media as there may be consequences to the things I do.” Jada
“I really enjoyed the presentation from Senior Constable Dakic. My favourite thing about the presentation was that we got to ask questions not just about internet security but anything relating to policing.” Rafqaa
“Constable Dakic's presentation was about how to have a secure social media account to prevent people from hacking your personal details. Another point Constable Dakic brought up was being aware of who your social media followers are and not to accept random people you don't know to follow you, only accept people you do know. Constable Dakic's presentation was very informative to the class and I believe that we all got something out of his presentation.” Brooke
senior constable dusan dakic with
year 11 students and teacher Ms Lu.
Congratulations to the McAuley students who have recently returned to Australia after competing in the International Space Settlement Design Competition at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA. Brooke B.,
Avegail M., Tram N. and Anjaly E, took part after having won the National Finals in Brisbane earlier this year.
This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students and gave them the chance to compete with schools from all around the world. Our students joined with Parramatta Marist, Patrician Brothers, Blacktown, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, Queensland and St Laurence’s College, Queensland to form an Australian Super Team. This Australian Team were awarded 2nd place in the competition.
The Space Settlement Design Competition is an industry simulation game with teams given the task of designing a lunar base for 16,000 people. Each team was divided up into different divisions much like a real aerospace company. The competition took place over three days with the teams each giving a 35 minute presentation at the end to showcase their proposed design.
Our students all gained much from the experience and were enthusiastic to find that there are many students all over the world who share their passion for STEM and aeroscience. They also enjoyed the opportunity to visit Washington DC, New York and Universal Studios, Orlando before travelling to the Kennedy Space Center where the competition was held.
Some of the student reflections are below:
“The lessons I have learnt on this trip stretches further than the things we learn in class and makes me want to continue to keep exploring what can sometimes be difficult in the school setting. I will always remember the experience of working for one team with people from all corners of the world and being able to freely express my passion and talents in disciplines of STEM”, Anjaly E.
“I want to be an aeronautical engineer in the air force like my father. Through this competition I realised that I was capable of so much more than I thought. I have also realised that I actually love teamwork,” Tram N.
“Science has so many possibilities and is essential to knowledge. I love that I have found other teenagers all over the world with the same passion as me. It didn’t matter whether we won or lost as it really was the experience which made it all worthwhile”, Avegail M.
“I have always had a passion for Science and STEM. I have learnt so much from this experience. It was because of my involvement earlier in the project that I decided to take physics as a subject choice”, Brooke B.
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International Space Settlement
Design Competition Florida USA July 2019
MRS TERESA WILSON AND YEAR 11 LEGAL STUDIES STUDENTS WITH JUDGE PAUL CONLON.
Year 11 Biology
Students Study Local Ecosystems
District Court Judge Visits Year 11 Legal Studies Students
Year 11 Legal Studies students were fortunate enough to have a visit from Judge Paul Conlon, Judge of the District Court of NSW, on Tuesday this week.
After a talk from Judge Conlon when the students visited the Downing Centre Courts as part of an excursion earlier in the year, he kindly offered to come out to speak to the students. He spoke to them about the criminal justice system, particularly reflecting on past cases which he had prosecuted as a Crown Prosecutor or cases he had presided over as a Judge of the District Court.
This visit has been an invaluable experience for the girls as they will be studying crime as part of the HSC course.
Mrs Teresa Wilson
Year 7 Coordinator and HSIE Teacher
Last term our Year 11 Biology students travelled to Camp Kedron, located next to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, for the opportunity to study the local ecosystem and look at the impact of human development.
The students were able to investigate the local ecosystems within the national park and conduct biological tests, analyze results and look closely at native Australian species of flora and fauna, including a short nosed bandicoot, bush rats, crayfish, monarch butterflies and caterpillars.
History in the Making!
The Parramatta and District Historical Society invited local students to participate in this year’s Secondary School Public Speaking Event held at Catherine McAuley last Tuesday.
The topic for this year was ‘Our History, Our Stories’.
