ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
WEDNESDAY 4th SEPTEMBER
Year 8 Geography Excursion
Year 12 Study Skills
THURSDAY 5th SEPTEMBER
Bishop of Parramatta Student
FRIDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER
Bring It On Dance Finals
MONDAY 9th SEPTEMBER
PDSSSC Oz Tag Gala Day
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Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mcauley.nsw.edu.au
Our HSC Visual Arts and Textiles students exhibited their work in the Barbara McDonough Building Thursday, 22nd August. It was wonderful for parents, friends and staff to see the variety of work on show and to hear the students explain their work and the process by which they had arrived at the finished piece.
I congratulate all our artists and hope they will continue their creative lives, long after the HSC. Thank you to Mrs Alison Finnerty (Visual Arts/ TAS Coordinator), and Mrs Elaine Maher for their constant support and guidance for our Year 12 students this year.
HSC Music students entertained parents, friends and staff at the HSC Music Evening on Wednesday, 28th August. Music students performed pieces that they will present for their HSC exam on the 12th and 13th September. The standard was excellent and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all. Congratulations as well to our HSC Dance and Drama students who have completed their HSC practical exams. Thank you to Mrs Marianne Nakhoul and Ms Kate Picone for their constant support and guidance of our music students as well as Ms Karin Smith for all of the work she has done in preparing our Dance students and Mrs Newman for her work with our Drama students.
Students in Years 10 and 11 have been voting for the positions of School Captain, Portfolio Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Successful candidates will be presented to the school community on Friday, 6th September at our Mercy Day Mass. I congratulate all students who have put themselves forward as potential leaders for 2019/2020. The commitment and standard of applications prepared by the girls was exceptional.
Congratulations to all students who were elected to positions and Holli S. and Josette K. who were elected as School Captains. A full list of names can be viewed on page 7 in this newsletter.
Best wishes and good luck to our Bring It On Hip Hop Dance Troupe who are finalists on Saturday, 7th September. The dance has been choreographed by Alyzza M. (Year 10), Aaliyah H. (Year 10) and Zoe P. (Year 9). Thank you to Ms Karin Smith for her constant support and guidance of the girls.
Congratulations to 14 of our Year 12 students who have gained early entry to the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers early entry program.
Andrea - Bachelor of Professional Accounting
Lauren - Bachelor of Arts
Aarya - Bachelor of Information Technology
Akshita - Bachelor of Business Analytics and Bachelor of Applied Finance
Jamelle - Bachelor of Psychology
Roveena - Bachelor of Cyber Security
Reanna - Bachelor of Medical Sciences
Gabrielle - Bachelor of Medical Sciences
Vanessa - Bachelor of Security Studies
Lakshmi - Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Bachelor of Psychology
Claudia - Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Laws
Alexia - Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Professional Accounting
Bianca - Bachelor of Commerce
Deevanshika - Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
Well done to all of these students!
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and grandfathers in our school community.
mcauley NEWS news
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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 3, ISSUE 13
30 AUGUST 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
Ms Silvana Rossetti
Year 10 Reflection Day
On 16th August Year 10 came together for a day of personal reflection and community building at Mt Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre.
Year 10 were challenged to be resourceful and creative, building towns with the materials they were distributed. Each Homeroom group received a different amount of materials to build their town, they were challenged to think about the sometimes inequitable distribution of resources in our society.
Year 10 rose to the challenge, considering the needs of communities, with all groups including a hospital and a school, reinforcing the importance of health and education. Each group also thought about contemporary issues when building their cities, including sustainable features such as water tanks, renewable energy and green spaces.This reflected their concern for our environment and implementing ideas to play a role in sustaining our planet.
Miss Kate Hogan
Religious Education Teacher
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learning and teaching
In Weeks 8 and 9, Year 11 students will not attend normal timetabled classes, rather they will only attend school for their timetabled examinations. What lies ahead can be quite daunting for students as they will sit exams in most if not all of their subjects. The lengths of their exams vary from 1 hour to 3 hours in length and will give students a taste of what is to come in terms of their HSC examinations. To help prepare students for their exams and reduce stress, the following advice is taken from Headspace:
Take the time to plan
Prepare a study plan and goals for each day / week. Make sure it's balanced with other important things in your life - that way it will be easier to stick to.
Talk to your employers early to let them know you need to limit your shifts / hours while studying.
Create a study space that is comfortable, quiet, well lit, organised, and has no distractions nearby, such as a TV, phone, people talking, etc.
Make sure you have everything you need for each study session as this helps to feel more confident and organised.
