ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
MONDAY 16TH - FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
Year 11 Exams
MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER
PDSSSC Girls 7-10 Basketball Gala Day
WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
Year 7 Pastoral Care Seminar
FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
YEAR 12 STUDY DAY
YEAR 12 FORMAL
NSWCCC Athletics Carnival
SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
Year 7 2020 Allwell Test
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Last Friday the school celebrated Mercy Day. Mercy Day is the feast day that unites us to the Mercy world. Its origin dates back to 24th September 1827 when the House on Baggot Street, Dublin was opened by Catherine McAuley as a school for the education of poor young girls and as a residence for homeless girls and women.
Catherine McAuley was a woman of great vision. She was an innovator not only in what she did, but also in how she did things. She was a woman of prayer and of deep faith. Catherine’s life as a Sister of Mercy only spanned ten years but during that time she worked tirelessly to respond to the needs of the poor and sick who were part of the community in which she found herself living. She lived by the values we all strive to uphold each day; mercy, justice, excellence, integrity, courage and hospitality.
As a Mercy school we honour this day and recall those early days of Mercy Education; we recognise our history, celebrate our present and look forward with hope and joy to our future. As a contemporary Mercy Community we are called to focus on ways we can continue to be people of Mercy in our world. In a world desperately in need of the works and spirit of mercy, Mercy Day serves as a reminder to challenge ourselves to follow in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley, serving those on the edges of society through ministry, advocacy and prayer.
As a community we continue to strive to make Mercy an action rather than just an ideal - Mercy is an expression of our love for those in our community who are marginalised: it is living out the Gospel values, which promote the dignity and worth of all human beings. For our community today, in 2019, this day was an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the Sisters of Mercy who were brave enough to follow Catherine McAuley’s teachings and to open our beautiful school with Sister Eugene Dobson as the first Principal in 1966. To these wonderful, courageous women, we say thank you!
The day began with Mass, concelebrated by Very Rev Peter Williams VG. EV. Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, Father Walter Fogarty, Parish Priest at Sacred Heart and Father Denis Andrew, Parish Priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We were honoured by the presence of the following Sisters of Mercy - Sr. Barbara McDonough, Past Principal, Sr. Mary Louise Petro, Congregational Leader, Sr. Maria Lawton, Congregational Vicar and Bursar, Sr. Margaret Sheppard and Sr. Helen Stannard. I thank all the Sisters for coming to celebrate this special day with us.
Special guests who also joined us on the day included: Mrs Mary Creenaune, Acting Director System Performance, Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta; Mr Mark Pauschmann, Principal Parramatta Marist High; Mrs Elizabeth Devlin, Principal Mother Teresa Primary School; Ms Natalie Misfud, Acting Principal Sacred Heart Primary School; Dr Sabine Pillar, Vice President of Catherine McAuley Parents and Friends Association; Mrs Vicki Baiada, President of Catherine McAuley Alumni Association. We also welcomed parents and families of our newly elected Student Leaders.
Thank you to Ms Genevieve Banks and Ms Ellen Lonergan for preparing the Mass, to Ms Kate Picone, Mrs Marianne Nakhoul, Ms Leonie King and Mrs Elizabeth Lowrencev and the choir for the music, to Mr Bob Cavill and his IT Team and to the Hospitality teachers, Hospitality students and Mrs Sandra Vassallo and Mrs Trish Falzon for our catering. Thanks also to our House Patrons Ms Karin Smith, Mr Paul Dinh, Mrs Maria Ekde,Ms Adele McGlone, Mr Tony Taniane, Mrs Bev Smith and Mrs Cheryl Petriantonio for planning the activities later in the day. A special thank you also to Ms Debbie Grigson who is instrumental in the successful execution of many of our school events. Ms Grigson worked tirelessly to ensure the success of Mercy Day. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all.
The initiation of our Student Leaders for 2019 - 2020 followed the Mass with the Student Leaders receiving their badges in the presence of the whole school community and their families. I congratulate all the leaders and look forward to working with them in the future.
