- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- FROM THE CURRICULUM OFFICE
- UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
- CAREERS NEWS
- YEAR 11 NEWS
- YEAR12 NEWS
- NEWS FROM SCIENCE
- REPRESENTATIVE SPORT
- DEFENCE NEWS
- VINNIES NEWS
- ASSORTED NEWS
- NEWS FROM GOOROON
- OFFICE NEWS
- CANTEEN NEWS
- SHOALHAVEN COMMUNITY OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
- COMMUNITY NEWS
37th ANNIVERSARY OF SAINT JOHN PAUL II ABORIGINAL ADDRESS
November 27 has been set aside as a National Day of Celebration in recognition of Pope JPII’s address to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people on 29 November, 1986 in Alice Springs. As he spoke the wind arrived and whipped some of the red earth through the crowd and it seemed like the Holy Spirit was present.
“You are part of Australia and Australia is part of you. And the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others”.
This day was significant for the Catholic ministries working in AITSL communities amongst the 120,000 Catholic Indigenous peoples. We recognise our co0nnection at St John’s with Catholic Mission and the immersion groups that they organise for us to Darwin and the Northern Territory and their continuing work with indigenous communities.
END OF THE LITURGICAL YEAR
On Sunday 26 November we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. This also signifies the end of the Liturgical year and the commencement of the next liturgical year. This also commences the Holy Season of Advent the following Sunday, 3 December. This is a time of waiting and hope in preparation for the coming of the saviour, the birth of Jesus. To mark this occasion many Parishes and schools will prepare an Advent wreath.
This is made up of a circle of evergreen leaves and branches with four candles. The candles are white or purple and some customs have a pink candle for the third Sunday. A fifth candle, the Christ candle is placed in the centre.
On the first Sunday of Advent one candle is lit, on the second two and so on. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve. The circle symbolises God’s everlasting love for us. Evergreen plants are also a symbol of endless life. Lighting an increasing number of candles represent the ever-increasing light of Christ as we move towards Christmas, where Jesus comes into the world for us.
I would ask all families to engage in the Advent activities in your local Church and encourage the students to explore the significance of this time of year.
ST MARY'S OUTDOOR LEARNING & HEALING SPACE
YEAR 12 GRADUATION DINNER
On Wednesday 8 November we celebrated the final Year 12 event with the Graduation Dinner. After the difficulties of covid and the associated restrictions, we took the event offsite to Figbird Cottage in Terara.
It was a magic night – despite some rain. After the rain the sun shone brightly and the dance floor was filled. A fitting event for Mrs Kelly as she has invested six years with these students on their journey into adulthood. We wish all students well as they commence the journey beyond school.
Mr Wayne Marshall
WEEK 7 (WEEK A)
Wednesday 22 November: Year 10 Reflection Day
Thursday 23 November: Creative & Performing Arts Showcase 5pm
Friday 24 November: White Card Training Course (Year 9,10 & 11)
Thursday 30 November: EAT Theatre Evening Performance 7pm
Friday 1 December: EAT Theatre Evening Performance 7pm
Saturday 2 December: EAT Theatre Evening Performance 7pm
Monday 4 - Friday 8 December: Year 10 Work Experience
WEEK 10 (WEEK B)
Thursday 14 December: HSC Results released.
Thursday 14 December: Year 7-10 Presentation Assembly
Friday 15 December: Activities Day Year 7/8/9 - Final day for students.
RETURN TO SCHOOL DATES TERM 1 2024
Tuesday 30 January: Staff Development (Pupil Free Day)
Wednesday 31 January: Year 7 & 12 return (& Year 10 Peer Support)
Wednesday 31 January: New students in Year 8-11 (Partial day)
Thursday 1 February: Year 8, 9, 10 & 11 return.
CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE
CLASS MASS - WEEK 6
Mass on Wednesday 15 November was celebrated by Fr Joseph and attended by 9RE.I and 9RE.J in the St John's Chapel.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM 2023
A brief note to inform parents/guardians and students about the Sacramental Program
running this year at St John’s.
Any students that would like to be baptised into the Catholic faith or receive the Sacraments
of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation, are invited to participate in the
Sacramental program that will be running during the year and in school time.