Look after yourself
Self care is especially important when you have a big demand in your life - that way you have the energy to commit to what you need to accomplish.
Build activities you enjoy and that bring your stress levels down into your study plan, such as sport, spending time with friends, internet, etc.
Don't get hungry before or while studying. Grab nutritional snacks that keep you going, such as fruit/nuts/dairy, etc.
Remember to get some exercise every day as this helps you to keep focused and energetic.
Rest when you need to
Work out what times of day you have the most energy and plan to study then.
Don't study more than 40-60 mins without a short break. Even a 5 minute break will help. A glass of water helps too!
When you have a break do something physical or fun, such as go for a short run or play with a pet.
Try to keep your focus on school and exams rather than other stuff happening in your life; you don't need this extra worry around relationships, friendships etc. right now.
Relaxation is important, especially before bed, to slow the brain activity down. Try some slow, deep breathing, a shower or a bath, herbal tea etc.
Learn more about sleeping well.
Say “no" to parties during the weeks close to the exams. This will help to keep you refreshed and energised.
When studying, switch your phone and email off to stop the distractions.
Try to keep a focus on your health and wellbeing by not using things like drugs or alcohol; they can make it much harder to study.
Ask for help:
Stay at school until your last day so you don't miss any important info about exams, or fun events with your fellow students.
Practice writing essays and show your teachers for feedback for improvement.
Ask teachers the best way to study for each subject; they have many years experience they can share with you.
Some teachers are happy to be contacted during the time leading up to the exams. Find out which ones you can contact and make use of this if you need to.
If you have trouble approaching your own teacher for advice, talk to one of the other ones who teach the same subject.
Group study sessions with classmates can be a helpful and entertaining way of studying, but keep your focus on what you want to achieve with these sessions.
Talk about what you are studying with family members and friends as this helps to retain the info more, especially names and dates, etc.
Read/ write everything three times as this also helps to commit the info to memory.
Use your trial exam results to focus in on what you need to study.
Use previous exam papers to get a feel for what to expect.
Ask friends what they are doing that is helping with their study or friends who did it last year.
You need to study within 24 hours of the exam on that subject to retain more info.
Write things in coloured texta that you have trouble remembering (such as names and dates) and blu-tak to your toilet wall/door. Sounds funny, but it really works!
Day of the exam
Do your usual routine, for example, have what you normally eat for breakfast.
Take some water and a healthy snack (if allowed) to the exam.
If the stress is getting to you it will prevent you from studying effectively and confidently - so ask for help from Headspace, a counsellor, professional, or help line.
Preparing for examinations
Year 9 2020 Elective Selection
Year 8 students have now started the subject selection process for their stage 5 electives. Students have been given access to our subject selection website where all relevant information is located. Subject selections are made via an online portal and need to be submitted by 3pm, Wednesday, 4th September.
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. Students will be provided with lunch and are encouraged to support the different activities that are student run including the Haunted House, Face Painting, Just Dance, Lego Competition, Sing Star, Photobooth, Op Shop and a range of food stalls. The cost of the stalls and activities range from $1 to $5. This year we have included a Giant Slide, Dodgem Cars and an Inflatable Game of Jousting Sticks all at the cost of $4.00. Money raised on the day is to support our Mercy Works Project in Timor Leste.
Year 11 students need to study smarter not longer….
(Information from Ms Dae - Year 11 Coordinator)
Ms Katie Patterson
Acting Assistant Principal
(Learning and Teaching)
In just over a week, Year 11 students will sit their yearly exams. Students were issued the exam timetable on Monday of this week and should now be planning their study for each subject based on this timetable.
The importance of having a structured study regime cannot be overemphasised. Some people have the mistaken impression that working longer or harder is going to ensure success, but it is usually the student who works smarter and more efficiently who will notice the greatest improvement. Adequate time should be allocated to study which includes time to read, answer practice questions and create graphic organisers (mind maps) to summarise information once it has been learned. Using a variety of note taking techniques and making notes attractive and interesting are skills students practised in the Term 1 Homeroom program. They can find information about this in the Study Skills Handbook on the Year 11 student site.
One of the most important ways to study smarter is to ensure adequate sleep - for adolescents, this means 8-9 hours per night. The importance of sleep for memory and learning has been well documented by researchers. "I have many students who do that very studenty thing of staying up all night right before an exam, in the hope of stuffing in as much knowledge as they can. But 'that’s the worst thing you can do'”, the psychology lecturer at the UK’s Royal Holloway University warns them.
