19 May 2023 - Newsletter (Vol 40 No 7)
‘BEST’ – a simple word that is so hard to define.
Parents and teachers play a vital role in the lives of children. We both share the responsibility of providing the best possible education to help our students reach their full potential.
Open communication, discourse and problem solving together for the good of our students is a core ingredient in having successful schools. We all live busy lives and sometimes we can’t make that appointment or make it to that meeting about things that involve our children – and that’s OK. Sometimes families need to prioritise and make decisions about where their valuable time is invested. I’ve said it many times before, we all want the ‘best’ for our students at SJPC but sometimes we need to be clear what the word ‘best’ means.
For some it centres on academic success, others it’s about relationships and for some it may be surviving the day, week, term or year. ‘Best’ varies depending on our value system and what we want the final outcome to be.
Regardless of all the differing views, I am certain that we can’t have ‘the best’ unless we are rowing in the same direction as partners. As teachers we see your children from a different perspective in a very different environment for most of their waking hours. Schools by their very nature are different places to home and behaviours and social interactions are also different as a result.
So how do we achieve the best for our students at SJPC:
- Being on the same team – children achieve their best and engage in their learning when teachers and parents work together. If you are worried or concerned, please reach out to staff so we can communicate clearly, directly with one another.
- Encouraging Learning beyond the classroom – we are all lifelong learners and we all learn differently. What opportunities might be explored, nourished and developed in our local area using local resources?
- Celebrating Achievements – it doesn’t have to be huge, but simple acknowledgements encourage continued success – what might this look like around the table at home and what might it look like at the College? Celebrating successes has a direct impact on self-esteem and motivation!
- Books are powerful and important – whilst technology has opened up a world of learning, hard copies of books are essential to our vocab, spelling and writing abilities.
- Talk to your kids about their learning goals – what else can be put in place outside the formality of a school day to assist in achieving those goals?
The list is endless but I think these ones are achievable and can take immediate effect. We want to prepare our students for success at school but more importantly success for and in life beyond the school gates.
Promoting Human Dignity and Cultivating a Sense of Belonging at SJPC
As we journey through the academic year, it is important for us to reflect on the values that shape our identity as a Catholic School. One such value, deeply rooted in our faith, is the belief in the inherent dignity of every human being. At SJPC, we are committed to fostering an environment where every individual feels valued, respected, and included.
Human dignity lies at the core of Catholic social teaching, emphasizing the fundamental worth of every person as a creation of God. As members of the SJPC community, we are called to recognise and honor this intrinsic worth in ourselves and others. By doing so, we lay the foundation for a community that embraces diversity and promotes a sense of belonging.
Recently, we conducted the Tell Them From Me survey, which provided valuable insights into our students' experiences at SJPC. The results revealed that while many students have a positive sense of belonging, there are some who expressed feelings of exclusion or a lack of belonging. These findings serve as an important reminder of the work that lies ahead of us.
We are actively researching and exploring innovative ways to enhance our students' sense of belonging. By engaging in ongoing dialogue with our students, parents, and staff, we are actively seeking input and feedback on how we can create a stronger sense of community and foster a greater sense of belonging for all. Through collaborative efforts, we aim to implement targeted strategies and initiatives that address the unique needs of our students and promote their overall well-being, growth, and positive sense of belonging within our school community.
We must remember that building a strong sense of belonging is an ongoing process. It requires collective effort, open communication, and a commitment to fostering an inclusive and compassionate community. Together, we can create an environment where each student feels a sense of purpose, acceptance, and belonging.
May the light of God's love guide us in our pursuit of a more inclusive and compassionate community.
Assistant Principal - Mission/RAP Working Party Member
Open communication is important in any healthy relationship. This is particularly important in our relationship with our teenage children. As our young people grow and develop their independence it is integral for us as carers to adjust and develop this relationship while still having established boundaries. The way we communicate with them will need to change and discovering these new and different approaches to communicating effectively with one another will be a learning experience for you both. Effective communication with your teenager can help you both feel happier and more connected in your relationship, and more confident about having difficult conversations and resolving conflicts.
Sometimes communicating with teenagers can be tricky. The following tips might help you to keep the channels of communication open with your child:
- Make time and space to talk, get comfy, remove distractions such as phones, and have eye contact. These all signal that you are present, you want to listen, and you are ‘there for them’.