Please see the attached letter that accompanies this newsletter for further information.
Sacramental Program Facilitator
White Card Training - Last course for 2023
Year 9, 10 & 11 students are invited to enrol in the final White Card course for 2023. This is an essential qualification to safely work in the construction industry.
When? Friday, November 24
Please fill out the expression of interest posted on Google Classroom
Edge Workshop - Wednesday, November 29
This interactive Job Readiness Workshop will be run by Sharna Dawson, a highly acclaimed presenter.
Over the day you will learn about:
- What employers are looking for
- How to prepare and present yourself for an interview
- Resume preparation - how to stand out
- Meet industry professionals
- Social media and employment
- Pathways to various careers
There will also be an opportunity to go into break out rooms for hands on activities with professionals in hair, make up, clothing and skincare.
Limited to 50 students. Fill out the EOI on Google Classroom
Year 10 Work Experience 2024
December 4 - 8
Thank you to all the parents, guardians and students who have confirmed and completed all the requirements to participate in the Work Experience Program In Term 4, Week 9.
As you are aware, all Year 10 students have the opportunity to delve deeper into a field of their interest, gaining a firsthand understanding of the roles within it. Such immersion can prove immensely beneficial as it allows individuals to discern whether their chosen industry aligns with their aspirations.
To facilitate this process, please refer to the Careers Google Classroom for guidance on how to approach potential employers. For your convenience, I have included all necessary documentation as attachments, streamlining the entire process.
To participate in this program, It is compulsory for all students to:
- Complete and upload the Work Readiness Certificate to the Careers Classroom
- Complete the White Card Training if they intend to work on a construction site
- Complete and submit the Working with Animals Guideline form
- Complete and submit the Student Work Placement document to the Careers Office
If you have any further concerns or questions, contact Ms Arenas
YEAR 11 & 12 UPDATES
2024 Discovery Days Student Rego is Now Open
Student registrations for Discovery Days at the University of Wollongong (UOW) will open on Wednesday, November 15. You will be able to register for Discovery Days and build their timetable for the day via the below.
Many of the sessions have limited numbers, so a first-come, first-served principle will apply.
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ACU Pathways Finder Tool
There are alternative pathways into a course if a student doesn’t receive the ATAR they were hoping for, including our Foundation Studies program, certificates and diplomas. Use the pathways finder tool to narrow down admission pathways for a study area or course of interest and explore your options.
So where will you be at Twenty-Two?
Through a range of programs we can help you:
- access safe and affordable accommodation
- get support for mental health, addictions, family breakdown and/or financial stress
- access appropriate services and advocate on your behalf
- explore options for medium and long-term housing
- discuss and explore pathways to employment
- develop a rental accommodation assistance plan
We operate in locations across Sydney’s Inner West, as well as the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and Coffs Harbour. As well as accommodation support, Wesley Mission has a range of support services in each region to help young people facing homelessness or other hardships
Details of all semester 1, 2024 courses offered by UAC’s participating institutions are now available, so it's a perfect time to get started on your UAC application if you haven't already. Remember, if you apply before 29 September, you’ll avoid a significant increase in the application fee.
Your Key Dates:
- 23 November - Educational Access Scheme (EAS) application and documentation deadline for December Round 2 Offers
- 14 December - 2023 ATARs released
- 21 December - December Round 2 Offers released
UAC Education Access Scheme (EAS) Closing November 23
Who can apply? To apply for EAS you must be able to demonstrate that, as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing, your studies were negatively affected during:
Year 11 and/or Year 12
The period in which you gained the qualifications you are using to seek admission to an undergraduate course.
You must also be:
- a UAC undergraduate applicant
- an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (including a holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa)
For further details go to the Year 12 Careers Classroom or see Ms Arenas
UAC - EAS Application Closing date: November 23
UAC Career mapping: where to after school?
Many students are uncertain about their next steps after Year 12. But – as Phillip Williamson, Head Teacher Careers for the NSW Government’s Educational Pathways Program, writes – it’s vital to go easy on yourself, self-reflect and do your research. Here are Williamson’s practical tips for starting your career journey. The most important thing, he advises, is to focus on your direction, not your destination.