This year, the theme for our Mercy Day celebration was 'Super Solos, Dynamic Duos, Terrific Trios and Golden Groups' with students and staff dressing in costume. The photos included in this newsletter give an indication of the amazing costumes and the great sense of fun had on the day in a variety of activities which were organised by the House Patrons. Members of our Parents and Friends Association served lunch to the whole school and I thank them for their hard work on our behalf. All money raised on the day will go to Timor Leste, a project of Mercy Works. The day concluded with a dance in Dobson Green, a fitting conclusion to what was a great Mercy Day and I thank all the staff and students for their enthusiastic participation.
Farewell to School Principal Ms Laetitia Richmond
Our School Principal, Ms Laetita Richmond, will be leaving Catherine McAuley Westmead to take up the position of Principal at Brigidine College St Ives. The school celebrated Ms Richmond’s six years of service at the Mercy Day Mass. The Mass concluded with Ms Richmond leading out the newly appointed student leaders for the final time. Staff and students joined Ms Richmond in Dobson Green for a final ‘comfortable cup of tea’.
Ms Richmond began at McAuley in Term 2, 2014 - just one term after our current Year 12 started in Year 7. Ms Richmond quickly demonstrated that she was a Mercy girl through and through as evidenced by her daily interactions with all members of the community letting the Mercy values, that guide us all on a daily basis, shine through in all she did. Ms Richmond always shows mercy, reaching out to others in need, treating all with respect and acting with compassion in all of her actions. She always demonstrates justice, by encouraging us all and engaging herself in action for social justice and by celebrating our diversity and inclusiveness. Ms Richmond strives for excellence, always striving for her personal best in all she does and encouraging us all to do the same. Ms Richmond demonstrates integrity, living a life which integrates her personal beliefs and values with those of the school. She is courageous, standing up for her beliefs by putting her values into practice. And Ms Richmond always displays hospitality, by creating a community where we all feel welcome, through openness to people, ideas and challenges.
When we think of Ms Richmond certain words and phrases come to mind - she is calm, approachable, fun loving and has a distinct quirky sense of humour and love of merchandise! Ms Richmond always takes things in her stride and never panics - all the qualities of a great leader! Her kindness and generosity of spirit are qualities that we will all miss. Ms Richmond’s belief and trust in each and everyone of us encouraged us all to take chances and strive for better things - a true sign of a remarkable leader - one who will be greatly missed.
In the words of Catherine McAuley in a letter to Frances Warde 23 October, 1837- “May God bless and animate you with His own divine spirit, that you may prove it is Jesus Christ you love and serve with your whole heart.” Thank you for your years of service to Catherine McAuley Westmead. We will miss you and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
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NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR THE CATHERINE McAULEY COMMUNITY
TERM 3, ISSUE 14
13 SEPTEMBER 2019
Catherine McAuley - A member of the Westmead Catholic Community
ACTING PRINCIPAL'S LETTER
LEARNING AND TEACHING
STAFF & STUDENT NEWS
Ms Silvana Rossetti
Venerable Catherine McAuley.
This Saturday, 14th September is the Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The one symbol most often identified with Jesus and his Church is the cross. In churches on this day, parishioners bring their crosses to Mass so that they can be blessed and placed in a place of honour in their homes. The Stations of the Cross is a special Lenten devotion that commemorates Jesus’ last day on earth and on Good Friday, the faithful Venerate the Cross. Some in our community have been privileged to have seen the World Youth Day (WYD) Cross. Many people wear a cross on a chain which is kept close to their hearts. At the Graduation Masses for the University of Notre Dame, each graduand receives a cross.
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross traces its beginning to Jerusalem and the dedication of the church built on the site of Mount Calvary in 335. But the meaning of the cross is deeper than any city, any celebration, any building. The cross is a sign of suffering, a sign of human cruelty at its worst. But by Christ’s love shown in the Paschal Mystery, it has become the sign of triumph and victory, the sign of God, who is love itself.
Believers have always looked to the cross in times of suffering. People in concentration camps, in prisons, in hospitals, in any place of suffering and loneliness, have been known to draw, trace, or form crosses and focus their eyes and hearts on them. The cross does not explain pain and misery. It does not give us any easy answers. But it does help us to see our lives united with Christ’s.
We often make the Sign of the Cross over ourselves. We make it before prayer to help fix our minds and hearts on God. We make it after prayer, hoping to stay close to God. In trials and temptations, the cross is a sign of strength and protection. The cross is the sign of the fullness of life that is ours. At Baptism, too, the Sign of the Cross is used; the priest, parents, and godparents make the sign on the forehead of the child. A sign made on the forehead is a sign of belonging. By the Sign of the Cross in Baptism, Jesus takes us as his own in a unique way.
