As I write this Newsletter I recognise that we light the first Advent candle at mass this weekend and the lighting of both the first and second candles the following weekend. The first candle, which is purple, symbolises ’hope’. It is sometimes called the ‘prophecy candle’ in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
The second candle, also purple, represents ‘faith’. It is called the ‘Bethlehem candle’ as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
The third candle is pink and symbolizes ‘joy’. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical colour for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have as we pass the midpoint of Advent.
On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we wait for the birth of our Savior. This final candle, the “Angel’s Candle,” symbolizes peace. It reminds us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”
The white candle is placed in the middle of the wreath and lit on Christmas Eve. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ. The colour white is for purity—because Christ is our sinless, pure Savior.
I wish all a wonderful Advent season.
HELPING KIDS DEAL WITH HORRIFYING NEWS
Terrorist events and war in Europe in recent weeks have reverberated around the world. Graphic images have been brought into our living rooms and onto our devices via the media over the last few weeks and will continue to do so in the immediate future. But what about the impact of the event and the subsequent effect of media coverage on children and young people? As adults we all want our children to live carefree lives and keep them from the pain and even horror of tragedies such as terror attacks. In reality we can’t do this. So what is a parent, teacher, or other caring adult to do when such events fill the airwaves and the consciousness of society?
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS
- Reassure children that they are safe. The consistency of the images can be frightening for young children who don’t understand the notion of distance and have difficulty distinguishing between reality and fiction. Let them know that while this event is indeed happening it will not affect them directly.
- Explain what happened. Sounds obvious but it’s important not to simply assume that children and young people understand what’s happened. Be calm and stick to the facts, using a map to show older children where it happened.
- Be available. Let kids know that it is okay to talk about the unpleasant events. Listen to what they think and feel. By listening, you can find out if they have misunderstandings, and you can learn more about the support that they need.
- Help children process what they see and hear, particularly through television. Children are good observers but can be poor interpreters of events that are out of their level of understanding.
- Support children’s concerns for others. They may have genuine concerns for the suffering that will occur and they may need an outlet for those concerns. It is heart warming to see this empathy in children for the concerns of others.
- Let them explore feelings beyond fear. Many children may feel sad or even angry with these events so let them express the full range of emotions.
- Avoid keeping the television on all the time. The visual nature of the media means that images are repeated over and over, which can be both distressing to some and desensitising to others.
- Be aware of your own actions. Children will take their cues from you and if they see you focusing on it in an unhealthy way then they will focus on it too. Let them know that it is happening but it should not dominate their lives.
Children’s worlds can be affected in ways that we can’t even conceive of so adults need to be both sensitive to children’s needs and mindful of what they say and how they act in front of children.
In difficult times, it is worth remembering what adults and children need most are each other. Source: Practical Parenting
Mr Wayne Marshall
WEEK 9 (WEEK A)
Monday 4 - Friday 8 December: Year 10 Work Experience
WEEK 10 (WEEK B)
Monday 11 - Thursday 14 December: Year 10 Transition Week
Thursday 14 December: HSC Results released. 11am Morning tea - Year 12 2023
Thursday 14 December: Year 7-10 Presentation Assembly & Mass
Thursday 14 December: Final day for Year 10 & 11 students
Friday 15 December: Activities Day Year 7/8/9 - Final day for Year 7/8/9 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 (8.30am - 10.30am)
Thursday 1 February: Year 8, 9, 10 & 11 return.
CLASS MASS - WEEK 7
Mass on Wednesday November 22 was celebrated by Fr Tiziano and attended by 9RE.K and 9RE.L 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
Year 10 Work Experience 2024
December 4 - 8
We are excited to announce the upcoming Year 10 Work Experience program, providing a valuable opportunity for our students to gain insights into the professional world. This experience will not only enrich their understanding of various industries but also contribute to their personal development.
Expectations for Students:
- Politeness: Demonstrate respectful behaviour towards colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals in the workplace.
- Punctuality: Arrive on time each day, respecting the working hours set by the host organisation.
- Initiative: Show initiative by taking on tasks willingly and actively seeking opportunities to contribute.
- Asking Questions: Don't hesitate to ask questions to enhance your understanding of the industry and the tasks assigned.
- Communication: If unwell and unable to attend work on any allocated day, communicate promptly with both your workplace supervisor and the school.