- You don't need to fix their problem or make them feel better; you just need to listen. Try not to judge what they are saying. Just nod and say things like, 'Ok', 'Ah ha', 'Yeah'. This will let them know that you're listening positively and will encourage them to keep talking.
- Be empathetic.
- Talk often.
Here are some conversation starters for teens:
- 'Is there something that you'd like some help with?'
- 'Ok, I'm here for you, what's up?'
- If you have an inkling of what they want to talk about, introduce the topic like this,'I've noticed you seem a bit stressed, is there something worrying you?'
We all sometimes just need to ‘vent’, get stuff off our chests, whinge, complain, or let our family know we’ve had a bad day. We don’t need anyone to give us a solution or to ‘fix’ a problem; we just need someone to remind us that we are loved and supported. If you feel the urge to suggest a solution, to give them a lecture, or to try and solve their problem for them, try saying instead:
- 'That sounds tough, do you want help to find a solution or do you just need to get it off your chest?'
- 'How did that make you feel?'
- 'And then what happened?'
Allowing your child to talk through problems will give them an opportunity to use you as a sounding board. Unless they ask for your advice, encourage them to work through the problem themselves. This will help them take responsibility for their actions.
Learning how to talk so teens will listen starts with demonstrating empathy where you are able to put yourself in your child’s position and understand the situation from their point of view. Your child will keep coming to you to help them work through problems, and to talk about things, if you make it clear that you are on their side, even when they’ve made a mistake. You can do this by saying things like:
- 'I can see why you're so (frustrated, sad, annoyed).'
- 'How did you feel about that? Yeah I think I would have felt like that too.'
- 'Why do you think (the other person) did/said that?'
Take the opportunity to really check in with your child every day about the little things that are going on in their life. By remaining positively engaged in their life, it will be easier to have difficult conversations when the need arises. If your child can trust you to ‘be there for them’, to listen to, love and support them, then they are much more likely to see you as someone to turn to first when they need help in working through bigger problems. Your relationship will be built on trust and open, honest communication. Enjoy getting to know your child as the interesting and maturing person they are becoming.
Conflict is inevitable when people with different views live together so the occasional clash with your teenager is normal and to be expected. However, ongoing conflict can undermine the relationship between a parent and a young person.
Negative communication is a common cause of chronic conflict. Examples of negative communication include nagging, harsh criticism or ‘stand over’ tactics such as yelling to force compliance.
It’s not always easy to recognise negative communication. For example, well-meaning parents may criticise because they want their child to try harder. You are using negative communication if:
- The conversation rapidly deteriorates into nagging, yelling or fighting
- You feel angry, upset, rejected, blamed or unloved
- The issue under dispute doesn’t ever improve.
One aspect we need to be conscious of when communicating with our young people is that as carers we are hearing their version of what has transpired and not necessarily all the facts. It is an age-old problem that will most likely never change. Ultimately our children don’t want to disappoint us and we want to be proud of them. The truth is we all make mistakes and don’t always make the best decisions but we also learn from this. It is paramount that our children know that we are always here for them and they will always be loved and supported.
(This advice comes courtesy of Reachout Parents. Further information can be found at this site)
After School Detention
For the past 3 months the College has trailed the practice of automatically placing students who fail to attend their scheduled lunchtime on an after school detention. Throughout this time there have been a number of genuine cases where students have simply forgotten to attend. In future, students will be given “one day’s grace” to complete their detention. Should a student fail to complete the detention on the second day they will be placed on the next after school detention.
This change has been made for genuine cases only and students who are found to abuse the change will have the privilege removed.
Until next time:
Assistant Principal - Pastoral Care
Assessment Waterfall Chart - Getting Feedback From Your Peers:
As The College continues with its Professional Learning, with a focus on student engagement, it is timely to consider how students can use each other as resources for learning.
The aim is to empower our students to become more engaged in their learning journey. At St John Paul College, we strongly believe in fostering an environment that promotes active student participation and collaboration. In this week’s newsletter, I would like to highlight two valuable approaches for students to consider: peer assessment and working in groups.
Encouraging students to assess their peers' work not only develops critical thinking skills but also promotes a deeper understanding of the subject matter. By engaging in peer assessment, students actively analyse and provide constructive feedback on their classmates' assignments, presentations, and projects. This process benefits both the assessors and the students being assessed.