Venerable Catherine McAuley fully understood the significance of her Baptism. She was committed to her own spiritual growth and the spiritual growth of all those around her. Through her service to others, Catherine was seeking to build a just world. May we be like Catherine and respond to the new life that we have received through Baptism. Like the first disciples, Catherine accepted Jesus’ challenge “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24). The cross is no longer a symbol of fear but rather through Jesus’ death and resurrection the cross represents God’s love for all.
Ms Genevieve Banks
Religious Education Coordinator
CAREERS ADVISOR AWARD
Catherine McAuley would like to congratulate our Careers Adviser, Mrs Amanda Chahine, who is the recipient of an Award of Excellence in Careers Advising from the Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT. This award recognises the great work Mrs Chahine does in delivering quality careers education to our McAuley students. Mrs Chahine works primarily with Year 10 - 12 students starting in Year 10 with the careers unit which is embedded in the Year 10 PDHPE Program, Stage 6 subject selection process, and post school options. Mrs Chahine also coordinates the Career Mondays talks, inviting professionals from a variety of industries to talk to the students. Information regarding careers is shared with students via the Careers Website, Year 12 Careers Google Classroom and a Careers Newsletter created for our Year 9-12 students.
MISS LISA ALLEN
MRS AMANDA CHAHINE
ROTARY YOUTH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AWARDS
On Tuesday, 3rd September, the Rotary Youth Vocational Education Awards were held in Seven Hills. This evening was a wonderful recognition of the excellence in VET demonstrated by both our staff and students. Six of our Year 12 students were presented awards, they are Ella, Crystal, Lauren, Alana, Bianca and Stephanie. Miss Lisa Allen was awarded the Teacher Award for Outstanding Work in VET. Thank you to Mrs Judy Smith for her leadership of VET at the school and congratulations to all the award recipients!
Miss Lisa Allen - VET Teacher Award
Lisa is an outstanding Business Services teacher delivering an engaging and superior quality program. She is highly organised and efficient in all aspects of the course who always keeps her students up to date with the contemporary Business Services Industry. Lisa's class achieves excellence in competencies, HSC exam responses and work placement. She always prepares her students thoroughly for work placement and her students are regularly offered part time employment upon completion of the placement.
Lauren - Business Services Award
Lauren is a highly motivated student. She always looks to help others whilst always ensuring her own work is completed to the highest possible standard. Lauren is keen to learn as many skills as possible in business services and received fantastic feedback from both her work placements.
Alana - Business Services Award
Alana is a very motivated student. She excels in Business Services and has been offered part time jobs from both her placements. She has gained many skills from her practical and academic work, and has demonstrated the ability to work very well independently and with others. She consistently applies herself with diligence and works to demonstrate
Crystal - Hospitality (Food and Beverage Operations) Award
Crystal is a motivated student who has developed many practical and academic skills in Hospitality Food and Beverage. She can work both autonomously and as part of a team. Crystal has demonstrated leadership and responsibility through her participation in the Cafe on Darcy project, by organising rosters and designing order forms. She works well under pressure.
Bianca - Hospitality (Food and Beverage Operations) Award
Bianca has great enthusiasm and is a great leader. She has been instrumental in the set up of Cafe on Darcy project and organised rosters, meetings and consultations with staff and students at a highly competent level. She has been successful in her work placements and has been an asset to her employer during her work period.
Stephanie - Retail Services Award
Stephanie is a very motivated student. She excels in retail and has been offered jobs from both her placements. She has gained many skills from her practical and academic work, and has demonstrated the ability to work very well independently and with others. She consistently applies herself with diligence and works to demonstrate her best.
Ella - Fitness Award
Ella is a confident student who is highly competent in all areas of the fitness course. She is enthusiastic and strives to achieve her best in all aspects of the course. Her class and assessment work is of a high standard and she shows outstanding skills in the practical competencies of the course. Ella collaborates well with her peers and also works well independently. She displays a positive attitude and excelled during her work placement.
Staff and Students' Achievements
learning and teaching
miss lisa allen and recipients of the year 12 vet awards.