Opportunities and Benefits:
- Networking: Build valuable connections within the industry for potential future opportunities.
- Skills and Confidence: Develop essential skills and gain confidence in a real-world workplace setting.
- Part-Time Work or Apprenticeships: Some students may have the chance to secure part-time work or apprenticeships based on their performance.
It is crucial for our students to feel safe in their work environments. If, for any reason, they feel uncomfortable or unsafe, we urge them to contact their parent/guardian immediately and inform our school Careers Advisor, Marcia Arenas, as soon as possible. Ensuring a secure and supportive environment is our top priority.
We wish all our students a rewarding and enriching work experience. May this opportunity pave the way for future successes!
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
UAC ATAR Estimator
ATAR Compass estimates your ATAR using scaling statistics from the past five years (last refreshed Apr 2023). These statistics change from year to year. Your actual ATAR will depend on the scaling statistics applied in the year you receive your ATAR. Note that if you are completing the HSC from 2025, ATAR eligibility rules will be different.
UAC Digital / Let's Chat - Preferences and offers
Tune in for an overview of preferences and offers, including:
- an explanation of course preferences, adjustment factors, and selection ranks
- upcoming key dates
- when to expect an offer
- what to do if you receive an offer
- things to remember to best manage your application.
UAC Key Date Reminders:
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 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.
UNSW Bridging Courses
Chemistry and Physics Bridging Courses are now closed for 2023 and will next be offered in Jan/Feb 2024.
Mathematics Bridging course is OPEN for registration. Bridging courses offer you the opportunity to revise or strengthen your knowledge of HSC Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics so you can successfully manage your studies in year one of university.
You lecturer or tutor will reasonably expect this assumed knowledge at the beginning of your studies. Undertaking the bridging course will ensure you’re not at a disadvantage if you do not have a strong background or any prior knowledge in one or more of these HSC subjects and intend on studying a degree that assumes knowledge of these subjects.
Essential Energy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Scholarship
Applications Close 15 January
Essential Energy is a NSW Government owned corporation, with responsibility for building, operating and maintaining Australia's largest electricity network-delivering essential network services to more than 800,000 homes and businesses across 95% of NSW and parts of southern Queensland.
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.
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
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
William Angliss VET Information Session - Aviation
Take to the skies and become an airline cabin crew member in the Certificate III Aviation. Get certified in health and safety, technical and risk management training in only 6 months’ time. Travel to New Zealand for an industry- based excursion and perfect your customer service and hospitality skills alongside a cohort of passionate new aviation enthusiasts.
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 !
Tourism Local Navigator Pilot
The following vacancy available through the Tourism Local Navigator Pilot. If you are interested in a paid work trial or casual work in the hospitality and tourism sector, please send a resume, a short spiel about yourself and their disability and any wage subsidy information. Once the applicants have been collated and reviewed by the tourism business, you will be contacted regarding a time and date for the participant meet and greet.
Please send any questions / concerns to: Isabelle Gadaleta
Support within the recruitment, onboarding and during the Pilot will be provided by the Tourism Navigators.
Paid work trial – into causal employment
$29.04 (adult rate)
HOURS PER WEEK / DURATION
2:30pm-6pm (hours may vary)
LICENCES / TICKETS
Southern Hotel Berry
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
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Ms Marcia Arenas
Transition and Pathways Specialist
As 2023 winds down it is fitting to acknowledge the way Year 7 students have approached their first year of high school. This year has been busy with lots of major changes for all the students to navigate. Throughout the year there have been some amazing highlights both academically and outside the classroom. I congratulate all students on their achievements this year.
There is still a busy few weeks to go before the students can take a well earned break. This week half of the geography classes attended the excursion to Kiama. The other half had their excursion postponed due the the weather and will go on to Kiama next Tuesday 5 December. Thank you to the HSIE staff for providing our Yr 7 students with opportunities for hands-on learning.
Recently, all Year 7 visited the Shoalhaven Zoo to learn more about animals and their habitats, while the Religious Education classes have been visiting St Michael’s Church to learn more about Catholic culture and the church building.