Here are a few ways students can make the most of peer assessment:
- Constructive Feedback: students provide specific feedback that focuses on strengths and areas for improvement. Emphasis is placed on the importance of offering suggestions and examples to help their peers enhance their work.
- Clear Criteria: Students ensure they have a clear understanding of the assessment criteria. Rubrics or guidelines that outline the expectations, enabling students to provide objective feedback based on predefined standards are key to its effectiveness.
- Reflection and Self-Assessment: Peer assessment also allows students to reflect on their own work by comparing it with their peers'. Students analyse the feedback they receive and identify areas where they can make improvements in their own learning journey.
Working in Groups:
Collaborative group work provides students with opportunities to learn from their peers, develop communication skills, and appreciate different perspectives. By working together towards a common goal, students actively engage in problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making.
Here are a few tips for successful group work:
- Clear Roles and Responsibilities: Assign specific roles within the group to ensure everyone contributes and understands their responsibilities. This helps in creating a sense of ownership and accountability.
- Effective Communication: Encourage students to actively listen and communicate their thoughts and ideas respectfully. The emphasis is on the importance of valuing diverse perspectives and working collaboratively to achieve shared objectives.
- Task Breakdown and Timelines: Students break down complex tasks into smaller manageable parts. Establishing clear timelines for completion ensures progress and avoids last-minute rushes.
- Reflection and Evaluation: Students are encouraged to reflect on their group work experience and evaluate their individual and collective contributions. This promotes self-awareness and continuous improvement.
By embracing peer assessment and collaborative group work, our students can become active learners, develop critical skills, and experience increased engagement in their studies. I encourage parents and carers to support and reinforce these practices at home, as they will enhance our students’ educational experience.
Learn more about the ‘managing stress’ resources through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au . Our College access details are:
School’s Username – stjohnpaul
School’s password – 89success
In addition, our subscription to Elevate Education may assist in this area.
This online platform contains resources and useful study tips that all SJPC students will find effective. We encourage them to access this Student Portal and try some of the strategies. Students have the password to this site. The password can also be found on the Curriculum Noticeboard.
Week 5 A - Monday 22 - Friday 26 May
|Mon 22 May||Yr 9 & 10||Term 3 Sport Selections open at 9am|
|Tues 23 May||Yr 9 & 10||Term 3 Sport Selections close at 11am|
|Sport||13 Boys Futsal|
T2 Social 7pm in Hall
|Parents||P&F Meeting - Library|
|Wed 24 May||Sport||14 years Boys & Girls Futsal|
|Thurs 25 May||Sport||15 years Boys Futsal
|Katrina Fanning Cup Girls Tackle|
|Yr 10||Year 10 Coffs Coast Careers Expo - Racecourse
|Yr9,10, 11&12||Drama Students Excursion - Port Macquarie|
|Fri 26 May||Sport||Senior Boys Futsal|
|Yr 7||Yr 7 Geography Excursion - 7A, 7C, 7E, 7G
|Yr 7||Yr 7 History Incursion - Theatre 7B, 7D, 7F, 7H|
Week 6 B - Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June
|Sat 27 May - Sat 3 June||All||National Reconciliation Week
|Mon 29 May||Sport||CCC Opens Basketball - Port Macquarie|
|Mon 29 May - Fri 2 June||Yr 11||Yr 11 Marine Studies-Heron Island|
|Tues 30 May||Sport||Cochrane Cup U14 boys - Port Macquarie|
|Sport||Bill Turner Trophy Girls Soccer|
|Sport||CCC Opens Basketball - Port Macquarie|
|Wed 31 May||Some||Choir Eisteddfod (some students)|
|Sport||NRL Country Cup U13, U15 and Opens Coffs Hbr|
|Year 7 2024||Year 7 2024 Enrolment Interviews commence|
|Thurs 1 - Fri 2 June||Sport||CCC Swimming - Homebush|
|Fri 2 June||Year 7||Year 7 Men & Boy's Campout|
Term Dates 2023
|Mon 12 June||Monarch's B'day PH|
|Fri 30 June||Last day of Term 2|
|Tues 18 July||First day of Term 3|
|Fri 25 Aug||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Fri 22 Sept||Last day of Term 3|
|Tues 10 Oct||First day of Term 4|
|Fri 10 Nov||Staff Development / Pupil Free Day|
|Friday 15 Dec||Picnic day Boambee Bay Reserve *Last day of Term 4|
Laudato Si’ Week 2023 will be celebrated in Australia 16-24 May to mark the eighth anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care for creation. The theme for 2023 is Hope for the Earth, Hope for Humanity. Follow this link or further information.
