I hope that all of our families had a peaceful and enjoyable Mother’s day experience last week.
The following is an excerpt of a message from Pope Francis, who was quoted in the Catholic Education Commission’s newsletter:
“….a good mother not only accompanies her children in their growth, without avoiding the problems and challenges of life; a good mother also helps them to make definitive decisions with freedom. This is not easy, but a mother knows how to do it. But what does freedom mean? It is certainly not doing whatever you want, allowing yourself to be dominated by the passions, to pass from one experience to another without discernment, to follow the fashions of the day; freedom does not mean, so to speak, throwing everything that you don’t like out the window. No, that is not freedom! Freedom is given to us so that we know how to make good decisions in life! Mary as a good mother teaches us to be, like her, capable of making definitive decisions; definitive choices, at this moment in a time controlled by, so to speak, a philosophy of the provisional. It is very difficult to make a lifetime commitment. And she helps us to make those definitive decisions in the full freedom with which she said “yes” to the plan God had for her life (cf. Lk 1:38). – Pope Francis
· In the coming weeks we will be inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The instrument we will use is an online survey from Tell Them From Me (TTFM). The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Agnes Catholic High School. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We will send a letter home with the URL address closer to the survey date.
We invite you to join Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, for a transparent and engaging Q&A session with parents and guardians from learning communities throughout the diocese. Held at St Andrews College in Marayong on Thursday June 30, the event will begin at 7pm with light refreshments, followed by a Q&A session with Executive Director Greg Whitby where parents will have the chance to raise their questions around education and school in today's world. Can't make it in person? This event will also be live-streamed via the CEDP Facebook page. Be sure to click on 'Interested' or 'Going' to be reminded before the discussion goes live! You can do this via:https://www.facebook.com/events/1988053254654264/ Free ticket registration for this event will be available from Monday, May 20th at 9am by visiting chatterbox.parra.catholic.edu.au. If you have any questions or would like further information in regards to this event, please contact Lachlan Andrews from Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9840 5790.
Year 8 B1/B2 Gym visit
Year 10B1/B2 Gym visit
Year 8A1/A2 Gym visit
Advanced English Excursion - Riverside Theatre)
Bring It On Fundraiser
7-10 Assessment Block
Teacher Interviews Year 11
Year 10 Vietnam War veteran incursion
Year 8A1/A2 Gym visit
Term: Two | Issue 1| Date: 17 May 2019
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from the ACTING principal
Welcome to Term 2!
I trust that everyone had a restful two weeks and are now ready to face the demands of this term.
Thank you to those students who maintain a regular attendance pattern at school and come prepared to learn each lesson. Research tells us that students who are at school every day have gains in their learning and become more aware of their world. Should there be a need to be absent, such as illness, it is the responsibility of the student to see their teacher and ensure that they catch up on any work missed.
For many students at St. Agnes, they wear their uniform with pride each day and whilst there may be a few hiccups along the way, most get this right. However, it is the subtle variations that can ultimately have an affect on how our students look in public. All students are asked to present themselves to school in the correct uniform and if there are any issues, please communicate that with us in a timely manner.
All students are reminded that respectful conversations and conduct between their peers and teachers is of paramount importance here at St. Agnes. Whilst the majority do the right thing, there are some who do not treat others as they themselves would like to be treated. Inappropriate comments said in person or via social media applications is not acceptable and not what happens at our school.
As we continue with our scholastic year, students need to ensure that they apply themself to the work and learning activities set in all of their classes. Term 2 assessment tasks will be issued shortly (if not already) and the result of this will feed into the Semester 1 report issued at the end of the term. All students have the opportunity to improve and refine their application and effort from last term.
Our school has signed up to Prue Salter’s Study Skills Programme online. Many students have set up their profile and begun to follow the activities. The aim is to assist ALL students in how they approach their studies at school and at home. You son/daughter’s Learning Advisor will check in to see how they are going very soon. Should anyone have a question about setting up their profile, please let us know straight away.