Student Reflections on Excursions:
Brandon Exton “Saint Michael’s visit was interesting as I didn't go to this school in primary. I enjoyed learning more about our religion and culture”
Chloe Farrugia “The zoo excursion was heaps of fun because we got to see all the animals and learn about the different areas they live in and their habitats”
Milla Cooper “We got to learn about the past and what the church was made from and how it gives us a view of their culture”
Logan Humphries “We had a fantastic time exploring different sections of the Shoalhaven Zoo. The animal sightings were so cool and the highlight was undoubtedly seeing the kids getting peed on by the tiger – it was so funny.”
Year 7 rock band performed at the Creative Arts assembly and again at the Creative Arts Evening. The students were simply amazing. A big thank you to these students: Leila Ferreira, Madison McGee, Maia Donnici, Evie Smart and Henry Moller. Two year 7 students were also involved in the Vocal Group performance, Isabel Gonzaga and Leila Ferreira - it is fantastic to see our Yr 7 students becoming involved in the arts.
Peer Support is also finishing and there will be an opportunity for Year 7 students to thank the Year 10 Peers Support students for their help and guidance over the past year with an end of year party in the coming weeks. Year 10 are to be commended for their dedication to the support of Year 7 throughout the year.
Don’t forget to bring in your donations for the Vinnies Christmas Appeal. This is a very important event for St John’s in our school calendar as we come together as a community to give to those in our Shoalhaven community that are doing it tough. Check with your PALS teacher for what items to bring in for your baskets. Let’s make someone’s Christmas special this year.
Thank you to all the parents and carers for your support in 2023 and we look forward to what 2024 brings.
'Let your light shine!'
Mrs Lynette Kelly
Acting Year 7 Coordinator
In their role as members of the Students Representative Council the newly elected leaders for 2024 from each house group were asked to share with the rest of the school community the many ways that Year 8 students contribute to and the diverse activities they participate in, in the Shoalhaven community. As you will read, the list is many and varied, we have many talented students in Year 8 at St John's.
BENEDICT PALS 1
This year in Mrs. Blades Benedict PALS 1, there have been a lot of achievements, inside of school and outside of school activities. Mrs Blades has done 2 open swims in the ocean. Clancy made it on the Phoenix soccer team. David and Lilly M have been working very hard in cadets recently, David was promoted to AB (Able Seaman), David also has contributed his time for the school in ANZAC march assembly. Lilly M was promoted to LS (Leading Seaman). Heidi went to New Zealand for cheerleading and got the highest score out of NZ, NSW and Queensland. Lilly M has also gone undefeated in her soccer team and made it to the championships for the winter soccer comp.Trae has made it to PSSA (State) swimming this year gaining new PB’s and medals from the competition. Throughout this year a lot has happened in our PALS and I hope there is more achievements next year
BENEDICT PALS 2
Benedict students have achieved great success this year by participating in various extracurricular activities inside and outside of school. Izzy is a part of Phoenix soccer and has been actively involved in summer soccer with Tia, whilst Ruby B, Maddie P, and Tia K have been a part of Miss Lloyd's dance troupes on Fridays and Maddie on Wednesdays. Ruby B has also been a part of the Jam Musicals whilst Maddie helps teach dance classes weekly. Ruby O was a proud member of the Aboriginal girl's dance troupe performing at NAIDOC Week at not only St Johns but other schools. Additionally, Arlyn was a proud member of the St John’s State Boys netball team, Cala refereed netball outside of school and represented the school in netball and Oscar represented the Diocese in the state school championships in Swimming. Noah plays representative Hockey outside and inside of school and Lachlan participated in a few working bees across the school. Congratulations Benedict!
CHISHOLM PALS 2
This year our half of Chisholm PALS has been involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities in and out of school. We are not sure if the Matilda's World Cup had anything to do with it but most of our PALS group plays soccer (Lily, Taylah, Ryley, Nash, Matilda.) Rugby is another popular sport outside of school (Jake, Tahila, Chaise W). Our singing star Breanna is part of the St John's vocal group performing at the Junior Creative Arts night and the Year 12 Graduation. Netball for the boys was a big part of this term with Clayton and Nash being part of St John's State Netball team showing lots of commitment in their training sessions. Continuing with the sporting success was Clayton and Jake being involved in representing the school in AFL with Clayton reaching State AFL. Lily continued her success inside and outside of school in running and athletics, attending All Schools Athletics, NSW CCC Cross Country as well as representing the school in Touch Football. As you can see a lot has been happening in Chisolm. Go, Team!!
MCCABE PALS 1
McCabe pals 1 has been very busy inside and outside of school.