A fantastic new wellbeing project was recently launched at school.
Our wonderful Indigenous Education team, Caitlin and Vicki have created a centrepiece for the newly established “Wellbeing Room”. The three-panelled mural represents our feeder schools and is symbolised by the Muurrbay Tree, complete with traditional artwork from country.
A central gathering place with the heart of the tree as a place of belonging, has been artistically represented symbolising our connectedness.
Students and staff were then invited to place their handprints on the mural to emphasise where we belong and our sense of community.
A wonderful addition to our College.
Please follow our SJPC Youth Ministry Instagram account for announcements and student opportunities:
COFFS HARBOUR PARISH
|St Augustine's Church||
|Woolgoolga St Francis Xavier's Church||Sunday 9:00am|
|Coramba St Therese's Church||Sunday 10:30am|
|St John Paul College Chapel||Tuesday 9.15am (school term only)|
|Coffs Harbour Reconciliation||Saturday - after 9am Mass|
|Woolgoolga Reconciliation||Sunday, before Mass|
|Mary Help of Christians Church||Saturday 6:00 pm
Sunday 7:30am & 9:00am
Tuesday 9:30 am
Wednesday 9:30 am (OLOW Chapel)
Thursday 5:00 pm
|Reconciliation||Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm or on request|
Peer to peer ministry at its best!
The Year 10 Ministry classes went to St Augustines last week to run a half day prayer retreat experience for Year 6 students.
The retreat included ice-breakers, group discussion, dramas, the breaking open of scripture and testimonies from the Year 10 students.
This is a great example or peer to peer ministry and the St Augustines staff were impressed with Year 10s preparation, depth of knowledge and willingness to be open and vulnerable about their beliefs and sharing of our faith and faith traditions.
Year 8 were fortunate to join Year 7 to listen to Brett Murray from Safeheart, who alone has personally presented to well over a million students, teachers and parents face to face.
The Safeheart schools program - ‘Disarming Bullying’ attempted to unpacking what bullying is, what it is not, why people do it, and how to stop it!
The session then explored the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’, which leads to issues of self-esteem and self-worth.
Other issues that are covered include the dangerous implications that bullying behaviour has on both victims and perpetrators. The session then moved into how the year groups can put into practice practical steps to help eradicate bullying culture and focus on striving for excellence in dream and goal setting, removing the negative and replacing it with the positive paradigm.
Year Gr8 Student Spotlight!
This week's Yr Gr8 student spotlight is on Finn Baker. Finn is part of the Air Force Cadets in Coffs Harbour - the 3 wing 331 squadron based at the Fitzroy Barracks in Duke Street.
“We do all things flying, bush survival, shooting etc” said Finn. His long term goal is to one day fly aircraft in the RAAF.
Congratulations to all our Year 8 students representing our sporting teams in different competitions at the moment. Last week saw some of our students successful in the boys and girls Bill Turner Cup/Trophy Football competitions. We look forward to hearing the good results of our rugby and League teams in the next few weeks.
If families have any photos or stories to share, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they could become our next Year 8 student in the spotlight.
It is incredible to think that this cohort is already halfway through their high school years. Being in Year 10, this group of young men and women are in the more senior years of the College, and with that comes more responsibility but more growth and wisdom.
My goal for the group this year is for individuals to develop interpersonal relationships, particularly with those with whom they may not have spent much time. To assist with this goal the Year 10 HR team and I want to eliminate any barriers to establishing these relationships and connections. One of the ways we can support students with this is to uphold the standards and expectations of the College to ensure equity and to eliminate any fear of judgment of one another.
This focus also stems from our Gospel theme for the year, Mark 9; 33-37 “The greatest Among You”. Often, we tend to equate greatness with personal achievement, success, the latest fashion, or power.
However, in this Gospel Jesus turned such ideas upside down by asserting that to be truly great requires us to support others through humble service. Like last year the challenge is to serve all those in our community, and not just those who are closest to us.
As humble servants, Not only do we need to care for and aid others, but we are also called to inspire others to act in a similar way.