It was fascinating to hear students from local secondary schools (Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta Marist High School and Cumberland High School) speak about the history of their schools. A feature of this year's Public Speaking Event was the array of presentation styles employed by the students. The range of content covered by the students was also impressive covering such topics as significant local personalities, important educational leaders, the impact of the first contact between Aborigines and Europeans and the importance of fact over myth.
Special congratulations to Angel (Year 7), Aiza (Year 8), Jasmine (Year 9) and Victoria (Year 9) who delivered well received presentations.
Special mention to Victoria whose professionalism in comparing the event was second to none.
The Welcome to Country was presented by Shanaya (Year 10) and was an especially moving introduction for our morning together.
This event was a wonderful experience for all involved. Brian Powyer, President of the Parramatta Historical Society, commented on the event, “that the future of our history is in good hands with the coming generations.” Jasmine who was a presenter said that she “felt very honoured to have been part of the history speech and to share the different stories of Parramatta’s history”. Angel said the event “was both fun and exciting but also nerve-racking however I thoroughly enjoyed the experience I have gained from doing it."
Ms Paula Reed & Ms Lynne Hamilton
STUDENTS FROM CATHERINE McAULEY, OLMC PARRAMATTA, PARRAMATTA MARIST and cumberland high school WITH Members of the Parramatta and District Historical Society.
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Emogen L., Jasmine T., Abby O., Sophia S., Czeyden R., Scarlett B., Myka M., Jennifer G., Sophia M., Martha K. and Madeline M.
Farewell To Our Visiting Students from Japan
We farewelled our visiting students from Kanrei Shirayuri Gakuen last week. Our visitors were each presented with a certificate at a farewell assembly.
Thank You to Host Families
The school is extremely grateful to all those families who hosted our visiting Japanese students and for welcoming them into their homes. Ms Kyoko Reynolds, Japanese Teacher, has written the following message of thanks:
Dear Host Families,
I would like to thank your families for hosting your student from Kanrei Girls School, Japan.
The students from both schools, Kanrei and Catherine McAuley, have had a wonderful time thanks to your involvement in this important intercultural opportunity.
Without host families the program would not take place and I extend my sincere appreciation for your involvement.
I hope your families have enjoyed the experience.
Thank you to the families of:
Emogen L., Jasmine T., Abbey O., Sophia S., Czeyden R., Scarlett B., Myka M., Jennifer G., Sophia M., Martha K. and Madeline M
Emogen L., Jasmine T., Abbey O., Sophia S., Czeyden R., Scarlett B., Myka M., Jennifer G., Sophia M., Martha K. and Madeline M
Martha K. Madeline M.
Martha K. Madeline M.
Martha K. Madeline M.
History Teacher Awarded Gandel Holocaust Studies Scholarship
Congratulations to Ms Stephanie Dito, Catherine McAuley History Teacher, who has been awarded a Gandel Holocaust Studies Scholarship which will see her travel to Israel for three weeks during the Christmas school holidays.
This scholarship is run by Gandel Philanthropy, one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds. They are sending a group of about 30 teachers from across Australia to Israel from 29th December to 15th January for an intensive course to study the Holocaust and how to teach it. Participants will hear from survivors and engage in Jewish culture with day trips to significant sites and a Shabbat dinner.
Stephanie says she is very excited to take part in the study scholarship as it is an incredible opportunity to engage with educational experts and to experience both Israeli culture and history. “I applied for this because there isn't any equivalent in Australia where I can have such an immersive experience surrounded by other teachers, and be led by educational experts. When I come back, part of the program involves developing an educational project to be taught within the school so I'll be developing new lessons and resources to help me build that project. I look forward to continuing to engage students in this challenging and very interesting area of history”.
Well done Ms Dito. The school is very proud of you!
The Contemporary Dance Troupe, consisting of a group of Years 7-10 students, attended the Sydney Eisteddfod on Sunday, 4th August. The students performed beautifully on the day and the adjudicator made particular mention of their fantastic performance quality and energy/dedication to presenting the piece.