Ms Katie Patterson
Acting Assistant Principal
(Learning and Teaching)
Disappointing exam results can be pretty devastating for a teen; it can feel like a lot depends on their final mark. Here are some things you can do to help them move on when their expectations haven’t been met:
1. Reassure them about the future.
Exams aren’t the end of the world. Reassure them that plenty of people perform poorly in exams and go on to achieve great things. Even Einstein performed poorly at some subjects and did not pass his first university entrance exam!
2. Be comfortable with failure.
Everyone fails sometimes. Give your daughter some examples of when you’ve messed up, and let them know that making mistakes is a normal part of life.
3. Reflect on how things went.
Get them to write a list of what went well and what could be better next time. In the future they can focus on doing more of what went well and try and improve the things that could have been better.
4. Give them space.
If they’re disappointed, that’s okay; they've got the right to be. Give them some time and space to reflect on the situation. Then you can figure out together what positive things to do next.
Parents are a really valuable source of support for teenagers during exam time. Regardless of what the end results are, teenagers will value having their parents by their side giving them with tips on how to deal with poor results in exams.
This week, Year 12 attended a study skills session titled ‘The HSC Countdown’ with Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services. The aim was to help Year 12 put together a plan of attack for between now and their final exams. The session focused firstly on what students need to do before the end of term. It is essential that study notes are completed, students work through their returned Trial HSC exam papers thoroughly (using the checklist provided), pinpoint areas of weakness by completing more past HSC papers and seek help on these, and endeavour to do as much practise of essay writing and examination questions as they can before the end of term so they can obtain feedback from teachers.
These last weeks of school are also the time where some students do not necessarily use their class time as effectively as they could, however after making the plan for the weeks just prior to the HSC exams, students can now see how quickly the time will go and how important it is to use the rest of this term to the full.
Year 12 also reviewed the study techniques they are using and looked at ways to improve and avoid common study mistakes using research about the brain. Each Year 12 student also filled out a grid with their HSC exam timetable, planning the best way to allocate their study time over the weeks prior and during the HSC exams using the guidelines that Dr Salter explained. Having a plan in place can take away a lot of exam anxiety, as students know what they need to do to move forward and can see the steps they need to take to make the most of the last few months of their final year of school.
Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and have students explain their study plan as often discussing these ideas can clarify students’ approach.
Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website: http://studyskillstoptipsparents.com/ and students can download the slides from the session and extra copies of the grid at www.enhanced-learning.net.
All secondary students at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and enter:
and start improving your results today!
Year 12 Study Skills Seminar - Dr Prue Salter
(provideD by Enhanced Learning Education Services)
Managing your teen's expectations at results time
(Information provided by Reachout.com)
Love Your Body Week
Week 7 was the Butterfly Foundation’s Love Your Body Week. Love Your Body Week aims to raise awareness of body image concerns and promote body confidence in all Australians by celebrating body diversity.
To acknowledge this, Miss Kimberley Thuijs, School Counsellor delivered the ‘Confident Me’ Body Confidence Workshop for Year 7 and 8 students at lunchtime in
Students who attended the workshop commented:
“ I learnt that the 'beauty' standards in our society are in-human, and distorted from reality.”
Charlotte N. (Year 8)
“I learnt that I shouldn't feel insecure because someone might want something I have”
Leila S. (Year 8)
Parents can play an important role in promoting Body Confidence. See the tips for Parents about Positive Role Modelling here
........I am currently on a train from Richmond to Parramatta which is full and all I can focus on are the four Catherine McAuley students that are occupying seats while adults are standing.
I don’t know if things have changed but I find this very wrong. Back when I attended Catholic school we were taught to respect elders and stand for adults.
Obviously the Catholic way has changed.
........I'm a commuter on the 3.31pm train from Parramatta to Leppington.
Each day there are a group of 6 young girls, all wearing your school uniform displaying some disturbing behaviours.
I watch them constantly interrupt other passangers with their appalling language.
They take up multiple seat with their bags, leaving other commuters to stand. They get off at Guildford.
Their behaviours are reflecting poorly in what your College represents.
Now one would think if they are only traveling 3 stops they would vacate their seats for the elderly/aging commuters who are forced to stand...
Does your school teach respect? Or common courtesy?
I've asked on many occasions for them to move over or remove their bags so others like myself can sit, only to be responded with eye rolling and then inappropriate language for the remainder of their journey.