This week in our pastoral lesson we focussed on bettering students' understanding of true friendship and what it is to be a good friend. It also unpacked some misconceptions about friendships that have the potential to damage their own and others’ relationships. The exercise was delivered in a way that emphasised the development of empathy and increased understanding of these concepts.
As mentioned previously being in Year 10 comes with added responsibilities for students. I look forward to continuing to work with students and their families in navigating a very unique stage of development.
I also wish to extend my gratitude for the students’ and parents’ congratulations on the safe arrival of our second child, Louie.
All the best
Year 12 Fundraising 2023
Wesley Youth Accommodation Service is a local organisation that the Year 12 cohort of 2023 have decided to support through fundraising efforts. Wesley Youth Mission connects with people from all walks of life in Australia, including kids, families, seniors, and people facing domestic or financial difficulties, homelessness, addiction, or mental health issues. They support them as they navigate the difficulties of life and design the life they want. The Christian faith, which continues to direct everything they do, is at the centre of it all. The organisation must rely on communities like ours to be thoughtful and donate to their mission.
With a variety of programmes, they assist youth with:
- access to cheap, safe lodging
- obtain assistance with your mental health, addictions, family problems, and/or financial stress
- access the right programmes, and have someone fight for you to look into medium- and long-term housing choices
- discuss and research routes to employment and create a plan to help tenants access transportation.
- In the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Bowraville, and Nambucca districts, they offer a range of services to young people, including a crisis refuge for 14–17-year-olds, transitional housing for 16–25-year-olds, and outreach programmes for 12-to-25-year-olds.
We look forward to continuing to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Our next fundraising event is our annual Trivia Night held here at the College. This night will be held on Friday 23 June. Please see the flyer below for more information.
At the Coffs Harbour Golf Club, Year 12 recently held the annual charity Golf Day. Everyone in attendance was eager for an excellent day of golfing and the weather was simply ideal. Over 100 participants made the day wonderful and were so generous and kind with their incredible donations. A massive thank you to the Year 12 Fundraising Committee who contributed to the raffle's operation, novelty events at different holes, and the presentation in the clubhouse. Overall, it was a fantastic event, with lots of competition, laughter, and joy around.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the Coffs Harbour Golf Club for generously holding this event for us, making the day possible. We are so grateful for their hospitality and amazing facilities. To everyone else that played a role in the organisation of the event, your expertise and attention to detail have been so greatly appreciated.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our major sponsors who have generously supported this event. We are incredibly grateful for the consistent support of Newcombe over the years, and also the contributions made by Morrisons Betta Living, The Hoey Moey, Geolink and Coastal Line Marking. Their donations have helped so much.
A big thank you also goes to the following businesses for their support on the day:
|Kachel’s Transport||ACE Body Corporate||Apex Shade Structures|
|Arthur St Dental||Brontosaurus||Brown & Hurley|
|Change Adventures||Coffs Harbour Golf Club||Coopers Surf|
|Dulux Avista||Emerald Beach General Store||FXBC Mid North Coast|
|Guzman Y Gomez||Jade Hair Design||Matt Allan Coffs City Golf Centre|
|Old Skool Pizza||P & A Ryan Pty Ltd||Park Beach Butchery|
|Park Beach Plumbing||Ray Ferrett||Rebel|
|Reeman Constructions||Reeves Tiling||Sea Salt|
|Sneaker Lounge||Teresa King||Up2Date Services|
Year 12 Fundraising Committee
RE: Upcoming webinar for parents – Ask Elevate Anything
Elevate Education's next free webinar will be taking place on 24 May, titled ‘Ask Elevate Anything’.
This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you feel have been unanswered by Elevate in their webinars so far, whether that relates to your child’s study space, their motivation levels, the way they study – sign up to their webinar for an opportunity to have your question answered!
Elevate Education works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how you can help better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school:
Wednesday 24 May 2023
'Ask Elevate Anything'
Leader of Curriculum
COVID offered an opportunity for us to reflect on the pace of our busy lives in the 21st century. Similarly, the 19th century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, in his text Works of Love, interrogated the differences between a busy life and an idle existence. He posed the scenario: "the busy person sows and harvests and rests upon these gains. But what is the purpose of this rest? Only to begin once more...nothing is gained by the cycle other than rest from the labour it requires." So when does the act of ‘busyness’ become perfunctory to the point of idleness? How do we decide what activities are busy-work and which ones have integrity? Interrogating our values is one way to evaluate which activities have worth. So, although the HP&G groups have had a busy start to Term 2, the philosophical value of their activities are rich.