This year our intent was to pay tribute to women who have overcome adversity and become successful in their field. We took inspiration from the designer Coco Chanel and the scientist Marie Curie in the choreographing of this piece. The adjudicator admired our choice of music and commented on the clean arm work with good strong accents. This observation was particularly important as much of the choreography focused on using the accent in the music to emphasise the movements performed.
The students were excellent representatives of the school and it was with great pleasure that we attended with them on the day.
Ms Talitha Flynn and Ms Kaitlyn Tyszkiewicz
Contemporary Dance Troupe Perform at Sydney Eisteddfod
The traditional Year 12 vs Staff competition, known as the McAuley Shield, continues with the students beating the staff at Family Feud on Friday, 2nd August. With questions like ‘Name something you wear which is made of metal’ to ‘Name an animal you would not want to pat’ the students beat the staff with the last answer of the day. A thrilling victory for the students!
Ms Denise Thomson
mr grant johnson with year 12 students competing in a game of family feud.
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1. When did you commence teaching at McAuley?
My first year at McAuley was 2011.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
I have been teaching since late last century...
3. What other schools have you taught at or what other positions have you held?
Apart from teaching for a year in both Germany and Switzerland, I have taught at Kirrawee High, Christian Brothers' Sutherland, Wenona (Head of L.O.T.E) and Northholm Grammar (Head of L.O.T.E. and Head of International Studies).
4. What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Teachers' Certificate.
5. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
McAuley is rich in so many ways: the experiences brought to the classroom by a culturally diverse student body, along with the range of opportunities available to the girls for involvement in activities beyond the classroom.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read, garden, cook, listen to music, kayak and travel.
7. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
Never be afraid to keep trying when you find things hard; just start working and usually you will find things get better.
Year 7 Student Media Team
MEET THE TEACHER
Year 12 vs Staff Competition - Family Feud
Year 11 Hospitality students with Ms Jarosevski attended The Coffee School, Sydney on Monday, 12th August where they completed a one day professional barista course. The students spent the day learning how to use the coffee machines and were also shown how to create ‘coffee art’ on the tops of milky coffees.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
Year 11 Hospitality Students Complete Barista Course
Year 8 Japanese Students Attend Sushi Making Incursion
On Friday, 2nd August our Year 8 Japanese students attended a sushi making incursion where they had the opportunity to learn how to make sushi and Japanese sweets.
Year 7 Japanese students had a lesson this week with Ms Reynolds on Japanese eating etiquette and how to use chopsticks properly.
Year 8 Student Plays in Under 15s
NSW All Schools Touch Football Championships
Ella, Year 8, represented NSWCCC at the Under 15s NSW All Schools Touch Football Championships on 2nd - 4th August at the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation in Narrabeen.
This competition involves teams from NSWCCC, NSWCIS and NSWCHS in a round robin format. Ella's team played the grand final against NSWCHS on Sunday but unfortunately lost.
Ella however played brilliantly and showed leadership skills both on and off the field despite being the youngest team member. Congratulations Ella on this achievement!
Ms Brooke Robson
Year 7 STUDENT WINS NICKELODEON SLIME CUP
Congratulations to Year 7 student Claudia S. who competed with her cousin in the Nickelodeon TV show competition ‘Slime Cup’ and who won the competition!
The Slime Cup ran for six weeks on the Nickelodeon Foxtel TV channel and saw contestants compete in teams of two in a series of slime-soaked obstacle courses. Claudia teamed up with her cousin with the team name ‘Fairly Odd Cuzzies’ and they won the series.
As the winning team they both won a 65” flat screen TV, a Nintendo Switch console and games, a popcorn maker, milkshake maker, DVDs and lots of Nickelodeon merchandise. However, for Claudia the best prize was the Slime Cup trophy to display in her bedroom.
Year 12 student Olivia featured in an article in The Daily Telegraph on Sunday, 13th July 2019. The article was about the abuse often directed at referees in rugby league matches. Olivia is a junior referee with NSW Rugby League.