Study Skills Tip for May: Barriers to developing a good memory
Many students say ‘I don’t have a good memory’ but there are many barriers to developing a good memory that are able to be overcome. Here are the top three:
1. Negative Mindset/Attitude
Henry Ford once famously said, “whether you believe you can, or you can't, you are right”. This refers to your mindset or mental attitude, and the concept that your mind is powerful enough to enable your thoughts to create your reality. If you have a negative attitude to your memory, it will likely reduce your chance of developing and maintaining a good memory. There are some simple steps you can take to start making changes to negative thoughts. Be aware that negative thoughts are just a habit, and habits can be changed with a little effort. Awareness is the key to changing a habit, as you need to consciously be aware of the current habit before you can change it – so start catching yourself in the act of making negative statements. Affirm your intention to improve the way you think. Then correct the negative statement you just made, and make it into a more positive one.
2. Absentmindedness/not paying attention
The first stage of the memory process is encoding the information that is to be remembered – thus the brain uses the senses and emotions to process the information and form a memory. Here are some ways in which you can be less absent minded:
● Setting an intention to become more attentive.
● Sitting up front where there are less things to distract you, especially if you have difficulty paying attention in class.
● Taking notes in class to ensure you listen.
Stress will increase the likelihood of being distracted, resulting in low concentration meaning that information may not be encoded accurately – and thus cannot be later retrieved. Stress may also result in mental blanks. For example, if you’re stressed before an exam, you may not be able to think clearly and access and retrieve the information you need. The best thing to do is to take ten deep breaths and calm down to allow your mind to focus.
Learn more at the Brain and Memory unit of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.
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by Harry Sadsad
Love languages and your teen- By Gary Chapman
"On a 0-to-10 scale, how much do your parents love you?" That was the question posed to 13-year-old Mark. Without batting an eye, he answered, "Ten."
When asked how he knew they loved him that much, he said, "By the way they treat me. Dad is always bumping me when he walks by, and we wrestle on the floor, and Mom's always hugging and kissing me." Mark feels loved by his parents' warm, caring touches, revealing that his primary love language is physical touch.
After more than 20 years of marriage and family counseling, I am convinced there are only five basic languages of love. Of these five, each teen has a primary love language, one that speaks more loudly and deeply to him or her. If a parent fails to speak this language adequately, the teen will not feel loved, regardless of other expressions of love.
Visualize that inside every teen is an emotional love tank. When the teen's love tank is full — that is, she genuinely feels loved by her parents — the teen can make her way through adolescence with minimal trauma. But when the teen's love tank is empty, she will grapple with many internal struggles and will typically look for love in all the wrong places. Therefore, discerning your teen's love language is essential.
Here is a brief description of each of the five love languages.
Hugs, kisses and tender touches are given in abundance when a child is young. However, some parents feel more awkward about touching as their child enters adolescence. If a teen's primary love language is physical touch, those appropriate touches are no less important during the teen years than they were in the earlier years.
Words of affirmation
Using words to encourage and affirm is at the heart of this language. When a toddler is learning to walk, we stand just two feet away and say, "That's right! Come on; you can do it." And when that toddler falls, we encourage her to get up and try again. Why do we forget the power of affirming words when kids become teens?
When 14-year-old Melissa broke her arm, words of affirmation gave her the assurance she needed. "I know that my parents love me because while I was having such a hard time keeping up with my school work, they encouraged me. They said they were proud that I was trying so hard."
This love language involves giving your teen undivided attention. For some teens, regardless of what you're doing together, nothing is more important than when a parent gives focused attention.
Mindy's primary love language is quality time, and at 17 she still feels secure in her parents' love. "They are always there for me," Mindy says. "I can discuss anything with them. I know they will be understanding and try to help me make wise decisions. I enjoy doing things with them, and I am going to miss them when I go to college."
Giving and receiving gifts
Some parents speak this language almost exclusively and are often shocked to find that their teen does not feel loved. Although gift giving is not the love language of all teens, gifts speak loudly for many.
When asked how she knew her parents loved her, Michelle, 15, pointed to her blouse, skirt and shoes. She said, "Everything I have, they gave me. In my mind, that's love. Because they have given me far more than I need, I share things with my friends." Michelle not only feels loved from receiving gifts, but she also expresses love to others by giving gifts.
Acts of service
Parents are continually doing actions designed to assist their kids, but if these acts of service are to be expressions of love, they must be done with a positive, caring attitude.
Brady, 13, lives with his mother and brother. It's apparent that Brady's primary love language is acts of service when he says, "I know my mom loves me because she sews the buttons on my shirt when they fall off and she also helps me with my homework. She works hard so we can have food and clothes."