I shouldn't have to deal with such behaviours everyday on my way home.
The entire carriage is appalled with the behaviours and when they disembark the carriage usually applauds.
To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement
This needs to be addressed.....
From a school point of view these comments are very disappointing as they do not reflect the behaviour of all girls. The school does communicate these incidents to students and the students who are responsible are addressed in accordance with school procedures.
The majority of complaints the school receives from members of the public are regarding our students not standing on trains and buses for passengers. We know at times the girls offer their seats and adults say no. Regardless of the adult’s response students have been instructed to stand whenever there is an adult standing. The other concern is the noise of the girls on the train. When they are using earphones they speak louder then required. The school continues to remind the students at School Assemblies, Form Assemblies and via Student Notices of appropriate behaviour when in public.
Ms Debbie Grigson
Last Day of Term 3
The last day of Term 3 is Friday, 27th September. Students will attend the Year 12 Graduation in the morning and then complete classes from Period 3 - 5. Students are required to be at school for this day unless they have already applied to the Principal for leave or have a medical certificate to cover their absence.
For Term 4 students return to school in their summer uniform. The Dress Code is outlined in the Student Planner. The scarf is not part of the summer uniform. Please ensure the skirt is 5cm below the knee. A reminder that the sports shoes for PDHPE practical lessons and Thursday Sport are to be predominantly white. Students need to ensure they meet the requirements of the grooming section of the dress code when they return to school on Monday, 14th October 2019.
The school has received the following complaints from members of the public in the past week. I would ask that you discuss with your daughter appropriate behaviour on public transport.
Mercy Day Fundraising
Mercy Day was overflowing with fun activities including dodgem cars, a super slide, a jousting pole, haunted house, photo booth, staff baby guessing competition, Lego championship, carnival games ... plenty of food from homemade baked goods through to doughnuts, fairyfloss, popcorn, hot beverages...and then a burger and popper for lunch provided by the P&F. Other activities included face painting and an OP shop.
We don't know how much money was raised yet but all funds will go to Mercy Works and will be used towards their educational programs in Timor Leste.
Mrs Maria Ekde
Dobson House Patron
Australian Reading Hour
It has been well documented that sustained reading for pleasure rates have been in decline. Studies coming out of America show that only 20% of teenagers read for pleasure nowadays. If students are not in the habit of sustained reading, imagine what a challenge it must be for them if they need to read an article for school that is several pages long?
In our multitasking, social media preoccupied world, sustained reading can be a skill that some students find difficult and needs to be worked towards. Reading for pleasure can be an enjoyable activity and assist in achieving the goal of sustained reading. A great place to start is the Australian Reading Hour.
On Thursday, 19th September, all Australians are encouraged to pick up a book and read for an hour. Perhaps this could be a family activity. Visit their website and register your participation https://readinghour.org.au
Did you know that reading can reduce stress by 68%? This is greater than taking a walk, having a cup of tea or even listening to music.
Mrs Kirra Lorenzutta and Ms Janine Sabeh
American Psychological Association 2018, Teens Today Spend More Time on Digital Media, Less Time Reading, Washington, viewed 4 September 2019, <https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2018/08/teenagers-read-book>.
Australian Reading Hour 2019, Australian Government, Department of Communication and the Arts, viewed 4 September 2019, <https://readinghour.org.au/#about>.
Mercy Works Fundraising
Father’s Day Stall
Thank you to students and teachers from Clare and Dobson House who organised a Father’s Day stall on Friday, 30th August to raise money for Mercy Works. The stall sold out of all items and raised just over $850.
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Education Perfect Language Championships 2019
810,233 questions answered, 315,249 points earned and 695 hours spent online! Well done to all our LOTE students who competed in the Education Perfect Language Championships for 2019.
Our school results were:
12th overall globally (out of 1,612 schools)
10th overall in Australia (out of 1,162 schools)
4th overall in NSW (out of 321 schools)
2nd overall in Japanese (out of 1,109 schools)
4th overall in the 1001-2500 students category (out of 91 schools)
2nd for Japanese in Australia (out of 844 schools)
4th in Australia for the 1001-2500 students category (out of 70 schools)
1st in NSW for the 1001-2500 students category (out of 18 schools)
22nd overall in French (out of 1,209 schools)
1st for Japanese in NSW (out of 224 schools)
Our school has achieved 42 Credit Awards, 63 Bronze Awards, 17 Silver Awards, 14 Gold Awards, 8 Emerald Awards and 3 Elite Awards. Congratulations to all students who took part and who will receive their awards at a school assembly in the near future.