C.A.S Hawker Scholarship
Applications Open 4 December
Closes 5th January 2024
The Scholarship is available to Australian undergraduate and post-graduate students.
Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000 and contribute to the cost of residential fees.
Successful applicants are those who most convincingly demonstrate their potential as a future leader, the contribution they have made to their school and community and their academic ability, in keeping with the example
C.A.S. Hawker set as a leader and his contribution and service to Australia.
The University of Sydney Inspired by Business Gadigal Scholarship
An undergraduate scholarship valued up to $40,000 scholarship to support talented Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students to study an undergraduate business degree.
ACU Veteran Family Entry Program
This entry pathway is available to any partner, spouse, or child over the age of 18 of current/previous serving ADF personnel. Applications are handled on a case-by-case basis though as a rule of thumb 2-years of service is required. If you are unsure of your eligibility, we encourage you to contact one of our Student Veteran Services team to discuss further.
UNSW's New Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Developed in partnership with New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA), students will experience what it's like to teach from their first term of study. With a unique focus on professional experience from the outset, they'll graduate ready to transform the lives of primary school children.
4 Surprising Cyber Security Paths
These four experts all work for one of the world’s biggest cyber security companies – but took very different paths to get there.
Announcing the New $10,000 UNSW Advantage Award
For 2024, we’re introducing the $10,000 UNSW Advantage Award to support all students from low-socioeconomic areas as they transition to UNSW.
If you live in an eligible low-socioeconomic area, receive an offer from UNSW and enrol for Term 1 2024, you will be eligible to receive the $10,000 UNSW Advantage Award to support you in your first year of studies. Low-socioeconomic areas are based on IRSAD and IEO indexes of SEIFA criteria.
Additionally, for 2024, all students who attend a Gateway school, apply through the Gateway Admission Pathway and enrol at UNSW will receive a $1,000 one-off payment to make the transition to uni easier, meaning you could be eligible for a total of an $11,000 award to make the most of your studies.
Western Sydney University Equity Scholarship
Closes 8 December Equity scholarships recognise that all people have different needs and that some groups experience disadvantages that impact on their educational progress. WSU Equity Scholarships support a wide variety of students who experience financial hardship and other educational disadvantages.
SCU Scholarship Applications Now Open
All students are welcome to apply for a scholarship and the process is simple.
Most undergraduate domestic applicants will only need to apply online once and will be considered for all donor-funded scholarships that they are eligible for. Some of our scholarships don’t require an application as they are awarded based on merit, or you will automatically be considered when you apply to study at Southern Cross University.
How to apply may depend on the scholarship you are applying. Use the below as a guide and be sure to check your eligibility and the application processes listed on each scholarship.
Year 12 students can start their scholarship applications now by registering for a UNSW Scholarships account here using their UAC Application number. Scholarships on offer include:
- 2024 General Merit Undergraduate Scholarships for Commencing Students
- Scientia Scholarship
- Academic Achievement Award (AAA)
- Gail Kelly Young Women Leaders Scholarship
- UNSW Indigenous General Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW Women in Engineering Scholarship Program for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW Engineering Rural Scholarships Program for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering Scholarships for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- School of Chemical Engineering High Achiever Award
- School of Computer Science & Engineering Scholarships for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW Business School Merit Scholarships Program for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- John Niland Scholarship
- UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Undergraduate Scholarships for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW Science Undergraduate Scholarships for Students Commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW School Of Mathematics & Statistics Undergraduate Scholarships for students commencing Term 1, 2024
- UNSW Law & Justice Undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice Excellence Award
- UNSW Sport Scholarships- Term 1, 2024
- Equity Scholarships
Financial Support for Apprentices - Trade Support Loan
A Trade Support Loan is an interest free loan to help you purchase trade tools and supplies while being an apprentice. You can borrow up to $24,492 (2023-2024), which is paid in monthly instalments. You will not have to repay your loan until you are earning an income above the minimum repayment threshold ($51,550 for 2023-24). Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will receive a 20% discount on your loan amount.
Financial Support for Apprentices - Living Away From Home Allowance
If you have to move away from your parents’ or guardians’ home to take up or continue training as an Australian Apprentice you may be eligible for the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) to support you with the additional costs of living.