Few things are more important for parents than discovering and speaking their teen's primary love language. The teen needs to receive love in all five languages, but focusing on the primary love language will fill the love tank much faster and more effectively.
We love God because He first loved us. The same principle is true in human relationships. Our children are far more likely to love us, and others, if we have effectively communicated love to them.
On Thursday April 11, St Agnes celebrated the Easter story through the Journey to the Cross Passion Play. Over the past week, Mr Madigan and Ms Green along with 30 cast members practiced tirelessly in preparation for this liturgical celebration. Our school gathered in the back grass area to pray together and remember the greatest love story ever told, the story of our King who defeated death and made way for life with no end.
I’d like to congratulate all of our Passion play cast members, Mr Madigan (Drama teacher), Ms Green (Costumes and props), Ms Raad (Digital Media), Mrs Devine (Narrator) and the Digital Communications Portfolio team for the wonderful photos taken from the day.
Journey to the Cross 2019
YEAR 11 LEARNING SPACE
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION
Our students joined over Bishop Vincent and over 200 young people from parishes,movements and schools in a Palm Sunday Procession from Parramatta Town Hall to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Members of the public stopped to see what was going on as we became witnesses to the coming of Jesus to the people, to Jerusalem. The Palm Sunday Mass was a beautiful Eucharistic celebration, retelling the Passion story and preparing our hearts for the solemnity of the Passion story.
PASSION PLAY RE-ENACTMENT AT ST AIDENS
On Good Friday morning (April 19) , the Journey to the Cross cast led the Stations of the Cross at St Aidan’s Parish Rooty Hill. The dedication and service of these students involved showed the St Agnes spirit of giving back to our community. Fr Alan Layt, Parish Priest from the Catholic Education Office Diocese of Parramatta Congratulated our students on their commitment and delivery, and were commended by several parishioners after the liturgy.
Congratulations once again to the students involved in this year’s Passion Play, for sharing our talents and gifts to bring our community to prayer and reflection this Easter.
GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT WALK
On Good Friday evening (April 19), several of our students accompanied by Ms Josiah Raad, participated in the annual Good Friday Night Walk coordinated by Catholic Youth Parramatta. Starting at Our Lady Queen of the Family Parish, Blacktown at 10pm, over 1300 young people walked 20 Kilometres to St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta, making stops at several parishes in Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Wentworthville and Westmead to allow time to reflect, pray and rest.
Please find below some reflections by our students who participated in this event.
2019 Good Friday Night Walk. WOW. This was not only a fun experience where you got to meet new people and
connect with God, but it was also very touching.
I was really excited and really wanted to do this walk, not only cause my friends were with me but because I could go and follow within the steps of the Lord and was able to have a connection throughout the night, being able to do the walk was something big, as I find myself a very faithful person and will take any chance to spend another chance
closer to the lord.
Throughout the approximately 8hr walk, in the late hours of the night and early hours of the morning you experienced so much from the touching hymns to the deep testimony, you felt that feeling that you were walking with Jesus, at the beginning you were feeling the need of just dropping cause you think about how far you have to walk, but through it all it came to the middle of the walk and you really start enjoying it, it’s another level of experience to experience. It came to 6am and we had arrived at Parramatta, we were all still trying to keep our eyes open but we pulled through and I’ve never been more thankful in the lord.
My biggest highlights throughout the night was being apart of a wider community and connecting through different
perspectives from every church we arrived at.
I would 100% encourage anyone who is devoted to their faith,
- By Bianca Fragomelli (Year 10)
The reason why I wanted to do the walk is because I wanted to experience what Jesus had gone through for 40 days of lent and how he sacrificed his life for us and by doing this walk it’s one way I could repay him for taking his life so that all of our sins could be taken away. He showed us love and protection and I wanted to show my love to Jesus and how I can follow his footsteps.
In the beginning I was full of energy and I was not fatigued because I usually don’t sleep early at night and I don’t get tired quickly. In the middle of the walk I got tired but not a lot especially when we sat down at the churches but when we started walking again I had a lot of energy and had no trouble with walking. At the end I got tired but I still had enough energy to finish of the walk and after the walk I started to appreciate Jesus and God more and I thank him for his sacrifice.