Staff and student news
Additional photos from our Mercy Day Mass and the Commissioning of our School Leaders can be viewed on the School Facebook Page.
Mercy Day Mass was celebrated on Friday, 6th September in the Morley Centre. The whole school gathered together for this special occasion. Following the Mass was the Blessing and Commissioning of our 2019 - 2020 School Leaders and farewell to Ms Laetitia Richmond, Tenth Principal of Catherine McAuley.
Many more photos are available on our School Facebook Page.
Mercy Day Dress Ups
Theme: Super Solos, Dynamic Duos, Terrific Trios & Golden Groups
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Hambledon Cottage Excursion
YEAR 8 GEOGRAPHY 'WATER IN THE WORLD' TOPIC
Each year The Parramatta and District Historical Society celebrates History Week at Hambledon Cottage, Parramatta, by inviting all local schools to come down to the Cottage to perform a small item of historic relevance about their school or local area.
This year, members of the Historical Society dressed up as significant people from the time;
Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur, Edward Macarthur, Penelope Lucas, Henry Kitchen, Samuel Marsden and Mary the Housemaid.
They invited the students to ask questions about their relationship with John Macarthur – the founder of the Australian wool industry,and whether John Macarthur was a visionary or a villain.
Year 8 students Elyce J., Clare P., Sophia P., Mia B. and Tiana T. were asked to question these significant people and find out more about their life at the time in the household of John Macarthur.
Angel N. of Year 7 spoke to the audience about the history of Catherine McAuley Westmead and other schools presented similar histories. We were invited to have morning tea in the gardens, surrounded by beautiful oak, pine and cork trees, two of which were almost two hundred years old. The trees were planted during the early days of the British colony.
A lovely morning was had by all and we look forward to visiting the Cottage, built in 1824, next year during History Week.
Ms Lynne Hamilton
Co History Coordinator
Last week on Wednesday, 5th September students in the Year 8 Geography classes visited Sydney Olympic Park and the Homebush precinct to further study their class topic of 'Water In The World'. During the excursion students looked at water sensitive urban design principles and how Sydney Olympic Park is sustainable with its water. Students were also told of how indigenous people were sustainable with their land and water. Students then completed an activity which saw them testing the water on site to see if it was healthy enough for the animals and plants in the Parramatta River and Hashim Creek.
Year 8 Media Team Student
McAuley Students Participate in Wallabies vs Samoa
Rugby Union Game
On Saturday, 7th of September, ten Year 12 students and five staff members attended the Wallabies vs Samoa rugby union game at Bankwest Stadium, along with staff and students from OLMC Parramatta, where they had the privilege of holding the Samoan rugby flag on the pitch at the start of the game.
After spending a couple of hours behind the scenes rehearsing before the match and taking the flag onto the field, we were then invited to stay and watch the game in the Western Grandstand Premium Seating right above the team dugouts. It was an absolutely amazing experience that I’m sure all the staff and students will never forget.
A massive thank you to OLMC Parramatta for inviting Catherine McAuley students to be a part of this and to Miss Sharon Brincat for organising the event and allowing everyone to be a part of this breathtaking experience.
Below is what some students had to say about the event:
“The rugby match against Samoa and the Wallabies is an experience I will never forget! Being able to carry the Samoan banner out on the field, with the whole crowd cheering around us was truly amazing!” Whitney B.
“Being able to hold the Samoan banner on the field was an awesome experience, the crowd was buzzing which added to the excitement.” Olivia L.
“Having the opportunity to carry the Samoan flag out onto the field was truly amazing. The atmosphere was beyond describable and the night will be one to remember! Maddison T.
Maddie H. and Ainsley B.
STUDENTS AND STAFF AT BANKWEST STADIUM.
GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION RESULTS 2019
This year all Elective and Senior Geography students took part in the 2019 Australian Geography Competition. To put it in context, that included 792 schools across Australia, with 73,500 students entering.
We will acknowledge those students whose results place them at the very top of the country and needless to say, we are thrilled with the outstanding results of our McAuley Geographers. Congratulations to the following recipients.