LAFHA is a weekly tax-free payment that reduces as you progress in your training:
- In your first year of training you would receive: $77.17 per week
- In your second year of training you would receive: $38.59 per week
- In your third year of training you would receive: $25 per week
New TAFE Course!
Dual Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystems & Marine Habitat Conservation and Restoration
To find out more go to:
Supporting You Every Step of the Way with TAFE NSW
Get the help you need to succeed
The TAFE NSW Counselling and Career Development Service is free and confidential* and is designed to help you succeed in your studies at TAFE NSW, as well as in your chosen career.
Prospective TAFE NSW students are able to access the service to assist with course choice decisions and career planning.
Students enrolled with TAFE NSW are able to access a range of services to assist in career development and personal support.
TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy - The Very Best in Wine Education and Training
Proudly partnering with some of the leading wine education providers in the world, the TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy offers the very best in wine education and training.
Our team of highly respected industry experts include wine makers, authors, show judges and sommeliers. They draw on the skills and knowledge gleaned from years in the industry, both here and internationally, to take your tasting skills and wine knowledge to the next level.
Whether you’re currently in the industry and need to stay up-to-date on vital trends, or just want to impress at your next dinner party, an in-depth course at the TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy utilises the latest resources and study materials to demystify the world of fine wine.
TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy is located at 250 Blaxland Road Ryde NSW 2112. Phone: 02 7921 2399
TAFE - I Am Finishing School This Year Info Page
Whatever you're interested in, TAFE NSW has a pathway to get you there.
With hundreds of courses to choose from, including degrees, we can help you find your passion.
Find answers to questions like:
- When do enrolment periods close?
- What are the semester and term dates?
- Do you offer payment plans?
- What is a fee concession and exemption and who is eligible?
- Can I study a degree at TAFE?
- What course will get me into university?
TAFE NSW Degrees and Undergrad Certificates
You don't need an ATAR to study a degree with TAFE NSW, but you will graduate with a qualification that will change your future.
Study a Bachelor degree, post graduate or higher education qualification with TAFE NSW, and graduate with strong theoretical knowledge, practical experience and industry connections that will give you a head start on your career.
Plus if you have previously completed a higher education or vocational diploma or certificate qualification, you may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards your degree, which means you could graduate sooner. We also offer short courses comprising one or two subjects designed to meet industry requirements. Check out our short courses!
We also offer Undergraduate Certificates. Undergraduate Certificates are short courses requiring completion of just four subjects. They are designed to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge to move into new employment opportunities. If you decide to continue your studies, you will get recognition for the four subjects completed.
TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses help students build practical skills and industry-specific knowledge, and count toward school outcomes, with some courses contributing towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
Take the quiz to see if you may be eligible to commence an application to the NSW Police Force. ‘Aquatic Rescue Sequence’ certification: Applicants are required to provide certification of successful completion of the Aquatic Rescue Sequence. First Aid certification: Applicants are required to supply certification of completion of an approved ‘Apply First Aid’ course with at least 12 months currency remaining on certification. Typing certificate. Applicants are required to supply a recognized certificate of typing proficiency equivalent or greater than 25 words per minute at 98 percent accuracy.
GAP YEAR Opportunity
As industry leaders and a respected partner of prominent schools, we provide overseas Gap Year opportunities for young people across the world. Since embarking on our own Gap Year, we can personally relate to the experiences had by our participants and provide ongoing support every step of the way with full-time staff located in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. We believe the support we offer and how we place participants based on their skills and preferences are just some of the reasons why we are leaders in the Gap Year field. Over the years we have established solid relationships with over 200 prominent schools globally and several hundred placements annually. Let us guide you through the whole process so you can begin the best year of your life.
CCUSA CAMP COUNSELOR 2024 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Summer camps in the USA are a tradition dating back more than 100 years. Every year almost 300 New South Wales participants head to the USA between June and August to work as camp counselors.
Check out Careers Google Classroom for more information.