If students are not getting adequate hours of sleep and are not going into the deeper phases of sleep, their studying is less effective. During the deeper phases of sleep, learning is moved from the hippocampus - the short term memory - into the neocortex which is responsible for long term memory retention and recall. Therefore, if students remain up late in order to ‘cram’ for an exam, their learning will be ineffective. Virtually all research indicates the optimal number of hours sleep for an adolescent is 8-9 and all students should be trying to achieve this in the weeks leading up to exams and for the two week examination block. Turning off computers and phones at least an hour before bedtime is one way of ensuring good sleep. More information on how to improve the quality of sleep can be found here.
Research into the importance of sleep for learning can be accessed here:
7 tips for managing exam stress
School exams can be a very stressful time for teenagers, particularly Year 12 exams. Some teenagers get stressed about every exam and others just one or two. But, the 2015 Mission Australia survey suggests that school and study are the top concerns for teenagers 15-19.
Stress around exam time can not only impact a teenager's mental health but also their physical health and general wellbeing. Having a stressed teenager in the house can also be difficult for the whole family. Helping your teenager manage their stress in the lead-up to exams can help them to study and also reduce the tension at home during the exam period.
What to do if your teenager isn't coping
If your teenager really isn't coping with their study load it may be time to seek further support from a professional. A psychologist or counsellor can help them learn exam stress management strategies. You can also talk to their teachers or year advisor about ways to support them at school.
It is also important to talk about different types of achievement. Getting the right ATAR is not the only way to achieve their goals. Their school's Career Counsellor can help them to find alternate pathways to uni or assist in applying for special consideration.
Did you find what you needed?
Yes - Start preparing for results time
No - Hear from another parent about how they supported their teenager
I need to know more - Read our fact sheet on exam stress
Ms Debbie Grigson
NEWLY ELECTED 2019 - 2020 SCHOOL CAPTAINS
Holli AND Josette.
Congratulations to our newly elected leaders for 2019/2020
Staff and student news
Assistant Leader of Culture Sophie O.
Assistant Leader of Environment Davida S.
Assistant Leader of Hospitality Lanee L.
Assistant Leader of Learning Azeerayh M.
Assistant Leader of Liturgy Raia U.
Assistant Leader of Social Justice Jemma A.
Assistant Leader of Sport Lily H.
Assistant Leader of Technology Charlene P.
Assistant Leader of Caritas House Ruvarashe K.
Assistant Leader of Clare House Aimee H.
Assistant Leader of Coolock House Akansha N.
Assistant Leader of Dobson House Hannah H.
Assistant Leader of Mercedes House Hannah McM.
Assistant Leader of Ryan House Renee V.
Assistant Leader of Veritas House Jasmine G.
School Captains Josette K. and Holli S.
Leader of Culture Tiara T.
Leader of Environment Avegail M.
Leader of Hospitality Gisella V.
Leader of Learning Alysha S.
Leader of Liturgy Maria M.
Leader of Social Justice Ava B.
Leader of Sport Jasmine J-H.
Leader of Technology Shaine L.
Leader of Caritas House Keely S.
Leader of Clare House Zahra A.
Leader of Coolock House Sophia F.
Leader of Dobson House Chantelle Y-A.
Leader of Mercedes House Elizabeth B.
Leader of Ryan House Alyssa A.
Leader of Veritas House Alexa C.
Last week on Tuesday, 20th August 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 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 were fascinated with the LEGO model of Pompeii which helped them understand what this city was like before the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. It also revealed the excavation of both Pompeii and Herculaneum after their destruction and the many artefacts found as a result.
A wonderful day was had by all and the students learnt a great deal about the past.
Mrs Lynne Hamilton & Mrs Paula Reed
International Space Settlement Design Competition Video
A four minute video showing the adventures of our students who have recently returned from the International Space Settlement Design Competition, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida has been put together by Nathan K., a Year 10 student at Parramatta Marist.
If you are interested in what our students (Brook B, Avegail M, Tram N and Anjaly Elizabeth M) experienced on this amazing trip please click on the link: https://tiny.cc/ISSDC2019.
Our students joined with students from 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.
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Year 7 History Students Explore Old Sydney
and Ancient Egypt
Year 9 Science Explore Vaccination With Guest Speaker From The Westmead Institute of Medical Research
Year 9 Commerce Market Day
Over two Fridays our Yr 9 Commerce students operated a business stall in Mercy Square after having spent weeks creating their brand and planning their products. Learning to run a business is an important part of the Commerce syllabus and this event provides students with invaluable real life skills and experience in a business environment.
Staff and students were offered a variety of delicious food and drinks, including gelato cones, pizza, waffles, brownies, pancakes, cookies and more.