YEAR 9 Credit Jessica P., Chandani P.
High Distinction Arabelle R.
YEAR 11 Credit Nimmarata G., Holli S.
YEAR 12 Credit Tamia A., Jamie D., Amber P., Madison T., Claudia W.
Distinction Isabella C., Deanna D., Madeline F.
High Distinction Olivia H.
Mrs Gloria Noud
HSIE - Social Science Coordinator
Year 9 Japanese Class Wins a Pizza Party For Their Efforts in Language Perfect Championship
Well done to all the students in Ms Reynolds Year 9 Japanese 2 class who won a $100 pizza party from the organisers of the Language Perfect NSW Championship for being the class with the highest score in the competition. This meant they were the 1st in NSW in all classes for any language!
In addition to this achievement the class has also achieved the 2nd highest of all classes in Japanese in the WORLD Championship, which was finished yesterday. Another amazing achievement!
MRS GLORIA NOUD AND GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS WITH THEIR AWARD CERTIFICATES.
Hip Hop Troupe Performs At Bring It On Dance Finals
Well done to the Hip Hop Troupe who performed at the Bring It On Dance finals over the weekend. Our students did not place but Dance Teacher Miss Smith says that our students performed very well and worked hard to make the finals.
Year 11 Textiles Products
Year 11 Textile students of Mrs Maher have been working on producing a textile product which has a function. The students had to conduct experiments and test their fabrics for its suitability to their chosen product. Students produced a range of items from a raincoat, textile art piece, toy storage holder, footstools, a cushion and items of apparel designed for warmth. Students are currently displaying their products in the library.
Thank you to our P & F Committee
Thank you to all our P&F volunteers who volunteered to work on Mercy Day and helped,
along with the school canteen, to ensure all our students and staff were fed.
The school is very grateful for your efforts!
Miss Theresa King
1. When did you commence teaching at Catherine McAuley?
I started at Catherine McAuley in 2017.
2. How long have you been teaching for?
I have been teaching for six years, with two years at McAuley.
3. What other schools have you taught at or what other positions have you held?
I have taught at a variety of schools, the first school being a co-ed school, but since then I’ve been in an all girls’ school environment.
4. What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts, specialising in Mathematics.
5. What do you enjoy about teaching at McAuley?
I like the family environment, the school community and the Mercy values which each and every McAuley girl upholds in and out of the classroom environment.
6. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to go to the movies, I like reading, walking, self care and creating and organising lessons for students.
7. What advice would you give students in approaching their studies?
Ask questions and don’t be afraid to get help. Always revise and make palm cards because you can always look over them and reuse them for the next year. Helping peers study is a great study tool - it has been proven that learning by teaching others is extremely effective.
Year 7 Student Media Team
MEET THE TEACHER
Year 12 students have hung their traditional countdown banner as they count down the final days until they leave high school. This year the students are counting down the 'Days Till We 'Snap' Out Of Here'.
The countdown is on for our Year 12 students!
Click on the link below for a special farewell to our Year 12 classes - video goes for 1.45 mins.
Farewell to our Year 12 Classes
AROUND THE CLASSROOMS
Year 12 countdown until they 'snap' out of school
Like our School Facebook page for regular posts and news items from the school. A link to the page can be found by clicking on the Facebook item above.
A recent post on the page is below:
Catherine McAuley school choir singing 'Siahamba' (We Are Marching) a traditional African melody sung at the conclusion of our School Mercy Day Mass. Video recording from our Mercy Day Mass on Friday 6th September 2019.
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photography credits for the student media team
Emily O, Year 8 - Geography 'Water in the World' excursion
Julia T, Year 10 & Jacintta G, Year 9 - Assistance with Mercy Day Mass
Mikaela B.S, Year 7, Jasmine S, Year 9 & Kayleigh F, Year 9 - Assistance with Mercy Day Dress Ups
School fees are now due, if you have paid thank you.
To set up a payment arrangement or pay your school fees, please visit
Parents are encouraged to attend this three part Parent Program which is being offered by the Westmead Catholic Community Counsellors in Term 4. See details in the flyer below. Open to parents with adolescents of all ages!
The registration link for the course is https://forms.gle/bYWwjYuuwWyS1Uju5.