Real Estate Institute of NSW - Certificate of Registration Cours
Sydney Flight College Applications Now Open
Apply now for November Intake or for 2024 Intake
Year 12 Students interested in becoming a pilot? Double Diploma & Commercial Pilot licenceAVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilots Licence - Aeroplane) & AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Multi Engine Instrument Rating). The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is the minimum requirement to earn a living as a pilot in Australia. You'll start your training learning the fundamentals of flight in single engine aeroplanes such as the Piper Warrior, before progressing towards larger and more complex aircraft culminating in your CPL flight test being performed in the legendary Cessna 182T Skylane. We'll arm you with all the non-technical and technical skills required to work in the industry as a professional pilot. No previous knowledge is required!
APPRENTICESHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS
Finding an Apprenticeship Searching and applying for an Australian Apprenticeship is very much like hunting for any job. An employer has to create a vacancy and decide to use Australian Apprenticeships as a way to employ and train their staff. The following steps will explain the process to get an Australian Apprenticeship from the preparation stage, to the time you begin your training
Aged Care Traineeship Vacancy
This is a great local opportunity if you are interested in aged care.
Automotive Apprenticeships - Vacancies
Do you aspire to be a builder?
Register your interest for the course starting 27 November Want to be a carpenter? This is your best first step. Master Builders will help prepare you to become the best 1st-year carpentry apprentice. This 3-week entry level training program provides an introduction into both the industry and a carpentry trade prior to commencing an apprenticeship.
Do you aspire to become a brickie?
Offer you the opportunity to study and earn an income while undertaking a qualification. It gives you the chance to learn new skills while getting paid. It can be done full-time or while you are at school through a School Based Apprenticeship. You can use your qualification to work anywhere in Australia and around the world.
Junction Street / Cambewarra Mountain Medical
We are seeking to employ a trainee in medical administration and wondered if you may have any school leavers who could be interested and suited to this position.
The position would most likely be a permanent 4 days/week (with a view to occasionally covering a 5th day or Saturday morning if required).
They would be employed as a permanent, and we would organise them and support to study the following:
The position will be based across our 2 practices, in Nowra and Bomaderry.
Starting date would be early December and payment will be above award rates and complying with all Fair Work requirements.
It is our hope to find a person who is looking for a long term career in Medical Administration, there are all sorts of possibilities for extra responsibilities and leadership for the right person. Being IT savvy is essential, as is reliability, responsibility, motivation, maturity and common sense.
This is a welcoming friendly workplace who must operate as a team to provide the best medical care for our patients and workplace for our staff, so being a team player is a must.
The job is complex and an ability to comply with privacy laws, policies and procedures and learn new skills in a fast and ever changing environment is essential.
We look forward to hearing from any potential candidates for this position, please have them send their CV and a short note introducing themselves to firstname.lastname@example.org
Volvo Apprenticeship Program
The Volvo Apprenticeship Program is designed to train and develop apprentices to keep pace with advancing technology and high levels of customer service. It spans four years, with three years as block release at the Volvo Training Centre, and consists of a variety of workplace and off-the-job training. Your career will be given full support to help you successfully complete the Program. Few businesses can offer their employees such diversity, challenges, excellent training and career development prospects. Every apprentice is encouraged to demonstrate initiative and contribute his or her own ideas for improving customer service and developing the business. But this approach requires a special type of person. You must have the ambition to contribute and succeed in a fast-paced, results oriented environment and strive to be the best in everything you do.
Go to: Volvo Link for further information.
Transport for NSW Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Transport for NSW currently have a number of Apprenticeship and Traineeships open for 2024 in both metro and regional areas. Currently on offer are:
- Business Traineeships
- Bridge Construction Apprenticeship
- Heavy Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship
- Project Management Traineeships
- Electrical Apprenticeship
- Civil Construction Apprenticeship
- Painting and Blasting Traineeship
A number of trainee roles are also available
A & D Tree Services - Trainee Arborist positions available
If you are interested in a career in Arboriculture with a leading employer in the area, please feel free to call A & D Services.
- Green P’s ( or will get them within 6 months)
- White Card
- Willing to get a Truck Licence asap.
A&D Tree Services Pty Limited
Phone: 4423 6555
1 Central Avenue, South Nowra NSW 2541
CSS Engineering PTY LTD - Apprenticeship
CSS Engineering Pty Ltd is a metal machining workshop in South Nowra and they are seeking a full-time apprentice.