Year 9 Science students were fortunate last week to have Dr Kerrie Sandgren from The Westmead Institute of Medical Research come to talk to them about vaccination and immunisation. The students are currently working on a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit looking at the importance of herd immunity and the necessity to increase vaccination rates in the community, so it was an incredible opportunity for them to hear from someone who works in this field.
Students were able to gain a better understanding of our immune system and visualise how our cells work to combat pathogens through Dr Sandgren’s interactive modelling activity with balloons.
Miss Sangeeta Raja
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“I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future”, Theodore Roosevelt
This week Year 12 Modern History and History Extension students participated in a workshop providing them with skills and information to assist them further with their preparation for the HSC. The workshops were relevant and timely given the students have just completed their HSC Trial examinations.
Jonathon Dallimore, Professional Officer from the History Teachers’ Association of NSW presented a series of lectures on the following areas; Power and Authority, Russia and Indochina. Jonathon is well known in History circles for the many books he has authored and co-authored many books pertaining to the Modern History syllabus. He also teaches History methodology at universities.
The morning proved to be most valuable as students were reassured and affirmed that they are on the right path on their HSC journey. As the girls near the end of this journey we wish them all the very best for the coming months.
Mrs Lynne Hamilton & Mrs Paula Reed
Modern History with jonathon Dallimore from the history teachers' association
Ms Brooke Robson
Sports Coordinator and PDHPE Teacher
1. When did you commence teaching at Catherine McAuley?
I started teaching at McAuley in 2012.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
This is my 9th year of teaching.
3. What other schools have you taught at or what other positions have you held?
I have only ever worked at Catherine McAuley as a PDHPE teacher and Sports Coordinator.
4. What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Diploma of Teaching and Certificate III in Fitness.
5. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
I enjoy watching the students achieve their goals and performing at their personal best both in the classroom and on the sporting field.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to keep active, playing soccer and spending quality time with family and friends.
7. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
I would advise students to take on board feedback from your teachers and peers and put it into action.
Year 7 Student Media Team
Support Our Hip Hop Team at the Bring It On Dance Finals!
The Catherine McAuley Hip Hop dance troupe will be competing in the Bring It On Dance Competition finals, and we would love your support!
Where: Hillsong Convention Centre
When: Saturday 7th September
Time: Doors open at 5pm. Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7pm.
Details: When booking tickets, ensure that you select Catherine McAuley as the school that you are supporting. The school with the most supporters will be allocated a section of seats at the front.
Tickets: You can purchase tickets through https://www.bringitondance.com/tickets/sydney-grand-final-2019/
See you there!
Miss Karin Smith
MEET THE TEACHER
Year 8 Science Studying Different Body Systems
Year 8 Science students with Miss Raja are currently studying different body systems as part of the unit ‘How Do We Live’. Students have completed heart, chicken wing and kidney dissections to deepen their understanding about the circulatory, musculoskeletal and excretory systems.
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
Photo Competition at Westmead Hospital
Open to Students
There is a wonderful opportunity for students to be involved in a photo competition happening at Westmead Hospital. Winning works will be displayed at the new hospital building which is really exciting.
More information about this opportunity in available via the link here:
Year 9 Student to Compete in Australia’s Got Talent Grand Final
If you watch the Channel 7 TV show called ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ look out for Year 9 student Zoe P. who will compete in the grand final with her dance group ‘Lil Kookies’.
We wish you all the best Zoe! Zoe appears in this photo in the middle row on right.
Congratulations to Kiarna M., Year 10 who competed on Sunday,
18th August in the NSW Gymnastics State Championships at Rooty Hill. Kiarna was representing her club Sydney Academy Gymnastics in the individual competition and placed 1st in her division.
Well done Kiarna!
Year 8 Student competes in world karate federation national competition
Congratulations to Bronte M., Year 8 who recently competed with the NSW State Karate Team at the World Karate Federation National Competition. Bronte’s team came 1st out of the 12 teams who competed and in the individual event she came 4th out of 30.
Well done Bronte!
Year 10 Student places 1st in nsw gymnastics state championships
mcauley memories...Final Year Graduations over the years
photography credits for the student media team
Mikaela S. Year 7 - Year 7 History Excursion
Egieneille T. & Jacintta G. Year 9 - Year 9 Commerce Market Day
Visit our School Facebook Page by clicking on the Facebook button for more news stories and photos from Catherine McAuley. ‘Like’ our page to be kept informed of all the happenings at McAuley.
A recent post to the page included:
As we prepare for our Year 12 students Class of 2019 to graduate next month here are some memories from final year graduations over the years.
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First students to graduate 1966
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