Siena and Jake play rugby, Jake is competing in the Country Care Cup in January and is refereeing Oz Tag. Johanna is going to singing lessons and drama with Charlotte. Charlotte is her Venture group treasurer and goes to JAG. Arlo is playing cricket. Angela is in the school rock band and does piano tutoring. Ashton is going to the gym every day. Ava is playing league tag although a knee injury has slowed her down. Lexi is playing soccer with Phoenix which is in the second-highest division for her age group, she is also the assistant coach for her little brother's team.
Our mighty McCabe Pals group is full of talented aspiring students.
MCCABE PALS 2
During the year students in Mr Christie’s PALS have participated in a wide range of extracurricular activities in sport, creative arts and other areas . In our PALS we have many students that participate in sporting activities. Harrison Leavesley participated in the St John's State Netball team and Khai Sexton also represented the school in mountain biking. Giana Gonzaga participated in Tennis comps inside and outside of school. Noah Tyrell played AFL for the school. Keira Sater played Netball.Tiana Kochaniewicz plays soccer outside of school. In creative arts Keira Sater has participated in a number of musicals, Aboriginal dance and sung for the year 8 rock band. Sienna Alcock has participated in dance inside and outside of school. Tiana Kochaniewicz has done drama club and Aboriginal dance. Giana Gonzaga has participated in vocal group, drama club and does singing outside of school. Khai Sexton and Harrison Leavesley both do Didgeridoo. Some other activities include Tiana Kochaniewicz participating in NAVY Cadets and Lucus Shadforth participating in the Legacy Centennial Torch Relay. In McCabe PALS 2 our students have done some amazing things this year and we hope to see more of the same this year.
MAKILLOP PALS 2
In Mackillop, we strive to spread goodness to all. This is displayed through the wide variety of activities that our PALS participate in outside of school. Recently, Madi and Deacon have been playing summer soccer. Frankie enjoys her time playing tennis in Cambewarra. Kieran and Xavier put time and effort into the community by partaking in Navy Cadets at HMAS Albatross. We also stay active, with Madi and Emmi playing netball. Jackson has expressed that he enjoys getting out and playing cricket. Claire and Jackson help out the community by working at local stores. Hannah enjoys spending her spare time volunteering at the Nowra Culburra Surf Club, helping to protect others and teach them about water safety.
POLDING PALS 1
The people in Miss Arenas PALS are very compassionate and great people that are always willing to help the community like Henry Archer helping out at a nursing home and Jack Collins doing the working bee at the school. In addition, Sarah and Eva referee netball games, Jack Cruden referees basketball, and Campbell Hooke does life saving patrols. They are also willing to represent the school, for example Campbell representing the school at the mountain bike championships in Canberra. We also have talented sports people such as Hugh Duff who excels in soccer representing NSW Country.
POLDING PALS 2
PURCELL PALS 1
Year 8 2023 Purcell PALS 1 has had a very exciting and entertaining all round year. In morning PALS there is not a day where the teachers and students are not entertained by their peers. There is a large range of outside sports that people play in Purcell from Karate and Netball to Rugby League and Soccer. They have achieved high levels in these sports like Luke making it to nationals in Judo and placing 3rd or Lizzie making it into the state team for Rugby Union which placed 1st. In the school side of extracurricular activities we have had many students make it into school teams like the rugby union, basketball, soccer, netball, touch, oztag, rugby league, league tag and more teams. Throughout the year Purcell students have picked up a variety of different activities like Dom’s mountain biking and Isaac’s strong passion for maths. Purcell students have also had an impact on the local dance community with Naomi being an amazing dancer. There have also been many students that have made the effort to connect with the outer and school community from participating in the school working bee to honouring those that have passed at the ANZAC day march and ceremonies. Purcell PALS.1 has a great 2024 future ahead. GO PURCELL!!
PURCELL PALS 2
The Purcell PALS 2 have been very busy with achievements. These include both Ella Douglas and Ella Darby representing state netball in Sydney. Oli Wilson and Ethan Luke have also been doing a variety of musical performances including the junior showcase assembly and CAPA evening. Ethan has also helped out some HSC students by assisting them in their performances. While these two have been representing musically, Henry Fairs has been participating in a variety of mountain biking events. These include but are not limited to state mountain biking race, CORC ACT mountain bike race, he won first in Willow and 2 flow enduro staged mountain biking races. He also is participating in SCUM advanced mountain bike training. On top of all these cycling events he managed to make time to participate in the school play. As well of these many of the students participate in summer soccer, netball, soccer and a variety of other sports.