The job will involve:
- Cutting and preparing material for machining
- Using a variety of workshop machines, such as manual and CNC lathes and mills, grinders, guillotines and bandsaws
- TAFE course; Cert III Engineering-Mechanical Trade (MEM302205)
Sound knowledge of Mathematics is required to fulfil this role.
Contact Christina on:
Ph: 4421 2155
Superior Cabinets South Coast
Superior Cabinets South Coast is seeking a keen, hardworking apprentice. If you enjoy woodwork, this might be perfect for you.
Contact Anthony on: 0412 179 552
Handy link for a range of job opportunities: Jobs Transport NSW
JOB VANCANCIES !
If you are looking for kitchen or front of house work, contact the Southern Hotel Berry.
They have jobs available in front of house and kitchen- this is kitchen hands and learning cold sections in the kitchen.
Please contact Bridie on:
0479 016 153
Local Government NSW offers hundreds of jobs and diverse career paths. Across professional, administrative, trade and outdoor roles. Learn more about the type of work, qualifications required and the jobs available now in over 100 councils across NSW & others interstate
At Woolworths Group, we create better experiences together for a better tomorrow. Our diverse group of retail businesses are some of Australia's most recognised and trusted brands, and our team are at the heart of everything we do.
Coffee’Liscious in Nowra is looking for Front-of-House members for weekend work - casual positions.
Front-of-House tasks include:
- taking orders
- cleaning dishes
- making cold drinks
- running food
No previous experience needed - training on-site.
Hand physical resume in Coffee'liscious or email Emma at - email@example.com
Ms Marcia Arenas
Transition and Pathways Specialist
As the year winds down for the majority of students for Year 11 it is really speeding up. Students have embraced the first term of Year 12 with such maturity and enthusiasm and I congratulate them on this. As they move to the end of term students have a lot of assessment tasks coming in. I remind students of the assessment policy and the misadventure process. Please if there are any issues ask students to speak to myself or the curriculum office. Also a reminder to students to use the holidays coming up wisley. Remember to have some fun but also use this as a time to ensure that they are up to date with their work and their study notes.
The highlight of this term and I am sure their last year of high school was senior retreat that took place in Week 2 of this term. Students were a credit to their families and the way that they engaged in the activities and the opportunities presented to them at retreat was amazing. The time together clearly bonded them as a year group and set the foundations for the final year ahead. I encourage students to continue to use what they learnt at retreat and also encourage them to continue to seek the opportunities of togetherness as a year group.
Again thank you to students for this wonderful experience. I cant wait to see what the next year holds for us
'I was a stranger and you welcomed me and loved me as yourself'
Year 11 Coordinator
It is with a touch of sadness that I write my final report as Year 12 Coordinator. The last six years have been filled with so much joy that has created wonderful memories for the St John’s community, the Year 12 students and myself. We will miss the vibrant personalities of all the students as well as the amazing talents and friendship they have brought to the school.
I would like to acknowledge the following students for their outstanding achievements in their HSC major works and congratulate all of Year 12 on completing their HSC.
HSC DANCE - NESA CALLBACK NOMINATION
HSC MUSIC - ENCORE NOMINATION
HSC VISUAL ARTS - ART EXPRESS NOMINATION
Last Wednesday Year 12 celebrated the completion of Year 12 with their Graduation Dinner held at Figbird Cottage, Terera.
The occasion was a very special night and provided an opportunity for staff and students to reconnect with each other after the exams and to say goodbye.
I would like to thank the following people for their support in ensuring the success of the night: Jacob Stephenson, Abbey Simis, Cathy Chittick, Sandy Johnston, Debbie Brown, Ali Bowden, Scott Horne, Brendan Gibson, Serena Jablonskis, James Eirth, Wayne Marshall, and the Year 11 helpers.
Finally I wish to thank the parents and carers of Year 12. Your support over the years has been invaluable.
To Year 12, congratulations on completing your HSC and I wish you every success in whatever path your future takes you. Stay connected and remember to always be the hands of God to everyone you meet.
- 14 December 11.00am please join us at St John’s for morning tea to celebrate receiving your HSC results.
- Textbook returns. If you haven’t already returned your textbooks please bring them in asap or on 14 December. Year 11 students are waiting to borrow them for their HSC courses.