Regulating our thinking and developing more agency over how we engage with cerebral challenges might also be considered a noble ‘busy’ endeavour. Our Critical Thinking students have been learning metacognitive strategies to identify the best thinking processes for different problems. On Tuesday 16th May, Harper Dent, Banjo Dworjanyn, Clare Edwards, Poppy Higgins, Sienna Howard, Ned Keating, Lindy Klenk, Sharni Morris, and Gabriel Wark attended the Senior Division of the Mid North Coast Regional da Vinci Decathlon in Port Macquarie. Throughout the day, students worked collaboratively to solve various challenges across a range of academic disciplines, including; Science, Creative Producers, English, Ideation, Mathematics, Engineering, Art and Poetry, Cartography, Code Breaking and Legacy.
Thirty-four teams, from schools across the Mid North Coast, were in attendance on the day and our students performed admirably across all of the disciplines, with a final result of 15th. Achievement of particular note: third in Legacy, equal fifth in Code Breaking and eighth in Ideation. All of our students displayed exemplary behaviour and represented our school community with distinction, especially considering our Stage 4 students were competing against students in Years 10 and 11. Our most humble achievement was, of course, SJPC representative Gabe “Edward Scissorhands” Wark, winning the paper-scissor-rock challenge against the other 240 competitors.
Meanwhile our Enterprise and Creative Innovation ‘Thinking Like Elon Musk’ students have been learning about the design process. Starting with the concept of empathy for the stakeholders, students have been given the following eco-observation tower scenario and challenged to collaboratively design prototypes.
Parks Australia manages all the national parks in Australia. They are looking for the best architects to design an observation tower to be built in one of their parks. The tower will enable visitors to enjoy the beautiful view while minimising damage to the natural environment. They have created a competition to find the best designers for the job. They want to know how design teams will ensure that the tower and the area surrounding the tower will be accessible for all people while minimising negative impacts on animals and the
environment. To ensure Parks Australia creates a tower that everyone can enjoy, they want to employ different design teams to think about how they would design the best tower for each of the following groups:
- Overseas visitors
- Elderly people
- People with disabilities
- Traditional custodians of the land
- The native plants and animals
All things Literacy, because Literacy matters in all things
AGAIN, WE LOOK AT THE IMPORTANCE OF READING!
So, what should you read?
What you read doesn’t really matter. If it interests you and calls you to read, then go ahead and read. Choosing non-fiction allows you to expand your view and knowledge of the world and our place in it. This can be especially invigorating if you read about foreign topics or people who fascinate and inspire you. The delicious world of fiction teaches the beauty of language and encourages empathy with others. Young adult fiction helps you connect with teens, while children’s books will allow you to return to youthful innocence and youthful endeavours. Romance novels inform your feelings about relationships, while science fiction and fantasy expand your imagination. If mystery is calling, you may find yourself improving your capacity for deductive reasoning and deductive logic.
The most important thing is not WHAT you read. The most important thing is building a reading habit and making an effort to expand your mind, increase your brain power and enjoy the ride of losing yourself in a good book. The most important thing is engaging in reading.
‘Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.’
Charles W Eliot
Congratulations to Khaleb Muir-Nicholls in Year 7, our Writer Of The Week.
Khaleb’s writing displays maturity in vocabulary and ideas and outstanding skill with sentence structure.
Word of the Week
DEFINITION: Lively, animated and spirited
IN A SENTENCE: A lively and vivacious teenager, Katie was an exemplary student loved by all.
Some rooms emanate an air of serenity, while others feel lively and vivacious.
It is no surprise that vivacious means, ‘full of life’ since it can be traced back to the Latin verb, vivere, meaning ‘to live’.
DEFINITION: dangerous OR not loyal
If the ground or sea is treacherous, it is extremely dangerous, especially because of bad weather conditions.
A person who is treacherous deceives someone who trusts them, or has no loyalty
IN A SENTENCE: The weather conditions made driving treacherous.
Reitaku Exchange Students – Farewell
Last week we farewelled the 5 exchange students from our sister school, Reitaku Mizunami, in Gifu. The girls had a busy last few weeks with school events, the Coffs Harbour Children’s Day Festival and many farewell parties.