As you can see from the photos, Year 8 have enjoyed playing and having fun together at sport. This term students participated in an aquatics unit. The students (and staff!) enjoyed getting on the bus and heading out of school for a change of scenery and some fun in the water while learning about some water safety as well. All the teachers on sport reported that the students showed awesome sportsmanship and worked well together to ensure everyone was able to participate and enjoy themselves.
Year 8 has had a wonderful year and I look forward to continuing their high school journey with them.
As this is the last Newsletter report for the year, I would like to wish all the Year 8 students and their families a joyful and peaceful Christmas with lots of quality time shared together with family and friends (and hopefully lots of sunshine!!!)
Look forward to seeing you all again next year!
'With strong minds and gracious hearts'
Ms Wendy Isemonger
Year 8 Coordinator
Year 8 have just completed their Technology Mandatory course, whilst Year 7 are half way through their two year course with four different focus areas studied upon completion.
The rotation from Engineered systems and Digital technology for Year 7 has seen the growth and development in Semester two as students demonstrate their learning growth and understanding of the design process.
The Year 8 course has given students the opportunity to design and create with more independent concepts and designs to explore. The dynamic learning environment and outcomes covered gave students great opportunities to focus on interests developed in stage 5 TAS subjects. The photos demonstrate the different learning environments with the commonality of collaboration and learning with friends.
Mr Phillp Gould
CSNSW SPORT AQUATHLON
CSNSW SPORT is offering a fantastic school holiday opportunity for students enrolled in Catholic schools in NSW.
The pilot AQUATHLON event is open to participation for students aged 8 years to 19 years with age divisions in both mainstream and Multi Class events.
|Date||Tuesday 19 December 2023|
|Venue||Max Parker Leisure & Aquatic Centre|
|Address||Marco Avenue, Revesby NSW|
YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING - SHOALHAVEN CITY COUNCIL
By Maddison Murton and Max Turner (Year 10)
SCHOOL UNIFORM DONATIONS
Ms Angelina Ramognini
INTRODUCING MRS LAWRENCE - NEW DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR
Hi, my name is Mrs Lawrence. I am the new Defence School Mentor.
I started at St Johns the Evangelist High School in 2010 as a School Support Officer. In 2020, I transferred to St Michaels and enjoyed my time back in kindergarten. I am currently working between both schools. I have been a Defence spouse and travelled around Australia with my husband for thirty-three years. I have experienced the challenges that relocating interstate with a family can bring.
I aim to connect the Defence families to be more involved in the school community. I am busy organising year group Christmas parties for the end of the year and getting to know all the Defence students and their friendship groups. I am also currently liaising with Kookaburra Kids and Open Arms to see how we can connect into the services they provide to Defence families.
In 2005, our family moved back to Nowra after moving five times in five years to five different states. My children attended Cambewarra Public School and then completed high school at St John the Evangelist Catholic High School. My husband was a Rear Admiral in the Navy. He was based in Canberra and commuted for nine years while my two teenage boys and I lived at Culburra Beach. I know the impact mobility and service-related parental absence can have on a family. I am very well known in the Shoalhaven. Due to my experience in different schools in the Shoalhaven I have got to know many students but I have always gone out of my way to make Defence students feel welcome.
I am very passionate about all aspects of a Defence lifestyle. My oldest son has joined the Royal Australian Navy as a pilot and has finished a degree in the Australian Defence Force Academy. My youngest son is a helicopter technician with Sikorsky Australia working at HMAS Albatross. I am very happy to assist any students who might be looking for similar career opportunities.
I look for to meeting you all in 2024.Please feel free to contact me at any time.
CHRISTMAS PARTY INVITATION - DEFENCE STUDENTS
All of the Defence students have been invited to attend a Christmas party with fellow defence peers from their Year group next week. Year 10 has already had their party as they will be out next week on work placement.
Students are encouraged to attend these Christmas parties as Mrs Lawrence is going to a lot of trouble to organise them for the students. Here is a copy of the invitation Year 11 Defence students have received and all Defence students will receive their own invitation.