In the 2019 Good Friday walk I had many highlights, they happened when went to the different churches. At every church I person would y’all about their background, culture, experience and connection with God . After every stop and every person's story I felt like I was in a part of community where I can relate to everyone and also had a stronger connection with God.
Yes I would encourage other students to do the walk next year, the reason why is because I want them to go on that challenge just like Jesus did and how he sacrificed his life and how you can experience what he went through to show his love for us. Doing the walk has impacted my life for the better and next year I hope it can impact others.
-By John Toma (Year 10)
The Good Friday walk was both challenging and invigorating. The walk gave me time to reflect on my spiritual relationship with God as well as challenging my ability to keep going. It was an opportunity to feel pain that is incomparable to the measures that Jesus took to give me eternal life.
The beginning of the walk was quite overwhelming because of the diverse community that I was surrounded by and being around new people. The middle of the walk was probably where I struggled the most because it was way past my bedtime and my legs could barely go on anymore. The end consisted of the most heartfelt moments. Not only because it was the end of my pain but also because of how together, the Parramatta Diocese, joined to confess our faith and to worship our lord.
The Parramatta Cathedral had to be the most enjoyable event that highlighted my night. As we met with the other pilgrims that took the Gilford route, we were able to share our struggles and help each other reach our final destination. We joined together in the cathedral, lit candles and sang in harmony professing our love for God.
I would strongly encourage other young Christians who are looking for acceptance, looking for love to come and join us on this walk as it gives you time to find yourself within your faith as well as encouraging you to worship Jesus through your kindness and generosity to those in famine. Overall, it was a great experience and I can’t wait for the next time I get to journey with my community.
- By Rasha Ali (Year 11)
PROJECT COMPASSION 2019
Over the past 6 weeks of Lent, we’ve been doing our part in bringing awareness of the wonderful work of Caritas Australia. Our HERO Day, where our house captains organised several food stalls around the school to help generate funds for Project Compassion.
Overall we raised $2924. Thank you to everyone that contributed to help fund community development projects throughout the world.
YEAR 10 RETREAT 2019
“You shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your HEART, MIND, SOUL and STRENGTH”
A retreat for our Year 10 students in Term 2 was carefully timed to give students the opportunity for them to stop and take a deep look at their life with the hopes of re-directing themselves to a path most fulfilling for them.
In the middle of the beautiful Hawkesbury, the Benedict XVI Retreat Centre was the perfect location for reflection, discernment and fellowship. Blessed with delicious food, a variety of sporting activities, and a serene chapel, the inability to connect to wifi was a blessing in disguise. Students, had come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and nature escape in being disconnected from social media and taking a step back, and be in the present moment many have come to deeply appreciate.
The retreat was comprised of five sessions that focused on identity, trust, family, love and friendship that encouraged the students to think of the question “How do we love with our heart, mind and strength?” Each day we celebrated Holy Mass with Fr Galbert Abino from St Aidens Parish, which gave each student a opportune time to reflect and pray.
Gratitude and trust was a very important element of the retreat and this was not possible without the amazing teachers we have at St Agnes. A very special thank you to the Year 10 Retreat Team - Ms Raad, Ms Othman , Mr Madigan, Ms Payne, Ms Angileri, and Mr Chavez for their generosity of time, spirit, friendship and guidance to ensure this retreat was a wonderful experience for all! These teachers shared their own life experiences as a gift for students to understand the joys and challenges that come with family, friendships, love and faith. We look forward to sharing meaningful experiences with this group in the near future as we continue to provide opportunities for students to reconnect and rediscover themselves in light of Christ.
Acting Head of Mission
A Year 10 retreat reflection..
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17
Year 10 retreat; a truly memorable and meaningful experience. It was one that opened up many of our students, having revealed the happiest and saddest of their emotions. Over the span of two days, we embarked on a journey towards reflection and self-discovery. Together, we witnessed one another in unity, establishing new friendships and strengthening old ties. The retreat was an experience that not only allowed each and every Year 10 student to grow as individuals, but further help us explore the kind of person that we are called to be. With different sessions personally run by our respected teachers, we were taught on the topics of identity, trust, family, love and friendship. Several of the activities encouraged us to take a stroll down different paths where moments of the past, the present and the future had to be considered.