We caught up with Anna, Arisa, Ayano, Jun and Sakiha to find out what they thought of their stay here in Coffs Harbour.
Ayano – I had great time. The best thing about SJPC was my friends and teachers. My favourite moment with my host family was when we went to Sydney during the holidays. I would recommend exchange as you can make lots of friends and study English at the same time.
Arisa – Thank you all so much for 3 months of fun. I had a wonderful study abroad experience and I love Australia. I will definitely come back to Australia again.
Sakiha – I really enjoyed my stay here. I don’t want to go back to Japan. I’ll miss you all. My study abroad experience was enjoyable and easy. I love you all so much. Thank you for the 3 months.
Jun – Thank you. I had lots of fun and made lots of friends. I am happy I got to come to Coffs Harbour.
Anna – I have really loved my life in Australia so much that I don’t want to go back to Japan. In a few years, I want to come back to Australia again. Please don’t forget about us. I will remember you all forever.
I would like to thank all the host families for all they have done for the Japanese students, the staff who looked after the Japanese in class and all the SJPC students who made them feel so welcome here. Thank you!
Japanese Children’s Day Festival
On Sunday 7 May, St John Paul College students joined in the fun and excitement at the Coffs Harbour Children’s Day Festival held at the Botanic Gardens. This Festival made its return after many years of Covid so it was great to see so many locals enjoying the sun and Japanese food and culture.
This year, our students helped out with the calligraphy along with the 5 Reitaku exchange students (Anna, Jun, Sakiha, Arisa and Ayano). Students wrote names or words in Japanese ink on paper or paper kites.
We also had two students dress up as part of the Cosplay parade. They both looked amazing.
The SJPC students worked in conjunction with the Australia-Japan Society here in Coffs Harbour to promote the close relationship with our sister city, Sasebo, in southern Japan.
Thank you to the following students for their help on the day:
Year 11: Harrison White, Lana Wirth, Lily Wise, Amy Wise and Molly Joyce
Year 12: Syann Mackay, Blake Hall
As the Year 12 Hospitality course is coming to an end, the students were recently observed in the kitchen producing their final assessment practical. Students planned and cooked in groups of 2-3, working on their refined skills and techniques from the course. They developed their own industry standard trendy recipe for a menu item which meets current market trends and customer expectations. The growth and development of all partaking in this course is to be acknowledged and congratulated. Well done Year 12 Hospitality and here’s to many delicious meals in the future.
Year 10 Child Studies are visiting St Augustine Primary School every second week.
Students investigate and experience different types of play-based learning which contribute to the positive development of children. They assess a range of play choices, environments and activities in terms of learning, suitability, sustainability and safety.
Leader of Learning - PDHPE
Bill Turner Cup
Round 2 of the Bill Turner Cup saw our boys play Bellingen High school at Bellingen. It was a great performance that showed a lot spirit and skill from our boys who came away with a 10-1 victory. William Eames in particular played well, scoring 4 goals. The boys now progress to the third round against either BDC or Toormina High.
Bill Turner Trophy
Orara High hosted our Bill Turner Trophy team at the Leisure Park synthetic field on Friday 12 May. The first half was hard fought with the girls having the majority of possession but unable to convert, going into half time 0 - 0. They rallied hard in the second half to score an impressive 9 goals, with a final score of 9 - 0. They now move into the third round against Bellingen High on 30 May at Leisure Park once again. Good luck to our girls.
- Congratulatons to our amazing basketballers who attended the NSWCCC Basketball. Maya Duncan, Claudia Simpson, Charlize Morrison, Harrison Rayner, Kira Juffermans and Charlotte Cougle traveled to Sydney to trial against more than 40 of the states best. After a rigorous selection progress, Charlotte Cougle and Kira Juffermans were successful and will now compete in the NSW All Schools Basketball tournament as members of the NSWCCC Basketball team. Congratulations to both ladies.
- On a chilly night in Bathurst this week, Max Miller (Year 9) and Dylan Nicol (Year 12) played their hearts out and were selected as member of the NSWCCC Hockey teams. This is particularly impressive as they were both members of their respective age teams last year too. They will now go on to play in the NSW All Schools Hockey tournament. We wish them all the best.
- Jaxon White (Year 9) and Cooper Moore (Year 9) were recently named as part of the NSWCCC Presidents League team to compete at the NSWCCC Rugby League Championships.