YEAR 10 DEFENCE CHRISTMAS PARTY
On Tuesday 28 November Year 10 Defence students were treated to a christmas party with some yummy goodies by their Defence Mentor Mrs Lawrence.
YEAR 7 2024 DEFENCE STUDENTS
Mrs Lawrence, the Defence School Mentor, is currently occupied with preparing welcome packs and visiting Primary schools in the area to meet the incoming Year 7 Defence students for 2024.
- 2 December - Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre Christmas Spectacular
- 8 December – Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre 1 Year Anniversary
- 9 December – Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation – Shoalhaven Activity Day in Huskisson
- 12 December - Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club sailing day
- 9 March 2024 – Welcome to Shoalhaven
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR EVENT - NOWRA VETERAN WELLBEING CENTRE
WHAT: Christmas Craft, BBQ lunch and more!
KOOKABURRA KIDS ACTIVITY - DEFENCE YOUNG PEOPLE
HUSKISSON WATER SPORTS EVENT - 8 TO 18 YEARS WELCOME
JERVIS BAY CRUISING YACHT CLUB - INVICTUS DISCOVER SAILING DAY
Get ready to set sail into a day of excitement and discovery! The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club is hosting a fantastic event, and we want YOU to join us for a thrilling experience on the water.
- Date: December 12th
- Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Location: Callala Bay
- Who: Defence Community (serving, former serving and family members) over the age of 18 years
This is a golden opportunity to explore the wonders of sailing, whether you're a seasoned sailor or a complete newbie. The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club is known for creating unforgettable experiences, and this event promises to be no exception.
What to Expect:
- Expert guidance from experienced sailors
- Hands-on sailing experience
- Breathtaking views of Jervis Bay
- Fun and camaraderie with fellow sailing enthusiasts
Don't miss out on this chance to discover the joy of sailing and embrace the serenity of the open water. It's the perfect way to spend a Tuesday morning, surrounded by the beauty of Callala Bay.
How to Join:
Simply click the link and sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/discover-sailing-tickets-768727864737
The Jervis Bay Cruising Yacht Club will provide all the necessary equipment and expertise—all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and some lunch!
If you have any questions or need more information, don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing you on the water!
Fair winds and smooth sailing,
Please direct any enquiries to Zac Steele – Veteran Engagement Co-ordinator on 0488 760 038 or email@example.com
ISABELLA MENZIES - YEAR 12 GRADUATE 2023
2023 STANSW YOUNG SCIENTISTS AWARDS - RUNNER UP
YEAR 12 2024 ABORIGINAL STUDIES - STATE LIBRARY OF NSW
On Tuesday 28th November, the year 12, 2024 Aboriginal Studies class went to the State Library of NSW. Currently there is an exhibition called "WADGAYAWA NHAY DHAHJAN WARi" which means "they made them a long time ago". The exhibition showcases 30 items which have been returned from museums around the world. The project featured quotes from community members of La Perouse and the Gujaga Foundation. Students also accessed resources for their major projects
YEAR 10 CHILD STUDIES - EARLY START DISCOVERY SPACE AT UOW EXCURSION
On Thursday the 30th of November, our two Year 10 Child Studies classes attended an excursion to the Early Start Discovery Space at UOW.
1. Guest lecture: A UOW Early Years Academic delivers an interactive, 45 minute lecture on learning-through-play and the Early years programs on offer at UOW.
2. Independent Play: Students (and teachers!) were encouraged to play with all the Experiences on offer in the Discovery Space.
3. Guided Tasks: Students participate in two short activities at two of the most popular experiences, linked directly to NSW Syllabus outcomes.
POSITION VACANT - CASUAL CLEANER
Recently a comment was left on several of our posts on Facebook advertising a hoodie with a St John's logo for sale.
This was not done by the school and was a scam!
Please disregard this comment and do not visit this site!
This is not the first time this advertisement has been added to the comments on our Facebook. If you see any of these advertisements in the future feel free to inform the school so they can be reported and deleted.
AFL - BOMADERRY JUNIOR TIGERS - REGISTER FOR 2024 SEASON
SHOALHAVEN JUNIOR RUGBY - REGISTER YOUR INTEREST 2024
NOWRA SHOW 2024
POSTER COMPETITION - ENTRIES CLOSE MONDAY 22 JANUARY 2024
WHAT TO SEE AT THE NOWRA SHOW
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