During the two days, there was no doubt that God had surrounded Himself amongst us. As emotions continued to flood, I saw just how present Christ had been in each and every one of the students there. So much comfort was brought to one another; light was shed on dark matters and many shoulders were being lent out to cry on. We each came down to a number of realisations thanks to this experience, and fortunately, we were all given the opportunity to share our gratitude with the people we love most. Letters comprising of such thoughtful messages were written to families, friends and teachers. Through this, we learnt to be more appreciative of our blessings, treasuring even the smallest of gestures.
Year 10 retreat truly provided the students with the foundation to build one another up and embrace the meaningful memories made during our last 4 years at St Agnes. On behalf of our year group, I would like to thank Mr Sadsad, Miss Raad, Mrs Othman, Miss Angileri, Mrs Payne, Mr Madigan and Mr Chavez for accompanying us on this journey. We appreciate your openness and admire the amount of trust you've all given to us. This experience is one that we will always cherish and look back on as we continue to grow.
- By Holly Anne Ramos (Year 10)
More Year 10 Retreat photo's can be found on
the School web page
Year 11 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews
On Wednesday 29th May, we will be hosting our Parent/Student/Teacher interviews for all Year 11 students. This is an opportunity for you and your child to meet with their classroom teachers. The meetings will focus on how your child has settled into senior schooling and feedback will be given to assist students on how they can achieve to their potential. The expectation is that all students will attend in uniform with at least one parent or carer.
The afternoon/evening will commence with first interviews taking place from 3:30pm and the last interviews of the evening will be scheduled for 6.53pm. Time slots will run for seven minutes to ensure that all families have access to all of their child’s teachers.
The Semester 1 reports will be distributed on this day and we ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your first scheduled interview to collect and read the report.
In order to meet with each of the teachers you will need to book individual time slots via your child’s SOBS portal using the following link:
The interviews will be held in the San Damiano/Blessed Helene de Chappotin Centre
During our Know Your Learner lesson, we had a guest speaker from Western Sydney University come and talk to us about Western Sydney University. Yasmin Egan spoke of the advantages of rewards and scholarships and general University life. It provided us with an overview of what to expect in the future and she reassured us of any doubts we had of getting into the university and course of our choice. Yasmin presented the benefits of University and the exciting experiences that we could have, such as joining clubs or societies. I enjoyed the presentation as I already had some information based on my research and reading of the University lookbook and Yasmin’s presentation gave a broader view on some aspects.
AbulDeng Tuil 11.5
Squares for Service
Anyone who likes to knit or crochet are invited to make 20cm x 20cm squares which will be joined together to make blankets for those in need. Please give any completed squares to Mrs Chapman.
Western Sydney University Visit
Year 8 Portfolio Leaders
Joleanne Magallanes and Anthony Irael
Catholic Identity and Social Justice
Year 9 Portfolio Leaders
Catholic Identity & Social Justice Leader
Pastoral Care Leader
Digital Media Leader
2019 St Agnes Catholic High School
In The Classroom - Ukelele Incursion a recap from the students
During the incursion, Tom, who was the ‘host of the show’, had taught numerous amount of students in Grade 8 about the Ukulele. He taught us a wide range of information about the ukulele, such as, its features and it’s names. Different chords that can be applied on the stringed instrument and, for starters, how to hold it correctly! By placing your left arm parallel on the neckline, and the right hand positioned on the frets.
What I learned in that scenario, the strings don’t necessarily have to be strummed above the sound hole but also on the frets. What I found the most difficult to do on the Ukulele was the Major Blues, because my hands and fingers had an inability to move along frets as fast as him, but with practice, we can master it. On the Ukulele, Tom had initially taught us simple chords, to build on the skill and apply it to playing the songs, which included “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, and other Country Songs. After making some progress in our one-hour session, Tom allocated certain sides of the audience to play specific parts of the song; one played the Major Blues, one played the Three Strings and one strummed the guitar.
Overall, this experience was very worthwhile and interesting. It had definitely allowed me to enhance my skills on the Ukulele. I had never tried or took the time to master a chord or song on a musical instrument. I would recommend Tom for future Music incursions, as he kept the class funny, entertaining and simultaneously taught us with discipline. It was a great time.