- Along with Lachlan Mifsud (Year 12) and Logan Lacey (Year 11), the boys now have the opportunity to be selected in the NSWCCC Rugby League team. Good luck!
Coming Up - Term 2 2023
Friday 19 May
|Diocesan Cross Country, Grafton|
|Tuesday 23 May||
NSW Netball Cup, Coffs Harbour
Futsal 13’s, Sportz Central
|Wednesday 24 May||Futsal 14’s, Sportz Central|
|Thursday 25 May||
KFC Girls Tackle Cup, GKMO
Futsal 15’s, Sportz Central
|Friday 26 May||
Futsal 19s, Sportz Central
|Monday 29 - 30 May||
CCC Open Girls Basketball, Port Macquarie
|Tuesday 30 May||
14’s Cochrane Cup (League), Port Macquarie
Bill Turner Trophy Round 3, Synthetic filed 1 Coffs Harbour
|Wednesday 31 May||
13’s, 15’s and Opens NRL Country Cup, Coffs Harbour
|Tuesday 6 June
Diocesan Junior Football, Coffs Harbour
Year 7 Adolescent Vaccination Program - Tuesday 6 June 2023
You can now provide online consent for your child's routine school vaccinations.
In Year 7, students are offered vaccines for Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Vaccination will only be provided at School if consent has been received.
How to provide consent:
1. To complete online consent for your child’s school vaccinations, visit: NSW Health Service - Consent Online School Vaccinations
2. Click the login with ‘Service NSW Account’ button and log in using your Service NSW details. This is the same account you may already use to renew your driver’s license. If you don’t have a Service NSW account, refer to Service NSW to create one.
3. Update or confirm your personal details in Service NSW as required.
4. Complete the School Vaccination Consent Form for your child.
You will need to:
a) Enter your child’s personal details
b) Provide the Medicare card details for you and your child
c) Read the linked Parent Information Sheet and Privacy Statement
d) Provide consent
If you or your child do not have a Medicare card, consent can still be provided by requesting a paper-based consent form directly from the College Office.
For more information on routine school vaccinations, please visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/
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Compass - Permission to Leave from SPORT - Early Departure
Students must bring a written note from their parents/carers to the College Office before they depart for sport. Early departure from Sport cannot be submitted via the Compass App only a written note will be accepted. Only full day absences can be submitted using the attendance note via the Compass App.
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 7:30am - 9:00am
Hours: Monday - Thursday 3:20pm - 5:00pm
The best present we can give our children is our presence!
What: Annual SJPC Year 7 Men and Boys Camp Out.
Who: Year 7 boys and their fathers (guardian or significant male in your Year 7 boy’s life)
- Tents set up on the grass netball courts next to hard courts (Bring your own tent and sleeping mats/bags etc)
*Classroom space is available for those not inclined to camp out…but roughing it is half the fun!
When: From 4pm Friday 2 June - 9:30 am Saturday Morning 3 June 2023
Why: Recognising the importance of young men to be shaped, affirmed and spend time with positive male role models. It is also a chance for the boys in Year 7 to camp out, have some fun and spend some quality time with their dad (or significant male in their lives) and their peers.
What to expect: Good company, dodgeball, Men and Boys team challenges, BBQ dinner, Bacon and Eggs Breakfast, Bonfire, marshmallows, good banter and more.
What to Bring:
- A tent for you and your boy to share, sleeping bag and camp mattress/stretcher depending of level of comfort required
*some snacks and all meals will be provided but feel free to bring anything else you may want to drink/snack on.
- A water bottle
We try to avoid:
- mobile phones or other electronic devices.
- No alcohol please.
Cost: $25 TBC (covers cost of both student and their parent/guardian)
- Permission notes are available from the Front Office note rack or via Compass link to be confirmed
Dietary requirements?: Please let us know through the permission note any allergies or dietary requirements that you or your boy may have so that we can do our best to accommodate.
Further reading and motivation:
THE IMPORTANCE OF A PRESENT DAD: ‘CHILDREN PERFORM BETTER IN EVERY SOCIAL INDICATOR IF THEY HAVE AN INVOLVED, NURTURING AND LOVING FATHER. IN FACT THESE CHILDREN WILL EXPERIENCE GREATER HAPPINESS, HEALTH AND SUCCESS.’