God bless you all
Mrs Lynette Kelly
Year 12 Coordinator
My highlight of the day was when we arrived at our first station and we were approaching the lions. They charged at us and we all were scared.
It was great walking around and learning about the animals, and I liked when we saw the monkeys.
The highlight of my zoo trip was seeing the monkeys climb and jump around their enclosure. I liked seeing them use the tools like rocks, to try and bust open the nut to eat it. I also liked the farm animals like the sheep and goats.
Our Year 8 students have started their new unit called Deadly In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The program takes a community-driven approach to deliver and support activities, drawing connections between Indigenous STEM knowledge and local STEM industries.
Deadly in Generation STEM helps students strengthen connections to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM knowledge, and develops problem-solving and leadership skills. Classes have started to look at the importance of Eucalyptus in bush medicine by extracting oils from Eucalyptus leaves, how bushfire management allow for the regeneration of our native plants, the physics behind the didjeridu and making sounds in nature for the telling of stories and communication, understanding the best woods for starting a fire and implementing engineering views on weapons creation for both cooking and hunting.
Our Stage 5 students have been working hard and focusing on consolidating stage learning outcomes in their end of year examinations in knowledge and skills, with the goal of completing units for 2023 to ensure students can have the best start to their learning in 2024.
In Stage 6, all sciences are well and truly underway, with many of our senior students preparing to undertake their first school based HSC assessment task. Working collaboratively and demonstrating that their hard work and consistent engagement pays off.
We would like to announce Charlie Coulson-Knight has been chosen to join the 2023-24 cohort of the ABE Master Teacher Fellowship. As one of several teachers selected from a variety of international sites, this program will support Charlie Coulson-Knight in collaborating with experts from STEM fields, develop curriculum infusing research-based pedagogy, inclusive classroom practices, and cutting-edge biotech concepts and technologies.
Awardees were chosen based on their contributions to student learning, leadership skills, communication skills, and support of ABE and the ABE community.
As an ABE Master Teacher, Charlie Coulson-Knight will work with other Fellows from around the world to develop classroom, curriculum, or professional development resources in areas of personal interest. Fellows will also serve as ambassadors to other teachers, providing peer advice and guidance on using the LabXchange platform to support ABE while encouraging other ABE teachers to grow in new, innovative directions.
Charlie Coulson-Knight will begin the Fellowship this December 2023.
Ms Valerie Lewis
Acting Science Coordinator
2023 DIOCESAN AWARDS
SECONDARY MEDALLION RECIPIENTS FROM ST JOHN'S WERE:
AIRLIE STEVENS - YEAR 7
OSKAR DRISCOL - YEAR 8
TRAE SPENCER - YEAR 8
HANNAH PHILLIPS - YEAR 9
RUBY MARSHALL - YEAR 11
BRIDGET FAIRS - YEAR 11
SIENNA CLARKE - YEAR 12
SECONDARY BLUES AWARDS:
NICHOLAS MCGILL - YEAR 10
TALIKA IRVINE - YEAR 11
VINCE VILLA AWARD
We had great success as a school being awarded 2nd place for the Vince Villa Award. This award acknowledges the contribution of schools success in the Diocese on a point system. Well done all who have participated in any Diocease event this year!
TRIBUTE TO SPORTSMANSHIP - NICHOLAS MCGILL
Presented on the night was a tribute to sportsmanship and it featured our own year 10 Student Nick McGill. Well done Nick for demonstrating the true spirit of sport.
NSW STATE NETBALL FINAL - YEAR 9/10 BOYS SILVER MEDALISTS
On Wednesday 8th of November, St Johns had 2 boys teams travel to Sydney Olympic Park to compete at the NSW SCHOOL'S CUP STATE NETBALL FINAL after progressing through earlier rounds.
Our Year 8 team fought hard and had a brilliant time competing at this level against very strong competition but unfortunately did not progress on the day.
Our Year 9/10 team advanced all the way through to the grand final at the tournament, coming away with a silver medal placing 2nd in the state.
Super proud of all the boys!
Coach Sean Gray
JALEN REES & NICHOLAS RAYES - YEAR 10
Congratulations to Jalen Rees and Nic Rayes of Year 10 for being offered positions in the NSW U17's Boys Netball team to compete at the National Championships in Brisbane in April next year.