On the day of the Ukulele incursion, we learned about the basics of the Ukulele and some advanced Ukulele skills. I learnt to do some chords and the proper way to hold the Ukulele. We learned some of the basic songs with the same chords, which are C, F and G. Since we had extra time, we also learned about advanced chords. Some of the tips he told us were to strum more on the end of the fret board and the proper way to hold the Ukulele. I found this pretty challenging at first, then I got used to it.
Something Tom mentioned to us was something he called the “weird thumb”, where a person awkwardly locates their thumb on the fret board/bridge. When he would see someone doing this he would jokingly get ‘shamed’ on by Tom.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience and I would love to know more about the Ukulele.
Experiencing this ukulele class with Tom was a new, good and fun experience. I found that using the same chords, but with different rhythm,s can create the tune to different songs. I also learnt how to hold the ukulele properly without damaging it or hurting myself.
Going to this incursion I really had no problems or didn’t have anything that I didn’t enjoy. If I had the chance to do it again, I would love to.
During the 2 hours spent with Tom, we learnt vairous techniques and songs with the Ukelele. The main thing we learnt was how to hold the Ukelele correctly and the main chords needed to play alot of songs. We also learnt how to play some songs eg Blue Sway Shoes.
My time with Tom was enjoyable as it was my first time playing the Ukelele. It was quite interesting because we found out that most shongs can be played on the uklele and most songs are played using the same chords, just in different ways.
Overall, for my first time playing the Ukelele, I beieve that this was an enjoyable experience and Tom makes it enjoyable. Everyone should experience this incursion.
I thought the incursion was great! He really captured my attention making me learn more and stay focused. He taught me more than I thought I could even learn in 2 weeks as I am a minor. It was very interesting I never could remember the strings notes and all that but I was able to understand and keep up with the class when learning more songs (which basically used the same cords). I didn’t find anything I couldn’t enjoy maybe more time? Even though we had 2 hours I really enjoyed it. Overall it was amazing! I did not attend the incursion last year so this was my first music incursion and as I said a million times it was amazing.
Yesterday I went to an incursion to learn about Ukelele’s. During these two hours I learned the basic Ukelele skills, and a few songs. At first it was hard to play the Ukelele, the stickers helped me find where my fingers were supposed to be. The song we learned were easy to play, however, I kept getting confused on the timing of the songs. Most of the notes were easy to play, the only note I found hard to play was g7 because it required me put two fingers on the same chord.
Overall the incursion was very entertaining and I learnt a lot in those two hours. In the beginning I didn’t know anything about Ukelele’s and by the end I learnt some basic notes and songs. At the end my fingers were sore from playing the Ukelele, but it was a fun incursion.
During the 2 hours with our teacher Tom, he taught us many things about the Ukelele and taught us songs and where to put our fingers. I always remember 'wierd thumbs' (which was when you had your thumb sticking out).
I enjoyed our incursion and I really learnt a lot from Tom. I am proud I learnt a new instrument. Tom was very enthusiastic and fun. He was having fun with everyone and made us have a great time. Overall, I had a great time and believe everyone had an enjoyable time. It was a great experience for me and I look forward to learning new instruments in the future.
Junior girl's Volleyball team won their Grand final!
Yesterday I enjoyed the workshop so much as I used to take ukulele lessons every Wednesday morning which I really enjoyed so it was good to play it again. Ukulele is a lot of fun for me as I always wanted to play guitar but I felt as if the guitar was too big for me to play so when I was introduced to the ukulele I was so excited that I could play the ‘small guitar’. Something interesting about the workshop is that it was quite easy to pick up the notes again and be able to play them without having to look down at my ukulele to see where my fingers were going. I think it was a lot easier for me to pick up the notes as I did play for a full year and I really enjoyed the workshop and would definitely do it again. I learned how to play a few songs such as I make my own sunshine, I got a song that will get on your nerves and My girl. It is hard for me to think of something that I didn’t enjoy as I enjoyed every second! But if I had to choose one thing that I didn’t enjoy a lot was the first part when my fingers were starting to hurt as I didn’t realise that I was meant to be striking the strings with my nail and not the tip of my fingers. I guess I kind of forgot about that. Overall it was such a great experience and I didn’t want the workshop to stop.
Year 8 Ukelele Incursion
We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.