BERG SHIELD - YEAR 7 - 9 BOY'S CRICKET
On Friday 27 October on a wet and overcast day, the St John’s (Year 7 to 9 boy's) Berg Shield cricket team travelled to Albion Park to take on St Joseph’s in the first round of the state wide Catholic T20 knockout competition.
There was a great start to the day with opening pace bowlers Beau Lynch and Hugh Duff bowling tightly and finishing with 0/3 and 1/9 respectively after their 3 overs each. The standout bowlers through the middle overs who really changed the course of the game were Matthew Reid with 2/13 and Shaia Wagner-Smith with the amazing figures of 4/3 bowling his right arm off spin and just missing out on a hat trick. Jake Swan and Arlo Brown also picked up a wicket each to help dismiss St Joseph’s for a total of 63.
When it was St John’s turn to bat, the team was quietly confident that we would be able to chase down the required 64 runs quite easily. Xavier Smith(22) and Hamish Kinch(12) started confidently until we lost our first wicket at 33. Some very strong, straight bowling from the St Joseph’s attack then saw our batters completely collapse and be all out for 55, falling 8 runs short of St Joseph’s total. The only other batter who added some resistance was Clayton Whitby who managed a hard fought 9 runs.
Even though we have bowed out of this year’s competition, it has made our squad thirsty to compete next year with new found experience and desire.
Thanks to Mr Muller for driving the freshly painted school bus and scoring on the day.
Thank you also to Mr Fuller for managing the team and umpiring on the day.
JUNIOR GIRLS LEAGUE TAG
Please see below the 2023 Flyer to promote NSWCCC individual pathways and the process for registering through the CSNSW Sport website for students and parents information.
Please feel free to contact our school with any questions.
Once you have nominated, Compass will provide you and your team with permission notes to complete. If team members fail to return these notes in a timely manner, your team's entry may be withdrawn.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
SHOALHAVEN ADF MORNING TEA: COFFEE CONNECTION SHOALHAVEN
KOOKABURRA KIDS ACTIVITY - DEFENCE YOUNG PEOPLE
HUSKISSON WATER SPORTS EVENT - 8 TO 18 YEARS WELCOME
VINNIES CHRISTMAS HAMPER APPEAL
Many local families are doing it tough this year so we wish to assist with our annual Christmas Hamper Appeal.
Each PALS class and staff group have also been assigned a family to supply with Christmas gifts.
We appreciate all donations for this worthy cause.
CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING FOR LOCAL NURSING HOME
Last Tuesday lunchtime our terrific students of St John's Vinnies Youth Group made Christmas cards to spread some Christmas cheer to the residents of our local nursing home.
Ms Vanessa Kidson
YEAR 10 CHILD STUDIES
In the latest task in Year 10 Child Studies students created an online story which they printed off and are now able to gift these to some special little people that they dedicated these books too. Congratulations Year 10 they are terrific.
KEIRA BUCKITT - 2023 ST JOHN'S GRADUATE
SCHOOL UNIFORM DONATIONS
Ms Angelina Ramognini
Opportunity for families to apply for free NBN services
To boost education opportunities and narrow the digital divide, the Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, is working with NBN Co to provide up to 30,000 families with no internet at home free NBN for 12 months.
The process for families to apply for the initiative is as follows:
- Contact the National Referral Centre on 1800 954 610 (10 am - 6 pm AEDT Monday to Friday)
- The National Referral will determine the family's eligibility
- Once eligibility has been determined they will issue the family with a voucher for 12 months of free NBN Internet to be used with a carrier of choice
- More information can be found at https://www.anglicarevic.
To be eligible, a family must:
- Have a child living at home enrolled in an Australian school
- Have no active broadband service over the NBN network
- Live in a premise where they can access a standard NBN service
- Not have had an active NBN service during the previous 14 days.
POSITION VACANT - CLEANER
We still have days in Term 4 they we require help, if you are able to assist on any days that have spaces on the roster please contact the school office on 4423 1666 or email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively fill in the form on the school website under canteen in the Parent Info section.
BELOW IS THE CANTEEN ROSTER FOR TERM 4