During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you.
From 1 May until June 25th 2019, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school or you can drop them into your local Woolworths collection box at the front office.
The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and much, much more!
We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please ask at School.
WOOLWORTHS EARN & LEARN PROGRAM
Congratulations to Alannah Martin of Year 9, who competed in the Nationals for the Hammer Throw in April.
This is a spectacular effort, made even more spectacular by the fact that she was in the U16s. This is not her age group.
Well done Alanah on coming THIRD in the country!
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Term 2 School Fees message
Term 2 statements have now been posted.
FEES & CHARGES
In accordance with Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta Conditions of Enrolment:
Payment Due Date: All Fees and Charges are due and payable 30 days from the date of the School Tax Invoice / Statement unless a payment arrangement is agreed to by the school in writing prior to the Current Term Fees Due date.
Withdrawal of a Student: A full terms notice (10 school weeks) in writing must be given to the Principal before a parent / guardian terminates the
Student’s enrolment. If sufficient notice of termination of the Student’s enrolment is not given, the parent / guardian is to pay the School one term’s
school fees including any Diocesan Fees applicable. This amount reflects the School’s financial loss associated with the Student’s withdrawal without
sufficient notice of termination. One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s enrolment.
Flexible Payment Plan
This provides options to pay Fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly between March and November.
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ART EXPRESS EXCURSION
On the 27th of March, Year 9, 10 and 11 elective art students were able to experience the Art Express at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which featured practical HSC artworks chosen specifically by the gallery to display. This was an eye-opening and rewarding opportunity for the students to get a glimpse of the various techniques and concepts utilized by the participants.
Upon arriving and settling into the gallery, students were first introduced to chosen exemplars through a lecture. The lecture gave an insight to and informed the students of the process and development stages of the production of the artworks, as well as the gruelling stresses the students experienced while making their pieces. They offered valuable advice to the audience, especially for the Year 11 students, as they were looking for inspiration and an approach on how they can design and scheme their artworks. This allowed the year 11 students to broaden their knowledge and answer their questions of what to expect for the next couple years to come. The lecture became quite compelling and thought-provoking during each student’s presentation as it showed all their main interests and what lead them to make the final product.
Following the lecture, students were able to roam the division of the gallery where the HSC submissions were displayed. The very first thing we saw before the final artworks was a wall. A wall of countless pieces of paper from the respective artists’ VAPDs, embodying their thought processes and initial brainstorms, everything that led up to the finalised works we were about to view. In every artwork, it was clear to see the countless hours, days and even months put into the pieces which lead to various outstanding and complex outcomes. Every piece told a story, whether a student wished to: create a manifestation of their thoughts and the inner workings of their mind; raise awareness of issues; or establish a whole new aspect on how we see objects in our day to day lives.The art express itself, showcased a large variety of everything: concepts, messages, mediums, execution, styles, expressions and various other ideas. On top of everything, art is supposed to make the observer feel something, that’s how you know your art was/is successful regardless of aesthetics, and students very clearly felt and showed a whole spectrum of sentiments and reactions throughout the excursion.
Art Express overall was particularly a great experience and opportunity for students to be able to view and see firsthand what young minds and students just like us were capable of when they set their minds to it. The Art Gallery of NSW gave students of visual arts some insight and motivation to make an artworks that relate to their experiences and ideas.
Marianna Al-Najar and Kaira Francisco
Conservatorium of Music
On the 10th of April, elective music classes visited the Conservatorium of Music Sydney Campus to learn about the history of music in Sydney. Our tour guide gave us a detailed discussion about the history of the conservatorium and took us to different areas of the building including the 480 practice rooms underground, which used to be used as horse stables. We were also able to enter the Verbrugghen Hall where students and teachers had the opportunity to listen to a live performance by Conductor Roger Benedict and the SCM String Orchestra. The performance included songs by:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Serenade in D Major K239 - ‘Serenata Notturna’
Marcia - Menuetto - Rondeau
Holberg Suite Op.40
Preludium - Sarabande - Gavotte - Air - Riguadon
Last Spring from Two Elegiac Melodies Op.34
Overall, the excursion was a very fulfilling and enjoyable experience, even inspiring Sebastien Belleza to go back and perform in Verbrugghen Hall during the holidays. Both instrumentalists and vocalists were opened up to the possible career of music.
By Robert Apostol and Chrystal Aquilizan
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STEPS TO UNI FOR YEAR 10 STUDENTS
In Year 10 you will select the courses that you will study for the next two years. This is an exciting time with many choices available. The following guidelines will help you
make the best possible decisions.
1. IDENTIFY YOUR END GOAL
Set aside some time to imagine what you would like to do after you finish school, whether you plan to work or study. To study at university, you must select ATAR courses in Years 11 and 12. Even if you’re not sure whether tertiary study is for you, selecting ATAR courses will allow you the flexibility to change your mind down the track.
2. CONSIDER YOUR ABILITIES AND INTERESTS
Choosing courses you enjoy and perform well in will give you the best chance of achieving a high ATAR and gaining access to university. Avoid choosing a course simply because it scales well. If you don’t get good marks, scaling won’t make much difference.
3. EXPLORE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
It is important to select the degree you need to get the job you want. Career expos and university open days are an invaluable source of information on career choices, as is speaking to family, friends, teachers and careers
advisers. Consider doing work experience in your area of interest so you can better assess whether a certain career path is a good match for you. If you’re not sure about the career path you want to follow, choose subjects that will keep several options open for you.
4. RESEARCH STUDY OPTIONS
The courses you choose in Years 11 and 12 should reflect the degree you want to study at university. UAC’s Steps to Uni for Year 10 Students lists the prerequisites, recommended studies and/or assumed knowledge necessary for entry to different degrees. This publication is distributed to all Year 10 students in NSW and is also available for free as a download.
Use the UAC course search to browse courses that interest you and read course descriptions. Attend Year 10 information evenings held by universities and find out which HSC courses will prepare you for the university degrees that interest you. Remember, when selecting HSC courses, it’s more important to consider your end goal, abilities and interests, than to think about how subjects
will be scaled.
More information can be found on the below link
Western Sydney University | Mid-Year Information Day
Saturday 18 May | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 18 May | 10.00am to 2.00pm | Parramatta Campus Our Mid-Year Information Day is just around the corner. It’s a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with our academics about your options and to get a feel for campus life. Find out more and register your interest:
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Did you know we have a Family School Liaison Officer at St Agnes?
The Family School Liaison Officer (FSLO), Samantha can work with students and their families to support with the following:
- Providing information and advice
- Referral to appropriate services
- Assist parents with school related issues
- Assist students with transitioning to high school
- Assist students with goal planning
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our school FSLO, alternatively you can also make an appointment at the office.
Please come and introduce yourself to the FSLO, the next time you are at the school !!
The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a photo competition open to high school students across Australia from years 7 to 12. The competition aims to encourage young people to learn more about homelessness, especially ending homelessness in Australia.
This year, the competition opens Monday 29 April and the theme for 2019 is “Housing First: the key to ending homelessness”. Entrants are asked to:
1) take a photo specifically for the competition that explores the idea of home and the image must include a house key,
2) include a written statement of 100 words or less that explains how your photo explores the idea of home
3) and complete an online quiz on Housing First.
Entry form and quiz along are now available online.
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Pupil Free Day - June 11th
The school uniform shop is open on Mondays between 8:00am and 12:00pm,
and Wednesdays between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
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National Driver Education is accredited by Roads & Maritime Services as a provider of Safer Driver Courses for Young Learner Drivers.
Learner Drivers earn 20 BONUS HOURS in their logbook at the completion of the course.
MODULE 1 & 2 ARE CONDUCTED ON THE SAME DAY. Refreshments, Morning Tea and Lunch provided.
Next 2019 available Course dates:
Saturday – 1st June 2019
Saturday – 15th June 2019
Saturday 25th May 2019
Sunday – 19th May 2019
Please visit www.ndeaustralia.com.au to book a course or call 02 9853 3243.
N.B. Free course for disadvantaged learner drivers
The NSW Government is offering 1000 free places on the Safer Drivers Course each year to help young learner drivers from disadvantaged backgrounds and Aboriginal communities. The fee exemption allows those who are financially disadvantaged to benefit from the road safety outcomes of the Safer Drivers Course.
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Please be safe and drop your child before the 'Bus Zone' area, or on the side street. You will be fined if caught by the Parking Officers.
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